Sunset over Dubrovnik, Croatia with hillside of old stone buildings with red roofs & small inlet beach by seaside city walls.
Turquoise waters by small beach & old stone building with clock tower & sea wall, seen on the Croatia Under Sail cruise.
Aerial view of Dubrovnik, Croatia with its red-tiled roofs, stone buildinga, domes & seaside setting on a sunny day.
3-masted white motorsailer Le Ponant with 5 sails unfurled cruises calm seas on a sunny day of the Croatia Under Sail cruise.
Aerial view looking down onto turquoise waters with Zodiac & swimmers beside green forested shoreline with white rocks in Croatia.
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Croatia Under Sail Aboard Le Ponant

On this 8-day cruise aboard Le Ponant, a majestic three-mast yacht, cruise round-trip from Dubrovnik for a sailing aimed at the senses. Savor olive groves, sun-drenched vines and mineral shores at unique and iconic ports of call, and experience the very essence of the Mediterranean. Explore Croatia and Montenegro’s incredible landscapes, emblematic cities and little-known islands, in a carefree manner of what the locals call Pomalo, meaning “take it easy.”

In Korcula experience the Moreška, a spectacular sword dance, and delight in the intense aromas and flavors of small batch honey, wine or award-winning olive oil. Far from the crowds, discover Vis through its singular history. In Stari Grad, experience all the emotion of an exceptional concert of Croatian traditional singing called klapa. Lying at the end of a fjord, Pucisca delivers a beautiful ode to Bacchus and to artistic creation, giving you the chance to discover local wines and meet a stone carver.

Let the golden hour work its magic and rediscover Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic, in the glow of the sun setting over the saffron rooftops of the old city. The cultural traditions and gastronomy found here authentically convey the richness of the Croatian heritage. Sailing in the monumental Bay of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will leave you speechless at the beauty of nature. At your own pace, immerse yourself in wild and stunning panoramas, away from the crowds, and enjoy moments spent in harmony with nature: glass-bottom kayaking, snorkeling and stand-up paddleboarding.

Sail aboard the luxury 32-guest Le Ponant. This Relais & Chateaux-affiliated motorsailer offers the feel of a private yacht, with more crew members than guests, room service, haute cuisine and refined French service. With three decks of open-air spaces, a swim platform and seawater pool for swim stops, and plenty of glass, this ship invites her guests to revel in the warm breezes and waters through which she sails.

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Itinerary

Croatia, Under Sail Aboard Le Ponant Itinerary

Croatia, Under Sail Aboard Le Ponant operates round-trip from Dubrovnik with visits to coastal highlights of Croatia and Montenegro, and also lesser-visited gems.

Route map of Croatia, Under Sail Aboard Le Ponant cruise round-trip from Dubrovnik with visits to Stari Grad, Vis, Pucisca, Korcula, Komiza, Mljet, Sipan & the Bay of Kotor.
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Day 1
Embark Dubrovnik, Croatia

Emblem of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is magnificently positioned on a rocky spur. History is sovereign here, in this ancient city, now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. You will perhaps be surprised by the proportions of La Placa, the central drag through the city. The sheer width of it can be explained by the fact that it straddles a former lagoon. The elegant houses along La Placa are built in the legendary travertine stone. At Pile gate, you will be greeted by the statue of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, and you can admire the coastline as you walk along the ramparts. But what’s inside Fort Saint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic.

Accommodations

Le Ponant

Meals

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Day 2
Mljet & Korcula

Discover Mljet Island off the Pelješac peninsula. Known for its national park and its protected forests, this pristine Croatian island offers many opportunities for walking with bays linked to two salt water lakes. On the largest lake, Veliko Jezero, a small island is home to an old Benedictine monastery.

Korčula will unveil itself in the softness of the evening, a superb medieval town whose fortifications have stunning views over the Pelješac peninsula. Take the time to lose yourself in its small pedestrian streets and admire its historical monuments, such as the Revelin Tower or the Cathedral of St. Mark. Allow yourself to be caught up by emotions during a private performance of Moreška, a spectacular traditional sword dance, which originates in Korčula.

