Croatian Exploration 2021

10 Days: Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Split, Bol, Stari Grad, Hvar, Vis, Vela Luka, Korcula, Mljet and Dubrovnik

Highlights:

  • 2 nights deluxe class hotel stay in Zagreb, Croatia’s Capital
  • Cruising down Dalmatia’s picturesque coastline
  • Awe-inspiring views of Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Scenic nature walk through Mljet National Park
  • Swimming in the crystal blue waters of Croatia
  • See the “Croatian Madeira” of Hvar Island
  • Korcula visit to olive oil mill & vineyard for wine and cheese tasting
  • Dubrovnik’s historic architecture (and modern-day filming locations)

10 Sightseeing Tours Included:

  • ZAGREB: Morning tour includes a stop at St. Mark’s Church & more
  • PLITVICE LAKES: Tour this national park with fabulous views of lakes
  • SPLIT: Walking tour plus Jupiter’s Temple & Diocletian’s Palace
  • BOL ISLAND: Includes Golden Horn, the most breathtaking beach in Croatia
  • HVAR ISLAND: Walking tour includes the first public theatre in Europe
  • VIS ISLAND: Island tour features the charming waterfront
  • VELA LUKA: Take a stroll through one of Korcula’s coziest towns
  • KORCULA ISLAND: Walking tour of Marco Polo’s rumored birthplace 
  • MLJET ISLAND: Explore flora & fauna of Mljet National Park
  • DUBROVNIK: Walking tour of historic old town & major attractions

Included Features:

  • 2 nights in Zagreb deluxe class hotel, rooms with private facilities (Westin, Sheratin, Dubrovnik or similar.)
  • 7-night cruise on board M/Y Prestige in a cabin with private facilities
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Welcome dinner with live entertainment and drinks
  • Breakfast daily
  • 1 dinner at hotel as per itinerary
  • 6 lunches
  • 1 Captain’s Dinner including wine, beer, soft drinks plus live entertainment
  • Complimentary bottled water, coffee and tea onboard the ship
  • Professional Tour & Cruise Manager
  • Luggage handling
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring
  • Service taxes and charges
  • Free Wi-Fi on board (depending on signal)
  • Audio units included on all tours and excursions
  • 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, arrive Zagreb, Thursday   (D)

You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Day 2, in Zagreb, Friday   (B)

A morning sightseeing tour will take you through the historic Upper Town. See St. Mark’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, Parliament, and the Government Palace. The rest of the day is yours to explore the winding streets of the old town at your own pace or perhaps take an optional excursion into the countryside.

Day 3, Zagreb – Plitvice Lakes – Split, Saturday   (B, WR)

Head south for a visit to magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder with its 16 terraced lakes surrounded by forested mountains and lush vegetation. A walking tour takes you around several of the lower lakes. On to Split and the port to embark on your boat. Later, gather with your fellow “sailors” for a Welcome Reception on board.

Day 4, Split – Bol – Stari Grad, Sunday   (B, L)

Morning guided walking tour of Split shows us the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. See the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, it’s Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle, and the Cathedral. Set sail towards Bol, a small town on Island Brac, for a swim at the Golden Horn. Enjoy the 1740-foot-long golden pebble beach, said to be the best in Croatia. It is unique in that it changes shape and position depending on the winds. Afterwards sail on to the island of Hvar, one of the most popular islands in the Adriatic and a meeting point for the international jet-set. The “Croatian Madeira” is also one of the longest islands stretching along the shores of Croatia. Spend the evening and night at Stari Grad, one of the oldest towns in Croatia.

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

Quick sail towards town of Hvar for a sightseeing tour featuring the first public theatre in Europe (older than Shakespeare’s theatre in the UK), the Franciscan Monastery and many more historical sights. Cruise towards the Island of Vis. The town Vis, the antique Issa, was founded around 397 B.C. Our tour of Vis features the town’s waterfront. Evening at leisure.

