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During your cruise, you will visit the main touristic destinations of South Dalmatia - Mljet, Korcula, Vela Luka, Hvar, Dubrovnik, and Trstenik. You will taste delicious Croatian wine from different wineries such as Matusko winery, Grgich winery, Andro Tomics winery, Korsals wine cellars, and others. During multiple swimming brakes, you will enjoy the Adriatic sea. Except of wine tasting, you will be offered multiple excursions to the neighbor cities and countries. Immerse in a unique atmosphere of Croatian port life!
You will be placed to A+ category ship. All ships of this category are air-conditioned, newly built, and have spacious en-suite cabins (with double or twin beds). You will have a daily cabin service, mid-week fresh set of towels, bed linen, and liter of water daily. All of Katarina Lines ships are members of Croatian Ship registry and are subject to its rules and certification. Every ship has about five crew members, and its usually a captain, chef, waiter, and 2 sailors. The larger ships have 6 or 7 crew members (plus 2 waiters and chamber maid). At least one crew member is able to communicate in English.
A+ category ships have either twin or double beds. Some cabins can accommodate 3 persons - double bed and an extra bed above the double bed. Because of the limited number of different beds, Katarina Line is not in a possibility to confirm or guarantee a specific type of bed, but the company will try to allocate guests according to their wishes. So if you demand specific type of bed, Katarina Line kindly asks you to note that while making a reservation and the company will try to fulfill your wishes.
Cabins are situated on and below the deck. The main deck is a deck on which you step on as you embark on the ship. On-deck cabins can be situated on the main (deck on which you step on as you embark the ship) and on the upper deck (deck on top of the main deck). Cabins below the deck are actually in the hull of the boat. Advantage of cabins situated on deck is the direct exit to the sea and more fresh air, while cabins below the deck are sometimes more quiet (only fellow passengers who booked below deck cabins will pass by, not all passengers from your ship as well as other ships when docked) and comfortable because they're situated on the sea level that chills cabins. The hallways below the deck are often air-conditioned which affects the temperature in cabins. Cabins below the deck mostly have little portholes.
The cabins are cleaned and bed linen is fresh before your arrival. Two towels per person are provided. The crew does not enter in your cabin during the cruise so you need to keep your cabin clean by yourself. Crew also does not clean your toilets and bathrooms, beside those which are commonly used. It is possible to organize cleaning of your cabins during your cruise at extra price upon your request.
Check in from 13:00 onwards (Gruz harbor) with dinner as a first meal.
Because Katarina Lines guests often arrive at different time, the first overnight is planned in Dubrovnik, and introduction and welcome speech will be held prior to dinner.
Overnight in Dubrovnik.
After breakfast, join a guided tour of Dubrovnik.
Return to the ship around noon and start cruising towards Trstenik.
Lunch on board.
The first cellar on your tour is the Grgich winery owned by Mike Grgich from the Grgich Hill Napa Valley winery.
The second wine tasting and appetizers will be enjoyed at the Matuko winery in the village of Potomje within the Peljeac wine growing hills. Both wineries produce the Plavac Mali wine, which is a close relative of the Zinfandel in California and the Italian Primitivo.
Overnight on board.
After breakfast, you'll continue your journey towards western part of Korula island.
Lunch on board.
You will have a captain's dinner on board in the evening.
Overnight in Vela Luka port.
Early in the morning, youll depart towards the Paklenski islands in front of Hvar town where you will have enough time to relax and refresh in the clean, crystal blue sea.
Arrival in Hvar after lunch.
In the afternoon, transfer follows to Tomi winery for wine tasting where the wine maker Andro Tomi will offer you some of his native Hvar wines and some cuvees like the innovative combination of Plavac Mali and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Overnight in Hvar port.
During breakfast, you will depart for Korula, the birthplace of Marco Polo.
Lunch on board and swimming break in one of the bays on the route.
Arrive to Korula in the afternoon.
In the late afternoon, you will visit hotel Korsal's wine cellar where you will taste some of the famous Croatian wines and discover the story behind their perfect taste while enjoying a light snack.
Overnight in Korula port.
