Forget the hype of Game of Thrones, Croatia is so much more than taking the walk of shame down some steps. Ready to uncover the REAL Croatia? Meet your awesome AF crew and trip mates in Dubrovnik – then we’ll away anchors and motor to our first swim stop. After lunch, it’s on to Mljet. Despite its lack of vowels, this place is pretty spesh. Once we dock, you’ve got the whole afternoon to simply do you. Our suggestion? Opt in to explore the National Park. Hire a bike and whiz around on two wheels. Take a boat over the Islet Melita and check out the monastery. Ride the natural waterslide between the two saltwater lakes. Jump in a kayak and go for a paddle. Or simply relax under the pine trees with a good book. Tonight, there’s an optional BBQ dinner aboard the boat to get stuck into.
Time to set a course for the Makarska Riviera, one of the best unsung holiday spots in Europe. Score a spot at the bow (front) of the boat for the ride in – the scenery is going to blow. your. mind. Then, this afternoon is totally up to you. Take a stroll along the pretty promenade. Unleash your inner thrill-seeker with a side of adrenaline-pumping water sports. Lounge about on the pebbly beach. Or sip on a cold beer at one of the beachfront bars. Don’t forget to ask your Topdeck r for some dinner recommendations – the seafood here is ridiculously good. Tonight, gather the gang for a party pirate-style at Deep (think: cave club).
Shake off last night’s antics at another deliciously refreshing swim stop before we pull into Split later. Yes, it's a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. And yes, it has an abundance of Roman architecture that’s just begging to be explored. Opt in for an optional walking tour and tick off the likes of Diocletian’s Palace, Saint Domnius Cathedral and the Riva. Or head up to Prva Vidilica Na Marjanu for sunset views over the city. This is what you came for. Tonight, go on the hunt for some fresh seafood – you won’t be disappointed with the choice here.
What's your plan of action this morning? Swim? Sunbath? Stuff (your face)? Siesta? It's up to you. Later, get the run about Hvar Town - including a stroll up to the fortress for some I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E views. Then: the afternoon is all yours. Our suggestion? Tuck into some delish local fare before heading to one of the many cocktail bars for sunset. This is livin'
Rise and shine sailors! Or sleep in – you do you. This morning is all about refreshing swim stops, sun-soaked deck-time and seriously good food served up by our very own on-board chef. Later, we’ll sail on to the (supposed) home of Marco Polo. Known for its dry Croatian wine and dense pine forests – we’ll hit the cobblestoned alleys for an orientation tour. Then? The afternoon is yours for the taking. You could climb to the top of Massimo’s old-school tower for a colourful cocktail. Or tuck into a mouth-watering serving of peka at Kavana Noi. This baby is slow cooked in hot coals for 6 hours so make sure you pre-order!
Another morning spent horizontal on a sun-soaked deck or diving head-first into translucent aquamarine water. There’s no better way to forget the daily routine than this. This afternoon, we hit the sleepy town of Šipan. Take the afternoon to wander the quaint cobblestoned streets, visit the 11th century church, and soak up all those relaxed Croatian vibes. Before you head back to the boat for an optional Captain’s dinner, we recommend sampling a glass of the town’s famous Dingac wine. Then make room in your rucksack for a bottle – you’re going to want to relive this moment back at home. Trust us.
Ok, nobody panic – this is our last full day together. So, when we pull into the most famous walled city in Europe, get ready to hit the ground running. Don’t be fooled. Dubrovnik is so much more than snapping a selfie on some steps. Although, you can totally get your fill of GOT with an optional Cersei-themed tour today. Rather take to the water? Sign up to a sea kayaking excursion – swim stops at the island of Lokrum included. Get your fix of awesome views with a stroll along the ancient city walls or head to Buža Bar for some relaxed cliffside bevvies. Then tonight: gather the gang for one last night out together and give this epic trip the send-off it deserves.
Shake the salt from your hair and wipe the tears from your eyes – after breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye. But who said the adventure has to end here? Get on Skyscanner and book the cheapest flight to Budapest. This is your chance.