Unique Dalmatia Cruise
Split, Hvar, Vela Luka, Pomena, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Pucisca, Omis, Split

  • MS Macao cruise ship
    MS Macao cruise ship
  • MS Macao Restaurant Aera
    MS Macao Restaurant Aera
  • MS Macao Cabin
    MS Macao Cabin
  • Split City
    Split City
  • Split Croatia
    Split Croatia
  • Hvar Panoramic View
    Hvar Panoramic View
  • Vela Luka
    Vela Luka
  • Dubrovnik Minceta Tower
    Dubrovnik Minceta Tower
  • Korcula
    Korcula

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“Unique Dalmatia Cruise” is an added value cruise; a cruise that departs Split on Sunday and in which every detail is tailored to exceed your expectations. Itinerary is designed and carefully prepared in a way that gives you maximum of Croatia and South Dalmatia in 8 days cruise. If you decide for the excursion package and combine it with additional excursions you will still have enough time to relax, swim and explore the medieval towns of South Dalmatia, its islands and mainland. Excellent tour guides at your destinations will give you an insight into the culture, history, customs and cuisine of Dalmatia. Moreover, you will be able to see, feel, hear and taste the Croatian way of life, Croatia’s past blended with the present. You will be cruising on a brand new ship M/S “Macao”, our latest addition to the fleet and a comfortable new cruise ship with air-conditioned cabins, a cozy salon with an al-fresco longue bar accompanied with welcoming, carefully chosen professional
staff and a dedicated Cruise Director. Full Board and All Inclusive Drinks service means you can relax and not worry about your expenses on coffee, tea, soft drinks, water, house wine, domestic beer and domestic spirits.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
• 8 days / 7 nights cruise on Unique Dalmatia Cruise route
• Accommodation in a chosen category cabin
• Welcome drink and snack
• Full board - breakfast buffet, lunch buffet and served dinner
• Standard “All Inclusive” drink service - includes coffee, tea, soft drinks by glass (fruit juice, Coke, ice-tea, water etc.), house wine, domestic beer and domestic spirits
• Early morning coffee at 7 AM
• Complimentary fresh seasonal fruit all day long
• Complimentary WI-FI in the salon and the aft lounge
• Complimentary beach towel (1 per person)
• 8 crew members including a dedicated Cruise Director
• Usage of the ship’s equipment
• Towels change every second day
• Bed linen change twice a week
• Daily cabin cleaning service

PACKAGE EXCLUDES:
• Imported drinks, cocktails and other drinks not included in the “All Inclusive” drink service
• Transfer from and/or to the ship
• Tips, entrance to the National Park or any other items of personal nature
• Taxes and fees, € 40,00 per person, to be paid on board in cash
• Laundry service at selected ports of call

ITINERARY DEVIATIONS:
Every effort will be made to adhere to the itinerary as stated. However, due to the schedule changes beyond the organizer’s control, we reserve the right, without prior notice, to change the route or alter the shore excursions.

CRUISE RATES PER PERSON IN EUR BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY – Guaranteed departures
 
Departure Dates
Sundays from Split
May 4, 11, 18
Oct 5*, Oct 12*
May 25
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17
September 28
June 1, 8, 15
August 24, 31
September 7, 14, 21
Lower Deck Cabin 1075 EUR 1255 EUR 1375 EUR
Main Deck Cabin 1135 EUR 1375 EUR 1495 EUR
Excursion package 40 EUR 40 EUR 40 EUR
3rd bed reduction - 30% - 30% - 30%
Single occupancy supplement** + 30% + 30% + 30%
Half board reduction - 25 EUR - 25 EUR - 25 EUR

*Dates upon request (October 5, 12) – minimum 20 passengers required
**Single occupancy supplement is non-commissionable.
 

