Luxury small ship cruise in Croatia

“Eight relaxing days exploring Croatia’s coast on a luxury mini cruiser. Sail between Dubrovnik and Split, stopping off at beautiful bays, quiet fishing villages and must-see islands.”


Guided tour of Dubrovnik | Elaphiti islands | Slano fishing village | Ston | Mljet Island | salt lakes in Mljet National Park | St Mary Isle | Korcula Island | Vis | Bisevo Island and Blue Cave | Pakleni Islands | Hvar | Brac Island | Bol fishing village | Split

Description of Luxury small ship cruise in Croatia

Spend eight days exploring Croatia’s beautiful, historic coast and islands on a luxury mini cruiser. Carrying a maximum of 38 passengers, this cruise ship can visit small ports and beautiful swimming bays that pepper the Croatian coastline, which larger boats simply can’t enter. The local cafes and restaurants will happily cater for all our guests, too, ensuring your holiday money goes directly into the hands of local people.

This one-way cruise goes from Dubrovnik to Split or vice versa, taking in the best of the Southern Dalmatia islands. Lots of extra services are included, too, such as wine and gourmet experiences, included in the price. Relax on the spacious decks in the morning or swim in the clear waters of the Adriatic, and then in the evenings explore the small historical towns and harbours along the coast.

Dubrovnik is a highlight, but Split, built into the remains of the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s huge palace, is also wonderful, enchanting and lively. In between, enjoy the smaller towns, villages and open space along the coast, all outstanding in their own right. These include the walled village of Ston, Mljet National Park, St Mary Isle and the ancient Benedictine monastery, Korcula Old Town, and Bisevo Island which is home to the famous Blue Cave.

The ship has just 19 cabins all with air-conditioning, ensuite shower and WC. There is a large sun deck and swim platform with sea ladders for easy access into the water, two outdoor showers, and a restaurant and bar.

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10 Oct 2020
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Travelling by train:
We offer the possibility of travelling by train from the UK (or other parts of Europe) to Croatia and can book this for you. Leaving from London you need to allow 2 days to travel in either direction, though you can of course spend longer and enjoy some of the cities and scenery en route. The train is usually via Munich and Zagreb and through Slovenia, though it is also possible to travel via Italy (via Milan) and get a ferry to/from Split or Dubrovnik.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

The management of these vessels is a member of the Green Sail initiative. Members are dedicated to sustainable tourism in Croatia and are passionate about raising awareness of environmental, economic and sustainable tourism policies in Croatia. They believe the promotion of environmental awareness in the region will have a prolonged and positive impact on the livelihoods of the local people and maintain Croatia as a sustainable tourism destination for future generations.

Green Sail aims to educate and build awareness amongst all stakeholders about sustainability and ‘Green Tourism’ in Croatia through activities and continued partnerships with local businesses. Green Sail is active on a local level in Croatia and is committed to discussion, raising awareness and implementing changes that will improve sustainability in Croatia.

It is vital sustainable tourism is embraced in Croatia to preserve its natural beauty as well as protect local stakeholders. Green Sail works with local businesses and captains to ensure business is not outsourced and remains a unique Croatian experience for their guests. Green Sail is the first step to initiating a ‘Green’ change in Croatia and educating current suppliers is proving promising.

We share our responsibility to protect the environment, customs and traditions of the region with our guests and find this is appreciated as they gain knowledge and receive a culturally diverse experience whilst travelling. Green Sail aims to improve the condition of some of the beaches along the Dalmatian coast, as well as promote sustainability throughout Croatia through partnerships with local businesses learning and educating the wider community of our policies on sustainable tourism.
Through such initiatives, we aim to:

+ Raise awareness of the importance of Green Tourism in the Adriatic.
+ Promote environmentally-friendly policies with our local business partners.
+ Actively participate in local community projects to clean up beaches/ports.
+ Educate stakeholders on sustainability practices and how to manage tourism sustainably in Croatia.

We can book this trip for you via train so you do not need to take a single flight. Please see above for details.

