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Croatian Islands and Dubrovnik Discovery
8 days - by Scheduled Air

Price from £799.00 per person*
Departures from 1st Oct 2017 to 15th Oct 2017

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Route: DUBROVNIK - MLJET ISLAND - KORČULA ISLAND - HVAR ISLAND - PELJEŠAC - ŠIPAN ISLAND - DUBROVNIK

For a cruise you'll never forget, start by forgetting those giant liners crammed with casinos, arcades and cinemas. This is seafaring the old-fashioned way, Dalmatian-island-hopping with the wind in your face on a small 20-cabin motor or motor sailing ship, anchoring in small harbours and sunlit bays, swimming and snorkelling in turquoise waters and exploring Roman and Renaissance landmarks. All cruises include flights and transfers, half board, en-suite cabin and Croatian magic as standard.

Dubrovnik

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Dubrovnik (Turkish Dobro-Venedik - 'Good Venice') has been a tourist magnet since jet travel first discovered the former Yugoslavia. But if you're expecting some '70s era high-rise holiday hell, you'll be pleasantly surprised, because Dubrovnik is a superbly-preserved medieval town. There are intact fortifications, walls, battlements, round towers and arrow slits, all built into the karst cliffs like a fine set of teeth. The city is rated as one of the 10 best medieval walled towns in the world, now also a film location in the HBO series Game of Thrones. A short sightseeing tour of the city is included.

Things to see include: a fine Natural History museum; Mount Srđ with fine views from the top and a cable car to take you there; a Cathedral that contains numerous holy relics including, they claim, one of Christ's nappies; a Dominican monastery with beautiful Gothic cloisters; a Franciscan monastery with Europe's oldest still-working pharmacy; the 16th century arcaded customs house of Sponza Palace, which is Europe's second oldest synagogue, and the house of Marin Držić, Croatia's most famous playwright.

Mljet Island & National Park

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This is a lush National Park with deep forests, gorgeous beaches, vineyards, olive groves, sea caves and coves and even a Roman Palace, second only in size to Diocletian's palace at Split. Mljet was called Melita (land of honey) in Roman times, which causes historians some confusion as Malta has the same derivation. Today it's a National Park, but in the 12th century it was dominated by a Benedictine monastery, built on an island in the Big Lake (Veliko Jezero). In a spectacular failure of forward-thinking, the monks tried to solve their transport problems by digging a huge canal from their lake to the south coast. The result was that both of the island's freshwater lakes turned into seawater lakes. The island was also infested with snakes, a problem which the locals addressed by releasing a shipload of mongooses. The mongooses got rid of the snakes alright - then ate all the birds. You can hire bicycles to explore the area, or else kayaks, scooters and even cars, and today Mljet is a paradise for exotic wildlife - if they can keep out of the way of the mongooses...

Korčula Island

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Around the time that Scotland's hero William Wallace was giving the English a very bad time, across the Mediterranean the swaggering regional superpower was Venice, and Korčula was one of its island territories. In 1298 the Venetians picked a fight with the Genoese and were defeated at the Battle of Korčula. Prisoners were rounded up, and one Venetian galley commander found himself in a Genoese gaol, where he passed the time by telling a lot of tall tales about going to China and meeting Kublai Khan. Posterity might easily have forgotten these tales, but they were published, and 'the world's first tourist' became a celebrity. Whether Korčula was really Marco Polo's birthplace is hotly disputed, but there's no denying the island's rich historical treasures. It's a green island, with gardens full of oranges and lemons, lovely seashores, charming and picturesque villages, old seamen's houses and little votive churches. The town of Korčula itself has one of the best-preserved medieval quarters in the Mediterranean, with narrow streets threading between medieval houses, Venetian palaces and Gothic cloisters. If Marco Polo really came from here, one wonders why he ever left.

 

Hvar Island

This is a heavenly island with pine-forested hills, vineyards, olive groves, orchards and lavender fields, Hvar describes itself as 'the sunniest spot in Europe' and is regularly listed in the top 10 islands by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine. Hvar town is set in a bay at the south-western edge of the island and was a Venetian stronghold and naval base, and still features city walls and many public buildings from the period. Today it's an upmarket and jet-set yachting destination with art galleries, museums and exhibitions, and it also boasts one of the oldest surviving theatres in Europe.

