Dubrovnik to Split small ship cruise

“An 8 day small ship cruise, on a boat with 40 passengers, starting from Dubrovnik and calling at gorgeous islands of Vis, Mljet and Hvar to name but a few of the beauties en route. ”

Highlights

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.

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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11 May 2019
£ 609
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25 May 2019
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08 Jun 2019
£ 639
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29 Jun 2019
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13 Jul 2019
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27 Jul 2019
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10 Aug 2019
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24 Aug 2019
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07 Sep 2019
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21 Sep 2019
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05 Oct 2019
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Dubrovnik to Split small ship cruise

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.

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. 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.

7 Reviews of Dubrovnik to Split small ship cruise

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Reviewed on 04 Sep 2018 by

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


It was all memorable, every day was something different to look forward to. I loved Dubrovnik old town and was glad that we booked a couple of extra nights at the start of our holiday.

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


Take sea shoes / surf socks as most of the beaches are pebbled and rocky to enjoy a swim in the sea.
Take a handful of pegs and a small bottle of hand wash to rinse out swim wear and light weight clothing, there are a few places on the top deck to hang items out. Extend your trip with extra nights at the beginning and end in a hotel or apartment.

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


Visiting the small islands supported the local economies.
The drinking water is safe in Croatia so take a reusable drink bottle to refill when on land sight seeing.

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


It was a great holiday, well organised, good food, lovely and knowledgable crew, relaxed and casual.
We were also fortunate to have a super group of guests on board, a range of ages with families and couples from all over the world - Australia, New Zealand, USA, South Africa, UK and France.

Reviewed on 19 May 2018 by

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


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.

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


If you have any food allergies or intolerancies, communicate this when booking.

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


All crew and guides were local.

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


We felt very looked after, but we also had lots of opportunities to go off on bikes and go walking on our own.

Reviewed on 03 Jun 2018 by

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


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 (for those later morning departures). The lectures by Stan, our cruise program director, were useful and
informative. Actually, the whole staff were very friendly and approachable - a highlight for me.

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


Don't forget your bathing suit....like I did! Also, bring attire for any rain or sprinkles.... like I didn't!
If you are challenged by up/down steps and uneven walking terrain, be sure to ask the tour/excursion director about conditions of the tour beforehand.
If you like your salads at lunchtime, you'll have to be quick as not enough was presented for 40 paying passengers. This was a 'downer' for me.

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


I think the local economy was impacted, and having a small ship also cuts down on harmful impacts on marine life in the seas

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


3 out of 7 nights were spent on the mainland Croatia. I would have preferred those evenings in the islands to explore more there.
Overall, I'd rate my 7 days/nights at 7 out of 10 (ten being excellent).

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2017 by

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


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.

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


Just do it!

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


Each night we ate locally; this was of benefit to the communities. The bigger ships had full board.

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


The cruise on the Papa Prvi was a definite 10/10!

Reviewed on 03 Sep 2017 by

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


Swimming in the amazing cool, clear, deep blue waters of the Adriatic off remote islands.

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


Pack quick drying clothes. It gets hot and it is nice to be able to rinse out items.

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


Definitely benefitted local people. We bought meals and gifts while in port.

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


Wonderful! Nice guests on our cruise and a professional staff.

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2017 by

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


Loved visiting Dubrovnik & the islands

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


Travel light & take sea sickness tablets with you if you need to

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


Used local restaurants & shops

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


Wonderful - lovely mix of people & nationalities on the boat

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2016 by

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


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

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


Take your snorkels and inflatables to make those swimming stops extra fun.

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


Yes especially when we visited the smaller islands as it helps their economy.

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


Loved every minute

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