APRIL – OCTOBER
Croatia Land Highlights – 6 Nights
Croatian Island and Coastal Cruise – 7 Nights
Suggested Program Inclusives
- Transfer from the Zagreb Airport by motorcoach with an English-speaking assistant and airport porterage to the Dubrovnik Hotel in Zagreb.
- Two nights accommodations with in/out hotel porterage, daily breakfast and taxes at the four star Dubrovnik Hotel in Zagreb’s city center.
- Welcome dinner at the Dubrovnik Hotel in Zagreb with beverages.
- A half day city tour of Zagreb including lunch and beverages.
- Full day touring transfer with private motorcoach and English-speaking guide from Zagreb to Zadar, via Plitvice Lakes National Park.
- Lunch with beverages at a local restaurant en route from Zagreb to Zadar.
- One night accommodations with in/out hotel porterage, breakfast and taxes at the four star Hotel President in Zadar.
- Dinner with beverages at the Hotel President in Zadar.
- Guided walking tour of the “old town” area of Zadar.
- Full day touring transfer with private motorcoach and English-speaking guide from Zadar to Dubrovnik for ship embarkation.
- Lunch with beverages at a local restaurant en route from Zadar to Dubrovnik.
- Seven night Croatian Island & Coastal Cruise on CroisiEurope with breakfast, lunch and dinner included daily (see the daily itinerary listed below from DAYS 4-11). Port taxes are included. Tours from the ship are not included but can be prepaid as a group. Please ask us about the package price for these tours.
- Full day touring transfer with private motorcoach and English-speaking guide from Dubrovnik to Sarajevo, via Mostar.
- Lunch with beverages at a local restaurant in Mostar en route from Dubrovnik to Sarajevo.
- Two nights accommodations with in/out hotel porterage, daily breakfast and taxes at the five star Holiday Inn Hotel in Sarajevo.
- Dinner with beverages on day of arrival at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Sarajevo.
- A half day city tour of Sarajevo with an English-speaking guide.
- Lunch with beverages at the Holiday Inn Hotel after the Sarajevo city tour.
- Full day touring transfer with private motorcoach and English-speaking guide from Sarajevo to Zagreb.
- Lunch with beverages at a local restaurant en route from Sarajevo to Zagreb.
- One night accommodations with in/out hotel porterage, breakfast and taxes at the five star Hotel Regent Esplanade in Zagreb.
- Farewell dinner with beverages at the Hotel Regent Esplanade in Zagreb.
- Coach transfer with English-speaking assistant from the Hotel Regent Esplanade to the Zagreb Airport.
Proposed Daily Itinerary
Arrival is in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Zagreb is a busy commercial and cultural center in this part of Europe. A coach transfer takes you directly to the hotel for your first night in Croatia. The Dubrovnik Hotel is a first class, midtown property with nice standard rooms. After refreshing at the hotel, your local guide with take you for a walk around your neighborhood, just to get you acquainted with your surroundings for the next few nights. That evening, a group dinner is planned at the hotel. Overnight is in Zagreb.
After breakfast, there is a city tour of Zagreb scheduled that will include important historical and cultural sites, such as: the Jelacic Place, the Upper city and the Cathedral. A group lunch will be served at the hotel, or at a nearby restaurant. After lunch, the rest of the day is free for shopping or sightseeing on your own. Dinner is also on your own and your guide will be happy to make restaurant recommendations to a local restaurant. Overnight is in Zagreb.
After an early breakfast and hotel checkout, we depart for Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of Croatia’s true natural wonders. The beauty of the park lies in its sixteen lakes inter-connected by a series of waterfalls and set in deep woodlands populated by deer, bears, wolves, wild boars and rare bird species. A group lunch is planned at a local restaurant inside the park to taste some local Croatian specialties. In the afternoon, enjoy a leisurely walk along the lakeshores and near the waterfalls. After exploring Plitvice, we are back in the coach and on the way to the coastal city of Zadar which gained its urban structure as early as Roman times. In the time of Caesar, the town was fortified, while in the time of Emperor Augustus, the town walls with towers and numerous gates were built on the side facing the land. On the western side of the town is the forum, the basilica and the temple with a cloister (the remains of which are preserved), while outside town are the amphitheater and cemeteries. Overnight is in Zadar.
After breakfast and hotel checkout, we depart Zadar and drive south to Dubrovnik. As we continue along the coast, we arrive at a small town called Mali Ston, which is considered the “oyster capital” of Croatia. Here we will enjoy a “Dalmatian lunch” and an oyster tasting. Transfer to Dubrovnik for embarkation onboard the CroisiEurope ship at 5.00 PM. Time is allowed on board to settle comfortably in your cabins before meeting the captain and the crew during a welcome cocktail drink served in the lounge. Dinner is served on board followed by a free evening in Dubrovnik. Overnight is in Dubrovnik.
