Delights of Croatia & Slovenia Small Group Tour & Cruise 2020


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    3 Departure Dates in 2020: 30 May, 29 August, 12 September

    Discover the history, nature, culture and wonderful cuisine of Croatia & Slovenia. Spend 7 unforgettable days touring the highlights on land followed by 8 days onboard a relaxing Deluxe Small Ship, cruising the gorgeous Adriatic coastline. All details of this itinerary have been carefully crafted to showcase the very best of these destinations.

    ITINERARY

    Day 1: Zagreb
    Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Free time before a welcome dinner at one of Zagreb’s most loved restaurants. (D)

    Day 2: Zagreb – Ljubljana
    Zagreb is home to a mix of 18th and 19th century buildings with many charming parks, squares and city markets. Discover the city’s sights then continue to Ljubljana. The lively city features a gorgeous pedestrian only Baroque Old Town nestled at the foot of Castle Hill. Dinner at the hotel. (B, D)

    Day 3: Ljubljana – Bled – Radovljica – Ljubljana
    Lake Bled ranks among the most beautiful alpine resorts. Enjoy a Pletna boat ride to Bled Island. Continue to the medieval castle perched high on a cliff top for a memorable lunch. Stop in Radovljica for a stroll through this magical little town. Return to Ljubljana for an evening at leisure. (B, L)

    Day 4: Ljubljana – Postojna – Predjama – Momjan – Poreč
    See the subterranean world of the Postojna caves by train. Photo stop at Predjama Castle, followed by a wine tasting at one of Croatia’s best wineries. Arrive to Poreč, home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Euphrasius Basilica from the 6th century AD. Dinner at the hotel this evening. (B, T, D)

    Day 5: Poreč – Rovinj – Motovun – Livade – Poreč
    The seaside town of Rovinj is one of the most romantic towns on the Mediterranean, with its cobbled streets, squares and picturesque buildings. Proceed to the medieval hilltop town of Motovun. Lunch today is in Livade where you will experience a tasting of local truffles. Return to Poreč for an afternoon at leisure. (B, L/T)

    Day 6: Poreč – Pula – Vodnjan – Opatija – Rastoke – Plitvice Lakes
    Depart for Plitvice, en-route see Pula and its impressive Roman Amphitheatre followed by a visit to a renowned family producer of olive oil. Continue to Opatija, the old playground of the Austro-Hungarian nobility. Overnight in Plitvice Lakes and enjoy dinner at the hotel. (B, T, D)

    Day 7: Plitvice Lakes – Zadar – Split
    The beauty of the Plitvice Lakes lies in its 16 lakes inter-connected by a series of waterfalls. Discover the National park before continuing to Zadar. Zadar dates back to Roman times, see its beautiful promenade Sea Organ & Greetings to the Sun. Overnight in Split this evening. Dinner is at the hotel (B, D)

    Day 8: Split
    After breakfast enjoy some free time before joining your cruise. See Split’s historic centre including Diocletian Palace, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to your vessel for a Welcome Reception & Cocktail. (B, D)

    Day 9: Split – Bol – Hvar
    Cruise to Brač Island for a swim stop at the famous Zlatni Rat beach near Bol. Continue to the Pakleni Islands for onboard lunch break. Arrive to Hvar Town for a short presentation of lavender products and walking tour. This evening you are free to explore the dining and nightlife possibilities. (B, L)

    Day 10: Hvar – Biševo – Vis
    Cruise to Biševo and the Blue Cave, a natural phenomenon of colour and light, note the visit is weather dependent. Continue to the charming Island of Vis and upon arrival try some exquisite wines at a local winery. Remainder of your day is free to explore. (B, L, T)

    Day 11: Vis – Korčula
    Early morning departure to Korčula Island with a stop for lunch in a secluded bay. Discover Korčula, an enchanting medieval town surrounded by stone walls. Later enjoy free time or take an optional excursion to a local village. (B, L)

    Day 12: Korčula – Mljet
    Arrive to the Mljet Island. See the famous saltwater lakes in the National Park and enjoy a boat ride to St Mary Isle to visit an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and a church from the 12th century. Alternatively, you can rent kayaks, bicycles, scooters or convertible cars. Dinner onboard. (B, L, D)

    Day 13: Mljet – Slano – Ston – Slano
    Depart to Slano a peaceful fishermen’s village and the starting point to Ston, another, once fortified small town, famous for its oysters. Visit an oyster farm to learn more about oysters and for a taste of this delicious treat. Transfer to the ship for Captain’s farewell dinner with entertainment & music. (B, L, T, D)

    Day 14: Slano – Dubrovnik
    Discover Dubrovnik and its breathtaking fortified city, it is often referred to as ‘The Pearl of the Adriatic’. Enjoy a lunch cruise along the Dubrovnik City Walls before docking in Gruž Port. Transfer to the Old Town for walking tour, followed by a cable car ride to Mount Srđ for scenic views of city and Elaphiti Islands. (B, L)

    Day 15: Dubrovnik
    Say farewell to your crew and fellow travellers. Check out is by 0900HRS, you will be transferred to Dubrovnik Airport. Sretan Put. (B)

    Inclusions

    • 7 Nights in 4* hotels
    • Tour Director
    • All transfers as per itinerary
    • 14 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners (B, L, D)
    • Modern A/C motor coach
    • Service charges & hotel taxes
    • Cruise Director
    • Authentic Food & Wine Experiences (T)
    • 7 Nights on Luxury Small Ship MS Aurelia or MS Ave Maria
    • Ship Welcome Reception & Cocktail
    • Daily cabin service
    • Free WiFi on ship (restrictions may apply)
    • Visitor Taxes & Port Fees
    • Porterage

    Highlights

    • Authentic dining experiences at local restaurants
    • Unique stays in centrally located properties
    • Wine Tasting at an award-winning winery in Istria
    • Truffle Tasting Lunch in the heart of the Istria region
    • Olive Oil Tasting at a family owned estate in Vodnjan
    • Visit & Tasting at Ston Oyster Farm
    • Captain’s Dinner with live entertainment
    • Wine Tasting on the Island of Vis
    • Cable car ride in Dubrovnik with sensational views of the Old Town

    Sightseeing with Local Guides

    • Zagreb
    • Ljubljana
    • Bled
    • Poreč
    • Rovinj
    • Motovun
    • Pula
    • Plitvice NP
    • Zadar
    • Split
    • Hvar
    • Korčula
    • Dubrovnik

    Entrance Fees

    • Bled – Castle, Pletna Boat, Church
    • Postojna – Caves
    • Poreč – Euphrasius Basilica
    • Pula – Amphitheatre Arena
    • Motovun – Shuttle Bus, Town Walls
    • Plitvice Lakes – National Park
    • Mljet – National Park
    • Ston – Defensive Walls, Salt Works
    • Dubrovnik – Cable Car

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