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A Taste of Croatia & Slovenia Hosted Tour & Cruise 2022

Zagreb - Trakošćan - Zagreb - Ljubljana - Bled - Radovljica - Ljubljana - Postojna Cave - Predjama - Momjan - Poreč - Motovun - Livade - Poreč - Rovinj - Pula - Vodnjan - Poreč - Grožnjan - Momjan - Poreč - Opatija - Rastoke - Plitvice Lakes NP - Zadar - Šibenik - Skradin - Krka NP - Šibenik - Split - Klis - Split - Trogir - Bol - Hvar - Biševo - Komiža - Vis - Korčula - Mljet NP - Slano - Ston - Slano - Dubrovnik

Prepare to enrich your palate and rejoice in history, nature, and culture as you discover one of the most interesting areas of Europe! Spend 14 remarkable days touring Croatia, Slovenia with an optional touch of Italy, followed by 8 days onboard a relaxing Deluxe Small Ship cruising the gorgeous Adriatic coastline.

History & Culture
Throughout our tour we will be joined by local guides who will intrigue us with their tales of local history and culture. Together we will visit seven of Croatia’s ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Landscapes & Nature
Imagine impressive mountain ranges, breathtaking National Parks, and the crystal clear Adriatic Sea.

Food & Wine
Experience the traditional flavours and cuisines of each region we visit, whether dining in a local restaurant for lunch or dinner, or enjoying a unique tasting.

MS Ave Maria

MS Ave Maria (2018) Features Capacity 38 passengers, A/C, 11 VIP Upper Deck Cabins with Private Balconies, 8 Lower Deck Cabins with ensuites, length 53.4m, width 8.8m, 220V, restaurant, bar, lounge, SAT TV, covered terrace, sun deck, jacuzzi, swimming platform.

Your Taste of Croatia & Slovenia Host

03 September - 24 September 2022

Aniela Edmond​
With a deep love for her Croatian heritage, Aniela is exited to share with you the colourful history, vibrant culture and spectacular scenery of Croatia and Slovenia, on this fabulous tour.

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Croatia. Your day is at leisure before meeting your Host and Tour Director. Overnight and dinner at the hotel. (D)

Day 2
Zagreb - Trakošćan - Zagreb

Zagreb is home to a mix of 18th and 19th century buildings with many charming parks, squares and city markets. You will discover Ban Jelačić Square and medieval settlements of Gradec and Kaptol. See the Cathedral, Dolac Market, Tkalčićeva Street, Stone Gate and St Mark’s Church. Proceed through the Hrvatsko Zagorje region to visit Trakošćan Castle dating back to the 13th century. It is Croatia’s most celebrated and romantic castle due to the surrounding parklands and lake. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner in one of Zagreb’s most loved restaurants. (B, D)

Day 3
Zagreb - Ljubljana

Head to the Slovenian capital city of Ljubljana. Ljubljana lies in a basin between the Karst and Alpine region. This city with a soul features the Baroque Old Town nestled at the foot of Castle Hill, the Art Nouveau mansions and masterpieces of the renowned architect Jože Plečnik. We visit the local markets and explore the city before taking funicular train to Ljubljana Castle, for lunch at local Slovenian restaurant. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B, L)

Day 4
Ljubljana - Bled - Radovljica - Ljubljana

Lake Bled, together with its surroundings ranks among the most beautiful alpine resorts. Enjoy a Pletna boat ride along the lake to Bled Island. See St Mary’s Church and later continue to the old medieval castle up on the cliff. The enchanting views and fairy-tale beauty are sensational. After sightseeing, enjoy a memorable lunch in Bled. Continue to visit a local producer of honey, to learn about the beekeeping tradition in Slovenia and to sample their products. Before returning to Ljubljana for an evening at leisure, we stop in Radovljica for a stroll through this magical little town. (B, L, T)

Day 5
Ljubljana - Postojna - Predjama - Momjan - Poreč

Postojna Cave is one of the world’s largest karst monuments. For 140 years train journeys have been taking visitors through the caves to see the spectacular subterranean world. Photo stop in Predjama Castle before arriving to the small village of Momjan where we visit an award-winning winery of famous local wines. This evening, dinner is at the hotel in Poreč. (B, T, D)

