• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  4
  • Departs From: Split
  • Location: Split, Bol, Hvar, Vis, Korcula, Mljet, Dubrovnik
  • 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 Split, Makarska, Bol, Stari Grad, Hvar, Blue Cave, Vis, Mljet, Korčula, Slano, and to Dubrovnik

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

Our most popular budget cruise! Get in fast, as some dates sell out a year in advance!

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.

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INCLUSIONS AND FULL ITINERARY:
8 days from Split, Makarska, Bol, Stari Grad, Hvar, Blue Cave, Vis, Mljet, Korčula, Šipan / Slano, and to Dubrovnik

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 Dubrovnik; with one-way transfer

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 Blue Cave: ~ €25pp (weather permitting)
• Entrance fee to Mljet National Park: ~ €25pp

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


DAY 1: EMBARK IN SPLIT, then to MAKARSKA (L) - Departure at 13.00hrs.
Departure from Split harbour at 13:00h (late arrivals can join in Makarska at their own expense) and cruise along the Dalmatian coast towards Makarska whilst enjoying your lunch. Afternoon swim at one of the wonderful beaches. From there, those feeling adventurous can join our optional river rafting on the streams of the Cetina River or adrenaline pumping zipline over Cetina River canyon and meet the ship again in Makarska. Overnight in Makarska, the famous tourist destination with many restaurants and bars and a beautiful promenade along the famous beach. Enjoy the magic of Makarska Riviera and be sure to take a walk along the city streets – with abundance of churches and other cultural sites.
# Included: Lunch onboard

DAY 2: to Bol, then STARI GRAD (B, L)
This morning we continue our cruise towards the next destination – the island of Brač, more precisely to the town of Bol, known for its famous Zlatni Rat beach (Golden Horn), a natural phenomenon that dominates the other beaches with its specific form. After swimming break at the horn and lunch we continue our journey towards Stari Grad on the Hvar island, the sunniest Adriatic island. Free afternoon to explore this unique town. The famous Stari Grad Field is the oldest in Croatia and the best preserved example of ancient Greek system of agriculture. Together with the old town it is a part of world heritage protected by UNESCO. Overnight in one of the ports of Stari Grad, main or ferry port (2 km away) depending on availability in port.
# Included: Breakfast and lunch onboard

DAY 3: to HVAR TOWN (B, L)
Our next destination is the town of Hvar, a favorite destination for jet setters from all around the world. After lunch we stop for swimming, relaxing and refreshment in clear, crystal blue sea at nearby Paklinski islands. Arrival to Hvar in the afternoon hours followed by an optional guided tour of this extraordinary town (#optional). Hvar offers many cultural and historical sites (Renaissance cathedral, the oldest communal theater in Europe founded in 1612, Franciscan monastery, the Benedictine convent famous for their lace listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, Spanjola fortress towering high above the town ...) and many restaurants and bars open late into the night.
# Included: Breakfast and lunch onboard

DAY 4: to Blue Cave, then VIS (B, L,)
Early in the morning we cruise towards the little Biševo island 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 by the crew. Entrance to Blue Cave is to be paid on the spot. We continue towards the island of Vis, which was a strategic navy harbour due to its unique geographical position and as such closed to the public until recently. Because of its isolation, Vis has a special charm -‘the Mediterranean as it once was’ which makes it really interesting to see. Overnight is in the town of Vis, situated on the northern side of the island, developed near the remains of the ancient Issa, first urban centre in Croatia. If interested, visit the remains of the Roman thermal Place, City museum or simply take a walk enjoying the view of beautiful ''Villae Rusticae'' situated along the coast.
# Included: Breakfast and lunch onboard
# Optional: Blue Cave Entrance

DAY 5: KORČULA (B, L)
During breakfast we depart towards Korčula, the birthplace of famous explorer and adventurer Marco Polo. Surrounded by medieval walls, Korcula resembles a miniature Dubrovnik when approaching from the sea. It has more legends, tales and monuments than you will find anywhere else. Today, Korčula is the only place in the world where the Spanish medieval knight's game – Moreška is still performed. Upon arrival you can enjoy an optional guided walking tour through the streets of the old town built in the shape of a fish bone (#optional). Enjoy the numerous konobas / taverns, restaurants, cocktail bars or night-club located within and around the city walls. Overnight in port.
# Included: Breakfast and lunch onboard

DAY 6: Mljet NP - ŠIPAN or SLANO (B, L, CD)
We continue cruising towards one of the greenest Adriatic islands – the island of Mljet, where on the western part, the National Park is situated. Free time to enjoy the beauties of the National Park (two salt lakes connected by a narrow channel to the sea, a boat ride to the St Mary isle in the Great Lake, where the old church and monastery are situated. Cycling around, canoeing or swimming in the lakes is permitted. We continue our cruise towards Šipan, part of Elaphite islands near Dubrovnik, or towards Slano on the coastline, both are small fishermen's villages in one of which we will overnight in the port. Tonight we have the Captain's Dinner included onboard.
# Included: Breakfast and lunch onboard
# Included: Captain's Dinner onboard
# Optional: Mljet National Park Entrance

DAY 7: DUBROVNIK (B, L)
Early in the morning we depart towards our final destination – a true pearl of the Adriatic. After lunch, a short swim stop before we arrive to Dubrovnik. Upon arrival, join our guided tour of Dubrovnik with a one-way coach transfer to the Old Town. After the tour, you have free time in Dubrovnik. Perhaps take a cable car ride up to Srđ mountain for spectacular views of the old town. We recommend a stroll along the 1940m long city walls, with magnificent views of the old town of Dubrovnik and the surrounding islands. There's plenty of restaurants in the narrow streets of the old town, or other dining options all over Dubrovnik. Return to the ship at your leisure. Overnight in Gruž port.
# Included: Breakfast and lunch onboard
# Included: Walking Tour of Dubrovnik; with one-way transfer

Day 8: DUBROVNIK - 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. Gruz port has the main bus/coach station 50m across the road, with luggage storage if you are departing later and need somewhere to store your bags.
# Included: Breakfast onboard

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: EMBARK IN SPLIT, then to MAKARSKA (L) - Departure at 13.00hrs.
  • DAY 2: to Bol, then STARI GRAD (B, L)
  • DAY 3: to HVAR TOWN (B, L)
  • DAY 4: to Blue Cave, then VIS (B, L,)
  • DAY 5: KORČULA (B, L)
  • DAY 6: Mljet NP - ŠIPAN or SLANO (B, L, CD)
  • DAY 7: DUBROVNIK (B, L)
  • Day 8: DUBROVNIK - Departure (B)