Tailor-Made Holiday

Cruise the Dalmatian Coast

11 days

from £2,935pp (excluding flights)

Combining land and sea this cruise offers an exciting voyage of discovery. Stay three nights at Hotel Excelsior in Dubrovnik, exploring Dubrovnik's historical gems before boarding the MY Callisto for a seven-night cruise along the Dalmatian Coast.

  • Wander around the enchanting old town of Split.
  • Sail through the deepest natural fjord in Europe on the approach to Montenegro.
  • Visit some of the greatest wine regions in Croatia including Korcula and Sibenik.
  • Sailing Dates from June 2019 to September 2019.

Board the MY Callisto, an elegant 17 cabin classic motor yacht on which you spend seven nights cruising along the stunning Dalmatian Coast. Speckled with islands and national parks, including Krka and Kornati, there is plenty of opportunity for land-based exploration, including Rab and Korcula and as well as discovering hidden coves with crystal clear blue waters. 

Unique experiences on board and off the ship

MY Callisto is very proud of their service on board, which is discreet and personal at the same time. An evening highlight on board is the local flavour night with a local band and artists. Excursions are designed to give guests an insight into the way of life of the locals without intruding. At the same time, they will also visit the major sites and “must see” places including local wildlife reserves.

Why Cruise?

A small ship offers the opportunity to intimately explore the unique Dalmatian coastline, accessing unspoilt coves, atolls and villages accessible by small ship only.

What is given back?

Variety Cruises work with local communities, charities, wildlife projects, and undertake beach clean-ups in the destinations in which they operate.
Due to their small ships, they cannot carry all supplies and hence source a lot from local providers making this a valuable contribution to the local economy.

Sustainable best practice

MY Callisto applies environmentally friendly waste management and disposal scheme. They have recently implemented a no single plastic use policy on board. Due to their small group sizes, they have a low environmental impact on the destinations they visit.

Guides and specialists

All excursions on shore are escorted by a local guide providing important and interesting insights.

Steppes' Value Add

50 Euro on board credit.

If you prefer a private charter then we can recommend some beautiful private yachts or gulets such as the Gulet Pacha, a 4-cabin private gulet offering tailored cruising options. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 2935 £ 250
  Click here to see what is included/excluded

what is included

  • Airport Transfers
  • Meals on board the cruise
  • Seven nights on board the MY Callisto
  • Three nights accommodation in Dubrovnik

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Arrival day. Transfer from the airport to your hotel.

You will be staying at Hotel Excelsior, bed and breakfast

Day 2

Independent Sightseeing in Dubrovnik
Explore Dubrovnik on your own for the next two days. George Bernard Shaw was so enchanted by this beautiful city, about which he said "those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik and see Dubrovnik", as well as famously describes it as "the pearl of the Adriatic". Dubrovnik truly is a stunning city with its amazing Old Town, which became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. A magnificent curtain of walls surrounds marble streets and baroque buildings that exude a pearly light in the Adriatic sun. The main pedestrian thoroughfare, Placa, is a mélange of cafés and shops with outstanding monuments at either end. Churches, monasteries and museums ornamented with finely carved stone recall an eventful history and a vibrant artistic tradition.

Some sightseeing suggestions

Take a cable car from downtown Dubrovnik 778 metres up to the Mount Srd. The views from the top over the old town are wonderful.

Dubrovnik is full of history and there are many interesting museums worth exploring including the Rupe museum which showcases local life and traditions throughout history.

Visit the island of Lokrum, just 600 metres off the coast. This protected natural reserve is a monument of landscape architecture and also a popular swimming spot.

Enjoy fresh seafood at an oyster and sushi bars, or soak up the sun on one of the many beaches in and around the city.

Visit Konavle valley, the wine growing region just 20kms south of Dubrovnik, famed for its' white wine Malvasija Dubrovacka.

You will be staying at Hotel Excelsior, bed and breakfast

Day 4

Embark Dubrovnik
Today embarkation on the MY Callisto is between 3 pm and 4 pm. Welcome dinner and evening sailing to Split. Overnight at sea.

You will be staying at MY Callisto, full board

Day 5

Arrive in Split in the morning. Enjoy a morning optional walking tour to discover the city of Split, the former Imperial Resident of Roman Emperor Diocletian, dating back from the 4th century. After lunch on board, enjoy one more optional afternoon excursion to nearby Trogir, starting with a scenic journey along the Dalmatian Coast to this coastal town. Late afternoon sailing to Rab.

You will be staying at MY Callisto, full board

Day 6

Morning arrival in Rab. Enjoy a morning optional walking tour of Rab, a historic town of rare charm founded in Roman times along a narrow tongue of land, so when travellers approached from the sea, they could see it proudly atop the head of the bay. Discover cultural and historical monuments including the Church of Justina, the Church of St. John the Baptist, the Prince’s Palace. Later in the afternoon, we sail south passing between the beautiful Kornati Islands to reach Sibenik. Overnight at sea.

You will be staying at MY Callisto, full board

Day 7

We reach Sibenik through a spectacular fjord. Our optional all day excursion will take us to the Krka National Park home to abundant indigenous flora and fauna, including over 200 bird species, before exploring the seaside city of Primosten and Sibenik old Town. Overnight in port.

You will be staying at MY Callisto, full board

Day 8

Sibenik - Hvar - Korcula
Early morning sailing and arrival in Hvar, the longest of the Croatian isles. Enjoy a morning optional walking tour to discover the island’s Venetian flavour. You'll discover a fascinating array of sights, including the Cathedral of St. Stephens with its treasury and bell tower, or the Arsenal, built in 1611 and housing Europe's oldest theatre. Early afternoon enjoy a relaxing swim and sail to Korcula. Late evening arrival in Korcula and overnight in port.

You will be staying at MY Callisto, full board

Day 9

Enjoy all day optional excursions in Korcula Town and to Lumbarda Village for wine tasting. Guests will have the opportunity to drive and stroll through Milina - Bire family vineyards before reaching their house. Evening sailing and overnight at sea to the coastal town of Kotor in Montenegro.

You will be staying at MY Callisto, full board

Day 10

Kotor Montenegro - Dubrovnik
Early morning navigation in Kotor, the deepest natural fjord in the Mediterranean. Join the optional morning excursion to the well-preserved, fortified medieval Old Town, featuring stunning fortifications including the 10th century city walls, the Baroque church of St Blaise. We leave Kotor after lunch and sail through the stunning fjord of Kotor Bay. Late evening arrival in Dubrovnik- Overnight in port.

You will be staying at MY Callisto, full board

Day 11

Disembark Dubrovnik
Today you disembark from the MY Callisto at 9 am after breakfast.

You are met at the port and transferred to the airport.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Hotel Excelsior

Hotel Excelsior

Just a few steps from the UNESCO Dubrovnik Old town and overlooking the Adriatic Sea, the Hotel Excelsior's stunning location, elegance and Mediterranean charm make it one of the most beautiful hotels in the world....

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MY Callisto

MY Callisto

The motor yacht Callisto is elegant and classic....

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