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A Taste of Croatia & Slovenia Hosted Tour & Cruise 2020

Zagreb - Trakošćan - Zagreb - Ljubljana - Bled - Radovljica - Ljubljana - Postojna Cave - Predjama - Šmartno - Motovun - Poreč - Pula - Vodnjan - Poreč - Venice - Poreč - Rovinj - Momjan - Poreč - Opatija - Rastoke - Plitvice Lakes NP - Zadar - Šibenik - Skradin - Medjugorje - Mostar - Počitelj - Dubrovnik - Slano - Ston - Slano - Mljet NP - Korčula - Vis - Biševo - Hvar - Bol - Split

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 and a touch of Italy and Bosnia & Herzegovina, 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 five of Croatia’s eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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

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

MS Black Swan

MS Black Swan (2018) Features Capacity 36 passengers, A/C, 3 VIP Cabins (2 Upper, 1 Main), 3 Upper, 4 Main & 8 Lower Deck Cabins with ensuites, length 48.4m, width 8.6m, 220V, restaurant, bar, lounge, SAT TV, covered terrace, sun deck, jacuzzi, swimming platform.

Your Hosts

Ela Patajac​
13 Jun - 04 Jul
2020
Having guided tours across Europe before making New Zealand her home, Ela is looking forward to sharing her passion for European history, culture and great food with you all on this marvellous tour.

 

Aniela Edmond​
08 Aug - 29 Aug
2020
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
Zagreb

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. 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 together with its 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 take the funicular up to Ljubljana Castle, before having 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 and hear about the beekeeping tradition of Slovenia and tasting of their products. Before returning to Ljubljana for an evening at leisure stop in Radovljica for a stroll through this magical little town. (B, L, T)

Day 5
Ljubljana - Postojna - Predjama - Šmartno

Postojna Caves 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 underground subterranean world. Photo stop in Predjama Castle before continuing to the Tuscany of Slovenia the Goriška Brda region for our overnight in the village of Šmartno. Upon arrival we visit a family owned winery for a wine tasting and viewing of their cellars before a dinner this evening. (B, T, D)

Day 6
Šmartno - Motovun - Poreč

This morning take a stroll through the village and enjoy in the spectacular views of the rolling hills, vineyards and orchards before returning to Croatia for our stay in the Istria region. 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 to Poreč evening is at leisure. (B, T/L)

Day 7
Poreč - Pula - Vodnjan - 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. We discover Poreč before continuing 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 until dinner this evening.
(B, T, D)

Day 8
Poreč - Venice - Poreč

Enjoy a day trip to Venice. A walking tour will show you the highlights including St Mark’s Square, St Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, Bell Tower and Bridge of Sighs. Visit a glass blowing factory and watch a master artisan demonstrate this traditional Venetian art. The rest of your day is at leisure to experience Venice. Late afternoon return to Poreč for dinner and overnight.
(B, D)

Day 9
Poreč - Rovinj - Momjan - Poreč

Rovinj is one of the most romantic towns on the Mediterranean, with its cobbled streets, squares and picturesque buildings. Enjoy a guided tour before some free time to explore the town and its must see local markets, before continuing to our lunch today at an authentic family owned restaurant for a memorable Istrian style lunch in the small village of Momjan. Return to Poreč for an afternoon at leisure. (B, L)

Day 10
Poreč - Opatija - Rastoke - Plitvice Lakes

Today we depart for the Plitvice Lakes. En-route 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 before arriving to Plitvice where the rest of the day is at leisure before dinner this evening. (B, D)

Day 11
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 12
Zadar

Zadar is one of the most charming old Dalmatian cities dating back to Roman times. Steeped in history, see the Roman Forum, St Donatus Church, the reconstructed Romanesque St Grisigono’s Church, St Mary’s Bell Tower and St Anastasia Cathedral. Take a stroll along its beautiful promenade Sea Organ & Greetings to the Sun, a sound and light spectacle and an award-winning architectural space before a tasting of famous Dalmatian cheeses and liquors. Enjoy another afternoon at leisure. Dinner is at the hotel. (B, T, D)

Day 13
Zadar - Šibenik - Skradin - Medjugorje

Today we depart for Bosnia & Herzegovina, we travel along the Dalmatian coastline where our first stop is Šibenik. Discover the oldest Croatian city on the Adriatic and see Croatia’s most beautiful monument St James Cathedral. We continue to Skradin to visit one of Croatia’s most famous wineries, Bibich Winery for an unforgettable lunch and wine tasting. Međugorje is a catholic pilgrimage site where 6 children are said have had apparitions of the Virgin Mary. Our stay here is at a unique property where the accommodation is set in traditional stone houses. Enjoy some free time before dinner is at the hotel.
(B, L/T, D)

Day 14
Medjugorje - Mostar - Počitelj - Dubrovnik

Mostar is where the ‘East meets West’. Mostar is not only divided by the Neretva River, but also by religion and culture from one bank to the other. The most important site is the Old Bridge and the nearby Ottoman quarter, where we will visit a mosque and a traditional Turkish house. En-route to Dubrovnik we have a coffee-stop in the village of Počitelj. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure before dinner this evening. (B, D)

