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- Lindsay, America.
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“The boat was fabulous with lovely rooms and excellent en suite facilities. The crew were excellent, friendly and responsive. Our guide really added value to the trip with a great sense of humour and relevant information about each stop. I only wish it was twice as long. Thank you Sail Croatia.”

- Prue, Australia.
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Explorer Itineraries

Split to Dubrovnik Itinerary One
SPLIT
DAY 1 | Start

Split, a town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, is known for its beaches and the fortress like complex at its centre, Diocletian's Palace, erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Once home to thousands, its sprawling remains include more than 200 buildings. Within its white stone walls and under its courtyards and galleries are shops, bars, cafes, cathedrals, hotels and several houses.

Check-in is from 10.30am to 12.00pm (midday). Please note your cabin may not be ready until 12:30pm. Your Split to Dubrovnik cruise will depart the harbour at 1pm sharp and sail toward your first destination!

MAKARSKA
DAY 1 | Overnight Stay

Your Split to Dubrovnik departure takes place from Split harbour at 13.00. We'll have lunch upon departure and sail down towards the Makarska Riviera, taking in the stunning views along the way. We will stop for a swim at one of the hidden bays along the coast before arriving into Makarska. En route, you have the option of river rafting down the Cetina River, which splits the Riviera into a spectacular gorge and was an area where pirates thrived during the 12th and 13th Century. Rafters will be dropped back to Makarska later in the afternoon to join the ships for the evening. Makarska nestles under the massive peaks of the Biokovo mountain range, with Mt Jure being the highest seaside peak on the Mediterranean. Strolling along the streets of Makarska, you will come across numerous churches and other architectural sights. For nightlife options, there is the cocktail bar Marineta and for late night takers, there is "Club Deep" set in a natural cave next to the sea.

Optional Activities:

STARI GRAD / JELSA
DAY 2 | Overnight Stay

Early in the morning, we head toward the island of Hvar, the longest and one of the most well-known islands in the Adriatic. We moor overnight in the quaint harbour town of Stari Grad or the port of Jelsa (depending on local harbour traffic). Situated on the northern side of the island, Stari Grad literally means 'Old Town' and it is one of the oldest town in Croatia, dating back to the 1300's. Stari Grad boasts an attractive network of old narrow streets, vineyards and olive groves that surround the town, as well as the Stari Grad Plain; a UNESCO protected World Heritage site. Both ports have plenty of restaurants and bars to explore, with some overlooking the harbour itself and others tucked away in the side streets.

Optional Activities:

HVAR
DAY 3 | Overnight Stay

After lunch onboard, we stop for a swim at one of the bays heading towards Hvar Town for our second night on Hvar island. Climb the hill and visit the 7th Century fort ruins overlooking the harbour, explore a Renaissance Cathedral with it's original tower or discover the oldest community theatre in Europe! We overnight along the town waterfront, where we have prime position to immerse ourselves in the atmosphere of restaurants, cafes and bars that are open well into the night.

Please Note:

  • The docking time in Hvar can be early evening in peak season due to Port Authority restrictions. If guests would like to arrive in Hvar town earlier, water taxi transfers can be arranged for one time slot for the boat, which will be included for all guests.
VIS
DAY 4 | Overnight Stay

Early in the morning and subject to weather conditions, we will make our way across to the island of Vis, one of the most outer-lying islands on the Dalmatian coast. Vis has been used over the centuries as a strategic military port and saw action by the Allied military through WWII against Italy and Germany. Today it is an idyllic island, famous for it's stunning Blue Cave, an island cave system accessible only by boat. The blue turquoise water and refracted light into the cave make for exciting and amazing photo opportunities. If by chance the weather and wind isn't suitable to visit Vis, then an alternative stop will be made on the itinerary.

Optional Activities:

KORCULA
DAY 5 | Overnight Stay

Today we continue to sail south, stopping in one of the bays near Loviste, on the Peljesac peninsula, where we will spend the day relaxing and swimming off the ship. Later this afternoon we'll continue onto the island of Korcula, the rumoured birthplace of Marco Polo. Korcula has a wealth of restaurants to explore in the evening, and there are numerous bars and clubs within the city walls.

