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Dalmatian Discovery Cruise
Onboard MS Splendid 2017

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Routing:

Dubrovnik – Elaphiti Islands – Mljet – Hvar – Bol (Brač) – Split – Omiš – Pučišća (Brač) – Korčula – Dubrovnik

Visit some of the most beautiful islands and mainland attractions on the Adriatic onboard MS Spendid deluxe vessel. Discover the beauty of the Dalmatia islands and coastline. Sightseeing excursion included with free time to swim, explore, and dine with the locals.

Check in DUBROVNIK on SATURDAYS from 1pm (first night in Gruž Harbour)

Deluxe Package Includes

• 7 nights in A/C cabin with ensuite
• Welcome dinner (D)
• Buffet breakfast daily (B)
• 6 lunches (L)
• Fresh fruit daily
• Cruise Director – English & French speaking
• 6 crew members
• Towels changed every second day
• Linen changed in the middle of the week
• Elegance Rooftop Jacuzzi (Sun deck)
• Free WiFi (restrictions may apply)
• Wireless headset system (sightseeing)

Sightseeing

• Hvar 
• Split 
• Korčula

Optional Excursions

• Dubrovnik Countryside Tour
• Dubrovnik City Tour

Vessel Description

Small cruise ship MS Splendid is a ship built in Split for the 2014 summer according to new EU standards. With its perfect size, manoeuvring abilities and its elegant 19 cabins this, yacht-like ship will satisfy your refined expectations for a comfortable cruise along the Adriatic Coast. Built under the Croatian flag in 2014, length overall 38.5 meters and 8 meters in width, with two engines + two generators for A/C system and 220 Volts with standard cruising speed of 9 knots. Construction material is steel with mahogany and iroko wood. She has 19 spacious cabins with private facilities and A/C providing accommodation for up to maximum 38+4 persons. Experienced crew of 6 will make your cruise unforgettable. Passenger cabins are situated on three decks while crew members are accommodated in separate quarters. All guest cabins are very comfortable, fully A/C and conveniently designed with modern private ensuites (toilet and shower). Cabins are equipped with beds (size 200cm x 80cm or 200cm x 170cm) with wooden wallboard, working table, chair, mirror, night lamps, safe deposit box, radio, hair dryer, electric supply (220 V), lifejacket, wardrobe and luggage space under the bed, as well as the latest safety and fire alarm. Lower Deck cabins have a porthole and dual ventilation system (one in bathroom and one in cabin) while Main and Upper Deck cabins have two windows. Smaller one in bathroom and larger cabin window. Mostly all cabins have the possibility to have twin or double bed configuration.

An A/C salon-restaurant (72 m2) is on the main deck where guests can have their privacy. Large enough for all passengers, equipped with bar and LCD TV, each table has easy-access chairs. There is a corner table for buffet breakfast, wireless internet (Wi-Fi) is free of charge for all clients, loud-speakers, audio-system, and microphone for notifications through the entire boat or just restaurant area and beautiful large windows for complete passenger’s satisfaction. Kitchen (galley) is made in accordance with the newest HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) standards. Outside there is a terrace (38 m2) with tables and chairs that are fully covered. This area can be closed with removable plastic windows (in case of unfavourable weather). On the Upper Deck there is an outdoor terrace (60 m2) that is fully covered as well (also can be closed with removable plastic windows if necessary), large enough for all passengers with tables and seating sets to enjoy the cruise. On the high deck is a sun deck (180 m2) with sun-beds for all passengers & jacuzzi. The fence is 110 centimetres high for the safety of passengers. This is the best part of the boat for those who enjoy sunbathing while part of a sun deck is shaded for clients’ comfort. The boat has an extra-large platform for swimming, 2 ladders with handholds for easy access to the water and two outdoor showers and public toilettes. Bathroom towels will be changed every second day while clients can rent beach towels on the spot. Linens will be changed in the middle of the week.

