11 Day Ultra Deluxe Cruise and Land Package

Slovenia through Istria and along the Dalmatian Coast

11 Day Ultra Deluxe Cruise and Land Package: Slovenia through Istria and along the Dalmatian Coast
Guaranteed Departure Dates – Limited Availability! Selling out fast :
September 13 – 23, 2017
September 27 – October 7, 2017  
October 11 – 21, 2017 – SOLD OUT

Visiting: LJUBLJANA – POSTOJNA – POREC – ROVINJ – BRIJUNI – PULA – MALI LOSINJ – SUSAK – OLIB – ZADAR – KRKA – SIBENIK – SPLIT – HVAR – KORCULA – MLJET – DUBROVNIK

 

Day 1 – Wednesday       Arrival – LJUBLJANA, Slovenia

Both residents and numerous visitors perceive Ljubljana as a city made to the measure of man. Ljubljana is classified as a mid-sized European city, but it has preserved its small-town friendliness and relaxed atmosphere while providing all the facilities of a modern capital. It is a very unique city, dotted with pleasant picturesque places where you can expect all kinds of nice little surprises.

Itinerary:

Arrival to Ljubljana Airport and a private transfer to your centrally situated hotel

Time at leisure and an overnight in Ljubljana

Accommodation in a 4* hotel in Ljubljana, double room, BB basis


Day 2 –  Thursday      LJUBLJANA
 

Ljubljana Castle lies atop Castle Hill and is a well-known landmark here. This monument has served as military housing as well as the royal residence over the past centuries.

The Dragon Bridge truly symbolizes the history, beauty and architectural style of Ljubljana and adds glamor to its skyline. This is in fact, the first bridge in the entire world to have been constructed using reinforced concrete.

You can identify St. Nicholas cathedral by its twin towers and green colored dome. Built in the year 1707, the church is dedicated to the popular saint of boatmen and fishermen of this region.

To truly enjoy Ljubljana sights and get a feel of the city, you can visit the city market. The picturesque setting near baroque and cathedrals makes it a nice place to visit. You can buy all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables, spices, herbs, local arts and crafts and Slovenian delicacies like horse pate, Karst prosciutto, oils, cheeses, ‘potica’ cake and more in this area.

The Town’s main square was destroyed by an earthquake in the 15th century and was later remodeled in true Baroque style. The square is home to the Souvan House, City Art Museum, Town Hall and the ancient Lichtenberg house.

Preseren Square has a statue of France Preseren, Slovenia’s most famous poet overshadowed by the poetic muse. In a corner of the square his lover gazes across at him. Preseren Square is surrounded by beautiful buildings such as the salmon pink Franciscan Church, which is lovely and peaceful inside. This church dates from the seventeenth century. There is also the oldest department store in Ljubljana- a beautiful art nouveau building with a statue of the god Mercury on its roof and a lovely ornate staircase inside. 

The central element in touristy Ljubljana is this triple bridge. The central part is the original bridge, built in 1842 and designed by an Italian architect. In 1929, Joze Plecnik, trying to eliminate congestion in traffic, planned, and built, ending in 1932, two side narrow bridges for pedestrians. 

Leaving Preseren Trg and crossing the Triple Bridge you will enter Ljubljana’s Old Town and Mestni Trg. The Robba Fountain is located at the center of mestni Trg just by the Town Hall and is one of Ljubljana’s best examples of Baroque monumental architecture. the fountain is also known as The Fountain of Three Carniolan Rivers. It was built between 1743 and 1751 by the sculptor and architect Francesco Robba (1698-1757) who spent most of his life in Ljubljana and is contributed greatly to Ljubljana’s present day architecture along with Jaze Plecnik. 
The Fountain has sculptures depicting three river gods which represent three Carniolan rivers – the Sava, the Ljubljanica and the Krka.

 

Itinerary:

Breakfast at the hotel

Meeting with your guide for a private walking tour of Ljubljana with a visit to Ljubljana Castle and a cable car ride (entrance fees to be paid on the spot)

Time at leisure to explore the city on your own, do some shopping or enjoy watching people passing by in one of the many cafes lined next to the river Ljubljanica

Time at leisure and an overnight in Ljubljana

Accommodation in a 4* hotel in Ljubljana, double room, BB basis


Day 3 –
Friday           LJUBLJANA – BLED – LJUBLJANA

Bled, the town that exists for thousand years, sheltered by picturesque mountains, with an Alpine lake and the only Slovenian island that reigns in the middle. Lake Bled is truly the jewel of Slovenia with its legendary island in the middle of the lake, castle and hot springs. Its beneficial climate has attracted numerous cosmopolitan visitors for centuries. 

