Croatia: Cruising the Islands of the Adriatic

Trip Overview

Travel to Croatia in September 2018 for an active, adventure cruise and discover the secrets of the the Adriatic Sea on our own private boat. The calm flows of the Adriatic and ancient walled villages of Croatia are the perfect backdrop to explore the dramatic Croatian coastline. You'll enjoy the peace and untouched beauty of Croatia's many islands scattered across the sparkling sapphire waters of the Mediterranean.

Dubrovnik is where our Croatia cruise tour begins. Also know as the “Pearl of the Adriatic” on the Dalmatian Coast, Dubrovnik became an important Mediterranean sea power starting in the 13th century. Although severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667, the city managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces, and fountains.

From Dubrovnik, we board our private chartered motorsailer yacht, which will be your home and your base for exploring over the next several days. We cast off to sail towards the Croatian Island of Mljet, featured in Homer's Odyssey and stretching over 100 square kilometers in size. After exploring Mljet by boat, we head to her shore for a three-hour biking excursion on the island. We'll enjoy the rich flora and fauna of Mljet while we take in the stunning views.

While the island is considered to be one of the most beautiful of the Croatian islands, Mljet is one of Croatia's islands “lost” on the sea, and cannot be reached easily on your own. Thanks to its thick pine forest, karstic caves, two picturesque lakes connected with the sea, gravelly and sandy beaches, and fishing areas abundant with fish and lobster, the west part of the island has been made a National Park. Croatia’s greenest island, Mljet features rich Mediterranean vegetation, a gentle sandy shoreline, and a wealth of underwater sea life.

The next island you visit is Korcula island, allegedly the birthplace of Marco Polo. It is located on a small headland, and features Venetian architecture, defensive walls, and attractive pantiled roofs evoking memories of Dubrovnik. Visit a local coral jewelry artist, Irena Katela, and enjoy a short presentation about how she crafts her jewelry from this vibrantly colored natural stone.

The Croatian island of Vis is the farthest island of middle Dalmatia, famous for its clear sea and protected underwater world, rich in sunken ships and miraculous flora and fauna. It also has some of the best beaches in the country, and is known for its fresh seafood and local wines. While at Vis, visit Komiza, a small fisherman’s town about six miles from the town of Vis. Komiza will inspire you with its charm, rich cultural heritage, and its excellent food and wines.

Visit Croatia's famous Blue Cave, where you can hop off our boat to swim and explore the cave on your own. The Blue Cave was formed by the waves of the sea: the sea water eroded the limestone rock which makes up the whole island of Bisevo. The cave itself is 78 feet long, 35 feet deep, and up to 49 feet high, while the entrance to it measures five feet high and eight feet wide.

And onwards to Hvar! The island of Hvar is the queen of the Croatian Dalmatian islands. It has been famous since antiquity because of its important strategic and nautical position, the culture, natural monuments, and literature. Explore the island on foot and visit Hvar’s fortress, St. Stephen Cathedral, the Franciscan monastery, and spend some time on Hvar's beautiful beaches.

We cruise on to Split is the second largest city in Croatia, and the largest city in Dalmatia. You will get to explore the city, visiting Diocletian’s Palace, Split’s Cathedral, the Peristyle of Diocletian’s Palace, and Split’s famous promenade called “riva.”

Our last stop is Trogir, a harmonious stone town on a small island that is connected to the Croatian mainland and the Island of Ciovo by bridges. The old town of Trogir is under UNESCO protection, and is a treasure trove for lovers of art, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, and Romanesque churches. Join a Croatian chef to shop for fresh ingredients at the local market and enjoy a hands-on Croatian cooking class, feasting on regional specialties for lunch.

This small group womens cruise to Croatia's islands is a unique opportunity to make lifelong friends, with the crystalline waters of the Mediterranean Adriatic, sure to make this European cruise experience truly unforgettable!

 

Main Attractions

  • Explore the beautiful islands of Croatia on an exclusive, chartered motorsailer yacht
  • Visit the local market in Trogir with a chef to shop for fresh ingredients, and enjoy a hands-on cooking class
  • Enjoy a private wine tasting at a local vineyard in the small town of Orebic and taste wine from the famous Peljesac hills
  • Hike the thick pine forests, karstic caves, and sandy beaches of Mljet Island
  • Snorkel and swim in the turquoise glow of the Blue Cave located on the island of Bisevo

What You'll See and Do

  • Bicycling
  • Boat Cruise
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Handicrafts
  • Hiking
  • Historical Sites
  • Local Delicacies
  • National Parks
  • Natural History
  • Sightseeing
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa Element
  • Swimming

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Croatia: Cruising the Islands of the Adriatic

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Saturday, September 8 - Arrive in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic” on the Dalmatian coast, became an important Mediterranean Sea power starting in the 13th century. Although severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667, Dubrovnik managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces, and fountains.

