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Experience Croatia’s ancient cities, idyllic islands and dramatic Dalmatian Coast from the comfort of your own floating boutique hotel. This exclusive small ship expedition starts in the walled city of Dubrovnik, cruises the coastline through the pristine islands of the sparkling Adriatic, and ends with a grand finale in Split. Discover the rich history and culture of Croatia while spending time with local winemakers, passionate chefs, and cultural experts over nine incredible days. Relax onboard, unwind, and soak up the stunning beauty of Croatia as you witness the Dalmatian Coast from the waterside.
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
-Jacques Yves Cousteau
both ancient and modern-day winemaking techniques and taste famous Croatian varietals
the ancient walled cities of Dubrovnik, Split, and the Dalmatian Islands
aboard our intimate private ship accommodating up to 36 guests with all the amenities
Land in Dubrovnik and meet your Travel Director in the arrivals hall. After your private transfer, check in and get settled in our sophisticated seaside accommodations overlooking the sparkling Adriatic Sea. Take a deep breath and prepare the senses to soak up the essence of Croatia’s incredible Dalmatian Coast in the days ahead. Tonight we kick off our adventure together with a welcome dinner in Old Town. Živjeli (cheers).
Dubrovnik Old Town
Discover why Dubrovnik is aptly named “the pearl of the Adriatic” during our morning walking tour with our expert local guide. Explore the stunning walls that surround the Old Town and marvel at the Baroque buildings, red tiled roofs and marble streets that adorn the Placa. Learn about the city’s remarkable history and its importance to Croatian culture.
Enjoy lunch on your own and free time to explore Dubrovnik this afternoon. Stroll through the ancient city, walk the walls, or follow insider recommendations from your local guide. After a full day of exploration, alas, our ship has arrived. This afternoon we take a short transfer to embark on our private yacht for the next seven nights. We’ll set sail for the Island of Šipan where we’ll anchor in a picturesque and peaceful fishermen’s village of Šipanska Luka and enjoy dinner together onboard.
This morning, we’ll head to the Pelješac Peninsula, known for its oysters and fine wines. We’ll meet our host for the day, a renowned Croatian winemaker passionate about his craft and country. He’ll provide VIP access to the area’s most respected wine cellars, and an enthusiastic perspective on Croatian wines and traditions. Visit Miloš winery and enjoy a tasting of Plavac Mali wine. Next, we’ll tour the Grgich winery overlooking Trstenik Harbor. Learn about winemaker Miljenko Grgich and his successes in Napa Valley and Croatia. Our final stop is at our host’s 500-year-old family cellar for a private wine tasting and traditional Croatian lunch including Peka, meat and potatoes cooked under an iron baking bell. Late afternoon we return to the ship and head to the majestic island of Mljet. Dinner is onboard.
Mljet to Korcula
The forested island of Mljet (pronounced mil-yet) is so lush and serene that, according to legend, it captivated Odysseus for seven years. Our day starts with the exploration of Mljet National Park. Walk around the lakes, and visit the Islet of St. Mary with its 12th century Benedictine Monastery.
Enjoy lunch onboard as we cruise to the Island of Korčula, known for it’s quiet coves, olive groves and vineyards. Korčula is the birthplace of Marco Polo, one of the most famous explorers of all time. Early afternoon, we’ll tour Korčula Town, through its narrow, cobbled streets and discover its rich history.
Tonight enjoy a winery tour and a wine paired dinner. Learn about Korčula wines, renowned above all for the quality of the whites, made from native grapevine varieties such as Pošip, Rukatac, and Grk.
Korcula to Hvar
Enjoy time to sleep in or explore the old town of Korčula on your own this morning. Midday, we’ll enjoy lunch onboard as we cruise to the island of Hvar, discovering many secret coves and pristine bays along the way.
Tonight we enjoy dinner together in a favorite local restaurant, sampling the wines of Hvar.
This morning, we join our local guide to explore Hvar. Considered one of the world’s most beautiful islands, Hvar is a popular summer resort known for its scenic beaches, aromatic lavender fields,13th-century walls, and its main square anchored by Hvar Cathedral. After our tour, wander through town and enjoy lunch on your own. Or, return to the ship to relax with lunch onboard. This afternoon we visit a local winery for a tour and tasting.
Tonight is all yours to enjoy with dinner on your own. Explore the many local restaurants and taverns of beautiful Hvar.
Hvar to Brac
This morning we head to the tiny town of Bol which boasts expansive sandy beaches on the south side of Brač. Here we enjoy a day of wine tasting and exploration. Our first stop is Stina winery, the first Dalmatian wine cooperative building dating back to 1903. Stina wines draw their inspiration from the famous Brac island stone and the word stina itself means “stone” in the local Dalmatian dialect. After touring the production area and the oak barriques in the warehouse, taste exceptional wines such as their Plavac Mali and Pošip.
