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Dalmatia Cruise Adventure - Excursions

Dalmatia Cruise Adventure is an additional value cruise; a cruise in which every detail is tailored to meet high personal requirements. The excursions are carefully prepared in order to give you their maximum in a 7 day cruise.  Even with all the excursions along our cruise you will still have enough time for relaxing, swimming and exploring medieval towns along South Dalmatia islands and mainland.  
An excursion in every destination will give you an opportunity to learn more about culture, history, costumes and gastronomy of Southern Dalmatian islands and Croatia. Moreover, it will give you an opportunity to see, feel, hear and taste the Croatian way of life, its past blended with present.


Croatia Cruise 1. KORÈULA TOWN TOUR  (included)

This tour, led by an expert guide will introduce you to different times. Through stories and  picturesque appearance of the old town you will learn how local people used to live and build. You will be familiar with historical circumstances and difficulties of Korèula town also considered to be the birth place of Marco Polo.  

This tour includes a walk through the old part of Korèula town whose long history and traditions are evident at every step. Whilst walking through the old town surrounded by walls and four towers from the 15th century, you will see cultural and historical monuments and many other buildings and palaces built in the Gothic and Venetian style. Moreover, you will discover how people live today in modern Korcula town which is found breathtaking by many visitors. For that reason they return to its walls again and again. Our expert guide will inform you about the life of an adventurer and a Venetian merchant Marco Polo, who used to write about the wonders of travelling, languages and customs he encountered whilst trading in the Middle East.

2. MARITIME MUSEUM OF OREBIÆ (optional)

Excursion to the Maritime Museum of Orebiæ is a great opportunity to learn more about the sea, ships and the maritime equipment. You will have a professional tour through the most important and attractive exhibitions in the museum itself. Maritime Museum of Orebiæ is one of the most important maritime museums in Croatia, due to the fact that this town is known as a birth place of many Croatian Captains. 

Various historical artifacts of local Orebiæ's and Pelješac history are displayed there; traces of history of navigation in Dubrovnik with ship models, maritime objects and paintings. The museum contains paintings of old sailing ships owned by many Orebiæ families, ships on voyages and in a combat with pirates in during the 17th to the end of the 19th century. Moreover, there are displays of tools, weapons, atlas, nautical books, travel documents, ship's pharmacy, medals etc.

3. PUÈIŠÆA STONEMASONRY SCHOOL (included)

Stonemasonry School in Puèišæa is a rare high school institution that preserves this kind of craft in the world. On this tour with an expert guide, you will be told why this school and Braè stone are so unique and worthy of attention, why Braè stone has such a long tradition and history and why it is known outside the Mediterranean and Croatian borders. In addition to the lectures, you will visit the workshop and the exhibition of students’ sculptures. 
Soft and pliable for processing, but also tough and resilient, Braè stone has been used for centuries as a basis for carving and architecture in this region. Starting from Diocletian's Palace in Split, through the Roman Salona, the Cathedral, the Vienna parliament to the White House in Washington, Braè stone has become popular beyond Croatia boarders and the Mediterranean. Therefore, it is not surprising that precisely in Puèišæa from 1906 the stonemason school has been opened, a place where, for almost hundred years, students are taught how to carve the white sediment, using the traditional toothed tools borrowed and inherited from the Roman times. In addition to school in Puèišæa, there are only two stonemasonry schools across Europe: one in London and one in northern Italy.

4. OMIŠ TOWN TOUR (included)

This short excursion will discover you a rich history and tradition that lies behind small town and harbor, situated between Split and Makarska, on the mouth of the river of Cetina river. Look at the impressive surrounding fortresses on the mountains will have a new, in depth meaning after interpretation given from your guide.  Throughout history, Omiš had been famous pirate nest, and the Omiš pirates were among the most dangerous ones in the entire Mediterranean. Even Venetian fleets needed to pay tax to pass this area. Today, Omiš is the center of tourist Riviera and of the Croatian active tourism, with an outstanding beauty. Omiš is known by Klape Festival (Festival of the Dalmatian a capella singing groups) that is a unique presentation of Croatian tradition and originality. The Pirate nights are often organized and represent ancient pirate battles, accompanied by the realistic presentations of the lost times.

5. SPLIT TOWN TOUR (included)

This excursion led by an expert guide includes walking through the historic centre of Split and Diocletian's Palace. The historic core and incredibly well preserved ruins of the imperial palace were among the first on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979. 

