TENNIS CRUISE CROATIA

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

DAY ONE
Split to Brac Island

Your guide will meet you at Split airport and we will all board the airport shuttle bus to Split port, where our boat awaits. After welcome speeches and introduction to your friendly crew, we have lunch and depart!

The first destination is Bol, a gorgeous town on the south of Brac Island, for our first tennis session. Bol’s tennis club is famous for hosting the WTA tour Bol Open (previous winners include former world no.2 and Wimbledon runner-up Vera Zvonareva). The courts are right next to the sea, so why not get refreshed with a dip right after a coupe of hours on the clay?

It’s an easy, pleasing stroll from the courts to the boat, where we can get changed and take our pick of restaurants and cocktail bars in Bol’s magical old town!



DAY TWO
Brac Island to Vis Island

After breakfast, our boat will have a swim stop at a bay chosen by our knowledgeable Captain. Time for swimming costumes, snorkels and inflatables!

After lunch we will dock in Vis Island, which is one of the most untouched of the inhabited islands due to the fact it was a military zone during the Yugoslav years, meaning no tourists were allowed there for nearly 50 years! We have the option of a Vis military tour in the afternoon.

In the evening, we have the option of an onboard BBQ!

Overnight Vis.



DAY THREE
Vis Island to Blue Cave to Hvar Island (Jelsa or Vrboska)

We leave Vis in the morning and (weather permitting!) we head for another nearby island called Bisevo. This island is home to the famous Blue Cave, where an ethereal blue glow from the seawater is created when sunlight hits the cave in the morning. We will have the opportunity to enter this cave in a dinghy and see this natural phenomenon!

After lunch we cruise to Hvar Island – one of the island jewels of the Adriatic. In the late afternoon we will have another tennis session before returning to the boat to get changed and enjoy an evening here at either Jelsa or Vrboska – 2 harbour towns that have several bars, restaurants and cafes to choose from…

The evening is free for everyone to seek out a favourite spot for the evening, explore the cobbled streets and revel in the atmosphere.

Overnight on Hvar Island.



DAY FOUR

Hvar Island to Korcula

We leave Hvar Island in the morning to make the crossing over to Korcula Island, leaving our Captain to find a lovely bay for a swim and lunch..

We dock in Korcula in the early afternoon, with the rest of the day ahead of us to explore this Venetian gem of an old town.

Last year, everyone raved about the wine-tasting in Korcula so we are offering this excursion again here. Sample 5 wines (reds, whites, rose and local prosecco) from this islands and the neighbouring penninsula of Peljesac.  

Overnight Korcula.



DAY FIVE

Korcula to Makarska

Our boat leaves early for the crossing to Makarska, with another swim-stop in a secluded bay on the way.

Upon arrival to Makarska, we have a couple of hours free time to wander the promenades that characterise this coastal town (great ice-creams and cakes to be had here!) and perhaps find a souvenir or two..

In the late afternoon we have another tennis session at the wonderful Makarska Tennis Centre. After the session we have the option of a BBQ and a few beers at the centre, to celebrate another memorable day! Overnight Makarska.


DAY SIX
Makarska to Omis

It’s goodbye to Makarska and hello Omis!

This town is small, but has a lot to offer. Firstly, if you fancy seeing a “proper” Croatian beach then the city beach has a long stretch of sand and pebbles that has seawater on one side and fresh water from the river Cetina on the other.

Omis was known as the home of a notorious band of pirates who became the scourge of this part of the Adriatic. The pirates’ fortress base that overlooks the town is well worth a visit as well. As if the town was not spoilt enough with options of things to do – this is also the home of Dalmatian white-water rafting. It is nothing extreme – more like river-rafting with some rapids thrown in but it is great fun, especially with a group!

In the evening, we usually have a fancy-dress party on the boat. The theme? Nautical, of course! Overnight Omis.


DAY SEVEN
Omis to Split

This morning is dedicated to our final tennis session, which is again at the tennis centre in Makarska (only 45 mins away)
After breakfast we are transferred from Omis to Makarska (at around 9am) and play from 10am to 12pm, which will be our round-robin Prosecco tournament! We will have a scoreboard in the middle of the courts and tally up everyone’s total number of games per 20-min session. We then return to the boat for lunch and the chance for a last swim-stop of the cruise!

We dock up back in Split in the afternoon (around 3 to 3pm) to enjoy the last day and evening together on the boat and in Split’s spectacular Diocletian’s Palace. Overnight Split


DAY EIGHT
Split – disembarkation

After breakfast, we have to check out by 9am and say farewell to our crew and shipmates.

While many people will be flying home that day, it doesn’t have to be the end of the adventure, as we recommend staying in Croatia longer to explore further afield to other amazing destinations nearby, including Plitvice Lakes, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Krka National Park!

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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05 Jun 2021

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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.