Rich Thomaselli | May 2, 2016 10:00 PM ET
See The Jewels of Croatia With Homeric Tours
You know London.
You know Paris, and Rome, and Barcelona, and Brussels.
But do you know Dubrovnik? Korcula? Split?
These are just some of the cities that form the jewels of Croatia, one of the most spectacular countries in Europe. And, with its amazing combination of culture, history, architecture, restaurants, nightlife, beaches and more, it will give any European country a run for its money.
That’s why Homeric Tours has the Croatian Jewels as one of the many trips we offer. The beaches of Pucisca and Bol. The palaces of Omis and Split. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the city of Dubrovnik. The cobblestone streets of Korcula, the birthplace of, arguably, the world’s most famous explorer – Marco Polo.
And people are recognizing all this natural beauty and flocking to Croatia. According to data released by the Croatian Statistics Bureau, the number of tourist arrivals to Croatia in February grew by 18.4% from the same period last year. Overnight stays, were up 16.1 percent from February 2015.
That puts Croatia on a record pace for tourists, and the traditional peak summer season hasn’t even started yet.
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You can explore all this yourself on a seven-day cruise along the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. The itinerary includes:
DAY 1, (SAT) DUBROVNIK
Upon arrival in Dubrovnik, you will be transferred from the airport to the "Gruz" harbor. Embarkation starts at noon. Welcome reception by your tour guide. Welcome reception this evening.
DAY 2, (SUN) DUBROVNIK to MLJET to KORCULA
Morning walking tour of Dubrovnik, the pearl of Adriatic, famous city enlisted as UNESCO's World Heritage. After lunch onboard sail to National Park on Island Mljet. Visit the Mljet National Park which covers the Western wooded area of the island. Dinner on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 3, (MON) KORCULA to PUCISCA
This morning a walking tour of Korcula takes you through its narrow, cobbled streets and includes a visit to the majestic cathedral of St. Mark. Stop for swimming on the way to the island of Brac. Lunch will be served on board. Late afternoon arrive in Pucisca, a beautiful small town on Brac. The rest of the evening is free. (B, L)
DAY 4, (TUE) PUCISCA to OMIS to SPLIT
After breakfast sail to Split, a UNESCO World Heritage site and capital of Dalmatia. Lunch on board. On the way to Split stop for a short walking tour at the ancient town of Omis. Sail by a small boat into the Cetina River Canyon. Return to Omis and set sail during lunch. In Split, take a guided visit of the port, the seafront promenade and the Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. Evening at leisure (B, L)
DAY 5, (WED) SPLIT to BOL to HVAR
After breakfast continue to Bol, said to have the best beach in Croatia, for a swim at Golden Horn. Lunch on board. Then head to the popular island of Hvar* for a guided visit. The evening is free to explore and dine at one of the many local family owned restaurants. Evening at leisure. *Due to the limited capacity of the Hvar harbor (during peak season in July and August) port of call can be substituted for Stari Grad/Jelsa. In that case transfer by bus will be organized to and from Hvar (B, L)
DAY 6, (THU) HVAR to TRSTENIK
Relax on the sun deck as you cruise to lovely Trstenik, a small fisherman village on the Peljesac peninsula, where we will swim in the afternoon and spend the night. Tonight, enjoy captain’s dinner with live entertainment on board. (B ,L)
DAY 7, (FRI) KORCULA to DUBROVNIK
After breakfast depart for a pleasant trip along the shores of the Mljet island for the discovery of an idyllic setting of steep coastal cliffs. If weather permits, stop in the bay for swimming. Lunch on board. Arrive in Dubrovnik where the rest of the day is at leisure. (B, L)
DAY 8, (SAT) DEPART DUBROVNIK
After breakfast disembark and transfer to Dubrovnik Airport. (B)
Book by May 31 and get a special discount!
For more information on dates and prices, see the Homeric website.
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