Croatia Cruise Island Hopping Adventure
Join Out West Adventures on this grand exploration of the Adriatic Sea and islands. Our tour partner’s exceptional 38 passenger yacht is our mode of transport from Dubrovnik to several remote islands including Mljet, Korcula, Hvar, and Brac. Every view from the boat and land is epic, and while ashore, our group will cycle through rural vineyards where we’ll savor local wines. We’ll also explore port towns and their old-world shops. Walking, hiking, kayaking and bicycling each give us an intimate experience of these nostalgic island communities. On our yacht’s cruising stops, you will love swimming in the Adriatic Sea’s sparkling blue water.
- Peruse the historic shops and streets as you stroll through Dubrovnik.
- Cruise and island hop the Adriatic Sea on a beautiful yacht.
- Admire Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO Heritage Site.
- Bicycle through Stari Grad, one of Croatia’s oldest towns and its scenic countryside.
- Splash in the magical blue water at Zlati Rat, one of Croatia’s most famous beaches.
- Explore the Lumbarda vineyards and enjoy local wines.
- Kayak to Lokrum Island’s famous clothing optional beach.
- Trek through Mljet’s national park.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCruise, Culture, Cycling, Discovery, Guided Tours, History, Trekking, Wildlife
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Small Group
Croatia is one of the Mediterranean’s most fantastic destinations. Its sparkling sea, friendly locals as well as incredible food and wines all make for a lifetime of memories. Unbelievably, this country was a war zone two decades ago but has emerged as an independent, safe and well established country that adores tourists. This is an unforgettable, beautiful tour that includes Dubrovnik, the lakes of Mljet island, Golden Cape and the most beautiful beach located on Brač Island.
Optional Tour Choices:
$600 Upgrade to Upper Cabin (Per Person in a shared cabin – 2 cabins of this type available)
$1100 Single Supplement in a Lower Single Standard Cabin (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private cabin and bathroom – 2 cabins of this type are available)
$1600 Single Supplement with upgrade to Upper Cabin- 1 cabin available
- Airport transfers in Dubrovnik
- All accommodations in a shared room
- All activities as listed in the itinerary
- All breakfasts and lunches, 4 dinners
- Alcohol and drinks onboard the ship
- Services of knowledgeable local guides, and a professional Out West Adventures Travel Tour Director (subject to minimum participation)
- Out West Adventures provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who do not have other coverage
- Airfare to and from Croatia
- Dinner on 3 nights
- Gratuities to ship crew, and guides
- Personal items including alcoholic beverages (when not with the group), snacks, laundry, and telephone calls.
- Extra beverages onboard will be tallied throughout the week and you can pay before departing.
Arrival and Dubrovnik City Tour
Dubrovnik, one the the Mediterranean’s most beautiful cities, is our arrival point. Founded 13 centuries ago, it’s the nexus of the region’s modern artistic and tourist events and has a unique cultural history.
We’ll board our yacht and check in, then enjoy a walking tour of Dubrovnik where we’ll discover its charms. Our day culminates in our welcome dinner aboard the yacht, our home for the week. We’ll enjoy a savory dinner of local cuisine and drinks, then retire to our cabins for the evening.
Kayaking – Clothing Optional Beach
Today is all about exploring more of Dubrovnik – the Pearl of the Adriatic. After breakfast, we take off in our kayaks on a fun expedition along the Adriatic coast. Starting just shy of Lovrijenac Fort in Port Pile, we’ll head to Lokrum Island and other stops, including a popular clothing optional beach.
The Lovrijenac Fort is one of many set locations for The Game of Thrones and all of the views here are epic. At the beach we’ll enjoy snorkeling, swimming, snacks and lunch, and the rest of the day is ours to sight-see wherever we like or enjoy more time at the beach.
Mljet and Saltwater Lakes
Today our destination is the hidden port of Pomena, on the Island of Mljet. South of the Adriatic coast, this gorgeous island sits south of the Pelješac peninsula across from the Mljet channel. Greco-Roman geographers first described this area around the 6th century BC.
After a tasty lunch, it’s time to explore some of Mljet’s incredible ”lost” regions and its National Park including the Big Lake, Small Lake, and Soline Bay. Pine-lined, shady paths guide us to the island’s unique saltwater lakes. A refreshing waterway with lively current here allows you to float from one saltwater lake to the other, without paddling!