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Itinerary

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DAY 1 • SUNDAY
SPLIT – HVAR (ISLAND OF HVAR) EMBARKATION IN SPLIT - MAIN HARBOR - FROM 11:00 AM TO 1:00 PM DEPARTURE FROM SPLIT AT 1:00 PM
Welcome on board M/S “Macao” to start your cruise along the Adriatic Coast. Over a welcome drink and a snack you will meet your Cruise Director and the crew of M/S “Macao”. Captain's orders and safety measures will be explained to you, after which the boat will set sail for your first destination, the island of Hvar.
On the way you can start to get to know your fellow travelers or just enjoy the breeze and the landscape slowly passing you by. Hvar is known as the sunniest island in Croatia, famous for its endless fields of lavender and rosemary, its beautiful coast and lovely historical towns. Your destination is the town of Hvar, a town of immense beauty that buzzes with vibrant energy in the summer sun. Upon arrival, our expert local guide will take you for a walk around the ancient streets of Hvar, after which you can join a short lavender presentation where you can learn how lavender and rosemary have been traditionally farmed in this area for centuries. As the sun sets down, Hvar becomes alive with people; we recommend a cocktail at one of the numerous bars and terraces around the beautifully illuminated harbor. NOTE: Due to the limited capacity of the Hvar harbor, during peak season in July and August, port of call can be substituted for Stari Grad. In that case transfer by bus will be organized to and from Hvar. First service on board: Snack
Excursions: Hvar town tour & Lavender presentation - excursion package
Overnight in Hvar
DAY 2 • MONDAY
HVAR – VELA LUKA (ISLAND OF KORCULA)
After breakfast, you will set sail to Vela Luka on the island of Korcula, major fishermen’s town on the western side of island Korcula, our departure point for a coach tour into the island. Your Captain will hand-pick a bay for you where he will drop the anchor. You can then hop into your swimsuit and have a swim in the crystal-blue Adriatic, surrounded by pine trees and the sound of crickets. After the swim break you will continue sailing to Vela Luka on the island of Korcula.
If you decide to join us for the coach tour of Korcula, after lunch you will board the coach for a first-hand perspective on the island’s hinterland, its vineyards, olive orchards and hilly landscape. On the tour you will visit several sights: First the “Zlokic” olive oil factory, where Mr. Zlokic will show you around his factory explaining all you ever wanted to know about olive pressing. You will also be able to taste the premium extra-virgin cold pressed olive oils that your host produces.
Your next destination will be the family run folk museum “Barilo” in the town Blato, situated in the middle of the island that houses a collection of tools and items used by peasants on the island in the past several centuries. Your visit will be accompanied by traditional homemade liqueurs and sweets the family makes.
Your last stop on the tour will be a visit the picturesque town Smokvica built on the hillside for a visit to the local award-wining winery “Toreta”. Your hosts there will introduce you to the excellent white wines Posip and Rukatac that Korcula is widely known for. After dinner you can expect an evening on board full of Dalmatian vibe, with the nightfall slowly setting on Vela Luka.
Additional excursion: Korcula coach tour: “Zlokic” olive oil factory, “Barilo” ethno museum and “Toreta” winery – 25 EUR/person
Overnight in Vela Luka
DAY 3 • TUESDAY
VELA LUKA (ISLAND OF KORCULA) - POMENA (ISLAND OF MLJET)
Next morning you will depart for the island of Mljet. Island of Mljet on its western side houses National Park Mljet, known for its immense beauty and its two turquoise salty lakes surrounded by thick forest. Upon arrival you will have plenty of free time to explore the park individually, for example, by renting bikes and cycling or jogging on the numerous paths around the lakes or in the forests. You can also rent kayaks and cut the surface of the magnificent lakes to observe the scenery from a different perspective. If you feel like just relaxing you can hop onto the small boat that will take you to a tiny island on one of the lakes, where you can discover a monastery and a church of St. Mary’s built in the 12th century and enjoy a cup of coffee with the view and the quiet.
Optional excursion: Mljet National Park – unguided tour, free time in the National park.
Entrance fee 90 KN/13 EUR, 100 kn/15 EUR (July & August) to be paid on the spot
Overnight in Mljet.
DAY 4 • WEDNESDAY
POMENA (ISLAND OF MLJET) – DUBROVNIK