Breakfast is served on board followed by an Optional Guided Tour of Dubrovnik. This city, known as the “Jewel of the Adriatic”, stretches along the coast at the foot of rugged chalky hills. The ancient walled city of Ragusa (now called Dubrovnik) dates back to medieval times and boasts a great variety of architectural styles from pre-Roman, to Gothic, to Renaissance and Baroque. The tour includes a visit to the Franciscan monastery (built in the 14th century) whose Romanesque cloisters are composed of twin columns decorated with floral patterns, all of which are topped with different human or animal heads. The Rector’s Palace has been converted into a museum and the cathedral in Marin Drzic Square, was rebuilt between 1672 and 1713 on the ruins of an ancient church. We invite you to admire the two Onofrio fountains (built in 1438 and 1441) in front of St Blaise’s Church (built in the 18th century), and the Sponza Palace, a superb combination of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Return to the ship for lunch on board around 1.00 PM. Enjoy a free afternoon to continue exploring Dubrovnik on your own. We suggest taking a stroll along the ramparts (2 kilometers long and 25 meters high), which encloses the old quarters of the town. From this vantage point, you will marvel at the spectacular views over the town and the Adriatic. Return on board for dinner and dancing. The ship sails off towards the next port-of-call sometime around midnight.
Breakfast is served while cruising north and prior to docking in Mljet at around 9.00 AM. The city of Miljet lies between Korcula and Dubrovnik on one of the most beautiful islands in the Adriatic. An Optional Excursion to Miljet is offered and the tour begins by setting off on foot for a short walk before boarding a local vessel which will take you across the lake to the Benedictine monastery. This monastery was built in the 12th century on a hill in the middle of Veliko Jezero (Veliko Lake). Indeed, one of the peculiarities of the island of Korcula is the presence of 2 salt water lakes: Malo Jezero and Veliko Jezero. The monastery itself was originally Romanesque but it was refashioned over the years and it is now a blend of Renaissance and Gothic art. Return to the ship late morning for lunch on board before sailing on towards Korcula, arriving there at around 2.00 PM. Upon arrival, as Optional Guided Walking Tour of Korcula is offered. The tour begins with a visit to St. Mark’s Cathedral (built in 1420). It is a masterpiece of stone masonry revealing the skills of those 15th century craftsmen. Its splendid gateway, guarded by 2 majestic stone lions, is the work of the Milanese sculptor Bonino. Other sites to be visited, include; the apostle St Mark in the lunette, the City Museum with its collection of ancient Greek and Roman objects, and the Museum of Icons. Return to the ship in the evening for dinner on board followed by a folkloric evening and a sword dancing display. Overnight is in Korcula.
The ship sails off early with breakfast served on board. The entire morning will be spent cruising through exceptional scenery, as we pass the islands of Hvar, Brac and Split. Lunch is served on board before reaching Sibenik at around 2.00 PM. Upon arrival, an Optional Guided Tour of Sibenik & the Krka Falls is offered. Throughout the tour, you will admire the cultural heritage and the contrast with the modern day life style in the oldest Slav city in the Adriatic. We begin by visiting the historic city center with its maze of narrow winding 15th-16th century streets, and then we arrive at St. Jack’s Cathedral which was built entirely out of stone. Next, it is off by coach towards Krka Falls. The Krka River flows over 75 kilometers from its source near Knin, to Sibenik, where it empties into the Adriatic Sea. It widens to form a natural lake before narrowing again in Skradinski Buk, which is the most attractive section, as the water cascades over 17 banks of travertine. Return to the ship for dinner on board with a special crew evening. Overnight is in Sibenik.
The ship departs early in the morning which starts with breakfast on board. We cruise towards Trogir, arriving there at around 8.00 AM. Upon arrival, an Optional Guided Tour of Trogir is offered. Built on an island, Trogir truly deserves to be listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Its beauty lies in the labyrinth of narrow streets that are studded with stairways and vaulted passages. We will stop to admire the Cathedral of St. Laurent (built in the 13th century) before returning on board the ship in late morning with lunch served on board. The ship then sails along the Dalmatian coast towards Split, docking there around 3.00 PM. Set in the heart of central Dalmatia, Split is the second largest city in Croatia. It grew up in medieval times around the famous Diocletian Palace and away from the town of Salona. We invite you to take the Optional Guided Tour of Split and enjoy this marvellous city. The tour will take in Titova Obala, a huge promenade on the southern side of the Palace. The only remains of the original Diocletian Palace are the outer walls which are well preserved. Diocletian’s mausoleum was transformed into a cathedral at the end of the 13th century and a bell tower was added sometime between the 13th and 17th centuries. You will also be able to admire the peristyle, the Temple of Jupiter and St. Domnius Cathedral. The ancient mausoleum has kept its original design over the years surrounded by 24 columns. Return to the ship in late afternoon with dinner be served on board followed by a free evening and overnight in Split.