Trstenik

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This picturesque village sits in a bay on the south side of the Pelješac peninsula and is well known for its outstanding local wines. The water here is crystal clear and full of exotic fish. There are also ancient sunken vessels scattered about and wreck diving is a favourite activity.

Šipan Island

This is the largest of the Elafiti Islands (elaphos - Greek for deer, not elephant!), and olives, figs, vines, carob-trees, almond-trees, oranges and citrus fruit are cultivated here. The island has some lovely beaches and is also famed for its numerous palm tree species.

This tour is organised and operated by Omega Holidays plc ABTA V4782 ATOL 6081

  • Return flight from your chosen airport to Dubrovnik
  • Exclusive return transfers from the airport to the hotel
  • Seven nights cruise with breakfast and lunch or breakfast and dinner
  • En–suite below–deck cabin with air conditioning (main–deck cabins are available at a supplement of £84 per person for the holiday)
  • Visits to Mljet, Korčula, Hvar, Trstenik and Šipan islands
  • Dubrovnik sightseeing tour
  • Captain's dinner
  • One piece of hold luggage (an allowance of at least 20kgs per person, depending on airline, to be confirmed on receipt of itinerary)
  • One piece of hand luggage (5kgs)
  • Services of an English–speaking representative
  • All airport taxes and security charges and the Government charge on air travel (APD)
  • VAT at 20%

* Based on two people sharing a cabin. A cabin for single person occupancy is offered, subject to availability, supplements from £350 for the break.

NOTE: – There is a €25pp per week charge for berthing/docking, payable locally. Some walking is necessary on some islands, and when using steps between boat decks.


Flights ↔ Dubrovnik
AirportOutboundReturnAirline
Belfast07:15 / 11:3512:20 / 15:00Jet2
East Midlands06:45 / 10:4511:30 / 13:45Jet2
Edinburgh06:45 / 11:0511:50 / 14:20Jet2
Gatwick05:55 / 09:3510:10 / 12:00easyJet
Glasgow08:10 / 12:3013:15 / 15:45Jet2
Leeds Bradford07:15 / 11:1512:00 / 14:15Jet2
Manchester08:05 / 12:1013:10 / 15:25Jet2
Newcastle08:35 / 12:5013:35 / 15:50Jet2
Stansted06:25 / 10:0510:40 / 12:25easyJet
These flight times are correct at the time of publishing but may not be available on all dates and are subject to change without notice

Sunday Travel to your chosen airport for your flight to Dubrovnik, where you will be transferred to Gruž port. Dinner is on board and the ship will stay in port overnight.

Monday After breakfast we go off on a sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik. In the afternoon we set sail to Mljet Island National Park, where you can visit the old abbey, or hire a boat to go round the lake. Bicycles are also available for hire. Overnight at Polače or Pomena port.

Tuesday We continue from Mljet to Korčula Island. We take lunch on board at Lumbarda Bay, arriving at Korčula in the afternoon. Overnight in port.

Wednesday We make the short crossing from Korčula to the islet of Šćedro, and then continue to Hvar Island for the afternoon and overnight.

Thursday On to Trstenik on the Pelješac peninsula, home of the best regional wines. Lunch is on board. Explore the coastline or wander into the famous Grgić winery for a spot of delightful wine–tasting.

Friday Trstenik to the Elafiti Islands, stopping at Šipan. Lunch on board.

Saturday Early departure from Šipan to Dubrovnik with breakfast en–route. Captain's dinner in the evening.

Sunday After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home

Here are some example hotels or similar ones that we use for this break, actual availability may change with the travel date you choose.

Some hotels have an additional supplement per person, as shown below. Supplements are stated for the break (not per night)

Croatia - Dubrovnik Discovery,
Cruise around the southern and central Croatian islands. Relax, enjoy the Mediterranean scenery and visit the many places of interest en route, including a two night stay in Dubrovnik.
 

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