• Mljet National Park
• Pučišća, Brač
Day 1 UK to Split
Depart the UK on your flight to Croatia and on arrival, board your Elegance Cruise for a journey along the picturesque coast of Croatia. With the MS Captain Bota docked at Split Harbour all day, you can embark at any time of the day with cabins available from 1pm. Tonight, you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner. D.
Day 2 Bol, Hvar
This morning, you’ll have some time to enjoy the beautiful surrounds of one of the best swimming beaches in Croatia, Zlatni Rat. Later, on arrival in Bol, wander the winding streets lined by small stone houses, or take a relaxing swim. You’ll then head towards Hvar. Known as the Monte Carlo of Croatia, Hvar is a hub of exclusive clubs and superb restaurants. Go on a tour through the town with a local English-speaking guide, where you’ll learn about the history, culture and lavender-growing tradition of the surrounding area. Later, have the evening at leisure and take advantage of the many family-owned restaurants that dot the town. B, L.
Day 3 Mljet
Cruise towards the beautiful island of Mljet and stop for a refreshing swim on the way. At Mljet National Park, there will be time to explore and perhaps walk around the Great and Small Lakes, or visit the Islet of St Mary, home to a 12th-Century Benedictine Monastery. Tonight is the Captain's dinner on board. B, L, D.
Day 4 Dubrovnik
Head to the Elaphite Islands for a swim stop and have lunch before arriving in Dubrovnik in the afternoon. Transfer by coach into the historic walled city for a tour of some of the best sights. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you choose, whether you want to walk along the City Walls or take the cable car up to Mount Srd. B, L.
Day 5 Korčula
After breakfast on board, you'll cruise towards Korčula. Soak in the warm sunshine and take a swim before lunch is served on board. On arrival in Korčula, the birthplace of famed explorer Marco Polo, a guided tour will give you a remarkable insight into the history of the town’s narrow cobbled streets. Make the most of your free evening and pick from one of the local restaurants for dinner at your leisure tonight. B, L.
Day 6 Makarska
Continue on to Makarska on the mainland coast, stopping for a swimming stop and passing the Pelješac Peninsula. Lunch will also be served as you sail towards Makarska. This is a beautiful spot with fantastic beaches backed by the rugged slopes of Mount Biokovo; experience the region’s laid-back nightlife this evening. B, L.
Day 7 Pučišća, Split
Cruise towards the village of Pučišća on the island of Brač. Set on a steep-sided natural harbour, this village is unlike anywhere else on the Dalmatian Coast with its unique stonemasonry school and beautiful setting. Here, a fjord-like inlet meets three narrow valleys, creating a unique landscape on the island’s coast. Enjoy the rustic ambience and Mediterranean architecture before heading back to the captivating ancient city of Split for a tour with an English-speaking guide. For those that want to explore further, there is also the opportunity to visit the Krka National Park, with its pristine waterfalls, and Skradinski buk Ethno Village as an optional excursion (at local cost). B, L.
Day 8 Split
Following breakfast, disembark your ship for the final time and transfer to the airport, or extend your stay in beautiful Split. B
What to expect
Built in Summer 2015, the MS Captain Bota has 18 spacious, air-conditioned cabins and can carry a total of 38 passengers. The friendly and experienced crew of seven includes a cruise director, captain, chef, two sailors and two waitresses.
Dining & beverages
Your cruise includes breakfast and lunch, served in either the large salon-restaurant which spans the width of the ship, or out on the terrace. The cruise has been specially designed to ensure that you get to experience each region in its entirety. For this reason, dinner is not included with the exception of a welcome dinner on the first night, meaning that you can savour the local cuisine in every port you visit. Drinks are not included but can be purchased on board.
With so many opportunities to experience the delicious local cuisine and energetic culture, entertainment on board is low-key, with the only television found in the main lounge. Throughout the day, you can relax on one of the sun loungers on the sun deck, or unwind in the Elegance Rooftop Jacuzzi. If you want to take a dip in the inviting sea, the ship features a large platform and two ladders for easy access to the water.
There are 18 spacious double or twin cabins on board. There is also the option for a third bed on the floor. Each cabin is fully air-conditioned and has a private bathroom with a shower.
With each day offering new sights of Croatia’s beautiful islands, ancient cities and idyllic harbours, there is always something new to explore. While guided tours are included in the price, many entrance fees (such as Mljet National Park) are not so that you can spend your free time as you choose.
As with many island-hopping cruises on small, relaxed vessels, the dress code is casual.
Extend your stay\ Cobbled streets lined with ancient buildings, perfectly preserved Roman remains and pretty terracotta roofs epitomise Split. If you’d like to spend more time exploring this beautiful coastal city, we recommend a few nights at Hotel Split.
• The itinerary may be altered due to changing weather conditions
• A pre-night stay in Split is required
• Entrance to Mljet National Park, excursions and tips are not included and are payable locally
• This cruise is recommended for guests age 12 and over. As this is a Kuoni recommended age, we cannot guarantee there will no other children on board
• Guests will need to pay their on-board bill at the end of the holiday in cash; this can be paid in Croatian kuna or Euros
• Port taxes are not included and will need to paid locally.
Departs May to October