• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  3
  • Departs From: Dubrovnik
  • Location: Dubrovnik, Mljet, Korcula, Vis, Hvar, Split
  • Duration: 8 days (Sat-Sat)
  • Availability: SATURDAYS only, weekly departures
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Highlights

  • Open-age cruise, most suitable for families and budget travellers
  • Excellent value 7 night one-way cruise showcases the best of the Dalmatian Coast
  • Enjoy seven unforgettable days cruising on the southern Adriatic Sea
  • Mornings you can relax on the spacious sundeck or outdoor lounge
  • Afternoons and evenings free to explore Croatia's finest destinations
  • Relax and let the Captain and Crew take care of you
  • Daily swim stops
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8 days from Dubrovnik, Šipan / Slano, Mljet, Korčula, Blue Cave, Vis, Hvar, Makarska, Omiš and to Split

This cruise is very popular and places fill up fast!
This fantastic 7 night one-way cruise showcases the best of the Dalmatian coast.
Breakfast, lunch and Captain's Dinner included.
All cabins have air-conditioning and ensuites.
Daily swim stops

**Open-age cruise, suitable for families, couples and small groups. **

Itinerary

Open age cruise, suitable for families and budget travellers. Double/twin cabins on Main and Lower Deck. Solo travellers must book a cabin for solo use. Not all ships have triple cabins, please check with us first. There are no quad cabins.

For this trip all you will need is a few T-shirts and a swimming costume to spend seven unforgettable days sailing on the southern Adriatic Sea from one island to another. Relax and let the Captain and his crew take care of you. During the day you can swim, snorkel, sunbathe, and explore the underworld of the Adriatic Sea. The evenings you have free to find a good restaurant or discover historical monuments.

[ VINTAGE departures mean you will NOT know which exact ship you will be on until the day of the cruise. ]

SHIP INFO AND PHOTOS:
https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/premium/

Opposite direction:
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INCLUSIONS AND FULL ITINERARY:
8 days from Dubrovnik, Slano, Mljet, Korčula, Blue Cave, Vis, Hvar, Makarska, Omiš and to Split

INCLUDED:
• 7 nights onboard in an ensuite cabin with air-conditioning
• Daily cabin service
• Mid-week linen change
• English-speaking Cruise Manager
• Free Wi-Fi onboard

Meals Included:
• Buffet breakfasts daily
• Three course lunches
• Captain's Dinner
• Unlimited drinking water dispenser onboard

Sightseeing Tours Included:
• Guided Walking Tour of Split

NOT INCLUDED:
• Port Tax €60pp / week - mandatory (pay onboard)
• Meals and drinks not listed
• Beach towel hire: ~ €5/week
• Optional excursions / entrances

#Optional Excursions (book onboard):
• Entrance fee to Mljet National Park: ~ €25pp
• Entrance fee to Blue Cave: ~ €25pp

ITINERARY:
Check-in from 11.00-12.30hrs at Gruz Harbour. Departure at 13.00hrs (1pm) sharp. Please do NOT be late.


DAY 1: DUBROVNIK - ŠIPAN or SLANO (L) - Departure at 13.00hrs sharp.
Embarkation from 11.00hrs to 12.30hrs. Departure from Dubrovnik Gruz Harbour at 13:00hrs sharp. Late arrivals can join in Slano by arranging a transfer at their own expense. Lunch is served as we cruise along the Dalmatian coast to one of the Elaphiti islands - Šipan, or to the small village Slano on the mainland. Both are peaceful fishermen's villages where there is often a fabulous sunset. Overnight in port.

