• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  5
  • Departs From: Split
  • Location: Split, Bol, Hvar, Vis, Korcula, Mljet, Dubrovnik
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Availability: SATURDAYS, May - October
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Highlights

  • SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED:
  • Split
  • Hvar
  • Bisevo (Blue Cave)
  • Korcula
  • Ston
  • Dubrovnik
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8 days from Split, Bol, Hvar, Biševo (Blue Cave), Vis, Korčula, Mljet, Slano, Elafiti islands and to Dubrovnik

7 nights on board this luxurious Deluxe Small Ship one-way cruise of the Dalmatian Coast. This one-way itinerary includes all the usual stops and then adds in a trip to the Island of Vis with a Blue Cave excursion as well.

One-way Cruises book out early every year, so please get your enquiry in as soon as you can!

Deluxe Ship: MS Equator in 2019 (alternating weeks from 27.04 to 12.10)
Deluxe Ship: MS Adriatic Queen (departures on 29/06, 13/07, 07/07, 10/08, 24/08)

Itinerary

8 days one-way from Split to Bol, Hvar, Biševo (Blue Cave), Vis, Korčula, Mljet, Slano, Elafiti islands and to Dubrovnik

Open age cruise, though usually clients are more couples, mature solo travellers or small groups ranging from 35-65yrs. Double/twin cabins on Main and Lower Deck on DLX ships. Most triple cabins are a queen bed and single bed and most are on the Lower Deck. Solo travellers must book a double/twin for solo use with a solo use supplement.

Deluxe Ship: MS Equator in 2019 (alternating weeks from 27.04 to 12.10)
Deluxe Ship: MS Adriatic Queen (departures on 29/06, 13/07, 07/07, 10/08, 24/08)


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ITINERARY:

Day 1: arrive Split, Saturday
We embark in Split at 13:00h, with a welcome dinner in the evening and a night’s accommodation on board. (D)

Day 2: Split – Bol – Hvar, Sunday
Morning guided walking tour of Split shows us the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. See the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, it’s Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle, and the Cathedral. Set sail towards Bol, a small town on Island Brac, for a swim at the Golden Horn. Enjoy the 1740-foot-long golden pebble beach, said to be the best in Croatia. It is unique in that it changes shape and position depending on the winds. Afterwards head to Hvar, one of the most popular islands in the Adriatic and a meeting point for the international jet-set. The “Croatian Madeira” is also one of the longest islands stretching along the shores of Croatia. Spend evening and night at Stari Grad, one of the oldest towns in Europe. (B, L)

Day 3: Hvar – Biševo (Blue Cave) – Vis, Monday
Leaving Hvar we will have an early morning cruise towards small island Biševo to visit the Blue cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon (entrances to be paid on the spot – approx. 14 EUR). As sometimes weather conditions can be very unpredictable, the possibility of our visit will depend on those conditions, however you will be notified of this on time. Continue to the island of Vis, once a strategic naval Yugoslav base and closed to the public. Due to this isolation, Vis has a special charm – “the Mediterranean as it once was” making it really interesting to visit. Situated on the northern side of the island, Vis has developed near the remains of the ancient Issa, first urban center in Croatia. If interested, visit the remains of the Roman thermal place, City museum or simply take a walk enjoying the views of the beautiful Villae Rusticae situated along the waterfront. Overnight in town Vis. (B, L)

Day 4: Vis – Korčula, Tuesday
While enjoying breakfast overlooking the blue waters of Adriatic we continue our cruise towards the Korčula island best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Stop for lunch in one of the secluded bays en route. Afternoon arrival in Korčula followed by a guided walking tour of one of the best preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean. Fish bone street pattern was used in Korčula Old Town design to reduce effects of wind and sun and provide citizens with sheltered and comfortable accommodation. Korčula has an abundant choice of restaurants to enjoy your gourmet experience and there are numerous bars and clubs for those looking for evening entertainment. Overnight in Korčula. (B, L)

Day 5: Korčula – Mljet, Wednesday
In the morning head further south to the Island of Mljet. The legend says Greek hero Odysseus spent years on this island when he was captured by the nymph Calypso. Join the cruise manager for a stroll to the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park (entrances to be paid on the spot – approx. 15 EUR) and enjoy the boat ride to the St Mary Isle to visit an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and a Church dating back to the 12th Century. Alternatively, you can rent bicycles, scooters or kayaks to explore the National Park or island on your own. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the island. Tonight enjoy Captains dinner and overnight in port of Pomena. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Mljet – Slano (excursion to Ston with oyster tasting ), Thursday
Morning departure for a small village called Slano on the mainland, a peaceful fishermen’s village and the starting point to Ston, another, once fortified small village famous for its oysters. After exploring the town’s medieval ramparts a short coastal walk leads us to an oyster farm to learn more about oysters and tasting this delicious treat. Overnight in Slano. (B, L, T,)

