With breathtaking nature, charming architecture and a sublime coastline, spend a fabulous week exploring this fascinating region
A Jules Verne Limited Edition
Dubrovnik - 1 night
Slano - 1 night
Mljet - 1 night
Korcula - 1 night
Vis - 1 night
Hvar - 1 night
Split - 1 night
The perfect way to discover the spectacular southern Dalmatian coastline
This leisurely cruise from Dubrovnik to Split will bring you the best of the southern Dalmatian islands on a private Jules Verne sailing. Enjoy time on board the MV Aurelia, one of the newest and most luxurious small ships in Croatian waters, with just 19 cabins, 9 of which boast private balconies, ideal for watching the sublime sunsets with a glass in hand. Experience the wonders of the coast of Croatia, explore its history, its stunning landscapes, its azure waters and fabulous food. Perfect for the discerning travellers who avoid the more formal cruises and want instead, to enjoy the unparalleled rustic and medieval beauty of Croatia, in good company.
Croatia’s dramatic cliffs and crystal waters, have inspired poets from Byron to Virgil and Shaw, to Ezra Pound. We take you to historic towns that were once centres of the Greco-Roman, Byzantine and Renaissance worlds. The iconic coastal cities of Dubrovnik and Split are magnificent and Croatia’s islands give visitors something new to discover every day. Ston is home to the longest fortifications in Europe; Mljet’s Benedictine monastery on the Isle of St. Mary lies on a striking salt lake; Korcula’s 13th-century cathedral of St. Mark is an architectural triumph with Gothic and Renaissance elements; Vis has ruins from the 4th-century; the island of Biševo hosts the natural phenomena of the Blue Cave; and Hvar is a treasure revealing palaces, monasteries and churches.
Chauffeur Driven Transfers*
Private Jules Verne Charter
Luxury Small Ship Sailing
Private Sightseeing Programme
Experienced Tour Manager
Expert Local Guides
Group Size: 10 – 36
Day 1 Fly from London Gatwick to Dubronvik. Transfer to the port to store your luggage, then take a walking tour of the old town. Encircled by medieval city walls and filled with terracotta-topped historic houses, Dubrovnik’s traffic-free Old Town is stunningly scenic from a distance and deliciously atmospheric from within. The special charm of this ancient town is in the buildings that have remained from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic. Visit Gothic and Renaissance palaces, Baroque churches and the yacht marina, nestled below the ramparts, where 16th-century merchant ships once moored. Take the cable car and enjoy views from the Old Town to Srđ mountain and the mighty ramparts to Elaphiti Islands. Return to our vessel for a welcome cocktail and dinner on board. Overnight in Dubrovnik. (D)
Day 2 Enjoy the magical scenery as the ship cruises around Dubrovnik’s city walls before continuing to one of the Elaphiti Islands for a swimming stop. Later, sail for the small village of Slano, the last bay on the Dubrovnik Riviera, a peaceful fishermen’s village and the starting point for our visit to Ston. An escape from the standard tourist route offering delicious seafood, great scenery, old stone houses and the longest fortifications in Europe. Founded in the 14th-century as part of the Dubrovnik Republic, the walls stretch for 5km forming an irregular pentagon and include 40 towers and five fortresses. Continue to Mali Ston, a small fishing village famous for its oysters and mussel beds; enjoy a tasting of these delicacy. Time at leisure before returning to the vessel for dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Cruise north to the magnificent island of Mljet. It was here according to legend, that Odysseus was shipwrecked on his return from the Trojan War and kept prisoner by the beautiful nymph Calypso, for seven years. Stroll alongside the famous salt lakes in Mljet National Park and enjoy a boat ride to St. Mary Isle for the ancient Benedictine monastery. Continue to Pomena, dinner on board. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Early morning departure towards the island of Korčula; best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo, rich in vineyards, olive groves and small villages, it harbours a glorious old town. Stop for lunch in one of the secluded bays. Afternoon walking tour to explore this enchanting, preserved medieval city; ringed by imposing defences, this coastal citadel is dripping with history, with marble streets rich in Renaissance and Gothic architecture. Evening excursion to a small nearby village for a typical Dalmatian dinner and to learn a little of the local heritage and traditional way of living. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Continue to the island of Vis; the furthest inhabited island from the mainland, once a strategic naval Yugoslav base and closed to the public for years, it is now a captivating bohemian getaway. This isolation has preserved the island from over-development and thus Vis has a special charm – “the Mediterranean as it once was”, making it an intriguing destination. Visit the remains of ancient Issa, the first urban centre in Croatia, dating from the 4th-century BC. See the remains of the Roman thermal place, the City museum and the beautiful Villae Rusticae. Sample some exquisite local wines, Vis has its own distinct grape; vugava, a white varietal that’s been cultivated here since ancient times. Later, enjoy a stroll along the waterfront. Dinner is under your own arrangement. (B, L)
