See the best of stunning Croatia's Dalmatian Coast and its islands with this awesome 8-day cruise. Begin in Dubrovnik, the 'Pearl of the Adriatic,' and then board a comfortable cruise ship to embark on a 'greatest hits' tour of the coastal area. Visit islands of Mljet, Brač, Korčula and Lopud. Go swimming in the natural swimming pools on the Pelješac Peninsula and stroll the coniferous-clad hills of the island of Hvar. Partake in some Adriatic nightlife along the Markarska Riveria and lounge on the beach on the island of Brač.
Visit picturesque islands on this 8-day Croatia tour!
Spend a night in stunning Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city, enjoying the walled Old Town with its limestone-clad streets and monasteries and churches. Then, the next day, board the cruise ship, ready to relax and enjoy this 8-day guided tour of the southern Dalmatian Coast and its islands. The first stop is Mljet Island, which boasts a national park and Roman ruins that are nearly 2,000 years old. Traverse the island, covering the verdant landscape clad in oak and pine trees and opt to take a swim in a natural swimming pool.
The next day, head to Hvar Island, a spot that was long under the rule of the Venetian Republic. Explore the island with its lush terrain of verdant hillsides, vineyards and lavender fields. The following day lounge on the beaches on the islands of Bol and Brač and view the tallest mountain of all the islands in the Adriatic. Then go across to the Markarska Riviera and indulge in some Dalmatian nightlife.
On the fifth day, pull up to Korčula, an island that is well known as being the (not proven) birthplace of Marco Polo. Stroll the streets of the compact town of Korčula, perhaps enjoying a coffee in an outdoor alleyway cafe. Korčula, also under the rule of the Venetian Republic for centuries, boasts some striking similarities to Venice, particularly in terms of architecture. Visit the 15th-century St. Marks Cathedral. And don't miss the altarpiece painting Three Saints by Venetian painter Tintoretto.
The next day visit Trstenik on the Pelješac Peninsula, famed for its wine production, and then continue on to Slano to spend the night before hitting the island of Lopud where you'll have ample time to spend on the beach.
Accommodation on the ship’s lower or upper deck is included and some meals are included during the trip. In each destination, there will be an option for a guided group tour with a local guide or you can choose to take some free time.
Your state-of-the-art M/Y Mali Ante cruise ship holds 38 to 42 people or in the case of M/Y Otac Nikola, which holds 28 to 32 people. All cabins have en suite bathrooms and air conditioning. The ship also has cozy saloon and a diving platform so that you can go swimming in the sea.
Please note: The listed price does not include a city tax, payable at the time of cruise check-in. The tax is required by the ship and is not within our control.
Day 1: Dubrovnik (D)
When you meet at the Dubrovnik port, you’ll be welcomed on board by your friendly captain and the crew. Enjoy dinner on board before settling in for the night in your cozy room.
Overnight: cruise ship in Dubrovnik
Day 2: Dubrovnik (B, L)
Free day in Dubrovnik
Overnight: cruise ship in Dubrovnik
Day 3: Dubrovnik – Pomena (Island of Mljet) (B, L)
Enjoy breakfast on board your boat, and then start cruising around the Adriatic Sea to discover several glorious Croatian locations. Cruise to Pomena, a hidden port on idyllic Mljet, one of the many Adriatic islands. Hop off the ship to explore the island, covered in pine and oak trees, and learn about its history in the legends of Odyssey.
Lunch will be served on board, after which you can take a walk and visit the two saltwater lakes — some of the most visited attractions on the island — or discover isolated natural pools for a refreshing swim. If you wish, you may explore Mljet National Park (own expense) on your own.
Overnight: cruise ship in Pomena
Day 4: Pomena – Island of Hvar (B,L)
Today's journey will take you to the island of Hvar, once a center of the Venetian Republic in the Middle Ages. Hop off the ship to explore this island, featuring a large fertile coastal plain, freshwater springs, pine-covered hillsides, vineyards, olive groves, fruit orchards and lavender fields.
In Jelsa you can visit public gardens, small churches and the lapidary, a collection of around twenty stone monuments dating back to ancient and Medieval times.
Overnight: cruise ship in Jelsa
Day 5: Hvar – Bol (Island of Brač) – Makarska (B,L)
In the morning, head to Brač Island, home to Vidova Gora, the highest mountain of all the Adriatic islands. Spend time lounging on the beach and then enjoy lunch on board.
In the afternoon, the ship will continue to the Makarska Riviera, a stretch of the Croatian coast. Here, visit the town of Makarska and enjoy an amazing view of the Biokovo mountains topped by the peak of St George. When night falls, stop by the many bars or restaurants for a glimpse into local nightlife.
Overnight: cruise ship in Makarska
Day 6: Makarska – Korčula (B, L)
After breakfast, you’ll cruise east around the island of Hvar, through the Strait of Pelješac and on to the Island of Korčula, which is said to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. Have lunch on board and then explore Korčula Old Town, located on a small headland featuring Venetian architecture in its defensive walls.
Overnight: Cruise ship in Korčula
Day 7: Korčula – Pelješac Peninsula – Slano (B, L)
Leave Korčula and travel to the Pelješac Peninsula, famous for its vineyards that cultivate the red wines of Dingač and Postup. Stop on the peninsula to visit Trstenik for some swimming.
In the late afternoon, enjoy lunch on board and then continue to Slano.
Overnight: Cruise ship in Slano
Day 8: Slano – Island of Lopud – Dubrovnik (B, L)
After breakfast, all travelers with flights departing before 3pm will disembark in Slano. The cruise then continues to the island of Lopud for free time to lounge on the pristine beaches. Enjoy lunch on the island, and then cruise back to the Croatian mainland. Cruise around the city walls of Dubrovnik Old Town, see Lokrum Island — a mere breath away from Dubrovnik — and, finally, dock at the Port of Gruz in Dubrovnik. You’ll then disembark the ship to conclude your cruise.