Dalmatia Cruise Adventure 2013

Day 1

    Dubrovnik, Croatia / Korcula

    Once you are on board the adventure can start! During a welcome drink, Captain's orders and safety measures will be explained to you. Moreover, you will be introduced to the Captain, members of the staff and your tour guide.

    While sailing off to Korcula island start to mingle with your new fellow mates. Arrive in Korcula town is in evening hours. Korcula is a small town situated on the north-east end of Korcula island. The old medieval part of the town was built on a small oval peninsula. Today, around 3,000 inhabitants live in this town. A local legend says that a great merchant traveler Marco Polo was born in Korcula town (but do not argue with locals on this point). The town center is dominated by the splendid Cathedral of St. Mark.

    Upon your arrival in Korcula, you will have free evening to relax and enjoy a romantic medieval town of Korcula. Overnight in port.

    Day 2

      Korcula / Pucisca, Brac Island

      After breakfast, a local guide will introduce you to this historical town, its architecture and stories. After the walking tour reboard the ship for the departure to the Peljesac peninsula, the island of Hvar and Makarska Riviera to the island of Brac. Stop for a refreshing swim in a bay along the way and then continue your journey towards Pucisca.

      Pucisca is the island's biggest village and is settled on the northern side of the island of Brac. Authentic Mediterranean architecture, rustic ambiance, village location inside a deep fiord; shiny and white stone facades rising amphitheatrically uphill the hummocks, make this place so unique and worth seeing.

      The three nearby quarries of Punta, Veselje, and Kupinovo have produced a stone that has been used to build limestone columns of the White House in Washington DC, Parliament house in Vienna and many other famous buildings all over the world. Love for stone continues until nowadays. The stonemasonry school in Pucisca, one of the oldest in the world, supports the skills of an authentic roman stone dressing that makes it unique in the world.

      Included excursions: Korcula Town Tour (45 minutes), Stonemasonry School in Pucisca (45 minutes)

      Day 3

        Pucisca / Omis / Split

        After few days of island cruising, enjoy a stop in the mainland towns. In the morning hours arrive in Omis, a pirate town where one can join a stunning river boat ride on Cetina river, a river that flows into Adriatic. After a short Omis town tour embark on this voyage taking place from Omis 6 km up the river to the picnic area of Radman mills. Here your host will welcome you with a drink and local snacks. Enjoy the food, nature and a boat ride around an impressive Cetina Canyon surrounded by mountains.

        In the afternoon hours arrive in Split where a town tour led by a local guide will start. Split is the second largest urban center in Croatia and the center of Split Dalmatian County. It is traditionally considered to be over 1,700 years old. Since 1979 the historic center of Split has been inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List. It is the economic, administrative, educational, sport and tourist center of Dalmatia. Many of Split’s historical and cultural buildings can be found within the walls of Diocletian’s Palace. In addition, numerous museums, the National Theater, old churches and other archeological sites in Split region make this city an important cultural attraction.

        Included excursions: Omis Town Tour, Split Town Tour. Optional excursion: Cetina River Boat Trip with snack, 20 Euro (very popular)

        Day 4

          Split / Hvar

          Today resume island hopping. In early hours, before leaving Split, you will be given an opportunity to wonder around the fish or green market with your guide, who will introduce you to the local cuisine and maybe even reveal a few secret ingredients.

          Enjoy a swimming stop near the island of Hvar. After lunch continue sailing towards the sunniest island in Croatia – the island of Hvar. Hvar is a unique fusion of luxurious Mediterranean nature, rich culture and historical heritage. Its name derives from the Greek name Pharos, today's Stari Grad (Old Town). Hvar became the island’s center in the 13th century. The island gained glory and power during Middle Ages by being an important port within the Venetian naval empire. Today, it is the center of the island’s tourism and one of the favorite destinations in the Dalmatian Riviera.

          Upon your arrival to Hvar, a local guide and a producer of aromatical oils will walk you throughout the city introducing you to history, culture and way of life on this island. After the town tour there will be a short lavender oil presentation accompanied by a refreshing drink.

          Included excursions: Hvar Town Tour, Lavender Presentation

          Day 5

            Hvar / Vela Luka

            Wednesday is reserved for swimming. Before your arrival to Vela Luka stop for swimming and relaxation in a beautiful bay near the town of Vela Luka. Arrival in Vela Luka town will be after lunch.

            On the western part of Korcula island you will find Vela Luka town situated in a deep and large bay, surrounded by many coves. Shores are covered with vineyards, olive trees, figs and pine trees that gently slope into the sea. Vela Luka is the second largest town on the Adriatic islands. It is a safe anchorage and harbor for boaters. Vela Luka is also famous for olive oil production where almost every inhabitant produces extra-virgin olive oil.

