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Croatian Islands; DeLuxe Cruise from Split to Dubrovnik
8 days - by Air

Price from £1,229.00 per person*
Departures from 8th Jul 2017 to 14th Oct 2017

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Route: SPLIT - KORČULA ISLAND - MLJET ISLAND - DUBROVNIK - PELJEŠAC - HVAR ISLAND - BRAČ ISLAND - SPLIT

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.

Split

What's immediately striking about Split, apart from being the home town of Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanišević, is that the town centre is built up inside and around an enormous Roman palace. This was the ultimate retirement home built for the Emperor Diocletian in 305 AD, a fortress- sized mini-city of 9 ½ acres which would have had a small army of staff and opulence beyond imaginings.

A walk round the well-preserved Palace walls is a good place to start, but Split has acquired many exotic influences since Roman times, ranging through Byzantine, Venetian, Napoleonic, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian. It's a fun place just to mooch around, with shops and boutiques built into the palace walls, street traders, and random a capella choirs popping up on street corners. If you want some peace and quiet in cool, pine-scented air, Marjan Hill to the west is a wooded promontory that gives great views of the peninsula.

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.

Bol on Brač Island

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A fisherman's village turned tourist town, Bol is on the south side of Brač Island and is home to Ziatni Rat, a sand spit that juts out into the sea and is the most famous beach on the Dalmatian coast.

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

  • Return flight from your chosen airport to Split
  • Airport taxes and return transfer from the airport to the embarkation port
  • Private transfer
  • Seven nights cruise with breakfast and lunch
  • En–suite lower–deck cabin with air conditioning – upgrade to main–deck cabin for £280pp
  • Visits to Korčula, Mljet, Dubrovnik, Pelješac peninsula, Hvar and Bol
  • Guided walking tours of Korčula with wine tasting, Dubrovnik with cable car, Hvar and Split
  • Dinner cruise along Dubrovnik's old city walls
  • Captain's dinner with entertainment
  • Free wi–fi
  • One piece of hold luggage (an allowance of at least 20kgs per person, depending on airline, to be confirmed on receipt of itinerary)
  • Services of an Omega tour manager / English–speaking representative
  • VAT

Twin or double cabins are request only and cannot be guaranteed. Double for sole use cabins, availability and prices are available on request.

† Our prices include your flights for which we have allowed a reasonable budget. The holiday prices quoted in the brochure are those anticipated at the time of publishing, but may increase or decrease according to the cost of the flights. You will be advised of the up-to-date price when making your booking. The date of operation and flight times are subject to change, and availability will be confirmed at the time of your booking. Flight times are stated in local times.

Due to operational reasons there may be a short wait at the airport for clients arriving/departing on other flight(s).

Ryanair, easyJet & Jet2 - Important Information. The airlines, Ryanair, easyJet and Jet2, require that you are able to check in online. Whilst the procedure is quite simple it does of course mean that you require access to a computer and printer. Failure to check in for both your outward and return flight will result in you being denied boarding and Omega will not be liable for any monies lost. Omega are of course prevented from doing this for you due to security reasons. Full details will be sent with your travel itinerary.

 


Flights ↔ Split
AirportOutboundReturnAirline
Bristol06:45 / 10:2011:00 / 12:45easyJet
Gatwick05:50 / 09:2010:00 / 11:35easyJet
Leeds Bradford14:20 / 18:2019:05 / 21:10Jet2
Luton14:50 / 18:2019:00 / 20:40easyJet
Manchester08:40 / 12:3513:35 / 15:35Jet2
Newcastle17:20 / 21:1021:50 / 23:50easyJet
Stansted06:25 / 09:5510:35 / 12:10easyJet
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

Saturday Travel to your chosen airport for your flight to Split, where you will be transferred to the port for check–in at the vessel. Arrivals before 2pm can enjoy a guided tour of the town. In the evening there will be a welcome reception with cocktails on board.

Sunday After breakfast we set sail for Korčula Island, taking lunch on board in a secluded bay en route. We dock in Korčula harbour and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the town, followed by some wine tasting. Overnight in Korčula harbour.

Monday Off to Mljet National Park today with a boat ride to the ancient monastery on St Mary Isle. After lunch we sail for Dubrovnik and there will be a special scenic cruise past Dubrovnik's medieval city walls, which are best viewed from the sea, while a buffet dinner is served on board.

Tuesday We spend the day in Dubrovnik with a guided tour and an included cable car ride to Srđ Mountain.

Wednesday We cruise today along the south coast of the Pelješac peninsula, and there will be a short stop at one of the Elaphiti Islands before lunch. Finish the day with a typical village–style feast with Croatian locally– produced delicacies and wine. Late transfer back to the ship. Overnight in Kucisce on the Pelješac peninsula.

Thursday Cruise to Hvar with lunch stop at Šćedro and stop at the Pakleni islands. Tour of Hvar town.

Friday Hvar to Bol on Brač Island, known for its lovely promenade and the famous Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) beach. Free time is planned to visit the beach. After lunch on board there will be more time to explore the village. The Captain's farewell dinner with entertainment is planned for the evening. Overnight in Bol or Milna.

Saturday After an early departure for Split, transfer to the airport for the flight home. For passengers departing on early flights to Bristol and Stansted on Saturday morning there will be a ferry from Bol to Split Port, from where you will be transferred to the airport.

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 - DeLuxe Cruise,
Cruise in style from Split around the central and southern Croatian islands. Relax, enjoy the Mediterranean scenery and visit the many places of interest en-route, including Dubrovnik. A selection of excursions and activities are included in the holiday price ensuring seven unforgettable days. Deluxe Cruise Route: Split-Korcula-Mljet-Dubrovnik-Peljejac Peninsula-Hvar-Brac-Split
 

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