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Day 6: Hvar, Croatia

L'AUSTRAL daily program

Hvar island map

Before arriving at Hvar, we got our bearings from L'Austral's daily program. A map showed us that Hvar was a long, narrow island (not unlike Mljet, which we'd visited the day before). We'd be anchoring in the harbor of the island's best-known resort town, also named Hvar, at 7 a.m. 

Hvar town tourist map

At Reception, we picked up a tourist map for the town of Hvar.

We hadn't booked any short excursions, but not because they weren't available. On Hvar, L'Austral offered three tour options: a "Hvar 4x4 Adventure" to the island's backwoods attractions (including the highest peak on Hvar), an "Island Tour" with a stop in the medieval town of Stari Grad, and a "Walking Tour" with visits to monasteries and other local attractions in the town of Hvar.

Hvar from L'Austral

Hvar was a rugged-looking island. The resort of Hvar was built on a hillside, and mountains loomed over the town and its harbor.

Hvar from L'Austral's tender

After breakfast, we went ashore by tender.

Tender landing in Hvar

As usual, L'Austral's tender dropped us off at a pier in the center of town.

Yachts in Hvar, Croatia

L'Austral and yacht

From the pier, we enjoyed a view of L'Austral and the yacht Sequel P, which was leaving its berth on the waterfront as we came ashore. (If you're looking for a private cruise ship in the Mediterranean, you can charter Sequel P and its 13-person crew for as little as US $350,000 a week.)

Yacht in Hvar, Croatia

As we walked south from the tender landing, we snapped this picture of a yacht's bow looming over the town's waterfront.

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L'Austral Adriatic cruise - day by day
Day 1: Venice Departure
Day 2: Zadar
Day 3: Trogir
Day 4: Dubrovnik
Day 5: Mouth of Kotor, Mljet
Day 6: Hvar
Day 7: Rab
Day  8: Venice Arrival

Also see:
L'Austral cruise review (8 pages)