Croatia Island Hopping Cruise: Boat 'n' Bike or Just Cruise

SELF-GUIDED  8 Days / 7 Nights

Spend one week cruising idyllic islands, the dramatic coast of the mainland and exploring ancient towns that have seen the Greeks, Romans and more recently, the Venetians leave their mark. There are romantic ruins, enchanting mountains, innumerable sites of natural beauty and phenomena. Dubrovnik is a highlight – a beautiful walled town centuries old. You will have time to wander the narrow streets and paved marble squares of the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town lined with classic examples of Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture.

Split is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and has well preserved Roman monuments and the Palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian.

A biking option is offered on the cruise ex Dubrovnik which has shorter kilometres (14 – 26 km per day) than our other Bike & Boat cruises.

All you will need is a few T-shirts and a swimming costume to spend seven unforgettable days cruising on the Adriatic Sea from one idyllic island to the next. Relax and let the captain and his crew (especially the cook) take care of you.

Your Journey

Days 1–2 Dubrovnik 

Arrive Dubrovnik and spend two nights allowing you plenty of time to explore the Old Town. 

Day 3 Dubrovnik–Mljet Island 

Cruise to the idyllic island of Mljet (pronounced 'mil-yet'). Covered in olive groves, vineyards and dense forest, Mljet is known as the greenest island of Croatia. Thirty-seven kilometres (23 mi) long, there are several villages, two salt water lakes and a Benedictine Monastery on St Mary Island.

Day 4 Mljet Island–Hvar Island

Hvar’s gently rolling hills are painted brilliant purple by fields of lavender while lush vineyards nestle at the foot of the island’s ragged mountains. Explore the city of Hvar: the fortress perched on the hill above the old town, the Cathedral, Arsenal and the Franciscan Monastery. For dinner, your are spoilt for choice with lovely waterfront cafes.

Day 5 Hvar–Brac Island - Split 

Cruise to the Island of Brac and the picturesque town of Bol with its white beaches. Stroll the cobbled streets of the town and swim at Dalmatia’s most famous beach of all – Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn). Cruise to Split during lunch.  Free time this afternoon to explore the old town.

Day 6 Split – Korcula 

Supposedly the birthplace of Marco Polo, the medieval walled town of Korčula sits on a small headland. Wander the town’s narrow walkways lined with Venetian architecture and many monuments. Climb to the top of St Mark’s Cathedral for spectacular views of the town, the Peljesac peninsular and the sparkling Adriatic Sea.

Day 7 Korcula – Slano (Cycling 16 km)

Cruise towards the little seaside village of Trstenik on the Pelješac peninsula. This area is well known for its excellent red wines. Wander the town and visit Grgish Winery set in a restored fortress on the steep hills of Trstenik. Cruise through the Elaphiti Archipelago, a group of 14 idyllic islands and islets, stopping for lunch and swimming on long sandy beaches. Continue to the deep bay and town of Slano, 37 km north of Dubrovnik.

Day 8 Slano – Dubrovnik

Sail below the mighty city walls of Dubrovnik’s Old Town and beside magical Lokrum Island to the Port of Gruz where arrangements end at 1pm.


There will be some hills but bike tours are kept short, 2 – 4 hours to allow plenty of time to complete them.


Daily breakfast, 6 lunches

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