Day 6
Poreč - Motovun - Livade - Poreč

The seaside town of Poreč is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Euphrasius Basilica from the 6th century AD. The apse of the Basilica is ornately decorated with figural mosaics noted as one of the most remarkable examples of mosaic art in Europe. Proceed to the gorgeous hilltop town of Motovun, possibly the most picturesque medieval hilltop town of inner Istria. Lunch will be served in Livade, where you will experience a tasting of Istria’s most famous delicacy, their truffles. Upon arrival back to Poreč, evening is at leisure. (B, T/L)

Day 7
Poreč - Rovinj - Pula - Vodnjan - Poreč

Rovinj is one of the most romantic towns on the Mediterranean, with its cobbled streets, squares and picturesque buildings. Enjoy a tour and some free time here to explore the town and its must see local markets, before meeting for lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Pula with its impressive Roman Amphitheatre, the Temple of Augustus and the Arch of Sergii. There is a long tradition of olive oil making in Istria and we get a taste of this in Vodnjan where we visit a renowned family producer of olive oil. Return to Poreč where the rest of your day is at leisure. (B, L, T)

Day 8
Poreč - Grožnjan - Momjan* - Poreč // Poreč - Venice - Poreč

This morning we take a scenic drive through the rolling hills before stopping for a stroll through Grožnjan, a gorgeous medieval village and artists retreat. After the visit, we continue to an authentic family owned restaurant for a memorable Istrian style lunch* in the small village of Momjan. For those of you wishing to visit the romantic floating city of Venice, subject to availability of schedule, we offer a full day excursion by catamaran with an opportunity to join a walking tour and see the highlight of Venice including St Mark’s Square, St Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, Bell Tower and Bridge of Sighs. There is leisure time to explore Venice before returning to Poreč. (B, L*)

*Note: Optional Venice full day excursion from Poreč available, excludes lunch. Catamaran departs Poreč in the morning and returns from Venice in the evening.

Day 9
Poreč - Opatija - Rastoke - Plitvice Lakes

Today we depart for the Plitvice Lakes. Enroute stop in Opatija, one of the most popular seaside resorts on the Adriatic. It is often referred to as Croatia’s Monte Carlo and was once the playground of the Austro-Hungarian nobility. Continue to Plitvice with a stop in Rastoke. Rest of the day is at leisure before dinner this evening. (B, D)

Day 10
Plitvice Lakes - Zadar

The Plitvice Lakes are Croatia’s most popular tourist attraction. The beauty lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. After discovering the National Park we continue to the Dalmatian coast for our stay in Zadar. Upon arrival the rest of the day is at leisure before dinner at a local restaurant this evening. (B, D)

Day 11
Zadar - Šibenik

Zadar is one of the most charming old Dalmatian cities dating back to Roman times. Steeped in history, visit the Roman Forum and St Donatus Church, the Romanesque St Grisigono’s Church, St Mary’s Bell Tower and St Anastasia Cathedral. Take a stroll along its beautiful promenade with Sea Organ & Greetings to the Sun, a sound and light spectacle and award-winning architectural space before a tasting of famous Dalmatian cheeses and liquors. We depart Zadar and travel along the Dalmatian coastline where our next stop is Šibenik. Discover the oldest Croatian city on the Adriatic and see Croatia’s most beautiful monument, St James Cathedral. Dinner is at the hotel. (B, T, D)

Day 12
Šibenik - Skradin - Krka Waterfalls - Plastovo - Šibenik

We visit quaint town of Skradin before continuing to the Krka Waterfalls National Park.  Experience the natural beauty of the largest of the seven waterfalls, Skradinski Buk on Krka River. Visit the authentically restored ensemble of small stone houses, workshop, exhibits and watermills, and enjoy a beautiful walk through forest pathways and wooden bridges. We continue to the village of Plastovo to visit one of Croatia’s most famous wineries, for an unforgettable lunch and wine tasting. Late afternoon arrival back to Šibenik, the rest of your day is at leisure. (B, T/L)

Day 13
Šibenik - Split

Today we travel to Split for a day at leisure. This evening enjoy a walk on the Split Riva following a Dalmatian dinner treat at a local restaurant. Overnight in Split. (B, D)

