Fly to Dubrovnik, meet your tour manager and transfer to the hotel on the wooded Babin Kuk peninsula, some three miles from the city centre. Dependent upon your arrival time, get to know your surroundings and enjoy a first dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast, join your tour manager for a guided tour of the Pearl of the Adriatic. Stroll though the pedestrianised central street, Stradun, while you take in the medieval old town, the Franciscan Monastery, which houses Europe’s oldest pharmacy, and the Rector’s Palace, seat of the government in the former Dubrovnik Republic. The tour also includes a chance to view Dubrovnik and the blue Adriatic beyond, from the city’s impregnable walls. The afternoon is free for you to sightsee and shop at your leisure, or to return to the hotel for the afternoon before dinner is served.
Rest and relax in the hotel and its surroundings, enjoying the pool or terrace, or perhaps head to the shore for a dip in the blue Adriatic. Enjoy a last dinner this evening, or head into the city to dine.
After another relaxing morning, bid farewell to the hotel and transfer to the quayside in picturesque Zaton, to board Mendula. Enjoy dinner and your first night on board, getting to know your fellow passengers and the welcoming crew.
Following breakfast, Mendula sets sail out into the blue waters, passing the offshore Elaphiti, or Deer Islands, which, weather and time-permitting, provide an idyllic backdrop for a first dip. This afternoon, you’ll arrive at Mljet Island, where the wooded Mljet National Park can be explored after lunch on board. Mendula is tied up in the tiny port of Pomena, and there’s the chance to enjoy dinner in this unspoiled haven.
Each day, the captain will ensure there’s time to enjoy the warm sunshine for which the region is famous and offer the opportunity for a swim or snorkel. The cruise includes five lunches and two evening meals, including a captain’s dinner prepared on board. On other evenings, there’s the chance to go ashore to sample local restaurants, before returning to the ship, perhaps to enjoy a nightcap at the top-deck bar.
This morning’s first call is at the picturesque islet of Scedro. You’ll sail on to nearby Hvar – the most celebrated of Croatia’s offshore archipelago, and a verdant paradise of lush vegetation, floral beauty, vineyards, lavender fields and hidden coves, topped by a rocky ridge. After lunch aboard, enjoy the included guided tour of Hvar Town, where the Venetian arsenal, tiny harbour and cathedral are amongst the highlights. Tonight, soak up the atmosphere of what is one of Croatia’s trendiest enclaves.
A morning’s sailing – with perhaps a stop for a swim – brings you to historic Dalmatian capital Split – with its UNESCO listed old town and Roman palace. Croatia’s second city bustles with life, especially on the waterfront promenade, the Riva, and in its colourful market places, which are explored on the included tour after lunch aboard.
Today is spent in lazily, perhaps swimming, sunbathing or enjoying a long lunch. Mendula sails for Brac, with its stunning beaches, especially clear waters and sleepy main town of Supetar. This evening, enjoy the on-board captain’s dinner.
The last island call is verdant Korcula, settled for at least 6,000 years and birthplace, legend has it, of the explorer Marco Polo. Whether true or not, the island is worthy of any voyage of discovery. Enjoy lunch on board, and then join the included tour of the main town – a medieval jewel of narrow streets, built at interlocking angles to avoid the cool winter winds off the sea. This evening, seek out a restaurant or taverna for dinner.
Mendula makes her way back to the tiny bay of Zaton, and after a last lunch on board, there’s the chance to pay a final visit to Dubrovnik, or to enjoy a last relaxing afternoon aboard ship, before you spend the evening ashore, no doubt reliving the highlights of the holiday. Return, perhaps to enjoy a last nightcap at the bar and a last night aboard delightful MS Mendula.
Bid Mendula farewell, transfer to the airport and your return flight, at the end of a wonderful holiday. (Passengers on late afternoon flights will have the opportunity to enjoy free time in Zaton or Dubrovnik.)
Please note: At the captain’s discretion it may be necessary to alter the order of the itinerary of your holiday.