Voyages Jules Verne

The Coast of Explorers and Emperors

A private Jules Verne sailing exploring the Dalmatian islands

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 Aquamarin to discover historic towns that were once centres of the Greco-Roman, Byzantine, and Renaissance worlds. As part of a private Jules Verne group, this splendid small ship sailing explores the wonderful Dalmatian islands, islets and reefs scattered gem-like along Croatia’s Adriatic coast.

We start our cruise in the great city of Split, with the monumental palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian at its heart, possibly one of the greatest structures of the Roman Empire. Stops are made at Brac, famous for stone masonry and responsible for the stone of the palace in Split, as well as the White House in Washington, the Reichstag in Berlin and the High altar in Liverpool’s cathedral. We visit historic Korcula, reputedly the birthplace of legendary explorer Marco Polo, the forested idyll of Mljet, the lavender-scented island of Hvar and the rural Peljesac peninsular. 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 by Byron as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic.’

The Coast of Explorers and Emperors

A private Jules Verne sailing exploring the Dalmatian islands

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Split. Transfer to Split harbour and embark on the MV Aquamarin. Depart for Pucisca, the cultural centre of the island of Brac. Visit the Stonemasonry school. Overnight in Pucisca. (L,D)

Day 2 Sail to Korcula island, best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Walking tour of this enchanting town followed by wine tasting. Dinner will be taken in a local restaurant. Overnight in Korcula. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Sail south to the Island of Mljet. Stroll through the famous salt lakes in Mljet National Park and enjoy a boat ride to St. Mary Isle for the ancient Benedictine monastery. Afternoon arrival in Dubrovnik. Evening cruise along the old city walls followed by a buffet dinner. Enjoy the spectacular views of this magnificent old town. Overnight in Dubrovnik. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Walking tour of this magical Old Town. The best pictures of the town of Dubrovnik can be taken on our cable car ride with views of the Walls and Elaphiti Islands. Lunch in Dubrovnik and afternoon at leisure. Make your own way back to the port for dinner on board. For those with more enthusiasm or stamina, we recommend that you walk the famous walls 1,940m long and take a stroll along the walking street "STRADUN" - both a street and a square, a promenade inside the city walls. Overnight in Dubrovnik. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Cruise towards the Pelješac peninsula via the Elaphiti Islands. Visit the GRGIC Winery followed by our Croatian Heritage Evening for a dinner of local Croatian delicacies. Overnight in the Pelješac peninsula. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Cruise towards Hvar, known for its lavish lavender fields and breathtaking beauty. Guided tour includes the Renaissance cathedral and the oldest community theatre in Europe, founded in 1612. For the more energetic there is free time to hike up to the town fort overlooking the harbour for lovely views of your ship and the Pakleni islands. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight Hvar. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Return to the Island of Brac and the picturesque town of Bol. Walk along the promenade or swim at Zlatni Rat (the Golden Cape) Later, sail to Split for a tour of the city, a UNESCO Heritage site, with an abundance of Roman architecture - of special interest is the magnificent Diocletian Palace, once inhabited by the Roman emperor. Return to the ship for the Captain's farewell dinner. Overnight in Split. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Depart for Split airport travelling via Trogir, another coastal gem with a wealth of stately Romanesque and Renaissance architecture including the majestic cathedral in heart of the old town - a short stop for independent exploration. Fly from Split to London Heathrow. (B)

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

Notes

The itinerary and areas visited may be subject to change at the captain's discretion, depending on local weather conditions.

Groups will be divided for sightseeing. The cruise vessel takes up to 38 passengers

The Coast of Explorers and Emperors

A private Jules Verne sailing exploring the Dalmatian islands

MV Aquamarin

MV Aquamarin

The M/V Aquamarin Is a 43 meter elegant motor vessel that is the new gem in the Katarina Lines Deluxe route fleet. Built in 2017, this vessel has been lavishly designed, is fully air-conditioned with 19 spacious outside en-suite cabins, either double or twin bedded. They are located over three decks all finished with wooden furniture and light fabrics. Each cabin has a hairdryer, TV, nightstand, deposit box and porthole or window. Public areas include a spacious sundeck with tables, chairs, sunbeds, a Jacuzzi and a restaurant that accommodates all passengers in a single sitting. Wifi is available throughout.