Day 14
Split - Salona - Klis - Split

This morning we are transferred to the ancient Romain ruins of Salona before arriving to Klis. The medieval fortress, built by the Illyrians over 2,000 years ago, overlooks the village and offers breathtaking views of Split and the Adriatic Sea. We continue to a unique family owned estate where we partake in a cooking class lunch, visit their ethno-village and learn about traditional Dalmatian life, and the production of local delicacies. Upon return to Split the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. (B, L)

Day 15

This morning enjoy some free time to relax and explore the unique city of Split, the main sights are only moments away from our hotel. Later transfer to Split Port to join our cruise. After settling in enjoy a guided tour of Split, a historic town under UNESCO protection and part of the world heritage with an abundance of Roman architecture, including Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace and his cellars. This evening enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner to meet your Captain, crew & fellow cruise passengers. (B, D)

Day 16
Split - Trogir

Our first day of cruising the Dalmatian coast begins. We visit a gorgeous bay to enjoy a dip in the Adriatic Sea before our lunch is served. Continue to Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage protected historic stone town, often described as an open-air museum. We explore the charming town with its narrow alleyways and view the Cathedral of St Lawrence and the magnificent Kamerlengo Tower. Enjoy your evening at leisure. (B, L)

Day 17
Trogir - Bol - Hvar

This morning we take a refreshing swim stop and visit the most famous beach in Croatia, Zlatni Rat near Bol on the Island of Brač. Following lunch, we continue to Hvar, the longest and sunniest island in the Adriatic. We explore its Old Town, then take an excursion to a renowned family owned winery, we learn about its history of wine making and sample the local Dalmatian wine. One last stop takes us to the must-see Spanish Fortress which offers incredibly scenic views of the town and Pakleni Islands. This evening experience the electric atmosphere of Hvar’s famous night life. Dine at a local restaurant or visit the bars and cafes which are open long into the night. (B, L, T)

Day 18
Hvar - Biševo - Komiža - Vis

Cruise towards Biševo to visit the Blue Cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon (visit is weather dependent). Vis was once a naval base and closed to the public. Due to this isolation, it has a unique charm. Arrive to an old fisherman’s village of Komiža, to enjoy free time and experience its relaxed pace of life. On arrival to Vis Town, your time is at leisure. Visit the remains of the Roman thermal place, town museum, or simply enjoy the surrounds. This evening make sure to dine at a local fish restaurant to sample fish and seafood prepared in traditional Dalmatian style. (B, L)

Day 19
Vis - Korčula

Cruise towards Korčula the birthplace of Marco Polo. Lunch is in a secluded bay enroute. A fish bone street pattern design was used in Korčula Old Town to reduce effects of wind and sun and provide citizens with sheltered and comfortable accommodation. Discover the town and later there are many wonderful restaurants to dine at or an optional excursion to a small village near Korčula where you will enjoy dinner and hear about history and true local life. (B, L)

Day 20
Korčula - Mljet - Slano - Ston - Slano

Continue to Mljet. Join the Cruise Director for a stroll to the saltwater lakes in the National Park and enjoy a boat ride to St Mary Isle to visit an ancient Benedictine monastery. Depart to Slano a peaceful fishermen’s village and the starting point to Ston, a once fortified small town, famous for its medieval ramparts, saltworks and oysters. After exploring the town our excursion takes us to a family owned oyster farm for a special tasting and experience. Return to the ship for Captain’s farewell dinner with live entertainment. (B, L, T, D)

Day 21
Slano - Dubrovnik

Discover the charm and fascination of Dubrovnik. We cruise along the City Walls for lunch, before docking in Gruž Port. Transfer to the Old Town for a walking tour to see Onofrio’s Fountain, the Franciscan & Dominican monasteries & Rector’s Palace. Take the cable car from the Old Town to Mount Srđ for incredible scenic views of the city and Elaphiti Islands. A walk along the city walls is a must do. Enjoy your evening at leisure. (B, L)

Day 22

Check out is by 0900HRS. Say farewell to your crew and fellow travellers. For those of you returning home, or travelling onwards you will be transferred to Dubrovnik Airport. We are sure you will have made many friends and have a wealth of memories to treasure and take home with you. Sretan Put. (B)


Tour & Cruise Includes

  • Croatia Times Travel Host
  • 14 Nights in mainly 4* hotels
  • All transfers as per itinerary
  • 21 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 9 Dinners (B, L, D)
  • Tour & Cruise Director
  • Modern A/C motor coach
  • Service charges & Hotel taxes
  • Authentic Food & Wine Experiences (T)
  • 7 nights on Luxury Small Ship
  • Ship Welcome Reception & Cocktail
  • Daily cabin service
  • Free WiFi on ship (restrictions may apply)
  • Visitor taxes & port fees
  • Porterage
  • Gratuities


