Most people believe that cruise holidays are only for the rich and famous and land based breaks are a more affordable option, especially when the country in mind happens to be Croatia.Though it once used to be, with rapid growth in competition, this is no longer the case. But before you choose to cruise the Adriatic, you have to know how to go about it. So if you really want to experience the best piece of action down to the last detail, then this perfect eight day sail Croatia itinerary is just tailor made for you.
Day one: Split
Before check-in have a grand tour of Split, known for its beautiful beaches and magnificent Roman buildings like the Diocletian Palace.Your ship will be at the harbour all day but you can embark only after 1pm. The welcome meeting with captain, crew and fellow guests starts at 7 pm and dinner served at 730 pm. Overnight in Split.
Day two: Split – Hvar
After breakfast head towards Hvar, the fashionable destination of the Adriatic Coast. With three UNESCO World Heritage sites, Hvar island is also known for the lavender fields. Your guide will take you to the Franciscan Monastery which houses the famous painting of ‘The Last Supper’. Do not miss the sunset cocktail parties at any of the beaches in your free time. Overnight in Hvar.
Day three: Hvar- Korcula
Explore Korcula island, the birthplace of Marco Polo. Tour the cobbled streets of the city with a knowledgeable guide. Have dinner at a restaurant of your choice. Overnight in Korcula.
Day four: Korcula – Dubrovnik
Cruise along the shores and enjoy a swim and lunch stop before arriving at Dubrovnik in the afternoon. Tour the interesting sites of this UNESCO World Heritage city and return to the ship either by complimentary transfer or at any time on your own. Overnight in Dubrovnik
Day five: Dubrovnik – Mljet National Park
Cruise along the Elaphite archipelago towards the beautiful Mljet National Park, with swim stops enroute, to explore the Benedictine Monastery. Walk around the Small and Great Lakes. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Mljet National Park.
Day six: Mljet – Makarska
With more swim stops on the way, head after breakfast to the Peljesac Peninsula on the way to Makarska. Explore the beaches, the tourist centre and enjoy the nightlife of the island. Overnight in Makarska.
Day seven: Makarska – Pucisca – Split
Cruise along the Brac channel to Pucisca to admire some authentic Mediterranean architecture and famous stone quarries said to be used in the making of the White House in USA
Head to Split, the largest urban region of Dalmatia County and view the historical buildings. Overnight in Split.
Day eight: Split
Disembark after breakfast. Trip ends.
With more than 1200 islands spread across a stunning coastline stretching for nearly 1100 miles, there is no better way to explore the treasures of a country like Croatia than by sea. After all there is no other vacation than a cruise which allows the guest the luxury of falling asleep on one island and waking up on another.