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Overview

A magical 10-night land and deluxe cruise adventure that begins in the Croatia capital of Zagreb, bringing you to some of the country’s most impressive highlights, including Plitvice Lakes National Park, the medieval cities of Split and Dubrovnik as well as island treasures like Hvar and Korcula. This trip is recommended for couples, friends and other travelers seeking to experience the best of Croatian by land and water.

  • From $1,326 PP
  • 10 Days
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Deluxe
  • Split
  • Split

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Itinerary

DAY 1 ZAGREB

Zagreb

After arriving into Croatia’s capital city of Zagreb, you’ll be met at the airport for a private transfer to your hotel. Take time to rest and refresh before embarking on a private tour of Zagreb’s Old Town with your expert English-speaking guide, including one of the city’s oldest buildings, St. Mark’s Church with its colorful, often-photographed roof. Overnight in Zagreb

  • Excursions Included: Guided walking tour of Zagreb
  • Hotel Accommodation: Esplanade Zagreb Hotel

DAY 2 ZAGREB - PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK

Plitvice Lakes

After breakfast at your hotel, your driver will pick you up for the drive to world-renowned, UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park. Check-in to your Plitvice hotel, drop off your bags and look forward to spending the day discovering one of Europe’s, and the world’s, most breathtaking natural wonders. There are 16 lakes with crystal clear blue-green waters that have been flowing over limestone and chalk for thousands of years creating barriers that result in tranquil pools and magnificent falls, as well as rivers and caves. Capture postcard-perfect photos while walking the wooden pathways and enjoying a relaxing boat ride across emerald-hued Kozjak Lake.  Overnight in the Plitvice Lakes National Park

  • Hotel Accommodation: Hotel Degenija
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 3 PLITVICE LAKES - SPLIT

Split

This morning your driver will bring you to the grand city of Split where you’ll be able to spend the afternoon wandering through its magnificent Old Town after checking into your hotel. Diocletian’s Palace, the ancient palace built for the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the turn of the 4th-century AD, forms about half of this historic center, and contains some of the most valuable surviving buildings from the Roman era on the Adriatic coast. Venture to the lovely promenade for a stroll. The Riva as its known, is the hub of city life, filled with restaurants and cafes that provide the perfect place to end your day with some tasty food and drink. Overnight in Split

  • Hotel Accommodation: Splendida Palace

DAY 4 SPLIT - MAKARSKA

Makarska

Take your private transfer to Split Harbour where your ship awaits. You’ll depart for Makarska at 1:0o p.m., cruising along the picturesque Adriatic coast while you unwind, taking in the scenery and enjoying lunch. We’ll make a stop where you can soak up the sun and swim in the inviting waters along one of the pristine beaches in the area. If you’re looking for a big adventure you’ll have the option for a heart-pounding zip line ride or a river rafting excursion on the Cetina River.  In the evening, enjoy beautiful Makarska with its dramatic backdrop of the Biokovo massif, one of the country’s largest mountain ranges. In the heart of the city, the old plaza is filled with eateries and bars, while the open marketplace nearby offers all sorts of souvenirs. Overnight in Split

  • Meals Included: Dinner

DAY 5 MAKARSKA - MLJET NATIONAL PARK

Mljet National Park

As we journey to Mljet Island, you’ll have another opportunity for a refreshing swim along the Peljesac Peninsula. Get ready be immersed in tranquility on this virtually car-free island, much of which is protected by a dedicated national park, preserved as it was since the dawn of time. Discover the more than 800-year-old monastery and church that sits on the Islet of St. Mary’s in Great Lake and then find a quiet spot to enjoy the magnificent scenery and solitude before returning to the ship. Overnight in Mljet National Park

  • Excursions Included: Admission to Mljet National Park
  • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 6 MLJET NATIONAL PARK - DUBROVNIK

Dubrovnik

While it’s always hard to say goodbye to Mljet, Dubrovnik is on the itinerary next as the highlight of this cruise-of-a-lifetime. As it comes into view, you’ll immediately understand why it was nicknamed the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” with the surrounding scenery famously described as “heaven on earth” by writer George Bernard Shaw. Join your guide for an inspirational tour of the city and its elaborate medieval buildings. Afterward, you’ll have the highly-recommended option of taking the cable car ride up to top of Mount Srđ for a jaw-dropping bird’s-eye view of the Old Town. You won’t want to miss the chance to stroll along the popular Stradun promenade for some great people watching or walking atop the ancient, nearly 6,365-foot-long city walls. Overnight in Dubrovnik

  • Excursions Included: Guided walking tour of Dubrovnik
  • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 7 DUBROVNIK to ŠIPAN/TRSTENIK

Sipan Island

Today we’ll set sail for either Sipan Island, known for its wine and laid-back ambiance, or the small seaside village of Trstenik on the Peljesac peninsula, located in a deep bay under the tall Peljesac hills with a large pebble beach at its base. Wine enthusiasts can have a visit at one of the local wineries arranged. In the evening, back on the ship it’s time for a lavish Captain’s dinner. Overnight in Sipan/ Trstenik

