Dubrovnik to Split small ship cruise

“An 8 day small ship cruise, on a boat with 40 passengers, starting from Dubrovnik and calling at gorgeous islands of Vis, Mljet and Hvar to name but a few of the beauties en route. ”

Highlights

Dubrovnik | Vis Island | Mljet National Park | Brac Island, Bol and Zlatni Rat beach | Split | Sipan Island | Korcula Island | Bisevo Island and Blue Cave

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02 May 2020
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13 Jun 2020
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Traveling by train:
We offer the possibility of traveling by train from the UK (or other parts of Europe) to Croatia and can book this for you. Leaving from London you need to allow 2 days to travel in either direction, though you can of course spend longer and enjoy some of the cities and scenery en route. The train is usually via Munich and Zagreb and through Slovenia, though it is also possible to travel via Italy (via Milan) and get a ferry to/from Split or Dubrovnik.
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Dubrovnik to Split small ship cruise

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

We can book this trip for you via train so you do not need to take a single flight. Please see above for details.

The food and wine served on board is almost 100% locally produced, supporting many small producers, keeping food miles to a minimum and helping to maintain the traditional small scale farming and fishing that the coast and islands depend on

Environment

The management of these vessels is dedicated to sustainable tourism in Croatia and are passionate about raising awareness of environmental, economic and sustainable tourism policies in Croatia. They believe the promotion of environmental awareness in the region will have a prolonged and positive impact on the livelihoods of the local people and maintain Croatia as a sustainable tourism destination for future generations.

Our visits to Mljet National Park & The Benedictine monastery on St Mary Isle will help preserve them by putting a little funding directly into their coffers.

The vessels that we use are all built in Croatia, specifically for use in these waters. This ensures that the most appropriate local resources are used wherever possible, and that the vessels are all built to comply and exceed local environmental and sustainability regulations.

By using small ships to visit and stay in some of the smaller ports and villages, we are providing an opportunity for a boost to tourism without the need for potentially unwanted and inappropriate new hotels to be built, and without increasing road traffic.

Community

Vast floating blocks of flats, otherwise known as cruise ships, arrive direct from Venice and spill their loads onto the Dubrovnik dock where they are met by a huge fleet of buses that whisk them for a couple of hours in the beautiful city. These monoliths cruise past one of Europe's most beautiful coastlines with barely a second glance, and without a thought to the places they are missing.

Our vessel, on the other hand, stops at many small ports and towns where we can fully enjoy some of the very best that Croatia has to offer. The money that we will spend in many of these smaller communities will help to preserve the fantastic heritage of these antique coastline.

By leaving our guests free to choose their own dining venues in the evenings, this ensures that a range of small restaurants and cafes will benefit from our guests spending.

Our vessels are captained and crewed by Croatians. The vessels are built in Croatia, providing important employment for the local coastal shipbuilding industry.

The owners and managers of these vessels fund and operate a cruise every year for some of the disadvantaged children of Vukovar, scene of some of the worst fighting of the Balkans war.

11 Reviews of Dubrovnik to Split small ship cruise

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Reviewed on 06 Oct 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Stipe singing us in to lunch with his ukulele and swimming in crystal clear waters off the back of the boat.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Relax and go with the flow, itinerary is subject to weather so donít get hung up on particular stopping points.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The on board dinners ( Captainís & BBQ) took place in the quieter ports, which was a shame as we would have patronised the smaller restaurants.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very good, had a great time, would do another in a different location.

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Everything was fantastic

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Do everything there is to do

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Benefited local people

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fantastic!!!

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


All the locations we visited in Croatia were stunning! Most favourite was Korchula!!!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared to offer a tip to the staff & cruise director.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


10+. We would do it again!!!

Reviewed on 09 Jun 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Visiting various islands, particularly Korchula and Hvar.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Come ready for any weather!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We bought quite a few local meals and drinks; it was great we had a large water bottle to refill our own bottles so didnít buy one plastic bottle (acknowledging the large bottles are plastic but assume are refilled).

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very good considering the poor weather. The guide, Ivana and crew of the boat were excellent. This was my first cruise and I would definitely look to do another small boat cruise again. Still not ready or want to travel on large cruise ships but small ones are good.

Reviewed on 04 Sep 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


It was all memorable, every day was something different to look forward to. I loved Dubrovnik old town and was glad that we booked a couple of extra nights at the start of our vacation.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take sea shoes / surf socks as most of the beaches are pebbled and rocky to enjoy a swim in the sea.
Take a handful of pegs and a small bottle of hand wash to rinse out swim wear and light weight clothing, there are a few places on the top deck to hang items out. Extend your trip with extra nights at the beginning and end in a hotel or apartment.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Visiting the small islands supported the local economies.
The drinking water is safe in Croatia so take a reusable drink bottle to refill when on land sight seeing.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was a great vacation, well organised, good food, lovely and knowledgable crew, relaxed and casual.
We were also fortunate to have a super group of guests on board, a range of ages with families and couples from all over the world - Australia, New Zealand, USA, South Africa, UK and France.

Reviewed on 19 May 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Our tour guide was amazing. She was really interesting and very good at organising us and everything else. Local guides were first class. The boat was spacious, clean and well designed. The crew were friendly and helpful.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If you have any food allergies or intolerancies, communicate this when booking.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


All crew and guides were local.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We felt very looked after, but we also had lots of opportunities to go off on bikes and go walking on our own.

Reviewed on 03 Jun 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Walking through the islands visited with plenty of time to explore. Having overnights at port, also, provided not only some night life entertainment, but also
an early morning walk before departure (for those later morning departures). The lectures by Stan, our cruise program director, were useful and
informative. Actually, the whole staff were very friendly and approachable - a highlight for me.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't forget your bathing suit....like I did! Also, bring attire for any rain or sprinkles.... like I didn't!
If you are challenged by up/down steps and uneven walking terrain, be sure to ask the tour/excursion director about conditions of the tour beforehand.
If you like your salads at lunchtime, you'll have to be quick as not enough was presented for 40 paying passengers. This was a 'downer' for me.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think the local economy was impacted, and having a small ship also cuts down on harmful impacts on marine life in the seas

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


3 out of 7 nights were spent on the mainland Croatia. I would have preferred those evenings in the islands to explore more there.
Overall, I'd rate my 7 days/nights at 7 out of 10 (ten being excellent).

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The experience on MV Papa Prvi was great. The crew was friendly, accommodating and very professional; we were in good hands. It was my first cruise; the boat size (max 38) was just right.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Just do it!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Each night we ate locally; this was of benefit to the communities. The bigger ships had full board.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


The cruise on the Papa Prvi was a definite 10/10!

Reviewed on 03 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Swimming in the amazing cool, clear, deep blue waters of the Adriatic off remote islands.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Pack quick drying clothes. It gets hot and it is nice to be able to rinse out items.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely benefitted local people. We bought meals and gifts while in port.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Wonderful! Nice guests on our cruise and a professional staff.

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Loved visiting Dubrovnik & the islands

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Travel light & take sea sickness tablets with you if you need to

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Used local restaurants & shops

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Wonderful - lovely mix of people & nationalities on the boat

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Loved being able to travel around Croatia while being completely looked
after. Fantastic swimming stops, amazing places to visit. Loved it.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take your snorkels and inflatables to make those swimming stops extra fun.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes especially when we visited the smaller islands as it helps their economy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Loved every minute

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