• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  5
  • Departs From: Split
  • Location: Split, Bol, Stari Grad, Vis, Korcula, Mljet, Dbk
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Availability: SATURDAYS, May - October
  • CLICK FOR PRICING / DEPARTURES

Highlights

  • Perfect way to fully experience Croatian islands and coastline is by sailing on an intimate luxury mini cruiser.
  • Spend mornings on spacious decks or swim in crystal clear Adriatic Sea and evenings to explore small historical towns.
  • This one way cruise from Split to Dubrovnik will bring you the best of the Dalmatian islands
  • Guided walking tours included
  • Blue Cave and Mljet National Park included!
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8 days from Split, Bol, Stari Grad, Bisevo (Blue Cave)/Vis, Korcula, Mljet, Slano (Ston), and to Dubrovnik

A brand new luxury cruise ship, on a fabulous one-way itinerary from Split to Dubrovnik. With a one-way cruise you get a little extra time and can fit in a visit to the Island of Vis and the Blue Cave at Bisevo, as well as the rest of the captivating Dalmatian Coast. Half-board, excursions and transfers included. One of our most popular cruises!

Luxury Balcony Ship: MS Antaris or MS Symphony

2022 dates available!

Itinerary


8 days from Split, Bol, Stari Grad (Hvar Island), Vis, Bisevo, Blue Cave Excursion, Korcula, Mljet, Slano (Ston Excursion), Sipan and to Dubrovnik

Open age cruise, though usually clients are more couples, mature solo travellers or small groups ranging from 35-75yrs. Double/twin cabins on Main and Lower Deck. No triple cabins. Solo travellers must book a double/twin for solo use with a solo use supplement.

A brand new luxury cruise ship, with balcony cabins on the Upper Deck. We will travel through the charming cites of Croatia including Split, Stari Grad, Vis, Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik. As we travel through these amazing destinations you will experience dazzling sunsets and magnificent sea views, with walking tours through ancient Croatian cities.


SHIP INFO AND PHOTOS:
https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/luxury-balcony/antaris/
https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/luxury-balcony/symphony/

CRUISE FAQ: https://discovercroatia.com.au/before-your-cruise/


Same cruise in the opposite direction: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/263/deluxe-cruise-dubrovnik-split-on-ms-antaris-7nts/
Similar cruise: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/239/deluxe-cruise-adriatic-discovery-split-dubrovnik/

Combine with a 5 night Venice to Split Tour beforehand: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/188/venice-slovenia-and-to-split-escorted-tour-5nts/
Or Venice to Split 3nts https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/54/venice-to-split-escorted-tour-3nts-wednesdays/
Or Zagreb to Split 3nts: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/55/zagreb-to-split-escorted-tour-3nts-wednesdays/
Combine with a one-way day tour from Zagreb to Split via Plitvice Lakes: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/95/day-tour-plitvice-lakes-with-transfer-zagreb-split/
Combine with a 5 night tour post-cruise: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/89/dubrovnik-bosnia-and-serbia-highlights-tour-5nts/
Or 7 night tour post-cruise: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/147/journey-into-the-balkans-escorted-tour-7nts/


INCLUDED:
• Accommodation in double/twin cabin with ensuite bathroom on one of our luxury ships
• 8-day cruise from Split to Dubrovnik
• Arrival and departure airport transfer (shared)
• Welcome Reception Dinner on day 1
• Half Board daily (breakfast and lunch or dinner – 3 course – according to the itinerary)
• Unlimited drinking water per person daily (from watercooler)
• Captain’s Dinner
• Fresh fruit available daily
• Professional Cruise Manager (English speaking)
• Guided walking tours according to the itinerary (Split, Korčula, Dubrovnik)
• Stari Grad Plain excursion with dinner at the Hora estate
• Ston oyster tasting experience
• Blue Cave entrance fee
• One-way bus transfer from Dubrovnik port to Old town Dubrovnik for sightseeing tour
• Luggage handling
• Daily cabin service
• Free WiFi onboard

NOT INCLUDED:
• Port Tax €40 per person to be paid on board in cash (obligatory)
• Mljet NP Entrance fee (approx €20)
• Transfers on days other than the start and finish days of the cruise
• Tips and gratuities
• Meals not listed


ITINERARY: Please note, the itinerary has changed as below for 2022.

DAY 1: WELCOME TO SPLIT! (WD)
Welcome to Split. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by our representative and they will get you settled aboard your transfer and you'll be on your way to Split harbour. Once you reach the harbour, you will be able to check in. Cabins will be ready for you from 2 p.m. However, if arriving early, you'll be able to safely deposit your luggage aboard the ship. After settling in, join our local guide for a tour of Split's old town to get acquainted with emperor Diocletian's Palace and learn about the rich heritage of Split's millennial history. In the evening, we will serve the Welcome Dinner aboard the ship and your cruise manager will introduce you to the entire crew.
Overnight in Split.

