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Overview

Experience Italy’s City of Canals and the best of Croatia on this 11-night luxury cruise and land adventure, focused on gastronomic delights, wine and culture. Wine and foodie couples in particular will enjoy the romance of Venice and the highlights of Croatia on this unforgettable cultural journey.

  • From $1,432 PP
  • 11 Days
  • Deluxe
  • Split
  • Split

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Itinerary

DAY 1 VENICE - OPATIJA

Opatija

Begin in the romantic city of Venice, built on the water in the middle of a lagoon, renowned for its iconic gondolas, food, art and historic landmarks. You’ll be able to lose yourself in its many charms before traveling to the trendy destination of Opatija with its unique blend of architecture from Renaissance and Venetian to Gothic, Baroque and Classicism. Stop for a tour of Postojna Cave, famous as the home to an endangered species of salamander, the olm, taking a train ride over 377 feet underground to marvel at the stalagmites and stalactites. A visit to the very place olm offspring successfully hatched in 2016 to give hope for the survival of the species, Vivarium Proteus is next. Finally, we’ll witness the Renaissance Predjama Castle, built within the mouth of a cave. Overnight in Opatija

  • Hotel Accommodation: Amadria Park Hotel
  • Excursions Included: Excursion into the belly of Postojna Cave

DAY 2 TOUR OF ISTRIAN COUNTRYSIDE

Istria Boljun Village

Journeying into the Istrian countryside, renowned for its truffles, wine and ancient hilltop villages, you’ll be able to take a tour with your private guide of two of its alluring hilltop towns: Groznjan and Motovun. A truffle-hunting experience with one of the local families is optional and can be included by speaking with your Croatia travel expert. Head to the picturesque Old Town of Rovinj, made up of Venetian-era pastel colored homes built around a pretty fishing harbor, overlooked by a hilltop church. Stroll the cobbled streets and enjoy the lovely seaside cafes. The grand finale of the day includes a wine tasting tour at one of the area’s most popular wineries.

  • Hotel Accommodation: Amadria Park Hotel
  • Excursions Included: Private wine tasting tour in Croatia’s wine region of Istria
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 3 OPATIJA - PLITVICE LAKES

Plitvice Lakes

You’ll have the day to explore beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park. A fantasy come to life, it showcases some of the world’s most awe-inspiring waterfalls with 16 crystal-clear lakes in brilliant shades of emerald and turquoise connected by wooden walkways. Look for the abundant flora and fauna as you enjoy a relaxing boat trip across the water, or a ride on a scenic train.

  • Hotel Accommodation: Hotel Degenija
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 4 PLITVICE LAKES - SPLIT

Split

As we make our way to Split, we’ll stop for lunch at one of the local eateries for an authentic Croatian meal. Once in this medieval city we’ll take a trip back in time, exploring the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s 1,700-year-old palace. The beating heart of the historic inner city, it makes up about half of the Old Town. The sprawling complex of Roman temples, Gothic palaces and more modern Mediterranean-style stone homes is also filled with unique shops, cafes and restaurants. The palm tree-lined waterfront promenade known as Riva offers an ideal place for a drink and some people watching while Marjan hill, the famous symbol of Split is the place to go for a breathtaking panoramic vista.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 5 SPLIT

Split

Your private transfer will bring you to Split harbor, where your luxury vessel awaits. You’ll find your new luxury vessel waiting. You’ll be able to board throughout the day, checking in to enjoy resting in the comfort of your cabin before attending the welcome reception and three-course captain’s dinner where you’ll be able to get know your captain, the crew and your fellow passengers. Overnight in Split

  • Meals Included: Breakfast and Captain’s dinner

DAY 6 SPLIT - BOL – HVAR

Bol Zlatni Rat

We’ll set sail to Brac Island, visiting world-renowned Zlatni Rat beach near the fishing village of Bol. Croatia’s most photographed and perhaps most beautiful stretch of sand is framed by dazzling cerulean waters that are ideal for a rejuvenating dip. You’ll have another chance to jump into the enticing waters as we cruise to the island of Hvar, stopping along the way to enjoy one of the secluded bays and coves. Sometimes called the St. Tropez of Croatia, Hvar is a playground for the rich and famous, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy a more authentic slice of life on this beautiful island. Join a walking tour, led by a local to discover its history, culture and traditions and then enjoy a refreshing drink in the sun along the seaside promenade. Overnight in Hvar

