Legend: B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner
DAY 1 • SATURDAY DUBROVNIK (D)
When you arrive in Dubrovnik you’ll find your brand-new luxury ship docked in the Gruž Harbour waiting for you. You can board whenever you like and enter your cabin at 1:00pm. So if you arrive in the morning, we suggest that you drop off your luggage and head out to get your first glimpses of the stunning Pearl of the Adriatic – perhaps starting with a stroll around the harbour admiring the yachts, before finishing up with a light walk around the top of the medieval city walls. In the evening we’ll host a welcome meeting followed by a dinner at 7:30pm, which will be a great opportunity for you to meet with the captain, crew and your fellow passengers. If you’re arriving later, then be sure to let us know and the crew will arrange a late dinner. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
DAY 2 • SUNDAY DUBROVNIK – ŠIPAN ISLAND OR SLANO (B,L)
After a delicious morning breakfast you’ll meet our local English-speaking guide for a tour of Dubrovnik. We’ll pick you up at the pier and drive first into the hills that surround the city to take in the breathtaking scenery. From here you can get a real feel for the town, taking in the iconic terracotta-red rooftops and the stunning blue tones of the Adriatic as it brushes up against the city walls and gently laps at the surrounding beaches. Afterwards, we’ll drive back into the UNESCO-listed old town of Dubrovnik for a walking tour. Your guide will then introduce you to many of the city’s most beautiful sights, including the baroque church of St. Blaise, the renaissance Sponza Palace and the gothic Rector’s Palace, whose arched entrance is reminiscent of the architecture of Venice. We’ll be finished up before lunch giving you more than enough time to explore the rest of the city at your own pace before a transfer back to the ship at 16:00pm.
When you return we’ll bid farewell to Dubrovnik and set sail towards Šipan Island. On arrival we’ll dock in the idyllic fishing village of Šipanska Luka or if the weather isn’t playing nicely we’ll head to the picturesque dock of Slano instead. We’ll have dinner on board and spend the evening here. Overnight in Šipanska Luka or in Slano on the mainland.
DAY 3 • MONDAY ŠIPAN ISLAND OR SLANO – NATIONAL PARK MLJET – KORČULA (B,L)
We’ll start our morning with a departure to the island of Mljet for a tour of the stunning Mljet National Park where we’ll visit the Islet of St. Mary that sits in the middle of the calm turquoise waters of the lake, and is home to a 12th century monastery. If you’re a fan of freshwater swimming then you’ll have the opportunity to take a swim right here in the national park before we head back to the ship for lunch, if not, then you can simply take in the gorgeous vistas of the island and its two lakes, drink a coffee at the monastery, explore a little more of the park’s flora or even rent a kayak for a pre-lunch row.
We’ll sail as we eat lunch and arrive in Korčula Town in the afternoon. You’ll meet your English-speaking guide who will lead you through the old town’s labyrinthine streets before leaving you for the evening to explore at your leisure. We suggest taking a walk along the beaches before returning to the old town for dinner and to sample a tasty local white wine made from the pošip grape, which is a favourite of the region. Overnight in Korčula Historical Town.
DAY 4 • TUESDAY KORČULA – VIS (B,L)
In the morning, we’ll set sail for the intoxicating shores of Vis Island, stopping just before we arrive for a post-lunch swim stop. The island has mostly withstood modern development due to its time spent as a military zone and so offers lush island interiors, rustic beaches and charming well-preserved fishing villages, with very few hints of modernity. While on Vis we suggest a swim in the dreamy Stiniva bay that is almost entirely hidden from view. A small body of water can be found through a small opening leading to the sea, which is flanked by two cliff faces that hide a small seashell shaped beach. It isn’t exactly a secret anymore but is more than worth a visit. Afterwards, spend the afternoon in Vis Town, walking along the seafront promenade and exploring the town’s intriguing history via its telling collection of architecture, which includes the remains of a Greek cemetery, Roman baths, an English fortress and a selection of houses and churches that span the Venetian and Austrian eras. Overnight in Vis Town.
DAY 5 • WEDNESDAY VIS – BIŠEVO BLUE CAVE – HVAR (B,L)
Today we’ll cruise to Bisevo where we’ll make a stop to look at the magical Blue Cave. The cave can only be entered by boat and is a large chasm that has a natural opening that allows the sunlight through, and at certain times of day, casts the cave in an ethereal blue light. It’s not always possible to enter the cave due to tides and increment weather, so if we can’t visit, we’ll arrange a trip to the WWII RAF Airport and the pretty fishing village of Komiža – both of which are on Vis.
Afterwards we’ll continue cruising through the glittering seas of the Adriatic towards the super chic island of Hvar. We’ll arrive in Hvar in the afternoon and embark on a walking city tour of Hvar town. Our English-speaking guide will walk you through the town’s major attractions, and talk you through the culture and history of the island. We’ll leave your evening free for you to explore as you please, but we suggest donning your flashiest heels to spend the evening in one of Hvar’s fantastic restaurants – whether in the chic harbour or the atmospheric old town. Overnight in Hvar Historical Town.
DAY 6 • TUESDAY HVAR – BOL – TROGIR (B,L)
After our evening in Hvar town, we’ll head back to the ship and sail towards Brač and the town of Bol where we’ll visit the famous Zlatni Rat beach, the iconic horn-like stretch of sand that reaches far into the azure waters of the Adriatic. We’ll stay in Bol until lunch, leaving you enough time for a morning swim, a stroll through the town or a coffee in a pretty, old town cafe. We’ll enjoy lunch aboard the ship before we sail onwards to Trogir.
Shortly after dropping anchor, you’ll meet with your English-speaking guide for a tour of Trogir’s UNESCO-listed old town. The tour will take you through most of Trogir’s old town attractions, including an antique collection of churches, monasteries and towers, as well as the stunning Cathedral of St Lawrence, whose architecture spans several styles and centuries – from Romanesque to Gothic. In the evening, the ship will host the captain’s dinner with a plethora of live entertainment and music, as well as a delicious multi-course dinner. Overnight in Trogir Historical Town, (B,L, Captain’s dinner with live music)
DAY 7 • FRIDAY – TROGIR – SPLIT (B,L)
Today is our final morning of sailing and we’ll spend it cruising through the Adriatic towards the ever-enchanting city of Split on the Dalmatian coastline. You’ll arrive early with more than enough time for a city tour with a local English-speaking guide. The tour will take you through the cobbled streets, palatial piazzas and breath-taking architecture of the enormous, UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace – where you’ll see almost two thousand years of history and culture told through the medium of architecture.
After the tour, our guide will leave you with the rest of the afternoon to explore at your own pace. There’s a multitude of beaches to explore, a chic marble-lined seafront promenade filled with bars and restaurants, and dazzling views from atop the bell tower of the Sveti Duje Cathedral in the old town. Overnight in Split Historical Town.
DAY 8 • SATURDAY SPLIT (B)
Today you’ll bid farewell to the crew and captain for the final time as you are transferred to Split Airport or your onward accommodation in Split.