• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  5
  • Departs From: Dubrovnik
  • Location: Dubrovnik, Mljet, Korcula, Split, Bol, Hvar
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Availability: SATURDAYS, May - October
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Highlights

  • SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED:
  • National Park Mljet
  • Korcula
  • Cetina River Canyon
  • Split
  • Hvar
  • Dubrovnik
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8 days from Dubrovnik, Mljet, Korcula, Pucisca, Omis, Split, Bol, Hvar and back to Dubrovnik

7 nights Island Hopping on this beautiful new Deluxe cruise ship. Relax and enjoy delicious cuisine, a deluxe cabin with private ensuite and excursions, half board and transfers included. One of the few Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik itineraries.

Deluxe Ship: MS Adriatic Queen

2020 departures: 18/04, 25/04 30/05, 26/09, 03/10, 10/10

Itinerary


8 days from Dubrovnik, Mljet, Korcula, Pucisca, Omis, Split, Bol, Hvar and back to Dubrovnik

Open age cruise, though usually clients are more couples, mature solo travellers or small groups ranging from 35-75yrs. Double/twin cabins on Main and Lower Deck on DLX ships. Most triple cabins are a queen bed and single bed and most are on the Lower Deck. Solo travellers must book a double/twin for solo use with a solo use supplement. .


2020 departures: 18/04, 25/04 30/05, 26/09, 03/10, 10/10.

Similar cruise running all year: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/53/deluxe-cruise-from-dubrovnik-on-ms-princess-aloha/
Add a 7 night Balkan tour beforehand: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/81/explore-croatia-bosnia-serbia-tour-dbk-dbk-7nts/
Or after the cruise: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/88/the-balkans-tour-croatia-montenegro-albania-7nts/

SHIP INFO AND PHOTOS:
https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/deluxe-ships/adriatic-queen/

CRUISE FAQ: https://discovercroatia.com.au/before-your-cruise/



ITINERARY:

Day 1, arrive Dubrovnik, Saturday - arrive any time, overnight in Dubrovnik (WR)
You will be transferred from Dubrovnik’s airport or your Dubrovnik hotel to Gruz Harbor, where embarkation begins at noon. Get settled in your cabin before attending a Welcome reception this evening. If you arrive before noon you can leave you luggage on board and take a stroll until your cabin is ready.


Day 2, Dubrovnik – Mljet – Korcula, Sunday (B, L, D)
Start the day with panoramic sailing around the Old city Dubrovnik. Afterwards, set sail for Mljet Island. Mljet National Park features five types of forest, many species of birds, and two deep lakes, Veliko Jezero (Big Lake) and Malo Jezero (Small Lake). After time to enjoy the spectacular scenery, continue cruising to Korcula, believed to be the birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo. Dinner tonight is on board.

Day 3, Korcula – Pucisca, Monday (B, L)
This morning, a walking tour of Korcula town takes you through its narrow, cobbled streets and includes a visit to the majestic Gothic-Baroque Cathedral of St. Mark. Board your boat for lunch and a swimming stop as you cruise. Late thisafternoon, arrive in Pucisca, a beautiful little town on island of Brac. Your evening is free to discover the town and enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants.

Day 4, Pucisca – Omis – Split, Tuesday (B, L)
As you sail along the coast stop at the ancient town of Omis. Its fortresses are silent stone reminders of the power and the might of the infamous pirates who once made their homes and fortunes here. After a short walking tour board a small boat and sail into Cetina River Canyon, a protected nature area. Continue to Radman Mills for a local specialty snack. Return to Omis and your boat, and set sail during lunch. Upon arrival to Split, take a guided tour of the port, the seafront promenade, and Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. The historical center of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your evening is free in Split.

Day 5, Split – Bol – Hvar, Wednesday (B, L)
Stop in Bol, a small town on island Brac, for a swim at the Golden Horn. Enjoy the 1740-foot-long golden pebble beach said to be the best in Croatia. It is unique in that it changes shape and position depending on the winds. Return to your boat for lunch, then head to Hvar, one of the most popular islands in the Adriatic, and a meeting point for the international jetset. The “Croatian Madeira” is also one of the longest islands stretching along the shores of Croatia. A sightseeing tour of Hvar town shows you the first public theatre in Europe (older than Shakespeare’s theatre in the UK), the Franciscan Monastery and many more historical sights. Your evening is free to explore Hvar on your own.
Note: Due to the limited capacity of the Hvar harbor (during peak season in July and August) port of call can be substituted for Stari Grad/Jelsa. In that case, transfer by bus will be organized to and from Hvar.

Day 6, Hvar – Trstenik, Thursday (B, L, D)
Relax on the Sun Deck as you cruise to lovely Trstenik, small fisherman village on the Peljesac peninsula, where we will swim in the afternoon and spend the night. Tonight, enjoy captain’s dinner with live entertainment on board.