Optional Activities:

MLJET (SLANO / SIPAN)
DAY 6 | Overnight Stay

This morning we'll head south to the island of Mljet. Once docked in the afternoon, you are free to explore the salt lakes within the National Park. Inside the National Park you are able to visit the isle of St Mary, which is home to an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and a church dating back to the 12th century that are just waiting to be explored. The National Park is best discovered using a bicycle or kayak that can be hired within the park grounds. We will overnight in the port of Polace or Pomena this evening and catch one of Mljet's famous sunsets from the back of the ship.

Optional Activities:

DUBROVNIK

DAY 7 | Overnight Stay

After breakfast we depart for Dubrovnik, dubbed "heaven on earth" by the famous writer, George Bernard Shaw. We arrive in Dubrovnik in the early afternoon, giving you plenty of time to explore the 13th century Old Town. Walk the impressive 1,940m long city walls and discover hidden gems such as cafes and bars perched along the walls, where you can sit back with a cold drink and watch the sunset. We'll overnight in the Port of Gruz, just outside this magical city. Later in the evening there are plenty of nightspots available to keep you awake into the early hours.

Optional Activities:


DAY 8 | Finish

This morning it's time for an early onboard breakfast, before saying goodbye to the crew and all of your new friends. Please note, it is possible for you to leave the ship as early as needed on Saturday morning to catch flights, as all ships will be in port by Friday night.

Please Note:

All of the activities offered on this itinerary are informative only and are for your planning benefit. These are booked and paid for locally if you wish to participate. There is no obligation to participate in these activites.

Optional Activities:

Dubrovnik to Split Itinerary Two
DUBROVNIK
DAY 1 | Start

Check-in at Dubrovnik's Gruz harbour from 11:00am, with lunch served onboard at 13:00, giving you the perfect opportunity to get to know your new shipmates! We’ll begin our cruise from Dubrovnik and head toward our first destination, Mljet.

MLJET
DAY 1 | Overnight Stay

We depart from the Port of Gruz at 13.00. We'll have lunch onboard, allowing you to get to know your fellow shipmates, as we sail north through the beautiful Elephite islands. A refreshing swim stop will be had before continue onto Mljet National Park.

Once docked in the afternoon, you are free to explore the salt lakes within the National Park. Inside the National Park you are able to visit the isle of St Mary, which is home to an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and a church dating back to the 12th century that are just waiting to be explored. The National Park is best discovered using a bicycle or kayak that can be hired within the park grounds. We will overnight in the port of Polace or Pomena this evening and catch one of Mljet's famous sunsets from the back of the ship.

Optional Activities:

KORCULA
DAY 2 | Overnight Stay

From Mljet we'll set sail for the island of Korcula, the rumoured birthplace of Marco Polo. Lunch will be served onboard near Lumbarda bay, on the eastern side of Korcula island. We will overnight in the port of Korcula Town. Explore this fortified town, with its narrow streets and lookout towers and spend your afternoon understanding the islands host of legends, myths and tales. The town's stone walls were built over two centuries ago, and the Old Town is built in a fishbone structure that you have to see to believe.

Optional Activities:

VELA LUKA / KOMIZA
DAY 3 | Overnight Stay

We set sail from Korčula and head to the western side of the island, where we will stop at the port of Vela Luka (or if port authorities allow, we will dock at the port of Komiža on the island of Vis). The name Vela Luka translates as ‘big harbour’ and the town lies in a deep sheltered bay, lined with small coves. The town dates back to prehistoric times and archaeological finds are on display at the cultural centre. Vela Luka has a strong agricultural background, particularly in olive growing, from which its olive oil is locally recommended. There are a handful of restaurants and shops dotted along the harbour and the town is becoming increasingly popular in the summer months. If we are able to dock in the port of Komiza, we will spend the afternoon exploring this stunning town on the island of Vis.

