RIVER CRUISES / ROUND CRUISE THROUGH CROATIA AND MONTENEGRO
DAY 1 | DUBROVNIK
Welcome on board from 5.00pm . Settling into your cabin and presentation of the crew followed by a welcome cocktail served in the lounge and dinner on board. Free evening.
DAY 2 | DUBROVNIK - MLJET
Breakfast on board. In the morning, optional guided tour of the city of Dubrovnik. Nicknamed “the pearl of the Adriatic”, the city is spread out before the sea at the foot of a range of rugged limestone mountains. The ancient city of Ragusa is famous for its ramparts, which date from medieval times, and its numerous pre-Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings. You will be able to explore: the Franciscan monastery ( 14th century) where the cloister in the Romanesque style is composed of twin columns on which the capitals, which are all different, take the form of human and animal heads or are adorned with floral motifs, followed by the Rector’s palace, once the seat of government, now converted into a museum and, finally, the cathedral on Marin Drzic square, rebuilt between 1672 and 1713 on the ruins of a romanesque church. Your tour will also take you past the two Onofrio Fountains (1438 and 1441) in front of the church of St Blaise ( 18th century) and the Sponza palace, a superb edifice which mixes the Gothic and Renaissance styles. Back to the boat for lunch around 1.00pm . Free afternoon to enjoy Dubrovnik. We suggest a stroll around the ramparts(1). These fortified walls which completely encircle the old town are 2km long and up to 25 m in height. From the ramparts you will get a very beautiful view over the old town. Back on board for the evening. Dinner followed by an evening of dancing. Departure of the cruise around midnight.
DAY 3 | MLJET - KORCULA
Breakfast during the cruise. Arrival in Mljet around 9.00am . Situated between the island of Korcula and Dubrovnik, this is one of the most beautiful islands in the Adriatic. Optional excursion: departure on foot to board local boats to get to the monastery. The particularity of the island lies in its two lakes: Malo Jezero and Veliko Jezero . A benedictine monastery rises on an islet in the middle of Veliko Jezero . Built in the 12th century in the Romanesque style and reworked many times over time, it is now dressed up in Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Back on board at the end of the morning. During lunch, cruise to Korcula . Arrival around 2.00pm . Optional guided tour of the town. You can only explore this town on foot. You will visit St Mark’s cathedral (1420), testimony to the skill of the stone cutters and the talent of the sculptors of the period. You will see its sumptuous doorway flanked by two lions, a work by the Milanese artist, Bonino , and in the lunette Saint Mark the evangelist, the town’s museum which houses ancient Greek and Roman artefacts , the icon museum. Back on board for the evening. Dinner on board, followed by a traditional “sabre dancing” evening.
DAY 4 | KORCULA - SIBENIK
Departure early in the morning. Breakfast during the cruise. Morning’s sailing through an exceptional landscape. We will pass the islands of Hvar , Brac and Split. Lunch on board. We will reach Sibenik around 2.00pm. Optional guided tour of the town and the Krka falls. During this visit you will discover the cultural heritage as well as the present day life of the oldest Slav settlement in the Adriatic. You will visit its historic centre with its maze of narrow streets from the 15th and 16th centuries and St James’ cathedral build entirely of stone. You will then board your coach which will take you to the Krka falls. The Krka flows for 75km from its spectacular source near Knin to the Adriatic which it reaches at Sibenik. The Krka widens and forms a lake before narrowing again at Skradinski Buk. It is here that the site is at its most beautiful: the water cascades over 17 travertine shelves which succeed each other over a short distance. Back on board for dinner and an evening with the crew.
DAY 5 | SIBENIK - TROGIR - SPLIT
Departure of the cruise early in the morning, breakfast on board. Arrival in Trogir around 8.00am . Optional tour of the town. Built on the island it covers, Trogir is a little jewel with narrow labyrinthine street scattered with stairways and vaulted passageways. The town has been classed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. You will discover the superb St Laurence cathedral ( 13th century). Back on board at the end of the morning. Sail to Split. We will be sailing along the Dalmatian coast, arrival in Split around 3.00pm . The second largest city in Croatia, it is the heart of central Dalmatia . Split, first of all, is the palace that Diocletian had built outside the city of Salona . It is then a medieval city which surrounded the palace and developed all around. Optional tour of the city which will take you to the Titova Obala , a vast walkway overlooked by the southern façade of the palace. From the Roman period of Diocletian’s palace, all that remain are the relatively well conserved ramparts, and Diocletian’s mausoleum, which was converted into a cathedral towards the end of the 7th century, to which a bell tower was added between the 13th and 17th centuries. The visit will allow you to see the peristyle, Jupiter’s temple and Saint Domnius’ cathedral. The ancient mausoleum of Diocletian has kept its original structure surrounded by 24 columns. Back on board at the end of the day. Dinner on board. Free evening.
DAY 6 | SPLIT - HVAR - VIS
Departure of the cruise early in the morning. Breakfast on board. We will reach Hvar around 9.00am . Optional guided tour of the town which will begin on the main square, Trg Svetog Stjepana . This is one of the biggest and oldest squares in Dalmatia . A must see is St Stephen’s cathedral with its bell tower. This edifice was built in the 16th and 17th centuries on the foundations of an earlier cathedral destroyed by the Turks. Passing along the port, we will continue to the Franciscan monastery dating from the 15th century. The visit will allow you to explore its cloister and its refectory, where there is an exhibit of lace, coins, maritime charts and rare books. Back on board for lunch and departure of the cruise for Vis, which we will reach in the afternoon. The most westerly of the Dalmatian islands and the least known, as it was for a long time closed to tourists, is a pearl which really has to be seen: unspoilt landscapes, a rugged coastline sheltering numerous creeks and coves, in a word the most authentic island in the entire Adriatic. Freedom to explore the town, founded by the Greeks in 390 BC under the name of Issa at the end of an immense bay. Back on board for the gala dinner, followed by an evening of dancing. Departure of the boat during the night for Kotor .
DAY 7 | KOTOR - DUBROVNIK
Breakfast during the cruise. Arrival in Kotor du-ring the morning. The Kotor estuary is quite unique: the sea sweeps in for several kilometres , forming a number of calm bays which were once furrowed by a powerful naval force which made some ports extremely wealthy. The abundant rainfall and the temperate climate in this fjord-like bay explain the luxuriance of the vegetation. Lunch. Optional guided tour of Kotor . Exploration of the old town on foot. You will visit Saint Tryphon cathedral, built in the 9th century after sailors from Kotor brought back the relics of Saint Tryphon from Asia Minor, and the maritime museum. Back on board around 4.00pm and departure of the cruise for Dubrovnik, which we will reach in the evening. Dinner on board. Free evening.
DAY 8 | DUBROVNIK
Breakfast on board. Disembarkation at 9.00am . End of our journey.
NB: For reasons of navigational safety, the captain and crew of the boat alone may decide to modify the cruise itinerary.
(1) Admission to the ramparts around 11 € per person (2012 prices).
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