Discover the glittering Dalmatian coast aboard the beautiful MS Aurora on this 8-day dance cruise adventure from Dubrovnik to Split.
Croatia’s Dalmatian coast is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, not to mention some of the most stunning natural wonders and charming, historic, old-world cities you can find.
Our specially tailored itinerary will give you plenty of opportunity for a wide variety of activities, from swimming breaks in the Adriatic and quality R&R downtime, to exciting adventure-activities like guided walking tours of four different cities, or a river cruise with oceanside dinner, or a hike to the spectacular waterfalls of Krka National Park, or expeditions like a winery trip near romantic Korcula or visiting a honey & lavender farm in beautiful Hvar, or dining and dancing after dark in any of the port cities we visit!
You'll get a perfect taste of what the Dalmatian Coast has to offer on this exciting and varied dance-cruise adventure, tailored especially for you and for people like you who love to travel, learn, dance, and connect!
**We also have a 3 day/2 night pre-trip add-on for folks who would like to come early and tour the historic medieval cities of Kotor, Lovcen, & Budva in nearby Montenegro (Details are in our Add-On section below)
Daily group classes will include a mix of morning and/or afternoon sessions in a variety of mostly swing & blues dance styles (ECS, Lindy, laminu, blues, blues-swing fusion, etcs), with a strong emphasis on both partnering & connection as well as introducing fun new step patterns and stylings.
Other group activities may include afternoon & evening dances, a cocktail social hour, games night, special dance outings in ports, as well as many other fun "non-dancing" activities. So many options, so little time!
Pricing Includes:7 nights lodging onboard the MS Aurora Half-Board (2 meals/day): See itinerary for specific meals All tips, tax's, VAT, port charges Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer All land/sea transportation as outlined in the itinerary (including shuttles to National Parks) Special welcome aboard dinner with the captain Korcula - orientation walk Trpanj - Matusko winery visit and tasting Opuzen - Neretva river photo safari boat tour Mostar - Guided Tour with Coffee Experience Mostar - Riverside Restaurant Dinner Hvar - Lavender and Honey Tour Split - Guided Tour Krka National Park - waterfalls tour Daily dance classes with world-class instructor Daily group dance parties & socials An onboard English-speaking guide will be with us 24/7 An onboard Host/Concierge will be with us 24/7 All activity & entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary Snorkeling equipment & towels
Not included:Airfare Travel Insurance 2nd airport transfer Alcohol/specialty drinks not included with meals Any extra meals/drinks not included in the itinerary Any extra sundries/purchases while in port or onboard the Aurora Any extra amenities/excursions beyond those already provided
Prices are per person based on double occupancy.Rooms will be assigned in the order that down-payments are received. An $800 deposits holds your room reservation. Full payment is due within 21 days of registration.Single supplements are 100% (ie, double the amount of the prices listed)
Pre-Trip Add-On to Montenegro (Optional): $865 per person (See details below)
Come 3 days early and join us for a special pre-trip extension to neighboring Montenegro where we'll tour the beautiful medieval cities of Kotor, Lovcen, & Budva. Kotor is a UNESCO World Heritage site and an amazing example of a walled medieval city that has survived to today. Lovcen is located in the Dinaric Alps and boasts stunning panoramic views from the mountaintops. Budva is another beautiful historic coastal city with perfect beaches for lounging or swimming in the Adriatic. Check out the details below and let us know if you would like to come. Aug 15-17, 2024: Optional Pre-Cruise Extension to Kotor, Lovcen, & Budva (Montenegro)
Start/Finish: Dubrovnik, Croatia Accommodation: 2 Nights Hotel Included: 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, All Transport, Hotel, Full-Time English Speaking Guide, Park Fees Not Included: Other Meals, Alcohol, Tips, Sundries, Insurance Transport: Per Daily Itinerary Cost: $865 pp (minimum of 10 participants required) **If you are interested in going, please sign up for this trip on the payment page. Once we have more than 10 participants, we will book it for the group. If we have less than 10, your money will be refunded if you have already paid for it.
