tours to Croatia
Croatia: Deluxe Small Ship (30 Passengers) Cruise

The Traveling Professor Presents



 Split Trstenik Mljet ● Dubrovnik Pučišća ● Korčula  Hvar Bol

Island Hop on Our Private Chartered Ship


Now Taking Deposits for the 2021 Tour

Click for Photos of our 2017 Tour2018 Tour, August 2019 Tour and August/September 2019 Tour

This is a private charter - only The Traveling Professor's group will be on this ship.

Pack and get ready to enjoy one of the most beautiful, exotic, and popular destinations to be found. Island hop through the best of Croatia on our chartered deluxe 18-cabin small ship cruiser, the MV Admiral.  There is PLENTY of room on this ship for our small group.  Relax and let the captain and crew take care of you.  Afternoons and evenings are carefully planned to explore Croatia's finest destinations with local experts.  There is plenty of time to enjoy all the features of a luxury cruiser too.

DAY 1, Saturday:  SPLIT (Dinner)
Enjoy the morning in Split before setting sail at 1 pm.  On the way to our first port, Pučišća, we'll do the first of many swim stops during the course of our cruise. 

DAY 2, Sunday: Departure from SPLIT to TRSTENIK/KUNA (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Early morning departure towards the little seaside village of Trstenik on the Peljesac peninsula.  It is well known for excellent wine and beautiful views.   Before lunch a short swimming stop at one of the bays and afternoon arrival to Trstenik.   Today we move away from the shore inland to explore the rural areas.   Afternoon transfer to the village Kuna for a tour of the local church and monastery followed by a visit to a local farm to indulge in a typical village feast with Croatian delicacies.  It’s an all-inclusive dinner with local dishes.   You'll love it!  Late transfer back to the ship. Overnight in Trstenik.

DAY 3, Monday:  TRSTENIK - MLJET/DUBROVNIK (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)Croatia Cruise Small Groups
Next morning, we head further to the Island of Mljet. Join us for a stroll to the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park and enjoy the boat ride to the St Mary Isle, where you will visit an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and a Church dating from the 12th Century. Alternatively, kayaks and bicycles are available to rent to roam around the National Park on your own. Return to the ship for lunch after which we depart towards Dubrovnik. Late afternoon arrival in Dubrovnik, but before we tie the ropes at Gruz harbor the captain will cruise alongside the old city walls while a buffet dinner is served on deck. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

DAY 4, Tuesday: DUBROVNIK (Breakfast)
It’s a day to explore the magical city of Dubrovnik, starting with a guided walk of the old town.  Then it is up, up, and away on the cable car from Old Town to Srđ Mountain.  Enjoy scenic views of the Walls and Elaphiti Islands with great photo ops overlooking Dubrovnik.  Afternoon at leisure to explore on your own and find perfect spots for lunch and dinner. For those of you with enthusiasm, we recommend walking the famous 1,940 m long city wall! Take a stroll along the walking street "STRADUN" – both a street and a square, a promenade inside the city walls. Overnight on the ship in Dubrovnik.

DAY 5, Wednesday:  DUBROVNIK to KORČULA (Breakfast and Lunch)
In the morning we lift anchor and sail to the Island of Korčula, best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo.   Stop for lunch in one of the secluded bays.   Early afternoon arrival in Korčula followed by a guided walking tour of this lovely town and fortified walls. On this Island more legends, tales and monuments can be found than anywhere else while wandering along the herringbone pattern streets.  Korčula has an abundant choice of restaurants to select a gourmet experience.  There are bars and lounges for those looking for evening entertainment. Overnight in Korčula.

DAY 6, Thursday:  KORČULA to HVAR (Breakfast and Lunch)
Morning departure towards Hvar. Lunch stop on the small Island of Šćedro followed by a swim stop at the Pakleni Islands. Arrival to Hvar in the afternoon. Hvar is the longest Island in the Adriatic and one of the sunniest; known for lavish lavender fields and breathtaking beauty. Before disembarking there will be a short presentation of lavender products followed by a tour of the town.  Found here are many historical landmarks:  the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower and the oldest community theatre in Europe, founded in 1612.  Hike up to the town fort overlooking the harbor for scenic views of the ship and the Pakleni islands.  In the evening Hvar offers an abundance of entertainment - many restaurants, bars and cafes are open long into the night.  Overnight in Hvar.

