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VISITING: Croatia BROCHURE CODE: 5521
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Step aboard for a seven night small-ship cruise holiday from the harbour town of Dubrovnik. You will head north-west to some of the most beautiful islands and towns in Croatia, such as Hvar, Korčula and Pomena. Sailing from one charming spot to another, basking in the sun out on the deck and enjoying a swim in the blue, shimmering waters will make this a holiday to remember.

What's included?

  • Transfers: Return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 7 nights' accommodation in cabin with double bed and en-suite
  • Meals: Half board (dinner on day 1, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches)
  • Please note that a tourist and harbour tax is payable locally on disembarkation. This costs approximately 3 euros (or 22 kunas) per person per day

 


The Croatian islands that are dotted along the Adriatic Coast are home to beautiful beaches, secluded coves and charming towns and villages. You will travel aboard an intimate small ship, with a maximum capacity of either 32 or 42 people, sailing from the ancient and beautiful town of Dubrovnik to a variety of islands and towns filled with history, culture and beauty. The pace of this Croatia cruise holiday is relaxed and you are free to sit back and unwind on the deck or head out to explore the sights that you will be visiting along the way.

Sailing through the Adriatic and along the coast of middle Dalmatia, the vistas are simply stunning. With jagged mountains, rolling hills and pine-covered islands, this is an idyllic part of the world. You’ll get to visit places such as Korčula, supposedly the home of the great explorer Marco Polo, and home to one of the finest medieval walled towns in Croatia. Another stop on the way is Mljet Island, a national park and home to a variety of flora and fauna, as well as a former Benedictine Monastery. The island is so beautiful that it is believed to be one of the islands that Odysseus is stranded on in Homer’s epic.

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Bursting with history and legend, this part of Croatia is also home to some incredibly cosmopolitan towns and cities that are filled with vibrant restaurants, cafés and bars. You’ll be visiting Hvar and Dubrovnik, which have some of the most buzzing atmospheres in Croatia and are great places to soak up the culture, unwind and relax.

On top of all this, Croatian food is delectable: fresh seafood, gorgeous salads and flavoursome local wines and beers help to make this one of the most enjoyable destinations on offer, so get those deck shoes at the ready!

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Key facts

Duration:7 nights
Pace:Balanced
Suitable for: Ages 18+ with a reasonable level of physical fitness. See our terms for further information
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  • After arriving into Dubrovnik, you will be transferred to the harbour where you will board your small ship and meet the Captain and crew, as well as your fellow passengers. The ship will be your home and sleeping quarters for the next seven nights.

    Tonight you will be dining on-board and the boat will remain docked in Dubrovnik, so you will have the evening to explore this beautiful Mediterranean city.

    Included Meals:  Dinner
  • After breakfast you will have a full day in which to explore the wonders of Dubrovnik with its unique cultural heritage. With its medieval walls, terracotta-tiled buildings and crystal-clear waters, you can understand why Dubrovnik is often referred to as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'. Be sure to take in some of the local cuisine as you walk by the ancient walls and discover its local museums, galleries and shops. The city is renowned for its vibrant and charming atmosphere and its guests are sure to fall in love with it.

    Lunch is served on-board the ship, so be sure to pop back and enjoy it inbetween sightseeing. You will spend the night once again docked in Dubrovnik before your sailing adventure begins.

    Today you may also wish to book a three hour shore excursion (payable locally) to the traditional village of Čilipi. Here you can explore the Sunday market and witness the traditional songs and dances of the costumed dancers as you browse for some authentic local souvenirs and enjoy rhythms of Dalmatian music. Alternatively, an hour and a half Dubrovnik excursion can be booked where you will be given a guided tour of the city and learn about its fascinating history (payable locally).

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • Following breakfast on the boat in Dubrovnik, you will set sail to Pomena, a hidden port on the secluded island of Mljet, a protected national park.

