Southern Croatia cruise in comfort

“An 8 day odyssey around some of Croatia’s most stunning islands, on board a small ship with max 40 passengers. A cruising holiday loves the land as much as the water. ”

Highlights

Split | Makarska | Mljet National Park | Korcula Island | Dubrovnik | Sipan | Trstenik | Hvar Island | Brac Island | Zlatni Rat beach

Description of Southern Croatia cruise in comfort

One of the finest ways to take in Southern Croatia, its coves, islands and culturally rich cities, is on board a small cruise boat, travelling in comfort and style but with only 40 passengers on board. This Southern Croatia cruise begins and ends in the ancient harbour of Split, with plenty of time built into your itinerary to explore the city’s magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site. The centre of this is the Roman built Diocletian's Palace with a maze of other ancient archaeological wonders all around it.

From Split we set sail to discover the islands of Southern Croatia and this stunning Dalmatian coast. Such as Korcula, famous for being the island where Marco Polo was born. And, with its ancient, fortified centre, is sometimes called a mini Dubrovnik. Or Hvar which, as well as being famous for sailing chic, is also home to some stunning ancient fishing towns, remote and idyllic bays for swimming in and lavender fields. And Mljet Island, a stunning mixture of pine wooded hills, sandy beaches and also two salt water lakes in the interior. All protected by the Mljet National Park.

On all of these islands, and more, we stop to take in some wonderful local experiences, many of which include food and wine, as Croatia is brimming with local produce and also many local tavernas hugging the waterfront. Wine tastings at various island vineyards is one of our favourite things to do on our trips. As is our stop off in Dubrovnik, surely the most magnificent medieval city on the Mediterranean.

Other details

For these Croatia cruises, we use a variety of small vessels, all with comfortable, ensuite and spacious accommodation as well as excellent deck facilities. Sleeping maximum 40 passengers so you will never feel overcrowded. Scroll down to see some photos of the ships that we use on these trips. We love having families on board and children under ten will be given a 50 per cent discount, although we do advise checking to see what family accommodation is available. You will also have plenty of family time, with only one dinner on board, and the rest of evening meals are on shore, exploring local restaurants and tavernas. Breakfasts, lunches and one dinner are included in the price of the holiday.

Solo travellers are also most welcome, sharing a cabin with another solo traveller of the same gender, or for a solo supplement of 50% for their own cabin.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

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26 Aug 2017
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Responsible tourism: Southern Croatia cruise in comfort

Environment

The management of these vessels is 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.

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.

The vessels that we use are all built in Croatia, specifically for use in these waters. This ensures that the most appropriate local resources are used wherever possible, and that the vessels are all built to comply and exceed local environmental and sustainability regulations.

By using small ships to visit and stay in some of the smaller ports and villages, we are providing an opportunity for a boost to tourism without the need for potentially unwanted and inappropriate new hotels to be built, and without increasing road traffic.

Community

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.

By leaving our guests free to choose their own dining venues in the evenings, this ensures that a range of small restaurants and cafes will benefit from our guests spending.

Our vessels are captained and crewed by Croatians, and most of the produce served on board in sourced locally, sometimes from the crew’s family members.

8 Reviews of Southern Croatia cruise in comfort

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Reviewed on 17 Jul 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


This was the perfect holiday for our family, some of whom are very active (and could find opportunities to swim, hike, and bike) and others who prefer a more relaxed vacation (lots of reading, sitting in cafes, and sleeping in the sun). We were able to start the day together over breakfast and come back together later in the day and share our adventures. The size of this cruise (40 people max) was great, the other travellers friendly, and the staff and facilities were fantastic!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Plan to spend some extra days before and after your cruise - Croatia is a beautiful and diverse country!!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The staff was really helpful in directing us towards local activities, restaurants, and hidden gems, and in pointing out environmental and historical points of interest. They also seemed to care about waste (e.g., using a single water jug instead of lots of plastic bottles) and conservation of the stunning places we got to visit.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent, I would absolutely recommend Responsible Travel, and our tour operator.

