CROATIA ISLAND HOPPING – BEST OF DALMATIA 2019 - from Split

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DAY 1 SPLIT
Arrive at Split Airport and transfer to hotel in Split for an overnight stay.
DAY 2 SPLIT - VIS
After breakfast at the hotel, take the late-morning catamaran over to the island of Vis, the furthest-flung inhabited island on the Croatian side of the Adriatic. The home of regattas, fishermen and sailors, Vis is untouched, having been off public limits for the better part of the 20th century, when it served as a military base. Wander to find your own secluded beach in one of the picturesque bays surrounding the town of Vis, and spend the rest of the day under the sun and by the sea. Overnight stay in a hotel.
DAY 3 VIS
On the neighboring island of Biševo, the Blue Cave is a beautiful natural phenomenon where blue light fills in the entire cave at a certain time of day. It is one of those unique places where you have to take a small boat and enter inside to find yourself fully immersed in a completely stunning moment of nature! Choose our optional excursion to Biševo Island to enjoy the Blue Cave and the surrounding crystal clear Adriatic, or stick around the island of Vis, discovering its Yugoslav military heritage, fisherman towns like Komiža, unique wines or the stunningly preserved nature. Overnight in the hotel.
DAY 4 VIS - SPLIT
After breakfast, lounge around the town of Vis. Have another swim or perhaps pop into the town’s Archeological museum and delve deeper into the island’s history, stretching back well over 2000 years to the times when the Greek colony Issa was established here, the first in the region. Early in the afternoon, hop on the catamaran and return to Split. Enjoy a late-day glass of wine somewhere along the famed waterfront of Split, called Riva, where locals flock all day long to see and be seen. Spend overnight in a hotel in Split.
DAY 5 SPLIT - BRAC
Enjoy breakfast and then a morning at leisure to explore the lively town of Split on your own. Dalmatia’s largest coastal town bustles and buzzes, as it grows more and more popular among travelers for its easy-going spirit, creative food and shopping scene and of course, remarkable heritage. Its city center, the Diocletian’s Palace, was once the Roman Emperor’s retirement estate and today houses 3,000 people! Later in the day, take the ferry from Split to Supetar on the neighboring Brač Island. Stay overnight in one of beautiful Brač villages, whether Bol, Supertar or Postira.
DAY 6 BRAC - HVAR
One of the main trademarks of the stunning Brač Island is the golden-hued beach of Zlatni Rat (the Golden Horn). Featured in every brochure of Croatia, this heavenly patch of sand and pebbles dances to the winds, stirring its shape to the continuous play of waves and currents. Super-popular, Zlatni Rat is known for great beach time, whether you’re into sunbathing and swimming, or adrenaline-ridden activities like windsurfing. Enjoy the beach and the morning to yourself, then stroll around the adjacent town of Bol, the oldest settlement on Brač. In the afternoon, hop on a catamaran to Jelsa on the island of Hvar. Transfer to your hotel in the town of Hvar for overnight stay.
DAY 7 HVAR
The island of Hvar is known for its purple lavender fields, a backdrop for oil production, potent red wines from steep vineyards especially enjoying the island’s status as Croatia’s sunniest island, and the glitzy jet-set scene along the starlit waterfronts of the town of Hvar, so often featured in national and international summer media. In your morning walking tour, explore the island’s prime gem and its most trendy destination, the town of Hvar. Home to the oldest theatre in Europe, also the home of organized tourism in Croatia, the heritage of Hvar extends far beyond the popular party scene! Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure and spend the night in a hotel in Hvar.
DAY 8 HVAR - KORCULA
Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel and some time on your own. Hvar is known for diverse opportunities, from bustling squares of Hvar town to the serene waterfront of Jelsa, the bridges of Vrboska and vineyards of Ivan Dolac, so expect time to fly. In the afternoon, bid farewell to Hvar and hop on a boat to take you to the neighboring island of Korčula, either to its Vela Luka or to Korčula Old Town. Either way, enjoy your overnight stay in a hotel in Korčula Old Town.
DAY 9 KORČULA - DUBROVNIK
The far south of Croatia holds many gems. You’ll know Korčula was a Venetian stronghold as soon as you lay your eyes on the many lion statues which lurk at you from the town’s facades and gates, intertwined with some of the most outstanding stonework you will get see anywhere on the Adriatic coast. Stroll the narrow, curved streets, marvel at beautiful churches and magnificent palaces in one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Mediterranean. Early in the afternoon, cruise to Dubrovnik, which once successfully rivaled the Venetian Republic. Arrival to Dubrovnik and overnight stay in a hotel.
DAY 10 DUBROVNIK
Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel followed by a day to discover Croatia’s southernmost town on your own. Wander around Dubrovnik Old Town, the UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Medieval times still linger around the corners of its stone streets while baroque plays a symphony on its palace facades. From the Franciscan Monastery to the Church of St. Blaise and the Rector’s Palace, a stroll around Dubrovnik is filled with jaw-dropping sights. Don’t miss a round on the city walls for a fresh perspective and then top it all off with a ride on the cable car and the breathtaking panoramas from the Srđ hill. Stay the night in a Dubrovnik hotel.  
DAY 11 DUBROVNIK
Following breakfast, bid farewell to Dubrovnik and enjoy a scenic transfer to Dubrovnik Airport (or other hotel/accommodation in Dubrovnik). End of program.

