Dalmatian Elegance

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Dalmatian Elegance Upper Deck Cabin (Summer 2019)

Duration: 9 days Visiting: Croatia

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Cruise the waters of the Adriatic in comfort and style onboard your modern mega yacht. Discover new ports of call each day, hidden coves and ancient sites steeped in history. Step ashore to experience the cultural diversity of Dalmatia’s islands or bask under the sun, swim or read a good book.

  1. Day 1

    Welcome to the Dalmatian Coast.

    Your private transfer will collect you from Split airport and take you to Cornaro Hotel, located in the heart of the city. Your Local Host will greet you and be on hand to help you decide how to spend your time. Perhaps wander through the Old Town, situated minutes away from your hotel? Maybe enjoy a wine tasting offered by the hotel or simply relax in the comfort of your superior room, take in the views from the rooftop bar?

  2. Day 2 - Relaxed Start

    Your Elegant Cruise Ship.

    After a free morning, your Local Host will accompany you to Split Harbour where your deluxe cruiser awaits. After you are welcomed onboard by your Cruise Manager, join your Local Expert for a stroll through the ancient walkways of Diocletian's Palace, which now forms the historic centre of Split. Walk through labyrinthine streets to see St. Duje's, originally Diocletian's Mausoleum, and the Temple of Jupiter, which today is a baptistery, as well as the Golden Gate. Continue your venture underground, to explore the Cellars. Return to your cruiser to enjoy a cocktail and Welcome Dinner with wine at your meet-and-greet party.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Cruise to Korčula.

    Early this morning, your floating hotel departs from Split and cruises along the picturesque coast. From the comfort of your cabin window or the breakfast table upstairs, enjoy views of sun-dappled islands during your leisurely start to the day. Stop for lunch in one of the secluded bays before arriving in Korčula, on the island of the same name. The locals claim the celebrated globetrotter, Marco Polo was born here. Make up your own mind during a walk with a Local Expert through the herringbone maze of streets and flagstone plazas, all framed by honey-coloured fortifications. Then you are at leisure to indulge your taste buds in the evening at one of Korčula’s many appealing restaurants and bars.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Mljet and Dubrovnik.

    Voyage south to the Island of Mljet and join your Cruise Manager for a stroll to Veliko Jezero, the Big Lake of Mljet National Park. A gentle ferry ride brings you to the Benedictine Monastery of St. Mary, which rises out of the saline waters on its own small island. After time to explore, return to your cruise ship for lunch and then set sail for the mighty bastions of Dubrovnik. As the receding sun casts autumnal hues across the endless sky, drift alongside the monumental city walls and enjoy a delicious buffet dinner served on deck.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Dubrovnik, a ‘Paradise on Earth’.

    Transfer to the medieval Old Town of Dubrovnik, where the footsteps of endless travellers have buffed the marbled streets and squares to a smooth patina. After your guided walking exploration, take the cable car to Srđ Mountain for scenic views over the famous fortifications and Elaphiti Islands. Enjoy a free afternoon in the Pearl of the Adriatic - explore at your own pace, shop in the markets or stroll with friends along the ancient ramparts.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    The Pelješac Peninsula.

    Start off your day at the beautiful Elaphiti Islands, a summer playground for Dubrovnik's aristocracy during the 16th century. Continue to the Pelješac Peninsula, renowned for its excellent wines. After mooring at a small port on the peninsula, transfer to the village of Kuna for a visit to the local church and monastery, followed by a visit to a nearby farm. Meet the locals and treat your taste buds to a typical village feast with a Farm-to-Table dinner of Croatian delicacies, freshly made with their own produce. Late in the evening, return to your ship.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    A Venetian Dream on Hvar.

    Drop anchor at the small island of Šćedro, with quiet coves and pristine beauty offering the most irresistible backdrop for lunch. Cruise westward for a swim in the crystal clear waters of the emerald Pakleni Islands. Continue to disembark at Hvar – the island of sunshine, lavender, sage and wine. Follow the gorgeous white stone, laid down by the Venetians to the town’s magnificent main square with your Local Expert, considered one of the country’s most beautiful. Lined with chic cafes, it unfurls onto the yacht-filled harbour, with the photogenic Renaissance cathedral forming a stunning backdrop. Spend time exploring the secluded beaches and tiny seafood restaurants or visit the crowning fortress for superb views over the town and island-studded bay.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Bol’s famous beach on the Island of Brač.

