Adriatic Delights Cruise & Private Land Tour
Dubrovnik - Slano/Ston - Mljet National Park - Korcula - Vis - Biesvo - Hvar - Bol - Trogir - Split - Plitvice Lakes National Park - Opatija - Venice
Adriatic Delights Cruise & Land Tour
Cruise from Dubrovnik, island-hopping along the magnificent Dalmatian coast, immersed in jaw-dropping scenery while experiencing the best of Croatia’s beautiful islands and fascinating cities along with its fabulous flavors.
Enjoy walking tours led by inspiration guides through incredible Old Towns, including medieval Dubrovnik, the 4th-century Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Korcula’s fairytale-like historic center and fortified Ston. You’ll embark on a land adventure that visits Plitvice Lakes National Park, elegant Opatija and the Istrian Peninsula before ending in beautiful Venice.
At a Glance
- 11 nights and 10 days of luxury cruising and land tours from Dubrovnik to Venice
- 7-night island-hopping across aboard a luxury small-ship
- Fascinating guided tours through Dubrovnik, Hvar, Korčula, Split, Ston and Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Four- and five-star hotel stays in bed-and-breakfast accommodation
- Special tastings from wine to oysters
- Lavish half-board meals all prepared fresh by the onboard chef
- Multiple swim stops, including a visit to Croatia’s most photographed beach
- Opportunities for sampling traditional Dalmatian fare throughout
- Professional, attentive cruise director included throughout the ship
Day by Day Itinerary
Welcome to Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” Our driver will meet you at the airport for a private transfer to your hotel in the city. You’ll soon discover how it got its nickname, with its magnificence revealed as soon as you step into the Old Town. As you’ll have the rest of the day at your leisurely, you may want to enjoy the pedestrianized streets on your own to shop for souvenirs, unwind in one of the many restaurants or cafes, or take a ride up to the top of Mount Srd via cable car for a spectacular view of the historic center, neighboring islands and the glistening expanse of the sea.
Today you’ll be able to board the elegant vessel that will bring you on the island-hopping portion of your tour. You’ll be transferred from your hotel (or the airport if you’re arriving into Dubrovnik today) to Gruz Harbour. Your cabin will be ready from 1pm on, with embarkation possible throughout the day. If you get here earlier, feel free to drop off your bags and enjoy the city. You’ll want to return in time for the welcome reception/meet-and-greet and dinner which will start at 7pm. It includes details about your cruise along with introductions to the captain, crew and your fellow passengers, along with a delicious feast and time to mingle.
SLANO/STON (B, L, T)
We’ll begin sailing a bit later today, but first you’ll join a local guide for a walking tour through the cobbled streets of Dubrovnik’s walled Old City. You’ll be able to explore ancient wonders like Rector’s Palace and even walk atop the medieval walls with its intricate system of forts, towers, bastions and casemates while enjoying a panoramic view from above. Once everyone is back onboard, we’ll cruise to the traditional fishing village of Slano on the mainland which sits at the entrance to another fortified village, Ston, renowned for its oysters. Enjoy time to check out the impressive ramparts and defensive walls before we take a short trek along the coast to an oyster farm. Here you’ll learn all about Ston’s signature delicacy while enjoying samples of the fresh oysters and mussels too.
MLJET - KORCULA (B, L)
Cruising north our next stop begins the island-hopping portion of your tour. You’ll get to visit Mljet Island with a walk along the shores of it famous pair of saltwater lakes, the largest of which has a tiny islet in the middle that hosts an ancient monastery and church. After returning to the ship we sail to picturesque Korcula. Famous as the birthplace of explorer Marco Polo, you’ll meet our local guide just outside of the walled Old Town for a walking tour through the historic interior, viewing Venetian-Gothic buildings like St. Mark’s Cathedral, Arneri Palace and the Bishop’s treasury while learning more about the landmarks as well as the history of Korcula itself. Afterward, you’ll have leisurely time this evening to sample the delicious traditional eats found in the many outstanding cafes and restaurants.
VIS (B, L)
We’ll make an early departure for Vis this morning, arriving to the island known as the “Mediterranean as it once was” in the afternoon, stopping to enjoy a refreshing dip along the way. One of the most remote islands along the Dalmatian coast, it was only opened to the public in recent years after being closed off for four decades while used as a military base, leaving it wonderfully unspoiled of much commercial development. Enjoy its traditional architecture, lovely beaches and atmospheric vibe along the stone streets with a walk through Vis Town, stopping to take advantage of one of the outstanding tavernas.