LOWER DECK (8 Cabins)

• 8 Doubles/Twins
  (Cabin Size: 14-15m)

UPPER DECK (6 Cabins)

• 6 Doubles/Twins
  (Cabin Size: 13-14m)

MAIN DECK (5 Cabins)

• 5 Doubles/Twins
  (Cabin Size: 13-14m)

 

Download MS Splendid Fact Sheet

Important Information

Captain reserves the right to change the route in case of bad weather conditions. Departures are guaranteed for minimum 10 participants. Cruise Operator reserves the right to cancel any departure with less than 10 participants and to change the ship name if need arises. Guests are obliged to follow ship rules (found in written form on the ship) especially with regards to bringing drinks on board. In case of inappropriate behaviour Cruise Operator/Captain reserves the right in asking clients to disembark. Cash bar available onboard – drinks cannot be brought onboard. Most arrival times in port are in the late afternoon. Times to be advised during cruise
Group Prices Available – Contact Croatia Times Travel for group prices.

Disclaimer

Due to specific mooring conditions and requirements in some Croatian ports, ships are moored side by side, making it necessary for the clients to cross from one ship to another with gaps in between ships in order to get to the shore. In such cases clients need to take special care when crossing and do this at their own risk. Crew assistance will be given to those needing and requesting it.

2017 PRICES
Per Person NZ$
Twin Share
Cruise Code: 2017-AMB-SPL
Lower DeckMain DeckUpper Deck
May 06, 13
Jun 03
Sep 23, 30
Oct 07
1,5351,8802,052
Jun 10, 17, 24
Jul 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
Aug 05, 12, 19, 26
Sep 02, 09, 16
1,7071,9832,225
Single Supplement 50% surcharge
Small Ship Supplement Paid Upon Embarkation
Tourist Tax & Entrance Fee approx €40pp

CRUISE ITINERARY

Day 1, Saturday: Dubrovnik

MS Splendid will be docked in Gruž Harbour where you can board during the entire day. Welcome meeting will start at 7:00pm, where you will be introduced by Cruise Director to the Captain, crew and your future fellow passengers with whom you will spend a week on board. Welcome dinner will be served at 7:30pm. The embarkation will be possible throughout the day; passengers arriving in the morning cannot enter their cabins before 1:00pm, but they can leave luggage on board. Captain will wait for all passengers arriving late at night and these guests will be provided with cold dinner. Overnight in Dubrovnik. (D)

Day 2, Sunday: Dubrovnik – Elaphiti Islands – Mljet

After breakfast we will start our pleasant cruise to the Mljet National Park. On our way we will cruise by magnificent shores of the Elaphiti islands archipelago, to the northwest of Dubrovnik, with a swim stop along the way. Lunch will be served on board while cruising to Mljet National Park. Upon arrival to the Mljet National Park, you will have free afternoon to explore the park, to walk around the Great and Small Lake and Islet of St Mary with its Benedictine Monastery from the 12th century. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Mljet National Park. (B, L)

Day 3, Monday: Mljet – Hvar

Morning cruise to the Island of Hvar with a swim stop near the island of Korčula. After lunch we will continue cruising towards the sunniest island of Croatia – the island of Hvar, with a second swim stop in a one of the many coves and bays along the way. Hvar is one of the most popular, very attractive tourist destinations and a meeting point for the international jet set. Upon your evening arrival at Hvar, a local English speaking guide will walk you throughout the town introducing you to the history, culture and way of life on this island. We will join a short lavender presentation where you can learn how lavender was traditionally farmed on Hvar Island for centuries. Have an evening in Hvar free to explore and dine around in one of numerous family owned restaurants. Overnight in Hvar. (B, L)

Day 4, Tuesday: Hvar – Bol (Brač) – Split

After breakfast we continue sailing to Bol, said to have the best beach for swimming in Croatia named Zlatni Rat. We will stop in Bol and enjoy this nice Dalmatian town for a walk, or to have a cup of coffee and take a swim till lunch is served on board. After a relaxed cruise from Bol to Split arrival in Split is expected during afternoon hours. Split is the second largest urban centre in Croatia and the seat of the Split and Dalmatia County. It is traditionally considered to be over 1,700 years old. Since 1979 the historic centre of Split has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. The historical and cultural buildings are located inside the walls of the Diocletian’s Palace. In addition, its numerous museums, the National Theatre, old churches and other archaeological sites in the region of Split make this city an important cultural attraction. Our English speaking guide will do Split City tour, and walk us through historical Diocletian’s Palace. Overnight in Split. (B, L)