Accommodations

Le Ponant

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Komiza & Vis, Vis Island

Approach Vis, a little-known island. With your yacht at anchor, disembark by Zodiac in Komiža, the oldest fishing port in the Adriatic, to spend a pleasant moment in a charming setting. Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, set off on foot or by bike to explore the port, its old fishermen’s houses in cut stone, its small market stalls or cafe terraces and get a taste of the gentle way of life that reigns here. The ballet of the fishing boats is a reminder of the city’s essential activity and its strong connection to the sea. A few minutes from there, let yourself be tempted by a dip next to a pretty pebble beach. Opposite the turquoise water stands Our Lady of Pirates, a stunning church that shelters the oldest organ in Dalmatia. You can also enjoy an included experience, such as diving near the shipwrecks from the Second World War or visiting the island in a 4×4 vehicle up to Vis, discovering its singular history.

While Le Ponant sails, a guide-lecturer will recount the island’s rich and eventful history, particularly during the Second World War. Your yacht will moor sheltered from the magnificent bay of the port of Vis. In the sea pool set up near the marina platform, enjoy a moment of surreal swimming. You can disembark by Zodiac to the port and discover the beauty of this preserved haven, which has been timidly open to tourism since 1990, after Croatia gained its independence. Fall under the spell of its historical heritage, which includes Roman ruins and Venetian architecture. Simplicity and authenticity are the watchwords of this rural territory, which is geared towards organic agriculture as well as responsible viticulture and fishing.

Accommodations

Le Ponant

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Stari Grad, Hvar Island

Sail towards the popular island of Hvar, for a day in Stari Grad, an intimate port of call that is off the beaten track. Let your feelings guide you and discover this pretty city located at the end of a fertile plain, planted with vines and olive groves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The organization of its parcels, marked out by dry stone walls that punctuate the landscape, goes back to ancient times. Wander around the small streets at your leisure, discovering the town’s pretty boutiques and gourmet restaurants.

Accommodations

Le Ponant

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Pucisca, Brac Island

The stunning port of Pučišća, located on the northern coast of the island of Brač, appears at the end of a deep fjord. Le Ponant will drop anchor in the bay, and the sea pool will invite you for a delicious dip. An adapted all-terrain vehicle awaits you on shore for a morning spent exploring the island and its cultural riches. In the cradle of an ancestral stone-cutting tradition, there will be a fine encounter with a craftsman and renowned artist, Josip Radić, who makes reduced-scale models of religious buildings out of stone. You will take small roads and isolated paths through vines, and enjoy exceptional natural panoramas, such as the steep hillsides finishing their trajectory down on the shores of the Adriatic.

Accommodations

Le Ponant

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Sipan Island & Dubrovnik

Discover Šipan, a discreet island in the Elaphites archipelago and a picturesque fishing port where time seems to stand still. Let yourself fall under the spell of this naturally wooded beautiful oasis and its sun-soaked hillsides. Nicknamed the Golden Island for its fertile land, it is covered in vines as well as olive, almond, lemon and orange trees. In this authentic natural setting, enjoy the charm of one its beaches, sheltered from the world, for a moment of swimming.

As the sun fades, Le Ponant will drop anchor near the old town of Dubrovnik. Aboard a Zodiac, reach the medieval city and enjoy the outstanding panorama over the white-stone town, at the time when the evening light reflects its warm tonalities on the tiled roofs. Enjoy this unique moment and stroll along the ramparts where some of the evening’s visitors will still be walking. Take the time to lose yourself in this magnificent historical center and discover charming boutiques as you wander through the small streets.