The highlight of your Brač visit will definitely be the charming small town of Dračevica where you will visit Senjković winery and have the opportunity to taste their two Plavac varieties: Bosso and Brocko Ric and the Plavac Mali rosé Spoza. Tonight try a local konoba on your own, just a short walk from the pier. Or, return to the ship for dinner onboard.
Early this morning we’ll set sail for Split. Upon arrival, get your first taste of the city’s rich culture, long history and diverse architecture on a guided stroll of its old town and the incredible enclave of Diocletian’s Palace. The Palace is one of the best-preserved Roman royal residences in the world. Built at the turn of the fourth century AD for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, the ancient palace contains a remarkable history and is still in use today with more than 3,000 people living within its walls. After the tour, enjoy free time to grab lunch in town and explore on your own.
Gather this evening for a delicious and bittersweet farewell dinner showcasing our newfound appreciation for Mediterranean food and wine.
After breakfast, disembark and take a private transfer from the pier to the Split Airport for departures home. Not ready to leave Croatia behind? Continue your journey on an optional four-day extension to the Istrian Peninsula.
Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik
Take in panoramic views of the Adriatic perched atop a 100-foot cliff at the luxurious Hotel Bellevue. Carved into a cliffside, this unique property is ideally situated just a 10-minute walk from Dubrovnik’s 6th century Old Town. Recently refurbished in Spring of 2019, Hotel Bellevue offers floor-to-ceiling windows, state-of-the-art amenities, and stunning views of the Dalmatian Coast. Guests enjoy their own pebble beach, freshwater indoor pool, wellness spa, two restaurants, and a lounge with one of the best wine lists in Dubrovnik. Contemporary rooms are appointed with elegant furnishings and feature private baths, exclusive toiletries, bathrobes, free wi-fi and more.
The M/S Ambassador made its inaugural Adriatic voyage in the summer of 2019. Built to the latest European standards, the Ambassador offers luxury, attention to detail, 19 elegantly appointed cabins for up to 36 passengers, and is the ideal size for exploring small coves and ports that larger ships cannot access. The 158-foot motor ship is made of steel with mahogany and iroko wood features.
Passenger cabins are well-appointed with modern design and private ensuite. All cabins are equipped with twin or queen beds, independent air conditioning, satellite LCD TV, table and chair, mirrors, lamps, safe deposit box, radio, hairdryer, 220 V electric supply, life jacket, wardrobe and under bed luggage storage, as well as the latest safety and fire alarm system. Standard cabins have two portholes and dual ventilation system while main deck cabins have a cabin window and a porthole in the bathroom. Cabins are soundproof with fireproof doors.
Hotel Villa Meneghetti Istrian Peninsula Extension
In Istria, enjoy three nights at this recently expanded luxury wine villa. The boutique property is part of the Relais & Châteaux collection and is the perfect countryside getaway. Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, the villa is home to a fine dining restaurant and wine cellar and tasting room. Wooden beams, white stone walls, and beautiful landscapes create an exceptional setting for relaxation. Rooms offer charming antique touches with modern amenities and private bathrooms.
Extension: October 19 – 22, 2019
This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that range from one to three hours. Each day, whether touring a city or winery, guests should be prepared to be on their feet for multiple continuous hours. Guests should feel comfortable strolling along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and hiking uneven nature paths. Europe tends to have Old World infrastructure (narrow cobblestone streets, lack of elevators, few railings, etc.) which can leave some areas inaccessible or challenging – if you require any walking assistance, please inquire with our guest services team. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities and swimming is sometimes available on our ship programs. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Note: Group maximum is based on double occupancy. The itinerary and accommodations are subject to change or substitution at any time. You can learn more at experi.com/terms.
- 8 nights accommodation, including all taxes and fees: 1 night in hotel, 7 nights onboard ship
- Meals as listed on the itinerary: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 7 dinners, plus wine or beer with most major meals
- All private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local speakers, guides, entrance fees, gratuities, and transportation
- Full guiding services of a dedicated Travel Director
- Private airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
- Air and land transportation to/from host cities
- All types of personal insurance
- Personal expenses
- Additional Alcoholic beverages beyond what has been arranged by Experi to pair with the included major meals or specified wine tastings
Note: discounted special rate on this departure only
Upper Deck (2): Sold
Main Deck Suite (1): Sold
Main Deck A (4): Sold
Main Deck B (4): Sold
Standard Deck C (4): Sold
Standard Deck D (4): Sold
*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars. Call to discuss availability and rates for triple, quad, and child accommodations.