TENNIS CRUISE CROATIA

8-day Tennis Cruise
from Split to Dubrovnik (& back again)

DAY ONE
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.



DAY TWO
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).



DAY THREE
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!



DAY FOUR

Dubrovnik

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.

 



DAY FIVE

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!


DAY SIX
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.


DAY SEVEN
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.


DAY EIGHT
Split

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!

DAY 1
Split to Makarska.

Jump on board and meet your Captain, crew and shipmates! Check-in is from 11am to 12pm and we aim to depart Split for Makarska at around 1pm and get the socialising started with lunch and a much-needed swim stop.

We get into Makarska late in the afternoon, giving you time to go around the town, grab a gelato and have dinner in one of the many restaurants, pizzerias and tavernas that line the promenade. The most popular way to spend the night is at the famous Club Deep, also known as the "Rave in a Cave". Say no more...
DAY 2
Makarska to Mljet.

Our boat leaves early for the crossing to Mljet Island. After lunch, we will dock in either Pomena or Polace and have the rest of the afternoon free to explore this island's stunning National Park and its lakes.

There are several options for this exploration: hire a bike for a few hours and pedal your way around the lakes' excellent cycle paths, hire a kayak for paddle-power or simply go for a hike. We also offer an optional onboard BBQ this evening (either in Mljet or we might head over to Slano or Sipan island) as the setting is perfect.

Optional excursions: Entrance to Mljet National Park (approx 110 kunas), bike or kayak hire (from 40 kunas), Captain's BBQ (approx 100 to 150 kunas, depending on inclusions).
See full details on Go Croatia Sail Excursions
DAY 3
Mljet (or Slano/Sipan) to Dubrovnik.

With some gorgeous bays around Mljet, Slano and Sipan, we are spoilt for choice for a swim stop this morning. We then cross to Dubrovnik through the Elaphite archipelago of islands - a truly amazing sight.

We arrive in Dubrovnik in the early afternoon, which gives you time for some must-dos, including a sunset walk around the famous walls and sampling a cocktail at one of the cliff bars as you watch the sun go down.

There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in and around the Old City, as well as events at clubs such as Revelin.

Optional excursions:

(1) 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? If you are not a GOT fan then we also have a dedicated Dubrovnik Historical Walk that focuses on the city's non-fictional history.

(2) Close to where your boat docks in Gruz port, there is a secluded beach with a 250-metre long ZIPLINE! We can arrange transfer there and back, with a zipline ride (or 2!) included in the excursion.
See full details on Go Croatia Sail Excursions
DAY 4
Dubrovnik.

Check-out from your cabin is after breakfast, by 10am, but you can leave your bags on the boat as there is still plenty to see and do!

We recommend:
(1) Doing the awesome buggy tour - 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.

Wish your shipmates a fond farewell, enjoy Dubrovnik and reflect on an incredible few days!

Optional excursions: Buggy Safari and/or Game of Thrones+Dubrovnik Walking Tour.
See full details on Go Croatia Sail Excursions
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8-day Split-Dubrovnik Tennis Cruise Gallery

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Price Includes

7 nights accommodation onboard
(twin / double cabins)

Half-board meals
(breakfast and lunch) every day

Specialist onboard
English/Croatian-speaking,
tennis-playing guide

Air-conditioning

Bedding in your cabin (bring own beach towel)

Unlimited drinking water per person per day

Tennis supplement includes:

4 afternoons (2 hrs per afternoon)
of tennis sessions
(all on clay courts)

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Transfers to tennis courts

Tennis balls

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FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

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.