Croatia and Montenegro Cruise Tour (Southbound)

Trip Length

9 Nights

Tour Type

Land & Cruise Package

From: 3550 USD


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Overview

This amazing cruise takes you on an 8-day sea voyage from the historic city of Split, home to the monumental Diocletian Palace. Traverse the Croatian southern isles, blending rich history with breathtaking natural beauty.

Travel in style on our modern cruise ships with a friendly crew and delightful onboard cuisine. Our Split to Dubrovnik cruises explore unique destinations like Hvar, Korcula, Mljet, and Krka National Park, taking you through islands, UNESCO sites, national parks, and charming towns. Immerse yourself in the cultural treasures of Split and Dubrovnik, with daily opportunities to swim in secluded coves. Indulge in a tradition of two-thousand-year-old oyster farming in Slano and enjoy a home-hosted dinner in a countryside village surrounded by olive trees.

As you bid farewell to your crew and captain you’ll have one more adventure to take – a journey to Kotor, Montenegro, stopping at a local family-owned winery for a delightful wine-tasting experience. Explore Montenegro’s cultural and natural treasures!

Inclusions/Exclusions

Included:

  • All PRIVATE transfers/experiences in modern, air-conditioned vehicles
  • Professional English-speaking guides and drivers
  • 24-hour concierge assistance
  • Transfer from Split airport
  • 7-night cruise from Split to Dubrovnik, cabin with ensuite bathroom
  • Welcome reception & cocktail
  • Daily buffet breakfast and 3-course lunch (half board)
  • Complimentary water
  • Captain’s Dinner with welcome drink
  • Complimentary coffee and tea throughout the day
  • Fresh fruit available daily
  • Professional English speaking cruise manager
  • Cabin linen change midweek
  • Luggage handling
  • Daily cabin service
  • Beach towels
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Guided walking tours in Split, Korčula, and Dubrovnik
  • Entrance fees to Krka National Park
  • Home-hosted meal with drinks
  • Half-day excursion of Ston with Oyster farm visit and tasting
  • One-way bus transfer from Dubrovnik port to Old town Dubrovnik for sightseeing
  • Spectacular cruise along the old town city walls of Dubrovnik
  • 2 nights in Kotor, 4* hotel
  • Private transfer to Kotor with a stop at a local winery
  • Private Highlights of Montenegro tour
  • Private transfer to Dubrovnik airport

Not included:

  • Additional drinks not mentioned here
  • Gratuities (recommended: roughly $350 for the week *per cabin*)
  • International airfare
  • Tickets to Blue Cave: €18 per person
  • Visitor Port Taxes/Fees €60 per person
  • Coffee outside of breakfast time
  • Optional wine tasting: €25 per person

Itinerary

Welcome to Split — this city is home to the monumental Diocletian Palace and rich history.
Your transfer awaits to take you to the harbor of Split, where you’ll embark on your Split to Dubrovnik Cruise. After a good few hours of leisure time in town, you’ll return to the ship to meet the amazing crew and the captain, which is followed by a nice welcome dinner!
This 8-day cruise will take you to enchanting vistas of Croatian southern isles and places like Trogir, Hvar, Vis, and Korčula — an amazing mix of Croatia’s rich history and breathtaking nature!

Overnight in Split

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Guided walking tour in Split

Enjoy breakfast as we sail to UNESCO-protected Trogir. This museum-town is literally packed with palaces,
churches, monasteries and towers, the main attraction being the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, probably the finest
example of sacral architecture in Croatia. Along the way there will be time for a swim stop in a secluded cove. Late morning arrival to Trogir and time on your own. Lunch will be served on board while in port.
After lunch, we will board a bus to take us to the National Park Krka. Krka is one of Croatia’s most famous and picturesque national parks. The waterfalls and crystal clear waters are most impressive making this stop a client favorite.
We will exit Krka by taking a lovely boat ride down the river. Then, we’ll head to a small village to the home of a local prosciutto maker. Enjoy a delicious home-cooked dinner in his family home and get to know what the Croatian culture is all about.

