Departure Date: 16/08/2019
The Mediterranean gem of Croatia is made up with more than a thousand islands. Croatia has become one of Europe’s most popular coastal holiday destinations. On this trip you will get to cruise the Croatian Coastline and to see the Highlights of the South Adriatic.
Highlights of the South Adriatic Cruise by Agape Rose 2019
Day 1: Saturday: Embarkation Omis; (Dinner).
Embark at any time after 14h00. Over a welcome drink and a snack, meet your Cruise Director and the crew and get acquainted with the rules and safety measures. Your journey begins with a dinner onboard and overnight in Omis.
Day 2: Sunday: Omis - Pucisca - Split; (Breakfast, Lunch).
Waking up to the dramatic backdrop of the charming town of Omis will probably entice you to travel up the river Cetina and through its canyon in our optional tour.* Later, you will be able to compare this bit of hinterland with the lovely island of Brac, the homeland of ‘the Croatian marble’. You’ve probably seen this ultra-quality limestone already, perhaps on the front of the White House in Washington DC or Bundestag in Berlin, but the optional tour* to the still-operating stonemasonry school in Pucisca brings a chance to learn more about shaping this stone for eternity. Once back to the mainland, stop in Split. Whether you explore on your own or join our optional walking tour*, don’t miss the Palace of the Emperor Diocletian. Originally planned as his retirement estate, today it is the lively city center of Croatia’s second largest city. Whatever you do, make sure to take it easy in Split, as after all, that is the true highlight of local living here. Dinner on board and overnight in Split.
*Split Walking tour – optional walking tour package
*Stonemasonry School in Pucisca – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Cetina river
Day 3: Monday: Split – Sibenik – excursion Trogir and Skradin; (Breakfast & Dinner).
When sailing along the Croatian coast, surpassing the beauty around you may seem like an impossible task. Perhaps so, but there are sites on the Croatian mainland which surely parallel it, such as the Krka River and its stunning estuary. A coach trip brings you to the small town of Skradin, the guardian of the mouth of River Krka, and the gateway to its National park. The place where wild waterfalls inspire serene lakes, the park is definitely worth a visit. After returning to the seaside, visit Trogir, a petite island bridged to the mainland. A showcase of stunning architecture founded upon Greek and Roman heritage, Trogir is protected by UNESCO, just like the Cathedral of St. James at your next stop, Sibenik. Rolling down the hillslopes towered by the immense fortress of St. Michael, Sibenik is a sight to behold from every perspective. An optional walking tour* will introduce you to Sibenik’s great claim to Renaissance – both the one centuries ago, when the town’s Cathedral of St. James, and the present day, when the town known as one of Croatia’s upcoming gems. Experience its stone alleys and great cuisine in an evening on own. Overnight in Sibenik.
*Sibenik Walking tour – optional walking tour package
Day 4: Tuesday: Sibenik – Vis; (Breakfast, Lunch).
Enjoy the stunning waterfront of Sibenik as you navigate down the narrow channel of St. Anthony out to the open seas. Today you will sail to the island of Vis. You’ll recognize its main settlement, the town of Vis, by numerous masts crisscrossed over the image of its seafront facades. Comprised of the newer, 19th-century harbor area, and the historic, medieval corner, the past of Vis spans over two millennia, hence the colorful array of heritage in this small settlement ranges from a Greek cemetery and Roman baths to an English fort and Yugoslav militia tributes. Join an optional guided tour* to get insight into the tumultuous history of Vis and getting some ideas on what to do that very evening. Overnight in Vis.
**Optional excursion: Island of Vis.
Day 5: Wednesday: Vis - Hvar – Korcula (Captains dinner); (Breakfast, Dinner).
Enjoy a breakfast with a view and a morning sail to Hvar, officially the sunniest of 1200 Croatian islands. This jet-set fave is also the island with the most UNESCO-listed heritage in the entire world, so consider joining our optional guided tour*. Then, hop over to Korcula Island, one of the largest islands in the Adriatic, known for its signature lush dark forests. You’ll know Korcula was a Venetian stronghold as soon as you lay your eyes on the many lion statues which lurk at you from the town’s facades and gates, intertwined with some of the most outstanding stonework you will get see anywhere on the Adriatic coast. The alleged home of the world renowned traveler Marco Polo is bound to charm you whether you explore it on your own or in an optional walking tour*. Overnight in Korcula.
*Hvar Walking tour – optional walking tour package
*Korcula Walking tour – optional walking tour package
Day 6: Thursday: Korcula - Mljet - Slano (Breakfast, Lunch)
Continue to another green island, this time Mljet. The national park on the island is the home of two salty lakes connected to the sea via a narrow canal. Nature lovers will get a thrill from hiking or cycling here, possibly even kayaking to the small inlet in the center of the lake, charming with its 12th-century Monastery of St. Mary. Alternatively, join our optional excursion – but whatever you do, do not pass on setting foot on Mljet! Enjoy a lunch on board followed by a refreshing dip before setting sail back to the mainland and the small settlement of Slano. In vicinity of Slano, the petite town of Ston claims its fame for many things gourmand: potent wines, ancient salt production and succulent oysters and mussels. Our optional tour the Taste of Dalmatia* highlights all these treasures, but you can also just relax in Slano, where we are docked overnight.
