Joining a small fleet of superior cruise ships which offer a private balcony on the upper deck cabins; the MV Markan enjoyed her maiden season in 2018. This new vessel conveys an air of relaxed sophistication with beautifully toned décor and superb facilities on-board. This cruise simply delivers on all levels. Enjoy the ultimate cruising experience as you sail through the Adriatic with a tentative crew, and a laid back ambience. Perfect!Book Now
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 Dubrovnik to Split. 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 perhaps the must see of Croatia. Dubrovnik, with its city walls, Korkula, the island best known for the birth place of Marco Polo, Mljet is famous for its beautiful national park and salt lake, Hvar which is the longest island, famed for lavender fields and being the sunniest island, plus Brac famed for wine and Ston for oysters.
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. For those looking for a truly immersive small cruising experience, then the Southern Pearls from Dubrovnik will tick all the boxes.
Check-in from 2pm. The afternoon is spent relaxing on-board making yourself at-home, or take a stroll into Dubrovnik, and soak up the atmosphere of this amazing town. Passengers will be arriving through-out the day and into early evening. A little later enjoy a welcome cocktail and a short meet and greet introduction from your captain and crew.
Dubrovnik - Ston
Early morning guided tour of Dubrovnik (included). The buildings that have remained from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic certainly give this town a special charm. Take the cable car from the Old Town to Srd mountain to enjoy scenic views of the Walls and Elaphiti Islands (included). Return to the ship and sit back over lunch to enjoy the stunning scenery as the ship cruises around Dubrovnik city walls. Late afternoon arrival in Ston, once a small fortified village famous for its oysters. After exploring the town’s medieval ramparts, there is an opportunity to visit a farm to learn more about oysters and tasting this delicious treat (optional). Return to ship and overnight
Slano/Ston - Mljet
This morning head further north to the Island of Mljet. Legend says Greek hero Odysseus spent years on this island when he was captured by the nymph Calypso. Join the cruise manager to stroll to the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park (included) and perhaps opportunity to enjoy the boat ride to the St Mary Isle to visit an ancient Benedictine monastery. 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! Time at leisure and overnight in port Polacaor Pomena
Mljet - 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 (included). 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 a gourmet experience and numerous bars and clubs for those looking for evening entertainment. Optional excursion to small village near Korcula for typical Dalmatian dinner and to learn about the history and traditional way of living. Overnight in Korcula.
Korcula - Vis
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 for an interesting to visit. Vis town, situated on the northern side of the island, has developed near the remains of the ancient Issa, first urban centre in Croatia. An opportunity to visit a traditional winery and sample some exquisite Croatian wine (optional). 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 - Bisevo (Blue Cave) - Hvar
Early in the 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 (entrance fee can only be paid on spot). Continue towards the jet-set island Hvar with a swim stop and lunch on board at the Pakleni Islands. Hvar, the longest and sunniest island in the Adriatic is known for lavish lavender fields and breath taking beauty. Afternoon arrival followed by a short presentation of lavender products and a tour of the town (included) - 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 to get 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 - Bol - Split
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 to Split to enjoy a guided tour of the city (included) upon arrival, a historical town under UNESCO protection and as it is a part of the world heritage. One will find an abundance of Roman architecture of special interest is the magnificent Diocletian Palace, once inhabited by the Roman emperor. Overnight in Split.
Split - Check out
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
Meeting the demands of the highest expectations, the M/V Markan delivers on all expectations. New to the 2018 sailing season, this fantastic cruiser offers upper deck cabins with private balconies; perfect for watching the sun go down with a glass of something cold. No matter which cabin type you select, the M/V Markan is fitted with a high class of furnishings, and décor thats calm with a whisper of colour.
Amongst the larger of vessels; the M/V Markan is 48.5m in length and 8.8m wide, giving you more space to live and socialise. With a crew of between 7 and 9, life on-board is perfectly relaxed and attentive. Just 19 cabins mean this cruise is very much intimate, with a relaxed ambiance and dress code. Days are idyllic with evenings as lively as the restaurant or bar you seek.
Located over three decks, all 19 en-suite cabins are designed to give space and comfort without compromise. Colour schemes are neutral for the ultimate relaxation, using plush textiles to give a sumptuous feel.
9 upper deck cabins with private balconies are accessed internally. Your balcony is accessed through a full glass door and is furnished with two rattan chairs.
2 main deck cabins located at the front of the ship with internal access, cabins offer two large portholes.
8 lower deck cabins are accessed internally and are slightly larger in size; they have three portholes, one of which is in the bathroom. (2 x triples available).
Each cabin regardless of deck, is facilitated with air-con, ventilation, Wi-Fi, wardrobe, desk and chair, small sofa, smoke detectors, emergency lighting, TV, hairdryer, plus under bed space for luggage.
Offering modern facilities expected of a brand new vessel, the M/V Markan has an abundance of space and lavish living areas .the main deck dining room is fully air-conditioned, with comfortable dining chairs, and a sit where you like plan. The indoor lounge has a bar with LCD Television. There are plenty of living and relaxation areas including a stunning outdoor lounge, and a fantastic top deck which is partially shaded offering deck-beds for all passengers and hot-tub. To make the most of every swimming opportunity there is a platform with steps and a ladder for easy access to the water, plus deck lavatories and shower.
Food and drink:
Your mixed half board basis includes welcome cocktail, dinner on arrival, breakfast daily, 6 lunches with a complementary drink (wine or beer), captains dinner, in-cabin bottle of water daily. This type of mixed 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. (meal/drink inclusions can vary depending on itinerary).
Electrical points in each cabin (European adaptor 220v) - Life boat for 50pax - Tender boat for 12 pax on-board Wi-Fi - Dress code: very relaxed.
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