Dalmatia Explorer From Split

Intensity: Intermediate 

Split - (Bol)Hvar - Vis - Korcula - Mljet - Slano(Ston) - Dubrovnik

Professional tour manager
Guided walking tours
Welcome reception & cocktail
Optional Wine & Gourmet Experiences and excursions
Mljet National Park entrance fee
Captains Dinner with live entertainment
Spectacular cruise along the old town city walls in Dubrovnik
Plenty of time to relax with Swim Stops
Olive oil and wine tasting on-board
Buffet breakfast daily
Three course lunches with cheese and salad bar
Complementary water dispenser
Coffee and tea with lunch
Daily fresh fruit and snacks
Daily cabin service and towel change

Day 1 – Split - Embarkation (D)

Transfer from Split area/airport to your vessel for embarkation, cabins are available from 14.00hrs onwards. For early arrivals, luggage storage is available whist you enjoy the first views of Split. After time to settle in, and pre-dinner, enjoy an evening guided tour of Split looking within the historic inner city (included). We visit the famous Palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Witness the remnants of Split's Roman history and architecture including its Renaissance and Gothic structures. After the tour return to the vessel. A little later enjoy a welcome dinner and introduction to your tour manager. Overnight in Split. 

Day 2 – Split - Bol - Hvar (B, L)

This morning we depart to the island of Brac, where swimming is planned at the most famous beach in Dalmatia - Zlatni Rat near Bol – whose gravel promontory 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 our sail to the jet-set island of Hvar, the longest and sunniest island in the Adriatic is known for lavish lavender fields and breath-taking beauty, stopping at the palkeni Islands for swimming and lunch. Arriving into Hvar, you are invited to join our guided tour of the town, including the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower, and the oldest community theatre in Europe founded in 1612. Hike up to the town fort overlooking the harbour for stunning views. In the evening Hvar offers an abundance of entertainment - numerous restaurants, bars and cafes are open long into the night. Overnight in the port.

Day 3 – Hvar - Blue Cave - Vis (B, L, T)

An early morning departure for the small island of Bisevo with an opportunity to visit a natural phenomenon. The Blue Cave; is a truly a spectacular sight, the water inside glows intensely in the darkness. (For those who want to visit this sight, there is an entrance fee to be paid locally E18. You are required to transfer to a small boat designed to pass through the low entrance into the cave, ducking as you go through). This stop is entirely dependant on weather conditions which can be unpredictable. The possibility of the cave visit will be advised that morning, or even at the last minute. Continue towards the island of Vis. Today known as “the Mediterranean as it once was”, Vis has towns and villages that are a series of courtyards and passageways in limestone, overhung with flower laden balconies. If some of the island looks familiar, Mamma Mia two was filmed here, simply because of the islands untouched beauty. Vis has a very Italian feel, especially the food which features heavily on seafood, accompanied by the exquisite wine produced by some of the Vis traditional wineries. The evening is spent at your own leisure, so relax over a fantastic meal, and a glass of wine or two, before meandering along back to the cruise with views of the Villae Rusticae situated along the waterfront. Overnight in the port of Vis.

Day 4 – Vis - Korčula (B, L)

An early morning departure, as we head towards the Korčula island, best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Enjoy a refreshing swim stop followed by lunch in one of the secluded bays en route. This afternoon we arrive in Korčula where you are invited to join our guided walking tour of this enchanting town. Korcula is surrounded by walls and is one of the best preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean. A noticeable fish bone street pattern was used in Korcula's Old Town, which was designed to reduce effects of the wind and sun, which was believed to  provide citizens with shelter and comfortable accommodation. Korčula has an abundant choice of restaurants to enjoy a gourmet experience and numerous bars and clubs for those looking for evening entertainment. There is an optional excursion to small village near Korčula for typical Dalmatian dinner and to learn about the history and traditional way of living (payable locally). Overnight in Korčula. 

 Day 5 - Korčula - Mljet (B, L)

This morning we head further south to the Island of Mljet. The legend says Greek hero Odysseus spent years on this island when he was captured by the nymph Calypso. Mljet; is a national park of outstanding beauty, boasting five types of forest, many species of birds and two deep lakes. You are invited to join the cruise manager for a stroll to the famous salt lakes, where you can enjoy a boat ride to the St Mary Isle; discover an ancient Benedictine monastery and an abbey dating to the 12th century. For a more relaxed feel, opt to spend your time swimming, or for the more adventurous, you can 'go it alone' by hiring a scooter, bike or even kayak to explore the flora and fauna. After an active morning exploring, enjoy an relaxed evening in the port of Polaca or Pomena.

Day 6 - Mljet - Slano (Ston) (B,L,CD)

Departure this morning for the small village of Slano on the mainland. A peaceful fisherman's village and the starting point for Ston, another, once fortified village famous for its oysters. After exploring the town's vast medieval ramparts, there is an option of visiting Mali Ston to learn about oysters and a special tasting of this delicacy. Tonight enjoy a fantastic dinner on-board hosted by your captain, a casual affair but lots of fun.   

Day 7 - Slano - Dubrovnik (B,L)

An early start this morning as we depart for Dubrovnik with a refreshing swim stop en-route. Before the ropes are tied, the captain will arrange for a spectacular lunchtime cruise along side the city walls, during which, a buffet will be served. A little later transfer to the old town; where you are invited to join our fantastic walking tour hosted by a local guide (included plus one-way transfer). The rest of the day is spent at your own leisure to continue exploring. There is so much to see and visit; your tour manager will be happy to make suggestions for you. Meander through the narrow limestone streets, worn smooth by centuries of passing feet. Take in the splendour of Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque architecture, or take the cable car from the Old Town to Srd Mountain to enjoy the unforgettable scenic views of the might ramparts and of the Elaphiti islands (local fee payable). For for those who are feeling brave, walk the city walls, before finding your own eatery for dinner and slowly make your way back to the cruise for a nightcap. Overnight in Dubrovnik. 

Day 8 – Dubrovnik - Disembarkation (B)

Breakfast and time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends! Check out by 9.00 am and transfer to Dubrovnik airport or extend your stay.

* Legend: B - breakfast; L - lunch; D - dinner; T - tasting; CD - Captain`s dinner

The above itinerary is a typical example. Itineraries vary depending on vessel. The exact day to day itinerary will be provided to you with your pre-departure paperwork.   

Optional excursions/activities/village dinners/tastings will/maybe offered to you whilst on-board. UK2 Travel have no liability with regards to pricing nor content.