Day 7, Trstenik – Dubrovnik, Friday (B, L)
As you sail back along the shores of Mljet Island, gaze at the steep coastal cliffs and stop in the bay for swim (weather permitting). Lunch onboard, before we arrive to Dubrovnik. Disembark and join the walking tour of Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of Adriatic” and a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll visit the Rector’s Palace and Franciscan Monastery’s Pharmacy. Evening at leisure.

Day 8, depart Dubrovnik, Saturday (B)
After breakfast it’s time to disembark. You will be transferred to the airport or your Dubrovnik hotel.



INCLUDED:
• 7-night cruise from Dubrovnik in a cabin with private facilities
• Cruise port Arrival & departure Dubrovnik airport/hotel transfers
• Welcome Reception
• Breakfast daily
• 6 lunches and 1 dinner
• 1 Captain’s Dinner with live music
• Complimentary bottled water, coffee, and tea
• Professional Cruise Manager throughout
• Luggage handling
• Whisper technology enhanced touring
• Service taxes and charges
• Free Wi-Fi on board

SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED:
• Mljet National Park
• Korcula
• Cetina River Canyon
• Split
• Hvar
• Dubrovnik

NOT INCLUDED:
• Tips/gratuities
• Transfers to/from private accommodation
• Meals not listed on the itinerary
• Transfers on days other than the cruise start and finish days

RESTRICTIONS: Captain reserves the right to change the route in case of bad weather conditions. Guests are obliged to follow ship rules (found in written form on the ship) especially with regards to bringing drinks on board. In case of inappropriate behavior Captain reserves the right in requesting clients to disembark.

DISCLAIMER: Due to specific mooring conditions and requirements in some Croatian ports, ships are moored side by side, making it necessary for the clients to cross from one ship to another with gaps in between ships in order to get to the shore. In such cases clients need to take special care when crossing and do this at their own risk. Crew assistance will be given to those needing and requesting it. Cruise not recommended for clients in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

BEDS: Many cruise ships now have ‘flex-beds’, which can be moved together to form a Double/Queen size bed with 2 single mattresses on a combined base, leaving a small separation between the mattresses. Even a traditional double/queen bed mattress might have separate bedding on each side, such as 2 single duvets, rather than one large one. If this is an issue for you, please let us know before booking. Thank you.

Inclusions

  • INCLUDED:
  • • 7-night cruise from Dubrovnik in a cabin with private facilities
  • • Cruise port Arrival & departure Dubrovnik airport/hotel transfers
  • • Welcome Reception
  • • Breakfast daily
  • • 6 lunches and 1 dinner
  • • 1 Captain’s Dinner with live music
  • • Complimentary bottled water, coffee, and tea
  • • Professional Cruise Manager throughout
  • • Luggage handling
  • • Whisper technology enhanced touring
  • • Service taxes and charges
  • • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED:
  • • Mljet National Park
  • • Korcula
  • • Cetina River Canyon
  • • Split
  • • Hvar
  • • Dubrovnik

Exclusions

  • NOT INCLUDED:
  • • Tips/gratuities
  • • Transfers to/from private accommodation
  • • Meals not listed on the itinerary
  • • Transfers on days other than the cruise start and finish days

Frequently Asked Questions

We have loads more specific FAQ answered on our other pages, check them out here:

Before You Go (general info for all travellers)

Before Your Cruise (small ship Croatia cruises)

Before Your Private Charter (private gulets and yacht charter)

Before Your Island Hopping Tour (packages combining hotels, ferries and transfers)

 

Click here to see how the booking process works: https://www.discovercroatia.com.au/booking-process-how-to-book/

How far in advance do I need to book?

Cruises: For our weekly small ship cruises with guaranteed departures we suggest you book as soon as your plans are in motion. All cruises are extremely popular especially during peak season, which is June, July, August, September and these dates can be booked out up to a year in advance, especially September. One-way cruises are particularly sought-after and tend to sell out first, so please speak to us first to ensure your cruise choice is available before booking any flight arrangements.

Escorted Tours: Escorted Group Tours with guaranteed departures are also best booked as early as possible to ensure your place on the tour, as spaces are limited to a set number of passengers. Once the tour is full that departure is closed for new bookings.

Island Hopping, Self-Drive, Self-Guided Cycling/Hiking and Independent or Private Tours: Independent tours are available most days of the week at any time of year, so if you're booking late these are a great option. They can also start or finish on any day of the week, so can be a great alternative to the cruises (that mostly depart only on Saturdays). You can check out our Island Hopper Tours and our active tours for some examples. If you can't find what you are looking for please make an enquiry on any of our tours and let us know what you need. We love creating custom tours with our clients.

What do the different ship categories mean?

Please see our Ship Descriptions page here, for all the information on Ship Categories, Deck and Cabin Descriptions

Cruise Ship Photos

 

 

 

 

What is half-board? What meals are included?

