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11 days/10 night, Cruising holiday in Croatia enriched by 3 days in Dubrovnik with tours of Montenegro and Mostar
DUBROVNIK – MLJET – HVAR –SPLIT (BOL) - KORČULA – SIPAN – DUBROVNIK - MONTENEGRO - MOSTAR - DUBROVNIK
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.By cruising, you take advantage of traveling on board from Island to Island in a comfortable en-suite cabin, plus breakfast and lunch or dinner served daily on the boat. 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 the historical monuments and city centers. When the cruise ends you will spend other 3 days in the magnificent Dubrovnik, the "Adriatic gem", with daily tours to discover nearby Montenegro and the town of Mostar with its dramatic bridge over the Neretva river.
SHIP and CABIN TYPE DESCRIPTIONS :
Newly built steel hulled vessels offering accommodation in air-conditioned spacious en-suite cabins (with double or twin beds, hairdryer, safety deposit box).Ships are from 29 to 35 mt in length with cabins 8 to 14 m2 in size.
WHAT'S INCLUDED :
Departures from Dubrovnik Gruz Harbour : at 13:00 h / check in from 11.00 h till 12:45h
Visitor's tax and port fees - To be paid on the spot: EUR 40. -per person per week
DAY 1: SUNDAY - DUBROVNIK
Check in from 13.00 h onwards (GRUŽ harbour) with dinner as your first meal. Due to the many different flight arrivals the first overnight is planned in Dubrovnik a unique town on the Adriatic. The special charm of this old town are the buildings that have remained from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic. A larger part of the monuments of history and culture belong to the fine but modest Renaissance architecture with some tra ces of the Gothic style. Use the afternoon to explore the city walls and plan what to do on your last night of the cruise when we return to this wonderful city.
Overnight in Dubrovnik
DAY 2: MONDAY DUBROVNIK – MLJET
After breakfast we continue our journey towards the island and national park Mljet. Lunch on board. The whole afternoon is free to enjoy the salt lakes in the National Park and enjoy the sun and sea on this peaceful island. In the middle of the large lake, inside the National park, one can visit an old abbey and church, or just use a small boat to roam around the National park. Bicycles can also be rented to cycle around the paths that surround the lakes or cars for those wanting to go further. Overnight in port Polača/Pomena
DAY 3: TUESDAY MLJET – HVAR
Early in the morning we depart towards the little island Šćedro where we will have enough time to relax and refresh in the clean, crystal blue sea. Departure for Hvar after lunch. Hvar is the longest island in the Adriatic. Here we can find the Renai ssance cathedral with its original tower; also the oldest community theatre in Europe was founded here in 1612. City of Hvar offers plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes that are open long into the night. Hvar is often referred to as the sunshine and jet-set island
DAY 4: WEDNESDAY HVAR – BOL / SPLIT
Leave Hvar and continue our cruise towards the island of Brač, more precisely to the town of Bol, best known for its famous Zlatni rat beach (Golden horn - a natural phenomenon that with its specific form dominates the other beaches of Croatia). Late afternoon arrival in Split, Croatia’s second city, a busy university and maritime town and the capital of the Dalmatia region. Under UNESCO protection, its historical and cultural monuments are wondrous both to local inhabitants, but also to the many visitors who fall in love with this 1,000 plus year old beauty. Possibility of joining a sightseeing tour of the old town including Diocletian's palace which the Roman emperor Diocletian had built as his retirement home.
DAY 5: THURSDAY SPLIT - KORČULA
Early morning departure towards the Korčula island best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Stop for lunch in one of the secluded bays en route. Early afternoon arrival in Korčula. On this Island, you can find more legends, tales and monuments than anywhere else while wandering along the herringbone pattern streets. Korčula has an abundant choice of restaurants where you can continue your gourmet experience or the bars and clubs for those looking for evening entertainment. Overnight in Korčula.
DAY 6: FRIDAY KORCULA – ŠIPAN
Early in the morning, we continue our trip towards the Elafiti islands. a group of islands west of Dubrovnik. They include Šipan, Lopud, and Koločep (Kalamota). They attract many tourists with their beautiful scenery and sandy beaches. Swimming and lunch is planned at one of the smaller Elafiti islands. ŠIPAN, the largest island of the Elafiti, is also the most distant from Dubrovnik. This is where we spend the night and enjoy the Captain`s dinner.
DAY 7: SATURDAY ŠIPAN – DUBROVNIK
Early departure for Dubrovnik with breakfast on route. Enjoy the beautiful sights of nature along the way towards “the heaven on earth” - according to the famous writer George Bernard Shaw. Lunch on board and arrival to Dubrovnik early in the afternoon to enjoy a whole afternoon free to explore Dubrovnik or go for a swim. You can explore Dubrovnik on your own or join our guided tour of Dubrovnik with an English speaking guide (and included one-way transfer to the old town). Take a walk through STRADUN – both a street and a square, a promenade inside the town walls. For those with more enthusiasm, we recommend a walk on top of the 1940m long town walls or take a cable car ride to the top of Srđ mountain to get scenic views of the old city! Overnight in the GRUZ port of this magical town.
DAY 8: SUNDAY DUBROVNIK - MONTENEGRO
Early breakfast, say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends and join bus excursion to Montenegro. A small country with magnificent mountains rising above the Adriatic Sea, filled with natural beauty, clear lakes, fast rivers and serene beaches. Enjoy exploring Montenegro's contrasting nature attractions, interesting history, culture, tradition, good weather and clean air. Late afternoon return and transfer to hotel. Overnight.
DAY 9: MONDAY DUBROVNIK - MOSTAR
After breakfast joins the escorted bus tour to Mostar, a town of contrasts, culture, color, and cuisine. The town is divided not only by the Neretva River that flows through it but also by religion and culture from one bank to the other. Mostar, in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina, is where “east meets west”. Just a short drive up the Adriatic coast and then inwards following the breathtaking Neretva Valley will offer stunning views of the local countryside. Here the Neretva River enriches the land bringing to your senses the colors and scents of mandarin and kiwi plantations. Overnight in hotel.
DAY 10: TUESDAY DAY AT LEISURE / OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
A day at leisure to explore the city by your own or join one of our excursions to the nearby Konavle Wine Region or active tours in Kayak.
DAY 11: WEDNESDAY - DEPARTURE
After breakfast transfer to the airport, and time to say goodbye to your new friends !