2019 June 21 to 29
Explore the gorgeous South Adriatic Sea and islands with HE Travel. We’ll cruise aboard our partner’s comfortable 38 passenger yacht. Beginning in Dubrovnik, we make our way to several remote islands, including Mljet, Korcula, Hvar, and Brac. The views are stunning from the boat and from the land. While ashore, our group will cycle through countryside vineyards and sip on the local wines. We’ll have time to stroll through the port towns and peek inside old-world shops. We’ll explore the islands by foot, kayaks, and bicycles to give us the local perspective of these quaint island towns. When we rejoin our yacht, don’t forget to take a dip in the Adriatic Sea’s refreshing cool blue water, before continuing the magic of Croatian Cruising.
Croatia is the Mediterranean destination to see – with its blend of great food and delicious wine, its rugged and dramatic Adriatic coastline, the translucent purity of its sea, and the generally easygoing attitude of the locals themselves. These pearls of the South Adriatic will leave you with an abundance of memories as we visit Dubrovnik, the lakes of Mljet island, Golden Cape and the most beautiful beach located on Brač Island. It is had to believe that this country was once a war zone almost two decades ago. Croatia is a well established safe, independent and tourist-friendly country.
We will arrive in Dubrovnik, after a long day of traveling for most. Kick back and enjoy your scenic transfer from the airport to your hotel. Check-in and take the rest of the day to rest up and enjoy one of the most exquisite hotels in the area. Relax poolside, at the beach, in the spa, hit the gym or explore the city.
Today we will have a transfer to our boat in the afternoon. Once we check-in we will head out on a walking tour to discover Dubrovnik; founded more than 13 centuries ago. This old city is one of the most attractive cities of the Mediterranean, the center of contemporary cultural and tourist events with unique political and cultural history. Our welcome dinner will be enjoyed on board our home for the week and we will stay here overnight.
After breakfast, we will set out to discover more of Dubrovnik – the Pearl of the Adriatic. It is time for some adventure as we head out in our kayaks! This expedition will have us paddle along the Adriatic coast starting just beneath the Lovrijenac Fort in Port Pile. (This is one of many set locations for The Game of Thrones.) Lokrum Island will be one of our stops, which is a popular clothing optional gay beach. Here we will hit the water for some snorkeling and snacks. After lunch, the afternoon will be free for sightseeing at your leisure.
Today we will sail out to the hidden port of Pomena, on the Island of Mljet, located on the south of the Adriatic coast. This beautiful island is situated south of the Pelješac peninsula from which it is divided by the Mljet channel. It was discovered by ancient Greco-Roman geographers, who wrote the first records and descriptions around 6th century BC.
After lunch we will explore a historical spot on Mljet, one of the islands “lost” at sea and not easily reached alone. Portions of this island are National Park, including the Big Lake, Small Lake, and Soline Bay. As we hike along pine-shaded paths we will come upon the island’s unique saltwater lakes where we will have time to jump in the water and float from one saltwater lake to the other via a cool waterway. The current will help you along, so no paddling necessary.
In the wee morning hours, we will set off for Hvar Island. This beautiful island lies between the islands of Brač and Korčula. Hvar is located at the center of the Adriatic sailing routes. In the past, this has made the island an important base for trade throughout the wider Mediterranean area.
After lunch on board, we will jump on our bicycles and head to a small interior island settlement. We will ride along a coastal gravel road from Jelsa towards Vrboska and then on an old road through vineyards towards Stari Grad. Stari Grad is one of Croatia’s oldest towns dating back to 384BC when it was a Greek colony called Faros. Once back in Jelsa, we will have time to explore the town and learn about its history as we will stay here for the evening.
This morning we will head to Island Brač and take a swim at the most famous beach in Croatia, Zlatni Rat, known for its natural phenomenon horn shape. Located in the southern part of Brac Island, it is below the highest peak of all Adriatic islands, Vidova Gora, at 2559 feet. There are plenty of flat rocks to play froggie – the Croatian name for skipping rocks.
After lunch, we will set sail for Split, Croatia’s second biggest city. Split is the administrative center of Middle Dalmatia and it is an important historical and cultural city, with numerous museums, churches, theatres and other archeological treasures. Perhaps the most impressive is the massive structure Diocletian’s Palace, built by the Romans in the fourth century. The palace and its many buildings inside were designated a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1979. We will have the opportunity to explore this ancient city and the Cellars of Diocletian’s Palace.
