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Hiking
2018

The most beautiful walking trails of the islands and mountains of CROATIA and MONTENEGRO. (Formula without transfer)

8 Days - DRD_PP
# Description

Cruise

DUBROVNIK - MLJET - KORCULA - SIBENIK - TROGIR - SPLIT - VIS - HVAR - KOTOR - DUBROVNIK

Amazing landscapes, with special hikes in national parks (Krka et Lovcen) with an official mountain guide.
A rich architectural heritage from the tradtions of the vénéto-byzantine culture.
Beauties of Mljet, Korkula, Vis and Hvar islands.

Croisi +
All inclusive on board

Unlimited complimentary onboard beverages, including beer, fine wine, spirits, mineral bottled water, soft drinks specialty coffees and tea.
All meals onboard for Superb French Cuisine

Farewell Gala dinner

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Free WiFi

Complimentary Samsung Galaxy Tablet for guests' use

Shore excursions with wireless audio system

Port Talk

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Captain Welcome cocktail Reception

Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess

Entertainment : On board professional entertainment & Crew Team show

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Travel assistance and repatriation insurance

All port fees

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A new kind of activity, combining the pleasures of the cruise to those of the hike.

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Stunning landscapes, hikes in an idyllic nature
Hike in the national parks of Krka and Lovcen
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Architectural diversity in the pure Venetian and Byzantine traditions
Heavenly beauty of the Mljet-, Korkula-, Vis- and Hvar islands
 

Cruise

Day 1

DUBROVNIK

Welcome on board the MS Belle de l'Adriatique from 5pm and settle into our cabins. We are presented to the crew in the lounge/bar over a welcome cocktail before we have dinner on board. The evening is free to relax.

Day 2

DUBROVNIK - MLJET

After breakfast on board this morning we have a guided visit of Dubrovnik. Often called the "Pearl of the Adriatic”, the town is spread out along the coast, at the foot of a jagged chain of limestone cliffs. Known as Ragusa in the Middle Ages, the ancient city was renowned for its city walls dating from medieval times, its many pre-Roman, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings. Here we discover the Franciscan convent (13th century) where the Roman-style cloister consists of twin pillars, with capitals in the shape of human and animal heads and floral motifs. Each pillar is unique. Next we visit the Rector's Palace, former seat of the government and today transformed into a museum, before we arrive at the cathedral on Marin Drzic Square, built between 1672 and 1713 on top of the ruins of a Roman church. Our visit also takes us past the two Fountains of Onofrio (1438 and 1441), the Church of St Blaise (18th century) and Sponza Palace, a superb building in a mix of Gothic and Renaissance styles.
We return on board for lunch around 1pm.
The Non-walkers' Program : we have a free afternoon to explore Dubrovnik at our own pace. Why not take a walk along the famous ramparts(1). The walls were built to surround and protect the old town and are 25m high and 2km in length. From the top of the walls, there is a wonderful view over the old town.
The Walkers' Program : we transfer by coach to Plo?e, a suburb in the east of Dubrovnik where we are able to walk along a route dating from the 6th century. As we climb upwards, we are treated to marvellous panoramic views. From Bosanka, we follow the Srd hill up to the ruins of the Imperial Fort, where there are fantastic views over the bay of Dubrovnik. A winding path leads us back to the old town. (Distance 5km (3 miles), duration 2½ to 3 hours, with a climb of around 400m).
We return on board in time for dinner and an evening of dancing. We set sail again around midnight.

Day 3

MLJET - KORCULA

We have breakfast as we cruise this morning, before arriving around 9.00am in Mljet. Situated between the island of Kor?ula and Dubrovnik, Mljet is one of the most beautiful islands in the Adriatic. We set off on foot before boarding a local boat to reach the famous monastery. The distinctive features about this island are its two lakes, Malo Jezero and Veliko Jezero. A Benedictine monastery is located on a tiny island in the middle of Veliko Jezero. Built in the 12th century in Roman style and modified many times since, it has retained its Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
The Walkers' Program : after the trip to the monastery, we have a short walk of around an hour to return to Pomena.
We return on board for lunch at the end of the morning and set sail again for Kor?ula, where we arrive around 2.00pm.
The Non-walkers' Program : one can only truly visit this town on foot, so we walk to the Cathedral of St Mark (1420), a testament to the great skills of the stonemasons and the talent of the sculptors of the era. We cannot fail to notice its magnificent gate flanked by two lions, a work by Bonino from Milan, and in the window we see St Mark the Evangelist, the town's museum housing ancient Greek and Roman artefacts, the museum of icons.
The Walkers' Program : Kor?ula is the sixth largest island in the Adriatic. Here, the undulating landscapes, woods, vines and olive trees, sleepy hamlets and traditional culture make this peaceful island truly charming. Our walk leads us through the hills on Forteca, Naplov and St Anton. Situated high above Kor?ula, Forteca is also known by the name of Fort Wellington, built in 1813. Naplov is a vast reservoir of rainwater situated in the middle of Hober Park - a protected forest of some 25 hectares. After this walk in the shade of the pine trees, we take a path bordered by ancient cypress trees leading us to the Church of St Anton. (Distance 10km (6 miles), duration 4 hours, with a climb of around 300m).

