Greece and Croatia Cruise Tour (Northbound)

Trip Length

12 Nights

Tour Type

Land & Cruise Tour

From: 5093 USD


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Overview

Breathe in the spirit of antiquity, as you start your Greece and Croatia Cruise tour in Athens. Explore its well-known landmarks and hear all about its ancient history and culture. Sail the Greece coast and visit places like Oia and Ammoudi Bay. Next, join us in Dubrovnik, a coastal gem with medieval charm and resilient city walls. Explore Dubrovnik’s enchanting streets and savor local cuisine before you begin your next cruise adventure. 

Embark on an 8-day cruise from Dubrovnik to Split, exploring the southern isles aboard one of our luxury vessels. Over the week at sea, visit Slano, Hvar, Korčula, and the enchanting Blue Cave on Vis Island.

This luxurious cruise encompasses refreshing swims in the crystal-clear sea, immersing yourself in the secrets of traditional oyster farming, culminating in an unforgettable feast featuring fresh oysters paired with local wine. Savor the essence of Croatian cuisine with traditional dinners set amidst scenic olive groves and fragrant lavender fields.

Enjoy daily excursions, free nights in local eateries and meandering through cobblestone streets, evening entertainment, and a stunning blend of history and nature!

Inclusions/Exclusions

Included:

  • All PRIVATE transfers/experiences in modern, air-conditioned vehicles
  • Professional English-speaking guides and drivers
  • 24-hour concierge assistance
  • Private transfer from Athens airport
  • 2 nights Hotel NJV, deluxe room
  • Athens and Acropolis Privately Guided Tour
  • Private transfer to Athens Airport
  • Private transfer from Santorini Airport
  • 3 nights Athina Luxury Suites, junior cave suite
  • Semi private Sunset Catamaran cruise of the Caldera with dinner
  • Private transfer to Santorini airport
  • Transfer from Dubrovnik airport
  • 7-night cruise from Dubrovnik to Split, cabin with ensuite bathroom
  • Welcome reception & cocktail
  • Daily buffet breakfast and 3-course lunch (half board)
  • Complimentary water
  • Captain’s dinner with welcome cocktail
  • Complimentary coffee and tea(breakfast)
  • 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
  • Private transfer to Split airport

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 Greece! Upon arrival at the Athens airport, our driver will transfer you to your local accommodations in the center of urban Athens.

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See the majority of Athens in just few hours, visit the best highlights of Greek architecture, mythology, history, civilization and culture. You will have a great experience and a wonderful day!

Highlights include: Acropolis Hill, Temple of Zeus, 1st Olympic Stadium, Changing of the Guards, Lycabettus Hill, Academy of Science, Athens University, National Library, Modern City, Flea Market, and Placa.

Please note: entrance fees to the museums are not included.

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NJV Athens Plaza, Athens

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After breakfast and checkout, a private transfer from the hotel will be arranged according to your flight schedule.

Take a short flight to Santorini today – this Greek island paradise in the Aegean Sea, captivates with its iconic white-washed buildings perched on volcanic cliffs above the sea. Our driver will meet you at Santorini airport and whisk you away to your Santorini accommodations.

Please note that your flights are self-booked.

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Explore Santorini’s renowned Sunset Cruise starting from Oia and Ammoudi Bay, including a stop at Thirassia island for a swim and snorkeling in the most pristine waters.

Experience the magic of geothermal energy at the Volcano and the Hot Springs. Sail along the Caldera coastline, learning about Santorini’s history and geology directly from local guides.

Enjoy dinner prepared on the yacht at secluded coves near the Black Mountain and sail by the White and Red Beach to witness the world-famous sunset before disembarking at Vlychada port.

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Athina Luxury Suites, Santorini

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A day at leisure in Santorini — immerse yourself in the panoramic vistas of the Caldera and embrace the enchanting treasures this magical island has to offer.

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Prepare for your Always Croatia luxury cruise from Dubrovnik to Split. After an early hotel check-out, you’ll be transferred to Santorini airport for your self-booked flight to Dubrovnik. 

Once you arrive in Dubrovnik, we’ll arrange a private transfer that will take you to the ship. Settle into your cabin before a guided tour exploring the city’s historic gems. 

Return to the ship for a meet-and-greet with the cruise manager, cocktails, and an onboard dinner. 

Over the next 8 days, embark on a captivating journey through the Croatian southern isles, discovering the allure of Slano, Hvar, Korčula, Trogir, and the enchanting Blue Cave on the Island of Vis—an expedition blending Croatia’s rich history with mesmerizing natural beauty!

Overnight in Dubrovnik

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Guided walking tour in 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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Half-day excursion of Ston with Oyster farm visit and tasting; Captain’s Dinner

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, you can continue discovering all the little nooks and crannies of Korčula, or join us for an optional wine tasting in the gorgeous village of Lumbarda. Here, you will be delighted with snacks and a local varietal only grown on the island, but the best part of this optional excursion are the breathtaking views of the village and Pelješac Peninsula during magic hour. It’s nothing short of spectacular!

Overnight in Korčula

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Guided walking tour of 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
unique charm that feels like you’re stepping into a faraway time, making it one of our favorite stops.
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). In the evening, enjoy one of Vis Town’s charming
restaurants.

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Optional wine tasting

Overnight in Vis

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

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

After one final breakfast on the ship, you’ll say goodbye to all your new friends before heading to Split airport for your journey home.

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 Antaris

The MS Antaris was constructed in 2019 and is one of the few ships in Croatia to offer luxurious VIP cabins with private balconies.


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