Dubrovnik & the Dalmatian Coast - 8 Days
Explore the dazzling Dalmatian coast with its beautiful secluded bays, perfect beaches and attractive villages, stopping at a new island each night including glamorous Hvar and architecturally-rich Korcula, as well as Dubrovnik and Split.
Saturday. Welcome to Croatia and the start of your sailing adventure! Embarkation takes place after 14.00 at Gruz Harbour in Dubrovnik, where you will be served a welcome drink. Your journey begins with dinner on board, after dinner why not head out to explore Dubrovnik.
Overnight: Dubrovnik - Onboard | Dinner
Dubrovnik - Korcula. After breakfast this morning you can start the day with an optional walking tour of Dubrovnik, whether you are discovering Dubrovnik for the first or fiftieth time this enchanting city never fails to impress. In the early afternoon we depart for Korcula, a small town of immense beauty located on the northeastern part of the island of Korcula. On the way, we will stop for a break on one of the scenic Elafiti Islands, and lunch is served on board. We will arrive in Korcula late afternoon, and will be spending the night there. The medieval core of the town is built in a fishbone-like pattern on a small peninsula protruding into the sea, offering a great view of the sunsets it is known for.
If you opt for the walking tour packages (bookable and payable locally - see Trip Notes for more information) in the morning you can enjoy a guided tour of Dubrovnik, walking through the maze of narrow streets, lively piazzas you will explore this UNESCO World heritage site before heading to Korcula. Here you will learn all about its long history, ingenious building strategies, peculiar layout and the famous merchant traveller, Marco Polo, who was born and spent his childhood in Korcula.
Overnight: Korcula - Onboard | Breakfast, Lunch
Korcula - Brac - Omis. We sail towards the island of Brac this morning, passing through the scenic Peljesac channel, around the tip of Peljesac peninsula and the southeastern tip of the island of Hvar. We then dock at Pucisca, a town nestled in a beautiful bay on Brac, surrounded by stone quarries that yield some of the whitest and best quality limestone in the world, famously used to decorate the façade of Washington's White House. You can join a short visit to a stonemasonry school nearby where you will learn of the Brac limestone, the centuries-old tradition of stonemasonry and the unconventional tools they use. Later in the day we sail to Omiš, where we will dock for the night.
Overnight: Omis - Onboard | Breakfast, Lunch
Omis - Split. This morning there will be an excursion by coach through the Sibenik hinterland to the towns of Skradin, Sibenik, and Trogir. Skradin is located at the entrance to a National Park, while the old town of Sibenik has been a coastal fortress hub since the late 11th century. Trogir, situated on a small island between the mainland and the island of Ciovo, is famed for its Romanesque-Gothic architecture, which landed it on the list of World Heritage Sites in 1997.
In the afternoon we continue sailing to Split, our port of call for the day. Upon arrival you are free to enjoy Split's Old Town and the monumental Diocletian Palace built over 1,700 years ago. For those who have opted for the walking tour package, you will learn all about Split and its history from the knowledgeable guide. Later, perhaps join the locals enjoying a cup of coffee on their much beloved seaside promenade.
Overnight: Split - Onboard | Breakfast, Dinner
Split - Hvar - Vela Luka (Korcula Island). Today we will be sailing towards Hvar, known as the sunniest island in Croatia and famous for its endless fields of lavender and rosemary, its beautiful coast and lovely historical towns. Your destination is the town of Hvar, a town of immense beauty that buzzes with vibrant energy in the summer sun. Upon arrival, if you've opted for the walking tour package, our expert local guide will take you for a walk around the ancient streets of Hvar. Afterwards we continue to Vela Lula Korcula Island, arriving late afternoon where you are free to explore at leisure.
Overnight: Vela Luka - Onboard | Breakfast, Dinner
Vela Luka (Korcula Island) - Mljet. Departing Vela Luka this morning your Captain will hand-pick a secluded bay where the anchor will be dropped for a swimming stop in the crystal blue Adriatic, surrounded by pine trees and the sound of crickets. Afterwards continue sailing to Pomena on the island of Mljet where you will have the option to visit the Mljet National Park located on the western side of the island and known for its immense beauty and its two turquoise saltwater lakes surrounded by thick forest.
For the rest of the afternoon you will have plenty of free time to explore the park independently - consider renting bikes for a leisurely cycle or go for a walk along the numerous paths around the lakes or in the forests. You can also rent kayaks and cut the surface of the magnificent lakes to observe the scenery from a different perspective. For something more relaxing you can hop onto the small boat that will take you to a tiny island on one of the lakes, home to the monastery and church of St. Mary’s built in the 12th century. Here you can enjoy a cup of coffee whilst soaking up the stunning views. The final leg of the journey brings us to Slano where the boat will dock for the night.
Overnight: Slano - Onboard | Breakfast, Lunch
Slano and Ston
Slano - Dubrovnik. After breakfast you are free to take the optional Taste of Dalmatia guided tour. On this tour you will visit Ston, a small town famous for its 5km-long city walls, the longest in Europe. Visit a local winery where you will have the opportunity to taste some of the finest Dalmatian wines. Those who do not opt for the tour can spend the time at leisure in Slano.
Later we continue on to Dubrovnik, cruising beneath the old City Walls to port Gruž, where we’ll spend the night.
Overnight: Dubrovnik - Onboard | Breakfast, Lunch
Departure from Dubrovnik
Saturday - Dubrovnik. Today marks the end of your sailing adventure in Croatia and you are free to leave after breakfast this morning.
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a cabin. The 'single supplement' applies for single travellers and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.Read More
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
M/S Providenca, Croatia Sailing
Commissioned in 2014 and completely refurbished in 2018, the MS Providenca is 47m long and 9m wide with 20 air conditioned en suite cabins on the upper, main and lower deck. Cabin furnishings include a cupboard, a cabinet and a window or porthole. All cabins are equipped with power plugs, LCD TV, safe box and hairdryer. Upper deck houses a fully air-conditioned salon-restaurant that sits all guests at the same time with a fully equipped bar and LCD TV. At the rear of the boat you can find a shaded lounge area with club tables and comfortable sofas. Top deck, also called the sun deck offers 145 m2 of space and is equipped with sun chairs and jacuzzi. Complimentary WIFI is available in the salon and in the rear part of the boat