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Cruise Croatia: Split to Split

12 days, 7 cities48
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Why go?

Let’s set sail! It’s time to cruise the Croatian coast, where the hardest decision is whether to start the day diving into the Adriatic Sea or tanning on deck with a cool drink. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy world-class sightseeing and unrivaled nightlife.

Picture yourself

  • Cannonballing into the pristine Croatian ocean every morning

  • Exhaling on the beautiful beaches of Split

  • Soaking in Hvar Town’s renowned nightlife

  • Snapping photos at the waterfalls of Krka National Park

  • Reliving your favorite Game of Thrones moments in Dubrovnik

What you'll get

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers

  • 3 nights in handpicked accommodations

  • 7 nights aboard a private, fully staffed ship

  • 11 breakfasts

  • 7 three-course lunches

  • 3 dinners

  • Expert Tour Director

  • 24/7 support from our travel gurus

  • 3 insider city tours with a local guide

Full trip itinerary

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Overnight Flight

    Board your overnight flight, bound for Croatia. Just across the Adriatic from Italy, Croatia's variety of influences make it the best of all worlds—from Spanish-inspired fortresses to Eastern European dialects and Mediterranean cuisine. The country might have multiple influences, but it totally works. And with 1,246 islands and over 2,500 miles of coastline, there's only one proper way to see it all: by private boat. Ballin'!

  • Day 2: Arrive in Split + Welcome Dinner

    Welcome to Croatia! Today, you'll have some time to adjust, explore Split, the second-largest city in Croatia, and get to know your fellow shipmates before your cruise begins on Day 5. As you take in the old and new of Split this is your chance to get amped up for what’s to come. And your last chance to get some pool noodles…but for, you know, the sea. (Just don’t tell the pool noodle company.)

    In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner of local cuisine and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!

    Today's highlights:

    • Meet an EF representative at the airport.
    • Transfer to your accommodation and check in.
    • Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director, which mostly consists of beaches and boats.
    • Stroll through Split’s buzzing city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Day 3: Arrive in Split + Optional Krka Waterfalls

    Split has a little of something for everyone—and you'll see it all on a guided tour of the city. Because it was the under the rule of many empires, including Roman and Austro-Hungarian, the culture, architecture, and food speaks to the varying styles.

    Today's highlights:

    • Take a guided tour of Split, led by your Tour Director.
    • Visit The Old Town, where things are so well-preserved, it's like you traveled back centuries.
    • Spend the afternoon on your own, climbing Marajan Hill for a fantastic view of the city.
    • Go to one of Split's many awesome beaches.

    Free time suggestions

    Picigin Please: Invented in Split (so they say), this is a fun game to play as you splash around in the water. How do you win? By preventing the ball from falling into the water by passing it to other players—and doing so in the most artistic way possible. And yes, there are actual referees who will give you points.
    Strukli to me: A popular Croatian dish, made of dough and various types of filling. It's delicious and a must-try as you stroll through Split.

    Krka National Park & Waterfalls (extra cost)

    Picture the most beautiful place you can think of. Got it? Good. Krka National Park is about to blow that place out of the water. Visit Skradinski buk waterfall, hike the trails, and make the most of paradise.

    Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

  • Day 4: Free Day in Split + Day Trip to Mostar

    Spend your free day on an optional excursion to Bosnia and Herzegovina's most beautiful city. Or, enjoy your free day to enjoy Split's beautiful beaches. Your choice. There are no wrong answers.

    Today's highlights:

    • Lay on the somewhat rocky—yet still amazing—beach.
    • Hit up some of the tasty eateries in Split.
    • Take an optional excursion to Mostar and discover a blend of Ottoman and Turkish history.
    • View the iconic Old Bridge, originally built in 1566, bombed in 1993, and rebuilt in 2004.

    Bosnia & Herzegovina Day Trip (extra cost)

    Check off a country rich in history and ample beauty: Bosnia and Herzegovina. Stop en route at the Blue & Red Lakes of Imotski, explore Mostar's iconic Old Bridge & Old Bazaar, and enter the 16th century Turkish House.

    Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

  • Day 5: Explore Split + Makarska

    The time has come. Make sure you have your sunscreen. Grab your arm floaties. And get ready to set sail. You're hitting the open waters today where sun, sandy(ish) beaches, and sljivovica await. Don't know what slijivovica is? Guess you'll have to wait and find out.

