Description

Across the sea from Italy lies Croatia, a land where the physical beauty of the coastline and the architectural brilliance of the buildings rival those of other parts of Europe. Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast offers travelers a chance to experience a scenic blend of natural beauty and a string of wonderfully preserved medieval and Renaissance towns that have gone largely unchanged since the days when Dalmatia was an integral part of the Venetian Empire. Croatia’s unique blend of Mediterranean languor, medieval tradition, and artistic accomplishment is unique and affords nothing but pure enchantment. Our voyage aboard a private 38-guest vessel is perfect for exploring this region and its small, unspoiled ports, inaccessible to larger cruise ships.


M/S SPLENDID
Launched in 2014, the M/S Splendid is a delightful small ship, built exclusively for cruising along the Adriatic Coast. More like a private yacht, she is a perfect vessel for exploring smaller ports, and remote islands where big ships simply don't go. The M/S Splendid accommodates only 38 guests in 19 beautifully appointed cabins. All cabins face outside and are equipped with private facilities, air-conditioning, a safe, radio, and hair-dryer. There is a bar on board, and wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) is complimentary for all guests. A cozy restaurant can accommodate all guests at one seating. A spacious Sundeck is equipped with lounges and provides the perfect place for relaxing and enjoying the passing scenery. Food on board features local cuisine, and the atmosphere on board is casual. Just like on a private yacht, a team of six friendly crew members works hard to give each passenger attentive and personalized service.

Highlights

  • Pack and unpack only once
  • Private-Style cruise experience
  • Splendid accommodations
  • Spend leisurely days navigating through the island dappled turquoise waters of the Adriatic
  • Cruise the fjord like inlets and beautiful bays
  • Call at charming islands
  • Dock beneath the ancient battlements of coastal towns
  • Explore celebrated Dubrovnik, one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities
  • Experience splendid Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque art and architecture
  • Stroll through the lavender-scented lanes in Hvar
  • Island of Brac
  • The Old town of Bol
  • Explore Split, Croatia’s second largest city
  • Discover city-within-a city of the Diocletian’s Palace in Split
  • Visit Korcula where medieval streets are laid out in perfect proportioned squares and life goes on uninterrupted much the way it has for the past millennium
  • Mljet National Park
  • Village life of Dubrovnik hinterland

Day By Day Itinerary

DUBROVNIK EXTENSION

Following breakfast, disembark and depart for a half-day excursion to the Konavle Valley. Experience village life as you ride a train through vineyards and picturesque villages of Dubrovnik hinterland. Visit the water mill, learn about flour production, and participate in the making of local specialties. Visit the winery and enjoy a wine tasting paired with delicious local snacks. In the afternoon, transfer to your hotel and check-in. Remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)
Enjoy a full day at leisure and take this opportunity for independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Walk the city walls, visit one of the many local galleries, shop for local handicrafts and jewelry, or relax and enjoy the amenities of your hotel. (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)
(B) – Breakfast, (L) – Lunch, (D) – Dinner

Program, vessel and routing are subject to change.

Includes

  • ROUND TRIP AIR TRANSPORTATION - Air transportation from New York
  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - 7 nights on board the elegant M/S Splendid. All staterooms outside, each with private facilities, air-conditioning/heating, a safe, radio, and hair-dryer
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 15 included meals consisting of 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 2 dinners. Complimentary fresh fruit and bottled water available in the lounge daily
  • PORTS OF CALL - Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Bol, Split, Pucisca, Makarska and Mljet
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - For your enjoyment we have walking guided tours of Dubrovnik, Split, Korcula, and Hvar
  • CULTURAL DISCOVERY SERIES - Our program encompasses cultural connections, in-depth learning on the local economy and social systems, and interaction with locals such as learning about wine production on the island of Hvar, a visit to the Stonemasonry school on the island Brac, and a performance by a local acapella singing group on board
  • PROFESSIONAL CRUISE DIRECTOR - Assistance of an experienced cruise director on board
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR GUIDE - Assistance of a professional local guide during city sightseeing tours and transfers airport/boat/airport
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport to the boat
  • FUEL TAXES, SURCHARGES AND PORT TAXES - All ship’s port taxes and fees

Optional Extension Includes

  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATION - Hotel accommodation for 2 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 2 included meals consisting of 2 buffet breakfasts
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: Excursion to Konavle Valley including wine tasting and snacks
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour
  • DELUXE MOTORCOACH - Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside airport

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OTHER PROGRAMS

Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

9 Days/7 Nights

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Switzerland

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