Korcula, Croatia - Mediterranean Cruises

Was Marco Polo born here? That’s the disputed claim to fame here, and you can even call in at his supposed birthplace. True or not, Korcula’s exquisite medieval streets – encircled by sparkling sea on three sides, dominated by St Mark’s Cathedral and home to the colourful Moreska Sword Dance – will certainly bring out the explorer in you.

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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.

  • Korcula Wines & Olive Mill

    Learn about olive oil production and visit a family estate to sample the local delights - a true taste of Korcula.

    Korcula Wines & Olive Mill

    Journey to Vela Luka where olive production is a part of the tradition and culture of this pretty coastal town. A fine example of this is Uljara Zlokic, a family owned Oil Mill which has been passed down through the Zlokic family for generations.

    During a tour of both the old and new mills, you’ll learn about the process of olive oil production, before sampling the finished product.

    Afterwards, continue to a small estate set in the beautiful surroundings of Crnja Luka belonging to the Bacic family. The family are renowned for their wonderful hospitality, which you will experience firsthand during your visit.

    Take a brief tour of the estate, before enjoying refreshments of locally produced ham and cheese. You’ll also have the opportunity to sample three different wines, all of which are produced by the Bacic family in their very own cellar.

    As you relax and take in the stunning scenery, a local musician will delight you with the sounds of the accordion, as he plays traditional songs from the region.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 30 minutes of walking involved over paved and gravel surfaces as well as a few steps to negotiate at each of the stops.

    Tour code

    KO1_010

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Leisurely Korcula

    Join a small group and discover the beautiful scenery of Korcula, on this leisurely drive.

    Leisurely Korcula

    Sit back, relax and soak up the scenery as your panoramic drive takes you to a viewpoint above the city, offering a magnificent view of the medieval walled city and its surrounding islands.

    Your scenic drive continues towards Pupnat Bay, passing lush green vineyards and silvery olive groves along the way. As you pause at a viewpoint high above Pupnat Bay, have your camera ready to capture photographs of the beautiful bay below and its crystal clear blue waters.

    Round off your leisurely drive at Lumbarda village where refreshments of coffee or tea accompanied by a dessert, will be served at a local hotel.


    This excursion will operate by coach or minibus and on foot. It requires minimal walking; however there is a walk of approximately 400 metres from the tender point to reach the transportation. The tour will operate by coach or minibus. The minibuses cannot accommodate wheelchairs, and guests must be able to negotiate the steps into and out of the coach or minibus. There is limited availability on this tour, therefore booking early is recommended.

    Tour code

    KO1_013

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3¼ hours

  • Highlights of Peljesac

    Explore the highlights of the only Dalmatian peninsula, with a boat ride to Orebic, free time in Ston and a snack and wine in Kuna.

    Highlights of Peljesac

    Your tour begins with a 30 minute boat transfer to Orebic, during which you will discover that Peljesac is rich in natural and spiritual heritage with some of the most stunning scenery of the Adriatic. This is due to the numerous fertile fields protected by hills and their slopes exposed to the sun, thus being able to produce outstanding wines.

    Continue by coach towards the town of Ston, which is famous for its production of salt and oyster cultivation; explore this area with a walk through the town.

    Stop at the village of Kuna for a typical village snack and take the opportunity to test out the red and white wines, after which you will have the opportunity to visit the Franciscan Monastery known for its collections of artefacts and also visit the Donkey Farm.


    This excursion will operate by boat, coach and on foot. There is approximately 20 minutes of walking on this tour over mostly paved pathways. There are some winding mountainous roads during the drive. The majority of shops at Ston accept only local currency (Kuna).

    Tour code

    KO1_007

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5¾ hours

  • Pearls of the Archipelago

    Enjoy a relaxing cruise around Korcula’s archipelago, and visit the pretty town of Orebic and the island of Badija.

    Pearls of the Archipelago

    Step aboard your motorboat for a leisurely cruise around some of the beautiful islands of the central Dalmatian archipelago. Relax and soak up the stunning scenery as you cruise towards the picturesque town of Orebic, where you’ll stop for some free time to explore at your leisure.

