TENNIS CRUISE CROATIA
8-day Tennis Cruise
from Split to Dubrovnik (& back again)
Split to Brac Island
We will depart Split at around 12.30pm to 1pm and tuck straight into lunch (2 shifts) while we head for Brac Island. We will go around the north of the island and our Captain will find a nice bay for us to have a quick swim-stop.
We then head towards a town on the south of the island called Bol. We will dock at about 4pm and we will need to be ready in our tennis gear as our transfers will be there at 4.15pm to take us to the tennis centre for our first tennis session at a centre that regularly features on the WTA and ITF circuit!
Tennis will be from 4.45pm to 6.45pm. Afterwards, there is no transfer back to the boat as the tennis centre is an easy walk along a lovely promenade back to our boat. The centre is also next to the sea so you can bring a swimming costume and jump straight into the Mediterranean after running around the courts! In the evening, enjoy and explore the gorgeous little town of Bol, which boasts a few decent restaurants and some lovely cocktail bars.
Brac Island to Mljet/Sipan Islands
The boat will depart quite early from Bol (around 7am) but you can sleep in after perhaps indulging in one too many cocktails in Bol! Breakfast is served from around 8am during cruising. We will have a longer swim-stop around Korcula Island, where lunch will also be served. We will reach Mljet Island mid to late afternoon and we strongly recommend entering the island’s National Park to either rent-a-bike to explore the trails, hiking around the lakes or renting a kayak. Entrance to the lake also includes a boat trip over to a monastery located on one of the lakes inside the National Park. Whatever you choose, the lake area is stunning. We will then motor over to Sipan islands, hopefully to catch one of its legendary sunsets. A BBQ/grill complements a sunset nicely and we will have already offered you either an onboard BBQ or Captain’s Dinner for this evening (around 15 to 20 Euros depending on inclusions – added to your tab).
Sipan to Slano to Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is not only a beautiful destination – it is no longer any kind of a secret! We will have a swim-stop after breakfast around Sipan before tucking into lunch near Slano. This is our disembarkation point for the optional excursion: the Great Wall of Ston and Oyster tasting! Includes: Transfers from drop off point (Slano) after lunch. Guided tour of Ston Walls. Small boat trip to haul in fresh oysters. Oyster-tasting and glass of wine. Transfer back to the boat which will have moved on to Dubrovnik (Gruz port). We need minimum of 12 people for this trip to go ahead so please let me know if you wish to do it by email! Price: £45. We arrive in Gruz port in time to explore the old town if desired. Take a bus from Gruž Port to Pile Gate – the main entrance to the Old town. Buses number 1A, 1B or 3 – tickets cost around 13 Kuna one-way or 30 Kuna for a daily ticket.
We recommend enjoying the Old Town at night and leaving the city wall tour until tomorrow as you have another whole day in this amazing city!
Lots of options for today…
After breakfast, you can return to the Old City or do our amazing Buggy Safari. Jump in a 4-seater, off-road buggy and get a tour around top of Mount Srd – the hill overlooking Dubrovnik Old Town.
See amazing bird’s eye views of Dubrovnik and some secret locations that were part of Croatia 90s War History. Price: 350 Kuna per person.
Or you can take a guided walking tour of the city (walls not included), which is a fascinating historical walking tour of Dubrovnik with a local guide – price is 90 Kuna and lasts around 1.5 hours.
You can also explore the city walls that surround the city – 2 kilometres of one of Europe’s strongest and most beautiful fort systems – the main attraction for tourists in Dubrovnik.
Five fortresses – St. Lawrence and Revelin along with three others incorporated into the wall system: Minceta Tower, Fort Bokar and St.John’s Fortress – give an unforgettable view over the medieval city. Finally, you can also take the cable-car up to Srd hill to enjoy the spectacular views – the best place in Croatia to enjoy a beer! We have another afternoon of tennis today. Pick up is from the boat at 4.30pm to be transferred to a tennis centre in Lapad, about 10 mins drive away. Tennis is from 4.45pm to around 6.45pm. Transfer back to the boat at 7pm.
