Discover Croatia and its Adriatic Sea
Transfer from Dubrovnik airport to your Hotel for check-in from 2 PM onwards. After settling in, you will have a welcome reception at your Hotel followed by a guided tour of the city. The special charm of this ancient town are the buildings that have remained from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic. Many of the monuments belong to the modest Renaissance architecture with some traces of Gothic style. Take the cable car from the Old Town to Srđ mountain to enjoy scenic views of the mighty ramparts and of the Elaphiti Islands. After the tour, you will have some free time before we meet up for welcome dinner in one of the traditional restaurants in Dubrovnik. Return transfer to your Hotel. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Buffet Breakfast on board. This morning you will have free time to explore Dubrovnik by strolling around in its narrow streets and small squares, shop on the Stradun street, and explore Game of Thrones locations. Transfer to your ship M/S Equator at 2 PM followed by welcome meet & greet cocktail reception on board. Departure to the island of Mljet. Enjoy the magical scenery as the ship cruises around Dubrovnik city walls before heading north to one of the Elaphiti islands for a swimming stop. We continue our journey towards the island and national park Mljet with lunch on board. Overnight in Pomena (Mljet)
Buffet Breakfast on board. Today, we will explore the island of Mljet. The legend says Greek hero Odysseus spent years on this island when he was captured by the nymph Calypso. Join the cruise manager for a stroll to the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park and enjoy the boat ride to St Mary Isle to visit an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and a Church dating back to the 12th Century. Alternatively, you can rent kayaks, bicycles, scooters or convertible cars to roam around the National Park or island on your own, but beware of the nymphs! This afternoon, we will depart towards the island of Korčula, best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Stop for lunch on board in one of the secluded bays en route. Late afternoon arrival in Korčula Town followed by a guided walking tour of this enchanting place surrounded by walls and one of the best preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean. Fish bone street pattern was used in the design of Korcula Old Town for a natural cooling effect and it provides citizens with sheltered and comfortable accommodation. Korčula has an abundant choice of restaurants to enjoy a gourmet experience and numerous bars for those looking for evening entertainment. Optional excursion to small village near Korčula Town for typical Dalmatian dinner and to learn about the history and traditional way of living. Overnight in Korčula Town.
Buffet Breakfast on board. Today, we will be active cycling from Korcula Town to Lumbarda (usual route approx. 10 miles / 1 hour 15-30 minutes, but it is possible to do a shorter ride). For those who don’t want to cycle, there will be free time to explore Korcula Town before you will be transferred by vehicle to Lumbarda to meet with the cyclers for wine tasting (2-3 wines) and light lunch (Dalmatian platter: prsut, cheese, olives, bread followed by ‘hrstule’ for a dessert). Transfer by coach to Vela Luka where we will visit olive oil production site followed by informal tasting of oils/preserves. Back to the ship before continuing our journey to the island of Vis. Dinner on board. Overnight in Vis.
Breakfast on board. Once a strategic naval Yugoslav base and closed to the public for years, Vis has a special charm – “the Mediterranean as it once was” making it really interesting to visit. Vis town, situated on the northern side of the island, has developed near the remains of ancient Issa, the first urban center in Croatia. Try some exquisite local wines in one of the Vis traditional wineries. If interested, visit the remains of the Roman thermal place, City museum or simply take a walk enjoying the views of the beautiful Villae Rusticae situated along the waterfront. This afternoon, we cruise towards the small island of Biševo to visit the Blue Cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon. As sometimes weather conditions can be very unpredictable, the possibility of our visit will depend on those conditions, however you will be notified of this on time. Continue towards the jet-set island of Hvar with a swimming stop and lunch on board at the Pakleni Islands. Hvar, the longest and sunniest island in the Adriatic is known for glorious lavender fields and breathtaking beauty. In the evening Hvar offers an abundance of entertainment – numerous restaurants, bars and clubs, many open long into the night. Overnight in Hvar Town
Breakfast on board. Hvar, one of the most popular islands in the Adriatic and a meeting point for the international jet-set. The “Croatian Madeira” is also one of the longest islands stretching along the shores of Croatia. This morning, we will have guided tour of the town – the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower, and the oldest community theatre in Europe founded in 1612. Hike up the zig-zag path to the town fort overlooking the harbour for lovely scenic views of your ship and the Paklinski Islands. In the afternoon, an optional cycling tour will be arranged. You will cycle from Hvar Town on a winding road to a viewpoint from where you can see a beautiful panorama of Hvar and all the islands. As we continue our ride, we will pass through 3 villages and also stop in one of them for a tasting of local products. Feel the sense of history mixed with fresh air and great food. The ride is 50-50 of gravel road and asphalt. Dinner on board. Overnight in Hvar Town
Breakfast on board. Morning departure to Brač island where swimming is planned at the most famous beach in Dalmatia – Zlatni Rat near Bol – whose shingle promontory shifts from side to side as the wind and waves constantly cause the shape to change. Bol is a typical fishermen’s village converted into a popular tourist destination yet retaining its charm. We will spend a day here before continuing for Split. On route to our last destination, we will be welcomed by Captain’s dinner with live music on board. Overnight in Split.
