DAY 1 (SATURDAY) DUBROVNIK – KORCULA
EMBARKATION IN DUBROVNIK (Gruz harbor) FROM 11:00 AM To 15:00 PM
DEPARTURE FROM DUBROVNIK 16:00.
Once you are on board the adventure can start. Over a welcome drink and a snack you will meet your Cruise Director and the crew of “Adriatic Pearl”. Captain’s orders and safety measures will be explained to you, after which the boat will set sail for your first destination, the Island of Korcula. On the way you can start making acquaintances with fellow travellers or just enjoy the breeze and the landscape slowly passing you by. Early dinner will be served from 18:00. Expected arrival at the town of Korcula is in the evening. Korcula is a small town of immense beauty located on the northeastern part of the Island of Korcula. The medieval core of the town is built in a fishbone-like pattern on a small peninsula protruding into the sea, offering a great view of the sunsets Korcula is known for. Enjoy free evening on your own. First service on board: snack
Overnight in Korcula.
DAY 2 SUNDAY KORCULA – PUCISCA (Island of Brac) – OMIŠ
After breakfast a local guide will take you for a walk around the town of Korcula. You will hear of its long history, ingenious building strategies, peculiar building layout and a legend of a great merchant traveler Marco Polo that was born and spent his childhood in the streets of Korcula. After the guided tour you will set sail towards the Island of Brac, passing through the scenic
Peljesac channel, around the tip of Peljesac peninsula and the southeastern tip of the Island of Hvar. Weather permitting, Captain will drop the anchor on the way for a refreshing swim in a secluded bay, after which you will continue your journey towards Pucisca. Pucisca is nested in a beautiful bay on the island of Brac, surrounded by stone quarries that yield some of the whitest and best quality limestone in the world. Suffice to say that pillars of this snow-white stone decorate the façade of the White House and other landmarks all over the world. After docking at Pucisca, you can join a short visit to a stonemasonry school nearby where you will learn of the Brac limestone, their centuries-old tradition of stonemasonry and the unconventional tools they use before we continue our journey to Omiš where we will rest for the night. Overnight in Omiš.
*Korcula town walking tour and Stonemasonry School in Pucisca – walking tour package
DAY 3 MONDAY OMIS – SPLIT
After breakfast you can join optional short walking tour where you will hear the story of this small town built below steep mountains at the mouth of river Cetina. You will also learn of its pirates that brought the town its fame in Middle Ages. In the afternoon you will continue sailing to Split, your port of call for the day. Upon arrival you are free to enjoy the Old Town and introduce yourself with the monumental Diocletian Palace built over 1700 years ago or you can go on guided walking tour. During the centuries the Old Town has grown into the palace and around it, creating a unique urban landscape. Because of its historical and architectural importance, the whole Old Town is part of the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage. Later you can just join the locals enjoying a cup of coffee on their much beloved seaside promenade. Overnight in Split.
*Split walking tour – walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Cetina river
DAY 4 TUESDAY SPLIT – HVAR (Island of HVAR) – VELA LUKA (Island of Korcula)
Today you will be sailing 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, our expert local guide will take you for a walk around the ancient streets of Hvar. After the guided walking tour of Hvar we will set sail to Korcula Island. Along the way we will stop for a swim near beautiful islands (Pakleni otoci), known by very warm sea. After the swimming break the Dalmatian fried fish will be served for a snack. Arrival in Vela Lula (Korcula Island) in the late afternoon. Overnight in Vela Luka (Korcula Island).
*Hvar town – walking tour package
DAY 5 WEDNESDAY VELA LUKA (Island of KORCULA) – POMENA (Island of MLJET)
Wednesday morning after leaving stunning beauty of Vela Luka your Captain will hand-pick a bay for you where he will drop the anchor. You can hop into your swimsuit and have a swim in the crystal-blue Adriatic, surrounded by pine trees and the sound of crickets. After the swim break you will continue sailing to Pomena on the island of Mljet. Island of Mljet on its western side houses National Park Mljet, known for its immense beauty and its two turquoise salty 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 forests. You can also rent kayaks and cut the surface of the magnificent lakes to observe the scenery from a different perspective. 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’s built in the 12th century and enjoy a cup of coffee with the view and the quiet. Overnight in Pomena (Island of Mljet).
**Optional excursion: Mljet National Park, free time in the National park.
DAY 6 THURSDAY POMENA (Island of MLJET) – JAKLJAN ISLAND – ŠIPAN ISLAND –SLANO
Early in the morning Captain and his crew will take you on the route in the direction of Slano. On the way there you will witness beautiful scenery as you pass the Elaphite islands. Swim break will be made on Jakljan island and afterwards we will visit Šipan island for few hours. After the swimming break the cakes will be served for a snack. Overnight in Slano.
DAY 7 FRIDAY SLANO – DUBROVNIK
After breakfast you are free to take optional guided tour Taste of Dalmatia –you will visit Ston small town famous of its 5 km long city walls (the longest one in Europe) and visit local vinery where you will have opportunity to taste some finest Dalmatian wines. Later, we set sail to the Lopud island for a short swim and continue to Dubrovnik and cruise beneath Dubrovnik City Walls and then to port Gruž. Upon arrival to Dubrovnik, you will be transferred to the Old Town gate where you will be joining 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. After the tour you will have free time to explore Dubrovnik on your own. You can take the cable-car to the top of the hill overlooking Dubrovnik for wonderful photo opportunities, make the full circle around the walls or just enjoy a scoop of ice cream as you stroll through its narrow streets paved with ancient stones. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
*Dubrovnik town tour with a coach transfer from Dubrovnik port (Gruz) to the Old town – walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Taste of Dalmatia
DAY 8 SATURDAY DUBROVNIK
After your last breakfast on board disembarkation follows by 09:00 AM. It is time to say farewell to your fellow travelers, your Cruise Manager and the crew of M/S Adriatic Pearl.