• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  4
  • Departs From: Zagreb
  • Location: Slovenia & Croatia, Zagreb to Dalmatian Coast
  • Duration: 11 days (Wed-Sat)
  • Availability: WEDNESDAYS, 2024 only
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Highlights

  • Tour overland through beautiful Zagreb, Lake Bled and Plitvice Lakes
  • Discover the charming Croatian coastline and islands at a relaxed pace with a small group
  • Indulge all your senses, see inspiring destinations and small fishermen’s villages
  • Explore cosy restaurants on shore in the evenings for tasting local Mediterranean cuisine
  • Breakfast and lunch included on the cruise
  • Captain's Dinner included
  • Fully air-conditioned, spacious ensuite cabins
  • Deluxe ship with jacuzzi on the sundeck
  • Sightseeing includes Split, Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik
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11 days from Zagreb, Bled, Ljubljana, Plitvice Lakes, Zadar, Split, Hvar, Vela Luka, Mljet, Slano, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Makarska, Pucisca and to Split

This tour/cruise combo combines the best of everything!
Tour through the best of Croatia and Slovenia for 3 nights
Then cruise the Adriatic on this superb return cruise for 7 fabulous nights
Relax on board in the jacuzzi in the morning and enjoy local tours in the afternoons
Our island hopping cruise showcases the best of the Dalmatian Coast
Enjoy the rich cultural history of the region with sightseeing excursions

Itinerary

Open-age tour and cruise combo, though usually clients are more couples, solo travellers or small groups ranging from 35-70yrs. Double/twin cabins on Main and Lower Deck. Solo travellers must book a double/twin for solo use. Triple cabins are a queen bed and single bed and are on the Lower Deck.

SHIP INFO AND PHOTOS:
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INCLUSIONS AND FULL ITINERARY:
11 days from Zagreb, Bled, Ljubljana, Plitvice Lakes, Zadar, Split, Hvar, Vela Luka, Mljet, Slano, Dubrovnik, Elaphiti Islands, Korcula, Makarska, Pucisca and back to Split

INCLUDED:
INCLUDED COACH TOUR:
• Air-conditioned vehicle with driver at group's disposal as per itinerary.
• Experienced Tour Leader throughout the trip as per itinerary.
• Hotel accommodation on half board basis (breakfast & dinner) as per itinerary
• Arrival airport transfer
SIGHTSEEING TOURS ON COACH TOUR:
• Zagreb, Zadar, Ljubljana, Plitvice Lakes, Split
OTHER SERVICES:
• Entrances to Plitvice Lakes, Split

INCLUDED CRUISE:
• 8 days / 7 nights cruise
• Departure transfer to Split airport or hotel
• Accommodation in a chosen category cabin
• 9 crew members including a Cruise Manager
• Towels change every second day
• Bed linen change once a week
• Daily cabin cleaning service
• Free Wi/Fi on board

Meals Included:
• Welcome drink and snack
• Daily breakfast buffet
• Light lunch buffet or dinner each day (as per itinerary)
• Complimentary drinking water dispenser available onboard
• Complimentary coffee/tea all day long
• Complimentary fresh fruit all day long

INCLUDED CRUISE: Walking Tour Basic Package (5 tours):
• Walking tour of Dubrovnik – including: guide, transfer
• Walking tour of Korčula – including: guide
• Walking tour of Split – including: guide
• Walking tour of Hvar – including: guide
• Pucisca Stonemasonry School – including: guide, entrance fee
Our prices include the above Walking Tour Package.

