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The Ultimate Island Hopping Adventure 2019

NEW Routing, not offered by any other cruise in Croatia! Unique and off-the-beaten-track destinations, highly inclusive excursion package – traveling well beyond the Dalmatian coast!

9-day land and cruise package on an amazing new superior deluxe ship. INCLUDES exclusive excursion package.

Guaranteed Departure – Adventures Croatia Exclusive: 
September 6 – 14, 2019
Enjoy small ship cruising with a maximum capacity of 38 passengers.

Exploring: OPATIJA – CRES – MALI LOSINJ – PAG – KORNATI – ZADAR – KRKA WATERFALLS – SIBENIK – SPLIT – SOLTA ISLAND – KORCULA – DUBROVNIK (as always, routing is subject to change due to weather or Captain’s discretion)

Meals included: breakfast and lunch every day, 4 dinners on land, 2 dinners on board including Captain’s Dinner, 1 cheese tasting, oyster tasting, multiple olive oil and wine tastings, and one special stop for Croatian ice cream.


Join us for the most exclusive and immersive Island Hopping experience available anywhere along the Croatian Coast! This Island Hopper is loaded with the most unique, authentic and custom-tailored excursions… as well as top-notch wine and culinary experiences. This insider’s tour will be escorted by leading experts on Croatia, who will open your senses to the REAL Coastline of Croatia though awe-inspiring islands and ancient cities.

Spoil yourselves and be WOWED on a privately chartered vessel staffed by welcoming, carefully chosen professionals, with spacious air-conditioned cabins, a cozy salon with a lounge bar, sun deck and more. We’ve spent many months creating what will be a spectacular way to experience Croatia’s Coast. Do not miss out, this is certain to top any experience your friends have ever had SOAKING IN the beauty and excitement of Croatia’s coastal region. All aboard!!

You will have time to relax, swim, bike, hike and explore the unique and varied towns of the coastal regions of Istria, Kvarner, and Dalmatia. We’ve hired the best of the best tour guides, whose passion for their homeland will lend insight into the culture, history, customs, and cuisine. Your inclusive excursion package will offer unique and behind the scenes tours, traditional foods, and wine tasting experiences. Moreover, you will be able to see, feel, hear, experience and taste the Croatian way of life – Croatia’s past blended with its present.

Croatia’s unparalleled coastal beauty, with crystalline water clarity and secluded coves, combined with its rich cultural heritage, and spectacular seafood, wine, and cheeses add up to a sailing experience to savor and remember. With attention to detail and commitment to creating the best experiences, combined with a cruising staff who will provide a high level of onboard services in a relaxed nautical atmosphere – this is a “do-not-miss” trip!

This amazing itinerary is loaded with unique extras, fantastic meals, and experiences. If you are interested in joining the Ultimate Island Hopping Adventure and would like to grab a cabin before they’re all gone, please sign up now.


Day 1  –  September 6          OPATIJA

Genteel Opatija, 13km west of Rijeka, was the chicest seaside resort for the Austro-Hungarian elite during the days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire – as evidenced by the many handsome belle-époque villas that the period bequeathed the town. Although it lost a lot of its sheen during the Yugoslav period, Opatija has spruced itself up in the last decade and once again attracts people drawn to its grand spa hotels, spectacular location and agreeable year-round climate. 

Itinerary

  • Arrival to Opatija.
  • Upon arrival at the 5* hotel, check in and head for a dinner.
  • Situated on the cliffs overlooking the bay, the hotel restaurant offers each guest a wonderful culinary experience. The ambiance is a magical one: you can look at the enticing Kvarner archipelago on the horizon while your taste buds wait for a special surprise. Inspired by the best ingredients of Mediterranean and continental cuisine, you will become acquainted with brilliant and imaginative ideas transformed into an inspirational menu consisting of seasonal and local ingredients. 
  • 3-course dinner with a drink at the hotel restaurant
  • Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 2 – September 7          OPATIJA EMBARKATION – CRES – MALI LOSINJ  

Mali Losinj is a stunner: a natural harbor ringed by graceful, gently weathered Mediterranean townhouses and green surrounding hills. The town straddles both coasts on the narrowest section of the island, at the apex of a long protected harbor. A string of 19th-century sea captains’ houses lines the seafront, where this historic quarter still retains its charm and atmosphere.

Itinerary

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Meet the driver and head for the port in Opatija.
  • After check-in onboard, start your luxury cruise and head towards the Island of Cres. (Lunch on board)
  • Upon arrival to Cres town meet the driver and guide and head for Cres old town walking tour.
  • Pastel-hued terrace houses and Venetian mansions embrace the medieval harbor of Cres Town, a beautiful sheltered bay wrapped in vivid green hills of pine and Adriatic scrubs. As you amble along the seaside promenade and explore the atmospheric maze of old-town streets, you cannot fail to notice reminders of Italian rule, including the coats of arms of powerful Venetian families and Renaissance loggias.
  • Continue and pass town Osor – The tiny walled town of Osor is one of the most peaceful places you could imagine, despite its grand and troubled past. The village sits on the narrow channel dividing Cres and Lošinj, which is thought to have been dug by the Romans. Because of it, Osor was able to control a key navigational route. Today it’s becoming a kind of museum-town of churches, open-air sculptures, and lanes that meander from its 15th-century center.
  • Next stop is Island of Lošinj and town of Mali Lošinj.
  • Upon arrival, meet your guide and head for visit famous Apoxyomenos Museum in Mali Lošinj.
  • The Apoxyomenos Museum, dedicated to the ancient bronze statue of an athlete found in the sea near the island of Lošinj. The statue represents an athlete, a young sportsman, at the moment of cleaning oil, dust, and sweat from his body with a scraping tool after a competition. During the restoration, which lasted 7 years, analyzing the material and style of workmanship, the statue was dated from the 2nd – 1st century B.C. while the prototype on which it was made is considerably older, from the middle of the 4th century B.C.
  • Return to the boat and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
  • Overnight on board.

 

Day 3 September 8           MALI LOSINJ – PAG

Pag Island stretches across two counties and has the longest coastline of any island in Croatia. To the north, you can reach the island by ferry to Žiglen and to the south; the 340m long Pag Bridge connects the island to the mainland. The island has a population of eight thousand and thirty thousand autochthonous Pag sheep; yep, one person to four sheep. Known for its moonscape appearance, sun-bleached karst rock forms set the feeling of another planet, trapped between two mountain ridges, surrounded by clear blue sky and crystal blue water. Creative cuisine is the main motive to visit the rocky, moonlike, island of Pag.

Itinerary

  • Breakfast on board.
  • This morning sail towards the island of Pag.
  • Upon arrival to Pag, meet your guide and have a full day private tour of the island of Pag including cheese tasting and a visit to the ancient olive groves at Lun with olive oil tasting.
  • Taste Paski sir and share the passion and artisan cheese-making by opening the doors so you can see first-hand how the cheese is made.
  • Later, head towards Lun, a small village at the tip of the island, but home to the ancient, thousand-year-old olive groves.
  • The Lun olive groves represent a true oasis and one of the most scenic and beautiful corners of our island. Among the countless olive trees, there are about 1500 wild olive trees. This area of wild olives, which covers 24 hectares of space, is the only one of its kind in the Adriatic Sea region and it has great botanical value. Due to its special characteristics, it was protected and proclaimed a botanical preserve in 1963.
  • Overnight on board (Captain’s dinner)

 

Day 4 September 9          PAG – DUGI OTOK – KORNATI – ZADAR

Boasting a historic old town of Roman ruins, medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafes and quality museums set on a small peninsula, Zadar is an intriguing city. It’s not too crowded, it’s not overrun with tourists and its two unique attractions – the sound-and-light spectacle of the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation – need to be seen and heard to be believed.

