Day 1 - Split

Day 2 - Korčula

Day 3 - Mljet

Day 4 - Dubrovnik

Day 5 - Pelješac Peninsula

Day 6 - Hvar

Day 7 - Pučišća

Day 8 - Return Flight

The Coast of Explorers and Emperors

A private Jules Verne cruise through stunning coastal scenery, exploring the wonderful Dalmatian Islands and magnificent sites of the Croatian coast

The Adriatic Coast, with its dramatic cliffs and azure waters, has inspired poets from Byron to Virgil and Shaw to Ezra Pound. We invite you to take a delightful seven-night cruise aboard the elegant and exclusive Motor Vessel Admiral to discover historic towns that were once centres of the GrecoRoman, Byzantine and Renaissance worlds. We start our cruise in the great city of Split, with an abundance of Roman architecture and the monumental palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian at its heart, possibly one of the greatest remaining Roman structures. Stops are made at Brač, famous for stone masonry, historic Korčula, reputedly the birthplace of legendary explorer Marco Polo, the forested idyll of Mljet, the lavender-scented island of Hvar and the rural Pelješac Peninsula.
The cruise would not be complete without time to discover the extraordinary medieval walled city of Dubrovnik, acclaimed by George Bernard Shaw as ‘paradise on earth’ and Byron as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic.’ For the more energetic there is free time in Hvar to hike up to the town fort overlooking the harbour for lovely views of the Pakleni islands and in Dubrovnik, for those with the enthusiasm and the stamina, an opportunity to walk the famous 1,940m long walls and take a stroll along the walking street “Stradun.”

Key Features

Culture & Natural Wonders
Small Ship Sailing
Free Cabin Selection
Access to Secluded Bays
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
UK Tour Manager
Group Size: 1 – 20

Special Event

Croatian Heritage Evening

Wine tasting at the famous GRGIC winery, then travel inland exploring the rural areas and visit a typical village. Here enjoy our Heritage Evening with a dinner of rustic Croatian fare and wines, created from local produce.

Day 1 Fly from your chosen airport to Split. Transfer to Split harbour and embark on the MV Admiral. (D)

Day 2 Morning walking tour of Split including the magnificent Diocletian Palace. Sail to Korčula island, rich in vineyards, olive groves and small villages, and harbouring a glorious old town. Enjoy a walking tour of the old town with a Croatian wine tasting. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in Korčula. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Sail south to the Island of Mljet. Stroll along the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park and enjoy a boat ride to St. Mary Isle for the ancient Benedictine monastery. The island retains the unspoilt air of tranquillity that, according to legend, captivated Odysseus for seven years. Sail to Dubrovnik in the late afternoon. Evening cruise around the old city walls. Overnight in Dubrovnik. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Take a cable car for incredible views of the ancient city walls and the Elaphiti Islands. On a walking tour explore the splendour of the old town’s limestone streets and baroque buildings. Lunch in Dubrovnik is under your own arrangement, afternoon at leisure. Make your own way back to the port for dinner on board. Overnight in Dubrovnik. (B, D)

Day 5 Cruise towards Pelješac peninsula and marvel at its craggy mountains, sweeping valleys, idyllic coves and fine wines. Taste the wine of the renowned Grgic winery and enjoy our Croatian Heritage Evening. Overnight on Pelješac peninsula. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Cruise towards Hvar, known for its lavender fields and breathtaking beauty past beautiful and isolated coves. Walking tour of the old town with a stop at the Benedictine Convent. Dine under own arrangement in one of the atmospheric restaurants of Hvar. Overnight Hvar. (B, L)

Day 7 Sail to the Island of Brač and the visit the picturesque town of Bol. Enjoy the old town, walk along the promenade or swim at Zlatni Rat (the Golden Cape). Later, sail to Pučišća and visit the famous stone masonry school. Return to the vessel for the Captain's farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Sail to Split and disembark. 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 Split Airport. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


At some moorings 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 cruise vessel takes up to maximum 39 passengers.


per person in a twin/double Lower Deck cabin
easyJet from London Gatwick/Croatian Airlines from Heathrow

Date Price
May 4 £1495
May 11 £1695
May 18 £1695
June 22 £1795
September 14 £1955
October 5 £1495
Special Offer

May 4 - deduct £200pp on twin/double lower deck cabins only
(limited availability) 

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Sole Occupancy of twin/double cabin £925
(Jun–Sep £1095)

Cabin Upgrades

Main Deck cabin Category A £145
Main Deck cabin Category B £245
Upper Deck cabin £295

Flight Options

easyJet from Stansted - Nil

Extension Options

Pre-tour Extension - Croatia's Capital
Hotel Dubrovnik - Zagreb
3 nights £475
Single supplement £155

Post-tour Extension - Split Decision
Hotel Luxe - Split 
2 nights £225 
Single supplement £160

Independent Arrival

Save £200
Arrival transfer add £30
Departure transfer add £30

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, breakfast daily, 6 lunches and 6 dinners, itinerary as described, services of a UK Tour Manager and local guides. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.


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