Breakfast on board. This morning we will have a tour of Split with a licenced guide. The guided walking tour of Split shows us the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. You will see the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, it’s Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle, and the Cathedral. The rest of the day at leisure.
Farewell dinner in traditional restaurant in Split.
Breakfast and time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends! Check out by 9.00 am and transfer to Split airport.
Travel Dates: August 30 – September 7, 2019
Route: Dubrovnik – Split
Discover the paradise that is Croatia on-board a deluxe ship. This Dalmatian island hopping cruise is an unforgettable exploration of the islands and coastline of the Adriatic Sea. It is the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation as you indulge your senses while exploring inspiring destinations, charming fishing villages, unique national parks, and picturesque coves. Your comfortable, deluxe vessel has all modern facilities and is the perfect size to moor in the small ports and bays as you cruise north from Dubrovnik to Split.
- 8 days / 7 nights on deluxe cruiser MS Equator with half-board (breakfast + lunch or dinner)
- Professional tour leader/cruise manager throughout the program
- All ground transportation in air-conditioned deluxe coach
- Luggage Handling
- 1 night in 4-star Hotel in Dubrovnik (double/twin room) with Breakfast
- Welcome Drink Reception in Hotel in Dubrovnik
- Welcome Dinner in a traditional restaurant in Dubrovnik (1 glass of wine or beer pp included)
- Captain`s Dinner with live music
- Farewell Dinner in a traditional restaurant in Split (1 glass of wine or beer pp included)
- Licensed English speaking guides for walking tours of Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, and Split
- Cycling Tour on Korcula island
- Winery and Olive Oil Tasting on Korcula island
- Tasting of local products in Hvar
- Mljet National Park Entrance Fee
- Daily cabin servicing on board
- Free Wi-Fi on board
- All taxes and fees
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- International airfare for flights into Dubrovnik and out of Split (we can arrange your flights from airport gateway upon request basis)
- Meals other than specified as included
- Hvar Cycling Tour – 115 euro per person
- Travel Insurance (we can provide insurance upon request; the premium is 6% of the package cost)
- Tips or gratuities to guides/drivers/porters/hotel, restaurant and yacht crew
- Optional wine and gourmet tasting, hiking, trekking, biking tours in each destination along the route
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Pre and Post Trip Options
- Historic Zagreb
- Scenic Lake Bled
- Ljubljana-the capital of Slovenia
- Goriska Brda – The Tuscany of Slovenia
- Visit to Postojna Cave
- Istrian Peninsula touring (Pula, Brijuni, Rovinj, Porec)
- Visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Charming Opatija
- Explore lovingly re-built Mostar
- Sarajevo – the WInter Olympic Games Site
- The dramatic Bay of Kotor in Montenegro
- Lovcen National Park
- Lake Skadar
- Sveti Stefan
- Belgrade – the vibrant Serbian capital
- Novi Sad – the city of diversity and rich cultural heritage in Vojvodina
- Drvengrad – Emir Kusturica’s ethno village in Serbia and many more destinations in Balkan peninsula
Optional Excursions while on tour
WINE TASTING IN BOL, KORČULA, VIS
Get your taste buds working and try Dalmatian wine sorts on different islands
SEA KAYAKING IN HVAR
Paddle in your kayak from one inlet to another, from one island to another in less than ten minutes and explore the beauty of nature and its creations. Pakleni islands is a group of 14 islets and rocks dispersed in front of the town of Hvar.
