Go Croatia Sail: Croatia Sailing Cruises Split-Dubrovnik 2020
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The 5-day one-way cruise starts in Dubrovnik and spends the first night there. The next 3 days are all about Korcula, Hvar and Split - the best places for combining sightseeing with the best restaurants, bars and nightlife. Right after Split we leave for Bosnia - a packed itinerary that features Mostar, Sarajevo, lakes, rivers, mountains and more.
DubrovnikOfficial check-in is from 5pm onwards but you can arrive to the boat earlier, leave your bags onboard and choose from the many activities happening in Dubrovnik that day.
We recommend: (1) Doing the awesome buggy safari - you are taken to Mount Srd to get a bird's eye view of the Old City and Elaphite Isles before driving an off-road buggy around the mountain. Unmissable!
(2)Taking a cable car ride up to Mount Srd for the most incredible view imaginable (note: buggy trip takes you past same cable car station for same view).
(3) Dubrovnik is also the setting for the capital city of Westeros, Kings Landing, in Game of Thrones. If you are a fan, why not take a walking tour of the locations of the most famous scenes in the ultra-popular show and get an overview of the history of Dubrovnik at the same time?
(4) Take a shuttle boat over to Lokrum Island from the Old City.
Dinner is served onboard at 6.30pm, when you will also be given your welcome speech and be introduced to everybody else on board. The evening is yours to enjoy in the Old City. Overnight on the boat in Dubrovnik (Gruz Port).
Optional excursions: Buggy Safari and/or Game of Thrones+Dubrovnik Walking Tour.
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Dubrovnik to Korcula
It's goodbye to Dubrovnik and hello to more incredible scenery as we head to Korcula Island, which is said to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. We are spoilt for choice with swimming spots en route before we dock near the Old City (with the same name as the island). This pocket town is another gem which hosts a street party in the evening at the Deja Vu Bar!
Optional excursion: Wine-tasting
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Korcula to Hvar Island
Hvar is rated as one of the highlights of the trip and it's not hard to see why. Its quaint harbour is a thing of beauty but you only get to truly appreciate it after climbing up to the fort that overlooks everything in the bay.
We arrive after lunch but often we are not able to dock until late afternoon until due to port restrictions. We strongly recommend taking a water taxi over to the city to get there earlier (3 - 4 Euros per person payable directly to the taxi).
Hvar's nightlife is also legendary and nothing beats catching the sunset at Hula Hula bar, then taking the organised shuttle boat over to Carpe Diem - the famous "club on an island".
Hvar Island to Split
Our final, full day starts with a swim stop at one of the many Pakleni Islands near Hvar and continues as we cruise past Brac Island on the way to Dalmatia's largest city: Split.
In the afternoon we dock back into Split, with enough time to take in some of the inspiring sights of this city, including Diocletian's Palace and Bacvice Beach.
Split to Kravica Waterfalls and MostarAfter breakfast breakfast it is time to say goodbye to your shipmates and crew. Check-out from the boat is by 9am and then it's onto Bosnia!
Your Go Croatia Sail representative will provide you with a ticket for the 9.30am bus from Split Bus Station that crosses the Croatian-Bosnian border. You will leave the bus just over the border in Capljina, where your Go Bosnia guide will be waiting for you with the main tour vehicle, ready to take you to Kravica Waterfalls (entrance included).
The most striking feature of Kravice Waterfalls is not only the sheer breadth and number of cascades, but the opportunity to swim in and jump around the pools – it is literally a natural water-fun park! You can also grab a light lunch here – there are small cafes here serving simple dishes.
We reach Mostar in the late afternoon, with time to check in to our accommodation and have a quick orientation walk with your tour leader. We then have the evening free to enjoy dinner, the nightlife and be blown away by how this beautiful city looks at night. Overnight Mostar.
Mostar - WHOLE DAYAfter breakfast, you have a choice of either exploring the city on your own (your tour leader can recommend the main museums and attractions to visit) or choose to do the Mostar Walking Tour (16 Euros). This tour starts at 10am and is 2 hrs long. It includes a local, English-speaking guide and covers the Old City areas. After the tour, there are many highlights to explore on your own, such as the Old bridge museum, where you can choose to actually get inside the famous bridge.
