Divine Croatia Cruise with Slovenia and Venice

13 days from Dubrovnik to Elaphiti Islands, Slano, Mljet, Korčula, Biševo, Vis, Hvar, Stari Grad,Split, Plitvice NP, Opatija, Postojna, Poreč, Pula, Rovinj,  and Venice 

DEPARTURE DATES:
May 13, 2023
Jun 10, 2023
Jun 24, 2023
Aug 12, 2023
Sep 2, 2023
Sep 23, 2023
Oct 7, 2023

HOTELS:
• Opatija: GH Adriatic or similar
• Poreč: Valamar or similar
• Venice: Carlton on the Grand Canal or similar

Day 1, Dubrovnik arrival, Saturday 
You will be transferred from Dubrovnik airport or your Dubrovnik hotel to harbour, where embarkation begins at 1PM. Get settled in your cabin before attending a welcome reception followed by dinner. (WR,D)

Day 2, Dubrovnik – Elaphiti Islands – Slano (Oyster Tasting), Sunday 
Start the day with a walking tour of Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of Adriatic”. Walk through STRADUN – both a street and a square, enlisted as UNESCO’s World Heritage site, including a visit to the Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy. After returning to the ship, enjoy the magic scenery as the ship cruises around Dubrovnik city walls and continue to one of the Elaphiti 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 Peljesac peninsula. Peljesac peninsula is known as one of the best wine-producing regions in Croatia. After exploring the town we go to a small nearby village to enjoy the authentic local oyster tasting. Overnight and Captains Dinner in Slano. (B,L,D)

Day 3, Slano – Mljet – Korčula, Monday 
In the morning we continue north to the Island of Mljet. Join your Cruise Manager for a stroll to the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park. Afterwords, continue our cruise towards the Korčula island best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. After arrival in Korčula, join us for 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. (B,L)

Day 4, Korčula – Biševo – Vis, Tuesday 
Early in the morning we sail to the small island of Biševo and, weather permitted, visit the Blue Cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon. 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. (B,L)

Day 5, Vis – Hvar – Stari Grad, Wednesday 
In the morning sailing continues 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 on the island of Hvar, one of the oldest cities in Europe where you will overnight. (B,L)

Day 6, Stari Grad – Trogir (Krka National Park excursion), Thursday 
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. Followed by visit to the Krka National Park and the small access port of Skradin with its exceptional flora and fauna. Overnight in Trogir. (B,L)

Day 7, Trogir – Split, Friday 
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. After arriving in Split, join a guided tour of the city, visit the seafront promenade and Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. The historical center of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your evening is free in Split. (B,L)

Day 8, Split -Plitvice – Opatija, Saturday 
 After breakfast it’s time to disembark and say goodbye to the crew. We continue north by motorcoach to visit Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In Plitvice, we walk around several of the lower lakes. The Park is a natural wonder with 16 terraced lakes surrounded by wooded mountains and lush vegetation. After our visit, you will be transfered to Opatija where dinner is served at our hotel. (B, D)

Day 9, Opatija- Postojna – Poreč, Sunday
After breakfast, we travel to Slovenia and visit the unique and beautiful Postojna Cave, one of the largest in Europe. We will explore this wonderous subterranean world by miniature electric train. Afterwards, we drive to Poreč.  Visit of the old town of Porec, whose traces of the past are preserved in the old core of the town. Stone streets, ruins of ancient temples, forums and many beautiful buildings preserved from ancient times testify to the number of conquerors. The Euphrasian Basilica from the 6th century is the most valuable historical and cultural monument in Istria, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Entrance to the Euphrasian Basilica. Check in at the hotel. Overnight in Poreč. (B)

Day 10, Poreč – Pula – Rovinj – Poreč, Monday
After breakfast, we drive to Pula for an orientation tour of this strategic port city. We also visit the preserved Amphitheater, the sixth largest in the world. Then we continue to Rovinj, the most romantic town in Croatia, a charmingly picturesque old town. One of the most famous attractions is the St. Euphemia Cathedral, the largest baroque building in Istria. Built according to plans by venetian architect Giovanni Dizzi, the bell tower on the church is a copy of the one at St Mark’s Basilica in Venice. Free time in Rovinj. Afterward, we return to Poreč. Your evening is free (B)

Day 11, Venice, Tuesday
We embark the catamaran early in the morning and sail directly to Italy where Venice beckons on idyllic setting on 119 islands. After check in at the hotel, in the afternoon we start exploring Venice by a boat ride to Murano Island, famous for its artistic glassblowing factories. In a working factory, we observe master craftsmen demonstrate the art of traditional Venetian glassblowing. Enjoy the rest of your day on your own. (B)

Day 12, Venice, Wednesday
After breakfast, we depart for St. Mark’s Square, for a walking tour with visits of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. En route, we enjoy the views of the Bell Tower and the Bridge of Sighs. The balance of the day is at leisure in Venice. Later, we gather for a farewell dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in Venice. (B, D)

Day 13, depart Venice, Thursday
You will be transferred to Venice’s airport for your flight home.(B)

INCLUSIONS:
• Arrival shared transfer from Dubrovnik Airport to port and departure shared transfer from the hotel in Venice-to-Venice Airport on the first and the last days of the program
• Catamaran transfer from Poreč to Venice
• 1 night in a hotel in Opatija, 2 nights in hotel in Poreč and 2 nights in hotel in Venice
• 7-night accommodation on board (supreme category ship) in a cabin with private bathroom, A/C and TV
• Daily buffet breakfast
• 6 lunches (3 course meal and salad bar) during the cruise
• Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Dinner with live music during cruise
• Water dispenser during cruise
• Complimentary coffee, tea, and fresh fruits available daily during cruise
• Professional Cruise Manager
• Daily cabin servicing, fresh bed linen and towels midweek during cruise
• Luggage handling 
• Complementary Wi-Fi 
• 1 dinner at the hotel 
• Farewell dinner in Venice
• Air-conditioned motorcoach throughout
• English-speaking tour escort throughout for land portion
• Licensed Local Guides
• Whisper technology enhanced touring
• Hotel taxes

SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED:
• City tours of Dubrovnik, Korčula, Hvar, Trogir and Split
• Guided tour and entrance to Mljet National Park and Krka National Park
• Oyster tasting in Ston
• Local guides for sightseeing tours of Plitvice National Park, Pula, Postojna, Venice
• Entrance fees to Plitvice Lower Lakes, Pula Amphitheatre, Euphrasian Basilica, Postojna Cave, Venice Glass Factory, St. Mark’s Basilica, Dodge’s Palace, Franciscan Monastery’s Pharmacy and Diocletian’s Palace

SUPPLEMENTS (OPTIONAL):
• Entrance to Blue Cave to be paid on the spot: up to 13 EUR per person (depending on the season)

B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner, WR-Welcome Reception, CD-Captain’s dinner, T-Tasting

In case of unfavorable weather and/or sea conditions, the cruise itinerary may be modified in the interest of passengers’ safety.

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*Package descriptions and pricing are subject to change without notice.