• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  5
  • Departs From: Dubrovnik
  • Location: Dubrovnik, Mljet, Korcula, Vis, Hvar, Split
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Availability: SATURDAYS, May - October
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Highlights

  • SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED:
  • Dubrovnik
  • Ston oyster tasting
  • Korcula
  • Bisevo (Blue Cave)
  • Hvar
  • Split

8 days from Dubrovnik to Slano, Mljet, Korčula, Vis, Biševo (Blue Cave), Hvar, Bol, and to Split

7 nights on board this luxurious Deluxe Small Ship one-way cruise of the Dalmatian Coast. This one-way itinerary includes all the usual stops and then adds in a trip to the Island of Vis and visit the Blue Cave as well.

One-way Cruises book out early every year, so please get your enquiry in as soon as you can!

Deluxe Ship: MS Arca Fiumana (no triple cabins, only double or twin)

Itinerary

8 days from Dubrovnik to Slano, Mljet, Korčula, Vis, Biševo (Blue Cave), Hvar, Bol, and to Split

ITINERARY:

Day 1: arrive Dubrovnik, Saturday
We embark in Dubrovnik from 14.00hrs. Passenger's who arrive early may be able to leave their luggage on board til their cabin is ready. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner in the evening and a night’s accommodation on board. (D)

Day 2: Dubrovnik – Elaphiti islands – Slano (excursion to Ston with oyster tasting), Sunday
Start the day with a walking tour of Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of Adriatic” and a UNESCO World heritage site. After returning to ship enjoy the magic scenery as the ship cruises around Dubrovnik city walls before continuing to one of the Elaphiti islands for a swim stop. Afternoon arrival in Slano, a peaceful fishermen’s village and our starting point to Ston, once fortified small village famous for its oysters. After exploring the town’s medieval ramparts we leave to small nearby village to learn more about oysters and tasting this delicious treat. Time at leisure and return transfer to ship Dinner on board and overnight. (B, L, T, D)

Day 3: Slano – Mljet, Monday
In the morning we head further north to the Island of Mljet. The legend says Greek hero Odysseus spent years on this island when he was captured by the nymph Calypso. Join the cruise manager for a stroll to the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park (entrances to be paid on the spot – approx. 15 EUR) and enjoy the boat ride to the St Mary Isle to visit an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and a Church dating back to the 12th Century. Alternatively, you can rent bicycles, scooters or kayaks to explore the National Park or island on your own. Overnight in port Pomena. (B, L)

Day 4: Mljet – Korčula, Tuesday
Continue our cruise towards the Korčula island best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Stop for lunch in one of the secluded bays en route. Afternoon arrival in Korčula followed by a guided walking tour of this enchanting town surrounded by walls and one of the best preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean. Fish bone street pattern was used in Korcula Old Town design to reduce effects of wind and sun and provide citizens with sheltered and comfortable accommodation. Korčula has an abundant choice of restaurants to enjoy a gourmet experience and numerous bars and clubs for those looking for evening entertainment. Overnight in Korčula. (B, L)

Day 5: Korčula – Vis, Wednesday
Cruise towards the island of Vis the antique Issa, was founded around 397 B.C. Once a strategic naval Yugoslav base and restricted to the public. Due to this isolation, Vis has a special charm – “the Mediterranean as it once was” making it really interesting to visit.. Try some exquisite wine sorts in one of the Vis traditional wineries. If interested, visit the remains of the Roman thermal place, City museum or simply take a walk enjoying the views. Overnight in the port of Vis and enjoy Captain`s dinner on board. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Vis – Biševo (Blue Cave) –Hvar, Thursday
Early in the morning we sail to small island Biševo to visit the Blue cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon (entrances to be paid on the spot – approx. 14 EUR). As sometimes weather conditions can be very unpredictable, the possibility of our visit will depend on those conditions, however you will be notified of this on time. Continue towards the jet-set island Hvar with a swim stop and lunch on board. Hvar, the longest and sunniest island in the Adriatic is known for lavish lavender fields and breathtaking beauty. Afternoon arrival in Hvar town followed by a tour of the town – the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower, and the oldest community theatre in Europe founded in 1612. In the evening Hvar offers an abundance of entertainment – numerous restaurants, bars and cafes are open long into the night. Overnight in Hvar. (B, L)

Day 7: Hvar – Bol- Split, Friday
Early morning departure to Brač island where swimming is planned at the most famous beach in Dalmatia – Zlatni Rat near Bol – whose pebbles shifts from side to side as the wind and waves constantly change in shape. Bol is a typical fishermen’s village converted into a popular tourist destination. Continue to Split to enjoy a guided tour of the city upon arrival, a walking tour shows off the historic inner city built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian`s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. See the remnants of Split`s Roman heritage, it`s Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter`s temple, The Peristyle and many other unique sites. Overnight in Split. (B, L)