This trip will take you through Split, a Mediterranean city, a crossroad of maritime routes and rich cultural and monumental history. Your guide will introduce you to a traditional way of life in Diocletian's Palace and the life in the city itself including its well preserved ruins that today form the city’s core, the center of 

all major events and everyday life of its inhabitants. Most probably this kind of Imperial Palace was built from 298-305. A.D. and it is one of the most significant original structures of the late ancient architecture mostly due to its preservation. Later on, this Palace contributed to the broadening of the city itself because it evolved on its walls. Unique substructure halls have been explored more and more each year and they are more open to the public. Finally, you will indulge your senses in Mediterranean and sub-tropical vegetation of palm trees and agaves.

6. SPLIT FISH MARKET TOUR (included)

Visit to Split fish market accompanied by our boat Chef is an opportunity you do not want to miss. Early morning visit to fish market is a ritual for the majority of Split’s citizens. Once they finish buying the fish it is normal to join their friends for a cup of coffee in the old town. Feel free to experience this special 

feeling and participate in your daily menu. Fish market or Peškarija (form Italian word: pescare – to fish) is situated next to the promenade and it is opened from 06:00AM offering fresh fish. The most popular fishes are picarels, sprats, sardines and anchovies. Of course you can also find big catches there as well; tuna fish, tooth fish or amberjack. The tradition is to take a short walk around tables full of fresh fish, while chatting with fish sellers and asking them where they have caught the fish and trying to bargain about the price.

7. HVAR LAVENDER PRESENTATION (included)

Before stepping on the Island of Hvar, you will be introduced to the most particular symbol of Hvar – a lavender plant. Your town guide, also a lavender producer, will come on board to make a presentation on lavender plant as a curative, therapeutic, aromatic and most peculiar herb firstly introduced to the local farmers on the Island of Hvar and then more widely spread over other parts of coastal Croatia.  

Your guide will introduce you to the agriculture on the island and give you more details about growth, production and use of the lavender. You will also have a possibility to purchase some of the products directly on board. In any case your senses will be fulfilled by the enchanting aroma of lavender.

8. HVAR TOWN TOUR (included)

By taking this trip led by an expert guide, you will have the opportunity to discover the historical and cultural richness of the sunniest town in Croatia. Your guide will introduce you not just to the history but also to the present situation-what people do in Hvar for a living, advantages and disadvantages of life on the island and many other things.  Walking through promenade, main square and local alleys you will have an insight into most interesting town monuments: Arsenal building from the 17th century, the oldest communal theatre from 1612, St Stephen’ cathedral and Benedictine convent where local nuns produce lace made of agave plant. The lace has been inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List as a unique example of manual labor made without template of specially prepared agave fiber. Furthermore, in the year 2012 Hvar’s communal theatre will be opened again (after long reconstruction works), so you will have an opportunity to see how life on stage looked like in those times.

9. VELA LUKA TOWN MUSEUM (ARCHEOLOGICAL COLLECTION) (optional)

Take this great archaeological adventure and visit an interesting collection of one of the most important prehistoric sites in Europe! Did you know that the area of Vela Luka has been continuously inhabited since the early Stone Age, more precisely about 20 000 years B.C? Archaeological findings dating from this period classify Vela Spila cave as the most important archaeological site in the Mediterranean definitely worth of visiting.  

You will take a look at the archaeological findings of the highest importance: hundreds of pottery fragments, entire vessels and other objects found in Vela Spila cave. These fragments contain printed pages of cultural, social, spiritual and economic relations of the inhabitants of Vela Spila with immediate or distant parts of the Adriatic sea and the Mediterranean area. The museum representative will introduce you to the prehistoric period through interesting stories, maps and items, some of which are still usable. Moreover, you will discover how these knives, stones or bones were used. Whilst studying the remains of a family, you will take an insight into cultural and family life of our ancient ancestors.

10. DUBROVNIK TOWN TOUR (included)

This tour will introduce you to the best places in the Old Town surrounded by ancient walls! The tour itself includes transportation to the Old Town from Gru port and walking tour through the narrow streets whilst being led by a professional guide who will tell you something about town’s history, culture and its attractions. 

You will walk down the main Dubrovnik Street called Stradun that used to be the centre of all major events in Dubrovnik. You will also visit other monumental buildings, squares, palaces and Franciscan monastery with one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe, Rector’s palace, Onofrio fountain. Fountain is a centuries old source of fresh drinking water in Dubrovnik, where you can freshen up even today. Stories and legends about St. Blaise church, Dubrovnik's patron saint, the Cathedral, the Rector's Palace, Palace Sponza and Orlando's column will give you a good insight into rich history of this town. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to explore calm and beauty of the town’s harbor, a place where they used to build, repair and hide famous ships of the former Dubrovnik Republic. Our guide will surely provide you with information on how to explore all the hidden secrets of Dubrovnik and the life of its inhabitants.   