Early in the morning Captain and his crew will take you on the route in the direction of Dubrovnik. On the way there you will witness beautiful scenery as you pass the Elaphite islands. Upon arrival to Dubrovnik, shuttle bus will take you to the Old Town gate where you can join our guided tour of Dubrovnik. Our local expert will show you around this fascinating world-known landmark, an ancient town protected by 13th century fortifications. Dubrovnik was for centuries a standalone Republic and the only power able to compete with the Venetians. After the tour you will have free time to explore Dubrovnik on your own. You can take the cable-car to the top of the hill overlooking Dubrovnik for wonderful photo opportunities, make the full circle around the walls or just enjoy a scoop of ice cream as you stroll through its narrow streets paved with ancient stones.
Excursion: Dubrovnik town tour with a coach transfer from Dubrovnik port (Gruz) to the Old town - excursion package
Overnight in Dubrovnik.
DAY 5 • THURSDAY
DUBROVNIK – KORCULA
In the morning, after breakfast, the ship is sailing to the town of Korcula on the island of Korcula. Korcula is a small town of immense beauty located on the northeastern part of the island of Korcula. The medieval core of the town is built in a fishbone-like pattern on a small peninsula protruding into the sea, offering a
great view of the sunsets Korcula is known for. After docking at Korcula harbor, a local guide will take you for a walk around the town of Korcula. You will hear of its long history, ingenious building strategies, peculiar building layout and a legend of a great merchant traveler Marco Polo that was born and spent his childhood in the streets of Korcula. After the guided tour we recommend a relaxing stroll around the romantic little town for to enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere and vibe.
Excursions: Korcula town tour – excursion package
Overnight in Korcula.
DAY 6 • FRIDAY
KORCULA – PUCISCA (ISLAND OF BRAC)
After breakfast, you will set sail towards the island of Brac, passing through the scenic Peljesac channel, around the tip of Peljesac penninsula and the southeastern tip of the island of Hvar. Weather permitting, Captain will drop the anchor on the way for a refreshing swim in a secluded bay, after which you will continue your journey towards Pucisca. Pucisca is nested in a beautiful bay on the island of Brac, surrounded by stone quarries that yield some of the whitest and best quality limestone in the world. Suffice to say that pillars of this snow-white stone decorate the façade of the White House and other landmarks all over the world. After docking at Pucisca, you can join a short visit to a stonemasonry school nearby where you will learn of the Brac limestone and their centuries-old tradition of stonemasonry and the unconventional tools they use. Later in the evening you can pick your spot along the seaside, enjoy the relaxed and calm atmosphere over a glass of wine and join the locals in their favorite past time – people watching.
Excursions: Stonemasonry School in Pucisca – excursion package
Overnight in Pucisca.
DAY 7 • SATURDAY
PUCISCA ( ISLAND OF BRAC) – OMIS – SPLIT
While breakfast is being served, you will leave the harbor and sail across the Brac channel back to the mainland. First destination of the day is Omis, a town known for two things: stunning beauty of river Cetina canyon that surrounds it and its pirates. There you can join a short walking tour where you will hear the story of this small town built below steep mountains at the mouth of river Cetina. You will also learn of its pirates that brought the town its fame in Middle Ages.
After the tour, you can board the small boats that will take you into the canyon of the river Cetina, a protected nature area. You will be travelling upriver to Radman’s mills, a rundown mill whose beauty was recently restored and where you will be served a snack of local specialties. After the snack, you can explore the area before your return to Omis. In the afternoon you will continue sailing to Split, your last port of call during the cruise on board M/S Macao. Upon arrival, our knowledgeable local guide will take you into the Old Town and introduce to you the monumental Diocletian Palace built over 1700 years ago. During the centuries the Old Town has grown into the palace and around it, creating a unique urban landscape. Because of its historical and architectural importance, the whole Old Town is part of the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage. After the tour you will have free time for individual exploration of Split and its lively Mediterranean spirit or you can just join the locals enjoying a cup of coffee on their much beloved seaside promenade.
Excursions: Omis town tour, Split city tour – excursion package
Additional excursion: Cetina river boat trip to Radman mills with a snack – 20 EUR/person
Overnight in Split
DAY 8 • SUNDAY
SPLIT
After your last breakfast on board disembarkation follows by 09:00 AM. It is time to say farewell to your fellow travelers, your Cruise Director and the crew of M/S Macao. But rest assured, with all the photos and newly forged friendships you will continue to sail with us for a little longer!