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Mostar to Konjic to SarajevoWe leave Mostar early this morning to reach Konjic about an hour later as there are different options for adventure in this region:
Rafting on the famous Neretva River (40 Euros): Konjic is famous for Rafting and the Neretva is a breath-taking river to do it on. The rafting experience (including BBQ stop!) lasts about 3.5 hrs and is lower intermediate-level, perfect for both first-timers and those who have rafted before.
Plunge pool hike (FREE): A short hike up to a natural beauty spot that features a plunge pool. Jump in if you fancy it - the water's so inviting!
See full details on the excursions page. Please note that only one excursion can be chosen on this day as they run at the same time.
After our Konjic adventures, we arrive in Sarajevo in the evening, which gives us enough time to check in, grab some dinner and then (if you have enough energy), go out to experience some Sarajevan nightlife!
Sarajevo - WHOLE DAYBreakfast is served from 8.30am and then the rest of the day is free to explore Sarajevo City as we wish. It is the tour leader’s day off but he can give us plenty of tips and a map for the day as there is so much to see in Sarajevo! Highlights include the Turkish Quarter, the bazaars, eternal flame, the Sebilj fountain, the brewery bar etc.
2 optional excursions that can BOTH be done on the day: (1) There is the option of getting a fascinating, in-depth walking tour of this incredible city with a local guide. Leaves at 10am and lasts about 2.5 hrs (12 Eur per person).
(2) Bosnian Cooking Class (35 Euros): HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! This excursion starts with pick-up around 1pm from Sarajevo and continues until 6pm (sometimes longer!). This experience is consistently rated as the ultimate experience on the tour. Bosnian cuisine is tasty, filling and fun to make! Create local specialities such as japrak, dolma and 2 kinds of pastry pies (cheese and potato). Then get stuck in and eat your mouth-watering creations! Also includes salad, home-made organic wine, juice and mezze. See full details on the excursions page.
Sarajevo Tunnel and Bjelasnica MountainSo far, we have travelled from Croatia’s Mediterranean coast, to the rivers and lakes of Herzegovina, and finished in Sarajevo city. Today we head for Bosnia’s mountains!
After breakfast we head for Sarajevo’s most famous attraction – the War Tunnel, which is close to the main airport. Your tour leader will run through how important this tunnel and its museum was to the survival of Sarajevo. During our visit we will get a chance to see footage from the conflict, see the ration packs used by those enduring the siege and pass through the last remaining section of the tunnel that was dug in secret under the airport
We then leave for Bjelasnica mountain to visit Lukomir, which is truly one of the “frozen in time” experiences that touches visitors to this magical country. We have a light hike (15 to 20 mins) around the village and a nearby peak before returning to our mountain hotel accommodation.
Overnight on the mountain.
Blagaj and TrebinjeIn the morning, we depart the mountain and drive back towards Herzegovina, stopping in breathtaking Blagaj, home to a Dervish monastery next to the source of a river that literally bursts from the base of a mountain. The setting is so stunning, you won't believe it's real! We are proud to include this highlight that most Bosnia tours miss out.Having had breakfast, we depart the mountain in the morning and start our journey to Montenegro, stopping for lunch on the way. The drive through Montenegro's rugged landscape is rated as one of the most scenic in Europe.
Blagaj is one of the best places in Herzegovina to grab lunch as the location is so spectacular. We then head for Trebinje for a stop near the town that everyone seems to love: wine-tasting! This tasting session is included and we arriving in Trebinje town in the late afternoon, having had our eyes and taste-buds spoilt all day.
TrebinjeAfter breakfast, the tour officially finishes. But your adventure does not need to stop here!
Trebinje is well-connected by bus to Dubrovnik (less than 1 hour away), Kotor and Budva (Montenegro), Tivat (for Montenegro's main coastal airport), Belgrade (Serbia) and beyond.