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Dalmatian Island Cruise
Aboard The Croatia
May 17 - 24,
2025  Two cabins left!
May 24 - 31, 2025
with Diane Olivier 

Taught in English
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The Croatia is a beautifully restored 105 ft. wooden Turkish "gulet" schooner, a traditional two-masted wooden sailing vessel from the southwestern coast of Turkey.  Gulet schooners were built in the coastal towns of Bodrum and Marmaris, although similar vessels can be found all around the eastern Mediterranean.

Space is limited to a maximum of 10 participants. There are 5 cabins available - 2 twin cabins and 3 double cabins.  Must book with a cabin mate as we won't be pairing people up.


The cruise includes half-board (breakfast and dinner).  Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are NOT included, but can be purchased at the bar at any time.  All breakfasts and dinners will be served on board, prepared by our personal Croatian gourmet chef, and lunches will be at the participant's choice of eateries on the islands we visit (lunches are NOT included).


Per Person Price (shared cabin):

3300 euros

- Includes breakfast and dinner on board

- Six hours of teaching daily

- Island hopping cruise from Split to Dubrovnik

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2025 Itinerary: Split to Dubrovnik!

Subject to change depending on weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Each night the following day's destination will be discussed with the captain and confirmed with the group.

A Typical Split - Dubrovnik Itinerary:



Board ship in Split at noon and set off for: 

Milna on Brac Island



Milna to

Vis Island



Vis to

Korcula Island


Korcula to

Hvar Islanc



Hvar to

Mljet Island


Mljet to

Sipan Island


Sipan to




Disembark in Dubrovnik

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Drawing Instructor Diane Olivier

Drawing has always been my primary media, working with both traditional and nontraditional materials on scales ranging from small book size to mural size. My subject matter ranges from figurative, landscape and cityscapes to non-representational. The media ranges from charcoal to graphite, to full color pastels to non-traditional mixed media. The sense of touch between the tools and the paper and the immediacy of the mark are important element in my process. It is a dance between the eyes, the hand and the soul.


Holiday Director Kate Kilbourne

Since 2000, Kate Kilbourne lived part of the year in San Francisco, California, and part of the year in her house in Trôo, France... until 2017 when her partner Robert bought a flat in Cádiz, Spain.  Now Kate and Robert spend the spring and fall all over Europe, running Plein Air Holidays in France, Spain, Italy and in Croatia where they lived for nine months during the Covid pandemic.  Kate is fluent in French and is learning Spanish as fast as she can!

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Drawings by Diane Olivier

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Included in Holiday
  • 6 days of instruction

  • 7 nights accommodation aboard The Croatia

  • Daily Breakfast 

  • Daily Dinner

  • CREW: Captain, Chef, Waiter, Deckhand

  • AIR CONDITIONING: 6 hours/day till midnight

  • LINEN: bed sheets, bathroom and beach towels

  • SNACK: tea and snacks, welcome drink on embarkation day

  • WiFi

  • KAYAK plus SUP, basic fishing equipment, snorkeling equipment, assorted floaties

  • WATER SPORTS: jet ski or wakeboarding up to 2 hours per day

  • island hopping shore visits to villages and beaches

Not Included
  • Air fare

  • Travel insurance

  • Medical insurance

  • Hotel in Split

  • Transport to ship in Split

  • Art Materials

  • Lunches

  • Alcoholic & Non-alcoholic drinks


The cost for the 7 night holiday, inclusive of everything listed under "Included in Holiday":


3,300 euros 

Per person

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: You must book with a cabin mate as we won't be pairing people up.  In exceptional cases if we have two requests from people who can not find travel partners, and if both are willing to bunk together, we can put them together in a cabin if desired.  That said, we prefer for people to come with friends or partners.

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