• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  5
  • Departs From: Split
  • Location: Split, Korcula, Dubrovnik, Mljet, Hvar, Brac
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Availability: SATURDAYS, May - October 2020 (2021 not on offer)
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Highlights

  • Perfect way to fully experience Croatian islands and coastline is by sailing on an intimate luxury mini cruiser
  • See all the Adriatic treasures in this comprehensive itinerary
  • Spend mornings on spacious decks or swim in crystal clear Adriatic Sea and evenings to explore small historical towns
  • This return cruise from Split to Split will bring you the best of Southern Dalmatia islands
  • Half-board meals and transfers included
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8 days from Split, Korcula, Ston / Slano, Dubrovnik, Mljet National Park,.Hvar, Brac (Bol or Milna), and back to Split

Adriatic Treasure Deluxe cruise round-trip from Split, all the way to Dubrovnik and return, via the most famous of the Dalmatian islands. 7 nights of relaxing cruising, including half board and transfers.

Deluxe Ship: MS Aurora

2020: Weekly departures from May to October
2021: NOT OFFERED

Itinerary


8 days from Split, Korcula, Ston / Slano, Dubrovnik, Mljet National Park,.Hvar, Brac (Bol or Milna), and back to Split

Open age cruise. Double/twin bed cabins on Main and Lower Deck. 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.

Weekly departures from May to October. Please note, the #Optional Excursion Package listed below is not included in our prices. The package is payable locally in Croatia on the ship.


SHIP INFO AND PHOTOS:
https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/deluxe/aurora/

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


Similar cruise: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/292/deluxe-cruise-split-to-split-ms-kapetan-bota-7nts/
Similar cruise: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/60/kl2-southern-explorer-premium-cruise-from-split/


INCLUDED:
• Accommodation in double/twin cabin with en suite bathroom
• 8 day cruise from Split to Dubrovnik and back to Split
• Arrival and Departure airport transfer (group)
• Welcome reception on day 1
• Half Board daily - breakfast and lunch – 3 course
• Unlimited water onboard (water dispensers)
• Captain’s Dinner
• Fresh fruit available daily
• Professional cruise manager (English speaking)
• Daily cabin service
• Luggage handling
• Free WiFi onboard

NOT INCLUDED:
• Port and residence tax: €35 per person to be paid onboard in cash
• Tips and gratuities
• Any meals/drinks not listed


#OPTIONAL EXTRA EXCURSION PACKAGE SUPPLEMENT aboard M/V AURORA 100 EUR per person (minimum requirement 20 persons):
• Guided walking tours of Split, Korčula, Dubrovnik, Mljet, Hvar
• One way bus transfer from Dubrovnik port to Old town Dubrovnik for sightseeing tour
• Mljet NP entrance fee
• Stari Grad Wine Tasting with return transfer to Winery
• Whisper Technology (headset) for guided tours



ITINERARY:


DAY 1: SPLIT, WELCOME! (WR)
Transfer from Split airport to Split harbor where you will be welcomed by our cruise representative. Check in starts from 13:00h. In case your flight arrives earlier, let us take care of your luggage so you can enjoy the historic Split on your own till the check in time. Get settled and join our welcome reception on board at 07:30 pm. All passengers arriving late at night will be offered with a selection of cheese and cold cuts.

DAY 2: SPLIT- KORČULA (B,L)
Early in the morning we set sail for the island of Korčula, rich in vineyards, olive groves and small villages with numerous bays and coves. Swim stop in one of the peaceful bays, perfect to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere of the unspoiled nature, lush vegetation and crystal clear sea. Lunch on board. Afternoon arrival in Korčula. This medieval ”little Dubrovnik”, said to be the birthplace of Marco Polo, has an ancient atmosphere and we will enjoy getting to know it on an interesting tour along its winding streets. After the tour, make the best of some free time and sip a glass of local wine or coffee at an outdoor cafe, take a dip in the sea or just continue walking the streets. Overnight in Korčula.

DAY 3: KORČULA-SLANO/STON- DUBROVNIK (B, T, D)
Early in the morning we depart to Slano, a small town indented into a 2km long bay. From here we will start our gastro adventure towards Ston, the gastronomic center of the county. This town with the longest walls in Europe is situated near Dubrovnik and is surrounded by breathtaking scenery which, together with the picturesque city architecture, forms a harmonic entity. Once there we will visit an oyster farm where you will learn how oysters and mussels are cultivated in this region, and why they are so delicious. You will enjoy a rustic oyster and mussel tasting with local wine under the shade of the trees. After the tour, we continue our journey to Dubrovnik. Enjoy the sunset dinner while we sail alongside the old city walls where nature offers sights. This is the perfect time for you to make some magnificent photos and memories that will last a lifetime. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

