Day 1, arrive Split, Saturday
Embark the superb MS Arca in the Croatian city of Split for a luxury intimate cruise around some of the Dalmatian Coast’s unsung jewels. This remarkable ship features 18 cabins across 2 decks, as well as a fully equipped bar, restaurant and spacious lounge area. Soak up the sun and the sights of the fabulous Adriatic Sea from the large sun-deck, complete with shaded areas and loungers, and leap into the azure waters from the rear swimming platform.
Day 2, Split – Bol – Stari Grad, Sunday
Split is a city that combines archaeological treasures, natural beauty and modern Dalmatian life with consummate ease. With its spectacular setting – a mountainous backdrop offset by the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea – it’s no wonder that a powerful Roman emperor once chose to build his palace here. Today, Diocletian’s Palace is one of the finest and best-preserved Roman monuments in the world and takes up a large area of the delightful Old Town.
Day 3, Stari Grad – Hvar – Vis, Monday
Hvar is known as a chic, jet-set island whose shores are blessed with coves and bays, while inland you’ll find rolling fields of lavender, fruit orchards and dense pine forests. In the main town, clustered around the harbour, discover the renaissance cathedral and take a stroll up to the imposing fortress that has loomed over the quaint red-roofed streets for centuries. End the day at Vis, used as a location in the hit movie Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
Day 4, Vis – Vela Luka, Tuesday
The small town of Vela Luka lies on the west coast of Korcula, the most populous Croatian island not to be connected to the mainland by a bridge. This has helped it retain its unique customs and culture, such as the traditional Moreska sword dance. Vela Luka has a history stretching back 20,000 years and you’ll find plenty of artefacts on display at the Centre for Culture. For panoramic views, head to the Forteca, an Austro-Hungarian fortress built in the 19th century.
Day 5, Vela Luka – Korcula, Wednesday
Today you’ll visit the main town of Korčula. Travel inland to find stone-walled olive groves and sleepy hamlets and wander the remarkably well-preserved medieval Old Town. With its red-roofed houses, cobbled streets and 16th century cathedral, it’s quintessentially Croatian and is sometimes referred to as “Little Dubrovnik”.
Day 6, Korcula – Mljet, Thursday
A long and slender island at the south-eastern end of the Dalmatian region, Mljet is a place that has held visitors spellbound for centuries. Its west coast is where you’ll find the most alluring attractions, with a superb national park, lakes nestled at the foot of forest-clad mountains and quiet villages like Polace and Pomena. Their harbours are charmingly photogenic and home to a handful of unpretentious restaurants serving wonderful fresh seafood.
Day 7, Mljet – Dubrovnik, Friday
This picture-perfect medieval walled city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers ancient stone buildings, narrow cobbled streets and fortified ramparts rising above red-tiled rooftops. Stradun is the city’s focal point and main artery while Dubrovnik’s streets are generally blessedly free of traffic. A popular attraction here is the cable car ride that take you to the peak of Mount Srd. As well as taking in the dizzying views, you can relax at the Panorama Restaurant before making your way back to ground level.
Day 8, depart Dubrovnik, Saturday
After breakfast, it’s time to disembark.