The part of Croatia’s Adriatic coastline known as Dalmatia offers a picture-perfect combination of azure seas, tiny islands, rolling vineyards, spectacular beaches and historic cities, all washed down with a good dose of Mediterranean sunshine. Board the M/S Adriatic Pearl in Dubrovnik and cruise between beautiful islands and harbour towns, docking in the evenings to visit local bars and restaurants. Discover the enchanting vineyards of Mljet Island, stop at Korcula Island to explore the mini medieval town and sail along the breathtaking Peljesac Peninsula on this 8-day cruise.
This tour departs every Saturday from 21 April to 13 Oct 2018
Transfer to MS Adriatic Pearl on arrival (embarkation between 11:00-15:00). Over a welcome drink and a snack meet the Cruise Director and the crew of “Adriatic Pearl”. After a full safety briefing by the Captain, there is free time to enjoy the evening in Dubrovnik.
In the morning transfer to the Old Town Gate where you join a guided walking tour of Dubrovnik, pearl of the Adriatic. In the early afternoon set sail to Korcula and en route stop on one of the beautiful Elafiti Islands to enjoy a swim. Lunch is on board before a late afternoon arrival to Korcula. The main town of Korcula is a stunning medieval town which is reminiscent of a miniature Dubrovnik. On arrival take a guided walk around the town and hear stories about legendary traveller Marco Polo, who spent his childhood here. (B,L)
After breakfast set sail towards the Island of Brac, passing through the scenic Peljesac channel. Weather permitting, Captain will drop the anchor on the way for a refreshing swim. Pucisca is nested in a beautiful bay on the island of Brac, surrounded by stone quarries that yield some of the whitest and best quality limestone in the world. Pillars of this snow-white stone even decorate the façade of the White House and other landmarks all over the world. After docking at Pucisca, join a short visit to a stonemasonry school nearby and learn about Brac limestone, their centuries-old tradition of stonemasonry and the unconventional tools they use before continuing the voyage to Omiš for an overnight stay. (B,L)
**Optional excursion: Cetina river
After breakfast join a excursion to Skradin, Sibenik and Trogir by coach through the karst hinterland. Skradin is one of the oldest town in Croatia and known as the gateway to the Krka Waterfalls National Park. Continue to Sibenik for a guide tour of the Old Town including the beautiful Cathedral of St James with its unusual frieze of 71 stone heads. A stop is included in Trogir, where every corner is full of character and free time is given to wander the stone alleyways and hidden squares. The final stop of the day is Split, where a local guide will show you the magnificent Diocletian Palace with its central piazza, Peristil. This popular square is an acoutis-rich setting for a cappella singers at dusk. Dinner and overnight in Split. (B,D)
Today sail towards Hvar, kHvar Island, renowned for its aromatic lavender fields. Hvar town is not only the ‘Sun Capital’ of Croatia, with the highest number of hours of sunshine per year, but also one of the most magnificent towns in the country. The green of the pines and the blue of the Adriatic Sea embrace the medieval town. Take a guided walked tour walk around the ancient streets of Hvar, before setting sail to Vela Luka. Along the way stop for a swim near the beautiful Pakleni islands, known for its warm waters. Enjoy a delicious post-swimming snack of Dalmatian fried fish before arriving in Vela Luka for an overnight. (B,L)
The Captain will select a secluded bay to stop for a morning swim surrounded by pine trees and the sound of crickets. Continue sailing to Pomena on the island of Mljet, here there are enchanting vineyards and a large National Park of dense fragrant Aleppo Pine. There is plenty of free time to explore the park by either renting bikes, kayaks or taking a leisurely walk on the numerous paths around the lakes or in the forests. Late afternoon departure to Slano and moor in the attractive harbour, where you can see ruins of Illyrian settlements, as well as Baroque and Renaissance buildings. (B,L)
**Optional excursion: Mljet National Park
After breakfast there is an optional tour called the ‘Taste of Dalmatia’, where you will visit Ston, a small town famous for its 5km long city walls and succulent oysters. Here, visit a local winery and taste some of the finest Dalmatian wines. Afterwards continue to Dubrovnik and cruise beneath Dubrovnik City Walls and on to the port of Gruž. Overnight in Dubrovnik. (B,L)
**Optional excursion: Taste of Dalmatia
All Prices are based on main deck cabins
M/S Adriatic Pearl was commissioned in 2012, setting new standards in service, cabin size and overall cruise comfort in Croatia. The boat is 41 m (134 ft) long, 8.5 m (28 ft) wide with a cruising speed of 9 knots. The capacity is 36 persons made up of 18 ensuite air-conditioned cabins on the main and lower deck.