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7-Night Independent Adriatic Cruise from Split: Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik, Elaphiti Islands, Mljet and Slano

Split, Croatia
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8 days (Approx.)
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Discover the idyllic Croatian archipelago and Dalmatian Coast on a 7-night cruise from Split. In the day, use your free time for cool-down dips in the sea and dock overnight in the mainland towns of Split and Dubrovnik and the islands of Hvar, Mljet, Omis and Korčula. With only 18 cabins, the boat is just the right size to get up close to the tinier, secluded islands that the bigger vessels can’t reach. Enjoy half-board catering in your cruise, and optional excursions and tours at your own expense, if you wish.
  • 7-night independent Adriatic cruise around the stunning Dalmatian Coast
  • Dock at night in the mainland towns of Split and Dubrovnik, as well as the islands of Korčula, Mljet, Hvar and more
  • Cruise around the idyllic Elaphiti Islands and stop to swim and sunbathe
  • Enjoy an included excursion to Montenegro via the Gulf of Kotor
  • Explore Mljet National Park if you wish, and then stroll around historical Hvar Town
  • Enjoy half-board catering for the duration of your cruise
Aboard the intimately sized, MS Adriatic Princess, you have everything you need to cruise around the Adriatic in comfort. The boat also has a dining area, bar and a sizeable deck that’s the perfect place to top up your tan as you cruise.
To begin your experience, make use of an airport transfer to the port, and embark at the start of the afternoon.  Or, start with a transfer to the port from your hotel. Once on board, meet your host to learn about your full itinerary. 
Your cruise includes half-board catering so you can enjoy breakfasts and lunches (except on day 5 when you will be served breakfast and dinner). The rest of your time on the boat is free time, and how you enjoy it is down to you. Enjoy one included excursion to Montenegro, and take part in other daily tours and guided excursions at your own expense, if you wish. Read the Itinerary for details.


Day 1: (Saturday) Split
Boarding starts at 1pm. Enjoy a welcome drink and snack on board, and get a chance to meet your cruise director and the crew. After a safety briefing and some free time to settle in, have dinner on board and see the city one last time before the morning departure.

Overnight in Split.

Day 2: (Sunday) Split – Hvar – Vela Luka
After breakfast, opt for a Split walking tour with a guide who will show you the Diocletian Palace, built over 1,700 years ago. Since then, the UNESCO-listed Old Town has developed around the palace, creating a unique urban landscape.

Set sail toward Hvar, known as the sunniest island in Croatia, famous for its lavender and rosemary fields, scenic coastline, and historical towns. Upon arrival, debark with your guide for a walk around the ancient streets.

Afterward, head to Korcula Island. Along the way, stop for a swim by the Pakleni Islands. Enjoy a snack of Dalmatian fried fish before arriving in Vela Lula (Korcula Island) in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Vela Luka (Korcula Island).

Day 3: (Monday) Vela Luka – Pomena – Slano
After leaving Vela Luka, your captain will anchor in one of the scenic bays so you can hop in for a swim in the Adriatic, surrounded by pine trees and the sound of crickets. Continue sailing to Pomena on the island of Mljet, home to a national park known for its two turquoise lakes surrounded by thick forest.

Enjoy plenty of free time to explore the park, renting bikes or jogging on the paths around the lakes or in the forests. If you feel like relaxing, you can take a boat ride to a tiny island in one of the lakes, home to a monastery and 12th-century church. Depart for Slano in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Slano.

Day 4: (Tuesday) Slano – Dubrovnik
After breakfast you are free to take the optional Taste of Dalmatia tour, where you will visit Ston, a small town famous for its city walls (the longest in Europe), followed by a visit to a local winery. Later, sail to Lopud Island for a short swim before continuing to Dubrovnik and Gruž.

Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 5: (Wednesday) Dubrovnik – Excursion to Montenegro
Enjoy an excursion to Montenegro after breakfast. Located less than an hour's drive from Dubrovnik, Montenegro offers stunning beaches and mountain scenery. Arrive in the Gulf of Kotor, one of the earliest inhabited areas, with evidences of civilization dating from Illyrian, Roman, and early Christian periods.

Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 6: (Thursday) Dubrovnik – Elaphite Islands – Korčula
Morning departure from Dubrovnik to Korčula. On the way to Korcula, stop for a swim and relax on one of the Elafiti Islands. Lunch will be served on board before the late afternoon arrival to Korcula, the alleged birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Then enjoy a walk around the town of Korcula with your guide. Learn about its history, architecture, and the legend of Marco Polo who spent his childhood in the streets of Korcula.

Overnight Korcula.

Day 7: (Friday)  Korčula – Brac – Omis
Sail toward Brač. Your captain will anchor along the way for a swim in a secluded bay, after which you will continue your journey toward Pucisca. After docking at Pucisca, visit a stone-masonry school nearby where you will learn about Brac limestone.

Continue to Omiš, known for its scenic Cetina canyon. Opt to take a Cetina River trip, followed by dinner on board.

Overnight in Omis.

Day 8: (Saturday) Omis – Split
Early morning departure from Omis toward Split. Debark after breakfast.