DAY 7, Friday: HVAR to BOL (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Our final stop will be the Island of Brač and picturesque town of Bol. Walk along the promenade and swim at one of the most famous beaches in Dalmatia – Zlatni Rat (the Golden cape - known for its gravel promontory shifts from side to side as the wind and waves constantly change its shape). Bol is a typical fishermen’s town turned into a popular tourist destination. Lunch on board and more time to explore the resort. The evening is reserved for the Captain’s farewell dinner with entertainment. Overnight in Bol.

Day 8, Saturday:  BOL to SPLIT (Breakfast)
Early morning departure for Split.  On arrival it is time to say goodbye the crew and all your new friends.  Check-out by 9 a.m.

The Ship: The deluxe MV Admiral has 18 cabins.  8 under deck double/twin cabins, 10 main deck double/twin cabins.  43 m in length, 8.65 meters wide.   Built in 2016 with 2x450 HP engines.  Photos available on website. Rooms are all non-smoking rooms.  Smoking on the ship by passengers is permitted only in limited and designated areas. We will only take up to 32 travelers on this cruise. Click for deck layout and photos of the MV Admiral.  To compare, a standard Viking River Cruise ship cabin measures 150 square feet.  The smallest 2-person cabin on the MV Admiral is larger than 150 square feet.

How much is it?   $2,899 per person based upon double occupancy for a premium MAIN DECK cabin on the cruise portion.  Add $999 for your own room.  This includes all taxes.  LOWER DECK cabins are available for a slightly lower cost. 

Important Notes:

  • The Professor can help with airfare planning and lodging prior/after the tour.
  • Travelers are strongly encouraged to have health, emergency evacuation, and trip interruption/cancellation insurance.
  • Leading this tour are our expert Croatian guides, Antonia and Stjepan.  This wonderful couple has led all of The Traveling Professor's Croatian tours in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
  • Travelers are expected to be in good health and not have any mobility issues.  At times, travelers may need to handle own luggage.
  • To hold your space, send a $500 deposit made to TRAVELING PROFESSOR LLC and send to TRAVELING PROFESSOR, PO BOX 747, GREAT BARRINGTON MA 01230.  
  • The Professor is happy to assist in getting you the best air itinerary.  Do not purchase airfare until the trip is designated as a “go”.  Airfare to/from Croatia is not included in the price of this tour.  Please schedule flights on departure day to depart AFTER 11:30 a.m. 
  • The Traveling Professor does not accept tips.  However, tips for captain, crew, guides are not included.  
  • As is the case with most cruises, there may be additional charges for beverages on-board.  Wine, beer and soft drinks included with lunches and dinners served on board.
  • Excursions as described in the itinerary, are included in the price of the tour.
  • Itineraries can change at the discretion of the Captain due to weather and extenuating circumstances.
  • The Professor is here to help and answer your questions.  Email him at
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Tour Dates & Pricing
  • 2020: Cruise begins Saturday, October 10, 2020 and ends Saturday, October 17, 2020 in Split.  We only need $250 per person to hold your place and give you best cabin preference.
  • Price:  $2,899.   Single supplement is $999.  Take $200 off for lower deck cabin per cabin.
  • Limited number of single occupancy cabins available.
  • Hurry!  Our best cabins for our 2017, 2018 and 2019 tours sold out in only a few weeks!
  • Every tour is different, but on our October 2018 tour we had 30 passengers. There were 22 women on the tour.  There were 8 couples.  4 women took single cabins. 10 women shared a cabin with another woman traveler (yes, the math is correct!).  50% of the group were Canadians, 50% were American.  15 travelers had previously been on one or more tours with us.  Several people had been on 3, 4 and even 5 previous trips with us.  Everyone was over 50 years of age. We are happy to tell you make-up of our 2019/2020 group before you book with us. 
  • All prices are in US dollars.
Important Notes
  • Click for a photo gallery of our ship, the MV Admiral.  
  • Click for photos of our 2017 Tour2018 Tour, August 2019 Tour and August/September 2019 tour. 
  • This is a private charter, with only our group on board.  This ensures a friendly and relaxing trip with a group of like-minded travelers.
  • For each city tour, our group is split into 2 groups of approximately 15 travelers in order to retain the small group tour flavor.
  • This Croatia tour is perfect for couples,women traveling alone or with a partner.
  • Limited to approximately 30 travelers.  No one under 25 years of age is permitted on this tour.
  • Twin-bedded and double bedded cabins available.
  • On day of departure, please schedule flights to depart AFTER 11:30 a.m.
  • Airfare is NOT included.  However, The Professor can assist in getting the best air itinerary for travelers.

