|Travel by Air||Days|
Day One: UK to Dubrovnik
Fly from a local airport to Dubrovnik. We are met and transferred to the MS Arca, where we embark and enjoy a welcome reception and dinner this evening. We moor overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day Two: Dubrovnik – Elaphiti Islands - Slano
Enjoy a walking tour of Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of Adriatic” and a UNESCO World Heritage site. After returning to ship enjoy the wonderful scenery as the ship cruises around Dubrovnik city walls before continuing to one of the Elaphiti islands for a swim stop. Lunch is on board. 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 town’s medieval ramparts we visit a small nearby village to learn more about oysters and tasting this delicious treat. Tonight dinner is on board and we overnight in Slano.
Day Three: Slano to Mljet
This 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 a 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 bicycles, scooters or kayaks to explore the National Park or island on your own. Lunch is on board and dinner at your own leisure.
Day Four: Mljet to Korcula
We continue our cruise to Korcula island, best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Stop for lunch in one of the secluded bays en route. This afternoon we arrive in Korcula followed by a guided walking tour of this enchanting town surrounded by walls and one of the best preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean. Fishbone street pattern was used in Korcula Old Town design to reduce effects of wind and sun and provide citizens with sheltered and comfortable accommodation. Korula has an abundant choice of restaurants to enjoy a gourmet experience and numerous bars and clubs for those looking for evening entertainment. Overnight in Korcula.
Day Five: Korcula to Vis
We sail to the island of Vis, once a strategic naval Yugoslav base and restricted to the public. Due to this isolation, Vis has a special charm – “the Mediterranean as it once was” making it really interesting to visit. Sample some exquisite wine in one of the Vis traditional wineries or visit the remains of the Roman thermal place, City museum or simply take a walk enjoying the views. We overnight in the port of Vis and enjoy a Captain`s dinner on board.
Day Six: Vis - Bosevo - Hvar
Early in the morning, we sail to small island Bisevo to visit the Blue cave (weather permitting), a magnificent natural phenomenon (entrance not included). We then continue to 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 tour of the town - the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower, and the oldest community theatre in Europe founded in 1612. In the evening Hvar offers an abundance of entertainment - numerous restaurants, bars, and cafes are open long into the night. Overnight in Hvar.
Day Seven: Hvar - Bol - Split
Early morning departure to Brac island where you can enjoy a swim at the most famous beach in Dalmatia – Zlatni Rat near Bol – 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. We continue to Split to enjoy a guided tour of the city upon arrival, a walking tour shows off 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 many other unique sites.
Day Eight: Split to UK
After breakfast, we disembark and transfer to Split 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.