You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Note that there is one group transfer included in the trip - we will advise the transfer time closer to the trip.

Enjoy a welcome dinner and group orientation this evening.
Welcome Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Lacroma
http://www.valamar.com/en/hotels-dubrovnik/valamar-lacroma-dubrovnik-hotel

Hotel Lacroma is located on the tranquil Babin Kuk peninsula, surrounded by pine tree forests and soothing white pebble beaches. Renowned for its fusion of nature and state of the art facilities, the hotel offers ultra modern rooms and suites, memorable gastronomic experiences in its gourmet restaurant, a wine bar terrace with panoramic views of the Elaphiti Islands, and an abundance of activities to let you create a perfectly balanced adventure in Croatia.

 

Day 2

Sunday, September 9 - Dubrovnik to the Dalmatian Coast
Island Mljet stretches over 100 square kilometers. Thanks to its thick pine forest, karstic caves, two picturesque lakes connected with the sea, gravelly and sandy beaches, and fishing areas abundant with fish and lobster, the west part of the island has been made a National Park.

Cavtat is a unique town on the Adriatic, an old city situated on the hilly part of the wooded peninsula Rat. The charms of this old city are the buildings that have remained from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic. Spend the morning sightseeing in Cavtat town. Visit the Rector’s palace, see the unique Renaissance architecture, and St. Nicholas church.

Enjoy lunch on your own in a local restaurant.

After lunch, head to the boat to check in. This will be your home and your base for exploring over the next several days.

Sail from Dubrovnik towards Mljet. For many, Mljet is one of the islands “lost” on the sea, and cannot be reached easily on your own. Mljet is featured in the stories of the Odyssey! Enjoy your afternoon and have dinner on board.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Chartered Yacht

 

Day 3

Monday, September 10 - The Dalmatian Coast
Mljet is Croatia’s greenest island, with its Mediterranean vegetation, clear and clean sea, gentle sandy shoreline, and a wealth of underwater sea life. The island is considered to be one of the most beautiful of the Croatian islands. It is well known for its white and red wine, olives, and goat cheese.

After breakfast, head to shore for a three-hour biking excursion on the beautiful Mljet Island. Enjoy the rich flora and fauna and take in the stunning views.

Have lunch on board

After lunch, begin sailing to Korcula island. Korcula island is allegedly the birthplace of Marco Polo. It is located on a small headland, and has Venetian architecture, defensive walls, and attractive pantiled roofs Korcula evoking memories of Dubrovnik.

Visit a local coral jewelry artist, Irena Katela, and enjoy a short presentation. Irena is also a president of the association of Albanian minority in Croatia.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Chartered Yacht

Your chartered yacht for the week has 19 luxury cabins, featuring air conditioning, wifi, and fully-equipped bathrooms. On board, enjoy the restaurant, terrace, and sun deck. You can have massages, use the fitness area, swim in the on- board pool, and enjoy the bar while you cruise the Dalmatian Coast.


Day 4

Tuesday, September 11 - The Dalmatian Coast
Vis is the farthest island of middle Dalmatia, famous for its clear sea and protected underwater world, rich in sunken ships and miraculous flora and fauna.

Komiza is a small fisherman’s town, about six miles from the town of Vis. It will inspire you with its charm, rich cultural heritage, and its excellent food and wines. Explore Komiza on your own this afternoon.

Enjoy dinner on board.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Chartered Yacht

Day 5

Wednesday, September 12 - The Dalmatian Coast
Vis has some of the best beaches in the country, and is known for its fresh seafood and local wines.

Visit the Blue Cave, where you can swim into the cave. It was formed by the waves of the sea. The sea water eroded the limestone rock which makes up the whole island of Bisevo. The cave itself is 78 feet long, 35 feet deep, and up to 49 feet high, while the entrance to it measures five feet high and eight feet wide.

The town of Vis is in a large, protected bay on the northeast side of the island of Vis. It faces the island of Hvar and the Dalmatian mainland.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Chartered Yacht

Day 6

Thursday, September 13 - The Dalmatian Coast
The island of Hvar is the queen of the Croatian Dalmatian islands.

It has been famous since antiquity because of its important strategic and nautical position, the culture, natural monuments, and literature.

Sail to Hvar Island. Explore on foot, and visit Hvar’s fortress, St. Stephen Cathedral, the Franciscan monastery, and spend some time on the beautiful beaches.

Enjoy lunch and dinner on the boat today.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Chartered Yacht

Day 7

Friday, September 14 - The Dalmatian Coast
Split is the second largest city in Croatia, and the largest city in Dalmatia. It lies on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, centered on the Roman Palace of the Emperor Diocletian. Spread over a central peninsula and its surroundings, Split’s greater area includes the neighboring seaside towns as well. A regional transport hub and popular tourist destination, the city is the link to numerous Adriatic islands and the Apennine peninsula.

