11 NIGHTS / 13 DAYS
Day 1: USA - Zagreb (Croatia)
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Day 2: Zagreb
Arrival at the airport in Zagreb. You will be greeted by our local representatives after exiting the customs and transferred to your hotel in Zagreb. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or start your exploration of Croatia's capital city. Dinner and overnight in Zagreb. (Dinner)
Day 3: Zagreb - Plitvice
After breakfast at the hotel, half-day guided city tour of Zagreb, Croatia's largest city. You will visit the fortified Upper Town built around St Mark's Church, constructed in the 13th century and famous for its multicoloured roof. The Lesser Town distinguished itself by the Austro-Hungarian architecture from the 18th and 19th century, especially in the historical center where the Croatian National Theatre is a notable example. Overlooking the city center with its two bell towers of over 100m each, the neo-Gothic cathedral will take your breath away with its detailed facade and beautiful interior.
Departure for Plitvice where you will visit the world-famous Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sixteen lakes, each at a different level, are joined in a series of spectacular waterfalls all in mesmerizing shades of blue. Surrounded by dense forest, the site of Plitvice Lakes is of rare beauty. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Plitvice. (Breakfast-Dinner)
Day 4: Plitvice - Trogir - Split
Breakfast and departure toward Trogir, a picturesque medieval town where you will visit the 13th-century Cathedral of St. Lawrence. Continuation to Split, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its beaches and Diocletian's Palace, a huge complex erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Once home to thousands, its sprawling remains include more than 200 buildings. You will visit Diocletian's Palace with the Peristyle, Jupiter’s Temple and the Cathedral. Dinner and overnight in Split. (Breakfast-Dinner)
Day 5: Split
Following breakfast, free time to continue your exploration of Split. Walk around the city center and discover the local market where the people of Split like to do their shopping. Enjoy the Riva, a seafront promenade lined with tall palm trees, bustling cafés and shaded benches. In the afternoon, transfer from your hotel to the port to embark on your cruise ship. Welcome reception will be followed by a dinner that evening. Overnight onboard in Split. (Breakfast-Dinner)
Day 6: Split - Bol - Stari Grad
Breakfast on board. Sailing toward Stari Grad, a stop will be made for swimming in the pristine waters of the Adriatic. Lunch on board. Stari Grad, located on the island of Hvar, is the oldest city in Croatia and one of the oldest towns in Europe. The Stari Grad Plain site, an agricultural landscape that was set up by the Ancient Greek colonists in the 4th century B.C., has been preserved until today. This site, including the village's old town, has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008. Day and evening free to explore Stari Grad on your own. (Breakfast-Lunch)
Day 7: Stari Grad - Hvar - Korčula
Breakfast on board while sailing eastward to Hvar Town, often dubbed "the Saint-Tropez of Croatia". Sightseeing tour of the small bay town, where 13th-century walls encircle noble gothic houses and public buildings dating back the Venitian occupation from the 13th to the 18th century. Wandering along the main square and the winding stone streets, you will see Europe's first theatre from the early 17th century. Departure toward Korčula in the late morning.
After a swimming stop and lunch on board, arrival in Korčula, thought to be the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Walking tour through the fortified town, which is one of the best preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean, including wine tasting at one of the local wine bars. Evening free to discover the town and enjoy dinner (not included) at one of the many good restaurants in the bay. (Breakfast-Lunch)
Day 8: Korčula - Dubrovnik
Following breakfast on board, departure to Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic". Half-day guided city tour of Dubrovnik Old Town, whose ensemble was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Its best-preserved buildings range from the baroque St. Blaise Church to the Renaissance Sponza Palace and the Gothic Rector’s Palace, now a history museum. Paved with limestone, the Stradun is the main commercial street with bars, restaurants and souvenir shops bustling on each side. You will visit the Franciscan monastery including Europe’s third oldest pharmacy, the Rector's Palace and the Cathedral.
After lunch, continue your exploration of Dubrovnik. Take on a short boat ride to Lokrum island and discover the Benedictine monastery from the 11th century and the botanical gardens. In the late afternoon, visit the Fort Imperial, located at the top of the low mountain behind the walled city, from where you will witness an unforgettable sunset. Overnight in Dubrovnik. (Breakfast-Lunch)
Day 9: Dubrovnik - Mljet
Breakfast on board. Sailing northward to Mljet, you will be given plenty of time for swimming along the way. Upon arrival, join your tour leader on a visit to Mljet National Park, a large forested area surrounding two deep saltwater lakes, Veliko Jezero (Big Lake) and Malo Jezero (Small Lake). Enjoy a short boat ride to Sveta Marija (St. Mary Isle) to visit the ancient Benedictine monastery erected there in the 12th century. (Breakfast-Lunch)
Day 10: Mljet - Pučišća
Breakfast on board. Morning sailing toward Pučišća, a charming little town located on the island of Brač. Lunch on board. Arrival in Pučišća in the early afternoon, and free time to discover this village known for its culture of stone masonry and sculpture. Renaissance palaces and Baroque buildings located around the steep-sided natural harbor are made from the white stone of Brač. Opt for an optional visit ($) to the amazing Stonemason School to learn more about the history of the island. Captain's dinner and evening on board. (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
Day 11: Pučišća - Omiš - Split
Breakfast on board. Continuation northward to the final port, Omiš, located at the mouth of the river Cetina. In the 13th and 14th centuries, Omiš was home to infamous pirates who used their fast boats to attack trade ships travelling on the Adriatic Sea before retiring and hiding up the river. Free time to explore the fortress and other silent stone reminders of the power of the pirates who once made their homes and fortunes here. You can also opt for a short walking tour ($) followed by a boat ride into the Cetina River Canyon, a protected nature area, to Radman Mills where you can have some Dalmatian specialties.
Following lunch on board, departure toward Split with a stop along the way to swim, cool off and relax. Arrival in Split in the late afternoon. Free time to enjoy the city by night. Overnight on board. (Breakfast-Lunch)
Day 12: Split - Zagreb
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight toward Zagreb. Upon arrival at the airport in Zagreb, greeting by our local representatives and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to continue your exploration of the city and buy some souvenirs to remember your vacation. (Breakfast)
Day 13 : Zagreb – USA
After breakfast, transfer from the hotel to the airport in Zagreb for your flight home. (Breakfast)
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