Boasting thousands of miles of coastline and over a thousand islands bobbing in the Adriatic Sea, it’s no wonder that Croatia cruises are so popular in this beauty-blessed nation. From the dramatic mountains in the interior, to the craggy coastline, you’ll find incredibly well-preserved Roman cities, Byzantine mosaics and Habsburg villas all crowded into the 56,500 square kilometers of Croatia.
For many tourists, the best way to see the striking coastal landscapes is aboard a Croatia cruise, and there are many to choose from. But if you’re looking for a simple, affordable and comfortable 7 day cruise, then look no further than the beautiful sail from Dubrovnik to Split.
In this article I’ll cover one of the most popular Croatia Crises and give you an idea of what you may see along the way, how much it will cost and what the ship looks and feels like as it cruises the Adriatic.
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The M/S Splendid
Splendid indeed is this 3,850 meter, two-engine, two generator ship build from mahogany and iroko wood in the Split shipyard. There are 18 elegant and spacious cabins which include private facilities, air conditioning and comfortable beds. The Splendid actually feels more like a yacht than a cruise ship and the 6 crew members offer great service aboard the cruise.
Cabins are equipped with mostly double or twin beds and have nice decorative touches like wallboards, a working table, char, mirrors, night lamps, safe deposit boxes, hair dryers, electrical outlets, a wardrobe and storage space under the beds.
The salon-restaurant is a lovely 72 meter², fully air-conditioned area equipped with a bar and LCD TVs. There’s free wi-fi for all clients and large windows for beautiful viewing out to the Adriatic Sea during the Croatia cruise.
There is also a wonderful 60 meter² upper deck area that can also be closed with removable plastic windows if the weather decides to turn a little bit. The terrace area is large enough for all of the ships crew and passengers to comfortably sit during the Croatia cruise.
Lastly, one of the best features of the M/S Splendid is the 180 meter² sun deck with sun beds for all passengers.
Croatia Cruise Itinerary
The cruise from Split to Dubrovnik is lovely, but the real beauty of the experience are all of the stops along the way. No Croatia cruise would be complete without stopping at these sights found on Croatia’s fantastic coastline.
Day 1 – Split
The M/S Splendid is found docked in the Split harbour where you can board at any time during the day. At 7:00 pm there’s a welcome dinner where you’ll be introduced to the captain, crew and fellow passengers.
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Day 2 – Split –Omiš –Pučišća (Brač Island)
Day two is when the trip begins. An English-speaking guide takes you around the beautiful old town of Split including the historical Diocletian’s Palace. At around noon you’ll get back on the ship and head to Omiš, a famous stronghold for pirates and the location of the fight against The Republic of Venice.
From Omiš you get back on M/S splendid for lunch while the cruise continues through the Brač Channel, to the biggest village on the Island of Brač, the dramatically placed Pučišća. This dramatic, steep-sided natural harbour hides the town of Pučišća and is the meeting point of three narrow valleys which descend from the hills into the Mediterranean Sea.
The night is spent in Pučišća before starting day 3 of the itinerary.
Day 3 – Pučišća – Bol – Hvar
Departing from Pučišća in the morning, the M/S Splendid will cruise towards Bol, a place famous for the breathtaking Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape), known as one of the Mediterranean’s finest beaches. Bol itself is a lovely Dalmatian town where you can explore, go for a swim at the beach and enjoy lunch before boarding the ship again to head towards Hvar.
Hvar is one of the most popular islands off the coast of Croatia and is one of the sunniest places in Europe. Walking through the streets of this rich historical town, you’ll have the opportunity to see the island’s way of life as well as enjoy an evening and sunset at a family-owned tavern in the town center.
The 3rd night will be spent in Hvar before waking up on day 4.
