I was fortunate enough to be invited by Classic Collection Holidays to sample part of a Croatian cruise from Dubrovnik to Split for 4 nights.

We boarded in Dubrovnik and were met by the Captain & Crew.  Our bags were to taken to our allocated cabin, I was in a twin on the Main Deck.  Each cabin is well equipped with A/C, safe, luggage space, bedside cabinet and a cupboard.  Bathrooms have a wc, washbasin and a great shower, hot with good pressure. The beds were incredibly comfortable, something I did wonder about but no need to stress I slept right through every night.

The boat has 18 cabins over two decks, a salon restaurant equipped with a bar and large LCD TV, also on this deck a separate outside terrace which in the summer is a great place to have your breakfast. On the high deck is the sun terrace with sunbeds and a shaded area plus a roof top jacuzzi.

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Our first full day we had a lovely lunch and, in the afternoon a guided walk around the historical centre of Dubrovnik.  The world-famous city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The maze of tiny streets and city walls date back to the 13th Century. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, why not take a walk around various filming locations or indeed visit the Game of Thrones Museum.  Dubrovnik comes with plenty of history, its well-preserved buildings range from baroque St. Blaise Church to Renaissance Sponza Palace and Gothic Rector’s Palace.  Lastly a walk around the 2kms city wall is a definite must.

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On our second day and after a lovely breakfast we sailed North towards the island of Mljet, passing by the stunning Elaphiti Islands.  Lunch was on board and before we arrived, we had the opportunity to stop for a swim, a little brrrr but the water was so incredibly clear and once in for a minute or two we got used to the temperature.  When we arrive at Mljet we had time to explore, we chose to take a stroll in its National Park and take in the Lakes, the islet of St Mary’s and the 12th Century Benedictine Monastery.

 

Our third day and our voyage continues towards Makarska.  Our route takes us by the Peljesac Peninsula, whose green olive vineyards and stone villages dot the shoreline. Lunch on board today and then off for a lovely walk along Makarska promenade lined with great shops and restaurants.  Markarska also boats a 2km sand and pebble beach.  A stop at a seaside bar for a cocktail while watching the sunset was a great way to end a relaxed day.

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Day four and we’re off to Split our final destination but a stop at the Island of Brac on our way. Sitting inside a deep fjord, Pucisca is the biggest settlement on the island, it boasts authentic Med architecture.  Brac is also known for its quarries, whose stone was used to build the limestone columns of the White House! Once docked we had the opportunity to visit the Stonemason School where students carve Brac limestone using old tools. After, we strolled around the pretty harbour, before getting back on board for lunch and our last leg up to Split.

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This cruise itinerary gave me enough time to experience history and undertake my own explorations of medieval towns located on the Dalmatian islands, as well as those on the mainland. Whether you’re interested in unspoiled Mediterranean islands, edgy urban culture, Game of Thrones location tours or simply splashing around in the Adriatic’s famously clear waters, Croatia is a place to discover many different landscapes and experiences.

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