MS Columbo: Cruising, Cycling and Rafting

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After the family Ercegović – Arsen and his sons Karlo, Paško and Roko – first set sail with their Columbo in summer 2009, it was time to say goodbye after nine years. Since 2015, Arsen and Roko have been steering their new ship MY Mystic, while Karlo and Paško took up the captaincy of the Columbo. The year before last, the family took the decision to build a new ship once again, a deluxe-class motor yacht. A buyer therefore had to be found for the Columbo; a buyer who would look after her with as much love and hard work as the Ercegović family did. Thus, since 2018, Ivica Rakuljić from Krilo Jesenice is at the helm of MS Columbo, a captain with over 30 years of sea-faring experience. Straight after primary school he followed in the sailor footsteps of his grandfather and father, who dredged sand from the seas in their vessel. As the crew on board their own vessel was already large enough, he decided to sail the world’s oceans in cargo ships. After 18 years he came back to his native Adria, transporting goods from the mainland to the Dalmatian islands. For a few years now, he has been captaining a motorglider, showing holidaymakers the delights of the Dalmatian world of islands. With his experience, Ivica not only makes a good captain but also an outstanding host who successfully keeps the Columbo tradition going.

Itineray

Route:

Trogir – Split – Omiš – Cetina Canyon (rafting) – Makarska Riviera – Pelješac Peninsula – Island of Mljet – Island of Korčula – Island of Hvar – Island of Brač – Trogir

Saturday: Trogir–Split

Walk and guided tour of Split

If you are coming by car you can drive to the parking reception (as indicated in your travel documents) from 10:00 am. Upon arrival, our staff will show you where to park and unload your car. Our service-team will take your luggage to the port. Please note that embarkation time is from 12:00 am to 2:00 pm. Our bicycles will be waiting for you in front of the boat. After having chosen the right bike for you, our staff will proceed with loading the bicycles on board. There follows a meet & greet including a welcome drink with our representative, and you will have a chance to get to know the crew and your fellow passengers. While enjoying a snack, at about 3:00 pm, we set sail and head towards one of the bays at the island of Čiovo, where we drop anchor to enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea for the first time. After a long swimming break, we continue our journey to Split, Croatia’s second largest city and the capital of Dalmatia. The 1700 year old city was built around the palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian; today it is a World Heritage site protected by the UNESCO. After a city tour, we take a guided walk through the forest park Marjan, located on the homonymous mountain (178 m). Today it is a nature reserve, boasting more than 400 different protected plants. Dinner and overnight stay in the port of Split with its lively atmosphere of a Mediterranean metropolis.

Sunday: Split–Omiš & Cetina Canyon–Makarska Riviera

Cetina River rafting

After breakfast, we will set off for Omiš, a small town, located at the estuary of the Cetina river. In thousands of years, the river Cetina shaped an impressive canyon and created bizarre formations in the stone of the riverbed. The crystal-clear water, the high cliffs – up to 180 m –, the waterfalls and lakes offer sights of an unspoilt nature. A bus will take us to the starting point of our today’s rafting trip. After being provided with the appropriate equipment (helmet and life jacket), we will get a detailed instruction before starting our 2.5-hour downstream adventure. Inflatable boats for six to eight passengers, steered by experienced skippers, will take us down the Cetina, passing smooth rapids, gorgeous waterfalls, and a simply unique countryside, which is home to many rare birds and other wildlife. On our way, we will make two breaks to have an energy snack and to take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear water. Our destination is the “Radmanove Mlinice”, a unique spot featuring old water mills surrounded by an amazing countryside. From here, the bus will take us back to the vessel. Those who do not wish to participate in the rafting trip will have the opportunity to stroll through the lovely town of Omiš, or to relax and unwind in one of the cafés in the old town. After lunch on board, we will leave Omiš, and set off for a bay to take a swim. Afterwards we will head to the Makarska Riviera, known for its gorgeous beaches of fine gravel, which here, punctuated by short sections of rock, string together like a pearl necklace. There follows the opportunity to visit one of the numerous restaurants for dinner. Overnight stay in Brela, Baška Voda or Makarska.