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Captain’s dinner

DAY 8 ŠIPAN/TRSTENIK - KORČULA

Korcula

Korcula Island was named for its dense, dark woods by the Greeks, Korkyra Melaina which translates to “Black Corfu.” It’s one of the most popular islands in Croatia, famous as the birthplace of explorer Marco Polo. Look forward to stunning views of the bay as we dock near Korcula town. After disembarking, stroll through the Old Town with its well-preserved medieval walls and fortified bastions that date back to the 13th-century. You’ll have the option to enjoy wine and appetizers at a local winery before spending the evening in Korcula town, sampling authentic Croatian fare in one of the many waterfront eateries. Overnight in Korcula.

  • Excursions Included: Guided walking tour of Korcula
  • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 9 KORČULA - HVAR

Hvar

After departing Korcula we’ll make a stop for a swim on our way to the glitzy island of Hvar, the longest and sunniest in the Adriatic. It’s especially popular with jet-setters who are drawn to its abundance of restaurants, bistros, cafes and happening bars, along with entertainment that goes on through the wee hours of the night. Hvar also offers the chance to experience more authentic Croatian life, culture and history, home to Europe’s oldest community theater, which opened its doors in 1612, and a majestic Renaissance cathedral. The Cathedral of St. Stephen sits against a backdrop of vibrant green hillside and boasts a 17th-century bell tower that watches over the limestone plaza. Overnight in Hvar.

  • Excursions Included: Guided walking tour of Hvar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 10 HVAR - BRAC - SPLIT

Bol Zlatni Rat

Before returning to Split we’ll make one more stop to experience what’s often called Croatia’s most beautiful beach. Located on Brac Island, you’ll be able to swim in the azure waters that surround this white pebble beach with its distinctive shape that’s led to it becoming a symbol of Croatian tourism. The nearby village of Bol has become an oasis for tourists with its authentic Croatian culture and rich history that goes back to ancient times, which can be seen in the Roman piscinas. Enjoy one last look at the stunning Split Riviera as we sail on to Split, taking a break for a swim in one of Brac’s sparkling, hidden bays along the way. Overnight in Split

  • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 11 DEPARTURE

Split

As your journey comes to an end, you may want to reminisce and perhaps exchange photos with all your new friends before bidding farewell and taking your private transfer to Split Airport.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast

What's Included

  • 7 nights of deluxe cruising from Dubrovnik to Split
  • Deluxe ship with modern amenities and spacious, en-suite cabins
  • Private arrival and departure transfers from and to the respective airports
  • Half-board meals: a breakfast buffet and multicourse lunches served daily
  • Welcome dinner and the special Captain’s Dinner with live entertainment
  • Unlimited filtered water, coffee and tea throughout the cruise
  • Wine tasting at a family-run winery on Hvar
  • Oyster farm visit and tasting experience in Ston
  • Guided boat tour and entrance to the Blue Cave
  • Entrance to the Mljet National Park
  • Walking tours led by professional local guides through Dubrovnik, Split, Korcula, Hvar and Ston
  • Dedicated English-speaking cruise director throughout
  • Complimentary WiFi on-board

Your Ship

MS Desire

MS DESIRE

Built in 2017, the MS Desire is a luxurious 157-foot-long and 26-foot wide ship with the ability to dock at smaller ports while providing an intimate cruising experience. She comes with the latest state-of-the-art equipment and lots of fabulous common areas for relaxing or mingling, while her 19 comfortable cabins are all sound proof, providing plenty of opportunities to rest and enjoy privacy as well.

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Departure Dates

Please select your year of departure.

2021

  • May

    May 12, 2021May 26, 2021
  • Jun

    Jun 09, 2021Jun 23, 2021
  • Jul

    Jul 07, 2021Jul 21, 2021
  • Aug

    Aug 04, 2021Aug 18, 2021
  • Sep

    Sep 01, 2021Sep 09, 2021Sep 15, 2021Sep 29, 2021
  • Oct

    Oct 06, 2021

2022

  • May

    May 04, 2022May 18, 2022
  • Jun

    Jun 01, 2022Jun 15, 2022Jun 29, 2022
  • Jul

    Jul 13, 2022Jul 27, 2022
  • Aug

    Aug 10, 2022Aug 27, 2022
  • Sep

    Sep 07, 2022Sep 21, 2022
  • Oct

    Oct 05, 2022

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Reviews

David Snavely, London, UK

Wonderful, fun, relaxing time sailing to parts of the Dalmatian Coast that larger ships are not able to reach. The was new, clean and beautiful. And the staff were fun and attentive to guests’ needs.

James Touchstone, San Diego, US

Excellent service on a beautiful new ship with 19 staterooms, all nicely appointed with great lighting, plenty of storage and huge bathrooms.

Sheila, AU

Amazing!! Great holiday with a fabulous crew, amazing food, knowledgable and fun tour director on our boat. Loved it all.