• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  3
  • Departs From: Split
  • Location: Split, Makarska, Dubrovnik, Hvar, Korcula, Bol
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Availability: SATURDAYS, April - October
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Highlights

  • Excellent value 7 night return cruise from Split visiting Dubrovnik and the islands
  • Enjoy seven unforgettable days cruising on the southern Adriatic Sea from one island to another on a Vintage-style small ship cruiser
  • Relax and let the captain, the crew and our tour manager, take care of you
  • Mornings you can relax on spacious decks and sunbathe or refresh yourself in the Adriatic Sea
  • Afternoons and evenings you can explore on your own or join the optional walking tours of Croatia's finest destinations with local experts
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8 days from Split, Makarska, Mljet, Dubrovnik, Trstenik, Korčula, Hvar, (Bol), and back to Split

This 7 night Split-Split cruise is available on several different category ships. This itinerary and pricing is for the Vintage ship departures, both Traditional Ensuite (ENS) and Traditional (TRAD) Ships. Half-board meals (continental breakfast) included.

**For all ENS and TRAD departures, you will not know the name of the ship until boarding. All cabins are bunk beds.

See our other listing for PREM and PRM SUP departures with double/twin beds/aircon (link below)

Itinerary


8 days from Split, Makarska, Mljet, Dubrovnik, Trstenik, Korčula, Hvar, (Bol), and back to Split

Open age cruise. Twin (bunk bed) cabins on Upper, Main and Lower Deck depending which ship/category. Solo travellers can book a twin for solo use with a solo use supplement, OR they can offer to share with another solo traveller of the same-gender (if available).

This itinerary and pricing is for the Vintage ship departures, both Traditional Ensuite (ENS) and Traditional (TRAD) Ships. For all ENS and TRAD departures, you will not know the name of the ship until boarding. All cabins are BUNK BEDS and without airconditioning.



SHIP INFO AND PHOTOS (all ships have bunk beds only):
ENS: https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/vintage-ensuite/ (all cabins have ensuites and aircon)

TRAD: https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/traditional/ (shared bathrooms, no aircon).

CRUISE FAQ: https://discovercroatia.com.au/before-your-cruise/



For this trip all you will need is a few T-shirts and a swimming costume to spend seven unforgettable days sailing on the southern Adriatic Sea from one island to another. Relax and let the captain and his crew take care of you. During the day you can swim, snorkel, sunbathe, and explore the underworld of the Adriatic Sea. The evenings you have free to find a good restaurant or discover historical monuments

Sam cruise but upgraded ship to PREM and PRM SUP departures (ships with double/twin cabins and aircon): https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/60/kl2-southern-explorer-premium-cruise-from-split/
Similar cruise, but an 18-35s option: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/61/young-fun-18-30s-cruise-split-to-split-7nts/

[ ENS and TRAD departures mean you will NOT know which exact ship you will be on until the day of the cruise. ]

INCLUDED: Vintage Ensuite ENS (ships where all cabin have ensuites and are mostly bunk beds) price includes:
• 7 nights accommodation on a Traditional Ensuite ship (all cabins have ensuites)
• Continental breakfasts, three course lunches, a liter of water per person daily.
• Complimentary Wi-Fi.
• ENS and TRAD departures mean you will NOT know which exact ship you will be on until the day of the cruise. These cruises are priced accordingly.


INCLUDED: Traditional TRAD (ships where all cabins have a sink and are bunk beds; shared bathrooms) price includes:
• 7 nights accommodation on a Traditional ship (shared bathrooms, aircon in the restaurant area only)
• Continental breakfasts, three course lunches, a liter of water per person daily.
• Complimentary Wi-Fi.


NOT INCLUDED:
• Port taxes EUR 40.- per person per week (obligatory - to be paid on the spot)
• English breakfast (cooked breakfast) EUR 40.- per person per week (optional - to be paid on the spot)
• Entrance to National Park NP MLJET: prices vary from EUR 15. - 17.- per person depending on season (to be paid on the spot - optional)
• Sightseeing tours / optional excursions (please ask us for the list)
• Tips and gratuities
• Meals/drinks not listed


#OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS (if paid locally payment in KUNA currency, prices are informative and subject to change).
Please ask us for the list of Optional Excursions as there are many to choose from on this cruise.


ITINERARY:

DAY 1 SATURDAY SPLIT – MAKARSKA Departure at 13.00hrs! (L)
The cruise departs Split port at 13.00hrs and you must be on board. Departure from Split harbour towards Makarska at 13:00h. Cruise along the Dalmatian coast whilst enjoying your lunch. Afternoon swim at one of the wonderful beaches. From there, those feeling adventurous can join our optional river rafting excursion or zipline on the Cetina river and meet up with the ship in Makarska in the evening. Overnight in the port of Makarska where strolling along the streets, you will come across numerous churches and other architectural and cultural sites.

DAY 2 SUNDAY MAKARSKA – MLJET (B,L)
Early morning departure towards Mljet with a stop on the Pelješac peninsula for a refreshing swim. Afternoon visit to salt lakes in Mljet National Park to enjoy the sun, sea and tranquility of this peaceful island. In the middle of the large lake, inside the National park, you can visit the monastery and church on St. Mary isle or just rent a bike (optional) and cycle around these stunning lakes. Overnight in port Polača/Pomena.