  • Authentic dining experiences at local restaurants
  • Unique stays in centrally located hotels
  • Traditional Pletna boat ride along Lake Bled
  • Visit a traditional Slovenian apiary & learn about their beekeeping traditions
  • Wine tasting in Momjan
  • Truffle Tasting lunch in the heart of the Istria region
  • Olive Oil Tasting at a family owned estate
  • Venice full day excursion - optional - POA
  • Walk the scenic paths of Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Wine Tasting & Lunch at one of Croatia’s most renowned Dalmatian wineries
  • Visit to Salona & Klis Fortress, followed by a cooking class of traditional Dalmatian cuisine
  • Wine Tasting on the Island of Hvar
  • Visit & Tasting at Ston Oyster Farm
  • Captain’s Dinner with live entertainment
  • Cable car ride in Dubrovnik with sensational views of the Old Town

Sightseeing with Local Guides

  • Zagreb 
  • Trakošćan
  • Ljubljana             
  • Bled
  • Poreč
  • Motovun
  • Rovinj
  • Pula
  • Plitvice NP
  • Zadar
  • Šibenik
  • Krka NP
  • Salona
  • Klis
  • Split
  • Trogir
  • Hvar
  • Korčula
  • Dubrovnik

Entrance Fees

  • Zagreb - Funicular
  • Trakošćan - Castle
  • Ljubljana - Funicular, Castle
  • Bled - Castle, Pletna Boat, Church
  • Postojna - Cave
  • Poreč - Euphrasius Basilica
  • Motovun - Shuttle Bus, Town Walls
  • Pula - Amphitheatre Arena
  • Plitvice Lakes - National Park
  • Šibenik - St James Cathedral
  • Krka Waterfalls - National Park
  • Salona - Roman Ruins
  • Klis - Fortress
  • Split - Diocletian Palace Cellars
  • Hvar - Spanish Fortress 
  • Mljet - National Park
  • Dubrovnik - Cable Car


Optional Excursions (price subject to change)

  • Venice Full Day Excursion from Poreč Day 8
    $POA - Prepaid
  • Biševo Blue Cave Entrance
    €10-15 per person approx - Paid direct
  • Korčula Village Dinner Experience
    €35 per person approx - Paid direct

Pricing and Accommodation

Start DateEnd Date
VIP Upper DeckTwinSingle Lower DeckTwinSingle
Sat 03 Sep 22Sat 24 Sep 22
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Important Notes

Cruise Information
VIP Cabins are on the Upper Deck. Upper Deck Cabins are above the Main Deck. Lower Deck Cabins are in the hull of the ship, below the Main Deck. All cabins are allocated according to availability. Most port arrivals are in the late afternoon. Cruising time is approximately 4-5 hours a day. Guests are obliged to follow ship rules. Due to specific mooring conditions and requirements in some Croatian Ports, ships are moored side by side. This makes it necessary to cross from one ship to the other where there are gaps in between each ship. Special care must be taken at all times when crossing between the vessels and guests do this at their own risk. Crew assistance will be given to those needing and requesting it. Cruises are not recommended for those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

Booking Terms & Conditions
Deposits: Upon confirmation a non-refundable deposit of NZ$1,500 per person is payable. Final Payment: Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure from New Zealand. Prices: All prices are in NZ$ based on twin share per person. Airfares and any costs not stated are not included. Solo Travellers: To guarantee a private room/cabin, solo travellers must book the ‘single use’ price. If you agree to share with another passenger of the same gender you will pay the ‘twin share’ price if available. Group Size: Tour & Cruise up to 20. Cruise only up to 38. Guaranteed departure based on minimum 10 guests. Additional cost will apply if group size is below minimum numbers. Tour Arrangements: We reserve the right to alter the routing, change accommodation and services if required. The cruise operator reserves the right to alter the route due to weather or other conditions and cancel or change the ship if necessary. Travel Insurance: It is a requirement of this travel arrangement that all travellers must take out a fully comprehensive travel insurance for the full duration of this trip. Contact us or your Travel Agent for more information. For full booking terms & conditions click here.

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