Itinerary

  • Breakfast on board.
  • Today sail towards Zadar.
  • Stop at Dugi island and Kornati during sailing.
  • The islands have long been known as an oasis of peace for travelers giving them an overwhelming experience of relaxation and spiritual and physical rest. Each island still has its „wild“ side as a true evidence of the constant activities of unstoppable forces of nature – the sea and the wind.
  • The Kornati National Park is often mentioned as “nautical paradise” in tourist publications. And really, in “slalom” sailing through the 89 unforgettable islands, islets and reefs in the Kornati National Park, you will test all of your nautical skills, particularly if the weather puts in some effort… You’ll need a valid ticket to sail through the National Park. 
  • Upon arrival in Zadar, meet your guide head for a private guided walking tour of this amazing historic town.
  • Visit sights from its long and turbulent history such as the church of St. Donat, originally built in the 9th century in Byzantine style. Another landmark is the Cathedral of St. Anastasia constructed in the 12th and 13th centuries in Romanesque style. The main city street – The Wide Street – or Kalelarga, together with modern architectural solutions of Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun are unique in the world.
  • Enjoy in the most beautiful sunset, with music in the background from Zadar’s Sea Organ and the uninterrupted views over the Adriatic Sea. This is one of the „must do“ things while you are in Zadar.
  • During the tour have a stop for a ice cream at Donat.
  • Overnight on board.

 

Day 5 – September 10          ZADAR – KRKA WATERFALLS – SIBENIK – SPLIT

Krka National Park runs from the Adriatic near Šibenik inland to the mountains of the Croatian interior. It’s a magical place of waterfalls and gorges, with the river gushing through a karstic canyon 200m deep. Sights built by humans are also a major draw of the region, the area’s remoteness attracting monks who constructed their monasteries here.

Itinerary

  • Breakfast on board.
  • This morning meet your driver and head for Krka Waterfalls National park.
  • Stretching from the western foot of the Dinaric Range into the sea near Šibenik, the 73km Krka River and its wonderful waterfalls define the landscape of Krka National Park. With its seven waterfalls and a total drop in altitude of 242 m, the Krka is a natural and karst phenomenon. The travertine waterfalls of the Krka River are the fundamental phenomenon of this river. Waterfalls that sparkle with silvery threads of water, amazing lush forest, and thrilling sights make this a prime destination for any nature-loving tourist.
  • After exploring Krka National Park, meet your driver and head towards the charming village of Stankovci in the mainland of northern Dalmatia.
  • Šibenik is the oldest Croatian autochthonous town, and it was first mentioned in 1066 during the reign of one of the most important Croatian kings, Krešimir IV. Its narrow winding streets, stone houses, ancient staircases and the remains of the city walls give Šibenik that romantic Mediterranean atmosphere.
  • After exploring Šibenik on your own, head towards a local Šibenik restaurant for superb food and wine pairing experience.  Their philosophy is based on a creative combination of tradition and innovation. The palace they are situated in, as well as the gastronomic heritage of their locality, corresponds to the element of tradition, whereas their contemplation of the local gastronomy and the concept of their restaurant reflect contemporary trends. This year the local Šibenik restaurant was named the best restaurant in Croatia.
  • Overnight on board.

 

Day 6 September 11         SPLIT – ŠOLTA – MASLINICA

The second-largest city in Croatia, Split (Spalato in Italian) is a great place to see Dalmatian life as it’s really lived. Always buzzing, this exuberant city has just the right balance of tradition and modernity. Step inside Diocletian’s Palace (a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments) and you’ll see dozens of bars, restaurants, and shops thriving amid the atmospheric old walls where Split life has been going on for thousands of years.

Itinerary

  • Breakfast on board.
  • Meet your guide and head for walking tour of Split. Your tour will cover the Diocletian’s Palace and the surrounding medieval highlights. Walk inside Diocletian’s Palace, once the summer residence of the Roman emperor Diocletian. Split has risen on the foundation of the palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian built in 305 AD. Various cultural monuments are located inside and outside the Diocletian’s Palace walls, as Renaissance Prokurative Square, noble family’s palaces, churches, galleries, and museums.
  • After the tour, continue your cruising to the Island of Šolta.
  • Today have a trip on island Solta and taste one of the world’s best olive oils and lunch at a local Solta restaurant.
  • Also, have a wine tasting of Dobričić wine. It is an ancient red wine variety, an authentical sort that grows in the island of Šolta. It is definitely one of the significant indigenous red wines of Dalmatia since it was the variety that was crossed with Crljenak Kaštelanski (the rest of the world knows that variety as Zinfandel) to produce the most famous grape in Croatia – Plavac Mali.
  • Upon arrival, explore small village of Maslenica on your own and head for dinner at Martinis Marchi restaurant.
  • The local restaurant on Solta offers fine Mediterranean cuisine in a beautiful ambiance of the castle. In 1703, three brothers received permission to build a tower, a village and a church above the bay of Maslinica. At the time, pirate attacks were becoming recurrent and, with considerable efforts of the colonists, two years later a castle was erected together with defense walls and a prominent tower as the last point of defense…
  • Overnight on board.