Day 15
Dubrovnik

Today our small ship cruise begins. After joining our vessel the MS Black Swan transfer to city gates to discover the old town.The special charm of this ancient town are the buildings that have remained from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic. Take the cable car from the Old Town to Mount Srđ to enjoy scenic views of the Walls and Elaphiti Islands. Later, return transfer to the ship for a Welcome Meet & Greet Cocktail Reception onboard. (B, D)

Day 16
Dubrovnik - Slano - Ston - Slano

Departure to a small village of Slano on the mainland. Enjoy the magic scenery during breakfast as the ship cruises around Dubrovnik City Walls before continuing 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 town, famous for its oysters. After exploring the town’s medieval ramparts, a short coastal walk leads to an oyster farm to learn more about oysters and tasting this delicious treat. Transfer to the ship for Captain’s dinner with entertainment & music. (B, L, T, D)

Day 17
Slano - Mljet

Continue to the Island of Mljet. The legend says Greek hero Odysseus spent years on this island when he was captured by the nymph Calypso. Join the Cruise Director for a stroll to 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 to roam around the National Park or island. Dinner onboard and overnight in Polača or Pomena. (B, L, D)

Day 18
Mljet - Korčula

Cruise towards Korčula, the birthplace of Marco Polo. Lunch is in a secluded bay enroute. Afternoon arrival followed by a guided walking tour of this enchanting medieval coastal town. A fish bone street pattern design was used in Korčula Old Town to reduce effects of the wind and sun, providing citizens with sheltered and comfortable accommodation. There are many wonderful restaurants to choose as well as bars and clubs for those looking for evening entertainment. Optional excursion to small village near Korčula for real local experience where you will enjoy dinner and hear about history and local life.
(B, L)

Day 19
Korčula - Vis

Continue to the Island of Vis, once a naval base and closed to the public. Due to this isolation, Vis has a special charm. Try some exquisite wine varieties in one of the traditional wineries. If interested, visit the remains of the Roman thermal place, city museum or simply take a walk enjoying the views of the beautiful Villae Rusticae situated along the waterfront. (B, L, T)

Day 20
Vis - Biševo - Hvar

Cruise towards Biševo to visit the Blue Cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon. Visit to the caves are weather dependent. Continue towards the jet set Island of Hvar with a swim stop and lunch onboard at the Pakleni Islands. Hvar, the longest and sunniest island in the Adriatic is known for lavish lavender fields and breathtaking beauty. Enjoy a tour of the town, the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower and the oldest community theatre in Europe, Take a walk to the Spanish Fortress overlooking the harbour for lovely scenic views. This evening explore Hvar with its numerous restaurants, bars and cafes open long into the night. (B, L)

Day 21
Hvar - Bol - Split

Morning departure to Brač Island, where swimming is planned at the most famous beach in Dalmatia, Zlatni Rat near Bol. Bol is a typical fishermen’s village, converted into a popular tourist destination. Continue to Split and enjoy a guided tour of the historic town under UNESCO protection and part of the world heritage with an abundance of Roman architecture. See the magnificent Diocletian Palace, once inhabited by the Roman Emperor. (B, L)

Day 22
Split

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 Split 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)

Inclusions

Tour & Cruise Includes

  • Croatia Times Travel Host
  • 14 Nights in mainly 4* hotels
  • All transfers as per itinerary
  • 21 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 13 Dinners (B, L, D)
  • Tour Director & Cruise Director
  • Modern A/C motor coach
  • Service charges & hotel taxes
  • Authentic Food & Wine Experiences (T)
  • 7 nights on luxury Small Ship MS Black Swan
  • Ship Welcome Reception & Cocktail
  • Daily cabin service
  • Free WiFi on ship (restrictions may apply)
  • Visitor Taxes & Port Fees
  • Porterage
  • Gratuities

Highlights 

  • Authentic dining experiences at local restaurants
  • Unique stays in centrally located properties
  • Traditional Pletna boat ride along Lake Bled
  • Visit a local apiary for a honey tasting & hear about the beekeeping traditions of Slovenia
  • Wine tasting in the Goriška Brda region of Slovenia
  • Truffle Tasting Lunch in the heart of the Istria region
  • Olive Oil Tasting at a family owned estate in Vodnjan
  • Day trip to Venice via catamaran
  • Walk the scenic paths of Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Wine tasting lunch at one of Croatia’s most renowned wineries
  • 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
  • Trakošćan
  • Ljubljana
  • Bled
  • Motovun
  • Poreč
  • Pula
  • Rovinj
  • Venice
  • Opatija
  • Plitvice NP 
  • Zadar
  • Šibenik
  • Mostar
  • Dubrovnik
  • Korčula
  • Hvar
  • Split

Entrance Fees

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

Pricing and Accommodation

Start DateEnd Date
VIP Upper/Main DeckTwinSingle Upper/Main DeckTwinSingle Lower DeckTwinSingle
Sat 13 Jun 20Sat 04 Jul 20
$14,395$POA$13,995$POA$13,395$POA
Sat 08 Aug 20Sat 29 Aug 20
$14,395$POA$13,995$POA$13,395$POA
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Important Notes

Cruise Information
VIP Cabins are on the Main or 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 $1,500 per person is payable. Final Payment: Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure from New Zealand. Prices: All prices are in NZ$ based on twin share per person. Airfares and any costs not stated are not included. Solo Travellers: To guarantee a private room, 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. Group Size: Tour & Cruise - up to 25. Cruise only - up to 36. 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 and full booking terms & conditions.

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