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WINE CRUISE


The secret love affair between the sea and the wine has been going on since the ancient times, and few are those who can resist it. By joining this very special 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 wine makers on the islands and along the mainland coast around Dubrovnik, and the chance to savour wines produced from the indigenous varieties of grapes enables one 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 a rest to your body and at the same time fortify your spirit with this rather unforgettable oenological adventure.

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Route: Dubrovnik - Trstenik – Vela Luka (Island Korcula) – Hvar – Korcula – Mljet – Dubrovnik

Itinerary

 

1. day, Sunday | DUBROVNIK (D)

Check in from 13.00h onwards (GRUZ harbour) with dinner as your first meal. Due to the many different flight arrivals the first overnight is planned in Dubrovnik, and introduction and welcome speech will be held prior to dinner. The special charm of this old town are 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 we return to this wonderful city. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

2. day, Monday | DUBROVNIK – TRSTENIK (B, L, D, 2xWT)

After breakfast join a guided tour of Dubrovnik. Return to the ship around noon and start cruising towards Trstenik followed by lunch on board. Trstenik is a village and harbour in the central part of the southern coast of the island of Peljesac with population of just 106. Chief occupations include farming, viniculture (the famous Dingac wine), fishing and tourism. Peljesac peninsula is known for wine producing and we will be able to see many grape fields on the slops of hills surrounding this small village. Our last but not least stop for today will be at the Matusko winery in the village of Potomje within the Peljesac wine growing hills. This is the largest and the most famous winery on Peljesac peninsula. Here we will enjoy wine tasting and a light dinner. The winery produces the Plavac Mali wine, which is a close relative of the Zinfandel in California and the Italian Primitivo. Overnight on board.

3. day, Tuesday | TRSTENIK  – VELA LUKA (B,L,D)

After breakfast we continue our journey towards western part of Korcula island. Lunch on board. Town of Vela Luka is an oasis of Dalmatia and Mediterranean influences: mild climate, unpolluted sea and air, olive groves, fig trees, tuneful melodies. Vela Luka is surrounded by the richness and beauty of Nature. A few kilometers from the center of Vela Luka we find traces of early human settlement at the “Vela Spila” cave. We will have a Captain’s dinner on board in the evening. Overnight in Vela Luka port.

4. day, Wednesday | VELA LUKA – HVAR (B, L, WT)

Early in the morning we depart towards the Paklenski islands in front of Hvar town where we will have enough time to relax and refresh in the clean, crystal blue sea. Arrival in Hvar after lunch. Hvar is the longest island in the Adriatic. Here we 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 long into the night. Hvar is often referred to as the sunshine island. During the afternoon we will make a visit to the Tomic winery for wine tasting where the wine maker Andro Tomic will offer you some of his native Hvar wines and some cuvees like the innovative combination of Plavac Mali & Cabernet Sauvignon. Overnight in Hvar port.

5. day, Thursday  | HVAR – KORCULA (B, L, WT)

During breakfast departure for Korcula, the birthplace of MARCO POLO. Lunch on board and swimming break in one of the bays on the route. Arrive in Korcula in the afternoon. 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. In the late afternoon we will visit hotel Korsal’s wine cellar where we will taste some of the famous Croatian wines and discover the story behind their perfect taste while enjoying a light snack. Overnight in Korcula port.

6. day, Friday | KORCULA – MLJET (B, L, D)

After breakfast your cruise begins as your ship sails to the island of Mljet. Almost three-quarters of the island is covered with the dense forest that once typified the Mediterranean coast – admire this lovely scenery while you enjoy lunch on board. Early in the afternoon your ship arrives at the northern end of the island, where Mljet National Park is located. Go ashore and spend the afternoon walking around the two saltwater lakes here which are surrounded by lush forest. In the middle of the large lake, inside the National park, you can visit the Franciscan monastery and church on St. Mary isle. You’ll have the opportunity to rent a bicycle to cycle around the paths that surround the lakes. There are lots of nice small restaurants in close proximity to the ship one can choose to enjoy a quaint seafront restaurant with open fires grilling freshly caught fish! Overnight in port Polaca/Pomena.

 

7. day, Saturday | MLJET – DUBROVNIK (B, L, WT)

Early departure for 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 2pm). In late afternoon we will visit Konavle area and Crvik winery to try one native Dalmatian wine sort ‘’Marastina”. Overnight in the GRUZ port of this magical town.

8. day, Sunday | DUBROVNIK

After an early breakfast say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends! Optional full day Montenegro coach excursion.

Optional excursions

These excursions can be added to your booking in the final stage of your online reservation. If paying on the spot, only KUNA currency and cash is accepted. Prices are informative and subject to change.

