There is nothing more relaxing than cruising the Adriatic Sea on board one of our vessels. This Southern Pearls cruise transports you along a beautiful coastline to picturesque islands. Pack your swimming gear, a couple of shorts and T-shirts and jump on board for a most memorable eight day dream journey. You deserve some total relaxation in the hands of our most capable captain, his crew and, of course, the chef. The order of the day will comprise swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing with afternoons and evenings doing as you please, whether savouring excellent traditional food, or exploring historic towns and their churches and monuments.
DUBROVNIK - SIPAN OR SLANO - MLJET- KORCULA - BISEVO (BLUE CAVE) / VIS - HVAR - (BOL) MAKARSKA - (PUCISCA) - SPLIT
Day 1 | DUBROVNIK - SIPAN or SLANO (Lunch)
We depart from Dubronik's Gruz harbour at 13h00 (If you are late and miss us, you can catch up in Slano) and sail in a northwesterly direction. Lunch is served on board at one of the Elaphiti islands, Sipan or at the small mainland village, Slano. The latter two villages are tranquil fishermen's havens where you might be lucky enough to catch a gorgeous sunset before sleeping over in the port.
Day 2 | SIPAN or SLANO - MLJET - KORCULA (Breakfast, lunch)
After a good breakfast, we will set our compass for the island of Mljet. You will be treated to lunch on board and upon arrival on the island, you will have time to explore the incredible Mljet National Park and its salt lakes. Hike around or hire a canoe or bicycle to explore the area, and do make a point of visiting St. Mary's island with its Benedictine monastery and church in the centre of the largest lake. Next stop is Korcula, where you can join the late afternoon guided tour (included on Premium Superior) of this 13th century town, which has been well maintained to retain its Medieval feel. The old town is encircled by defensive walls and fortified towers and offers a host of monuments to visit. Spend the evening in one of the many great restaurants or bistros in true cosmopolitan style. We will remain in Korcula harbour overnight.
Day 3 | KORCULA - VIS (Breakfast, Lunch)
We sail early in the morning to Bisevo, a small islet, to visit its spectacular natural phenomenon, the Blue Cave. Just a word of warning that unreliable weather conditions might result in a change of plans, but you will be notified in good time. Entrance fee to be paid on the spot is appr. € 14 pp. Next on the agenda is the island of Vis, which was once upon a time a strategic naval base for the Yugoslav navy and was closed to the public until recently. Because of this, Vis has remained unspoilt and offers visitors a taste of the old Mediterranean. In the northern section of the island is the town of Vis, which grew near the ruins of the first urban centre in Croatia, Issa. What there is to see here are the museum, the remains of the Roman thermal baths or just take a stroll along the waterfront and admire the graceful villae rusticae. Or you can rent a scooter or car and take your time enjoying this delightful island. We overnight in the sea off Vis town.
Day 4 | VIS - HVAR (Breakfast, Lunch)
A lazy morning cruise takes us to the mini-islet of Šćedro for pure relaxation and swimming in the incredibly crystal clear sea. After lunch we sail to Hvar and, once we arrive, you will have the choice to follow the guide for a tour (included on Premium Superior) or to do your own thing. Hvar is the lengthiest of the Adriatic islands and is known for its beautiful purple lavender fields. Take a look around its splendid Renaissance cathedral sporting its original tower, or the first community theatre founded in Europe in 1612. Mingle with jet-setters, who choose Hvar as their favoured destination, in the numerous restaurants, pubs and clubs that go on into the early hours. We remain in Hvar harbour overnight.
Day 5 | HVAR - BOL - MAKARSKA (Breakfast, Lunch)
We set out in the morning for another day of fun, starting with a swim break at the most famous beach in Croatia, Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) on the southern side of the island of Brać. What makes this beach so special is the incredible natural anomaly whereby the shifting tides, waves and winds cause the promontory to change shape. We then make our way to Makarska where your first sighting will be the Biokovo mountain range that create a beautiful backdrop to this picturesque town and its long stretches of beaches. Makarska is known to be one of the oldest towns on the Adriatic and dates back to about 6000 BC. A stroll around town will uncover a Baroque cathedral, Fransiscan church and diverse monuments and buildings with a wealth of culture, a blend of French, Austrian and Hungarian styles. We berth in the harbour there for the night.
