See the beautiful sights of Croatia on MV Emanuel which has been part of the Saga Cruises' fleet since 2006. Often mistaken for a yacht; this ship offers a relaxed and intimate style of cruising around the Dalmatian coastline. Catering for just 30 passengers, your every need will be attended to around the clock. The four passenger decks are lined with a restaurant, sun deck, and bar. The cabins include an ensuite bathroom with shower cubicle, toilet, and wash basin, as well as air-conditioning and a safe. The ship drops anchor at fascinating ports of call where you can explore on an organised excursion or independently at your own pace.
The restaurant is located on the upper deck where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast includes continental and cooked options. In the evening, feast on a selection of Croatian, Italian, and Hungarian specialities such as gnocchi and rolled pancakes known as Palacinke, accompanied by local wine.
The saloon bar is located on the upper deck with comfy seating where you can enjoy a wide variety of complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The ship also features an outside deck with sofa-style seating offering superb views of the sea. Later in the evening, enjoy a nightcap of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.
Take in the beautiful Croatian views as you soak up the sun on the deck. As not much time is spent travelling at sea, once you step ashore you'll be free to explore and discover the beauty that Croatia has to offer. Activities include; relaxing strolls through the quiet bay of Slano, exploring Korcula's Venetian architecture, Hvar's old town, and guided tours through Mljet National Park.
Day 1: UK to Dubrovnik
Fly from your selected UK airport to Dubrovnik and be transferred to the port where you'll embark MV Emanuel. Set sail in the afternoon along the stunning coast of the Dubrovnik Riviera towards the peaceful island of Sipan, part of the Elafati Islands, where the ship moors overnight.
Day 2: Sipan to Korcula
This morning, you'll cruise past the Peljesac Peninsula seeing scenic hilltops clad with vineyards and fruit trees as you journey to the pretty island of Korcula. Feel free to explore the quaint town of Korcula at leisure which is believed to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. Stroll the charming streets of the Old Town to get a feel for the traditional-style buildings and discover a range of authentic restaurants. Vela Spila is a unique archaeological cave site and perfect for photo opportunities. The House of Marco Polo, the birthplace of the Italian merchant, boasts mesmerising sea views. Berth overnight in the main town before setting sail for Makarska in the morning.
Day 3: Korcula to Makarska to Pucisca
Your cruise continues north to Makarska today, then sails to Pucisca on the island of Brac, the third-largest island on the Adriatic Coast. Pucisca is famous for its stone and masonry; the stone has been used for centuries to build palaces and cathedrals across Dalmatia and overseas. Perhaps take a stroll and admire the plebeian houses, Renaissance palaces, and baroque buildings. Visit the stonemasonry school with its beautiful stone work. Stop at the 17th-century Olive Oil Museum with its old olive mill and learn how oil was traditionally produced. Finish your sightseeing with a relaxing chill on the sand at Zlatni Rat Beach and look out to Vidova Gora.
Day 4: Pucisca to Split
Continue your journey north to Split, Croatia's second-biggest city which boasts a charming old town that contains the majestic Diocletian's Palace. Admire this UNESCO-listed palace - which remains a central part of Split's heritage after its transformation into a variety of houses, flats, churches, and chapels - during a guided walking tour of Split. During your time ashore, feel free to stroll through the centre to admire the towering Cathedral of Saint Domnius with its 13th-century oak doors that tell the story of Christ.
Day 5: Split to Hvar
Cruise south today, crossing the Hvar Channel and sailing through the narrow passage that separates the islands of Brac and Solta. You can appreciate stunning panoramas of the two islands from your ship before docking in Hvar town where you can enjoy a short walking tour. Best known for its natural beauty, scenic marina, and age-old monuments; you can perhaps admire the historic gothic palaces and the 13th-century walls that frame the squares. Maybe visit the Spanish Fortress to see Hvar from above, wander St Stephen's Square to gaze upon Hvar Cathedral, or tep inside the 15th-century Franciscan Monastery to feast your eyes upon the striking Last Supper painting.
Day 6: Hvar to Mljet
Today you cruise from Hvar and further south along the Adriatic coast to Mljet for a guided visit. Much of the island is carpeted by forest and the rest is sprinkled with fields, vineyards, and small villages. The western part is a national park featuring Aleppo pine and holm oak. Within the park are two saltwater lakes, Malo Jezero and Veliko Jezero. Alternatively, perhaps take a boat trip and retreat to Mljet National Park or visit Odysseus Cave to learn about the legendary myth of Odysseus and his shipwreck.
Day 7: Mljet to Dubrovnik
In the morning set sail for your final port of call, UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik, passing the Elafiti Islands of Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan en route. Moor within sight of the impressive medieval walls that enclose this magnificent city before enjoying a guided walking tour around its historic streets. Perhaps explore the city's 17th-century Cathedral of the Assumption and Rector's Palace, before walking around the ancient city walls. Admire the views as you ride the cable car to Mt Srd, pay a visit to one of the city's museums, or relax in the sunshine on Banje Beach.
Day 8: Dubrovnik to UK
Disembark MV Emanuel in Dubrovnik after breakfast and be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK.