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AC104: Deluxe Cruise and Land Tour – Zagreb to Opatija to Dubrovnik

per person

11 Day Deluxe Cruise and Private Land Tour


Relax and let the captain, the crew and our tour manager, take care of you. Mornings you can relax on spacious decks and sunbathe or refresh yourself in the Adriatic Sea. Afternoons and evenings are carefully planned for you to explore Croatia’s finest destinations with local experts

Dates to be announced! Please request.

Epic landscapes, old cultures, and laid-back charm. Experience it all cruising along the spectacular Croatian coastline and islands on new and lavishly designed, fully air-conditioned Deluxe Superior and Deluxe vessels with spacious en-suite cabins. Relax on spacious decks or swim in crystal clear Adriatic Sea and explore small historical towns. This cruise and land tour from Zagreb to Opatija and then to Dubrovnik visits the best of Croatian islands and coastline with numerous services and wine & gourmet experiences included in the package.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Zagreb-Upper-Town-St-Marks-Adventures-Croatia.jpg Unveil the secrets behind the old facades, discover the hidden courtyards and revive the stories from the past. We'll give you a completely new perspective of Zagreb City. Walking tour of Zagreb starts with the main square Ban Jelačić, Cathedral, Tkalčićeva street, the Stone Gate, Upper Town, the historical center of the city, St. Mark's Church with the famous multi-colored roof. Using funicular, close to the Lotrščak Tower, you can go down to the Lower town to see a part of the famous Ilica Street, the Croatian National Theatre, University, and more. Itinerary:
  • Arrival to Zagreb and meeting with your driver for a private transfer from the Zagreb Airport to your hotel in the city center
  • Time at leisure and overnight in Zagreb
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  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Meeting with your guide for a private walking tour of Old Town Zagreb (entrance fees not included)
  • Time at leisure to explore Zagreb's dazzling parks and tree-lined streets that take the edge off from urban noise.
  • There are countless cultural things to do in Zagreb, and its compact size makes it easy for first-time visitors to navigate. Attractions range from historic sights and fascinating galleries, complemented by destination restaurants, clusters of busy bars and numerous live music venues
  • Zagreb’s residents like a tipple – and they’re spoilt for choice both in places to drink and in how to fill their glasses. Walk around town at any time of the year, and any time of day, and you’ll see bars and cafés brimming with locals drinking and chatting, perhaps along Tkalčićeva, down Savska in the business quarter; and especially in a hub around lounge-bar central, Preradovićev trg, by the flower market (Cvjetni trg).
  • The fairytale street of Tkalčićeva, which snakes up from focal Jelačić trg, was once the flowing stream of Medveščak. The little side streets leading off it, Splavnica (from splav, raft) and Krvavi most ('Bloody Bridge'), link to its watery origins and colorful past as the flashpoint in local disputes over the centuries.
  • Time at leisure and overnight in Zagreb
Day 3: ZAGREB – Optional stop in Plitvice National Park – OPATIJA
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Opatija-Adventures-Croatia-Travel-Croatia-Gulf-of-Kvarner-1.jpg Opatija, variously known as the ‘Old Dame’, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ or the ‘Queen of Tourism’, Opatija in Croatia is a remarkable seaside resort town with a long history of tourism stretching back to 1844. When in Opatija, the feel of the 19th century is everywhere and amongst grand hotels with elegant facades, you can easily visualize past visitors from Austria’s Hapsburg dynasty, such as Emperor Franz Joseph, or perhaps famous artists like Isadora Duncan, or a long list of world dignitaries who have over the years chosen this gem of Croatia’s Adriatic coast as their holiday destination. And what Opatija has preserved and certainly has today is a holiday destination of elegance and style! This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Adventures-Croatia-Custom-Curated-Itineraries-Travel-Croatia-Plitvice-Lakes-Waterfalls.jpg Plitvice Lakes National Park is Croatia’s best known National Park and the only one of eight that is listed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage sites. The main attractions of this park, are the 16 small lakes joined by waterfalls created by the sedimentation of travertine, a special type of limestone. This National Park encompasses the source of the river Korana, located in the area surrounded by dense forests of beech, fir, and spruce. There are also several caves in the park, as well as springs and flowering meadows. The brown bear stands out as one of many protected animal species. The popularity of this park is also boosted by the special means of transport used to ferry visitors around: the panoramic electric trains and the noiseless electro-powered boats. Through a network of paths, visitors can get around and access the numerous waterfalls and the rocky lake shores easily. Itinerary:
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
  • Private transfer from Zagreb to Opatija and upon arrival time at leisure to explore further on your own
  • Time at leisure and overnight in Opatija
  • OPTIONAL: During your transfer from Zagreb to Opatija a detour for a visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park (visit on your own)
  • The oldest (since 1949) and largest (294,82 km2) National park in Croatia. The only National park in Croatia on the UNESCO’s list of protected natural and cultural heritage (for almost 30 years). The riches of sixteen wonderful interlinked azure-green colored crystalline lakes. The constant formation of the barrier modeled the appearance of the lakes today and is the main feature of the National park. The water of Plitvice Lakes is prime category drinking water (a rarity in Croatia).
  • Final drive to Opatija
DAY 4: OPATIJA (Embark Cruise) – RAB (L)
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Opatija-Travel-Croatia-Gulf-of-Kvarner-Adventures-Croatia.jpg Itinerary: Breakfast at the hotel, and check out. Transfer from your hotel to the Opatija harbor for check-in. Cruise departs at 13:00h. Departure at 13h towards Rab, known as the “island of love” with an old town of the same name. Join us on guided city tours and see the medieval walls and the famous four towers (and maybe climb one of them later!) together with palaces, churches, and squares. There’s a slight Montmartre feel with many artists painting and exhibiting out on the streets. Legend has it that local nuns created a special Rab cake for a visiting Pope and we will sample this after the tour. The recipe remains forever secret.  
DAY 5: RAB – ZADAR (B, L, T)
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Fotolia_47468219_L.jpg After breakfast, we head for Zadar, the oldest university town in Croatia with an amazing heritage and where history looks you in the eyes: The Roman Forum from the 1st century, St Donat church from the 9th century - the most famous medieval Basilica and the city’s symbol, the mighty city walls, over 30 churches. Museums and former noble families’ palaces and villas in the old town. In recent years Zadar has added a touch of cool with the famous Sea Organs and “Greeting to the Sun” light installations, both located on the city's waterfront. Watch the fabulous sunset from here. Guided city tour. This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Adventures-Croatia-Custom-Curated-Itineraries-Travel-Croatia-Zadar-2.jpg
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Krka-National-Park-fotolia.jpg Wine and waterfalls! Cruise towards Skradin then boards our coach. The first stop is the famous Bibich winery for wine tasting and light tapas lunch. Back in Skradin we walk through the Krka Waterfalls National Park and visit “Skradinski Buk”. Jaw-droppingly beautiful, this is the most popular part of the waterfall area. There are 17 waterfalls, with cascades up to 100 m wide, and the Krka river tumbles 45.7 meters. A never-to-forget experience is swimming under the falls so bring your swimming things and enjoy the crystal clear freshwater. Šibenik is almost in the very central part of Croatia’s Adriatic coast and is our afternoon destination. Explore the glorious old town, the cultural monuments and possibly the most famous one here, the UNESCO listed Cathedral of St James. Wander and discover the historic core and waterfront. Some good boutique shopping too. Dinner on board. This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Sibenik-UNESCO-St-James-Adventures-Croatia.jpg
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Split-Fotolia_76550664_L.jpg We continue south to Split, Croatia’s second-largest city where Roman Emperor Diocletian built himself a retirement palace now under UNESCO protection. The Split waterfront is a happening place and there’s a buzz along the beautiful wide promenade. A local guide meets us on arrival for a walk through the heart of the bustling old town and the market. This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is iStock-176553174.jpg
Today we discover one of the last remaining wetland deltas in Europe. We cruise to Metković, on the banks of the river Neretva after which the delta is named. Here, mandarins grow by the water channels and we take a barge ride to explore the groves, the flora and fauna, wild birds and the traditional way of life of the Neretva people. There’s a delightful, “time warp” feeling like nowhere else on the coast. Narona archeological museum in Vid, which we visit, was formally inaugurated in 2007 as the first „in situ“ museum in Croatia exhibiting the remains of a Roman temple. Narona holds remains of a Roman temple – the Augusteum – and seventeen monumental marble sculptures of Roman emperors and their family members. This is where the ancient Illyrians, Greeks, Romans once sailed, and, according to legend, the pirates of Neretva planned their raids on enemy galleys. Captain’s dinner with live entertainment on board scheduled for this evening.
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Korcula-Adventures-Croatia-Island-Hopping.jpg Departure towards Korčula, an island best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo, the famous explorer. Covering much of the island are the distinct, almost black pine forests so Korčula is also known as „the Black Island“. Korčula Town is like a mini Dubrovnik, as it also encased by medieval stone ramparts and towers. The famous Moreska sword dance-fight is thought to have come to the island when the Moors raged through this region and there are regular performances. A local guide will lead you through the old town where tiny streets are designed in a fishbone pattern for a very good reason that you will hear about! Lots of simple konobas, restaurants and cool cocktail bars for chill-out time. This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Adventures-Croatia-Moreska-Dance-Korcula.jpg
There is no better way to catch first sight of famous Dubrovnik than from the sea and this is our final destination – Dubrovnik. It is one of the few walled cities on the sea in the world. Writer George Bernard Shaw described it as “heaven on earth”. We cruise alongside the old city walls for a true perspective of the majesty of this place. Lunch is served on deck as we head for Gruz harbor to dock. Once moored, we transfer to the old town for a guided walking tour of this unforgettable place. In your own time, why not walk those famous ramparts (all 1940 meters long!), or take the cable car from the Old Town to Srđ mountain for fabulous views of the city itself and the Elaphiti Islands (ticket included). If you want to explore any of the museums in more detail, such as Sponza or Rectors, now is the time.
DAY 11: DUBROVNIK, disembark (B)
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is adventures-croatia-Dubrovnik-3.jpg After breakfast, it’s goodbye from Dubrovnik, your crew and your new friends - for now at least. So many people return to travel again on this amazing blue Adriatic wonder. Check out by 9.00 am and transfer to Dubrovnik airport.
DELUXE SUPERIOR SHIP - new luxury, larger ships, lavishly designed, air-conditioned very spacious en-suite cabins (with double or twin beds). With 19 comfortable cabins, hydromassage pool and all modern amenities, this ship offers the supreme experience of Croatia small ship cruising. Specifications:
  • LENGTH: 48,17 m
  • WIDTH: 8,6 m
  • Speed: 12 M ( new technique - less hull vibration)
  • Max passengers: 36 – 40
  • Voltage: 220V
  • Cabin size (in square meters) 12-13
  • Windows above deck, Portholes below deck
Do the rooms have the following:
  • A/C - yes
  • Toiletries - yes
  • LCD TV - yes
  • Safe - yes
  • Hairdryer - yes
  • Under-bed storage - yes
  • Wardrobe - yes
  • Desk - yes
  • Balcony (only on certain ships, please ask)
  • Towel hire: possible
  • Cabin service: on request
(Ship description and images are for example only, specific ship dependent on dates/routing)
AC104 Deluxe Cruise and Land Package Includes:
  • All private and English-speaking guides and drivers
  • VAT Tax included
  • 24-hour concierge and in Croatia assistance
  • Private transfer from Zagreb to Zagreb Airport in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle
  • 2 nights in a 4* in Zagreb, double room, BB basis
  • English speaking guide for a private walking tour of Zagreb (entrance fees not included) max 2 hours
  • Private transfer from Opatija to Zagreb in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle
  • 1 night in a 4* hotel in Opatija, double room, BB basis
  • Arrival (local) transfer from Opatija hotels to Opatija port and departure transfer from Dubrovnik harbor to Dubrovnik airport;
  • 7 nights’ cruise in a deluxe cabin with en-suite bathroom
  • Welcome reception & cocktail
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • 3-course lunch daily, 1 drink with lunch on board & 1 l water per person daily, captain's dinner with live entertainment in Metković, barge excursion & visit of museum Narona in Metković, wine tasting & light tapas lunch in Bibich winery with bus transfer included from Skradin, Rab cake tasting in Rab, abundant fresh fruit
  • Professional tour manager
  • Krka National Park entrance fee
  • Dubrovnik Cable Car fee
  • Guided walking tours of towns: Rab, Zadar, Split, Korčula & Dubrovnik
  • Visitors' taxes & port fees
  • Luggage handling
  • Daily cabin service
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard
  • Gratuities are not included
  • Upon disembarkation, assistance with your luggage and a private transfer from Dubrovnik port to the airport or hotel for additional stay (not included, but can be arranged)
The 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

Guaranteed Departures 2020 (subject to availability): TBA