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

DAY 7 HVAR – KORCULA

Korcula

Cruising to the island of Korcula, a swim stop is sure to get your energized for explorations of Korcula town. It’s not only famed as the birthplace for intrepid explorer Marco Polo, but it’s filled with many fascinating historical sites. Take a guided tour through the cobbled streets of Old Town, including the main square, dominated by the 15th-century Cathedral of St. Mark. It’s surrounded by magnificent Venetian/Renaissance-style buildings and medieval city fortifications. You’ll have the evening free to enjoy dinner and authentic Croatian hospitality at one of the local eateries. Overnight in Korcula

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

DAY 8 KORCULA - DUBROVNIK

Dubrovnik

As we journey to Dubrovnik, we’ll make time to enjoy the spectacular, verdant scenery of Mljet and the Elaphiti Islands. Once in the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic,’ your guide will reveal the best of this ancient, romantic city and UNESCO World Heritage Site like Rector’s Palace. Experience the medieval walls that offer ever-changing views of the Old Town and the Adriatic, best explored with a just over mile-long walk along the battlements. Hop on the cable car that will whiz you up to the top of Mount Srd for an incredible view over it all. Overnight in Dubrovnik

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

DAY 9 DUBROVNIK- ELAPHITI ISLANDS – NATIONAL PARK MLJET

Mljet National Park

Today we’ll get to enjoy a more in-depth look at the Elaphiti Islands and Mljet National Park, where you’ll be entranced by the unspoiled beauty of the landscape, including two saltwater lakes. Great Lake hosts the Isle of St. Mary, where one can embark on a boat ride to visit its 12th-century Benedictine Monastery for an interesting look at the area’s culture, heritage and history.  Overnight in Mljet National Park 

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

DAY 10 NATIONAL PARK MLJET - PUĈIŠĆA (BRAĈ ISLAND) - SLANO/STON

Pucisca

Sailing to Brac Island, take advantage of another enticing swim stop before we reach what’s often called Croatia’s most beautiful village, Pucisca. The gleaming white stone that’s indigent to the island, used in the building of the White House’s limestone columns, Vienna’s Parliament House and other famous buildings, makes the little harbor town a one-of-a-kind destination. Located on the north coast of Brac, sheltered by a protective cove, it’s also an ideal spot for soaking up the sun and pristine sands. Overnight in Slano/ Ston

  • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 11 SLANO/STON – OMIŠ (MAKARSKA RIVIERA) – SPLIT

Omis

Gliding across the sparkling blue waters of Brac Channel, we make our way to ancient Omis, a legendary pirates’ lair boasting one of Dalmatia’s most dramatic locations, surrounded by massive gorges. You’ll see evidence of its proud, turbulent history on every corner, from medieval city walls and fortresses to stone churches. Less than 16 miles up the coast, it’s time to discover Split, a more than 1,700-year-old city and UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes the magnificent and vast 4th-century Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. Tour the palace, which takes up about half of the historic center, and then go out exploring the many museums, churches, restaurants, cafes and shops. Overnight in Split

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

DAY 12 DEPARTURE

Split

A delicious breakfast will provide you with the fuel you’ll need for the return journey home, or further travels, as this unforgettable adventure comes to an end. 

  • Meals Included: Breakfast

What's Included

  • Two nights at a 4-star hotel in Opatija, breakfast included
  • One night at a 4-star hotel in the Plitvice Lakes National park area, breakfast included
  • One night at a 4-star hotel in Split, breakfast included
  • Private wine tasting tour in Croatia’s wine region of Istria
  • Excursion into the belly of Postojna Cave
  • 7-night, round-trip cruise from Split in a comfortable air-conditioned, en-suite cabin on a luxury, newly built vessel
  • Buffet-style breakfast each day plus four-course set lunches and a 3-course welcome dinner & captain's dinner
  • Tours through Split, Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik with an expert, English-speaking guide
  • Admission to Mljet National Park
  • Complimentary WiFi onboard
  • Professional onboard cruise director
  • Daily cabin service & luggage handling

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 11, 2021May 25, 2021
  • Jun

    Jun 08, 2021Jun 22, 2021
  • Jul

    Jul 06, 2021Jul 20, 2021
  • Aug

    Aug 03, 2021Aug 17, 2021Aug 31, 2021
  • Sep

    Sep 08, 2021Sep 14, 2021Sep 28, 2021
  • Oct

    Oct 05, 2021

2022

  • May

    May 03, 2022May 17, 2022May 31, 2022
  • Jun

    Jun 14, 2022Jun 28, 2022
  • Jul

    Jul 12, 2022Jul 26, 2022
  • Aug

    Aug 09, 2022Aug 23, 2022
  • Sep

    Sep 06, 2022Sep 20, 2022
  • Oct

    Oct 04, 2022

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