Day 5, Wednesday: Split – Omiš – Pučišća (Brač)

After breakfast we cruise to Omiš, ancient town with city walls, fortresses and stone churches located at the delta of Cetina River with its wonderful beaches. In the past Omiš was for centuries a symbol of retaliation, courage and strength of the famous pirates against Venetian Republic. After a relaxed walk in Omiš we will have lunch. Our voyage will continue towards Pučišća. Pučišća is the biggest village on the island of Brač an entirely different experience. Nowhere in the system of towns and villages in Damatia does terrain play such a compelling role as in Pučišća with its spectacular irregularity of the steep-sided natural harbour, its authentic Mediterranean architecture and rustic ambience; the fjordlike inlet meets three narrow valleys that descend from the hills to join those quiet and beautiful waters. Pučišća Quarry was exploited in the Antiquity; the reopening of the quarry took place in 1455, unused since Roman times. It was from this quarry that stone was excavated to build limestone columns of the White House in Washington DC, The Parliament house in Vienna and many other famous buildings all over the world. The only Stonemasonry school in Croatia is located in Pučišća where students carve sculptures from Brač limestone with traditional and unconventional tools that have been used here for centuries. We will spend night in this very quiet small town. Nightfall unifies the diverse features of Pučišća that have intrigued us by daylight. Overnight in Pučišća. (B, L)

Day 6, Thursday: Pučišća (Brač) – Korčula

We start our day with morning departure towards the last island on our cruise – the island of Korčula. We shall stop for a swim before lunch and in the afternoon we will arrive in Korčula town, on Korčula Island. Korčula is a city known as a birthplace of Marko Polo, the famous explorer. Our English speaking guide will do short Korčula City tour, and walk us through narrow and cobbled streets of Korčula. The rest of the evening is free to enjoy dining at one of the local restaurants of your choice. Overnight in Korčula. (B, L)

Day 7, Friday: Korčula – Dubrovnik

After breakfast we depart for a pleasant cruise along the shores of Mljet and the Elaphiti islands where we will have a swim stop and lunch; Arrival back to Dubrovnik in the afternoon, our first and last stop. You will have afternoon and evening free to enjoy your stay in the Pearl of the Adriatic. Overnight in Dubrovnik. (B, L)

1st Optional Excursion: Dubrovnik Countryside, Duration 5 hrs approx:
For the ones who would like to explore the hidden side of Dubrovnik Countryside we will organize this excursion that will amaze you with its natural beauties. The tour takes us on country roads that pass through picturesque small villages, we will have a photo stop on a hill above Dubrovnik, a high panoramic point from where you can see entire Dubrovnik as well as the all islands around. On our journey we will visit medieval watermills and spring of river Ljuta with presentation of flour production in old, traditional way. You will be offered with welcome local liquor, figs, walnuts and homemade arancini – the candid sour and sweet orange peel sweets. We will taste special Dalmatian smoked ham and local cheese, have vine tasting of few red & white vines and local bread and conclude an evening with a nice walk at small seaside town of Cavtat, situated on peninsula with it’s centuries old harmonious architecture and rich history and sights, today one of the most attractive destination on the Adriatic coast.
Price: €45,00 per person, minimum 10 persons, payment on the spot.
Includes: guide, return transfer, flour presentation with welcome drink, Dalmatian smoked ham, cheese, bread and red & white wine tasting.

2nd Optional Excursion: Dubrovnik City Tour, Duration 1 hr 45 mins approx:
Our guide will meet you onboard minivan/small bus. After an organized panoramic drive and photo stop of breathtaking scenery at a hill above Dubrovnik we will come to the historical centre. This famous city is listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage site and your tour guide will show you the most interesting sights of Dubrovnik. After city tour you will be left on your own to dine around or explore the city.
Price: €30,00 per person, minimum 6 persons, payment on the spot.
Includes: guide for the Dubrovnik City Tour, one way drive to the panoramic point and historical centre.

Day 8, Saturday: Dubrovnik

After breakfast it is time to say farewell to all your new friends. (B)

 

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