Gay Cruise Croatia
3rd – 15th August 2023

DAY 1: Thursday, 3rd August Welcome to Split

Hermes Holidays welcomes you to Croatia and the DALMATIAN DREAM. Our stunning hotel is a gay paradise! It overlooks Diocletian’s Palace and is the perfect base to start exploring Split. This afternoon come up to the rooftop bar and pool where you can meet your new cruise buddies. Later that evening, as the sun sets over the city please join us on the rooftop for our Welcome Reception.(D)

DAY 2: Friday, 4th August Split

After breakfast we start the morning with an included walking tour of this fascinating city. Highlights include Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace and the Golden Gate. You then have a full day and night to explore this historic, UNESCO World Heritage listed city, and its surrounds. For those of you who feel adventurous, and would like to see some more, you have the choice of either white water rafting down the Cetina River, or zip lining an incredible 2km's above the river canyon – both are adrenalin pumping experiences you’ll never forget – which one will you choose? (B)

DAY 3: Saturday, 5th August Split to Primošten

After another sumptuous breakfast you’ll have time this morning for some last-minute shopping before we board our superyacht at 12pm. Head to the bar, grab a drink and make your way to the upper deck as we sail out of Split harbour towards Northern Dalmatia. Lunch will be served in the dining room before we make the first of many swim stops during our weeklong cruise.

In the late afternoon we’ll dock in the resort town of Primošten, which is often described as Croatia’s prettiest town. The rest of the afternoon and evening are yours to stroll through the old town and dine at one of the local taverns by the beach. And for those of you who love to party, Aurora – Croatia’s largest outdoor nightclub, is located here. (B,L)

DAY 4: Sunday, 6th August Primošten – Kornati / Telašćica

Today we’ll continue sailing north through the stunning Kornati Archipelago which is made up of 140 islands. With its natural beauty, numerous coves and crystal-clear blue waters, it’s easy to see why this part of Croatia has been designated a national park. We’ll visit the iconic island of Telašćica whose dramatic coastline needs to be seen to be believed. This evening we’ll dock in a secluded bay and hold our inaugural gay old Kaftan party as the sunsets over the iconic white cliffs.(B,L,D) 

DAY 5: Monday, 7th August Telašćica – Zadar

Was Alfred Hitchcock right when he said, “Zadar has the most beautiful sunsets in the world?” Find out the city’s stories and secrets from your private driver as you tour the city in a convoy of TukTuk’s where you’ll take in the main sights. We’ll finish the tour with tastings at Degarra Winery before returning you to the ship where you’ll have the evening to continue exploring. (B,L)

DAY 6: Tuesday, 8th August Zadar – Krka Waterfalls / Šibenik

This morning we sail from Zadar to Skradin where we’ll transfer onto a smaller boat and sail up the stunning Krka River to the entrance of the Krka National Park, famous for its spectacular cascading waterfalls – one of the most photographed and beautiful sights in Croatia. Later we’ll rejoin the ship for a late lunch as we sail towards the medieval city of Šibenik where you’ll have the evening free to dine at a local restaurant. You’ll be spoilt for choice as it’s a foodie’s paradise. Be sure to try their local prosciutto – they’re famous for it! (B,L)

DAY 7: Wednesday, 9th August Šibenik – Vis

Today we continue our cruise towards the gorgeous island of Vis which was the setting for the movie Mamma Mia 2. This afternoon we drop anchor, and all gather on the pool deck for our 70’s inspired Tea Dance – it's gay, it's glam, it's Studio 54 on the water baby!

On arrival in Vis, we’ll learn about the strategic role the island played in the military defence of Croatia as we tour their underground bunkers. One of the bunkers is now a wine cellar for Lipanović Winery, where we will be able to taste the best wines Dalmatia has to offer(B,L)

DAY 8: Thursday, 10th August Vis – Biševo (Blue Cave) / Hvar

This morning we set sail and cruise towards the little island of Biševo, to visit the magical Blue Cave (weather permitting) – a magnificent natural phenomenon where, once inside, the water turns a spectacular electric blue.

Our next destination is the uber-cool town of Hvar, where every night is a Saturday night! It’s long been a favourite destination of the international jet set and for party people from around the world, so tonight we are going to shake it up! We’ll arrive at Hvar in the afternoon where we’ve arranged a walking tour of this extraordinary town. It’s then time to change into your dancing shoes as we watch the sunset from the legendary Hula Hula Bar before catching a water taxi to the world-famous Carpe Diem nightclub. (B,L)

DAY 9: Friday, 11th August Hvar – Bol – Milna

When you wake up, a beautiful breakfast will be waiting on deck for you, as we sail towards the town of Bol, which is located on the island of Brač. Bol is known for its famous Zlatni Rat beach (Golden Horn), a natural phenomenon that makes this one of the most “instagrammed” beaches in the world. Spend the day swimming, sunning and relaxing or enjoying the numerous water sports that are available there. 

This evening the captain invites you to join him onboard for our Farewell Captain’s Dinner as we sail towards the island of Milna where we will overnight.  (B,D)

DAY 10: Saturday, 12th August Split – Mali Ston – Dubrovnik

After an early breakfast we say goodbye to our ship and board our luxury coach as we drive to Dubrovnik – the true pearl of the Adriatic. On the way we’ll stop at Mali Ston – considered to be one of the best oyster producing areas in Europe. Our guided tour of this beautiful area will end in a delicious oyster tasting. 

Later this afternoon we’ll check into our stunning 5-star luxury resort hotel. Cocktails by the pool anyone? This evening we’ll head into the old town and check out Milk, Dubrovnik’s pumping gay bar. (B,L)

DAY 11: Sunday, 13th August Dubrovnik

This morning, after a relaxed breakfast, join our included guided tour of Dubrovnik which includes a cable car ride up  Mount Srd for spectacular views and the opportunity to visit the Croatian War of Independence Museum. 

This afternoon we’ll take a short drive to Coral Beach Club, where the chilled tunes will be pumping and the cocktails flowing. We’ve got you a bed and umbrella booked by the waterfront – all you need to do is relax and top up your tan.  (B)

DAY 12: Monday, 14th August Dubrovnik

A final free day to just relax and enjoy – why not spoil yourself and book a waterfront cabana at the hotel and a treatment at the spa? Tonight, it’s time to say goodbye to new friends and toast great memories at our Farewell Party at Fratellos Prosecco Bar. (B,D)

DAY 13: Tuesday, 15th August Dubrovnik

Our DALMATIAN DREAM comes to an end after breakfast this morning. (B)

Legend: (B) – Breakfast, (L) – Lunch, (D) – Dinner