- MV Emanuel
Step aboard this compact, vintage-style ship for a breathtaking cruise around Croatia.
- Medieval Dubrovnik
Although medieval Dubrovnik was badly damaged in an earthquake in 1667, much of the original architecture remains.
- Spectacular Split
The largest city on the Adriatic coast, ancient and historic Split developed from the magnificent Roman Diocletian’s Palace.
- The island of Hvar
Hvar, set in a beautiful natural bay and a safe haven for boats throughout the year
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Dalmatian Island Explorer MV Emanuel
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Sail Croatia's captivating coast
The crystal-clear waters of Croatia’s Adriatic Sea are graced with an archipelago of over a thousand beautiful islands swathed in fragrant pine groves, flowers and herbs. This voyage aboard a vintage-style ship reserved exclusively for Saga guests is a wonderful way to appreciate their natural beauty and rich history.
If you’re taking our holiday, you may appreciate some extra information to help you make the very most of this once-in-a-lifetime trip. If so, do take a few minutes to visit our ‘What to Discover’ section below.
7 nights on board the ship
Local wines, beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner throughout the cruiseFree bar open 11 hours a day
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK Branch and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50s, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga tour manager
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage aboard ship
Excursions and visits
- Visit Korcula – Marco Polo's birthplace
- Enjoy views of the Makarska Riviera
- Explore ancient Split
- Visit Hvar – Croatia's sunniest island
- Sail the lovely channel between Brac and Solta
- Mljet island visit
- Cruising close to the Elafiti Islands
- Dubrovnik city tour
Day 1 UK to Dubrovnik to Sipan
Fly to the historic city of Dubrovnik and embark your ship. In the afternoon, your voyage begins as you sail north along the stunning coast of the Dubrovnik Riviera to the peaceful island of Sipan, part of the famous Elafiti Islands. You moor in Sipanska Luka overnight. D
Day 2 Sipan to Korcula
This morning, cruise past the Peljesac Peninsula where you can view hilltops clad with vineyards and fruit trees as you journey to the island of Korcula. Berth overnight in the main town, also called Korcula, which is believed to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. B, L, D
Day 3 Korcula to Makarska to Pucisca
Your cruise continues north to Makarska, then sails to Pucisca on the island of Brac, the third-largest island on the Adriatic Coast. Pucisca is famed for its stone and masonry. The stone has been used for centuries in the building of palaces and cathedrals across Dalmatia and overseas too. B, L, D
Day 4 Pucisca to Split
Continue your voyage north to Split, Croatia's second-biggest city which boasts a charming old town that contains the majestic Diocletian's Palace. Admire this UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most impressive Roman ruins in existence during a guided walking tour of Split. B, L, D
Day 5 Split to Hvar
Cruise south today, crossing the Hvar Channel and sailing through the narrow passage that separates the islands of Brac and Solta. You can appreciate stunning panoramas of the two islands from your ship before docking in Hvar town where you can enjoy a brief walking tour. B, L, D
Day 6 Hvar to Mljet
Today you cruise from Hvar and further south along the Adriatic coast to Mljet for a guided visit. Much of the island is carpeted by forest and the rest is sprinkled with fields, vineyards and small villages. The western part is a national park featuring Aleppo pine and holm oak. Within the park are two saltwater lakes, Malo Jezero and Veliko Jezero. B, L, D
Day 7 Mljet to Dubrovnik
In the morning set sail for your final port of call, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dubrovnik, passing the Elafiti Islands of Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan en route. Moor within sight of the impressive medieval walls that enclose this magnificent city before enjoying a guided walking tour around its historic streets. B, L, D
Day 8 Dubrovnik to UK
Disembark and travel to the airport for your flight to the UK. B
Enjoy the delightful Dubrovnik Riviera from the locally rated 3-star Hotel (3Q+) in Mlini. With great views across the Adriatic Sea, this hotel is ideal if you're looking for relaxation – and the all-inclusive value is exclusive to Saga guests! Please note, there are no excursions included.
What to discover
Dubrovnik is divided into five major sections:
The best-known part is the Old Town or ‘Grad’ – you’re sure to have seen a lot of this fascinating historic area already, on your tour. Connecting Grad with all the other parts of the city is Pile (pronounced ‘peela’), whose monumental arched gate is located to the west of the City. If you should need a taxi, this is the place to find one, and the bus station is here too.
