The secret love affair between the sea and wine has been going on since the ancient times and few are those who can resist it. By joining this very special cruise, which includes the island of Korčula and Hvar, and the city of Dubrovnik, you will become a part of that unbreakable bond. A tour of the wineries, the cellars and the local wine makers on the islands and along the mainland coast around Dubrovnik, and the chance to savour wines produced from the indigenous varieties of grapes enables one to learn about the tradition of viticulture and taste the life of this striking part of Croatia. Let yourself relax in the embrace of the sea and wine, enjoy pleasant company and give a rest to your body and at the same time fortify your spirit with this rather unforgettable oenological adventure.
Departure: Dubrovnik harbour.
Check in Sunday from 13.00 h
01.10.2016. SUNDAY DUBROVNIK (D)
Check in from 13.00h onwards (GRUŽ harbour) with dinner as your first meal. Due to the many different flight arrivals the first overnight is planned in Dubrovnik, and introduction and welcome speech will be held prior to dinner. The special charm of this old town are the buildings that have remained from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic. A larger part of the monuments of history and culture belong to the fine but modest Renaissance architecture with some traces of the Gothic style. Use the afternoon to explore the city walls and plan what to do on your last night of the cruise when we return to this wonderful city. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
After breakfast join a guided tour of Dubrovnik. Return to the ship around noon and start cruising towards Trstenik followed by lunch on board. Trstenik is a village and harbour in the central part of the southern coast of the island of Pelješac with population of just 106. Chief occupations include farming, viniculture (the famous Dingač wine), fishing and tourism. Pelješac penninsula is known for wine producing and we will be able to see many grape fields on the sloaps of hills surrounding this small village. Our last but not least stop for today will be at the Matuško winery in the village of Potomje within the Pelješac wine growing hills. This is the largest and the most famous winery on Peljesac peninsula. Here we will enjoy wine tasting and a light dinner. The winery produces the Plavac Mali wine, which is a close relative of the Zinfandel in California and the Italian Primitivo. Overnight on board.
03.10.2016. TUESDAY TRSTENIK – VELA LUKA (B,L,D)
After breakfast we continue our journey towards western part of Korčula island. Lunch on board. Town of Vela Luka is an oasis of Dalmatia and Mediterranean influences: mild climate, unpolluted sea and air, olive groves, fig trees, tuneful melodies. Vela Luka is surrounded by the richness and beauty of Nature. A few kilometers from the center of Vela Luka we find traces of early human settlement at the "Vela Spila" cave. We will have a Captain's dinner on board in the evening. Overnight in Vela luka port.
04.10.2016. WEDNESDAY VELA LUKA – HVAR (B, L, WT)
Early in the morning we depart towards the Paklenski islands in front of Hvar town where we will have enough time to relax and refresh in the clean, crystal blue sea. Arrival in Hvar after lunch. Hvar is the longest island in the Adriatic. Here we can find the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower; also the oldest community theatre in Europe was founded here in 1612. City of Hvar offers plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes that are open long into the night. Hvar is often referred to as the sunshine island. During the afternoon we will make a visit to the Tomić winery for wine tasting where the wine maker Andro Tomić will offer you some of his native Hvar wines and some cuvees like the inovative combination of Plavac Mali & Cabernet Sauvignon. Overnight in Hvar port.
05.10.2016. THURSDAY HVAR - KORČULA (B, L, WT)
During breakfast departure for Korčula, the birthplace of MARCO POLO. Lunch on board and swimming break in one of the bays on the route. Arrive in Korčula in the afternoon. On this island you can find more legends, tales and monuments than anywhere else. Listen to the story of the stone walls, which took over two centuries to build. In the late afternoon we will visit hotel Korsal's wine cellar where we will taste some of the famous Croatian wines and discover the story behind their perfect taste while enjoying a light snack. Overnight in Korčula port.
06.10.2016. FRIDAY KORČULA – MLJET (B, L, D)
After breakfast your cruise begins as your ship sails to the island of Mljet. Almost three-quarters of the island is covered with the dense forest that once typified the Mediterranean coast – admire this lovely scenery while you enjoy lunch on board. Early in the afternoon your ship arrives at the northern end of the island, where Mljet National Park is located. Go ashore and spend the afternoon walking around the two saltwater lakes here which are surrounded by lush forest. In the middle of the large lake, inside the National park, you can visit the Franciscan monastery and church on St. Mary isle. You’ll have the opportunity to rent a bicycle to cycle around the paths that surround the lakes. There are lots of nice small restaurants in close proximity to the ship one can choose to enjoy a quaint seafront restaurant with open fires grilling freshly caught fish! Overnight in port Polača/Pomena.
