Cruise the Southern Pearl

  • Starting location: Split Harbour
  • Ending location: Dubrovnik
Meal options

Half-board

Accommodation

Private room

Superb value cruise visiting charming ports and islands of Makarska, Brac, Vis, Korcula, Mljet and Dubrovnik on the Croatian coast with swim stops and time to explore this beautiful coastline.

Your ship is spacious, fully air-conditioned and takes a maximum of 30 passengers. All cabins are en-suite with shower, toilet and hand basin, double or twin bed, air conditioning unit, small wardrobe and dressing table. There is enough space in the cabin to move around comfortably and store suitcases.

All bedding is provided as well as a cabin towel for personal use. We recommend you bring a beach towel for use on the decks or beaches. The cabins are located over two levels (lower & upper decks).

Cruise highlights

  • Explore Omi and the Cetina canyon
  • Bol and the famous Zlatni Rat beach (Golden Horn)
  • Hvar and its many cultural and historic sites
  • Mljet National Park
  • Dubrovnik city walls, cable car ride to the top of Srd mountain

What's included:

  • 7 nights / 8 days half board
  • 7 breakfasts / 7 lunches
  • Daily cabin service
  • Capitan's dinner
  • Sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik

What's excluded:

  • Flights
  • Transfer to/from airport
  • Visitor tax & port fees - 20€ per person
  • Entrance to National Parks - approx. 10€

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Sail to Makarska

Depart from Split harbour at 13:00 and cruise along the Dalmatian coast towards Makarska. Durng the cruise we will take lunch on board before arriving at the picturesque town of Omis, surrounded by steep mountain cliffs and where the river Cetina flows into the Adriatic sea. Here you’ll be able to try rafting on the river or have a go on the zip-line across the river gorge. Alternatively climb up to the fortress above the old town of Omis, before walking through its streets to discover the many historical monuments, churches and cultural sites. We overnight in Makarska and you will be free to explore the many restaurants and bars.

Day 2 - Brac and Bol

This morning we cruise onto our next destination – the island of Brac and specifically the town of Bol. This is a typical Dalmatian fishermen’s village and popular tourist destination. Bol is well known for its Zlatni Rat beach or ‘golden horn’, a striking natural phenomenon. Here you can walk or rent a scooter to go up to Vidova Gora for a spectacular view over Bol and the surroundings area. Overnight in Bol with free time to explore towns bars and restaurants.

Day 3 - Vis

In the early hours we will cruise to Vis. Enjoying a unique geographical position of Vis was, until recently a strategic naval harbour and was off limits to the public As a result of its isolation, Vis has a special charm and it is said that it represents ‘the Mediterranean as it once was’!

We overnight is in Vis and will have the opportunity to visit the remains of the Roman thermal baths, city museum or simply walk along beautiful ”Villae Rusticae” situated along the coast.

Day 4 - Hvar

Our next destination is the island of Hvar, the longest and reportedly sunniest in the Adriatic and a favourite destination for the jet- set. After lunch we will drop anchor near the Pakleni Islands for a swim in clear, crystal blue sea before arriving in Hvar for an afternoon of sightseeing of this extraordinary town.

Hvar has many cultural and historical sites worth exploring: Renaissance cathedral, the oldest communal theatre in Europe founded in 1612, a Franciscan monastery, a Benedictine convent famous for its lace and, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the fortress of Spanjola towering high above the town! There are also many restaurants and bars which are open late into the night.

Day 5 - Korcula

Before breakfast we depart for Korcula, the birthplace of famous explorer and adventurer Marco Polo. Surrounded by medieval walls, Korcula resembles a miniature Dubrovnik when approaching from the sea. Today, Korcula is the only place in the world where the Spanish medieval knight’s sword dance – The Moreska is still performed. You will be free walk through the streets of the old town, enjoy its numerous ‘konobas’, taverns, restaurants, cocktail bars or night-club located within the city walls. Overnight in port.

