Complete Croatia 13 days
Zagreb - Bale - Plitvice Lakes - Split - Brac - Hvar - Vis - Korcula - Mljet - Sipan - Dubrovnik
Inclusions: 5 nights accommodation in central first class hotels, 7 nights aboard MS Equator, select meals, services of an English-speaking Tour Director, land transportation by air-conditioned coach, comprehensive sightseeing, arrival and departure transfers, bottled water, tea & coffee and wine with meals aboard MS Equator only, port taxes, national park entrance fees, gratuities and hotel porterage
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• Escorted 13 day cruise-tour in ENGLISH ONLY
• Small group land tour with maximum 24 participants (cruise maximum 36)
• 3 day land tour by modern air-conditioned coach
• Privately chartered 8 day deluxe cruise in a sea-view cabin
• Accommodation in central, deluxe and boutique hotels
• Half-board meals – breakfast and one main meal daily
• Complimentary beverage with lunch (aboard MS Equator only) and a bottle of water daily
• Walking tours: Zagreb, Bale, Rovinj, Pula, Plitvice, Split, Hvar, Korcula & Dubrovnik
• Port charges, tourist taxes and Mljet National Park fees
• Arrival and departure transfers
• Gratuities and hotel porterage
• Zagreb’s historic Upper Town and St Mark’s Church
• Istrian Peninsula - beautiful seaside towns of Rovinj and Pula
• Istrian hilltop villages and olive oil tasting in Bale
• Spectacular UNESCO listed Plitvice Lakes
• Regional specialties and wine appreciation at a family-owned vineyard in Skradin
• Hvar island tour including fishing villages & a traditional peka lunch with wine tasting
• Magnificent Blue Cave on Bisevo Island
• Captain’s dinner with Klapa – traditional live music
Your Ship – the NEW MS Equator
To be launched in 2017 and exclusively chartered to Beyond Travel for selected dates, the brand new MS Equator is a superb vessel. The ship offers a relaxed dining and lounge experience and a high standard of accommodation including modern air-conditioned en-suite cabins. A lovely feature of MS Equator is the ample outdoor space that enhances the experience of your destination.
For ship details, deck and cabin plans please click here
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Itinerary (please click here)
Day 1 Zagreb
Your tour commences with an arrival transfer to your hotel. After you have settled in you will join your guide and fellow tour members for a walking tour featuring the historic Upper Town, Zagreb Cathedral and Government Palace.
Stay at: Hotel Dubrovnik (4 star)
Day 2 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.
Stay at: Hotel La Grisa (4 star)
Day 3 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 4 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.
Stay at: Hotel Ethno Houses Plitvica Selo (4 star)
Day 5 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.
Stay at: Hotel Cornaro (4 star)
Day 6 CRUISE: 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 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 7 CRUISE: 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 8 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 9 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 10 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 11 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 12 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 13 CRUISE: Dubrovnik
Your cruise-tour concludes with a departure transfer for your onward journey.
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