• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  5
  • Departs From: Split
  • Location: Split, Makarska, Mljet, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Availability: SATURDAYS, June - September
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Highlights

  • Starting in Split; home of Diocletian's Palace
  • Mljet Island National Park (Inland salt lakes)
  • 2 nights in Dubrovnik; the most famous town in the Adriatic Sea!
  • Korcula, birthplace of Marco Polo
  • Gorgeous Hvar Island
  • Finishing back in beautiful Split
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8 days from Split, Makarska, Mljet National Park, Dubrovnik (2nts), Korcula, Hvar and back to Split

Sail Croatia with a like-minded group of 18-39 yrs olds on our fabulous relaxing 7 night return cruise from Split. Enjoy sailing around the Dalmatian coast on your traditional cruise ship. Half-board (breakfast and lunch) included. Relax or explore each town to your heart's content.

Deluxe Superior Ship: MS Karizma

SATURDAY DEPARTURES!

Itinerary


8 days from Split, Makarska, Mljet National Park, Dubrovnik (2nts), Korcula, Hvar and back to Split

18-39s cruise. Double/twin cabins on Upper, Main and Lower Deck. Twin and Triple cabins are a double bed with a single bunk bed above. Solo travellers must book a double/twin for solo use with a solo use supplement. Some cabins are bunk beds.


SATURDAY DEPARTURES! ALL CABINS HAVE AIR-CON AND ENSUITES!

Our 8-day Split return Croatia sail tours take in the very best of the Dalmatian coast - cruising to islands such as Korcula, Hvar and Mljet, while also staying 2 nights in Dubrovnik and 1 night in Makarska. The itinerary is designed to give you the best of both worlds: sightseeing, swimming and relaxing during the day, followed by excursion options, nights out, parties and events in the late afternoons and evenings.

Also available as a 7nt Dubrovnik return: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/116/18-39s-vintage-cruise-dubrovnik-return-7nt-tues/
Also available as a 3nt Mini-cruise: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/251/18-39s-vintage-mini-cruise-split-dubrovnik-3nts/

Ship:
https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/deluxe-superior-ships/karizma/

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




ITINERARY:

Day 1 SATURDAY Split to Makarska (B,L) - Departure at 13.00hrs sharp!
Jump on board and meet your Captain, crew and shipmates! Check-in is from 11am to 12pm and we aim to depart Split for Makarska at 1pm and get the socialising started with lunch and a swim stop. We get into Makarska late in the afternoon, giving you time to go around the town, grab a gelato and have dinner in one of the many restaurants, pizzerias and tavernas that line the promenade. The most popular way to spend the night is at the famous Club Deep, also known as the "Rave in a Cave". Say no more.....

Day 2 SUNDAY Makarska to Mljet (B,L)
Our boat leaves early for the crossing to Mljet Island. After lunch, we will dock in either Pomena or Polace and have the rest of the afternoon free to explore this island's stunning National Park and its lakes - the peaceful antidote to Makarska's hedonism! There are several options for this exploration: hire a bike for a few hours and pedal your way around the lakes' cycle paths, hire a kayak for paddle-power or simply go hiking. We also offer an onboard BBQ this evening as the setting is perfect.
#Optional excursions: Entrance to Mljet National Park (approx 110 kunas), bike or kayak hire (from 50 kunas), Captain's BBQ (approx 100 to 150 kunas, depending on inclusions).

Day 3 MONDAY Mljet to Dubrovnik (B,L)
With some gorgeous bays around Mljet island and Slano, we are spoilt for choice for a swim stop this morning. We then cross to Dubrovnik through the Elphaite archipelago of islands - a truly amazing sight. We arrive in Dubrovnik in the early afternoon, which gives you time for some must-dos, including a sunset walk around the famous walls and sampling a cocktail at one of the cliff bars as you watch the sun go down. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in and around the Old City, as well as events at clubs such as Revelin.
#Optional excursions: Ziplining over a beach near Dubrovnik (approx 250 kunas), Game of Thrones Dubrovnik Historic Walking Tour (approx 150 kunas).
(1) Dubrovnik is the setting for the capital city of Westeros, Kings Landing, in Game of Thrones. If you are a fan, why not take a walking tour of the locations of the most famous scenes in the ultra-popular show and get an overview of the history of Dubrovnik at the same time? If you are not a GOT fan then we also have a dedicated Dubrovnik Historical Walk that focuses on the city's non-fictional history.
(2) Close to where your boat docks in Gruz port, there is a secluded beach with a 250-metre long ZIPLINE! We can arrange transfer there and back, with a zipline ride (or 2!) included in the excursion.

Day 4 TUESDAY Dubrovnik - Gruz Harbour (D)
We have 2 days in Dubrovnik as there is so much to do here! There is no lunch today - you have dinner instead! Dinner is served onboard at 6.30pm and then the evening is yours again to enjoy in the Old City. Overnight on the boat in Dubrovnik.

We recommend:
(1) Doing the awesome buggy safari - you are taken to Mount Srd to get a bird's eye view of the Old City and Elaphite Isles before driving an off-road buggy around the mountain. Unmissable!
(2) Taking a cable car ride up to Mount Srd for the most incredible view imaginable (note: buggy trip takes you past same cable car station for same view at no extra cost!).
(3) Dubrovnik is also the setting for the capital city of Westeros, Kings Landing, in Game of Thrones. If you are a fan, why not take a walking tour of the locations of the most famous scenes in the ultra-popular show and get an overview of the history of Dubrovnik at the same time on a combination walking tour?
(4) Take a shuttle boat over to Lokrum Island from the Old City.

Day 5 WEDNESDAY Dubrovnik to Korcula (B,L)
It's goodbye to Dubrovnik and hello to more incredible scenery as we head to Korcula Island, which is said to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. The Old City (with the same name as the island) is another gem which hosts a small street party in the evening at the Deja Vu Bar!
#Optional excursion: Wine-tasting. Korcula and its neighbouring peninsula, Peljesac, are famous for both red and white wine. This tasting session includes 5 wines: white, red, rose and even a prosecco!

Day 6 THURSDAY Korcula to Hvar Island (Hvar Town or Stari Grad) (B,L)
Hvar Island is rated as one of the highlights of the trip and it's not hard to see why. Hvar Town's pocket harbour is a thing of beauty but you only get to truly appreciate it after climbing up to the fort that overlooks the whole bay. We arrive after lunch but we are not able to dock until late afternoon/evening due to port restrictions. We strongly recommend taking a water taxi from your boat over to the city to get there earlier (3-4 Euros per person payable directly to the taxi). Hvar's nightlife is also legendary and we recommend catching the sunset at Hula Hula bar or taking the organised shuttle boat over to Carpe Diem - the famous (but pricey) "club on an island".

IMPORTANT: Hvar Town's small port is often overcrowded in peak months (end of Jun to end of Aug) and the port authority may order the boat to dock elsewhere, such as Stari Grad, about 35 mins by bus from Hvar Town.

Day 7 FRIDAY Hvar Island to Split (B,L)
Our final, full day starts with a swim stop in the morning at one of the many Pakleni Islands near Hvar and we then continue past Brac Island over to the largest city on the Dalmatian coast, Split. In the afternoon, you have enough time to take in some of the inspiring sights of this city, including Diocletian's Palace, Mestrovic's "Gregory of Nin" statue and Bacvice Beach. If you fancy something more adventurous then we can also transfer you to Omis for a rafting excursion on the River Cetina.
#Optional excursion: River Rafting

Day 8 SATURDAY Split (B)
After breakfast it is time to say goodbye to your shipmates and crew. Check-out is by 10am but the adventure does not need to end here! Enjoy your day in Split and we hope you have loved your cruise with us! Options for further travel include Krka National Park, Plitvice Lakes and Bosnia-Herzegovina (especially Mostar and Sarajevo).

INCLUDED:
• 7 nights accommodation onboard
• Half-board meals (breakfast and lunch)
• Overnight air-conditioning (10.30pm to 9.30am)
• Onboard Tour Leader
• Bedding in your cabin (bring own beach towel)
• UNLIMITED drinking water per person per day
• Wi-Fi onboard
• Captain and Crew
• Port fees and fuel


NOT INCLUDED:
• All drinks onboard (boat runs a tab system) apart from free UNLIMITED drinking water,
• 35 Euros Tourist Tax (payable on first day in cash - euros or kuna)
• Dinners (apart from dinner in Dubrovnik on Tuesday)
• Optional Excursions
• Crew tips (at your discretion)
• Beach towels (please bring your own)
• Entrance fees to sites, national parks and museums


#OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS (prices may change without notice):
• Captain's BBQ - approx 100 to 150 KUNA (depending on inclusions)
• Mljet National Park Entrance Fee - 110 KUNA
• Mljet National Park Bike Hire - 40 KUNA / hour
• Buggy Safari near Dubrovnik - 500 KUNA
• Game of Thrones Dubrovnik Walking Tour - 150 KUNA
• Zip-lining - 250 KUNA
• Wine-tasting Korcula - 150 KUNA
• Rapid Rafting - 450 KUNA



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 accommodation onboard
  • • Half-board meals (breakfast and lunch - breakfast and dinner in Dubrovnik)
  • • Overnight air-conditioning (10.30pm to 9.30am)
  • • Onboard Tour Leader
  • • Bedding in your cabin (bring own beach towel)
  • • UNLIMITED drinking water per person per day
  • • Wi-Fi onboard
  • • Captain and Crew
  • • Port fees and fuel

Exclusions

  • NOT INCLUDED:
  • • All drinks onboard (boat runs a tab system) apart from free UNLIMITED drinking water,
  • • 35 Euros Tourist Tax (payable on first day in cash - euros or kuna)
  • • Dinners (apart from dinner in Dubrovnik on Tuesday)
  • • Optional Excursions
  • • Crew tips (at your discretion)
  • • Beach towels (please bring your own)
  • • Entrance fees to sites, national parks and museums
  • #OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS (prices may change without notice):
  • • Captain's BBQ - approx 100 to 150 KUNA (depending on inclusions)
  • • Mljet National Park Entrance Fee - 110 KUNA
  • • Mljet National Park Bike Hire - 40 KUNA / hour
  • • Buggy Safari near Dubrovnik - 500 KUNA
  • • Game of Thrones Dubrovnik Walking Tour - 150 KUNA
  • • Zip-lining - 250 KUNA
  • • Wine-tasting Korcula - 150 KUNA
  • • Rapid Rafting - 450 KUNA

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 to Makarska (B,L) - Departure at 13.00hrs sharp!
  • Day 2 SUNDAY Makarska to Mljet (B,L)
  • Day 3 MONDAY Mljet to Dubrovnik (B,L)
  • Day 4 TUESDAY Dubrovnik - Gruz Harbour (D)
  • Day 5 WEDNESDAY Dubrovnik to Korcula (B,L)
  • Day 6 THURSDAY Korcula to Hvar Island (Hvar Town or Stari Grad) (B,L)
  • Day 7 FRIDAY Hvar Island to Split (B,L)
  • Day 8 SATURDAY Split (B)