Croatia & Venice 2022

12 Days: Dubrovnik to Mljet, Korcula, Bisevo, Vis, Hvar, Stari Grad, Trogir, Split, Opatija and Venice

Highlights:

  • 2 nights first class hotels stay in Opatija, Croatia
  • 2 nights first class hotels stay in Venice, Italy
  • Scenic nature walk through Mljet National Park
  • View spectacular waterfalls at Krka National Park
  • Swim stops in the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic Sea
  • Explore a small fishermen’s village that includes an authentic oyster tasting
  • Awe-inspiring views of Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Miniature electric train ride through Postojna Caves
  • Demonstration of traditional Venetian glassblowing
  • Welcome & Captain’s Farewell dinner with live entertainment

11 Sightseeing Tours Included:

  • DUBROVNIK: Walking tour of historic old town & major attraction
  • MLJET ISLAND: Explore flora & fauna of Mljet National Park
  • KORCULA ISLAND: Walking tour of historical sites in the best preserved medieval city
  • BISEVO: Visit the most natural phenomenon of Croatia, the Blue Cave
  • VIS ISLAND: Island tour features the charming waterfront
  • HVAR ISLAND: Walking tour includes the first public theatre in Europe
  • STARI GRAD: Explore the old town centre and restaurants in one of the oldest towns in Europe
  • TROGIR: Visit ancient museums followed by excursion to view stunning waterfalls at Krka National Park
  • SPLIT: Guided tour includes Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace and other fascinating architectures surrounding Split
  • OPTATIJA: See this remarkable cave on a miniature electric train
  • VENICE: Explore Venice with a boat ride to Murano Island & other attractions

Included Features:

  • 7-night cruise on board the M/Y Prestige or similar in a cabin with private facilities
  • 2 nights in first class hotel in Optatija (GH Adriatic or similar)
  • 2 nights in first class hotel in Venice (Carlton on the Grand Canal or similar)
  • Arrival transfer from Dubrovnik airport to hotel
  • Departure transfer from Venice hotel to airport
  • Breakfast buffet daily
  • 6 lunches with 4 courses
  • Welcome dinner and Captain’s dinner
  • 1 dinner at hotel
  • Farewell dinner in Venice
  • Complimentary bottled water, coffee and tea onboard the ship
  • Professional Cruise Manager and local guides throughout
  • Luggage handling
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring
  • Service charges and taxes
  • Free Wi-Fi on board (subject to signal)
  • New and enhanced safety protocols applied to all sailings 

Not Included:

  • International airfare (can be priced separately)
  • Port fees and cruise fuel surcharges (listed separately in Pricing & Departures)
  • Transfers if purchasing Cruise Only (must be arranged and paid for in advance)
  • Any travel and document fees including Visa requirements
  • Optional tours as outlined in itinerary (minimum number of people required to operate)
  • Costs of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone, liquor, souvenirs, etc.
  • Tips to Crew, Cruise Directors, local guides and other staff along the route (suggested Tipping amounts will be advised)
  • Any increases in costs due to unforeseen circumstances such as: additional fuel surcharges, exchange rates or Government imposed taxes and fees not known at this time
  • Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)

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Day 1 Dubrovnik, arrival, Saturday (WR, D)

You will be transferred from Dubrovnik airport or from your hotel in Dubrovnik to Gruz Harbor where embarkation begins at noon. Later, you will meet your fellow travelers and your Cruise Manager for an onboard welcome reception and dinner. This evening, you can relax on board or take a stroll through Dubrovnik’s Old Town.