Day 8: Split departure, Saturday
After breakfast it is time to leave. Disembark by 09.00hrs. (B)


B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner, WR-Welcome Reception, T-Tasting

INCLUDED:
7 nights cruise from Dubrovnik to Split
Arrival Dubrovnik airport or hotel transfer
Departure transfer to Split apt or hotel
Buffet breakfast daily
6 lunches with 4 courses starting with the 4 course welcome dinner on Day 1
Water 0.5 L per person per day
Complimentary fresh fruits available daily
Professional Cruise Manager throughout
Luggage handling
Daily cabin servicing
Free Wi-Fi on board
Whisper technology enhanced touring
City tours of Split, Hvar, Korčula, Dubrovnik and oyster tasting in Ston included in the price

RATES DO NOT INCLUDE:
Tourist tax port tax – EUR 25.00 per person to be paid on board in cash (obligatory)
Entrance fees
Entrance fee to Blue Cave approx 14 EUR pp
Drinks on board, extra meals




RESTRICTIONS: Captain reserves the right to change the route in case of bad weather conditions. Guests are obliged to follow ship rules (found in written form on the ship) especially with regards to bringing drinks on board. In case of inappropriate behavior Captain reserves the right in requesting clients to disembark.

DISCLAIMER: Due to specific mooring conditions and requirements in some Croatian ports, ships are moored side by side, making it necessary for the clients to cross from one ship to another with gaps in between ships in order to get to the shore. In such cases clients need to take special care when crossing and do this at their own risk. Crew assistance will be given to those needing and requesting it. Cruise not recommended for clients in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

BEDS: Many cruise ships now have ‘flex-beds’, which can be moved together to form a Double/Queen size bed with 2 single mattresses on a combined base, leaving a small separation between the mattresses. Even a traditional double/queen bed mattress might have separate bedding on each side, such as 2 single duvets, rather than one large one. If this is an issue for you, please let us know before booking. Thank you.

Accommodations

Luxury accommodations are provided.

Essential Information

Ship Description:

M/S ARCA FIUMANA Deluxe Category Cruise Ship
Length: 125 feet | Width: 25 feet | Speed: 10 NM | Cabins: 19 | Capacity: 38 persons

Ship Description

Ship Photos: MS Arca Fiumana

 

https://discovercroatia.com.au/ship-descriptions/

Inclusions

  • INCLUDED:
  • 7 nights cruise from Dubrovnik to Split
  • Arrival Dubrovnik airport or hotel transfer
  • Departure transfer to Split apt or hotel
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • 6 lunches with 4 courses starting with the 4 course welcome dinner on Day 1
  • Water 0.5 L per person per day
  • Complimentary fresh fruits available daily
  • Professional Cruise Manager throughout
  • Luggage handling
  • Daily cabin servicing
  • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring
  • City tours of Split, Hvar, Korčula, Dubrovnik and oyster tasting in Ston included in the price

Exclusions

  • NOT INCLUDED:
  • Tourist tax port tax – EUR 25.00 per person to be paid on board in cash (obligatory)
  • Entrance fees
  • Entrance fee to Blue Cave approx 14 EUR pp
  • Drinks on board, extra meals

Frequently Asked Questions

How far in advance do I need to book?

For our weekly Small Ship Cruises with guaranteed departures we suggest you book as early as possible (ie as soon as you start making plans to travel to Europe). All cruises are extremely popular especially during peak season, which is June and September. One-way cruises are particularly sought-after and tend to sell out first (even before they go on sale sometimes), so please speak to us first to ensure your cruise choice is available before booking any flight arrangements.

Escorted Group Tours with guaranteed departures are also best booked as early as possible to ensure your place on the tour, as spaces are limited to a set number of passengers. Once the tour is full that departure is closed for new bookings.

Independent tours (such as Island Hopping) are available most days of the week at any time of year, so if you're booking late these are a great option. They can also start or finish on any day of the week, so can be a great alternative to the Cruises (cruises mostly depart on Saturdays). You can check out our Island Hopper Tours and our active tours for some examples. If you can't find what you are looking for please make an enquiry on any of our tours and let us know what you need. We love creating custom tours with our clients.

What do the different ship categories mean?

