• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  4
  • Departs From: Split
  • Location: Split, Jelsa, Korcula, Dubrovnik, Mljet, Hvar
  • Duration: 8 days (Sat-Sat)
  • Availability: SATURDAYS, weekly departures
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Highlights

  • 2025 dates available!
  • Scenic cruising along the beautiful Dalmatian coast and exciting land excursions
  • Don’t forget to pack your sun cream, your swimsuit and your good mood!
  • Relax on the sun deck, swim in the clear waters and coves and explore the Adriatic Sea
  • In the evenings, the villages await your discovery of hidden restaurants
  • Sightseeing in Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik, Mljet National Park, Split
  • Explore the most beautiful islands of Croatia
  • Swim in undiscovered bays and explore unspoiled nature
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8 days from Split to Bol, Jelsa, Korcula, Dubrovnik, Mljet, Hvar and back to Split

A delightful island hopping cruise that showcases the best of the Dalmatian Coast
Enjoy the rich cultural history of the region, filled with historical small towns
Relax on board in the jacuzzi in the morning and enjoy local tours in the afternoons.
Cruise the Adriatic for 7 fabulous nights on our Deluxe ship.
Breakfast, lunch and sightseeing tours included

Itinerary

Open-age cruise, though usually clients are more couples or small groups ranging from 35-65yrs. Double/twin cabins on Main and Lower Deck. Solo travellers must book a double/twin for solo use.

SHIP INFO AND PHOTOS:
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INCLUSIONS AND FULL ITINERARY:
8 days from Split to Bol, Jelsa, Korcula, Dubrovnik, Mljet, Hvar and back to Split

INCLUDED:
• 7 nights cruise from Split to Dubrovnik and back to Split
• Cabin with private bathroom, air conditioning & LCD TV
• Arrival/departure shared transfer from airport to the port and back
• Professional Cruise Manager throughout
• Daily cabin servicing, fresh bed linen and towels midweek
• Luggage handling
• Free Wi-Fi on board

Meals Included:
• Welcome Dinner with 3 courses
• Captain's Dinner with 3 courses
• Daily buffet breakfast
• 6 lunches, all with 3 courses and salad bar
• Complimentary regular coffee and tea available all day
• Complimentary fresh fruits available daily
• Drinking water dispenser
• Wine tasting in Korčula

Sightseeing and Tours Included:
• Locally Guided City Walking Tours of Split, Hvar, Korčula and Dubrovnik
• Guided tour and entrance to Mljet National Park
• Whisper technology enhanced touring (headsets)
• Daily swim stops (weather permitting)

NOT INCLUDED:
• Port tax €60 pp / week - obligatory (pay onboard)
• Drinks on board, extra meals, specialty teas/coffees
• Tips or gratuities
• Transfers to/from accommodation

ITINERARY:
Arrive anytime during the day, first overnight is in port. Check-in to your cabin from 14.00hrs. If your flight arrives earlier, you may leave your luggage on the ship and come back at 14.00hrs when your cabin is ready. We request that passengers already in Split not arrive before 14.00hrs if at all possible, as the Crew are busy with the cleaning and provisioning in the short time they have from 09.00hrs when previous passengers vacate their cabins and 14.00hrs when they need to be ready for your arrival. If you need somewhere to store your bags prior to embarkation, there are numerous private ‘left luggage’ kiosks at the port available for a small fee.


Day 1: SPLIT - Embarkation (WD)
Welcome to Croatia! Embarkation officially begins at 14:00hrs, but if your flight arrives earlier you can leave your bags on the boat until your cabin is ready and take a walk around this historic city. If you are arriving to the airport today, you can take advantage of our shared transfers from Split Airport to the cruise port. If you are already in Split, taxis, uber and buses are all available to get you to the port. If you are in Split Old Town area you can usually walk to the cruise port. After check-in starts at 2pm, get settled in your cabin before before dinner. Tonight, enjoy our Welcome Reception followed by your Welcome Dinner this evening. Overnight in Split port.
# Included: Welcome Reception (around 19.00hrs), followed by Welcome Dinner
# Included: Shared Transfer from Split Airport (must be requested in advance)

