Southern Explorer Cruise

Explore the stunning Dalmatian islands and coastline

10-Day package holidays

This unique cruise explores a stunning area of the Adriatic coast between the historic cities of Split and Dubrovnik, with intermediate calls on the beautiful islands of Mjlet with its pristine National park, Hvar and Korcula as well as the mainland coastal resorts of Makarska and sleepy Trstenik. Dubrovnik is the highlight of this cruise and this historic UNESCO world heritage city needs no introduction. The old town inside the Medieval walls will enchant you and there is much to see in the afternoon, evening and morning you will spend here. Our cruise ends in Split, which has its own authentic old town which is well worth exploring. The coast and islands have a rich tradition in its cuisine, influenced through the ages by an eclectic range of styles and flavours, from the Venetians, as well as Ottoman and Slavic influences, with each of the islands having its own unique signature dishes and specialities.

Your Holiday Includes:

Return flights from the UK
In-destination transfers
7 Night Cruise on a Half-board Basis
2 Night Hotel in Split on a Bed & Breakfast basis
ATOL Protection

Don't miss...

The city of Split

The beautiful islands of Mjlet

The old city of Dubrovnik with its medieval walls

Hvar and Korcula

The salt lakes in Mljet national Park

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Thursday – Split

Fly to Split. You will be met on arrival and transferred to the Peristil hotel for a 2 night stay. Croatia’s second largest city. It has some wonderful history dating back to the Palace of Diocletian, built by the eponymous Roman Emperor in the 4th Century. The remains of the Palace are well worth a visit as are the sprawling streets of the old city.

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Friday – Split

Explore Split town at leisure. Split is a beautiful coastal town in Croatia. It has a rich history and culture and is famous for its beaches, like the most famous Bacvice Beach. Split is a famous tourist destination in Croatia. It is also one of the most popular destinations for shopping with many shopping opportunities and numerous shops. The city has a rich history.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Saturday – Split – Makarska

You will be transferred from your hotel to Split port for embarkation.We cruise along the Dalmatian coast towards Makarska. Afternoon swim at one of the wonderful beaches. Optional river rafting excursion or zip line on the Cetina river. Overnight in the port of Makarska.

Embarkation Time: 12:00

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

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Sunday – Makarska – Mljet

Early morning departure towards Mljet, with a refreshing swim stop on the Peljesac peninsula. Afternoon visit to the salt lakes in Mljet national Park (entrance fee to be paid on the spot, 25EUR) to enjoy the sun sea and tranquility of your surroundings. Once inside the National park, you may visit the monastery and church on St Mary isle or rent a bike (optional) and cycle around the lakes. Overnight in port.

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

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Monday – Mljet – Dubrovnik

Morning departure to Dubrovnik, arriving in the afternoon. Explore the city on your own or join a guided tour, followed by an optional cable car ride up to Srd Mountain for spectacular views of the old town. Overnight in the port of this magical town.

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

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Tuesday – Dubrovnik – Sipan/Trstenik

Morning is free to explore Dubrovnik, with it’s many narrow streets, monuments and churches.Early afternoon we continue our cruise towards Sipan isle or the small town of Trstenik, where we will swim in the afternoon, and spend the night. Possible visit to a local winery.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & Captain’s dinner

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Wednesday – Sipan/Trstenik – Korcula

After breakfast we depart for the island of Korcula, the birthplace of famous explorer Marco Polo. Afternoon arrival in Korcula. Optional sightseeing of Korcula and wine tasting at a local winery. Overnight in the port of Korcula.

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

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Thursday  – Korcula – Hvar

Early departure towards the Pakleni islands for lunch and a swim stop. Optional afternoon sightseeing of Hvar, which is the longest island in the Adriatic. Hvar has much to offer in entertainment, excellent restaurants, bars and cafes. Overnight in Hvar.

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

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Friday – Hvar – Brac – Split

Our next stop is Brac island. Swimming is planned at the most famous beach in Dalmatia – Zlatni Rat near Bol. After lunch we start our journey back to Split, making a swim stop along the way in one of the many bays on Brac island. Possibility to join a guided tour of Split with its abundance of Roman architecture. Overnight in Split.

Meals included: Breakfast & lunch

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Saturday – Split

Disembarkation after breakfast at 9am and transfer to Split airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included: Breakfast

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 Flights from London Gatwick, Manchester or Bristol

All local transfers

2 nights at Peristil hotel on a bed and breakfast basis

On board Premium Superior vessel

Accommodation on board premium superior vessel for 7 nights in your chosen cabin grade with air conditioning, en suite bathroom and TV

Half board including welcome cocktail and Captain’s dinner

Water plus tea and coffee after lunch

Professional English speaking cruise director

Three guided tours

Croatian wine tasting

Complimentary wi-fi onboard

Below flight times are indicative and subject to availability. You will be advised exact flight details at the time of booking.

