Dubrovnik to Venice Cruise Tour (Northbound)

Trip Length

11 Nights

Tour Type

Land & Cruise Tour

From: 3795 USD


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Overview

Experience the captivating Dalmatian coast and the wonders of Croatia’s interior on this 11-night Dubrovnik to Venice land and cruise tour package. Start with our highly-acclaimed island-hopping cruise from Dubrovnik to Split. Then venture to spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park before heading to Croatia’s “Tuscany” region, the Istrian Peninsula. Istria is known for its lush rolling hills, dense forests, charming seaside towns, and as being one of the rare places in the world where you can find truffles. Discover this incredible region and all the delights it offers before ending your trip with a dropoff in Venice.

Inclusions/Exclusions

Included:

  • All PRIVATE transfers/experiences in modern, air-conditioned vehicles
  • Professional English-speaking guides and drivers
  • 24-hour concierge assistance
  • Transfer from Dubrovnik airport
  • 1 night in Dubrovnik, 4 star hotel
  • Transfer to the ship to embark your cruise
  • 7-night cruise from Dubrovnik to Split, cabin with en-suite bathroom
  • Welcome reception & cocktail
  • Daily buffet breakfast and 3-course lunch (half board)
  • Complimentary water
  • Captain’s dinner with welcome drink
  • Complimentary coffee and tea throughout the day
  • Fresh fruit available daily
  • Professional English speaking Cruise Manager
  • Cabin linen change mid week
  • Luggage handling
  • Daily cabin service
  • Beach towels
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Group transfer to Dubrovnik Old Town
  • Guided walking tours of towns: Dubrovnik, Korčula, and Split
  • Spectacular cruise along the old town city walls of Dubrovnik
  • Half-day excursion of Ston with Oyster farm visit and tasting
  • Entrance fees to Krka National Park
  • Home hosted dinner with drinks
  • Transfer to Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Entrance fees to Plitvice Lakes
  • 1 night in Plitvice Lakes, 4 star hotel
  • Transfer to Opatija
  • 2 nights in Opatija, 4 star hotel
  • Private excursion to Pula and Rovinj with entrance fees and tastings included
  • Transfer to Marco Polo airport or Piazzale Roma

Not included:

  • Additional drinks not mentioned here
  • Gratuities (recommended: roughly $350 for the week *per cabin*)
  • International airfare
  • Tickets to Blue Cave: €18 per person
  • Visitor Port Taxes/Fees €60 per person
  • Coffee outside of breakfast time
  • Optional wine tasting: €25 per person

Itinerary

Welcome to Croatia! Your Croatian adventure begins in Dubrovnik, the “Jewel of the Adriatic.”

Our driver will take you from the airport to your Dubrovnik hotel where you have the afternoon to enjoy at your leisure.

We suggest taking a meandering walk through the marble, pedestrian-only streets of Old Town, visiting the grand Pile Gate and Bokar fortress. Or, ride the cable car to the top of Mount Srd for a grand view across the red tile rooftops out to the Elaphiti Islands surrounded by the deep blue Adriatic Sea.

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After checking out of your hotel in the morning and leaving your luggage with the front desk, you’ll have a couple hours to relax before your afternoon transfer to the ship. After the check-in onboard, you’ll meet the ship’s wonderful crew, its Captain, and your Cruise Manager — hang out, and enjoy welcome drinks and snacks! Transfer to the city gates for a guided tour of the Old Town, exploring the narrow, car-free limestone streets with Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture. Later, return to the ship for your official Welcome Briefing and dinner onboard.

Overnight in Dubrovnik

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Guided walking tour of Old Town Dubrovnik

After breakfast, we’ll sail to the charming town of Slano. Along the way, enjoy a your first swim stop of the trip and
lunch onboard.
In Slano, be prepared to sample the local delicacy: oysters! We’ll visit the town of Ston, known for its Medieval walls
and oyster farming tradition that spans over two thousand years. We’ll take a short boat ride to the oyster farm in
the middle of the bay to taste these delicacies straight from the sea. Accompanied by a glass of Croatian wine, of
course. Return to Slano for our Captain’s Dinner with live entertainment on board.

Overnight in Slano

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Captain’s dinner; Oyster harvesting and tasting with drinks

In the morning, we will continue our sail to the island of Korčula with a swimming stop in the gorgeous turquoise water and lunch onboard. Upon arrival in Korčula, enjoy a guided walking tour and explore the narrow cobblestone streets of this well-preserved medieval town that is thought to be the birthplace of the world-famous explorer, Marco Polo.

Afterwards, continue discovering all the little nooks and crannies of Korčula and enjoy dinner on your own in one of the delightful old town restaurants.

