Take a boat into the hidden world of the Blue Cave – an eerily illuminated grotto that lies off Bisevo Island.. Sip and swish Croat varietals during a wine tasting at a local winery on Lastovo, and escape the crowds and get back to nature in the evergreen forests of Mljet National Park.. There’s nothing like diving into the aquamarine waters of the Adriatic Sea. Weather permitting, your captain will be stopping the ship for regular swim breaks during your Dalmatian escapade.. Even though this trip is about a lot of under-touristed and lesser-known wonders, you’ll still fit in a tour of the famed city walls of Dubrovnik’s Old Town.
Cruise the Dalmatian coastline on a paradisiacal adventure through Croatia’s highlights and hidden gems. Spend 15-days aboard the Lupus Mare, taking in classic views of shimmering ocean and charming islands along with the offbeat sights the big ships don’t see. Discover the underground military cave system on Vis built under Yugoslav occupation, and the near-empty beaches of Lastovo. Explore the trails that run through lush Mljet National Park, as well as the famed walls of Dubrovnik’s Old City. See the romantic and evocative Old Town of Korcula, and board wooden boats and stop in at Mostar – a town situated in a beautiful valley in the high mountains. With all the comforts you need to sit back and relax, let this Dalmatian archipelago delight your senses.
Breakfast Included: 14 Lunches Included: 10 Dinner Included: 8
Dobro Dosli! Welcome to Croatia. Croatia has a perfect mix for the curious traveller – sunshine, sand and scenery, the chic cities of the glittering Adriatic coast, and charming cobblestone towns. Board the vessel in the late afternoon – for the exact time please speak to your agent or Peregrine representative before your trip begins. After a safety briefing, settle into your cabin and then enjoy a welcome dinner on board, with the night spent at port.
Set off early and cruise towards Vis. Along the way, get you first taste of relaxed island life with a swim stop. Take a dip in refreshing Adriatic Sea, then continue to Vis. In 1944, the island was declared a military zone and foreigners were barred until 1989. Because of this isolation, Vis has retained its charm and laidback lifestyle. Go ashore and enjoy a walking tour through Vis town, taking in sights of faded 17th-century houses. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening in town. Perhaps embrace island life further and enjoy a seafood dinner at one of the many restaurants with ocean views.
Blue Cave – Vis
Sail today for Bisevo Island. At an unassuming cave entrance, transfer to small boats and cruise inside the illuminated grotto. Sunlight reacts with the limestone in the cave to create a bright blue glow inside the cave. Return to Vis and dock in Komiza. In the afternoon head underground for a tour of the tunnels that lie beneath the picturesque Croatian island. The tunnel system is left over from Vis’ time as a Yugoslav military zone. Your evening is free for you to do as you please in Komiza. As the ship is docked in Vis town, complimentary transport will be provided this evening to return.
Arrive early at Lastovo Island and shake off the sleep with a refreshing swim. Despite be just as beautiful, Lastovo fails to draw the tourism crowds (and dollars) that many of Croatia’s other islands enjoy. With an ageing population of fewer than 1000 people, spending time and money in Lastovo is directly beneficial to the locals. Today, enjoy a wine tasting and nibble on local delicacies at one such local winery. The rest of your day is totally open, so maybe grab a towel and book and relax on one of the island’s many pristine beaches.
Cruise to Mljet, perhaps stopping for a swim en route. Explore the karst valleys, inky blue lakes and pine forests of Mljet National Park. Discover the ruins of an Illyrian fortification, a Roman palace and a fifth-century church among nature. The vessel will be docked overnight at Pomena, a small harbour village on the western side of Mljet. As night falls, enjoy a performance from an acapella group on board. Dinner tonight will be a barbecue of local produce on deck, the perfect place to do some stargazing with a drink in hand.
Cruise to Slano, arriving around midday. Disembark and transfer by coach to Ston. Visit the vast salt fields framed by mountains on the traditional Adriatic Sea salt farms. Continue to Mali Ston, famed for its oyster beds. These oyster farms supply restaurants throughout the region, meaning you may have already tried some of these succulent beauties during your trip. Spend the evening at port in Slano. Enjoy a Captain’s dinner tonight on board.
Cruise to Dubrovnik, stopping for a dip en route. Dock and transfer to the Old Town. Take a tour of the city walls, following the famous fortifications with a local guide to explain their history. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening in Dubrovnik. The main pedestrian promenade, once a shallow sea channel, is now paved with glistening white limestone, in stark contrast to the warm red terracotta roofs. It is hard to imagine a more beautiful city.
Wake up in Dubrovnik, with the day free for you to explore at your own pace. You may like to revisit the Old Town or simply find a beach to pull up a towel and spend the day swimming and sunbaking – it’s up to you! Later in the afternoon, board the ship and join your crew on welcoming any new travellers who may be accompanying you on the next stage of your adventure. You will have another briefing on board, usually around 5 pm, to detail what’s to come. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner as the sun sets on another day.
After breakfast, set sail for Korcula, the birthplace of Marco Polo, with lunch on board and, if time permits, a quick swim stop on your way. In the afternoon, embark on an orientation walk before enjoying an evening to explore at your own pace. If you're hungry, your leader can assist with dinner recommendations.
Korcula – Opuzen
Depart for Opuzen, enjoying breakfast on board and a mid-morning swim stop in beautiful clear turquoise waters near the small island of Badija, then continue on to Trpani. Transfer to Matusko winery for a tour of the vineyard and a tasting, before returning to the ship and sailing up the River Neretva to Opuzen. Tonight, enjoy a deck barbecue on board.
Embrace an early start this morning to make your way to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina by minibus. Take a guided 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. Return to Opuzen in the early afternoon when you will jump into small wooden boats for a leisurely cruise through the surrounding wetlands (with local snacks and music on board). End up at a beautiful local restaurant overlooking the water for Peka lamb and other local dishes. Board the boats to return to Opuzen. Tonight, you may want to venture out to one of the friendly bars around the town square to meet the locals over a beer or two.
Sail into Jelsa on the island of Hvar and take a private transfer to a local farm for local produce tasting and a walk through the nearby lavender fields, then drive to Hvar town. Explore on a walk with your leader before continuing on to Starigrad in the evening.