London Gatwick

  • Thursday Depart London Gatwick: 10:45 Arrive Split:14:15
  • Saturday Depart Split:16:05 Arrive London Gatwick: 17:40


  • Thursday Depart Manchester: 08:00 Arrive Split:11:55
  • Saturday Depart Split:13:35 Arrive Manchester: 15:35


(please note hotel stay will be after your cruise)

  • Saturday Depart Bristol: 06:55 Arrive Split:10:30
  • Monday Depart Split:10:20 Arrive Bristol: 12:05

All local transfers are included in your package.

  • Split airport to Peristil hotel – approximately 45 min
  • Peristil hotel to Split harbour (cruise embarkation) – approximately 30 min
  • Split harbour to Split airport – approximately 45 min
  • Beverages
  • Optional excursions and national park entry fees
  • Crew gratuities (optional – recommended amount EUR 10 – 14 per passenger per day)
  • Passenger personal expenses
  • Visitors tax and port fees – EUR 60 per person per week – payable locally

Ports of call: Split - Makarska - Mljet - Dubrovnik - Sipan/Trstenik - Korcula - Hvar - Split

Cruise routes may need to be varied in the event of adverse weather and operating conditions at the captains discretion, in the interests of the comfort and safety of guests. The Captain and Cruise Director will will keep you fully briefed on the daily programme.

The Weather

Temperatures range from the mid 20s in early and late season to the low 30s plus, in late June through September. Winds are usually predictable, moderate and occasionally fresh (force 2-5) in the afternoon.

Your Vessel: M/Y Spalato

Your cruise is operated on one of the vessels shown or one of the same category from Katarina Line fleet, being almost identical in size, amenities and services. For the name of the vessel please check at the time of booking.

Spalato is a classic Croatian coastal Premium class cruise ship; 36 metres long and with 19 cabins, she can access the smallest ports on the Dalmatian Coastline. Spalato, launched in 2012 and refurbished recently, has a huge sun deck, air conditioned lounge and dining area and a large outdoor lounge to the rear.

Spalato is equipped with a swim platform, with ladders that drop into the sea for ease of acsess.

You can spend your mornings reading on the sun deck or lounge – taking in the fantastic views as the Croatian coastline slips by – and enjoying a daily swim stop in a secluded bay somehere en route. 


  • Exceptional personal service
  • Spacious restaurant and bar area
  • Sun loungers on the top deck with jacuzzi
  • Swimming platform for easy access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the vessel
  • Leisure equipment: tender boat (8 max), swimming, snorkelling equipment

All cabins have ensuite shower and W/C, and airconditioning and a safe. Spalato has 19 cabins arranged on 3 decks.


There are 4 double cabins on the main deck – All cabins have ensuite shower and W/C, and air-conditioning and a safe.


There are 6 twin cabins and 1 double cabin on the upper deck – All cabins have ensuite shower and W/C, and air-conditioning and a safe.


The lower deck has 8 twin cabins – All cabins have ensuite shower and W/C, and air-conditioning and a safe.

Your Hotel: Hotel Peristil

Stay in the heart of Split

Located right next to the Silver Gates within the UNESCO-protected Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Hotel Peristil offers an a la carte restaurant. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property.

All rooms are air-conditioned and come with a flat-screen satellite TV and a desk. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Some rooms feature original Palace walls and some overlook the Peristyle and the Cathedral of St. Domnius.

The scenic Riva Promenade is 200 yards away and the shopping street of Marmontova is about 400 yards from the property. Poljud Stadium is located at a distance of 0.9 miles and the forest park of Marjan can be reached with a 10-minute walk.

Split Port with the Ferry Terminal is about 50 yards away, while the Main Bus and Train Stations are reachable within 200 yards. Split Airport is 13.7 miles away.


  • Free WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Room service
  • Tea/coffee maker in all rooms

Superior Double Room (Included in your Holiday)

Room Amenities:

  • Double Bed
  • Air condition
  • Bathroom
  • Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Free toiletries
  • Two night stands
  • Writing desk
  • Chair
  • Seating area
  • Armchair and coffee table
  • Closet
  • Wardrobe
  • Flat screen satellite TV
  • Wi-Fi Internet
  • Towels
  • Linen

We sail in and out of Split, Croatia’s second largest city. It has some wonderful history dating back to the Palace of Diocletian, built by the eponymous Roman Emperor in the 4th Century. The remains of the Palace are well worth a visit as are the sprawling streets of the old city.


december, 2023

Southern Explorer 2024 flight inclusive package

Prices (£) per person from:
Departure dates Lower deckUpper/ Main deck
11/04/2024Special offer £1,198£1,302
18/04/2024Special offer £1,222£1,326
25/04/2024Special offer £1,222£1,326
02/05/2024Special offer £1,277£1,382

Southern Explorer 2024

Prices (£) per person:
Departure datesLower deckUpper/ Main deck
13/04/2024Special offer£696£800
20/04/2024Special offer£696£800
27/04/2024Special offer£696£800
04/05/2024Special offer£696£800

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Croatian Small Ship Cruise, Southern Explorer Your flight inclusive holiday with us is financially secure as we are ATOL licensed and the full package is ATOL protected.
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