EXCURSIONS - INFO
EXCURSION PACKAGE (40 EUR):
1. Hvar town tour (walking tour, approx. 45 min)
This tour led by an expert guide will introduce you to the historical and cultural richness of one of the most beautiful towns in Croatia. Your guide will introduce you not just to the history but also to the present situation -what people do in Hvar for a living and what are the advantages and disadvantages of life on the island.
Walking along the town promenade, main square and back alleys you will have discover the most important monuments:
Arsenal building from the 17th century, the oldest communal theatre from 1612, St Stephen’ cathedral and Benedictine convent where local nuns produce lace made of agave plant. The lace has been inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List as a unique example of manual labor made of specially prepared agave fiber.

2. Hvar lavender presentation (approx. 30min)
After the walking tour of Hvar, you will be introduced to the most recognizable symbol of Hvar – lavender. Your tour guide, also a lavender producer, will hold a short presentation on the lavender plant as a medicinal plant and a herb firstly introduced to the local farmers on the Island of Hvar and then more widely spread over other parts of coastal Croatia. Your guide will introduce you to the agriculture on the island and give you information about growth, production and the use of
the lavender.

3. Dubrovnik town tour (transfer and a walking tour, approx. 1 hour)
This tour will present you the most important monuments in the Old Town surrounded by the ancient walls! The tour itself includes the transport to the Old Town from Gruz port including a walking tour along the narrow streets whilst being led by a professional guide who will tell you about town’s history, culture and its sights. You will walk down the main Dubrovnik street called Stradun that still is the centre of all major events in Dubrovnik. You will also visit other monumental buildings, squares, palaces and the Franciscan monastery with one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe, Rector’s palace and Onofrio fountain. The fountain is a centuries-old source of fresh drinking water in Dubrovnik, where one can freshen up even today. Stories and legends about St. Blaise church, Dubrovnik's patron saint, the Cathedral, the Rector's Palace, Sponza palace and Orlando's column will give you a good insight into the rich history of this town. Moreover, you will be able to explore the beauty of the town’s harbor, a place where they used to build, repair and hide famous ships of the former Republic of Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik.... Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik (George Bernard Shaw)

4. Korcula town tour (evening walking tour, approx. 45 min)
This tour, led by an expert guide will introduce you to different times. Through stories and picturesque appearance of the old town you will learn how local people used to live and build their homes. You will familiarize yourself with the history of the town that is considered to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. This tour includes a walk through the old part of Korcula town whose long history and tradition are evident at every step. Whilst walking through the Old Town surrounded by walls and four towers from the 15th century, you will see cultural and historical monuments and many other buildings and palaces built in the Gothic and Venetian style. Moreover, you will discover how people live today in modern Korcula town which has around 3000 occupants. Our expert guide will inform you about the life of an adventurer and a Venetian merchant Marco Polo, who used to write about the wonders of travelling, languages and customs he encountered whilst trading in the Middle East.

5. Pucisca Stonemasonry School (afternoon tour, approx. 45 min)
Stonemasonry School in Pucisca is one of only three vocational stonemason’s high schools left in Europe. On this tour with an expert guide, you will be told why this school and Brac stone are so unique and valuable, why Brac stone has such a long tradition and history and why it is known so far outside the Mediterranean and Croatian borders. You will visit the workshop and the exhibition of the students’ sculptures. Soft and pliable for processing, but also tough and resilient, Brac stone has been used in this region for centuries. Starting from Diocletian's Palace in Split, through the Roman Salona, the Vienna parliament to the White House in Washington, Brac stone has become popular beyond the borders of Croatia and Mediterranean. Therefore, it is not surprising that in Pucisca you can find a
Stonemasonry School that builds on traditions centuries old and where students are taught how to work the white limestone by using the traditional toothed tools used by the stonemasons in the Roman Empire.

6. Omis town tour (walking tour, approx. 30 min)
This short excursion will help you discover a rich and exciting history that lies behind this small town and its harbor, situated between Split and Makarska, on the mouth of river Cetina. The scenery of the impressive surrounding fortresses on the mountains will have a new, in depth meaning after interpretation given from your guide. Throughout history, Omis had been a famous pirate nest, and the Omis pirates were among the most dangerous ones in the entire Mediterranean. Even the Venetian ships had to pay taxes to pass through their territory. Today, Omis’s main source of income is tourism because the beauty of the town and its surroundings. Omis is also known by Festival klapa (Festival of the Dalmatian a capella singing groups); a unique presentation of the Croatian musical tradition, when you can hear music coming from around almost every corner. The Pirate nights also often recreate ancient pirate battles that bring back to life the times
long gone.

