The glorious Adriatic
Enjoy a three-night stay in Croatia’s stunning walled gem, before joining beautiful MS Mendula to cruise through the warm, blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. With a maximum of just 31 passengers, Mendula is small enough to get into some of Croatia’s most picturesque harbours and some idyllic hidden coves. Visit some of Croatia’s charming off-shore islands and the country’s ancient cities, including Split and Dubrovnik, aboard this perfect floating home-from-home.
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Day One: Fly to Dubrovnik
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.
Day Two: Included tour of Dubrovnik
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.
Day Three: Rest and relax
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.
Day Four: Travel to Zaton and board MS Mendula
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.
Day Five: Call at Mljet Island
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.
Day Six: Call at Scedro and Hvar
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.
Day Eight: Rest and relax
Today is spent 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.
Day Nine: Included tour of Korcula Town
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.
Day Ten: Return to Zaton
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.
Day Eleven: Fly back to the UK
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.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes. On departure, the transfer time from the ship to the airport will be approximately 45 minutes.
Combining hotel transfers
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Please note that the single cabin on the Mendula (which is located on the Main Deck) is roughly three metres by two metres, and is much smaller in size than the twin cabins. As you would expect with a cabin of this size, space is very restricted.
Changes to your itinerary
At the captain's discretion, it may be necessary to alter the order of the itinerary on your holiday.
Each cabin is provided with beach towels and complimentary toiletries.
Items not included on board
Drinks from the ship's bar and gratuities are not included in the price of your holiday.
Payments on board
Please note that credit cards cannot be used to make payments on board.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Passengers travelling on tours departing after September 2018 will be offered different excursions on Days Four, Six and Seven. Please see the itinerary for further details.
Foreign Office Travel Advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.