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Sail the delightful coast of Croatia
Croatia may no longer be quite the secret it once was, but there are still ways to see the best of it without the crowds. One of the finest is by small ship - and there are few better than the MS Agape Rose and the MS Adriatic Princess, which will take you to beautiful old towns, hidden coves and glorious scenery that typify this part of the Adriatic. Stops include the medieval charms of Split, the World Heritage Site of Trogir, glorious waterfall-strewn national parks and the walled city of Dubrovnik. These boutique ships are berthed overnight, so you can stroll, dine in your choice of restaurant and enjoy the evening ambience in cafes and bars. This is a wonderful way to explore one of Europe's most beautiful coastlines.
"In India, it takes years of meditation to reach a sublime
state of bliss. In Croatia, you can do it in a week."
James Stewart - travel writer, The Sunday Times
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Reasons to book
- Return flights from London Gatwick outbound to Split, inbound from Dubrovnik (regional flights possible, supplements may apply)
- 20kg on hold-baggage allowance per person
- Overseas transfers from/to the airport and to/from ship
- Seven-night cruise on MS Agape Rose or MS Adriatic Princess on a half- board basis
- Vis island tour, excursion to Mljet National Park and Taste of Dalmatia experience
- Welcome-aboard drink and snack
- Free Wi-Fi on-board
- Cruise manager on board
- Prestige Holidays tour manager throughout
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Day1Fly to SplitSplit, Croatia
SATURDAY AUGUST 11, 2018
Fly from London Gatwick to Split where you'll be transferred to your home for the next seven nights, MS Agape Rose. After settling into your luxury cabin you'll be welcomed with a drink and a light snack. Enjoy dinner on-board this evening.
Day2Journey to PučišćaPucisca, Croatia
SUNDAY AUGUST 12, 2018
After breakfast you'll have the option to join a boat excursion up the canyon of the river Cetina. Later that morning you'll set sail for the coastal town of Pučišća where your cruise manager will escort you on a short optional visit to a stonemasonry school. That afternoon you'll reach the beautiful city of Split. Spend time at leisure exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town, visiting the Diocletian Palace or join the group on an optional guided walking tour of the city.
Day3Explore SibenikSibenik, Croatia
MONDAY AUGUST 13, 2018
Enjoy breakfast on-board the boat before travelling to Trogir and Skradin by coach. The walled town of Trogir sits on a pretty island linked by bridges and is scattered with impressive palaces, churches and monastries. You'll have plenty of free time to explore the island, including the famous cathedral of St. Lawrence.
Next you'll travel to Skradin, which is located at the entrance of the Krka National Park*. You'll enjoy time at leisure or you can join an optional Krka River excursion. Your final stop today will be Sibenik where you can take an optional walking tour. Wind through the narrow streets, stopping to take in the UNESCO World Heritage site of St. James cathedral in the main square. Dinner this evening will be on-board Ms Agape Rose.
*Krka National Park fee not included
Day4Sail towards VisVis, Croatia
TUESDAY AUGUST 14, 2018
After breakfast you'll set sail for Vis, stopping briefly for some swimming*. The furthest of the main Central Dalmation islands, Vis is famed for it's gorgeous sandy beaches and picturesque bays. The island's relative isolation has protected it from modern tourism and provides an authentic Mediterannean experience.
*Swimming is weather dependant
Day5Continue to HvarHvar, Croatia
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 15, 2018
After an early start you'll reach Hvar, a Croatian island known for its lavendar fields and quiet coves. It comes alive in summer when the ancient streets are drenched in sun. Choose to join a local guide on an optional walking tour. This afternoon you'll reach Korčula where another optional walking tour will be available. The glorious Old Town has a rich history and is the alleged birth place of Marco Polo. This evening you're invited to join the Captain for dinner on-board the boat.
Day6Mljet National ParkSlano, Croatia
THURSDAY AUGUST 16, 2018
Take breakfast on-board the boat before arriving in Mljet, often lauded as the most beautiful of the Croatian islands. Today you'll enjoy an inclusive excursion to Mljet National Park known for its two turquoise salty lakes surrounded by lush forest. Board a small boat and sail to one of the small islands on the lake where you'll have time to explore the monastery and the 12th-century church of St Mary's. You'll be given time to swim before departing for Slano this afternoon. A visit to Ston will include the inclusive 'Taste of Dalmatia' experience at a local winery.
Day7Arrive in DubrovnikDubrovnik, Croatia
FRIDAY AUGUST 17, 2018
The final leg of your journey will commence after breakfast on-board the MS Agape Rose. You'll arrive in Dubrovnik where you can choose to join an optional walking tour of the city. Led by a local, the tour will take in the stunning Old Town protected by 13th-century fortifications. Spend time at leisure this afternoon. You may choose to take the cable-car to the top of the hill behind Dubrovnik for some excellent photo opportunities.
Day8Time to go homeDubrovnik, Croatia
SATURDAY AUGUST 18, 2018
After breakfast you'll wave goodbye to your crew and MS Agape Rose before your transfer to Dubrovnik airport for your return flight to London.
MS Agape Rose
This is a sleek motorised boat with capacity for just 38 guests. The upper deck houses a fully air-conditioned salon-restaurant. At the rear is a shaded lounge area, while the top deck has a Jacuzzi.
"New in 2017, Agape Rose is stylish but not fussy, with a
great crew and comfortable cabins,"
Julia Mora - travel expert, Times Expert Traveller