TOUR TO SLOVENIA AND CROATIA + SOUTH ADRIATIC CRUISE 2019

Duration:
11days/10 nights
Country:
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Cost:
From 1530 EUR
Experience:
Wonderful coastal scenery, spectacular seaside towns, National parks

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)
Tour to Slovenia and Croatia starts wit a guided tour of the Croatia’s capital, which will reveal its most important cultural and architectural attractions: the Cathedral, the main Ban Jelačič square, the 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 continue the tour to Slovenia and Croatia. We drive to Ljubljana the capital city of Slovenia. 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 region. Dinner and overnight in Plitvice area.

DAY 4 • SATURDAY: PLITVICE – ZADAR – OMIS (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. Departure to Omis. Omiš is a small  town in central Dalmatia. The distance from Split is around 30 km. It is situated at the estuary of river Cetina surrounded with massive gorges. Embark on the Ship. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 5 • SUNDAY: OMIŠ – PUČIŠĆA – SPLIT  (B, D)
After breakfast you can enjoy exploring the Cetina River canyon on a boat excursion*. Later on we’ll be heading to the island of Brač which is  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. Your next stop is the town of Split, a historic town under UNESCO protection, the biggest town in Dalmatia. Enjoy 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. Dinner on board and overnight in Split.
*Split Walking Tour – optional walking tour package
*Stonemasonry school – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Cetina river

DAY 6 • MONDAY: SPLIT – ŠIBENIK – EXCURSION SKRADIN AND TROGIR  (B, D)
This day we will admire natural beauties and some of the most important historical and cultural sites in Dalmatia mainland. First a coach trip brings you to the small town of Skradin, the gateway to River Krka National Park which is best known of its scenic waterfalls. The park is definitely worth to visit. After returning to the seaside, visit a small  town of Trogir, which has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites for its Venetian architecture. Next visit is Šibenik, a historic city, located in central Dalmatia where the river Krka flows into the Adriatic Sea. An optional walking tour* will introduce you to Šibenik’s great claim to Renaissance – when the town’s Cathedral of St. James was constructed, and the present day, with the town known as one of Croatia’s upcoming gems. Experience its stone alleys and great cuisine in an evening on your own. Overnight in Šibenik.
*Sibenik Walking tour – optional walking tour package

DAY 7 • TUESDAY: ŠIBENIK – VIS  (B, L)
Today we’ll head to the island of Vis,  famous by its intact nature, sandy beaches and beautiful bays. For years it was a strategic naval Yugoslav base and closed to the public. Due to this ‘isolation’, Vis has a special charm – they say it gives you a feeling of “the Mediterranean as it once was”…  Join an optional guided tour* to get the insight into the interesting history of Vis. Overnight in Vis.
*Optional excurion: Island of Vis

DAY 8 • WEDNESDAY: VIS – HVAR  –  KORČULA  (B, CD – Captains dinner)
Enjoy a breakfast with a view and a morning sail towards Hvar, the most popular Croatian island.  It is officially the sunniest of 1200 Croatian islands. It is the island with the UNESCO-listed heritage, so consider joining our optional guided tour* to see the town’s historical landmarks. Your next destination is the City of Korcula.  It has the same name as the island and 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. Captains dinner and overnight in Korčula.
*Hvar Walking tour – optional walking tour package
*Korčula Walking tour – optional walking tour package

DAY 9 • THURSDAY: KORČULA – MLJET  –  SLANO  (B, L)
In the morning we head to the island of Mljet, known for its immense beauty and 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*.
Enjoy a lunch on board before setting sail back to the mainland to the small place called Slano with beautiful beaches and coves. 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. Overnight in Slano.
**Optional excursion: Mljet National Park
**Optional excursion: Taste of Dalmatia

DAY 10 • FRIDAY: SLANO – DUBROVNIK (B, L)
After breakfast you will set sail  to Dubrovnik, the city righfully named The Pearl of the Adriatic. Cruise alongside the old Dubrovnik city walls before docking.  After docking, join us on an optional walking tour to the old town.  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! Time at leisure for dinner. Overnight.
*Dubrovnik town tour with a coach transfer from Dubrovnik port (Gruz) to the Old town – optional walking tour package

DAY 11 • SATURDAY DEPARTURE
Enjoy breakfast before disembarking the ship by 9:00 AM.

SHIP DESCRIPTION

The ship has been commissioned in 2017, luxury class. The boat is 48,5 m long, 8.5 m wide with a cruising speed of 9 knots. Her capacity is 38 persons. She has 19 ensuite cabins on the main and lower deck, and all are fully air-conditioned with LCD TV.
Cabin seize; Lower deck cabins: 15 -19 m2 with bathroom, Main deck cabins: 14 -18 m2 with bathroom

On the main deck and the upper deck there is one bathroom with showers. 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 170 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 15MAY 29;
JUNE 12;
JUNE 26;
SEPTEMBER 18
OCTOBER 02
Per person in  1/2 lower deck cabin + dbl/twin roomEUR 1970EUR 2150EUR 2280EUR 1530
Per person in  1/2 main deck cabin + dbl/twin roomEUR 2140EUR 2270EUR 2440EUR 1690
3 pax reduction in 1/2 cabin/room30%30%30%30%
Single use supplement50%50%50%50%

INCLUDED

  • air-conditioned vehicle with driver at group’s disposal as per itinerary.
  • Experienced tour leader 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 in 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 4, day 6 and 8 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
  • Usage of the ship’s equipment
  • Towels change three times a week
  • Bed linen change twice a week
  • 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
  • Transfer from and/or to the ship
  • Tips, entrance to the National Park or any other items 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
  • Entrance to National Park Krka River

*Optional Walking tour package – 77,00 € per person(prepaid only)

  • Walking tour of Šibenik – including: guide
  • 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)

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

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