7. Split city tour (walking tour, approx. 45 min)
This tour led by an expert guide includes a walk through the historical core of Split and the Diocletian's Palace. The historic core and incredibly well-preserved ruins of the Roman palace were among the first to be inscribed onto UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979. This tour will take you through the oldest part of Split, a Mediterranean city, a crossroad of maritime routes and rich cultural and monumental history. Your guide will introduce you to a traditional way of life in Diocletian's Palace and the life in the city itself including its well preserved ruins that today form the city’s core, the centre of all major events and everyday life of its inhabitants. It is estimated that this Roman palace was built from 298 until 305 A.D. and is one of the most significant original structures of the late ancient architecture mostly due to its preservation. Later on, this Palace contributed to the broadening of the city itself because it served as the starting point for the expansion of the settlement. Split is a true Mediterranean city, with a significant portion of everyday life happening on the streets, especially in the summer.
 


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Optional Tours

1. Korcula island coach tour: 25 EUR
Zlokic olive oil factory, Barilo ethno museum, Toreta vinery Olive oil tasting and snack in Zlokic olive oil factory. Vela Luka, Korcula island. This tour includes a visit to a small olive oil factory, a tour of the museum and tasting of the homemade products. Olive oil production today represents the basis of agriculture on the island. Its quality and quantity comprise a significant share of oil production in Croatia.
On this trip you will have a unique opportunity to visit a small private olive oil factory and learn first-hand about the processing and production of one of the best olive oils in Croatia. Moreover, you will learn how to pick olives, which presses to use in the processing, and you will learn about the difference between virgin and extra virgin olive oil. Furthermore, you will visit the ethnographic collection of tools used for olive growing and oil production and you will learn how the oil was used, and which techniques and equipment are used today. To make this experience complete, all you have left to do is to taste the delicious local products: olive oil, olives, homemade cheese and anchovies.  Barilo ethno museum, tasting of local liqueurs and sweets. Blato, Korcula island In Blato, one of the oldest settlements on the island, you will visit a family-run ethno museum. The museum is based on the private collection of the local family Marinovic - Barilo and is run by family members and curators Dita and Velimir. They treasure the collection of various artifacts and objects from the peasant’s life of Blato village and the surrounding areas. Barilo ethno museum covers around 250 m2 and has about 3000 artifacts and objects to display. The tour will last around an hour and it will include a visit to an outdoor and indoor display of the tools and items typical for the life on the island. Your host will introduce you to the life and customs of their ancestors. Inside Barilo ethno house you will be able to taste of the local products made by your friendly host who treasures the old recipes. You will be offered various homemade liqueurs, figs, sugar coated almonds and homemade arancini –candied orange peel.  Toreta winery and museum, wine tasting. Smokvica, Korcula island Our next stop will be in Smokvica, a small village in the middle of the island of Korcula where the Croatian white wine Posip originates from. Toreta winery and museum are run by a local family Banicevic that have produced excellent wines with the young Frano Banicevic now running the family business. His knowledge and passion for high quality wines and promoting the Toreta winery was recognized in 2010 when he was awarded The Best Young Winemaker award.
Frano will be happy to introduce you to the traditional and modern methods of wine making after which you will taste the wines, homemade cheese and enjoy the beautiful view of the fields of Smokvica village.

2. Cetina river boat trip to Radman mills with a snack. Omis 20 EUR
The mouth of river Cetina opens into the sea at Omis, with monumental cliffs rising on both sides of the river bank. With its 100 km Cetina is the longest river in Dalmatia that springs at 5 pints on an altitude of 380 m above the sea level, under the two mountains Dinara and Gnjat. Cetina river boat excursion will take place in Omis 6 km up the river to the picnic and restaurant area of Radman mills. During the centuries Cetina Canyon was used as a perfect hiding spot for Omis pirates. Being one of the biggest Dalmatian rivers, in 1848 flour mills were opened to the public. Nowadays, Radman mills house a restaurant and a picnic place where in the shadow of tall trees one can get familiar with the rustic spirit of the past times. After 45 minutes long river ride, your host will welcome you with a glass of excellent local wine accompanied by tasteful bites of Dalmatian smoked ham, local cheese and homemade bread. Enjoy the light lunch, untouched nature and a boat ride up the impressive Cetina Canyon surrounded by mountains.
Optional: Entrance ticket for Mljet National Park 12 EUR/ 15 EUR* * 15 EUR in July & August
In the National Park you can relax in the peaceful green environment before the last day of your cruise. There you can recharge your batteries and prepare yourself for a comeback to reality. Indulge yourself in wondering a thick green forest, take a short boat ride and discover the island of St Mary with a Benedictine
monastery from the 12th century or simply take a swim in shallow, warm salty lakes. You can rent a bike, a kayak or a canoe and explore the island more actively.

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