Studding the Adriatic, the islands of Croatia vary from tiny, verdant and unpopulated isles to large, arid outposts supporting ancient towns and villages. The charm of the islands lie in their variety, and in their secluded bays and picturesque harbours filled with the azure-blue waters of the Mediterranean.
This 9-day / 8-night itinerary cruises through the islands of Dalmatia, visiting the Unesco world heritage cities of Split, site of Emperor Diocletian's palace dating back to 305 AD, and Dubrovnik, once described by Byron as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'. Cruise between ports in the morning, allowing time to explore each destination in the afternoon, with the night spent in port. Explore the medieval streets of Korcula and admire the 13th-century city walls, walk through the green forests of Mljet, relax in a harbour-side restaurant serving freshly caught fish, or take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic. Island cruising is the best way to experience the unique beauty of Croatia's charming islands and coastline.
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Morning flight from London to Split with easyJet or Croatia Airlines via Zagreb. Transfer to the Hotel President or similar for 1 night. (N)
Morning at leisure to explore the Palace of Diocletian. Late morning transfer to the port. Board your ship, where you will be accommodated for the next 7 nights, and enjoy your first lunch on board. Early afternoon departure for Brac, the largest of the Dalmatian islands, where the ship will moor on the southern side of the island in the port of Bol. (B, L)
Depart after breakfast and head south to the neighbouring island of Hvar, the longest island in the Adriatic, with a stop to swim en route. Afternoon arrival followed by an orientation tour of Hvar town with its Renaissance cathedral and bell tower, as well as the oldest community theatre in Europe, dating back to 1612. (B, L)
Today the ship will cruise south-east to the beautiful island of Mljet. On arrival, you might like to explore the salt lakes in the national park as well as the old abbey, or simply enjoy the sun and sea on this peaceful island. The ship will overnight in either the port of Polace or Pomena. (B, L)
After breakfast, depart for Dubrovnik, enjoying beautiful views of the coast en route. This afternoon take a guided historical walking tour of the city. For those of you with more energy, it is also possible to walk along the 1,940-metre-long city walls. The ship will moor in Gruz harbour, a short bus ride from the Old Town. (B, L)
This morning, sail for the island of Korcula, with lunch served on board in front of Lumbarda Bay. Some say that Korcula was the birthplace of the great explorer Marco Polo. Apart from this debated claim to fame, the island is celebrated for its decorative stone carving, which adorns many of the buildings, its delicious cuisine and for being the only place left in the Mediterranean where the Moreska, a dramatic sword dance from the 11th century, is still practised. Dinner will be a traditional Croatian meal in the village of Zrnovo, one of the oldest settlements on the island. (B, L, D)
Depart Korcula in the morning and set sail for the Makarska Riviera, with a stop this afternoon to swim at one of the beautiful beaches here. The ship will overnight in the port of Makarska, one of the most attractive resorts on the Croatian coast with beautiful sunsets from its long beaches, weather permitting. (B, L)
After breakfast sail back up the coast to Split, with lunch served on board and the chance to swim en route. Enjoy the view of the Split Riviera as you arrive into port late afternoon. Join an orientation tour of the city, which displays an abundance of Roman architecture including Diocletian's Palace. (B, L)
Morning flight from Split to London with easyJet or Croatia Airlines via Zagreb. (B)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is led in each
destination en route by a local tour escort
When on board the Croatia cruise, transfers and excursions are operated as a group with other passengers who may or may not be Cox & Kings clients.
This tour departs every Saturday from 30 April 2016 to 8 October 2016.
All Elegance cabins are based on twin or double bed cabins. The cabins are approximately 10-12 sq metres in size (including the en suite). All bed linen and towels are provided although it is recommended that you bring your own beach towels for use on the decks and beaches. Cabins are either lower deck (in the hull of the ship), usually with a porthole, or above deck (on or above the main deck). There is a large dining salon which also provides a fully stocked and licensed bar. Meals on board include a continental breakfast in the mornings and a three-course meal at lunchtimes. The ships all feature a sun deck and provide small tenders (dinghies) which the crew use to ferry people into the bays if you want to sit on the beaches rather than swim off the boat.
All Elegance cruise ship cabins are based on twin or double beds. The cabins are approximately 10-12 sq metres in size (including the en suite). All bed linen and towels are provided although it is recommended that you bring your own beach towels for use on the decks and beaches. Cabins are either lower deck (in the hull of the ship), usually with a porthole, or above deck (on or above the main deck). There is a large dining salon, which also provides a fully stocked and licensed bar. Meals on board include a continental breakfast in the morning and a three-course meal at lunchtime. The ships all feature a sun deck and provide small tenders (dinghies) which the crew use to ferry people into the bays if you prefer to sit on the beach rather than swim off the...
The President Hotel is situated in the heart of Split, located near the Croatian National Theatre and all the major historical and cultural places of the city. It is only a few minutes' walk from the business and shopping centre and ten minutes from the main railway and bus station as well as from the ferry terminal. There are 31 guest-rooms, all equipped with air conditioning, direct phone line, mini bar, safe, jacuzzi bath and hydro massage shower, colour television with satellite programmes, fire protection system, and internet...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
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