Jewels of Dalmatia
Day #1 - WELCOME TO SPLIT! (WD)
Welcome to Split. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by our representative and they will get you settled aboard your transfer, and you’ll be on your way to Split harbour. Once you reach the harbour, you will be able to check in. Cabins will be ready for you from 2 p.m. However, if arriving early, you’ll be able to safely deposit your luggage aboard the ship. After settling in, join our local guide for a tour of Split’s old town to get acquainted with emperor Diocletian’s Palace and learn about the rich heritage of Split’s millennial history. In the evening, we will serve the Welcome Dinner aboard the ship and your cruise manager will introduce you to the entire crew.
Day #2 - SPLIT – BOL - STARI GRAD (B, L, D)
Early in the morning, while breakfast is served, we set sail for the island of Brač. Before lunch on board, you will have time to enjoy a swim stop at the world-famous Zlatni Rat beach. After the swim stop, we continue our way towards the town of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar, where we arrive in the early hours of the afternoon. After arrival, you will have some free time to enjoy Stari Grad at your own pace. Later in the afternoon we will visit the UNESCO protected Stari Grad Plain, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful sunset and the traditional local products of the Hora farmstead and a tasty “peka” dinner, surrounded by olive groves and fields of lavender. If you want to visit the town of Hvar in the evening, it is a short half hour drive from Stari Grad and your cruise manager can help you organize a local transfer to get you there and back.
Day #3 - STARI GRAD - VIS (B, L)
Early in the morning, while breakfast is served, we set sail for the island of Vis. With lunch served on board, we will enjoy a swim stop at the Paklinski Islands. The island of Vis, formerly a major naval base, was closed to tourists from 1945 until the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 90’s, which helped preserve the authentic appearance of its villages. We will arrive in Vis in the afternoon, and you will be free to explore the quaint town and enjoy its many treasures. We suggest a visit to the Archaeological Museum, located in the old Austrian fort Gospina batarija (Batteria della Madona) right on the shoreline or just a simple stroll along the seaside promenade as most of the bars and restaurants are located along it so you are sure to find a lovely place to have dinner. You can always get some good tips for dinner or points of interest from your cruise manager.
Day #4 - VIS - KORČULA (B, L)
In the morning, before breakfast, we sail towards Biševo and the unique natural phenomenon that is the Blue Cave. The Blue Cave is a wonder of the Adriatic Sea and the most attractive sight of the island of Vis, and you will get to see for yourself why so many people visit it each year. After the visit to the Blue Cave*, we set sail for Korčula, stopping along the way for a swim and lunch served on board. In the afternoon we arrive to Korčula, the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Our local guide will take you on a unique tour of the old town of Korčula. You will hear many interesting stories and legends about the city and the life of Marco Polo, the most famous son of Korčula. The casual approach to discovering the history and culture of Korčula will surely delight you. In the evening, we suggest you enjoy dinner in one of Korčula’s many exquisite restaurants. If unsure, you can always get some good tips for dinner or points of interest from your cruise manager.
Day #5 - KORČULA-MLJET (B, L, CD)
Early in the morning, we depart for Mljet, one of the most beautiful and the most densely forested islands of the Adriatic. Isolated and untouched, the island is know for its mysticism, olive groves, vineyards and rich forests. Take in the rich flora and fauna, and peacefully enjoy the pristine beauty of natural surroundings. Upon arrival in Pomena, a visit to a national park encompassing most of the island is planned. The park’s highlights are the two saltwater lakes – the Little Lake and the Big Lake with its Benedictine monastery on the Isle of St. Mary. This evening you are invited to the Captain’s Dinner aboard the ship.
Day #6 - MLJET - SLANO - ŠIPAN (B, L, T)
Early in the morning, while breakfast is served, we set sail for Slano. On our way to Slano, we will stop for a swim in one of many picturesque bays dotting the coast. Upon arrival to Slano, we will embark on our gastronomic adventure in Ston, well known for its extensive medieval walls and long tradition of oyster farming, spanning over 2000 years. A short boat ride to the oyster farm in the middle of the bay and, with a glass of wine in hand, we’ll be tasting this natural aphrodisiac straight from the sea. Talk about a gourmet’s dream! We return to our ship in the afternoon and sail to Šipan island, where we will have the evening free to relax and enjoy the sunset. Your cruise manager will be on hand to assist with info about local sights and will have some suggestions for nice dinner spots.
Day #7 - ŠIPAN – DUBROVNIK (B, L)
The last stop on our trip is Dubrovnik, a city that will welcome you with open arms, as it does for visitors from all parts of the world. Surrounded by its fabled medieval walls, Dubrovnik is widely known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. Upon arrival we will partake in a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO protected old town, acquainting you with its most important monuments and hidden spots. After the walking tour, we leave you to explore the city on your own. Our ship will be docked at Gruž Harbour, and there are many options (taxis, buses, and Uber) to take you back to port when you are ready. As is true every day, your cruise manager will be on hand to offer some local knowledge and help you with restaurant suggestions for dinner or bars to enjoy a drink in the evening.
Day #8 - DUBROVNIK
After breakfast, it will be time to check out and enjoy your complementary transfer to the airport. We hope to see you soon on board again! You must vacate your cabin by 9 a.m. but note that if your departure transfer is later than this you can leave your luggage onboard until it’s time for your transfer.