DAY 4: DUBROVNIK (B)
After breakfast guided tour of the Old Town. After the tour of this stunningly intact walled city on the Adriatic Sea coast, we will take the cable car from the Old Town to Srđ mountain, a place with breathtaking views of the historic center of Dubrovnik, the crystal clear Adriatic Sea, and numerous islands. Have a drink, a snack or a meal at the snack bar or in the restaurant overlooking the Old City. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

DAY 5: DUBROVNIK-MLJET (B, L, D)
Today we sail to Mljet -the most forested island in the Adriatic and one of the most beautiful pearls of the Mediterranean. Mljet is also well known for its two salted lakes – Veliko and Malo Jezero located at the north end of the island. The Benedictine monastery, situated on the island of St. Mary on the Veliko Jezero, one of the most beautiful locations in the area, is also the most visited spots and symbol of the National Park. Join the cruise manager on this magnificent tour and find out why the Greek hero Ulysses considered it his favorite holiday spot. Captain’s dinner on board.
Overnight in port Pomena.

DAY 6: MLJET-HVAR (B, L)
Early in the morning we set sail to Hvar. It is the longest island in Croatia and the sunniest in all Europe (2724 sunny hours each year) and undeniably among the most beautiful islands in the world. You probably don’t know that the first theatre in Europe is located here in Hvar (older than Shakespeare’s theatre in the UK) which is only one detail testifying to the island’s rich cultural heritage. Your evening is free to explore this amazing holiday spot by yourself. We suggest you to take a jeep safari which will take you away from the popular tourist resorts, on an intoxicating voyage of discovery through the aromatic hills of rosemary and lavender, through the various hilltop villages of the island, and along tracks off-limits to most vehicles. Note: port of call can be substituted for Stari Grad because of the limited capacity of Hvar harbor. In that case transfer to and from Hvar will be organized by us.

DAY 7: HVAR-BOL/MILNA-SPLIT (B, L)
Next we head to Brač, the largest island in central Dalmatia famous for two things: one, its radiant white stone used to build Diocletian’s palace in Split, and the White House in Washington, DC, and two, the beach Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn), a long, pebbly beach near Bol that protrudes over 500m out into the Adriatic sea and, surrounded by deep blue water, changes shape with the wind, which makes it unique in Croatia. If the weather allows, we will make a swim stop there as we prepare lunch on board. Enjoy our last day specialties as we sail to our final port Split. Upon arrival, join the walking tour through Split with an expert guide who will bring the past to life and also tell you a lot about Split today. Stroll the streets and learn many interesting facts that make this unique town’s history full of intrigue. Take part of the story of this more than 1700 years old town, founded by the Roman emperor Diocletian who chose this beautiful place as his retirement residence. Let the story of who he was and why he loved Dalmatia so much amaze you! Overnight in Split.

DAY 8: SPLIT (B)
After breakfast, it’s time to disembark and vacate your cabin by 09.00hrs. Group Transfer to the airport. If you are departing later you can leave your bags on board.


WR — Welcome reception
B — Breakfast
L — Lunch
D — Dinner
CD — Captain’s Dinner




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: M/V AURORA IN 2020:
  • • Accommodation in double/twin cabin with ensuite bathroom
  • • 8 day cruise from Split – Dubrovnik and back to Split
  • • Arrival and Departure airport transfer (group)
  • • Welcome reception on day 1
  • • Half Board daily -breakfast and lunch – 3 course
  • • Unlimited water onboard (water dispensers)
  • • Captain’s Dinner
  • • Fresh fruit available daily
  • • Professional cruise manager (English speaking)
  • • Daily cabin service
  • • Luggage handling
  • • Free WiFi onboard

Exclusions

  • NOT INCLUDED 2020:
  • • Port and residence tax: €35 per person to be paid onboard in cash
  • • Tips and gratuities
  • • Any meals/drinks not listed
  • NOT INCLUDED 2020:
  • #OPTIONAL EXTRA EXCURSION PACKAGE SUPPLEMENT aboard M/V AURORA 100 EUR per person (minimum requirement 20 persons):
  • • Guided walking tours of Split, Korčula, Dubrovnik, Mljet, Hvar
  • • One way bus transfer from Dubrovnik port to Old town Dubrovnik for sightseeing tour
  • • Mljet NP entrance fee
  • • Stari Grad Wine Tasting
  • • Return transfer to Winery
  • • Whisper Technology for guided tours

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: SPLIT, WELCOME! (WR)
  • DAY 2: SPLIT- KORČULA (B,L)
  • DAY 3: KORČULA-SLANO/STON- DUBROVNIK (B, T, D)
  • DAY 4: DUBROVNIK (B)
  • DAY 5: DUBROVNIK-MLJET (B, L, D)
  • DAY 6: MLJET-HVAR (B, L)
  • DAY 7: HVAR-BOL/MILNA-SPLIT (B, L)
  • DAY 8: SPLIT (B)