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About Korcula

As the reputed birthplace of that great explorer Marco Polo, the Croatian island of Korcula is a must-see for any cruise traveller.

Its medieval Old Town, which juts out into Dalmatian archipelago between Dubrovnik and Split, is surrounded by 14th century stone walls and contains a succession of narrow streets that branch off the spine of the main thoroughfare like a fish bone, designed to cut down on the impact of sun and wind to provide citizens with comfortable and sheltered accommodation.  It also helps visitors stay cool in the heat of the summer sun.

A fascinating place to explore, the Old Town also has numerous gothic, renaissance and baroque palaces, monuments and galleries.

Around the island are many small and secluded beaches, one of the best being at Luka Korculanska, a 15-minute walk or short boat trip from the main Old Town harbour.

 

Shore excursions in Korcula

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.

Buggy Adventure and Beach

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 4 hours

Get behind the wheel of a purpose-built, tubular frame dune buggy and experience a fun-filled ride, followed by some snorkelling.

Enjoy a short boat ride to the small village of Lumbarda, where your buggy awaits you. After a safety briefing, you’ll don your helmets and climb aboard your self-drive buggy.

As you follow the lead buggy along both paved and gravel roads, you’ll experience beautiful landscape, complete with olive groves and vineyards.

A stop will be made at Przina Beach, where you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in a spot of snorkelling, or if you prefer, simply relax and soak up the sun on the white sandy beach.

Afterwards, hop back on your buggy and continue with your adventure. Enjoy the thrill of the ride as you pass through rich vegetation and abundant flora, taking in the panoramic views and admiring the surrounding beauty of Korcula.

During the return boat ride, a light lunch accompanied by a glass of wine will be served.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat, buggy and on foot. This tour is sold ‘per buggy’, each holding 2 passengers who will share the driving. Only 1 passenger need book a ticket. Participants must be 18 or over and a valid driving licence must be shown. Helmets are provided and must be worn. There is a weight limit of 15 stone per person. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by a bumpy ride. Full-length trousers should be worn. Clothes may get dirty and damaged. Flat, enclosed shoes are essential, open-toed shoes must not be worn. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. Toilets are not available during the ride, however there are facilities on the boat and at the buggy pick up / drop off location. Snorkel equipment is included.

Charming Korcula

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

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

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 cafés.

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.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are 3 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.

Croatian Vines and Wines

Activity lowMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

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

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 lunch 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.

Essential information

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.

Highlights of Peljesac

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 5¾ hours

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.

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.

Essential information

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).

Korcula Village Experience

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 3 hours

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

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.

Essential information

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.

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