TOUR TO SLOVENIA AND CROATIA + ADRIATIC CRUISE FROM SPLIT 2019

Duration:
11days/10 nights
Country:
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Cost:
FROM 1580 EUR
Experience:
Alpine and coastal scenery, spectacular seaside towns, Montenegro excursion

ITINERARY:

* Legend: B – breakfast; L – lunch; D – dinn​er; CD – captain dinner, T – tasting

DAY 1,WEDNESDAY:  ZAGREB  (D)
You will be met at the airport and driven to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Zagreb/Zagreb area/.

DAY 2, THURSDAY: ZAGREB – BLED (B,D)
After breakfast enjoy a guided tour of the Croatia’s capital, which will reveal its most important cultural and architectural attractions: the Cathedral, the main Ban Jelacic square, the fortified Upper Town, the city’s historical center, St. Mark’s Church with its multicolored roof, the Croatian National Theatre and the University. In the afternoon we continue to Bled, Slovenia’s most popular tourist resort. Time at leisure to see  this charming town, the lakeshore and the Bled Castle with its scenic views. The positive energy of this place was discovered very early, it became  a pilgrimage site and later a health resort.  Perhaps you visit the quaint island in the lake by a typical boat called »pletna« and ring a wishing bell for good luck. But be careful what you wish for, the wishes come true! Dinner and overnight in Bled area.

DAY 3, FRIDAY: BLED – LJUBLJANA – PLITVICE (B,D)
After breakfast we drive to Ljubljana the capital city of Slovenia. You will find out why Ljubljana is the city of dragons, a city of bridges and, slightly unfairly, called the small Prague. Attractive cities are often described as ‘jewel boxes’, but here the name really fits. The guided tour will take you to the baroque old town, Prešeren Square, Congress Square, the City Hall, the Cathedral, the Butchers’ Bridge, the Dragon Bridge, and the open market, very popular with the locals. Then drive to the Plitvice National Park,  wonderful nature protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park comprises 16 terraced lakes, which are interconnected by a series of stunning waterfalls and surrounded by densely-wooded hills. Walk among the waterfalls, take a boat ride through the crystal water and make some magnificent photos. Dinner and overnight in Plitvice area.

DAY 4, SATURDAY: PLITVICE – ZADAR – SPLIT (B, D)
After breakfast drive to the coast to Zadar. A walking tour includes the visit of the  Cathedral from the 8th century, the Roman Forum, the remains of the medieval walls. The most important landmark is the church of Sv. Donat. Then we continue to Split, the biggest city on Croatian coast. Start the tour of the city with typical cobbled Dalmatian streets in the historic centre which is built around the remains of the Palace of the Emperor Diocletian, built in 4th century AD.  Learn about the area’s fascinating history as you see Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle, the Cathedral and other Renaissance and Gothic structures. Embarkation on the Ship. Dinner and overnight  in Split.

DAY 5, SUNDAY: SPLIT – HVAR – VELA LUKA (Island of Korčula) – (B, CD)
After breakfast it is time to explore the  historic town under UNESCO protection. You can do that on your own or you can join  our optional walking tour* of the old part of the city. Of special interest is the magnificent Diocletian palace, once the Roman Emperor’s retirement estate and today a lively city center. Later on we sail towards Hvar, the most popular Croatian island.   Join an optional walking tour* to learn more about many historical landmarks in Hvar: the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower, and the oldest community theatre in Europe which was founded in 1612. Hike up to the town fort overlooking the harbour to get some lovely scenic views. After gathering back on board we sail to Vela Luka, a small town on island of Korčula. Enjoy the Captain dinner. Overnight in Vela Luka.
*Split walking tour – optional walking tour package
*Hvar town – optional walking tour package

DAY 6,  MONDAY: VELA LUKA (Island of Korčula) – POMENA (Island of MLJET) – SLANO (B, L)
In the late morning the captain will find a peaceful bay to hop in the sea and start the day. Then we head further south,  to Pomena on the island of Mljet, known for its immense beauty, covered by thick forest. You will have free time to explore the park individually, for example by renting bikes and cycling on the numerous paths around the lakes. Visit the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park and enjoy the boat ride to the St Mary Isle to visit an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and a Church dating back to the 12th Century. Alternatively, join our optional excursion*.  Continue to the mainland to a small place called Slano with beautiful beaches and coves . Overnight.

**Optional excursion: Mljet National Park, free time in the National park.

DAY 7,  TUESDAY: SLANO – DUBROVNIK  (B,L)
In the vicinity of Slano there is a small village called Ston, famous for its oysters, mussels and strong wines.  You can join our optional tour ‘the Taste of Dalmatia*’ to visit an oyster farm where you’ll learn more about oysters, taste this delicious treat and have some good wine. Or you just relax before depart to Dubrovnik. Afternoon arrival to Dubrovnik, the pearl of Adriatic. Join us on  the optional walking tour* of Dubrovnik. Your local guide will lead you to Dubrovnik’s most significant historical landmarks – the bustling Stradun street, Cathedral, Franciscan Monastery, Rector`s Palace , D’Onofrio’s Fountain, Orlando’s Column  and many other attractions of this precious and beautiful UNESCO site (you won’t enter any museum or church). For those with more enthusiasm we recommend a walk on top of the 1940 m long city walls!  Enjoy an evening of romance as you will be staying in Dubrovnik overnight.