    Mljet is said to be one of the islands featured in Homer’s epic ‘The Odyssey’ where Odysseus is shipwrecked and becomes stranded. You’ll have the chance to explore the island and the legend, walking through the trails of this stunningly-beautiful national park. Head through the forest of pine and oak towards the two saltwater lakes that are on the island; one even includes a former Benedictine Monastery on its own private island, which can be reached via small boat. Alternatively, go swimming from the boat into one of the many secluded swimming spots dotted along the shores of the island. Lunch will be served on board today. Entrance fees to the park are payable locally (approximately 115Kn, or £14).

    For dinner tonight, why not head into Pomena, which houses a few local restaurants serving delightful food and drink. Alternatively there is a barbeque dinner on the ship which you can pay for once on-board (approximately £18 per person).

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • After your night anchored on the shores of Pomena you will have breakfast on-board and then set sail for the town of Jelsa on the island of Hvar. Once a centre of the Venetian Republic, Hvar was considered one of the most important harbours in Dalmatia. Today it is a cultural hub, filled with vibrant cafés, restaurants and bars and home to some incredible architecture, such as the Franciscan monastery and the amazing citadel fortress.

    Lunch is served on-board and you will then have the afternoon and evening free to explore this buzzing town and take in the stunning sights. Walk through the charming cobbled streets and soak up the culture and history as you weave your way through the maze of buildings. With plenty of eateries to choose from, take your time to walk around and find one that suits your taste for dinner tonight – from freshly cooked meats and juicy salads, to grilled seafood and freshly baked thin-crust pizzas, there is something for everyone here.

    An hour long shore excursion, which tours the town of Jelsa can be booked and paid for locally. On this tour you will explore some of its iconic ancient churches.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • After breakfast, the boat will set sail towards the Hvar channel. The nearby beach, known as the ‘Golden Horn’ or by its local name ‘Zlatni Rat’ is one of the finest beaches in Croatia. This large, golden pebble beach is a spit of land that stretches into the sea and you will stop here to enjoy the surroundings and perhaps take a dip in the sea. With the highest mountain on all the Adriatic Islands behind you (Vidova Gora at 778m) this is a stunning location to sail in.

    A fresh lunch will be served on-board and then you’ll sail on to the town of Makarska, at the centre of the Makarska Riviera. Sailing across the sea, you can enjoy views of the mainland and the rolling Biokovo Mountains, with peaks towering up to 1762m. Upon docking in Makarska, you have the evening free to explore the local restaurants, cafés and bars and to sample some of the amazing food that is on offer.

    A shore excursion can also be booked and paid for locally here which takes in some of the sites and rich history of the town.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • Following breakfast on-board, you will set sail east, around Hvar and towards the Straight of Peljesac and the charming island of Korčula. The main town, named after the island, is supposedly the birth place of the legendary traveller Marco Polo and is also home to some of the finest medieval fortifications in Croatia.

    Lunch will be served on-board and then you will have time to explore the charming old town of Korčula (you may also opt to book the 90 minute shore excursion which can be booked and paid for locally) . With a fortified, cobbled headland, filled with restaurants and bars that look out to sea, this is a simply stunning location. Dive into the sea from the local beach, or swimming platforms and then pop into a wine bar to sample some local wines and cured meats, or head up into one of the turrets to watch the sun go down with a cocktail in hand. Authentic pizzas, pastas and fresh seafood are plentiful here and you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking somewhere for dinner tonight.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • Today you will set sail past the biggest peninsula in Dalmatia, Pelješac Peninsula, renowned for its shaded slopes, which are the beginnings of some of the country’s most famed wine exports. As you sail further down the Miljet Strait you will come to the Elaphiti Archipelago, a beautiful cluster of 14 islands and Islets, whose natural beauty have been a source of delight and comfort to visitors for centuries.

    There will be stops for you to take a dip in the sparkling waters and gaze upon the beauty of the beaches, olive groves and pine forests that cover these islands.

    Lunch will be served on-board and tonight on your penultimate evening you will be docked in Slano, a small peaceful fisherman’s village, set in the wide bay of the Adriatic coast and home to a handful of shops and traditional tavernas. For dinner tonight, you can either explore the town and try one of the local restaurants for some delectable seafood, salads and pizzas, or you can dine on-board and enjoy a farewell dinner which is payable locally (approximately £30 per person).

