Day 1 Embark in Dubrovnik
Board the M/S Splendid in Gruž harbor in Dubrovnik at any time throughout the day. If you arrive in the morning you cannot enter your cabin before 1:00 p.m. but you can leave your luggage on board.
The welcome meeting and dinner starts at 7:00 p.m. where you are introduced by your Cruise Director to the Captain, crew, and your future fellow passengers with whom you spend a week on board. Passengers arriving later at night are provided with a cold dinner.
Day 2 Elaphiti Islands | Mljet National Park
After breakfast cruise to Mljet National Park, passing by the magnificent shores of the Elaphiti Islands archipelago. Enjoy swim stops and lunch on board along the way. Upon arrival to Mljet National Park, have a free afternoon to explore (entrance fees are not included), walk around the Great and Small Lake, and explore the Islet of St. Mary with its Benedictine Monastery from the 12th century. Enjoy the evening at leisure.
Day 3 Hvar
In the morning cruise to the Island of Hvar with a swim stop near the Island of Korčula. After lunch continue cruising towards the sunniest island of Croatia – the island of Hvar, with a second swim stop in a one of the many coves and bays along the way. Hvar is one of the most popular and very attractive tourist destinations and a meeting point for the international jet set. Upon your evening arrival, a local English speaking guide walks you throughout the town, introducing you to the history, culture, and way of life on this island. Learn how lavender was traditionally farmed on the Island of Hvar for centuries. Have a free evening on your own to explore and dine in one of numerous family-owned restaurants.
Day 4 Bol | Split
Start your day with a morning departure towards Bol, said to have the best beach for swimming in Croatia - Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape). Stop in Bol and enjoy this nice Dalmatian town on a walk, or have a cup of coffee and take a swim until lunch is served on board.
Cruise to Split in the afternoon. Split is the second largest urban center in Croatia and the seat of Split and Dalmatia County. It is traditionally considered to be over 1,700 years old. Since 1979 the historic center has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. The historical and cultural buildings are located inside the walls of the Diocletian’s Palace. In addition, its numerous museums, the National Theater, old churches, and other archaeological sites in the region make this city an important cultural attraction. Your English speaking guide leads a 35-40 minute Split City tour and walks you through the historical Diocletian’s Palace.
Day 5 Omiš | Pučišća
After breakfast cruise across the Brač channel to Omiš, an ancient town with city walls, fortresses, and stone churches located at the delta of Cetina River (which has wonderful beaches). For centuries Omiš was a symbol of retaliation, courage, and strength of the famous pirates against the Venetian Republic. After a relaxed walk in Omiš have lunch prior to sailing towards Pučišća.
Pučišća is the biggest village on the island of Brač and an entirely different experience. Nowhere in the system of towns and villages in Damatia does terrain play such a compelling role as in Pučišća, with its spectacularly irregular steep-sided natural harbor, authentic Mediterranean architecture, and rustic ambiance; the fjord-like inlet meets three narrow valleys that descend from the hills to join those quiet and beautiful waters.
Pučišća Quarry was exploited in Antiquity; the reopening of the quarry took place in 1455, unused since Roman times. It was from this quarry that stone was excavated to build limestone columns in the White House in Washington DC, the Parliament house in Vienna, and many other famous buildings all over the world. The only Stonemasonry school in Croatia is located in Pučišća, where students carve sculptures from Brač limestone with traditional and unconventional tools that have been used here for centuries.
Spend the night in this very quiet small town. Nightfall unifies the diverse features of Pučišća that intrigued you by daylight.
Day 6 Korčula
Start your day with a morning departure towards the last island on your cruise, the Island of Korčula. Stop for a swim before lunch and arrive in the afternoon at Korčula town, known as the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Your English speaking guide provides a short city tour while walking you through narrow and cobbled streets.
The rest of the evening is free to enjoy dining at one of the local restaurants of your choice.
Day 7 Dubrovnik
After breakfast depart for a pleasant cruise along the shores of Mljet and the Elaphite Islands, where you have a swim stop and lunch prior to arriving at Dubrovnik. The afternoon and evening is free to explore on your own and enjoy your stay in the Pearl of the Adriatic. Or, you may select to join an optional afternoon excursion (not included in cruise fare):
Option #1: Dubrovnik countryside, approx. 5 hours:
For those who would like to explore the hidden side of Dubrovnik's countryside, this excursion is sure to amaze you with its natural beauty. The tour takes you on country roads that pass through picturesque small villages. Enjoy a photo stop on a hill above Dubrovnik, a high panoramic point from where you can see the entire city as well as the all islands around. Visit medieval watermills and the River Ljuta with a presentation on flour production in an old, traditional way. Sample local liquor, figs, walnuts and homemade arancini - the candid sour and sweet orange peel sweets. Taste special Dalmatian smoked ham and local cheese, a few red & white wines, and local bread. Conclude the evening with a nice walk at the small seaside town of Cavtat, a town situated on the peninsula with its centuries-old harmonious architecture and rich history. Today this is one of the most attractive destinations on the Adriatic coast.
Option #2: Dubrovnik city tour, approx. 2 hours:
For those wishing to see more of Dubrovnik's city, an extra tour is offered. After an organized panoramic drive and photo stop at breathtaking scenery on a hill, visit the historical center of Dubrovnik. This famous city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you can see why it is called the "Pearl of the Adriatic". After your guide shows you the most interesting sights, you are left on your own to explore the city.
Day 8 Disembark in Dubrovnik
Say farewell to all your new friends and disembark after breakfast.