8-day Tennis Cruise Croatia
2020 departures:Sat 12 Sep 2020 and Sat 19 Sep 2020
Route: Split - Brac - Vis - Hvar - Korcula - Makarska - Omis - Split
Price: £649 (A-Cat) or £845 (Premier Plus) for the cruise, plus £100 tennis supplement
We are the ONLY travel company in the world with this UNIQUE cruise! It is the perfect way to combine seeing the Croatian islands and coast, playing tennis at some of the best clubs and courts in Dalmatia, and having a relaxing, semi-active holiday in one of the most beautiful countries in Europe.
We have TWO routes, with both of them starting in Split (well-served by budget flights from many UK airports, including London hubs, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham and more) and visiting some of the best islands and attractions on the Croatian coast, including Brac Island, Hvar Island, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Vis Island and Makarska. 4 afternoons or mornings of tennis are included, making the trip the perfect balance between an active holiday and sheer relaxation.
The perfect holiday for lovers of the Mediterranean, tennis, cruises, cocktails and great company, whilst also being suitable for partners and friends who are not tennis players.
As an overview the price includes:
- 7 nights accommodation on board
- Half-board meals (breakfast and lunch)
- Unlimited drinking water every day
- 4 afternoons of tennis in Brac, Hvar, Makarska, Dubrovnik or Split
- Transfers to tennis courts, tennis balls
- Onboard English and Croatian-speaking guide
Split to Brac IslandYour 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 IslandAfter 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 unotuched 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 KorculaWe 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 MakarskaOur 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 OmisIt'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 SplitThis 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 - disembarkationAfter 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!