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • After breakfast, those with morning flights from Dubrovnik will disembark at Slano and be transferred to the airport for your flight home. If you have a later flight, or are extending your holiday, you will cruise back towards Dubrovnik, sailing below the mighty city walls of the old town.

    At Dubrovnik you will sadly have to disembark and say farewell to your ship and the crew. After seven days of travelling, you’ll no doubt be sad to leave, but perhaps you can start planning your next adventure out on the Adriatic!

    You will be transferred to the nearby airport of Dubrovnik for your flight home. Alternatively, why not extend your stay and explore the charming city of Dubrovnik, filled with history and atmosphere?

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

Included in price

MS Otac Nikola or MB Mali Ante

Nights: 1-7

During your cruise along the coast of Croatia, you will be staying aboard either the MS Otac Nikola or the MB Mali Ante, making stops at the historical cities of Jelsa, Makarska, Korčula, and Dubrovnik. The MS Otac Nikola can accommodate between 28 and 32 passengers, allowing everyone to enjoy their own space whilst interacting with the other guests aboard the boat.

  • Visit exclusive places such as national parks where larger vessels cannot get to because they simply cannot fit!
  • Enjoy drinks and food from the on-board bar and restaurant (drinks payable locally)
  • Grab a sunbed or sunchair which you will find scattered around the upper deck and enjoy the stunning views as you sail through the beautiful Adriatic Ocean

Cabin accommodation
Your stay will be within a two or three bed cabin on the lower deck, each with a private, en-suite shower room with toilet; one towel per person is included. Each cabin is fully air-conditioned. Upgrades to the upper deck can be included, with these cabins having windows, rather than portholes. Each cabin is roughly 6m² in size, with a separate en-suite room.

MB Mali Ante

Alternatively, you will stay aboard the MB Mali Ante, which can accommodate between 38 and 42 passengers. As with the MS Otac Nikola, you will stay in a two or three bed cabin on the lower deck, with a private, en-suite shower room with toilet and full air-conditioning. Each cabin is roughly 6m² in size.

As with the MS Otac Nikola, the MB Mali Ante has an on-board bar and restaurant, as well as a sun deck for relaxation.

Please note: 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 shore. Please be careful when transferring from ship to ship and should you need assistance the crew members will be glad to provide this. All boat routes are dependent on the weather and therefore may be changed by the Captain.

Image credits: Gulliver Travel (Please note that the images displayed are of both the MS Otac Nikola and the MB Mali Ante’)

Other options

Upgrade your cabin

Supplements from: £94pp

For this trip you will be staying in a standard cabin on the lower deck of the boat. Why not upgrade your cabin? You can choose either the main or upper deck for a bit of extra room and a larger window. Perhaps you want to have easy access to the sun loungers, or admire the blue seas as you sail past.

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Extend your stay in Dubrovnik

From £210pp

With so much to see and do in Dubrovnik, why not extend your stay at the Hilton and spend some more time enjoying what this amazing part of Croatia has to offer. Perhaps explore Dubrovnik a bit more, enjoying the restaurants, cafés and bars, or maybe even head off for a day trip to one of the many beautiful islands dotted along the coast.

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On each of our holidays you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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Holiday group size (approximate)

MS Otac Nikola (between 28 and 32 passengers); MB Mali Ante (between 38 and 42 passengers)

Group sizes
Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.

If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).

If we are unable to operate the holiday then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.

Minimum age

Whilst Artisan Travel only sells holidays to those aged 18 years and over on a small selection of holidays there may be those under the age of 18 who have booked with other companies and where our local supplier also allow those under 18 to participate (additional activities during tailor made holidays for example). Our travel experts will answer any concerns you may have in this regard.

Medical History and advice

You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

We cannot be held responsible for any incident or event arising from your failure to do so.

Experience and fitness

Any activities included in your itinerary are all designed for beginners. Full instruction and tuition is provided for all activities and you do not need to have any previous experience. For example you need never have set foot on a pair of skis of any kind before a cross-country ski tour. We have adults of all ages and fitness levels taking part in our holidays.

