Simply a perfect way to fully experience the coastline and islands of Croatia; step on-board your luxury vessel and enjoy seven nights exploring the waters of this fabulous country, meandering from Split to Dubrovnik. Spend mornings on deck relaxed with attentive crew and lavish surroundings, as the stunning scenery slips by, take in a dip in the sparkling sea and swim to secluded beaches, or just lie back with a book. Late afternoon join a walking tour guided by a local expert, they certainly know how to bring the places you visit to life with facts and tales of years gone by, a much better experience than relying on a book and going it alone.
Evenings are always a special time; each night you are moored up in a different location, whether a busy city with bustling nightlife, or quieter town steeped in history, the opportunity to find your own eateries and mingle with the locals. This interesting itinerary highlights the best and the must see of Croatia.
Theres plenty of ancient architecture and deep history to be seen too, such as Split which is a UNESCO site with its Diocletian Palace and old city town, foody and wine lovers will enjoy, Brac famed for vineyards and Ston for oysters. Hvar which is the longest island, famed for lavender fields and being the sunniest island, then onwards to Korkula, the island best known for the birth place of Marco Polo. Mljet is famous for its beautiful national park and salt lake, and finally Dubrovnik, perhaps one of the most famous places in Croatia, with its ancient city walls, and cobbled streets. For those looking for a truly immersive small cruising experience, then the Southern Pearls from Split will tick all the boxes.
Split - Embarkation
Check in from 14.00h onwards. After settling, enjoy the guided tour of Split, a historic town under UNESCO protection and part of the world heritage with an abundance of Roman architecture - of special interest is the magnificent Diocletian palace, once inhabited by the Roman emperor. After the tour, return to the ship for a welcome meet & greet cocktail reception on board. Overnight in Split.
Split - Bol - Hvar
Morning departure to Brac Island 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. Continue towards the jet-set island Hvar with lunch on board at the Pakleni Islands. Hvar is the longest and sunniest island in the Adriatic known for lavish lavender fields and breathtaking beauty. Afternoon arrival followed by a short presentation of lavender products and a tour of the town's historical landmarks - 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 some lovely scenic views of your ship and the Pakleni islands. In the evening Hvar offers an abundance of entertainment - numerous restaurants, bars and cafes are open long into the night. Overnight in the port.
Hvar - Vis
Early morning cruise towards small island Bisevo to visit the Blue cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon. As sometimes weather conditions can be very unpredictable, the possibility of our visit will depend on those conditions, however you will be notified of this on time. Continue to the island of Vis, once a strategic naval Yugoslav base and closed to the public. Due to this isolation, Vis has a special charm - "the Mediterranean as it once was" making it really interesting to visit. Situated on the northern side of the island, Vis has developed near the remains of the ancient Issa, first urban center in Croatia. Try some exquisite wine sorts in one of the Vis traditional wineries. If interested, visit the remains of the Roman thermal place, City museum or simply take a walk enjoying the views of the beautiful Villae Rusticae situated along the waterfront. Overnight in the port of Vis.
Vis - Korcula
Early morning departure towards the Korcula island best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Stop for lunch in one of the secluded bays en route. Afternoon arrival 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. Fish bone street pattern was used in Korcula Old Town design to reduce effects of wind and sun and provide citizens with sheltered and comfortable accommodation. Korcula has an abundant choice of restaurants to enjoy your gourmet experience and there are numerous bars and clubs for those looking for evening entertainment. Optional excursion to small village near Korcula for typical Dalmatian dinner and to find out more about the history and traditional way of living. Overnight in Korcula.
Korcula - Mljet
Next 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. Join the cruise manager for a stroll to the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park and enjoy the 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 kayaks, bicycles, scooters or convertible cars to roam around the National Park or island on your own, but beware of the nymphs. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the island. Overnight in port Polaca or Pomena.
Mljet - Slano - Ston
Departure for a small village called Slano on the mainland, a peaceful fishermen's village and the starting point to Ston, another, once fortified small village famous for its oysters. After exploring the town's medieval ramparts a short coastal walk leads us to an oyster farm to learn more about oysters and tasting this delicious treat. Transfer to the ship for overnight.
Slano - Dubrovnik
Early morning departure to Dubrovnik - a unique town on the Adriatic. The special charm of this ancient town are the buildings that have remained from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic. A larger part of the monuments belonging to the modest Renaissance architecture with some traces of the Gothic style. Before we tie the ropes at Gruz harbour cruise alongside the old Dubrovnik city walls while lunch is served on deck. After docking, transfer to the old town for the guided walking tour of this magical town. Take the cable car from the Old Town to Srd mountain to enjoy scenic views of the Walls and Elaphiti Islands. For those with more enthusiasm we recommend a walk on top of the 1940 m long city walls! The evening is reserved for the Captain's farewell dinner with entertainment and music.
Dubrovnik - Disembarkation
Breakfast and time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends! Check out by 9.00 am
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
At 47 meters long and 9 meters wide with a cruising speed of 9 nautical miles, the M/V Admiral offers sleek and exquisite style; its style setting it apart from its contemporaries, this cruiser always serves to the highest standards. With an abundance of living space on-board, and lavishly designed cabins; you can expect a fantastic week on-board.
Although expectations from this level of vessel is high; life on-board is fabulously relaxed and informal; providing a perfect base from which to explore the shimmering waters and stunning islands of Croatia and the Dalmatia islands. Whether taking in a walking tour of Dubrovnik or Korcula is your ideal, or dining in local eateries whilst enjoying a tipple; this fantastic cruise is certainly not to be missed.
All 19 guest en-suite cabins on board the Admiral have been lavishly designed to give you optional space, ultimate comfort and practicality on-board. Located on either the lower deck (8 internal access with porthole), or main deck (11 external access with full door and small window), each accommodates either a twin or double bed; and all have air-conditioning, Other facilities include LCD TV, safety deposit box, internal communication system, lifejackets, cupboard or open shelf.
Boasting modern facilities expected of a modern vessel, the M/V Admiral has an abundance of space and lavish living areas .the salon features large windows and stylish comfortable seating, bar, music system, and dining facilities with an outdoor terrace. The majority of leisure time on-board is spent on the fantastic Sun Deck, a huge 250 square meters with relaxed sunchairs/loungers, large shaded area, a hot-tub and background music. To make the most of every swimming opportunity there is a platform with steps and a ladder for easy access to the water.
Food and drink:
Your mixed half board basis includes dinner on arrival, breakfast daily, 6 lunches with 1 drink, captains dinner, plus 1.5ltr bottle of water daily. This arrangement offers the best of both worlds; to enjoy the fayre on-board, and also time to sample local restaurants and eateries, making the most of the slow paced days and evenings of the Adriatic coastline and islands. Drinks not included within the package can be purchased from the bar located in the salon.
Other: Electrical points in each cabin (European adaptor 220v) - Life boat for 50pax - Tender boat for 12 pax on-board Wifi - Dress code: relaxed.
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