8 Day Cabin Charter on Ultra Deluxe Cruise and 3 Day Private Land Tour (cruise has maximum capacity of 30 – 36 passengers)
Visiting: DUBROVNIK – MLJET – KORCULA – HVAR – SPLIT – PRIMOSTEN – KRKA – ZADAR – MALI LOSINJ – PULA – BRIJUNI – ROVINJ – POREC – POSTOJNA – BLED LAKE – LJUBLJANA
Guaranteed Departure Dates are listed below
Day 1 – Saturday DUBROVNIK – Embarkation (D)
Upon arrival to Dubrovnik airport, transfer to Dubrovnik port, where embarkation begins at 2 pm. Settle into your cabin before attending a welcome reception followed by dinner this evening. (WD)
EMBARK Ultra Deluxe Small Ship Cruiser
This deluxe small ship cruiser is completely renovated for 2017 (and a BRAND NEW Ship in 2018) 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.
- 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 2 – Sunday DUBROVNIK – MLJET – KORCULA (BLD)
After breakfast, morning walking tour of Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of Adriatic” and an UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll visit the Rector’s Palace and Franciscan Monastery’s Pharmacy. Return for lunch on board and set sail towards the beautiful Mljet Island. Visit Mljet National Park, featuring five types of forest, many species of birds, and two deep lakes, Big and Small Lake. Continue the cruise to the magical island of Korcula and it’s fairy-tale like walled town bearing the same name, believed to be the birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo. The walking tour takes you through its narrow, cobbled streets and includes a visit to the majestic Gothic-Baroque Cathedral of St. Mark. Tonight, enjoy dinner on board. (B, L, D)
Day 3 – Monday HVAR – SPLIT
Welcome to Hvar, Croatia’s sunniest island. Hvar is a favorite holiday destination for international celebrities and yachters; thus, beyond all the glitz and glamour, 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. Enjoy some free time to pop into craft shops or cafes, tucked into old Venetian palaces.
Board back your ship in time for lunch, and cruise to Split. Afternoon walking tour, featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. See the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple and the Cathedral. Evening is free, to stroll along Riva, try local cuisine and enjoy local vistas. Evening is free, to stroll along Riva, try local cuisine and enjoy local vistas. (B, L)
Day 4 – Tuesday PRIMOSTEN – KRKA NATIONAL PARK – ZADAR
Morning visit of the Krka National Park, with its magnificent waterfalls.
Afterwards, coach to Vodice, return to the ship and enjoy lunch, while sailing to Zadar, a city of exceptional history and rich cultural heritage. In the late afternoon, set out on a walking tour of Zadar historical center and admire the old walls built in 16th century by Venetians as a defense from Turks. 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. Your evening is at leisure in town. (B, L)
Day 5 – Wednesday MALI LOSINJ
Today, we set our compass north, with a morning stop for swimming in one of the small islands. Lunch aboard, while continuing our journey towards Mali Losinj, located on the island with the same name. Thanks to its mild climate, pinewoods and air, the island of Mali Losinj is an ideal place to recreate your body and spirit. Captain’s dinner with live entertainment aboard our ship tonight. (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Thursday MALI LOSINJ – PULA
Morning sailing with lunch aboard. In the afternoon, visit of 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 Amphitheatre. The rest of the day at leisure to discover this Roman town on own. (B, L)
Day 7 – Friday PULA – NATIONAL PARK BRIJUNI – ROVINJ – POREC
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 a 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. Euphemia, the favorite gathering place of artists from around the world. Conclude your lovely cruise in Porec and say farewell to your new friends at dinner in the local restaurant. Return to your cabin for the last night onboard. (B, L, D)
Day 8 – Saturday POREČ – POSTOJNA – LJUBLJANA
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 on board, early disembarkation.
Private transfer from Poreč to Ljubljana with en route stop in Postojna and a visit to world famed Postojna Caves, includes entrance fees to Postojna Caves
Day 9 – Sunday 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.
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 10 – Monday 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 glamour 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 make 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 it 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.
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 11 – Tuesday 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.
- Breakfast at the hotel, and checkout
- Private transfer to Ljubljana airport
11 Days in Dalmatia: Ultra Deluxe Small Ship Cruise and Land Tour Package includes:
- 7 Night cruise from Porec to Dubrovnik in a cabin with private facilities
- Welcome reception, followed by dinner
- Breakfast daily
- 6 Lunches
- 1 dinner on board, and 1 dinner in a local restaurant as per itinerary
- 1 Captain’s Dinner with live music
- Complimentary bottled water, coffee and tea
- Professional Cruise Manager throughout
- Luggage handling
- Whisper technology enhanced touring
- Free Wi-Fi (restrictions may apply)
- Service taxes and charges
- Free Wi-Fi on board
- Private transfer from Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik Airport in a modern, air-conditioned car
- Private transfer from Poreč to Ljubljana with en route stop in Postojna in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle
- Entrance fees to Postojna Caves
- Private walking tour of Ljubljana with a visit to Ljubljana Castle and a cable car ride
- Accommodation in a 4* hotel in Ljubljana, double room, BB basis
- Private half day excursion to Bled and Radovljica (English speaking driver, guide, lunch and entrance fees included
- Private transfer from your centrally situated hotel to Ljubljana Airport in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle
- Brijuni – National Park
- Pula – Amphitheatre Arena
- 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
- Brijuni NP
- Mali Lošinj
- Krka NP
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.
Guaranteed Departure Dates 2018
April 28 – May 8, 2018
May 12 – 22, 2018
May 26 – Jun 5, 2018
Jun 9 – 19, 2018 (SOLD OUT)
Jun 23 – July 3, 2018 (SOLD OUT)
Jul 7 – 17, 2018
Jul 21 – Jul 31, 2018
August 4 – 14, 2018
August 18 – 28, 2018
September 1 – September 11, 2018
September 15 – September 25, 2018
September 29 – October 9, 2018 (SOLD OUT)
October 13 – 23, 2018