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Overview

Covering nearly all the highlights of Croatia while providing the opportunity to explore one of the most romantic cities in the world, Venice, this cruise of a lifetime starts in the Floating City and travels to breathtaking places like famous Plitvice Lakes National Park, ancient Split and its 4th-century Roman Emperor’s palace, the medieval historic center of the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” and multiple island favorites.

  • From $5,037 PP
  • 14 Days
  • Deluxe Balcony
  • Venice
  • Dubrovnik

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Highlights of Venice & Croatia Cruise and Land Tour

Highlights

  • Start in the ‘Floating City’ of Venice with a gondola ride across the canals
  • Stop in Slovenia to marvel at the spectacular Postojna Cave, Europe's largest cave network
  • Tour Istria, Croatia’s famous food and wine region with its beautiful hilltop villages
  • Explore the lakes and waterfalls in Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Discover Croatia on a new luxury motor yacht with just 38 like minded passengers
  • Tour the maze of cobbled streets in the 1,700-year-old Diocletian’s Palace in Split
  • Visit one of Europe’s most stunning beaches and enjoy a swim off its shores
  • Wander through the storybook walled town of Korcula, the birthplace of Marco Polo
  • Enjoy an intimate, personalized sailing experience with delicious, freshly-prepared cuisine on board a luxury small-ship

Itinerary

Day 1 VENICE

View of Venice's Grand Canal

Begin your luxury cruise and land adventure in the romantic city of Venice. Private transfer will bring you to your Dubrovnik hotel where you’ll have the afternoon to leisurely explore on your own. You might want to wander through Dorsoduro, an ideal neighbourhood on the south-west side of town, filled with canals and art museums while offering the chance to experience the authentic side of Venice away from the tourist crowds. You might shop at Calle Sant’Agnese and browse the art at Gallerie dell’Accademia.

  • Hotel Accommodation: Sina Palazzo Sant'Angelo
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 2 VENICE

Venice

Today you’ll meet our expert local guide at iconic St. Mark’s Square for this tour that will give you a taste of what Venice has to offer. As you explore the sights, you’ll learn more about the history and other interesting tidbits about what you’re seeing from your guide. Start by admiring the impressive gothic-style Doge’s Palace and then visit the famous Bridge of Sighs which connects the place to what once was a prison. Continue your tour by marveling at the clock and bell towers that are part of the cathedral adjacent to the Loggetta, and the Marciana Library. Next, your guide will lead you on a stroll through the narrow, winding streets of the city to the Grand Canal and the Rialto area known for its bustling markets and the monumental bridge that crosses the canal.

  • Hotel Accommodation: Sina Palazzo Sant'Angelo
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 VENICE - ROVINJ

Opatija

Today you’ll, journey to Rovinj in western Croatia. You’ll stop to explore Postojona Cave, renowned as the home to the rare olm, an endangered species of salamander. Take a train ride into the belly of the cave, traveling 378 feet underground to witness the magnificent stalactites and stalagmites and visit the spot where olm offspring were successfully hatched, offering hope of the species survival. As you travel through Slovenia, you’ll visit a castle that sits within a cave, Predjama Castle, inhabited by humans in as early as the Stone Age.

  • Hotel Accommodation: Hotel Adriatic
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 ROVINJ

Wine tasting

Take a tour of the picturesque Istrian countryside today – a place that’s often likened to Tuscany without the crowds. It’s renowned for its truffles, wine and enchanting hilltop medieval villages. You will visit two of the most idyllic and ancient hilltop communities in Croatia: first Grozjnan with its breath-taking panoramic views, and then Motovun, arguably Istria’s most beautiful hill town and a center for the local truffle industry. Enjoy time to savor the views and walk between numerous galleries and shops. During the tour you will be taken to two high-end wineries, enjoying tastings in each accompanied by delectable local snacks.

  • Excursions Included: Private tour through Istria, including a wine tasting experience
  • Hotel Accommodation: Hotel Adriatic
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 OPATIJA - PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK

Plitvice Lakes

An exciting day awaits as you’ll travel to one of the most popular attractions in Croatia today. Say goodbye to the Istrian Peninsula behind and say hello to Plitvice Lakes National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, its 16 linked lakes in a myriad of shades ranging from brilliant turquoise to deep emerald and countless magnificent waterfalls, have frequently been splashed across the Internet as “viral images.” You’ll get to walk across the wooden bridges and along the scenic paths surrounded by lush greenery for an up-close look at its grandeur. Hope on a boat for a trip across one of the lakes, and on your return, you’ll take a panoramic train ride.