Monday: Makarska Riviera–Pelješac Peninsula

Bicycle tour and hike on the Pelješac peninsula, wine tasting

Today we will continue our cruise south. Our destination is the Pelješac peninsula, which is the second largest peninsula in Croatia and is well-known for its excellent wines, Postup and Dingač. We will anchor in Kućište, from where we will start our bike tour to Orebić, a picturesque town located at the foot of the Sveti Ilija mountain (961 m). After a tour through the town, we will take a walk to the Franciscan convent dating back to the 16th Century (approx. 2 km), located 152 metres above sea level. From here you can enjoy panoramic views over the sea and the opposite island of Korčula. Visit one of Orebič’s cozy restaurants for lunch. Afterwards you are invited to enjoy wine tasting and to assure yourself of the quality of the wines produced in this area. We will return by bike to Kućište (approx. 5 km), where we will have dinner on board. Overnight stay in Kućište.

Tuesday: Pelješac Peninsula–Island of Mljet–Island of Korčula

Walk through Mljet National Park, cappuccino in Korčula

After breakfast, we will leave the Pelješac peninsula and continue our cruise to the island of Mljet. Part of the island was declared a national park – two saltwater lakes (in the larger of the two there is a small island with a former monastery) are connected only by a narrow channel to the sea. We moor in Pomena or Polače. Enjoy a guided walk through the amazing national park, which also includes a boat trip across the big lake to the monastery island. We recommend that you bring your bathing suit, since the temperature of the salt water lakes is always 2°C above the temperature of the sea. Afterwards we will have lunch aboard, before we set off for the island of Korčula. Korčula, the homonymous capital of the island, has one of the most beautiful old towns in Dalmatia, and because of its fortress-like appearance it is often referred to as “Little Dubrovnik”. After arriving in Korčula, you are invited to enjoy a complimentary cappuccino accompanied by lovely views of the unique scenery. Overnight stay in the birthplace of the famous sailor and explorer Marco Polo. Enjoy dinner in one of the lovely island restaurants.

Wednesday: Island of Korčula–Island of Hvar

Bicycle tour on the island of Korčula, walk on the island of Hvar

After breakfast, we will unload the bikes and start our ride to the small place of Račišce (approx. 13 km). Today’s tour will take us alongside the sea and offers stunning views of the surroundings. In Račišce, we will get back on board and set off for the island of Hvar. On our way, lunch will be served, before anchoring in a secluded bay of the small island of Šćedro, where we will enjoy a break for swimming and sunbathing. Afterwards we will continue our cruise, heading to Hvar, the capital of the homonymous island. After a guided walk through the city, we will take a 20-minute climb to the fortress “Španjola”. From here, we can enjoy magnificent views over the old town of Hvar and the offshore islands “Pakleni otoci”. After this great experience, we will set off for a nearby bay, where we will spend the night and enjoy Captain’s Dinner.

Thursday: Island of Hvar–Island of Brač

Bicycle tour on the island of Hvar

Today we will sail around the north-western tip of the island of Hvar, heading to Stari Grad, the oldest settlement on the island. Stari Grad (translated: old town), once called “Pharos”, used to be the capital of the island. Even today well-preserved monuments bear witness of the splendour of times past, like the Palace of Hektorović. Stari Grad has, however, kept its role as the centre of viticulture. Our today’s bike tour will lead us to Jelsa, a picturesque place, located at a distance of approx. 22 km from Stari Grad. After a break, we will ride all the way back to Stari Grad, where we will get back on board. Afterwards we will set off for a nearby bay to have lunch and to enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear sea, before we continue our cruise to the island of Brač. We will visit the town of Bol, known for the most famous beach in Croatia – Zlatni Rat (the “Golden Horn”) – which extends approx. 300 m into the sea. It is a natural phenomenon, because the tip of the beach is constantly changing its direction with the ocean currents. Take the opportunity to enjoy dinner in one of the cozy restaurants in Bol. Overnight stay in the small port of Bol.

