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Step onboard this small-ship cruise for seven nights of exploration along Croatia’s fabulous Dalmatian Coast. Soak up the sun and enjoy a swim in the invitingly blue waters as you sail from paradisaical islands to historic and culture-rich cities.

What's included?

  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation in an en-suite cabin with double bed or twin beds
  • Meals and drinks: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 2 dinners
  • The following destinations are included in the holiday: Dubrovnik, Slano, Mljet Island, Makarska Riviera, Split, Hvar and Korčula (order subject to change)
  • Please note: a tourist and harbour tax is payable locally in cash when you leave the boat. This costs approximately 35 euros per person for the week

Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast certainly isn’t shy of places to explore. Home to historic cities, stunning islands, secluded coves and sun-swathed beaches, you’ll sail from one inviting spot to the next during this seven-night small-ship cruise.

Starting in the medieval city of Dubrovnik, you will be welcomed on board by the captain and crew who are passionate about giving you an exclusive insight into Croatia. You will set sail along the clear-blue waters of the Adriatic, where you will have one of the best vantage points of the coastline. Soak up the sun on the deck or take a dip into the dazzling water during one of the many stops at stunning secluded coves.

This trip includes some brilliant highlights of the Dalmatian Coast. You will visit idyllic spots such as the striking island of Mljet, home to an incredible national park, two salt lakes and a former Benedictine Monastery as well as the Makarska Riviera, one of the top summer destinations in the country. Then there are the historical cities. In both Split and Dubrovnik, you will explore all the important sites during guided city tours and in Korčula, the birthplace of Marco Polo, you will see what gave the explorer his sense of adventure.

During the evenings, you will have plenty of opportunities to soak up the bustling Mediterranean atmosphere as well as its delectable food! For a week-long adventure and a cruise experience with a difference, this small-ship sailing holiday to Croatia is certainly not to be missed.

Image Credits: Ivo Biocina, Luka Esenko, Zoran Jelaca & Croatian National Tourist Board, Guliver Travel
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Key facts

Duration: 7 nights
Pace: Balanced
Suitable for: Anybody over the age of 12 years. See our terms for further information.
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  • Today your Croatian cruise adventure starts with a transfer to Dubrovnik’s harbour where will you be welcomed aboard with a drink and snacks. If you arrive on a later flight, you will embark in Slano.

    Meet the captain, crew and fellow passengers ahead of setting sail towards Slano. Before your arrival at Slano’s picturesque wide bay, you will stop at a swimming spot to take your first dive into the dazzling blue waters of the Adriatic.

    Dinner will be served on the ship tonight.

    Included Meals:  Dinner
  • Wake up to stunning coastal views and enjoy breakfast on board before setting sail towards the island of Mljet.

    Along the way, you will have lunch and stop for a swimming break in one of the many secluded coves dotted around the coastline before heading to either Pomena or Polače on Mljet.

    You will have time to explore the island as you please. We recommend walking along the stunning trails inside the national park and towards the two saltwater lakes. One features a former Benedictine monastery on its own private island, which is easily reached via small boat. Please note, entrance fees to the park are payable locally (depending on the season between approximately 70Kn and 125Kn). You can also swim in the lakes which are usually around 2 degrees warmer than the sea temperature.

    For dinner tonight, you could head into Pomena and try some local cuisine in one of the restaurants.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • Today, following breakfast, you will sail to the Makarska Riviera which is said to be one of the most beautiful places in Croatia. Relax in one of the peaceful bays with panoramic views of pine forests, sparkling and crystal-clear waters and the highest mountain in Dalmatia, Mount Biokovo, as an impressive backdrop.

    Lunch will be served on board before heading to Makarska or one of the neighbouring towns in the late afternoon. Here you could walk into town and sample some Croatian cuisine in one of the local restaurants.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • Today, you will leave the Makarska Riviera and sail towards the capital of Dalmatia, Split. During a guided city tour, you will learn all about the fascinating history of this 1700-year old city. The World Heritage Site of Diocletian’s Palace is one of the main attractions, but you’ll also explore narrow streets, medieval churches and trendy shops.

