The secret love affair between the sea and the wine has been going on since ancient times, and few are those who can resist it. By joining this very special 8-day cruise, which includes the island of Korcula and Hvar, and the city of Dubrovnik, you will become a part of that unbreakable bond.
A tour of the wineries, the cellars, and the local winemakers on the islands and along the mainland coast around Dubrovnik, and the chance to savour wines produced from the indigenous varieties of grapes enables you to learn about the tradition of viticulture and taste the life of this striking part of Croatia.
Let yourself relax in the embrace of the sea and the wine, enjoy pleasant company and give your body some rest, and at the same time fortify your spirit with this rather unforgettable oenological adventure.
Day 1: Transfer from Dubrovnik airport to Dubrovnik harbour for check-in from 2pm onwards. After settling in, transfer to the city gates for a guided tour. The special charm to this ancient town is given by the buildings that have remained from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic. Many of the monuments belong to the modest Renaissance architecture with some traces of Gothic style.
Take the cable car from the Old Town to Srđ mountain to enjoy scenic views of the mighty ramparts and of the Elaphiti Islands. Return transfer to the ship for a welcome dinner and cocktail reception. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day 2: Depart towards Korčula island, best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. While wandering along the herringbone pattern on this Island, you will find more legends, tales, and monuments than anywhere else.
In the early afternoon, take a panoramic drive through the vineyards to visit the famous sandy beach Lumbarda. Enjoy a wine tasting in a well know local winery with grappa and snacks. Overnight in Korčula.
Day 3: Early departure towards Hvar the longest island in the Adriatic to visit the local farm and enjoy their wine, olive oil, and traditional homemade products.
See the Lavender museum and distillery with a presentation of a lavender history on the island Hvar. Transfer back to Hvar, for an afternoon guided tour. Here you will discover the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower; the oldest community theatre in Europe was founded here in 1612. Hvar offers plenty of restaurants, bars, and cafes that are open long into the night, and is often referred to as the sunshine island. Overnight on Hvar.
Day 4: Early morning cruise towards the small island Biševo to visit the Blue cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon (entrances to be paid on the spot – approx. 14 EUR).
Continue to the island of Vis, once a strategic naval Yugoslav base and closed to the public for years. Due to this isolation, Vis retains a special charm – “the Mediterranean as it once was” making it really interesting to visit. Situated on the northern side of the island, Vis has developed near the remains of ancient Issa, the first urban centre in Croatia.
Enjoy a wine tasting at a local family-owned winery with a long winemaking tradition. Dinner on board. Overnight in the port of Vis.
Day 5: Morning departure towards the Pelješac peninsula, well known for its excellent wine. Lunch on board and early afternoon transfer to famous Korta Katarina winery, for a guided tour of the production, followed with wine tasting.
Continue to the family-owned boutique winery Mikulić in Orebić. Get to know the traditional winemaking process and enjoy a wine tasting of award-winning Croatian wines followed by a delicious dinner. Late transfer back to the ship. Overnight on Pelješac peninsula.
Day 6: Departure after breakfast towards Trstenik. Transfer to the Croatian Museum of Viticulture Putniković, where you will be introduced to the traditional process of winemaking, from vineyards to barrels, the historical development of the vines, and finally the wine collection, followed by a high-quality wine tasting with snacks.
Then you will visit Ston, a small village, once fortified, famous for its oysters. After exploring the town’s vast medieval ramparts, head towards Europe's oldest saltworks known as the trademark of Ston. A short coastal walk leads you to an oyster farm to learn more about oysters and enjoy a special tasting of this delicacy. Transfer to Slano for the Captain’s dinner with live entertainment
Day 7: Enjoy one more day in the most unique town on the Adriatic, Dubrovnik. However, before mooring at Dubrovnik harbor, cruise alongside the old Dubrovnik city walls. Enjoy the afternoon in Dubrovnik at leisure. A walk on top of the 1940 m long city walls is not to be missed.
Day 8: Breakfast and time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends!
- Visit and dinner at a local winery with a glass of high-quality wine
- Captain's dinner with live entertainment
- Arrival and departure transfers from Dubrovnik airport and to Dubrovnik airport
- 9 meals: 3-course lunches daily + cheese and salad bar
- Daily buffet breakfast
- Panorama drive through vineyards in Korčula and local wine tasting
- Luggage handling
- Visit the salt farm & great walls of Ston
- Visitors' taxes and port fees
- Daily cabin service and towel change
- Visit the Lavander museum and olive oil tasting and Croatian traditional wine tasting
- Welcome reception and cocktail
- Oyster tasting in Mali Ston
- Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
- Visit the first Croatian Museum of Viticulture Putniković and wine tasting with snack
- Complimentary water, coffee and tea throughout the day
- 7-night cruise in a deluxe superior air-conditioned cabin with en-suite bathroom
- Abundant fresh fruit
- Wine tasting in the local family-owned winery in Vis
- Guided walking tours of towns: Dubrovnik, Hvar, Korčula & Ston
- A drink with lunch onboard
- Entrance fee to the Blue cave