Itinerary + Map

DAY 1 VENICE
We commence our tour with an arrival transfer to your hotel. This evening, we will meet our guide and fellow tour members at a welcome dinner. (D)

Stay at
Hotel Belle Artu (3 star)

DAY 2 VENICE – POSTOJNA – BLED*
This morning we travel to Slovenia and discover its highlights including Postojna, one of Europe’s largest cave systems. We will then continue to picturesque Bled for a pletna boat ride on the lake to explore the historic church on the island and Bled’s imposing Castle. (B, L)

Stay at
Hotel Astoria (4 star)

* On our 7 September 2018 departure this itinerary will slightly change with a stay in Bohinj rather than Bled. This change is due to a rowing competition in Bled during this period.

DAY 3 BLED / JULIAN ALPS
We discover Slovenia’s breathtaking alpine region as we travel to stunning Lake Bohinj for a cable car ride to the top of Mt Vogel with its incredible vistas. Continue your regional exploration and visit a local tourist farm for an opportunity to participate in a butter making workshop. This evening travel to a nearby village for a traditional and lively dinner in a local restaurant. (B, D)

DAY 4 BLED – LJUBLJANA – ZAGREB

Today we uncover Slovenia’s lively capital Ljubljana on a guided walk through its baroque Old Town. We then cross the border and travel to the Croatian capital, Zagreb to check in to your hotel. After settling in to our rooms we will join our guide for a walking tour featuring the historic Upper Town, Zagreb Cathedral and Government Palace. (B, D)

Stay at
Hotel Dubrovnik (4 star)

DAY 5 ZAGREB – BALE – BUZET
We continue our journey to enchanting Istria, which still retains its Venetian heritage, to explore its lesser known inland region of delightful medieval hilltop villages. Our guide will take us for a true taste of the region to visit a small family-owned olive oil factory, sample locally produced oils in the charming village of Bale. Continue your adventure seeing delightful towns full of old charm to arrive to quaint Buzet, known as the city of truffles. (B, L)

Stay at
Hotel Vela Vrata (4 star)

DAY 6 BUZET / ISTRIAN PENINSULA
Experience Istria's stunning coast as we explore the picturesque fishing village of Rovinj and then continue to Pula to see its ancient amphitheatre towering over the town's centre. (B, L)

DAY 7 BUZET – PLITVICE
This morning we take a scenic drive to one of Croatia's highlights, Plitvice Lakes. After checking in at the charming family run Hotel Ethno Houses Plitvica Selo we will take a walking tour through the park where 16 terraced lakes are connected by cascading waterfalls offering spectacular scenery. (B, D)

Stay at
Hotel Ethno Houses Plitvica Selo (4 star)

DAY 8 PLITVICE – SKRADIN – SPLIT
This morning presents another opportunity to capture the beauty of the lakes as we walk in the park before travelling through Croatia's heartland to Bibich Winery. At this culinary stop we sample locally produced wines and enjoy a lunch of regional foods before proceeding to Split for an early evening arrival at your hotel. (B, L)

Stay at
Hotel Cornaro (4 star)

DAY 9 CRUISE: SPLIT – BRAC – HVAR
With our guide we will explore Split’s historic centre built around the 4th century Diocletian’s Palace. We will then meet our captain and crew as we embark on a private charter aboard the deluxe MS Equator or MS Antonio through the stunning Dalmatian Islands. We set sail for beautiful Bol on the Island of Brac, for a swim at the famous Golden Horn beach. We arrive this evening in Hvar’s ancient port of Stari Grad. (B, L)

DAY 10 CRUISE: HVAR
Our Hvar experience continues with an in-depth introduction to island life on one of the world’s most stunning islands. We explore small fishing villages, see vineyard-covered hills, olive groves and undulating fields of rosemary and lavender (seasonal), followed by a traditional peka lunch including wine tasting at a local konoba (traditional tavern). In the afternoon we arrive in Hvar Town, the historical centre of Hvar Island, for a guided walk through this popular Adriatic hot spot. (B, L)

