Dear followers of Croatia Cruises & Tours blog,
We are happy to announce you our M/S Splendid boat, which is a new gem, only 4 years old, ready to welcome you on 4th May 2019!
Cruise starts each Saturday from the 4th, taking you from Dubrovnik over the islands to enjoy your perfect week.
DAY 1 • SATURDAY DUBROVNIK
M/S SPLENDID will be docked in Dubrovnik Harbor where you can board during the entire day.
Join the welcome meeting at 7:00 p.m. where our cruise director will introduce you to the captain, crew and your future fellow passengers, with whom you will spend a week on board.
Welcome dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.
The embarkation will be possible throughout the day. Passengers arriving in the morning cannot enter their cabins before 1:00 p.m. However, they can leave luggage on board. Captain will wait for all the passengers arriving late at night and these guests will be provided with a dinner.
Overnight in Dubrovnik, (D)
DAY 2 • SUNDAY DUBROVNIK – NATIONAL PARK MLJET
After breakfast, our English speaking guide and coach will come to the pier. After an organized panoramic drive and photo stop of breath-taking scenery at a hill above Dubrovnik, we will arrive to the historical centre 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.
At 12:00 we will have transfer to boat and lunch while cruising to Mljet National Park, arriving in the late afternoon.
Overnight in Mljet, (B,L)
DAY 3 • MONDAY NATIONAL PARK MLJET – KORČULA
This morning we have free to explore Mljet National 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 and, of course, to take a swim in the heart of National Park. Lunch on board and cruise toward the island of Korčula. In the afternoon arrive to Korčula town, on Korčula Island, city known as a birthplace of Marko Polo, the famous explorer. Our 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 Historical Town, (B,L)
DAY 4 • TUESDAY KORČULA – VIS
Morning cruise to Vis Island where we expected to come after lunch with swim stop. Vis is a pearl among Croatian Adriatic islands, left untouched by the development of tourism for so many years – due to its strategic location on the open sea, it served as a military zone for many years.
Beautiful beaches, and preserved nature, ecological agriculture and preserved traditional architecture are unique advantages of this unique Croatian island where we will spend afternoon.
Overnight in Vis Town, (B,L)
DAY 5 • WEDNESDAY VIS – BIŠEVO BLUE CAVE – HVAR
Today is cruise to Island Bisevo with its Blue cave. The cave has its own natural entrance which is located below sea level, which required that it visitors dive deeply only to resurface into the cave’s mysterious blue depths. This natural phenomenon creates a magical effect of deep blue and shiny silver, mystifying her visitors.
However, sometimes High Waves prevent the entrance to Blue Cave, which is something we shall not know before the morning designated for our visit, and this is a reason why entrance fees should be paid on the spot – if we have luck to visit it!
After swimm stop and lunch we will 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 afternoon 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 Historical Town, (B,L)
DAY 6 • TUESDAY HVAR – BOL – PUČIŠĆA
We start our day with morning departure towards Bol, said to have the best beach for swimming in Croatia named Zlatni Rat. (Golden cape). We will 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 we will continue cruising towards Pučišća with refreshing swim stops on our way and lunch.
Pučišća is the biggest village on the island of Brač an entirely different experience. Nowhere in the system of towns and villages in Damatia does terrain play such a compelling role as in Pučišća with its spectacular irregularity of the steep-sided natural harbour, its authentic Mediterranean architecture and rustic ambience; the fjord like inlet meets three narrow valleys that descend from the hills to join those quiet and beautiful waters. Pučišća Quarry was exploited in the Antiquity; the reopening of the quarry took place in 1455, unused since Roman times.
It was from this quarry that 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.
The only Stonemasonry school in Croatia is located in Pučišća where students carve sculptures from Brač limestone with traditional and unconventional tools that have been used here for centuries.
We will spend night in this very quiet small town. Nightfall unifies the diverse features of Pučišća that have intrigued us by daylight
Overnight in Pučišća, (B,L)
DAY 7 • FRIDAY – PUČIŠĆA – OMIŠ – SPLIT
After breakfast we cruise across the Brač channel to Omiš, ancient town with city walls, fortresses and stone churches located at the delta of Cetina River with its wonderful beaches.
In the past Omiš was for centuries a symbol of retaliation, courage and strength of the famous pirates against Venetian Republic. After a relaxed walk in Omiš we will have lunch. During afternoon hours we sail towards Split, our first and last stop.
Split is the second largest urban centre 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 centre 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.
Our English speaking guide will do afternoon Split City tour, and walk us through historical Diocletian’s Palace. After city tour you will be left on your own to explore the city and have intimate farewell dinner on your own.
Overnight in Split Historical Town, (B,L,)
DAY 8 • SATURDAY SPLIT
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