Croatia Cruise - KL2 Southern Explorer
KL2 Split - Makarska - Mljet - Dubrovnik - Sipan/Trstenik - Korcula - Hvar - Split
Cruising with vintage motor-sailing ships along the magnificent Dalmatian coastline & islands
For this trip all you will need is a few T-shirts and a swimming costume to spend seven unforgettable days sailing on the southern Adriatic Sea from one island to another. Relax and let the captain and his crew (especially the cook) take care of you. During the day you can swim, snorkel, sunbathe, and explore the underworld of the Adriatic Sea. The evenings you have free to find a good restaurant or discover old churches or other historical monuments
Saturday: Split - Makarska
Departure from Split harbour, Saturday at 13:00. After lunch sail along the Dalmatian coast down to Makarska Riviera. We spend the afternoon swimming at one of the beautiful beaches on the Riviera. From this beach those feeling adventurous can join our white water rafting excursion on the Cetina River and meet up with the ship in Makarska in the evening. Overnight in the port of Makarska, one of the most attractive resorts on the Croatian coast. Strolling along the streets of Makarska, you will come across numerous churches and other architectural and cultural sites.
Sunday: Makarska - Mljet
Early morning departure towards Mljet with the first stop on the Peljesac peninsula for a refreshing swim. The whole afternoon is free to look at the salt lakes in Mljet National Park and enjoy the sun and sea on this peaceful island. In the middle of the large lake, inside the National park, we can visit an old abbey and church, or just use a small boat to roam around the National park. Overnight in port Polaca or Pomena
Monday: Mljet - Dubrovnik
After breakfast we depart for Dubrovnik, which is the highlight of this cruise. On route will be time just for a short swim. Enjoy the beautiful sights of nature along the way towards -the heaven on earth, according to the famous writer George Bernard Shaw. Arrive to Dubrovnik in the afternoon when you can explore on your own or first join our guided tour of Dubrovnik with an English speaking guide. Take a walk through Stradun - both a street and a square, a promenade inside the city walls. For those of you with more enthusiasm we recommend a walk on top of the 1940m long city walls! Overnight in the port of this magical town.
Tuesday: Dubrovnik - Sipan/Trstenik
Late morning departure towards ipan isle or small town of Trstenik on the Peljeac peninsula, where we will swim in the afternoon and spend the night. Possibility of visiting a local winery and to enjoy a Captain's dinner on board in the evening.
Wednesday: Sipan or Trstenik - Korcula
After breakfast depart for island Korcula, the birthplace of famous explorer Marco polo. Lunch on board in the Lumbarda bay near the town of Korcula. Afternoon arrival where we overnight in port. Surrounded by ancient walls and fortified bastions Korcula's old town is very well preserved with its layout and structure dating back to 13th century. Optional sightseeing of Korcula and optional wine and appetizers tasting at a local winery before dinning in one of the numerous seafront restaurants or konobas on your own.
Thursday: Korcula - Hvar
Early departure towards the Pakleni Islands for lunch and a swim stop followed by afternoon sightseeing of Hvar, the longest island in the Adriatic. Here we can find the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower as well as the oldest community theatre in Europe founded here in 1612. Hvar offers abundant entertainment, excellent restaurants, bars and cafes that are open long into the night. Overnight in Hvar.
Friday: Hvar (Bol) - Split
Our next stop will be the island of Brac. Swimming is planned at one of the most famous beaches in Dalmatia - Zlatni Rat near Bol (the Golden cape - its gravel promontory shifts from side to side as the wind and waves constantly change in shape). Bol is a typical fisherman's town turned into a popular tourist destination. After lunch we will start our journey back to Split where the last overnight is planned. On our way to Split there will be another swim-break in one of the many bays on island of Brac. Arrival to Split in the late afternoon. Enjoy the view of Split Riviera arriving in Split. Possibility to join our guided tour of Split with an English speaking guide. Split is a monumental city under UNESCO protection that belongs not only to Croatians, but also to you, as it is a part of the world heritage. Here we find an abundance of Roman architecture - of special interest is the Diocletian palace.
Early breakfast after which it is time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends!
Saturdays at 13h00 / check in from 11h00 till 12h00
A + Category: fully air-conditioned, spacious en-suite cabins (with double or twin beds) on newly built ships. Price includes captain's dinner and guided sightseeing of Dubrovnik/Zadar), daily cabin service, mid-week fresh set of towels and bed linen.
Visitors tax and Port fees are not included (to be paid on the spot) EUR25 per person per week.
Entrance to National Parks (prices vary from EUR 10 - 15 per person depending on season and park).
Water Supplement - EUR20 per person per week includes 1, 5 litre of water per person per day - to be paid on the spot.
Cruising with motor ships along the magnificent Dalmatian coastline & islands on the route:
KL2: SPLIT - MAKARSKA - MLJET - DUBROVNIK - TRSTENIK - KORCULA - HVAR - (Bol) SPLIT
Departures Saturdays from Opatija, Split & Dubrovnik (Gruz) harbour: at 13h00/ check in from 11h00 till 12h00 and check-out till 9h00
SATURDAY - SPLIT - MAKARSKA
Departure from Split harbour southwards towards Makarska. Lunch is served as we cruise along the Dalmatian coast. Feeling adventurous There is 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.
SUNDAY - MAKARSKA - MLJET
Early morning departure towards the island of Mljet. On the way, we stop to swim on Peljesac. 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.
MONDAY - MLJET - DUBROVNIK
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 Sr 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.
TUESDAY - DUBROVNIK - SIPAN/TRSTENIK
Late morning departure towards the island of Sipan or the small town of Trstenik on the Peljesac peninsula. Gorgeous spots for an afternoon swim and we spend the night here. There is usually the possibility to visit a local winery. Later we enjoy the special Captain's dinner on board.
WEDNESDAY - SIPAN/TRSTENIK - KORCULA
After breakfast, we depart for the island of Korcula, one of the famous islands in the Dubrovnik region. It is the birthplace of famous explorer MARCO POLO. Lunch on board in a bay near Korula town then we continue, arriving in the afternoon. The encircling walls and bastions of Korcula town date back to the 13th century and there are some lovely churches and museums. Join the optional sightseeing of Korcula town (included on Prem.Sup.) with wine and local appetizer tasting at a local winery before dining in one of the numerous seafront restaurants or konobas on your own.
THURSDAY - KORCULA - HVAR
Early departure towards the Paklinski Islands near Hvar (the longest island in the Adriatic) for lunch and a swimming stop. Later, there is 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.
FRIDAY HVAR (Bol) - SPLIT
Our next stop is the island of Brac. 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 Brac Island for more swimming. The approach to the Split Riviera is wonderful and we have the best views from on board. On arrival, you can join our guided tour of Split, a monumental city that together with the famous Roman Diocletian's Palace is under UNESCO protection. Split if full of bistros and restaurant serving local specialties. Cool bars too.
SATURDAY - SPLIT
An early breakfast before your final goodbyes to new friends and the crew.