Hotel list for Tour portion:
• Astoria 4star or similar - Zagreb
• Park 4star or similar - Bled
• Jezero 3star - Plitvice


NOT INCLUDED:
COACH TOUR NOT INCLUDED:
• Gratuities, drinks, telephone charges and incidentals
• Meals except as listed

CRUISE NOT INCLUDED:
• Port Taxes €45 per person - obligatory (to be paid on board with bar tab)
• Beach towel hire ~€8/week - optional (can be paid with bar tab)
• Gratuities, tips and incidentals
• Drinks/beverages other than included (see above). Beverages can just be purchased in the ship’s bar only
• Entrance to Mljet National Park

#Optional (pay locally in Croatia):
• Mljet Island National Park Entrance Fee approx. €15-20 p.p.
• Makarska Entrance Fee approx. €10-20 p.p.

ITINERARY:
Check-in to your room from 14.00hrs. Passengers who arrive earlier can leave their bags at Reception until their room is ready. Dinner and first overnight in hotel, so late arrivals are possible.

DAY 1: Zagreb - Arrival; (D)
Transfer on the day of the tour from Zagreb airport, or another hotel in Zagreb to the tour hotel, rest of the day at leisure. Dinner at the hotel and overnight in Zagreb. Late arrivals are possible as the first night is at the hotel.
# Included: Dinner at hotel

DAY 2: Zagreb Tour, then to Ljubljana (B,D)
Morning sightseeing tour of Zagreb, Croatian capital city, gives you the opportunity to see the fortified Upper Town, the city’s historical center, St Mark’s church with its multi-colored roof, the Cathedral, Croatian National Theatre and the University. Departure to Ljubljana. Afternoon guided tour of Ljubljana, Slovenian capital, where you will see the most significant sights of its old center: the picturesque Central open-air Market and the Three Bridges, the Baroque Town Hall and Robba’s Fountain. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Ljubljana.
# Included: Breakfast at hotel
# Included: Dinner at hotel
# Included: Walking Tour of Zagreb
# Included: Walking Tour of Ljubljana

DAY 3: to Bled, then to Plitvice Lakes (B,D)
Departure to Bled, small town in the Julian Alps that ranks among the most beautiful alpine resorts. It’s like a setting for a classic fairy tale: immense natural beauty with mountains and forests surrounding an emerald glacial lake. After Bled, we are continuing our journey to Plitvice lakes, well-known UNESCO World Heritage Site, natural beauty of the 16 crystal - blue lakes cascading into 92 spectacular waterfalls. Dinner and overnight in Plitvice area.
# Included: Breakfast at hotel
# Included: Dinner at hotel
# Included: Walking Tour of Bled

DAY 4: Lakes Tour, then to Split; (B,D) - Join your cruise
Morning walk around Plitvice Lakes; stroll along the wooden promenades with magnificent views on the waters where every turn leads to breathtaking scenery and yet another waterfall. Surrounded by dense woods, Plitvice Lakes are a natural phenomenon of rare and unique beauty. Departure to Split. Upon arrival, embark straight onto your Deluxe ship for the start of your 7 nights cruise. Our crew members and Cruise Director will warmly welcome you, acquainting you with safety protocols while indulging you with welcome drinks and snacks. In the afternoon, delve into the enchanting city of Split. Explore the ancient pathways of Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where architectural marvels from the Roman era await. Be awestruck by majestic of Saint Domnius Cathedral, and reveal the beauty of lively Peristyle Square, the historic Temple of Jupiter, and the vibrant Riva promenade, where the city comes alive along the waterfront. Welcome Dinner onboard and overnight on your ship in Split port.
# Included: Breakfast at hotel
# Included: Plitvice Lakes Entrance Fee
# Included: Walking Tour of Split
# Included: Welcome Dinner onboard the ship

