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Pearls of the Adriatic North

9 Day Croatia Cruise from Dubrovnik to Split

9 Days
1 Country

Croatia

9 Cities

Dubrovnik, Ston, Slano, Mljet, Korčula, Vis, Hvar, Bol, Split

16 Meals

8 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners, 6 Lunchs

Leisurely

3 or more nights in 1 destination. Plenty of free time. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar

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Sun-kissed days on idyllic islands, there’s nothing better than cruising the Adriatic with its sparkling coastline on which you’ll get to experience on this journey from Dubrovnik to Split. Roman ruins and the remnants of Venetian riches, discover the untouched paradise of Vis Island and A Dive Into Culture where rich heritage of oyster farming in Ston where the locals have enjoyed this excellent seafood tradition since Roman times.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Dubrovnik

Imposing stone walls encircle the Old Town of Croatia’s most recognisable city. On arrival in Dubrovnik, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Your local host will and provide suggestions on how to explore the city’s limestone streets and elegant courtyards lined with remnants of Dubrovnik’s Golden Age as the rest of the day is free for you to explore. In the Middle Ages, Dubrovnik became the only city-state in the Adriatic to rival Venice and remnants of its wealth and stature remain today confined within its centuries-old walls which staved off attacks from all manner of enemies, including the Ottoman Turks. What better way to end the day than finding the perfect café for a nightcap.

View of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Accommodation Hotel Lero Dubrovnik

Day 2

Dubrovnik from land and sea

Stretch your legs as you prepare to set sail on the Adriatic after a leisurely start to your day. Settle into your new home before heading to the city gates for a guided tour of Dubrovnik. Meander through the narrow, car-free limestone streets – worn smooth under the soles of centuries of pedestrians, exploring the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Take the cable car from the Old Town to the Srđ mountain to enjoy scenic views of the mighty ramparts and of the Elaphiti Islands. This evening enjoy cocktails and dinner on board, featuring locally sourced and prepared dishes - a taste of the fine Croatian cuisine to come.

Old town of Dubrovnik in Croatia
Accommodation Adriatic Cruise
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Old Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik City Tour

This enchanting journey will take you through the heart of Dubrovnik's Old Town, where you will explore its rich history, stunning architecture, an...

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Day 3

Onwards to Picturesque Slano

Watch the skyline of Dubrovnik disappear into the distance as you make your way to the Elaphiti Islands where you’ll be tempted to cool off before continuing your journey to the fishermen’s village of Slano. Another firm favorite amongst local island hoppers, Slano has a colorful history and it’s the launch pad for our trip to Ston, a fortified settlement today perhaps most renowned for its oyster trade, but certainly also of great interest for lovers of history who will be fascinated by its rich ecclesiastical history. Here you’ll Dive Into Culture and enjoy a taste of its famous fruits – the oysters grown at a shellfish farm. Ston may be small, but its strategic location has meant it has seen a lot of turmoil over the centuries as you’ll discover during your visit, learning how its fortress was one of the largest construction projects of the time, aimed at defending the saltworks that delivered great wealth to Dubrovnik. The day ends on a high note, with dinner and live entertainment with the Captain, the perfect chance to exchange stories made so far across this beautiful country.

Beach in Slano, Croatia
Accommodation Adriatic Cruise
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dive Into Culture Oysters in Slano, Croatia
Tasting oysters in Ston

Discover the history of oyster farming and how oysters are grown delicately before enjoying some for yourself.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Visit an Oyster farm Ston Croatia
Ston City Tour

Spend the day learning about the rich history of Ston City.

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Iconic Experience

Day 4

Admire Mljet National Park

Cruising north to yet another exquisite Croatian island, arrive at Mljet. As legend has it, the Greek hero, Odysseus, spent several years here when he was captured by the nymph Calypso. The highlight of today for some will be their visit to the island’s famous salt lakes including a boat ride to St Mary Isle to visit the ancient, fortified Benedictine monastery, abbey and 12th-century church, amongst the oldest church complexes on the Adriatic. You could choose instead to hire a kayak, bicycle, scooter or convertible car to see the sights of Croatia’s greenest island at your leisure. Mljet is particularly well-known for its wine, olives and goat’s cheese which you could choose to sample during your exploration, or perhaps pick the ultimate swimming spot to cool off. Both of the island’s salt lakes are popular with locals who believe the water to have therapeutic properties.

The Benedictine Monastery on St Mary's Island in Mljet, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Accommodation Adriatic Cruise
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Continue to the Island of Korčula

Today’s cruise takes you to a land of legends and allegedly the birthplace of Marco Polo. Korčula is one of the best-preserved Medieval cities in the Mediterranean. You’ll be thoroughly enchanted by its incredible Greek heritage as you embark on a guided walking tour through its historic streets laid out in a fishbone street pattern which you’ll learn delivers a natural cooling effect and shelters the surrounding buildings. Discover the 11th-century BC Greek legend that tells of the Trojan warrior who build his home in Korčula “after the burning of Troy” and perhaps spend some time in its Old Town tasting and buying some of the local white wines for which the island is renowned.

