Dalmatian Highlights Cruise follows one of Europe's sunniest coastlines, so there are ample opportunities here for swimming, sunbathing and relaxing, with plenty of cultural and historic sites at literally every stop. Starting from Dubrovnik, this cruise will take you around the islands of Korcula, Brac, Hvar and Mljet, and visiting cities and towns of Dubrovnik, Split, Skradin, Trogir and Slano.
Dubrovnik Cruise Itinerary - MS Adriatic Princess
Summer 2020 departures
The cruise departs every Saturday between 18 April - 10 October 2020
Day 1 Saturday: Dubrovnik
Arrive from the UK and embark from 2pm onwards. You will be served a welcome drink with snack and offered a chance to meet your Cruise Director, the Captain and the crew. Instructions are given and safety measures explained. Dinner on board and overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day 2 Sunday: Dubrovnik - Korcula
The south of Croatia holds many gems. Start with an optional walking tour of Dubrovnik, also know as the Pearl of the Adriatic or the King’s Landing. Whatever you might consider to be the town’s main drawcard, Dubrovnik’s mighty city walls and its courteous spirit will swiftly transport you back in time to when this was an independent republic which successfully rivaled the Venetian Republic. Set sail towards Korcula with en route stop for a refreshing dip on the Elaphite Islands. Here you can join for an optional Korcula town walking tour. You will know Korcula was a Venetian stronghold as soon as you lay your eyes on the many lion statues which lurk as you from the town’s facades and gates, intertwined with some of the most outstanding stonework you will get to see anywhere on the Adriatic coast. Overnight in Korcula. Dinner on board for guests with full board option.
Day 3 Monday: Korcula - Pucisca - Omis
Breakfast is served over the stunning views of the playfully dispersed archipelago of Korcula, and followed by a scenic sail around the tips of Peljesac peninsula and Hvar Island, perhaps even a refreshing dip along the way. Stop to visit the homeland of ‘the Croatian marble’, the island of Brac.You’ve probably seen this ultra-quality limestone, already, perhaps on the front of the White House in Washington, DC or Bundestag in Berlin, but the optional tour* to the still-operating stone masonry school in Pucisca brings a chance to learn more about shaping this stone for eternity. Once back on the mainland, get stunned by the dramatic rocks backing the lovely settlement of Omis right at the mouth of the Cetina River. Consider exploring the Cetina River canyon and join an optional boat excursion. Overnight in Omis. Dinner on board for guests with full board option.
Day 4 Tuesday: Omis - Split (excursion Skradin and Trogir)
When sailing along the Croatian coast, surpassing the beauty around you may seem like an impossible task. Perhaps so, but there are sites on the Croatian mainland which surely parallel it, such as the Krka River and its stunning estuary. A coach trip brings you to the small town of Skradin, the guardian of the mouth of River Krka, and the gateway to its National park. The place where wild waterfalls inspire serene lakes, the park is definitely worth a visit.After returning to the seaside, visit Trogir, a petite island bridged to the mainland. A showcase of stunning architecture founded upon Greek and Roman heritage, Trogir is protected by UNESCO, just like its big neighbour and your next stop, the town of Split. Explore on your own or join an optional walking tour to learn about the Diocletian’s Palace, once the Roman Emperor’s retirement estate and today a lively city centre. Whatever you do, make sure to take it easy in Split, as after all, that is the true highlight of local living. Dinner on board and overnight in Split.
Day 5 Wednesday: Split - Hvar - Vela Luka
Today sail towards the island of Hvar, known as the sunniest island in Croatia and famous for its endless fields of lavender & rosemary, the beautiful coast and charming historical towns. Your destination is Hvar, a buzzing Mediterranean town of outstanding beauty and character. There is an optional short guided walk around the Old Town before continuing to Korcula Island. Enjoy a swimming break near beautiful Pakleni Otoci (islands). Arrival in Vela Luka on Korcula island in the late afternoon. Captains dinner and overnight in Vela Luka.
Day 6 Thursday: Vela Luka - Pomena (Island of Mljet) - Slano
Your captain will choose a secluded bay to hop in the sea and start the day. As you immerse yourself in the crystal blue sea, enjoy the tranquility and the sound of crickets, surrounded by deep green forests which earned Korcula its name and fame. After relaxing start of the day set sail to another green island - Mljet. The national park on the island is the home of two salt lakes connected by a small channel with the sea. Nature lovers will get a kick from hiking or cycling here, possibly even kayaking over to the small inlet in the centre of the lake, charming with its 12th-century Monastery of St. Mary. Alternatively, you can join optional excursion – but whatever you do, do not miss out on Mljet! Spend the evening in the small settlement of Slano on the mainland where you can enjoy a stroll along the charming waterfront. Overnight in Slano. Dinner on board for guests with full board option.
Day 7 Friday: Slano - Dubrovnik
Take in the last glimpse of Slano over breakfast. After breakfast there is an optional guided tour "Taste of Dalmatia" where you will visit Ston, a small town famous for its 5km long city walls (the longest one in Europe) and visit a local winery where you have the opportunity to taste some fine Dalmatian wines & other delicacies. Later, set sail to Dubrovnik, cruising beneath the breathtaking Old Town and then to port of Gruz. From here the optional walking tour of Dubrovnik Old town takes you by the world-famous landmarks, strolling down the same streets as the cast and crew of the Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood. Whatever you might consider to be the town's main drawcard, Dubrovnik's city walls and its courteous spirit will swiftly transport you back in time when this was and independent republic which successfully rivaled the Venetian Republic. Enjoy an evening of romance, glitz and glam, as you will be stayin in Dubronvik overnight. Dinner on board for guests with full board option.
Day 8 Saturday: Dubrovnik
After breakfast disembarkation follows by 9am. Transfer to Dubrovnik Airport for homeward journey or hotel of your choice for second week.