    Fine, it's plum brandy, a Croatian specialty. Happy?

    Today's highlights:

    • Board your boat and catch sun on the deck, nap in your cabin, and meet the crew of your vessel.
    • Grab a drink on the seaside promenade in Makarska, where you’ll dock for the night.
    • Walk along Makarska’s picturesque villages perfect for your Day 3 Instagram. #Plandid.

    Free time suggestions

    Moshin' Makarska: All summer long, Makarska hosts concerts featuring well-known stars and local artists. Many are even free, and take place right outside in town squares.
    Where art thou?: Split has inspired some splendid artists throughout the centuries. Check out the Meštrovic Gallery for 20th-century sculptures; Studio Naranca and the Jaman Gallery for locals' interpretation of their home.

  • Day 6: Cruise from Makarska to Mljet

    Start your day with a morning swim in Peliješac. Afterwards, set sail to Mljet, home to the legendary Cave of Odysseus. If you run into a Cyclops, please don’t blind it. (He only has one eye after all.) Take a scenic stop at Mljet National Park for some quality time with Mother Nature. Tonight, you’ll dock at Placa/Pomena port and have time to explore in the evening.

    Today's highlights:

    • Dive into the blue waters on your way to Mljet.
    • Explore Mljet's salt lakes and charming churches by bike or by foot.
    • Discover the Mljet National Park and find hidden gems like Odysseus’ cave.
    • Grab dinner in Pomena, a small fishing village with coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and of course, fish!t
  • Day 7: Cruise to Dubrovnik

    Located on the Dalmatian Coast (yes, where all 101 of them originated from), Dubrovnik is one of Croatia's top vacation destinations and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In just one look, you'll see why George Bernard Shaw described it as "Heaven on Earth". You'll also ask, "Who is George Bernard Shaw?" Don't worry about it. Just focus on the beautiful views ahead.

    Today's highlights:

    • Set sail from Mljet for a morning of relaxation and sunbathing on board.
    • Get acquainted with Dubrovnik during a tour led by a local guide.
    • Walk along the ancient city walls that protected an ancient civilization for unbeatable views and an actually enjoyable history lesson.
    • Sip on Croatia’s finest wines, and describe them with phrases like “full-bodied” and “unctuous.”

    Free time suggestions

    Drink and know things: Game of Thrones tours run aplenty in Dubrovnik, whether self-guided or locally led. See where crews filmed King's Landing, the Purple Wedding, the House of the Undying, the walk of shame-shame-shame, and many more notable sights.
    Catch a view: The Dubrovnik Cable Car will take you to the top of Srd Hill for breathtaking views of the city and country below. Pro tip: Save money by buying a one-way ticket from the operator, then take the leisurely, scenic hike back down.

  • Day 8: Sail from Dubrovnik to Šipan/Trstenik

    Head to Šipan (shee-pan), a quaint island known for its olive groves, vineyards, and fig trees. Šipan will be like a fresh breath off the beaten path. Note: Depending on weather, you may dock in Slano instead. It's pretty similar to Šipan, so you'll have a great time either way.

    Today's highlights:

    • Dock in Šipan, where you will stay for the night.
    • Enjoy some free time to take in the atmosphere as you visit a local tavern, winery, or whatever your heart (or taste buds) desires.
    • Visit beautiful churches and towers while exploring the island or take a swim in the crystal clear water.
    • Get to meet and greet the person who’s been driving you around at the Captain’s dinner—a three-course meal of deliciousness—with, you guessed it…the Captain of the ship.
  • Day 9: Cruise to Korcula

    Today, you’re headed to Korcula (KOR-choo-la), a historic, fortified town with architecture spanning all the way back to the 13th century. Rich in vineyards, olive groves, small villages, and sandy beaches, this island is sure to steal your heart.

    Today's highlights:

    • Set sail for Korcula after breakfast.
    • Climb over the ancient walls and fortified bastions to the old town, or just walk in.
    • Geek over Gothic-Renaissance styled St. Mark’s Cathedral, the highest point on the peninsula.
    • Eat dinner with a view at one of the many seafront restaurants and konobas.