Tonight we will enjoy an amazing group dinner at a lovely location in Split.
This morning we will head to Korcula, best known as the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Within the fortifications and defensive walls, the red roofs extensively will remind you of Dubrovnik. View the centuries-old works of stonemasons whose architectural wonders created a very orderly urban plan.
Enjoy the afternoon exploring this cute port town. Tonight we will enjoy the Captain’s dinner onboard our ship.
Today we will sail by the biggest peninsula in Dalmatia, Peljesac Peninsula, known for its slopes that gave names to the best red wines, Postup and Dingac. These are produced from a small blue grape, which leads to the name plavac mali. On our journey today we will make a stop in the small town of Trstenik. From there we will head to Janjina – middle of the peninsula – for a wine tasting.
Further down the Mljet Strait, we will come to the Elaphiti Archipelago, a group of 14 islands and islets. While taking in the views we will enjoy lunch and a swimming break. We will arrive in Slano this afternoon and enjoy sailing through Mali Ston Bay. Here we will learn the local history of a family that has been growing oysters since 1980. Enjoy a welcome drink and homemade sweets before tasting famous a couple oysters and a mussel with a glass of wine.
Today we will depart after breakfast and take in our final boat ride to Dubrovnik for our transfer to the airport.
*The captain retains the right to modify the sailing route at any moment.
There is a day of overlap between the tours, but you will miss no activities. Day 1 on Croatia Island Hop is just a “recover from jet lag” day. You will receive $180 off the Croatia Land Adventure price, in addition to the back-to-back tour discount.
Price includes: Airport transfers in Dubrovnik; All accommodations in a shared room; All activities as listed in the itinerary; All breakfasts and lunches, 3 dinners; $200 drink allotment for alcohol and drinks onboard the ship; Services of knowledgeable local guides, and a professional HE Travel Tour Director (subject to minimum participation); HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who do not have other coverage
Not included: Airfare to and from Croatia; Dinner on 4 nights; Gratuities to ship crew, and guides; Personal items including alcoholic beverages(when not with the group), snacks, laundry, and telephone calls. Extra beverages onboard will be tallied throughout the week and you can pay before departing.
Optional Tour Choices:
$750 Upgrade to Upper Cabin (Per Person in a shared cabin – 2 cabins of this type available)
$1500 Single Supplement in a Lower Single Standard Cabin (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private cabin and bathroom – 2 cabins of this type are available)
$1800 Single Supplement with an upgrade to Upper Cabin- 1 cabin available
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Most of our trips draw more single travelers than couples. When couples do join us, it’s usually because they’re looking forward to interacting with a gay group; if they wanted a holiday by themselves, they wouldn’t have signed up to travel with us. Furthermore, the activities included with our trips serve as natural ice-breakers. Within a day, you’ll be traveling with friends. You don’t need to pay the single supplement if you’re traveling alone. We’ll be happy to match you with a roommate. Pay the single supplement only if you want a bedroom to yourself.
For selected trips, including cruises, we will charge half the single supplement if you request a roommate but we can’t match you with someone.
This tour starts and ends in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
The main daily activities involve swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, walking, cycling and relaxing on the boat. All activities are optional if you are not feeling up to them. You are welcome to spend that time exploring the island town that day or relaxing on the boat.
Your cabin will have a comfortable bed, a private bathroom, and air conditioning. Due to being on a boat with limited availability of resources, sheets will be changed out once during the cruise. Cleaning of the cabins and new towels will happen daily. The internet works well within most rooms and common areas. Cabin sizes are approximately 129 square feet; including the private bathroom.
This cruise is not a private launch. There will possibly be a couple of other groups onboard with us for our journey. Even though it is only a 38 passenger boat, there are plenty of spaces to lounge on the top deck, on the back of the boat or in the air-conditioned bar or dining area.
Our vessel for the week was built in 2018 by Ante Vukovic and is a luxurious motor yacht. There are 19 cabins and a sun deck(2690 sq. feet) with sun chairs a saloon, showers, and tables with benches. All cabins have individually controlled air conditioners, LCD TV’s, a safe and small desk, and WiFi. It has easy access to the sea for swimming from the stern platform which also has two showers for rinsing.
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