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Dubrovnik to Split

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard M/S Mama Marija
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Beautiful beaches, preserved nature, ecological agriculture, and preserved traditional architecture are unique highlights of this 8-day Croatian expedition. Board the M/S Mama Marija and admire the most spectacular coastline Europe has to offer as you explore tiny islands, secluded coves, and swim in the sparkling blue of the Adriatic Sea. Visit Croatia's Blue Cave and six surrounding islands, including Hvar, on a small group tour by speedboat from Split. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Dubrovnik, Croatia | Embark
Day 2 : Šipan Island OR Slano
Day 3 : Mljet National Park | Korcula
Day 4 : Korcula | Vis
Day 5 : Bisevo Blue Cave | Hvar
Day 6 : Bol | Trogir
Day 7 : Trogir | Split
Day 8 : Split, Croatia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore spectacular Mljet National Park
  • Visit Korčula Island, believed to be the birthplace of Marko Polo
  • Enjoy Trogir, included on UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage
  • Stroll through the narrow streets of the relaxed city of Omiš

Ship

M/S Mama Marija

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Salona ruins with city of Split in background St. Marija monastery Mljet National Park Stone streets of Stari Grad on Hvar island View of Hvar harbor City of Split on the waterfront

Day 1 Dubrovnik, Croatia | Embark

The M/S Mama Marija is docked in Dubrovnik Gruž harbor where you can board during the entire day. The welcome meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. where you are introduced by your Cruise director to the Captain, your crew, and of course your future fellow passengers. Welcome dinner is served at 7:30 p.m.

Passengers arriving in the morning cannot enter their cabins before 1:00 p.m. but they can leave luggage on board. The captain waits for all passengers arriving late at night and these guests are provided with dinner.

Day 2 Šipan Island OR Slano

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
After breakfast your English-speaking guide and coach come to the pier. After an organized panoramic drive and photo stop of breathtaking scenery at a hill above Dubrovnik arrive to the historical center of Dubrovnik, the famous city listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. After a city tour with your guide you are left on your own to explore the city, visit City Walls, or take the cable car to the top of the Mount Srđ. Lunch is not included on this day so you have more time in Dubrovnik.

Return coach transfer is scheduled between 15:00 and 16:00 hours (time to be confirmed on the spot). Start your cruise to Šipan Island where you shall anchor in the small picturesque peaceful fishermen’s village of Šipanska Luka. In case dock and lock schedules or weather conditions prevent the ship from anchoring in Šipanska Luka cruise to Slano, located on the mainland.

Day 3 Mljet National Park | Korcula

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Start your day with a morning departure towards Mljet National Park. You have just enough time to explore the park, to walk around the Great and Small Lake and Islet of St. Mary with its Benedictine Monastery from the 12th century, and, of course, to take a swim in the heart of the National Park. Entrance fees to National Park Mljet are included. Lunch on board and cruise toward the island of Korčula. In the afternoon arrive to Korčula town, the city known as the birthplace of Marko Polo, the famous explorer. The English-speaking guide walks you through the narrow and cobbled streets of Korčula City. The rest of the evening is free to enjoy dining at one of the local restaurants of your choice.

Day 4 Korcula | Vis

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
This morning cruise to Vis Island. Vis is a pearl among Croatian Adriatic islands, left untouched by the development of tourism for so many years - due to its strategic location on the open sea, it served as a military zone for many years. Beautiful beaches, preserved nature, ecological agriculture, and preserved traditional architecture are unique advantages of this Croatian island where you spend the afternoon.

Day 5 Bisevo Blue Cave | Hvar

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Today cruise to Island Bisevo with its Blue Cave. The cave has its own natural entrance located below sea level, which requires that its visitors dive deeply only to resurface into the cave’s mysterious blue depths. This natural phenomenon creates a magical effect of deep blue and shiny silver, mystifying her visitors. However, sometimes high waves prevent the entrance to Blue Cave, which is something you shall not know before the morning designated for your visit. If that happens, embark on an alternative half-day tour of Vis Island with WWII RAF Airport, along with Komiža – a peculiarly beautiful town boasting the longest fishing tradition on the East Adriatic.

After a swim stop and lunch continue cruising towards the sunniest island of Croatia – the island of Hvar. Hvar is one of the most popular, very attractive tourist destinations and a meeting point for the international jet set. Upon your afternoon arrival at Hvar, a local English-speaking guide walks you throughout the town introducing you to the history, culture, and way of life on this island and explains how lavender was traditionally farmed on the Island of Hvar for centuries. Have an evening in Hvar free on your own to explore and dine in one of numerous family-owned restaurants.

Day 6 Bol | Trogir

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your day with a morning departure towards Bol, said to have the best beach for swimming in Croatia named Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape). Stop in Bol and enjoy this nice Dalmatian town during a walk, or have a cup of coffee and take a swim till lunch is served on board. After lunch continue cruising towards Trogir, a small town that is on UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage. In the afternoon arrive to this small town-museum, with its stone houses, palaces, churches, monasteries, towers, walls, and especially the main attraction in Trogir – the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, probably the finest example of sacral architecture in Croatia.

Day 7 Trogir | Split

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Take a morning cruise to Split, your last port on this cruise, with a swim stop along the way. The English-speaking guide shows you Split's historical Diocletian’s Palace. 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 of Split 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. After the city tour you are left on your own to explore the city and have an intimate farewell dinner on your own.

Day 8 Split, Croatia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
It is time to say farewell to all your new friends after having breakfast.

M/S Mama Marija

Per person starting at
$1,350
M/S Mama Marija, Cabin
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Standard Cabin
Eight cabins on standard deck with two portholes. Twin or double cabin configuration, some with extra bed.
M/S Mama Marija, Cabin
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Main Deck Cabin
Ten cabins on main deck with windows. Twin or double cabin configuration, some with extra bed.

Notes

Solo use cabin supplement: 50%

Reduction for 3rd adult sharing a cabin: 30%

Child discount: Child (ages 3-11 years) sharing a cabin with 2 adults: 50%; Child (ages 3-11 years) in twin with 1 adult: 30%

Rates include:
• English-speaking cruise manager on board
• 7 crew members
• 7 nights cruise in a preferred category cabin
• Complimentary fresh fruit available daily
• Welcome reception and dinner with three-course meals
• Buffet breakfast daily
• 6 lunches with three courses
• Captain’s dinner with live music
• Afternoon tea with cake/biscuits
• Water package ( 2 x ½ liters per day and person)
• Professional English-speaking guide for city tour of Dubrovnik with panoramic return transfer to Old Town
• National Park Mljet entrance fees
• Professional English-speaking guide for city tour of Korčula
• Entrance fees to Biševo Blue cave or Vis Island tour with Komiža
• Professional English-speaking guide for city tour of Hvar
• Professional English-speaking guide for city tour of Trogir
• Professional English-speaking guide for city tour of Split
• Wireless headset system for sightseeing (City Tours)
• Towels changed every second day & linen changed in the middle of the week
• Daily cabin cleaning service
• Free unlimited Wi-Fi on board
• CCTV Security Cameras on board
• Elegance Rooftop Jacuzzi (Sun deck)
• Beach towels

 Rates do not include:
• Port and tourist taxes and fees, € 25,00-€ 40,00 per person/week, to be paid on board in cash
• Private car transfers can be organized on request
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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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