CROATIA ISLAND HOPPING – SOUTH ADRIATIC 2019 - from Split

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DAY 1 SPLIT
Arrive at Split Airport and transfer to hotel in Split for an overnight stay.
DAY 2 SPLIT - BRAC
Enjoy breakfast and then a morning at leisure to explore the lively town of Split on your own. Dalmatia’s largest coastal town bustles and buzzes, as it grows more and more popular among travelers for its easy-going spirit, creative food and shopping scene and of course, remarkable heritage. Its city center, the Diocletian’s Palace, was once the Roman Emperor’s retirement estate and today houses 3,000 people! Later in the day, take the ferry from Split to Supetar on the neighboring Brač Island. Stay overnight in one of beautiful Brač villages, whether Bol, Supertar or Postira.
DAY 3 BRAC - HVAR
One of the main trademarks of the stunning Brač Island is the golden-hued beach of Zlatni Rat (the Golden Horn). Featured in every brochure of Croatia, this heavenly patch of sand and pebbles dances to the winds, stirring its shape to the continuous play of waves and currents. Super-popular, Zlatni Rat is known for great beach time, whether you’re into sunbathing and swimming, or adrenaline-ridden activities like windsurfing. Enjoy the beach and the morning to yourself, then stroll around the adjacent town of Bol, the oldest settlement on Brač. In the afternoon, hop on a catamaran to Jelsa on the island of Hvar. Transfer to your hotel in the town of Hvar for overnight stay.
DAY 4 HVAR
The island of Hvar is known for its purple lavender fields, a backdrop for oil production, potent red wines from steep vineyards especially enjoying the island’s status as Croatia’s sunniest island, and the glitzy jet-set scene along the starlit waterfronts of the town of Hvar, so often featured in national and international summer media. In your morning walking tour, explore the island’s prime gem and its most trendy destination, the town of Hvar. Home to the oldest theatre in Europe, also the home of organized tourism in Croatia, the heritage of Hvar extends far beyond the popular party scene! Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure and spend the night in a hotel in Hvar.
DAY 5 HVAR - KORCULA
Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel and some time on your own. Hvar is known for diverse opportunities, from bustling squares of Hvar town to the serene waterfront of Jelsa, the bridges of Vrboska and vineyards of Ivan Dolac, so expect time to fly. In the afternoon, bid farewell to Hvar and hop on a boat to take you to the neighboring island of Korčula, either to Vela Luka or to the town of Korčula. Spend the night in a hotel in the town of Korčula.
DAY 6 KORČULA - DUBROVNIK
The far south of Croatia holds many gems. You’ll know Korčula was a Venetian stronghold as soon as you lay your eyes on the many lion statues which lurk at you from the town’s facades and gates, intertwined with some of the most outstanding stonework you will get see anywhere on the Adriatic coast. Stroll the narrow, curved streets, marvel at beautiful churches and magnificent palaces in one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Mediterranean. Early in the afternoon, cruise to Dubrovnik, which once successfully rivaled the Venetian Republic. Arrival to Dubrovnik and overnight stay in a hotel.
DAY 7 DUBROVNIK
Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel followed by a day to discover Croatia’s southernmost town on your own. Wander around Dubrovnik Old Town, the UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Medieval times still linger around the corners of its stone streets while baroque plays a symphony on its palace facades. From the Franciscan Monastery to the Church of St. Blaise and the Rector’s Palace, a stroll around Dubrovnik is filled with jaw-dropping sights. Don’t miss a round on the city walls for a fresh perspective and then top it all off with a ride on the cable car and the breathtaking panoramas from the Srđ hill. Stay the night in a Dubrovnik hotel.
DAY 8 DUBROVNIK
Following breakfast, bid farewell to Dubrovnik and enjoy a scenic transfer to Dubrovnik Airport (or other hotel/accommodation in Dubrovnik). End of program.

