Cruise down the glittering Dalmatian coast from Sibenik to Dubrovnik aboard the Royal Eleganza

This is something a little special: a boutique 8-day adventure cruise along the stunning Croatian Coast. You’ll be sailing in the M/S Royal Eleganza, a small ship with 16 well-appointed cabins, spacious sun deck, BBQ and outdoor bar. You’ll dock in the heart of port towns like Hvar and Korcula, drop anchor in secluded bays near Split for a swim off the boat, sail up the River Neretva into Bosnia and Herzegovina, and tuck into the freshest seafood in the Adriatic. It’s a whole new style of travel.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Sibenik, Croatia
Finish
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Countries
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia
Style
Comfort
Theme
Sailing
Code
ZSCC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 31

Why we love this trip

  • Board a traditional vessel and sail up along the spectacular Neretva River, inland from Opuzen.

  • The trip includes an excursion to Krka National Park, where you’ll get a chance to swim in secluded pools and beneath waterfalls.

  • If you’re worried about long cruise days, this itinerary is a good choice. There are plenty of excursions, short walks and port stops, and the distance between islands is short.

  • While large cruise liners have to moor out at sea and commute into shore via tender, we drop anchor in the middle of port towns like Hvar or Korcula. You can hop on or 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 during the trip.

  • 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.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with between 30 – 50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than on-board activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wifi is available for a small charge.

  • Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.

  • Unlike other ships that cruise through the night, we’ll spend our evenings docked at port. This will give you more time to dine ashore and enjoy those balmy Croatian evenings. Cruising will mostly take place during the day.

  • Onshore activities and excursions will involve a bit of walking. You’ll be visiting ancient sites and historical places, and at times you may have to cross cobbled streets and uneven ground, sometimes in hot conditions. If you have any concerns, please speak to your group leader before taking part.

  • If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. Your crew will do all they can to minimise any discomfort.

  • There are no lifts (elevators) on-board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs on-board. Handrails are always available.

Itinerary

Board the ship at 5pm and meet your crew and fellow travellers over a welcome drink and introductory meeting. Tonight, you'll enjoy your first dinner on board the ship.
Accommodation
  • Royal Eleganza (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
Bags can be dropped off at the ship from noon. Feel free to explore Sibenik at your leisure until boarding commences at 5pm.
Sail to Skradin, then transfer to Krka National Park, climbing into small riverboats for a trip through the park. Here you'll dramatic waterfalls and dip into the cooling waters for a refreshing swim. Head back to the ship and continue on to Split - known as the soul of Croatia. Spend the afternoon sailing, lunching on board and arriving in Split in the early evening. Head to one of Split's great local restaurants for dinner this evening, then overnight in Split.
Accommodation
  • Royal Eleganza (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Krka National Park waterfalls & swim stop
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Head for the island of Hvar, enjoying breakfast on board while you sail. Stop for a dip in the warm waters of the Adriatic at a secluded beach close to Stari Grad - Hvar's Old Town. Arrive in Stari Grad around midday and look across one of Europe's oldest towns while lunching aboard the board. Board a bus to explore the island known as the 'Queen of the Dalmatian Islands'. Here you'll visit a local beekeeper for a honey tasting and a walk through the colourful nearby lavendar fields. Drive to Hvar town and take an orientation walk with your leader. Enjoy some free time to explore the town. Return to Stari Grad, and dine at a local restaurant in your free time. Overnight in Hvar (Stari Grad).
Accommodation
  • Royal Eleganza (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hvar Orientation Walk
  • Lavender farm and beekeeper visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Set sail early towards Opuzen, breakfasting on board and then stopping for a quick swim. Enjoy your lunch on the board the boat before arriving in Trpani. Take a transfer to Saint Hils Vinarija for a tour of the winery and spot of tasting, then return to the ship and sail to Opuzen. Tonight, maybe have dinner on board or seeks out the local taste as a nearby restaurant.
Accommodation
  • Royal Eleganza (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Winery tour and tasting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
This morning, climb aboard wooden boats and sail up the River Neretva, munching on local snacks along the way. Continue on to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina by minibus. Take an orientation walk through the town, visiting a workshop specialising in traditional coffee sets and copper wall carvings, and taking some free time to see the town's famous bridge. Stop in at the Blagaj Teke Monastery, then return to the ship for a tasty barbecue dinner.
Accommodation
  • Royal Eleganza (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Boat trip on the River Neretva with local snacks
  • Mostar Orientation Walk
  • Blagaj Tekija (Dervish House)
Optional Activities
  • Mostar Koski Mehmed Pasa Mosque - BAM8
  • Mostar - War Photo Exhibition - BAM6
  • Mostar - Old Bridge Museum - BAM5
  • Mostar Koski Mehmed Pasa Mosque & Minaret - BAM4
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Set off for Hvar, enjoying breakfast on board and a mid-morning swim stop in beautiful clear turquoise waters of Loviste - Peljesac. Return to the ship and set sail for Korcula – while you're cruising you'll get a tasty on-board cooking demonstration from the chef, followed by a delicious lunch. In the late afternoon, arrive in Korcula, the birthplace of Marco Polo. You'll have a free evening here and your leader can assist with dinner recommendations.
Accommodation
  • Royal Eleganza (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cooking demonstration
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Leave early this morning and cruise to Dubrovnik, stopping mid-morning for a swim near the island of Jakljan. Take your lunch on board before arriving in Dubrovnik in the early afternoon. Transfer by bus to the famous Old Town of Dubrovnik and take a walking tour with a local guide. Be sure to check out the city walls before stopping to soak up the cafe scene. Return to this ship, then this evening enjoy a farewell four course dinner with the captain and your shipmates.
Accommodation
  • Royal Eleganza (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Dubrovnik City Walls Walk
  • Guided Walk of Dubrovnik
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Your small ship adventure cruise along the Dalmatian coast ends after breakfast this morning. Should you require a transfer to Split international airport, please enquire with your Travel Consultant prior to travel or your Tour Leader during your trip.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Small cruise ship, Boat, Minibus

Accommodation

Small cruise ship (7 nights)

Included activities

  • Krka National Park waterfalls & swim stop
  • Hvar Orientation Walk
  • Lavender farm and beekeeper visit
  • Winery tour and tasting
  • Boat trip on the River Neretva with local snacks
  • Mostar Orientation Walk
  • Blagaj Tekija (Dervish House)
  • Cooking demonstration
  • Dubrovnik City Walls Walk
  • Guided Walk of Dubrovnik

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Important notes

BOOKING CONDITIONS
Adventure Cruising trips have a deposit of A$600 per person (different amounts apply in other currencies) and the balance is due 90 days before departure.
SINGLE TRAVELLERS
Rooming on this trip is twin-share. Single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same gender. If you’d prefer not to share, a single cabin supplement is available at an additional charge.
LOCAL PARTNER:
This trip is run by our sister company, Peregrine Adventures. Your group will be a mixture of Intrepid booked passengers and other international like-minded travellers from Peregrine.

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