The most renowned symbol of the island is the Church of the Assumption which demands a climb up the 99 stone-step staircase. As far as the wishing bell is concerned. Don’t just watch it. Ring it.

Climb up to Bled Castle and enjoy the finest view of the lake with its island. Demonstration of printing on a reconstructed Gutenberg’s printing machine and prints of certificates is available.

The Bled Castle offers the finest view of the Bled island, the town of Bled and of the wider countryside of the Gorenjska region. Experience the picturesque architecture of the castle and the museum collection, representing the historical development of Bled, its culture, and its population. Get familiar with the traditional manual technological procedures of printing in the castle printing shop, order a small bottle of wine and seal it with sealing wax in the castle cellar, and get acquainted with artistic ironworks at the castle forge. Recover your strength in the castle restaurant and then visit the multivision. 

The town of Radovljica (sometimes shortened to Radol’ca) is filled with charming, historic buildings and blessed with scenic views of the Alps, including Triglav. It was settled by the early Slavs, and by the 14th century had grown into an important market town centered on a large rectangular square, today’s Linhartov trg, and fortified with high stone walls. Much of the original architecture, amazingly, is still standing and looks remarkably unchanged from those early days. It’s an easy day-trip from Bled, just 7km away.

Stroll the medieval streets together and learn about life almost 500 years ago. Most of the towns have grown in the meantime, but if you know where to look you will find some interesting medieval sights.

Itinerary:

Breakfast at the hotel

Meeting with your driver and a guide for a private transfer to Bled. Upon arrival, you will take a walking tour of Bled town with a visit to Bled Castle, pletna boat ride and a visit to the  Church of the Assumption of Mary that you reach after 99 steps. The wishing bell is another attraction because when you ring the bell, make a wish and it will be granted

In the afternoon, upon your return drive to Ljubljana, an optional stop in Radovljica could follow for a visit to Beekeeping museum (this apiculture museum takes a closer look at the long tradition of beekeeping in Slovenia). The museum’s collection of illustrated beehive panels from the 18th and 19th centuries, a folk art unique to Slovenia, is the largest in the country, and there are some rather astounding beehives in improbable shapes: (life-sized) people, a miniature mansion, even a lion. You can also observe a live beehive in action, filled with a family of indigenous Carniolan bees.

Bees are still kept in Slovenia for their honey and wax but much more lucrative are such by-products as pollen, propolis, and royal jelly) or Gingerbread Museum (In the cellar of Gostilna Lectar is this small, super-sweet showroom, which demonstrates in living color the particularly Slovenian art of lectarstvo , the making, shaping and decorating of honey dough into hearts, figures and so on. It’s cute as a button, with plenty to buy and even have your custom messages made. Enjoy a traditional, local lunch at Gostilna Lectar before you head back to Ljubljana

Return to Ljubljana, time at leisure and an overnight

Accommodation in a 4* hotel in Ljubljana, double room, BB basis


Day 4 –  Saturday     
LJUBLJANA – POSTOJNA – POREČ – Embarkation (D)

Postojna Cave is a network of 20 kilometers of passages, galleries, and chambers in which experienced guides have accompanied more than 35 million visitors in the last 188 years. It is the largest cave in the “classic karst” and the most visited show cave in Europe. In 1872 railway lines were laid in the cave; electricity arrived in 1884. Today you begin your visit aboard the cave train; the electric lighting allows you to admire the size and splendor of the underground world, where the geological past is recorded in a unique manner. Visitors to the cave are dazzled by a wealth of speleothems: calcite formations, stalactites, and stalagmites abounding in a variety of shapes, colors, and age. The constant temperature in the caves ranges from 46 – 50°F so be sure to bring cool weather clothes! 

