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Croatia's Glorious Historic Coastline

Spend three nights in Croatia’s colourful, vibrant second city, enjoying all the comforts of your delightful city-centre hotel before heading to the quayside to board MS Mendula for a cruise that reveals the walled cities and offshore islands of the beautiful Dalmatian Coast. Swim or snorkel in warm, blue waters each day. Step ashore to discover beautiful island landscapes, and elegant, sun-soaked cities filled with ancient grandeur. And each evening, as the stars twinkle overhead, dine on board or on the quayside and enjoy a nightcap at Mendula's top-deck bar before retiring to your cabin in anticipation of doing it all again tomorrow.

What does this price include?

  • Three nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at a four-star hotel in Split
  • Seven nights' accommodation on board Mendula in a lower-deck cabin (upgrade cabins available)
  • Breakfast each day, five lunches and two evening meals, including a Captain’s Dinner
  • Join MS Mendula in beautiful Rogoznica
  • Guided tours of Šibenik, Zadar, Trogir and Split
  • Return flights to Split
  • Return airport-to-ship transfers

Your Itinerary

  • Your tour manager will be waiting to meet you when you arrive in Split, and you'll then transfer to your hotel. Check in, then relax or head out to get to know your surroundings and enjoy a first dinner - either in the town or at your hotel.

  • Enjoy the delights of Croatia’s lively second city. At its heart you'll find the ancient Roman ruins of Emperor Diocletian’s palace, with the city's colourful, UNESCO-listed old quarters arranged to either side. A walk up wooded Marjan Hill, the city’s most visible landmark, is a must for the views and for the chance to visit some of the tiny churches that dot the slopes. In the evenings, once the large cruise ships have disappeared over the horizon, a stroll along the waters' edge is one of the great pleasures of a stay here. See houses that have been homes to generations of fishermen, and explore the bustling quayside's cafés, bars and restaurants.

  • After a last few hours at leisure, bid farewell to your hotel, and transfer by coach to the beautiful harbour at Rogoznica, the most western point of the Croatian mainland, to board Mendula and begin your cruise. Settle in to your cabin, meet your fellow passengers and the friendly crew, and perhaps step ashore to wander along the colourful promenade before a first dinner is served aboard. Each evening (hopefully under starlit skies) you'll be able to enjoy a nightcap at the top-deck bar, or head ashore to enjoy a gentle stroll whenever Mendula is tied up at the dock. (Passengers arriving early can enjoy delightful Rogoznica, and perhaps take a dip before they embark.)

  • After breakfast, Mendula heads away from Rogoznica’s beautiful marina and sails north along the verdant coastline towards the ancient town of Šibenik, Croatia’s oldest settlement. En route you may have time to enjoy a first dip in the crystal-clear Adriatic waters; the captain will try to find a suitably sheltered and beautiful spot for swimming and snorkelling off Mendula’s aft platform each day, weather permitting. For some, the joys of cruising, sometimes under sail, just offshore, are pleasure enough.

    Lunch will be taken on board, today, before you step ashore to enjoy a guided tour of medieval Šibenik, its haphazard heart watched over by UNESCO-listed St James’s Cathedral. Later, as Mendula moors overnight in the harbour, perhaps enjoy dinner in Šibenik’s delightful old town.

  • Today you'll cruise towards the 140 islands of the Kornati archipelago, idyllically set in aquamarine waters, 89 of which form part of barren, sun-kissed Kornati National Park. You'll make a memorable stop in beautiful Telašcica Bay, an anchorage surrounded by islets, and after lunch on board in this idyllic setting you’ll sail on to Dugi Otok’s charming port of Sali, for an overnight stay.

  • Slipping away from Sali, this morning, Mendula heads back to the mainland (with a swim stop, weather permitting) to tie up in Zadar. The historic former capital of ancient Dalmatia was once an Italian enclave, and is now a vibrant, cosmopolitan ferry port and university city much restored since World War Two’s destruction.

    After lunch on board, the medieval maze on Zadar's central peninsula is a delight to wander, its central Forum plaza crowned by 9th-century St Donat’s church and the city's vast Romanesque cathedral. You'll discover several other churches, and some surviving city walls, on an included walking tour, and then have the evening free.

  • Today brings two contrasting calls as Mendula leaves Zatar and makes her way south. First is colourful Vodice, where you'll have the chance to go ashore to soak up the atmosphere of this popular holiday hideaway, and perhaps enjoy lunch, before you head to blissful green island Zlarin. A paradise of forested coves and tiny sandy beaches, this is the perfect spot in which to enjoy your Captain’s Dinner on board and a night under the stars.

  • Mendula makes her way towards the medieval gem of Trogir, as beautiful a settlement as any on the Dalmatian Coast, today. Built on an island separated from the mainland by a narrow channel, this exquisite walled city surrounds an ancient cathedral. and will be brought to life on the included walking tour. Its maze of narrow streets is a haven for shoppers, while the ramparts of Kamerlengo Castle afford stunning views over the city and its surroundings.

    Sailing south, with another stop for a swim, Mendula makes her lazy way towards her last fascinating port - Croatia’s vibrant second city, Split. Why not step ashore to enjoy dinner in this lively, engaging place?

  • Enjoy this morning’s guided tour of Split, with its wondrous UNESCO-listed Old Town and palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian. Enjoy a last lunch on board, and perhaps a final afternoon swim stop, as you sail back towards idyllic Rogoznica to spend the night back here, in one of Croatia’s most beautifully located marinas. Enjoy a last evening ashore, perhaps dining in a choice of restaurants.

  • Bid Mendula farewell, and return to the airport to board your flight home at the end of a wonderful holiday.

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Split and Dalmatian Coastal Cruise Touring Hotels

You will be staying in an elegant four-star hotel in the heart of Split, and on board MS Mendula as she cruises around the Dalmatian Coast.

Further Information

  • The transfer time on arrival to your hotel will be approximately 45 minutes. On departure, the transfer time from the ship to the airport will be approximately 30 minutes.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • At the captain's discretion, it may be necessary to alter the order of the itinerary of your holiday.

  • Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

  • 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.

  • Single cabin prices are as per the Cat A cabin prices as single cabins do not carry a supplement. The Category A single cabin is 6.5sqm which is much smaller than the twin cabins and is located on the Main Deck.

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