We return on board in time for dinner and an evening of folklore entertainment entitled "the Sabre Dance”and set sail around midnight.

Day 4

KORCULA - SIBENIK

Our morning is spent cruising through spectacular scenery, passing the islands of Hvar, Bra? and Split. After lunch on board, we arrive in Sibenik around 2pm.
The Non-walkers' Program : guided visit of the town and falls of Krka. During this visit we discover the cultural heritage and daily life in the oldest Slavic city in the Adriatic. We visit the historic centre with its network of alleyways from the 15th and 16th centuries and the Cathedral of St James with its unique skeletal stone construction. We rejoin our coach to visit the Krka Falls. The Krka flows for 75 km from its spectacular source near Knin to the Adriatic which it joins at Sibenik. While making its way its way to the Adriatic, it forms many lakes, falls and water currents before narrowing again at Skradinski Buk, which is considered one of the most beautiful cliff waterfalls in Europe. The water cascades down in waterfalls over 17 tightly spaced ledges of porous travertine rocks.
The Walkers' Program : we transfer by coach to the Krka National Park for a walk along the Falls, climbing down the course of the Krka to Sradin (Duration of walk : 2 hours).
We return on board in time for dinner and an evening of entertainment provided by our on board entertainments team.

Day 5

SIBENIK - TROGIR - SPLIT

We set sail again early this morning and have breakfast as we cruise, arriving in Trogir around 8am. We have a guided visit of the town. Built on an island that it covers, Trogir is a little gem with a maze of alleyways dotted with stairways and vaulted passages. The town is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We discover the superb Church of St Lawrence from the 13th century. We return on board at the end of the morning and set sail towards Split. We cruise along the Dalmatian coast, arriving in Split around 3pm. The second largest town in Croatia, Split is the heart of Central Dalmatia. The beginnings of Split are linked to the Palace that Diocletian had built on the outskirts of the great town of Salona. Then it became a medieval town built surrounding the palace and subsequently developed around it. The guided visit takes us to the Titova Obala - a huge promenade on the southern side of the palace. Of the original Palace of Diocletian of Roman times, only the enclosure remains, relatively well preserved, the mausoleum of Diocletian which was transformed into a cathedral towards the end of the 7th century to which a belltower was added between the 13th and 17th centuries. The visit allows us to discover the monumental court, called Peristyle, the Temple of Jupiter and the Cathedral of St Domnius. The old mausoleum of Diocletian has kept its original structure surrounded by 24 pillars. We return on board at the end of the day. After dinner on board, the evening is free.

Day 6

SPLIT - VIS - HVAR

We set sail early this morning and have breakfast as we cruise, arriving in Vis around 10am. Vis is the most eastern of the Dalmatian islands and the least known as it was closed to visitors for a long time, Vis is a pearl of an island that is well worth a visit. With its intact landscapes, a ragged coastline sheltering many creeks and caves, Vis, is truly the most authentic island in the entire Adriatic. We have free time to discover the town, built by the Greeks in 390 BC in the name of Issa at the end of a vast bay. We return on board for lunch and set sail again to Hvar, where we arrive mid-afternoon.
The Non-walkers' Program : We have a guided visit of the town, beginning in the main square, Trg Svetog Stjepana, which is considered to be one of the largest and oldest squares in Dalmatia. We cannot miss visiting the Cathedral of St Stephen with its belltower, which was built in the 16th and 17th centuries on the foundations of a primitive cathedral which had been destroyed by the Turks. We pass by the port and continue our route to the 15th century Franciscan monastery. During our visit here, we discover the cloister and refectory where lace, coins, maritime maps and rare books are displayed.
The Walkers' Program : For this walk, good climbing boots and telescopic trekking poles are highly recommended (not provided). We transfer by coach to the little village of Dol, not far from Stari Grad. The walk takes us through beautiful forests, on the foothills of St Nicholas Mountain, the highest point of the island. We climb down through ancient shepherds' villages to the little village of Svir?e. (Distance 12km (7½ miles), duration 4½ hours, with a climb of around 460m). We return on board for our Gala Dinner and evening of dancing. The boat sets sail through the night towards Kotor.