Day 2 Dubrovnik – Elaphiti Islands – Slano, Sunday (B, L, D)

Start the day with a walking tour of Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of Adriatic”. Walk through Stradun – both a street and a square, the most famous place inside the town walls, the famous city enlisted as UNESCO’s World Heritage site, where your guide will show you the most interesting sights of Dubrovnik. After returning to ship enjoy the magic scenery as the ship cruises around Dubrovnik city walls to continue to one of the Elaphiti islands for a swim stop. Afternoon arrival in Slano, a peaceful fishermen’s village and our starting point to Ston, once fortified small village famous for its oysters situated on Peljesac peninsula. Peljesac peninsula is known as one of the best wine-producing regions in Croatia. After exploring the town, we leave to a small nearby village to enjoy the authentic local oyster tasting. Overnight and Captains Dinner in Slano.

Day 3 Slano – Mljet – Korcula, Monday (B, L)

In the morning we head north to the Island of Mljet. Join the Cruise Manager for a stroll to the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park. Continue our cruise towards the Korcula island best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Afternoon arrival in Korcula followed by a guided walking tour of this enchanting town surrounded by walls, which is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean. Overnight in Korcula where you can enjoy a gourmet experience at the multiple restaurants and bars.

Day 4 Korcula – Bisevo – Vis, Tuesday (B, L)

Early in the morning we sail to small island Bisevo 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 on time. Cruise towards the island of Vis once a strategic naval Yugoslav base and restricted to the public. Due to this isolation, Vis has a special charm – “the Mediterranean as it once was” making it interesting to visit. Try some exquisite wine sorts in one of the Vis traditional wineries. If interested, visit the remains of the Roman thermal place, the City Museum or simply take a walk enjoying the views. Overnight in the port of Vis.

*Entrance to Blue Cave to be paid on the spot: up to $20 per person (depending on the season)

Day 5 Vis – Hvar – Stari Grad, Wednesday (B, L)

In the morning head further towards Hvar, the longest and sunniest island in the Adriatic, with a swim stop and lunch on board. Afternoon arrival in Hvar town followed by a tour of the town – the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower, and the oldest community theatre in Europe founded in 1612. After the tour set sail towards Stari Grad, one of the oldest cities in Europe where you will overnight.

Day 6 Stari Grad – Trogir, Thursday (B, L) 

Early morning departure to the old Dalmatian town Trogir. Trogir is sometimes referred to as a “mini-Dubrovnik” because of its ancient walls, or a floating museum town – as it has a masterful architecture including some stunning Venetian palaces. You will also discover the beauty of the Krka National Park and gorgeous waterfalls where the flora and fauna are exceptional. Overnight in Trogir.

Day 7 Trogir – Split, Friday (B, L)

In the morning join our guided tour of Trogir with a local tour guide. Set sail to Split with a stop along the way to swim and relax, if weather permits, with lunch on board. In the late afternoon we arrive at Split to spend the night. Arriving in Split, join a guided tour of the city, visit the seafront promenade and Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. The historical centre of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your evening is free in Split. 

Day 8, Split – Opatija, Saturday (B, D)

We disembark after breakfast and bid our crew farewell. We journey north by motor coach for a visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In Plitvice, we walk around several of the lower lakes. The Park is a natural wonder with 16 terraced lakes surrounded by wooded mountains and lush vegetation. After our visit, we motor on to Opatija where dinner is served at our hotel.

Day 9, in Opatija, Sunday (B)

After breakfast, we drive to Pula for an orientation tour of this strategic port city. We also visit the preserved Amphitheater, the sixth largest in the world. Then we continue to the beautiful resort city of Rovinj. There’s free time to explore the old town and its narrow streets before we return to our hotel in Opatija.

Day 10, Opatija – Postojna – Venice, Monday (B)

After breakfast, we travel to Slovenia and visit the unique and beautiful Postojna Cave, one of the largest in Europe. We tour this wondrous subterranean world by miniature electric train. Afterward, we continue to Italy where Venice beckons with its idyllic setting on 119 islands.

