Jewels of Croatia Cruise & Land Tour
Dubrovnik - Slano/Ston - Mljet National Park - Korcula - Vis - Hvar - Bol - Trogir - Split - Plitvice Lakes National Park - Zagreb
Jewels of Croatia Cruise & Land Tour
Explore the enchanting wonders of Croatia while traveling its southern coastline and island hopping from Dubrovnik to Split. Not only will you be able to enjoy the stunning scenery from the sun deck with its Jacuzzi and comfy loungers, but you’ll enjoy fascinating guided tours in many destinations. Discover UNESCO-protected Old Towns with their magnificent architecture, beautiful beaches and enticing coves for swimming, and lots of delicious Croatian cuisine. A wine tasting tour and visit to an oyster farm to sample fresh oysters is on the agenda too.
At a Glance
- Guided tour through the medieval city of Dubrovnik, including a walk atop the defensive walls that surrounded the historic center
- A visit to Ston to tour an oyster farm, and enjoy an oyster and mussel tasting experience
- Walk through Korcula’s storybook Old Town on a guided tour
- Witness the world-renowned Blue Cave
- Stop for a swim off what’s often named as Croatia’s most beautiful beach, Zlatni Rat
- Explore the UNESCO-listed city of Trogir, a living open-air museum
- Take a tour of the 4th-century Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace in Split
- Wander the scenic paths of Plitvice Lakes National Park on a guided tour to marvel at its famous lakes and waterfalls
- Explore the fascinating mix of old and new with a guided tour through the capital city of Zagreb
- Enjoy feasting on mouthwatering Croatian cuisine and fine wine throughout
Day by Day Itinerary
This cruise and land adventure of a lifetime starts with your arrival into Dubrovnik International Airport. Private transfer will bring you to your Dubrovnik hotel where you’ll have the afternoon to leisurely explore on your own. If you want to get a taste of the historic center, this is the perfect time to stroll the cobbled streets and wander through the marble paved squares, popping into the various shops and boutiques, and sampling some of the mouthwatering cuisine. If you want to enjoy a panoramic view, take the cable car up to the summit of Mount Srd or a walk along the top of the city walls.
The cruising part of your enchanting journey begins with another private transfer, this time from your Dubrovnik hotel (or the airport if you arrive later) to Gruz Harbour where your ship will be waiting. You’ll be able to board throughout the day, with your cabin ready anytime after 1pm. If you get there before then, feel free to drop off your luggage so that you can enjoy more of the city without being encumbered. Otherwise, get settled into your cabin, relax and enjoy some of the ships’ facilities. If you decide to head out, be sure to return in time to get ready for the Welcome Reception and dinner that will begin at 7pm. You’ll get to know more about what to except on this adventure, along with introductions to the captain and crew as well as time to get to know your fellow passengers.
SLANO/STON (B, L, T)
After breakfast, you’ll get a more in-depth look at the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” and its medieval center on a guided walking tour. As you wander through cobbled streets, you’ll be able to witness sights like Rector’s Palace, one of the most impressive and important buildings in the old Dubrovnik Republic, and even take in the view from atop the defensive walls of the Old City’s red-tiled roofs, the sea and nearby Elaphiti Islands. When everyone has returned to the ship, we’ll kick off your cruise by sailing to the traditional fishing village of Slano located near another fortified village, Ston. Gaze up at the ramparts and centuries-old walls here and then take the short and scenic trek along the coast to an oyster farm. Here you’ll learn all about the Ston’s signature delicacy and taste some of the fresh oysters and mussels too.
MLJET NATIONAL PARK - KORCULA (B, L)
Journeying north to Mljet Island this morning, you’ll to get explore its lush national park which covers a third of its landscape. Enjoy time to stroll the paths that wind around the shorelines of the two saltwater lakes in surreal shades of green and blue. The larger lake, known as Great Lake, has a islet in the middle that hosts a 12th-century Benedictine monastery.
Cruising on to Korcula Island, named Korkyra Melaina, by the Greeks which translates to “Black Corfu” for its dense, dark forest, you’ll get to enjoy a walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide. While Korcula may best be known the birthplace of international explorer Marco Polo, it’s Old Town looks like something from a story book, with its well-preserved medieval stone walls, towers and bastions. Afterward, enjoy the evening to yourself, there’s plenty to discover along the narrow streets, alleyways and along the waterfront, with all sorts of enticing eateries serving traditional cuisine.
VIS (B, L)
We’ll leave early this morning for Vis, one of Dalmatia’s most remote islands. Along the way we’ll make a swim stop so that you can enjoy a dip in one of the many secluded bays or hidden coves, literally soaking up the breathtaking Croatian scenery. We’ll arrive on unspoiled Vis Island in the afternoon. As it was shut off to the public for 40 years, used as a naval base, today it offers visitors the opportunity to experience a slice of the “Mediterranean as it once was.” Look forward to a relaxing stroll along the waterfront and wandering through the peaceful streets lined with tavernas, ideal for unwinding with a drink and enjoying some delicious eats too.