Day 6 - Mljet

Today we continue cruising towards one of the greenest Adriatic islands – Mljet and soecifically to its western side where the National Park is situated. In the afternoon here is time to enjoy the natural beauty of the National Park. Here there are two salt lakes which are connected by a narrow channel to the sea and you can take a boat ride to the isle of St Mary on the Great Lake, to visit the old church and monastery. As an alternative try cycling around or swimming in the lakes. We overnight in port Pomena.

Day 7 - Dubrovnik

Early morning departure to our final destination – a true pearl of the Adriatic. After lunch we will have a short stop on the island of Sipan island to discover why the famous writer George Bernard Shaw described it as “paradise on Earth”. Then it’s onto Dubrovnik for a sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik of this magnificent city with an optional cable car ride to the top of Mont Srđ for spectacular views of the old town. We recommend a stroll along the city walls for magnificent views of the old town and the surrounding islands.

Overnight in the harbour of Gruz.

Day 8 - Depart

After breakfast say goodbye to the crew and new friends.

Dates and prices

Guided tour available dates

These are the dates available where you will be part of a group of like-minded people with an organised guide.

Arrival date
Price
June 17, 2017
£800
July 29, 2017
£800
August 12, 2017
£800
August 26, 2017
£750
September 23, 2017
£650

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Activity levels

All of our holidays have an activity level rating. They are rated on a scale of 1 - 5 and give you a good idea of the level of activity and fitness which the holiday requires.

Activity level 1: Leisurely

A holiday for those that are in good health, enjoy the outdoors and want a relaxing trip with some light exercise on their adventure.

Activity level 2: Moderate

This is a holiday for the fit and healthy, who love to get up and are prepared to do a good day's worth of exercise every day of the holiday.

Activity level 3: Tough

Only for the most experienced of holiday-makers, you have to have a wild spirit of adventure and impeccable health and fitness!

Meal options

Depending on the holiday, there will be different meal options that come standard in the price. They may change from day to day, depending on the holiday's itinerary and where you end up staying. The meal plans will be clearly marked in your itinerary.

There may also be the opportunity to upgrade your meal plans when filling in our booking form.

Bed and breakfast

After a good night's rest, there will be a free breakfast available for you to indulge in.

Half-board

You will be given two free meals included with your accommodation, depending on the itinerary it could be any combination of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Which combination will be clearly marked out in your itinerary.

Full-board

You will be given three free meals included with your accommodation: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

All-inclusive

All meals, food and beverages are free and included with your accommodation.

Self-catering

No meals are included in your accommodation but there will be some sort of kitchen, cooking utensils and cooking apparatus available to use.

Room-only

No meals are included in your accommodation and there is no cooking apparatus available. You will be expected to eat out or prepare/buy meals beforehand.

Terrain types

As we provide holidays all across the world, there are many terrain types which you will encounter. As the terrain is likely to change on a day to day basis depending on your itinerary, we aim to list the most prevalent types you will find on your holiday.

Flat

Terrain with no noticable incline.

Hilly

The terrain includes multiple inclines going up and down.

Mountainous

Terrain with a steeper incline than hilly and is more likely to be combined with unsurfaced roads and off-road activities.

Tarmac

Tarmacked roads which are easy to cycle and drive down.

Unsurfaced roads

Roads which have a gravel or dirt surface.

Off-road

Commonly this will involve hiking trails and other hard-to-reach places by car.

Accommodation

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There may be opportunities to upgrade or change your accommodation, please let us know of any special requests when filling out the booking form.

Private room

Usually rooms with a double bed or twin singles for just you and/or your companion.

Shared rooms

Rooms which you will be sharing with other adventurers and new-found friends. Often these rooms will have bunk beds and sleep up to six people.

Single cabin

The same as a private room but on-board one of our cruise ships or barges.

Shared cabin

The same as a shared room but on-board one of our cruise ships.

Huts / Gîtes

These are homely places, similar to staying in a holiday cottage. They have self-catering facilities and sleeping arrangements can range from private rooms with en-suite bathrooms to shared rooms with other adventurers.

Star-rated accommodation

On many of our holidays there are places you will stay which are three- and four-star rated accommodation.

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