Day 4 – Hvar – Biševo – Vis
The morning is spent on another breathtaking Croatia cruise from Hvar to Biševo and its famous Blue Cave. Many years ago, the entrance to the cave was hidden under the surface of the sea which meant that any visitors had to dive deep in order to resurface into the cave’s mysterious blue depths. This still may be the case during your visit to Biševo, so it’s a roll of the dice if cruisers actually get to see the cave!
After visiting Biševo, the cruise continues to Vis, one of the most unusual of Croatia’s Adriatic islands. Formally a military zone, thanks to its strategic positioning, today Vis is actually one of the country’s most untouched tourist attractions. Stunning beaches, ecological agriculture, well-preserved architecture and unspilt nature make this a favourite stop for many on any Croatia cruise.
The night is spent in Vis before waking up for day 5 of the Croatia cruise.
Day 5 – Vis – Korčula
The day starts on the island of Vis heading towards the town of Korčula with a swim and lunch on the way. It takes until early afternoon before reaching Korčula Town on the island of Korčula. On Korčula there’s a walking tour into the city where visitors enjoy the narrow cobbled streets and beautiful architecture.
The fifth night is spent here in Korčula.
Day 6 – Korčula – National Park Mljet
After breakfast on the ship, the cruise begins to National Park Mljet. Along the way you pass by the magnificent shores of the Korčula islands archipelago. Upon arriving in the park, there’s a free afternoon to explore two lovely lakes, the Islet of St. Mary and the Benedictine Monastery which was built in the 12th century.
Day 7 – National Park Mljet – Dubrovnik
On the morning of the final day, the Croatia cruise continues onto Dubrovnik, without a doubt the most famous city in all of Croatia and the filming location of “King’s Landing” in the popular HBO series, Game of Thrones.
Arriving in Dubrovnik, you get a guided tour of this fascinating old town. Probably one of the most intriguing cities in all of Europe, the walled-city of Dubrovnik never disappoints. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, it will be hard to peel yourself away from this incredible old city. But after a few hours, we’ll head back to Split on the final day of the Croatia cruise.
Finish in Split on Day 8
After spending a night in Split, you’ll bid farewell to the captain, crew and fellow passengers after what’s sure to be a memorable Croatia cruise.
At the time of writing, the cost of this 7 day cruise varies between €990 – €1,390 per person depending on the season and class of cabin with a 30% discount for a third adult sharing a cabin and kids between the ages of 3-11 getting a 50% discount if they share a cabin with two adults. For 1 child sharing a cabin with 1 adult, there’s a 20% discount as well.
- English-speaking cruise director on board
- 6 crew members
- 7 nights cruise in a preferred category cabin
- Complimentary fresh fruit available daily
- Welcome dinner with three courses
- Buffet breakfast daily and 6 lunches with three courses
- Professional English-speaking guide for city tours of Hvar, Korčula, Dubrovnik with transfers and panoramic photo stop and Split
- Wireless headset system for sightseeing’s (City Tours)
- Towels changed every second day & linen changed in the middle of the week
- Daily cabin cleaning service
- Two bottles of water 0,50 liters per day and person
- Free unlimited Wi-Fi on board
- CCTV Security Cameras on board
- Elegance Rooftop Jacuzzi (Sun deck)
What’s Not Included?
- Port and tourist taxes and fees, € 25,00 per person/week, to be paid on board in cash
- Entrance to the Mljet National Park, CCA 15,00 EUR per person to be paid at entrance if clients want to enter
- Private car transfers can be organized for travel agencies only on request
- Optional excursion in Split (Krka National Park)
Are You Ready For A Croatia Cruise?
Without a doubt one of the most exciting and relaxing ways to see Croatia is aboard a Croatia cruise. This 7 day itinerary between Split and Croatia is one of the most popular and with prices starting at just €990 for this intimate experience, it’s very affordable. If you’re interested in a 7-day Croatia cruise, check out Visiting Croatia for more information.
Special thanks to Visiting Croatia for making this article possible and for offering a variety of Croatia cruises.
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