Adriatic Experience I
– Croatia land & cruise from Dubrovnik to Split – 2016 / KL7-1 – from $1775 per person
Day 1 Wednesday – DUBROVNIK
Arrive in Dubrovnik – transfer to hotel. Day at leisure. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day 2 Thursday DUBROVNIK – MONTENEGRO
After early breakfast join a bus excursion to Montenegro. A small country with magnificent mountains rising above the Adriatic Sea, filled with natural beauty, clear lakes, fast rivers and serene beaches. Enjoy exploring Montenegro’s contrasting nature attractions, interesting history, culture and tradition. On return at approx 6:30pm transfer to the hotel. Overnight in the hotel.(B)
Day 3 Friday DUBROVNIK – MOSTAR
Join the escorted bus tour to Mostar, a town of contrasts, culture, color and cuisine. It is divided not only by the Neretva River that flows through it but also by religion and culture from one bank to the other. Mostar, in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina, is where “east meets west”. Just a short drive up the Adriatic coast and then inwards following the breathtaking Neretva Valley will offer stunning views of the local countryside. Here the Neretva river enriches the land bringing to your senses the colors and scents from mandarin and kiwi plantations. Overnight in hotel.(B)
Day 4 Saturday SDUBROVNIK – ŠIPAN or SLANO
joy morning guided tour of Dubrovnik to find out more about its rich history. The special charm of this old city are the buildings that have remained from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic. A larger part of the monuments of history and culture belong to the fine but modest Renaissance architecture with some traces of the Gothic style. Tour ends with transfer to Gruž port where our ship will be docked and your luggage already on board. Departure from Dubrovnik harbor Gruz at 1 pm, cruise along the south Dalmatian coast down to the one of Elaphite islands – Šipan, or small village Slano on the mainland. Both are peaceful fishermen’s villages where you can experience the fantastic sunset. Overnight in the port.(B,L)
Day 5 Sunday ŠIPAN or SLANO – MLJET – KORČULA
After breakfast we continue our journey towards the island and national park Mljet. Lunch on board. Free time to enjoy the salt lakes in the National Park and enjoy the sun and sea on this peaceful island. In the middle of the large lake, inside the National park, one can visit an old abbey and church, or just use a small boat to roam around the National park. Bicycles can also be hired to cycle around the paths that surround the lakes. We continue to Korčula where we arrive in late afternoon. Surrounded by ancient walls and fortified bastions Korčula’s old town is very well preserved with its layout and structure dating back to 13th century. Overnight in port.(B,L)
Day 6 Monday KORČULA – VIS
Early in the morning we cruise towards the little Biševo island to visit the Blue cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon. As sometimes weather conditions can be very unpredictable, the possibility of our visit will depend on those conditions, however you will be notified of this by the crew. We continue towards the island of Vis, which was, because of its unique geographical position, a strategic harbour for the navy and closed to the public until recently. Because of this isolation, Vis has a special charm of ‘the Mediterranean as it once was’ which makes it really interesting to see. Overnight in the town of Vis, situated on the northern side of the island, developed near the remains of the ancient Issa, first urban centre in Croatia. If interested, visit the remains of the Roman thermal place, City museum or simply take a walk enjoying the views of the beautiful villae rusticae situated along the waterfront. (B,L)
Day 7 Tuesday VIS – HVAR
Our next destination is little island Šćedro where we will have enough time to relax and refresh in the clean, crystal blue sea. Departure for Hvar after lunch. Hvar is the longest island in the Adriatic. Here we can find the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower; also the oldest community theatre in Europe was founded here in 1612. City of Hvar offers plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes that are open long into the night. Hvar is often referred to as the sunshine and jet-set island. (B,L) Day 8 Wednesday HVAR – BOL – MAKARSKA (B,L)
Leave Hvar and continue our cruise towards the island of Brač, more precisely to the town of Bol, best known for its famous Zlatni rat beach (Golden horn), a natural phenomenon that with its specific form dominates the other beaches of Croatia. After the swimming break or short walk around the village we continue towards Makarska where strolling along the streets, you will come across numerous churches and other architectural and cultural sites. Overnight in port.
Overnight in port.
Day 9 Thursday MAKARSKA – PUČIŠĆA – OMIŠ
Early in the morning we continue our trip towards Pučišća, a typical Mediterranean place, situated on the northern side of the Brač island at the bottom of the deep bay. It is cradle of the world’s famous stone of Brač. There is a possibility of visiting a stone-masonry workshop, one of the few stone masonry workshops left in Europe. We continue to Omiš, a picturesque town surrounded with steep rocky mountain cliffs, where the river Cetina flows into the Adriatic sea, ideal for river rafting on the streams of the Cetina river. Overnight in port.(B,L)
Day 10 Friday OMIŠ – SPLIT
Departure for our last destination, the town of Split, a city under UNESCO protection famous for its old city center, 1700 year old Diocletian’s palace. Upon arrival we recommend to join our guided tour of Split with an English speaking guide. Overnight in Split. (B)
Day 11 Saturday SPLIT
After an early breakfast say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends! TRANSFER TO AIRPORT SPLIT.. (B)
Prices in CAD per person in double or twin room/cabin
DEPARTURE DATES – 2016
July 6, 20
• 3 overnights Dubrovnik in 3+*/4* hotel (Hotel Lero, Lapad, Adria or similar)
• Daily breakfast in Dubrovnik
• Guided coach excursion to Montenegro, guided coach excursion to Mostar/p>
• Visitor’s taxes during land part
• 7 overnights cruise with half board service (breakfast & lunch) on board of an A+ category ships (MV Spalato, M/S Pacific, M/S Meridijan or similar) with Captain’s dinner included
• All transfers as per itinerary (from airport Dubrovnik and to airport Split, from hotel to centre of old town and from old town to port Gruž)
• English guided tours of Split, Dubrovnik, Hvar & Korčula
• Accommodation in air-conditioned TWIN or DOUBLE cabins, with daily cabin service
RATES DO NOT INCLUDE
VISITOR’S TAX & PORT FEES for the cruise ARE NOT INCLUDED (to be paid on the spot at the ship) – EUR 25. – per person per week
– Cruising route is subject to change depending upon weather conditions;
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