Day 7: Slano – Elaphiti islands – Dubrovnik (Panoramic sail around Dubrovnik city walls) Friday
Early morning cruise to Elaphiti islands with swimming stop on one of the secluded bays to spend the morning. Before lunch sail to Dubrovnik, before we moor at Gruž port we cruise alongside the old city walls, while lunch is served. After docking join a guided tour with panoramic ride and transfer included. Enjoy the last night of cruise exploring the magnificent town of Dubrovnik on your own. (B, L)

Day 8: Dubrovnik departure Saturday
After breakfast it is time to leave. Disembarkation by 09.00am. (B)

INCLUDED:
7 nights cruise from Split to Dubrovnik
Arrival Split airport or hotel transfer
Departure transfer to Dubrovnik Airport or hotel
Captain’s dinner
Buffet breakfast daily
6 lunches with 4 courses starting with the 4 course welcome dinner on Day 1
Water 0.5 L per person per day
Complimentary fresh fruits available daily
Professional Cruise Manager throughout
Luggage handling
Daily cabin servicing
Whisper technology enhanced touring
Free Wi-Fi on board
City tours of Split, Hvar, Korčula, Dubrovnik and oyster tasting in Ston included in the price

RATES DO NOT INCLUDE:
Entrance fees
Entrance fee to Blue Cave approx 14 EUR pp
Drinks on board, extra meals
Tourist tax port tax – EUR 32.00 per person to be paid on board in cash (obligatory)
Transfers to/from private accommodation not included


RESTRICTIONS: Captain reserves the right to change the route in case of bad weather conditions. Guests are obliged to follow ship rules (found in written form on the ship) especially with regards to bringing drinks on board. In case of inappropriate behavior Captain reserves the right in requesting clients to disembark.

DISCLAIMER: Due to specific mooring conditions and requirements in some Croatian ports, ships are moored side by side, making it necessary for the clients to cross from one ship to another with gaps in between ships in order to get to the shore. In such cases clients need to take special care when crossing and do this at their own risk. Crew assistance will be given to those needing and requesting it. Cruise not recommended for clients in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

BEDS: Many cruise ships now have ‘flex-beds’, which can be moved together to form a Double/Queen size bed with 2 single mattresses on a combined base, leaving a small separation between the mattresses. Even a traditional double/queen bed mattress might have separate bedding on each side, such as 2 single duvets, rather than one large one. If this is an issue for you, please let us know before booking. Thank you.

Inclusions

  • INCLUDED:
  • 7 nights cruise from Split to Dubrovnik
  • Arrival Split airport or hotel transfer
  • Departure transfer to Dubrovnik Airport or hotel
  • Captain’s dinner
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • 6 lunches with 4 courses starting with the 4 course welcome dinner on Day 1
  • Water 0.5 L per person per day
  • Complimentary fresh fruits available daily
  • Professional Cruise Manager throughout
  • Luggage handling
  • Daily cabin servicing
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring
  • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • City tours of Split, Hvar, Korčula, Dubrovnik and oyster tasting in Ston included in the price

Exclusions

  • NOT INCLUDED:
  • Entrance fees
  • Entrance fee to Blue Cave approx 14 EUR pp
  • Drinks on board, extra meals
  • Tourist tax port tax – EUR 32.00 per person to be paid on board in cash (obligatory)
  • Transfers to/from private accommodation not included

Frequently Asked Questions

We have loads more specific FAQ answered on our other pages, check them out here:

Before You Go (general info for all travellers)

Before Your Cruise (small ship Croatia cruises)

Before Your Private Charter (private gulets and yacht charter)

Before Your Island Hopping Tour (packages combining hotels, ferries and transfers)

 

Click here to see how the booking process works: https://www.discovercroatia.com.au/booking-process-how-to-book/

How far in advance do I need to book?

Cruises: For our weekly small ship cruises with guaranteed departures we suggest you book as soon as your plans are in motion. All cruises are extremely popular especially during peak season, which is June, July, August, September and these dates can be booked out up to a year in advance, especially September. One-way cruises are particularly sought-after and tend to sell out first, so please speak to us first to ensure your cruise choice is available before booking any flight arrangements.

Escorted Tours: Escorted Group Tours with guaranteed departures are also best booked as early as possible to ensure your place on the tour, as spaces are limited to a set number of passengers. Once the tour is full that departure is closed for new bookings.

Island Hopping, Self-Drive, Self-Guided Cycling/Hiking and Independent or Private Tours: Independent tours are available most days of the week at any time of year, so if you're booking late these are a great option. They can also start or finish on any day of the week, so can be a great alternative to the cruises (that mostly depart only on Saturdays). You can check out our Island Hopper Tours and our active tours for some examples. If you can't find what you are looking for please make an enquiry on any of our tours and let us know what you need. We love creating custom tours with our clients.

What do the different ship categories mean?