**Optional excursion: Mljet National Park
**Optional excursion: Taste of Dalmatia
Day 7: Friday: Slano – Dubrovnik (Breakfast, Lunch)
Take in the last of the Slano cool over breakfast. Just thereafter, you will set sail to Croatia’s southernmost gem and the renowned hotspot, Dubrovnik. Glimpse at its beauty sailing beneath the mighty City Walls, much in the same way its enemies and allies used to, before dropping anchor in the port of Gruz. The optional walking tour* of Dubrovnik Old Town takes you by the world-famous landmarks, strolling down the same streets that the cast and crews of the Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood walked. Whatever you might consider to be the town’s main drawcard, Dubrovnik’s city walls and its courteous spirit will swiftly transport you back in time to when this was an independent republic which successfully rivaled the Venetian Republic. Enjoy an evening of romance, glitz and glam, as you will be staying in Dubrovnik overnight.
*Dubrovnik town tour with a coach transfer from Dubrovnik port (Gruz) to the Old town – optional walking tour package
Day 8: Saturday: Dubrovnik Departure (breakfast)
Enjoy your breakfast before disembarking the ship by 9 AM.
MS Agape Rose has been commissioned in 2017, luxury class. The boat is 48,5 m long, 8.5 m wide with a cruising speed of 9 knots. Her capacity is 38 persons. She has 19 ensuite cabins on the main and lower deck, and all are fully air-conditioned and LCD TV.
Cabin furnishings include a cupboard, a cabinet and a window or a porthole. All cabins are equipped with power plugs, LCD TV, safe. Bathrooms are fully equipped with a shower, toilette, hairdryer and a vanity with a sink.
- Lower deck cabins: 15-19 m2 with bathroom
- Main deck cabins: 14-18 m2 with bathroom
Other parts of the boat.
On the main deck and the upper deck there is one bathroom with showers. Upper deck houses a fully air-conditioned salon-restaurant that sits all guests at the same time with a fully equipped bar and LCD TV. At the rear of the boat you can find a shaded lounge area with club tables and comfortable sofas. Top deck, also called the „sun deck“ offers 170 m2 of space and is equipped with sun tanning chairs and jacuzzi, also WIFI is available free of charge in the salon and in the rear part of the boat.
Return flights ex Johannesburg via Istanbul to Zagreb and from Zagreb to Split and from Dubrovnik via Istanbul back to Johannesburg, approx. airport taxes, a 7 night cruise the MS Agape Rose sharing a double queen size bed, welcome drink and snack; half board: breakfast buffet, lunch, except on day 1, day 3 and 5 when dinner is included instead of lunch, complimentary ½ l water during meals (lunch and dinner), complimentary coffee/tea all day long, complimentary fresh fruit all day long, complimentary snack during the afternoon, 9 crew members including a Cruise Manager, Usage of the ship’s equipment, towels change every day, Bed linen change twice a week, Free Wi/Fi on board.
7 Nights from R52,000 pps
These offers are brought to you by Travel Counsellors (Pty) Ltd. Valid: 16 - 25 August 2019. Offers are per person sharing. Rates for other periods are available on request. Packages and airfares are subject to availability, airfare increases, seasonal surcharge; high season supplements and currency fluctuations. Supplier's terms and conditions are available on request. Offers include airport taxes where applicable. Packages exclude items of personal nature. Additional information available on request. Valid for SA residents only. Terms and conditions apply. Prices and information correct at time of publishing. E&OE. Excludes: beverages not specified. Beverages can only be purchased in the bar, Gratuities or any other expense of personal nature, transfer from and/or to the ship; tips, entrance to the National Park or any other items of personal nature, Taxes and fees, € 40,00 pp, to be paid on board in cash; laundry service at selected ports of call; beach towel hire; entrance to National park Mljet; entrance to National Park Krka River.
*Optional Walking tour package – 100,00 € pp
* Walking tour of Sibenik – including: guide
* Walking tour of Dubrovnik – including: guide, one way transfer
* Walking tour of Korcula – including: guide
* Walking tour of Split – including: guide
* Walking tour of Hvar – including: guide
* Pucisca Stonemasonry School – including: guide, entrance fee
**Optional excursions (available only on spot)
* Cetina river – including: guide, small boat transfer, snack
* Mljet Island National Park – including: guide, entrance fee
* Taste of Dalmatia – including: guide, transfer, wine tasting
* Island of Vis – including: guide, transfer
General conditions for cruises:
Cruising route is subject to change depending upon weather conditions
* Departures are guaranteed. Our supplier reserves the right to change the vessel provider in case the contracted services are not supplied according to the previously agreed standards.
* Guests are obliged to follow ship rules (found in written form on the ship) especially with regards to bringing drinks on board.
* In case of bad behavior the captain reserves the right to ask the clients to disembark