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Dubrovnik Dreams tour

Dubrovnik Dreams

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
From: $ 1,169 $ 146 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Sail the scenic Croatian coastline
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed destinations Dubrovnik and Split
  • Visit Hvar Fortress
  • Walking tour of Korčula Old Town
  • Sail the scenic Croatian coastline
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed destinations Dubrovnik and Split
  • Visit Hvar Fortress (entrance not included)
  • Walking tour of Korčula Old Town

Short Description

Get your kicks from swimming in sparkling blue seas? Love a good novelty cocktail straw? Fancy spending your days switching from on board sunbathing to on shore exploring? Then this trip is for you. Hit the high seas on this round trip from Dubrovnik and relish the fact your only concern will be nabbing the best inflatable pool toy to bob around the Adriatic on.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Destinations

Croatia

Cities & Attractions

Dubrovnik

Activities

Sailing

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Trip Includes

  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches
  • 7 nights in an en-suite cabin (twin or double) on a motorised boat
  • Local qualified captain and crew
  • Local port tax
  • Topdeck Representative

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Itinerary

Day 1

Everyone’s a first mate today as we trim our sails and set a course for the island of Mljet. Your responsibilities include swimming, improving your tan and counting shades of blue. This evening, there’s the option to clink glasses with your new Topdeck brethren at a BBQ dinner on board the boat. Here’s to a life on the ocean wave!

Meals:
-Lunch

Optional activities:
-BBQ dinner onboard
-Visit Mljet National Park

Day 2

Welcome to the glitz, sunshine and high rolling antics of the Croatian Riviera. Laze around on pebbled beaches and channel your inner high-roller. Tonight we party pirate style, so don your stripes and practise your finest “arrrr”.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 3

Next stop is Split, where Roman and Venetian architecture contrasts with communist blocks from Tito's reign. But first: ziplining across the Cetina Gorge (optional). Make like a local with a drink in the main square tonight or wrap your tastebuds around a seafood dish at a restaurant on the esplanade.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Optional activities:
-Ziplining

Day 4

From one slice of island paradise to another. Head to Hvar Fortress for Instagrammable views, and then make your way to Hula Hula beach bar for a groovy afternoon. But first, a swim stop outside the port.

Included today:
-Visit Hvar Fortress
-Night out in Hvar

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 5

Our next stop is Korcula, the birthplace of Marco Polo and home to a cocktail bar built in the turret of a 15th-century tower. A steep ladder climb will reward you with epic views and delicious bevs. This evening, there’s an optional village dinner experience to get stuck into.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Korcula Old Town

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Optional activities:
-Local village dinner experience

Day 6

Today we hit the sleepy town of Sipan, where we’ll have the afternoon to swim and relax. After an optional captain’s dinner on board the boat, we recommend pulling up a picnic blanket, grabbing a glass of the town’s famous Dingac wine and watching the stars ignite the sky. Yep, this is the good life.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Optional activities:
-Captain’s dinner onboard

Day 7

Next up: Dubrovnik. Beyoncé and Jay-Z fell crazy in love with it, and if you’re into Game of Thrones you're sure to find your inner fanboy on an optional tour. Why not soak up Dubrovnik’s unique vibes with a stroll along the top of the 1,940 metre long city walls? Some optional sea kayaking around the city walls will put the cherry on the cake today.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Optional activities:
-Sea kayaking around the ancient City Walls of Dubrovnik
-Game of Thrones tour

Day 8

Become Facebook friends with your shipmates and plan your next adventure. We’re outta here after breakfast.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 1

Everyone's a first mate today as we trim our sails and set a course for the island of Mljet. Your responsibilities include swimming, improving your tan and counting shades of blue. This evening, there's the option to clink glasses with your new Topdeck brethren at a BBQ dinner on board the boat. Here's to a life on the ocean wave!

Meals:
-Lunch

Optional activities:
-BBQ dinner onboard
-Visit Mljet National Park

Day 2

Welcome to the glitz, sunshine and high rolling antics of the Croatian Riviera. Laze around on pebbled beaches and channel your inner high-roller. Tonight we party pirate style, so don your stripes and practise your finest "arrrr".