Then, there’s Ploče (plo-chay). Its full name is actually Ploče iza Grada, meaning Ploče Behind the City, and its arched gate is on the eastern side of the old town. This is Dubrovnik’s most elite residential area, affording magnificent views back towards the ancient walls, as well as the sparkling Adriatic and lush, green Lokrum Island.
The main thoroughfare through the old town is Stradun (or Placa). It stretches from the east gate to the west, and is surrounded by atmospheric little alleyways and lanes.
Gruž (gruush), northwest of the city, is also a residential area, as well as the location for the passenger vessel port and marina. It boasts its own lovely views of Lapad, and beyond to the Elaphite Islands.
Finally, the area known as Lapad (larpad) takes its name from the Lapad Pensinsula, on which it is located. Keen walkers will be interested to hear that ‘Uvala Lapad’ – the Bay of Lapad – has a lovely promenade that continues on as a hiking trail beyond the bay, right around the tip of the peninsula and back on the other side. It’s a wonderful walk, if you have the time. Another lovely trail will take you through a dense oak forest right to the top of Petka Hill, to be rewarded with amazing views.
Cablecar to Srđ
One exception to the walking-everywhere rule is to take a ride on the gleaming orange cable-car that climbs to the top of Mount Srđ, looming high above the Old Town. The cable-car ascends rapidly and soon you’ll be enjoying panoramic views of the city and beyond – on a clear day, you can see up to 60km.
The trip is rather expensive, but worth it for the unforgettable views. The Panorama restaurant at the top offers seafood platters, cocktails, fine local wines…and the same amazing vistas. You can buy tickets online or at the upper or lower cable car stations.
Stoll along the Stradun
This is the town’s ‘main street’, which gets its name from the Venetian ‘stradone’ or ‘big street’. Instantly recognisable, it’s also called the Placa; a smooth, white limestone walkway that shimmers in the sun. It’s a great place for people-watching, perhaps whilst treating yourself to a delicious ice cream. Unlike other destination cities, Dubrovnik’s ice creams are not expensive, and with vendors offering more than 50 varieties to choose from, it would be a pity not to try at least one!
Every evening, four guards accompanied by a drummer- all in full period costume- march down the Stradun. They then stand guard over the two main city gates until 9.30pm…when they march back!
Two new slants on art and history
A short walk away from the Old Town and just behind Banje beach there’s a refreshing contrast to medieval magnificence: the Museum of Modern Art, Dubrovnik. Since 1948, this impressive collection has been housed in a beautiful neo-Renaissance/Gothic mansion; the former home of ship-builder Božo Banac. Nine exhibition rooms have been created, giving the museum 900 square metres of indoor space as well as over 11,000 square metres of outdoor space on two large terraces overlooking the sea. The permanent collection contains many works by Cavtat-born Vlaho Bukovac, and there is always a major summer exhibition and frequent contemporary art events.
You’ll find the museum at Put Frana Supila 23; phone +385 426 590. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10.00-20.00.
War Photo Limited
The most recent war is still a sensitive subject in Dubrovnik, but this gallery of wartime photojournalism includes a permanent exhibition ‘Ex-Jugoslavia 1991-1999’ that gives a fascinating, sometimes shocking first-person insight into those times. Another floor of the gallery houses regularly- changing exhibitions of reportage from all over the world by leading war photographers: some works are sold as limited-edition prints.
Address: War Photo Limited, Antuniknska 6 (in the Old Town), Dubrovnik 20000.Phone +385 20 322 166.
Music, dance, theatre…The Dubrovnik Festival 2017
Every year, Dubrovnik holds an acclaimed Summer Festival from early July to late August. Events include music, dance, film and theatre from all over the world: the next programme will be posted online from 2nd February 2017. Details of the Festival website can be found in Useful Links.
On the beach
The friendly, pebbly town beach of Banje is just a short walk from the Ploče Gate. There are showers, deckchairs and sunloungers for hire, plus jet-skiing and boat trips for the more energetic.
The on-board free bar, open 11 hours daily from 11am-10pm, serves local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
A reasonable level of fitness is needed on this tour: excursions may involve walking on uneven ground and when ships berth side by side, you may need to cross between them and negotiate ladders. The Captain reserves the right to change the order of the itinerary if weather conditions are bad or if ports are very busy.