Exclusive Wine & Gastro Luxury Cruise

Trip Length

7 Nights

Tour Type

Cruise

From: 2495 USD


Overview

We invite you to join us on a Wine & Gastro Cruise along the stunning Dalmatian coastline and its islands aboard the luxurious MS Aurelia. Ancient history and stunning scenery, with wineries and gastronomic delights on this beautiful sea voyage, all freshly crafted for the 2024 season.
Begin your journey in Dubrovnik — a UNESCO World Heritage Site and indulge in one of the highlights of this trip — a Private Classical Music Concert in the 16th-century church of St. Savior Church!
Discover the best flavors and wines that the south of Croatia has to offer. This 8-day cruise will take you to the magical vineyards and renowned wineries, as well as to home-hosted meals with locals and their home-grown and locally sourced, delicious food! You’ll be visiting three local wineries and a wine museum where you’ll taste the most exquisite vintages of the Croatian south.
This voyage takes you to four different UNESCO sights in Croatia — Discover the ancient history of Dubrovnik, traverse the Starigrad Plain, and enjoy a landscape practically intact from when the first Ionian settlers set foot on it. Experience Trogir, showcasing urban continuity from ancient times, and walk in the footsteps of a Roman emperor in Split’s Diocletian Palace.
The scenic vistas as you traverse these Adriatic marvels are further complemented by the safe and serving hands of the ship’s crew, and wonderful stories and lectures provided by our very own Program Manager Zoran Vilovic — a long-life traveler, wine connoisseur, and tour guide with 20+ years of experience in the tourism and hospitality!
Allow us to whisk you away to enchanting destinations steeped in history, where every day promises new adventures and gastronomic delights.

Inclusions/Exclusions

Inluded:

  • 4 UNESCO sites
  • Sightseeing in each port
  • 4 wine tasting experiences
  • Home-Hosted Dinner, with local families (3-4 houses) and unlimited wine
  • Olive oil tasting onboard
  • Trogir Market visit with tastings
  • 17 Meals Included: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Private Classical concert in Dubrovnik
  • Captain’s dinner with aperitif with live music
  • Daily Program Manager Lectures to enhance destinations and cultural connections
  • Daytime sailings for maximum scenery enjoment
  • Free time in each destination to explore on your own
  • Shared airport/hotel transfers on arrival and departure days only
  • Fully equipped, air-conditioned cabins (Safe deposit box, hair dryer, LCD TV, cupboard & wardrobe cabinet)
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Tea, coffee after lunch
  • Complimentary water
  • Daily fresh fruit and snacks
  • Daily cabin upkeep and towel change
  • Midweek fresh bed linen
  • Slippers and bathrobe
  • Vanity set – body lotion, shampoo, hair lotion, shower cap etc…
  • Beach towels
  • Free wireless internet access (Wi-Fi)
  • Lounging sundeck with deck-beds
  • Use of hot tub
  • Rear access platform for easy access to/from the sea
  • Porterage

Not included:

  • International airfare
  • Additional drinks not mentioned here
  • Port taxes/fees: €60 per person to be paid onboard in cash
  • Gratuities for crew and Cruise Manager–recommended amount $350 per cabin *for the week*

Itinerary

Arrive at the Dubrovnik airport. From there, you’ll be transferred to your floating home, MS Aurelia – a luxury vessel constructed in 2021, that boasts state-of-the-art amenities and accommodations.

Settle into your elegant accommodations and gather with fellow travelers for a Welcome Briefing and security drill by our crew and captain. In the early evening, a Welcome Dinner awaits you in the ship’s dining room.

Allow the gentle waves of the Adriatic to serenade you as you toast the beginning of an extraordinary adventure.

Overnight in Dubrovnik.

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Welcome dinner

Begin your day with a delightful breakfast onboard the luxurious MS Aurelia, as you prepare to visit the enchanting Dubrovnik.

Depart from Gruz or Pile gates for a guided walking tour of Dubrovnik — a UNESCO World Heritage Site and explore its iconic sights. After this, you’ll be treated to a Private Classical Music Concert by the esteemed Sorkočević Quartet, held in a 15th-century Sveti Spasa church where you can enjoy its breathtaking acoustics.

In the early afternoon, return to the ship for an included lunch onboard or stay in town and enjoy lunch on our own. In the evening, embark on a journey to the coastal village of Gromača for a home-hosted dinner with a local family. A night to remember — true Croatian hospitality and delicious locally sourced food prepared by the skilled hands of mothers and grandmothers paired with homemade wines, brandies, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Overnight in Dubrovnik.

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Historical Walking Tour of Dubrovnik

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Private Classical Concert by esteemed quartet

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Breakfast, Lunch, Home-hosted dinner with drinks (off the ship)

This morning, indulge in the onboard breakfast and serene beauty of the Adriatic Sea as you sail from Dubrovnik to Trstenik. Our Program Manager will enhance the experience with a lecture on the history of the Dubrovnik Republic.