Overnight in Trogir

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Entrance fees to Krka National Park; Home-hosted meal with drinks

In the morning we set sail towards the island of Vis. With lunch on board and a swim stop along the way, we arrive
in Vis in the early afternoon.
Vis was once an important Yugoslav naval base and was closed to the public for years. Due to this isolation, Vis has a unique charm that feels like you’re stepping into a faraway time, making it one of our favorite stops. Here, you will have an optional visit a unique winery with an interesting story and location. Their wines are top quality and some of the best in Croatia.
In town, feel free to explore Vis at your leisure. We recommend visiting the Archaeological Museum located in the old Austrian fort Gospina Batarija (Batteria della Madonna). Dinner on your own in one of Vis Town’s charming
restaurants.

Overnight in Vis

Our sail begins early in the morning toward the Blue Cave*. This natural phenomenon is one of the highlights of the entire week and you’ll find out for yourself why! (entrances to be paid on the spot – approx. €18)
After the Blue Cave, breakfast will be served on board. We’ll have a swim stop and continue to Croatia’s sunniest island. Hvar is known as a “yachter’s paradise”. Arrive in the afternoon and explore the town’s historical center which includes the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower, and the oldest community theatre in Europe
founded in the 17th century. Hike up to the Spanish Fortress which overlooks the harbor for lovely scenic views of the yacht-filled marina and the Pakleni islands. In the evening, Hvar offers many great restaurants, cafes, and bars with many open late into the night.

Overnight in Hvar

*Please note that the Blue Cave is only accessible with small boats through an entrance just 1.5m high so it is unfortunately easily made inaccessible by bad weather and high waves.

This morning, we continue to Korcula, stopping for a swim in the gorgeous turquoise water and lunch along the
way.
Upon arrival in Korcula, enjoy a guided walking tour and explore the narrow cobblestone streets of this well preserved medieval town that is thought to be the birthplace of the world-famous explorer, Marco Polo.
Afterwards, continue discovering all the little nooks and crannies of Korcula, and enjoy dinner in one of the town’s charming local restaurants.

Overnight in Korčula

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Guided walking tour in Korcula

In the morning, we set sail early for Slano. Along the way, enjoy a swim stop and lunch onboard.
In Slano, be prepared to sample the local delicacy: oysters! We’ll visit Ston, known for its Medieval walls and oyster farming tradition that spans over two thousand years. From there, we’ll take a short boat ride to the oyster farm in the middle of the bay to taste these delicacies straight from the sea. Accompanied by a glass of Croatian wine, of course.
Return to Slano for our Captain’s Dinner with live entertainment onboard.

Overnight in Slano

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Half-day excursion of Ston with Oyster farm visit and tasting; Captain’s Dinner

Our final day together brings us to Dubrovnik, known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. You’ll know why as you join our walking tour through the UNESCO protected old town and get a chance to see the city’s famous medieval walls.

After the guided walking tour of the Old Town, you have the rest of the day to experience Dubrovnik for yourself. When you’ve soaked up all of Dubrovnik’s warm and welcoming atmosphere that you can handle, our ship will be docked at Gruż Harbour. There are plenty of taxis, buses, and Ubers to bring you back.

Overnight in Dubrovnik

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Guided walking in Dubrovnik

After one last breakfast onboard, you’ll say goodbye to your amazing crew and captain, and head down south to Kotor, Montenegro. On our way, we’ll take a stop at the local family-owned winery, located just above the beautiful Savina monastery in the beautiful small town of Herceg Novi. After a fun few hours of wine tasting, we’ll head to your hotel.

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Private transfer to Kotor with a stop at a local winery

You’ll leave the hotel for a wonderful day trip through Njeguši, Cetinje, Budva, Sveti Stefan, and Kotor. The area is famous for its historical importance and natural beauty, also being both the centerpiece of Montenegrin culture and a religious center. Explore the Cetinje monastery, taste the celebrated Montenegrin prosciutto and cheese, and savor the breathtaking vistas of Budva and Kotor Bay!

After this mesmerizing tour, we head back to the hotel for a night’s rest.

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Hotel Forza Mare, Kotor

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Private Highlights of Montenegro tour

This amazing 10-day experience ends with an early check-out from the hotel and a private transfer to the Dubrovnik airport.

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Private transfer to Dubrovnik airport

Your Cruise Ships

MS Premier

Premier has joined our fleet as the newest deluxe balcony ship for 2021. The ship has top-quality amenities, luxurious design and well-appointed cabins.


MS Ban

Constructed in 2017, the MS Ban is a lush way to explore the coastline and islands of Dalmatia.


MS Desire

Built in 2017, the MS Desire continues to be one of our favorite ships in Croatia because of the opulent design and top notch service on board.


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