07.10.2016. SATURDAY MLJET – DUBROVNIK (B, L, WT)
Early departure for Dubrovnik with breakfast on route. Enjoy the beautiful sights of nature along the way towards “the heaven on earth” - according to the famous writer George Bernard Shaw. Lunch on board and arrival to Dubrovnik early in the afternoon (around 2pm). In late afternoon we will visit Konavle area and Crvik winery to try one native Dalmatian wine sort ‘’Maraština''. Overnight in the GRUŽ port of this magical town.
08.10.2016. SUNDAY DUBROVNIK
After an early breakfast say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends! Optional full day Montenegro coach excursion.
B - breakfast L - lunch D - dinner WT - wine tasting
Prices & Terms
DATES & PRICES 2017:
PRICE PER PERSON IN EUR 7 nights/8 days with half board (breakfast & 3 course lunch) + WINE PACKAGE, 1 liter of water per person daily
ALL DECK CABINS ARE SITUATED ON MAIN AND TOP DECK! Under deck cabins are in the hull of the ship
REDUCTIONS & SUPPLEMENTS:
adult on 3rd bed in a triple cabin – 30% children under 10 years – 50% single use of cabin +50% If you do not wish to take part in the WINE tasting activities – wine package reduction EUR 160.-
VISITOR’S TAX & PORT FEES ARE NOT INCLUDED (to be paid on the spot) EUR 25.- per person per week
150 EUR per person upon reservation
Remainder one month prior to arrival
Conditions & Cancellation policy:
The Captain reserves the right in changing the route in case of bad weather conditions.
Departures are guaranteed. Katarina Line reserves the right in cancelling departures with less than 10 participants and changing ship name if need arises.
Guests are obliged to follow ship rules (found in written form on the ship) especially with regards to bringing drinks on board.
In case of bad behavior Katarina Line/captain reserves the right in asking clients to disembark.
From the day of confirmation up till 30 days prior to arrival – advance payment (EUR 150 per person) - non-refundable
29-22 days – 25% of the remaining balance
21-15 days – 50% of the remaining balance
14-0 days – 100% fee
Name change / date change fee – 20 eur per person (valid only if the change is done up till 30 days prior booked departure, otherwise regular cancellation clause will be applied)
Due specific mooring conditions and requirements in some Croatian ports, our ships are moored side by side, making it necessary for the clients to cross from one ship to another with gaps in between ships in order to get to the shore. In such cases clients need to take special care when crossing and do this at their own risk. Crew assistance will be given to those needing and requesting it. Cruise not recommended for clients in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.
CABIN TYPE DESCRIPTIONS:
A + CATEGORY: air-conditioned, spacious en-suite cabins (with double or twin beds) on newly built ships (price includes Captain’s dinner and sightseeing of Dubrovnik, daily cabin service, mid-week fresh set of towels and bed linen), 1L of water daily.
ALL DECK CABINS ARE SITUATED ON MAIN AND TOP DECK! Under deck cabins are in the hull of the ship below the main deck.
WINE TOUR INCLUDES EXTRAS:
Tourleader Monday: Guided tour of Dubrovnik with included return transfer to the Old town; Wine tasting in winery Matuško in Trstenik with transfer Wednesday: Wine tasting in vinery Tomić with transfer; Guided tour in Hvar Thursday: Wine tasting in hotel Korsal; Guided tour of Korčula Friday: Entrance to National Park Mljet Saturday: Wine tasting in winery Crvik with transfer
Full Board supplement:
EUR 115.- per person/week, min.10 pax required
EUR 25.- per week – incl. choice of 1 drink - a glass of wine, or beer or soft drink with lunch
Wedding renewal package:
EUR 100,- per couple – includes renewal ceremony performed by the captain, certificate, champagne, gift
On A+ category ships the guests will be provided with two towels for personal use per week. Extra towels can be rented for EUR 3.- & beach towels EUR 5.- per week/towel. Beach towel can be purchased on arrival for EUR 10.-
Possible from EUR 10.- daily
EUR 40.- from Dubrovnik airport to Dubrovnik port and EUR 50.- from Split port to Split airport. Other transfers available on request.
Pre/post cruise accommodation:
Available on request - private accommodation, villas, hotels...
Cabins, seats or deck, available for coastal & international ferry connections
The calendar is only an approximation of availability. We kindly ask you to fill out the reservation form with requested details to get an offer with a booking option.