  • Hotel Accommodation: Hotel Degenija
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 6 PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK - SPLIT

Split

Journey to Split this morning with a stop at a local eatery for lunch along the way. Upon your arrival to the ancient city that began when Roman emperor Diocletian decided to build his retirement residence here more than 1,700 years ago, enjoy a walk through the maze-like 4th-century palace. Discover sights that you may have glimpsed in the hit show “Game of Thrones,” as well as landmarks with influences by the Greeks, Romans and Venetians. Marvel at the Cathedral of Saint Dominus, one of the oldest Catholic cathedrals in the world, constructed in 305 AD, and then enjoy the many unique shops, trendy cafes and enticing restaurants. Relax on the palm-lined seafront promenade with a refreshing drink and then perhaps climb Marjan hill for a bird’s-eye view of the city and the sea.

  • Hotel Accommodation: Villa Split Heritage Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 7 SPLIT

Split

The cruising portion of your journey begins today, with your luxury ship waiting in Split’s Riva Harbour. You’ll be able to board throughout the day, with plenty of time to explore more of the city. You will be met by your driver and transferred to the harbour where you will board your ship, check in is from 1400hrs. Then relax in your spacious cabin before joining a guided tour of the beautiful historical town of Split. Split is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and boasts an abundance of classic Roman architecture, which includes the splendid Diocletian Palace. After your tour, you will return to the boat and enjoy the evening with a three course welcome dinner and welcome speech from the crew where they will go through the plan for your week on board.

  • Excursions Included: Expert guided tour of Split
  • Meals Included: Breakfast and welcome Dinner

DAY 8 SPLIT - KRKA NATIONAL PARK - TROGIR

Krka Waterfalls National Park.

We’ll set sail this morning, heading toward charming medieval town of Trogir. This UNESCO listed gem with its pristine marina is often compared to a mini-Venice. On route to Trogir the captain will find a secluded spot for you to enjoy the first swim stop of your cruise from the back of the boat. On arrival, we have a fabulous trip to the stunning Krka Waterfalls National Park planned. Enjoy the afternoon admiring the beautiful waterfalls and lakes and stroll along pathways winding through the lush flora. Enjoy a picturesque photo stop in front of the stunning Skradinski Buk waterfall. Return to Trogir in the early evening where you will have free time to enjoy dinner on your own and explore the labyrinth of backstreets and medieval alleyways in this hidden gem.

  • Excursions Included: Guided tour and entrance to the Krka National Park
  • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 9 TROGIR - GOLDEN HORN BEACH - STARI GRAD (HVAR)

Zlatni Rat Beach

We set off from Trogir today on route to the beautiful Island of Hvar. On route we have a swim stop at one of the most famous beaches in the world planned, Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn Beach). After a refreshing swim near this stunning beach we continue to the charming town of Stari Grad on Hvar, arriving shortly after lunch. This afternoon we have an exciting tour of Hvar Island planned. The first stop is an opportunity for you to sample some locally produced wines at a very sought after family winery. We then continue on to the cosmopolitan town of Hvar, where you will have free time to explore this picturesque town at your leisure. You can choose to remain and enjoy dinner in Hvar Town which is known for its vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene or return to Stari Grad and enjoy a more tranquil alfresco dining experience.

  • Excursions Included: Wine tasting tour on Hvar Island
  • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 10 STARI GRAD (HVAR) - VIS

Hvar

Today we sail to the peaceful island of Vis, famed for its seclusion and isolation. To get to Vis we sail through the beautiful Pakleni island archipelago which is known for its stunning secluded bays with crystal clear water. Our captain will dock in one of these bays giving the guests an extended swim stop and time to snorkel or use the various water toys on the yacht. We will arrive in Vis in the mid-afternoon. Vis was once a strategic Yugoslav naval base and off limits to visitors. Due to the island’s seclusion and isolation, Vis has retained a very unique charm that typifies ‘the Mediterranean as it once was’. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure exploring the picturesque town of Vis with its charming sea front cafes and labyrinth of quaint streets. If you are feeling energetic take a walk up to Fort George which enjoys breath taking views over Vis and is a gorgeous spot to enjoy a drink and watch the sunset.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 11 VIS - BLUE CAVE - KORCULA

