Enjoy the highlights of southern Croatia on a brand new luxury vessel. Discover the Adriatic coast and immerse yourself in the natural, cultural and historical sights of this breathtaking country.
The highlights of this outstanding cruise include the extraordinary Diocletian's Palace in Split that should have been one of the ancient wonders of the world and still to this day dominates life in central Split; you must explore this fantastic city before setting sail for the lovely small fishing port of Bol and its famous 'Golden Horn Beach'.
Hvar is known as a jet set destination and the beautiful town is dominated by the ancient fortress that hangs over the town. We then sail to the less visited island of Vis and the Blue Cave before heading to the idyllic island of Korcula, best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Enjoy dinner at one of the excellent restaurants on the island
The brand new vessels that sail this cruise include en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning in all cabins, small ship cruising at its finest.
Your on board Croatian cruise manager and crew provide a personal experience ensuring exceptional service. All meals are prepared using local ingredients cooked and served traditionally with a modern flare.
NB. This cruise is reserved for passengers of a minimum of 18 years of age.
• Experience all Croatia has to offer in style with our Elegance cruise, discover the Adriatic coast like never before while you immerse yourself in the natural, cultural and historical sights of this breathtaking country.
• Enjoy elegant Croatian cuisine as all meals are prepared using local ingredients cooked and served traditionally with a modern flare.
• Explore the pristine Croatian coastline as well as relax and unwind in luxury on our Elegance cruises.
This itinerary is also available in reverse. Click here for additional dates.
Split, a town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, is known for its beaches and the fortresslike complex at its center, Diocletian's Palace, erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Once home to thousands, its sprawling remains include more than 200 buildings. Within its white stone walls and under its courtyards and galleries are shops, bars, cafes, cathedrals, hotels and several houses.
Check-in is from 10.30am to 12.00pm (midday). Please note your cabin may not be ready until 12:30pm. Your ship will depart the harbour at 1pm sharp.
Included stress free transfer from airport to the harbour on day 1 of your cruise. (Must be booked in advance)
Enjoy a 3 course lunch onboard as we depart Split Harbour at 1pm and commence sailing towards our first destination - the island of Brac. The largest of the Dalmatian islands, we will moor up in the waterside town of Milna. The island of Brac is famous for it's native Mediterranean pine trees, relaxing atmosphere, and beautiful secluded bays. You'll spend your afternoon swimming and relaxing in the stunning areas surrounding Milna, with the evening reserved to experience a local restaurant or waterside cafe.
Enjoy breakfast overlooking the stunning Adriatic as we cruise towards Hvar island. Relax in the Croatian sunshine or take a dip into the refreshing Adriatic as we pass by the Golden Horn near the beautiful city of Bol on the Southern side of the Island, before lunch is served onboard. After lunch we continue onto Hvar, the ‘French Riviera’ of the Adriatic.
Feel the part sipping champagne and docking alongside other super yachts and possibly sighting a celebrity. Hvar still remains authentic to its roots though with cobbled streets and historic architecture, with the 7th century fort ruins overlooking the town, a must-see for breath taking views. You can also visit the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower, as well as the oldest community theatre in Europe, which dates back to 1612.
Please note: The docking time in Hvar can be early evening in peak season due to port authority restrictions. However if guests would like to arrive earlier water taxi transfers will be arranged
Early this morning, and subject to weather conditions (which are normally excellent), we will make our way to the island of Vis, one of the most outer-lying islands on the Dalmatian coast. Vis has been used over the centuries as a strategic military port and saw action by the Allied military through WWII against Italy and Germany. The island has only recently opened to commercial tourism and still retains a lot of charm. Today the island is an idyllic destination, most famous for it's stunning Blue Cave, an island cave system accessible only by boat. The blue turquoise water and refracted light entering the cave make for amazing photo opportunities.
If by chance the weather and wind isn't suitable to visit Vis, an alternative stop will be made on the itinerary. The captain reserves the right to amend the itinerary, as his number one priority is always safety.
We set sail from Vis and head to the western side of Korcula Island to the port of Vela Luka. The name Vela Luka translates to ‘big harbour’ and the town lies in a deep sheltered bay, lined with small coves. The town dates back to prehistoric times and archaeological artefacts can be found at the town's cultural centre. Vela Luka has a strong agricultural background, particularly in olive growing, from which its olive oil is widely used and recommended by locals. There are a handful of restaurants and shops dotted along this quiet harbour and the town becomes increasingly popular in the summer months.
