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Ultimate Island Hopping in Croatia

Ultimate Island Hopping in Croatia

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EXCLUSIVE Ultimate Island Hopping Adventure (maximum of 36 people)
8 Day Deluxe Cruise and Inclusive Tour Package

September 10 – 17, 2022

Visiting: DUBROVNIK – SLANO – MLJET – KORČULA – VIS – HVAR – BRAČ – SPLIT

 

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Day 1 – September 10 Welcome to DUBROVNIK (Embarkation, WR)
  Dubrovnik is a medieval city on the Croatian side of the Adriatic coastline and treasure trove of cultural, historical monuments that were created throughout its thousand-year existence. In the past, it was a City-Republic, and alongside Venice one of the most famous cultural-economic centers on the Mediterranean. In more recent times, it has become the center of modern cultural and tourist events: a city of summer festivals – an international parade of top musical and theatrical achievements, a city of museums and galleries. These values have turned Dubrovnik into a place that offers a rich selection of various experiences and excitement, but also a complete holiday in a quiet and calming, mild Mediterranean ambiance and wonderful seaside landscapes.
Time (approx) Itinerary
    Welcome to Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” Upon arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by our representative and they will get you settled aboard your transfer, and you’ll be on your way to Dubrovnik’s Gruž harbor. Once you reach the harbor, you will be able to check in. Cabins will be ready for you from 2 p.m. However, if arriving early, you’ll be able to safely deposit your luggage aboard the ship. - Private transfer from Dubrovnik Airport to Dubrovnik in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle   You are free to enjoy Dubrovnik until the evening, when we will serve the Welcome dinner aboard the ship and your cruise manager will introduce you to the entire crew.    Overnight in Dubrovnik.
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Day 2 – September 11 DUBROVNIK – SLANO (B, L, T)
Stradun - the main street of Dubrovnik where everyone's walked and also the busiest street where you stroll over marble tiles. Stradun is a great place for everyone where all the shopping can be done, cafes and restaurants are in the streets and many wonderful shops.   Onofrio’s Fountain - this drinking fountain is located just at the beginning of Stradun, the main street of the old town. The structure was named after its builder, the Italian Onofrio de la Cava, dates from 1440 and includes 16 sides. The concept is part of the water supply system of the city and brings water from the well in Rijeka Dubrovacka, at more than 20 km away, to the heart of the city. Before that, this interest was, therefore, more than a masterpiece of architectural sophistication. Originally the fountain was decorated with a sculpture, which was destroyed in the earthquake of 1667, the Remaining 16 stone masks from which the water flows into a lake. The Clock Tower was built in the 15th Century right at the other end of the Placa (main thoroughfare) and represented alongside nearby buildings a free city state. The tower is approximately 31 meters in height and built by Grubacevic, Utisenovic and Radoncic, local masters. Following an earthquake, the structure of the Clock Tower lost its structure and leaned. In order for it not to fall the Clock Tower was rebuilt in 1929.     Orlando's column was Built in 1418, then it was the focal point of the city and Government ordinances and punishment carried out. A flag flies above the statue with the 'Libertas' motto. The medieval cult of Orlando (Roland) started here in the 12th century based upon the epic poem 'Song of Roland'.  