Please see our Ship Descriptions page here, for all the information on Ship Categories, Deck and Cabin Descriptions

Cruise Ship Photos

 

 

 

 

What is half-board? What meals are included?

Half-board (HB): This means that 2 meals a day are usually provided, mostly it will be breakfast and lunch on cruises, and breakfast and dinner on escorted tours. Each cruise or tour will have meals listed on the daily itinerary, so that you will know exactly which meals are included. Some lunches or dinners are swapped occasionally, so that you may enjoy a wonderful gourmet experience with your fellow travellers, such as a Captain's Dinner on a cruise, or a wine-tasting and lunch on an escorted tour. For the remainder of your meals you will be able to dine anywhere you choose and you will be responsible for the cost of those meals. Your Cruise or Tour Director will be happy to recommend a good value and trusted eatery nearby at every location, or you can explore on your own.

Bed and Breakfast (BB): This means that only breakfast is included in your holiday. Most of our Independent Tours include breakfast only, so that you are not beholden to going back to your hotel for lunch or dinner as you are going to be exploring on your own. We think that flexibility with lunch and dinner gives you the best option for exploring Croatia and experiencing the local culture and cuisine.

Full-board (FB) is occasionally offered on cruises as an optional extra, but we do not recommend you take the full-board option unless you are really sure about it. A lot of the joy of the cruise and tour experiences is to dine in local restaurants, 'konobas' (traditional pubs) and bars, so that you can meet the people who live and work there. Why come all the way to Croatia only to eat on-board for every meal? There are so many fabulous (and even some famous!) eateries. Get out there and taste them!

 

What type of transport is used on the Island Hopper Tours? Local ferries and vehicle transfers

Local ferries: Local ferries are used between the mainland and the islands where possible. Most of these ferries are fast ferries (high speed catamarans). Our Island Hopper Tours include all ferry tickets, as well as delivery of the ferry tickets to your hotel, when we come to pick you up to take you to the ferry port. In some towns, where some hotels are in the pedestrian zone close to the ferry port (like Hvar), then you will be met at the ferry and directed to your hotel, with luggage assistance if required. If your hotel is outside the pedestrian zone you will be met at the ferry and taken to your transfer vehicle, with luggage assistance if required.

Transfers: Most Island Hoppers have private airport transfers included, and private transfers to/from the ferry ports on the islands. Some transfers will be shared transfers if there are others going to the exact same hotel at the same time and it is a short distance.

How fit do I need to be for my holiday?

Relaxation/cultural cruises and tours: On-board your cruise ship, you will need to be able to negotiate gangways and stairs and be able to step from ship to ship as the cruise ships are moored next to each other sideways and sometimes you need to step across to the next ship. You will be walking mostly on the cobblestone streets through the iconic cities and towns of the region. The excursions are best-suited to those who are capable of walking on uneven surfaces as many old cities and towns have limited totally flat surfaces that can accommodate wheelchairs or walking-frames. Please contact us to ask about your specific circumstances, as we are happy to help plan for your needs as best we can. Assistance will be provided on cruise ships to help you navigate getting on and off, but there are a few limitations. Please ask.

Cycling tours: Although almost completely flat this cycle tour is graded easy to moderate as the daily distance ranges between approximately 15-50 km. You will be biking mostly on the dedicated cycle paths alongside canals, rivers and through the iconic cities and towns of the region. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is flat and predominantly traffic-free and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board.

What happens if I can't attend an excursion?

It is possible to relax at your hotel, on the tour bus or on the boat at any time.

What happens if I can't cycle or hike a stage on an active holiday?

For cycling cruises: If you don't want to cycle it is possible to relax on the boat as it moves to the next port of call.

For cycling and hiking tours: If you don't want to (or can't due to illness or injury) cycle, hike or walk a stage, then we will make arrangements to have you transferred to the next stop on your itinerary so that you can continue with your holiday. Prices for transfers vary widely, so pricing will be provided on an 'as needed' basis only.

What equipment do I need?

Relaxation/excursion cruises and tours: You will need comfortable walking shoes, clothes for relaxing, your swimming costume, and a sunhat. Most cruises are fairly relaxed and casual clothing is fine for all meals, though you may want to take one nice outfit depending on where you wish to dine onshore.

Cycling cruises and tours: You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

 

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MS Equator DLX (2019 departures)
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MS Equator DLX (2019 departures)
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Itinerary

  • Day 1: arrive Split, Saturday
  • Day 2: Split – Bol – Hvar, Sunday
  • Day 3: Hvar – Biševo (Blue Cave) – Vis, Monday
  • Day 4: Vis – Korčula, Tuesday
  • Day 5: Korčula – Mljet, Wednesday
  • Day 6: Mljet – Slano (excursion to Ston with oyster tasting ), Thursday
  • Day 7: Slano – Elaphiti islands – Dubrovnik (Panoramic sail around Dubrovnik city walls) Friday
  • Day 8: Dubrovnik departure Saturday