Deck Plan - MV Aquamarin

The Coast of Explorers and Emperors

A private Jules Verne sailing exploring the Dalmatian islands

Croatia's Capital Extension

Croatia's Capital Extension

Two nights in Zagreb at the modern, centrally located Hotel Dubrovnik. Includes a morning walking tour and flight to Split to join the cruise. Breakfast daily.

Day 1 Depart from London Heathrow to Zagreb. On arrival transfer to the centrally located Hotel Dubrovnik. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 2 Zagreb, Croatia's capital has a wonderful balance of landmark buildings and churches from earlier centuries in its upper town and interesting art museums and fine examples of 19th and 20th century architecture in its lower town. We take a walking tour and visit the heart of the city, Bana Josip Jelacica Square, named after the 19th century governor, which divides Donji Grad (Lower Town) and Gornji Grad (Upper Town). We take a ride on the world's shortest funicular to reach the base of Lotrscak Tower, the keeper of the old town's southern gate. With streets ideal for roaming there are many museums and busy cafés full of locals to enjoy that line the streets and will give you a true taste of Zagreb. (B)

Day 3 Transfer to the airport for your flight to Split. (B, L, D)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
Hotel Dubrovnik - Zagreb

Hotel Dubrovnik - Zagreb

Hotel Dubrovnik is located on the main city square of Zagreb surrounded by most of the major tourist sites such as the cathedral, Zagreb old town, Dolac market, parks, bars and restaurants. The hotel contains a total of 222 rooms which are equipped with air-conditioning, hairdryer, TV, free wifi and a minibar. There is a tram station located directly in front of the hotel for easy access around the city. Guests can enjoy American Steak House Restaurant which serves Croatian cuisine, a Lounge Bar and a summer terrace facing the main square.

Split Decision Extension

Split Decision Extension

Stay for a further two nights at the Hotel Luxe in Split with time for independent exploration or relaxation. Breakfast daily.

Day 1 Transfer to the Hotel Luxe for a two night stay. Time for independent exploration or relaxation. (B)

Day 2 At leisure in Split. (B)

Day 3 Transfer to the airport for your return flight to London Heathrow, via Zagreb. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
Hotel Luxe - Split

Hotel Luxe - Split

Hotel Luxe is a boutique style hotel with 30 rooms, situated in the very centre of Split. Just steps away from ancient and cultural monuments. Within walking distance is the famous Diocletian Palace as well as the bus terminal, railway station and the ferry. The hotel is also just a short walk from the city's most popular sandy beach, Bacvice and its transparent clear sea. Split's wonderfully forested park, its "green soul", Marjan Hill is also just a short stroll through the Varos section of the city that begins at the end of the waterfront Riva. The hotel has a gym, sauna and Jacuzzi, a lobby bar, restaurant and cigar lounge. All rooms are air conditioned have hairdryer, safety deposit box, mini-bar, TV and free WiFi.

The Coast of Explorers and Emperors

A private Jules Verne sailing exploring the Dalmatian islands

2017

per person in a twin/double Lower Deck cabinCroatian Airlines from London Heathrow
DatePrice
October 07 £1595

Supplements per person

Single supplement £695
Main Deck cabin £95
Pre-tour Extension - Croatia's Capital
Hotel Dubrovnik - Zagreb
2 nights £315
Single supplement £85
Post-tour Extension - Split Decision
Hotel Luxe - Split
2 nights £225
Single supplement £115
Save £150
Arrival or departure transfer £20

Price Includes

Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, full board, itinerary as described, services of a UK Tour Manager and local guides.

Not Included

Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes

The itinerary and areas visited may be subject to change at the captain's discretion, depending on local weather conditions.

Groups will be divided for sightseeing. The cruise vessel takes up to 38 passengers

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