    Set sail for Bol in the morning, the oldest town on the island of Brač and one of Croatia’s most famous seaside resorts. Walk along the promenade and swim at the picture-perfect Zlatni Rat, or Golden Cape, a shifting triangle of sandy beaches, protruding into the cobalt waters of the Adriatic. At a local winery, relax with some appetisers and taste some of the revered wines of the island. The evening is reserved for the Captain’s Celebration Dinner with live entertainment.

  9. Day 9

    Depart Split.

    In the morning, it is time to say goodbye to the crew. Cruise to Split port where your trip comes to an end. Transfers are available to Split airport. Please do not schedule flights prior to 12:00.

Highlights

 

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Split: Explore above and below the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace. A Local Expert guides you through labyrinthine streets to see St. Duje's, the Temple of Jupiter, the Golden Gate and the Cellars.
  • Korčula: Walk the herringbone maze of streets and flagstone plazas with your Local Expert. Learn why the locals claim this is where Marco Polo was born.
  • Veliko Jezero: Walk through Mljet National Park with your cruise manager and take in the pristine views of the Big Lake. Sail by boat to the Benedictine Monastery of St. Mary rising out of the water.
  • Dubrovnik: Explore the buffed marble streets of he fascinating city during your guided walking tour.
  • Dubrovnik: Ride the cable car to the summit of Srđ Mountain for scenic views over the famous fortifications and Elaphiti Islands.
  • Kuna: Visit the church and monastery, and learn about local life when you visit a local farm.
  • Pakleni Islands: Take a dip in the pristine waters of this absolute paradise.
  • Hvar: Walk to the town's main square with your Local Expert, see the yacht-filled harbour and the Renaissance cathedral. Enjoy time at your leisure to explore this delightful island, famed for being the sunniest in the country and boasting an interior dotted with lofty mountain peaks and aromatic fields of lavender.
  • Bol: Delight in a swim at Zlatni Rat, also known as the Golden Cape, a shifting triangle of shingle protruding into the cobalt waters of the Adriatic.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Onboard Cooking Demonstration: Select departures will have the opportunity to learn the secrets behind cooking Croatian specialties during a hands-on cooking class with your onboard chef. Refer to the dates & prices tab for selected dates.
  • Dubrovnik: Cruise alongside the towering old city walls while a buffet dinner is served onboard.
  • Kuna: Meet the locals and enjoy a typical Farm-to-Table village feast of Croatian delicacies.
  • Bol: At a local winery, relax with some appetisers and sample some of the revered wines of the island.
  • Brač: Toast to your voyage with a special Captain's Celebration Dinner, complete with live entertainment.
  • Dining Summary: 8 Breakfasts (B), 5 Lunches with Wine (LW), 1 Dinner (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW), plus bottled water daily.

STAY IN STYLE

  • Avangard (Futura II) Cruise Ship: The newly built luxurious Avangard (Futura II) features spacious cabins, twin or double beds, private bathrooms, air-conditioning, a sundeck and restaurant area.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • 7 nights aboard your luxury cruise ship featuring air-conditioned cabins with private facilities.
  • An expert Cruise Manager will ensure a smooth and hassle-free voyage.
  • All port taxes are included. Insight hotel in Trogir includes all taxes and porterage charges.
  • Complimentary transfers are available on arrival from Split airport to the Insight Vacations hotel on start date and from Split sea port to Split airport on end date. They are also available when additional nights accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations. Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.

Accommodation

 

Cornaro Hotel (Superior Room), Split.

Split (Traditional) - CROATIA

Cornaro Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Split and only a few minutes walk from the Riva promenade and Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be sure to take in the panoramic views from the rooftop, or enjoy the comfort of your upgraded Superior Rooms.

Avangard/Futura/Black Swan, Cruise Ship.

SPLIT - CRUISE (Cruise) - CROATIA

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
11428 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 06 November, 2018

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    Trip: Our cabin was superb and so large and comfortable. We had a full sliding window and a roomy bathroom too. We were in cabin 14 on the Avantgard (sp?), the newest ship in the Katarina line. The itinerary was wonderful, a near-perfect mix of large city experiences, natural beauty, small island stops, and relaxing cruising/swimming time. Luckily, our weather was warm and mostly dry one the cruise got under way. This was ouf first experience on a small cruise ship and we enjoyed it immensely!