Day 7

KOTOR - DUBROVNIK

We continue our cruise this morning, and arrive in Kotor during the morning. The bays of Kotor are most unusual: here the sea cuts in to the land for several kilometres, forming many bays of calm waters which in times gone by were regularly criss-crossed by powerful merchant fleets, which made several ports very rich. The luxuriant vegetation in this fjord-like bay is due to the abundance of rain and the mild climate.
The Non-walkers' Program : Guided visit of Kotor. After lunch on board, we set off to discover the old town on foot. We visit the Cathedral of St Tryphon, built in the 9th century after Kotor's sailors brought back St Tryphon's remains from Asia Minor, and the Maritime Museum.
The Walkers' Program : For this walk, good climbing boots and telescopic trekking poles are highly recommended (not provided). We set off by coach for Vrh Polja on the edge of the Lov?en National Park. We have lunch in a restaurant serving local specialities before our walk through the National Park of Lov?en which contains some of the most beautiful walks in the country. The National Park comprises the central part and the highest mountain of Lov?en. According to Montenegro tradition, Lov?en is a holy mountain which has become a real national emblem. (Distance 8km (5 miles), duration 3½ hours, with a downward climb of around 850m).
We return on board around 4pm and set sail for Dubrovnik, where we arrive during the evening. After dinner on board, the rest of the evening is free.

Day 8

DUBROVNIK

We have breakfast on board this morning, before disembarking around 9am. End of CroisiEurope Services. 

Dates & Prices

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  • Extra for single cabin : 593 €
  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%
  • 3rd person discount in triple cabin : - 30%

 

Formalities

Valid national identity card or passport compulsory. Non-EU nationals are requested to consult their embassy or consulate.

Included :
Not included

The cruise in full board from dinner on the first day to lunch on the third day, drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served by CroisiEurope during meals on board, drinks served at the bar (excluding Champagne and wines on the wine list), the accommodation in double cabin with private bathroom, the welcome cocktail, the guidance of our hostess on board, the gala evening, the traditional evening, the excursions according to the program, the transfers by coach for the hikes, the lunch in a restaurant for the hikers on the 7th day, the harbor rates, the insurance for medical repatriation, port taxes.

Drinks on the wine list, Champagne at the bar, drinks served during excursions or transfers, the insurance cancellation/luggages, the scheduled flight, the transfer airport/port/airport (unescorted package or scheduled flight), the airport rates and the processing fees, the private expenses, and the hiking kit.

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

Additional information

Difficulty: level 3

Level
The hikes that are proposed during our cruises are 2 to 5 hours strolls, implying changes in altitude that range between 150 and 850 metres depending on the destination. Along the hike, you get the chance to see and discover some natural or cultural areas which are on your cruise's programme.
The durations stipulated in our programmes are given as a rough guide and do not take the breaks into consideration.
No athlete's training is necessary for these hikes, but you should be in good shape and rested to fully enjoy this cruise.

 

Your equipment

Backpack
It is essential to bring a backpack (max 30L) in which you can put what is necessary for a hike: sweater, raincoat, picnic, flask of water and solar protection.
It is important, for your comfort and pleasure during the hike, to choose a good backpack. You should take a good-sized and sturdy bag with padded braces and a strong and waterproof fabric. There will be no porterage.

 

Shoes
First of all, good shoes should not hurt you and should be comfortable. You should try your shoes and use them a little before leaving, it is important that you feel comfortable wearing them.
Without taking into consideration the difficulty of the hike, the sole should always be of a good quality that is to say that they should be well sewed and not slippery on a wet or damaged ground. You should prefer ankle boots with softened soles in order to avoid malleolus, back- and joints traumatisms.

 

Clothes
The equipment for a hike should necessarily include
• More or less warm underclothes depending on the planned hike
• Light quick-drying trousers
• Warm sweater or fleece jacket
• Cape for the rain or raincoat
• Hat or cap
• Thin gloves and a bonnet for the beginning and the end of the season

 

Equipment
Do not forget to bring:
• Sunglasses
• Sunscreen cream
• Small personal first-aid kit (refer to following paragraph)
• Flask
• Toilet paper
• Folding knife
• Telescopic sticks for those who are used to use them

 

Pharmacy
Your guide will have a first-aid kit for each hike.
It is yet compulsory to bring a personal first-aid kit, different in according with the destination, which will at least include:
• Plastic strip
• "Twinfaces”
• Analgesic
• If necessary, mosquito lotion
• Eye drops
• Intestinal antiseptic…
… and your personal medicines if you undergo a treatment.

Please note: weather conditions may impose navigational restrictions on the program and cruise schedule. In certain cases, intermediate stopping points may be cancelled. In such cases, CroisiEurope will make every effort to find the solution best meeting the passengers' requirements.


NB : CroisiEurope and the ship's captain reserve the right to modify the cruising itinerary to ensure the safe navigation of the vessel.

(1) Entrance to the ramparts will cost at least 13.50€ (based on 2014 prices).

Alcohol abuse can damage your health. Drink in moderation.

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