14-Night Slovenia, Croatia & Montenegro Deluxe Cruise Tour
Ljubljana - Lake Bled - Postojna Cave - Opatija - Istria - Plitvice Lakes - Split - Trogir - Hvar - Vis - Korcula - Mljet National Park - Slano - Dubrovnik - Montenegro
14-Night Slovenia, Croatia & Montenegro Deluxe Cruise Tour
Discover the magnificent lands that border the glistening blue expanse of the Adriatic Sea, including island gems and ancient walled cities from Slovenia and Croatia in the north to Montenegro in the south on this 14-night Deluxe small-ship cruise.
Visit a hand-picked selection of magnificent & charming islands and cities along this spectacular coastline on this Croatia, Slovenia & Montenegro adventure.
At a Glance
- 14-night Cruise Tour, including a 7-night luxury cruise from the magnificent, medieval city of Split to iconic Dubrovnik, customized for experiencing Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro
- Visits to local authentic wineries and a truffle-hunting experience in the mesmerizing Istrian countryside
- Inspirational guided tours of Montenegro, Dubrovnik, Split, Hvar, Korcula Postojna Caves, Istria hinterland and Predjama Castle
- Discover Croatia’s most impressive highlights while cruising, including the otherworldly Blue Cave, the remote island of Vis and world-renowned Zlanti Rat Beach
- Captain's farewell Dinner with live local entertainment and an opportunity to sample the traditional gastronomy in the local restaurants
- Take in some of the Mediterranean’s most stunning scenery, including cascading falls and fairytale-like castles
- Private transfers in high-end, privately chauffeured vehicles included throughout the trip
Itinerary - B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner T: Tasting
ARRIVE IN LJUBLJANA (D)
Your journey begins with arrival into the capital city of Slovenia, Ljubljana. This red-roofed gem is nestled in an alpine valley along the Ljubljanica River, which makes it ideal for a sightseeing cruise along the water. It boasts architecture that dates from the Middle Ages, with Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau periods also playing a significant part. Head to the hilltop castle to learn about Slovenian history in the interactive museum and gaze out at the incredible views of the city and beyond from the castle tower. The European Green Capital of 2016, Ljubljana offers electric cars known as kavalirs, as well as a bike-sharing program that makes it easy to get out an explore places like Tivoli Park.
LAKE BLED TOUR (B)
Today you’ll travel to Lake Bled, a place that looks as if it came straight from the pages of a story-tale. The tranquil, emerald-hued lake is surrounded by the gentle slopes of alpine mountains and hosts a tiny island, just large enough for the old white church that sits in the middle. You’ll be able to hop aboard a “pletna,” a traditional boat only found here on Lake Bled, to visit the islet and the Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church where legend has it that anyone who rings its bell will have a wish granted. Visit Slovenia’s oldest castle which sits on a precipice above the city overlooking the lake and dates back over 1,000 years. Take in more picturesque scenery by enjoy a nature walk at Vintgar Gorge, which carves its way through vertical rocks and hills, graced by the Radovna with its rapids, pools and waterfalls.
DEPARTURE FOR OPATIJA VIA POSTOJNA CAVE (B)
Venture to Postojna Cave, Europe’s largest show caves and one of the world’s most captivating, home to magnificent formations and diverse fauna, including an endangered species of salamander called olm. You’ll ride into the belly of the cave on a train to marvel at the stalagmites and stalactites before visiting Vivarium Proteus, where olm offspring were successfully hatched, providing hope for survival of the species. Nearby view the Renaissance castle known as Predjama Castle, built within the mouth of a cave.
PRIVATE TOUR OF ISTRIA (B,T)
In the Istrian countryside, characterized by picturesque hilltop villages, truffles and wine, you can choose to embark on a truffle hunt with your private driver, led by expertly-trained truffle-sniffing dogs that includes the chance to sample truffle products too. Alternatively, enjoy wine tasting at the award-winning Kozlovic winery or take a scenic drive to visit the beautiful hilltop villages of Groznjan and Motovun as well as the coastal towns of Pula, Porec and Rovinj.
PLITVICE LAKES (B)
Today you’ll get to experience a destination on many travelers’ bucket lists. Plitvice Lakes National Park is home to one of Europe’s most breathtaking natural wonders, a maze of waterfalls and lakes, crystal-clear azure waters and lush greenery. The 16 interconnected lakes are divided into upper and lower clusters that were formed by natural travertine dams. You’ll be able to stroll the wooden walkways for a closeup look, ride a boat across the lake or hop aboard a scenic train.
