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: Fly UK to Dubrovnik
Fly from your selected UK airport to Amsterdam where you will be transferred to Sipan.
Day 2: Sipan, Croatia
Visit Sipan, the largest of the Elaphiti Islands, northwest of Dubrovnik. Go to the beach and kayak at Lopud, or sunbathe on the sandy beach at Sunj. Soak in the waters of River Krka at National Park Krka Falls, or visit St Peter's Church and the Church of the Holy Spirit. Hire a bike and explore the island further.
Day 3: Korcula to Makarska
Day 4: Pucisca, Croatia
Explore Pucisca - a pretty coastal town on the island of Brac. Visit the beautiful and popular pebble beach with tranquil turquoise waters at Punta Rata. Spend time at Lovrecina Bay and explore the ruined basilica. Take a stroll and admire the plebeian houses, the Renaissance palaces, and baroque buildings that will take your breath away. 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 5: Split, Croatia
Split, on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast, is the country's second-largest city. It's popular for its golden beaches and bustling centre — which was built around the fourth-century Diocletian's Palace. Today, the palace remains a central part of Split's heritage after its transformation into a variety of houses, flats, churches, and chapels. Stroll through the centre to admire the towering Cathedral of Saint Domnius with its 13th-century oak doors that tell the story of Christ. The Riva waterfront promenade runs the length of the old town and is the perfect place to stop for lunch. See cascading waterfalls at Krka National Park or relax and snorkel on the beach of Brac Island before departing.
Day 6: Hvar, Croatia
The Croatian island of Hvar is best known for its natural beauty, scenic marina, and age-old monuments. The rich culture includes historic gothic palaces and the 13th-century walls that frame the squares. Visit the Spanish Fortress to see Hvar from above; the spectacular views of terracotta rooftops and turquoise waters will take your breath away. Wander St Stephen's Square and enjoy a coffee in one of the street cafes as you gaze upon Hvar Cathedral. Step inside the 15th-century Franciscan Monastery to feast your eyes upon the striking Last Supper painting. Hvar has a reputation as Croatia's premier party town with a wide choice of clubs, bars and restaurants, which offer daytime drinks as well as evening parties. For adventure, snorkelling is offered off-shore and island-hopping boat trips run daily.
Day 7: Mljet, Croatia
Mljet is one of the larger Adriatic islands in the Dalmation region of Croatia. Take a boat trip and retreat to Mljet National Park, stroll around the lake, and hike through the beautiful surroundings. Visit Odysseus Cave, learn about the legendary myth of Odysseus and his shipwreck, and finish by jumping from the cove into the crystal blue waters. Learn to dive with professionals at the Diving Centre Aquatica. Head to the untouched horseshoe-shaped sandy bay of Saplunara, renowned for its natural beauty, or visit St Mary's Island National Park to discover salt water lakes and beautiful beaches.
Day 8: Dubrovnik to UK
Disembark in Dubrovnik and be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK.