• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  5
  • Departs From: Split
  • Location: Split, Hvar, Blue Cave, Korcula, Mljet, Dubrovnik
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Availability: SATURDAYS, May - October
  • CLICK FOR PRICING / DEPARTURES

Highlights

  • SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED:
  • Split
  • Hvar
  • Korcula
  • Dubrovnik
  • HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Sample delicious local cuisine
  • Enjoy relaxing moments at the sea
  • Experience local hospitality
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8 days from Split, Stari Grad, Hvar Town (tour), Vis, Biševo (Blue Cave tour), Korčula, Mljet, Slano, Elaphiti 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 the popular islands of Hvar and Korcula and then adds in a trip to the Island of Vis with a Blue Cave excursion as well.

Deluxe Superior Ship: MS Freedom, MS Adriatic King or MS Bella

2021 dates available!

Itinerary


2020: 8 days from Split to Bol, Stari Grad, Hvar Town (tour), Vis, Biševo (Blue Cave tour), Korčula, Mljet National Park, Slano, Elaphiti Islands and to Dubrovnik

2021: 8 days from Split, Trogir, Krka National Park (tour), Stari Grad, Hvar Town (tour), Vis, Biševo (Blue Cave tour), Korčula, Mljet National Park, Slano, Elaphiti Islands and 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 SUP 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 Superior Ship: MS Freedom, MS Adriatic King or MS Bella

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

https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/deluxe-superior/bella/

https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/deluxe-superior/adriatic-king/

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


Same cruise in the opposite direction: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/51/deluxe-cruise-dubrovnik-to-split-ms-freedom-7nts/
Combine with a 5 night Venice to Split Tour beforehand: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/188/venice-slovenia-and-to-split-escorted-tour-5nts/
Or Zagreb to Split 3nts: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/55/zagreb-to-split-escorted-tour-3nts-wednesdays/
Combine with an 8 night tour of Northern Croatia and Slovenia Zagreb to Split beforehand: https://www.discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/234/slovenia-northern-croatia-tour-zagreb-split-8nts/
Combine with a one-way day tour from Zagreb to Split via Plitvice Lakes: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/95/day-tour-plitvice-lakes-with-transfer-zagreb-split/
Combine with a 5 night tour post-cruise: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/89/dubrovnik-bosnia-and-serbia-highlights-tour-5nts/
Or 7 night tour post-cruise: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/147/journey-into-the-balkans-escorted-tour-7nts/


INCLUDED:
• 7 nights cruise from Split to Dubrovnik in a cabin with private ensuite and airconditioning
• Arrival Split airport or hotel transfer (shared)
• Departure transfer to Dubrovnik Airport or hotel (shared)
• Captain’s Dinner and Welcome Dinner
• Buffet breakfast daily
• 6 lunches with 4 courses
• Unlimited drinking water dispenser in the restaurant
• Complimentary fresh fruits available daily
• Professional Cruise Manager throughout
• Luggage handling
• Daily cabin servicing
• Whisper technology enhanced touring
• Free Wi-Fi on board
• Oyster tasting in Ston/Slano
• City tours of Split, Hvar, Korčula, Dubrovnik

NOT INCLUDED:
• Entrance fees
• Dubrovnik cable car or city walls
• Entrance fee to Blue Cave approx € 14 pp
• Drinks on board, extra meals
• Tourist tax & port tax € 35 per person to be paid on board in cash (obligatory)


ITINERARY 2020:

1st Saturday SPLIT (WR, D)
You will be transferred from Split’s airport or your Split hotel to harbour, where embarkation begins at 13:00h. Get settled in your cabin before attending a Welcome reception followed by dinner this evening.

2nd Day Sunday SPLIT – BOL – STARI GRAD (HVAR ISLAND) (B, L)
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. Set sail towards Bol, a small town on Island Brač, for a swim at the Golden Horn. Enjoy the 530 m. 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 Stari Grad and overnight in one of the oldest towns in Europe.

3rd Day Monday STARI GRAD – HVAR TOWN (TOUR) – VIS (B, L, CD)
Leaving Stari Grad in the morning towards Hvar. Continue to the island of Hvar, one of the most popular islands in the Adriatic. A sightseeing tour of Hvar town shows you the first public theatre in Europe and many more historical sites. Afterwards continue to Vis. The town of Vis is on the northern side of the island and was developed near the remains of ancient Issa, the first urban centre in Croatia, formed by the Greeks in 4th century B.C. Visit the remains of the Roman Baths, Church or Our Lady and City museum or take a walk enjoying the view of the beautiful Villae Rusticae situated along the coast. Tonight enjoy Captain's Dinner and overnight in Vis.

4th Day Tuesday VIS – BIŠEVO (BLUE CAVE) – KORČULA (B, L)
Leaving Vis we will have an early morning cruise towards Biševo island to visit the Blue Cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon on the islet Biševo just in front of the town of Komiža. The light goes through the cave and reflects on the water in such way it paints everything in a wonderful blue tone. The cave is tiny so you can only enter with a small boat and is available for visit only if the weather and water level are suitable. 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. Afterwards cruise towards the Korčula the island’s main settlement and is known as the birthplace of Marco Polo, one of the world’s most famous explorers of all times. 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. 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.

5th Day Wednesday KORČULA – MLJET NATIONAL PARK (B, L)
In the morning head further south to the Island of Mljet. Join the Cruise Manager for a stroll to the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park 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. Overnight in port of Pomena.

6th Day Thursday MLJET – SLANO, Thursday (B, L, T)
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 situated on Pelješac peninsula. Peljesac peninsula is known as one of the best wine-producing regions in Croatia. After exploring the town we leave to a small nearby village to enjoy the authentic local tasting. Overnight on board in Slano.

7th Day Friday SLANO – ELAPHITI ISLANDS – DUBROVNIK (B, L)
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. You will see the Franciscan Monastery with Europe’s third oldest pharmacy, the Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral. Enjoy the last night of cruise exploring the magnificent town of Dubrovnik on your own.

8th Day Saturday DUBROVNIK Departure (B)
After breakfast it’s time to disembark. Disembarkation from your cabin by 09.00am. You can leave your bags on board if your departure is later than 9am. You will be transferred to Dubrovnik airport or your Dubrovnik hotel.

B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner, WR-Welcome Reception, CD-Captain’s dinner, T-Tasting


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2021: 8 days from Split, Trogir, Krka National Park Excursion, Stari Grad, Hvar Town (tour), Vis, Biševo (Blue Cave tour), Korčula, Mljet National Park, Slano, Elaphiti Islands and Dubrovnik

ITINERARY 2021:


Day 1 Saturday SPLIT ARRIVAL (WR, D)
You will be transferred from Split’s airport or your Split hotel to harbour, where embarkation begins at 13:00hrs. Get settled in your cabin before attending a Welcome reception followed by dinner onboard this evening. If you arrive early you can leave your bags onboard until your cabin is ready at 13.00hrs.

Day 2 Sunday SPLIT – TROGIR (NP Krka excursion) (B, L, CD)
In the morning join a guided tour of Split, visit the seafront promenade and Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. The historical center of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Set sail to the old Dalmatian town Trogir. Trogir is sometimes referred to as “miniature Venice” or a “mini Dubrovnik” because of its ancient walls, or a floating museum town - as it has a masterful architecture including some stunning Venetian palaces. After disembark in Trogir we will take the bus to visit Krka National Park. You will discover the pristine nature and waterfalls of the Krka National Park, an area extremely rich with flora and fauna. Tonight enjoy Captain’s dinner and overnight in Trogir.

Day 3 Monday TROGIR – STARI GRAD (B, L)
Morning guided tour of Trogir with a local tour guide. Enjoy sailing towards Stari Grad, swimming stop and lunch on board . Stari Grad is one of the oldest towns in Europe with many friendly and cheap konobas and restaurants in the backstreets of the old town. The Stari Grad Plain and the old town centre of Stari Grad have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2008. Your evening is free to explore Stari Grad on your own.

