Explore the gorgeous South Adriatic Sea and islands with HE Travel. We’ll cruise aboard our partner’s deluxe passenger ship with all main deck cabins. Beginning in Dubrovnik, we make our way to several remote islands, including Mljet, Korcula, Hvar, and Brac. The views are stunning from the boat and land. While ashore, our group will explore unique settings, enjoy countryside vineyards and sip on the local wines. We’ll have time to stroll through the port towns and peek inside old-world shops. We’ll explore the islands by foot and kayaks to give us the local perspective of these quaint island towns. When we rejoin our ship, don’t forget to take a dip in the Adriatic Sea’s refreshing cool blue water, before continuing the magic of Croatian Cruising.
Croatia is the Mediterranean destination to see – with its blend of great food and delicious wine, its rugged and dramatic Adriatic coastline, the translucent purity of its sea, and the generally easygoing attitude of the locals themselves. These pearls of the South Adriatic will leave you with an abundance of memories as we visit Dubrovnik, the lakes of Mljet island, Golden Cape and the most beautiful beach located on Brač Island. It is had to believe that this country was once a war zone almost two decades ago. Croatia is a well established safe, independent and tourist-friendly country.
July 03 to July 12 – $6298.00 USD
Duration: 10 Days/09 Nights
Starts In: Split, Croatia.
Ends In: Split, Croatia.
Deposit: $1000 USD
Airport transfers in Dubrovnik; Accommodations in a shared room; All activities as listed in the itinerary; All breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 4 dinners; 150 Euro drink allotment for any drinks onboard the ship; Services of knowledgeable local guides, and the services of a knowledgeable HE Travel tour host (with a minimum number of participants); HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who do not have other coverage.
Airfare to and from Croatia; Lunch on 2 days Dinner on 5 nights; Gratuities to ship crew, guides, and host; Personal items including, snacks, laundry, and telephone calls. Extra beverages onboard over the 150 Euro allowance for the week.
We will explore a historical spot on Mljet, one of the islands “lost” at sea and not easily reached alone. Portions of this island are National Park, including the Big Lake, Small Lake, and Soline Bay. We will enjoy a boat ride over to St. Mary’s, with time to explore on our own, or take the boat back and explore the area by bicycling(cost on your own) or enjoy time at the unique saltwater lakes, where we will have time to jump in the water and float from one saltwater lake to the other via a cool waterway. The current will help you along, so no paddling necessary. *Subject to water level
Enjoy the afternoon exploring this cute port town on a guided walking tour. The evening is yours to explore, shop and dine. You will have many gourmet restaurants and bars to choose from tonight.
Today we will cruise towards the island of Vis, once restricted to the public. Due to the isolation, Vis has a special charm as it was once a strategic naval Yugoslav base. We will spend the afternoon taking an interesting military tour. Or you are welcome to visit skip the tour and visit a traditional winery and try some exquisite wines. Take some time to visit the remains of the Roman thermal place city museum or simply take a walk and enjoy the views. Tonight will be the Captain’s dinner onboard.
This morning, we will set off for Hvar Island. But first, we will stop at the small island of Bisevo and visit the gorgeous Blue Cave. This magnificent natural phenomenon is worth the stop if conditions allow.
Then we will continue to Hvar, this beautiful island lies between the islands of Brač and Korčula. Hvar is located at the center of the Adriatic sailing routes. In the past, this has made the island an important base for trade throughout the wider Mediterranean area.
After lunch on board, we will arrive in Hvar harbor and enjoy a city tour. Enjoy views of the Renaissance Cathedral, which still has its original tower, and view the oldest community theatre in Europe, founded in 1612.
**If we are not able to port in Hvar harbor, due to boat limitations, we will port at Jelsa and jump on bicycles and head to a small interior island settlement. We will ride along a coastal gravel road from Jelsa towards Vrboska and then on an old road through vineyards towards Stari Grad. Stari Grad is one of Croatia’s oldest towns dating back to 384BC when it was a Greek colony called Faros.
In the wee hours of the morning, we will head to the island of Brač. Here we will take a swim at the most famous beach in Croatia, Zlatni Rat, known for its natural phenomenon horn shape. Located in the southern part of Brac Island, it is below the highest peak of all Adriatic islands, Vidova Gora, at 2559 feet.
After lunch, we will set sail for Split, Croatia’s second-biggest city. Split is the administrative center of Middle Dalmatia and it is an important historical and cultural city. There are numerous museums, churches, theatres and other archeological treasures. Perhaps the most impressive is the massive structure of Diocletian’s Palace, built by the Romans in the fourth century. The palace and its many buildings inside were designated a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1979. We will have the opportunity to explore this ancient city and the Cellars of Diocletian’s Palace.
Tonight we will enjoy a blind date with olive oil! Followed by an amazing dinner at a quaint location in Split.
This morning we will enjoy our last meal on board the ship before our transfer to our hotel. We will drop our bags, grab some lunch and head out for zip-lining in some of the most beautiful locations, high above the canyon below. This evening we will enjoy our farewell dinner.
*The captain retains the right to modify the sailing route at any time.
Price includes: Airport transfers in Zagreb; Accommodations for two nights in a shared room; All activities as listed in the itinerary; All breakfasts and 2 lunches; Services of knowledgeable local guides, and the services of a knowledgeable HE Travel tour host (with a minimum number of participants); HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who do not have other coverage.
Not included: Airfare to and from Croatia; Dinner on 2 nights; Gratuities to guides, and host; Personal items including, snacks, laundry, and telephone calls.
Optional Post-Tour Choices:
$1398 per person in a shared room
$1798 in a single room (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private cabin and bathroom)
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Most of our trips draw more single travelers than couples. When couples do join us, it’s usually because they’re looking forward to interacting with a gay group; if they wanted a holiday by themselves, they wouldn’t have signed up to travel with us. Furthermore, the activities included with our trips serve as natural ice-breakers. Within a day, you’ll be traveling with friends. You don’t need to pay the single supplement if you’re traveling alone. We’ll be happy to match you with a roommate. Pay the single supplement only if you want a bedroom to yourself.
For selected trips, including cruises, we will charge half the single supplement if you request a roommate but we can’t match you with someone.
This tour starts in Dubrovnik, Croatia and ends in Split, Croatia.
The main daily activities involve swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and walking. All activities are optional if you are not feeling up to them. You are welcome to spend that time exploring the island town that day or relaxing on the boat.
Your cabin will have a comfortable bed, a private bathroom, and air conditioning. Due to being on a boat with limited availability of resources, sheets and towels will be changed out once during the cruise, mid-week. Cleaning of the cabins will happen daily. The internet works well within most rooms and common areas.
This cruise is not a private launch. There will possibly be a couple of other groups or individual travelers on board with us for our journey. The boat has plenty of space to lounge on the top deck, on the back of the boat or in the air-conditioned bar or dining area.
The cabins include individually controlled air conditioners, full bathrooms, and free wifi. There is a large lounging sundeck with a 6 person jacuzzi, there is a shaded section as well. There is also a fully air-conditioned saloon-restaurant with an LCD TV. Off the back of the boat is a rear access platform with ladders for getting in and out of the water.
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