After breakfast, youll continue your journey towards the island and National Park Mljet.
Lunch on board.
The whole afternoon is free to enjoy the salt lakes in the National Park, and enjoy the sun and sea on this peaceful island.
In the middle of the large lake, inside the national park, you can visit an old abbey and church, or just use a small boat to roam around the national park.
You can also hire bicycles to cycle around the paths that surround the lakes. Half an hour drive will bring you to Vila Radulj where you will taste special dinner with meal prepared under peka bell and served with homemade wine.
Overnight in port Polaa/Pomena.
Early departure to Dubrovnik with breakfast on route.
Enjoy the beautiful sights of nature along the way towards the heaven on earth - according to the famous writer George Bernard Shaw.
Lunch on board and arrival to Dubrovnik early in the afternoon (around 14:00). In the late afternoon, you will visit Konavle area and Crvik winery to try a native Dalmatian wine sort 'Maratina'.
Overnight in the Gruz port of this magical town.
After an early breakfast, say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends.
Optional full day Montenegro coach excursion.
The special charm of this old town is due to the buildings that have remained from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic. A larger part of the monuments of history and culture belong to the fine but modest Renaissance architecture with some traces of the Gothic style. Use the afternoon to explore the city walls and plan what to do on your last night of the cruise when you return to this wonderful city.
Hvar is the longest island in the Adriatic. Here you can find the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower. Also the oldest community theatre in Europe was founded here in 1612. City of Hvar offers plenty of restaurants, bars, and cafes that are open during the entire night. Hvar is often referred to as the sunshine island.
On this island, you can find more legends, tales, and monuments than anywhere else. Listen to the story of the stone walls, which took over two centuries to build. Korula is the birthplace of Marco Polo and one of the best preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean region, often called miniature Dubrovnik. It is one of the greenest islands on the Adriatic Sea, with abundant vineyards and olive groves. Its southern coast is formed by small beaches and quiet coves. The Greeks, called the island Korkyra, Melaina or "Black Corfu.
The part of this island is a protected National Park zone. Within the National Park zone there are two connected salt water lakes (Big Lake and Small Lake), and within Big Lake there is a small island called St. Marys Island, with a 12th century Benedictine Monastery on it. You can walk around the lakes and visit the island by a local boat.
Trstenik is a village and harbor in the central part of the southern coast of the island of Peljeac with population of just 106 people. The main occupations there include farming, viniculture (the famous Dinga wine), fishing, and tourism. Peljeac peninsula is known for wine producing so you will be able to see many grape fields on the slopes of hills surrounding this small village.
Town of Vela Luka is an oasis of Dalmatia and Mediterranean influences: mild climate, unpolluted sea and air, olive groves, fig trees, and tuneful melodies. Vela Luka is surrounded by the richness and beauty of nature. A few kilometers from the center of Vela Luka, youll find traces of early human settlement at the Vela Spila cave.
Food on the boat is similar to traditional Croatian food. Breakfast is continental and consists of tea and coffee, fruit juice, bread, butter, jam, and eventually ham and cheese. If you want an English breakfast, it is possible to order it while making a cruise reservation or on spot. Lunch is traditionally plentiful. It consists of soup or pasta as a starter, main dish with side dishes, salad and dessert. Two or three times a week, the main dish is fish, and, in other cases, meat or chicken. Side dishes are potatoes, cabbage, and other vegetables. Desert is fruit or a cake. Dinner is not included because Katarina Line encourages you to explore local restaurants. You will have one Captains dinner included in the price of your package. Its mostly a fish menu. The Captains dinner is a chance for guests and the crew to gather in ceremonial mood.
Enjoy the suggested optional excursions to Montenegro, Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina), or Hvar, and Korcula.
In Dubrovnik, you can enjoy several optional tours like Game of Thrones tour of Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik cable car tour. In this city, you can also enjoy kayaking. One- or two-seat kayaks are available.
On Milet island, you can rent a bike and enjoy the beautiful nature of Mljet National Park.
The closest airport is Dubrovnik airport (DBV) also known as Cilipi Airport.