Adriatic Paradise Cruise 2019


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    Split – Hvar – Vela Luka – Pomena – Slano – Dubrovnik – Perast – Kotor – Dubrovnik – Elaphiti Islands – Korčula – Pučišća – Omiš – Split

    Adriatic Paradise Cruise onboard MS Yolo (2019) is a value added deluxe cruise package that takes in the natural beauty and rich cultural heritage of Central & Southern Dalmatia. Its easy to relax, find time to swim, explore medieval towns and natural landscapes enroute.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 – Split

    You will be met at Split Airport and transferred to Split Port for embarkation. You will be served a Welcome Drink & Snack and get a chance to meet your Cruise Director and the crew. Captain’s orders and safety measures will be explained. Dinner onboard and time at leisure. Overnight in Split. (D)

    Day 2 – Split – Hvar – Vela Luka

    After breakfast enjoy a Split walking tour with the local guide who will show you the monumental Diocletian Palace which was built over 1700 years ago. Because of its historical and architectural importance, the whole Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Late in the morning we will set sail towards Hvar, known as the sunniest island in Croatia, famous for its endless fields of lavender and rosemary, its beautiful coast and lovely historical towns. Your destination is the town of Hvar, a town of immense beauty that buzzes with vibrant energy in the summer sun. Upon arrival, an expert local guide will take you for a walk around the ancient streets of Hvar. After the guided walking tour, we cruise to Korčula Island. We will stop for a swim near beautiful Pakleni Islands. Arrival in Vela Luka in the late afternoon. Captain’s Dinner onboard and overnight in Vela Luka. (B, D)

    Day 3 – Vela Luka – Pomena – Slano

    This morning after leaving the stunning beauty of Vela Luka, your Captain will hand-pick a bay for you where he will drop the anchor. You can swim in the crystal-clear blue Adriatic, surrounded by pine trees and the sounds of crickets. After the swim break we continue cruising to Pomena on the Island of Mljet, which on its western side houses the National Park, known for its immense beauty and its two turquoise saltwater lakes surrounded by thick forest. Upon arrival, you will have plenty of free time to explore the park individually, for example, by renting bikes and cycling or jogging on the numerous paths around the lakes or in the forest. If you feel like just relaxing you can hop onto the small boat that will take you to a tiny island on one of the lakes, where you can discover a monastery and a church of St Mary, built in the 12th century and enjoy a cup of coffee with the view and the quiet. In the late afternoon we depart towards Slano. Overnight in Slano. (B, L)

    Day 4 – Slano – Dubrovnik

    After breakfast you are free to take an optional guided tour “Taste of Dalmatia” and visit Ston, a small town famous of its 5km long defensive walls, the longest in Europe and visit a local winery where you will have the opportunity to taste some of the finest Dalmatian wines. Later, we set sail to the Lopud Island for a short swim break, before continuing to Dubrovnik. In the late afternoon, you will be transferred to the Old Town gate where you will be joining a guided tour of Dubrovnik. Our local expert will show you around this fascinating world-known landmark, an ancient town protected by 13th century fortifications. Dubrovnik was for centuries a standalone Republic and the only power able to compete with the Venetians. Overnight in Dubrovnik. (B, L)

    Day 5 – Dubrovnik – Perast – Kotor – Dubrovnik

    In the morning, venture east, past the serene Konavle Valley, and across the border with Montenegro. The scenery turns more dramatic, with snowcapped mountains looming over the turquoise Adriatic Sea. Driving around Boka Bay, its beauty entices, with settlements inhabited as early as the Illyrian and Roman times charmingly dotting the shoreline. Discover the picturesque Perast with its quaint seafront and Our Lady of the Rocks church poised on a manmade islet facing the town. Next, visit the UNESCO-listed town of Kotor. Compare it to Dubrovnik and find distinct Venetian heritage as the main difference. After your guide introduces you to a maze of curvy alleys and sun-kissed piazzas, wander around on your own before heading back. Upon return, dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik/Dubrovnik area. (B, D)

    Day 6 – Dubrovnik – Elaphiti – Korčula

    Morning departure from Dubrovnik to Korčula. On our way, we will have a short stop for swimming and relaxing on one of the beautiful Elaphiti Islands. Lunch will be served onboard before the late afternoon arrival to Korčula, the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. After arrival, local guide will take you for a walk around the Old Town. You will hear of its long history, ingenious building strategies, peculiar building layout and a legend of a great merchant traveller Marco Polo, who was born and spent his childhood in the streets of Korčula. (B, L)

    Day 7 – Korčula – Pučišća – Omiš

    We cruise towards the Island of Brač. The Captain will make a stop for refreshing swim in a secluded bay, after which you will continue your journey towards Pučišća. After docking at Pučišća, you will join a short visit to the Stonemasonry School nearby where you will learn of the Brač limestone and centuries-old tradition of stonemasonry and the unconventional tools they use before we continue our journey to Omiš, a town known for two things – stunning beauty of the Cetina River Canyon and its pirate history. Upon arrival, you are free to book an optional Cetina River Excursion. Overnight in Omiš.  (B, L)

    Day 8 – Omiš – Split

    Early morning departure from Omiš to Split. Disembarkation after breakfast, followed by transfer to Split Airport. (B)

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