TENNIS CRUISE CROATIA
8-day Tennis Cruise
from Split to Vis (& back again)
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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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.