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Essentially, Croatia and Its Islands with Adriatic Discovery (A)
12 DAYS

FROM ZAGREB TO SPLIT BY LAND, SPLIT – DUBROVNIK ON BOARD CRUISE SHIP

Coming to Croatia for the first time? These are the basic land destinations and the most beautiful islands you absolutely cannot miss. The tour will take you on a journey from Croatia’s continental Capital, through ancient coastal cities, across beautiful islands and up to the renown Dubrovnik – just the route that completes your bucket

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Coming to Croatia for the first time? These are the basic land destinations and the most beautiful islands you absolutely cannot miss.

The tour will take you on a journey from Croatia’s continental Capital, through ancient coastal cities, across beautiful islands and up to the renown Dubrovnik – just the route that completes your bucket list of Croatia’s essentials.

PRICES:

Departures 2020PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLESINGLE SUPPLEMENT3rd REDUCTIONMAIN DECK SUPPLEMENT
28/04;
12/05;
29/09
1690 €80%-5%150 €
02/06; 23/06; 07/07; 28/07;
25/08; 08/09; 15/09
1990 €80% -5%150 €

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival transfer from Zagreb airport
  • Departure transfer to Dubrovnik airport
  • Accommodation in 4* hotels days 1-4
  • 4 x half board dinner at hotel
  • Air-conditioned motor coach days 1-4
  • Tour escort throughout
  • Local guides for sightseeing tours of Zagreb, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik
  • Entrances to Trakošćan Castle; Plitvice National Park; Diocletian Palace, Split Cathedral and Jupiter’s Temple in Split, Blue Cave entrance fee
  • 1 x traditional lunch in Pakovo selo
  • Accommodation in lower deck double/twin cabin with en suite bathroom on one of our premium ships days 5-12
  • 4 x half board dinner at hotel, 7 x breakfast on board, 3 x dinner on board, 4 x lunch on board
  • 8 day cruise from Split to Dubrovnik days 5-12
  • Professional cruise manager (English speaking) days 5-12
  • Welcome reception on day 5 aboard the ship
  • Unlimited water onboard (water dispensers)
  • Captain’s dinner
  • Fresh fruit available daily days 5-11
  • One way bus transfer from Dubrovnik port to Old town Dubrovnik for sightseeing tour
  • Ston oyster tasting experience
  • Luggage handling days 5-12
  • Daily cabin service
  • Free WiFi onboard

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Porterage days (1-4)
  • Tips
  • Anything else not explicitly specified under ‘includes’

HOTELS:

  • Zagreb: Panorama 4*
  • Zadar: Kolovare 4*
  • Split: Ora 4*

MANDATORY SUPPLEMENT:

  • Port and residence tax: 35€ per person to be paid on board in cash

OPTIONAL SUPPLEMENT:

  • Mljet NP entrance fee 20 € per persion

*Hotels listed here will be used on almost all departures. If changes become necessary for any reason, substitute hotels will be similar to those in the brochure.

ITINERARY:

DAY 1: ZAGREB (D)

Welcome! You have arrived to Croatia’s capital.
Transfer to the hotel, accommodation and dinner.

DAY 2: ZAGREB -TRAKOŠĆAN-ZAGREB (B, D)

This morning we will enjoy a guided walking city tour. The tour visits Zagreb’s core, the central Ban Jelačić Square, as well as the religious center Kaptol, with the spectacular Cathedral, and afterwards Zagreb’s ancient secular heart, Gradec, with the Stone Gate, St. Marco’s church and Lotršćak tower. After some free time for lunch, we will take a half day trip to Zagorje and the most romantic of Croatia’s castles – Trakošćan. Return to Zagreb in the evening. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 3: ZAGREB – PLITVICE – ZADAR (B, D)

This day is dedicated to nature as we will visit the National Park Plitvice, a UNESCO natural heritage site. The park is the most visited nature site in Croatia for a good reason: its 16 crystalline lakes connect through various waterfalls spread out over travertine barriers cascading or dropping steeply from heights and offering amazing colours and views wherever you turn. Watch your step, stay on the marked paths and enjoy a train ride through the park and/or a boat ride over the lake Kozjak to get the most of it. After the visit we will continue to Zadar. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 4: ZADAR – ŠIBENIK – SPLIT (B, L, D)

In the morning our local guide will introduce us to the city’s rich history and show us around its narrow streets called ‘kalè’. After the city tour we will head to Šibenik for a free walk around the city. If you like you can visit the famous UNESCO site – St. James’ Cathedral. For lunch we will venture to the ethno village restaurant and museum Pakovo selo. It is about a half an hour’s ride from Šibenik and a place to get to know the Dalmatian hinterland and have a really good authentic lunch. With our bellies full we continue towards Split, our final destination for today. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 5: SPLIT (B, WELCOME RECEPTION)

Morning city tour of Split, the ancient Roman city founded over 1700 years ago. Its history is still visible and preserved in the historical center, intertwined with more recent and even modern buildings in an almost cacophonic whole that is very particular of this town. Your local guide will introduce you to the city and we have included entrances to the Cellars of the emperor Diocletian, the Cathedral and Jupiter’s Temple.  Transfer to Split harbor where you will be welcomed by our cruise representative. Check in starts from 13:00h. welcome reception at 19:30. Overnight in Split.