CROATIA ISLAND HOPPING – DALMATIA 2019 - from Split

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DAY 1 SPLIT
Arrive at Split Airport and transfer to the hotel in Split for an overnight stay.
DAY 2 SPLIT - HVAR
After breakfast at the hotel, set out for a late morning walking tour of Split. Dalmatia’s largest coastal town bustles and buzzes, as it grows more and more popular among travelers for its easy-going spirit, creative food and shopping scene and of course, remarkable heritage. Learn about the Diocletian’s Palace, once the Roman Emperor’s retirement estate and today a lively city center housing 3,000 people! Finally, enjoy a ferry or catamaran ride from Split to the neighboring island of Hvar where you will spend the night in a hotel in the glitzy town of Hvar.
DAY 3 HVAR
The island of Hvar is known for its purple lavender fields, a backdrop for oil production, potent red wines from steep vineyards especially enjoying the island’s status as Croatia’s sunniest island, and the glitzy jet-set scene along the starlit waterfronts of the town of Hvar, so often featured in national and international summer media. In your morning walking tour, explore the island’s prime gem and its most trendy destination, the town of Hvar. Home to the oldest theatre in Europe, also the home of organized tourism in Croatia, the heritage of Hvar extends far beyond the popular party scene! Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure and spend the night in a hotel in Hvar.
DAY 4 HVAR - KORČULA
Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel and some time on your own. Hvar is known for diverse opportunities, from bustling squares of Hvar town to the serene waterfront of Jelsa, the bridges of Vrboska and vineyards of Ivan Dolac, so expect time to fly. In the afternoon, bid farewell to Hvar and hop on a boat to take you to the neighboring island of Korčula. Arrive in the evening and enjoy an overnight stay in Korčula.
DAY 5 KORČULA - DUBROVNIK
The far south of Croatia holds many gems. You’ll know Korčula was a Venetian stronghold as soon as you lay your eyes on the many lion statues which lurk at you from the town’s facades and gates, intertwined with some of the most outstanding stonework you will get see anywhere on the Adriatic coast. Stroll the narrow, curved streets, marvel at beautiful churches and magnificent palaces in one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Mediterranean. Early in the afternoon, cruise to Dubrovnik, which once successfully rivaled the Venetian Republic. Arrival to Dubrovnik and overnight stay in a hotel.
DAY 6 DUBROVNIK
Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel followed by a day to discover Croatia’s southernmost town on your own. Wander around Dubrovnik Old Town, the UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Medieval times still linger around the corners of its stone streets while baroque plays a symphony on its palace facades. From the Franciscan Monastery to the Church of St. Blaise and the Rector’s Palace, a stroll around Dubrovnik is filled with jaw-dropping sights. Don’t miss a round on the city walls for a fresh perspective and then top it all off with a ride on the cable car and the breathtaking panoramas from the Srđ hill. Stay the night in a Dubrovnik hotel.
DAY 7 DUBROVNIK
A marvelous city like Dubrovnik can only be surrounded by a marvelous region. Tailor this day to your own liking, whether you are up for just relaxing or perhaps venturing out to explore the islands nearby. Locals would suggest Lokrum Island as an easy trip from the Old Town Harbor. Promising a day of heavenly serenity, Lokrum envelops you in thick green forests of holm oak, pine and laurel, to be shared with the island’s only permanent inhabitants: peacocks and bunnies. Just a tad bit further away, the Elaphite Archipelago packs sandy beaches, remarkable heritage, fun hiking trails and good food into a day excursion. Enjoy the overnight stay in the hotel.
DAY 8 DUBROVNIK
Following breakfast, bid farewell to Dubrovnik and enjoy a scenic transfer to Dubrovnik Airport (or other hotel/accommodation in Dubrovnik). End of program.

