Overview

Day 1 - Split

Day 2 - Korčula

Day 3 - Mljet

Day 4 - Dubrovnik

Day 5 - Pelješac Peninsula

Day 6 - Hvar

Day 7 - Pučišća/ Split

Day 8 - Return Flight

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The Coast of Explorers and Emperors

A magical meandering around the intriguing sites, inviting islands, and inimitable scenery of the Croatian coast, this relaxing and refreshing cruise sees new horizons every day of its seven-night sail on a private Jules Verne small-ship, the elegant MV Admiral

Your modern motor vessel for this private cruise has an air of exclusivity, an ample sundeck, and attentive crew; assuring comfort and service as you sail the clear blue waters of the eastern Adriatic, slipping between the thousand islands, and mooring at a coastal cornucopia of enchanting towns.

Bookending the tour, on the first and last night, is Croatia’s ‘second city’, Split, with its back against the mountains, its toes in the waters of the Adriatic, and its vast Roman palace complex a vibrant throng of shops, churches, and al fresco cafés. The journey in between takes us to Korčula, the reputed birthplace of Marco Polo, its vineyards and olive groves backing the 14th century town; to the island of Mljet, with pine forests and a pair of lakes in its National Park; and to the Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik, encircled by medieval city walls, filled with terracotta-tiled houses, and focused on the lively and lovely Stradun plaza, paved in pale limestone.

We taste the fine wines of the scenic Pelješac peninsula; visit the island of Hvar, its old town topped by a medieval castle; sail to Brac, the largest of the Dalmatian islands, cruising round the Golden Cape as we return to Split; and add a final morning trip to tiny Trogir island.

 

Key Features

Culture & Natural Wonders
Exclusive Small Ship Sailing
Free Cabin Selection
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
UK Tour Manager
Guaranteed Departure
Group Size: 2 – 20

Special Events

Croatian Heritage Evening

Wine tasting at Grgic Vina, a renowned winery established by legendary Napa Valley winemaker, Miljenko "Mike" Grgic.

On the Pelješac Peninsula enjoy our Heritage Evening in a typical village with a dinner of rustic Croatian fare. 

Day 1 Fly from your chosen UK airport to Split, and transfer to the MV Admiral. Overnight in Split. (D)

Day 2 Sail to the island of Korčula, known for its forests, vineyards, and local white wine. Covering a little promontory, Korčula town is often described as Dubrovnik in miniature, its 13th-century houses topped with bright tiles, built in a fishbone layout to deflect sea winds, encircled by defensive walls and towers, and focused on the 15th-16th century St. Mark’s cathedral. A walking tour of the town is followed by a wine tasting, and dinner this evening is in a local restaurant. Overnight in Korčula. (B, L, D)

Day 3 We continue south to the unspoilt, uncrowded island of Mljet, strolling by the salt lakes of its National Park, and taking a boat trip on one of the lakes to see the Benedictine monastery on St. Mary’s Isle. Legend has it that Mljet’s air of peace and calm captivated Odysseus for seven years. We tear ourselves away at the end of the day, sailing to Dubrovnik for an evening cruise around the old city walls. Overnight in Dubrovnik. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Dubrovnik’s traffic-free Old Town is stunningly scenic from a distance and truly atmospheric from within. A day of discovery here includes taking a cable-car for fabulous views over the ancient city and out to the Elaphiti Islands; a walking tour between beautiful buildings, with Renaissance and Gothic palaces and the Baroque church of St Blaise, the city’s patron saint; and an afternoon at leisure, with time to saunter the length of the Stradun, connecting the east and west gates, or walk the whole 1,940 metres of the circling city walls. Dinner on board. Overnight in Dubrovnik. (B, D)

Day 5 Cruise toward the long, slim finger of the Pelješac peninsula, Croatia’s place less-visited. Its rugged hills, picturesque towns, sunsoaked vineyards and pebble beaches remain happily off the beaten track, giving this unhurried and uncrowded enclave its laid-back, easy tempo. Our visit includes wine-tasting at the renowned Grgic winery and Croatian Heritage Evening with dinner of rustic Croatian fare. Overnight at the Pelješac peninsula. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Sail to the island of Hvar, said to be the sunniest spot in the Adriatic Sea, where carpets of olive groves and lavender fields create its legendary beauty, and Hvar Town’s marina brings mariners and modernity to a picture-perfect Old Town. Crowned by its castle, adorned with baroque balconies, and centred on the palaces, cafés and cathedral hemming is cobbled piazza, our walking tour of the town includes a visit to the Benedictine convent, established in 1664, where the nuns’ centuries of lacemaking are acknowledged by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. Overnight in Hvar. (B, L)

Day 7 Cross to the neighbouring island of Brac, where photogenic features of Nature include the horseshoe-shaped beach of Supetar and the long sweep of Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape) beach; and man-made beauty comes in the form of traditional buildings, constructed in white limestone. We visit seaside Pučišća’s school of stone masonry, before sailing to Split, where a walking tour includes the magnificent, UNESCO listed, Diocletian Palace, built for a retiring Roman emperor and still dominating the city’s waterfront. Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell dinner this evening. Overnight in Split. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Disembark this morning and travel to the marble-paved maze of medieval Trogir, the island town connected by bridge to the mainland. There is time for a little independent exploration amid the Romanesque and Renaissance architecture of its Old Town, before transferring to Split airport for your return flight. (B)

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

Notes

Groups are divided for sightseeing. The cruise vessel takes 39 guests.

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.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.

2022

Saturday
per person in a twin/double Main Deck cabin Category B Cabin (Lower Deck cabin - Oct)
Croatia Airlines from Heathrow

Date Price
September 10 £2340
October 1 £1675

2023

Saturdays
per person in a twin/double Lower Deck cabin 
Croatia Airlines from Heathrow

Date Price
May 13 £1745
June 17 £2025
September 9 £2075
October 7 £1725

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Twin/Double for sole use £795 (Jun 2023 £835; Sep £945; Oct £725)

Cabin Upgrades

Main Deck cabin Category A £195
Main Deck cabin Category B £295 (Oct & 2023 only)
Upper Deck cabin £345

Flight Options

easyjet from Gatwick or Manchester £50

Extension Options

Post-cruise Extension - Split Decision
Hotel Jupiter - Split 
2 nights £285 (Sep £375; Oct £265)
Single supplement £155 (Sep £245; Oct £115)

Independent Arrival

Save £200
Arrival or departure transfer add £30

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 6 dinners, excursions, UK Tour Manager, local expert guides and representatives. 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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