BISEVO - HVAR (B, L)
We’re hoping for Croatia’s famously sunny warm weather to shine down on us today so that we can enjoy a tour of the remarkable Blue Cave on the island of Bisevo before we journey to today’s final destination, the island of Hvar. When conditions are right, you can enter on a small boat tour to experience its otherworldly-like blue glow that occurs when the sun enters through a crack in the rock, reflecting off the white limestone sea bottom. Afterward, we’ll continue to Hvar, known for attracting international jetsetters with world-class restaurants, lively bars and clubs. Upon our arrival, join a wine tasting tour, visiting one of the most popular wineries on the island in Jelsa. On our return to Hvar, enjoy a walking tour through this picturesque Old Town.
BOL - TROGIR (B, L, D)
Trogir is where we’ll spend tonight, but along the way we’ll make a stop at the town of Bol on Brac Island. This is where one of the most stunning beaches in all of Europe can be found. You can enjoy a swim off its shores, nearly all of which are surrounded by dreamy clear turquoise waters. Or, head into Bol to enjoy people watching while sipping coffee. After lunch, we continue to Trogir, where you’ll be able to take in the sights of this living open-air museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its stone homes, palaces, monasteries, churches and defensive walls. It also holds the finest example of sacral architecture in Croatia, the Cathedral of St. Lawrence. After an inspirational walking tour, you’ll have leisurely time to wander through on your own. This evening the Captain’s Dinner will be hosted onboard.
Your 7-night island-hopping cruise ends in the ancient city of Split, but before we arrive, you’ll have one last swim stop to enjoy. Upon our arrival, meet our local guide for a walking tour through its 1,700-year-old history, including the 4th-century Diocletian’s Palace that makes up nearly half the historic center, built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian to serve as his retirement residence. Afterward, wander through the maze-like complex on your own, browsing the ships and enjoying dinner in one of the many enticing restaurants or cafes. An evening stroll along the Riva, the seaside promenade is a perfect way to end the day.
PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK
The rest of your journey will travel by land with a private driver, starting with a scenic drive to one of the world’s most breathtaking sights, and Croatia’s most popular attractions, on a guided walking tour. Images of Plitvice Lakes National Park often go viral thanks to its stunning natural beauty with 16 spectacular lakes with crystal clear blue-green waters that have been flowing over the limestone and chalk for thousands of years, creating calm pools and countless cascading falls, along with caves and rivers. You’ll ride about across one of the lakes and end the experience with a panoramic train ride that will bring you back to the entrance.
Private transfer will bring you from Plitvice Lakes to the world-renowned seaside city of Opatija. Along the way enjoy a stop in Rastoke, which lies at the historic center of Slunj among a paradise-like landscape crisscrossed with beautiful rivers. Enjoy the afternoon to take in the timeless elegance and beauty of Opatija along the Istrian coast with its grand historic mansions, monuments, pretty parks and beaches, much of which can be enjoyed with a walk along the Longomare promenade, a path that winds along the coast bringing dazzling coastal and sea views.
ISTRIA SIGHTSEEING & TASTING
Your last full day brings a tour of the tranquil Istrian countryside. Renowned for its wine and food, particularly truffles, while boasting enchanting hilltop villages and endless views, you’ll visit some of the most fascinating and picturesque spots like Groznjan and Motovun. Expect plenty of opportunities to sample the many delights from wine tasting to mouthwatering gastronomic delights.
PRIVATE TRANSFER TO VENICE
After breakfast this morning your unforgettable Dubrovnik to Venice tour ends with private transfer to Venice. Upon your arrival, you’ll be perfectly situated for enjoying the world-famous landmarks in this “Floating City,” from the Piazza San Marco to gondola rides through the canals. Be sure to sample some gelato and take in the view from the Campanile, the city’s tallest building.
- 11 nights and 10 days of luxury cruising and land tours from Dubrovnik to Venice
- 7-night deluxe cruise one-way from Dubrovnik to Split in your choice of cabin
- Private airport, hotel and ship transfers throughout
- 3-course Welcome Dinner on the first night of your cruise
- Daily buffet-style breakfast and three-course set lunches on your cruise
- Special 3-course Captain’s Dinner with live music
- Fresh fruit provided daily
- Complimentary filtered water, tea and coffee throughout
- One-night stays on a bed-and-breakfast basis at four-or five-star hotels in Dubrovnik, Plitvice Lakes and Opatija
- Guided walking tours through Dubrovnik, Hvar, Korčula, Split, Ston and Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Entrance fees to Mljet and Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Admission to the Blue Cave
- Private guided sightseeing and tasting day tour through Istria
- Oyster farm tour and tasting in Ston
- One-way bus transfer from Gruz Harbour to Dubrovnik’s Old City for sightseeing
- Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard the ship
- Professional English-speaking tour director included throughout
- Cabin cleaning service, daily
- Baggage handling
- City and port taxes included
2021 Departure Dates from Dubrovnik
- May 7, 21
- June 4, 18
- July 2, 16, 30
- August 13, 27
- September 10, 24
- October 8