About Dalmatian Cruises
Experience Croatia’s natural beauties & rich cultural heritage aboard our selection of cruises & enjoy the company of friendly hosts.
Activity code: CRCR03
Duration: 8 Days
The "Classic Dalmatian Cruise" is a high quality and fully-inclusive journey which departs Dubrovnik on Saturdays throughout the summer. The itinerary is designed and carefully prepared in a way that gives you maximum variety of scenery and sightseeing time in the waters of the Southern Adriatic over 8 days. With or without the attractive excursion package you will still have enough time to relax, swim and explore the mediaeval towns, islands and mainland. Excellent tour guides at your destinations will give you an insight into the culture, history, customs and cuisine of Dalmatia. Moreover, you will be able to see, feel, hear and taste the Croatian way of life - Croatia’s past blended with the present.
You will be cruising on board the M/S "Adriatic Pearl", a high comfort cruise ship with air-conditioned cabins, a welcoming, carefully chosen professional staff and a dedicated Cruise Director. The M/S Adriatic Pearl was commissioned in 2012 and is 41m long, 8.5m wide with a cruising speed of 9 knots. Total capacity is 36 persons with 18 ensuite cabins on the main and lower deck.
Cabin furnishings include a cupboard, a cabinet and a window or a porthole. All cabins are equipped with power sockets; bathrooms are fully equipped with a shower, WC, hairdryer and a vanity sink unit.
CABIN LOCATIONS & SIZES:
OTHER PARTS OF BOAT: on the main deck and the upper deck there is one bathroom with showers. Upper deck houses a fully air-conditioned salon-restaurant that sits all guests at the same time with a fully equipped bar and LCD TV. At the rear of the boat you can find a shaded lounge area with club tables and comfortable sofas. Top deck, also called the "sun deck" offers 155 m2 of space and is equipped with sun loungers, also WI-FI is available free of charge in the salon and in the rear part of the boat.
EMBARKATION in DUBROVNIK (Gruz harbour) from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Once you are on board the adventure can start. Over a welcome drink and a snack you will meet your Cruise Director and the crew of “Adriatic Pearl”. Captain's orders and safety measures will be explained to you. Later that night you will have a dinner on board.
In the morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to the Old Town gate where you will be taken on a guided tour of Dubrovnik. Our local expert will show you around this fascinating world-famous landmark, an ancient town protected by 13th century fortifications. Dubrovnik was for centuries a standalone Republic and the only power able to compete with the Venetians.
In the early afternoon we will depart for the island of Korcula, on the way to Korcula we will have a short stop for swimming and relaxing on one of the beautiful Elafiti Islands. Lunch will be served on board before the late afternoon arrival to Korcula, the alleged birthplace of the famous
explorer Marco Polo. After arrival guide will take you for a walk around the town of Korcula. You will hear of its long history, ingenious building strategies, peculiar building layout and a legend of a great merchant traveler Marco Polo who was born and spent his childhood in the streets of Korcula.
After breakfast you will set sail towards the Island of Brac, passing through the scenic Peljesac channel, around the tip of Peljesac peninsula and the southeastern tip of the Island of Hvar. Weather permitting, Captain will drop the anchor on the way for a refreshing swim in a secluded bay, after which you will continue your journey towards Pucisca. Pucisca is nestled in a beautiful bay on the island of Brac, surrounded by stone quarries that yield some of the whitest and best quality limestone in the world. Suffice to say that pillars of this snow-white stone decorate the façade of the White House and other landmarks all over the world.
After docking at Pucisca, you can join a short visit to a stonemasonry school nearby where you will learn of the Brac limestone, their centuries-old tradition of stonemasonry and the unconventional tools they use before we continue our journey to Omiš where we will rest for the night. In the afternoon you can join optional boat excursion up the river Cetina.
After breakfast you will join our excursion to Sibenik, Skradin and Trogir. Leaving Omis ride by coach through the karst hinterland to Skradin. Skradin is situated on the upper end of Krka estuary on the entrance to National Park, free time for exploration. After Skradin we will make a short stop in the town of Sibenik with an orientational guided tour of the old town. Before arrival in Split we will make another quick stop in Trogir which is situated on a small island and squeezed in between the mainland and the larger island of Ciovo. Except for the green parks the entire island is occupied by spectacular stonehouses, palaces, churches, monasteries, towers, walls etc. You will have free time to pay a visit to the main attraction in Trogir – the Cathedral of St. Lawrence which is probably the finest example of sacral architecture in Croatia.
Finally we will arrive into Split Old Town and you can join an optional walking tour with the local guide who will show you monumental Diocletian Palace which was built over 1700 years ago. During the centuries the Old Town has grown into the palace and around it, creating a unique urban landscape. Because of its historical and architectural importance, the whole Old Town is part of the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage. Later you can just join locals enjoying a cup of coffee on their much beloved seaside promenade.
Today you will be sailing towards Hvar, known as the sunniest island in Croatia, famous for its endless fields of lavender and rosemary, its beautiful coast and lovely historical towns. Your destination is the town of Hvar, a town of immense beauty that buzzes with vibrant energy in the summer sun. Upon arrival, our expert local guide will take you for a walk around the ancient streets of Hvar.
After the guided walking tour of Hvar we will set sail to Korcula Island. Along the way we will stop for a swim near beautiful islands (Pakleni otoci), known by very warm sea. After the swimming break the Dalmatian fried fish will be served for a snack. Arrival in Vela Lula (Korcula Island) in the late afternoon.
Thursday morning after leaving stunning beauty of Vela Luka your Captain will hand-pick a bay for you where he will drop the anchor. You can hop into your swimsuit and have a swim in the crystal-blue Adriatic, surrounded by pine trees and the sound of crickets.
After the swimming break you will continue sailing to Pomena on the island of Mljet which houses on its western side the National Park of Mljet, known for its immense beauty and its two turquoise salty lakes surrounded by thick forest. Upon arrival you will have plenty of free time to explore the park individually, for example, by renting bikes and cycling or jogging on the numerous paths around the lakes or in the forests. If you feel like just relaxing you can hop onto the small boat that will take you to a tiny island on one of the lakes, where you can discover a monastery and a church of St. Mary’s built in the 12th century and enjoy a cup of coffee with the view and the quiet.
In the late afternoon we will depart towards Slano.
After breakfast you are free to take an optional guided tour Taste of Dalmatia – you will visit Ston, a small town famous of its 5km long city walls (the longest in Europe) and visit a local vinery where you will have opportunity to taste some of the finest Dalmatian wines.
Later, we set sail to Dubrovnik and cruise beneath Dubrovnik City Walls and then to the port of Gru.
After your last breakfast on board disembarkation follows by 09:00 AM. It is time to say farewell to your fellow travelers, your Cruise Manager and the crew of M/S Adriatic Pearl.
Walking tour package – (UKP) 55 per person
Rates do not include:
One week's cruising from Dubrovnik on m/s Adriatic Pearl. Price based on 2 sharing a lower deck cabin in low season. 3rd person reduction - 40%; single supplement - 40%.
Prices from £732
Full Board supplement: £ 120 per person
All prices are per person