Day 6 Early in the morning we cruise towards the small island of Biševo to visit the Blue Cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon, famous for the layer of iridescent blue that fills the cave when light reflects off the water and the white seabed (weather permitting). Continue towards the island of Hvar with a swim stop and lunch on board at the Pakleni Islands. Hvar, the longest and sunniest island in the Adriatic is known for glorious lavender fields and breathtaking beauty. We arrive in the afternoon for a tour of the town with a stop at the Benedictine Convent and the Renaissance cathedral, with its original tower. Evening at leisure. Hvar offers numerous restaurants and bars. Dinner under own arrangement. (B, L)
Day 7 Sail to the Island of Brač and visit the picturesque town of Bol. Enjoy the Old Town, walk along the promenade or swim at Zlatni Rat (the Golden Cape). Continue to Split to enjoy a walking tour. With an abundance of Roman architecture and the monumental palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian at its heart, Split boasts possibly one of the greatest remaining Roman structures. Farewell dinner on board. (B, L, D)
Day 8 After breakfast transfer to Trogir, another coastal gem with a wealth of stately Romanesque and Renaissance architecture. Enjoy a short stop for independent exploration before transferring to the airport for your homeward flight.
At some mooring points you may need to walk through vessels anchored alongside to go ashore.
Most excursions are on foot including some with uneven surfaces and inclines.
Groups will be divided for sightseeing.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.
The MV Aurelia is a 49m deluxe vessel, with a cruising speed of eight nautical miles per hour, and will be launched in Spring 2020 as one of the finest new vessels in Croatian waters. Featuring the latest state-of-the-art equipment and amenities, the ship has a maximum capacity of 36 passengers, ensuring exceptional personal service. The ship’s Main Deck features a spacious air-conditioned dining room with bar area and outdoor covered lounge area. The Upper Deck is perfect for sunbathing with sun-loungers, a shaded area and Jacuzzi. There is a diving platform at the aft of the ship with a ladder for easy access to the water. WiFi throughout.The vessel features 19 modern air-conditioned cabins (161-183 sq. ft.); 9 Upper Deck cabins with private balcony, 2 Main Deck cabins and 8 Lower Deck cabins. All air-conditioned cabins have a writing desk, wardrobe, night stand, hairdryer, safety deposit box and a window (Main/Upper Decks) or port hole (Lower Deck).
Dubrovnik - Pre-tour Extension
Travel out two days early to explore the wonders of Dubrovnik. Known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik lies in the extreme south of Croatia, basking in glorious Mediterranean sunshine. A fairytale fortress of beautiful Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance churches, aristocratic palaces, red-roofed townhouses, magnificent monasteries and fascinating history, it is almost impossible to feel anything but uplifted and inspired here. Stay two nights at the 5-star Dubrovnik Palace, a perfect base for combining seaside relaxation and cultural sightseeing. Includes: 2 nights at the Dubrovnik Palace Hotel with breakfast daily, transfers and guided walking tour of the Old Town with lunch.
Day 1 Fly from London Gatwick to Dubrovnik. Transfer to the 5-star Dubrovnik Palace for a two-night stay, a perfect base for combining seaside relaxation and cultural sightseeing. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 Morning walking tour to explore the wonders of Dubrovnik. Known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik lies in the extreme south of Croatia, basking in glorious Mediterranean sunshine. A fairy-tale fortress of beautiful Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance churches, aristocratic palaces, magnificent monasteries and fascinating history, it is almost impossible to feel anything but uplifted and inspired here. Encircled by medieval city walls and filled with terracotta-topped historic houses, Dubrovnik's traffic-free Old Town is stunningly scenic from a distance and deliciously atmospheric from within. The ‘Stradun’ is hemmed with shops and eateries and paved in pale limestone, a yacht marina nestles below the ramparts, where 16th century merchant ships once moored. Enjoy lunch at restaurant Klarisa before an afternoon of independent exploration or relaxation. (B, L)
Day 3 The day is at leisure, late afternoon transfer to the port to join the MV Aurelia. (B, D)
Includes: 2 nights at the Dubrovnik Palace Hotel with breakfast daily, transfers and a guided walking tour of the Old Town with lunch.
