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

Highlights

  • Discover charming Croatian coastline and islands on a Deluxe motor sailer
  • Indulge all your senses, explore inspiring destinations, fishermen’s villages and small and cosy restaurants on shore for tasting local Mediterranean cuisine and nightlife
  • Half-board (breakfast and lunch) included
  • Professional English speaking guide for city tours of Split, Hvar, Korčula, Dubrovnik
  • MS Summer and MS San Spirito have fully air-conditioned, spacious double or twin bed cabins with private ensuites and an elegant design
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8 days from Split, Omis, Pucisca, Bol, Hvar, Bisevo Blue Cave, Vis, Korcula, Mljet, and to Dubrovnik

Cruise the Adriatic on this superb one-way cruise for 7 fabulous nights on the Deluxe Ship the MS Summer or MS San Spirito (new ships for 2020 season). Breakfast, lunch and excursions included.

2020 dates available!

Deluxe Ship: MS Summer or MS San Spirito

Itinerary


8 days from Split, Omis, Pucisca, Bol, Hvar, Bisevo Blue Cave, Vis, Korcula, Mljet, and to Dubrovnik

Open age cruise. 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 Ship: MS Summer or MS San Spirito. Click on the pricing/availability red link and you can see which ship on which date. A few dates have both ships running. We will let you know which ship before you book.

Also available in the opposite direction alternating weeks: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/10/deluxe-cruise-dubrovnik-to-split-on-ms-summer-7nts/
Same cruise on a higher category ship: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/8/deluxe-cruise-split-to-dubrovnik-on-ms-ambassador/
Or: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/190/deluxe-cruise-split-to-dubrovnik-on-ms-mama-marija/
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 5 night Venice to Split Tour beforehand: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/188/venice-slovenia-and-to-split-escorted-tour-5nts/
Combine with a 3 night Zagreb to Split tour beforehand: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/55/zagreb-to-split-escorted-tour-3nts-wednesdays/
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/

SHIP INFO AND PHOTOS:
https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/deluxe-ships/san-spirito/ (no triple cabins, only dbl/twin)

https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/deluxe-ships/summer/ (2 triple cabins, the rest are dbl/twin)

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




ITINERARY:

DAY 1 • SATURDAY SPLIT - Embarkation from 13.00hrs (D)
Your ship will be docked in Split harbour where you can board during the entire day. Join the welcome meeting at 7:00 p.m. where our cruise director will introduce you to the captain, crew and your future fellow passengers, with whom you will spend a week on board. Welcome dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. The embarkation will be possible throughout the day. Passengers arriving in the morning cannot enter their cabins before 1:00 p.m. However, they can leave luggage on board. Captain will wait for all the passengers arriving late at night and these guests will be provided with a dinner.
Overnight in Split

DAY 2 • SUNDAY SPLIT – OMIŠ – PUČIŠĆA ( BRAČ ISLAND) (B,L)
Our English speaking guide will do the morning Split City tour and walk us through the historical Diocletian’s Palace. The second largest urban centre in Croatia and the seat of the Split- Dalmatia County, Split boasts 1700 years of history. Since 1979 the historic centre of Split has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. City’s historical and cultural buildings are located inside the walls of the Diocletian’s Palace. At 12:00 we’ll start our cruise to Omiš. Lunch will be served on board. Omiš is ancient town with city walls, fortresses and stone churches, located at the delta of Cetina River with its wonderful beaches. For centuries, Omiš was for a stronghold of famous pirates, a symbol of retaliation, courage and strength in the long historical fight against The Republic of Venice. We continue our cruise across the Brač Channel, all the way to Pučišća, the biggest village on the island of Brač. Nowhere in the system of towns and villages in Dalmatia does terrain play such a compelling role as in Pučišća. Its spectacular irregularity of steep-sided natural harbour, authentic Mediterranean architecture and rustic ambience are simply unforgettable. The fjord-like inlet of Pučišća meets three narrow valleys that descend from the hills, joining the bay’s quiet and beautiful waters. Pučišća quarry was exploited by Romans in the antiquity, after which it was abandoned until the reopening in 1455. Stone from Pučišća quarry was used to build limestone columns of the White House in Washington DC, Vienna Parliament and many other famous buildings around the world. Pučišća is also home to the only Croatian Stonemasonry school. Its students carve sculptures from Brač limestone, applying traditional and unconventional tools that have been used here for centuries. We’ll spend a night in this very quiet town. Enjoy the nightfall, as it unifies the distinct features of Pučišća that have intrigued us so much in daylight.
Overnight in Pučišća

DAY 3 • MONDAY PUČIŠĆA – BOL – HVAR (B,L)
We'll start our day with a morning departure towards Bol known for having one of the finest European beaches, called Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape). As we stop in Bol, you can relax in this charming Dalmatian town. Have a walk, a cup of coffee or a swim, until lunch is served on board. After lunch we shall continue cruising along many idyllic coves and bays towards Hvar, the sunniest Croatian island. Hvar is one of the most popular and attractive Croatian tourist destinations and a meeting point of the international jet set. Upon your evening arrival in Hvar, a local English speaking guide will walk you through the town, introducing you to the island’s way of life, its rich history and culture. You'll learn how lavender was traditionally farmed on Hvar, for many centuries. Afterwards, you'll be free to enjoy your evening in Hvar, to explore and dine in one of its numerous family owned restaurants or taverns.
Overnight in Hvar Historical Town


DAY 4 • TUESDAY HVAR-BIŠEVO BLUE CAVE – VIS (B,L)
We'll start our day with a morning cruise towards Island of Biševo and its Blue Cave. Originally, the entrance to Blue Cave was located below sea level, which required visitors to dive deeply in order to resurface into the cave’s mysterious blue depths. Sunbeams penetrating through the cave’s submarine opening get reflected from the white bottom floor, colouring the cave aquamarine and objects in the water silver, creating a truly stunning and magical natural phenomenon. However, sometimes high waves prevent the entrance to Blue Cave, which is something we shall not know before the morning designated for our visit. For this reason, entrance fees are paid on the spot – if we 'all lucky enough to visit the cave! Afterwards we'll dock in Vis and have lunch. Vis is truly unique in comparison to other Adriatic islands. Due to its strategic location on the open sea it served as a military zone for a long time, for which reason it was untouched by the usual tourist development. Beautiful beaches, unspoilt nature, ecological agriculture and preserved traditional architecture make up the advantages of this unique Croatian island. You will have evening free in Vis.
Overnight in Vis Town

# Optional afternoon Vis Island Tour excursion.
We start our tour of Vis, our coach will follow the old road, rises above the town and overlooks the bay. We stop on hill to see fertile fields, the largest freshwater surface on the island, named Lokva, and a former allied airport from WWII. After that we descend to the fields and drive through vineyards and olive groves, and then we descend us down to Komiža where we’re greeted by a local guide and taken on a tour of beautiful town boasting the longest fishing tradition on East Adriatic. After relaxed time in Komiža we will go to one local farm to have traditional dinner and taste owner's vine and local products. Return to a boat for overnight. Price per person is 50,00 EUR and includes English speaking guide, Return transfer, winetasting and dinner at the local farmhouse. Reservations and payment on the spot, minimum 10 pax.

DAY 5 • WEDNESDAY VIS – KORČULA (B,L)
We’ll start our day with a morning departure towards the Island of Korčula, with a swim stop and lunch en route. In the afternoon, we’ll arrive to the Korčula Town, on the Island of Korčula. This town is known as a birthplace of Marko Polo, one of the most famous world explorers of all times. Our English speaking guide will do Korčula City tour and walk us through Korčula’s charming narrow and cobbled streets. You’ll have the rest of the evening free, to enjoy dining at one of the local restaurants of your choice.
Overnight in Korčula Historical Town

DAY 6 • THURSDAY KORČULA – NATIONAL PARK MLJET (B,L)
After breakfast we’ll cruise to National Park Mljet, passing by the magnificent shores of Korčula islands archipelago, with a swim stop and lunch en route. Upon arrival to National Park Mljet you’ll have a free afternoon to explore park (entrance fees are not included), walk around the Great and Small Lake, visit Islet of St. Mary with its Benedictine Monastery from the 12th century. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the heart of this pristine natural park. Evening at leisure.
Overnight in Mljet,