SPLIT ADVENTURE CITY BREAK - from Split

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DAY 1 SPLIT - ARRIVAL AND WELCOME MEETING
Following arrival at Split airport and a transfer to your hotel, relax before your welcome meeting at 19:00. Enjoy an evening to yourself and overnight stay in Split.
DAY 2 SEA KAYAKING
Seen from the sea, the largest city on the Adriatic coast is quite something. You’ll witness this yourself when you set off kayaking after breakfast. Paddling along the shores of Split, admire the 1700-years-old Diocletian’s Palace, the lively heart of Split. As you pass by and the landmarks slowly disappear behind you, take in the pristine beauty of Marjan hill’s southern shores and enjoy the landscapes dotted with remarkable sites: the gallery of Ivan Meštrović, Croatia’s famous sculptor, and Villa Dalmatia, formerly the villa of the Yugoslav president Tito. Round off your kayak tour with a drink by the Maritime Research Institute and a visit to the attractive Bay of Bene before returning to Split for one last memorable glimpse of its stunning Roman Palace. Spend the rest of the day discovering the hidden corners of Split. Overnight stay in Split.
DAY 3 CETINA RIVER RAFTING
After a 100-kilometers-long run through the barren hinterland of Dalmatia, Cetina River ultimately becomes a gorge and flows into the Adriatic Sea in an idyllic spot by the petite town of Omiš. The most abundant in water of all the rivers around here, Cetina is loved both for its dreamy, wavering bits and its exciting rapids. Starting from Split, travel to the village of Čikotina Lađa for an introduction to rafting and safety before getting onto the real thing. Put on a helmet, grab a paddle and go with the flow! The three hours of excitement end in Blato on Cetina, a scenic spot where you will have some time to sort out your impressions and decide this was the best thing ever! After returning to Split, relax on your own and get a good night’s sleep for another active day ahead.
DAY 4 ZIPLINE
Without a doubt, the emerald Cetina River and its stunning landscapes are a divine playground all adrenaline lovers, so you’ll be returning for the second time in a row. Today, see the gorgeous Cetina gorge swooshing above it! You’ll meet up with your expert zip-lining instructor in Omiš, following a short transfer from Split. Before you know it, you’ll be completely propped up with gear and educated on what to do! Building up your skill, expect to build up an adrenaline rush too, knowing that you will soon fly at a speed of 60 km/h. Once you finally face the 700-meters-long wire, stretched over a stunning gorge, you’ll know that this experience will for sure be the highlight of your trip to Croatia! After zip-lining, return to Split and enjoy your overnight stay.
DAY 5 SPLIT - DEPARTURE
Goodbyes are never easy, but rest assured you will return home feeling invigorated! Say goodbye to the town of Split before heading to the airport.

SPLIT EXCLUSIVE CITY BREAK

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DAY 1 SPLIT; OLIVE OIL AND WINE TASTING
Upon arrival at Split airport, take a transfer to your hotel. Freshen up and then enjoy a true introduction to the region: wine and olive oil tasting. The heritage of the ancient Greeks, the two are today essential ingredients of any Croatian meal, and you will savor them with a dash of modern zest, slowly catching on in this otherwise quite traditional area. Enjoy Split in the evening and stay overnight.
DAY 2 SPLIT; SPLIT AND TROGIR WALKING TOUR, EXCLUSIVE DINNER
After breakfast, set out to explore the shorelines surrounding Split. The towns you will visit, Split and Trogir, have both seen the Greeks, the Romans, Venetians, Napoleon, the Habsburgs, yet have, each in their own way, managed to sustain an easy-going seaside mindset. Still, over time, Split flourished into Croatia’s second largest city, while Trogir retained its small-scale charms. Learn about the stunning heritage in their UNESCO-listed historic centers, and visit their Cathedrals, St. Domnius in Split and St. Lawrence in Trogir. Round off your day with a rhapsody of the Mediterranean freshness and flavors at one Split’s favorite fine-dining venues. Overnight in Split.
DAY 3 SPLIT; HVAR ISLAND BY PRIVATE MOTOROBAT; LUNCH ON PAKLENI ISLANDS
A visit to Split would never be complete without hopping over to one of the islands which bulge on its horizon line. After breakfast at the hotel, get on a private motorboat for a transfer to the stunning island of Hvar and its glitzy hotspot, the town of Hvar. Frequented by jet-setters, European royalty and international superstars, Hvar is the birthplace of organized tourism in Croatia and also the home of the oldest European public theater, but outside the town premises, the island still upkeeps its traditions, sloping vineyards and endless lavender groves. Enjoy a lunch in one of the bays over at the neighboring Pakleni islands, and then a well-deserved dip in the crystal clear sea. Heaven on Earth! Return to Split, enjoy you last evening as you please and spend overnight in Split.
DAY 4 DEPARTURE
After enjoying a relaxed breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport. End of the tour.