 

We have most of our ship photos here: Ship Photos Database

Cruise Ship Photos

If you have been quoted a cruise with a particular ship name, then that is the ship that you will be on (bar any unforeseen emergencies). If you are booked on a generic/standard A+Plus (PREM) or A:Category (ENS) or B:Category (TRAD) ship, then you will not know the ship name until the day of the cruise. All of these standard ships are in the photos database under their correct category, but we cannot tell you the exact ship name due to operational requirements as they are often shuffled about.

Deluxe (DLX or DLX SUP) cruises are always on specific ships and you will be given the name of the exact ship. These cruises have the word 'Deluxe' in their name on our site, but may also be called 'Elegance' cruises elsewhere.

Premium Superior (PRM SUP) - “Named” ship A+Plus cruises will also be on specific ships and you will be given the name of the ship before you book. If you are in any doubt which ship you will be on, please check with us.

"Regular / Generic/ Un-named / No name" (i.e. PREM, ENS, TRAD) cruise departures could be on any ship in that same category and some ships are older than others. We cannot tell you the ship name for those cruises and you will not know until the day you arrive to join the cruise. We also cannot guarantee a double bed on these cruises, as we do not know which ship, we do not know how many of each cabin type is on each ship. Please be aware that on PREM, ENS or TRAD ships you might be allocated a twin bed cabin on the day, even if you request a double bed.

Some ships are being newly built for the next season and therefore only have 'artists impression' type pictures. We will upload actual photos of the boats as they are finished and launched. Some may not launch until as late as June.

What do the different Ship Categories mean?

Ships WITH air-conditioned cabins and air-conditioned public areas (Deluxe and A+Category ships). All Deluxe, Deluxe SUP and Premium SUP are 'Named ship' departures where you know which exact ship you will be on before you book.

NOTE: 'Double' beds on DLX, DLX SUP, and PRM SUP might be 'flex-beds' with 2 single mattresses next to each other on a combined base. Many 'double' beds in Europe have separate duvets for each half of the bed, meaning that you have separate bedding even if there is one large bed or combined twin beds.

Deluxe Superior Ships (DLX SUP): There are a very small number of 'Deluxe Superior' ships from 2018. These Deluxe ships are slightly larger than a regular Deluxe Ship and some have VIP Balcony cabins. All cabins have ensuites and individual air-conditioning. All inside public areas are air-conditioned. Not all Deluxe Superior ships have balcony cabins. Only 3 ships in the whole of Croatia have balcony cabins, so they are rare and mostly booked out over a year in advance, even before they officially go on sale. Some Deluxe Superior ships are just slightly bigger than regular Deluxe ships, and there are no balconies on board those ones at all.

Deluxe Ships (DLX): All cabins have ensuites and individual air-conditioning. Deluxe ships are mostly new ships built within the last few years, many of them are being built each year. All inside public areas are air-conditioned.

A+Plus Category NEW Ships (Premium Superior Ships - PRM SUP): All cabins have ensuites and air-conditioning. These A+ ships are brand new, more spacious than the older ships and include a few excursions in their price. All inside public areas are air-conditioned, including restaurant and cabins. These are 'named ship' departures and cruises have 'Premium' in their name.

A+Plus Category Standard Ships (Premium Ships - PREM) (APlus regular/ generic/ standard): All cabins have ensuites and air-conditioning. These A+ ships are older versions, and some were built many years ago and have been renovated by adding basic air-conditioning units to the cabins. All inside public areas are air-conditioned.

 

Ships with no air-conditioning in the cabins, but with air-con in the restaurant/salon areas (A: and B: Category ships)

A:Category Ships (Traditional Ensuite Ships - ENS): All cabins are bunk beds, and have ensuite bathrooms. There are usually no double beds on these ships. Air-conditioning is available in the public areas of the ship such as the restaurant and/or salon only.

B:Category Ships (Traditional Standard Ships - TRAD): All cabins are bunk beds, and have shared bathrooms only. There are no ensuite cabins on-board and no double beds. Air-conditioning is available in the public areas of the ship such as the restaurant and/or salon only. These B:Cat ships are used only for 18-35s cruises.

 

Each ship belongs to one category only and has only one category of cabin (even though there are different decks). A couple of ships use a different nomenclature for cabin types and this can lead to a bit of confusion. Each ship has slightly different deck plans and number of cabins, but the maximum number of passenger cabins on any ship is 21. Therefore the maximum number of passengers is usually only 40 per ship (not including the crew and cruise staff). The crew have their own separate quarters which are not shown on the deck plans.

 

What do the different Cabin types and Deck levels mean?