Day 4 Tuesday STARI GRAD – HVAR – VIS (B, L)
Leaving Stari Grad in the morning towards city of Hvar. A sightseeing tour of Hvar town shows you the first public theatre in Europe and many more historical sites. Afterwards continue to Vis. The town of Vis is on the northern side of the island and was developed near the remains of ancient Issa, the first urban centre in Croatia, formed by the Greeks in 4th century B.C. Visit the remains of the Roman Baths, Church or Our Lady and City museum or take a walk enjoying the view of the beautiful Villae Rusticae situated along the coast. Your evening is free in Vis.

Day 5 Wednesday VIS – BIŠEVO (Blue Cave) – KORČULA (B, L)
Leaving Vis we will have an early morning cruise towards Biševo island to visit the Blue Cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon on the islet Biševo just in front of the town of Komiža. 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. Afterwards cruise towards the Korčula the island’s main settlement and is known as the birthplace of Marco Polo, one of the world’s most famous explorers of all times. 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. 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.

Day 6 Thursday KORČULA – MLJET – SLANO (B, L, OT)
In the morning head further south to the Island of Mljet. Join the Cruise Manager for a stroll to the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park. Alternatively, you can rent bicycles, scooters or kayaks to explore the National Park or island on your own. Lunch on board and 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 situated on Pelješac peninsula. Pelješac peninsula is known as one of the best wine-producing regions in Croatia. After exploring the town we leave to a small nearby village to enjoy the authentic local oyster tasting. Overnight on board in Slano.

Day 7 Friday SLANO – ELAPHITI ISLANDS - DUBROVNIK, Friday (B, L)
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. After the panoramic view, we will arrive at the historical centre of Dubrovnik, walk through STRADUN – both a street and a square, the most famous place inside the town walls, 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, the Franciscan Monastery with Europe's second oldest pharmacy, the Rector's Palace and the Cathedral, take a boat ride to Lokrum island or take the cable car to the top of the Mount Srđ. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 8 Saturday DUBROVNIK Departure (B)
After breakfast it’s time to disembark. You will be transferred to Dubrovnik airport or your Dubrovnik hotel.

B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner, WR-Welcome Reception, CD-Captain’s Dinner, OT-Oyster Tasting


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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.

Accommodations

Luxury accommodations are provided.

Essential Information

Ship Description: All ships have WIFI

https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/deluxe-superior-ships/freedom/

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

 

Inclusions

  • INCLUDED:
  • • 7 nights cruise from Split to Dubrovnik in a cabin with private ensuite and airconditioning
  • • Arrival Split airport or hotel transfer (shared)
  • • Departure transfer to Dubrovnik Airport or hotel (shared)
  • • Captain’s Dinner and Welcome Dinner
  • • Buffet breakfast daily
  • • 6 lunches with 4 courses starting with the 4 course welcome dinner on Day 1
  • • Unlimited drinking water dispenser in the restaurant
  • • Complimentary fresh fruits available daily
  • • Professional Cruise Manager throughout
  • • Luggage handling
  • • Daily cabin servicing
  • • Whisper technology enhanced touring
  • • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • • Oyster tasting in Ston
  • • City tours of Split, Hvar, Korčula, Dubrovnik

Exclusions

  • NOT INCLUDED:
  • • Entrance fees
  • • Dubrovnik cable car or city walls
  • • Entrance fee to Blue Cave approx € 14 pp
  • • Drinks on board, extra meals
  • • Tourist tax & port tax € 35 per person to be paid on board in cash (obligatory)

Frequently Asked Questions

We have loads more specific FAQ answered on our other pages, check them out 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 ARRIVAL (WR, D)
  • Day 2 Sunday SPLIT – TROGIR (NP Krka excursion) (B, L, CD)
  • Day 3 Monday TROGIR – STARI GRAD (B, L)
  • Day 4 Tuesday STARI GRAD – HVAR – VIS (B, L)
  • Day 5 Wednesday VIS – BIŠEVO (Blue Cave) – KORČULA (B, L)
  • Day 6 Thursday KORČULA – MLJET – SLANO (B, L, OT)
  • Day 7 Friday SLANO – ELAPHITI ISLANDS - DUBROVNIK, Friday (B, L)
  • Day 8 Saturday DUBROVNIK Departure (B)