Time (approx) Itinerary
After breakfast, we will visit the old town of Dubrovnik, where a local guide will take you on a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO protected old town, acquainting you with its most important monuments and hidden spots.   Private round trip coach transfer from Gruž Port to Old Town Dubrovnik in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle (parking fees included), English speaking guides for a private walking tour of Old Town Dubrovnik. Includes Entrance fees for Dubrovnik Cable Car (round trip ride)   After returning to the ship, we set sail for Slano, a picturesque town in a deep cove a few hours sailing to the north of Dubrovnik.   After lunch on board and a swim stop, we will arrive in Slano. Upon arrival, we will embark on our gastronomic adventure in Ston, starting point to an EXCLUSIVE Adventures Croatia Peljesac tour – our private tour of Pelješac peninsula in off-road Renault 4 vehicles with visits to famous Ston Walls, family Grgich winery with wine  tasting and oyster harvesting with tasting. Ston is well known for its extensive Medieval walls and long tradition of oyster farming, spanning over two thousand years. After exploring the town’s medieval ramparts you shall be transferred to the wine cellar of Mike Grgich. Famed for his Grgich Hills in Napa, he resorted back to his Pelješac roots in the late 1990's, opening his Croatian cellar. Here, taste the wines created by the man who sensed a familial relationship between Plavac Mali and Zinfandel, which led to discovery of their common origin from Crljenak Kaštelanski grapes! We'll return to Mali Ston where you'll  take a short boat ride to the oyster farm in the middle of the bay and, with a glass of wine in hand, we’ll be tasting this natural aphrodisiac straight from the sea. Talk about a gourmet’s dream! We arrive back in Slano later in the afternoon and the remainder of the day is yours to enjoy. Overnight in Slano.
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Day 3 – September 12 SLANO – MLJET (B, L, CD)
Mljet National Park is a large area that borders two saltwater lakes - Veliko and Malo Jezero (Large and Small Lake). The Lakes stretch for about 4 kilometers. Right in the middle of the Large Lake, there is a small island/islet Melita (Sveta Marija) with a large building of a former Benedictine monastery, erected there in the 12th century. The monastery’s building is now café/restaurant. The small island is connected by boats that sail there from both sides of the Lake.   Swimming and sunbathing in Park is good fun - as water here is much warmer than on seashores of the island (which is great if you want to swim in colder months)   To enjoy stunning scenery from hills above the Mljet coastline and Park you can take a hike up the hills (200 m) to get the views.  
Time (approx) Itinerary
    Early in the morning, we depart for Mljet, one of the most beautiful and the most densely forested islands of the Adriatic. Isolated and untouched, the island is known for its mysticism, olive groves, vineyards, and rich forests. Take in the rich flora and fauna, and peacefully enjoy the pristine beauty of natural surroundings. After lunch on board and a swim stop along the way, we arrive in the town of Pomena (population: 52!). Upon arrival in Pomena, a visit to a national park encompassing most of the island is planned. Entrance tickets to the National Park Mljet (a boat ride to the St. Mary isle in the Great Lake included)   The park’s highlights are the two saltwater lakes – the Little Lake and the Big Lake with its Benedictine monastery on the Isle of St. Mary. This evening you are invited to the Captain’s dinner aboard the ship.  Overnight in Pomena.
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Day 4 – September 13 MLJET – KORČULA (B, L, D)
Korčula was first mentioned as early as the 10th c. in works of Byzantine historians under the name “Stone Town.” It flourished under the Venetian government and later on it spread around the town walls. But in spite of all that, it is still the most famous as the birthplace of Marco Polo who was probably born here in 1254, and reminders of him can be seen all around the town, including the extremely interesting Marco Polo Museum which is something you definitively don`t want to miss when visiting this beautiful Dalmatian town. Today it`s a town where you can vividly feel the Mediterranean spirit of people who live and work in this mixture of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture.   
Time (approx) Itinerary
    We depart for the island of Korčula during breakfast, making sure to stop for a swim in one of the many secluded bays along the way. Lunch will be served on board. In the afternoon we arrive in Korčula, the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Our local guide will take you on a unique tour of the old town of Korčula. You will hear many interesting stories and legends about the city and the life of Marco Polo, the most famous son of Korčula. The casual approach to discovering the history and culture of Korčula will surely delight you. In the evening, you'll enjoy dinner in one of Korčula’s most popular and  exquisite restaurant/konoba.   Three course dinner at a local, traditional restaurant/konoba in Korčula (drinks to be paid on spot)   Overnight in Korčula.