HIGHLIGHTS OF SOUTH ADRIATIC Cruise by Agape Rose 2019 - from Omis

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DAY 1 Saturday EMBARKATION OMIS; D
Embark at any time after 14:00. Over a welcome drink and a snack, meet your Cruise Director and the crew and get acquainted with the rules and safety measures. Your journey begins with a dinner onboard and overnight in Omiš.
DAY 2 Sunday OMIS – PUCISCA – SPLIT; B, L
Waking up to the dramatic backdrop of the charming town of Omiš will probably entice you to travel up the river Cetina and through its canyon in our optional tour.* Later, you will be able to compare this bit of hinterland with the lovely island of Brač, the homeland of ‘the Croatian marble’. You’ve probably seen this ultra-quality limestone already, perhaps on the front of the White House in Washington DC or Bundestag in Berlin, but the optional tour* to the still-operating stonemasonry school in Pučišća brings a chance to learn more about shaping this stone for eternity. Once back to the mainland, stop in Split. Whether you explore on your own or join our optional walking tour*, don’t miss the Palace of the Emperor Diocletian. Originally planned as his retirement estate, today it is the lively city center of Croatia’s second largest city. Whatever you do, make sure to take it easy in Split, as after all, that is the true highlight of local living here. Dinner on board and overnight in Split.
*Split Walking tour – optional walking tour package
*Stonemasonry School in Pucisca – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Cetina river
DAY 3 Monday SPLIT – SIBENIK – excursion Trogir and Skradin; B, D
When sailing along the Croatian coast, surpassing the beauty around you may seem like an impossible task. Perhaps so, but there are sites on the Croatian mainland which surely parallel it, such as the Krka River and its stunning estuary. A coach trip brings you to the small town of Skradin, the guardian of the mouth of River Krka, and the gateway to its National park. The place where wild waterfalls inspire serene lakes, the park is definitely worth a visit. After returning to the seaside, visit Trogir, a petite island bridged to the mainland. A showcase of stunning architecture founded upon Greek and Roman heritage, Trogir is protected by UNESCO, just like the Cathedral of St. James at your next stop, Šibenik. Rolling down the hillslopes towered by the immense fortress of St. Michael, Šibenik is a sight to behold from every perspective. An optional walking tour* will introduce you to Šibenik’s great claim to Renaissance – both the one centuries ago, when the town’s Cathedral of St. James, and the present day, when the town known as one of Croatia’s upcoming gems. Experience its stone alleys and great cuisine in an evening on own. Overnight in Šibenik.
*Sibenik Walking tour – optional walking tour package
DAY 4 Tuesday SIBENIK – VIS; B, L
Enjoy the stunning waterfront of Šibenik as you navigate down the narrow channel of St. Anthony out to the open seas. Today you will sail to the island of Vis. You’ll recognize its main settlement, the town of Vis, by numerous masts crisscrossed over the image of its seafront facades. Comprised of the newer, 19th-century harbor area, and the historic, medieval corner, the past of Vis spans over two millennia, hence the colorful array of heritage in this small settlement ranges from a Greek cemetery and Roman baths to an English fort and Yugoslav militia tributes. Join an optional guided tour* to get insight into the tumultuous history of Vis and getting some ideas on what to do that very evening. Overnight in Vis.