Breakfast at the hotel and check out

Private transfer from Ljubljana to Poreč with en route stop in Postojna and a visit to world famed Postojna Caves, includes entrance fees to Postojna Caves

Arrive to Poreč port, where embarkation begins at 2pm. Settle into your cabin, before attending a Welcome dinner this evening.

EMBARK Ultra Deluxe Small Ship Cruiser

Vessel Description

Main Deck (14 cabins)

7 Doubles (Queen size beds)
8 Twins

This deluxe small ship cruiser is completely renovated for 2017 with latest state-of-the-art equipment and amenities. It is 35 meters long, 11 meters wide, with cruising speed of 10 knots. Maximum capacity is 30 passengers in 15 cabins, all fully A/C, with queen-size (7) or twin beds (8), cupboard, cabinet and window or porthole, bathroom with shower, toilette and wash basin. Cabin size varies between 13m2 and 16m2. There is free Wi-Fi internet access (restrictions may apply). The ship features fully A/C salon-restaurant with bar and LCD TV. Large lounging sundeck has a Jacuzzi fitting up to 6 people and provides sun shade cover and deck beds for all passengers. The ship has a rear access platform to the sea as well as ladders for easy access to the water.

Vessel Specifications

  • State-of-the-art equipment
    • Electricity on board: 220v
    • 2 Engines (932 HP each)
    • 2 Generators (107 HP each)
    • Cruising speed: 10 knots
    • Fuel tank: 24t
    • Water tank: 14t
    • Crew number: 8


Day 5 – 
Sunday     POREC – ROVINJ – National Park BRIJUNI – PULA 

As you sail along the Istrian Peninsula, stop in the romantic town of Rovinj. Feel its past times as you walk around the Old Town’s cobbled narrow streets, winding at the foot of the Church of St. Euphamia, the favorite gathering place of artists from around the world.

Continue sailing to the Brijuni National Park, once the personal State Summer Residence of President Marshal Josip Broz Tito. Arriving to the island, a part of heaven discloses in front of your eyes in the unique harmony of flora, fauna, and heritage. 

Following the visit, lunch aboard, before we reach Pula, arguably one of the most beautiful of Istrian cities. Your guide will share some exciting stories of antiquity, as you walk the footsteps of the ancients and visit the Amphitheater. Late at night, depart Pula and overnight cruise towards the island of Mali Losinj.

 

Day 6  –  Monday    MALI LOSINJ – SUSAK – OLIB (B,L,D)

Morning visit of Mali Lošinj, located in the island with the same name. Thanks to its mild climate, pinewoods, and air, the island of Mali Lošinj is an ideal place to recreate your body and spirit. Lunch aboard, while continuing our journey towards Susak for time at leisure or swimming. In the afternoon, cruise towards the sandy island of Olib, overgrown by black pine. As there are no cars on the island, it is a favorite destination for boaters and sailors.

Olib has a lovely little fort, the remains of the monastery and the Church of the Assumption of Mary, where you can see a document written in the Glagolitic script – the alphabet in which the Croatian language was first written. Enjoy dinner in a local restaurant. Tonight, we set our compass south, to Zadar.

 

Day 7 –   Tuesday       ZADAR – VODICE – KRKA National Park – SIBENIK (B, L)

After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Zadar, a city of exceptional history and rich cultural heritage. Zadar historical center is a compact pedestrian zone, perfect to explore on foot. Set out on a walking tour and admire the old walls built in the 16th century by Venetians as a defense from the Turks. You will also see the 16th century Port Gate where the Venetian lion still guards the entrance, the Square of the Five Wells, Church of St. Donat, the Roman Forum and the largest cathedral in Dalmatia, St. Anastasia. Return to the ship and enjoy your lunch, while sailing to Vodice.

Next up is Krka National Park, with its magnificent waterfalls. After your visit here, coach to Šibenik where your yacht is anchored. Your evening is at leisure in town. During the night, continue sailing to Split. 

 

Day 8  – Wednesday           SPLIT – HVAR  (B,L) 

Welcome to Split! Start the day with a walking tour, featuring the historic inner city built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. See the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic Structures, Jupiter’s Temple and the Cathedral. Board your ship for lunch, and cruise towards Hvar, Croatia’s sunniest island.

