- The island of Hvar
- Medieval Dubrovnik
- Spectacular Split
- Monastery of St Mary, Mljet
- MV Providenca (4 ⚓)
Dalmatian Island Explorer-MV Providenca
- All Inclusive
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.
7 nights on board the ship
20 meals: 7 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L) and 7 dinners (D)
Free bar open 11 hours a day
Saga tour manager
- Local wines, beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner throughout the cruise
- Return flights and transfers
- 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-Dubrovnik-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-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.
Arrive around 5pm at the main town, also called Korcula. This was where the explorer Marco Polo was born and his house can be viewed among the splendid Venetian architecture.
Your ship remains moored here overnight. B, L, D
Day 3 Korcula-Makarska-Pucisca
Your cruise continues north to Makarska, then sails to Pucisca on the island of Brac, the third largest island on the Adriatic Coast, arriving around 3.30pm.
The landscape here is dominated by a karst limestone relief, with numerous gullies, crevices, valleys and coves. A religious monument of note is the parish church – St Jerome – built in 1566. It very soon became too small so in 1750 it was enlarged and renovated in the baroque style. Entrance is free if you'd like to take a look around.
Pucisca is famed for its stone and masonry and there are numerous quarries located nearby. The stone has been used for centuries in the building of palaces and cathedrals across Dalmatia and overseas too. Enjoy an included stone carving demonstration while you are here. B, L, D
Day 4 Pucisca-Split
Continue your voyage north to Split, Croatia's second biggest city. It boasts a charming old town that contains the UNESCO World Heritage site of Diocletian's Palace.
An included guided tour of Split includes a visit to this vast Imperial Palace which owes its name to the Roman Emperor Diocletian who built it as his retirement home and spent his declining years here between the late third and early fourth centuries. During the Middle Ages a town was constructed within the palace, before expanding beyond it and along the west walls.
Much of the old Roman structure still survives, including the Mausoleum of Diocletian (now the Cathedral of St Domnius), almost completely preserved in its original octagonal form encircled by 24 columns, and the peristyle – an open courtyard surrounded by graceful columns. Opposite it, on the eastern side lies the Porta Argentea (Silver Gate).
Another ancient site in Split is the Statue of Gregory of Nin (Grgur Ninski), a Croatian religious leader from the 10th century. Look out for the shiny big toe on the statue's left foot – rubbing it is said to bring good luck. B, L, DPlease note: entrance to the palace cellars is not included.
Day 5 Split-Hvar
Cruise south today, crossing the Hvar Channel and through the narrow passage that separates the islands of Brac and Solta as you make your way to Hvar.
Lavender, heather, ancient olive trees and pines characterise the flora and fauna and the coast is heavily indented with rocky coves. It also boasts 2,718 hours of sunshine each year, which makes it Croatia’s sunniest island! You'll arrive at around 3pm for a short walking tour where you will see, but not enter, the Benedictine Monastery, the cathedral and the oldest municipal theatre in Europe.
Hvar also has a Franciscan monastery which was built in the 15th century as a retreat for sailors. It's not included in the tour but you might like to take the approximately 15-minute walk along the seafront from the harbour to visit it independently. An entrance fee of 20 kuna (just over £2) is payable. A remarkable painting of the Last Supper, measuring around 24 feet by 6 feet, is the highlight of the collection here. B, L, D
Day 6 Hvar-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-Dubrovnik
IIn the morning cruise from Mljet to your final port of call, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Dubrovnik. You will pass the Elafiti Islands of Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan before mooring close to Dubrovnik, where you can see the impressive medieval walls that are six metres thick in parts.
Your ship moors on the outskirts of Dubrovnik, which can be reached by local bus in around 15 minutes (extra charge). The city of Dubrovnik was badly damaged during the civil war of the 1990s, but has now been restored to its former glory. During your included guided walking tour of the city you'll be able to see Sponza Palace, constructed in 1522 and one of the few buildings to survive the 1667 earthquake that destroyed large parts of the city.
The palace has had a variety of uses over the centuries but is now part of a permanent exhibition space called 'Memorial Room of the Dubrovnik Defenders', which remembers those who lost their lives during the civil war. Other sights revealed will be the cathedral, Rector's Palace and Onoforio’s Fountain, constructed in the 15th century. B, L, D
Day 8 Dubrovnik-UK
Disembark and travel to the airport for your flight to the UK. B
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.