Accommodations

Le Ponant

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Sailing in the Bay of Kotor

Aboard Le Ponant, cleave through the foam and enter the sumptuous Bay of Kotor, as the sea air leaves you with an unequalled feeling of exhilaration. The views from your majestic yacht are on a par with the spectacle that unfolds before your eyes. While you sail through the successive parts of this magnificent bay, the monumental limestone mountains are reflected in the deep-green waters. You may well feel a sense of humility before the natural splendor of the site. Approach Sveti Dorde (Saint George), a charming Benedictine monastery sat on a rocky islet, before heading back out to sea.

Accommodations

Le Ponant

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Dubrovnik, Croatia

Emblem of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is magnificently positioned on a rocky spur. History is sovereign here, in this ancient city, now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. You will perhaps be surprised by the proportions of La Placa, the central drag through the city. The sheer width of it can be explained by the fact that it straddles a former lagoon. The elegant houses along La Placa are built in the legendary travertine stone. At Pile gate, you will be greeted by the statue of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, and you can admire the coastline as you walk along the ramparts. But what’s inside Fort Saint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic.

Accommodations

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Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; all meals while on board the ship; open bar including beer, wine and spirits including Veuve Clicquot champagne (only on Le Commandant Charcot and Le Ponant); evening entertainment and events; daily stocked minibar; room service (except at night on Le Ponant); bilingual French/English crew members; Zodiac and shore excursions (during the 2024/2025 season, choose one complimentary excursion per person, per port of call, from a selection offered by Ponant); park entry fees into protected areas; complimentary unlimited Wifi on board; port fees and taxes (except for child passengers–see Families & Children); gratuities.

Exclusions

Optional add-on excursions or packages; ground services before or after the cruise (unless in Owner’s suite aboard Le Ponant); visa expenses; possible immigration reciprocity taxes; luggage handling; beverages beyond those in Inclusions; laundry, hair salon, spa treatments, onboard medical consultations and other personal charges; cancellation, luggage, assistance, repatriation, medical and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations beyond 14 days after booking confirmation are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
365 days or more – $250
364 to 211 days – 10% of total trip cost
210 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Croatia Under Sail Aboard Le Ponant cruise begins and ends in Dubrovnik, Croatia (DBV). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended flight arrival and departure times are specific to each voyage; consult your Adventure Specialist for guidelines relating to your departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Optional activities on your Croatia Under Sail Aboard Le Ponant cruise may include practicing photography, Zodiac cruising, snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and possible swim stops. Optional added-cost excursions (one per person, per port of call is included for the 2024/2025 season) are available on certain days and may be pre-booked from two months to one week prior to departure, or booked on board; these excursions may require a minimum group size. In addition to these off-ship excursions, a multitude of possible onboard activities keep guests engaged, including themed evenings, films screened on the ship’s sails, spa treatments, fitness sessions with the onboard wellness coach and yoga classes on the Sun Deck.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. This supplement may vary depending on cabin category and remaining capacity per departure. A willing-to-share program is not available. Triple and quadruple rates may be available in select cabin categories; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Children 1 year and older at time of travel are welcomed on this cruise. Children under 18 years old at time of travel may receive special discounts when sharing a cabin with two full-fare adults. A child sharing a cabin with a single adult is considered to be a paying adult. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers is required for every departure. Travelers are also highly encouraged to have full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change.

Aug 04 - Aug 11, 2024
Le Ponant • 8 days
From $12200USD
Per Person
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Aug 11 - Aug 18, 2024
Le Ponant • 8 days
From $11420USD
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Aug 18 - Aug 25, 2024
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Aug 25 - Sep 01, 2024
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Sep 08 - Sep 15, 2024
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Sep 15 - Sep 22, 2024
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Sep 22 - Sep 29, 2024
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Sep 29 - Oct 06, 2024
Le Ponant • 8 days
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Aug 02 - Aug 09, 2025
Le Ponant • 8 days
From $14030USD
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Aug 09 - Aug 16, 2025
Le Ponant • 8 days
From $12440USD
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Aug 16 - Aug 23, 2025
Le Ponant • 8 days
From $13230USD
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Aug 23 - Aug 30, 2025
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