VIS + OPTIONAL ACTIVITY (VIS TOUR)
DAY 4 | Overnight Stay

Early this morning and subject to weather conditions (which are normally excellent), we will make our way across to the island of Vis, one of the most outer-lying islands on the Dalmatian coast. Vis has been used over the centuries as a strategic military port and saw action by the Allied military through WWII against Italy and Germany. It has only recently opened to commercial tourism and still retains a lot of it's historical charm, as it is not frequently visited due to its location.

Please Note:

If by chance the weather and wind isn't suitable to visit Vis, then an alternative stop will be made on the itinerary. The captain reserves the right to amend this as his number one priority is always safety.

Optional Activities:

HVAR
DAY 5 | Overnight Stay

Today we'll head toward the island of Hvar, the longest and one of the most popular islands in the Adriatic. We will dock in Hvar Town for our first night on Hvar island. The 7th century walls with fortifications towering above the township, fascinating outer-lying Islands, waterfront restaurants and famous bars make it a popular stop on the itinerary.

We dock in prime position along the waterfront, providing the perfect base to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of restaurants, cafes and bars.

Stunning sunsets, incredible night life, well-preserved architecture and inviting waterfront cafes mean Hvar has something for everyone.

Please Note:

The docking time in Hvar can be early evening in peak season due to Port Authority restrictions. If guests would like to arrive on Hvar island earlier, water taxi transfers can be arranged for one time slot for the boat, which will be included for all guests.. Optional Activity: Wake Surfing

Optional Activities:

STARI GRAD / JELSA
DAY 6 | Overnight Stay

We depart Hvar Town and sail towards the quaint town of Stari Grad or the port of Jelsa (depending on local harbour traffic).Situated on the northern side of the island, Stari Grad literally means 'Old Town' and it is one of the oldest town in Croatia, dating back to the 1300's. Stari Grad boasts an attractive network of old narrow streets, vineyards and olive groves that surround the town, as well as the Stari Grad Plain; a UNESCO protected World Heritage site. Both ports have plenty of restaurants and bars to explore, with some overlooking the harbour itself and others tucked away in the side streets.

Optional Activities:

SPLIT

DAY 7 | Overnight Stay

We leave the island of Hvar behind this morning and start to make our wake back to Split. We'll stop for a swim and lunch along the way at one of the hidden coastal bays, perfect for diving right off the ship.

Our arrival into Split will be in the late afternoon, giving you plenty of time to explore the abundance of Roman architecture found here, particularly the 4th century, UNESCO protected, Diocletian's Palace.

Optional Activities:


DAY 8 | Finish

Enjoy an early onboard breakfast, after which it is time to say goodbye to the crew, your new friends and leave your Dubrovnik to Split cruise behind. Please note, it is possible for you to leave the ship as early as needed on Saturday morning to catch flights, as all ships will be in port by Friday night.

Optional Activities:

Please Note:

All of the activities offered on this itinerary are informative only and are for your planning benefit. These are booked and paid for locally if you wish to participate. There is no obligation to participate in these activites.

Split Return (South) Itinerary Three
SPLIT
DAY 1 | Start

Split, a town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, is known for its beaches and the fortress like complex at its centre, Diocletian's Palace, erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Once home to thousands, its sprawling remains include more than 200 buildings. Within its white stone walls and under its courtyards and galleries are shops, bars, cafes, cathedrals, hotels and several houses.

Check-in is from 10.30am to 12.00pm (midday). Please note your cabin may not be ready until 12:30pm. Your cruise from Split will depart the harbour at 1pm sharp and sail toward your first destination!

MAKARSKA
DAY 1 | Overnight Stay

We depart Split harbour at 13:00, and have lunch onboard as we sail down the Dalmatian coast to the Makarska Riviera. Your first afternoon will be spent swimming at one of the beautiful beaches along the Riviera. The ship will overnight in the port of Makarska, one of the most beautiful destinations on the Croatian coast. Makarska nestles under the massive peaks of the Biokovo mountain range, with Mt Jure being the highest seaside peak on the Mediterranean. Strolling along the streets of Makarska, you will come across numerous churches and other architectural sights. For nightlife options, there is the cocktail bar Marineta and for late night takers, there is "Club Deep" set in a natural cave next to the sea.