Standard Cabins / Lower Deck / Under Deck / Classic Cabins: These cabins are all in the hull of the ship, and must be reached by an inside stairwell. These cabins have portholes only and the portholes are just above the water line. There are no opening windows in Lower Deck cabins. Some of the smaller, older boats only have lower deck cabins as the main deck is used for the public areas such as the restaurant and salon areas. Lower Deck cabins have the most privacy and are the quietest, especially in the busy ports like Hvar where occasional parties can be going until late at night on adjacent ships.

On Deck / Above Deck cabins: These are sold as 'On' or 'Above' Deck, which means you could be in either a Main Deck cabin or an Upper Deck cabin, depending on the deck plan of the ship you are allocated. Usually this is only used for the older ships, TRAD, ENS and PREM. You won't know until the day you join your cruise if you will be on Main or Upper Deck.

Main Deck Cabins: These cabins are on the deck that is closest to the water line, the deck where you board. On the new Deluxe Ships, the Main Deck is mostly used for passenger cabins. Some ships have the doors to Main Deck cabins on the inside, so only windows are on the ‘outside’ wall of the cabin, and some ships have the doors as well as windows on the ‘outside’ wall of the cabin. All walkways past the outside wall of the cabins are public areas. This deck occasionally also has the restaurant or salon area as well at the back of the boat. Not all ships have Main Deck cabins available, it depends on the ship configuration whether this deck is used just for the restaurant/salon areas.

Upper Deck Cabins: These cabins are on the deck above the Main Deck, and this deck often also has the restaurant or salon area as well at the back of the boat. Not all ships have Upper Deck cabins available, it depends on the ship configuration whether this deck is used just for the restaurant/salon areas. All walkways past the outside wall of the cabins are public areas. Most of the older wooden ships (A: and B:Cats) have Main/Upper Deck cabins, but very few of the new Deluxe Ships have Upper Deck cabins available, as their Upper Deck is used for the restaurant/salon areas in most cases.

VIP  BALCONY cabins (very limited; only 3 ships have them, can get booked out up to a year in advance): A few (3) Deluxe Ships now have VIP BALCONY cabins available. Most of the VIP Balcony cabins will be on the Upper Deck, but not all. A Only 3 ships have Balcony cabins and there are only a few on each of those ships. First come, first served as they are quite popular and fairly limited. Please book early (up to a year in advance) if you want a Balcony cabin. The MV Infinity, MV Everglow and MV Adriatic Sun are the only 3 ships so far with any Balcony cabins. No other ships have balcony cabins, just those 3 ships out of the over 100 ships in Croatia.

Upper Deck / Restaurant / Salon: The Upper Deck (under the Sun deck) often has no cabins at all and the space is used for the Restaurant/Salon area and outside shaded public seating.

Sun Deck / Top Deck: The Sun Deck (uppermost deck on any ship) has no cabins at all. Most cruises will let you sleep on the sun deck on the sun lounges/deck chairs provided for relaxation purposes, though there are no real beds on the sun deck. Some Deluxe ships have a small jacuzzi on the Sun Deck, and provide shaded areas. The older A: and B: ships do not have shade on the Sun Deck, though shade is provided in the public salon areas on the main or upper decks.

If you are in doubt, please ask for the Deck Plan or look in the Ship Descriptions as the deck plan is usually in with the ship photos.

What is half-board? What meals are included on my cruise?

Half-board (HB): (Breakfast and lunch on all cruises) This means that 2 meals a day are usually provided, mostly it will be breakfast and lunch on cruises (B,L). Each cruise will have meals listed on the daily itinerary, so that you will know exactly which meals are included. Some lunches or dinners are swapped occasionally, so that you may enjoy a wonderful gourmet experience with your fellow travellers, such as a Welcome Dinner, or Captain’s Dinner (D) on a cruise. For the remainder of your meals you will be able to dine anywhere you choose and you will be responsible for the cost of those meals. Your Cruise Director will be happy to recommend a good value and trusted eatery nearby at every location, or you can explore on your own.

Full-board (FB) is occasionally offered on cruises as an optional extra, but we do not recommend you take the full-board option unless you are really sure about it. A lot of the joy of the cruise and tour experiences is to dine in local restaurants, ‘konobas’ (traditional pubs) and bars, so that you can meet the people who live and work there. Why come all the way to Croatia only to eat on-board for every meal? There are so many fabulous (and even some famous!) eateries. Get out there and taste them!

DISCLAIMER:

All ship descriptions on our website are sent to us by the cruise companies and we are not liable for any discrepancy in the listed features or services as we are not the producers of the marketing materials. We act as an agent only, we are not the end supplier and do not have access to visit every cabin on every ship and check every single feature before every departure. Thank you for understanding. Please see our full Terms and Conditions here.