The food and wine served on board is almost 100% locally produced, supporting many small producers, keeping food miles to a minimum and helping to maintain the traditional small scale farming and fishing that the coast and islands depend on

The Impacts of this Trip

Vast floating blocks of flats, otherwise known as cruise ships, arrive direct from Venice and spill their loads onto the Dubrovnik dock where they are met by a huge fleet of buses that whisk them for a couple of hours in the beautiful city. These monoliths cruise past one of Europe's most beautiful coastlines with barely a second glance, and without a thought to the places they are missing.

Our vessel, on the other hand, stops at many small ports and towns where we can fully enjoy some of the very best that Croatia has to offer. The money that we will spend in many of these smaller communities will help to preserve the fantastic heritage of these antique coastline. Our visits to Mljet National Park & The Benedictine monastery on St Mary Isle will help preserve them by putting a little funding directly into their coffers.

Our vessels are captained and crewed by Croatians.


29 Reviews of Luxury small ship cruise in Croatia

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 03 Nov 2019 by

We enjoyed the comradery with the other passengers and loved our guide Stan's sense of humour. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2019 by

It was outstanding! I'm so glad I took this trip. I travel a lot & this is one of the very best ever!! Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2019 by

We loved going into each of the beautiful unique small towns each evening to walk around. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Sep 2019 by

This was just an idyllic trip for us. Everything was perfect - the boat, the staff, the other guests and the locations visited. We could not have had a better experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Sep 2019 by

The most exciting part of the holiday was the oyster tasting trip excellent. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Aug 2019 by

The visit to Hora Farm on Hvar was the most memorable part of the holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 May 2019 by

It was a wonderful cruise along Adriatic Sea. The selection of Islands was perfect. The staff were professional, attentive and kind. The country is beautiful. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2019 by

The most exciting part of the holiday was the swim stops and each island tour Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2019 by

The scenery of the entire trip was magnificence. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2019 by

We really enjoyed the holiday, found the staff and cruise manager particularly helpful. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 May 2019 by

Visiting Dubrovnik and Split was memorable, lots to do and see there! Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019 by

The towns we visited were special. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2019 by

Mjet National Park was the most memorable part of the holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2019 by

Korcula was the most memorable part of the trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2018 by

Most memorable was the sailing trip on a wonderful ship and high service from the crew...A great trip in a wonderful area. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Sep 2018 by

The wonderful destinations that we visited - especially Korchova and Optajia. The crew on board the Black Swan and the wonderful co-travellers Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2018 by

The whole experience was fantastic. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2018 by

We are a couple in our 40s and travelled on the Olimp from Dubrovnik to Split. I can't recommend this journey highly enough - the ship is luxurious, the crew thoroughly professional and friendly and the rep (Antonio) could not have been more accommodating. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2018 by

It was a very interesting experience with fellow shipmates from around the world and beautiful Croatian scenery. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Sep 2018 by

Excellent service on the ship and being with great, friendly group of interesting people from Australia, NZ, US and Argentina. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2018 by

An excellent holiday overall. The cruise manager and crew were fantastic and helpful. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Jul 2018 by

The most memorable part of the holiday were the people on the trip - very diverse, the tour leader, the staff on the boat and of course the great sites we were able to visit. The local guide in Korcula was terrific!! Read full review

Reviewed on 27 May 2018 by

I liked it all especially Hvar. Excellent holiday for meeting people, relaxing and a good way to see the islands. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2018 by

Lots of interesting places and the possibility of swim stops in crystal clear water. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Sep 2018 by

It was a beautiful area to visit and everything was comfortable and well organised. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Aug 2017 by

We loved the swim stops in the crystal clear, warm yet refreshing water. Food was amazing, guides were excellent. Overall the cruise far exceeded our expectations. Five stars! By far one of our best vacations ever. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2017 by

The local Croatian people (crew, guides, restaurant/shop staff, etc.) were fantastic - so friendly, helpful and spoke such good English. To mark one crew member out, Tomy was a great hit with everyone, funny and with just the right level of familiarity. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Sep 2016 by

Fantastic - would recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing but interesting holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2016 by

We had no idea what to expect of our first group holiday. It was excellent!! The boat was superb and we wanted for nothing Read full review

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