After an included lunch on board, we arrive at Pelješac, where you’ll enjoy a scenic vineyard wine-tasting at the local winery, famed for being a certified organic wine and olive oil producer. Indulge in delicious food, taste some exquisite wines from the Pelješac peninsula, and get a sense of its unspoiled terroir.

Then we set off for Putniković — home to Croatia’s first Wine Museum where you’ll learn all about the history of wine making in this area. After this wine bonanza, we journey to Ston, famous for its defensive walls that protect the “white gold” – the famous Ston salt. You will learn about the history and have a chance to explore this charming town on your own.

In the evening a delectable Captain’s dinner awaits you aboard the ship, complete with onboard entertainment.

Overnight in Trstenik

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Lecture: Dubrovnik Republic

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Lunch & Wine Tasting in a local village winery

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Ston Orientation Walk with Program Manager

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Breakfast, Captain’s Dinner with live music

Awaken to the tantalizing aromas of early breakfast aboard MS Aurelia as we navigate to Korčula, for a captivating walking tour of Korčula town, delving into its rich history and cultural heritage. Savor the island’s flavors in one of the many local restaurants for lunch on your own.

Our journey continues in the early afternoon, as we depart for Lumbarda — a place prized for its unique sandy terroir. Here, you’ll experience a delightful wine-tasting experience at the local winery.

The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore the town. We recommend visiting the town museum or Marco Polo’s birth house.

This evening, gather for a delectable dinner on board.

Overnight in Korčula

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Historical Walking tour of Korčula

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Wine tasting with snacks in Lumbarda

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Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a healthy breakfast and early sail to the paradise island of Hvar, and listen to an enlightening lecture by our Program Manager on the Mediterranean Diet and Local Products.
Arriving at Hvar later this morning, you’ll enjoy a captivating walking tour of Hvar, along with the island tour to the UNESCO-listed Starigrad plain.
The tour finishes in Vrboska, where you’ll visit a local winery for a delightful light Mediterranean lunch and wine-tasting experience. Indulge in the flavors of the region as you savor local delicacies paired with exquisite wines of the island.
Return to Hvar and take a refreshing dip in the azure waters surrounding the ship (if weather allows), visit the UNESCO Lace Museum in Hvar during free time, or climb the Napoleon Fortress.
After dinner onboard, immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Hvar, where every corner exudes its own unique charm.

Overnight in Hvar Town.

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Lecture: Mediterranean Diet and Local Products

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Hvar Island Tour with UNESCO Starigrad Plain

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Breakfast, Lunch & Wine Tasting in local winery (off the ship), Dinner

During breakfast and a scenic morning voyage to Trogir, gain insight into the rich tapestry of the country’s past and present — our Program Manager shares a lecture on Croatian History and Life Today.

In Trogir, you’ll go for an engaging sightseeing tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, after which you’ll visit the local market and taste the finest regional foods and products.

Lunch on your own today, as the afternoon unfolds at your leisure to explore the enchanting streets and restaurants. You can also participate in an olive oil Tasting onboard before dinner.

After a wonderful day of flavors and adventure, gather for a delightful dinner on board before you unwind in Trogir’s bars and walks.

Overnight in Trogir.

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Lecture: Croatian History and Life Today

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Markets visit with tastings in UNESCO Trogir

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Olive oil tasting onboard

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Breakfast, Dinner

Rise and shine to a splendid breakfast spread aboard the MS Aurelia, as we sail from Trogir to Split, allowing you to fully appreciate the stunning coastal landscapes.
As we arrive in Split, you’ll go for a guided walking sightseeing tour of its iconic UNESCO-heritage sights. Explore the renowned Diocletian’s Palace and delve into the rich tapestry of life in Split — it’s the 2nd largest city in Croatia, a place with 2000 years long history, and one of a few UNESCO urban sights still inhabited today.
Following the morning’s adventures, enjoy lunch and afternoon at your leisure, exploring the local cuisine and flavors of Split. A plethora of charming cafes and eateries await to present the vibrant spirit and flavors of the city.
Gather for a “Farewell” Dinner on board the MS Aurelia in the evening. The night allows you to savor your final moments in Split and enjoy its cafes and bars.

Overnight in Split.

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Guided Walking Sightseeing of UNESCO Split

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Breakfast, Dinner

Savor your breakfast aboard the MS Aurelia, relishing the final moments of your unforgettable journey.

Our team will assist you with transfers to Split Airport, ensuring a seamless transition for your departure back to the USA.

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Breakfast

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Your Cruise Ship

MS Aurelia

Launched in 2021, MS Aurelia is a state-of-the-art vessel.