Our earlier Croatian cruise opportunities were snapped up quickly for the cruise from 23rd September (just one cabin remains as at 25th July) so have been VERY fortunate to be able to charter a second vessel this autumn…..Croatia seems to be on everyone’s bucket list!
We now have our own small ship M/V AVANGARD (18 cabins) to take us in some style round the Croatian Islands during the first week of October (a fabulous time to visit - it will be cooler by then! )
30th September -7th October 2023
A great way to fully experience the stunning coastline and islands of Croatia. Sailing from (and returning to) SPLIT. At last they have a fabulous new airport open which has many links to UK and European airports (and railway stations).
This holiday is ideal for those who like to “see it all” during their holiday - and only unpacking their suitcases once! We are always in port overnight and mornings are spent sailing between ports (mostly villages) and enjoying both the scenery and onboard facilities on offer. A daily swim in some hidden cove or beach along the way is always a ‘must do".
Afternoons are carefully planned with various sightseeing trips and experiences explained on the ships video screens before departure. ( All “trips” are included in the advertised price) We have also hired local guides to make sure you get the most from each on your main visits ashore. Of course your evenings in a new village each day will always be a special time…. Its the time to explore to find somewhere appropriate for the evening - with or without fellow shipmates. You can sample the delights and atmosphere of the islands, towns and villages that we have planned for you to visit on our wonderful small ship. Its the fifth time we have enjoyed small ship cruising in this area - very often with repeat clients!
Our route this year is
SPLIT – BOL & HVAR – TRSTENIK – MLJET & DUBROVNIK ( 2 nights) – KORČULA – MILNA or PUČIŠĆA - SPLIT
We also hope to make a brief visit Vis which will be of particular interest to our ex- military visitors -it being the only island held by British forces throughout WWII with various sites remaining to view.
Why not check out the full programme for these ports below watch the video and see the area we will visit!! You’ll doubtless be tempted! If you can go NOW…you will see some bargain prices quoted but it is VERY hot out there at the moment. When we go it will be far better and one of the most popular times of their entire season….
Our ship has18 double/twin cabins (10 x two bedded cabins on the Admirals Deck with 8 on Captains Deck).
Cabins are all the same size - Admirals (Top deck) with windows - Captains ( Lower deck) with Portholes.
Please find more details about the vessel by clicking here.
Fully equipped cabins (Safe deposit box, hair dryer, LCD TV, cupboard & wardrobe cabine
Vanity set – body lotion, shampoo, hair lotion, shower cap etc...
Free wireless internet access (Wi-Fi)
Lounging sundeck with deck-beds
Rear access platform for easy access to/from the sea
Use of hot tub
Porterage + Whispers for shore visits
OUR PRICES NOW INCLUDE
• Arrival and departure transfers from Split airport (on the day of arrival and departure)
• 7-night cruise in deluxe superior air-conditioned cabin with en-suite bathroom
• Welcome reception & cocktail
• Daily buffet breakfast
• Three-course lunch daily, cheese and salad bar
• Captain’s dinner with live entertainment
• Complimentary bottled water
• Coffee and tea after lunch
• Olive oil and wine tasting on board
• Abundant fresh fruit
• Professional Resident Tour manager onboard
• Visitors’ taxes & port fees
• Luggage handling
• Daily cabin service and towel change
• Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
• Guided walking tours of towns: Dubrovnik, Hvar, Korčula, Split
• One-way bus transfer from Dubrovnik port to Old town Dubrovnik for sightseeing
• Dubrovnik cable car fee
• Spectacular evening dinner cruise along the old town city walls of Dubrovnik
• Croatian wine tasting
• Authentic Croatian Heritage dinner on Pelješac peninsula
• Mljet National Park entrance fee
(All those underlined are normally extras but now included in our price. There is now only one “optional extra” on this cruise (supper ashore with a local farmer - book onboard) and your only extras are any tips you may wish to make and your bar bill)
(The ships owners cant think of much more to offer!!)
Admirals Cabin - Upper deck -with window £3530
Cabins are all the same size.
Captains Cabin - Main deck - with porthole £2965
These amazing prices are PER CABIN for one or two people sharing and INCLUDE all the extras on offer .
The plan is Not to make a vast profit but if we sell all the cabins any surplus will be donated to The Vine Trust ( see Google) our favourite sea going charity
In case of cancellation Katarina Line reserves the right to keep the following amount of the total price:
From the day of confirmation up till 12 weeks prior to departure – advance payment (deposits) are nonrefundable
Till 8 weeks...............25% - of the remaining balance
Till 7 weeks …………50% - of the remaining balance
Till 6 weeks...……… 75% - of the remaining balance
Till 4 weeks …………100%
WANT TO JOIN US?
As is normal for us, we ask you to book your own flights to Croatia. (Or get our bonded travel agent DW Travel to do it for you. The contact is Dan on 01637 877955 / 07530 879283 or firstname.lastname@example.org ) He can also book hotels if travelling before /after the main group.
The most complex thing organising holidays like this is to get you to the ship or hotel abroad!! (regional airports…many flight options…extra days in the resort etc etc)hence we ask you to be responsible for that part of your holiday -it seems to work well for all !!
If you live in the south our suggested /recommended flight for this holiday is
Saturday 30th September, Gatwick Depart Easy Jet at 1150 Arrive 1535. You will be met at the airport and taken to the ship in SPLIT. ( Top Tip? You may want to fly the day before - save considerably on flight prices and enjoy a day in the coastal village of Trogir close to the airport in a small hotel we can recommend and have used before)
There are flights to and from Split from many Uk & European airports - you will be spoilt for choice! (Some past adventurous clients have arrived by train arriving at Split station 100 yards from where the ships berth )
Return 7th October, Depart Split Airport at 1000 Arrive Gatwick 1135 - or to your regional airport.
Considerable savings can be made should you wish to travel at sunrise….. or fly from the likes of Luton... Your call!
Our holiday starts on the ship in SPLIT and ends back in Split . We we will however arrange your airport transfers which are included on both Saturdays. We have booked your transport back to be at the airport for the 1000 flight….(leave the ship at about 0715) All our guest must have left the ship by 0900 for the cleaners to invade on our final day. (We can arrange later transport to the airport that day for UK regional airports.)
You are of course welcome to go out a few days early -or return a few days later than the main group. We’ll meet on the ship at 1300 (NOT before). Our bonded travel agent Dan - can advise and book flights and any extra hotels if needed. He is on 07530 879283 or 01637 877955. We know from experience some of you will want to arrive in Croatia early and depart late - either side of this holiday. It's no problem for us….or him.
You will be met at Gatwick if travelling on our suggested flights and on arrival at Split airport - or onboard the ship where the holidays officially starts..Just let us know in due course please.
Please phone Mike on 07977 534949 (til 9pm 6 days a week) to confirm cabin availability.
Send us £100 per person deposit - by cheque or to our account at Santander bank . The sort code is 09 01 28 a/c 96780823 ( Maritime Heritage Tours Ltd) Please mark your bank transfer CROATIA / October and your surname.
Only then please take out appropriate travel and cancellation insurance. Its essential…then your flight !
Its then time to relax - enjoy the many Croatia You tube clips showing what a fabulous country you will visit with us .