            After lunch you will have a coach tour through the inland part of the island. First make a stop in Zlokic olive oil factory for tasting olive oil and homemade products. After the tour proceed to Blato town to visit Barilo ethno museum. Folk museum & ethno house Barilo treasure a collection of variety of artifacts and objects from peasant life on island's villages. Visit includes tasting of local liqueurs and traditional sweets.

            To prepare for the Captain's dinner make a final stop in winery for tasting of local wines. After dinner you will enjoy Captain's evening with live music.

            Included excursions: Korcula Island Coach Tour. Optional excursions: Zlokic Olive Oil Factory, Folk Museum & Barilo Ethno House & Toreta Vinery: 25 Euro

            Day 6

              Vela Luka / Pomena, Mljet Island

              After breakfast the custodian of Vela Luka's town museum will introduce you to a prehistoric life in this area by showing you findings of Vela Spila (Big Cave) considered to be one of the oldest in this part of Mediterranean. Then depart towards the last island on your journey – the island of Mljet. Before lunch stop for another swimming spot.

              On the northwestern part of Mljet island you can find a National Park founded on 11.11.1960 as the oldest National Park in Croatia. This part is well known in the whole world thanks to its natural wonders such as Small and Great Lake. There is also a monastery and St. Mary’s Church built in the 12th century by the Benedictines from Monte Gargano, Italy in the middle of the Big Lake. The church has changed its appearance through times due to different cultural changes, from the Renaissance to Baroque. However, the central part remained Romanic.

              Arrive on Mljet after lunch, where you will have the whole afternoon for exploring the National park: swimming in the shallow sea water lakes, kayaking, riding the bike or simply enjoying the nature.

              Included excursion: Vela Luka Town Museum. Optional excursion: Entrance to Mljet National Park, 15 Euro.

              Day 7

                Pomena / Elaphiti Islands / Dubrovnik

                Enjoy a magnificent trip along the shores of Elaphiti islands consisting of several islands laying northwest of Dubrovnik. In Dubrovnik you will have an organized town tour, but before your arrival to Dubrovnik make a short stop for a final swim in the vicinity of the Elaphiti islands. Arrival to Dubrovnik is during lunch time.

                After lunch you will have an organized bus transfer to the Old town with a stop for taking photos of a breathtaking scenery. Upon arrival to the Old town, your tour guide will show you the most interesting sights of the Pearl of the Adriatic.

                Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful cities on the Croatian coast. In the middle ages the Republic of Dubrovnik was an important rival to Venice. Many buildings in the Old town center testify of this glorious past and the Venetian influence. Today, Dubrovnik is also a very lively city, with many things to do, both during the day and night. The coast nearby offers all sorts of activities and the town has many restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Dubrovnik is the city rich in culture and history, and for that reason, it is inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List. Dubrovnik has a rich cultural life that includes Dubrovnik theater, several cinemas as well as Dubrovnik Film Festival and Dubrovnik Summer Festival held every year in July and August.

                You will have free time after the tour. Transfer to the boat for dinner.

                Included excursion: Dubrovnik Town Tour

                Day 8

                  Disembark in Dubrovnik

                  Enjoy a final meal before disembarking by 9am. It is time to say farewell to all your new friends, but only for a while. With your memories, photos and contacts you will keep sailing for some more time!
                  Discounts
                  Triple share program: Adults and children aged 8-14 receive a 30% discount when rooming with two additional adults. Children aged 3-7 receive a 50% discount when rooming with 2 other adults.

                  Opt for half board (2 meals per day provided by the Adriatic Pearl) and save 25 EURO off the price of your cruise.

                  Single Supplement
                  Single supplement on board the Adriatic Pearl is an additional 30-50%, depending on sailing dates.

                  Please note: Rates posted in US dollars, based on current exchange rate EUR/US dollars. Please contact us for exact quote.
                  Rates include:
                  • 8 days / 7 nights cruise on route Dalmatia Cruise Adventure
                  • Accommodation in a chosen category cabin
                  • Welcome drink and gala evening
                  • Full board: Breakfast buffet, lunch buffet and served dinner with two main course options
                  • Free ½ l. bottle of water during meals
                  • Afternoon coffee/tea with a light snack
                  • Fresh fruit all day long
                  • 9 crew members
                  • Entertainment program: music night, quizzes & games, presentations
                  • Usage of the ship’s equipment
                  • Towels change every second day
                  • Bed linen change twice a week
                  • Daily cabin cleaning service

                  Rates do not include:
                  • Beverages from the ship’s bar only
                  • Transfer from and/or to the ship
                  • Tips, entrance to the National Park or any other items of personal nature
                  • Taxes and fees, €35.00 per person, to be paid on board in cash
                  • Laundry service at some ports of call
                  • Beach towel hire