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Dubrovnik to Split
15 days
From $6,367
Tour code: ZSDNC


  • We drop anchor in port towns like Hvar or Korcula, not far out at sea like large cruise liners, so you can hop on and off the boat as you please.
  • There’s nothing like diving into the aquamarine waters of the Dalmatian Coast. Weather permitting, our captain will be stopping the ship for regular swim breaks, and you can jump right off the side of the boat into the ocean.
  • Visit the stunning Kornati National Park, the biggest and most incredible collection of islands in the entire Adriatic Sea, once described by playwright George Bernard Shaw as God's special creation made of 'tears, stars and breath'.
  • Experience the Sea Organ in Zadar, an incredible marriage of acoustical engineering and historical art – with a glass of sparkling wine at sunset, no less!
  • A nice, easy guided walk in Plitivice Lakes National Park is the ideal way to experience this World Heritage-listed wonder
  • This itinerary includes a special detour to Mostar, in Boznia and Herzegovina. It’s not a stop featured on many Croatian coastal tours. You’ll see the town’s iconic bridge and have the chance to chat with local craftsmen and metalworkers.

Discover the jewels that decorate the glittering crown that is the Adriatic Sea during this 15-day cruise along the Dalmatian Coast. While treasures like Hvar and Split are no secret to travellers, our small ship enables us to explore lesser-known towns and islands, stepping right off the boat onto cobblestone streets. Stroll through enchanting alleyways in Mostar, dive into unbelievably blue waters off the coast of Kornati National Park’s many islands and sustain yourself on a diet of fresh seafood and local wines along the way.

What's included?


14 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners


Small cruise ship , Boat , Minibus


Small cruise ship (14 nights)

Included activities

  • Korcula orientation walk
  • Matusko winery visit and tasting
  • Boat trip on the River Neretva with local snacks
  • Hvar Hiking Options
  • Lavender farm visit
  • Split Guided Tour
  • Krka National Park waterfalls & swim stop
  • Sibenik Orientation Walk
  • Traditional Dalmatian Lunch
  • Zadar City Walking Tour
  • Zadar Sunset Drink
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Kornati National Park Visit
  • Trogir Old Town Walking tour - includes Cathedral of St Lovro and Kamerlengo Fortress
  • Captain's Dinner
  • Split Guided Walk
  • Ciovo Island Visit


Day 1
Board in Dubrovnik
Zdravo and welcome to Croatia. Lovely Dubrovnik features the terracotta rooves, ancient cliff-built walls and crystal coasts that most people associate with Dalmatia. Your adventure begins this evening at 5 pm, when you will be welcomed aboard and introduced to your crew and fellow travellers. Enjoy a drink and get to know each other before your first dinner on the ship this evening. Later, perhaps relax with a glass of wine on the deck and take in the incredible sight of waves lapping at rugged cliffs.

Meals: dinner

Day 2
Enjoy breakfast on board then set sail for Korcula, one of many towns that claims to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. Eat lunch on the ship and if time permits stop for your first deep sea swim en route. Once in Korcula, get acquainted with the idyllic streets during an orientation walk and then explore at your own pace. Perhaps continue your stroll through the narrow alleyways of the marvellously-preserved Old Town or run your hands over the rough-hewn walls and towers that were built to protect Korcula in the 13th and 14th century. Ask your leader for dinner recommendations this evening, and don’t forget to sample some of the famous local white wines.

Included activities: Korcula orientation walk

Meals: breakfastlunch

Day 3
Trpani and Opuzen
Depart early for Opuzen, enjoying breakfast on board and a mid-morning swim stop in turquoise waters near the small island of Badija. Continue to Trpani, alighting and transferring to the Matusko Winery for a tour of the evergreen vineyard and a wine tasting. Return to the ship and set sail up the River Neretva, taking in the sight of the steep cliffs that rise on either side of the fjord. Arrive in Opuzen and later enjoy a barbecue on the deck of the Peregrine Dalmatia.

Included activities: Matusko winery visit and tasting

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 4
Make an early start this morning and transfer to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina by minibus. Take a guided walk through the charming town, visiting a workshop specialising in traditional coffee sets and copper wall carvings. Enjoy some free time to explore the town, snap some photos of the iconic, arched bridge of Stari Most. Return to Opuzen in the early afternoon and hop in a small wooden boat for a leisurely cruise through the surrounding wetlands, enjoying some local snacks and music while you glide through the water. Alight at a beautiful local restaurant that looks over the water, and savour the rich flavours of Peka lamb and other local dishes. Spend the evening in Opuzen as you wish. Perhaps venture out to one of the friendly bars around the town square to meet the locals over a beer or two.

Included activities: Boat trip on the River Neretva with local snacks

Optional activities:

  • Mostar Koski Mehmed Pasa Mosque ($8)
  • Mostar War Photo Exhibition ($6)
  • Mostar Old Bridge Museum ($5)
  • Mostar Koski Mehmed Pasa Mosque & Minaret ($6)

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 5
Depart for the famed shores of Hvar, arriving at the town of Jelsa and taking a private transfer to a local honey farm. Taste some of this sweet specialty and then take a stroll through the vibrant purple lavender fields. Continue to Hvar Town and explore this small but glamorous city on a leader-guided walk. Spend the evening in Stari Grad to experience a quieter side of Hvar. Stari Grad is one of the oldest in towns in Europe and it still has much of its ancient charm, without the crowds found on other parts of Hvar.