The ship sets sail early in the morning. Breakfast is served on board while cruising, before docking in Vis around 10.00 AM. Vis is the most western of the Dalmatian Islands and the least known because it was closed to tourists for many years. With its untouched landscapes and rugged coastline full of creeks and coves, it is without a doubt the most authentic island in the Adriatic Sea, and well worth a visit! We invite you to enjoy some free time to explore Vis on your own. The town of Vis lies in a huge bay and it was founded by the Greeks in 390 BC under the name of Issa. We return to the ship in time for lunch on board before sailing on to Hvar, arriving there in mid-afternoon. Upon arrival, an Optional Guided Tour of Hvar is offered. The tour will begin with a stop in Trg Svetog Stjepana, the main square, which is one of the largest and most ancient sites in all of Dalmatia. We will visit St. Steven’s Cathedral (built in the 15th-16th century) with its famous bell tower established on the foundations of an earlier cathedral built by the Turks. Our visit will continue on along the harbor towards the 15th century Franciscan monastery. The monastery’s cloisters and refectory exhibits a collection of lacework, ancient coins, sea maps and rare books. Return on board the ship for dinner and a gala evening. The ship sails overnight towards Kotor.
Another breakfast is served while cruising across the beautiful Adriatic Sea. We reach Kotor sometime around mid-morning. The Bay of Kotor is quite unique. The Adriatic Sea comes in over several kilometers forming lots of small coves and inlets. These calm waters were patrolled by a once powerful naval force to which some of the local ports owed their wealth. Relatively high rainfall combined with a mild climate in this fjord-like bay helps to explain the luxuriant vegetation. Lunch is served on board. Upon arrival in Kotor an Optional Guided Tour of Kotor is offered. The tour begins by setting off on foot to explore the old town and the Cathedral of St. Tryphon which was built in the 16th century when sailors from the town brought relics of St. Tryphon back from Asia Minor. From there, the tour continues on to visit the Maritime Museum. We return to the ship around 4.00 PM before setting sail towards Dubrovnik. Dinner is served on board the ship followed by a free evening in Dubrovnik. Overnight is in Dubrovnik.
Breakfast is served on board before disembarking around 9.00 AM. After disembarkation from the ship in Dubrovnik, we meet up again with our private coach and guide who will take us to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. Along the way, we will stop for a tour and a group lunch in Mostar, often referred to as the unofficial capital of Herzegovina, the southern region of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The city is centered around its famous stone arch “Stari Most” bridge which links the two banks of the emerald-green Neretva River. After our visit to Mostar, it is back on the coach for the beautiful drive into Sarajevo. Upon arrival, you will be able to checkin at the hotel. A group dinner is at the hotel that evening. Overnight is in Sarajevo.
After breakfast, a city tour of Sarajevo will be conducted followed by a traditional lunch. Before the Bosnian War began in 1992, the city was a beacon of religious tolerance with a mixture of proud and homogenous cultures. There was much to be proud of for its residents, especially when this beautiful city successfully hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics. The dream was shattered when the cultural mix exploded into a senseless war that lasted over 3 years. The city is being rebuilt and life goes on. Various sites around Sarajevo will be visited on the tour, including; the City Museum, the Gazi Husren Beg Mosque and Bascarsija (the ancient Turkish marketplace). After lunch, there will be plenty of time to sightsee on your own and to shop in the Old Town section of the city which is where these Turkish markets are found. Dinner is on your own. Overnight is in Sarajevo.
After breakfast and hotel checkout, your motorcoach and guide are waiting to take you back to Zagreb. Along the way, you will discover the countryside, towns and villages of Bosnia and Croatia. There will be a stop for lunch at a local restaurant before arriving in Zagreb where your final overnight will be in the famous Regent Esplanade Hotel. A farewell dinner is planned at the hotel. Overnight is in Zagreb.
After breakfast and hotel checkout, you will be transferred by motorcoach to the Zagreb Airport for the flight back to the U.S. We trust that you enjoyed your journey around Croatia and Bosnia, as well as, your beautiful Croatian Island & Coastal Cruise.
Please note the following:
- The land portion of this program is a suggestion of a possible itinerary for your program. As all of our land programs are customized according to group client specifications, we are able to add or subtract overnights and/or land services, as long as, they are logistically feasible with the cruise itinerary. Cruise program itineraries are not subject to customization.
- The hotels that we have costed into this program are subject to group availability and will be reserved when the group confirms in writing.
- Deposits for hotels and/or land services may be required.
- Exact rates for land and cruise programs are always quoted in net Euros.
- The net rates in Euros pertain to programs operating in April, May, September and October. It is probable that rates for land programs will be higher in June, July and August which are high season months.
- We reserve the right to recalculate prices in Euros according to program dates and passenger numbers.
- Usually, CroisiEurope restricts the size of cruise groups on this particular itinerary to no more than 15 cabins for a maximum of 30 passengers, per cruise departure.