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Day 5 – September 14 KORČULA – VIS (B, L)
Vis - the furthest island of the central Dalmatian archipelago. It is especially well known for its cultural and historical heritage, but also for its natural beauties. Even the Greek writer Agatharchides in his scripts praised wines from Vis as being the best he had ever tasted, in comparison to other sorts he had tried. Their most autochthonous wine is most certainly Vugava which you can try in numerous restaurants and cellars all around the island. We recommend you try their autochthonous Viška pogača which will definitively go well with their wines. Vis is also known as one of “the forbidden islands” during the communistic era. It was the center of the Yugoslav navy and therefore was forbidden to tourists. Even today there are many hidden tunnels all around the island that testify to that fact. Some of them are now tourist attractions and others are used by the Croatian navy.  
Time (approx) Itinerary
    In the morning we set sail towards the island of Vis. With lunch on board and a swim stop along the way, we arrive in Vis in the early afternoon. The island of Vis, formerly a major naval base, was closed to tourists from 1945 until the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 90’s, which helped preserve the authentic appearance of its villages. Vis Military Tour – Off Road Tour with Land Rover jeeps Departure from Vis and after a 20-minute drive we will reach cape Stupišće where a former cannon and rocket base is located. We will pass through the labyrinth of underground tunnels, see the remains of cannons, and abandoned warehouses. After a tour of the rocket base Stupišće, we will continue driving to the next military tunnel ARK Vela glava. A tour of the tunnel, then ascends to the highest point of the island of Vis – Hum peak (587 m). We will enjoy the view of the surrounding archipelago and town of Komiža and visit the small church St. Spirit. On our way back we will take a short walking tour of the well-known Tito's cave. Duration: 3 hours   Vis Island holds many historic secrets, from the time of Diomedes, Platon and Issa to Vis marked by English presence on the Adriatic sea, at the times of being part of Francis Josephs's empire, to becoming the base of commands of Tito and resistance partisans. Fortresses, military subways, and labyrinths of tunnels.   But some of the most attractive are the military tunnels dug throughout the island after 1945 when the island was a major military base for Yugoslav army. There are over 30 different military objects scattered across the island: One of the most attractive is the missile base at Stupišće point near Komiža. It was a huge base for land-sea missiles with impressive tunnel and bunker complex to be on alert in case of invasion. In the evening you will have time to enjoy Vis at your own pace and enjoy everything it has to offer.  Overnight in Vis.
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Day 6 – September 15 VIS – HVAR – STARI GRAD (B, L, T)
The lavender island that Conde Nast's signature travel magazine called “one of the 10 best islands in the world.” A vacation on the lavender island of Hvar means extraordinary experiences every day - from visiting an ancient olive grove and learning about what Homer called “liquid gold,” taking a Jeep safari to discover hidden inland Hvar to exploring a castle, visiting the oldest theatre in Europe, or tasting spectacular wine and local delicacies at an award-winning vineyard.  
Time (approx) Itinerary
    In the morning, before breakfast, we sail towards Biševo and the unique natural phenomenon that is the Blue Cave. The Blue Cave is a wonder of the Adriatic Sea and the most attractive sight of the island of Vis, which attracts a large number of visitors each year. After the Blue Cave, we set sail for Hvar with a swim stop on the Paklinski Islands and lunch served on board. After the swim stop, we continue on our way towards the town of Hvar on the island of Hvar, where we arrive in the early hours of the afternoon. Your cruise  ship will continue its journey and meet you in Stari Grad Port. Upon arrival, you will meet a local guide for a  tour of Old Town Hvar. Town offers many cultural and historical sites - Renaissance cathedral, the oldest communal theater in Europe founded in 1612, Franciscan monastery, the Benedictine convent famous for their lace listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, Španjola Fortress towering above the town. - English speaking guides for a private walking  tour of Old Town Hvar (entrance fees not included) The ancient Greeks and Romans were already growing grapes  and producing wine on Hvar 300 years well before Christ was born. This gave them safety, food, and medicinal wealth. Vineyards are all over the island. Strong wind and  sun are ideal conditions for producing the best quality wine. Plavac Mali is the most indigenous grape in the Dalmatian region. We shall travel to Jelsa where you’ll visit one of the most famous Croatian winemakers. NOTE: Hvar wine tasting tour includes one wine cellar. You will have the opportunity to taste 4 – 5 different wines together with a specific wine guide, who will describe the individual wines and provide all information needed with islands finest local appetizers. Hvar wine tasting – Included: pick up, guide/driver, transfers, wine tasting.  Wine tasting at Bastijana – Situated in Jelsa, a small coastal town which has a very proud and long wine-making tradition. The Tomić family and ten other people from the island of Hvar work in the winery. They cultivate indigenous grapes, but experiment with new ones as also. They are constantly enhancing the production of red, white, and rose varieties with modern technologies, but pay particular attention to Prošek, the original Dalmatian wine made from selected and dried grapes of the highest quality local varieties. Final drive to Stari Grad where your cruise ship is docked for an overnight.