DEPART FOR SPLIT (B)
Leaving Slovenia, it’s time to visit Split, Croatia, the capital of the Dalmatian region. You’ll stop along the way for lunch at an eatery surrounded by gorgeous scenery to sample some of the local delights. Experience the legendary city of Split and its 4th-century AD Diocletian’s Palace which forms about half of the Old Town. Built for the Roman Emperor, the massive structure spotlighted in HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” and its labyrinthine streets incorporates Roman and Gothic structures as well as more modern Mediterranean-style stone homes. It’s packed with lively cafes, restaurants and unique shops
SATURDAY SPLIT (D)
Venture to Split Harbour where you’ll find your luxury vessel waiting to take you on the cruise portion of your unforgettable excursion. You’ll be able to board at anytime from 1 p.m. on and are welcome to drop off your luggage to do some more exploring in the city or enjoy a refreshing swim at the beach. In the evening, attend the lavish captain’s welcome dinner where you’ll get to know the captain, crew, cruise director and your fellow passengers. Overnight in Split
SPLIT - TROGIR (B,L)
Begin the day with an inspiring guided tour of Split’s Old Town with a focus on the vast Diocletian’s Palace. Afterwards set sail to Trogir, sometimes referred to as a “town museum” as the entire historic walled city is a UNESCO protected site. Enjoy a guided tour of its intriguing mix of Renaissance, Baroque and Romanesque architecture. Witness ancient palaces, traditional stone houses, monasteries, towers and churches like the majestic Cathedral of St. Lawrence as well as Trogir Ciovo and North Gate. In the evening, explore on your own, sampling the fabulous restaurants and nightlife. Overnight in Trogir
TROGIR to BRAC to HVAR (B,L)
Cruising on to the island of Brac, this is your opportunity to swim on a beach you’ve likely seen before – Zlanti Rat is Croatia’s most photographed stretch of sand, curving dramatically into the brilliant turquoise sea. Wander through the fishing village of Bol before journeying on to the island of Hvar with its super yacht-filled marina, fascinating Old Town and happening nightlife. On your guided tour, learn more about its history and culture while discovering architectural delights like the 15th-century Franciscan Monastery, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and square, and the Venetian Loggia and clock tower. In the evening, head to the marina to capture a glorious sunset with colors splashed across the Pakleni Islands and the sea. Overnight in Hvar
HVAR - BIŠEVO BLUE CAVE to VIS (B,L)
Cruising through the dazzling blue sea, we’ll stop at the captivating island of Korcula, where your expert guide will reveal its history as you wander through the terracotta-roofs and ancient church spires. You’ll have the opportunity to explore more of the Old Town and its remarkable Venetian-Gothic architecture or enjoy relaxing on one of the unspoiled beaches, soaking up the tranquil, the sunshine and the scenery. Afterward, talk a walk down the cobblestone streets to enjoy dinner in one of the warmly-lit piazzas. Overnight in Vis
VIS - KORČULA (B,L)
Cruising through the dazzling blue sea, we’ll stop at the captivating island of Korcula, where your expert guide will reveal its history as you wander through the terracotta-roofs and ancient church spires. You’ll have the opportunity to explore more of the Old Town and its remarkable Venetian-Gothic architecture or enjoy relaxing on one of the unspoiled beaches, soaking up the tranquil, the sunshine and the scenery. Afterward, talk a walk down the cobblestone streets to enjoy dinner in one of the warmly-lit piazzas. Overnight in Korcula.
KORČULA - MLJET NATIONAL PARK to SLANO or ŠIPAN ISLAND (B,L,D)
Traveling to the lush island of Mljet, known for its olives, goat cheese, wine, olives as well as its stunning natural beauty with forests and sandy beaches, you’ll be able to explore the national park which covers its entire northwest section. Inside one of its deep lakes is a small islet that hosts an ancient monastery and church that date back to the 12th-century. Get revitalized with a swim before we head to either Slano or Sipan Island for the evening. Overnight in Slano or Sipan Island with the Captain’s Dinner served on board.
We’ll make our way through the beautiful Elaphiti Islands, sailing into the medieval city of Dubrovnik with its fortifications and imposing walls that provide postcard-perfect views of the Old Town. Your local guide will lead you on a fascinating tour that includes the ancient walls and the Gothic/Renaissance/Baroque Rector’s Palace as well as Sponza Palace and the Pile Gate, much of which will be familiar to “Game of Thrones” fans. Don’t miss the chance to take the cable car to the top of Srđ Mountain where you’ll be able to take in 360-degree views of the city, the sea and many island gems. Overnight in Dubrovnik
DUBROVNIK - MONTENEGRO (B)
The cruise portion of the trip ends this morning with goodbyes to the captain, crew and new friends. Embark on a scenic drive across the border to the spectacular country of Montenegro for a private tour of the UNESCO-protected Old Town of Kotor and its lovely churches, squares and palaces that date from the 15th– to 18th-centuries. Enjoy lunch with more jaw-dropping views overlooking Kotor Bay before making your way back to Dubrovnik. Overnight in Dubrovnik
Sadly, all good things must come to an end. You’ll take your private transfer to Dubrovnik Airport to journey home, or wherever your travels might take you.
- Private transfers throughout the excursion
- Tours of Lake Bled, Postojna Cave, Split, Hvar, Korcula, Blue Cave, Dubrovnik and Kotor
- Private winery, countryside or truffle-hunting experience in Istria
- Two nights stay in a premium, 4-star hotel, bed-and-breakfast-style in Ljubljana
- Two nights in a premium, 4-star hotel, bed-and-breakfast-style in Opatija
- Admission to Plitvice Lakes National Park & Mljet National Park
- One night in a premium, 4-star hotel, bed-and-breakfast-style in Split
- One night in a premium, 4-star hotel, bed-and-breakfast-style in Dubrovnik
- Private day tour to Montenegro
- Buffet-style breakfast daily, three-course set lunches and one-litre of bottled water per day, per person
- Three-course welcome dinner & Captain's Dinner
- Professional English-speaking Cruise Director
- Free WiFi on-board
- Daily cabin service & luggage handling
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