A magical meander 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
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
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.
Culture & Natural Wonders
Exclusive Small Ship Sailing
Free Cabin Selection
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Jules Verne Representative
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)
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.
The Croatian based company Katarina Line operate the MV Admiral. This 141 ft. motor vessel, built in 2015, over three decks offers a maximum capacity of 39 passengers and has a small and attentive local crew.
Breakfast is buffet with a variety of hot and cold dishes, lunch and dinners of local produce feature Croatian and Mediterranean specialities are served with the occasional buffet.
The vessel has an intimate yet spacious feel, elegantly decorated in a contemporary style. Sun deck with tables, chairs, sunbeds and a hot tub, bar and WiFi (free). 20 air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and TV.
Eight twin/double cabins (172 sq. ft.) with two portholes on the Lower Deck.
Five twin/double cabins Cat. A (150-172 sq. ft.) with one window.
Five twin/double cabins Cat. B (150-172 sq. ft.) with two windows.
One single cabin (107 sq. ft.) with one window on the Main Deck.
One double cabin (139 sq. ft.) with one window on the Upper Deck.
Split Decision - Post-Cruise Extension
Extend your stay in Split, an exuberant city with the right balance between tradition and modernity. Stay at the stylish 4-star Hotel Jupiter in the historic centre of Split. Breakfast daily.
Day 1 Transfer to your hotel 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. (B)
A stylish 4-star hotel in a historic building inside the UNESCO-protected Diocletian Palace. Restaurant, bar, roof top terrace, sauna and WiFi (free). 38 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double Lower Deck cabin
Croatia Airlines from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Twin/Double for sole use £795 (Jun £835; Sep £945; Oct £725)
Main Deck cabin Category A £195
Main Deck cabin Category B £295
Upper Deck cabin £345
easyJet from Gatwick £50
Croatia Airlines Business Class – On request
Post-cruise Extension - Split Decision
Hotel Jupiter - Split
2 nights £265 (May/Jun £295; Sep £385)
Single supplement £115 (May/Jun £155; Sep £245)
Arrival or departure transfer add £30
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 6 dinners, excursions, Jules Verne Representative, local expert guides and representatives. 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.
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