A delightful seven-night cruise aboard the intimate and exclusive MV Adriatic Queen is the perfect way to explore the wonderful Dalmatian islands, scattered gem-like along Croatia’s Adriatic coast. Stops are made at historic Korcula, reputedly the birthplace of legendary explorer Marco Polo, the forested idyll of Mljet and the lavender-scented island of Hvar. There is time too, to discover the two great coastal cities of Croatia - Split, with the monumental palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian at its heart, and the extraordinary medieval walled city of Dubrovnik, acclaimed by George Bernard Shaw as ‘paradise on earth’.
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Gatwick Airport and your direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Dubrovnik. On arrival, we make the short transfer to embark the MV Adriatic Queen (3T) and enjoy an included dinner on board.
Day 2 - Mljet - Korcula (overnight)
An early morning departure as we sail towards the island and national park of Mljet. Here, we will see the salt lakes and enjoy the serenity of this peaceful island on a panoramic small boat excursion. This afternoon, we depart for the island of Korcula, believed to have been the birthplace of Marco Polo, and enjoy a guided tour of this old town and learn about its fascinating legends, tales and monuments. This evening, we enjoy some traditional music and entertainment on board.
Day 3 - Hvar (overnight)
Our cruise continues along the Pelješac Channel and past the tip of the Pelješac peninsula, skimming hidden bays and inlets to the lush island of Hvar which is cloaked in lavender, rosemary, heather and fig groves. A guided tour of the town of Hvar will show you the wealth of historic buildings here, many of which surround one of the largest squares in the ancient region of Dalmatia, Trg Sveti Stjepana.
Day 4 - Split (overnight)
Today, Adriatic Queen continues her voyage north, crossing the Hvar Channel and through the narrow passage that separates the islands of Brac and Solta, offering spectacular views. Split has a charming old town that contains the majestic Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most impressive Roman ruins in existence. We enjoy a guided tour of the old town, followed by free time for your own explorations.
Day 5 - Split - Omis - Makarska (overnight)
After breakfast, we sail along the coast towards the Makarska Riviera, stopping at the town of Omis, where we spend the morning on a small boat excursion on the Cetina River to Radman mills, surrounded by wildlife and beautiful nature. This afternoon, Adriatic Queen continues sailing south, and we enjoy beautiful views of the Riviera en route to the small town of Makarska, one of the most attractive resorts on the Croatian coast.
Day 6 - Makarska - Trstenik (overnight)
This morning we cruise from Makarska towards the little village of Trstenik on the Pelješac peninsula. This small village is home to the famous Grgic winery where we have a wine tasting, followed by plenty of free time for you to enjoy at leisure.
Day 7 - Trstenik - Dubrovnik (overnight)
An early departure this morning as we sail towards the UNESCO-listed city of Dubrovnik. Upon arrival, we enjoy guided sightseeing, including a cable car ride up Mount Srd to enjoy a spectacular birds-eye view of Dubrovnik. There will be some free time for lunch on your own before we return to the ship. Captain’s farewell dinner tonight, with local wine and entertainment included, plus an evening cruise around the old city walls of Dubrovnik.
Day 8 Dubrovnik - London
This morning we transfer to the airport for our direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London Gatwick. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.
• This tour requires a good level of mobility
• Small ship cruising is a lovely way to see these destinations. Expect a very informal atmosphere, relaxed, simple dining, compact cabins and a flexible approach to the ports of call which can vary depending on weather conditions.
Frequently listed as one of 10 most beautiful islands in the world, Hvar is renowned for is organically-grown lavender. The vibrantly colourful fields are at their most beautiful in June, July and August, just before the flowers open. Once cultivated and harvested, bunches of dried lavender and lavender oil are to be found throughout the island, sold at stalls in Hvar’s old town and along the waterfront. Historically, the lavender fields have always been an important source of income in Hvar - not only is it one of Croatia’s most prized souvenirs but it is recommended for its calming properties and as a herbal remedy.