Pre-Cruise Tour Available

  • 2 Nights in Split.  4* Hotels. All breakfasts.  Optional pre-cruise full details released after December 1, 2019.
  • Visitor taxes. 
  • All transportation as per itinerary, guided sightseeing in Split.
  • Price for pre-cruise option: $399 per person, double occupancy.
How to Book
  • Send an email to saying you want to go on the trip.  Include contact info and the name(s) of the people traveling.  Include contact info (name, address, phone number, email).
  • Within 7 days follow up with a $100 per person deposit made to TRAVELING PROFESSOR LLC, and send to TRAVELING PROFESSOR, 3965 COTTON GIN RD, FRISCO TX 75034. The deposit is applied to the cost of the trip.  In December 2019, we will ask you to increase your deposit to $500 per person.
  • Cabin preference is based upon date deposits are received. 
  • For the 2020 tour, deposits are fully refundable, no questions asked, until December 1, 2019.  Please note cabin preference is given in order of deposit receipt and protects travelers against any price increases.
  • Final payment is due 14 weeks before departure. All deposits and payments are refunded if trip does not run.
  • Credit cards and PayPal are accepted subject to fees.
  • Travel insurance is strongly recommended.
What's Included


  • 8 Days 7 nights on MV Admiral single, twin, or double bedded cabins.
  • Air conditioned cabins, safe deposit box, hair dryer, LCD TV, cupboard, wardrobe, all with ensuite bathroom.
  • Buffet breakfast daily.
  • Lunches and dinners as specified on itinerary.  Tea and coffee all day. 
  • Olive and wine tasting on board.
  • Daily fresh fruit and snacks.
  • Daily cabin servicing.
  • Midweek fresh bed linen and towels.
  • Beach towel per person weekly.
  • Free wireless internet (Wi-Fi).
  • Air conditioned dining room with bar area and LCD TV.
  • Lounging sundeck with deck beds for all passengers (at least one lounge per traveler).
  • Use of hot tub.
  • Rear access swimming platform.
  • Porterage.
  • Drink with lunch and dinner (wine, beer, or soft drink).  Additional drinks are offered at reasonable rates.
  • Guided walking tours (Dubrovnik, Hvar, Korcula, Miljet).
  • Authentic Croatian Village Konoba (Tavern) Dinner.
  • Live Music and Entertainment On Board on Selected Evenings.
  • Captain's dinner and welcome cocktail.
  • Professional tour managers.
  • All tours, excursions and activities as listed on itinerary.
  • Morning on deck yoga classes.
  • All Port Taxes and Visitor Fees.

What's NOT Included

  • Gratuities for guides and crew.  Tipping is minimal. On previous tours, travelers tipped licensed guides the equivalent of about $5 per tour per person.  For the entire week of cruising travelers tipped about $85 per person for entire crew.  Each of the 2 tour managers received about $70 per person for their 7 days of service.  
  • Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance.
  • Travel Health and Emergency Evacuation Insurance.
  • Personal Expenses.