Departing from: Venice
Style: Exclusive Cruise – Tour
CROATIA & SLOVENIA BY LAND & BY SEA
DAY 1 VENICE
Your tour commences with an arrival transfer to Hotel Belle Arti (3 star). This evening, meet your guide and fellow tour members at a welcome dinner.
DAY 2 VENICE – POSTOJNA – BLED
Travel to Slovenia and discover its highlights starting with Postojna, one of Europe’s largest cave systems. Continue to picturesque Bled for a pletna boat ride on the lake, explore the historic church on the island and Bled’s imposing Castle. Check in at Hotel Golf (4 star).
DAY 3 BLED/ JULIAN ALPS
Discover Slovenia’s breathtaking alpine region as you travel to stunning Lake Bohinj for a cable car ride to the top of Mt Vogel with incredible vistas. Take lunch at a gostilna, (traditional tavern) and also visit a local tourist farm for an opportunity to participate in a butter making workshop.
DAY 4 BLED – LJUBLJANA – ZAGREB
Tour Slovenia’s lively capital Ljubljana on a guided walk through its baroque Old Town, then cross the border and travel to the Croatian capital, Zagreb. Check in at Hotel Dubrovnik (4 star) and join your guide for a walking tour featuring the historic Upper Town, Zagreb Cathedral and Government Palace.
DAY 5 ZAGREB – BALE
Journey to enchanting Istria, which still retains its Venetian heritage and explore its lesser known inland region of delightful medieval hilltop villages. Your guide will take you for a true taste of the region, visit a small family-owned olive oil factory, sample locally produced oils and enjoy lunch at a quaint local restaurant. Check in at Hotel La Grisa (4 star).
DAY 6 BALE / ISTRIAN PENINSULA
Discover Istria’s stunning coast as you explore the picturesque fishing village of Rovinj and continue to Pula to see its ancient amphitheatre towering over the town’s centre.
DAY 7 BALE – PLITVICE
Take a scenic drive to one of Croatia’s highlights, Plitvice Lakes. After checking in at the charming family run Hotel Ethno Houses Plitvica Selo (4 star) take a walking tour through the park where 16 terraced lakes are connected by cascading waterfalls offering spectacular scenery.
DAY 8 PLITVICE – SKRADIN – SPLIT
This morning presents another opportunity to capture the beauty of the lakes and a walk in the park before travelling through Croatia’s heartland to Bibich Winery. At this culinary stop sample locally produced wines and enjoy a lunch of regional foods before proceeding to Split for an early evening arrival at Hotel Cornaro (4 star).
DAY 9 SPLIT – BRAC – HVAR
With your guide explore Split’s historic centre built around the 4th century Diocletian’s Palace, then meet your captain and crew as you embark on your private charter aboard the MS Equator through the stunning Dalmatian Islands. Set sail for beautiful Pucisca on the Island of Brac with time to explore this historic village. Continue to Bol, for a swim at the famous Golden Horn beach before your evening arrival to Hvar’s ancient port of Stari Grad.
DAY 10 HVAR
Your Hvar experience continues with an in-depth introduction to island life on one of the world’s most stunning islands. Explore small fishing villages, see its vineyard-covered hills, olive groves and undulating fields of rosemary and lavender (seasonal), followed by a traditional Peka lunch including wine tasting at a local konoba (traditional tavern). In the afternoon arrive to Hvar Town, the historical centre of Hvar Island, for a guided walking tour of this popular Adriatic hot spot.
DAY 11 CRUISE: HVAR – VIS
Stop for a refreshing swim in the warm waters of the Adriatic as you cruise to beautiful Vis Island. Until the late 80’s Vis was closed to tourists and served as a military zone for the Yugoslav army. Its authenticity is still evident as you explore Vis Town’s waterfront.
DAY 12 CRUISE: VIS – BISEVO – KORCULA
A morning cruise to Bisevo island’s Blue Cave, one of the most unique natural phenomena in the world. Only recently opened to the public, its silvery blue waters are a must-see. Continue your cruise with stops at hidden bays as you journey to Korcula’s biggest port, Vela Luka.
DAY 13 CRUISE: KORCULA – MLJET
Cruise along Korcula island to enchanting Korcula Town with a walking tour to see the mighty fortress and city walls. Continue your Dalmatian exploration to Mljet, one of Adriatic’s prettiest islands. Embrace the relaxed atmosphere and unspoilt beauty of the National Park, its two unique salt water lakes and medieval monastery.
DAY 14 CRUISE: MLJET – SIPAN
Enjoy refreshing swims and stops in beautiful coves as you cruise to Sipan, forming part of the picturesque Elaphite Islands. Explore the settlement of Sipanska Luka and appreciate its’ delightful laid back ambiance.
DAY 15 CRUISE: SIPAN – DUBROVNIK
Cruise the final stretch to Dubrovnik, the Jewel of the Adriatic, and take in spectacular views of the city walls and Old Harbour. Join a walking tour of the walled city and tonight, celebrate the conclusion of your tour at a farewell dinner accompanied by klapa entertainment.
DAY 16 CRUISE: DUBROVNIK
Your cruise-tour concludes with a departure transfer for your onward journey.