DAY 7 • FRIDAY NATIONAL PARK MLJET – DUBROVNIK (B,L)
In the morning we’ll depart for Dubrovnik, along the shores of Mljet and the Elaphite islands, where we’ll have a short swim stop and lunch. Upon arrival to Dubrovnik, our own English speaking guide and coach will come to the pier. Organized transfer to Old town of Dubrovnik, the famous city enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage Site, where our guide will show you the most interesting sights of Dubrovnik. Following the city tour you will be left on your own to explore Dubrovnik, visit famous City Walls or take a cable car to the top of Mount Srđ. Return coach transfer is scheduled in the evening. You can return on your own if you wish so. Learn why Dubrovnik is known around the world as The Pearl of Adriatic.
Overnight in Dubrovnik

DAY 8 • SATURDAY DUBROVNIK (B)
After breakfast, the time has come to say farewell to all your new friends. You must disembark your cabin by 09.00hrs, but you can leave your bags on board if you are departing later.

INCLUDED:
• English speaking cruise manager on board
• 6 crew members
• 7 nights cruise in a preferred category cabin
• Complimentary fresh fruit available daily
• Welcome dinner with 3 courses
• Buffet breakfast daily and 6 lunches with 3 courses
• Professional English speaking guide for the City Tours of Split, Hvar, Korčula and Dubrovnik (with transfers)
• Wireless headset system for sightseeing (City Tours)
• Towels changed every second day & linen changed in the middle of the week
• Daily cabin cleaning service
• Beach towels
• Two 0,5 litres bottles of water per day and person
• Free unlimited Wi-Fi on board
• CCTV Security Cameras on board
• Elegance Rooftop Jacuzzi (Sun Deck)

NOT INCLUDED:
• Port and tourist taxes and fees, € 40,00 per person/week, to be paid on board in cash
• Entrance fees to Biševo Blue cave, ca. € 7-15 per person to be paid at entrance if clients wants to enter
• Vis Island tour with Komiža and dinner, optional, € 50,00
• Entrance to the Mljet National Park, ca. € 15,00 per person to be paid at entrance if client wants to enter


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.

Inclusions

  • INCLUDED:
  • • English speaking cruise manager on board
  • • 6 crew members
  • • 7 nights cruise in a preferred category cabin
  • • Complimentary fresh fruit available daily
  • • Welcome dinner with 3 courses
  • • Buffet breakfast daily and 6 lunches with 3 courses
  • • Professional English speaking guide for the City Tours of Split, Hvar, Korčula and Dubrovnik (with transfers)
  • • Wireless headset system for sightseeing (City Tours)
  • • Towels changed every second day & linen changed in the middle of the week
  • • Daily cabin cleaning service
  • • Beach towels
  • • Two 0,5 litres bottles of water per day and person
  • • Free unlimited Wi-Fi on board
  • • CCTV Security Cameras on board
  • • Elegance Rooftop Jacuzzi (Sun Deck)

Exclusions

  • NOT INCLUDED:
  • • Port and tourist taxes and fees, € 40 per person/week, to be paid on board in cash
  • • Entrance fees to Biševo Blue cave, ca. € 7-15 per person to be paid at entrance if clients wants to enter
  • • Vis Island tour with Komiža and dinner, optional, € 50
  • • Entrance to the Mljet National Park, ca. € 15 per person to be paid at entrance if client wants to enter

Frequently Asked Questions

We have loads more specific FAQ answered on our other pages, check them out here:

Before You Go (general info for all travellers)

Before Your Cruise (small ship Croatia cruises)

Before Your Private Charter (private gulets and yacht charter)

Before Your Island Hopping Tour (packages combining hotels, ferries and transfers)

 

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

Cruise Ship Photos

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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Itinerary

  • DAY 1 • SATURDAY SPLIT - Embarkation from 13.00hrs (D)
  • DAY 2 • SUNDAY SPLIT – OMIŠ – PUČIŠĆA ( BRAČ ISLAND) (B,L)
  • DAY 3 • MONDAY PUČIŠĆA – BOL – HVAR (B,L)
  • DAY 4 • TUESDAY HVAR-BIŠEVO BLUE CAVE – VIS (B,L)
  • DAY 5 • WEDNESDAY VIS – KORČULA (B,L)
  • DAY 6 • THURSDAY KORČULA – NATIONAL PARK MLJET (B,L)
  • DAY 7 • FRIDAY NATIONAL PARK MLJET – DUBROVNIK (B,L)
  • DAY 8 • SATURDAY DUBROVNIK (B)