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Fantastic trip. the Nikola was...
Kristi C
, Sep 2016
Fantastic trip. the Nikola was great, from the atmosphere, size and accommodations. The route taken for travel was well done, from as busy as you like or as quiet and relaxing. Would recommend.
Ship was too small and the details...
, Dec 2015
Ship was too small and the details we received from Viator were incorrect, Not a good trip and would never use Viator again.
The cruise ended today and I so wish...
Margot H
, Sep 2015
The cruise ended today and I so wish that I could still be on the cruise. The MS Nikola is a lovely old boat with plenty of seating area options to enjoy the cruise. The crew, especially Tom, are great and available to help out with anything you need during the trip. We went to Hvar, Korcula, Slano, Dubrovnik, Mjet, and Omis on our trip with swim stops on 3 of the days. We had some bad weather upon leaving Dubrovnik so that changed our itinerary slightly, but honestly, I rather enjoyed having one day where absolutely nothing was going on. This is not a luxury cruise, so, if that is what you're after, don't book this trip. However, the cabin was very comfortable and what I was expecting for a boat trip make realistic expectations. The bathroom each cabin has its own is a combination shower/toilet/sink, but very workable. I'm 6'1, and was perfectly comfortable in the cabin and bathroom. The meals breakfast and lunch were always delicious if a bit filling. Don't bother booking dinner as part of your meal plan - you'll want to eat in port. As for the cruise director - he was fine, but really I don't see the benefit of having him onboard. He managed to disappear himself during cruising time and only appeared after lunch to let us know where to meet if you booked the tour for that port and recommend a restaurant for dinner. Otherwise, Tom was much more available and open to providing information about where we were going, etc. I met a real great group of fellow passengers and even though I was traveling solo the others were very welcoming and a real pleasure to spend 7 days with. The captain of the MS Nikola is a bit of a grump and does not interact with his passengers in the least, but this is okay. He does a fine job of getting us to our destinations and ensuring our safety. I just wish they would have a 2 week option of this trip in order to spend 2 nights in each port and truly experience each place.
Great tour on a smaller boat 24...
James M
, Sep 2015
Great tour on a smaller boat 24 passengers total. We got the half board, which includes breakfast and lunch. The breakfast was continental but plenty to eat and the lunch was more like dinner. Several very nice excursions were set up by the cruise manager that we took part in but were extra: 20-25 - a traditional meal and tour in a small village outside of Korcula, boat excursion in some canyons, ... Our tour was on the MB Nikola. The crew were very helpful. Only surprise was that the boat stayed in Split port on Saturday first night instead of Friday last night as our itinerary stated, which may have affected when we got into Split.
Overall the cruise was good. We...
cielito p
, May 2015
Overall the cruise was good. We enjoyed the island stops, the boat was nice and clean, and the crew was wonderful. It was supposed to be an independent cruise but I guess from what I heard from the crew, having a tour manager on board was something new this year. The tour manager 'persuaded' us to join the walking tours at each island stop, for extra charge of course. We were told it's optional, however if the minimum number of participants is not met, the tours will have to be cancelled. It was not in our plan but we ended up going as we felt bad for those who wanted to go. It would not have been a big deal but the quality of the tour was just so-so... I wish we were informed about this upfront or should just have included it in the total price of the cruise so there are no surprises.
The 7 night cruise Split to Split is...
, Oct 2014
The 7 night cruise Split to Split is highly recommended. Visited a different island each day arriving around 3-4pm enough time to explore the town before dinner. Meals were excellent and gave a good taste of the local Croatian cuisine, thanks Denis! All the staff very attentive and helpful, thanks Tom
Good value for money. The itinerary is...
, Sep 2014
Good value for money. The itinerary is very well planned and combines smaller with bigger villages, natural parks and coastline. The food onboard was delicious, freshly cooked every day, and a great opportunity to try local delicacies. The crew also caters for food intolerance and provides alternative options. The accommodation was comfortable, and the sailing smooth and easy. Overall a very nice experience; I would do it again!
For all of you wondering who runs...
Christy B
, Jul 2014
For all of you wondering who runs this tour, it's a company called Elite. It appears that they subcontract with individual boat captains so you may not know what boat you'll be on until the last moment. They also use a variety of travel agents to book this tour. Unfortunately, because there are so many people booking and coordinating this trip, there is a lot of misinformation out there about the price, schedule, and timing of this tour. Make sure you confirm start time with the travel agent who emails you. Of the 38 passengers on board, we were all told different start times ranging from 11 am until 5 pm. The reality is that Elite allows the passengers to dictate when this tour leaves by being flexible on arrival times. This means you could be stuck in Split for a lot longer than you want. Don't arrive early. Despite what is publicized, the boat returns to Split by 1:30 on Friday and you overnight in Split harbor. Return flights can be booked for any time on Saturday - no need to add an extra day to accommodate an unknown arrival time. Viator's price included three meals a day. Not all passengers are required to pay for full board, so look around if you're interested in just half board. I would recommend half board. The food is plentiful but very average. The boat can accommodate dietary restrictions but confirm multiple times in writing. My biggest tip - force the crew to give you information about the schedule. The crew can and will vary the stops depending on the demands of the passengers. Unfortunately, the changes are not made democratically and you may not even be aware that you had options before changes are made. If you want the publicized intenerary - make sure you say so. Communication is weak on both Elite's and the crew's part. We didn't see a representative from Elite until Wednesday, and even then she showed up unprepared. We sailed on the Mb Nikola. The boat is clean, but old. This is not a luxury cruise so manage your expectations accordingly.
This is an amazing trip...they let...
Mary Kathleen G
, Jun 2013
This is an amazing trip...they let you go your own way but are always on hand with recommendations if you ask for them. Weather was beautiful and it was so relaxing watching the islands float by while sitting in a recliner on the deck in the shade! The ship is in great shape and the room is small but well-equipped.
A relaxing and enjoyable way to...
Alison R
, May 2013
A relaxing and enjoyable way to visit Croatia. The crew were very attentive, the food was good and the trip ticked all of the boxes.

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