Nestled on the scenic seafront between a pine forest and the turquoise coastal waters of the lush Lapad peninsula, and just a 10 minute drive from Dubrovnik’s medieval Old Town, the cinematic location offers an enthralling vista of the Elafiti Islands. The Hotel Dubrovnik Palace offers direct access to a peaceful beach, two outdoor and one indoor pool, a PADI diving centre, tennis court, fitness centre and spa including a hot tub and steam bath, a leafy jogging path and walking routes through picturesque woods that rise up Petka hill behind the hotel. There are 4 restaurants, including a beach restaurant. Drinks and light snacks are served at the pool bar. WiFi throughout. All 308 air-conditioned rooms are sleekly designed in earthy colours, have a balcony, satellite TV and mini-bar.
Split - Post-tour Extension
Extend your stay for two nights in Split. Boasting a marvelous and quite unique setting, its dramatic coastal mountains act as the perfect backdrop to the turquoise waters of the Adriatic. Croatia’s second-largest city, Split, is a delightful mix of modern and ancient. Explore the Roman remains by day and the labyrinth of old city streets after sunset. Enjoy time at the bustling waterfront and discover Dalmatian life as it is truly lived in this exuberant city that seems always to be buzzing. Includes: 2 nights Hotel Park Split, breakfast daily and transfers.
Day 8 After breakfast you can chose to join the visit to Trogir, another coastal gem with a wealth of stately Romanesque and Renaissance architecture. (Your luggage will be transferred directly to your hotel.) Enjoy a short stop for independent exploration, then return to Split to check in at the Hotel Park for a two-night stay.(B)
Day 9 Full day at leisure. Boasting a marvellous and quite unique setting, Split’s dramatic coastal mountains act as the perfect backdrop to the turquoise waters of the Adriatic. Croatia’s second-largest city, is a delightful mix of modern and ancient. Explore the Roman remains by day and the labyrinth of old city streets after sunset. Enjoy time at the bustling waterfront and discover Dalmatian life as it is truly lived in this exuberant city that seems always to be buzzing. (B)
Day 10 Time at leisure before your transfer to the airport for your homeward flight to London. (B)
Includes: 2 nights Hotel Park Split, breakfast daily and transfers.
Built in 1921 and completely restructured in 2015, this traditional first-class hotel boasts a wonderful location opposite the famous Bačvice beach, and a pleasant stroll away from the enchanting Diocletian’s Palace. A sophisticated and elegant property offering a superb standard of service, the Hotel Park Split boasts an outdoor pool, a lovely spa with a private hot tub, a sauna and a gym. Besides the restaurant and first-class chefs, the hotel also has a bar, as well as a beautiful terrace that offers a typical and authentic Mediterranean atmosphere, the ideal place to enjoy a nightcap after day’s spent exploring the treasures of Split. WiFi throughout. Each of the 72 air-conditioned rooms are combination of contemporary comfort with traditional elegance and has a TV and safe.
per person in Lower Deck twin/double cabin
EasyJet from Gatwick
per person in Lower Deck twin/double cabin
EasyJet from Gatwick
A Jules Verne Limited Edition
Supplements per person
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Lower Deck Cabin
Single supplement £1290
Main Deck cabin with window £245
Single supplement £1290
Upper Deck cabin with private balcony £395
Single supplement £1290
Pre-tour Extension - Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik Palace Hotel
2 nights £475
Single supplement £250
Post-tour Extension - Split
Hotel Park Split
2 nights £525
Single supplement £390
Air travel and taxes, VIP return transfers*, a 7-night sailing on an intimate luxury mini-cruiser, meals as indicated, local wine and beer included with meals on board, private sightseeing programme, port taxes, experienced tour manager and expert local guides. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
*On all of our Great Journeys, we provide a VIP chauffeur driven transfer for passengers living within a 70-mile radius of the point of departure. For those passengers that live outside of this 70-mile radius, we will provide the most competitive quotation for the additional mileage.
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