Korcula Old town, Dalmatia, Croatia
Accommodation Adriatic Cruise
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Iconic Experience View of the Harbour and Old town Korcula Croatia
Korcula City Tour

Discover the beautiful Medieval city of Korcula.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Street and houses in Korcula, Croatia
Korčula Village Dinner Experience

Feast on a typical Dalmatian dinner whilst learning about the local history and traditional way of living in a small village near Korčula. Followin...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Explore the untouched Island of Vis

Largely undiscovered and after visiting you’ll want it to stay that way, the island of Vis is the farthest inhabited island off the Croatian mainland. Beyond its fascinating history as a former Yugoslavian army base which has left it fairly untouched, you’ll discover its rich Greek heritage as one of the main Greek colonies in 4th century BC. But the Greeks weren’t the only nation to recognise its treasures and you’ll also find the influence of the Romans and Venetians, culminating in a fascinating blend of culture that remains to this day. You may choose to take the optional trip and reflect on its history over a delicious local lunch and wine tasting in an old military cave. The afternoon is a leisurely exploration on your terms from the remains of the Roman baths to the City Museum, housed in a 19th-century Austrian fortress and featuring the largest collection of Hellenistic artefacts in Croatia. Alternatively stretch your legs, smelling the scents of rosemary, capers and sage which grow wild around the island.

Harbour in Vis Island, Croatia
Accommodation Adriatic Cruise
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Iconic Experience Sail to Vis, Croatia
Vis Orientation

Discover the rich heritage of the island of Vis.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 7

Visit the Magnificent Island of Hvar

Enjoy a relaxing swim stop and lunch on board at the Pakleni Islands before arriving in the popular, sun-drench Island of Hvar where you’ll get your bearings on a guided tour with a Local Specialist of this former trading center which has both Greek and Venetian roots. You’ll visit the city’s most impressive building, the Cathedral of St. Stephen still with its original tower and the Historical Hvar Theater, the first communal theater in Europe. For utterly unforgettable views that stretch all the way to the Pakleni Islands, ascend the stairs through the old part of the city to the Fortica that looms above the town. Hvar is known for its nightlife, so you won’t be short on inspiration on where to spend your evening with new friends.

Blue Cave in Vis Island, Croatia
Accommodation Adriatic Cruise
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Iconic Experience Pakleni islands near Hvar, Dalmatia, Croatia
Hvar City Tour

Take a tour of the beautiful Island of Hvar with your Local Specialist.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 8

Cruise to Historical Split

Gain a first-hand perspective on island life in the Adriatic during this morning’s visit to Brač, Croatia’s third-largest island and the perfect launchpad for today’s trip to Dalmatia’s most famous beach – Zlatni Rat, often referred to as the Golden Horn. A sandy peninsula jutting out from a Mediterranean pine grove, this expanse of pristine beach is the spot for locals to sun themselves and enjoy a swim in the cool and clear surrounding waters. It’s a landscape you’ll never forget and you’ll wish you could spend the whole day soaking in these stunning surrounds, but Split awaits, and your guided tour with a Local Specialist of this historical town under UNESCO world heritage protection will have you mesmerised with the abundance of things to see and do and its unique lively atmosphere.

Golden Cape Beach at Bol, Brac Island, Croatia
Accommodation Adriatic Cruise
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Iconic Experience Street and houses in Split, Croatia
Split City Tour

Discover the rich history of Split on a sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 9

Disembark and Journey Home

Your fascinating encounter with the history, culture and irresistible beauty of Croatia comes to an end this morning. You’ll disembark your cruise and say a fond farewell to your Travel Director and new friends before taking your transfer to the airport for your departure.

Boats in harbour in Split, Croatia
Included Meals Breakfast

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Dubrovnik City Tour

This enchanting journey will take you through the heart of Dubrovnik's Old Town, where you will explore its rich history, stunning architecture, an...

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Dive Into Culture
Tasting oysters in Ston

Discover the history of oyster farming and how oysters are grown delicately before enjoying some for yourself.

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Ston City Tour

Spend the day learning about the rich history of Ston City.

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Iconic Experience
Korcula City Tour

Discover the beautiful Medieval city of Korcula.

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Iconic Experience
Vis Orientation

Discover the rich heritage of the island of Vis.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Hvar City Tour

Take a tour of the beautiful Island of Hvar with your Local Specialist.

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Iconic Experience
Split City Tour

Discover the rich history of Split on a sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist.

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About this trip

Seven-night Adriatic Cruise
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Korčula, Hvar and Split with a Local Specialist
Visit Dubrovnik, Slano, Mljet National Park, Benedictine monastery on St Mary Island, Korčula, Vis, the Blue Cave, Hvar, Zlatni Rat beach near Bol
See the Elaphiti Islands

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Korčula Village Dinner Experience

Feast on a typical Dalmatian dinner whilst learning about the local history and traditional way of living in a small village near Korčula. Followin...

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Additional Cost Applies

Croatia

  • Official Language in Croatia: Croatian
  • Currency used in Croatia: Croatian Kuna (HRK)
  • Capital City: Zagreb
  • Time Zone(s) in Croatia: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Croatia passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Croatia
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Croatia has a diverse climate, with three main regions: coastal, inland, and mountainous. The coastal regions, including cities like Dubrovnik and Split, have a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F), and mild winters averaging around 10°C (50°F). Inland areas, such as Zagreb, have a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. Summer temperatures can reach 30°C (86°F) or higher, while winter temperatures can drop below freezing. The mountainous regions, like the Dinaric Alps, experience colder and harsher winters with heavy snowfall, making them ideal for winter sports. Rainfall is generally higher along the coast and decreases inland, with the wettest months being October and November.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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