We do highlight certain itineraries where an increased level of fitness is required.If you have any questions at all with regards to fitness levels please get in touch and talk to one of our experts. You can find further details in our trip preparation section online. You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

Guides and safety
It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided. Nobody knows the environment better than our activity providers who work here almost everyday.

Consequently, their knowledge and experience is unsurpassed. If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

There may be rare occasions when our guides consider local conditions unsuitable for a certain activity. Hence, your itinerary may be subject to change at short notice but we will always endeavour to firstly find a replacement on the day and secondly, to provide the cancelled activity later in your stay whenever possible. Very occasionally it proves impossible to provide the activity in which case you will be refunded when you return home.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

You must inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your participation in an activity at the time of booking.

Booking activities locally
In almost all of our destinations you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).

Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.

Car Hire

If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card.  Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Cancellation terms

Please note that the following cancellation terms supersede those mentioned in section 7 of our general booking terms and conditions.

- More than 63 days prior to departure - Loss of deposit
- 63 to 43 days prior to departure – 40%
- 42 to 29 days prior to departure – 60%
- 28 to 16 days prior to departure – 80%
- 15 or less days – 100%

Traveller Reviews

We had the most amazing week 10 June 2017 by Anantbala Quilter & Kumudben Morton

We had the most amazing week. The crew were fantastic. They took great care of us. The rep Bruno looked after us v well. Overall the trip was fantastic. Allan and the team at ARTISAN TRAVEL were extremely helpful from start to finish. We were driving to Dubrovnik to board the ship and the directions were faultless. Allan thank you for going out of your way to look into the parking. The car park
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was safe and a 2 min walk from where we had to board the ship and disembark. Thank you.
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This holiday was ideal for a relaxing break 13 May 2017 by Moira & Neil Fairweather

The scenery was wonderful and this early in the season places were quiet which suited us. The local guide and crew were friendly and helpful.

Overall this has been the best holiday I think I have ever been on. 24 September 2016 by Holly & George

Overall this has been the best holiday I think I have ever been on. Completely stress-free (once I decided to book a taxi to the airport on the UK side rather than get a train!). Before the holiday your agents helped me find cheaper flights and organised food and transport despite the fact that this made us later than the rest of the guests. Incredibly happy with everything, thank you! We have
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never done anything like this before, a boat cruise or Croatia, so didn't really know what to expect. The boat was fairly small (a good thing) with about 30 occupants and therefore it was a small crew of about 6 people which meant you got to talk to them all and get to know them. The chef was Italian and the food we received was absolutely incredible. When we heard we were going to be getting breakfast and lunch each day we thought it would be a sandwich based lunch but in fact, we got three-course meals every day! This meant we didn't really need to buy any extra food (we did though just to try the local cuisine). We normally keep ourselves to ourselves on holiday but we sat with a couple from New Zealand on the first day and ended up making very good friends and we are now planning to travel to New Zealand to stay with them. There was a large variation in age on the boat, my husband and I in our 20's and ranging up to roughly 75 but this was fine as you could plan whatever you fancied on shore - my husband and I opted for higher energy activities each day but you could have easily chosen to wander slowly round the town or stayed on the boat admiring the views. Everything was incredibly easy from travelling to eating to planning our days so no stress. I am so happy I booked this and for the price I paid it has massively exceeded my expectations.
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A relaxing holiday in Croatia 10 September 2016 by Kathryn & Nicholas Heirons

It was a relaxing holiday where we got to see some beautiful, quieter parts on the Croatian islands as well as visiting Dubrovnik and the better-known harbours. The crew were very friendly and the chef produced delicious lunches. The cabins were comfortable with good ensuite facilities. Air conditioning was available throughout the night, not just for a couple of hours. It was a cosmopolitan group
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with other guests from Scandinavia, France and Germany. There was an opportunity to hire cycles at most islands which was a nice change from lounging on deck!
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Croatia July '16 09 July 2016 by Lynda and Trevor Walkington



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