DAY 5: to Hvar town, then to VELA LUKA (Korcula); (B, CD) (Captains Dinner)
Today is the day for enjoying the highlights of the central Dalmatian coast. After breakfast, choose to explore Split on your own or join our optional walking tour of Split’s famous Diocletian Palace. Built to house the Roman Emperor, the Palace grew into a city after Slavs ruined the nearby Roman town of Salona. With our local guide, discover the secrets of centuries past in what is today the vibrant core of Dalmatia’s largest city. Then, hop over to the island of Hvar, known for the purple of its lavender, the red of its wines and the Venetian feel of its hotspot Hvar. Join an optional guided walking tour of Hvar Town or explore on your own before taking a refreshing swim near Pakleni otoci, the wondrous neighboring islands. Finally, a short sail takes you to Vela Luka on Korčula Island, where you will arrive just in time for a relaxing late afternoon. Tonight enjoy the Captain's Dinner onboard. Overnight in Vela Luka (on Korcula Island).
• Hvar town walking tour - included

DAY 6: to Pomena (Mljet National Park), then to SLANO (B,L)
Your captain will choose a secluded bay to hop in the sea and start the day. Surrounded in deep green forests which earned Korčula its name and fame, meditate upon the sound of crickets and silence as you immerse yourself in the essence of this region: the crystal blue sea. Then continue to another green island, this time Mljet. Join our optional excursion to visit the national park itself, home of two salty lakes connected with the sea via a narrow canal. The bigger lake hides a charming islet in its center with a 12th-century Benedictine monastery. Spend the evening in the small settlement of Slano on the mainland, once adored by Dubrovnik sea captains. Why becomes self-evident as soon as you take your first stroll along the waterfront. Overnight in Slano.
# Optional: Mljet National Park Entrance Fee, with free time in the National Park.

DAY 7: to DUBROVNIK (B,L)
In vicinity of Slano, the small town of Ston claims its fame for many things gourmand: strong wines, ancient salt production and succulent oysters and mussels. Our optional tour the Taste of Dalmatia highlights all these treasures, or you can also just relax in Slano before sailing out to Dubrovnik. Midway, a dip in the Adriatic on our swim stop gets you up and ready to join an optional guided tour of Dubrovnik Old Town. Surrounded by immense city walls, as if in a universe of its own, the world-famous facades line up as you walk the same streets as the cast and crews of the Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood. Enjoy an evening of romance, glitz and glam, as you will be staying in Dubrovnik overnight. Overnight in Gruz Harbour.
• Dubrovnik town tour (with coach transfer from Gruz to the Old town) walking tour - included

DAY 8: DUBROVNIK, to Elafiti Islands, then to KORČULA TOWN (B,L)
Morning departure from Dubrovnik to Korčula. On the way to Korčula we will have a short stop for swimming and relaxing on one of the beautiful Elafiti Islands. Lunch will be served on board before the late afternoon arrival to Korcula, the alleged birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. After arrival guide will take you for a walk around the town of Korcula. You will hear of its long history, ingenious building strategies, peculiar building layout and a legend of a great merchant traveler Marco Polo who was born and spent his childhood in the streets of Korcula. Overnight in Korcula Town..
• Korcula town walking tour – included

DAY 9: KORČULA – MAKARSKA (B,L)
Breakfast is served on boat, navigating through the central dalmatian islands on one side and the high mountains of the mainland on the other. Enjoy a swim before your lunch and then spend the afternoon in the beautiful seaside town of Makarska, which is certainly one of the highlights of Dalmatia. The imposing mountain range of Biokovo National Park in the background offers a magnificent contrast to the coast with its fabulously beautiful turquoise blue beaches, all of which makes Makarska a true picture book destination, a paradise both for adventure travellers and those seeking a relaxing beach vacation. Strolling through the historic town center, past small romantic alleys and squares, you will discover many attractions worth seeing, and a small but interesting Sea shell Museum. Overnight in Makarska.
# Optional – Biokovo Sky Walk

