Hvar cruises

Hvar is a town on an island of the same name that sits in crystal clear waters, less than 25 miles south of Split and almost 93 miles north of Dubrovnik. It is one of the Dalmatian Coast’s most beautiful destinations and can be discovered on certain Adriatic cruises.

Hvar may, of course, simply be your springboard towards the many other stunningly beautiful islands and islets sprinkled in the surrounding waters. Amidst the Pakleni Islands, a short boat ride from Hvar Town, hidden bays and coves arc into the green wooded interiors, creating secluded pockets of sand and pebble beaches.

Hvar’s cultural heritage

Standing on a large natural bay, Hvar’s appeal stretched back to the ancient Greeks, and perhaps even earlier. It was as an important trading post for the Venetians that Hvar really flourished - for six centuries. Subsequent invasions and pirate attacks have left a beautiful legacy, photogenic fortifications that wrap themselves around this gorgeous town. 

Inland are patchworks of olive groves, vineyards and lavender fields, which you can easily explore further on foot or by bicycle. Sampling the bounty of this fertile land is another rewarding day out, and you may be able to call in for tastings of the local olive oil or Croatian wines. 

Probably no part of the island has been farmed longer than the UNESCO-listed Stari Grad Plain to the east of Hvar Town. Established by the Greeks almost 2,500 years ago, it still retains dry stone walls and evidence of its irrigation systems.

Discover Hvar

Within the town itself, winding alleys and marbled streets possess an undoubted charm, not to mention a huge number of treasures. The fifteenth century Franciscan monastery with its Renaissance cloisters, for example, offers a haven of serenity close to the waterfront. 

While Hvar is quaint, it has pockets of grandeur. Foremost among these is St Stephen’s Square, whose namesake cathedral features a four-storey bell tower and holds a collection of mediaeval and Renaissance paintings. Close by stands the great Arsenal, within whose cavernous interior war galleons were once repaired and refitted. A fortress overlooks it all, the neat marina, bobbing with yachts, and the orange-red roofs, given extra warmth by the light of the summer sun. 

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Island Highlights

    Visit Stari Grad with its majestic bay, enjoy local wine tasting in Vrisnik and see the sights of Hvar Town.

    Island Highlights

    Hvar is rich in cultural and historical monuments that can still be seen in many of the towns and villages. Your scenic drive will take you from Hvar to Stari Grad, a small town renowned for its stunning bay, which has long inspired artists and poets. Stari Grad has majestic surrounding countryside and, like the rest of the island, it is famed for its mild climate and lush subtropical vegetation. Pause for a photograph stop at a view point that affords vistas to both sides of the island, the archipelago and Stari Grad. The town of Stari Grad was the largest settlement on the island and it dates back to the 2nd century BC. After a brief guided tour, you’ll have a short amount of free time in the town.

    Continue to the village of Vrisnik, where your friendly host will welcome you to his traditional country home and introduce you to the local fine wines produced during a special wine tasting accompanied by local ham and cheese. The island wines range from light whites to full-bodied reds; all of them made locally and produced only in small quantities. You will have the opportunity to taste some of the finest wines produced on the island.

    During the journey back to Hvar you’ll be treated to magnificent views of the town and Pakleni Islands. Your tour will conclude on the main town square, a short walk to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately one hour of walking on this tour which includes the 10 minute walk to join the coach. The walking is over mostly paved ground through the streets of Stari Grad. Parts of the route travelled on this tour involve winding roads.

    Tour code

    VAR_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Hvar Walking Tour

    This informative walking tour takes you through the highlights of historical Hvar.

    Hvar Walking Tour

    Join your knowledgeable guide as they lead you on a guided walking tour through the narrow, characteristic streets of Hvar. Your first stop is the 15th century Franciscan monastery where you’ll visit the impressive Renaissance cloister, the old refectory that today houses a collection of lace, manuscripts and books, and the church with its remarkable collection of paintings.

    Your tour continues on foot to the main square where you’ll visit the most impressive building in Hvar, the Cathedral of St Stephen which shows the distinguishing mark of the Venetian rule. The Cathedral dominates the town square with its superbly decorated four storey bell tower. In 1612 Europe’s oldest community theatre was established in the imposing building called the Arsenal. It has been under reconstruction for the last two years and currently can only be viewed from the outside.

    For the last 100 years, the production of lace has been one of the traditional crafts that local inhabitants have perfected. Take a look at the lace on display that is manufactured from threads of agava leaves at the Benedictine monastery.


    This excursion will operate on foot. The majority of walking will be over paved ground, however please be aware that there are several steps to reach the Benedictine monastery.

    Tour code

    VAR_002

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Croatian Wine Tasting

    Visit two family-owned wineries to taste some of the wonderful wines of Croatia.

    Croatian Wine Tasting

    Your tour begins with a leisurely guided walk through the picturesque streets of Hvar Town. Step back in time as your knowledgeable guide brings to life the history of this charming port town.

