Croatian Coast & Islands: Dubrovnik to Split  & v.v. 

 

On our Croatian Coast and Islands Premium Ship Tour we will show you the beauty of the South Dalmatian coastline and island world on our latest deluxe ship. Start your exploration in ancient Split or Dubrovnik,  UNESCO World Heritage sites with thousands of years of history. Swim, bike and sail through the island world of Dalmatia for one week stopping at beautiful islands such as Hvar and Korcula plus the amazing Kornati National Park. Start or finish in the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik, surrounded by its imposing walls. Breath taking natural beauty and cultural highlights accompany you throughout the day. The direction of this tour alternates each week.

Highlights:

  • Split – 1,800 years of history
  • Kornati Archipelago – cruise through a string of islands and reefs
  • Sibenik’s famous cathedral – UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Ancient island towns of Hvar & Korcula
  • Saltwater lakes and island monastery of Mljet
  • Dubrovnik – ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’
 

Your Journey

Day 1 (Sunday) Boarding in Dubrovnik

Check-in on board starts between 2 and 2.30 pm. At about 4.30 pm, your guide will take you on an extended stroll through the narrow streets of the lively Old Town. Overnight in Dubrovnik allowing time for you to experience the ambience of this lively town.

Day 2 (Monday): Island of Sipan (22 km)

A short crossing in the morning takes us to Šipan, the largest of the Elaphiti Islands.  Cycle with your tour guide past villas with exotic gardens and through a fertile valley framed by a range of limestone hills. We’ll visit the harbour town of Sudurad before returning to the boat.

  Day 3 (Tuesday) Mljet Island - Lastovo Island (25 km)

After breakfast cruise to the green and forested island, Mljet - known as the honey island. With 70 % of the island covered in woodland it’s one of the greenest islands in the Mediterranean area.  Cycle from Sobra to Pomena where we board the ship for the cruise to the island of Lastovo - one of the smaller inhabited islands in the Adriatic Sea. The emperor Augustus liked the mild climate and in Roman times the islands was even named Augusta Insula after him. The 1,000 or so islanders continue to make their living from fishing the extremely rich waters, agriculture and viticulture.  

Day 4 (Wednesday ) Lastovo Island-Korcula Island (27km)

Today’s cycle tour takes us in a large circuit of the beautiful island of Lastovo. The gold-coloured “Marastina” white wine is grown here.  Back at the boat it is time to cast off!  We cruise to Korčula Island, regarded as one of the most beautiful islands in Dalmatia.  The island’s picturesque capital competes with Venice for the honour of being the birthplace of the famous discoverer Marco Polo. In the evening there will be plenty of time to explore the fantastic Old Town with its narrow “fishbone” alleys.  A guided city tour is included and will give you an overview of the city and its interesting history.

  Day 5 (Thursday) Korcula Island - Vela Luka (45km)

Cycle across the charming island of Korčula.  Enjoy the mild Mediterranean climate and on the way enjoy the view of Pupnat Bay, which is one of the favourite photo spots for our guests; a contrast of shallow turquoise bays and deep blue channel waters.  Dinner is on board Harmonia in the sheltered bay of Vela Luka.

Day 6 (Friday) Vela Luka - Hvar Island-Stari Grad-Jesla (35km)

The day starts with a relaxing cruise to Hvar town, capital of Hvar Island. We will have time before the tour starts to go for a little stroll through the city.  Marvel at the magnificent Renaissance square and enjoy the view of the Spanish fortress towering high above the city. Our bike tour takes us from Hvar through small villages and lavender fields to the lovely harbour of Stari Grad on the opposite side of the island.  The descent to Stari Grad offers breath-taking views. The town was founded as a Greek colony of Faros – it has developed into a mecca for artists and art lovers in recent years.  After lunch on board we continue to Jelsa.

Day 7 (Saturday) Jesla to Brac Island - Bol - Milna - Split (43km)

We cruise to the island of Brač, famous for its bright marble that was used in the White House in Washington and in the construction of Berlin’s Reichstag building in Germany.  Today's bike tour takes us from Bol to the tranquil harbour of Milna. The boat awaits us here for a final crossing to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Split. The Split region was colonised by the Greeks in the 2nd or 3rd century but the Roman emperor Diocletian should be considered its first citizen and founder.  A guided city tour through Split is offered - explore the former Diocletian Palace and lose yourself in the labyrinthine alley-ways. The evening is spent on board in celebration together with guides, crew and guests.

Day 8 (Sunday) Cruise ends in Split. 
After breakfast disembarkation.

TOUR ALSO OPERATES IN OPPOSITE DIRECTION - SPLIT TO DUBROVNIK

 

Terrain

Moderate to energetic. Altitudes between 200 - 500 m. Daily tours of up to 45 km through hilly and mountainous terrain. Electric bikes available and recommended.  

Meals

4 days full board, 3 days half board.

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