DAY 2: SPLIT – BOL - STARI GRAD (Hvar Island) (B, L, D)
Early in the morning, while breakfast is served, we set sail for the island of Brač. Before lunch on board, you will have time to enjoy a swim stop at the world-famous Zlatni Rat beach. After the swim stop, we continue on our way towards the town of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar, where we arrive in the early hours of the afternoon. After arrival, you will have some free time to enjoy Stari Grad at your own pace. Later in the afternoon we will visit the UNESCO protected Stari Grad Plain, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful sunset and the traditional local products of the Hora farmstead and a tasty “peka” dinner, surrounded by olive groves and fields of lavender. If you want to visit the town of Hvar in the evening, it is a short half hour drive from Stari Grad and your cruise manager can help you organize a local transfer to get you there and back.
Overnight in Stari Grad.

DAY 3: STARI GRAD - VIS (B, L)
Early in the morning, while breakfast is served, we set sail for the island of Vis. With lunch served on board, we will enjoy a swim stop at the Paklinski Islands. The island of Vis, formerly a major naval base, was closed to tourists from 1945 until the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 90's, which helped preserve the authentic appearance of its villages. We will arrive in Vis in the afternoon and you will be free to explore the quaint town and enjoy its many treasures. We suggest a visit to the Archaeological Museum, located in the old Austrian fort Gospina batarija (Batteria della Madona) right on the shoreline or just a simple stroll along the seaside promenade as most of the bars and restaurants are located along it so you are sure to find a lovely place to have dinner. You can always get some good tips for dinner or points of interest from your cruise manager.
Overnight in Vis.

DAY 4: VIS – BLUE CAVE EXCURSION - KORČULA (B, L)
In the morning, before breakfast, we sail towards Biševo and the unique natural phenomenon that is the Blue Cave. The Blue Cave is a wonder of the Adriatic Sea and the most attractive sight of the island of Vis, and you will get to see for yourself why so many people visit it each year. After the visit to the Blue Cave, we set sail for Korčula, stopping along the way for a swim and lunch served on board. In the afternoon we arrive to Korčula, the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Our local guide will take you on a unique tour of the old town of Korčula. You will hear many interesting stories and legends about the city and the life of Marco Polo, the most famous son of Korčula. The casual approach to discovering the history and culture of Korčula will surely delight you. In the evening, we suggest you enjoy dinner in one of Korčula's many exquisite restaurants. If unsure, you can always get some good tips for dinner or points of interest from your cruise manager.
Overnight in Korčula.

#Please note that the Blue Cave is only accessible with small boats through an entrance just 1.5m high so it is unfortunately easily made inaccessible by bad weather and high waves.

DAY 5: KORČULA-MLJET NATIONAL PARK (B, L, CD)
Early in the morning, we depart for Mljet, one of the most beautiful and the most densely forested islands of the Adriatic. Isolated and untouched, the island is know for its mysticism, olive groves, vineyards and rich forests. Take in the rich flora and fauna, and peacefully enjoy the pristine beauty of natural surroundings. Upon arrival in Pomena, a visit to a national park encompassing most of the island is planned. The park's highlights are the two saltwater lakes - the Little Lake and the Big Lake with its Benedictine monastery on the Isle of St. Mary. This evening you are invited to the Captain's Dinner aboard the ship.
Overnight in Pomena.

DAY 6: MLJET - SLANO - ŠIPAN (B, L, T)
Early in the morning, while breakfast is served, we set sail for Slano. On our way to Slano, we will stop for a swim in one of many picturesque bays dotting the coast. Upon arrival to Slano, we will embark on our gastronomic adventure in Ston, well known for its extensive medieval walls and long tradition of oyster farming, spanning over 2000 years. A short boat ride to the oyster farm in the middle of the bay and, with a glass of wine in hand, we'll be tasting this natural aphrodisiac straight from the sea. Talk about a gourmet's dream! We return to our ship in the afternoon and sail to Šipan island, where we will have the evening free to relax and enjoy the sunset. Your cruise manager will be on hand to assist with info about local sights and will have some suggestions for nice dinner spots.
Overnight in Šipan.

DAY 7: ŠIPAN – DUBROVNIK (B, L)
The last stop on our trip is Dubrovnik, a city that will welcome you with open arms, as it does for visitors from all parts of the world. Surrounded by its fabled medieval walls, Dubrovnik is widely known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic". Upon arrival we will partake in a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO protected old town, acquainting you with its most important monuments and hidden spots. After the walking tour, we leave you to explore the city on your own. Our ship will be docked at Gruž Harbour, and there are many options (taxis, buses, and Uber) to take you back to port when you are ready. As is true every day, your cruise manager will be on hand to offer some local knowledge and help you with restaurant suggestions for dinner or bars to enjoy a drink in the evening.
Overnight in Dubrovnik, Gruz Harbour

DAY 8: DUBROVNIK
After breakfast, it will be time to check out and enjoy your complimentary transfer to the airport. We hope to see you soon on board again! You must vacate your cabin by 9 a.m. but note that if your departure transfer is later than this you can leave your luggage onboard until it’s time for your transfer.


B- Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner, T-Tasting, CD-Captains Dinner, WD-Welcome Dinner


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RESTRICTIONS: Captain reserves the right to change the route in case of bad weather conditions. Guests are obliged to follow ship rules (found in written form on the ship) especially with regards to bringing drinks on board. In case of inappropriate behaviour Captain reserves the right in requesting clients to disembark.

DISCLAIMER: Due to specific mooring conditions and requirements in some Croatian ports, ships are moored side by side, making it necessary for the clients to cross from one ship to another with gaps in between ships in order to get to the shore. In such cases clients need to take special care when crossing and do this at their own risk. Crew assistance will be given to those needing and requesting it. Cruise not recommended for clients in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

BEDS: Many cruise ships now have ‘flex-beds’, which can be moved together to form a Double/Queen size bed with 2 single mattresses on a combined base, leaving a small separation between the mattresses. Even a traditional double/queen bed mattress might have separate bedding on each side, such as 2 single duvets, rather than one large one. If this is an issue for you, please let us know before booking. Thank you.

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Accommodations

Luxury accommodations are provided.

 

 


 

Inclusions

  • INCLUDED:
  • • Accommodation in double/twin cabin with ensuite bathroom on one of our luxury ships
  • • 8-day cruise from Split to Dubrovnik
  • • Arrival and departure airport transfer (shared)
  • • Welcome Reception Dinner on day 1
  • • Half Board daily (breakfast and lunch or dinner – 3 course – according to the itinerary)
  • • Unlimited drinking water per person daily (from watercooler)
  • • Captain’s Dinner
  • • Fresh fruit available daily
  • • Professional Cruise Manager (English speaking)
  • • Guided walking tours according to the itinerary (Split, Korčula, Dubrovnik)
  • • Stari Grad Plain excursion with dinner at the Hora estate
  • • Ston oyster tasting experience
  • • Blue Cave entrance fee
  • • One-way bus transfer from Dubrovnik port to Old town Dubrovnik for sightseeing tour
  • • Luggage handling
  • • Daily cabin service
  • • Free WiFi onboard

Exclusions

  • NOT INCLUDED:
  • • Port Tax €40 per person to be paid on board in cash (obligatory)
  • • Mljet NP Entrance fee (approx €20)
  • • Transfers on days other than the start and finish days of the cruise
  • • Tips and gratuities
  • • Meals not listed

Frequently Asked Questions

We have loads more specific FAQ answered on our other pages, check them out here:

Before You Go (general info for all travellers)

Before Your Cruise (small ship Croatia cruises)

Before Your Private Charter (private gulets and yacht charter)

Before Your Island Hopping Tour (packages combining hotels, ferries and transfers)

 

Click here to see how the booking process works: https://www.discovercroatia.com.au/booking-process-how-to-book/

How far in advance do I need to book?

Cruises: For our weekly small ship cruises with guaranteed departures we suggest you book as soon as your plans are in motion. All cruises are extremely popular especially during peak season, which is June, July, August, September and these dates can be booked out up to a year in advance, especially September. One-way cruises are particularly sought-after and tend to sell out first, so please speak to us first to ensure your cruise choice is available before booking any flight arrangements.

Escorted Tours: Escorted Group Tours with guaranteed departures are also best booked as early as possible to ensure your place on the tour, as spaces are limited to a set number of passengers. Once the tour is full that departure is closed for new bookings.

Island Hopping, Self-Drive, Self-Guided Cycling/Hiking and Independent or Private Tours: Independent tours are available most days of the week at any time of year, so if you're booking late these are a great option. They can also start or finish on any day of the week, so can be a great alternative to the cruises (that mostly depart only on Saturdays). You can check out our Island Hopper Tours and our active tours for some examples. If you can't find what you are looking for please make an enquiry on any of our tours and let us know what you need. We love creating custom tours with our clients.

What do the different ship categories mean?

Please see our Ship Descriptions page here, for all the information on Ship Categories, Deck and Cabin Descriptions

Cruise Ship Photos

 

 

 

 

What is half-board? What meals are included?