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 3

Next stop is Split, where Roman and Venetian architecture contrasts with communist blocks from Tito's reign. But first: ziplining across the Cetina Gorge (optional). Make like a local with a drink in the main square tonight or wrap your tastebuds around a seafood dish at a restaurant on the esplanade.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Optional activities:
-Ziplining

Day 4

From one slice of island paradise to another. Head to Hvar Fortress for Instagrammable views, and then make your way to Hula Hula beach bar for a groovy afternoon. But first, a swim stop outside the port.

Included today:
-Visit Hvar Fortress
-Night out in Hvar

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 5

Our next stop is Korcula, the birthplace of Marco Polo and home to a cocktail bar built in the turret of a 15th-century tower. A steep ladder climb will reward you with epic views and delicious bevs. This evening, there’s an optional village dinner experience to get stuck into.

Included today:
-Walking tour of Korcula Old Town

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Optional activities:
-Local village dinner experience

Day 6

Today we hit the sleepy town of Sipan, where we’ll have the afternoon to swim and relax. After an optional captain’s dinner on board the boat, we recommend pulling up a picnic blanket, grabbing a glass of the town’s famous Dingac wine and watching the stars ignite the sky. Yep, this is the good life.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Optional activities:
-Captain’s dinner onboard

Day 7

Next up: Dubrovnik. Beyoncé and Jay-Z fell crazy in love with it, and if you're into Game of Thrones you're sure to find your inner fanboy on an optional tour. Why not soak up Dubrovnik's unique vibes with a stroll along the top of the 1,940 metre long city walls? Some optional sea kayaking around the city walls will put the cherry on the cake today.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Optional activities:
-Sea kayaking around the ancient City Walls of Dubrovnik
-Game of Thrones tour

Day 8

Become Facebook friends with your shipmates and plan your next adventure. We're outta here after breakfast.

Meals:
-Breakfast

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Extremely knowledgeable

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Amazing staff who are very friendly and also extremely knowledgeable. My trip was amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it. I did the Spirit of Europe last year and couldn’t recommend Topdeck enough.
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Fast-Paced Tour of Western Europe that highlighted most Bucket List Sights. Awesome Company. Great Food and Tour Leader

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I jumped on this tour with very little notice and planning, and I was thoroughly impressed. Our Topdeck trip leader was very knowledgeable, fun, and adjusted the trip to the group (34 people). The meals provided were delicious, and they worked hard to cater to dietary needs. Accommodations were good, typically with 2-6 people in a hostel room. Keep in mind they are hostels, not hotels (bring your own towel).

I loved the itinerary, as it highlighted the must-see places and had variety (ex. Paris, Rome vs. Switzerland). The optionals in each city were all wonderful. However, many were not presented in the Topdeck literature online and were not introduced on the trip more than a day in advance. All are paid for in cash (Euros). Because of how the optionals were presented, it was a bit harder to budget. I would recommend inquiring more about the optionals when booking and at the beginning of your tour via your trip leader. Don't feel pressured to do all of them and remember to keep your own interests in mind.

The solo travelers easily found others with similar interests to explore with. For many on this trip, drinking and going out to bars/clubs was a major component (as alcohol is often cheaper than water). Because of the shortness of this tour along with all the destinations, prepare for lots of driving and to make the most of the time you have in each city.

This trip provided am amazing sampling of Western Europe and opened my eyes to cultures and history I was unfamiliar with. Overall, I would highly recommend this itinerary and touring company, as it provided a good balance between budget and experiences.

P.S. Stay flexible with plans, but some of the popular sights need more pre-planning than expected, like the Eiffel Tower and the Anne Frank House (Amsterdam).
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Overall amazing value. Food, particularly by Topdeck staff, excellent. Spontaneous/flexible; be prepared to pay for lots of extra excursions, on and off your itinerary, in cash.

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Food was excellent. Accomodations were better than expected: hostels, but usually with in-suite bathrooms and always only with other members of your tour of the same gender. Don't try to overplan; trip is quite spontaneous and flexible and you won't know much about the schedule/optionals for each city more than a day or so in advance. Optionals will be plentiful and paid in cash. Only do those that are right for you, even if your trip leader really encourages them and most other people are going. These trips are great for solo travelers, but make sure you find people interested in the same things as you...it will probably be easy to find groups to go to bars and clubs with in the evenings, but harder to find people who prefer other evening plans. Driver was excellent and bus was very comfortable and clean, but be prepared to spend a lot of time on it as there is no driving at night. Trip leader extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful. Overall, excellent value and a trip with plenty of time to see the bucket list highlights in each city.
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Winter Spirit around Europe!