**Optional excursion: Island of Vis
DAY 5 Wednesday VIS – HVAR – KORCULA (Captains dinner); B, D
Enjoy a breakfast with a view and a morning sail to Hvar, officially the sunniest of 1200 Croatian islands. This jet-set fave is also the island with the most UNESCO-listed heritage in the entire world, so consider joining our optional guided tour*. Then, hop over to Korčula Island, one of the largest islands in the Adriatic, known for its signature lush dark forests. You’ll know Korčula was a Venetian stronghold as soon as you lay your eyes on the many lion statues which lurk at you from the town’s facades and gates, intertwined with some of the most outstanding stonework you will get see anywhere on the Adriatic coast. The alleged home of the world renowned traveler Marco Polo is bound to charm you whether you explore it on your own or in an optional walking tour*. Overnight in Korčula.
*Hvar Walking tour – optional walking tour package
*Korčula Walking tour – optional walking tour package
DAY 6 Thursday KORČULA – MLJET – SLANO; B, L
Continue to another green island, this time Mljet. The national park on the island is the home of two salty lakes connected to the sea via a narrow canal. Nature lovers will get a thrill from hiking or cycling here, possibly even kayaking to the small inlet in the center of the lake, charming with its 12th-century Monastery of St. Mary. Alternatively, join our optional excursion – but whatever you do, do not pass on setting foot on Mljet! Enjoy a lunch on board followed by a refreshing dip before setting sail back to the mainland and the small settlement of Slano. In vicinity of Slano, the petite town of Ston claims its fame for many things gourmand: potent wines, ancient salt production and succulent oysters and mussels. Our optional tour the Taste of Dalmatia* highlights all these treasures, but you can also just relax in Slano, where we are docked overnight.
**Optional excursion: Mljet National Park
**Optional excursion: Taste of Dalmatia
DAY 7 Friday SLANO – DUBROVNIK; B, L
Take in the last of the Slano cool over breakfast. Just thereafter, you will set sail to Croatia’s southernmost gem and the renowned hotspot, Dubrovnik. Glimpse at its beauty sailing beneath the mighty City Walls, much in the same way its enemies and allies used to, before dropping anchor in the port of Gruž. The optional walking tour* of Dubrovnik Old Town takes you by the world-famous landmarks, strolling down the same streets that the cast and crews of the Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood walked. Whatever you might consider to be the town’s main drawcard, Dubrovnik’s city walls and its courteous spirit will swiftly transport you back in time to when this was an independent republic which successfully rivaled the Venetian Republic. Enjoy an evening of romance, glitz and glam, as you will be staying in Dubrovnik overnight.
*Dubrovnik town tour with a coach transfer from Dubrovnik port (Gruz) to the Old town – optional walking tour package
DAY 8 Saturday DUBROVNIK DEPARTURE; B
Enjoy your breakfast before disembarking the ship by 9 AM.

