Croatia Coast Express & Cruise from Split to Dubrovnik
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11 Days: Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Split, Makarska, Bol (Brac), Stari Grad, Hvar, Vis, Korcula, Mljet, Sipan Or Slano, Dubrovnik
Arrive in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia and take a walking tour of its historic upper town. Visit Pltivice Lakes National Park, Croatia’s oldest and most beautiful, consisting of 16 lakes and connected with a series of waterfalls. Take a guided tour of the monumental, UNESCO protected city of Split with an abundance of Roman architecture. Take a cruise from Split and explore some of Croatia’s most revered islands, including Korcula, the birthplace of Marco Polo.
Day 1 – Wed – ARRIVAL ZAGREB (D)
Arrival in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia – transfer to hotel. Day at leisure. Overnight.
Day 2 – Thu – ZAGREB WALKING TOUR (B)
Morning city tour of Zagreb. Walk through the historic Upper Town, where, among other sites, visit the St. Mark’s Church, the Cathedral, the Government Palace and the Lotrscak tower. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Zagreb.
Day 3 – Fri – ZAGREB – PLITVICE LAKES – SPLIT (B)
Morning departure towards Croatia’s oldest and most beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park, consisting of 16 lakes, connected with a series of waterfalls. An environment where Karl May movies were made. The guests will walk through the park, enjoy a boat ride on the emerald green Kozjak Lake and ride the street train back to the entrance. Walking shoes are essential for our 3 hour walk in this wonderful environment! Drive to Split for overnight.
Day 4 – Sat – SPLIT – MAKARSKA (B,L)
Morning guided tour of Split, a monumental city under UNESCO protection with abundance of Roman architecture – of special interest is the Diocletian palace. The tour will end in the harbour in front of the ship for cruise check in. Luggage transfer will be arranged from the hotel. Departure from Split harbour towards Makarska at 13:00h. Cruise along the Dalmatian coast whilst enjoying your lunch. Afternoon swim at one of the wonderful beaches. From there, those feeling adventurous can join our optional river rafting excursion or zipline on the Cetina river and meet up with the ship in Makarska in the evening. Overnight in the port of Makarska where strolling along the streets, you will come across numerous churches and other architectural and cultural sites.
Day 5 – Sun – MAKARSKA – BOL (BRAC) – STARI GRAD
This morning we continue our cruise towards the next destination – the island of BraC, more precisely to the town of Bol, known for its famous Zlatni Rat beach (Golden horn), a natural phenomenon that dominates the other beaches of Bol with its specific form. After swimming break and lunch we continue our journey towards Stari Grad on the Hvar island, the sunniest Adriatic island. Free afternoon to explore this unique town. The famous Stari Grad Field is the oldest in Croatia and the best preserved example of ancient Greek system of agriculture. Together with the old town it is a part of world heritage protected by UNESCO.
Day 6 – Mon – STARI GRAD – HVAR
Our next destination is the town of Hvar, a favorite destination for jet setters from all around the world. After lunch we stop for swimming, relaxing and refreshment in clear, crystal blue sea at nearby Pakleni islands. Arrival to Hvar in the afternoon hours followed by sightseeing of this extraordinary town. Hvar offers many cultural and historical sites (Renaissance cathedral, the oldest communal theater in Europe founded in 1612, Franciscan monastery, the Benedictine convent famous for their lace listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, Spanjola fortress towering high above the town …) and many restaurants and bars open late into the night.
Day 7 – Tue – HVAR – VIS
Early in the morning we cruise towards the little Bisevo island to visit the Blue cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon. As sometimes weather conditions can be very unpredictable, the possibility of our visit will depend on those conditions, however you will be notified of this by the crew. We continue towards the island of Vis, which was a strategic navy harbour due to its unique geographical position and as such closed to the public until recently. Because of its isolation, Vis has a special charm -‘the Mediterranean as it once was’ which makes it really interesting to see. Overnight is in the town of Vis, situated on the northern side of the island, developed near the remains of the ancient Issa, first urban centre in Croatia. If interested, visit the remains of the Roman thermal Place, City museum or simply take a walk enjoying the view of beautiful ”Villae Rusticae” situated along the coast.
Day 8 – Wed – VIS – BOL – MAKARSKA (B, L)
During breakfast we depart towards Korcula, the birthplace of famous explorer and adventurer Marco Polo. Surrounded by medieval walls, Korcula resembles a miniature Dubrovnik when approaching from the sea. It has more legends, tales and monuments than you will find anywhere else. Today, Korcula is the only place in the world where the Spanish medieval knight’s game – Moreska is still performed. Upon arrival enjoy a guided tour through the streets of the old town built in the shape of a fish bone. Enjoy the numerous konobas /taverns, restaurants, cocktail bars or night-club located within and around the city walls. Overnight in port.
Day 9 – Thu – KORCULA – MLJET – SIPAN or SLANO
We continue cruising towards one of the greenest Adriatic islands – the island of Mljet, where on the western part, the National Park is situated. Free time to enjoy the beauties of the National Park (two salt lakes connected by a narrow channel to the sea, a boat ride to the St Mary isle in the Great Lake, where the old church and monastery are situated. Cycling around or swimming in the lakes is permitted. We continue our cruise towards Sipan, part of Elaphite islands near Dubrovnik, or towards Slano on the coastline, both are small fishermen’s villages where we will overnight in the port.
Day 10 – Fri – SIPAN or SLANO – DUBROVNIK
Early in the morning we depart towards our final destination – a true pearl of the Adriatic. After lunch short swim stop. Sightseeing of Dubrovnik followed by an optional cable car ride up to Srd mountain for spectacular views of the old town. We recommend a stroll along the city walls, 1940 meters in length with magnificent views of the old town of Dubrovnik and the surrounding islands. Overnight in the harbour Gruz.
Day 11 – Sat – DUBROVNIK
After an early breakfast say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends! transfer to airport Dubrovnik.
Obligatory Supplement: Visitor’s Tax & Port fees are not included (To be paid on the spot) Approx Euro 40.00- per person per week.
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- 2 overnights Zagreb in 4* hotel (Hotel Dubrovnik, Hotel Palace or similar)
- 1 overnight Split in 4* hotel (Hotel Cornaro, President, Radisson Blu or similar)
- 1 half board and 2 bed and breakfast services in hotels
- Visitor’s taxes during land part
- 7 overnights cruise according to KL7 itinerary with half board service (breakfast & lunch) on board of our A+ category ships with Captain’s dinner included
- All transfers as per itinerary (from airport Zagreb and to airport Dubrovnik)
- Guided tours of Zagreb, Plitvice, Split, Dubrovnik, KorCula and Hvar
- Accommodation in air-conditioned TWIN or DOUBLE cabins on deck or under deck with daily cabin service
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