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

Highlights

  • SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED:
  • Dubrovnik
  • Ston oyster tasting
  • Korcula
  • Bisevo (Blue Cave)
  • Hvar
  • Split
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8 days from Dubrovnik, Slano, Mljet, Korčula, Vis, Biševo (Blue Cave), Hvar (tour), Stari Grad and to Split

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 Dubrovnik, Slano, Mljet National Park, Korčula, Vis, Biševo (Blue Cave tour), Hvar Town (tour), Stari Grad, Bol, and to Split

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

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 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/adriatic-king/

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

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


See alternating weeks in the opposite direction: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/49/deluxe-cruise-split-to-dubrovnik-ms-freedom-7nts/
Combine with a one-way day tour from Split to Zagreb via Plitvice Lakes: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/96/day-tour-plitvice-lakes-with-transfer-split-zagreb/
Combine with a post-cruise tour: http://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/304/split-to-zagreb-via-slovenia-private-tour-5nts/

INCLUDED:
• 7 nights cruise from Dubrovnik to Split in a cabin with private ensuite and airconditioning
• Arrival Dubrovnik airport or hotel transfer to cruise port (shared)
• Departure transfer from cruise port to Split 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
• City tours of Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Split

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)


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

ITINERARY 2020:


1st Day Saturday DUBROVNIK (WR, D)
You will be transferred from Dubrovnik airport or your Dubrovnik 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 DUBROVNIK – ELAPHITI ISLANDS – SLANO (B, L, OT)
Start the day with a walking tour of Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of Adriatic” and a UNESCO World heritage site. You will see the Franciscan Monastery, the Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral, but if you would like to enter you can purchase the tickets at the entrance of each site. After returning to ship enjoy the magic scenery as the ship cruises around Dubrovnik city walls to continue to one of the Elaphiti islands for a swim stop. Afternoon arrival in Slano, a peaceful fishermen’s village and our starting point to Ston, once fortified small village famous for its oysters situated on Peljesac 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.

3rd Day Monday SLANO – MLJET NATIONAL PARK (B, L)
In the morning we head north 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 island on your own. Overnight in port Pomena.

4th Day Tuesday MLJET – KORČULA (B, L)
Continue our cruise towards the Korčula island best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Stop for lunch in one of the secluded bays en route. Afternoon arrival in Korčula followed by a guided walking tour of this enchanting town surrounded by walls, which is one of the best preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean. Overnight in Korčula where you can enjoy a gourmet experience at the multiple restaurants and bars.

5th Day Wednesday KORČULA – VIS (B, L, CD)
Cruise towards the island of Vis, once a strategic naval Yugoslav base and restricted to the public. Due to this isolation, Vis has a special charm – “the Mediterranean as it once was” making it really interesting to visit.Try some exquisite wine sorts in one of the Vis traditional wineries. If interested, visit the remains of the Roman thermal place, City museum or simply take a walk enjoying the views. Overnight in the port of Vis and enjoy Captain's dinner on board.

6th Day Thursday VIS – BIŠEVO (BLUE CAVE) – HVAR TOWN (TOUR) – STARI GRAD (B, L)
Early in the morning we sail to small island Biševo to visit the Blue Cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon. 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. Continue towards Hvar, the longest and sunniest island in the Adriatic, with a swim stop and lunch on board. Afternoon arrival in Hvar town followed by a tour of the town - the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower, and the oldest community theatre in Europe founded in 1612. After the tour set sail towards Stari Grad, one of the oldest cities in Europe where you will overnight.

7th Day Friday STARI GRAD – BOL – SPLIT (B, L)
Early morning departure to Brač island where swimming is planned at the most famous beach in Dalmatia – Golden Horn near Bol – whose pebbles shifts from side to side as the wind and waves constantly change in shape. Continue to Split to enjoy a guided tour of the historic inner city built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian`s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. See the Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter`s temple and the Peristyle. Overnight in Split.

8th Day Saturday SPLIT DEPARTURE (B)
After breakfast it is time to leave. Vacate your cabin by 09.00hrs. You may leave your bags on the ship if your transfer is later than 9am. You will be transferred to Split airport or your Split hotel.

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


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

ITINERARY 2021:


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

Day 2 Sunday DUBROVNIK – ELAPHITI ISLANDS – SLANO (B, L, OT, CD)
Start the day with a walking tour of Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of Adriatic”. 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 returning to ship enjoy the magic scenery as the ship cruises around Dubrovnik city walls to continue to one of the Elaphiti islands for a swim stop. Afternoon arrival in Slano, a peaceful fishermen’s village and our starting point to Ston, 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 and Captain’s dinner in Slano.

Day 3 Monday SLANO – MLJET - KORČULA (B, L)
In the morning we head north to the Island of Mljet. Join the Cruise Manager for a stroll to the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park. Continue our cruise towards the Korčula island best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Afternoon arrival in Korčula followed by a guided walking tour of this enchanting town surrounded by walls, which is one of the best preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean. Overnight in Korčula where you can enjoy a gourmet experience at the multiple restaurants and bars.

Day 4 Tuesday KORČULA – BIŠEVO – VIS (B, L)
Early in the morning we sail to small island Biševo to visit the Blue Cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon. 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. Cruise towards the island of Vis, once a strategic naval Yugoslav base and restricted to the public. Due to this isolation, Vis has a special charm – “the Mediterranean as it once was” making it really interesting to visit. Try some exquisite wine sorts in one of the Vis traditional wineries. If interested, visit the remains of the Roman thermal place, City museum or simply take a walk enjoying the views. Overnight in the port of Vis.

Day 5 Wednesday VIS – HVAR – STARI GRAD (B, L)
In the morning head further towards Hvar, the longest and sunniest island in the Adriatic, with a swim stop and lunch on board. Afternoon arrival in Hvar town followed by a tour of the town - the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower, and the oldest community theatre in Europe founded in 1612. After the tour set sail towards Stari Grad, one of the oldest cities in Europe where you will overnight.

Day 6 Thursday STARI GRAD – TROGIR (NP Krka excursion) (B, L)
Early morning departure 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. Overnight in Trogir.

Day 7 Friday TROGIR – SPLIT (B, L)
In the morning join our guided tour of Trogir with a local tour guide. Set sail to Split with a stop along the way to swim and relax, if weather permits, with lunch on board. In the late afternoon we arrive at Split to spend the night. Arriving in Split, join a guided tour of the city, visit the seafront promenade and Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. The historical center of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your evening is free in Split.

Day 8 Saturday SPLIT - Departure (B)
After breakfast it’s time to disembark. Please vacate your cabin by 09.00hrs. You can leave your bags on board if your departure is later. You will be transferred to Split airport or your Split 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.

Inclusions

  • INCLUDED:
  • • 7 nights cruise from Dubrovnik to Split in a cabin with private ensuite and airconditioning
  • • Arrival Dubrovnik airport or hotel transfer to cruise port (shared)
  • • Departure transfer from cruise port to Split 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 Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Split

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 DUBROVNIK (WR, D)
  • Day 2 Sunday DUBROVNIK – ELAPHITI ISLANDS – SLANO (B, L, OT, CD)
  • Day 3 Monday SLANO – MLJET - KORČULA (B, L)
  • Day 4 Tuesday KORČULA – BIŠEVO – VIS (B, L)
  • Day 5 Wednesday VIS – HVAR – STARI GRAD (B, L)
  • Day 6 Thursday STARI GRAD – TROGIR (NP Krka excursion) (B, L)
  • Day 7 Friday TROGIR – SPLIT (B, L)
  • Day 8 Saturday SPLIT - Departure (B)