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

  • This one-way Croatia Cruise visits both Vis and the Blue Cave! Everything in one cruise!
  • Discover charming Croatian coastline and islands on Deluxe motor sailer
  • Indulge all your senses, explore inspiring destinations, fishermen’s villages and small and cosy restaurants on shore for tasting local Mediterranean cuisine and nightlife
  • Half-board (breakfast and lunch) included
  • Professional English speaking guide for city tours of Korcula, Hvar, Split
  • Deluxe ship has fully air-conditioned, spacious ensuite cabins
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8 days from Dubrovnik, Slano, Korcula, Bisevo / Blue Cave, Vis, Hvar, Bol, Pucisca, Omis and to Split

A one-way Dubrovnik to Split cruise that includes Vis and the Blue Cave! Extra value Island Hopping Deluxe cruise. Relax on board in the jacuzzi in the morning and enjoy local tours in the afternoons. Half-board and excursions included.

Deluxe Superior Ship: MS Swallow

Itinerary


8 days from Dubrovnik, Slano, Hvar Town, Bisevo / Blue Cave, Vis, Vela Luka, Korcula, Mljet National Park, Elaphiti Islands and to Dubrovnik

Open age cruise, though usually clients are more couples, solo travellers or small family groups ranging from 20-65yrs. Double/twin cabins on Main and Lower Deck. No triple cabins. Solo travellers must book a double/twin for solo use with a solo use supplement.


Similar cruise from Dubrovnik return with Split instead of Blue Cave: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/21/deluxe-cruise-dubrovnik-return-adriatic-princess/
Similar cruises with Blue Cave included: https://discovercroatia.com.au/cruises/blue-cave-included/

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

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




ITINERARY:

DAY 1 • SATURDAY DUBROVNIK (D)
New boat MS INVICTUS (2020) will be docked in Dubrovnik Gruž Harbour where you can board from 13:00 hours. Welcome meeting will start at 19:00hrs where you will be introduced by our Cruise director to the Captain, our crew and of course your future fellow passengers with whom you will spend a week on board. Welcome dinner will be served at 19:30. Passengers arriving earlier cannot enter their cabins before 13:00 but they can leave luggage on board after 09:00hrs. Captain will wait for all passengers arriving late at night and these guests will be provided with dinner. Overnight in Dubrovnik (Gruz Harbour).

DAY 2 • SUNDAY DUBROVNIK – SLANO (B,L)
After breakfast our English/French speaking guide and coach will come to the pier. After an organized transfer we will arrive to the historical centre of Dubrovnik, the famous city enlisted as UNESCO’s World Heritage site, where your guide will show you the most interesting sights of Dubrovnik. After city tour you will be left on your own to explore the city, visit City Walls or take the cable car to the top of the Mount Srđ. You will see why this city is called the Pearl of the Adriatic. At noon we will have transfer from Dubrovnik to boat and start our cruise. Lunch will be served while cruising to Slano with swim stop on the way. Overnight in Slano.

#Optional afternoon excursion to Ston. Price per person is €50 and it includes our cruise escort, return transfer and Oyster Experience tasting with wine. We start our tour by coach to Mali Ston, to enjoy our “Oyster Experience” boat trip over Mali Ston Bay where families have grown oysters for generations. After a welcome drink on the small wooden boat we will do a tour to the shellfish farm with a presentation and oyster and mussel tasting on the boat with the glass of the house wine and water. Upon coming back we will proceed to Ston, fortified town famous for 5-kilometre long walls, a city built in the 15th century according to a plan with a rectangular scheme of streets and squares. Ston is renowned for its delicious oysters and mussels. Another landmark of Ston is its old salt ponds where the salt is still gathered today in the old way. After relaxed time we will go back to Slano on board for overnight. Overnight in Slano.

