Day 01, Friday: U.S. to Dubrovnik
Depart U.S. for our overnight flight to Dubrovnik. Tours purchased on a land only basis begin on Day 02.
Day 02, Saturday: Arrive Dubrovnik
On arrival, we are transferred from Dubrovnik's airport to Gruz Harbor, where embarkation begins at noon. Get settled in our cabin before attending a Welcome Reception this evening.
Day 03, Sunday: Dubrovnik - Mljet
Start the day with a walking tour of Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of Adriatic” and a UNESCO World Heritage site. We visit the Rector's Palace and Franciscan Monastery's Pharmacy before returning to the boat for lunch. As we dine, we set sail for Mljet Island. Mljet National Park covers the western wooded area of the island. There are five types of forest and many species of birds, including eagles. The eastern end of the park has two deep lakes, Veliko Jezero (Big Lake) and Malo Jezero (Small Lake). One of the many tales about the island of Mljet says it was the favorite holiday destination of the Greek hero Ulysses!
Day 04, Monday: Mljet - Pucisca
After breakfast, relax as we sail past Korcula Island. Korcula is a unique example of the harmony between nature, culture, tradition, history, and modern tourism. Lunch will be served on board. Continue sailing to Pucisca, a beautiful little town on island of Brac. Stop for a swim in one of the bays. Our evening is free to discover the town and enjoy dinner on our own at one of the many restaurants.
Day 05, Tuesday: Pucisca - Omis -Split
As we sail along the coast, stop at the ancient town of Omis. Its fortresses are silent stone reminders of the power and the might of the infamous pirates who once made their homes and fortunes here. After a short walking tour, board a small boat and sail into Cetina River Canyon, a protected nature area. Continue to Radman Mills for a local specialty snack. Return to Omis and our boat, and set sail during lunch. Arriving in Split, the capital of Dalmatia, take a guided tour of the port, the seafront promenade, and Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace. The historical center of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our evening is free in Split.
Day 06, Wednesday: Split - Brac -Hvar
Stop in Bol, a small town on Island Brac, for a swim at the Golden Horn. Enjoy the1740-foot-long golden pebble beach said to be the best in Croatia. Return to our boat for lunch, then head to Hvar. Hvar is one of the most popular islands in the Adriatic and a meeting point for the international jet set. The “Croatian Madeira” is also one of the longest islands stretching along the shores of Croatia. A sightseeing tour of Hvar town shows us the first public theatre in Europe, the Franciscan Monastery and many more historical sights. Our evening is free to explore Hvar on our own.
Note: Due to the limited capacity of the Hvar harbor (during peak season in July and August) port of call can be substituted for Stari Grad/Jelsa. In that case, transfer by bus will be organized to and from Hvar.
Day 07, Thursday: Hvar - Korcula
Relax on the Sun Deck as we cruise to Korcula, arriving in the late afternoon. This is the supposed birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. A walking tour will take us through the narrow, cobbled streets and includes a visit to the majestic Gothic-Baroque Cathedral of St Mark. The rest of the evening free to go and find a quiet spot to relax or to visit a lively tavern the locals frequent.
Day 08, Friday: Korcula - Dubrovnik
As we sail back along the shores of Mljet Island, gaze at the steep coastal cliffs and stop in the bay for swim (weather permitting). Continue to the Peljesac Peninsula for a visit to the Grgich Winery, where we see the vineyards and enjoy a wine tasting. Later, arrive in Dubrovnik, where our evening is at leisure.
Day 09, Saturday: Depart Dubrovnik
After breakfast it's time to disembark. Transfer to the airport for our return home.