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Delights of Croatia & Slovenia Small Group Tour & Cruise 2021

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 Ave Maria            MS Markan            MS Black Swan

MS Ave Maria (2018) - 22 May 2021
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, mini pool, swimming platform.

MS Markan (2018) - 19 Jun, 11 Sep 2021
Vessel Features
Capacity 38 passengers, A/C, 9 VIP Upper Deck Cabins with Private Balconies, 2 Main & 8 Lower Deck Cabins with ensuites, length 48.5m, width 8.8m, 220V, restaurant, bar, lounge, SAT TV, covered terrace, sun deck, jacuzzi, swimming platform.

MS Black Swan​ (2018) - 28 Aug 2021
Vessel 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.

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1

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. 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

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

Begin cruising the coast, with a swim stop enroute to Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage protected historic stone town, it is often described as an open-air museum. We explore the charming town with its narrow alleyways. Enjoy your evening at leisure. (B, L)

Day 10
Trogir - Bol - Hvar

Cruise to Brač for a swim stop at famous Zlatni Rat beach near Bol. Arrive to Hvar Town for a walking tour and excursion to visit a famous local winery and the Spanish Fortress. This evening you are free to experience the local restaurants and nightlife. (B, L, T)

Day 11
Hvar - Biševo - Komiža - Vis

Cruise to Biševo and the Blue Cave, a natural phenomenon of colour and light (visit is weather dependent). Continue to an old fisherman’s village of Komiža and discover its relaxed pace of life. On arrival to Vis Town the rest of your day is free to explore. (B, L)

Day 12
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 13
Korčula - Mljet - Slano - Ston - Slano

See the saltwater lakes in Mljet National Park and enjoy a boat ride to St Mary Isle. Arrive to Slano, a small fishermen’s village. Transfer to Ston, famous for its stone walls, salt pans, and oysters. Visit an oyster farm to learn about and taste this delicious treat. Return to the ship for Captain’s farewell dinner with live entertainment. (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 a walking tour, followed by a cable car ride to Mount Srđ for scenic views of city and Elaphiti Islands. (B, L)

Day 15

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


Tour & Cruise Includes

  • 7 Nights in 4* hotels
  • Tour Director
  • All transfers as per itinerary
  • 14 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 7 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
  • Ship Welcome Reception & Cocktail
  • Daily cabin service
  • Free WiFi on ship (restrictions may apply)
  • Visitor taxes & port fees
  • Porterage


  • 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 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
  • Rovinj
  • Motovun
  • Pula
  • Plitvice NP
  • Zadar
  • Split
  • Trogir
  • Hvar
  • Korčula
  • Dubrovnik

Entrance Fees

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


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/Main DeckTwinSingle Upper/Main DeckTwinSingle Lower DeckTwinSingle
Sat 19 Jun 21Sat 03 Jul 21
Sat 28 Aug 21Sat 11 Sep 21
Sat 11 Sep 21Sat 25 Sep 21
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Important Notes

Cruise Information
VIP Cabins are on the Upper Deck (MS Ave Maria & MS Markan) or the Upper & Main Deck (MS Black Swan - no balconies). 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
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 36/38. 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 and full booking terms & conditions.​

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