UNDERGROUND TUNNELS TOUR ON VIS
This excursion visits military tunnels from the “Cold War” used for the submarines and gun battery in the past.
VILLAGE DINNER EXPERIENCE FROM KORČULA
Try a typical Dalmatian dinner in a small village near Korčula and learn about the history and traditional way of living.
RENT-A-BIKE ON MLJET
Most of the island Mljet is a National Park so enjoy the beautiful nature and rent a bike for 2 hours to cycle around both lakes.
RIVER RAFTING excursion on Cetina River
Experience the refreshing clear water, heart-pumping rapids combined with gentle streams through the breathtaking scenery of Cetina Canyon.
PLITVICE LAKES FROM SPLIT
Enjoy beautiful sixteen lakes with crystal clear water connected by magnificent waterfalls. Pure nature, mountain forests and fresh air. One of the most beautiful national parks in Croatia, and a UNESCO site.
CABLE CAR IN DUBROVNIK
Take the cable car in Dubrovnik to Srđ mountain and enjoy the scenic views of the old city. Excellent dining possibilities and off-road buggy safari starting point.
OFF-ROAD BUGGY SAFARI IN DUBROVNIK
Get off the beaten track in 2-seater buggies! This excursion will take you to locations rarely seen by visitors to Dubrovnik which include hilltop fortresses and Croatian ranch. Starting point on Srđ mountain.
GAME OF THRONES TOUR IN DUBROVNIK
On this tour, you will be taken through all the parts of the Old town where some of the most memorable scenes from the ongoing cultural phenomenon were filmed.
SEA KAYAKING AROUND DUBROVNIK TOWN WALLS IN DUBROVNIK
Experience swimming in hidden bays, snorkeling and magnificent views of Dubrovnik town walls from the sea.
Price per person: $2,100
Price is based on 35 full paying participants. In case there are less than 35 people, the price will be adjusted accordingly.
Complimentary trips: 1 person free with 35 paid guests
All pricing is based on check payments only. All prices are subject to currency adjustments prior to final payment. Current pricing is based on the exchange rate of 1 EUR = 1.18 USD.
Please note that the itinerary may be adjusted based on your preferences as long as package inclusions remain the same.
PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION POLICY TO BE ADVISED ONCE THE FLIGHTS ARE CONFIRMED IN OCTOBER OF 2018
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There is nothing as enticing as the clear blue sky touching the crystal waters of the Adriatic when aboard a small passenger ship.
The brand new Equator is a gem in the fleet of yacht-like ships built in the Split shipyard according to the latest EU standards applicable to small ship cruising.
With the friendly crew of 6 members, Equator offers an intimate atmosphere accommodating up to 36 passengers in her 18 cabins with private facilities and air conditioning.
Nicely appointed public areas located on the upper deck include a spacious restaurant with panoramic windows adjacent to a large terrace with deck chairs and tables where you can spend your time at leisure and enjoy your open-air breakfast. For swim lovers, there is a large platform with two ladders as well as public showers.
Sundeck with loungers on the topmost level measures 200 square meters and features a wow factor – an open-air Jacuzzi.
Launching in 2017 Equator is just perfectly designed for your relaxed and rejuvenating retreat while sampling the very best of the fabled Dalmatian coast with its little islands, romantic bays and medieval ports.
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- Sun deck with deck chairs and sunbeds
- Rooftop jacuzzi
- Salon restaurant
- Large screen LCD TV
- Air-conditioned en-suite cabins
- Swimming platform
- Launched: 2017
- Length: 128 ft
- Breadth: 26 ft
- Speed: 11 m/h
- Crew: 6
- Passengers: 36
- Cabins: 18
- Voltage: 220v
- Hair Dryer