Friday: Island of Brač–Trogir

Bicycle tour on the island of Brač, guided tour of Trogir

After breakfast, we will start our bike tour (approx. 14 km). Passing the Dominican monastery, we will reach the village of Murvica. We will make a short break before returning to Bol, where we will go for a swim at the famous beach “Zlatni Rat”. Afterwards we will get back on board to set off for a nearby bay, where we will have lunch and plenty of time for swimming and sunbathing. In the afternoon we will return to Trogir, the starting point of our cruise. With its amazing old town, protected by the UNESCO, Trogir is also called “the Museum City”. Enjoy the experience of a guided walking tour through the winding streets and discover impressive walls, towers, churches, frescoes and vaults. Do not miss out on taking a look into the unique old yards. Take the opportunity to enjoy dinner in one of the numerous restaurants in Trogir. Overnight stay in the port of Trogir.

Saturday: Disembarkation

After breakfast, disembarkation until 9:00 am.

Note:

Although the itinerary is following the motto “anything goes but nothing’s compulsory”, and you can decide which activities you wish to participate in, there will be no refund for unused services. Please note that itinerary and activities are subject to slight changes due to weather and local conditions. Therefore it might occur that lunch is served on board instead of dinner and vice versa.

What’s included…

  • 8-day cruise according to the itinerary
  • Half board according to the itinerary
  • Welcome snack
  • Captain’s Dinner
  • English and German speaking representatives during embarkation and disembarkation
  • English and German speaking guide during the whole cruise
  • Rental bike (please advise us at the time of booking if you require a helmet)
  • E-bike available at extra charge
  • Guided bicycle tours according to the itinerary
  • Guided hikes according to the itinerary
  • Cetina river rafting trip
  • Wine tasting in Orebić
  • Entrance fee to the island of Mljet National Park incl. boat trip to the monastery island
  • Cappuccino in Korčula
  • Entrance fee to the fortress “Španjola” in Hvar
  • Guided city tour of Split
  • Guided city tour of Trogir

M/S Columbo info


General data:
 Length 35 m, built in 2009. 37 beds in 17 cabins with shower/toilet and individually controllable air conditioning.

Lower deck: 6 double cabins with queen-size bed, 2 triple cabins with queen-size bed and a separate 3rd bed.
Main deck: 4 twin cabins with separate beds.
Upper deck: 4 twin cabins with separate beds, 1 triple cabin with queen-size bed and a separate 3rd bed.

Other: Sun deck (120 m²) with 13 sun loungers and 15 deck chairs, tables with benches and chairs on deck for approx. 25 people, bathing platform with shower at the stern, air conditioned saloon for 41 guests.

Details

  • Year of construction: 2009
  • Length over all (m): 35.00 m
  • Sun deck: 120 m2
  • WiFi Internet: Free

Cabins

  • Twin / double cabins: 14
  • Triple cabins: 3
  • Single cabins: 0
  • Quadruple cabins: 0
  • Cabins with ensuite facilities: Yes
  • Air conditioning: Yes

Extras

  • Shower/toilet: 1

 

Port of Trogir

One of the most picturesque old towns of Dalmatia. Trogir – about 20 km north of Split, close to the airport. The old town is situated on a small island, which is connected by a bridge to the main land. Another bridge leads from this island to the island of Čiovo, upstream of Trogir. Due to its numerous monuments from all periods, Trogir is also called “Museum City”. It is a great experience to stroll through the narrow alleys during the afternoon or evening time. The massive walls, defence towers, churches, frescoes and vaults are simply astonishing. It is also interesting to take a look into the old back yards. After visiting the museums, treasuries, art collections and old libraries, restaurants, cafés, taverns and the typical Konobas invite you to enjoy a relaxing break. Seget, which is situated right next to Trogir, actually consists of two villages, Seget Donji with its superb stone and gravel beaches, and Seget Gornji, set a few miles away on a mountain, with its ancient stone houses. In short: Trogir and Seget are the ideal combination for a relaxing and exciting vacation.

Dates & prices

Weekly, from 909.00 €

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