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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 - Šibenik - Makarska - Dubrovnik - Slano - Ston - Slano - Mljet NP - Korčula - Vis - Biševo - Hvar - Bol - Split

Discover the history, nature, culture and wonderful cuisine of Croatia & Slovenia. Spend 8 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 DUBROVNIK on SATURDAY from 1400HRS, first night in Gruž Port
Cruise check out SPLIT on SATURDAY by 0900HRS


MS Ave Maria


MS Ave Maria (2018)
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 Dubrovnik 2022

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

15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS

From $7,995 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

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 Zadar this evening. Dinner is at the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 8
Zadar - Šibenik - Makarska - Dubrovnik

Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Šibenik for a guided tour. Later continue to Veliko Brdo near Makarska for lunch with some spectacular panoramic views. Proceed to Dubrovnik for dinner at the hotel and overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 9
Dubrovnik

After breakfast enjoy some free time before joining your cruise. See Dubrovnik’s UNESCO protected Old Town including Onofrio’s Fountain, 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. Return to your vessel for a welcome cocktail and dinner. (B, D)

Day 10
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. Time at leisure and return transfer to the ship for Captain’s Dinner with live entertainment onboard. (B, L, T, D)

Day 11
Slano - Mljet

Next morning, we head further north 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 Mljet National Park and enjoy the boat ride to the St Mary Isle to visit an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and a church dating back to the 12th century. Alternatively, you can rent kayaks, bicycles, scooters, or convertible cars to roam around the National Park or island on your own, but beware of the nymphs. Overnight in the port of Polača or Pomena. (B, L)

Day 12
Mljet - Korčula

Early morning departure towards the Korčula Island, best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Stop for lunch in one of the secluded bays enroute. Afternoon arrival in Korčula, followed by a guided walking tour of this enchanting town, surrounded by walls and one of the best preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean. Fish bone street pattern was used in Korčula Town, design to reduce effects of wind and sun and provide citizens with sheltered and comfortable accommodation. Korčula has an abundant choice of restaurants to enjoy a gourmet experience and numerous bars and clubs for those looking for evening entertainment. Optional excursion to a small village near Korčula for typical Dalmatian dinner and to learn about the history and traditional way of living. Overnight in Korčula. (B, L)

Day 13
Korčula - Vis

Continue to the Island of Vis, once a strategic naval base and closed to the public. Due to this isolation, Vis has a special charm of the Mediterranean as it once was, making it really interesting to visit. Vis Town, situated on the northern side of the island, has developed near the remains of the ancient Issa, first urban centre in Croatia. Try some exquisite wine sorts in one of the Vis 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 Villa Rusticae situated along the waterfront. Overnight in the port of Vis. (B, L, T)

Day 14
Vis - Biševo - Hvar

Early in the morning cruise towards a small Island of Biševo to visit the Blue Cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon. As sometimes weather conditions can be very unpredictable, the possibility of our visit will depend on those conditions, however you will be notified of this on time. 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. Afternoon arrival, followed by a tour of the town, the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower and the oldest community theatre in Europe, founded in 1612. Hike up to the town fort overlooking the harbour to get some lovely scenic views of your ship and the Pakleni Islands. In the evening, Hvar offers an abundance of entertainment, numerous restaurants, bars and cafes are open long into the night. Overnight in the port of Hvar. (B, L)

Day 15
Hvar - Bol - Split

Morning departure to Brač Island, where swimming is planned at the most famous beach in Dalmatia, Zlatni Rat near Bol, whose gravel promontory shifts from side to side as the wind and waves constantly change its shape. Bol is a typical fishermen’s village, converted into a popular tourist destination. Continue to Split to enjoy a guided tour of the city upon arrival, a historical town under UNESCO protection. Here, you can find an abundance of Roman architecture, of special interest is the magnificent Diocletian Palace, once inhabited by the Roman Emperor. Overnight in Split. (B, L)

Day 16
Split

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

Inclusions

Tour & Cruise Includes

  • 8 Nights in mainly 4* hotels
  • Tour Director
  • All transfers as per itinerary
  • 15 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 8 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 on tour
  • 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 music
  • 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
  • Motovun
  • Rovinj
  • Pula
  • Plitvice NP
  • Zadar
  • Šibenik
  • Dubrovnik
  • Korčula
  • Hvar
  • Split

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
  • Šibenik - St James Cathedral
  • Dubrovnik - Cable Car
  • Ston - Defensive Walls, Salt Works
  • Mljet - National Park

Exclusions

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

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

Pricing and Accommodation

Start DateEnd Date
VIP Upper DeckTwinSingle Lower DeckTwinSingle
Fri 02 Sep 22Sat 17 Sep 22
$9,660$POA$8,720$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. 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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