SOUTHERN EXPLORER 

CRUISE TOUR

South Dalmatia

8 days

June - October 2020

SPLIT - MAKARSKA - MLJET - DUBROVNIK - ŠIPAN / TRSTENIK - KORČULA - HVAR - (BOL) SPLIT

For this trip, all you will need is a few T-shirts and a swimming costume to spend seven unforgettable days cruising on the northern Adriatic Sea from one island to another. Relax and let the captain and his crew (especially the chef) take care of you. During the day you can swim, sunbathe, snorkel, and explore the underworld of the Adriatic Sea. The evenings you have at leisure to find a good restaurant or discover old churches or other historical monuments…

Guaranteed departures from Split harbor on Saturdays at 13.00 h (check-in from 11.00 till 12:00h).

Departure:  Saturdays at 13.00 h (check-in from 11.00 till 12:00h).

ITINERARY: 

​DAY 1: Saturday SPLIT - MAKARSKA (L)

13h is a departure from the Split harbor (late arrivals can join in Makarska) southwards towards Makarska. Lunch is served as we cruise along the Dalmatian coast. Feeling adventurous? There’s an afternoon swim stop in one of the bays. Then join our optional river rafting excursion or zip line on the Cetina river. Meet back on the ship in Makarska in the evening.  Stroll the waterfront with its wide promenade, a pathway out to a lighthouse, and some cool bars. The main square is home to an impressive church and other monuments. Overnight in the port of Makarska.

DAY 2: Sunday MAKARSKA - MLJET (B,L)

Early morning departure towards the island of Mljet. On the way, we stop to swim on Pelješac. Part of Mljet island is a National Park and in the afternoon, we visit the seawater lakes then cross to the peaceful, tiny St Mary’s island in the middle of the large lake to visit the church and the monastery. Walk or hire a bike to continue around these stunning lakes. Overnight in the port of Polača/Pomena depending on weather and space.

DAY 3: Monday MLJET - DUBROVNIK (B,L)

After breakfast depart for Dubrovnik, the most famous place in Croatia and, for many, the highlight of this cruise. The Irish writer George Bernard Shaw called Dubrovnik “heaven on earth” and we pass a beautiful stretch of coast on our way there. After arrival, you can explore on your own or join our guided city tour (included for Premium and Prem. Superior) followed by an optional cable car ride up to Srđ mountain for spectacular views of the old town. Don’t miss STRADUN – both a street and a square in the old town and try to find time to walk at least part of the, 1,940 m long city walls which have protected Dubrovnik during earthquakes and attacks! Overnight in the port of this magical town.

DAY 4: Tuesday DUBROVNIK - ŠIPAN/TRSTENIK (B,L, CD)

Late morning departure towards the island of Šipan or the small town of Trstenik on the Pelješac peninsula. Gorgeous spots for an afternoon swim and we spend the night here. There’s usually the possibility to visit a local winery. Later we enjoy the special Captain’s dinner on board.

DAY 5: Wednesday ŠIPAN/TRSTENIK - KORČULA (B,L)

After breakfast, we depart for the island of Korčula, one of the famous islands in the Dubrovnik region. It’s the birthplace of famous explorer MARCO POLO. Lunch on board in a bay near Korčula town then we continue, arriving in the afternoon. The encircling walls and bastions of Korčula town date back to the 13th century and there are some lovely churches and museums. Join the optional sightseeing of Korčula town (included on Prem.Sup.) or optional wine and local appetizer tasting at a local winery before dining in one of the numerous seafront restaurants or 'konobas' on your own. Overnight in the port of Korčula town.

DAY 6: Thursday KORČULA - HVAR (B,L)

Early departure towards the Paklinski Islands near Hvar (the longest island in the Adriatic) for lunch and a swimming stop. Later, there’s an optional afternoon sightseeing of Hvar Town (included on Prem.Sup.), which resembles a film set.  The Renaissance cathedral has its original tower and the oldest community theatre in Europe is here, founded in 1612. Hvar Town offers an entertainment extravaganza: clubs and bars that open well into the night together with some excellent restaurants. Don`t forget to buy some island lavender from local stalls. Overnight in Hvar Town.

DAY 7: Friday HVAR (Bol) - SPLIT (B,L)

Our next stop is the island of Brač. The most famous (and most photographed) beach in Dalmatia is Zlatni Rat near Bol (the Golden Horn – a shingle bar that moves and changes shape according to the wind) and it is here that we stop to swim). Bol is a typical fishermen’s village that still feels like that despite being a popular spot for visitors.  After lunch, we start our journey to Split for our final overnight. We stop at one of the many bays on Brač island for more swimming. The approach to the Split Riviera is wonderful and we have the best views from onboard. On arrival, you can join our guided tour of Split (optional), a monumental city which together with the famous Roman Diocletian’s Palace is under UNESCO protection.  Split is full of bistros and restaurants serving local specialties. Cool bars too.

DAY 8: Saturday SPLIT (B)

An early breakfast before your final goodbyes to new friends and the crew.

Legend: B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner, CD - Captain`s dinner

CABIN TYPE DESCRIPTIONS:

TRADITIONAL ENSUITE: Wooden ships, air-conditioned cabins with private shower/toilet, mostly bunk beds, air-conditioned salon.