DAY 6: SPLIT-BOL/MILNA-HVAR (B, L)

Early in the morning we set sail to Brač where a swimming stop is planned at Zlatni Rat beach, a long, pebbly beach near Bol that protrudes over 500m out into the Adriatic Sea and, surrounded by deep blue water, changes shape with the wind, which makes it unique in Croatia. In case of bad weather, we will make a stop at nearby Milna. Afterwards we head to Hvar, the longest island in Croatia, the sunniest in all Europe (2724 sunny hours each year) and undeniably among the most beautiful islands in the world. Upon arrival join the guided tour of Hvar and learn why this amazing town is a must see on the historical map of the Croatia. Your evening is free to explore this amazing holiday spot by yourself. Note: port of call can be substituted for Stari Grad because of the limited capacity of Hvar harbor. In that case transfer to and from Hvar will be organized by Zantium.

DAY 7: HVAR-BIŠEVO (BLUE CAVE)-VIS (B,L)

Early in the morning we set sail to the island Vis. But, before Vis we will make a stop on the island Biševo to see a stunning natural phenomenon – the Blue Cave. The Blue cave is famous all over the world for its extraordinary, magical, indescribable silver-blue light. After this enchanting experience we continue our journey towards Vis, an island we can say is the most mysterious island in Croatia. For many years it was the military and naval headquarters of Tito’s partisan army and was closed to the public until 1989. This means that it had escaped large commercial development and was able to retain its natural beauty and charm, resist development and become a world famous destination for real nature lovers and people seeking new adventures, these are but a few reasons we are in love with Vis. Evening is free to explore this charming little town on your own.

DAY 8: VIS-KORČULA (B,L)

Early in the morning we set sail for the island of Korčula, rich in vineyards, olive groves and small villages with numerous bays and coves. Swim stop in one of the peaceful bays, perfect to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere of the unspoiled nature, lush vegetation and crystal clear sea. Lunch on board. Afternoon arrival in Korčula. This medieval ”little Dubrovnik”, said to be the birthplace of Marco Polo, has an ancient atmosphere and we will enjoy getting to know it on an interesting tour along its winding streets. After the tour, make the best of  some free time and sip a glass of local wine or coffee at an outdoor cafe, take a dip in the sea or just continue walking the streets. Overnight in Korčula.

DAY 9: KORČULA-MLJET (B, L, CD)

Today we sail to Mljet – the most forested island in the Adriatic and one of the most beautiful pearls of the Mediterranean. Mljet is also well known for its two saltwater lakes – Veliko and Malo Jezero, located at the north-west end of the island. The Benedictine monastery, situated on the island of St. Mary on the Veliko Jezero, is one of the most beautiful historic localities on the Mediterranean, is also the most visited spots and symbol of the National Park. Here, you can join the cruise manager on an optional tour* of the National Park and find out why the Greek hero Ulysses considered it his favourite holiday spot. Captain’s dinner on board. Overnight in port Pomena. *National Park entrance fee not included.

DAY 10: MLJET-SLANO (B, L, T)

Early in the morning we depart to Slano, a small town indented into a 2km long bay. From here we will start our gastro adventure towards Ston, the gastronomic center of the county. This town with the longest walls in Europe is situated near Dubrovnik and is surrounded by breathtaking scenery which, together with the picturesque city architecture, forms a harmonic entity. Once there we will visit an oyster farm where you will learn how oysters and mussels are cultivated in this region, and why they are so delicious. You will enjoy a rustic oyster and mussel tasting with local wine under the shade of the trees. Overnight in Slano.

DAY 11: SLANO-ELPAHITI ISLANDS-DUBROVNIK (B,L)

Early in the morning we depart to Elaphiti Islands with plenty of time for swimming along the way. As we continue our journey towards Dubrovnik, enjoy the lunch while sailing alongside the old city walls. This is the perfect time for you to make some magnificent photos and memories that will last a lifetime. After docking join a guided tour of the Old Town. After visiting this stunningly intact walled city on the Adriatic Sea coast, you will have the opportunity to experience the best things this town has to offer by yourself. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

DAY 12 DUBROVNIK (B)

After breakfast, it’s time to disembark.  Transfer to the airport.