 

Day 7 September 12           ISLAND OF ŠOLTA – KORČULA

The island of Korcula is one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic Sea, with abundant vineyards and olive groves. The dense woods led the original Greek settlers to call the island Korkyra Melaina. Quiet coves and small sandy beaches dot the steep southern coast while the northern shore is flatter and pebblier. The main city of the island Korčula has the same name. Ringed by imposing defenses, this coastal citadel is dripping in history, with marble streets rich in Renaissance and Gothic architecture. Its fascinating fishbone layout was cleverly designed for the comfort and safety of its inhabitants: western streets were built straight in order to open the city to the refreshing summer maestral (strong, steady westerly wind), while the eastern streets were curved to minimize the force of the winter bura (cold, northeasterly wind). The town cradles a harbor, overlooked by round defensive towers and a compact cluster of red-roofed houses. They say that Marco Polo was born here (1254 – 1324), the wayward traveler to China, and Mongolia. In fact, the museum is one of the many cultural centers that Korčula offers to its visitors.

Itinerary

  • Breakfast on board.
  • Early morning departure from Šolta towards Korčula. Surrounded by medieval walls, Korčula resembles a miniature Dubrovnik when approaching from the sea. The town has more legends, tales, and monuments than you can find anywhere else.
  • Upon arrival to Korčula meet your guide and head for a private guided walking tour of Korčula.
  • Most of Korčula was built in the 15th century when locals were renowned throughout the Adriatic for their stone-carving skills. The center of the town is dominated by the splendid St Mark’s Cathedral. The Gothic-Renaissance style is superb and the interior features the Pietà by Ivan Mestrovic, Croatia’s most famous sculptor. Walk along the ancient walls that surround the city and pay a visit to to the birthplace of the famed traveler Marco Polo.
  • In the evening head for dinner at local “konoba”.
  • Taste genuine Korčula food and a glass of good wine, desserts inspired by natural products.              
  • Overnight on board.

 

Day 8 September 13           KORČULA – TRSTENIK – DUBROVNIK   

A walled, sea-battered city lying at the foot of a grizzled mountain, Dubrovnik is Croatia’s most popular tourist destination, and it’s not difficult to see why. In the past, it was a City-Republic, and alongside Venice one of the most famous cultural-economic centers on the Mediterranean. An essentially medieval town reshaped by Baroque planners after a disastrous earthquake of 1667, Dubrovnik’s historic core seems to have been suspended in time ever since. Set-piece churches and public buildings blend seamlessly with the green-shuttered stone houses, forming a perfect ensemble relatively untouched by the twenty-first century. Outside the city walls, suburban Dubrovnik exudes Mediterranean elegance: gardens are an explosion of colorful bougainvillea and oleanders; trees are weighted down with figs, lemons, oranges, and peaches.