This morning we rise early and cruise to Hvar Island, the center of the Adriatic’s sailing routes. An important historic trade center in the Mediterranean, it lies between the islands of Brač and Korčula.
We’ll enjoy a tasty lunch on board then grab our bicycles for a jaunt to a small interior island community. The coastal gravel road from Jelsa towards Vrboska becomes a route through vineyards towards Stari Grad. One of Croatia’s oldest towns dating back to 384BC when it was a Greek colony called Faros, Stari Grad is open for us to explore and learn about this afternoon.
This evening we cruise to Island Brač and the famous city of Bol. Dinner will be at one of the most delicious restaurants in town tonight.
We swim this morning at Zlatni Rat, one of Croatia’s most famous beaches. Famously shaped like a horn, it’s located at the southern part of Brac Island, below the highest peak of all Adriatic islands, Vidova Gora, at 2559 feet. Here, you’ll enjoy not only the water but also ”froggie,” the Croatian term for skipping the numerous flat rocks in this area.
After lunch we cruise to Split, the second biggest city in Croatia. It’s an important historical and cultural city as well as the administrative center of Middle Dalmatia. Split’s many museums, churches, theaters and more archaeological treasures make the city an important destination. Among the sites we’ll explore include Diocletian’s Palace, a massive set of structures built by 4th century Romans. This UNESCO Heritage Site, designated in 1979, is a featured stop on our exploration of the city.
Korcula and Vineyards
This morning’s cruise is to the birthplace of the famous explorer, Marco Polo. Korcula’s fortifications, defensive walls and red roofs will remind you of Dubrovnik. These architectural wonders and Korcula’s very orderly urban plan are the centuries-old works of supremely skilled stonemasons.
Our scenic afternoon finds us strolling the Lumbarda countryside, through local vineyards and olive groves. We’ll sample some of the island’s finest traditional wines here, then again after dinner we’ll stroll some more and enjoy cocktails on the beach.
Sailing and Slano
Today our cruise takes us by the biggest peninsula in Dalmatia, Peljesac peninsula. Some of its most famus red wines, Postup and Dingac are named for the slopes on which their grapes are grown. These grapes, blue and small, have earned the nickname plavac mali. A stop in the small town of Trstenik rounds out our morning’s adventures.
As we cruise further down the Mljet Strait, we’ll arrive at the Elaphiti Archipelago, a group of 14 islands and islets. We’ll enjoy lunch and a swimming break as we take in the views. Later this afternoon, we will arrive in Slano to enjoy our farewell dinner.
After breakfast today, we enjoy our final boat ride to Dubrovnik for our transfer to the airport.
*On this tour, The captain retains the right to modify the sailing route due to ocean traffic, weather or other challenges.
Most of our trips draw more single travelers than couples. When couples do join us, it’s usually because they’re looking forward to interacting with a group. The activities included with our trips serve as natural ice-breakers. Within a day, you’ll be traveling with friends. You don’t need to pay the single supplement if you’re traveling alone. We’ll be happy to match you with a roommate. Pay the single supplement only if you want a bedroom to yourself.
For selected trips, including cruises, we will charge half the single supplement if you request a roommate but we can’t match you with someone.
This tour starts and ends in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
The main daily activities involve swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, walking, cycling and relaxing on the boat. All activities are optional if you are not feeling up to them. You are welcome to spend that time instead exploring the island town that day or relaxing on the boat.
Your cabin will have a comfortable bed, a private bathroom, and air conditioning. Due to being on a boat with limited availability of resources, towels will be changed out every other day and linens will be changed once. The internet works well within most rooms and common areas. Cabin sizes range from 81 to 118 square feet.
This cruise is not a private launch. There will possibly be a couple other groups onboard with us for our journey. Even though it is only a 38 passenger boat, there are plenty of spaces to lounge on the top deck, on the back of the boat or in the air-conditioned bar or dining area.
Our vessel for the week was built in Turkey in 1988 and is used for cruises along the Croatian Adriatic coast, with a speed of 8-10 knots. There are 19 cabins, a sun deck(1743 sq. feet) with sun chairs, a saloon with air conditioning and a separate bar for drinks and coffee. It has easy access to the sea for swimming from the stern platform which also has two showers for rinsing.
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