Dubrovnik to Korcula
We will leave early today to ensure we can get a swim-stop in a secluded bay en route to Korcula Island. Local legend has it that Marco Polo was born in Korcula Town (don’t argue with a local on this point) and his house makes an interesting visit. The centre of town is dominated by the splendid St Mark’s Cathedral. The Gothic Renaissance style is superb and the interior features Pietà by Ivan Mestrovic, Croatia’s most famous sculptor.
The town museum is an interesting excursion into Korcula’s history, particularly its display of Korcula stone carving and the Byzantine icons in the Icon Museum are worth a look.
Optional Excursion: the island of Korcula and her neighbouring peninsula, Peljesac are famous for their wines – both red and white. Enjoy a wine-tasting session with us – 5 wines (with some local cheeses thrown in for good measure) for 150 Kuna.
Finally, this evening has a lovely conclusion as one of the passengers on board is celebrating his 60th birthday and everyone is more than welcome to join in the fun! Details to be finalised, but the plan is to have a lovely meal in a village near Korcula, with local dishes, local wine and possibly local music!
Korcula to Makarska
Again, we will have the chance of a swim stop between Korcula and Makarska and we have a special tennis treat awaiting us in Makarska – a lovely, large tennis centre with clay courts right next to the beach! Transfer to the tennis centre at 4.30pm. Return transfer at 7pm.
Makarska to Split
We will arrive in Split after lunch and our transfer vehicles will take us to the near village of Stobrec where there is a small tennis centre with a quadrant of courts perfect for an end-of-cruise tournament. Each doubles match will be timed and you will switch pairs after each round, declaring your score each time. The player with the best accumulation of games (games won versus games lost) wins a prize!
We return to the boat to get changed and enjoy an evening in Split, where the Diocletian’s Palace is the focal point of the city.
Dating back to the 4th century AD, the Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and includes the Peristyle court, St. Domnius cathedral, the city museum and the old town hall.
Stroll along the Riva promenade – the place to be seen in the evenings in Split and choose your restaurants and bars for the evening. Grab a farewell drink with your shipmates and reminisce over the highlights (and missed volleys!) of the trip! Overnight on the boat in Split Port.
Checking out day. Check-out is by 9am but of course you may need to leave earlier to catch a flight or perhaps you are staying on in Croatia for a bit longer. Return transfers/taxis are not included for this day but Graeme can help with transfer bus timings / taxis etc.
Whatever your next step, we hope you enjoyed this unique trip and would like to return for a repeat (but slightly different) experience in 2021!
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Most of the people booking this tour will be travelling from Bristol or London so we strongly recommend booking the Saturday 8 June 2019 EASYJET flight that goes from Bristol Airport or London Gatwick to Split. These are the flights that the Guide will be meeting at Split Arrivals. You can then take the return flight the following Saturday, or choose to stay longer in Croatia if you wish. Please let us know if you plan to take any flights from other airports or if you wish to fly in a day or 2 before the cruise departure day.
The boat will depart at around 12.30pm.
Yes, you will have a Croatian/English-speaking tour leader to take you to the tennis centres and provide information about each destination and Croatia in general. By law, he/she can orientate you around every destination, but is not allowed to give you an in-depth guided walk around Old Towns such as in Korcula or Split.
Yes, you can pay single supplement – it is 50% of the cruise cost. You must also book your single cabin in advance.
Breakfasts and lunches are included every day. Dinners can be taken in each destination at local restaurants and one evening we offer an optional BBQ onboard (costs around 110 to 140 kuna).
You should tell us about your special dietary requirements before the cruise starts and we can ensure that the meals are more suited to your requirements.
They are all clay courts.
We will be organising the first two tennis sessions in the round-robin formats used in the David Lloyd clubs in Long Ashton and Westbury. These round robins suit players at an intermediate level. The third session will be proper 3-set doubles or singles sessions, organised according to abilities decided by the Guide. The fourth and final session will be a tournament, also in a round robin format.
Yes, they can – they are very welcome! This type of cruise is mainly sold as a cruise-only trip in Croatia anyway. There is so much to see and do when the others are playing tennis that it is the perfect trip for a tennis player + his/her partner or friends. The price would be £100 GBP LESS for non-tennis players.
We strongly recommend taking out travel insurance before you go, as with any holiday.
You will be provided with bathroom towels at the start of the cruise but we recommend bringing your own beach towels.