Hvar is a favorite holiday destination for international celebrities and yachters; thus, beyond all the glitz and glamor, Hvar town is a charming seaside resort with 8 centuries of architecture waiting to be explored. On a walking tour breathe in the pine-scented breeze, as you absorb vistas of the old town with the picturesque little streets and the first public theatre in Europe. For the rest of the day, keep this as your point of reference before exploring the labyrinth of backstreets of town, pop into craft shops, cafes and restaurants, tucked into old Venetian palaces. Tonight, the clear waters of the Adriatic will bring us to our next destination: Korcula. (Note: due to the limited capacity of the Hvar harbor (during peak season in July and August) port of call can be substituted for Stari Grad/Jelsa. In that case, transfer by bus will be organized to and from Hvar.

 

Day 9  – Thursday                KORCULA – MLJET (B,L,D)

Wake-up in the magical island of Korcula and its fairy-tale like walled town bearing the same name, believed to be the birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo. Enjoy breakfast on board, before we discover the walled city with a local guide. The walking tour takes you through its narrow, cobbled streets and includes a visit to the majestic Gothic-Baroque Cathedral of St. Mark, before returning to the boat for lunch.

As you dine, set sail for Mljet Island. Mljet National Park features five types of forest, many species of birds, and two deep lakes, Big and Small Lake. Captain’s dinner with live entertainment aboard our ship tonight.

 

Day 10  – Friday                   DUBROVNIK (B,L,D) 

This morning, sail into beautiful Dubrovnik. After breakfast, morning walking tour of Dubrovnik, the „Pearl of the Adriatic“ and a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll visit the Rector’s Palace and Franciscan Monastery’s Pharmacy. Return for lunch on board and the rest of the day enjoy at leisure to discover this lovely city at your own pace. Tonight, say farewell to your new friends at dinner in the local restaurant. Return to your cabin for the last night onboard this lovely cruise.

 

Day 11  – Saturday                   DUBROVNIK (B,L,D) 

After breakfast, it’s time to disembark. You will be transferred to the airport or your Dubrovnik hotel.

 

11 Days in Dalmatia: Ultra Deluxe Small Ship Cruise and Land Tour Package includes:

  • Private transfer from Ljubljana Airport to your centrally situated hotel in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle
  • Accommodation in a 4* hotel in Ljubljana, double room, BB basis
  • Private walking tour of Ljubljana with a visit to Ljubljana Castle and a cable car ride
  • Private half day excursion to Bled and Radovljica (English speaking driver, guide, lunch and entrance fees included
  • Private transfer from Ljubljana to Poreč with en route stop in Postojna in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees to Postojna Caves
  • 7 Nights in A/C cabin with en-suite bathroom
  • Welcome Dinner (D)
  • 10 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches (B, L)
  • 2 Restaurant Dinners (D)
  • 1 Captain’s Dinner with live entertainment including wine, beer & soft drinks (D)
  • Bottled water, tea & coffee
  • Cruise Director
  • Free Wi-Fi (restrictions may apply)
  • Service charges & port taxes
  • Headsets for sightseeing tours
  • Porterage
  • Port transfer – Airport / Hotel (disembarkation day)

Entrance fees:

  • Brijuni – National Park
  • Pula – Amphitheatre Arena
  • Olib – Assumption of Mary Church
  • Zadar – Cathedral of St Anastasia
  • Krka Waterfalls – National Park
  • Split – Diocletian Palace
  • Korčula – Cathedral of St Mark
  • Mljet – National Park
  • Dubrovnik – Rector’s Palace, Franciscan Monastery Pharmacy

Sightseeing

  • Rovinj
  • Brijuni NP
  • Pula 
  • Mali Lošinj
  • Susak 
  • Olib
  • Zadar 
  • Krka NP
  • Šibenik 
  • Split
  • Hvar 
  • Korčula
  • Mljet
  • Dubrovnik

Program does not include:  

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above 
  • Airfare, Travel  
  • Additional excursions and / or services not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses (internet, telephone, mini bar etc.)
  • Tips and porterage services

Dates and Details:

  • Prices are based on number of passengers traveling and dates of travel
  • Hotels are not guaranteed until confirmed
  • Other items of importance
  • Adventures Croatia highly recommends travel insurance.
  • Valid US Passport is required for entry into Croatia and surrounding countries.
  • Please have your passports with you on excursions crossing into surrounding countries/border crossings.