 Day 11, Venice, Tuesday (B, D)

We begin our exploration of Venice with a boat ride to Murano Island, famous for its artistic glassware. In a working glass factory, we observe master craftsmen demonstrate the art of traditional Venetian glassblowing. We then depart for St. Mark’s Square, for a walking tour with visits of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. En route, we take in views of the Bell Tower and the Bridge of Sighs. The balance of the day is at leisure to enjoy even more of Venice. Later, we gather for a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 12, depart Venice, Wednesday (B)

You will be transferred to Venice’s airport for your flight home.

 

M/Y My Wish

Built in 2020, M/Y My Wish is a brand new deluxe superior category vessel with latest state-of-the-art equipment and amenities. Maximum capacity is 38 passengers in 18 cabins, guaranteeing an intimate setting for all guests. Noteworthy are 10 upper deck cabins with private balconies. Each cabin is fully equipped with A/ , LCD TV, safe deposit box, fire alarm, internal communication system between room and bar. Bathrooms are equipped with toilet, shower, wash basin, hair dryer, slippers, bathrobe, and for added convenience cosmetic package. All cabins are sound-proof and each cabin comes with the fire-proof doors. Electricity on board: 220V. Ship Amenities: salon/restaurant (free wireless internet, subject to signal), bar, outdoor showers, swimming platform, PA system, and jacuzzi. Non-smoking interiors. Currency: Croatian Kuna.

Cabins

Category A: Upper W/Balcony

  • Spacious cabins features double beds
  • All cabins have picture view windows
  • All Cabin Feature Full Balcony with sitting area
  • Private bathroom with glass-enclosed shower and hair dryers
  • Choice of bath amenities with bath towels
  • Efficient closet space
  • Spacious desk
  • Individually controlled air conditioning and heating system
  • LCD flat-screen TV offering several European & International channels
  • Internal telephone
  • PIN-coded safe

 

Category B: Lower Deck

  • Hotel-style Twin/Double beds
  • All cabins have porthole
  • Private bathroom with glass-enclosed shower and hair dryers
  • Choice of bath amenities with bath towels
  • Efficient closet space
  • Desk
  • Individually controlled air conditioning and heating system
  • LCD flat-screen TV offering several European & International channels
  • Internal telephone
  • PIN-coded safe

 

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FAQ's

Will I need to obtain a visa for the Adriatic Cruise?

No. Visas are not required for US citizens traveling on this program.

Are transfers included?

If you have purchased your air tickets through us, your transfers will be included. However, transfers are still available for those who would like to arrange their own airfare, for a fee. For more information about transfer rates for this program, please call our office at (714) 556-8258 or toll free (800) 795-1633.

Which ship(s) will be used for the 2022 Adriatic Cruises?

We are delighted to introduce to you the “My Wish”. Built in 2020, M/Y My Wish is a brand new deluxe superior category vessel with latest state-of-the-art equipment and amenities. Maximum capacity is 38 passengers in 18 cabins, guaranteeing an intimate setting for all guests. Noteworthy are 10 upper deck cabins with private balconies. Each cabin is fully equipped with A/ , LCD TV, safe deposit box, fire alarm, internal communication system between room and bar. Bathrooms are equipped with toilet, shower, wash basin, hair dryer, slippers, bathrobe, and for added convenience cosmetic package. All cabins are sound-proof and each cabin comes with the fire-proof doors. Electricity on board: 220V. Ship Amenities: salon/restaurant (free wireless internet, subject to signal), bar, outdoor showers, swimming platform, PA system, and jacuzzi. Non-smoking interiors. Currency: Croatian Kuna.

Will I be able to make phone calls and check emails while aboard the ship?

There are no telephone lines for outgoing calls on our vessels. Communication from ship to shore can only be done through the Captain’s radio. However, you may bring your US cell phone to use – just please make sure it is “unlocked” by your US provider in order to use it. Free Wi-Fi is available in the salons for up to 5 laptops (in ports). The level of signal may vary depending on sailing itinerary and location of ports.

What is the currency should I be prepared to use?