Included activities:

  • Hvar Hiking Options
  • Lavender farm visit

Meals: breakfastlunch

Day 6
Spend the morning at sea, arriving in Split in the early afternoon. Get your bearings on a guided walk through the city, then the afternoon is yours to explore the beautiful streets and squares of the Old Town. The Octagonal Cathedral of St Domnius, the remarkable ruins of Diocletian's Palace and the ancient Temple of Jupiter are all worthy of a closer look. There are plenty of places to eat in Split, but if you find the choices overwhelming consider taking an optional Urban Adventures Dalmatian Wine and Dine tour. Find more details at urbanadventures.com/Split-tour-dalmatian-wine-and-dine.

Included activities: Split Guided Tour

Optional activities:

  • Gallery of Fine Arts ($40)
  • City Museum ($20)
  • Diocletian's Palace ($42)
  • Split Cathedral & Tower ($45)
  • Urban Adventures - Dalmatian Wine and Dine ($100)

Meals: breakfastlunch

Day 7
Krka National Park
After a leisurely breakfast on board, enjoy some more free time to discover the delights of Split. After lunch, take a private bus transfer to Krka National Park. Board a small boat and cruise along the river the park rests along, taking in the sight of an area renowned for its beauty. Visit some of the gorgeous, multi-tiered waterfalls and stop for a refreshing swim or two along the way. Return by bus to Split, in time for a captain's dinner for your evening repast.

Included activities: Krka National Park waterfalls & swim stop

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 8
Your day is as clear as the waters of the Adriatic Sea, so spend your time as you wish in gorgeous Split. Maybe take a relaxing stroll along the palm-lined Riva Harbour. This evening, welcome some new travellers to your group at a dinner on board the Peregrine Dalmatia.

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 9
Sail to Sibenik, take a short orientation walk with your leader, then a transfer to a nearby village. Here you are treated to a traditional Dalmatian lunch in an agriturismo. This particular spot is famous for its smoked ham, known in the to the locals as pršut. You visit the farm, as well as and one of the finest wineries in Croatia for a wine tasting before returning to Sibenik in early evening. Note that these activities will take place in smaller groups, so the order of lunch and the winery visit may be vice versa.

Included activities:

  • Sibenik Orientation Walk
  • Traditional Dalmatian Lunch

Meals: breakfastlunch

Day 10
Travel to Zadar, the oldest continuously inhabited city in Croatia, you'll take a walking tour with a local guide. This includes admittance to St Donatus Church, an imposing 9th-century domed building still used for music performance. Later in the afternoon you'll head to the unique Sea Organ, which generates music via sea waves, using tubes placed beneath a set of broad marble stairs. It's not only a profound piece of art, highlighting the long history of the town, but also a feat of engineering. As darkness falls you'll enjoy a glass of sparkling wine at nearby Greeting to the Sun, an in-ground monument consisting of 300 multi-layered glass plates in a 22-metre (72 foot) diameter circle that produces a stunning show of light after dark. It works in tandem with the Sea Organ -- one communicates with light, the other with sound.

Included activities:

  • Zadar City Walking Tour
  • Zadar Sunset Drink

Meals: breakfastlunch

Day 11
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Transfer by coach to Plitvice National Park, where a leisurely hike with your leader is a lovely way to take in all the natural beauty. While you can't swim in these lakes, the experience of nature is a profound one, with waterfalls and butterflies piercing the ambience of the lush green forest, providing many a photo opportunity. Return to Zadar in the afternoon.

Included activities: Plitvice Lakes National Park

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 12
Kornati National Park
Sail to Kornati National Park, a nautical wonderland made up of 89 islands. Explore the bays, stopping for a swim. Those keen for some kayaking are welcome to take that option; alternatively, sit back and take in the endless blue-green vistas and snap some photos. Stay overnight in Telascica.

Included activities: Kornati National Park Visit

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 13
Set sail early for Trogir and enjoy breakfast on board. On arrival, a leader-led orientation walk acquaints you with this beautiful town. You visit the Cathedral of St Lawrence, which is one of Croatia's finest architectural pieces, and the 15th-century Kamerlengo fortress. Sit down to some lunch on board the ship, before sailing to Primosten where your evening is at leisure.

Included activities: Trogir Old Town Walking tour - includes Cathedral of St Lovro and Kamerlengo Fortress

Meals: breakfastlunch

Day 14
After breakfast on board you’ll make a stop at Ciovo Island for a swim (if time allows) before sailing back to Split, Croatia's second largest city, abuzz with the Dalmatian lifestyle. Take a guided walking tour on arrival. In the evening, sit down to a captain's dinner on board the Dalmatia, and raise your glass to the adventure that has been.

Included activities:

  • Captain's Dinner
  • Split Guided Walk
  • Ciovo Island Visit

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 15
Disembark in Split
Enjoy a final breakfast at 8 am. Your trip comes to an end as you disembark at 10 am.

Meals: breakfast

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