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ADRIATIC PARADISE Cruise 2019 by Yolo - from Split

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DAY 1 Saturday EMBARKATION SPLIT; D
Embark at any time after 14:00. Over a welcome drink and a snack, meet your Cruise Director and the crew and get acquainted with the rules and safety measures. Your journey begins with a dinner onboard and overnight in Split.
DAY 2 Sunday SPLIT – HVAR (Island of HVAR) – VELA LUKA (Island of Korcula); B, D (Captains dinner)
Today is the day for enjoying the highlights of the central Dalmatian coast. After breakfast, choose to explore Split on your own or join an optional walking tour* of Split’s famous Diocletian Palace. Built to house the Roman Emperor, the Palace grew into a city after Slavs ruined the nearby Roman town of Salona. With our local guide, discover the secrets of centuries past in what is today the vibrant core of Dalmatia’s largest city. Then, hop over to the island of Hvar, known for the purple of its lavender, the red of its wines and the Venetian feel of its hotspot Hvar. Join an optional guided walking tour of Hvar* or explore on your own before taking a refreshing swim at Pakleni, the wondrous neighboring islands. Finally, a short sail takes you to Vela Luka on Korčula Island, where you will arrive just in time for a relaxing late afternoon, a dinner and overnight stay.
*Split walking tour – optional walking tour package
*Hvar town – optional walking tour package
DAY 3 Monday VELA LUKA (Island of KORCULA) – POMENA (Island of MLJET) – SLANO; B, L
Your captain will choose a secluded bay to hop in the sea and start the day. Surrounded in deep green forests which earned Korčula its name and fame, meditate upon the sound of crickets and silence as you immerse yourself in the essence of this region: the crystal blue sea. Then continue to another green island, this time Mljet. The national park on the island is the home of two salty lakes connected with the sea via a narrow canal. Nature lovers will get a kick from hiking or cycling here, possibly even kayaking to the small inlet in the center of the lake, charming with its 12th-century Monastery of St. Mary. Alternatively, join our optional excursion* – but whatever you do, do not miss out on Mljet! Spend the evening in the small settlement of Slano on the mainland, once adored by Dubrovnik sea captains. Why becomes self-evident as soon as you take your first stroll along the waterfront.
**Optional excursion: Mljet National Park, free time in the National park.
DAY 4 Tuesday SLANO – DUBROVNIK; B, L
In vicinity of Slano, the petite town of Ston claims its fame for many things gourmand: strong wines, ancient salt production and succulent oysters and mussels. Our optional tour the Taste of Dalmatia* highlights all these treasures, but you can also just relax in Slano before sailing out to Dubrovnik. Midway, a dip on Lopud Island gets you up and ready to join an optional guided tour* of Dubrovnik Old Town. Surrounded in immense city walls, as if in a universe of its own, the world-famous facades line up as you walk the same streets like the cast and crews of the Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood. Enjoy an evening of romance, glitz and glam, as you will be staying in Dubrovnik overnight.
*Dubrovnik town tour with a coach transfer from Dubrovnik port (Gruz) to the Old town – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Taste of Dalmatia
DAY 5 Wednesday DUBROVNIK – EXCURSION TO MONTENEGRO; B, D
In the morning, venture east. Past the serene valley of Konavle, cross the border with Montenegro. The scenery turns more dramatic, with snowcapped mountains looming over the turquoise Adriatic Sea. Driving around Boka bay, its beauty entices, with settlements inhabited as early as the Illyrian and Roman times charmingly dotting the shorelines. Discover the picturesque Perast with its quaint seafront and Our Lady of the Rocks church poised on a manmade island facing the town. Next, visit the UNESCO-listed gem of Kotor. Compare it to Dubrovnik, and find distinct Venetian heritage as the main difference. After your guide introduces you to a maze of curvy alleys and sun-kissed piazzas, wander around on your own before heading back. Upon return, dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik/Dubrovnik area.
DAY 6 Thursday DUBROVNIK – ELAPHITE ISLANDS – KORČULA; B, L
The far south of Croatia holds many gems. Scattered between Dubrovnik and Korčula, the Elaphite archipelago is alluring for its pristine islands which were once an oasis for local seamen to build their ships and for captains to build their estates. Today, the Elaphites are today praised for their quaint ambiance. Stop at one of the three inhabited ones for a stroll and a swim, before a lunch on board en route to Korčula. You’ll know Korčula was a Venetian stronghold as soon as you lay your eyes on the many lion statues which lurk at you from the town’s facades and gates, intertwined with some of the most outstanding stonework you will get see anywhere on the Adriatic coast. The alleged home of the world renowned traveler Marco Polo is bound to charm you whether you explore it on your own or in an optional walking tour*. Overnight in Korčula.
*Korcula town walking tour – optional walking tour package
DAY 7 Friday KORČULA – BRAČ – OMIŠ; B, L
Breakfast is served over the stunning views of the playfully dispersed archipelago of Korčula, and followed by a scenic sail around the tips of Pelješac peninsula and Hvar Island, perhaps even a refreshing dip along the way. Stop to visit the homeland of ‘the Croatian marble’, the island of Brač. You’ve probably seen this ultra-quality limestone already, perhaps on the front of the White House in Washington DC or Bundestag in Berlin, but the optional tour* to the still-operating stonemasonry school in Pučišća brings a chance to learn more about shaping this stone for eternity. Once back at the mainland, get stunned by the dramatic rocks backing the lovely settlement of Omiš right at the mouth of Cetina River. Consider exploring the Cetina River canyon in a boat excursion*. Overnight in Omiš.
*Stonemasonry School in Pucisca – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Cetina river
DAY 8 Saturday OMIŠ – SPLIT; B
Bright and early, head from Omiš to Split. Enjoy a farewell breakfast before saying goodbye your fellow travelers and crew and disembarking after breakfast by 9:00 AM.