DAY 3 • MONDAY SLANO – HVAR (B,L)
We start our day with morning departure towards the sunniest island of Croatia – the island of Hvar, along of the many coves and bays on the way. Lunch and swim stop on the way. Hvar is one of the most popular, very attractive tourist destinations and a meeting point for the international jet set. Upon your afternoon arrival at Hvar, a local English/French speaking guide will walk you throughout the town introducing you to the history, culture and way of life on this island. Have an evening in Hvar free on your own to explore and dine around in one of numerous family owned restaurants. Overnight in Hvar.

DAY 4 • TUESDAY HVAR-BIŠEVO BLUE CAVE - VIS (B,L)
Morning cruise to Island Biševo with its Blue cave. The cave has its own natural entrance which is located below sea level, which required that it visitors dive deeply only to resurface into the cave’s mysterious blue depths. This natural phenomenon creates a magical effect of deep blue and shiny silver, mystifying her visitors. However, sometimes High Waves prevent the entrance to Blue Cave, which is something we shall not know before the morning designated for our visit. This is why entrance fees are payable on the spot. Lunch on board. Continuation to Vis Island and town, a pearl among Croatian Adriatic islands, left untouched by the development of tourism for so many years - due to its strategic location on the open sea, it served as a military zone for many years. Beautiful beaches, and preserved nature, ecological agriculture and preserved traditional architecture are unique advantages of this unique Croatian island. Overnight in Vis.

DAY 5 • WEDNESDAY VIS – VELA LUKA (B,L, Captain's dinner with live music)
We will for start our day with morning departure towards the island of Korčula. We shall stop for a swim before lunch and in the afternoon arrive to Vela Luka, second largest town on Korčula island. #Optional excursion. We will have Captain’s dinner that evening on board with live music entertainment. Overnight in Vela Luka.

#Optional afternoon wine & olive oil tasting excursion by coach. Price per person is 50,00 EUR and it include guide, Return transfer, Olive oil tasting, Ethnographic museum entrance fees and wine-tasting.
If you like olive oil, then this is tour for you. Start the exploration with a visit to the Zlokic olive Oil Production founded in 1995. This family is known for being on of the leading olive oil producers on the island. The family’s collection boasts many old-fashioned tools for olive oil making, including a 15th century wooden olive press and an 18th century hydraulic compression system. The family’s oil mill covers 700 square meters and gives the visitor the chance to understand more this elixir of the Gods. As part of their facilities, the Zlokic Family has a “sports field” typical for Dalmatia where the traditional game “Boce” is being played. After tasting the olive oil, check out this game prior to continue to the small town of Blato and the Barilo Family Museum. The Barilo ethnographic collection offers a unique and unforgettable experience of the island and shows the life and the costumes of our ancestors. The ethno house Barilo with the ethnographic collection is exceptional for both Blato and the island. The objects were collected for many years and they come from all the aspects of life – there are elements of agricultural tools, formal clothing, furniture, traditional crafts. The island exploration will continue with a visit to the Toreta Winery with wine tasting. This family boutique winery in Smokvica produces wines from indigenous grape varieties such as Posip, Rukatac and Plavac. The winery was named after the “Toreta” – field stone shelter that can still be found in some parts of Smokvica. This wine tasting will be enriched with a collection of equipment used by many family generations during the wine production.

DAY 6 • THURSDAY VELA LUKA - KORČULA – NATIONAL PARK MLJET (B,L)
Morning cruise towards Korčula town, on Korčula Island. Korčula is a city known as a birthplace of Marko Polo, the famous explorer. Our English/French speaking guide will do Korčula City tour, and walk us through narrow and cobbled streets. Lunch on board and cruise to Mljet National Park where we expect to come in the afternoon, (entrance fees are not included). You will have just enough time to explore park, to walk around the Great and Small Lake and Islet of St. Mary with its Benedictine Monastery from the 12th century and, of course, to take a swim in the heart of National Park. Overnight in Mljet.