While most of Europe has adopted the Euro, Croatia uses the Kuna, Bosnia the “convertible mark” and Montenegro the Euro. The best recommendation we have is to bring along enough US or Euro cash. Your local Tour and Cruise Directors will gladly direct you to exchange offices as you travel through various countries.

What methods of payment are accepted on board and on shore?

While on board the ship, the currency is the Kuna or Euro. Unfortunately, no credit cards are accepted aboard the ship(s). Your expenses will be signed to your cabin and the final amounts will be presented on the last day. Personal and Traveler Checks are not accepted.

Due to strict foreign currency laws, here are important notes regarding on shore expenses:
Credit Cards: are accepted everywhere in the major cities* but may not be as widely accepted in the smaller towns and villages along the route.

Cash: CASH IS STILL KING! Having cash on hand in smaller 5/10/20 USD-EURO bills will come in handy! Payments in local currencies are required for most purchases on shore.

*Credit Card Note: As of May 2014, European credit card processors require credit cards with chips and a 4-digit PIN code. Your USA magnetic strip cards may NOT work at local ATM’s requiring a PIN. Ask your bank for a chip card and/or bring along a debit card with your PIN (or enough cash to cover your expenses!)

If cash is still “king,” any recommendation of how much I should bring?

Although everyone is different, we suggest that you set aside at least $700 USD/Euro per person – to cover shopping or any additional personal expenses. If you are planning on purchasing more expensive items, you may want to bring more…you can always bring it back!

I’m super excited for all the tours! But will I have any free time during the program?

Most definitely! We do our best to ensure that each of our programs offer a healthy balance of cultural immersion through our included tours and free time for our passengers. You will have plenty of free time to shop for souvenirs, explore on your own, or take one of the optional tours (when provided.)

How does tipping work in Eastern Europe? Is it accepted and/or required?

Tipping today has become commonplace in all former Eastern Bloc countries. Salaries are small, so tips do represent a substantial income, especially for the people in the tourism and service industries. Unlike the West, however, tips are NOT obligatory and are subject to your satisfaction – but your gracious generosity will sincerely be appreciated throughout your trip. We generally recommend that each person set aside $200 to cover all tipping needs for the total duration of the program, yet this is merely a suggested amount. You may leave as little or as much as you feel comfortable with. If you endear yourself to any particular crew member and wish to award them directly, please feel free to do so!
For more information and a detailed breakdown of tipping suggestions, please take a look at our Adriatic Cruise Travel Tips.

What if I have special dietary needs or food allergies?

Special meal requests are possible. If you have any food allergies or special dietary needs, please be sure to notify our office at least 90 days prior to your departure. We and the restaurant staff will make every effort to arrange for special meals, however, if you have strict dietary restrictions, you may want to bring some non-perishable snacks, crackers, dried fruits, dietary sweeteners, or other items that will compliment the limited variety of special meals.

Anything else I should make sure to pack?

For a complete list of suggested items to bring, please read our detailed Adriatic Cruise Travel Tips. But here are a few important items that often get overlooked!
Electrical current in hotels and on the ship is 220 volts/50MHZ. In order to use appliances, including shavers, hair-dryers, chargers for movie cameras, etc., you will need to bring:
1) Universal Transformer: to convert from US 110 Volts to 220. (Note: recent electronic equipment such as laptops and cameras MAY automatically convert. Please check your individual item.)
2) Universal Adapter Plugs: Round pins for sockets that are different than at home. Since there are no supplies of converters/ adapters, we recommend you purchase a transformer/ adapter plug set at any electronics or appliance store before you leave.

PLEASE DO NOT FORGET: Medications which are vital to your health. A letter should accompany these from your doctor (signed and dated), certifying that such medications are vital to your health. Dosage should be indicated. Always pack any personal medications in your carry-on luggage, not in your checked baggage. Additionally, those passengers with lighter physical disabilities must report them to us at the time of booking.