Dalmatian Island Medley

Stari Grad on Hvar Island, Croatia
Stari Grad on Hvar Island, Croatia
Croatia, Village of Pucišca on Island Brac
Croatia, Village of Pucišca on Island Brac
The Old Fortress at Omiš
The Old Fortress at Omiš

Aboard M/S Princess Aloha

This outstanding value for money round-trip cruise aboard the comfortable M/S Princess Aloha takes in every key highlight of the Dalmatian Coast and islands. The fascinating history of the region is brought to life by your accompanying Andante Travels Guide Lecturer – and there is so much to tell, from the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s retirement in his homeland to the stonemasons of Brac, who shaped his colossal palace; the pomp and majesty of ducal Dubrovnik to the renegade pirate ‘dukes’ of Omiš, who terrorised the Adriatic for three centuries.

There are also opportunities to swim in secluded coves, appreciate the natural beauty of Mljet National Park, and explore the perfectly-preserved medieval walled towns of Hvar and Korcula.

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Itinerary 2020

Day 1

London – Dubrovnik

We fly to Dubrovnik and transfer to the port to embark M/S Princess Aloha. Before our welcome dinner, our Guide Lecturer will give an overview of the Dalmatian Coast’s history as well as the tour itinerary for the upcoming week.

Aboard M/S Princess Aloha

Day 2

Kočula

Early in the morning, we set sail for the island of Korčula, with a swimming stop en route (weather permitting). Korčula was reputedly the birthplace of legendary explorer Marco Polo, and in many ways its postcard-perfect old town, with its towers and turrets, narrow cobbled lanes and stone townhouses, seems little changed in the centuries since. A walking tour tells its story, and then there is time to make your own explorations and choose a restaurant for dinner (independent). Be sure to try the local Grk wine, a high-quality dry white made from grapes grown nowhere else in the world.

Aboard M/S Princess Aloha

Day 3

Pučišća (Brač)

The island of Brač has made a unique contribution to world culture over thousands of years – the white stone from its quarries has been used in the building of, amongst other iconic buildings, Diocletian’s Palace, The White House and Budapest’s Parliament. The stonemasonry tradition is still strong and in the village of Pučišća, we visit the Stonemasonry School to learn more about the skills involved in sculpting Brač stone. Back onboard M/S Princess Aloha, the Captain hosts drinks and a special dinner.

Aboard M/S Princess Aloha

Day 4

Omiš - Split

For 300 years from the 12th century to the 15th century, the pirates of Omiš were the masters of the Adriatic and one of the most powerful maritime forces of the entire Mediterranean. Superb shipbuilders and sailors, they crafted a fleet perfect for stealth attacks and even preyed on the likes of the Papacy and the Crusaders. The pirate ‘dukes’ reigned from this mainland stronghold and, even when their hegemony fell to the mighty navy of the Venetian Republic, they still managed to hold fast in their fortresses for 24 years. Some of these great edifices still stand and may be explored on a walking tour, after which we board a small boat to sail into Cetina River Canyon, a protected nature area.

After lunch, M/S Princess Aloha sails on to Split, where a guided tour takes in the attractive seafront promenade and the vast palace complex of the 3rd century Roman Emperor Diocletian, which now comprises much of the old town of Split. With plenty of excellent restaurant choices, the evening is at leisure in Split. Before our arrival, our Guide Lecturer will give a talk on Diocletian and the later Roman Empire of the 3rd and 4th centuries AD.

Aboard M/S Princess Aloha

Day 5

Bol (Brač) - Stari Grad (Hvar)

The Golden Horn, at the small town of Bol back on the island of Brač, is one of Croatia’s great beaches – a 530m-long ‘spit’ of golden pebbles which changes direction with the wind. We stop to relax and swim here before heading to Hvar, an island much loved by Europe’s fashionable jet-set, but also one which has a quiet side away from the summer resorts, in its fields of lavender and hilltop fortresses. We berth in Stari Grad, one of Croatia’s oldest towns, with a history dating back to the ancient Greeks, where you are free to choose from one of the excellent cafés and restaurants that line its harbour.

Aboard M/S Princess Aloha

Day 6

Hvar - Mljet

Sailing around the island of Hvar this morning, we arrive in Hvar Town, a delightful ‘Dubrovnik in miniature’, with Gothic buildings, marble streets and fortified walls. Here we see the oldest public theatre in Europe, dating to 1612, which has recently reopened its doors, and spend some pleasant time exploring the town’s historic heart. After lunch, we continue to Mljet, the greenest of the Dalmatian Islands, for a visit to tranquil, beautiful Mljet National Park, home to five types of forest, myriad bird species and two deep lakes. Mljet also has a rich cultural heritage, with bright folk costumes and charming traditional handicrafts – the evening is at leisure to dine independently and soak up some of the local colour.

Aboard M/S Princess Aloha

Day 7

Dubrovnik

M/S Princess Aloha returns to Dubrovnik this morning, and after lunch we take a tour of the city, jewel-like with its characteristic ruby red roofs encircled by white-gold walls. This UNESCO World Heritage Site needs little introduction – its fame is well-earned, but in the height of summer it can be overwhelmed with tourists. So much nicer then to visit in spring, and to remain here in the evening after the day trippers have departed. We visit the elegant 15th century Rector’s Palace, home to the rulers of Ragusa, as Dubrovnik was then known, along with the Franciscan Monastery and one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe (which is still dispensing). In terms of quality restaurants, Dubrovnik has an embarrassment of riches, and you are sure to find a memorable dining venue here.

Aboard M/S Princess Aloha

Day 8

Dubrovnik - London

We disembark M/S Princess Aloha after breakfast and transfer from the port of Dubrovnik to the international airport for our flight home.

What's Included

  1. International flights and transfers
  2. All shore excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  3. The services of an Andante Travels Guide Lecturer throughout the cruise
  4. The services of a local Cruise Director onboard throughout the cruise
  5. Tea, coffee and bottled water
  6. Wi-Fi onboard
  7. Port tax

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2020 Tour Details

Sun 3rd May - Sun 10th May

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£1,795

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sgl supp: £395

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Led By: John Shepherd

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