All departures on specific ships are subject to any unforeseen incidences occurring before your departure. If that ship cannot be provided due to accident, emergency repair or similar, then a similar ship will be provided if at all possible, but please understand that there are few spare ships as they are all also being used for other cruises. We cannot guarantee any departure as the cruise companies themselves do not guarantee every single ship on every single departure as very, very occasionally there are issues that require repair or there's been some 'force majeure' beyond their control. This is why we recommend you have proper travel insurance to cover you for all events.

What is half-board ? What meals are included on my Tour?

Half-board (HB): This means that 2 meals a day are usually provided, mostly it will be breakfast and dinner on Escorted Tours. Each cruise or tour will have meals listed on the daily itinerary, so that you will know exactly which meals are included. Some lunches or dinners are swapped occasionally, so that you may enjoy a wonderful gourmet experience with your fellow travellers, such as a Captain's Dinner on a cruise, or a wine-tasting and lunch on an escorted tour. For the remainder of your meals you will be able to dine anywhere you choose and you will be responsible for the cost of those meals. Your Cruise or Tour Director will be happy to recommend a good value and trusted eatery nearby at every location, or you can explore on your own.

Bed and Breakfast (BB): This means that only breakfast is included in your holiday. Most of our Independent Tours include breakfast only, so that you are not beholden to going back to your hotel for lunch or dinner as you are going to be exploring on your own. We think that flexibility with lunch and dinner gives you the best option for exploring Croatia and experiencing the local culture and cuisine.

What type of transport is used on the Island Hopper Tours? Local ferries and vehicle transfers

Local ferries: Local ferries are used between the mainland and the islands where possible. Most of these ferries are fast ferries (high speed catamarans). Our Island Hopper Tours include all ferry tickets, as well as delivery of the ferry tickets to your hotel, when we come to pick you up to take you to the ferry port. In some towns, where some hotels are in the pedestrian zone close to the ferry port (like Hvar), then you will be met at the ferry and directed to your hotel, with luggage assistance if required. If your hotel is outside the pedestrian zone you will be met at the ferry and taken to your transfer vehicle, with luggage assistance if required.

Transfers: Most Island Hoppers have private airport transfers included, and private transfers to/from the ferry ports on the islands. Some transfers will be shared transfers if there are others going to the exact same hotel at the same time and it is a short distance.

 

How fit do I need to be for my holiday?

Relaxation/cultural cruises and tours: On-board your cruise ship, you will need to be able to negotiate gangways and stairs and be able to step from ship to ship as the cruise ships are moored next to each other sideways and sometimes you need to step across to the next ship. You will be walking mostly on the cobblestone streets through the iconic cities and towns of the region. The excursions are best-suited to those who are capable of walking on uneven surfaces as many old cities and towns have limited totally flat surfaces that can accommodate wheelchairs or walking-frames. Please contact us to ask about your specific circumstances, as we are happy to help plan for your needs as best we can. Assistance will be provided on cruise ships to help you navigate getting on and off, but there are a few limitations. Please ask.

Cycling tours: Although almost completely flat this cycle tour is graded easy to moderate as the daily distance ranges between approximately 15-50 km. You will be biking mostly on the dedicated cycle paths alongside canals, rivers and through the iconic cities and towns of the region. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is flat and predominantly traffic-free and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board.

What happens if I can't attend an excursion?

It is possible to relax at your hotel, on the tour bus or on the boat at any time.

What happens if I can't cycle or hike a stage on an active holiday?

For cycling cruises: If you don't want to cycle it is possible to relax on the boat as it moves to the next port of call.

For cycling and hiking tours: If you don't want to (or can't due to illness or injury) cycle, hike or walk a stage, then we will make arrangements to have you transferred to the next stop on your itinerary so that you can continue with your holiday. Prices for transfers vary widely, so pricing will be provided on an 'as needed' basis only.

 

What equipment do I need?

Relaxation/excursion cruises and tours: You will need comfortable walking shoes, clothes for relaxing, your swimming costume, and a sunhat. Most cruises are fairly relaxed and casual clothing is fine for all meals, though you may want to take one nice outfit depending on where you wish to dine onshore.

Cycling cruises and tours: You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

 

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: arrive Dubrovnik, Saturday
  • Day 2: Dubrovnik – Elaphiti islands – Slano (excursion to Ston with oyster tasting), Sunday
  • Day 3: Slano – Mljet, Monday
  • Day 4: Mljet – Korčula, Tuesday
  • Day 5: Korčula – Vis, Wednesday
  • Day 6: Vis – Biševo (Blue Cave) –Hvar, Thursday
  • Day 7: Hvar – Bol- Split, Friday
  • Day 8: Split departure, Saturday