    Service: Our cruise director, Aida, was wonderful! She was informative, friendly, and accommodating; she tried to meet and exceed a variety of expectations from all the travelers. We received lots of cultural and historic information about the country and ports of call, as well as some insider tips that really enhanced our holiday. Most of the small crew were friendly, attentive, and helpful as well, with one exception. The chef, kitchen assistants, and servers were terrific! The food was delicious, locally-sourced, and beautifully presented. One minor inconvenience was that no one could get the sun deck hot tub working properly :-(

  • 30 October, 2018

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    Trip: loved the plan--a nice blend of tourist attractions, beaches, and off the common path experiences

    Service: The tour guide was outstanding! Very knowledgeable, honest, and caring. A few of the crew members were not as great: unapproachable, unhappy, and even rude. For example, our first night on the boat, we were all very excited for this trip that had been planned for 3 years. We wanted to have a few cocktails and enjoy the hot tub. When I asked the female bartender if I could have a small sample of their local tap beer, she was obviously upset and rolled her eyes at me. ( would have had a cocktail but the boat did not have vodka). She did not deliver the drinks, ask us if we wanted more, and did not pick up the empty glasses. We ran up and down the steps to the bar and returned out empties for her. Also, she would not increase the temperature of the hot tub, so we were not able to use it. We were informed that this was the second last trip of the season for this crew and they were all anxious for their break. It's unfortunate that we suffered from their burn out. The quality of the food was stellar! and we enjoyed the arranged stops on the islands/beaches.

  • 28 October, 2018

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    Trip: Good was what I thought applicable.

    Service: The boat was first class as were the meals on board. Bedding could be improved, single beds pushed together not good, pillows very soft.

  • 27 October, 2018

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    Trip: This cruise was so relaxing, the crew staff were wonderful and they were always cleaning the boat. We loved the swimming stops. The 4 courses lunch menu was a bit much for me.

    Service: Perfect location of the hotel at Split, so close to the old city.

  • 27 October, 2018

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    Trip: The best thing about this cruise itinerary is that we had tours of islands, which one doesn't get on a bus tour, and there was a lot of free time for us to explore on our own. We never felt rushed, and as it was the end of cruise season we seldom felt crowded while ashore.

    Service: All was excellent, from the cruise director to the helpful and welcoming crew and captain. The chef was outstanding, providing special meals for me to accommodate my special diet. We were given swim opportunities almost every day, which was a bonus feature of the cruise. Also, the captain managed to dock us next to the pier every day, which was helpful to the less mobile people on board.

  • 27 October, 2018

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    Trip: The cabin was more spacious than I had expected. But they do no5 even provide boxes of tissue paper. Unfortunately, the service from the crew members were unacceptable, except the housekeeper, Antonia, did an excellent job.

    Service: The representatives are knowledgeable, courteous and helpful.

  • 27 October, 2018

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    Trip: Seeing new places we hadn't been before, well planned and we didn't feel rushed.

    Service: Excellent met every need

  • 27 October, 2018

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    Trip: The tour started with a night at the hotel on Friday but we didn't get to the ship until Saturday afternoon and the check in process was slow. At the end of the trip we disembarked at 9.30 but had been told not to book flights until after 12pm so there was a long wait before transfer to the airport. At a bit of a loose end as to what to do as we'd already spent time in Split.

    Service: It was good speaking with Lara about our booking as she was helpful and efficient.

  • 22 October, 2018

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    Trip: Great itinerary! Fortunately took trip at the end of the cruise season so fewer other tourists.

    Service: The trip definitely met expectations. I found the Insight website to be difficult to use.

  • 21 October, 2018

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    Trip: Wonderful! The days cruising were easy and the sights in the harbors were interesting. Really appreciated the historical and cultural talks to understand the area.

    Service: Overall the service was great.

  • 20 October, 2018

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    Trip: Large attractive room and bathroom. Numerous windows to behold the breathtaking view. Very comfortable.

    Service: Well done!

  • 17 October, 2018

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    Trip: It was a relaxing trip but also had enough excursions to keep us busy every day. I am glad that we got to swim four times.

    Service: The service was good. The food was excellent. The ship and room were always clean.

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