Korcula

We have an early start this morning as we set off from Vis and head to the Island of Bisevo, home to the magical Blue Cave. Enjoy a guided tour inside this beautiful natural phenomenon and marvel at the beautiful colours which will leave you mesmerized. Please note that entry to the Blue Cave is subject to weather and sea conditions, which is why its listed as an option tour with a EUR20pp entrance fee payable on the day. We then sail on to the island of Korcula, which is best known as the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Relax and admire the stunning secluded bays on route. This afternoon you will arrive on the island and you will have a guided walking tour of the charming Old Town. The picturesque fortified town, ruled by Venetians in the past, has an ingenious layout in the shape of a fishbone.

  • Excursions Included: Expert guided tour of Korcula, Guided tour of the Blue Cave (Weather permitting & Payable locally)
  • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 12 KORCULA - MLJET NATIONAL PARK - SLANO/STON

Ston

Today we depart early to visit the tranquil and stunning Mljet National Park. On arrival, our cruise director will take you for a stroll to visit the famous salt lakes, situated in the heart of this tranquil national park. We sail on to the charming village of Slano, situated on the mainland. It is a peaceful traditional fishermen’s village and the entrance point to Ston, another small fortified village that is famous for its oysters. After exploring the town’s medieval ramparts, we will take you to an oyster farm, where you will have the opportunity to sample delicious fresh oysters. The evening is reserved for the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board, with live music and entertainment.

  • Excursions Included: Entrance to the Mljet National Park, Oyster farm visit and tasting experience in Ston
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Captain’s Dinner with Live Entertainment

DAY 13 SLANO/STON - DUBROVNIK

Dubrovnik City Walls

On the final day of your cruise, we will depart early to Dubrovnik. The ancient city boasts many historical buildings that date back to the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic. We will take a cruise along the walls of the old Dubrovnik city centre. You will join a guided walking tour of this magnificent city with an expert local guide with free time to explore the old town at your leisure afterwards. Tonight we suggest you enjoy a delicious meal in one of a wonderful array of excellent restaurants available within the city walls.

  • Excursions Included: Guided tour led by English-speaking guide of Dubrovnik
  • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 14 DEPARTURE

Dubrovnik City Walls

Saying goodbye is never easy, especially when sharing so many memorable experiences, but after breakfast it will be time for farewells to the captain, crew and new friends made as you take private transfer to your onward hotel or Dubrovnik Airport.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast

What's Included

  • 4-star hotel stays on a B&B basis in Venice (2 nights), Rovinj (two nights), the Plitvice Lakes area (one night) and Split (one night)
  • Private tour through Istria, including a wine tasting experience
  • All private transfers
  • 7 nights of luxury cruising round-trip from Split in your choice of cabin
  • Buffet-style breakfast served daily plus six 3-course lunches on the cruise
  • Three-course welcome dinner
  • Three-course captains dinner with live entertainment
  • Fresh fruit available daily
  • Complimentary filtered water, tea and coffee on the ship
  • Guided tours led by English-speaking guides in Split, Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik
  • Cabin service provided daily
  • Wi-Fi available onboard
  • Professional cruise manager provided throughout the trip
  • Baggage handling

Your Ship

MS Phoenix 72

MV MEMORIES

Launched in 2020, the MV Memories offers 19 luxury cabins and accommodates up to 38 guests. The ship features 10 VIP & 1 Superior VIP Deck Cabins with private balconies. You can enjoy the first class facilities on board the ship, state-of-the-art technology, sun-loungers on the upper deck and a Jacuzzi to relax in. Soak up the scenery as you travel in style to the beautiful islands of Croatia.

Why Book With Cruise Croatia

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Low Deposit & Flexible Cancellation Policy

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24 hour support

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Departure Dates

Please select your year of departure.

2023

  • May

    May 02, 2023May 09, 2023May 16, 2023May 23, 2023May 30, 2023
  • June

    Jun 06, 2023Jun 13, 2023Jun 20, 2023Jun 27 2023
  • July

    Jul 04, 2023Jul 11, 2023Jul 18, 2023Jul 25, 2023
  • August

    Aug 01, 2023Aug 08, 2023Aug 15, 2023Aug 22, 2023Aug 29, 2023
  • September

    Sep 05, 2023Sep 12, 2023Sep 19, 2023Sep 26, 2023
  • October

    Oct 03, 2023Oct 10, 2023

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