Optional Activities

KORCULA
DAY 2 | Overnight Stay

After breakfast we set sail for Korcula, the rumoured birthplace of Marco Polo. Lunch will be served onboard near Lumbarda bay, on the eastern side of Korcula island. We will overnight in the port of Korcula Town. Explore this fortified town, with its narrow streets and lookout towers and spend your afternoon understanding the islands host of legends, myths and tales. The town's stone walls were built over two centuries ago, and the Old Town is built in a fishbone structure that you have to see to believe.

Optional Activities

DUBROVNIK
DAY 3 | Overnight Stay

We leave Korcula behind and set sail for Dubrovnik, dubbed "heaven on earth" by the famous writer, George Bernard Shaw. We arrive in Dubrovnik in the early afternoon, giving you plenty of time to explore the 13th century Old Town. Walk the impressive 1,940m long city walls and discover hidden gems such as cafes and bars perched along the walls, where you can sit back with a cold drink and watch the sunset. We'll overnight in the Port of Gruz, just outside this magical city.

Optional Activities

MLJET
DAY 4 | Overnight Stay

We set sail early this morning and head toward the beautiful National Park island of Mljet. Once docked, you are free to explore the salt lakes within the National Park. Inside the National Park you are able to visit the isle of St Mary, which is home to an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and a church dating back to the 12th century that are just waiting to be explored. The National Park is best discovered using a bicycle or kayak that can be hired within the park grounds. We will overnight in the port of Polace or Pomena this evening and catch one of Mljet's famous sunsets from the back of the ship.

Optional Activities

HVAR
DAY 5 | Overnight Stay

Early this morning we'll depart for the Pakleni Islands where we have lunch onboard and stop for a swim in the crystal clear water. Hvar is the longest island in the Adriatic and is famous for its super-yachts and celebrity status. Climb the hill and visit the 7th Century fort ruins overlooking the harbour, explore a Renaissance Cathedral with it's original tower or discover the oldest community theatre in Europe! The town of Hvar offers plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes that are open well into the night.

Please Note:

The docking time in Hvar can be early evening in peak season due to port authority restrictions. However if guests would like to arrive earlier, water taxi transfers can be arranged for one time slot for the boat, which will be included for all guests.

Optional Activities

STARI GRAD / JELSA
DAY 6 | Overnight Stay

For our second night on Hvar island, we moor overnight in the quaint harbour town of Stari Grad or in the pretty port of Jelsa (depending on local harbour traffic). Situated on the northern side of the island, Stari Grad literally means 'Old Town' and it is the oldest town in Croatia. Stari Grad boasts an attractive network of old narrow streets and small squares around the harbour. Vineyards and olive groves surround the town and the Stari Grad Plain is a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site. Jelsa dates back to the 1300's and was a significant trading port for the island's wine and olive oil. It nestles at the foot of thickly wooded hillsides. Both ports have plenty of restaurants and bars to explore, with some overlooking the harbour itself and others tucked away in the side streets.

Optional Activities

SPLIT

DAY 7 | Overnight Stay

From Makarska, we make our way back to Split, stopping for a swim and onboard lunch at one of the hidden coastal beaches along the way. Your ship will dock in Split in the afternoon, allowing you the early evening to explore Split and it's UNESCO protected Diocletian's Palace, complete with Roman architecture dating back to the 4th Century!

Optional Activities


DAY 8 | Finish

This morning it's time for an early onboard breakfast, before saying goodbye to the crew and all of your new friends. Please note, it is possible for you to leave the ship as early as needed on Saturday morning to catch flights, as all ships will be in port by Friday night.

Please Note:

All of the activities offered on this itinerary are informative only and are for your planning benefit. These are booked and paid for locally if you wish to participate. There is no obligation to participate in these activites.