DAY 10: to BRAČ, then to SPLIT (B,L)
Breakfast is served over the stunning views of the playfully dispersed archipelago of islands and followed by a scenic sail , and even a refreshing dip along the way. Stop to visit the homeland of ‘the Croatian marble’, the island of Brač. You’ve probably seen this ultra-quality limestone already, perhaps on the front of the White House in Washington DC or Bundestag in Berlin, but the tour to the still-operating stonemasonry school in Pučišća brings a chance to learn more about shaping this stone for eternity. Continue your sail Split. Choose to explore Split on your own or join an walking tour of Split’s famous Diocletian Palace. Built to house the Roman Emperor, the Palace grew into a city after Slavs ruined the nearby Roman town of Salona. With our local guide, discover the secrets of centuries past in what is today the vibrant core of Dalmatia’s largest city. Overnight in Split.
• Stonemasonry School in Pucisca walking tour - included
• Split walking tour - included

Day 11: SPLIT - Departure (B)
One final breakfast onboard. After breakfast, it's time to say goodbye to the Crew and all your new friends! You must vacate your cabin by 09.00hrs. If you need to leave early you can do so anytime from 5am. Split port has the main bus/coach and train stations 50m across the road. There are plenty of storage kiosks around if you are departing later and need somewhere to store your luggage. Happy travels and we hope to see you again soon!

B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner, CD-Captain's Dinner
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Accommodations

Great accommodations are provided.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our specific FAQ pages here:

Before You Go - General Croatia Info (general info for all travellers)

Before Your Cruise - General Cruise Info (for all small ship Croatia cruises)

Before Your Island Hopping Tour - General Info (packages combining hotels, ferries and transfers)

Before Your Private Charter - General Yacht and Gulet Charter Info (private charters)

 

Click here to see how the booking process works: https://www.discovercroatia.com.au/booking-process-how-to-book/

How far in advance do I need to book?

Cruises: For our weekly small ship cruises with guaranteed departures we suggest you book as soon as your plans are in motion. All cruises are extremely popular especially during peak season, which is June, July, August, September and these dates can be booked out up to a year in advance, especially September. One-way cruises are particularly sought-after and tend to sell out first, so please speak to us first to ensure your cruise choice is available before booking any flight arrangements.

Escorted Tours: Escorted Group Tours with guaranteed departures are also best booked as early as possible to ensure your place on the tour, as spaces are limited to a set number of passengers. Once the tour is full that departure is closed for new bookings.

Island Hopping, Self-Drive, Self-Guided Cycling/Hiking and Independent or Private Tours: Independent tours are available most days of the week at any time of year, so if you're booking late these are a great option. They can also start or finish on any day of the week, so can be a great alternative to the cruises (that mostly depart only on Saturdays). You can check out our Island Hopper Tours and our active tours for some examples. If you can't find what you are looking for please make an enquiry on any of our tours and let us know what you need. We love creating custom tours with our clients.

What do the different ship categories mean?

Please see our Ship Descriptions page here, for all the information on Ship Categories, Deck and Cabin Descriptions.

 

What is half-board? What meals are included?

Half-board (HB): This means that 2 meals a day are usually provided, mostly it will be breakfast and lunch on cruises, and breakfast and dinner on escorted tours. Each cruise or tour will have meals listed on the daily itinerary, so that you will know exactly which meals are included. Some lunches or dinners are swapped occasionally, so that you may enjoy a wonderful gourmet experience with your fellow travellers, such as a Captain's Dinner on a cruise, or a wine-tasting and lunch on an escorted tour. For the remainder of your meals you will be able to dine anywhere you choose and you will be responsible for the cost of those meals. Your Cruise or Tour Director will be happy to recommend a good value and trusted eatery nearby at every location, or you can explore on your own.

Bed and Breakfast (BB): This means that only breakfast is included in your holiday. Most of our Independent Tours include breakfast only, so that you are not beholden to going back to your hotel for lunch or dinner as you are going to be exploring on your own. We think that flexibility with lunch and dinner gives you the best option for exploring Croatia and experiencing the local culture and cuisine.

Full-board (FB) is occasionally offered on cruises as an optional extra, but we do not recommend you take the full-board option unless you are really sure about it. A lot of the joy of the cruise and tour experiences is to dine in local restaurants, 'konobas' (traditional pubs) and bars, so that you can meet the people who live and work there. Why come all the way to Croatia only to eat on-board for every meal? There are so many fabulous (and even some famous!) eateries. Get out there and taste them!