Overnight in Korčula

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Guided walking tour of Old Town Korčula

In the morning, we set sail towards the island of Vis. With lunch on board and a swim stop along the way, we arrive in Vis in the early afternoon.

Vis was once an important Yugoslav naval base and was closed to the public for years. Due to this isolation, Vis has a distinctive charm that feels like you’re stepping into a faraway time, making it one of our favorite stops. Here, you are in for a real treat with an optional visit a unique winery with a fascinating story and location. Their wines are top quality and some of the best in Croatia.

In town, feel free to explore Vis at your leisure. We recommend visiting the Archaeological Museum located in the old Austrian fort Gospina Batarija (Batteria della Madonna). Dinner on your own in one of Vis Town’s charming restaurants.

Overnight in Vis

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Optional wine tasting experience

Our sail begins early in the morning toward the Blue Cave*. This natural phenomenon is one of the highlights of the entire week and you’ll find out for yourself why! (entrances to be paid on the spot – approx. €18)
Hvar is known as a “yachter’s paradise” and as Croatia’s sunniest island. Explore the town’s historical center which includes the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower, and the oldest community theatre in Europe founded in the 17th century. Hike up to the Spanish Fortress which overlooks the harbor for lovely scenic views of the yacht- filled marina and the Pakleni islands. In the evening, Hvar offers many great restaurants, cafes, and bars with many open late into the night.

*Please note that the Blue Cave is only accessible with small boats through an entrance just 1.5m high so it is unfortunately easily made inaccessible by bad weather and high waves.

Overnight in Hvar

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Optional visit to Blue Cave

We’ll head back to the mainland now and arrive to Trogir after lunch, where we will board a bus to take us to the National Park Krka. Krka is one of Croatia’s most famous and picturesque national parks. The waterfalls and crystal clear waters are most impressive making this stop a client favorite.

After, we’ll head to a small village to the home of a local prosciutto maker. Enjoy a delicious home-cooked dinner in his family home and get to know what the Croatian culture is all about.

Overnight in Trogir

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Entrance fees to Krka National Park; Home hosted dinner with drinks

We’ll begin our last day with free time in UNESCO-protected Trogir. This town is like a museum because it’s literally packed with palaces, churches, monasteries and towers.
We’ll then continue to Split. Upon arrival, join a walking tour with a local guide through Split’s old town to get acquainted with Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace and learn about Split’s rich history. After the walking tour, enjoy one of Split’s many restaurants or eateries, among the 4th century walls of the Palace.

Overnight in Split

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Guided walking tour in Split

Enjoy an early breakfast onboard before disembarking. Today is a real treat as we’ll be exploring Plitvice Lakes National Park, the oldest and largest National Park in Croatia. Plitvice Lakes consists of 16 interconnecting lakes and over 90 cascading waterfalls. This stunning National Park is nestled among three mountains in the Dinaric Alps: Plješevica, Mala Kapela and Medveđak.

Stroll the wooden boardwalks next to stunningly clear turquoise lakes, below majestic waterfalls, and through green forests. You’ll also take a boat trip across the dazzling water while gazing at the remarkable scenery around you.

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Entrance fees to Plitvice Lakes NP

A private transfer will drive you to the charming coastal city of Opatija. Along the way we’ll stop in Rastoke, the historic center of Slunj where two crystal clear rivers meet.

You’ll have the afternoon to explore Opatija at your leisure. You’ll understand why royal families, celebrities, and musicians love staying here as you wander past glamorous villas, picturesque churches, impressive monuments and well-manicured parks. Be sure to stroll the Lungomare, a promenade that winds around the coastline providing views of nearby islands and the town.

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Begin your odyssey in Pula, a historic Istrian gem with a heritage spanning 2000 years. Uncover the secrets of the 6th largest amphitheater globally, once the epicenter of thrilling gladiator contests.

Traverse the western coast of the Istrian peninsula to Vodnjan, renowned for its olive and wine cultivation. A delightful tasting experience awaits you, featuring four wines and olive oil, perfectly paired with delectable homemade delights.

Conclude your adventure in Rovinj, a picturesque Istrian haven nestled on an island with vibrant Venetian-era houses huddled together at the water’s edge. Return to Opatija in the evening.

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Private excursion to Pula and Rovinj with tastings included

Private transfer will bring you to Marco Polo airport in Venice or to Piazzale Roma.

Your Cruise Ships

MS Premier

Premier has joined our fleet as the newest deluxe balcony ship for 2021. The ship has top-quality amenities, luxurious design and well-appointed cabins.


MS Desire

Built in 2017, the MS Desire continues to be one of our favorite ships in Croatia because of the opulent design and top notch service on board.


MS Lastavica

MS Lastavica is a modern mini luxury cruiser. It’s a blend of elegance and comfort, able to hold 36 passengers in 18 twin or double cabins!


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