Southern Adriatic Pearls Cruise
(MB Otac Nikola)
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Discover southern Dalmatia’s most beautiful cities, towns, and landscapes with this eight-day island-hopping cruise aboard the MB Otac Nikola. Every morning brings a new destination, whether it’s a historical town, a verdant forest, a scenic lake or a picturesque harbour. Escape to secluded beaches and wander through remote pine-clad parks, swim in crystalline waters or soak in the sun’s rays on the deck. Visit paradisiacal Mljet, lively Hvar, spectacular Split, and stunning Dubrovnik. Enjoy free time to explore on your own during stopovers and personalize the trip to your liking.
Dubrovnik: Protected by magnificent medieval walls, the atmospheric capital of the historic Republic of Ragusa is a treasure trove of palaces and churches.
Island Mljet: The western half of this paradisiacal pine-clad island is a natural park famed for its delightful lake hosting a charming islet, which is home to a well-preserved former monastery.
Split: Framed by imposing mountains and aqua-coloured waters, this seaside Dalmatian town hosts some of the best Roman ruins in the world.
Island Korcula: Locals claim that Marco Polo began the journey of his life in this tiny but spectacular town.
Peljesac: A sun-drenched peninsula that is famous for its robust wines and rugged landscapes.
- Operated with English-speaking representative on board
- 7 nights’ accommodation on board the mini cruise; Otac Nikola or similar (28-32 pax capacity)
- Welcome drink and welcome dinner
- 7 buffet breakfasts,
- 6 lunches on board
- Water on board during the meals
- Towel replacement once a week
- Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the programme
- Entrance fee to Mljet National Park and monastery boat ride
- Additional towel replacement and bed linen replacement
- Barbecue dinner or elegant dinner
- Harbour and tourist tax to be paid on board
- Transfer from and to Dubrovnik Port of Gruz.
Day1: check-in after 14:00 hrs. Welcome drink around 17:00 hrs.
Due to specific requirements in some of the harbours, it is possible that ships will be tied sideways to each other and that passengers will need to transfer from one ship to another in order to get to the coast. Please be careful when transferring from ship to ship, and should you need assistance, the crew members will be glad to provide assistance.
Day 8: If your return flight is before 15:00, we recommend you get off at Slano to make your transfer on your own to the airport in Dubrovnik
Day 8: If your return flight is later than 15:00, we recommend you get off at Dubrovnik and continue with the transfer on your own to the Dubrovnik airport
Max sailing time is six hours, with an average of four hours sailing time per day.
Please note that local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to the tour contents without prior notice.
Optional excursions available upon request, in destination.
What do I need to bring?
The following items are all advisable as is a sports holdall for luggage rather than hard-shelled suitcase: soft-soled trainers, slip-ons, swimsuit, shorts, trousers, short-sleeved T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, windproof jacket (with hood) or sailing jacket. Also recommended are underwear, beach towel, cap/hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, personal hygiene accessories, medications you would normally use.
Day 1 to 8:
- Standard Category = MB Otac Nikola or similar – Lower Deck Cabin
Once ordered, this tour cannot be cancelled or refund or amended at any circumstances.
You can start this experience at the following places.
Dubrovnik Port of Gruz
Obala Stjepana Radića, Dubrovnik 20000, Dubrovačko-neretvanska županija, HR
Day 1 : ARRIVAL DUBROVNIK
Your adventure begins in Dubrovnik, the ever-resplendent ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, where you make your way to your boat. Enjoy a traditional Croatian welcome from the captain and crew before sitting down to dinner. Then make sure you get a good night’s sleep because seven days of sheer bliss await. Welcome Dinner on board
- Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day 2 : DUBROVNIK
After breakfast on board, meet with the tour representative for information and recommendations. Explore the historical city of Dubrovnik, which for centuries was the capital of the prosperous maritime Republic of Ragusa. Surrounded by ramparts and fortresses, the immaculately preserved Old Town is a treasure trove of architectural and cultural masterpieces. Landmarks such as the Franciscan Monastery, which features one of the oldest continuously functioning pharmacies in Europe, and the Rector’s Palace, as well as many other sites, will make you feel you have travelled back through the ages. Contemplate the exterior of the 16th century Sponza Palace and St. Blaise’s Church, and admire local landmarks like the Orlando statue and Onuphrius’ Fountain. See the beautiful baroque Cathedral of the Assumption and the treasury as you immerse yourself in the history of this spellbinding mediaeval city. Enjoy lunch on board the ship before spending the rest of the day at leisure.
- Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day 3 : DUBROVNIK – ISLAND MLJET (80km – 6 hrs with stops)
After breakfast, we sail out on a cruise from Dubrovnik to Pomena, a hidden port on the idyllic Mljet Island. Lunch is served on board. To many people Mljet is an island lost at sea that cannot be easily reached. Do not miss the opportunity to discover the breath-taking landscape that inhabits the stories of Odysseus, St Paul and Benedictines. Also, keep an eye out for the fun and playful Mediterranean monk seal. In the heart of the pine-clad island there is a national park, a magnificent natural landscape with two shimmering lakes in its centre. If you are feeling adventurous, this is your chance to go on an optional trip to the park. (The entrance to National Park Mljet is not included)
- Overnight in Pomena, island Mijet.
Day 4 : ISLAND MLJET – ISLAND HVAR (105km – 8 hrs with stops)
In the morning hours we set off to Hvar Island. This beautiful island lies between the islands of Brač and Korčula. Hvar’s location at the centre of the Adriatic sailing routes made this island an important base for trade throughout the wider Mediterranean in the ancient past. After lunch on board, step ashore and scout the fascinating city of Jelsa and the island of Hvar.
- Overnight in Jelsa, island Hvar.
Day 5 : ISLAND HVAR – ISLAND BRAČ – SPLIT (85 Km – 6 hrs with the stops)
After breakfast, we sail to Island Brac, home of the paradisiacal beach – Zlatni Rat. This gorgeous natural formation shaped like a horn lies on the southern part of Brac Island, right below the highest peak of all the Adriatic islands, Vidova Gora, a summit 780 metres high. As we anchor near the island feel free to dip in a crystal clear sea, sip on refreshing drinks and enjoy every moment relaxing in this stunning place. After lunch on board, we continue to Split where you will have free time to explore this magnificent imperial city.
- Overnight in Split.
Day 6 : SPLIT – ISLAND KORCULA (120km – 9 hrs with stops)
In the morning, head to Korcula, the city located on the island bearing the same name, best known as the birth place of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Within the imposing fortifications and defensive walls, the town’s quaint red roofs may extensively remind you of the city of Dubrovnik. Meet the centuries-old works of stonemasons whose architectural wonders created a very orderly urban plan. After lunch on board, spend the afternoon as you please, be it resting on the boat, or wandering around this lovely island.
- Overnight in Korcula, island Korcula.
Day 7 : ISLAND KORČULA – SLANO (65 Km – 5 hrs with stops)
In the morning we will sail by the biggest peninsula in Dalmatia: the Peljesac Peninsula. Known for its winding slopes, this area gives name to some of the region’s best red wines, known as ‘plavac mali’, including Postup and Dingac. Along the way, make a stop at Trstenik. Further down the Mljet Strait, you’ll eventually come to the Elaphiti Archipelago, a highly photogenic group of 14 islands and islets all huddled together upon the waves. This day wouldn’t be complete without lunch aboard the ship and a delightful swimming break. In the late afternoon we will sail to Slano, one of the most picturesque settlements in the Dubrovnik region.
- Overnight in Slano
Day 8 : SLANO – DEPARTURE DUBROVNIK (25 km – 2 hrs)
After breakfast, all travellers with morning flights will depart from Slano to the airport. The ship then sets sail from Slano back to the iconic Dubrovnik and the Port of Gruz, from where individual departures will make their way on to their next destination. Have a pleasant journey!
- Breakfast included.