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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 MS Desire.
Day One: UK to Split
Fly from a local airport to Split. We are met and transferred to the MS Desire, where we embark and enjoy a welcome reception and dinner this evening. We moor overnight in Split.
Day Two: Split – Bol – Hvar
We stop in Bol, a small town on Island Brac, with an optional swim at the Golden Cape if weather permits. Enjoy relaxing on the long golden pebble beach, considered to be the most beautiful beach in Croatia. We return to the ship for lunch, then head to Hvar, one of the most popular islands in the Adriatic and a meeting point or international jet-setters. Known as “The Croatian Madeira” for its number of sunny hours per year, Hvar is also one of the longest islands stretching along the shores of Croatia. A sightseeing tour of Hvar town shows you the first public theatre in Europe (older than Shakespeare’s theatre in the UK) and many more historical sites. Your evening is free to explore Hvar at your own leisure.
Please note: Due to the limited capacity of the Hvar harbour (during peak season in July and August) this port of call can be substituted for Stari Grad or Jelsa. In this case a transfer will be organized to and from the city of Hvar.
Day Three: Hvar to Korcula
Leaving Hvar early morning we set sail for Korcula, with a swimming stop in one of pristine bays and lunch onboard. We arrive early afternoon at Korcula, thought to be the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Take a walking tour through its narrow, cobbled streets which are full of history. Your evening is free to discover the town and enjoy dinner at leisure at one of the many restaurants of this charming town.
Day Four: Korcula to Dubrovnik
In the morning we sail to Dubrovnik, renowned as “The Pearl of the Adriatic” and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent Old Town featuring a panoramic drive above the Old Town for an unforgettable view. Lunch is on board and you will have the rest of the day at leisure to explore on your own. Take the Cable car to Srd Mountain or a boat ride to Lokrum island. We moor overnight in Dubrovnik. (B, L)
Day Five: Dubrovnik to Mljet
Today we sail northwards, with plenty of time for a morning swim along the way. During lunch on board we set sail for Mljet Island. Upon arrival join the cruise manager for a visit to the famous salt lakes in the National Park and enjoy the boat ride to St. Mary Isle. Mljet National Park encompasses five types of forest, many species of birds, and two deep lakes, Veliko Jezero and Malo Jezero. This lovely island was supposedly a favourite holiday spot for the Greek hero Ulysses! Your evening is free in Mljet.
Day Six: Mljet to Pucisca
During this morning’s cruise there will be an opportunity for a swim stop. We continue sailing through lunch on board, arriving this afternoon in Pucisca, a picturesque town on the island of Brac. Pucisca features a spectacular steep-sided natural harbour and authentic Mediterranean architecture. Tonight, we enjoy a Captain’s dinner onboard. (B, L, D)
Day Seven: Pucisca – Omis - Split
We head to our final port of call Omis whose fortresses are silent stone reminders of the power and might of the infamous pirates who once made their homes and fortunes here. You will have a possibility to book a short walking tour, followed by boarding a small boat and sail into Cetina River Canyon, a protected nature area, continuing to Radman Mills for a local specialty snack. After visiting Omis we set sail to Split with a stop along the way to swim, cool off and relax with lunch onboard. We arrive in Split late afternoon to take a guided tour of the historic centre of the city which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your dinner is at leisure in Split. (B,L)
Day Eight: Split to UK
After breakfast, we disembark and transfer to Split Airport for our flight back to the UK.
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.
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.