Croatian Islands Cruise - Mendula
7 nights. May 2019 - October 2019. From £1399.00.
Cruise through the warm, blue waters of the Adriatic Sea, gently island-hopping on board beautiful, twin-masted MS Mendula, your delightful air-conditioned 'private yacht'. With up to just 31 passengers, Mendula, at 36 metres in length, is small enough to get into some of Croatia's most picturesque harbours and some idyllic 'hidden coves', as well as being a perfect floating 'home-from-home' in which to visit Croatia's ancient cities - including Split and Dubrovnik - and some idyllic off-shore isles.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsJoin MS Mendula close to Dubrovnik
Cruise through the idyllic Elaphiti Isles, calling at stunning Mljet
Visit picture-book Scedro and famously chic Hvar
Discover and explore stunning Roman Split, Croatia's wonderful second city
Entrance fees to Mljet National Park, Split's Diocletian Palace, and the cathedral
Enjoy the Captain's Dinner in glorious Brac
Visit Korcula where, legend has it, Marco Polo was born
Discover and explore walled Dubrovnik, 'Pearl of the Adriatic'
Guided tours of Hvar, Split, Korcula and Dubrovnik
Seven nights' accommodation on board MS Mendula in a lower deck cabin (upgrade cabins are available for a supplement)
Breakfast each day, five lunches and two evening meals, including the Captain's Dinner
Return flights to Dubrovnik
Return airport-to-ship 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.
Day OneFly to Dubrovnik, and upon arrival transfer by coach to the quayside in picturesque Zaton's small harbour to board Mendula (transfer time is approximately 40 minutes). Enjoy dinner and your first night on board, getting to know your fellow passengers and the welcoming crew, and perhaps stepping ashore for a nightcap.
Day TwoFollowing breakfast, Mendula sails out into the blue waters, passing the tantalising Elaphiti, or 'Deer Islands', which lie offshore, and which, weather and time-permitting, provide an idyllic backdrop for a first dip. Each day, the captain will ensure that there's time to enjoy the warm sunshine for which the region is famous and the opportunity for a swim or snorkel. The cruise, which is a wonderful holiday for anyone who has ever dreamed of taking a cruise on a yacht, yet without ever venturing very far from shore, also includes five tasty lunches and two evening meals, including a Captain's Dinner prepared on board. On other evenings, there's the chance to go ashore to sample local restaurants.
This afternoon, you'll arrive at Mljet Island, legendary hiding place of Odysseus and Calypso, and where the wooded Mljet National Park can be explored after lunch on board. Mendula is tied up in the tiny port of Pomena, and there's the chance to enjoy dinner in this unspoiled haven.
Day ThreeThis morning's first call is at the picture-postcard-perfect islet of Scedro, before Mendula sails on to nearby Hvar, the most celebrated of Croatia's offshore archipelago. A verdant paradise of lush vegetation, floral beauty, vineyards, lavender fields and hidden coves, topped by a rocky ridge, Hvar is as idyllic a spot as any in the Mediterranean. After lunch on board, enjoy the included guided tour of Hvar Town, where the Venetian arsenal, tiny harbour and Cathedral are among the highlights, and this evening soak up the atmosphere of what is one of Croatia's trendiest enclaves.
Day FourA morning's sailing - with perhaps a stop for a swim - brings Mendula to the historic Dalmatian capital city of Split - with its wondrous UNESCO-listed Old Town and palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian. Officially Croatia's second city, Split bustles with life, especially on the waterfront promenade, the Riva, and in its colourful market places, which are explored on the included tour after lunch on board.
Day FiveToday is spent in lazy idyll, perhaps swimming, sunbathing or enjoying a long lunch. Mendula sails for Brac, Croatia's third largest island, with its stunning beaches, especially clear waters and sleepy main town of Supetar. This evening, enjoy the on‑board Captain's Dinner.
Day SixThe last island call is verdant Korcula, settled for at least 6,000 years and birthplace, legend has it, of the explorer Marco Polo. Whether true or not, the island is worthy of any voyage of discovery. Enjoy lunch on board, then join the included tour of the main town, a medieval jewel of narrow streets - built at interlocking angles to avoid the cool winter winds off the sea - and fortifications. This evening, seek out a restaurant or taverna for dinner.
Day SevenMendula makes her way back to the tiny bay of Zaton, and after a last lunch on board, make the short journey by coach to discover and explore the extraordinary 'Pearl of the Adriatic', peerless Dubrovnik, with its red-roofed buildings and encircling fortifications. A final guided tour introduces one of the Mediterranean's greatest treasures, including the medieval Old Town, its pedestrianised central street Stradun running from the Pile Gate to busy Luza Square, overlooked by the impressive Sponza Palace and graceful 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 Zaton for a last night aboard delightful Mendula.
Day EightBid Mendula farewell and transfer to the airport and your return flight, at the end of a wonderful holiday. Back to top
Designed in 2011, this beautiful yacht, which cruises at a leisurely 12 knots, is air-conditioned throughout and has a maximum passenger capacity of just 31, sleeping in 16 cabins.Back to top
Transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your ship is approximately 40 minutes.
Combining transfersWe 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.
Single cabinsPlease note that the single cabin on the Mendula (which is located on the Main Deck) is roughly three metres by two metres, and is much smaller in size than the twin cabins. As you would expect with a cabin of this size, space is very restricted.
Changes to your itineraryAt the captain's discretion, it may be necessary to alter the order of the itinerary on your holiday.
Cabin facilitesEach cabin is provided with beach towels and complimentary toiletries.
Items not included on boardDrinks from the ship's bar and gratuities are not included in the price of your holiday.
Payments on boardPlease note that credit cards cannot be used to make payments on board.
Special requirementsIf 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.
Disabled accessThe 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.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions 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.
Airport development feesAn 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.
Foreign Office Travel AdviceVisit 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. Back to top