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Delights of Croatia & Slovenia Small Group Tour & Cruise 2022

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

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.

Cruise check in SPLIT on SATURDAYS from 1400HRS, first night in Split Port
Cruise check out DUBROVNIK on SATURDAYS by 0900HRS


MS Aurelia            MS Ave Maria


MS Aurelia (2020) - 13 Aug 2022
Vessel Features Capacity 38 passengers, A/C, 9 VIP Upper Deck Cabins with Private Balconies, 2 Main & 8 Lower Deck Cabins with ensuites, length 49.78m, width 8.63m, 220V, restaurant, bar, lounge, SAT TV, covered terrace, sun deck, jacuzzi, swimming platform.

MS Ave Maria (2018) - 27 Aug, 10 Sep 2022
Vessel 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.

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Trip Variations

Delights of Croatia & Slovenia Small Group Tour & Cruise - Zagreb to Split 2022

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

16 DAYS / 15 NIGHTS

From $8,720 per person

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Day by day 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 - Motovun - Livade - Rovinj - Poreč

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

Day 6
Poreč - Pula - Vodnjan - Opatija - Rastoke - Plitvice Lakes

Depart for Plitvice, enroute 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. Photo stop in Rastoke. 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 and have picnic lunch 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, L, D)

Day 8
Split

After breakfast enjoy some free time before joining your cruise. See Split’s historic centre including Diocletian’s Palace and cellars, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to your vessel for a welcome cocktail and dinner. (B, D)

Day 9
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 10
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 11
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 12
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 13
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 14
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 15
Dubrovnik

Check out is by 0900HRS. Say farewell to your crew and fellow travellers. You will be transferred to Dubrovnik Airport. (B)

Inclusions

Tour & Cruise Includes

  • 7 Nights in mainly 4* hotels
  • Tour Director
  • All transfers as per itinerary
  • 14 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 7 Dinners (B, L, D)
  • Modern A/C motor coach or minivan
  • Service charges & hotel taxes
  • Cruise Director
  • 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
  • Headsets
  • Porterage

Highlights

  • Authentic dining experiences at local restaurants
  • Unique stays in centrally located hotels
  • Wine Tasting at an award-winning winery in Istria
  • Truffle Tasting Lunch in Istria
  • 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 Hvar
  • Cable car ride in Dubrovnik with sensational views of the Old Town

Sightseeing with Local Guides

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

Entrance Fees

  • Zagreb - Funicular
  • Bled - Castle, Pletna Boat, Church
  • Postojna - Cave
  • Poreč - Euphrasius Basilica
  • Motovun - Shuttle Bus, Town Walls
  • Pula - Amphitheatre Arena
  • Plitvice Lakes - National Park
  • Split - Diocletian Palace Cellars
  • Hvar - Spanish Fortress
  • Mljet - National Park
  • Dubrovnik - Cable Car

Exclusions

Optional Excursions (booked & paid direct, price subject to change)

  • Biševo Blue Cave Entrance €10-15 per person approx
  • Korčula Village Dinner Experience €35 per person approx

Pricing and Accommodation

Start DateEnd Date
VIP Upper DeckTwinSingle Main DeckTwinSingle Lower DeckTwinSingle
Sat 13 Aug 22Sat 27 Aug 22
$8,895$POA$8,550$POA$7,995$POA
Sat 27 Aug 22Sat 10 Sep 22
$8,895$POA$POA$POA$7,995$POA
Sat 10 Sep 22Sat 24 Sep 22
$8,895$POA$POA$POA$7,995$POA
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Important Notes

Cruise Information
VIP Cabins are on the Upper Deck (MS Ave Maria). 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$1,000 per person is payable. Final Payment: Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure from New Zealand. Prices: All prices are in NZ$ based on twin share per person. Airfares and any costs not stated are not included. Solo Travellers: To guarantee a private room, 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 25. Cruise only - up to 38. Guaranteed departure based on minimum 10 guests. Additional cost will apply if group size is below minimum numbers. Tour Transport & Guide: If group size is below 7 passengers, transportation will be in a minivan & with a driver/guide. 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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