    Free time suggestions

    Marco! Polo!: Korcula is rumored to be the birthplace of the legendary world traveler. Though not confirmed, you can visit what is believed to be his birth home. But please, keep your voice down. Shouting "Marco Polo" won’t make him appear.
    Wine I Oughta: Two of Croatia's most popular wines are grown on this island: Grk (yup, it's spelled like that) and Posip. Pair either with fresh fish or muscles for the perfect Mediterranean meal.

  • Day 10: Cruise around Hvar Town

    Hvar town is all the buzz in Croatia (and just, Europe in general), due to the epic nightlife, Renaissance-era architecture, theaters, restaurants, and endless other activities fit for paradise. It's big, it's loud, it's beautiful, and it's guaranteed to show you a good time. That's why it's your next stop.

    Today's highlights:

    • Lounge on the boat in the morning like the superstar you are.
    • Dock in Hvar, Croatia’s premier party spot, and take a walk around the town with your Tour Director.
    • Walk the marble streets and take in Gothic Palaces while taste testing the local wine and beer.
    • Join the never-ending party that happens at night in Hvar town in true carpe diem style.

    Free time suggestions

    Hold the fort: The Hvar Fortress (Tvrdava Španjola) was built in 1579 and stands tall today. Climb to the top for an epic lookout—try your best to time it with the sunset.
    Night living: When summer rolls around, Hvar comes alive like nowhere else. You'll have a plethora of palatable options for places to eat, drink, dance, catch live music, and visit art festivals—all after it gets dark.

  • Day 11: Cruise to Split

    First stop for today: Brac Island. Swim at the most famous beach in Dalmatia—Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) beach. The aptly named beach is shaped like…wait for it…a golden horn! And it’s turned this fisherman’s-village into a tourist-destination that’s the perfect place to relax and explore. After lunch, hop on board and cruise back to Split. Take advantage of the swim spots on the journey back and get in your last GoPro videos and clear-water pics.

    Today's highlights:

    • Weigh anchor in Brac (rhymes with “watch”); walk around the village and swim off the Golden Horn.
    • Soak in the sun at one of the many beaches, hike for unbeatable views, or swim in a submarine pen. Yes, a submarine pen.
    • Enjoy one last night on the boat and give a toast to the crystal clear waters and the never ending Croatian fun.

    Free time suggestions

    MTV Cribs: Diocletian’s Palace: Curious to see inside the humble abode of a Roman Emperor? Check out the ruins dating back to late 3rd and early 4th century that belonged to the man famed for changing the face of the empire, Diocletian.
    Marjan Hill: Explore Marjan Park-Forest, a popular place to escape the city. Walk, run, bike, or climb to the top for a must see view of Split’s harbor and old city.

    Farewell Dinner
    Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.

  • Day 12: Fly Home

    Zbogom prijatelji!
    Translation: Goodbye, friends. Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?

    –OR–

    EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS

    1. Double the fun
    A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.

    2. Go ahead or stay behind
    Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.

    Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.

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Reviews


Overall rating: 5 out of 5
Based on 48 authentic traveler reviews
  • živjeli!

      Kimberly, traveled Aug.. 2021

    This was my first trip with EF and it was amazing! This is definitely such a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be able to cruise on a boat from each town in Croatia. The crew on the boat was amazing and so was the food. The towns in Croatia and the views are breathtaking. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

  • Best Decision I've Made

      Anonymous, traveled Jul.. 2021

    Croatia is an unbelievably beautiful country. You will love this tour even if you have never seen GOT. It was the perfect balance of relaxation and exploration. I loved having my mornings free to lounge, sunbathe, and swim, and my afternoons and evenings to tour and explore. Heather was an incredible tour director and had so many great recommendations. The c... See more

  • Take me back!!

      Samantha, traveled Jul.. 2022

    Traveling by boat through Croatia is the best way to see this beautiful country! Our Tour Director, Georgia, was super organized and went above and beyond to make sure everyone was enjoying their trip. Her free time suggestions and extra planned excursions made this trip go from great to amazing. Would highly recommend Croatia and would definitely do another... See more

  • Book it now to swim with the fishies!!!

      Anonymous, traveled Jul.. 2022

    Boat life is amazing. The water was so clear and we got to swim every day which I LOVED. Night life is amazing and everything here is too beautiful for my camera to do justice. Make sure you book the Bosnia trip too it’s 10000% worth it. Bonus points if you get Serai as a tour guide she’s the best :)

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