Explore South Dalmatia's stunning islands on this 8-day round trip cruise from Split, aboard the luxurious MS San Spirito and experience the traditional lifestyle of Dubrovnik, Bol, Hvar, and more. Relax on the sun-kissed beaches of the Elaphiti Islands, Korcula, and Mljet National Park. This extra-value cruise offers carefully crafted itinerary and programs that meet high standards. Immerse yourself in the beauty and history of Croatia's islands and ancient cities, and gain insight into the rich heritage and local lifestyle.
Explore the pristine waters of the beach in Zlatni Rat
Independently discover the island of Hvar, dine in a family-owned restaurant
Tour the historical center of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Cruise to Mljet National Park and enjoy a free afternoon of exploration
Your ship will be docked in Split harbor where you can board any time during the day. You will not be able to enter your cabin until 1:00 p.m., but you can leave luggage on board. The welcome meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. where you will be introduced to your Cruise director and the Captain, your crew and of course your future fellow passengers with whom you will spend a week on board. The welcome dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. Overnight in Split.
Depart this morning 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 for a walk, or to have a cup of coffee and take a swim till lunch is served on board. After lunch, continue cruising towards the sunniest island of Croatia – the island of Hvar, along of the many coves and bays on the way. Hvar is one of the most popular, very attractive tourist destinations and a meeting point for the international jet set. Upon your evening arrival at Hvar, a local English speaking guide will walk you throughout the town introducing you to the history, culture and way of life on this island and explain 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 around in one of numerous family owned restaurants. Overnight in Hvar.
Start your day with sailing towards the island of Mljet with a swim stop along a way. Lunch will be served on board while cruising to Mljet National Park. Upon arrival to the Mljet National Park, you will have free afternoon to explore park (entrance fees are not included), to walk around the Great and Small Lake and Islet of St. Mary with its Benedictine Monastery from the 12th century. Tonight will be the Captain’s dinner on board. Overnight in Mljet National Park.
After breakfast, cruise along the shores of Mljet and the Elaphite islands where you will have a swim stop and lunch arriving to Dubrovnik in the afternoon. Your own English speaking guide and coach will come to the pier. After an organized transfer, arrive to the historical center of Dubrovnik, the famous city enlisted as UNESCO’s World Heritage site, where your guide will show you the most interesting sights of Dubrovnik. After the city tour you will be left on your own to explore the city, visit City Walls or take the cable car to the top of the Mount Srđ. Return coach transfer is scheduled in the evening or you can return on your own. You will see why this city is called the Pearl of the Adriatic. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
After breakfast, cruise to Korčula Island with a swim stop. Lunch on board and afternoon arrival to Korčula town, on Korčula Island. Korčula is a city known as a birthplace of Marko Polo, the famous explorer. Your English speaking guide will do Korčula City tour, and walk us through narrow and cobbled streets. The rest of the evening is free to enjoy dining at one of the local restaurants of your choice. Overnight in Korčula.
Your voyage will continue towards Makarska with refreshing swim stop on our way passing by Pelješac Peninsula and its picturesque places on both sides, green with the olive and pine groves, vineyards and the low bush forests and Eastern side of Hvar Island. Lunch on board “en route” and afternoon arrival to Makarska on the mainland, “tourist Centre of Dalmatia” famous with it's long beaches and nightlife, where you will spend the night. Overnight in Makarska.
After breakfast cruise across the Brač channel to Pučišća. Pucisca is the biggest village of the island of Brač with authentic Mediterranean architecture and rustic ambiance inside a deep fjord. Shiny and white stone facades rising amphitheatrically uphill make this place so unique and worth seeing, and famous for its quarries from which stone was excavated to build limestone columns of the White House in Washington DC, The Parliament house in Vienna, and many other famous buildings all over the world.
In Pucisce is only one Stonemasonry school in Croatia where students carve Brač limestone with traditional and unconventional tools that have been used here for centuries. After a relaxed walk, have lunch while cruising to Split, your first and last stop.
Split is the second largest urban center in Croatia and the seat of the 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. An English-speaking guide leads an afternoon Split City tour, and walks you through historical Diocletian’s Palace.
Optional Friday afternoon farewell excursion to Krka National Park:
Krka National Park was proclaimed in 1985 and is the seventh National Park in Croatia.The whole area is rich with vegetation as well as birds and fish. Due to new strong preservation laws, this extraordinary area has been kept in its original pristine state.
From the boat depart after lunch, arriving there around 3:30 p.m. Walk through the National Park to Skradinski buk waterfall, the longest waterfall on the Krka River and one of the best-known natural beauties of Croatia. The walking part is ended at The Skradinski buk Ethno Village at Krka National Park, which recently received the prestigious Golden Flower of Europe award in a competition among several thousand sites. Return by scenic road from Krka to Split, arriving to Split through Golden Door, for an orientation Split City tour and ending your journey at the ship.
Day 8: Split | Disembark
It is time to say farewell to all your new friends after having breakfast.
The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.