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Day 7 – September 16 STARI GRAD – BOL – OMIŠ – SPLIT (B, L, D)
Brač is the largest among the central Dalmatian islands, and also the highest among Adriatic island with 778 meters. The symbol of the island is Zlatni rat in Bol, on the island's south side - one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire Adriatic. Brač quarries are the symbol of the island. from there stone is taken out since the time of Roman rule until today. The stone from Brač is known for its quality and whiteness, and it was used to build some of the most important buildings, including the White House in Washington (USA).

Omiš

 Omis is a small town &  harbor in Central Dalmatian located between Split and Makarska, situated in the mouth of the Cetina river and surrounded with massive gorges. In the past Omis was notorious because of the pirates of Omis whose ships were a centuries-long symbol of retaliation, courage, and strength. The evidence of proud and turbulent Omis history can be found on every corner of the Omis Riviera. Omis churches and fortresses are silent stone reminders of the power and the might of infamous Omis pirates. Today, Omis is one of the most beautiful places of Croatia's Adriatic Coast. The fortress Fortica is located at the top of Dinara Mountain.  
Time (approx) Itinerary
    Early in the morning, while breakfast is served, we set sail for the island of Brač. Before lunch on board, you will have time to enjoy a swim stop at the world-famous Zlatni Rat beach. After the swim stop, we continue on our way to Omiš where you'll disembark, and the cruise ship will continue its journey towards Split Omis has a long, fascinating history intertwined with pirate legends. A picturesque town is surrounded by steep rocky mountain cliffs, where the river Cetina flows into the Adriatic Sea. Ideal for a choice of activities: river rafting on the streams of the Cetina River, zip line adventure  accompanied by instructors or a  leisurely walk through the city with its many fortresses and stone churches scattered around the town’s colorful local marketplace, small restaurants and coffee bars set amidst trendy shops and boutiques. Choose from one of the activities – 1.       Zip lining in Omis (Transfer, Zipline adventure, Insurance, Guide) Approx duration: 3 hours 2.       Rafting on Cetina river (Transfer, Professional licensed instructor, Rafting equipment, Safety gear, Insurance) Approx duration: 3 hours 3.       City tour of Omiš accompanied by an English speaking guide with wine tasting. Treat Yourself to Wine Tasting and sample Dalmatian wines at the scenic place with a magnificent view of the emerald, green Cetina river or the old Mediterranean streets of Omiš. Find out how is an old indigenous Croatian wine grape variety connected to wines Zinfandel and Primitivo and the region of Omiš. Approx duration: 3 hours   After all of afternoon organized activities, we’ll take a coach from Omiš to Split (35 minutes) to join our ship that has traveled to Split without us! One –way coach transfer from Omiš to Split  in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle   Upon arrival, join our local guide for a tour of Split’s old town to get acquainted with emperor Diocletian’s Palace and learn about the rich heritage of Split’s millennial history. - English speaking guide for a private walking tour of Old Town Split (entrance fees not included ) After the walking tour, you will enjoy a three course farewell dinner in Split. - Three course farewell dinner in a local restaurant in Split (drinks not included) Overnight in Split.
