Croatian Exploration 2022

10 Days: Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes, Split, Trogir, Stari Grad, Hvar, Vis, Biševo, Korcula, Mljet, Slano and Dubrovnik

Highlights:

  • 2 nights deluxe class hotel stay in Zagreb, Croatia’s Capital
  • Awe-inspiring views of Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Scenic nature walk through Mljet National Park
  • Swimming in the crystal blue waters of Croatia
  • Explore a small fishermen’s village that includes an authentic oyster tasting
  • Cruising down Dalmatia’s picturesque coastline
  • Dubrovnik’s historic architecture (and modern-day filming locations)
  • Welcome and farewell dinner with on board live entertainment and drinks

12 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: Guided tour includes Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace and other fascinating architectures surrounding Split
  • TROGIR: Visit ancient museums followed by excursion to view stunning waterfalls at Krka National Park
  • STARI GRAD: Explore the old town centre and restaurants in one of the oldest towns in Europe
  • HVAR ISLAND: Walking tour includes the first public theatre in Europe and more
  • VIS ISLAND: Tour of Vis Island features town’s waterfront and nature
  • BISEVO ISLAND: Visit the most natural phenomenon of Croatia, the Blue Cave
  • KORCULA ISLAND: Walking tour of historical sites in the best preserved medieval city
  • MLJET ISLAND, CROATIA: Sail to Mljet Island and free time to explore the magnificent Mljet National Park
  • SLANO: Visit to a fishermen’s village followed an authentic local oyster tasting
  • DUBROVNIK: Panoramic motor coach tour of the historical centre of Dubrovnik

Included Features:

  • 2 nights in Zagreb deluxe class hotel, rooms with private facilities (Hotel Westin or similar)
  • 7-night cruise on board M/Y Prestige or similar in a cabin with private facilities
  • Arrival transfer from Zagreb airport to hotel
  • Departure transfer from Dubrovnik hotel to airport
  • Breakfast buffet daily
  • 6 lunches with 4 courses
  • Welcome dinner and Captain’s dinner
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, and fresh fruits available daily
  • Professional Cruise Manager and local guides throughout
  • Luggage handling
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring
  • Service taxes and charges
  • Free Wi-Fi on board (depending on 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, arrive in Zagreb, Thursday 

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)

We enjoy a morning sightseeing tour that takes us through the historic Upper Town. We see St. Mark’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, the Parliament, and the Government Palace. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the winding streets of the old town or perhaps take an optional excursion into the countryside.

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

We head south for a visit to the magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, we enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder with its 16 terraced lakes surrounded by forested mountains and lush vegetation. A walking tour takes us around several of the lower lakes. After embarkation, get settled in your cabin before attending a Welcome reception followed by dinner this evening.

Day 4 Split – Trogir, Sunday (B, L)

In the morning join a guided tour of Split, visit the seafront promenade and Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. The historical centre of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Set sail to the old Dalmatian town Trogir. Trogir is sometimes referred to as “miniature Venice” or a “mini-Dubrovnik” because of its ancient walls, or a floating museum town – as it has a masterful architecture including some stunning Venetian palaces. After disembarking in Trogir we will take the bus to visit Krka National Park. You will discover the pristine nature and waterfalls of the Krka National Park, an area extremely rich with flora and fauna. Overnight in Trogir.

Day 5 Trogir – Stari Grad, Monday (B, L)

Morning guided tour of Trogir with a local tour guide. Enjoy sailing towards Stari Grad, swimming stop and lunch on board. Stari Grad is one of the oldest towns in Europe with many friendly and cheap konobas and restaurants in the backstreets of the old town. The Stari Grad Plain and the old town centre of Stari Grad have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2008. Your evening is free to explore Stari Grad on your own. 

Day 6 Stari Grad – Hvar – Vis, Tuesday (B, L)

Leaving Stari Grad in the morning towards city of Hvar. A sightseeing tour of Hvar town shows you the first public theatre in Europe and many more historical sites. Afterwards continue to Vis. The town of Vis is on the northern side of the island and was developed near the remains of ancient Issa, the first urban centre in Croatia, formed by the Greeks in 4th century B.C. Visit the remains of the Roman Baths, Church or Our Lady and the City Museum or take a walk enjoying the view of the beautiful Villae Rusticae situated along the coast. Your evening is free in Vis.

Day 7 Vis – Bisevo – Korcula, Wednesday (B, L)

Leaving Vis, we will have an early morning cruise towards Bisevo island to visit the Blue Cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon on the islet Bisevo just in front of the town of Komiza. 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. Afterwards cruise towards the Korcula the island’s main settlement and is known as the birthplace of Marco Polo, one of the world’s most famous explorers of all times. Stop for lunch in one of the secluded bays en route. Afternoon arrival in Korcula followed by a guided walking tour of one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean. Korcula has an abundant choice of restaurants to enjoy your gourmet experience and there are numerous bars and clubs for those looking for evening entertainment. Overnight in Korcula.

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

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

In the morning head further south to the Island of Mljet. Join the Cruise Manager for a stroll to the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park. Alternatively, you can rent bicycles, scooters or kayaks to explore the National Park or island on your own. Lunch on board and departure for a small village called Slano on the mainland, a peaceful fishermen’s village, and the starting point to Ston, another 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. Tonight, enjoy Captain’s dinner and overnight in Slano.

Day 9 Slano – Elaphiti Islands – Dubrovnik, Friday (B, L)

Early morning cruise to Elaphiti islands with swimming stop on one of the secluded bays to spend the morning. Lunch will be serve while cruising through the old city walls of Dubrovnik followed by a guided panoramic bus. After the panoramic view, we will arrive at the historical centre of Dubrovnik, walk through the famous UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, Stradun – both a street and a square. After city tour, you will be left on your own to explore the city, visit City Walls, the Franciscan Monastery with Europe’s second oldest pharmacy, the Rector’s Palace, and the Cathedral, take a boat ride to Lokrum island or take the cable car to the top of the Mount Srđ. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 10 Dubrovnik departure, Saturday (B)

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

 

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.