*Dubrovnik town tour with a coach transfer from Dubrovnik port (Gruz) to the Old town – optional walking tour package

**Optional excursion:  Taste of Dalmatia

DAY 8, Wednesday: DUBROVNIK – EXCURSION TO MONTENEGRO; B, D
Today we a have a day tour to scenic Montenegro.   Driving around beautiful Boka bay where we will visit Perast which is one of the most beautiful little places in the bay. This tiny town boasts 16 churches and 17 formerly grand palazzos.Then we head further to the town named Kotor.  Kotor is set on the beautiful Bay of Kotor (and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Amongst the sights to see are the well-preserved Old Town and its city walls (along which you can walk). There’s also the Cathedral of Saint Tripun (built in 1166). Upon return, dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik/Dubrovnik area.

DAY 9,  THURSDAY: DUBROVNIK – ELAPHITE ISLANDS – KORČULA (B, L,)
After breakfast we cruise to the beautiful island of Korcula. En route we visit one of the small and charming Elaphite island for a stroll and swim.  The City of Korcula which has the same name as the island, is one of the best preserved medieval cities of the Mediterranian. Visit the house where Marco Polo was born. Here you will find more legends, tales and monuments than anywhere else. There is a big choice of restaurants to enjoy your gourmet experience and there are numerous bars and clubs for those looking for evening entertainment. Overnight in Korčula.
*Korcula town walking tour – optional walking tour package

DAY 10,  FRIDAY: KORČULA – ISLAND OF BRAČ – OMIŠ (B, L,)
Morning scenic sail around the tips of Pelješac peninsula and Hvar Island. Stop to visit the island of Brač which is the the homeland of ‘the Croatian marble’.  The optional tour* to the still-operating stonemasonry school in Pučišća brings you a chance to learn more about working with marble. Continue to the mainland to picturesque city of Omiš situated at the estuary of river Cetina.  Enjoy exploring the Cetina River canyon in a boat excursion*. Overnight in Omiš.
*Stonemasonry school – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Cetina river

DAY 11,  SATURDAY: OMIŠ – SPLIT (B)
Early cruise from Omiš to Split. Farewell breakfast before saying goodbye to your fellow travelers and crew and disembarking after breakfast by 9:00 AM.

THE SHIP DESCRIPTION:

The Ship will be commissioned in 2019, luxury class. This ship is 48,5 m long, 8.5 m wide and the capacity is 38 persons. She has 18 ensuite cabins on the main and lower deck, and all are fully air-conditioned.
Cabin seize; Lower deck cabins, 14 -18 m2 with bathroom Main deck cabins: 13 -15 m2 with bathroom.

Cabin furnishings include a cupboard, a cabinet and a window or a porthole. All cabins are equipped with power plugs, LCD TV, safe. Bathrooms are fully equipped with a shower, toilette, hairdryer and a vanity with a sink.

On the main deck and the upper deck there is one bathroom with shower. Upper deck houses a fully air-conditioned salon-restaurant that sits all guests at the same time with a fully equipped bar and LCD TV. At the rear of the boat you can find a shaded lounge area with club tables and comfortable sofas. Top deck, also called the „sun deck“ offers 165 m2 of space and is equipped with sun tanning chairs and jacuzzi also WIFI is available free of charge in the salon and in the rear part of the boat.

DEPARTURE DATES AND PRICES 2019:

DEPARTURE WEDNESDAYSMAY 15, 22MAY 29;
JUNE 05, 12;
SEPTEMBER 25
JUNE 19, 26
JULY 03;
AUGUST 28;
SEPTEMBER 11, 18
OCTOBER 02OCTOBER 09
Per person in  1/2 lower deck cabin + dbl/twin roomEUR 2090EUR 2260EUR 2340EUR 1720EUR 1580
Per person in  1/2 main deck cabin + dbl/twin roomEUR 2260EUR 2330EUR 2430EUR 1880EUR 1670
3 pax reduction in 1/2 cabin/room30%30%30%30%30%
Single use supplement50%50%50%50%50%

INCLUDED

  • Air-conditioned vehicle with driver at group’s disposal as per itinerary
  • Experienced tour leader (this might be a bilingual tour) throughout the trip as per itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation on half board basis (breakfast & dinner) as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing tours of Zagreb, Zadar, Ljubljana, Plitvice lakes, Split
  • Entrances to Plitvice lakes, Split
  • 8 days / 7 nights cruise
  • Accommodation in a chosen category cabin
  • Welcome drink and snack
  • Half board: breakfast buffet, lunch, except on day 6, day 9 and 10 when dinner is included instead of lunch
  • Complimentary ½ l water during meals (lunch and dinner)
  • Complimentary coffee/tea all day long
  • Complimentary fresh fruit all day long
  • Complimentary snack during the afternoon
  • 9 crew members including a Cruise Manager
  • Towels change every second day
  • Bed linen change once a week
  • Daily cabin cleaning service
  • Free Wi/Fi on board

Not included

  • Beverages other than included (see above)
  • Beverages can be purchased in the bar only
  • Gratuities or any other expense of personal nature
  • Taxes and fees, € 40,00 per person, to be paid on board in cash
  • Laundry service at selected ports of call
  • Beach towel hire
  • Entrance to National park Mljet

*Optional Walking tour package – 55,00 € per person(prepaid only)

  • Walking tour of Dubrovnik – including: guide, one way transfer
  • Walking tour of Korčula – including: guide
  • Walking tour of Split – including: guide
  • Walking tour of Hvar – including: guide
  • Pucisca Stonemasonry School – including: guide, entrance fee

**Optional excursions (available only on spot)

  • Cetina river – including: guide, small boat transfer, snack
  • Mljet Island National Park – including: guide, entrance fee
  • Taste of Dalmatia – including: guide, transfer, wine tasting

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