Unique Dalmatia cruise: Split - Split

Split - Hvar - Korčula - Mljet - Dubrovnik - Brač - Omiš - Split

 

Day 1 • SATURDAY: SPLIT – HVAR

Welcome on board mini cruiser Maverik to start your cruise along the Adriatic Coast. Over a welcome drink and a snack you will meet your Cruise Director and the crew. Captain's orders and safety measures will be explained to you, after which the boat will set sail for your first destination, the island of Hvar. On the way you can start to get to know your fellow travelers or just enjoy the breeze and the landscape slowly passing you by. Hvar is known as the sunniest island in Croatia, famous for its endless fields of lavender and rosemary, it’s 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 which you can join a short lavender presentation where you can learn how lavender and rosemary have been traditionally farmed in this area for centuries. As the sun sets down, Hvar becomes alive with people; we recommend a cocktail at one of the numerous bars and terraces around the beautifully illuminated harbor. Overnight in Hvar. 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. In that case transfer by bus will be organized to and from Hvar. Excursion package: Hvar town tour & Lavender presentation.

Day 2 • SUNDAY: HVAR – VELA LUKA (KORČULA island)

After breakfast, you will set sail to Vela Luka on the island of Korčula, major fishermen’s town on the western side of island Korčula, our departure point for a coach tour into the island. Your Captain will hand-pick a bay for you where he will drop the anchor. You can then hop into your swimsuit and have a swim in the crystal-blue Adriatic, surrounded by pine trees and the sound of crickets. After the swim break you will continue sailing to Vela Luka on the island of Korčula. If you decide to join us for the coach tour of Korčula, after lunch you will board the coach for a first-hand perspective on the island’s hinterland, its vineyards, olive orchards and hilly landscape. On the tour you will visit several sights: First the “Zlokić” olive oil factory, where Mr. Zlokić will show you around his factory explaining all you ever wanted to know about olive pressing. You will also be able to taste the premium extra-virgin cold pressed olive oils that your host produces. Your next destination will be the family run folk museum “Barilo” in the town Blato, situated in the middle of the island that houses a collection of tools and items used by peasants on the island in the past several centuries. Your visit will be accompanied by traditional homemade liqueurs and sweets the family makes. Your last stop on the tour will be a visit the picturesque town Smokvica built on the hillside for a visit to the local award-wining winery “Toreta”. Your hosts there will introduce you to the excellent white wines Pošip and Rukatac that Korčula is widely known for. After dinner you can expect an evening on board full of Dalmatian vibe, with the nightfall slowly setting on Vela Luka. Additional excursion: Korčula coach tour: “Archeological Museum” and the “Big Cave” , “Barilo” ethno museum and “Toreta” winery.

Day 3 • MONDAY: VELA LUKA – POMENA (MLJET island)

Next morning you will depart for the island of Mljet. Island of Mljet on its western side houses National Park 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. You can also rent kayaks and cut the surface of the magnificent lakes to observe the scenery from a different perspective. 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. Overnight in Mljet. Optional excursion: Mljet National Park – unguided tour, free time in the National park.

Day 4 • TUESDAY: POMENA – DUBROVNIK

Early in the morning Captain and his crew will take you on the route in the direction of Dubrovnik. On the way there you will witness beautiful scenery as you pass the Elaphite islands. Upon arrival to Dubrovnik, shuttle bus will take you to the Old Town gate where you can join our guided tour of Dubrovnik. Our local expert will show you around this fascinating world-known 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. After the tour you will have free time to explore Dubrovnik on your own. You can take the cable-car to the top of the hill overlooking Dubrovnik for wonderful photo opportunities, make the full circle around the walls or just enjoy a scoop of ice cream as you stroll through its narrow streets paved with ancient stones. Overnight in Dubrovnik. Excursion package: Dubrovnik town tour with a coach transfer from Dubrovnik port (Gruz) to the Old town.

Day 5 • WEDNESDAY: DUBROVNIK – KORČULA

In the morning, after breakfast, the ship is sailing to the town of Korčula on the island of Korčula. Korčula is a small town of immense beauty located on the northeastern part of the island of Korčula. The medieval core of the town is built in a fishbone-like pattern on a small peninsula protruding into the sea, offering a great view of the sunsets Korčula is known for. After docking at Korčula harbor, a local guide will take you for a walk around the town of Korčula. You will hear of its long history, ingenious building strategies, peculiar building layout and a legend of a great merchant traveler Marco Polo that was born and spent his childhood in the streets of Korčula. After the guided tour we recommend a relaxing stroll around the romantic little town for to enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere and vibe. Overnight in Korčula. Excursion package: Korčula town tour.

Day 6 • THURSDAY: KORČULA – PUČIŠĆA (BRAČ island)

After breakfast, you will set sail towards the island of Brač, passing through the scenic Pelješac channel, around the tip of Pelješac penninsula 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 Pučišća. Pučišća is nested in a beautiful bay on the island of Brač, 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 Pučišća, you can join a short visit to a stonemasonry school nearby where you will learn of the Brač limestone and their centuries-old tradition of stonemasonry and the unconventional tools they use. Later in the evening you can pick your spot along the seaside, enjoy the relaxed and calm atmosphere over a glass of wine and join the locals in their favorite past time – people watching. Overnight in Pučišća. Excursion package: Stonemasonry School in Pučišća.

Day 7 • FRIDAY: PUČIŠĆA – OMIŠ – SPLIT

While breakfast is being served, you will leave the harbor and sail across the Brač channel back to the mainland. First destination of the day is Omiš, a town known for two things: stunning beauty of river Cetina canyon that surrounds it and its pirates. There you can join a short walking tour where you will hear the story of this small town built below steep mountains at the mouth of river Cetina. You will also learn of its pirates that brought the town its fame in Middle Ages. After the tour, you can board the small boats that will take you into the canyon of the river Cetina, a protected nature area. You will be travelling upriver to Radman’s mills, a run-down mill whose beauty was recently restored and where you will be served a snack of local specialties. After the snack, you can explore the area before your return to Omiš. In the afternoon you will continue sailing to Split, your last port of call during the cruise on board M/S Maverik. Upon arrival, our knowledgeable local guide will take you into the Old Town and introduce to you the monumental Diocletian Palace 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. After the tour you will have free time for individual exploration of Split and its lively Mediterranean spirit or you can just join the locals enjoying a cup of coffee on their much beloved seaside promenade. Overnight in Split. Excursion package: Omiš town tour, Split city tour. Additional excursion: Cetina river boat trip to Radman mills with a snack.

Day 8 • SATURDAY: SPLIT

After your last breakfast on board disembarkation follows by 09:00 AM. It is time to say farewell to your fellow travelers, your Cruise Director and the crew of M/S Maverik. But rest assured, with all the photos and newly forged friendships you will continue to sail with us for a little longer!


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