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Gorgeous Balkan with Deluxe Cruise

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Visit: Dubrovnik, Budva, Shkodra, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Kolašin, Cetinje, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Elaphite Islands, Slano, Mljet, Korčula, Biševo, Vis, Hvar, Stari Grad, Trogir, Split

Day 1 (Sunday): Dubrovnik Arrival

Upon arrival at Dubrovnik Airport you'll be transferred to the hotel. This evening you'll meet the tour guide, enjoy dinner and stay overnight in Dubrovnik.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 (Monday): Dubrovnik - Budva, Montenegro - Shkodra, Albania - Tirana

Morning sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik, included in the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage. You will visit the Franciscan Monastery with Europe’s second oldest pharmacy, the Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral. Departure for Tirana; we drive inland via Budva, crossing the Albanian border at Shkodra, once the capital of the Illyrian Kingdom (3rd century B.C.). Dinner and overnight in Tirana.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 (Tuesday): Tirana - Ohrid, Macedonia

Morning sightseeing tour of Tirana, the capital of Albania, including Skender Bey Square, the Mosque of Ethem Bey and visit to the National Museum representing the fl ow of Albanian history and housing the finds from archeological sites across the country. Afternoon departure for Ohrid, driving via Elbasan and crossing the Macedonian border at Cafasan. Dinner and overnight in Ohrid.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 (Wednesday): Ohrid

Full day in the lakeside resort of Ohrid, classifi ed as UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage site. Through the activity of St. Clement and St. Naum of Ohrid, the first pan-Slavic University in Europe, the famous “Ohrid Literary School” was founded here. Morning sightseeing tour includes the church of St. Sofia (11th century), the most eminent mediaeval monument in Macedonia with magnificent Byzantine fresco paintings and St. Clement Church with its icon of Annunciation. In the afternoon short drive to visit St. Naum Monastery built on the shores of Ohrid Lake in 900 A.D. and dedicated to the Slavic missionary and educator St. Naum of Ohrid. Dinner in a local restaurant. Return to the hotel for your overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 (Thursday): Ohrid - Skopje

Morning departure for Skopje. Sightseeing tour of Skopje, including the Kale Fortress, the Church of the Holy Saviour with its iconostas, one of the fi nest samples of traditional walnut woodcarving, Old Bazaar and Stone Bridge. We drive to the slopes of the Vodno Mountain where we visit the Monastery of St. Panteleimon with its 12th century iconostas and frescoes ranking among the highest achievements of Byzantine art of this period. Dinner and overnight in Skopje.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 (Friday): Skopje - Kolašin, Montenegro

Morning departure for Kolašin, driving via Peć and Berane and along the impressive Morača River Canyon. Aft ernoon arrival at Kolašin, spreading on the left bank of the river Tara, situated at the altitude of 954m. The whole area is surrounded by the thick pine forest of the Bjelasica Mountain and is a popular skiing and air spa resort. Dinner and overnight in Kolašin.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 (Saturday): Kolašin - Cetinje - Kotor - Dubrovnik

Morning departure for Cetinje where we visit King Nikola’s Museum, once the residence of the Montenegrin King Nikola I Petrović. Continuation to Kotor, classifi ed as UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage site, where we visit its Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to St. Triphun, the city’s patron saint. We continue to Dubrovnik driving along the picturesque Bay of Kotor. Upon arrival to Dubrovnik, embarkation with a Welcome Reception followed by a dinner that evening. Overnight onboard in Dubrovnik.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 (Sunday): Dubrovnik – Elaphite Islands – Slano (Oyster tasting)

Start the day with a walking tour of Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of Adriatic”. Walk through STRADUN – both a street and a square, the most famous place inside the town walls, the famous city enlisted as UNESCO’s World Heritage site, where your guide will show you the most interesting sights of Dubrovnik. After returning to ship enjoy the magic scenery as the ship cruises around Dubrovnik city walls to continue to one of the Elaphite islands for a swim stop. Afternoon arrival in Slano, a peaceful fishermen’s village and our starting point to Ston, once fortified small village famous for its oysters situated on Pelješac peninsula. Pelješac peninsula is known as one of the best wine-producing regions in Croatia. Aft er exploring the town we leave to a small nearby village to enjoy the authentic local oyster tasting. Overnight and Captains Dinner in Slano.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 (Monday): Slano - Mljet - Korčula

In the morning we head north to the Island of Mljet. Join the Cruise Manager for a stroll to the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park. Continue our cruise towards the Korčula island best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Aft ernoon arrival in Korčula followed by a guided walking tour of this enchanting town surrounded by walls, which is one of the best preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean. Overnight in Korčula where you can enjoy a gourmet experience at the multiple restaurants and bars.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 (Tuesday): Korčula - Biševo - Vis

