Jewels of The Adriatic
*This experience runs on selected Saturdays starting 01 June till 07 September, 2019 – (Prices may vary according to departure dates)
*Accommodation on board of a “Traditional Ensuite” (Check below for further info)
8 days cruising the waters of Croatia
Visiting 1 country: Croatia
Get your kicks from swimming in sparkling blue seas? Love a good novelty cocktail straw? Fancy spending your days switching from on board sunbathing to on shore exploring? Then this trip is for you. Hit the high seas on this round trip from Dubrovnik and relish the fact your only concern will be nabbing the best inflatable pool toy to bob around the Adriatic on.
Day 1: Dubrovnik, Croatia to Mljet
Everyone’s a first mate today as we trim our sails and set a course for the island of Mljet. Your responsibilities include swimming, improving your tan and counting shades of blue. This evening, there’s the option to clink glasses with your new friends at a BBQ dinner on board the boat. Here’s to a life on the ocean wave!
-BBQ dinner onboard
-Visit Mljet National Park
Day 2: Mljet to Makarska
Welcome to the glitz, sunshine and high rolling antics of the Croatian Riviera. Laze around on pebbled beaches and channel your inner high-roller. Tonight we party pirate style, so don your stripes and practise your finest “arrrr”.
Day 3: Makarska to Split
Next stop is Split, where Roman and Venetian architecture contrasts with communist blocks from Tito’s reign. But first: ziplining across the Cetina Gorge (optional). Make like a local with a drink in the main square tonight or wrap your tastebuds around a seafood dish at a restaurant on the esplanade.
Day 4: Split to Hvar
From one slice of island paradise to another. Head to Hvar Fortress for Instagrammable views, and then make your way to Hula Hula beach bar for a groovy afternoon. But first, a swim stop outside the port.
-Visit Hvar Fortress
-Night out in Hvar
Day 5: Hvar to Korcula
Our next stop is Korcula, the birthplace of Marco Polo and home to a cocktail bar built in the turret of a 15th-century tower. A steep ladder climb will reward you with epic views and delicious bevs. This evening, there’s an optional village dinner experience to get stuck into.
-Walking tour of Korcula Old Town
-Local village dinner experience
Day 6: Korcula to Sipan
Today we hit the sleepy town of Sipan, where we’ll have the afternoon to swim and relax. After an optional captain’s dinner on board the boat, we recommend pulling up a picnic blanket, grabbing a glass of the town’s famous Dingac wine and watching the stars ignite the sky. Yep, this is the good life.
-Captain’s dinner on board
Day 7: Sipan to Dubrovnik
Next up: Dubrovnik. Beyoncé and Jay-Z fell crazy in love with it, and if you’re into Game of Thrones you’re sure to find your inner fanboy on an optional tour. Why not soak up Dubrovnik’s unique vibes with a stroll along the top of the 1,940 meter long city walls? Some optional sea kayaking around the city walls will put the cherry on the cake today.
-Sea kayaking around the ancient City Walls of Dubrovnik
-Game of Thrones tour
Day 8: Dubrovnik
Become Facebook friends with your shipmates and plan your next adventure. We’re outta here after breakfast.
1 Week +
IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL
- Sail the scenic Croatian coastline
- Visit World Heritage destinations of Dubrovnik & Split
- Swim the blue waters of Croatia
- Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed destinations Dubrovnik and Split
- Visit Hvar Fortress
- Walking tour of Korčula Old Town
We use a fleet of Traditional Ensuite, Traditional Ensuite Plus, Premium and Premium Superior boats during the summer, all of which have en-suite cabins. Boats range in size from 25 to 40 meters, and can comfortably carry/sleep up to 36 people.
Though the boats are rigged for sailing, all possess diesel engines of varying horsepower. As such, this is not strictly a ‘sailing’ trip – but an awesome nautical adventure all the same!
The cabins can be either on deck or below deck, and are generally small as there is limited space on the boat – so please pack light.
If you are a solo traveler, you’ll share a twin room with someone of the same sex.
All of our Croatia boat trips include daily buffet breakfasts and three-course lunches, except breakfast on the first day of your trip and lunch on the last day of your trip.
Each boat has a local chef, who’ll serve up fresh local flavors each day. If you have any dietary requirements, your chef will make every effort to cater to your specific needs – as long as you advise your travel agent in advance.
Petrina (Traditional Ensuite)
Cruising Croatia’s azure waters since 1871, the Petrina is one of the oldest ships on the Adriatic Sea. Once used for transporting cargo between the islands, the boat is now decked out with lots of added comforts, but still features its antique wooden interior. With the Petrina’s friendly crew at the helm, you’ll get to experience a taste of traditional Croatian sailing on board this 150-year-old ship!
Cabins are either on deck or below deck. If you are in an on-deck cabin, you may be on the main deck or on the top deck.
The cabins do not have air conditioning. However, most boats have air conditioning units in the communal areas, which may be put on for some time during the night.
If the weather gets extremely hot, the crew may provide fans for the boat.
The boat crew consists of a captain, one or two deckhands, a bartender and a chef to whom will be on hand to ensure your trip is the highlight of your experience in Croatia.
The captain is solely responsible for the boat while at sea and it is therefore important that you heed the captain’s advice at all times for your own safety.
All of our captains are local to the area and have been sailing the Croatian coastline for many years – so you can rest assured you’re in capable hands!
Evening meals are not included, giving you plenty of free time to discover the local cuisine on offer in each destination. Due to this our guides have a range of recommendations for you and your new family to try out in each city.
Keep in mind that some restaurants can be very busy during the peak season and getting space for a large group can be difficult, so menus and prices can vary. There’s no pressure for you to dine at the restaurants suggested if you’d prefer to do your own thing, so be sure to ask your guide for other recommendations.
Bringing food and drinks on board is not permitted. All drinks are sold on the boat at reasonable prices.
To avoid the hassle of having to worry about always needing cash to purchase drinks on board, we run a bar tab for every passenger. Your tabs are tallied up and made available to you each day so that it is never a surprise as to how much you have bought. All bar tabs are to be paid in cash on the second last day of your trip.
Please note: At Drifters Guide we always consider our customers’ health and safety. We ask that you drink responsibly and bear in mind that in some countries, alcohol measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Consider your limits – and remember that Croatia is a beautiful country, which is hard to see while feeling ill!
- 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches
- 7 nights in an en-suite cabin (twin or double) on a motorized boat
- Local qualified captain and crew
- Local port tax
Meet at 11am in Dubrovnik Harbour, Obala Stjepana Radica (near Park Luja Šoletića)
Approximately 9am in Dubrovnik
One of the best parts of travelling is experiencing the nightlife and entertainment each city has to offer. However, amidst the fun and excitement, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and personal safety as well. Before you hit the road with us, it’s important to be aware of the following:
When you’re on a night out, remember to avoid walking alone, particularly through deserted areas like beaches and back streets. Always stick together, take a taxi where possible, and keep a note of your accommodation details so you can find your way back to your fellows if you become separated.
In some countries, alcoholic measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Try to keep track of what you’re drinking, and if you see one of your trip mates looking a little worse for wear, take them back to your accommodation. Be cautious when accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended.
It’s also important to be aware that what you might consider harmless flirting may be interpreted differently in some countries. Be yourself and have fun, but don’t be naïve, and be mindful of the signals you are sending out so that you don’t find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.