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Day 1: Aug 15, 2024 (Dubrovnik -> Kotor) Meals included: None Your tour leader will pick you up from the Dubrovnik port at 9AM. The drive to Kotor is approximately 3 hours. This 5th-century World Heritage-listed city is set on a secluded bay, with towering peaks surrounding a rocky coastline dotted with pretty waterside towns. After exploring the area, go back to Kotor and do a walk on the city walls - well-preserved medieval fortification surrounding the historic town of Kotor in Montenegro, offering stunning views of the city and the Adriatic Sea. Included ActivitiesTransfer Dubrovnik Port – Kotor • Kotor Guided Walking Tour Kotor Walls
Accommodation: Hotel Marija 1 (Standard room) or similarSpecial Information: As this day is a holiday in Croatia, the line on the border might be longer than usual.
Day 2: Aug 16, 2024 (Lovcen -> Budva) Meals included: breakfast, lunch This morning we transfer to Lovcen for a tour of Lovcen mountain, and Njegos Mausoleum & Cetinje. Lovćen Mountain is a prominent peak in Montenegro's Dinaric Alps, housing the Njegoš Mausoleum at its summit, a memorial dedicated to the renowned Montenegrin ruler, poet, and philosopher Petar II Petrović-Njegoš. Cetinje, the old royal capital, lies at the foot of the mountain and remains a cultural and historical hub showcasing Montenegro's rich heritage. We continue our adventure to Budva (approximately 40min drive) where we’ll take a quick tour of the town, then enjoy free time to explore. Budva is a beautiful Old City with a stunning coastline, perfect for relaxing on the beach and swimming in the Adriatic. Included ActivitiesLovcen NP Njegos Masuoleum Budva
Accommodation: Hotel Vila Lux (Standard room) or similar
Day 3: August 17, 2024 (Budva -> Dubrovnik) Meals included: breakfast We leave Montenegro and travel back to Croatia, arriving in Dubrovnik after approximately 2.5 hours before making coffee stop in town of Tivat. The undisputed jewel of the Dalmatian Coast, Dubrovnik’s old town is made of beautiful white stone surrounded entirely by city walls, easy to explore on foot. There, we’ll enjoy a guided tour of the city and walk along the city walls. If you happen to be a Game of Thrones fan, from here you'll not only recognize scenes from the TV series, but also enjoy views of the glittering Adriatic, so don't forget your camera. After the tour, you will be transferred to the port in time for your 5PM cruise embarkation.Included ActivitiesTransfer Budva – Dubrovnik Tivat coffee stop Dubrovnik – Guided walking tour Dubrovnik – Entrance to the City Walls Transfer to port for 5PM embarkation
If you're joining us directly for the cruise, plan to fly into Dubrovnik, Croatia (airport code: DBV), and to depart from Split, Croatia (airport code: SPU)
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Is this trip right for you?This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with up to 35 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than on-board activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There is also no formal dress code to worry about. Wi-Fi is available onboard. Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper. Unlike other ships that cruise through the night, we’ll spend our evenings docked at port. This will not only give us more time to dine ashore and enjoy those balmy Croatian evenings, but will afford us many more local dance opportunities! Cruising will mostly take place during the day. Onshore activities and excursions will involve a bit of walking, often times over rough terrain. You’ll be visiting ancient sites and historical places, and at times you may have to cross cobbled streets and uneven ground, sometimes in hot conditions. If you have any concerns, please speak to your group leader before taking part. If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilizers to minimize movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. Your crew will do all they can to minimize any discomfort. There are no lifts (elevators) on-board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs. Handrails are always available.
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Welcome aboard Zdravo and welcome to Croatia. Lovely Dubrovnik features the terracotta rooves, ancient cliff-forged walls and crystal coasts that many people associate with Dalmatia. Your adventure begins this evening at 5 pm, when you will be welcomed aboard the Aurora and introduced to your crew and fellow travelers. Enjoy a drink and get to know each other before your first dinner on the ship this evening.
Included Activities: Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included: Dinner
Special Information: A complimentary arrival transfer is included from Dubrovnik Airport to the Port of Dubrovnik on day one of this trip or from the airport to the hotel if you have booked pre tour accommodation with us. Please provide your flight details at least 25 days prior to arrival so as we can organize this transfer for you. Bags can be dropped off at the ship from noon. Feel free to explore Dubrovnik at your leisure until boarding commences at 5pm.