BISEVO - HVAR (B, L)
Sailing toward Hvar, the island renowned for its world-class nightlife scene, lavender and vineyards, along the way we’ll stop to enjoy another highlight on the tour, the world-famous Blue Cave on Bisevo Island. This grotto that was naturally sculptured by the sea over the centuries, developed in what you’ll get to witness today, provided conditions allow. You’ll hop in a small boat to marvel at the magic which occurs – a hypnotizing blue silvery glow illuminates the interior when the rays of the sun hit the surface of the sea through a natural opening in the rock, which then reflects of the limestone seabed.
Continuing to Hvar with its yacht-filled harbor, upon our arrival you’ll travel to the small town of Jelsa to visit a family-run winery, one of the most popular on the island, for a wine tasting tour. On your return, enjoy a guided walking tour of Hvar’s picturesque Old Town.
BOL - TROGIR (B, L, D)
Our ultimate destination today is Trogir, but we’ll make a stop at the town of Bol on Brac Island so that you can gaze upon one of the world’s most spectacular beaches, with its unique horn shape jutting a third of a mile into the clear waters of the aquamarine Adriatic. You’ll have the chance to swim off its shores or enjoy sipping coffee in town before we return to the ship for lunch and set sail for Trogir, an open-air museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with architectural wonders from medieval towers and palaces to the Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral of St. Lawrence, one of Croatia’s finest examples of sacral architecture. You’ll get to discover it all on a walking tour before joining us back onboard for the Captain’s Dinner with live entertainment.
SPLIT (B, L)
On our last day of the cruise portion for you trip, we’ll visit the ancient city of Split and its 4th-century Diocletian’s Palace that covers nearly half the city center, built as the retirement resident for Roman Emperor Follow our guide into the maze of narrow streets for a walk back into time with landmarks that reveal its 1,700-year-old history touched by the Greeks, Romans and Venetians, including everything from St. Duje Cathedral and the Temple of Jupiter to the palace cellars, which served as the place where Daenerys trained her dragons in the hit TV series “Game of Thrones.” Afterward, take advantage of one of the many restaurants, cafes and bars throughout the palace and waterfront promenade for dinner.
PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK (B)
This morning, our driver will pick you up at your Split hotel to bring you to one of the most popular attractions in the entire country, Plitvice Lakes national Park. While you may have seen it in images that are often splashed across the Internet featuring the world’s most beautiful places, nothing can prepare you for what you’re about to witness in person. This UNESCO-protected site is like a fantasy with its 16 interconnected lakes in colors ranging from deep emerald to bright turquoise. Walk the scenic trails to view them, along with tranquil pools and countless picturesque waterfalls. A boat ride across Kozjak Lake is included, with your finale a panoramic train ride back to the park’s entrance.
Next, you’ll driver by private transfer to your hotel in Croatia’s capital of Zagreb which dates back 3,000 years. Get settled in and then meet our guide for a private tour of the Old Town and its cobbled streets that are home to St. Mark’s Church with its colorful roof. The city’s emblem, it dates back to the 13th-century. You may witness the Gothic-style Zagreb Cathedral with its pair of twin spires soaring about the streets and enjoy time to explore the Lower Town with its many shops, restaurants, cafes and parks.
DEPARTURE DAY (B)
This morning is departure day, so you’ll want to have your bags packed and ready for pickup by private transfer to Zagreb Airport after breakfast for your flight home or further travels. If you aren’t ready to go and there’s no need to return home just yet, contact our travel experts who will be happy to help extend your time here or get to another exciting destination.
- 7 nights of sailing from Dubrovnik to Split on a deluxe ship in your choice of cabin
- 11 days and 10 nights cruise and land tour
- Transfers included throughout the trip
- One-night stays at 4- or 5-star hotel accommodation on a bed-and-breakfast basis in Dubrovnik, the Plitvice Lakes area and Zagreb
- Guided walking tours led by inspirational guides through Dubrovnik, Trogir, Ston, Korcula, Split, Plitvice Lakes National Park and Zagreb
- One-way bus transfer from the port in Dubrovnik to the Old City
- Extensive breakfast buffet provided every morning plus THREE-course lunches and fresh fruit daily
- Welcome dinner with three courses on the first night
- Captain’s Dinner with three courses complemented by live entertainment
- Coffee, tea and filtered water, provided throughout the cruise
- Tour and tasting of fresh oysters and mussels at a Ston oyster farm
- Wine tasting tour on Hvar Island at one of the most sought-after wineries
- Entrance fees to the Blue Cave, Mljet National Park and Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Cabin cleaning service provided each day of the cruise
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on the ship
- Dedicated, professional cruise manager throughout
- Luggage handling
2021 Departure Dates from Dubrovnik
- May 7, 21
- June 4, 18
- July 2, 16, 30
- August 13, 27
- September 10, 24
- October 8