Reviewed on 26 Jun 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The whole holiday was fantastic. The boat ----the crew---the journey---the food-- the country and other passengers from all over the world. The planned journey was excellent----Split-Dubrovnic plus all of the islands.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The boats are graded eg--Deluxe-A plus--A--B. Decide which package you require, based on accommodation and food etc. I took Kuna (local currency) and Euros. Hardly anyone would take the Euros.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Local people were definitely benefited with regards to all of us on the boats visiting restaurants and shops every day. Local people were so friendly.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I have travelled all over the world--- this holiday was up there with the best.

Reviewed on 11 Jun 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The whole experience was lovely. The crew were great as was the tour rep on board. All the passengers on board from all nationalities joined in and we had a wonderful time together.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


You have to leave the boat at 9am on the morning of your departure so would suggest getting a mid afternoon flight or staying a extra day.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I felt the local people benefited as we called into many small islands and used the facilities i.e. Restaurants shops etc.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This is the first holiday we have taken of this kind and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The boat was just the right size and everything was clean and you got to know the crew and fellow passengers in a relaxed environment.

Reviewed on 02 Jul 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The water along the Dalmatian coast is so crystal clear - beautiful swimming.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


This cruise was very easy way to see a variety of Croatian waters/ towns without the hassle of buses/ ferries/ having to find accommodation in each new place.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Coastline is amazingly clean which is nice to see.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was an excellent holiday for slightly travel weary traveller.

Reviewed on 06 Jun 2017 by

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4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We ended up feeling that a 'cruise' holiday is not for us. Comfort, food and host guide were all excellent and the other 36 passengers were pleasing to meet. But, cocooned in the elegant ship we didn't get any real feeling of Croatia. The coastal strip that we visited earns its living solely from tourism extinguishing local character. One organised visit inland gave us a characterful meal but otherwise it was up to Split at the start of the cruise to show us a wonderful market teeming with local life. What we'd originally been looking for was the simpler style of the Turkish gulet able to explore the smaller bays and inlets. Perhaps, unlike Turkey, there isn't much life to be found on this coast outside tourism?

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Swimming off the boat in the beautiful clear blue water in little bays and fabulous food in every town that we visited. The historical town of Dubrovnik is well worth a visit and we plan to visit again perhaps when it is cooler and less busy.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


We stayed overnight in Split on the way out which worked well and allowed us to get to our departure point without having to rush. The walking tour in Dubrovnik was excellent.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We were made aware that the boat was owned and run by a local family.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The holiday was exactly as described and is a great way to see several different islands. Meeting and travelling with people from different countries made the trip very enjoyable.

Reviewed on 07 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Natural beauty of the islands and significant history of the places visited.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Learn a bit about the historical sites first.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It appears that only local people benefitted. No signs of poor environmental practices.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very enjoyable. Nice fellow passengers to have interesting conversations with. Relaxed and pleasant crew. The scenery very attractive especially in National parks and unesco sites. Plenty to learn about. Comfortable small ship.

Reviewed on 04 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The swim stops! They were excellent - swimming to shore from the boat, or simply round the boat in the clear blue water :-)

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


As for a room on the very upper deck - when your mored alongside other boats being on the middle deck means people have to walk past your room on to their boat.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Benefited local people - yes. We visited quiet and small villages - although on one of those stops we ate on boeard so our contribution to the local economy was more limited.

Environmentally - not so sure. Two small plastic bottles of water each day, rather than one big one seemed it wasn't as environmental friendly as it could be.... Plus I watched the boys (things that protect the side of the boats from damage when docked) being cleaned with ajax and simply washed into the sea, I have to say I was quite shocked by this!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I enjoyed it lots, friendly people, a good sun deck and lots of yummy food!

Read the operator's response here:

The people that operate the vessel have an annual company meeting to discuss environmental and responsible issues, and the water bottle issue should be easy to take on board.
Thank you

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