Have you ever thought about booking a cruise in the Southern Adriatic of Croatia's coast? Maybe you think the cruises are too expensive or just for people of a certain age?
Since I took my first cruise to Croatia in 1987, I have been ready to design a cruise in the Southern Adriatic again. But this time, I want to do one just for friends and acquaintances.
I'm sure you wonder why I plan to cruise in Croatia in 2023 and not this year? The answer is simple. For this year, there are no dates or free ships for August.
Beyond this factor, you will see that this cruise offers a reasonable price and a more convenient payment method if you have the patience to read the entire page.
This itinerary will tell you everything you need to know about Croatia cruises, one of the best ways to travel to Croatia, and will no doubt prompt you to hit the “book now button.” Read this article if you want to know everything about cruises in Croatia!
CROATIA SOUTHERN ADRIATIC CRUISE ITINERARY
The round trip cruise from Split itinerary gives you enough time to experience the history or embark on your explorations of the medieval cities located on the islands of southern Dalmatia and those on the mainland. And don't worry – you'll have enough time to relax and swim.
DAY 1 - SATURDAY: SPLIT
Most cruises in Croatia depart from Split. Your MS SUMMER ship will wait for you in the port of Split, where you can embark during the whole day.
A welcome meeting will begin at 7 pm, where the cruise director will introduce you to the Captain, our crew, and your future travel companions with whom you will spend a week onboard on Southern Adriatic cruising. The welcome dinner starts at 19:30.
DAY 2 - SUNDAY: SPLIT - BOL - HVAR
We will stop in Bol and enjoy this beautiful Dalmatian town for a stroll, or have a coffee and go for a swim until lunch is on board.
After lunch, we will continue sailing to the sunniest island in Croatia, the island of Hvar, along the many bays while sailing.
Upon arrival in the evening in Hvar (capital of the island of Hvar ), a local English-speaking guide will accompany you throughout the city, introducing you to this island's history, culture, and lifestyle.
After the guided tour, you will have an evening in Hvar on your own to explore and dine at one of the many family-run restaurants. Overnight in Hvar.
DAY 3 - MONDAY: HVAR - MLJET NATIONAL PARK
The day will begin with the morning departure to the island of Mljet. We will stop swimming along the way. Lunch will be served on board while sailing to Mljet National Park.
In Mljet National Park, you will have a free afternoon to explore the park (entrance fees not included) and stroll around the Great and Small Lake and the islet of Santa Maria with its 12th-century Benedictine monastery.
The Captain's dinner in the evening on board. Overnight in Mljet National Park.
DAY 4 - TUESDAY: MLJET NATIONAL PARK - DUBROVNIK
After breakfast, we will leave for a leisurely cruise along the coasts of Mljet and the Elaphiti Islands, where we will make a stop for swimming and lunch, arriving in Dubrovnik (Southern Adriatic Pearl) in the afternoon.
Upon arrival, after an organized transfer, a tour of the city of Dubrovnik will take place with an English-speaking guide.
Your guide will show you the most exciting places in Dubrovnik. After the city tour, you will have free time to explore the city, visit the city walls or take the cable car to the top of Mount Srđ.
Round-trip coach transfers are in the evening, or you can return on your own. You will see why this city is called the Pearl of the Southern Adriatic. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
DAY 5 - WEDNESDAY: DUBROVNIK - KORČULA
After breakfast, we will start the cruise to the island of Korčula with a stop for swimming. Lunch on board and in the afternoon arrival in the town of Korčula on the island of Korčula.
Korčula is a city known as the birthplace of Marko Polo, the famous explorer. Yout language-speaking guide will do the Korčula city tour and guide us through narrow, cobbled streets.
The remainder of the evening is free to dine at one of the local restaurants of your choice—overnight in the historic town of Korčula.
DAY 6 - THURSDAY: KORČULA - MAKARSKA
The cruise will continue towards Makarska with a refreshing swim stop along our way, passing the Pelješac peninsula and its picturesque places on both sides.
DAY 7 - FRIDAY: MAKARSKA - PUČIŠĆA - SPLIT
After breakfast, we will sail through the Brač canal towards Pučišća, the second-largest city on the island of Brač. Situated within a deep fjord, Pučišća boasts authentic Mediterranean architecture.
Pučišća is renowned for its quarries, the stone used to build the limestone columns of the White House in Washington DC, the Parliament of Vienna, and many other famous buildings around the world.
This small town is also home to the old stonemason's school, where students carve Brac limestone using ancient traditional and unconventional tools.
After a relaxing stroll around Pučišća, we will have lunch on board while sailing to Split, our first and last stop.
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