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Croatia and Slovenia with Deluxe Cruise

ITINERARY

Visit: Venice, Poreč, Rovinj, Pula, Opatija, Postojna, Lipica, Opatija, Zagreb, Bled, Ljubljana, Plitvice, Trogir, Split, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Elaphite Islands, Slano, Mljet, Korčula, Biševo, Vis, Hvar, Stari Grad, Trogir, Split

Day 1 (Saturday): Venice - Poreč

At 4:30pm depart Venice via the speed-craft Prince of Venice to Poreč. On arrival into Poreč at 8:00pm, enjoy dinner and stay overnight in Poreč.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 (Sunday): Poreč - Rovinj - Pula - Opatija

In the morning orientation tours of Poreč and Rovinj and then continuation to Pula. Poreč was founded as an ancient Roman town and it offers architectural and artistic treasures, such as the Basilica of Euphrasius – a complex of buildings whose oldest parts date from the 6th century. The tour takes you down the west coast of Istria through Rovinj, a typical Mediterranean town with narrow cobblestone streets and stone houses built centuries ago. Then drive further to the south for the walking tour of Pula, well known for its exceptional Roman amphitheater. A busy port town where commerce flourishes amid Roman arches and temples, Pula’s Gothic buildings and Byzantine churches make it a historical treasure. Continuation to Opatija for dinner and overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 (Monday): Opatija - Postojna - Lipica - Opatija

In the morning drive to Postojna, one of the most beautiful karst caves in Europe, 22 km long. Electric train will take you through one part of the cave, aft er which there is a walk through the most stunning part of the cave. Rials were laid for the first cave train for tourists in 1872. Sportswear recommended. Free time for lunch on your own and then drive to Lipica Stud Farm, a green oasis in the middle of the karst. It was founded in 1580 by the Austrian Archduke Karl. It was not spared in the World War II. Germans took the majority of horses and returned a small number of them aft er the war. Some horses were taken o America and the allies returned but 11 horses to Lipica, other horses were delivered to the Spanish Riding Academy in Vienna. Return to Opatija for dinner and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 (Tuesday): Opatija - Zagreb

Morning at leisure in Opatija. Once the resort of Choice for European royalty and cultural figures from Gustav Mahler to Isadora Duncan, Opatija is Croatia’s oldest seaside resort. Situated in the picturesque Kvarner Bay, Opatija has been a “spa” town offering rest and recreation to its innumerable visitors since Roman times. Early afternoon departure to Zagreb. Dinner and overnight stay in Zagreb.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 (Wednesday): Zagreb - Bled - Ljubljana

Morning city tour of Zagreb, including the fortified Upper Town, city's historical centre, St Mark's Church with its multicoloured roof, the Cathedral, the Croatian National Theatre and the University. Free time, then departure towards Slovenia. Explore Lake Bled and it’s mountainous environs and stunning topography. Continue to Ljubljana. Dinner and stay overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 (Thursday): Ljubljana - Plitvice

Morning city tour of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia and a home to one of the oldest Philharmonics in the world; Explore the baroque town buildings and stroll beside majestic Ljubljana River. Departure for Plitvice and then tour the Plitvice Lakes National Park on the UNESCO’s List of World Natural Heritage. Sixteen lakes, each at a different level, are connected in a series of cascading waterfalls. Surrounded by dense wood, Plitvice Lakes are a natural phenomenon of a rare and unique beauty. Dinner and overnight in Plitvice region.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 (Friday): Plitvice - Trogir - Split

Morning departure for Trogir, where we visit the Cathedral of St. Lawrence. Continuation to Split; city tour of Split, including the Diocletian’s Palace on the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage with the Peristyle, the Jupiter’s Temple and the Cathedral. Dinner and overnight in Split.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 (Saturday): Split - Mostar - Dubrovnik embarkation

After breakfast, departure for Dubrovnik, via Bosnia & Herzegovina. Enjoy a short stop in Mostar, recently included in the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage with its elegant Old Bridge. Then continue onto Dubrovnik. Upon arrival to Dubrovnik, embarkation with a Welcome Reception followed by dinner that evening. Overnight onboard in Dubrovnik.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 (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 10 (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 11 (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 12 (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 13 (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 14 (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 15 (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 Venice to Poreč and departure shared transfer from Split to Split Airport on the first and the last days of the land and cruise package
  • 7-nights accommodation in hotels 4* 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 Pula, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Split (English and Spanish), Dubrovnik, Korčula, Hvar and Trogir (English only)
  • Entrance fees to Postojna Caves; Lipica Stud Farm; Bled Castle; the Plitvice Lakes National Park; St. Lawrence Cathedral in Trogir; Diocletian’s Palace and St. Duimus Cathedral in Split: 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):

  • Poreč: Plava Laguna 4*
  • Opatija: Astoria or Bristol 4*
  • Zagreb: International 4*
  • Ljubljana / Bled: Kompas 4*
  • Plitvice: Park 4* in Otočac
  • Split: President 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) A322

Package Information

  • Duration: 15 Days/14 Nights
  • Type: Land and Cruise
  • Departures: May, July & September 2021 (New)
  • Cities Visited: Venice, Poreč, Rovinj, Pula, Opatija, Postojna, Lipica, Opatija, Zagreb, Bled, Ljubljana, Plitvice, Trogir, Split, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Elaphite Islands, Slano, Mljet, Korčula, Biševo, Vis, Hvar, Stari Grad, Trogir, Split
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