DAY 2: Mljet NP – KORČULA (B,L)
After breakfast we continue our journey towards the island and national park of Mljet. Lunch on board. Free time to enjoy the salt lakes in the National Park and enjoy the sun and sea on this tranquil island. Entrance to be paid on the spot. The large lake is inside the National park, and in the middle one can visit an old abbey and church, or just use a canoe to roam around lakes in the National Park. Bicycles can also be hired to cycle around the paths surrounding the lakes. We continue to the island of Korčula where we arrive in late afternoon. Join our optional guided tour of Korčula ( #optional). Surrounded by ancient walls and fortified bastions Korčula’s old town is very well preserved with its layout and structure dating back to 13th century. Overnight in Korcula.
# Optional: Mljet National Park Entrance

DAY 3: Blue Cave - VIS (B,L)
Early in the morning we cruise towards the little island of Biševo and visit the Blue cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon. As sometimes weather conditions can be very unpredictable our visit depends on prevailing conditions, however you will be notified of this by the crew. Entrance to Blue Cave is to be paid on the spot (approx. EUR 14.- per person). We continue towards the island of Vis, which has unique geographical position and was once a strategic harbour for the Yugoslav navy – it was closed to the public until recently. Because of this very isolation, Vis retained a special charm of ‘the Mediterranean as it once was’ which makes it really interesting to see. Overnight in the town of Vis, situated on the northern side of the island, developed near the remains of ancient Issa, the first urban centre in Croatia. If interested, visit the remains of the Roman thermal place, City museum or simply take a walk enjoying the views of the beautiful villae rusticae situated along the waterfront. For those wandering to see more – rent a car or scooter and explore this wonderful island on you own. Overnight in Vis.
# Optional: Blue Cave Entrance

DAY 4: HVAR (B,L)
Our next destination is the tiny island of Šćedro near the island of Hvar where we have time to relax and refresh in the clean, crystal blue sea. Departure for Hvar after lunch. Upon arrival to Hvar, join our optional guided tour (#optional) of the town. Hvar is the longest island in the Adriatic. Here there is the magnificent, Renaissance cathedral with its original tower; also the oldest community theatre in Europe which was founded here in 1612. Hvar Town offers plenty of restaurants, bars cafes and clubs, open long into the night. Hvar is often referred to as the sunshine and jet-set island. Overnight in Hvar.

DAY 5: Bol – MAKARSKA (B,L)
We leave Hvar behind and continue our cruise towards the island of Brač, heading to the town of Bol, best known for its famous Zlatni rat beach (Golden horn), a natural phenomenon that with its distinct shape and form dominates other beaches of Croatia. Directional winds and waves cause the shape of the beach to often change. After the swimming break at the horn we continue towards Makarska with it's Mediterranean feel. During a stroll you will discover numerous churches and other architectural and cultural sites. Overnight in Makarska.

DAY 6: Pucisca – OMIŠ (B,L,CD)
Early morning departure as we continue towards Pučišća, a typical Mediterranean place, situated on the northern side of Brač island at the bottom of a deep bay. This place is home to the world famous white stone of Brač. There is a possibility of visiting one of the few stone masonry workshops left in Europe. We continue to Omiš, a picturesque town surrounded with steep rocky mountain cliffs, where the River Cetina flows into the Adriatic sea, ideal for river rafting on the streams of the Cetina River. Omis has a famous heritage of piracy! Tonight we will have our Captain's Dinner onboard. Overnight in Omis.
# Included: Captain’s Dinner onboard

DAY 7: SPLIT (B,L)
Departure for our last destination, the town of Split, a city where the old town and Diocletian's Palace are under UNESCO protection. Diocletian's palace is 1700 years old and the Emperor chose this spot for his retirement villa. On arrival join our guided tour of Split with an English speaking guide (included on Premium & Premium Superior). Overnight in Split port.
# Included: Walking Tour of Split

Day 8: SPLIT - Departure (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 and disembark the ship by 09.00hrs. If you need to leave early you can do so anytime from 5am-9am. Split port has the main bus/coach and train stations 50m across the road. There are plenty of storage kiosks around if you are departing later and need somewhere to store your luggage.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, CD=Captain's Dinner
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NB: Most beds are 'fixed', and you might end up with twin beds, even if you request a double.
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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: DUBROVNIK - ŠIPAN or SLANO (L) - Departure at 13.00hrs sharp.
  • DAY 2: Mljet NP – KORČULA (B,L)
  • DAY 3: Blue Cave - VIS (B,L)
  • DAY 4: HVAR (B,L)
  • DAY 5: Bol – MAKARSKA (B,L)
  • DAY 6: Pucisca – OMIŠ (B,L,CD)
  • DAY 7: SPLIT (B,L)
  • Day 8: SPLIT - Departure (B)