Day 6 | MAKARSKA - PUCISCA - OMIS (Breakfast, Lunch, Captain's Dinner)
We sail after breakfast to the northern side of Brać island to the typically Mediterranean, Pucisca, which is tucked into the end of a deep bay. Famed for its white stone, we might be able to visit one of the last remaining stone masonry workshops in Europe. Next, we cruise to Omis, a scenic town with a legacy of piracy, encircled with steep rocky cliffs at the mouth of the Cetina river, which is popular for river rafting. We will stay over in the port and you will be treated to the Captain's dinner in the evening (included in Premium packages).
Day 7 | OMIS - SPLIT (Breakfast, Lunch)
Our final destination is the wonderful city of Split, renowned for its old town centre and the 1700 year old Diocletian Palace (the Emperor's retirement villa), which are both UNESCO heritage sites. There is a lot to see here and you have the option to join our tour (with English guide) when you arrive (included on Premium packages). We will spend the last night in Split harbour.
Day 8 | SPLIT (Breakfast)
Time to say your goodbyes and have breakfast before disembarking with all your photographs and special memories.
CHOOSE YOUR PACKAGE
Steel hulled modern, traditional-looking 29 to 35m long cruisers provide accommodation in air-conditioned, spacious 8 to 14m2 double or twin bed cabins with en-suite bathrooms, hair dryer and safety deposit box.
- Buffet breakfast, three-course lunches, Captain's dinner
- Afternoon tea/coffee and biscuits plus complimentary water
- Guided tour of Split
- Wine and olive oil tasting on board
- Daily cabin service, midweek provision of clean towels and bed linen
- Luggage handling
- Free Wi-Fi
Premium Superior ships
These are more recently-built mini deluxe vessels providing comfort comparable to that offered by the large cruisers, but are smaller in size - 38 to 41m long. Air-conditioned cabins with double or twin beds, are 8 to 14m2 and equipped with a hair dryer and mini safe.
Includes the same as Premium with the addition of:
- On board English-speaking tour manager
- Three guided tours: Korcula, Hvar and Split
Traditional En-Suite cruisers
Wooden ships with air-conditioned saloon and cabins, which have mostly bunk beds and your own private shower/toilet.
- Continental breakfasts
- Three course lunches
- Free water
- Complimentary WiFi
Optional Extras for Traditional vessels
- Take note: These are already included in other categories (net)
English Breakfast Supplement - € 40 per week
- Incl: 2 eggs, bacon, mushrooms and tomato, or yoghurt & fruit (or similar).
- Daily continental breakfast included in price of cruise includes: tea, coffee, milk, glass of juice, cereals, bread, variety of spreads - butter, jam, honey, soft cheese;
- daily additions e.g. ham and cheese or boiled eggs, frankfurters, salami etc..
- Hot & cold buffet breakfast included on Premium category ships.
Captain's Dinner - € 25
- Choice of fish or meat menu - plus the ship's speciality (included in price of Premium vessels)
- You will be given two towels per week.
- Extra bath towels can be rented for € 3, and beach towels € 5 per week/towel.
Daily Cabin Service - €15 per person per week
Included in the price for Premium categories - daily cabin servicing, clean bed linen and towels midweek; Not provided on Traditional vessels, but orders can be made in advance.
Important items to note
- If weather conditions become unfavourable, the Captain retains the right to amend the route.
- Cruise departures are guaranteed except in the case of less than 10 guests booking, in which event, the line reserves the right to change the departure and name of ship.
- Please observe the ship's rules, and also pay attention to rules regarding bringing your own drinks on board.
- The Captain is entitled to request any guests not adhering to the rules or displaying unacceptable behaviour to disembark.
- It is recommended that you take out relevant insurance against cancellation of booked services, together with a comprehensive travel insurance package (Incl. health for duration of journey, personal accident, valuables/luggage, private liability) - the cruise line offers these.
- As Croatian harbours have differing mooring conditions and requirements, it may be necessary sometimes for cruise vessels to moor alongside each other. This would mean guests crossing a bridge over the gap between ships. This is at your own risk. The crew are on hand to help if necessary.
- Cruises are not recommended for people with limited mobility or in a wheelchair.