Board a traditional vessel and sail up along the spectacular Neretva River, inland from Opuzen.. The trip includes an excursion to Krka National Park, where you’ll get a chance to swim in secluded pools and beneath waterfalls.. If you’re worried about long cruise days, this itinerary is a good choice. There are plenty of excursions, short walks and port stops, and the distance between islands is short.. While large cruise liners have to moor out at sea and commute into shore via tender, we drop anchor in the middle of port towns like Hvar or Korcula. You can hop on or off the boat as you please.
Experience the elegance and old-world charm of Croatia on a small ship adventure cruise. An idyllic island escape in the middle of Europe, Croatia offers up impressive coastlines, meandering rivers, and the sparkling waters of the Adriatic to swim in. Alongside the natural beauty of national parks and stunning beaches, enjoy regular doses of the region’s unique culture and tastes. Aboard the M/S Peregrine Dalmatia, specifically built to sail the Dalmatian Coast, cast off from the historic city of Split and cruise to islands both chic and ancient. Paddle up the rivers of Krka National Park to dip into waterfalls, then discover the soul of Croatia – Split. Navigate the Adriatic to the Renaissance facades and jagged limestone cliffs of Hvar, then board wooden boats and sail up the River Neretva to Bosnia and Herzegovina, stopping in Mostar, a town situated in a beautiful valley in the high mountains. Explore the romantic and evocative Old Town of Korcula and enjoy tastings at a local winery, then dock in stunning Dubrovnik. This cruising adventure is the best way to travel the Dalmatian Coast.
Breakfast Included: 7 Lunches Included: 4 Dinner Included: 5
Welcome to Croatia. Board the ship at 5 pm. Meet your crew and fellow travellers over a welcome drink and introductory meeting. In the evening, sit down to your first on-board dinner.
Split - Krka NP - Split
After a leisurely breakfast on board, we’ll head off on a guided tour of Split with our tour leaders. Explore the laneways and squares that make up the beautiful old town and hear the stories of conquerors and sieges. Lunch at your leisure in one of the old town's lovely al fresco eateries.
In the afternoon, take your private bus transfer to Krka National Park. Here you will board a small boat for some cruising and exploring within the park. The park spans two thirds of the Krka River, and some 142 square kilometres. You visit some of the gorgeous waterfalls for which this park is renowned, stopping for a refreshing swim or two along the way. Afterwards, return by bus to Split, and dinner on board the Dalmatia.
Split - Hvar
Set sail for the island of Hvar, enjoying breakfast on board. Stop to swim in the waters of the Adriatic at a secluded beach close to Stari Grad - Hvar's Old Town. Arrive in Stari Grad around midday and look across one of Europe's oldest towns while lunching aboard the board the Dalmatia. Board a bus to explore the island known as the 'Queen of the Dalmatian Islands'. Visit a local farm for a honey tasting and a walk through the nearby lavendar fields, then drive to Hvar town. Take an orientation walk with your leader, then enjoy free time to explore. Return to Stari Grad, and dine at a local restaurant of your choosing. Overnight in Hvar (Stari Grad).
Hvar - Opuzen
Set sail early towards Opuzen, breakfasting on board and then stopping for a spot of swimming. Lunch on the board as we sail up the Neretva river towards Opuzen. On arrival, we will jump into small wooden boats for a leisurely cruise through the surrounding wetlands (with local snacks and music on board). We end up at a beautiful local restaurant overlooking the water for Peka lamb and other local dishes. Board the boats to return to Opuzen. You may want to venture out to the friendly bars around the town square to meet the locals.
Opuzen - Mostar - Opuzen
An early start this morning to make our way to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina by minibus. Take an orientation walk through the town, visiting a workshop specialising in traditional coffee sets and copper wall carvings on the way and enjoy some free time to explore the town and have lunch at your leisure. We return to the ship in the early afternoon and set sail for Trpanj. On arrival, we visit the Matusko winery for a wine tasting and tour of the vineyards before a barbecue dinner on the deck of the Peregrine Dalmatia. Overnight in Trpanj.
Opuzen - Korcula
Depart for Korcula, enjoying breakfast on board and a mid-morning swim stop in beautiful clear turquoise waters of Loviste - Peljesac. Return to the ship and set sail for Korcula, with lunch on the way. Arrive Korcula, birthplace of Marco Polo, in the afternoon for an orientation tour of the town by your tour leaders. Your leader can assist with dinner recommendations but you are spoiled for choice with many restaurants overlooking the waterfront. Overnight in the port of Korcula.
Korcula - Dubrovnik
Leave early this morning and cruise to Dubrovnik, stopping mid-morning for a swim near the island of Jakljan. Take your lunch on board before arriving in Dubrovnik in the early afternoon. Your leaders will take you by local bus to the old city and onto the famous city walls for the best views over the city.
Return to the ship, then this evening enjoy a farewell four course dinner with the captain and your travelling companions.
Your small ship adventure cruise along the Dalmatian coast ends after breakfast this morning. Should you require a transfer to Dubrovnik international airport, please enquire with your Travel Consultant prior to travel or your Tour Leader during your trip.