2019 PRICING

*Prices fluctuate regularly in line with demand for our cruises. Our Price Promise ensures clients who book early will never pay more than those who book later.
Almissa Cristal Emanuel Liberty
Departures Lower Deck Above Deck Lower Deck Above Deck Lower Deck Above Deck Lower Deck Above Deck
4th May £589 £649 £1,099 £799 £1,399 £1,099 - - - -
18th May £659 £719 £1,199 £1,499 - - - -
1st June - - £1,299 £1,599 - - - -
8th June £789 £849 - - - - - -
15th June - - £1,339 £1,639 - - - -
22nd June £839 £899 - - - - - -
29th June - - £1,399 £1,699 - - - -
6th July - - - - £749 £809 - -
13th July £849 £909 £1,399 £1,699 - - - -
20th July - - - - £749 £809 - -
27th July - - £1,399 £1,699 - - £939 £999
10th August £839 £899 £1,399 £1,699 - - - -
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24th August £839 £899 £1,399 £1,699 - - - -
7th September £839 £899 £1,399 £1,699 - - - -
21st September - - £1,199 £1,499 - - - -

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Almissa Cristal Emanuel Liberty
Departures Lower Deck Above Deck Lower Deck Above Deck Lower Deck Above Deck Lower Deck Above Deck
11th May £589 £649 £1,169 £869 £1,469 £1,169 - - - -
25th May £759 £819 £1,299 £1,599 - - - -
8th June - - £1,319 £1,619 - - - -
15th June £789 £849 - - - - - -
22nd June - - £1,399 £1,699 - - - -
29th June £839 £899 - - - - - -
6th July - - £1,399 £1,699 - - - -
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20th July £849 £909 £1,399 £1,699 - - - -
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3rd August - - £1,399 £1,699 - - - -
17th August £839 £899 £1,399 £1,699 - - - -
24th August - - - - - - £939 £999
31st August £839 £899 £1,399 £1,699 - - - -
14th September £839 £899 £1,399 £1,699 - - - -
28th September £589 £649 £1,199 £1,499 - - - -

*The above is for pricing purpose only, please submit an enquiry for availability.

Almissa Cristal Emanuel Liberty
Departures Lower Deck Above Deck Lower Deck Above Deck Lower Deck Above Deck Lower Deck Above Deck
1st June £759 £819 - - - - - -
6th July £849 £909 - - - - £939 £999
13th July - - - - - - £909 £969
20th July - - - - - - £909 £969
27th July £849 £909 - - - - - -
3rd August £849 £909 - - £749 £809 - -
10th August - - - - - - £909 £969
5th October - - £899 £1,199 - - - -
12th October - - £899 £1,199 - - - -

*The above is for pricing purpose only, please submit an enquiry for availability.

INCLUSIONS

Inclusions
Captain's Dinner Evening

Experience traditional Croatian cuisine onboard, as your Captain and crew puts on an incredible evening for you to enjoy!

EXPLORE HIDDEN BAYS

Dive off your ship into the sea, float in the turquoise blue water or take a refreshing dip at your daily swim stops.

AUTHENTIC CROATIAN CUISINE

Freshly prepared breakfast and a 3-course lunch are included daily on all Explorer Cruises.

Explorer Ships

Our Explorer Cruises operate on a variety of premium ships, meaning you'll be experiencing Croatia from the comfort of your custom designed ship.

Dedicated Tour Manager

You'll be well looked after by your onboard Tour Manager who can assist you with any questions throughout the week.

Exclusive Excursions

Whether it's river rafting, kayaking or wine tasting, optional excursions are included on all Explorer routes.

Stay Connected

Wi-fi is available throughout your cruise (subject to download limits)

Like Minded Travellers

Experience an intimate cruising experience with up to 40 guests onboard.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are Explorer Cruises?

Explorer cruises are great for unwinding and experiencing the true beauty of Croatia, with an emphasis on taking in more sightseeing than a Navigator cruises, whilst still giving you socialising options in the evenings.

What time do cruises start/finish?

