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 28 to August 4, 2018 – US $4,998.00
Optional Tour Choices:
$600 Upgrade to Upper Cabin (Per Person in a shared cabin – 2 cabins of this type available)
$1100 Single Supplement in a Lower Single Standard Cabin (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private cabin and bathroom – 2 cabins of this type are available)
$1600 Single Supplement with upgrade to Upper Cabin- 1 cabin available
Airport transfers in Dubrovnik; All accommodations in a shared room; All activities as listed in the itinerary; All breakfasts and lunches, 4 dinners; Alcohol and drinks onboard the ship; Services of knowledgeable local guides, and a professional HE Travel Tour Director (subject to minimum participation); 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; Dinner on 3 nights; Gratuities to ship crew, and guides; Personal items including alcoholic beverages(when not with the group), snacks, laundry, and telephone calls. Extra beverages onboard will be tallied throughout the week and you can pay before departing.
We arrive in Dubrovnik, one of the most attractive cities of the Mediterranean, the center of contemporary cultural and tourist events with unique political and cultural history. We will check in on the boat and then head out on a walking tour to discover Dubrovnik; founded more than 13 centuries ago. Our welcome dinner will be enjoyed on board our home for the week and we will stay here overnight.
After breakfast, we will set out to discover more of Dubrovnik – the Pearl of the Adriatic. It is time for some adventure as we head out in our kayaks! This expedition will have us paddle along the Adriatic coast starting just beneath the Lovrijenac Fort in Port Pile. (This is one of many set locations for The Game of Thrones.) Lokrum Island will be one of our stops, which is a popular clothing optional gay beach. Here we will hit the water for some snorkeling and snacks. After lunch, we will have free time for sightseeing or enjoying some time at the beach.
Today we will sail out to the hidden port of Pomena, on the Island of Mljet, located on the south of the Adriatic coast. This beautiful island is situated south of the Pelješac peninsula from which it is divided by the Mljet channel. It was discovered by ancient Greco-Roman geographers, who wrote the first records and descriptions around 6th century BC.
After lunch 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. As we hike along pine-shaded paths we will come upon the island’s 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.
In the wee morning hours, we will set off for Hvar Island. 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 jump on our 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. Once back to Jelsa, we will have time to explore the town and learn about its history before setting sail to Island Brač and the famous city of Bol. Dinner will be at one of the most delicious restaurants in town tonight.
This morning 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. There are plenty of flat rocks to play froggie – the Croatian name for skipping rocks.
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, with numerous museums, churches, theatres and other archeological treasures. Perhaps the most impressive is the massive structure 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.
This morning we will head to Korcula, best known as the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Within the fortifications and defensive walls, the red roofs extensively will remind you of Dubrovnik. View the centuries-old works of stonemasons whose architectural wonders created a very orderly urban plan.
Enjoy a scenic afternoon walk through the Lumbarda countryside, passing olive groves & local vineyards. We will stop at some local wineries and sample some of the island’s finest traditional wines. After dinner, we will cap off the evening with a stroll through the vineyards of Lumbarda and enjoy a cocktail on the beach.
Today we will sail by the biggest peninsula in Dalmatia, Peljesac Peninsula, known for its slopes that gave names to the best red wines, Postup and Dingac. These are produced from a small blue grape, which leads to the name plavac mali. On our journey today we will make a stop in the small town of Trstenik.
Further down the Mljet Strait, we will come to the Elaphiti Archipelago, a group of 14 islands and islets. While taking in the views we will enjoy lunch and a swimming break. We will arrive in Slano this afternoon and tonight we will enjoy our farewell dinner.
Today we will depart after breakfast and take in our final boat ride to Dubrovnik for our transfer to the airport.