You will arrive at Zagreb Airport and be transferred to the hotel.
Overnight: Zagreb (D)
Thursday: ZAGREB – PLITVICE
Zagreb has a lot more to offer than just St. Mark’s Church with its multi-coloured roof which one often sees pictures of, as you will discover on a tour of the city this morning. You will also see the fortified Upper Town; the city’s historical centre; the Cathedral; the Croatian National Theatre and University. Then later you will depart to Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, famous for its natural beauty, its diversity and harmony of shapes and colours. The Plitvice Lakes were shaped by limestone sediments and minerals spread by water flow and absorbed by plants and trees. Over time these turned to stone, a unique phenomenon of the Karst region.
Overnight: Plitvice area (BD)
Friday: PLITVICE – TROGIR – SPLIT
Travel to Trogir, a picturesque medieval town, where you will visit the Cathedral of St. Lawrence. Thereafter you will continue to Split and take a tour of the city. You will see sites such as the Diocletian’s Palace, built by the Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the 4th century AD, and also the Peristyle; Jupiter’s Temple and the Cathedral. The culture and entertainment options in Split are varied, particularly in summer, when many of the city’s squares are transformed into open-air theatres.
Overnight: Split (BD)
Today will be at your leisure in Split. Then later your tour switches from coach to cruise as you embark the vessel docked in Split harbour. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner onboard.
Overnight: Vessel anchored at Split (BD)
Sunday: SPLIT – BOL – HVAR
After the cruise leaves Split its first stop will be at Bol, a small town on the island of Brac. Here you can go for a swim at the Golden Horn, a 530m long golden pebble beach said to be the best in Croatia. The beach is unique because it changes shape and positioning depending on the winds. Return to the boat for lunch after which it sets off to the island of Hvar, one of the most popular islands in the Adriatic and a meeting point for the international jet set. The “Croatian Madeira”, as the island is also known, happens to be one of the longest islands to be found along the Croatian coastline. After arriving you will go on a guided tour of Hvar city, discovering highlights like the first public theatre in Europe, pre-dating even Shakespeare’s theatre in the UK, as well as other interesting historical sites.
Note: Due to limited capacity in Hvar Harbour during peak season in July and August the port of call might be changed to Stari Grad or Jelsa. If this is the case bus transfers to and from Hvar will be organised.
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored in Hvar (BL)
Monday: HVAR – KORCULA
Today’s destination is Korcula, but first a stop will be made at one of the pristine bays along the way to provide a swimming opportunity and for lunch. You will arrive in Korcula in the afternoon, home to unspoilt beaches and coves that are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. It is also thought that this island is the birthplace of the famous explorer, Marco Polo. The Old Town of Korcula features rich medieval architecture with palaces, churches and squares earning it the nickname “Little Dubrovnik”. You will go on a walking tour through the narrow, cobbled streets rich with history of this fascinating little city.
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored in Korcula (BL)
Tuesday: KORCULA – DUBROVNIK
In the morning the cruise will continue from Korcula to Dubrovnik, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. After arriving you will take a guided tour of the Dubrovnik’s Old Town which has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979, and a panoramic bus ride above it. Thereafter the remainder of the day will be at your leisure. Renaissance churches and palaces form a backdrop to outdoor cafes and market squares in this stunning city.
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored in Dubrovnik (BL)
Wednesday: DUBROVNIK – MLJET
Today the cruise begins its journey back, but first history will be swapped for nature as the boat cruises to Mljet, Croatia’s greenest island. Mljet National Park features five types of forest, many species of birds and the two lakes it is famous for, The “Great Lake” (Veliko Jezero) and the “Small Lake” (Malo Jezero). You will have plenty of leisure time to explore the park.
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored in Mljet (BL)
Thursday: MLJET – BRAC
Most of today will just be taken up by cruising and taking breaks for a swim in picturesque secluded cloves. Have lunch on board as the boat continues to Pucisca, a beautiful little town on the island of Brac known for its stonemasonry, where you will arrive in the afternoon. Tonight there will be a special captain’s dinner on board the boat.
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored in Brac (BLD)
Friday: BRAC – OMIS – SPLIT
The cruise has an early start this morning as the vessel cruises to Omis before breakfast. One finds various fortresses in this area which act as silent stone reminders of the power of the infamous pirates that made their homes and fortunes here. You can either explore the area yourself or book an optional tour which sails up the Cetina River Canyon to Radman Mills where participants will get to taste some local specialities. Thereafter the cruise will continue to where it began, Split. A stop will be made along the way to offer participants a final chance for a swim and for lunch. You will arrive in Split in the later afternoon and take guide tour of the UNESCO protected city centre.
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored in Split (BL)
After breakfast you will disembark and make your own way to your next destination. (B)