Half-board (HB): This means that 2 meals a day are usually provided, mostly it will be breakfast and lunch on cruises, and breakfast and dinner on escorted tours. Each cruise or tour will have meals listed on the daily itinerary, so that you will know exactly which meals are included. Some lunches or dinners are swapped occasionally, so that you may enjoy a wonderful gourmet experience with your fellow travellers, such as a Captain's Dinner on a cruise, or a wine-tasting and lunch on an escorted tour. For the remainder of your meals you will be able to dine anywhere you choose and you will be responsible for the cost of those meals. Your Cruise or Tour Director will be happy to recommend a good value and trusted eatery nearby at every location, or you can explore on your own.

Bed and Breakfast (BB): This means that only breakfast is included in your holiday. Most of our Independent Tours include breakfast only, so that you are not beholden to going back to your hotel for lunch or dinner as you are going to be exploring on your own. We think that flexibility with lunch and dinner gives you the best option for exploring Croatia and experiencing the local culture and cuisine.

Full-board (FB) is occasionally offered on cruises as an optional extra, but we do not recommend you take the full-board option unless you are really sure about it. A lot of the joy of the cruise and tour experiences is to dine in local restaurants, 'konobas' (traditional pubs) and bars, so that you can meet the people who live and work there. Why come all the way to Croatia only to eat on-board for every meal? There are so many fabulous (and even some famous!) eateries. Get out there and taste them!

 

What type of transport is used on the Island Hopper Tours? Local ferries and vehicle transfers

Local ferries: Local ferries are used between the mainland and the islands where possible. Most of these ferries are fast ferries (high speed catamarans). Our Island Hopper Tours include all ferry tickets, as well as delivery of the ferry tickets to your hotel, when we come to pick you up to take you to the ferry port. In some towns, where some hotels are in the pedestrian zone close to the ferry port (like Hvar), then you will be met at the ferry and directed to your hotel, with luggage assistance if required. If your hotel is outside the pedestrian zone you will be met at the ferry and taken to your transfer vehicle, with luggage assistance if required.

Transfers: Most Island Hoppers have private airport transfers included, and private transfers to/from the ferry ports on the islands. Some transfers will be shared transfers if there are others going to the exact same hotel at the same time and it is a short distance.

How fit do I need to be for my holiday?

Relaxation/cultural cruises and tours: On-board your cruise ship, you will need to be able to negotiate gangways and stairs and be able to step from ship to ship as the cruise ships are moored next to each other sideways and sometimes you need to step across to the next ship. You will be walking mostly on the cobblestone streets through the iconic cities and towns of the region. The excursions are best-suited to those who are capable of walking on uneven surfaces as many old cities and towns have limited totally flat surfaces that can accommodate wheelchairs or walking-frames. Please contact us to ask about your specific circumstances, as we are happy to help plan for your needs as best we can. Assistance will be provided on cruise ships to help you navigate getting on and off, but there are a few limitations. Please ask.

Cycling tours: Although almost completely flat this cycle tour is graded easy to moderate as the daily distance ranges between approximately 15-50 km. You will be biking mostly on the dedicated cycle paths alongside canals, rivers and through the iconic cities and towns of the region. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is flat and predominantly traffic-free and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board.

What happens if I can't attend an excursion?

It is possible to relax at your hotel, on the tour bus or on the boat at any time.

What happens if I can't cycle or hike a stage on an active holiday?

For cycling cruises: If you don't want to cycle it is possible to relax on the boat as it moves to the next port of call.

For cycling and hiking tours: If you don't want to (or can't due to illness or injury) cycle, hike or walk a stage, then we will make arrangements to have you transferred to the next stop on your itinerary so that you can continue with your holiday. Prices for transfers vary widely, so pricing will be provided on an 'as needed' basis only.

What equipment do I need?

Relaxation/excursion cruises and tours: You will need comfortable walking shoes, clothes for relaxing, your swimming costume, and a sunhat. Most cruises are fairly relaxed and casual clothing is fine for all meals, though you may want to take one nice outfit depending on where you wish to dine onshore.

Cycling cruises and tours: You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

 

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Itinerary

  • Day 1, arrive Dubrovnik, Saturday - arrive any time, overnight in Dubrovnik (WR)
  • Day 2, Dubrovnik – Mljet – Korcula, Sunday (B, L, D)
  • Day 3, Korcula – Pucisca, Monday (B, L)
  • Day 4, Pucisca – Omis – Split, Tuesday (B, L)
  • Day 5, Split – Bol – Hvar, Wednesday (B, L)
  • Day 6, Hvar – Trstenik, Thursday (B, L, D)
  • Day 7, Trstenik – Dubrovnik, Friday (B, L)
  • Day 8, depart Dubrovnik, Saturday (B)