Highlights of Venice & Croatia Cruise and Land Tour
Venice - Opatija - Postojna Cave - Istria - Plitvice Lakes National Park - Split - Hvar - Korcula - Dubrovnik - Mljet National Park - Pučišća - Omiš - Split
Highlights of Venice & Croatia Cruise and Land Tour
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.
At a Glance
- 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
Day by Day Itinerary
VENICE - OPATIJA
Begin your luxury cruise and land adventure in the romantic city of Venice. You might want to arrive early for more time to float through the dreamy canals in a gondola and stroll the cobbled alleyways that lead to all sorts of delights. After taking it all in, the journey to elegant Opatija 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.
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. If you’re interested in a truffle hunting trip led by a local family, chat with our travel experts to enjoy this rare opportunity. Otherwise, a private guided tour will bring you to some of the most alluring towns, including Groznjan and Motovun, before visiting the Old Town of Rovinj with both Croatian and Italian influences, and cobbled streets lined with quaint waterfront cafes. Before making your return to Opatija, you’ll enjoy a grand finale to cap it all off – a visit to one of the region’s most highly sought-after wineries for a wine tasting tour.
PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK
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.
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.
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 might check-in, drop off your bags so you can head out unencumbered or enjoy relaxing in your cabin. You’ll want to be ready for the Welcome Meeting this evening which will start at 7 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. This is your opportunity to learn more about the cruise and get introductions to the captain, crew and your fellow island-hopping passengers.
We’ll set sail this morning, heading toward sunny Hvar, with a stop in Bol town on the island of Brac first. This is your opportunity to swim off the shores of the “Golden Cape,” or Zlatni Rat, which has a unique shape that stretches a third of a mile out into the crystal-clear aquamarine waters, changing with the winds and the tides. Soak up the Mediterranean sun on the upper deck while enjoying the passing scenery while cruising to Hvar, with a swim stop along the way in one of the many beautiful bays or secluded coves. You’ll know you’ve reached Hvar when you glimpse its superyacht-filled harbor. Here you’ll join a local guide to get an introduction to life here, along with Hvar’s rich history and culture.
Your cruise continues to Korcula Island, a favorite of many visitors to Croatia. Enjoy a refreshing dip before arriving to the reported birthplace of international explorer Marco Polo, with the fortified Old Town looking like something out of a storybook. Follow our local guide through the cobbled streets enclosed by 14th-century stone walls and towers before enjoying your evening free. We suggested dining in one of the many local restaurants along the waterfront, or in one of the hidden cafes in the alleyways. Either way, you can expect delicious and authentic Croatian fare along with friendly hospitality.
We’ll make our way toward Dubrovnik this morning, sailing through the Elaphiti Islands with a stop here for a scenic drive filled with panoramic views and endless photo-ops first. You’ll meet up with an expert guide after we arrive into the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” taking a trip back in time while exploring the medieval buildings and monuments. You’ll have the chance to walk atop the ancient city walls enjoy a view of the sea, neighboring islands and the historic center or ride the cable car to the top of Mount Srd for an incredible view over it all.
MLJET NATIONAL PARK - ELAPHITI ISLANDS
Cruising along the coastline of the Elaphitis, our destination today is Mljet Island, much of which is covered by its national park. Enjoy a swim spot, and upon our arrival take a walk in the park to visit the famous saltwater lakes. In Great Lake, you’ll see the tiny isle of St. Mary which houses a 12th-century Benedictine monastery and church.
Our journey continues to pretty Pučišća, filled historic charms. Located on the island of Brac, we’ll dock in the steep-sided harbor where you’ll see its quintessential Mediterranean architecture, built from stone excavated from Pučišća Quarry. This famous quarry supplied the limestone that build the columns of the White House in Washington, DC and Vienna’s Parliament house among other well-known buildings. The only stonemasonry school in Croatia where students carve sculptures from the island’s limestone using traditional tools is found here too.
OMIS - SPLIT
Sailing across Brac channel, we’ll reach the ancient town of Omiš with its centuries-old walls, fortresses and stone churches, before returning to Split. Today you’ll get to explore the palace more in-depth on a fascinating tour. Your expert guide will bring the palace to life, revealing the stories behind the remarkable places that you’ll see, pointing out many gems that you’d probably miss otherwise as you wander the marble walkways. Afterward you’ll have time to browse the many shops, perhaps picking up some souvenirs, or simply relaxing along the seaside promenade with a drink, toasting to your trip.
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 Split Airport.
- 4-star hotel stays on a B&B basis in Opatija (two nights), the Plitvice Lakes area (one night) and Split (one night)
- Postojna Cave tour
- 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
2021 Departure Dates from Venice
- April 27
- May 11, 25
- June 8, 22
- July 6, 20
- August 2, 17, 31
- September 14, 28