DAY 7 • FRIDAY – NATIONAL PARK MLJET – ELAPHITI ISLANDS (B,L)
Today's day is to enjoy. Morning cruise by magnificent shores of the Elaphiti islands archipelago, to the northwest of Dubrovnik, with a swim stops along a way. Lunch on board and second swim stop. Overnight at Elaphiti Islands ( Šipan, Lopud, Koločep), docked at one of the small picturesque peaceful fishermen’s villages on the Islands.

DAY 8 • SATURDAY - ELAPHITI ISLANDS - DUBROVNIK (B)
Morning cruise from our last stop to Dubrovnik Gruž port where we will arrive by 09:00 hours. It is time to say farewell to all your new friends after having breakfast. Disembark by 09.30hrs


INCLUDED:
• English/French speaking cruise manager on board
• 6 crew members
• 7 nights cruise in a cabin with ensuite and aircon
• Complimentary fresh fruit available daily
• Welcome dinner with 3 courses
• Buffet breakfast daily and 6 lunches with 3 courses
• Captain’s Dinner with live music
• Professional English/French speaking guide for city tours of Dubrovnik (with transfers), Hvar and Korčula.
• Wireless headset system for sightseeing (City Tours)
• Towels changed every second day & linen changed in the middle of the week
• Daily cabin cleaning service
• Beach towels
• Two 0.50 litres bottles of water per day and person
• Free unlimited Wi-Fi on board
• CCTV Security Cameras on board
• Elegance Rooftop Jacuzzi (Sun deck)

NOT INCLUDED:
• Port and tourist taxes and fees, €40 per person/week, to be paid on board in cash
• Entrance fees to Biševo Blue cave, ca. €7-15 per person to be paid at entrance if clients want to enter
• Entrance to the Mljet National Park, ca. €15 per person to be paid at entrance if clients want to enter
• Ston and Oyster experience, optional excursion €50 per person
• Korčula Olive Oil and wine tasting Island tour, optional excursion, €50 per person



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:
  • • English/French speaking cruise manager on board
  • • 6 crew members
  • • 7 nights cruise in a cabin with ensuite and aircon
  • • Complimentary fresh fruit available daily
  • • Welcome dinner with 3 courses
  • • Buffet breakfast daily and 6 lunches with 3 courses
  • • Captain’s Dinner with live music
  • • Professional English/French speaking guide for city tours of Dubrovnik (with transfers), Hvar and Korčula.
  • • Wireless headset system for sightseeing (City Tours)
  • • Towels changed every second day & linen changed in the middle of the week
  • • Daily cabin cleaning service
  • • Beach towels
  • • Two 0.50 litres bottles of water per day and person
  • • Free unlimited Wi-Fi on board
  • • CCTV Security Cameras on board
  • • Elegance Rooftop Jacuzzi (Sun deck)

Exclusions

  • NOT INCLUDED:
  • • Port and tourist taxes and fees, € 40,00 per person/week, to be paid on board in cash
  • • Entrance fees to Biševo Blue cave, ca. € 7-15 per person to be paid at entrance if clients want to enter
  • • Entrance to the Mljet National Park, ca. € 15,00 per person to be paid at entrance if clients want to enter
  • • Ston and Oyster experience, optional excursion €50,00 per person
  • • Korčula Olive Oil and wine tasting Island tour, optional excursion, € 50,00 per person

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 DUBROVNIK (D)
  • DAY 2 • SUNDAY DUBROVNIK – SLANO (B,L)
  • DAY 3 • MONDAY SLANO – HVAR (B,L)
  • DAY 4 • TUESDAY HVAR-BIŠEVO BLUE CAVE - VIS (B,L)
  • DAY 5 • WEDNESDAY VIS – VELA LUKA (B,L, Captain's dinner with live music)
  • DAY 6 • THURSDAY VELA LUKA - KORČULA – NATIONAL PARK MLJET (B,L)
  • DAY 7 • FRIDAY – NATIONAL PARK MLJET – ELAPHITI ISLANDS (B,L)
  • DAY 8 • SATURDAY - ELAPHITI ISLANDS - DUBROVNIK (B)