    This evening, you will have time for some independent exploration. We recommend heading to the famous promenade to soak up the bustling Mediterranean atmosphere.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • After breakfast this morning, you will leave Split to pass the strait “Splitska Vrata” which boasts beautiful views of the islands of Brač and Šolta. You will visit a bay for swimming in the clear waters before sailing to Hvar, the island renowned for its picturesque lavender fields and mild climate.

    You will have time to explore the stunning harbour area. We recommend climbing up to the fortress (approximately 20-30 minutes) for a fantastic view of the Pakleni Islands archipelago. Back in the town, you can enjoy food in one of the many restaurants.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • This morning, following breakfast, you will set sail to the island of Korčula. On the way, you will stop for an extended swimming break to enjoy the stunning waters and also have lunch on board.

    Korčula is often referred to as “Little Dubrovnik” because of its fortress-like appearance and it is also the birth town of famed explorer, Marco Polo. You will have time in the evening to explore.

    Afterwards, you will return to the ship for a special Captain’s Dinner.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Today, after breakfast, it is time to head back to Dubrovnik. Along the way, you will anchor in one of the secluded stunning bays to enjoy a last swim in the clear blue Adriatic Sea and have lunch on board.

    As you arrive in Dubrovnik, you will learn all about the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ during a guided tour of the old town. During your free time, you can take a walk over the impressive city walls, enjoy a cable car journey (payable locally) up to Mount Srđ for a unique view of the old town and take a stroll along the famous main street called the ‘Stradun’.

    Tonight, you will have a free evening to spend in Dubrovnik. We recommend finishing off your holiday with a spectacular meal at one of the local restaurants. The old town is only a short bus ride away from the port of Gruž and a bus ticket will cost around 15HRK.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • Today, following breakfast, it is unfortunately time for your Croatian cruise to come to an end. We will transfer you to the airport for your return flights home.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

Included in price

MB Solaris

Nights: 1-7

This stylish and comfortable 44m yacht, just built in 2018, can accommodate 40 passengers and adds a luxurious touch to your Adriatic cruise.

The Solaris offers a modern design with spacious cabins and an elegant 250m² sun deck with plenty of room to relax. There’s also an onboard saloon with air conditioning for you to enjoy a drink in the shade.

Cabin accommodation

Your roomy two-bed cabin comes equipped with air conditioning, LCD TV, desk and free WiFi. You’ll also have your own private bathroom with toilet and shower. The cabin size is approx. 12 m² including the bathroom.

Please note: due to specific requirements in some of the harbours, it is possible that ships will be tied sideways to each other and that passengers will need to transfer from one ship to another in order to get to shore. Please be careful when transferring from ship to ship and should you need assistance, the crew members will be delighted to help. All boat routes are dependent on the weather and may be changed at the Captain’s discretion.

Card payments are not accepted on board.

Bottled water is available for purchase on board.

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We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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The Specifics

Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 2 Maximum 40 people

Group Size

We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.

Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.

Minimum and maximum age

If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.

Unless otherwise stated in the in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, the minimum age for participation in an Artisan holiday is typically 8 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.

Medical History and Advice

We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.

In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.

In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.

Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.


Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.

It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.

If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.

The UK Foreign Office Advice

Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice

We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.

The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/                                                   

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/                                                 

Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/                                                                                                     

The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html

If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.

If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.

If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.

If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.

Booking activities locally

Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).

When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.

In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.

Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.

Brexit information for British Passport holders

For the most up to date information on how the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your holiday please click here to view our Brexit information for British Passport holders.

Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation

On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.

Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.

Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer

If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.

If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.

Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.

Terms and Conditions

Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website: https://www.artisantravel.co.uk/booking-conditions

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