    Back onboard, your Captain will navigate the Peljesac Channel and pass by Majsan Island before continuing by the island of Vrnik, which is known for its deep stone quarries dating back to Roman times.

    A highlight of your tour will be a stop at the charming island of Badija; one of the largest islands in the Korcula archipelago. Here you could take the opportunity to visit the Franciscan monastery, built during the 14th century in Gothic and Renaissance style, and recently given back to the Franciscans who are currently restoring it to its previous glory. Alternatively, if the weather is on your side you may choose to take a dip in the inviting crystal clear waters of the Adriatic sea.

    Delicious refreshments of smoked ham, cheese and olives will be served at a local outdoor restaurant, before your return cruise to Korcula.


    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    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 excursion will operate by boat and on foot. There is approximately 30 minutes of walking involved on this tour. Please bring a towel and swimwear if you wish to swim at Badija. Depending upon the time of year a light jacket may be required. There is limited availability on this tour, therefore booking early is recommended.

    Tour code

    KO1_008

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Riviera Cruise

    Sit back, relax and admire the scenery as your boat heads for the Korcula archipelago, made up of 20 beautiful islands.

    Riviera Cruise

    Sail through the Peljesac Channel, past Majsan Island, where pre-historical ruins still stand, by the island of Vrnik, famous for its stone quarry from which magnificent white limestone is extracted.

    At Orebic, a picturesque town situated on the south-western portion of the peninsula, a short stop will be made for you to disembark and stretch your legs.

    Your cruise will continue onto the fishermen's town of Racisce, built around a small bay surrounded by hills and sandy vineyards. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the area or if the weather is favourable, take a dip in the refreshing Adriatic Sea.

    Refreshments of juice and cookies will be served in a local outdoor hotel cafe whilst you relax and take in the charming surroundings of this traditional community. Your return journey will sail by many of the stunning islands, most of which are still uninhabited.


    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    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 excursion will operate by boat and on foot. There are steps to get in and out of the boat, one step to the café and a 500-yard walk from the pier to the town of Racisce. Due to the varying style of river cruise boats, commentary on board cannot always be guaranteed. Depending upon the time of year a light jacket may be required. Not all cafés or restaurants accept Euros and it is therefore advisable to carry local currency (Kuna). Please bring a towel and swimwear if you wish to swim. There is limited availability on this tour, therefore booking early is recommended.

    Tour code

    KO1_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Croatian Vines & Wines

    Perfect for wine lovers and those who enjoy the countryside. Great local wines and food will give you a real taste of Croatia.

    Croatian Vines & Wines

    Your tour begins with a short boat ride to Orebic where the transport changes to coach for the drive to Trstenik. This picturesque, sunny town was home of sea captains and sailors. Orebic offers a pure environment, untouched nature with hundred-year-old pines and cypress trees, almond trees, agavas and wild flowers.

    Drive past the beautiful vineyards and many small villages that dot the Peljesac peninsula. Situated in the south of Croatia, this beautiful area is said to produce the best wines in Croatia. Visit the famous cellars of the Grgich Winery and taste a sample of the wines produced from the grapes grown in their own vineyards.

    At the home of the Bartulovic family, you'll be treated to a typical local luncheon including goat and sheep's cheese, salted sardines and salad. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of the 'konoba' style dining room.

    Leaving Potomje by coach, head for Orebic to rejoin your boat for the relaxing sail back to Korcula.


    This excursion will operate by boat, coach and on foot. There are steps to get in and out of the boat and approximately 20 steps and rough ground at the Bartulovic Winery. The road to the winery is quite steep and those who suffer from vertigo should be advised.

    Tour code

    KO1_005

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Charming Korcula

    This scenic drive will take you around the beautiful island of Korcula, followed by wine tasting in a local winery.

    Charming Korcula

    Lush green vineyards, silvery olive groves and centuries-old pinewoods are on show during your scenic drive. With Korcula's rich ecology, dense woodland and aromatic Mediterranean plants, it's hard not to imagine you are in some latter-day Garden of Eden.

    Pass by the largest settlement on the island, Blato, and continue to Vela Luka, situated on the western side of the island of Korcula, in a large bay surrounded by tranquil islets. An oasis of Dalmatian and Mediterranean influences, unpolluted sea and air, olive groves and fig trees, makes it an ideal place to stop for independent exploration. Vela Luka is surrounded by the richness and beauty of nature, so walk along the seafront or enjoy a coffee in one of the many cafe's.

    A visit will be made to the small village of Smokvica, where some of the best wines of the region are produced. At the Toreta Winery, view the old tools used for wine growing during centuries gone by and, of course, enjoy some wine tasting.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are three steps at the entrance to the winery and a further 19 steps leading to the toilets. Walking is optional during the free time in Vela Luka. The shops close in the afternoon and do not all accept Euros, local currency (Kuna) is required. It is not advisable to book this excursion if you suffer from vertigo as it involves winding roads.

    Tour code

    KO1_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Korcula Walking Tour

    A fascinating insight into the history and architecture of this beautiful town.

    Korcula Walking Tour

    This walking tour of Korcula weaves in and out of the stone paved streets of one of the most beautiful towns in Dalmatia. The tour highlights the variety of architectural styles seen in Korcula.

    Starting with the 14th century fortifications, pass by the Rector's Palace with its 15th century turrets. Continue into the City Museum, housed in a 16th century mansion and filled with an impressive array of artefacts that bring the history of Korcula alive. Visit the Cathedral Sveti Marko, built in Gothic-Renaissance style by local masters and craftsmen of stone masonry. A stop will be made at The Museum of Icons, which houses a unique collection of Byzantine icon paintings on wood and gold. The House of Marco Polo, famous world traveller and writer, will be viewed from the outside.


    This excursion will operate entirely on foot, over paved surfaces and cobblestone, with several steps. Please take care as the cobblestones can be slippery when wet. Flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The sites visited are located very close to each other.

    Tour code

    KO1_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Sea Kayaking

    Enjoy wonderful coastal scenery as you kayak through the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic.

    Sea Kayaking

    Embark on a scenic boat ride to the idyllic, coastal village of Lumbarda. Upon arrival you’ll be greeted by your instructor and your trusty two-man kayak then, following a safety briefing you’ll be ready to take to the water.

    As you paddle through the neon blue water towards some of the island’s most remote beaches you’ll be treated to spectacular scenery. Catch your breath during a short stop at the Islet of Vrnik, and perhaps take a short walk to see the small church.

    Continue paddling to Planjak Islet, where light refreshments of fruit and water will be served. Afterwards, you’ll have the opportunity to cool off with a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters and perhaps try your hand at a spot of snorkelling.

    As you paddle back to Lumbarda to re-board your boat, your instructor will enlighten you with some interesting facts about the history of the island.


    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.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    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 excursion will operate by boat, kayak and on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours of kayaking on this tour. Sea kayaks are stable and are sit-on-top kayaks with two seats. Participants should be competent swimmers and physically fit. Children and pregnant women may not participate. Please wear your swimwear and take a hat, sunglasses, shoes that can get wet, a towel and sunscreen. You’ll be required to wear a life jacket. Waterproof compartments are available to store your belongings, however please keep these to a minimum. Snorkel equipment is included.

    Tour code

    KO1_012

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4¼ hours

  • Korcula Village Experience

    Experience typical Croatian village life with a visit to a family estate to sample the hospitality and lifestyle of the locals.

    Korcula Village Experience

    A 20 minute drive will take you to the Bire family country estate, where you will be able to feel the romantic atmosphere of ancient times. The estate produces the famous wines Grk and Plavac Mali, as well as other domestic products of the island. Take a stroll around the estate and enjoy the typical Korcula village scenery including orchards and vegetable gardens.

    After tasting the award winning wine, enjoy a delightful meal, made with homemade pasta that originates from Korcula, whilst Mrs Bire explains how pasta is produced in the traditional way.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The Bire country estate is of a moderate size, typical of the region. The amount of walking on this tour is at your discretion whilst wandering through the estate and village. There are several steps to negotiate and some of the ground at the winery is uneven with gravel.

    Tour code

    KO1_006

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    3 hours

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