PREMIUM CRUISE HOLIDAY: Explore Croatia's most popular islands and destinations with this 8-day sailing holiday which starts and ends in Dubrovnik. Take in the Roman palaces of Split, the sunny streets of Hvar, and the iconic Zlatni Rat Beach. Wander the streets of Korcula, enjoy guided sightseeing in Dubrovnik, cycle through the lush Mljet National Park, and make regular stops to swim and explore secluded bays along the picturesque Adriatic coast.
Saturday. Make your way to Gruz Harbour on arrival in Dubrovnik, check-in opens from 13:00. Then you can spend the rest of today exploring Dubrovnik, Croatia's more idyllic destination. This famous walled city has starred in tv shows including Game of Thrones and you'll want to dive into the warren of narrow streets and enjoy a glass of wine or coffee along the Stradun main street. We'll be returning to Dubrovnik at the end of the tour, so don't worry if you don't have time to do everything today! Dinner is included onboard before your first night on the ship.
Overnight: Onboard (Dubrovnik) | Dinner
Dubrovnik - Mljet. We set sail for the first time today, heading for the lush island of Mljet. Most of the island is protected as a national park and the entire day is free for you to head out and embrace the local nature. There are two large saltwater lakes in the national park, and a small island in the middle of one is home to a historic abbey, which can be visited by boat. You could also hire bicycles to follow some of the many trails around the national park, or set out on a hike - the choice is yours!
Overnight: Onboard (Polace or Pomena) | Breakfast, Lunch
Mljet - Hvar. This morning we make a swim stop at the tiny island of Scedro, known for its azure blue water. Then it's onwards to Hvar, one of the Adriatic's most famous islands, and also statistically the sunniest island in Croatia! If travelling on a Premium Plus tour then you will enjoy a guided tour of Hvar town, otherwise, you can head out to explore independently. See the Renaissance cathedral and horseshoe-shaped harbor, and make sure to try a glass of the local wine. Hvar is a favorite summer haunt for celebrities, so keep your eyes peeled whilst you explore.
Overnight: Onboard (Hvar) | Breakfast, Lunch
Hvar - Bol - Split. Today we take in two of the Adriatic coast's main highlights. Departing after breakfast, our first stop is Bol, on the island of Brac. Bol is home to Zlatni Rat, possibly the most famous beach in all of Croatia. This shingle beach protrudes from the coast and is reshaped every day by the wind and the tides. After some time to relax and explore the area, we continue to Split.
Split is the capital of Dalmatia and the second-largest city in Croatia. The historic city center is UNESCO-listed and crowned by Diocletian's Palace, the former summer retreat of a powerful Roman emperor. The rest of the day is free to head out and explore Split at leisure.
Overnight: Onboard (Split) | Breakfast, Lunch
Split - Korcula. This morning we sail towards Korcula, stopping in one of the many hidden bays along the coast for lunch. We arrive in Korcula town, which was the birthplace of the famed explorer Marco Polo, one of the first Europeans to ever travel to the Far East and return to tell the tale! Premium Plus tours enjoy an included tour of the town, and there's also free time to head into the settlement, which is laid out in a herringbone pattern. Korcula is well known for its culinary scene, and there is also good nightlife to soak up if you wish.
Overnight: Onboard (Korcula) | Breakfast, Lunch
The Elafiti Islands
Korcula - Sipan. Our journey back to Dubrovnik is nearly complete as we sail to the Elafiti Islands, a small cluster of islands west of the city. We stop for lunch and a swim at one of the smaller islands in the group and then dock at Sipan, which is the largest of the Elafiti Islands. This group of islands is renowned for its stunning scenery, and sandy beaches - it is even popular with Croatian locals! Tonight we enjoy our Captain's Dinner aboard the ship.
Overnight: Onboard (Sipan) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sipan - Dubrovnik. We complete our journey back to Dubrovnik early this morning, enjoying breakfast en route. This is so we have plenty of time to tick off anything you wanted to see or do in the city that you didn't have time for on day 1! The famous writer George Bernard Shaw described Dubrovnik as 'heaven on Earth' and who are we to disagree? There's an included tour of the old walled city that you are welcome to join, or you can head out on your own to explore. We recommend completing the walk along the top of the City Walls or riding the cable car to the top of Srd Mountain for panoramic views over the Old Town. We spend our last night docked in the harbor at Dubrovnik.
Overnight: Onboard (Dubrovnik) | Breakfast, Lunch
Saturday. Today your Croatian sailing holiday comes to an end. Enjoy a final breakfast onboard before disembarking. If you'd like us to arrange a transfer to the airport for your onward flight then we would be happy to do so.