As with all our holidays, you are in charge when it comes to our Adriatic cruise & stay holidays. You can choose to spend as much time as you like in Croatia before or after your cruise. Some of our guest prefer to stay longer after a relaxing cruise holiday to make total 2 weeks stay. The benefit of travelling with a specialist such as Diamond Star Experience is that we offer the flexibility and expertise to allow you to book the perfect holiday to suit you. Simply choose the Cruise itinerary of your choice and then choose any city or the island to stay before or after your cruise. We are happy to tailor make for you to create the holiday of your dreams. We choose sample combination Cruise & stay holidays, stay 7 nights in Cavtat 5*BB Croatia Hotel after your 1 week cruise to make total 14 nights holidays.
Day 1: Dubrovnik arrival
You will be transferred from Dubrovnik's airport to Gruz Harbor, where embarkation begins at around 13.00. Get settled in your cabin before attending a Welcome Reception this evening. (WR)
Day 2: Dubrovnik - Korcula
Early in the morning we set sail for the island of Korcula, with swimming stop, if weather permits, in one of pristine bays, time to relax and lunch onboard. Continue towards Korcula, the most preserved medieval town, thought to be the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. We will spend the night here. Take a walking tour of Korcula which takes you through its narrow, cobbled streets full of history. Evening is free to explore the town on your own. Dinner tonight is on board.
Day 3: Korcula - Pucisca
Our journey then continues towards Pucisca, situated on the island of Brac, village of the stone sculpture, where you can visit amazing stonemason school (optional). Lunch on board before arrival in Pucisca, enjoy a swim in one of Brac's many lovely coves and bays, if weather permits. Enjoy Captain's dinner onboard and overnight in Pucisca.
Day 4: Pucisca - Omis - Split
We depart for Omis before breakfast, its fortresses are silent stone reminders of the power of the pirates who once made their homes and fortunes here. You will have a possibility to book a short walking tour, followed by boarding a small boat and sail into Cetina River Canyon, a protected nature area, continuing to Radman Mills for a local specialty snack. After visiting Omis set sail to Split with a stop along the way to swim and relax, if weather permits, with lunch on board. In the late afternoon we arrive at Split to spend the night. Arriving in Split, join a guided tour of the city, visit the seafront promenade and Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace. The historical center of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your evening is free in Split.
Day 5: Split - Stari Grad
Morning sail towards Stari Grad on the island of Hvar, swimming stop and lunch on board. Stari Grad is one of the oldest towns in Europe with many friendly and cheap konobas and restaurants in the backstreets of the old town. The Stari Grad Plain and the old town centre of Stari Grad have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2008. Your evening is free to explore Stari Grad on your own.
Day 6: Stari Grad - Hvar - Mljet
Departing from Stari Grad in the morning, we sail to the town of Hvar on the island of Hvar for a sightseeing tour. Hvar town shows you the first public theatre in Europe (older than Shakespeare's theatre in the UK) and many more historical sites. Afterwards come back for lunch on board and sail towards Mljet. Croatian "Greenest Island" will hypnotize you with its beautiful, untouched nature and its cultural heritage. We arrive in the heart of Mljet National Park which encompasses five types of forests, many species of birds and two deep lakes. If you want to visit Mljet National Park, walk to the entrance where you can purchase the ticket to walk around the Veliko Jezero (Big Lake) and the Malo Jezero (Small Lake) and join the boat ride to St. Mary Island. Spend the night in Mljet.
Day 7: Mljet - Dubrovnik
In the morning we continue our adventure by sailing back to Dubrovnik with lunch on board with stop for swimming. Upon arrival in Dubrovnik, you will enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent Old Town with a panoramic bus ride above the Old Town. After the panoramic view, we will arrive at the historical centre of Dubrovnik, walk through STRADUN - both a street and a square, the most famous place inside the town walls, the famous city enlisted as UNESCO's World Heritage site, where your guide will show you the most interesting sights of Dubrovnik. After city tour, you will be left on your own to explore the city, visit City Walls, the Franciscan Monastery with Europe's second oldest pharmacy, the Rector's Palace and the Cathedral, take a boat ride to Lokrum island or take the cable car to the top of the Mount Srd. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day 8: depart Dubrovnik
After breakfast it's time to disembark. You will be transferred to your chosen hotel for following week stay.
Day 8-15 Hotel Stay
Enjoy your choice of your resort and hotel stay for the following week. End of your week we will transfer privately to the airport for your return journey.