 

What type of transport is used on the Island Hopper Tours? Local ferries and vehicle transfers

Local ferries: Local ferries are used between the mainland and the islands where possible. Most of these ferries are fast ferries (high speed catamarans). Our Island Hopper Tours include all ferry tickets, as well as delivery of the ferry tickets to your hotel, when we come to pick you up to take you to the ferry port. In some towns, where some hotels are in the pedestrian zone close to the ferry port (like Hvar), then you will be met at the ferry and directed to your hotel, with luggage assistance if required. If your hotel is outside the pedestrian zone you will be met at the ferry and taken to your transfer vehicle, with luggage assistance if required.

Transfers: Most Island Hoppers have private airport transfers included, and private transfers to/from the ferry ports on the islands. Some transfers will be shared transfers if there are others going to the exact same hotel at the same time and it is a short distance.

How fit do I need to be for my holiday?

Relaxation/cultural cruises and tours: On-board your cruise ship, you will need to be able to negotiate gangways and stairs and be able to step from ship to ship as the cruise ships are moored next to each other sideways and sometimes you need to step across to the next ship. You will be walking mostly on the cobblestone streets through the iconic cities and towns of the region. The excursions are best-suited to those who are capable of walking on uneven surfaces as many old cities and towns have limited totally flat surfaces that can accommodate wheelchairs or walking-frames. Please contact us to ask about your specific circumstances, as we are happy to help plan for your needs as best we can. Assistance will be provided on cruise ships to help you navigate getting on and off, but there are a few limitations. Please ask.

Cycling tours: Although almost completely flat this cycle tour is graded easy to moderate as the daily distance ranges between approximately 15-50 km. You will be biking mostly on the dedicated cycle paths alongside canals, rivers and through the iconic cities and towns of the region. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is flat and predominantly traffic-free and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board.

What happens if I can't attend an excursion?

It is possible to relax at your hotel, on the tour bus or on the boat at any time.

What happens if I can't cycle or hike a stage on an active holiday?

For cycling cruises: If you don't want to cycle it is possible to relax on the boat as it moves to the next port of call.

For cycling and hiking tours: If you don't want to (or can't due to illness or injury) cycle, hike or walk a stage, then we will make arrangements to have you transferred to the next stop on your itinerary so that you can continue with your holiday. Prices for transfers vary widely, so pricing will be provided on an 'as needed' basis only.

What equipment do I need?

Relaxation/excursion cruises and tours: You will need comfortable walking shoes, clothes for relaxing, your swimming costume, and a sunhat. Most cruises are fairly relaxed and casual clothing is fine for all meals, though you may want to take one nice outfit depending on where you wish to dine onshore.

Cycling cruises and tours: You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

If you have any questions, just give us a call or email:

Call us or WhatsApp: +612-9212-1507
Email us: res@discovercroatia.com.au

 

 

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Itinerary

  • DAY 1: Zagreb - Arrival; (D)
  • DAY 2: Zagreb Tour, then to Ljubljana (B,D)
  • DAY 3: to Bled, then to Plitvice Lakes (B,D)
  • DAY 4: Lakes Tour, then to Split; (B,D) - Join your cruise
  • DAY 5: to Hvar town, then to VELA LUKA (Korcula); (B, CD) (Captains Dinner)
  • DAY 6: to Pomena (Mljet National Park), then to SLANO (B,L)
  • DAY 7: to DUBROVNIK (B,L)
  • DAY 8: DUBROVNIK, to Elafiti Islands, then to KORČULA TOWN (B,L)
  • DAY 9: KORČULA – MAKARSKA (B,L)
  • DAY 10: to BRAČ, then to SPLIT (B,L)
  • Day 11: SPLIT - Departure (B)