Croatia and Montenegro - Gorgeous Trails through the Islands and Mountains (Package without transfer)

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DUBROVNIK - MLJET - KORCULA - SIBENIK - TROGIR - SPLIT - VIS - HVAR - KOTOR - DUBROVNIK

DAY 1: DUBROVNIK (Croatia)

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 5:00 p.m.. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Presentation of the hiking program followed by dinner on board. The evening is free to do as you please.

DAY 2: DUBROVNIK - MLJET

We’ll set out for a guided visit of Dubrovnik, nicknamed “the Pearl of the Adriatic”.

Non-hikers' Program: Time at leisure to discover Dubrovnik. We recommend a walk around the ramparts(1), where you will get a very beautiful point of view over the old town.

Hikers' Program: Hike in Dubrovnik. We'll hike to the ruins of the Imperial Fort, with breathtaking views overlooking Dubrovnik's bay. (Length 2½ to 3 hours, distance of 5 km (3 miles), with a climb of about 400m (1,315 feet)).

Enjoy an evening of dancing as our ship cruises through the night.

DAY 3: MLJET - KORCULA

We’ll leave for an excursion to Mljet, one of the most beautiful islands of the Adriatic.

Hikers' Program: Hike in the Mljet National Park. After an excursion to the Benedictine monastery, we'll have a short hike towards Pomena (Length 2½ hours, distance of 4 km (2.5 miles), with a climb of about 100m (328 feet)).

We'll return on board at the end of the afternoon and start cruising to Korcula, one of the large islands of the Adriatic with a hilly landscape.

Non-hikers' Program: Tour of the city and its museum.

Hikers' Program: Hiking in Hober Park and St Anton. (Length 4 hours, distance of 10 km (6 miles), with a climb of about 300m (984 feet)).

Enjoy a traditional sword dancing evening. We'll start cruising towards Korcula.

DAY 4: KORCULA - SIBENIK

This morning will be spent cruising through an exceptional landscape, passing the islands of Hvar, Brac, and Split along the way.

Non-hikers' Program: Tour of Sibenik, the oldest Slavic city of the Adriatic and Krka falls.
Hikers' Program: Hike in the Krka National Park along the Falls, following the course of the Krka down to Skradin (Length 4½ hours, distance of 8 km (5 miles), with a climb of about 250m (820 feet)).
Enjoy an evening of onboard entertainment.

DAY 5: SIBENIK - TROGIR - SPLIT

Join us for a guided tour of Trogir. Afterwards, we'll cruise to Split and set out on a guided tour of the Diocletian palace, historic jewel of the city. The evening is free to do as you please.

DAY 6: SPLIT - VIS - HVAR

We'll reach Hvar, the queen of Dalmatian islands.

Non-hikers' Program: Guided tour of the city.

Hikers' Program: Hike on the island of Hvar. We'll hike through beautiful forests, and along the foothills of St Nicholas Mountain, the highest point of the island. Hike down through ancient shepherds' villages. (Length 4½ hours, distance of 12 km (7½ miles), with a climb of about 460m (1,500 feet) - good climbing boots and telescopic trekking poles are highly recommended (not provided)).

We'll start cruising towards Vis. Enjoy time at leisure to discover the city. Tonight's our gala dinner and evening. During the night, our ship will depart for Kotor.

DAY 7: KOTOR - DUBROVNIK

We'll reach Kotor. The Kotor estuary is quite unique as the sea sweeps in for several miles, forming numerous calm bays.

Non-hikers' Program: Guided tour of Kotor, nestled between the sea and the rugged mountains.

Hikers' Program: Hike in Kotor. After indulging in local specialties over lunch at a restaurant, we'll hike through the National Park of Lovcen which has some of the most beautiful trails in the country. (Length 3½ hours, distance of 8 km (5 miles), with a downward climb of about 850m (2,788 feet) - good climbing boots and telescopic trekking poles are necessary (not provided)).

Our ship will start cruising towards Dubrovnik. The evening is free to do as you please.

DAY 8: DUBROVNIK

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9.00 a.m. End of our services.

For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary. (1) 2017 Rampart Admission fee: €20 per person. Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.
Transport

Port-to-port cruise, no transfers included.

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More info

Hiking: Level 3 (on a scale of 1 (easy) to 5 (difficult))
Level

The hikes that are proposed during our cruises are 2 to 5 hours walks, implying changes in altitude that range between 150 and 850 meters (500 to 2800 ft.) depending on the destination. During the hike, you'll get a chance to see and discover some of the natural and cultural areas on your cruise's program.
The lengths of time indicated for the hikes in the program are given as rough estimates and do not include time taken for breaks.
No athletic training is necessary for these hikes, but you should be in good shape and well-rested to fully enjoy this cruise.

Equipment needed
Backpack

You'll need to bring a backpack (max 30 liters / 1,830 cubic inches) to carry the things you'll need for the hike: sweater, raincoat, picnic, bottle of water and sunscreen.
So that you'll be comfortable and enjoy your hike, make sure that you choose a good backpack. We recommend a backpack that is well-made and of the appropriate size, with padded straps, and made of strong fabric that is waterproof. You must carry all materials for your hike yourself, as no porter services are provided.

Shoes
Most importantly, you should bring a pair of good-fitting, comfortable shoes. It is best that you use these shoes prior to leaving for your cruise. It is important that you be comfortable in them.
Regardless of the level of difficulty of the hike, your shoes should have a good quality, well sewn-on and non-slip sole for wet or uneven terrain. It is best to choose shoes that provide ankle support and that have shock-absorbing soles to prevent injury to ankles, and back and joint problems.

Clothes
You'll be well-prepared for your hike with these essentials:
Undergarments / base layers that are appropriate for the planned hike
Lightweight, quick-drying pants
Warm sweater or fleece jacket
Rain poncho or raincoat
Hat or cap
Thin gloves and a knit cap for the beginning and the end of the season

Equipment
Do not forget to bring:
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Small personal first-aid kit (refer to the following paragraph)
Water bottle
Toilet paper
Folding knife
Telescoping hiking poles if you are used to using them

First-aid needs
Your guide will have a first-aid kit for each hike.
Even so, you must bring your own first-aid kit, which differs according to the destination, but will at least include:
Plastic strip bandages
“2nd Skin” or similar blister treatment bandages
Pain reliever
If necessary, mosquito repellent
Eye drops
Anti-diarrhea medication, etc.
You should also include any of your personal medication that you require (prescriptions, for example).