Early in the morning we sail to small island Biševo to visit the Blue Cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon. As sometimes weather conditions can be very unpredictable, the possibility of our visit will depend on those conditions, however you will be notified of this on time. Cruise towards the island of Vis, once a strategic naval Yugoslav base and restricted to the public. Due to this isolation, Vis has a special charm – “the Mediterranean as it once was” making it really interesting to visit. Try some exquisite wine sorts in one of the Vis traditional wineries. If interested, visit the remains of the Roman thermal place, City museum or simply take a walk enjoying the views. Overnight in the port of Vis.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 (Wednesday): Vis - Hvar - Stari Grad

In the morning head further towards Hvar, the longest and sunniest island in the Adriatic, with a swim stop and lunch on board. Afternoon arrival in Hvar town followed by a tour of the town - the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower, and the oldest community theatre in Europe founded in 1612. After the tour set sail towards Stari Grad, one of the oldest cities in Europe where you will overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 (Thursday): Stari Grad - Trogir (NP Krka excursion)

Early morning departure to the old Dalmatian town Trogir. Trogir is sometimes referred to as “miniature Venice” or a “mini Dubrovnik” because of its ancient walls, or a floating museum town - as it has a masterful architecture including some stunning Venetian palaces. Aft er disembark in Trogir we will take the bus to visit Krka National Park. You will discover the pristine nature and waterfalls of the Krka National Park, an area extremely rich with flora and fauna. Overnight in Trogir.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13 (Friday): Trogir - Split

In the morning join our guided tour of Trogir with a local tour guide. Set sail to Split with a stop along the way to swim and relax, if weather permits, with lunch on board. In the late afternoon we arrive at Split to spend the night. Arriving in Split, join a guided tour of the city, visit the seafront promenade and Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. The historical centre of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your evening is free in Split.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 (Saturday): Split disembarkation

After breakfast it’s time to disembark. You will be transferred to Split Airport of your Split hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Land and Cruise Package Includes:

  • Arrival shared transfer from Dubrovnik Airport to hotel and departure shared transfer from Split harbor to Split Airport on the first and the last days of the land and cruise package
  • 6-nights accommodation in hotels 4* (except in Dubrovnik 3*) on half board basis
  • Air-conditioned motor coach throughout
  • English/Spanish-speaking tour escort throughout the land portion
  • 7-nights accommodation on board (supreme category boat) in a cabin with private bathroom, A/C and LCD TV
  • Professional English Speaking Cruise Manager
  • Welcome dinner and Captain’s dinner on board
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • 6 lunches with 4 courses during the cruise
  • Water 0.5L bottle per person per day onboard
  • Complimentary fresh fruits available daily on board
  • Daily cabin servicing, fresh bed linen and towels midweek
  • Luggage handling on boat
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard

 

Sightseeing Tours Included:

  • Local guides for sightseeing tours of Dubrovnik, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Kotor (English and Spanish), Korčula, Hvar , Trogir and Split (English only)
  • Entrance fees to Franciscan Monastery and Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik; National Museum in Tirana; St. Sofia, St. Clement and St. Naum in Ohrid; Church of Holy Savior and Monastery of St. Panteleimon in Skopje; Residence of King Nikola I Petrović in Cetinje; St. Triphun Cathedral in Kotor; Krka National Park
  • Entrance to the Mljet National Park (up to 25 EUR per person – depending on the season) to be paid at the entrance. Guide free of charge.
  • Oyster tasting in Ston

 

Not Included:

  • Drinks on board, extra meals.
  • Tourist tax + Port tax: 35 EUR per person to be paid on board in cash.
  • Entrance Fees during cruise

 

Optional Supplements:

  • Entrance to Blue Cave (up to 13 EUR per person – depending on the season) to be paid on the spot

 

Hotels (or similar):

  • Dubrovnik: Ivka 3*
  • Tirana: Sky Tower 4*
  • Ohrid: Metropol 4*
  • Skopje: Karpoš 4*
  • Kolašin: Bianca 4

 

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Cruise and Land Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and cruise and land are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (al) A320

Package Information

  • Duration: 14 Days/13 Nights
  • Type: Land and Cruise
  • Departures: May - September 2021 (New)
  • Cities Visited: Dubrovnik, Budva, Shkodra, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Kolašin, Cetinje, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Elaphite Islands, Slano, Mljet, Korčula, Biševo, Vis, Hvar, Stari Grad, Trogir, Split
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