    Afterwards, embark your coach for a scenic drive to the town of Jelsa. Idyllically situated in a bay in the middle of the northern coast of Hvar Island, Jelsa is the only place on the island with an abundance of fresh water, and as a result, boasts more luxuriant vegetation than the surrounding areas.

    Your guide will lead you on a short walking tour of the town, pausing to view the Church of St Mary, before continuing to Tomic Winery. The owner Andro Tomic comes from a 150 year old generation of family wine making. Born in Hvar, Andro has dedicated his whole life to wines and oenology, and after 20 years of professional training in France, he returned to Hvar to produce his own wines. Enjoy a tour of the cellars before sampling two of the wines they produce.

    Continue to the family-owned winery Konoba Pinjata, located in Vrboska. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with a warm welcome from a member of the family, who together with your guide will explain the production process of their wines. Indulge in a tasting of three different wines before the return journey to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking included on this tour, as well as around 20 steps to negotiate. Parts of the route travelled on this tour involve winding roads.

    Tour code

    VAR_008

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Hvar by Bike

    Experience breathtaking views of the Stari Grad area by bike.

    Hvar by Bike

    A short coach transfer will take you to the town of Stari Grad, situated on the northern side of Hvar where, after a safety briefing, your cycling adventure will begin.

    Follow your guide as you make your way to the impressive former house of the Renaissance poet, Peter Hektorovic, for a photograph stop.

    Continue your bike ride to Vrbovska, otherwise known as ‘Little Venice’, to enjoy the peace far away from the city crowds and surrender yourself to the charming, peaceful beauty.

    Cycle through the towns of Jelsa, Pitve and Vrbanj, before coming back to Stari Grad plain. Also known as Hora or Ager, the plain is one of four UNESCO heritages on Hvar, and is the largest cultivated field on a Mediterranean island, with traditional methods of cultivation introduced by the Ancient Greeks some 2,400 years ago, that are still practiced today.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This tour will operate by bike and on foot. Pregnant women and children under the age of 10 are not permitted to participate on this tour. The cycle ride is around three hours over varying terrain, and includes some hills and steep inclines. Participants must be in good physical condition and some cycling experience is required. Helmets are provided and must be worn. Please wear clothing suitable for bike riding and take sunscreen. Guests are also advised to take a bottle of water with them.

    Tour code

    VAR_005

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Hvar Jeep Adventure

    Explore the island of Hvar in a unique and adventurous way.

    Hvar Jeep Adventure

    Board your 4x4 vehicle and head off on your Jeep adventure, to visit some of the most beautiful regions of the island, many of which are rarely visited by tourists due to being inaccessible by regular vehicle.

    Hvar is renowned for its beautiful valleys and picturesque bays, but also for the indulgent lifestyle it has to offer. Nicknamed the ‘Croatian Madeira’, its hillsides are covered in pine forests, vineyards, olive groves, fruit orchards and lavender fields.

    Pass through woodland paths, abandoned villages, fields and vineyards and across picturesque areas full of perfumed heather, sage, rosemary, lavender and many other spicy and aromatic plants. Photograph stops will be made at viewpoints throughout your journey, to allow you to truly appreciate the breathtaking scenery.

    Visit Malo Grablje, a beautiful stone village that was abandoned in the 1960’s. Boasting a stunning back drop of cliffs, Malo Grablje is one of Hvar’s most beautiful villages, and during your visit you’ll be provided with a true insight into authentic Dalmatia.

    Throughout your adventure, your knowledgeable guide will enlighten you with tales of the almost forgotten customs and the rich history of the ‘island of sun and lavender’.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This tour will operate by 4x4 jeep and on foot. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children are not permitted to participate. There is approximately one hour of walking on this tour, over rough terrain, gravel and some steps.

    Tour code

    VAR_004

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Hiking Adventure

    Discover the surrounding beauty of Hvar on this hiking adventure.

    Hiking Adventure

    A short transfer takes you from the town of Hvar to the village of Velo Grablje, to begin your hiking adventure.

    After a safety briefing, your guide will lead you on a hike through many picturesque villages, during which you’ll experience the beauty of traditional architecture and learn about the local way of life. There may also be the opportunity to sample some homemade wine, prosek or grappa in a few of the local estates along the way.

    You’ll start your walk to the beautiful village of Malo Grablje following the old trail, which in medieval times was the main road connecting Hvar with Stari Grad on the north side of the island.

    Upon arrival in the picturesque, hidden village of Malo Grablje, you’ll have some free time to rest, before continuing your walk to Milna, where you’ll meet your transportation for the return journey to your ship.


    This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. This excursion is only suitable for those in good physical condition. Children and pregnant women are not permitted to participate. There is approximately 2¼ hours of walking on this tour. The sampling of local products is not included in the tour but may be offered by a few local estates that you visit along the route. It is essential to wear footwear suitable for hiking over rough and uneven ground. Guests without suitable footwear will not be permitted to participate on the tour. Please take a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and a bottle of water.

    Tour code

    VAR_006

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4 hours