Day 2 to Bol, then to JELSA (B, L)
Morning sail towards Bol on Brač Island, you will discover one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire Mediterranean – “Zlatni Rat” (the Golden Horn), which is constantly changing direction due to the ocean currents with optional swim if weather permits. Return to the ship for lunch and set sail for the town of Jelsa on the island of Hvar. One of the most picturesque towns on the island of Hvar; Jelsa is nestled in amongst hills dense with pine woods. The town quay extends all the way around the harbour with numerous laid moorings. Walk around the town to see old stone streets, squares, churches, and parks. Enjoy a coffee in the main square and soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere of this bustling town. Your evening is free to explore Jelsa on your own. Overnight in Jelsa.
# Included: Breakfast and lunch onboard

Day 3 to KORČULA (Wine tasting) (B, L, T)
Early in the morning we set sail for the island of Korčula, with swimming stop, if weather permits, in one of pristine bays, time to relax and lunch on board. Continue towards Korčula, the most preserved medieval town, thought to be the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Take a walking tour of Korčula which takes you through its narrow, cobbled streets full of history and enjoy wine tasting in one of the local wine bars. Evening is free to explore the town on your own. Overnight in Korcula.
# Included: Breakfast and lunch onboard
# Included: Wine tasting in Korcula
# Included: Walking Tour of Korcula

Day 4 to DUBROVNIK (B, L)
In the morning sail to Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Upon arrival in Dubrovnik, you will enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent Old Town with a panoramic bus ride above the Old Town. 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. Return to the ship at Gruz Harbour at your leisure. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
# Included: Breakfast and lunch onboard
# Included: Walking Tour of Dubrovnik

Day 5 to MLJET (B, L, CD)
In the morning head further north to the Island of Mljet. Mljet National Park encompasses five types of forest, many species of brids and two deep lakes, Veliko Jezero (Big Lake) and Malo Jezero (Small Lake). 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. Tonight, enjoy our Captain’s Dinner onboard.
# Included: Breakfast and lunch onboard
# Included: Captain’s Dinner onboard
# Included: Entrance to Mljet National Park, with guided tour

Day 6 to HVAR (B, L)
Take a break for a swim during your morning cruise. Continue sailing through lunch, arriving this afternoon in Hvar, a favourite holiday destination for international celebrities, but it’s also a charming seaside town with 8 centuries of architecture. On a walking tour visit the old town with the picturesque little streets and the first public theatre in Europe (older than Shakespeare’s theatre in the UK), the Franciscan Monastery and much more. Your evening is free in Hvar. You can explore more and dine on your own at one of the many restaurants in town.
# Included: Breakfast and lunch onboard
# Included: Walking Tour of Hvar

Day 7 to SPLIT (B, L)
Today we head back to Split with a stop along the way to swim, cool off and relax, if weather permits. Lunch onboard. In the late afternoon we arrive in Split to take a walking tour of the historic inner city takes us to the Palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We see the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle, and the Cathedral. Your evening is free in Split. Overnight in Split port.
# Included: Breakfast and lunch onboard
# Included: Walking Tour of Split

Day 8 SPLIT - Disembarkation (B)
One final breakfast onboard. After breakfast, it's time to say goodbye to the Crew and all your new friends! You must vacate your cabin by 09.00hrs. Departure transfer to Split Airport included upon request. For those who have pre-booked the included airport transfer, the Cruise Manager will let you know the exact departure time during the week while you are onboard. If you need to leave early you can do so anytime from 5am. Split port has the main bus/coach and train stations 50m across the road. If you are staying in the Old Town it is but a few minutes walk from the port. There are plenty of 'left luggage' kiosks around if you need somewhere to store your bags after disembarkation. Happy travels and we hope to see you again soon!
# Included: Breakfast onboard
# Included: Shared Transfer to Split Airport (must be requested in advance)

B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, WD-Welcome Dinner, CD-Captain's Dinner, T-Tasting
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Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our specific FAQ pages here:

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

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

Croatia Island Hopping Tour FAQ - 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://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: +612-9212-1507
Email us: [email protected]

 

 

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: SPLIT - Embarkation (WD)
  • Day 2 to Bol, then to JELSA (B, L)
  • Day 3 to KORČULA (Wine tasting) (B, L, T)
  • Day 4 to DUBROVNIK (B, L)
  • Day 5 to MLJET (B, L, CD)
  • Day 6 to HVAR (B, L)
  • Day 7 to SPLIT (B, L)
  • Day 8 SPLIT - Disembarkation (B)