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With its clear waters, sunny climate, unspoiled beaches and rich culture, Croatia is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. Experience a delightful combination of stunning coastal scenery with relaxed island hopping on board the elegant five-star MS Arca.
Day One: UK to Split
Fly from a local airport to Split. We are met and transferred to the MS Arca, where we embark and enjoy a welcome drink and dinner in the evening. We moor overnight in Split.
Day Two: Split - Bol - Hvar
Enjoy a morning guided walking tour of Split visiting 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. Enjoy lunch on board. We set sail towards Bol, a small town on Island Brac, for a swim at the Golden Horn. Enjoy the 1740-foot-long golden pebble beach, said to be the best in Croatia. It is unique in that it changes shape and position depending on the winds. Afterwards head to Hvar, one of the most popular islands in the Adriatic and a meeting point for the international jet-set. The “Croatian Madeira” is also one of the longest islands stretching along the shores of Croatia. Dinner is at leisure and overnight at Stari Grad, one of the oldest towns in Europe.
Day Three: Hvar - Bisevo - Vis
Leaving Hvar we will have an early morning cruise towards the small island of Bisevo to visit the Blue cave (weather permitting), a magnificent natural phenomenon (entrances not included). We continue to the island of Vis, once 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 to 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. Lunch is included today with dinner at leisure. We overnight in Vis.
Day Four: Vis to Korcula
While enjoying breakfast overlooking the blue waters of Adriatic we continue our cruise towards the Korcula island best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. We stop for lunch in one of the secluded bays en route. This afternoon we arrive in Korcula followed by a guided walking tour of one of the best preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean. A 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 mooring in Korcula.
Day Five: Korcula to Mljet
In the morning we head 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 (entrance not included) 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 explore the National Park or island on your own. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the island. Lunch is on board and tonight we enjoy a Captain’s dinner and overnight in Mljet. (B, L, D)
Day Six: Mljet to Slano (excursion to Ston with oyster tasting)
Morning departure for the small village of Slano on the mainland, a peaceful fishermen’s village and the starting point to Ston, another, once fortified small village famous for its oysters. After exploring the town’s medieval ramparts a short coastal walk leads us to an oyster farm where we learn more about oysters and tasting this delicious treat. Lunch is on board. We overnight in Slano and dinner is at leisure.
Day Seven: Slano - Elaphiti Islands - Dubrovnik
Early morning cruise to the Elaphiti Islands with a swimming stop on one of the secluded bays to spend the morning. Before lunch on board we sail to Dubrovnik. Enjoy a cruise alongside the old city walls, while lunch is served. After docking we join a guided tour with panoramic ride and transfer included. Enjoy the last night of your cruise exploring the magnificent town of Dubrovnik with dinner at leisure.
Day Eight: Dubrovnik to UK
After breakfast, we disembark and transfer to Dubrovnik Airport for our flight back to the UK.
The deluxe MS Arca offers passengers the opportunity to see Croatia's coastline with a small group of like-minded travellers. This sleek ship was launched in 2017 with the latest in safety features. With excellent maneuverability the ship is well suited to cruise Croatia's picturesque coast and berth in the historic smaller ports. All cabins are fully air-conditioned and have twin or double beds, private en suite bathrooms and contemporary facilities. Public spaces are plentiful and include an air-conditioned salon-restaurant, with fully equipped bar. This leads to a spacious outdoor lounge area with comfortable sofas. The large sun deck on top of the ship includes sun-beds and a shaded area from which to take in the views. At the rear of the ship a swimming platform allows easy access to the sea during many swim stops.
Dubrovnik Guided Walking Tour
Dubrovnik is a truly stunning city, with an exceptional coastline and views out over the Adriatic Sea, plus historic architecture and attractions. In addition to this, the city enjoys a lively culture that makes it a superb place to stay.
We’ll take a guided walking tour of the city to find out more about its impressive heritage, and so we’ll be able to see some of its best landmarks. These include the beautifully preserved city walls, which date from the 7th century, as well as the Old Town, Rector's Palace, St. Saviour Church and much more.
Hvar Guided Walking Tour
Hvar Town, on the island of Hvar, as the oldest tourist centre in Dalmatia, is rich with historical monuments that are simply – must see. The 17th century theatre, the 13th century Arsenal, or the central town square with the Cathedral, surrounded by numerous palaces in various architectural styles, are living proofs of Hvar’s famous history. The Franciscan Monastery in the town is famous for its collection of old art masters, including Ingoli’s ‘Last Supper’. On a walking tour, breathe in the pure pine-scented air while you enjoy the views of the old town with picturesque little streets and the first public theatre in Europe. Enjoy some free time to pop into charming craft shops or cafes, tucked into old Venetian palaces.
Korcula Guided Walking Tour
Rich in vineyards, olive groves and small villages, and harbouring a glorious old town, the island of Korcula is one of the largest Adriatic islands. We enjoy a guided walking tour of Korcula, likened to a picturesque mini Dubrovnik, with its ancient ramparts, churches, monuments, tiny cobbled streets and pretty herringbone style layout. The most famous explorer, Marco Polo, is believed to have been born in the old town of Korcula. His birthplace now houses the Marco Polo Museum and boasts a tower with a beautiful panoramic view of Korcula.
Oyster Tasting in Ston
Ston is known for three things – beautiful well-preserved town walls, salt production, and mussels. The walls are longer than those of its more famous neighbour, Dubrovnik, making them the longest defensive structure in Europe; they are sometimes referred to as the ‘European Walls of China’. Since the time of the Roman Empire, Ston has possessed one of the most important saltworks in the Mediterranean region. Even today the harvesting of salt from the sea is still done in a traditional manner. We take a boat ride with a local oyster farmer to learn about the industry, complete with an oyster tasting along with some local wine.
Split Guided Walking Tour
See the remnants of Split`s Roman heritage, it`s Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter`s temple, the Peristyle and many other unique sites. Gain an insight into Roman Split, Medieval Split and current day Split with our expert guide who will bring the past alive. See the Diocletian palace, St. Duje Cathedral, Peristil, Mestrovic’s statue of Gregory of Nin, The Golden Gate, Riva, City Clock and City Hall.