GAME OF THRONES TOUR OF DUBROVNIK (EUR 56.- per person – lunch included) Get to know fictional city of King’s Landing from the popular Game of Thrones series with this unique tour! We will take you to discover the location sites in the Old City of Dubrovnik and its surroundings that were used for the scenes in this hit TV-series.   The Game of Thrones series is filmed in different European locations, but Dubrovnik is the official setting for King’s Landing –the capital of the Seven Kingdoms realm. While taking this tour, you will also have a chance to explore UNESCO listed heritage site. With an expert guide by your side, you will learn all about the Targaryens, Baratheons, Starks and other noble families featured in Game of Thrones. Explore the historical gardens in Trsteno where you will get the chance to see King’s Landing palace gardens and incredible exotic plants.

DUBROVNIK CABLE CAR (EUR 14.- per person) Enjoy the cable car in Dubrovnik to Srd mountain and enjoy the scenic views of the old city.
SEA KAYAKING AROUND DUBROVNIK CITY WALLS (EUR 30.- per person) Join the adventure in a one or two-seater kayak with all your belongings tucked safely inside a waterproof barrel. Departures from the entrance to the old town.
KORČULA VILLAGE DINNER EXPERIENCE (EUR 28.- per person) Try a typical Dalmatian dinner in small village near the town of Korcula and find out more about the history and traditional way of living.
RENT-A-BIKE on MLJET island (80 Kuna/ 11 EUR per person) Most of the island Mljet is a National Park so enjoy the beautiful nature and rent a bike for 2 hours!
MONTENEGRO (EUR 48.- per person) On Saturday prior to the cruise or Sunday after the cruise – visit Montenegro for a day, a small country but attractive county; with its magnificent mountains rising above the Adriatic Sea, bursting with natural beauty and historic towns like Budva and Kotor – coach excursion/passport required).
MOSTAR (EUR 48.- per person) Sunday after the cruise; experience Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most beautiful city, view the iconic ‘Stari Most’/Old Bridge, discover Ottoman and Turkish history – bus excursion /passport required

OPTIONAL SIGHTSEEING IN FOLLOWING TOWNS (min 10 pax required): Hvar & Korcula – EUR 10.- per person per tour

CABIN TYPE DESCRIPTIONS:

A + CATEGORY: air-conditioned, spacious en-suite cabins (with double or twin beds) on newly built ships (price includes Captain’s dinner and sightseeing of Dubrovnik, daily cabin service, mid-week fresh set of towels and bed linen), 1L of water daily.

ALL DECK CABINS ARE SITUATED ON MAIN AND TOP DECK! Under deck cabins are in the hull of the ship below the main deck.

 

REDUCTIONS & SUPPLEMENTS:

– adult on 3rd bed in a triple cabin  – 30%

– children under 10 years  – 50%

– single use of cabin +50% (except for departures on April 17, 24: May 01; Oct 02, 09, 16 in 2016 – limited number of single cabins without supplement available)

 

PACKAGE PRICE FROM: 800 € per person in double/twin cabin

If you do not wish to take part in the WINE tasting activities – wine package reduction EUR 160.-

PRICE INCLUDES:

– 7 night cruise with half board service (breakfast & 3 course lunch), Wine Package,1 L of water per person daily.

A+ category ships include extra: 1 Captain’s dinner and guided tour of Dubrovnik, daily cabin service, mid-week fresh set of towels and bed linen.

WINE TOUR INCLUDES EXTRAS:

– Tour leader

– Monday: Guided tour of Dubrovnik with included return transfer to the Old town; Wine tasting in winery Matusko in –  Trstenik with transfer

– Wednesday: Wine tasting in vinery Tomic with transfer; Guided tour in Hvar

– Thursday: Wine tasting in hotel Korsal; Guided tour of Korcula

– Friday: Entrance to National Park Mljet

– Saturday: Wine tasting in winery Crvik with transfer

 

OBLIGATORY SUPPLEMENT: Visitor’s tax and port fees are not included (to be paid on the spot) EUR 25.- per person per week

OPTIONAL SUPPLEMENTS:

Full Board supplement:

EUR 115.- per person/week, min.10 pax required

Drink supplement: EUR 25.- per week  – incl. choice of 1 drink – a glass of wine, or beer or soft drink with lunch
Wedding renewal package: EUR 100,-  per couple – includes renewal ceremony performed by the captain, certificate, champagne, gift
Extra towels: On  A+ category ships the guests will be provided with two towels for personal use per week. Extra towels can be rented for EUR 3.- & beach towels EUR 5.- per week/towel. Katarina Line beach towel can be purchased on arrival for EUR 10.-
 Parking:

Possible  from  EUR 10.- daily

Airport transfers: EUR 40.- from Dubrovnik airport to Dubrovnik port and EUR 50.- from Split port to Split airport. Other transfers available on request.
Pre/post cruise accommodation: Available on request – private accommodation, villas, hotels…
Ferry Tickets:

Cabins, seats or deck, available for coastal & international ferry connections

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