Dubrovnik .... Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik (George Bernard Shaw)

11. CETINA RIVER BOAT TRIP TO RADMAN MILLS WITH A SNACK. OMIŠcroatia cruise (optional)

The mouth of Cetina river opens into the sea at Omiš, a fantastic town location. With its 100 km Cetina is the longest river in Dalmatia that comes out of 5 strong wells at 380 m above the sea level, under two mountains Dinara and Gnjat. Cetina river boat excursion will take place in Omiš 6 km up the river to the picnic and restaurant area of Radman mills.  

During centuries Cetina Canyon was used as a perfect hidding spot for Omiš pirates. Being one of the strongest Dalmatian river, in 1848 mills for wheat and fine grained flour were opened to the public. Nowdays, Radman mills is a restaurant and a picnic place where in the shadow of tall trees and peaceful 

atmosphere of mill wheels, one can find the rustic spirit of past times. After 45 minutes of long river ride, your host will welcome you with a glass of excellent local wine and mineral water accompanied by tasteful bites of Dalmatian smoked ham, local cheese and homemade bread. Enjoy the food, nature and a boat ride around impressive Cetina Canyon surronded by mountains.  


12. EXCURSION AND WINE TASTING IN JAKO VINO CELLARS. BOL, BRAÈ ISLAND (optional)

Excursion to Jako vino winery includes guided tour of the cellar, after which you will be offered to taste three autochthon sorts of wines along with variety of canapé bites made of olives, anchovies, cheese. Jako vino is a modern winery that has opened its doors to all interested in learning about history  

and tradition of wine production. 

The cellar of today’s Jako vino winery was built 1903. First golden prize for the wine from this cellar was received in 1909 at the International wine exposition in Paris. Jako vino winery takes over one hundred year old tradition in 2009 and produces three sorts of wine: white excellent wine Posip, red quality wine Sv. Vid and quality wine Opol, Dalmatian rose. In the cellar a wine producer will tell you a story about wine production including the story about Croatian grape varieties. Enjoy the taste and smell of extraordinary wines of Jako vino winery.

13. OLIVE OIL TASTING AND SNACK IN ZLOKIÆ OLIVE OIL FACTORY. VELA LUKA, KORÈULA ISLAND (optional)

This tour includes a visit to a small olive oil factory, a tour of the museum and tasting of the island's homemade products. Olive oil production today represents the foundation of the island‘s agriculture. Its quality and quantity comprise a significant share of oil production in Croatia. On this trip you will have a unique opportunity to visit a small private olive oil factory and learn first-hand about the processing and production of this golden liquid. Moreover, you will learn how to pick olives, which presses to use in the 

processing, and you will be told about the difference between virgin and extra virgin olive oil. Furthermore, you will visit the ethnographic collection of olive growing and oil production and you will learn how the oil was used, and which techniques and equipment are used today. However, not only will you learn about the cultivation and picking olives, you will also be introduced to the history of olive growing in this Mediterranean area. Once you satisfy your curiosity and learn everything you would like to know about the olives, the next thing you just have to do is taste the delicious local products: olive oil, olives, local cheese, anchovies, homemade bread, almonds, and walnuts. Bon appétit!

14. FOLK MUSEUM AND BARILO ETHNO HOUSE, TASTING OF LOCAL LIQUORS AND SWEETS. BLATO, KORÈULA ISLAND (optional)

In Blato, one of the oldest settlements on the island, you will visit the only folk museum run by a local family. The museum is based on heritage of local family Marinoviæ Barilo and run by its predecessors Dita and Velimir Škrablin, who live within the premises. They treasure collection of variety of artifacts 

and objects from peasant life of Blato village and the surrounding areas. Barillo folk museum covers about 250 m2 and has about 3000 artifacts and objects to display. The tour will last around an hour and it will include a visit to outdoor and indoor display of objects typical for islander’s life. Your host will try 

to show you the life and customs of our ancestors. Within Barilo ethno house you will enjoy characteristic and pleasant atmosphere fulfilled by tasting local products made by your friendly host treasuring old recipes. You will be offered with welcome cocktail of local liquor, figs, walnuts and homemade arancini – the candid sour and sweet orange peel sweets.

15. MLJET NATIONAL PARK (optional)

In the National Park you can relax in the peaceful green environment before your last day of the cruise. There you can charge your batteries and prepare yourself for a return to reality.  Indulge yourself in wandering through a thick green forest, take a short boat ride and discover the island of St Mary with a Benedictine monastery from the 12th century or simply take a swim in shallow, warm salty lakes. You can rent a bike, kayak or canoe and explore the island more actively.