Croatia & Slovenia Tour With Highlights of South Adriatic Deluxe Cruise 2019


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    Zagreb – Bled – Ljubljana – Plitvice Lakes NP – Zadar – Omiš – Pučišća – Split – Trogir – Skradin – Krka NP – Šibenik – Vis – Hvar – Korčula – Pomena – Slano – Dubrovnik

    Experience the beauty of Croatia and Slovenia as our tour takes us through preserved cultural and natural heritages, continuing the journey onboard deluxe MS Agape Rose (2017), a fantastic base from which to explore the stunning coast of Croatia.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 – Zagreb

    Transfer on the day of the tour to the tour hotel, rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Zagreb, or Zagreb area. (D)

    Day 2 – Zagreb – Bled

    Morning sightseeing tour of Croatia’s capital city, Zagreb gives you the opportunity to see the fortified Upper Town, the city’s historical centre, St Mark’s Church with its multi-coloured roof, the Cathedral, Croatian National Theatre and the University. Through the carved facades of buildings and Baroque churches, we see many green spaces and terraces of cafes where the locals like to gather. Early afternoon departure to Bled, a small town in the Julian Alps which could be a setting for a classic fairy tale. Immense natural beauty with mountains and forest surrounding an emerald glacial lake, an island in the middle of the lake with a church steeple and its wishing bell, a cliff top castle with picturesque views and a well-known sweet treat. Bled, together with its surroundings, ranks amongst the most beautiful alpine resorts and is renowned for its mild, healing climate and thermal lake water. Dinner and overnight in Bled, or Bled area. (B, D)

    Day 3 – Bled – Ljubljana – Plitvice Lakes

    Morning departure to Slovenia’s capital city, Ljubljana where you will join a guided tour of the most significant sights of its old centre, the picturesque central open-air market, the Three Bridges, the Baroque Town Hall and Robba’s Fountain. After Ljubljana, we continue our journey to Plitvice Lakes, a well-known UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can experience natural beauty of the 16 crystal blue lakes cascading into 92 spectacular waterfalls. Walk on the wooden promenades with magnificent views on the waters where every turn leads to a breathtaking scenery and yet another waterfall. Surrounded by dense forest, Plitvice Lakes are a natural phenomenon of rare and unique beauty. Dinner and overnight in Plitvice area. (B, D)

    Day 4 – Plitvice Lakes – Zadar – Omiš

    Morning departure towards Zadar, where upon arrival we’ll be taking you for a guided walking tour through the Roman Forum, dating back to 2nd century BC, passing by the 9th century, pre-Romanesque Church of St Donatus as well as St Anastasia Cathedral. Departure to Omiš, where you will embark on Highlights of South Adriatic Cruise. Dinner onboard and overnight in Omiš Port. (B, D)

    Day 5 – Omiš – Pučišća – Split

    After breakfast, you can join an optional boat excursion to the Cetina River Canyon before setting sails towards Pučišća on the Island of Brač. After docking at Pučišća, your Cruise Director will take you for a short visit to a Stonemasonry School nearby, where you will learn of Brač limestone, centuries-old tradition of stonemasonry and the unconventional tools they use. In the afternoon, you will continue cruising to Split, your port of call for the day. Upon arrival, you will enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town including visit to the monumental Diocletian Palace, built over 1700 years ago. Because of its historical and architectural importance, the whole Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, you can join the locals in enjoying a cup of coffee on their much beloved seaside promenade. Overnight in Split. (B, L)

    Day 6 – Split – Trogir – Skradin – Krka – Šibenik

    After breakfast, you will join an excursion to Trogir and Skradin. Our first stop is the small Dalmatian town of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, situated on an island and squeezed in between the mainland and the larger Island of Čiovo. Except for the green parks the entire island is filled by spectacular constructions of stone-houses, palaces, churches, monasteries, towers and walls. You will have free time to pay a visit to the main attraction in Trogir, the Cathedral of St Lawrence, which is probably the finest example of sacral architecture in Croatia. Later, continue on by coach through the karst Šibenik hinterland and stop in Skradin, which is situated on the upper end of Krka estuary, at the entrance to the National Park. You will have free time for exploration. Final destination of the day is the town of Šibenik, where you will join a walking tour. Stroll with your guide through the narrow and steep streets and pass by the most important monument, the Gothic-Renaissance Cathedral of St James, located in the main town square. It represents not only the most valuable monument of the town’s architectural heritage, but also a unique monument of the European sacral architecture listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. Dinner and overnight in Šibenik. (B, D)

    Day 7 – Šibenik – Vis

    After breakfast, depart for the Island of Vis. Weather permitting, a stop will be made for swimming and relaxing enroute. Afternoon arrival to Vis, an island famous for sandy beaches and beautiful bays. Vis was untouched by the modern development and tourism for many years so one can experience the tradition and the Mediterranean way of life as it once was. Overnight in Vis.  (B, L)

    Day 8 – Vis – Hvar – Korčula

    Breakfast onboard and early departure to Hvar, famous for its endless fields of lavender and rosemary, its beautiful coast and lovely historical towns. Your destination is the town of Hvar, a town of immense beauty that buzzes with vibrant energy in the summer sun. Upon arrival, our expert local guide will take you for a walk around the ancient streets of Hvar. After the guided walking tour we will set sail to Korčula Island. Arrival to Korčula in the afternoon, followed by a walking tour. Captain’s Dinner onboard and overnight in Korčula. (B, D)

    Day 9 – Korčula – Pomena – Slano

    Breakfast onboard and departure to Pomena on the Island of Mljet, which on its western side houses the National Park Mljet, known for its immense beauty and its two turquoise saltwater lakes, surrounded by thick forest. Upon arrival, you will have plenty of free time to explore the park individually, for example by renting bikes and cycling or jogging on the numerous paths around the lakes or take an optional guided trip to the lakes. Lunch and swimming break are followed by early afternoon departure to Slano. After arrival, you are free to take an optional guided excursion “Taste of Dalmatia” and visit Ston, a small town famous of its 5km long defensive walls, the longest one in Europe and visit local winery, where you will have the opportunity to taste some of the finest Dalmatian wines. Overnight in Slano. (B, L)

    Day 10 – Slano – Dubrovnik

    After breakfast, we continue on to Dubrovnik and cruise beneath the City Walls. Upon arrival to Dubrovnik, transfer is organised to the Old Town’s Pile Gate, where you will join a guided tour of Dubrovnik. Our local expert will show you around this fascinating world-known landmark, an ancient town protected by 13th century fortifications. Dubrovnik was for centuries a standalone Republic and the only power able to compete with the Venetians. After the tour, you will have free time to explore Dubrovnik on your own. You can take the cable car to the top of the hill overlooking Dubrovnik for wonderful photo opportunities, make the tour of the walls or just enjoy a scoop of ice cream as you stroll through its narrow streets paved with ancient stones. Overnight in Dubrovnik. (B, L)

    Day 11 – Dubrovnik

    Breakfast and disembarkation. You will be transferred to Dubrovnik Airport. (B)