Itinerary

  • Breakfast on board.
  • Morning departure towards the little seaside village of Trstenik on the Pelješac peninsula, well known for its excellent wine.
  • Trstenik is a village situated on the southern coast of the Peljesac peninsula. It is connected to the Croatian mainland by the coastal road via Ston. The village is located in a deep, south-facing bay under the tall Peljesac hills, with a large pebble beach at the base of the bay. The bay is an anchoring spot as it has a well-protected pier, though it is not recommended in times of southern wind Jugo. Trstenik is about 90 km away from Dubrovnik and due to it’s unique gorgeous and unspoiled location, is considered as one of the most beautiful villages of the Croatian coast. The sea here is crystal clear and is rich in underwater life. Numerous small bays and beaches that can only be reached by boat are in the near vicinity of Trstenik.
  • Exclusive Adventures Croatia Pelješac Tour – a private tour of Pelješac peninsula in off-road Renault 4 vehicles with visits to family Miloš vineyard and winery with wine and olive oil tasting and oyster experience.
  • Continue to Dubrovnik.
  • Dubrovnik is a medieval city on the Croatian side of the Adriatic coastline and treasure trove of cultural, historical monuments that were created throughout its thousand-year existence.   In the past, it was a City-Republic, and alongside Venice one of the most famous cultural-economic centers on the Mediterranean.
  • Upon arrival, drop off the Renault vehicles and meet your guide and head for a private walking tour of Dubrovnik Old Town. Regardless of whether you are visiting Dubrovnik for the first time or the hundredth, the sense of awe never fails to descend when you set eyes on the beauty of the old town. Indeed it’s hard to imagine anyone becoming jaded by the city’s marble streets, baroque buildings and the endless shimmer of the Adriatic.
  • Be inspired by a walk along the UNESCO landmark – ancient city walls that have protected a civilized, sophisticated republic for centuries. The system of white stone walls is constructed by forts, bastions, casemates, towers and detached forts at 1.940 meters long.
  • After the tour, transfer back to ship. Time at leisure.
  • Overnight on board.

 

Day 9 September 14           DUBROVNIK DEPARTURE

Itinerary

  • Breakfast on board.
  • Early morning disembarkation.
  • Private transfers from Gruz Harbor to Dubrovnik Airport (or hotel if adding a post-cruise land tour).
  • End of the Ultimate Island Hopping Adventure.

 


Ultimate Island Hopping Adventure September 6 – 14, 2019 includes:

  • VAT TAX INCLUDED
  • 24hr concierge and in Croatia assistance
  • 3-course dinner with a drink at the hotel restaurant
  • 1 night accommodation at the 5* Hotel in Opatija, double occupancy room, BB basis
  • Private transfer from hotel to the port
  • 7 nights on Ultimate Island Hopping Adventure
    • Welcome embarkation party and meeting with the crew
    • Croatian specialist cruise and tour directors
    • Accommodation in two bedded cabin with private facilities
    • Daily cabin servicing, fresh bed linen and towels midweek
    • Daily buffet breakfast
    • Use of A/C in the cabins, safe deposit box and hairdryer in each cabin
    • You will be provided with two towels for personal use and one beach towel.  Additional towels available if needed
    • Captain’s Dinner and Talent Night on board
  • Private transfer Cres – Mali Lošinj
  • Private guide Cres and Lošinj
  • Apoxyomenos Museum entrance tickets and professional guidance
  • Private guide for Pag
  • Cheese tasting
  • Visit to the Lun olive groves with tasting
  • Private guided walking tour of Zadar (tickets to the sites not included)
  • Ice cream at Donat
  • Private transfer Zadar – Krka National Park – Šibenik – Split
  • Entrance tickets to Krka National park and local guide (up to 3 hours)
  • Private guide Krka and Šibenik (from Zadar to Split)
  • Wine paired dinner at local Šibenik restaurant
  • Exclusive Adventures Croatia private guided walking tour of Split (tickets to the sites not included)
  • Entrance tickets to Diocletian Palace
  • Private transfer on Šolta island
  • Olive oil and wine tasting on Šolta island
  • Dinner at local Solta restaurant
  • Private guided walking tour of Korčula (tickets to the sights not included)
  • Dinner at local “konoba” restaurant
  • Pelješac peninsula tour in Renault 4 vehicles (Included: one amily vineyard and winery with wine and olive oil tasting and oyster experience)
  • Private guided walking tour of Dubrovnik (tickets to the sites not included)
  • City walls entrance tickets
  • Private transfer old town – boat (pier)
  • 1 x Private transfer from Gruž Harbor to Dubrovnik Airport

Meals included: breakfast and lunch every day, 4 dinners on land, 2 dinners on board, Captain’s Dinner, 1 cheese tasting, oyster tasting, 3 Olive Oil and 2 Wine Tastings, and one special stop for Croatian Ice Cream.

Program does not include:  

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