Croatia Coastal Cruising: Dubrovnik to Split (Aurora)

Trip Code: ZSDS

Why we love it

Board a traditional vessel and sail up along the spectacular Neretva River, inland from Opuzen., The trip includes an excursion to Krka National Park, where you’ll get to see stunning waterfalls and secluded pools. Its a magical part of Croatia., If you’re worried about long cruise days, this itinerary is a good choice. There are plenty of excursions, short walks and port stops, and the distance between islands is short., While large cruise liners have to moor out at sea and commute into shore via tender, we drop anchor in the middle of port towns like Hvar or Korcula. You can hop on or off the boat as you please., There’s nothing like diving into the aquamarine waters of the Dalmatian Coast. Weather permitting, our captain will be stopping the ship for regular swim breaks during the trip., This itinerary includes a special detour to Mostar, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It’s not a stop featured on many Croatian coastal tours. You’ll see the town’s iconic bridge and have the chance to watch a coffee demonstration followed by a sample of this well-loved brew.

Is this trip right for me?

This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with up to 35 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than on-board activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wi-Fi is available onboard.

Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.

Unlike other ships that cruise through the night, we’ll spend our evenings docked at port. This will give you more time to dine ashore and enjoy those balmy Croatian evenings. Cruising will mostly take place during the day.

Onshore activities and excursions will involve a bit of walking. You’ll be visiting ancient sites and historical places, and at times you may have to cross cobbled streets and uneven ground, sometimes in hot conditions. If you have any concerns, please speak to your group leader before taking part.

If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. Your crew will do all they can to minimise any discomfort.

There are no lifts (elevators) on-board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs. Handrails are always available.

Important information

In 2023 this trip will be onboard the M/S Aurora. It has 18 cabins with private ensuites and can accommodate up to 36 customers

COMPLIMENTARY ARRIVAL TRANSFER
A complimentary arrival transfer is included from Dubrovnik Airport to the Port of Dubrovnik on day one of this trip or from the airport to the hotel if you have booked pre tour accommodation with us. Please provide your flight details at least 14 days prior to arrival so as we can organise this transfer for you.

PASSPORT DETAILS
Please provide your passport details at time of booking. It is essential we receive these details at least 14 days prior to departure as we must provide them to the Port authorities in order to comply with Maritime regulations.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS
Single travellers will share a twin a room with another traveller of the same gender. If you’d prefer not to share, a single cabin supplement is available at an additional charge. A single passenger cannot be booked or confirmed in a double cabin unless a single supplement is paid.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS
Your group will be a mixture of fellow passengers from all corners of the world who will be internationally like-minded and enjoy travel.

What to bring/pack

Please travel as lightly as possible so as not to restrict space in your cabin. Soft bags are more practical than hard suitcases.
The dress code on board ship is casual. You may want to bring something slightly dressier for the Captain's dinner such as a collar shirt or sundress but as a rule, neat casual will suffice.
Swimming will be offered so swimwear is essential.
Below is a suggested general packing list.

Daypack (a smaller back pack that you can take with you on shore excursions)
Comfortable clothing for warmer temperatures [shorts, t-shirts, light long sleeved tops and pants]
A sweater or jacket for the cooler evenings or early mornings
A light rain coat or poncho
Comfortable walking shoes for shore excursions
Sandals or thongs/flip flops/jandals
Sunscreen [bio degradable and waterproof if available] and lip balm [to combat the effects of wind burn]
Sunglasses
Sunhat [that can be secured as it can get windy out on the water]
Swimming costume
Water bottle
Bio-degradable shampoo, conditioner and soap
Pegs [so you can hang your swimming costume or towel out to dry]
Insect repellent
European adaptor/electrical plug
Camera
*** Beach towels and snorkelling equipment are provided on board ***

Physical rating

 
2

No particular level of physical fitness is required for our adventure cruises, although you should have a good level of mobility and enjoy good health. We do ask that you read through the trip notes to ensure that this trip is right for you.
Please keep in mind that there are a number of shore excursions offered on your voyage. Some are walking tours and may involve a reasonable amount of walking over varied and sometimes slippery terrain. We recommend you bring a good pair of walking shoes or boots, carry a water bottle and don’t forget the sunscreen and hat. Depending on the excursion, disembarking the ship may be by tender or onto a dock.
Some snorkelling equipment is provided on board. To snorkel, we request that you consider your fitness level and your confidence in the water before taking part.

Joining your group

Dubrovnik Port, Batahovina ulica 1962, Sustjepan, Dubrovnik, CROATIA

Joining instructions

Finishing your trip

Port of Split, Obala kneza Domagoja, 21000, Split, CROATIA

If you have pre-booked a transfer from the port to the airport or port to hotel, at the end of your voyage, your leader will be on hand to advise you when and where to meet your transfer driver. This can change depending on the final docking place.
If you have booked additional hotel accommodation with us and a transfer from the hotel to the airport you will be collected at the hotel reception 2.5 hours before your flight departure time. In case of flight cancellations, changes or if you are not able find the driver, please contact the emergency phone numbers: +385981397013.

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 7

Lunches included: 4

Dinners included: 4

While travelling in Croatia you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in this region. Meals on board are made by our on board chef using fresh local produce. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, not all meals are included in the trip price. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try on your trip during your free time. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.
On board, we are able to cater for most special dietary requirements. Please advise any special dietary needs at least 4 weeks in advance of travel.

Climate & seasonal information

Summer temperatures can be extreme in Croatia and have been known to reach 40°C. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water.

In case of emergency

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the number below.

Intrepid's local office: +49 (0) 8677 918 66 57

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