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 2021 departures
The cruise departs every Saturday between 8 May - 9 October 2021
Day 1 Saturday: Dubrovnik
Arrive from the UK and embark from 2pm onwards. You will be served a welcome drink and 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 rivalled the Venetian Republic. Set sail towards Korcula with en route stop for a refreshing dip on the Elaphite Islands. Here you can join 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 on full board.
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 on full board.
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 Krka river, 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. 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 lavender and rosemary fields, beautiful coast and charming historical towns. Your destination is the lively town of Hvar home of the oldest theatre in Europe. There is an optional Old Town walking tour before continuing to Korcula Island. Enjoy swimming near picturesque Pakleni Otoci (islands). Arrival in Vela Luka on Korcula island in the late afternoon. Captain's dinner and overnight in Vela Luka.
Day 6 Thursday: Vela Luka - Pomena (Island of Mljet) - Slano
Your captain will choose a secluded bay where you can immerse yourself in the crystal blue sea, enjoy the tranquillity and the sound of crickets, surrounded by Korcula's iconic evergreen trees. After this relaxing start of the day set sail to another stunning island - Mljet. The national park on the island is the home of two salt lakes connected to the sea by a small channel. Nature lovers will enjoy hiking or cycling here, possibly even kayaking over to the charming inlet in the centre of the lake with its 12th-century Monastery of St. Mary. Alternatively, you can join an optional excursion on Mljet. Spend the evening in the small mainland settlement of Slano where you can stroll along its quaint waterfront. Overnight in Slano. Dinner on board for guests on full board.
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 and other delicacies. Later, set sail to Dubrovnik, cruise along the breathtaking Old Town to the port of Gruz. From here the optional walking tour of Dubrovnik Old town takes you around the world-famous landmarks, strolling down the same streets as the cast and crew of the Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood. Dubrovnik's city walls and its courteous spirit will swiftly transport you back in time when this was and independent republic which successfully rivalled the Venetian. Enjoy an evening of romance, glitz and glam, as you are staying in Dubrovnik overnight. Dinner on board for guests on full board.
Day 8 Saturday: Dubrovnik
After breakfast disembarkation follows by 9am. Transfer to Dubrovnik Airport for homeward journey or hotel of your choice for a second week.