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I did the 24 day Winter Spirit around Europe! I would definitely recommend booking a Topdeck tour! It was the best experience ever. Doing my second Topdeck in July around New Zealand!
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Most amazing experience ever!

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Did Uluru discovery in Australia and Grand Kiwi in NZ back in November and it was the most amazing experience ever! Awesome guide and driver. Well organized and took great care of us!
Only one bad hostel accommodation wise, but other than that it was amazing.
It was so nice not having to worry about accommodations, transportation, and most meals when we got there! On the days it wasn’t included, the guide/driver would tell us what’s in the area!
For sure will be doing another topdeck tour in the future!
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Extremely knowledgeable

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My partner and I just completed the 20 day Discover Winter tour and it was absolutely outstanding! What really made the trip though was the Trip Leader, Alex, and the driver, Deyan. They were both extremely knowledgeable people and explained everything we needed to know to enjoy every place we went to. I highly recommend this tour and hope that everybody else has the opportunity to meet Alex and Deyan.
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Accomodations

We use a fleet of Traditional Ensuite, Traditional Ensuite Plus, Premium and Premium Superior boats during the summer, all of which have en-suite cabins. Boats range in size from 25 to 40 metres, and can comfortably carry/sleep up to 36 people.

Though the boats are rigged for sailing, all possess diesel engines of varying horsepower. As such, this is not strictly a 'sailing' trip – but an awesome nautical adventure all the same!

The cabins can be either on deck or below deck, and are generally small as there is limited space on the boat – so please pack light.

If you are a solo traveller, you’ll share a twin room with someone of the same sex.

All of our Croatia boat trips include daily buffet breakfasts and three-course lunches, except breakfast on the first day of your trip and lunch on the last day of your trip.

Each boat has a local chef, who’ll serve up fresh local flavours each day. If you have any dietary requirements, your chef will make every effort to cater to your specific needs – as long as you advise your travel agent (or the Topdeck reservations team) in advance.

Your boat:

Petrina (Traditional Ensuite)

Cruising Croatia’s azure waters since 1871, the Petrina is one of the oldest ships on the Adriatic Sea. Once used for transporting cargo between the islands, the boat is now decked out with lots of added comforts, but still features its antique wooden interior. With the Petrina’s friendly crew at the helm, you’ll get to experience a taste of traditional Croatian sailing on board this 150-year-old ship!

Traditional Ensuite

Cabins are either on deck or below deck. If you are in an on-deck cabin, you may be on the main deck or on the top deck.

The cabins do not have air conditioning. However, most boats have air conditioning units in the communal areas, which may be put on for some time during the night.

If the weather gets extremely hot, the crew may provide fans for the boat.

Boat Crew

The boat crew consists of a captain, one or two deckhands, a bartender and a chef to whom will be on hand to ensure your trip is the highlight of your experience in Croatia.

The captain is solely responsible for the boat while at sea and it is therefore important that you heed the captain’s advice at all times for your own safety.

All of our captains are local to the area and have been sailing the Croatian coastline for many years – so you can rest assured you’re in capable hands!

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Meals Included:

Evening meals are not included, giving you plenty of free time to discover the local cuisine on offer in each destination. Due to this our guides have a range of recommendations for you and your new Topdeck family to try out in each city.

Keep in mind that some restaurants can be very busy during the peak season and getting space for a large group can be difficult, so menus and prices can vary. There’s no pressure for you to dine at the restaurants suggested if you’d prefer to do your own thing, so be sure to ask your guide for other recommendations.

 

Drinks

Bringing food and drinks on board is not permitted. All drinks are sold on the boat at reasonable prices.

To avoid the hassle of having to worry about always needing cash to purchase drinks on board, we run a bar tab for every passenger. Your tabs are tallied up and made available to you each day so that it is never a surprise as to how much you have bought. All bar tabs are to be paid in cash on the second last day of your trip.

Please note: At Topdeck we always consider our customers’ health and safety. We ask that you drink responsibly and bear in mind that in some countries, alcohol measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Consider your limits – and remember that Croatia is a beautiful country, which is hard to see while feeling ill!

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