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Croatia Coastal Cruising (Split to Dubrovnik)

8 days with Intrepid Travel   Rating: Budget

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Split
Welcome to Croatia. Board the ship at 5 pm. Meet your crew and fellow travellers over a welcome drink and introductory meeting. In the evening, sit down to your first on-board dinner.

Day 2 Split - Krka NP - Split
After a leisurely breakfast on board, take your private bus transfer to Krka National Park. Here you will board a small boat for some cruising and exploring within the park. The park spans two thirds of the Krka River, and some 142 square kilometres. You visit some of the gorgeous waterfalls for which this park is renowned, stopping for a refreshing swim or two along the way. Afterwards, return by bus to Split, where the evening is at your leisure. Stay overnight in Split.

Day 3 Split - Hvar
Set sail for the island of Hvar, enjoying breakfast on board. Stop to swim in the waters of the Adriatic at a secluded beach close to Stari Grad - Hvar's Old Town. Arrive in Stari Grad around midday and look across one of Europe's oldest towns while lunching aboard the board. Board a bus to explore the island known as the 'Queen of the Dalmatian Islands'. Visit a local beekeeper for a honey tasting and a walk through the nearby lavendar fields, then drive to Hvar town. Take an orientation walk with your leader, then enjoy free time to explore. Return to Stari Grad, and dine at a local restaurant in your free time. Overnight in Hvar (Stari Grad).

Day 4 Hvar - Opuzen
Set sail early towards Opuzen, breakfasting on board and then stopping for a spot of swimming. Lunch on the board before arriving in Trpani. Transfer to Saint Hils Vinarija for a tour of the winery and a tasting, before returning to the ship and sailing to Opuzen. Tonight, perhaps have dinner on board or seek out a local restaurant.

Day 5 Opuzen - Mostar - Opuzen
This morning, board wooden boats and sail up the River Neretva, enjoying local snacks along the way. Continue on to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina by minibus. Take an orientation walk through the town, visiting a workshop specialising in traditional coffee sets and copper wall carvings on the way and enjoy some free time at your leisure. Stop at the Blagaj Teke Monastery then return to the ship for a barbecue dinner.

Day 6 Opuzen - Korcula
Depart for Hvar, enjoying breakfast on board and a mid-morning swim stop in beautiful clear turquoise waters of Loviste - Peljesac. Return to the ship and set sail for Korcula, enjoying an on-board cooking demonstration by our chef, followed by lunch. Arrive Korcula, birthplace of Marco Polo, in the afternoon before a free evening. Your leader can assist with dinner recommendations.

Day 7 Korcula - Dubrovnik
Leave early this morning and cruise to Dubrovnik, stopping mid-morning for a swim near the island of Jakljan. Take your lunch on board before arriving in Dubrovnik in the early afternoon. The afternoon is yours to enjoy Dubrovnik's old city and cafe culture. Return to this ship, then this evening enjoy a farewell four course dinner with the captain and your travelling companions.

Day 8 Dubrovnik
Your small ship adventure cruise along the Dalmatian coast ends after breakfast this morning. Should you require a transfer to Split international airport, please enquire with your Travel Consultant prior to travel or your Tour Leader during your trip.
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All This Included
Croatia’s Dalmatian coast is home to plenty of impressive beaches – we’re talking the official second cleanest in Europe. Imagine the sun warming you while you lean over the side of a boat – just peacefully watching the clear ocean wash against limestone cliffs and pebbly shores as you pass on by. This eight day cruise offers plenty of that idle relaxation, broken up with exciting activities like a river cruise and a dip in the waterfalls of the the Krka National Park or expeditions like a winery trip near romantic Korcula to for those who find relaxation at the bottom of a wine glass. Get a taste of what the Dalmatian Coast has to offer on this exciting and varied cruise adventure.
  • Meals - 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Transport - Small cruise ship, Boat, Minibus
  • Krka National Park waterfalls & swim stop
  • Hvar Orientation Walk
  • Lavender farm and beekeeper visit
  • Winery tour and tasting
  • Boat trip on the River Neretva with local snacks
  • Mostar Orientation Walk
  • Blagaj Tekija (Dervish House)
  • Cooking demonstration
Highlights
  • Board a traditional vessel and sail up along the spectacular Neretva River, inland from Opuzen.
  • The trip includes an excursion to Krka National Park, where you’ll get a chance to swim in secluded pools and beneath waterfalls.
  • If you’re worried about long cruise days, this itinerary is a good choice. There are plenty of excursions, short walks and port stops, and the distance between islands is short.
  • While large cruise liners have to moor out at sea and commute into shore via tender, we drop anchor in the middle of port towns like Hvar or Korcula. You can hop on or off the boat as you please.
  • There’s nothing like diving into the aquamarine waters of the Dalmatian Coast. Weather permitting, our captain will be stopping the ship for regular swim breaks during the trip.
  • This itinerary includes a special detour to Mostar, in Boznia and Herzegovina. It’s not a stop featured on many Croatian coastal tours. You’ll see the town’s iconic bridge and have the chance to chat with local craftsmen and metalworkers.
Accommodations
Small cruise ship (7 nights)
Notes
  • Ages: Min 15
  • Group size: Min 1, Max 31
  • This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with 30–50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than on-board activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wi-Fi is available for a small charge.
  • Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.
  • Unlike other ships that cruise through the night, we’ll spend our evenings docked at port. This will give you more time to dine ashore and enjoy those balmy Croatian evenings. Cruising will mostly take place during the day.
  • Onshore activities and excursions will involve a bit of walking. You’ll be visiting ancient sites and historical places, and at times you may have to cross cobbled streets and uneven ground, sometimes in hot conditions. If you have any concerns, please speak to your group leader before taking part.
  • If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. Your crew will do all they can to minimise any discomfort.
  • There are no lifts (elevators) on-board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs. Handrails are always available.
  • A single supplement is available on this trip.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.