Relax with breakfast onboard as we set sail around Korcula Island towards the town of Korčula. The town of Korčula, said to be the home of Marco Polo, was mostly built in the 15th century, and has a fascinating fish-bone structure. The island's local population were originally famous for their decorative stone carving work, which to this day still adorn the city's facades. Korčula is also known as a gastronomic destination with many great restaurants wrapped around the city walls facing the waterfront. We will overnight in Korčula Town and enjoy a traditional Croatian dinner in the village of Zrnovo, one of the oldest settlements on the island.
This morning we sail south-east to one of the most beautiful islands in Croatia, Mljet. This island is actually a National Park and is classified as Croatia’s greenest island due to the dense covering of Mediterranean pine forest. The National Park is famous for its two salt lakes in the north end of the island - Veliko and Malo Jezero - as well as the 12th century Benedictine monastery in the middle of Veliko. You can explore this pristine island by kayaking, cycling or walking around to where the sea meets the lake. After exploring, spend your afternoon on the top deck of the ship watching a magical Mljet sunset with a cold drink in hand.
There is nothing quite like waking up in peaceful Mljet and enjoying breakfast onboard your ship as we cruise towards the UNESCO protected and spectacularly beautiful city of Dubrovnik. Enjoy the stunning views along the way to "heaven on earth" - according to the famous writer, George Bernard Shaw. We will arrive into Dubrovnik in the afternoon, allowing plenty of time for you to explore Dubrovnik’s Old Town. The city is wonderfully captivating, with its stone walls and historic charm. It is highly recommended to walk around the 1,940m long, 15th century walls to grasp the diverse nature of this city. Walk along the Stradun, the promenade inside the old city walls and meander the alleyways to discover numerous local restaurants, shops and bars. The included Dubrovnik Walking Tour is a great way to learn about this wonderful city.
Enjoy an early breakfast after which it is time to say goodbye to the crew and your fellow guests! Disembark from the ship by 9am.
NOTE: It is possible for you to leave as early as needed on the last morning to catch flights as the ship will be in port by the previous night
This itinerary is also available in reverse. Click here for additional dates.
23 April, 2023 to 30 April, 2023 Esperanza/Olimp/Queen Jelena/Alfa Mario
Esperanza has been perfectly designed for luxury small ship cruising, yet her sleek lines provide speed, stability and comfort. Holding a total of 38 passengers, Esperanza is fitted with both above and lower deck twin and double cabins all containing elegantly decorated private ensuites, air conditioning and not to mention all the latest facilities.
Olimp is the newest ship to join our Elegance fleet. This vessel holds a total of 36 people and is fitted with both above and lower deck twin and double cabins, all containing private ensuites, air-conditioned cabins and modern comforts. Enjoy relaxing on the main deck, in the saloon, or take in the sunshine on the top deck as you sail the Adriatic and enjoy the splash pool!
Kraljica Jelena is the newest ship to join the Elegance fleet, built exclusively for luxury small ship cruising in 2018. Kraljica Jelena features the highest levels of comfort onboard, offering modern comforts and traditional designs that ensure a unique sailing experience. At 50 meters long, the ship features 19 spacious cabins that accommodate up to 38 guests plus crew. A Jacuzzi on the top deck and high quality finishing touches throughout mean that Kraljica Jelena is the perfect vessel to explore Croatia on.
Alfa Mario is the latest vessel to join the Sail Croatia Elegance fleet. Cruising for the first time in 2020, this luxurious small ship holds 36 people in 18 spacious cabins. Offering both above and lower deck cabins, guests will enjoy air-conditioned rooms and private ensuites throughout. The impressive size and multiple sun deck areas will ensure there is plenty of room to relax and unwind. Soak up the sunshine in the top deck jacuzzi, or relax in the shaded splash pool before jumping from the swimming platform straight into the sea!
KRALJICA JELENA DECKPLAN
Voyage on board in selected cabin category Daily buffet breakfast Daily 3 course lunch Captains dinner with live entertainment Local Croatian dinner experience Welcome reception & Drink Guided tours in selected locations Arrival transfer from the Airport to local hotel OR ship Departure transfer from ship to Airport on disembarkation day Free Wi-Fi on board - restricted to certain areas
Local Village Dinner will be on Korcula Dubrovnik Historical walking tour
TRANSFERS INCLUDED: Transfer on your arrival at Split Airport to either your Split hotel (if you arrive before embarkation day) or straight to the ship for embarkation. Transfer from the ship to Dubrovnik Airport on disembarkation
Port charges/fees EUR30.00 per person to be paid on board in cash International or domestic flights Passport and visa costs if applicable Travel insurance Meals not listed in inclusions Beverages purchased on board Any item of a personal nature Gratuities (at your discretion)
Blue Cave entrance fee (if a visit is possible) Optional Military Tour on Vis Optional Buggy Safari on Korcula Optional Bike Rental on Mljet
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