Dubrovnik to Split small ship cruise

“Our most popular small ship cruise carries a maximum of 40 guests, allowing access to Croatia’s smaller ports, villages and swim spots. The food and wine on board is almost 100% locally produced and as fresh as it gets.”


Dubrovnik | Vis Island | Mljet National Park | Brac Island, Bol and Zlatni Rat beach | Split | Sipan Island | Korcula Island | Bisevo Island and Blue Cave

Description of Dubrovnik to Split small ship cruise

This Croatia small ship cruise starts in Dubrovnik and ends in Split, following this stunning coast where we are spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful anchorages. Our first island stop is usually Sipan, the largest of the Elafiti Islands and the place for wealthy people to holiday as far back as the 14th century. It therefore still has an array of ancient villas, olive groves and vineyards and really makes for a wonderful start to your holiday.

Next is usually Mljet National Park, the country’s only island national park and really unique in that it has two salt water lakes as its interior, surrounded by woodland, making this the perfect place to hire bikes. There are lots of quiet bays and coves to be explored on a small ship cruise on the Dalmatian coast, of course, such as the Blue Cave on Bisevo Island or the crystal waters around Scedro Island. And just about all of the island of Vis is bliss.

Finishing in Split gives you the chance to explore this ancient city, the highlight for many being the remains of Emperor Diocletian's Palace, but also quieter areas such as Getski vrtal Park inside the city walls, Varos, the traditional fishermen’s area and Marjan Hill, overlooking the city.

Our vessels

We have a selection of vessels on this route, but the choice of ship won’t be made until a couple of weeks before the time of travel. All cabins are ensuite and have air conditioning, but most of your time will be spent in fresh air anyway, with plenty of deck space to relax in the sun. If travelling solo, you will be allocated a cabin with someone of the same gender, or there is a 50% supplement of the usual cost for solo use of cabin.

Families are welcome and we offer a 50% discount for children under ten years old. There are some triple cabins, but it depends on the vessel being used during the dates you book.

The price of this holiday includes accommodation, all breakfasts, all lunches and one dinner. We visit different ports at night, with plenty of waterside cafes and restaurants for you to choose from.

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19 Jun 2021
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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.

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 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.

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.

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. The vessels are built in Croatia, providing important employment for the local coastal shipbuilding industry.

The owners and managers of these vessels fund and operate a cruise every year for some of the disadvantaged children of Vukovar, scene of some of the worst fighting of the Balkans war.


11 Reviews of Dubrovnik to Split small ship cruise

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 06 Oct 2019 by

Very good, had a great time, would do another in a different location. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2019 by

Everything was fantastic Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2019 by

All the locations we visited in Croatia were stunning! Most favourite was Korchula!!! Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Jun 2019 by

Visiting various islands was memorable, particularly Korchula and Hvar. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Sep 2018 by

It was a great holiday, well organised, good food, lovely and knowledgable crew, relaxed and casual. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 May 2018 by

Our tour guide was amazing. She was really interesting and very good at organising us and everything else. Local guides were first class. The boat was spacious, clean and well designed. The crew were friendly and helpful. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jun 2018 by

Walking through the islands visited with plenty of time to explore. Having overnights at port, also, provided not only some night life entertainment, but also an early morning walk before departure... Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2017 by

The experience on MV Papa Prvi was great. The crew was friendly, accommodating and very professional; we were in good hands. It was my first cruise; the boat size (max 38) was just right. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Sep 2017 by

The most memorable was swimming in the amazing cool, clear, deep blue waters of the Adriatic off remote islands. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2017 by

Loved visiting Dubrovnik & the islands. Wonderful - lovely mix of people & nationalities on the boat. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2016 by

Loved being able to travel around Croatia while being completely looked after. Fantastic swimming stops, amazing places to visit. Loved it. Read full review

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