Explore the stunning Dalmatian islands and Croatia coastline on a Deluxe Cruise
This stunning coastline is off the charts as today’s most sought-after cruise destination. The waters are an amazing translucent blue, limestone walls gleam white in the sun under red tiled roofs and on the islands green pine trees dot the horizon. It’s mind-bogglingly beautiful. It’s also amazingly historic, with a legacy that dates back to classic Greek civilisation, Roman occupation, the Venetians (the great Marco Polo was born on Korcula), the Byzantine empire and beyond. All have left their legacies and we’ll get you up close and personal into tiny harbours on our small deluxe yachts.
This is a very classy way to travel – normally with a maximum of 38 guests in twin or double cabins with private facilities. It’s rather like an elegant country house party at sea with a daily change of scenery with the benefit of local knowledge to know where all the best photo-calls and watering holes are. We reckon it’s excellent value.
- Marco Polo’s house on Korcula
- The salt lakes at Mljet
- Two nights in wonderful Dubrovnik
- Peljesac, famous for its wines
- Traditional Croatian village party
- Hvar – the lavender island
- Zlatni Rat beach (the Golden Cape)
Ports of call: Split - Korcula - Mljet - Dubrovnik - Peljesac Peninsula - Hvar - Bol - Split
Temperatures range from the low 70s in early and late season to the high 80s plus, in late June through September. Winds are usually predictable, moderate and occasionally fresh (force 2-5) in the afternoon.
Transfer from Split airport to Split harbour. Embarkation from 2 pm. Enjoy a guided tour of the city (not possible for late arrivals). After the tour of Split, return to the ship for a welcome reception and cocktail to enjoy the meet and greet party on board. Overnight in Split.
Split – Korcula
Early morning departure towards Korcula Island, the birthplace of explorer Marco Polo. Lunch stop in one of the bays en route. Early afternoon arrival in Korcula. Guided walking tour of this enchanting town with fortified walls. Korcula has many restaurants, bars and clubs for those who seek evening entertainment. Overnight in Korcula.
Korcula – Mljet – Dubrovnik
Morning departure to the island of Mljet where you can stroll to the salt lakes in Mljet National Park and enjoy a boat ride to St Mary Isle. Visit an ancient Benedictine monastery and a church dating back to 12th century. Alternatively, you may rent kayaks or bicycles to roam around the National Park on your own. Return to the ship for lunch and departure to Dubrovnik. The captain will take you for an evening cruise along side the old city walls while a buffet dinner is served. Overnight in Dubrovnik
After breakfast there will be a guided walking tour of this magical town, where we will take the cable car from the old town to Srd Mountain to enjoy the scenic views. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik – Peljesac Peninsula
In the morning we continue our cruise towards the Kucisce Peljesac Peninsula, an area well known for its excellent wine. Before lunch we will make a short stop at one of the Elaphiti islands. In the afternoon we will visit the village of Kuna, where we will go to a local farm and indulge in a typical village party with Croatian delicacies, an all-inclusive dinner made with local produce. Late transfer back to ship. Overnight in Kucisce.
Peljesac Peninsula – Hvar
Morning departure towards the jet-set island Hvar. Lunch stop on the small Island of Šćedro followed by a swim stop at the Pakleni Islands. Hvar is known for its lavender fields, and upon arrival there will be a short presentation of lavender products followed by a tour of the town. Hvar has an abundance of evening entertainment, with many restaurants, bars and cafes open long into the night. Overnight in Hvar.
In the morning we cruise to the island of Brac and the picturesque town of Bol. Opportunity to swim at one of the most famous beaches in Croatia, Zlatni Rat (the Golden Cape). Lunch on board. Afternoon wine tasting at the facilities of the oldest Dalmatia wine cooperative (dating 1903), followed by the Captain’s farewell dinner with entertainment on board. Overnight in Bol or nearby Milna.
Early morning departure for Split. On arrive it will be time to say goodbye to your new friends and the crew. 9 am Disembarkation and a private transfer to Split airport.
Your cruise is operated on one of the vessels shown or one of the same category from Katarina Line fleet, being almost identical in size, amenities and services. For the name of the vessel please check at the time of booking.
M/Y San Antonio
The motor yachts of the Katarina Line fleet are modern and state of the art ships 42 to 47 meters in length. Spacious sun deck includes a hot tub and sun beds to enjoy wonderful Adriatic scenery. On the aft deck there is a swimming platform with swimming stops being a regular feature of these cruises There is a spacious lounge and restaurant area, and spacious, lavishly designed, air-conditioned en-suite cabins with double or twin beds, safety deposit box, bathroom toiletries, hair dryer, cupboard & wardrobe cabinet. Cabins are 12 to 17m2 in size.
Superior is a new class of the very latest additions to the Katarina Line fleet sailing in Croatian waters. Vessels are minimum 47 meters in length, newly built or refurbished after 2016, they have a spacious sun deck with sun beds and hot tubs, a swimming platform on the aft deck, plus panoramic lounge and dining area. The spacious, superbly designed, air-conditioned en-suite cabins have double or twin beds and are equipped with cabinets and wardrobes, safety deposit box, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, bathrobe and slippers. There are 18-19 cabins on board, 15 to 20 meters in size, with a limited number of balcony cabins also available.
Optional Cruise & Stay
We sail in and out of Split, Croatia’s second largest city. It has some wonderful history dating back to the Palace of Diocletian, built by the eponymous Roman Emperor in the 4th Century. The remains of the Palace are well worth a visit as are the sprawling streets of the old city. The beaches are pretty good hereabout too, so if you fancy a night or two either pre- or post your cruise just ask – we know some good hotels.