All ships depart on either Wednesday or Saturday at 13:00. Ships on the Explorer Return route arrive at port on Friday afternoon, and cruises officially finish between 8am and 9am Saturday. For Wednesday Explorer Return departures, ships will return to port on Tuesday afternoon, and the cruise will officially end between 8am and 9am Wednesday morning.

What are the cabin arrangements?

The cabins are based on 2 sharing, and consist of twin beds, bunk beds or one double bed. . If you’d prefer a certain cabin type, it is important you let us know this upon booking, so we are aware and will note your request. Our ship allocation is finalised a week before departure, so we are unable to 100% guarantee a twin bed or double bed cabin. This is due to the fact that each of our ships have completely unique cabin configurations (and therefore always consist of a different number of twin and double cabins available onboard). We will do our best to accommodate requests on a first requested, first served basis. On some ships, we also have triple cabins available. Triple cabins consist of a double bed and a single bunk. If you would like to book a triple cabin please let us know and we can check availability when you enquire. We don’t automatically allocate these to odd numbered groups as they are about the same size as our 2 person cabins.

What's the difference between Above Deck and Lower Deck cabins?

Above Deck cabins are on the Main Deck of the ship or just above it. Lower Deck cabins are in the hull of the ship. There are pros and cons to both - Lower Deck cabins are often cooler and quieter at night, as you do not have other travellers walking past your cabin as much as the Above Deck cabins. Above Deck cabins offer more natural light and ventilation and most open out onto the sea. Each ship is unique and therefore the layout varies from ship to ship. Please note: On some ships, the Above Deck cabins are located across two levels, i.e. located on the Main Deck and on an Upper Deck.

What ships are available?

Our Explorer cruises operate on a variety of ships offering varying levels of comfort and luxury. Each ship offers air-conditioned ensuite and spacious deck areas that are perfect to relax and unwind in.

I am travelling by myself, is there a single supplement?

There are no single supplements on the Explorer cruises, provided that you are willing to share your cabin with another single traveller. If you prefer to have your own cabin, you can pay a single supplement which is 50% of the one person price.

How many people are on the ships?

Each ship is different but on average, our Explorer ships accommodate around 36-40 people.

What age/nationality are the passengers?

Explorer cruises have a wide age range of adults onboard. A typical Explorer cruise will usually have a mix of couples, young professionals and 'young at heart' travellers, usually aged from mid 20s to mid 60s. We recommend a minimum age of 15 and upwards onboard for our Explorer Cruises. We find this age upwards works well for the other customers onboard the ship and find that often older teens will enjoy many aspects of this cruise. Mainly English-speaking travellers join us on our Explorer Cruises. Travellers are typically from Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK & South Africa

What food is included?

Breakfast and a 3-course lunch are included daily on all cruises. Dinner is not included, as we encourage our clients to explore the local towns in the evening, experiencing local food and wine! Of course we can offer suggestions on the best places to go! Breakfast on Premier and Premier Plus ships is usually continental style, with additional warm food such as eggs. You can pay onboard for a cooked English breakfast at a supplement of 40 euros for the week. Lunches are usually 3 courses, with a soup/salad starter, meat or fish-based main course and fruit/cake for dessert, prepared by your onboard cook. A Captains Dinner with entertainment is also included in Explorer Cruises.

Can I bring food and drink onboard?

You cannot bring food and drink onboard the ship, except for items that fill specific dietary requirements. Each boat has its own bar and drinks consumed onboard (including bottled water) must be purchased from here. You have unlimited access to the onboard water cooler during the salon opening times. We recommend bringing a re-usable water bottle with you onboard, and filling this up before the salon closes for the evening.

Are there any local payments that I need to be aware of?

A tourist tax of 20 Euros per person is not included in the price. This is to be paid locally.

What type of luggage should I bring?

If you’re joining us from within Europe, we highly recommend limiting your luggage to one suitcase; however, we understand that this might not be possible for international travellers who are flying in just for the cruise, or on extended trips. In most cabins, you will be able to store bags under the bed; however, in the case of excess luggage, please ask check-in staff to give you additional information about possible storage.