Croatian Islands Cruise

Included in the price:
8 days/ 7 night – departing Saturday 3rd October 2020
Transport to Croatia included
7 nights on board the Deluxe category MS Invictus or similar – all ensuite cabins
Welcome 3 course dinner + drink, buffet breakfast and 6 x 3-course lunches + Captain’s Dinner
English speaking guide for city tours of Dubrovnik (with transfers) Korčula and Hvar + wireless audio sets
Complimentary fresh fruit daily + 1 litre of bottled water per person per day
Daily cabin cleaning service
Free unlimited wireless internet access on board (Wi-Fi)
Elegant Rooftop Jacuzzi with sun beds + rear swimming platform for easy access to/from the sea

Price from £1659pp Twin / Double share
Single supplement £139 (7 nights) – limited availability
Main deck supplement £ 149 per cabin - limited availability
Initial deposit £250pp at the time of booking
2nd deposit due by the 28.02.20 - £250pp – (both deposits are non-refundable / non-transferable)
Balance due in full by the 20.07.20
Travel Insurance £50pp – No upper age limit – Conditions apply

DAY 1 / SATURDAY : DUBROVNIK
Transport to Croatia will be discussed at the time of booking. You will be met upon your arrival and escorted to a local restaurant for an early lunch. Suitably refreshed, your coach will transfer you to the MS INVICTUS docked in Dubrovnik Gruž harbour. At your welcome meeting with welcome drink you will be introduced to the Captain and crew before tonight’s Welcome dinner. Overnight in Dubrovnik, (D)

DAY 2 / SUNDAY : DUBROVNIK - SLANO
After breakfast your guide will accompany you on your transfer by coach to the historical centre of Dubrovnik, the famous city enlisted as UNESCO’s World Heritage site. Your guide will escort you around the most interesting sights of the old city of Dubrovnik. You will then have some free time to explore at your leisure, visit the city walls or take the cable car to the top of the Mount Srđ fgrom where you can see why Dubrovnik is called the Pearl of the Adriatic. You will be returned to the boast at midday as we begin our cruise. Lunch will be served while cruising to Slano, making a swim stop on the way. Overnight in Slano. (B,L)
Today's included afternoon excursion to Ston.
Travelling by coach to Mali Ston we begin with an 'Oyster Experience' boat trip over Mali Ston Bay where families have grown oysters for generations. After a welcome drink on a wooden boat you will tour the shellfish farm which includes a presentation and oyster and mussel tasting on the boat, accompanied by a glass of house wine. We then continue to Ston, a fortified town famous for its 5km long walls, delicious oysters and mussels ands also its old salt ponds, where the salt is still gathered today the old-fashioned way. Returning to Slano –+ overnight on board.(B, L)

DAY 3 / MONDAY : SLANO - HVAR
Enjoying breakfast on board we cruise towards the sunniest island of Croatia – Hvar, passing many coves and bays during the journey. Lunch is included on board as is a swim stop. Hvar is one of the most popular and attractive visitor destinations and a meeting point for the international jet set. On arrival a local guide will walk you through the town introducing you to the history, culture and way of life of this island.
This evening is at your leisure when you can choose between the many family owned restaurants for dinner. Overnight in Hvar Historical Town, (B,L)

DAY 4 / TUESDAY : HVAR - BIŠEVO BLUE CAVE - VIS
Morning cruise to Island Biševo with its blue cave. The cave has its own natural entrance which is located below sea level, which you need to swim underwater to briefly, resurfacing in the cave’s mysterious blue depths. This natural phenomenon creates a magical effect of deep blue and shiny silver, mystifying her visitors. However, sometimes High Waves prevent the entrance to Blue Cave, which is something we will not know before the morning of this visit. For this reason entrance fees are payable on the spot. Lunch is included on board before continuing on to Vis Island and town, a pearl in the Croatian Adriatic islands which was untouched by tourism for many years due to its strategic location on the open sea. It is known for its beautiful beaches, unspoilt nature, ecological agriculture and preserved traditional architecture, making this a unique Croatian island. Overnight in Vis Town, (B,L)

DAY 5 / WEDNESDAY : VIS - VELA LUKA
We cruise this morning towards Korčula making a swim stop before lunch, arriving this afternoon in Vela Luka, the second largest town on Korčula. Afternoon included coach excursion - Wine & Olive Oil tasting. We begin with a visit to the Zlokic Olive Oil Production founded in 1995. This family is known for being one of the leading olive oil producers on the island. As part of their facilities, the Zlokic Family has a 'sports field' typical of Dalmatia, where the traditional game 'Boce' is played. After tasting the olive oil (the elixir of the Gods), see how this game is played before continuing on to Blato and the Barilo Family Museum. The Barilo ethnographic collection offers a unique and unforgettable experience of the island depicting life and costumes of their ancestors. Collected over many years, the objects come from all aspects of life including agriculture, fashion, furniture and traditional crafts. The island exploration continues with a visit to the Toreta Winery incuding tasting. This family boutique winery in Smokvica produces wines from indigenous grape varieties including Posip, Rukatac and Plavac. The winery was named after the 'Toreta', a stone field shelter that can still be found in some parts of Smokvica. Overnight in Vela Luka. (B,L)

DAY 6 / THURSDAY : VELA LUKA - KORČULA - MLJET
Morning cruise towards Korčula town which is the birthplace of the explorer, Marco Polo.
Accompanied by your guide you will explore the town on foot taking in the many narrow and cobbled streets. Lunch is taken on board as we cruise to the Mljet National Park where we expect to arrive in the afternoon, entrance fees not included. You will have a limited amount of time to explore some of the park, maybe walk around the Great and Small Lakes and the Islet of St. Mary with its Benedictine Monastery from the 12th-century. Why not enjoy a 'dip' in the heart of National Park. Returning to the boat, a Captain’s dinner is included. Overnight in NP Mljet. (B,L, Captain's Dinner)

DAY 7 • FRIDAY – NATIONAL PARK MLJET – ELAPHITI ISLANDS
Today is a leisurely one. During the morning cruise we will pass the magnificent shores of the Elaphiti islands archipelago to the northwest of Dubrovnik, making swim stops during the journey. Lunch on board and second swim stop. Overnight at Elaphiti Island at one of the small picturesque peaceful fishermen’s villages. Overnight in Elaphiti Islands ( Šipan, Lopud, Koločep), (B,L)

DAY 8 • SATURDAY - ELAPHITI ISLANDS - DUBROVNIK
Morning cruise from our last stop to Dubrovnik Gruž port. (B) Transport to UK will be discussed at the time of booking.

Simply Groups reserves the right to make minor adjustments to this itinerary due to circumstasnces beyond our control.
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