Day 6, Vis – Vela Luka, Tuesday   (B, L)

After breakfast set sail for Korcula Island, thought to be the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Our port of call for the day is Vela Luka (the “big harbor”) town, dating back to pre-historic times. After lunch onboard, disembark in Vela Luka and depart for an afternoon ‘Korcula island tour’, featuring the visit of the olive oil factory, Barilo ethno museum and local winery to taste some local wine and cheese. Return to your ship, for evening at leisure.

Day 7, Vela Luka – Korcula, Wednesday   (B, L)

There will be some time for swimming before we continue our cruise, heading for Korcula town. Take a walking tour through its narrow, cobbled streets and visit the majestic Gothic Baroque Cathedral of St. Mark. Your evening is free to discover the town and enjoy dinner on your own at one of many local restaurants.

Day 8, Korcula – Mljet, Thursday   (B, L, D)

Today we set sail for Mljet Island. Mljet National Park encompasses five types of forest, many species of birds, and two deep lakes, Veliko Jezero (Big Lake) and Malo Jezero (Small Lake). This lovely island was supposedly a favorite holiday spot for the Greek hero Ulysses! Captain’s dinner with live entertainment aboard our ship tonight.

Day 9, Mljet – Dubrovnik, Friday   (B, L)

In the morning sail to Dubrovnik, so called “Pearl of the Adriatic”, a UNESCO World Heritage site. While in Dubrovnik, take a walking tour of the old town and visit the Rector’s Palace and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy. Remainder of the day is free; perhaps discover this lovely city on own.

Day 10, depart Dubrovnik, Saturday   (B)

After breakfast it’s time to disembark. You will be transferred to Dubrovnik airport or your hotel.

 

M/Y Adriatic Prestige

The M/Y Prestige is classified as 5-star and is 160 ft. long, 29.5 ft. wide, with a cruising speed of 10 NM. The ship is new, built in 2015 to new EU Solis standards with full radar and navigation systems. The maximum passenger capacity is 42/44 persons, serviced by a Crew of 7 and an on board English speaking Cruise Manager (8). The spacious cabins feature twin/double beds, private bathrooms with showers and hair dryers, LCD flat screen TV’s, safe deposit boxes, telephones (for on ship communication), efficient closet space and are fully air conditioned. Low deck cabins have portholes. Main deck cabins have small windows, some that open. The ship features an experienced Captain and a vivacious young crew that exudes a laid back ambiance while providing high end personalized service that will satisfy even the most demanding customers!

Ship Details: Built in 2015, 22 cabins, 42/44 passengers, Beam 29.5 feet,Length 160 feet Restaurant,Lounge, Sun Deck and Pool

“Dobro Dosli” – Welcome Aboard!

Cabins

Category A: Upper/Main Deck, 15-18 m2 (161-193 sq ft) 

  • Spacious cabins features twin/double beds
  • All cabins have picture view windows
  • Some main deck cabins can accommodate a third bed
  • Private bathroom with glass-enclosed shower and hair dryers
  • Choice of bath amenities with bath towels
  • Efficient closet space
  • Sitting area with table
  • 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, 16 m2 (172 sq ft) 

  • Hotel-style twin beds
  • All cabins have porthole
  • Private bathroom with glass-enclosed shower and hair dryers
  • Choice of bath amenities with bath towels
  • Efficient closet space
  • Sitting area with table
  • 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 2021 Adriatic Cruises?

We are delighted to introduce to you the “M/Y Prestige”. The M/Y Prestige is classified as 5-star and is 160 ft. long, 29.5 ft. wide, with a cruising speed of 10 NM. The ship is new, built in 2015 to new EU Solis standards with full radar and navigation systems. The maximum passenger capacity is 42/44 persons, serviced by a Crew of 7 and an on board English speaking Cruise Manager (8). The spacious cabins feature twin/double beds, private bathrooms with showers and hair dryers, LCD flat screen TV’s, safe deposit boxes, telephones (for on ship communication), efficient closet space and are fully air conditioned. Low deck cabins have portholes. Main deck cabins have small windows, some that open. Some cabins can accommodate a third bed and can be used as triples. The ship features an experienced Captain and a vivacious young crew that exudes a laid back ambiance while providing high end personalized service that will satisfy even the most demanding customers!

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.