After breakfast, explore Split. Visit Diocletian’s Palace, Split’s Cathedral, the Peristyle of Diocletian’s Palace, and Split’s famous promenade called “riva.”

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and have dinner on the boat.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Chartered Yacht

Day 8

Saturday, September 15 - The Dalmatian Coast
Trogir is a harmonious stone town on a small island that is connected to the mainland and the island of Ciovo by bridges. The old town is under UNESCO protection, and is a treasure trove for lovers of art, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, and Romanesque churches.

After breakfast, visit the market with a local chef to purchase the ingredients for your cooking class. Learn how to make a traditional local lunch with your host. Sit down to feast on the delicious meal you create for lunch.

Spend some time exploring Trogir on your own this afternoon. Take some time to enjoy the local beaches.

Have a farewell dinner with your new AdventureWomen friends. Reminisce over all of the memories you have made and celebrate the end of an incredible trip!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Chartered Yacht

Day 9

Sunday, September 16 - The Dalmatian Coast and Depart
Enjoy one last morning on the boat before departing for the US.

Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you transfer to the airport for your flights home.
Breakfast

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Croatia: Cruising the Islands of the Adriatic

Traveling to Croatia



Traveling to Croatia

Arrive: Arrive at Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) on September 8, 2018 before 2:00pm. There will be one group transfer included (time TBD).

Depart: Depart Split, Croatia (SPU) on September 16, 2018.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393
email: info@adventurewomen.com

If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates with at least two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

Health Considerations

We rate this trip as moderate. You should be able to hike comfortably for two to three hours at a time on varied terrain, as well as bike for half a day and paddle a raft. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you to ensure that you are prepared for the trip. Visit https://fitfortrips.com/ partners/adventure-women/ for more information.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Money

The Croatian currency is the Croatian kuna (kn).

As of May, 2017, US$1 = kn6.6. Credit cards are widely accepted in Croatia, and ATMs are accessible in larger towns. We suggest bringing a few hundred dollars in cash to exchange into kunas for spending money and gratuities.

Suggested Gratuities:

  • Main guide: $8-10 per day
  • Drivers: $2-4 per day
  • Local Guides: $3-5 per day
  • Boat Crew: $8-12 per day

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone. As a courtesy, we can hold your space for five days while you are making personal and travel arrangements.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking "Sign Up for this Trip" on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (photo page)

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer) on or before June 10, 2018.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Croatia: Cruising the Islands of the Adriatic

Included

  • All accommodations throughout the trip
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • Fully-guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • English-speaking guides throughout the trip
  • One AdventureWomen Associate

 

Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Croatia
  • Optional activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Fees for passports, visas, or immunizations
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Croatia: Cruising the Islands of the Adriatic

What to Bring

September weather on the Mediterranean in Croatia generally has daytime average temperatures in the comfortable 80s, with night time temperatures in the 60s. As in all outdoor activities, you should be well prepared for weather changes. It can get quite cool at night on the boat.

Please pack lightly in one duffel bag and one carry-on for this trip. When visiting churches and cathedrals you must wear appropriate clothes - t-shirt and pants, or a skirt that covers your knees.

Clothing and Gear:

  • Duffel bag
  • Daypack
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking/ hiking shoes (for walking and biking)
  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • 2-3 pairs of socks
  • 3-4 short sleeve shirts/tank tops (quick dry recommended)
  • 1 long sleeve shirt (quick dry recommended)
  • 1 medium weight fleece sweater/jacket for cool evenings
  • 1-2 pairs of pants
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 set of nicer clothes for dinner in Dubrovnik
  • 1-2 bathing suits
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hat for sun protection
  • 5-7 pairs underwear
  • Sleepwear

AdventureWomen Essentials:

  • Travel documents (passport, airline tickets, money)
  • 2-3 spare passport photos (in case of lost passport)
  • Write down/print out travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Binoculars (8x40/42 models are excellent choices; center focus models are easiest)
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Power adapters
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Your AdventureWomen insulated bottle (good for hot or cold drinks!)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Tampons and panty liners (avoid plastic applicators)
  • Earplugs: We recommend Mack’s Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs. Available at most drugstores or at www.earplugstore.com
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and Ziploc bags
  • 1-2 bandanas/Buff
  • Reading material/journal and pens

Personal First Aid Kit:

  • Prescription medicine you usually take (in original containers)
  • Personal epi pen (if you need one, don’t forget to pack it!)
  • Bandages, Gauze, Ace bandage, blister prevention
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Oral rehydration tablets/packets
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Mild laxative
  • Antacid
  • Cold remedies
  • Ibuprofen/acetaminophen
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers, scissors (travel size), safety pins

If you prefer to buy a complete kit, we recommend the Smart Travel first aid kit.


If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.