DAY 11 CRUISE: HVAR – VIS
Stop for a refreshing swim in the warm waters of the Adriatic as we cruise to beautiful Vis Island. Until the late 80’s Vis was closed to tourists and served as a military zone for the Yugoslav army. (B, L)

DAY 12 CRUISE: VIS – BISEVO – KORCULA
We cruise this morning to Bisevo Island’s Blue Cave, one of the most unique natural phenomena in the world. Only recently opened to the public, its silvery blue waters are a must-see. We continue our cruise, with stops at hidden bays, as we journey to Korcula’s biggest port, Vela Luka. (B, L)

DAY 13 CRUISE: KORCULA – MLJET
Cruise along Korcula Island to enchanting Korcula Town where, on a walking tour, we will see the mighty fortress and city walls. We continue our Dalmatian exploration to Mljet, one of the Adriatic’s prettiest islands. Here we will embrace the relaxed atmosphere and unspoilt beauty of the National Park, its two unique salt water lakes and medieval monastery. (B, L)

DAY 14 CRUISE: MLJET – SIPAN
Enjoy refreshing swims and stops in beautiful coves as we cruise to Sipan, forming part of the picturesque Elaphite Islands. Here we will explore the settlement of Sipanska Luka and appreciate its delightful laid back ambiance. (B, L)

DAY 15 CRUISE: SIPAN – DUBROVNIK
We cruise the final stretch to Dubrovnik, the Jewel of the Adriatic, and take in spectacular views of the city walls and Old Harbour. We will join a walking tour of the walled city and tonight, celebrate the conclusion of our tour at a farewell dinner accompanied by klapa entertainment. (B, D)

DAY 16 CRUISE: DUBROVNIK
Your cruise-tour concludes with a departure transfer for your onward journey. (B)

Inclusions

  • Escorted 16 day cruise-tour in English Only
  • Small group land tour with maximum 24 participants (cruise maximum 36)
  • 8 day land tour by modern air-conditioned coach
  • Privately chartered 8 day deluxe cruise in sea-view cabin
  • Tour accommodation in central, first class and boutique hotels
  • Half-board meals - breakfast and one main meal daily
  • Complimentary beverage with lunch (aboard MS Equator only) and a bottle of water daily
  • Guided walking tours: Bled, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Bale, Rovinj, Pula, Plitvice, Split, Hvar, Korcula & Dubrovnik
  • Port charges, tourist taxes and National Park fees
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Hotel porterage
  • All gratuities

Pricing

Prices are per person in AUD

Date Twin/Double Single
Lower Deck Main Deck Lower Deck Main Deck
18 May 2018
MS Equator
$6,395 $6,395 $6,795 $6,795 $8,790 $8,790 $9,490 $9,190 Enquire
15 Jun 2018
MS Equator
$6,395 $6,395 $6,795 $6,795 $8,790 $8,790 $9,490 $9,190 Enquire
13 Jul 2018
MS San Antonio
$6,395 $6,395 $6,795 $6,795 $8,790 $8,790 $9,490 $9,190 Enquire
10 Aug 2018
MS San Antonio
$6,395 $6,395 $6,795 $6,795 $8,790 $8,790 $9,490 $9,190 Enquire
07 Sep 2018
MS Equator
$6,395 $6,395 $6,795 $6,795 $8,790 $8,790 $9,490 $9,190 Enquire

Ship Information

Ship 1: MS Equator

Features

  • Sun Deck with deck chairs and sunbeds
  • Rooftop jacuzzi
  • Salon-restaurant
  • Bar
  • large screen LCD TV
  • Air-conditioned en-suite cabins
  • Swimming platform

Technical Data

  • Launched: 2017
  • Length: 39m
  • Breadth: 8m
  • Speed: 17km/h
  • Passenger: 36
  • Cabins: 18
  • Voltage: 220v

Ship 2: MS San Antonio

Features

  • Restaurant
  • Hot Tub
  • Salon bar
  • Air-conditioned en-suite cabins

Technical Data

  • Launched: 2017
  • Length: 44.7m
  • Breadth: 8.6m
  • Cabins: 18