DAY 3 MONDAY MLJET – DUBROVNIK (B,L)
After breakfast depart for Dubrovnik, the highlight of this cruise. Enjoy the nature along the way towards “the heaven on earth” – according to the famous writer George Bernard Shaw. Arrive to Dubrovnik in the afternoon when you can explore on your own or join our guided tour of the city followed by an optional cable car ride up to Srđ mountain for spectacular views of the old town. Take a walk through STRADUN – both a street and a square, a promenade inside the city walls. We also recommend a walk on top of the 1,940 m long city walls! Overnight in the port of this magical town.

DAY 4 TUESDAY DUBROVNIK – ŠIPAN/TRSTENIK (B,L)
Morning is free to explore Dubrovnik. Discover the beauty of history through numerous monuments, little streets, churches… Around noon we leave this magnificent town and continue our cruise towards Šipan isle or small town of Trstenik on the Pelješac peninsula, where we will swim in the afternoon and spend the night. Possibility of visiting a local winery.

DAY 5 WEDNESDAY ŠIPAN/TRSTENIK – KORČULA (B,L)
After breakfast depart for island Korčula, the birthplace of famous explorer MARCO POLO. Lunch on board in bay near the town of Korčula. Afternoon arrival where we overnight in port. Surrounded by ancient walls and fortified bastions Korčula’s old town is very well preserved with its layout and structure dating back to 13th century. Optional sightseeing of Korčula and wine and appetizers tasting at a local winery before dinning in one of the numerous seafront restaurants or konobas on your own.

DAY 6 THURSDAY KORČULA – HVAR (B,L)
Early departure towards the Pakleni Islands for lunch and a swim stop followed by optional afternoon sightseeing of Hvar, the longest island in the Adriatic. Here we can find the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower as well as the oldest community theatre in Europe founded here in 1612. Hvar offers abundant entertainment, excellent restaurants, bars and cafes that are open long into the night. Overnight in Hvar.

DAY 7 FRIDAY HVAR (Bol) - SPLIT (B,L)
Our next stop is Brač island. Swimming is planned at the most famous beach in Dalmatia – Zlatni Rat near Bol (the Golden Horn - its gravel promontory shifts from side to side as the wind and waves constantly change in shape). Bol is a typical fishermen’s village converted into a popular tourist destination. After lunch we will start our journey back to Split where the last overnight is planned. A swim break is planned on route in one of the many bays on Brač island. Enjoy the view of Split Riviera. Possibility to join our guided tour of Split, a monumental city under UNESCO protection that belongs not only to Croatians, but also to you, as it is a part of the world heritage. Here we find an abundance of Roman architecture – of special interest is the Diocletian palace.

DAY 8 SATURDAY SPLIT (B)
It is time to say farewell to all your new friends after having breakfast. Vacate your cabin by 09.00hrs. Passengers who are departing later can leave their luggage onboard only until 12.00 as the ship departs.

B-Breakfast, L-Lunch

Please note that on PRM SUP, PREM, ENS or TRAD ships you might be allocated a twin bed cabin on the day, even if you request a double bed.

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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.

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Inclusions

  • INCLUDED: Traditional Ensuite ENS (ships where all cabin have ensuites and are mostly bunk beds) price includes:
  • • 7 nights accommodation on a Traditional Ensuite ship (all cabins have ensuites)
  • • Continental breakfasts, three course lunches, a liter of water per person daily.
  • • Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • • ENS and TRAD departures mean you will NOT know which exact ship you will be on until the day of the cruise. These cruises are a bit less expensive.
  • INCLUDED: Traditional TRAD (ships where all cabins have a sink and are bunk beds; shared bathrooms) price includes:
  • • 7 nights accommodation on a Traditional ship (shared bathrooms, aircon in the restaurant area only)
  • • Continental breakfasts, three course lunches, a liter of water per person daily.
  • • Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • [ ENS and TRAD departures mean you will NOT know which exact ship you will be on until the day of the cruise. ]

Exclusions

  • NOT INCLUDED:
  • • Port taxes EUR 40.- per person per week (obligatory - to be paid on the spot)
  • • English breakfast (cooked breakfast) EUR 40.- per person per week (optional - to be paid on the spot)
  • • Entrance to National Park NP MLJET: prices vary from EUR 15. - 17.- per person depending on season (to be paid on the spot - optional)
  • • Sightseeing tours / optional excursions (please ask us for the list)
  • • Tips and gratuities
  • • Meals/drinks not listed

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our specific FAQ pages here:

Before You Go - General Croatia Info (general info for all travellers)

Before Your Cruise - General Cruise Info (for all small ship Croatia cruises)

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

Before Your Private Charter - General Yacht and Gulet Charter Info (private charters)

 

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.

 

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.

If you have any questions, just give us a call or email:

Call us or WhatsApp: +61 2 9212 1507
Email us: [email protected]

 

 

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Itinerary

  • DAY 1 SATURDAY SPLIT – MAKARSKA Departure at 13.00hrs! (L)
  • DAY 2 SUNDAY MAKARSKA – MLJET (B,L)
  • DAY 3 MONDAY MLJET – DUBROVNIK (B,L)
  • DAY 4 TUESDAY DUBROVNIK – ŠIPAN/TRSTENIK (B,L)
  • DAY 5 WEDNESDAY ŠIPAN/TRSTENIK – KORČULA (B,L)
  • DAY 6 THURSDAY KORČULA – HVAR (B,L)
  • DAY 7 FRIDAY HVAR (Bol) - SPLIT (B,L)
  • DAY 8 SATURDAY SPLIT (B)