Bol to Home – 20 to 22 October

Our last morning in Croatia started early as our boat left Bol at 5.00 am to reach Split early enough for our fellow travellers to make their various flights. Our airport transfer was at 12.30 so we did some more exploring of Split during the morning. There was some sort of promotion of children’s activities (we think – our Croatian is non-existent) and we enjoyed watching children’s choirs and dancers etc.

Split fish market
Split Town Hall

From Split we flew to Vienna, Doha and Sydney before arriving in Canberra at around 11.00 am this morning, 36 hours travelling time all up, with about 14 hours in stopovers.

Almost home

We have had some great experiences and a wonderful trip and now its time to settle down for a while.

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Hvar to Bol (Cruise day 7) – 19 October

We have had a very relaxing day for our last day on board after a most enjoyable cruise. We did a short sail this morning to Golden Cape, our last swim stop. The water was lovely to swim in and so clear but the beach was shingles, which was very hard on the feet!! Then a very short cruise (10 minutes) to Bol , where we had a free afternoon to explore. We finished the day with the Captains Dinner with live entertainment, which was great fun. And tomorrow we start our journey home.

Golden Cape

Bol Harbour

Should be a fun place to shop

The Church of St Peter and St Paul – one of the oldest church in Bol

Pelješac Peninsula to Hvar (Cruise day 6) – 18 October

We continued sailing our way back towards Split. We reached the island of Hvar (both the island and the town are called Hvar) mid afternoon and did a walking tour with a local guide. Alan and I spent some time exploring on our own. It’s another lovely small old town with a big town square and narrow streets. Apparently its the place to see and be seen and we saw quite a few new modern hotels when we ventured further afield.

Hvar

Dubrovnik to the Pelješac Peninsula (Cruise day 5) – 17 October

We spent another morning sailing under clear blue sunny skies, and now we’re heading back towards Split. We arrived at the little village of Trstenik on the Pelješac Peninsula early afternoon and spent a little time exploring on our own. We saw a small church on a close hill and decided to walk there but had to give up as we couldn’t find a path. We did a tour to Kuna for a local dinner cooked in a traditional way.

Trstenik

Dinner cooking in the coals
Bread for our dinner cooked in the fire – yum

Dubrovnik (Cruise day 4) – 16 October

We have spent a great day exploring Dubrovnik. We did a walking tour and learnt some of the history, we went on the cable car to Mt Srd above Dubrovnik which gave us great views, visited churches, wandered the streets and walked the walls. We thought Dubrovnik was quite crowded, but our tour guide assured us it wasn’t nothing compared to the height of summer. That must be a nightmare.

Dubrovnik from Mt Srd

Inside Franciscan Monastery Church

Inside Serbian Orthodox Church
Walking the Walls

Korčula to Dubrovnik (Cruise day 3) – 15 October)

A couple of hours sail south brought us to the Island of Mljet, where we strolled through Mljet National Park by Malo Jezero (Little Lake) to Veliko Jezero (Big Lake). We took a ferry ride there to the Benedictine Monastery of St. Mary. We then spent the afternoon sailing (again with a swim stop) to Dubrovnik, where we had a sail by the city walls before we moored in the harbour for the night.

Split to Korčula (Cruise day 2) – 14 October

We spent most of the day sailing to the island of Korčula, where we arrived mid-afternoon after a 2 hour swim stop late morning. It was so enjoyable – the Adriatic was calm and the water is very clear and the scenery was amazing. We did a guided tour of Korčula Town when we arrived, and then Alan and I had a wander around on our own. It is claimed that Marco Polo was born here, but no one really knows for sure. The old part of the town is on a hill and was ringed by a city wall, though one side was taken down and its now a promenade where there are a string of restaurants. Like Split there are lots of narrow lanes and some lovely old stone buildings. There are 17 churches in the small old town area, most of them are only open one day a year.

Our boat
Korcula

Marco Polo’s alleged birthplace