Half-board (HB): This means that 2 meals a day are usually provided, mostly it will be breakfast and lunch on cruises, and breakfast and dinner on escorted tours. Each cruise or tour will have meals listed on the daily itinerary, so that you will know exactly which meals are included. Some lunches or dinners are swapped occasionally, so that you may enjoy a wonderful gourmet experience with your fellow travellers, such as a Captain's Dinner on a cruise, or a wine-tasting and lunch on an escorted tour. For the remainder of your meals you will be able to dine anywhere you choose and you will be responsible for the cost of those meals. Your Cruise or Tour Director will be happy to recommend a good value and trusted eatery nearby at every location, or you can explore on your own.

Bed and Breakfast (BB): This means that only breakfast is included in your holiday. Most of our Independent Tours include breakfast only, so that you are not beholden to going back to your hotel for lunch or dinner as you are going to be exploring on your own. We think that flexibility with lunch and dinner gives you the best option for exploring Croatia and experiencing the local culture and cuisine.

Full-board (FB) is occasionally offered on cruises as an optional extra, but we do not recommend you take the full-board option unless you are really sure about it. A lot of the joy of the cruise and tour experiences is to dine in local restaurants, 'konobas' (traditional pubs) and bars, so that you can meet the people who live and work there. Why come all the way to Croatia only to eat on-board for every meal? There are so many fabulous (and even some famous!) eateries. Get out there and taste them!

 

What type of transport is used on the Island Hopper Tours? Local ferries and vehicle transfers

Local ferries: Local ferries are used between the mainland and the islands where possible. Most of these ferries are fast ferries (high speed catamarans). Our Island Hopper Tours include all ferry tickets, as well as delivery of the ferry tickets to your hotel, when we come to pick you up to take you to the ferry port. In some towns, where some hotels are in the pedestrian zone close to the ferry port (like Hvar), then you will be met at the ferry and directed to your hotel, with luggage assistance if required. If your hotel is outside the pedestrian zone you will be met at the ferry and taken to your transfer vehicle, with luggage assistance if required.

Transfers: Most Island Hoppers have private airport transfers included, and private transfers to/from the ferry ports on the islands. Some transfers will be shared transfers if there are others going to the exact same hotel at the same time and it is a short distance.

How fit do I need to be for my holiday?

Relaxation/cultural cruises and tours: On-board your cruise ship, you will need to be able to negotiate gangways and stairs and be able to step from ship to ship as the cruise ships are moored next to each other sideways and sometimes you need to step across to the next ship. You will be walking mostly on the cobblestone streets through the iconic cities and towns of the region. The excursions are best-suited to those who are capable of walking on uneven surfaces as many old cities and towns have limited totally flat surfaces that can accommodate wheelchairs or walking-frames. Please contact us to ask about your specific circumstances, as we are happy to help plan for your needs as best we can. Assistance will be provided on cruise ships to help you navigate getting on and off, but there are a few limitations. Please ask.

Cycling tours: Although almost completely flat this cycle tour is graded easy to moderate as the daily distance ranges between approximately 15-50 km. You will be biking mostly on the dedicated cycle paths alongside canals, rivers and through the iconic cities and towns of the region. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is flat and predominantly traffic-free and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board.

What happens if I can't attend an excursion?

It is possible to relax at your hotel, on the tour bus or on the boat at any time.

What happens if I can't cycle or hike a stage on an active holiday?

For cycling cruises: If you don't want to cycle it is possible to relax on the boat as it moves to the next port of call.

For cycling and hiking tours: If you don't want to (or can't due to illness or injury) cycle, hike or walk a stage, then we will make arrangements to have you transferred to the next stop on your itinerary so that you can continue with your holiday. Prices for transfers vary widely, so pricing will be provided on an 'as needed' basis only.

What equipment do I need?

Relaxation/excursion cruises and tours: You will need comfortable walking shoes, clothes for relaxing, your swimming costume, and a sunhat. Most cruises are fairly relaxed and casual clothing is fine for all meals, though you may want to take one nice outfit depending on where you wish to dine onshore.

Cycling cruises and tours: You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

 

Photos

MV Antaris
MV Antaris

MV Antaris jacuzzi
MV Antaris jacuzzi

MV Antaris outdoor salon
MV Antaris outdoor salon

MS Antaris
MS Antaris

MS Antaris balcony cabin
MS Antaris balcony cabin

MS Antaris lower deck cabin
MS Antaris lower deck cabin

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Itinerary

  • DAY 1: WELCOME TO SPLIT! (WD)
  • DAY 2: SPLIT – BOL - STARI GRAD (Hvar Island) (B, L, D)
  • DAY 3: STARI GRAD - VIS (B, L)
  • DAY 4: VIS – BLUE CAVE EXCURSION - KORČULA (B, L)
  • DAY 5: KORČULA-MLJET NATIONAL PARK (B, L, CD)
  • DAY 6: MLJET - SLANO - ŠIPAN (B, L, T)
  • DAY 7: ŠIPAN – DUBROVNIK (B, L)
  • DAY 8: DUBROVNIK