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Day 8 – September 17 SPLIT (B)
Olives, indigenous aromatic plants, the brilliancy of white stone against the verdant vegetation and the towering mountain massif of Biokovo whose spurs reach all the way to the sea – yes, this is indeed an exceptional part of the country, and its beauty is made all the more enchanting by numerous historic events and monuments, and cultural manifestations. When, in the year 305, the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who ruled the entire world at that time, decided to build his leisure time abode - in which he intended to spend the rest of his life - he had no doubt as to exactly where build to it. In the very heart of Dalmatia, in the bay of Aspalathos (Split), well protected from the sea by the islands of the Split archipelago, and defended on its landward side by high mountains, Diocletian created a special point on the map of the Adriatic: the future city of Split.  
Time (approx) Itinerary
    After breakfast, it will be time to check out and transfer to the airport. We hope to see you soon on board again!  Check-out by 9:00 am
  LEGEND: WR – Welcome Reception, B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner, T – Tasting, CD – Captains Dinner
Looking for a dream holiday? Our new luxury small-ship cruiser will bring a symphony to your holiday experience. She bears three separate decks counting a total of 18 cabins, including six cabins with private balconies on the balcony deck and a sundeck on the top floor. With a total length of more than 50 meters you will have an exquisite journey while also being able to explore beautiful hidden coves, and gems of the Adriatic. This ship’s first voyage was in the summer of 2021, come and join us! Year built: 2021 Length: 53,5 Maximum passengers: 36 Cabins: 18 Ship features: Sundeck, 6 balcony cabins                  
ULTIMATE ISLAND HOPPING ADVENTURE - September 10 – 17, 2022, package includes:
  • ALL PRIVATE and ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDES AND DRIVERS
  • VAT TAX INCLUDED
  • 24hr concierge and in Croatia assistance
  • Private transfer from Dubrovnik Airport to Dubrovnik in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle
  • 8-day cruise from Dubrovnik - Split
    • Welcome reception on day 1
    • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners, 2 wine tastings, and oyster tasting )
    • 5L bottled water per person daily
    • Captain’s dinner
    • Fresh fruit is available daily
    • Professional cruise manager (English speaking)
    • Luggage handling
    • Daily cabin service
    • Free WiFi onboard
  • Private round trip coach transfer from Gruž Port to Old Town Dubrovnik in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle (parking fees included)
  • English speaking guides for a private walking tour of Old Town Dubrovnik
  • Entrance fees for Dubrovnik Cable Car (round trip ride)
  • Exclusive Adventures Croatia Pelješac Toura private tour of Pelješac peninsula in off-road Renault 4 vehicles with visits to famous Ston Walls, family Grgich winery with wine tasting and oyster harvesting with tasting
  • Entrance tickets to the National Park Mljet (a boat ride to the St. Mary isle in the Great Lake included)
  • English speaking guides for a private walking tour of Old Town Korčula (entrance fees not included)
  • Three-course dinner at a local, traditional restaurant/konoba in Korčula (drinks to be paid on spot)
  • Vis Military Tour – Off Road our with Land Rover jeeps
  • English speaking guides for a private walking tour of Old Town Hvar (entrance fees not included)
  • Hvar wine tasting – Included: pick up, guide/driver, transfers, wine tasting.
  • Activities in Omiš for all passengers to choose:
  • YOUR CHOICE OF:
    • Ziplining in Omis (Transfer, Zipline adventure, Insurance, Guide)
OR
  • Rafting on Cetina river (Transfer, Professional licensed instructor, Rafting equipment, Safety gear, Insurance)
OR
  • City tour of Omiš accompanied by an English speaking guide and wine tasting in the old town (a sampling of 3 Dalmatian wines and snacks)
  • One–way coach transfer from Omiš to Split in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking guide for a private walking tour of Old Town Split (entrance fees not included )
  • Three-course farewell dinner in a local restaurant in Split (drinks not included)
  • Private transfers from Split to Split Airport in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle
  Program does not include:  
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above
  • Airfare, Travel Insurance
  • Additional excursions and / or services not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses (internet, telephone, mini bar etc.)
  • Tips and porterage services
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