Included services: Continental breakfasts, three-course lunches, water dispenser available. Complimentary Wi-Fi.

PREMIUM: Premium steel-hulled vessels with modern traditional look offer accommodation in air-conditioned, spacious en-suite cabins with double or twin beds, hairdryer, and safety deposit box. Ships are from 29 to 35m in length with cabins 8 to 14m2 in size.

Included services: buffet breakfasts, three-course lunches, Captain’s dinner, English speaking tour manager on board (except on KL1 route from Opatija and Naturist/FKK tour from Split ), one guided tour, daily cabin service, a mid-week fresh set of towels and bed linen, luggage handling, olive oil and wine tasting on board, afternoon tea and coffee, water dispenser available. Complimentary Wi-Fi.

PREMIUM SUPERIOR:   Premium superior vessels are recently built mini deluxe vessels featuring similar comfort, but are smaller in size – 38 to 41m in length. Air-conditioned cabins are 8 to 14m2 in size with double or twin beds, hairdryer, and safety deposit box.

Included services: buffet breakfasts, three-course lunches, Captain’s dinner, English speaking tour manager on board, three guided tours, daily cabin service, a mid-week fresh set of towels and bed linen, luggage handling, olive oil and wine tasting on board, afternoon tea and coffee, water dispenser available. Complimentary Wi-Fi.

  

 

DELUXE SUPERIOR: Deluxe superior is a new class of Katarina Line newer and larger vessels, the best vessels that exist on the Adriatic sea built with high-quality materials of solid wood, glass, marble, stainless steel, and similar materials. Minimum 47 meters in length, newly built or refurbished after 2016, with hot tubs and beautiful sun decks with lounge area, deckchairs, and more. Spacious, superbly designed, air-conditioned en-suite cabins with double or twin beds, 15 to 20m2 in size. Cabins are equipped with wardrobes, deposit box, hairdryer, toiletries, bathrobe, slippers, etc. 

 

Included services: airport transfers, buffet breakfasts and three-course lunches with salad and cheese bar, drink with lunch, Captain’s dinner with live music, dinner in a typical Croatian setting, sightseeings, English speaking tour manager,  various entrance fees, various tastings, Visitors' tax & port fees,  luggage handling, daily cabin service, tea and coffee all day, water dispenser available. Complimentary Wi-Fi.

UPPER/MAIN DECK CABINS ARE ALLOCATED ACCORDING TO AVAILABILITY! Lower deck cabins are in the hull of the ship below the main deck

Excluded:

  • personal expenses

 

Reductions & supplements:

  • adult on 3rd bed in a triple cabin  – 30%

  • children under 10 years  – 50%

 

Obligatory supplement:

  • visitor's tax & port fees (to be paid on the spot) - 40 € per person per week

What to expect:

  • swimming at secluded beaches

  • beautiful landscapes of Southern Dalmatia

  • Dubrovnik

  • Hvar

  • Mljet National Park

  • Zip line over Cetina canyon (optional)

  • wine tasting in Korčula (optional)

  • professional service and tasty food

  • an unforgettable vacation that you will want to repeat as soon as possible

ADDITIONAL INFO:

Baby chair or baby cot rental: 50 € per week (to be paid on the spot)

Parking: possible from 10-15 € daily

Airport transfers: Various airport possibilities (Rijeka, Pula, Zagreb, Trieste, Ljubljana, Venice) – price on request; FREE local transfers (from Opatija hotels to Opatija port)

 

English breakfast supplement: 40 EUR per week (incl. 2 eggs, bacon, tomato & mushrooms, or fruit & yogurt or similar)

Continental breakfast: included in the price of the cruise (incl. coffee, tea, milk, a glass of juice, cereals, bread, a variety of spreads – butter, honey, jam, soft cheese; daily additions such as ham and cheese or boiled eggs, frankfurters, salami, etc.)

Captain's dinner: 25 € (ship's specialty served – choice of fish or meat menu (incl. in price on Premium & Premium Superior vessels)

 

Extra towels: The guest will be provided with two towels for personal use per week. Extra towels can be rented for 3€ & beach towels 5€ per week/towel. Katarine Line towel can be purchased on arrival for 10€.

Daily cabin cleaning: 15€ per person per week. Included in the price for Premium & premium Superior vessels. Daily cabin servicing, fresh bed linen, and towels midweek. Not provided on Traditional Ensuite and Traditional category ships but can be ordered in advance

 

Optional full-day excursions: Plitvice Lakes from Split, Krka Waterfalls from Split – on request

Optional half-day excursions: Zipline excursion on Cetina River from Split, River rafting on Cetina River from Split, Sea kayaking around Dubrovnik City Walls – on request

Optional 1-3h excursions: Wine tasting in Hvar (1h), Village dinner experience in Korčula (3-4h), Off-road buggy safari in Dubrovnik (1h). 

Optional sightseeing in the following cities: Split, Hvar, Korčula or Dubrovnik – on request

Other services: Game of Thrones Tour in Dubrovnik (2h), rent-a-bike in Mljet National Park, Cable car in Dubrovnik

 

Payment: advance payment 50€ per person & reminder latest two weeks prior to arrival

Cancellation policy: up till 14 days prior to arrival – advance payment (50€ per person) is non-refundable.

Name change/date change fee – 20€ per person. Transferable to 2021.

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