Croatian Islands Cruise - Kleopatra
7 nights. October 2018. From £1479.00.
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Enjoy all the joys of cruising in some of Europe's most popular, most sun-blessed and bluest waters aboard delightful, beautifully appointed, 44-metre, 19-cabin MS Kleopatra. Join just 35 or so other passengers on a gentle island-hop off Croatia's beautiful coastline, taking in beautiful Brac, super-chic Hvar and explorer Marco Polo's legendary birthplace of Korcula, as well as walled Dubrovnik - the 'Pearl of the Adriatic' - and historic Split, Croatia's vibrant second city.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
Join MS Kleopatra in Split, Croatia's vibrant second city
Discover beautiful Bol, on Brac's southern shores
Visit famously chic Hvar Town
Verdant Korcula was, legend has it, birthplace of Marco Polo
Discover and explore walled Dubrovnik, 'Pearl of the Adriatic'
Enjoy the Captain's Dinner in glorious Brac
Cruise through the idyllic Elaphiti Isles, calling at stunning Mljet
'City of Stone' Pucisca is idyllically set on Brac's north coast
Omis was a famed pirate stronghold
Discover and explore stunning Roman Split, Croatia's second city
Guided tours of Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik, Omis and Split
Free on-board Wi-Fi
Seven nights' accommodation on board MS Kleopatra in a lower deck cabin (main deck cabins are available for a supplement)
Breakfast each day, five lunches and two evening meals, including the Captain's Dinner
Return flights to Split
Return airport transfers
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Fly to Split, and upon arrival transfer to board Kleopatra. Settle into your cabin and meet your fellow passengers at the Welcome Reception and tonight's four-course dinner aboard this excellent vessel. This wonderful holiday will also include five tasty lunches and a Captain's Dinner later in the week. On other evenings, there's the chance to go ashore to sample local restaurants, enjoy a nightcap in the bar or on deck, or step ashore for a taste of vibrant Split by night.
The first port of call is on the southern shore of the island of Brac, at beautiful Bol. Backed by wooded hills and boasting the island's most spectacular beach and a shore-side promenade, Bol is a perfect introduction to the Croatian islands. Return to Kleopatra for lunch, after which you'll sail on towards 'jet-set' island Hvar, a verdant, lush paradise that is amongst the Adriatic's most sparkling jewels. Enjoy a guided tour of Hvar Town, where highlights include the ancient public theatre - one of Europe's oldest - a Venetian arsenal and 16th-century St Stephen's Cathedral. This evening, enjoy the colourful, elegant korzo of locals and visitors dressed for the nightly stroll, and perhaps dine in one of the town's many harbourside cafes or restaurants.
After breakfast, Kleopatra slips away towards her next island call. Each day, the captain will ensure that there's time to enjoy the sunshine - for which the region is famous - and the opportunity for a swim or snorkel, and today lunch will be served with the ship anchored in a pristine bay.
This afternoon's call is in Korcula, birthplace, legend has it, of the explorer Marco Polo. Whether true or not, the island is worthy of any voyage of discovery. Enjoy the included walking tour of the main town, a medieval jewel of narrow streets and fortifications, and this evening dine in one of a host of restaurants or tavernas, perhaps sampling the island's excellent wine.
A morning's sailing brings Kleopatra to stunning Dubrovnik, the 'Pearl of the Adriatic' included on many a Mediterranean wish list. Explore the beautiful, compact city, with its red-roofed buildings and fortifications. After the chance to take in the panoramic views above the old town, a walking tour will introduce the medieval Old Town, its pedestrianised central street, Stradun, overlooked by Sponza Palace and Baroque St Blaise's Church. Other highlights will include the Franciscan Monastery, housing Europe's oldest pharmacy, and the Rector's Palace (entrances payable locally). Take a stroll around the walls, choose a restaurant or cafe for dinner, and return to Kleopatra at the end of a wonderful day.
Following breakfast, Kleopatra heads north once again, sailing past the Elaphiti, or 'Deer Islands'. This afternoon, you'll arrive at Mljet Island, legendary hiding place of Odysseus and Calypso,
where the wooded Mljet National Park, can be explored after lunch (entrance charge payable locally). Kleopatra spends the evening tied up in the tiny port of Pomena, and there's the chance to enjoy dinner ashore.
Slipping away from Mljet, Kleopatra spends today lazily cruising through the blue Adriatic waters, with plenty of time for sunbathing and a long lunch on board. By afternoon Kleopatra will have arrived on the north coast of Brac, where the idyllic haven of Pucisca is a last overnight island mooring, and the perfect backdrop for this evening's Captain's Dinner.
Making the short crossing to the mainland, Kleopatra spends the morning in former pirate hideaway
Omis, at the gateway to the Cetina River Canyon, and boasting an old quarter of narrow alleys beneath ruined city walls. An optional excursion (payable on board) is offered into the limestone canyon, heading up river to Radman Mills, where a snack-stop is included.
A last afternoon's sailing - and perhaps a swim - brings Kleopatra back to historic Split - with its wondrous UNESCO-listed Old Town and palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian. Enjoy a final evening ashore, perhaps dining along the waterfront.
Bid Kleopatra farewell and transfer back to the airport.Back to top
Built in 2014, this beautifully appointed, comfortable vessel, which is air-conditioned throughout, has a maximum passenger capacity of just 38.
Meals are served in the upper deck dining room, which opens out onto a large terrace - perfect for open-air breakfasts. A bar, deck-top Jacuzzi and large swimming platform, as well as plenty of deck space and loungers ensure your holiday pleasure.
There are 19 comfortable cabins, arranged in two categories, each with TV, a hairdryer, a radio and free Wi-Fi.Back to top
At the captain's discretion, it may be necessary to alter the order of the itinerary on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Please note that on Day Two, during peak season, the ship may call at Stari Grad/Jesla, and a coach transfer into Hvar Town will be provided.
The transfer time from the airport to your ship is approximately 40 minutes.
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your ship. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your ship. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Items not included on board
Drinks from the ship's bar and gratuities are not included in the price of your holiday.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Airport development fees
An Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between GBP5 and GBP10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.
There is a tourist tax of GBP35 per person to be paid directly on board at the end of the cruise.
Foreign Office Travel Advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
**Save GBP200pp on 7th June & 14th July 2018 departure date - use promo code LATE5. All prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the correct promo code has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. Offers are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.Back to top