This afternoon, embark in Dubrovnik with welcome dinner in the evening and a night’s accommodation on board. (D)
Start the day with a walking tour of Dubrovnik, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ and a UNESCO World Heritage site. After returning to ship, enjoy the magic scenery as the ship cruises around Dubrovnik city walls, before continuing to one of the Elaphiti islands for a swim stop. Afternoon arrival in Slano, a peaceful fishermen’s village and our starting point to Ston, once fortified small village famous for its oysters. After exploring the towns’ medieval ramparts a short coastal walk leads us to an oyster farm to learn more about oysters and tasting this delicious treat. Time at leisure and return transfer to ship. Dinner on board and overnight. (B,L,D)
In the morning we head further north to the Island of Mljet. The legend says Greek hero Odysseus spent years on this island when he was captured by the nymph Calypso. Join the cruise manager for a stroll to the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park (entrances to be paid on the spot – approx. 15 EUR) and enjoy the boat ride to the St. Mary Isle to visit an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and a Church dating back to the 12th Century. Alternatively, you can rent bibycles, scooters and kayaks to explore the National Park or the island on your own. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the island. Overnight in port Pomena. (B,L)
Continue our cruise towards the Korcula island, best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Stop for lunch in one of the secluded bays en route. Afternoon arrival in Korcula, followed by a guided walking tour of one of the best preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean. Fish bone street pattern was used in Korcula Old Town, design to reduce effects of wind and sun and provide citizens with sheltered and comfortable accommodation. Korcula has an abundant choice of restaurants to enjoy your gourmet experience and there are numerous bars and clubs for those looking for evening entertainment. Overnight in Korcula. (B,L)
Cruise towards the island of Vis, the antique Issa, founded around 397 B.C. The island used to be a strategic naval Yugoslav base and closed to the public. Due to this isolation, Vis has a special charm – ‘the Mediterranean as it once was’ making it really interesting for visit. Situated on the northern side of the island, Vis has developed near the remains of the ancient Issa, first urban center in Croatia. If interested, visit the remains of the Roman thermal place, City museum or simply take a walk enjoying the views of the beautiful Villae Rusticae situated along the waterfront. Tonight, enjoy Captain’s dinner aboard. (B,L,D)
Early in the morning we sail to the small island of Bisevo to visit the Blue Cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon (entrances to be paid on the spot – approx. 7 EUR). As sometimes weather conditions can be very unpredictable, the possibility of our visit will depend on those conditions, however you will be notified of this on time. Continue towards the jet-set island Hvar, with a swim stop and lunch on board. Hvar, the longest and sunniest island in the Adriatic is known for lavish lavender fields and breathtaking beauty. Afternoon arrival in Hvar town, followed by a walking tour. See the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower, and the oldest community theatre in Europe, founded in 1612. Enjoy remainder of the day at leisure in this lovely town that offers an abundance of entertainment – numerous restaurants, bars and cafes are open long into the night. Overnight in Hvar. (B,L)
Note: Due to the limited capacity of the Hvar harbor (during peak season in July and August) port of call can be substituted for Stari Grad/Jelsa. In that case transfer by bus will be organized to and from Hvar.
Early morning departure to Brac island, with stop for a swimming at the most famous beach in Dalmatia, Zlatni Rat, whose pebbles shifts from side to side as the wind and waves constantly change in shape. Bol is a typical fishermen’s village, converted into a popular tourist destination. Continue to Split, and upon arrival enjoy a guided walking tour featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. See the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, it’s Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle, and the Cathedral. The rest of the day enjoy at leisure. Overnight in Split. (B,L)
After breakfast it is time to disembark. (B)
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