Montenegro and Croatia Cruise Tour (Northbound)

Trip Length

9 Nights

Tour Type

Land & Cruise Package

From: 3360 USD


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Overview

Encounter Croatia’s mysterious neighbor to the south, Montenegro. The stillness of the Bay of Kotor coupled with the rugged mountains make this 9-night trip perfect for those who love natural beauty. Uncover the secrets of Kotor Bay as you explore it by private boat. Then, stop at a family winery on your way to Dubrovnik where you will embark your cruise. Spend the next 8 days delighting in Croatia’s Southern Dalmatian Coast before departing from Split.

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
  • 2 nights in Kotor, Montenegro, 4 star hotel
  • Privately guided full day tour of Coastal Montenegro
  • Transfer to Gruž Port to board your ship
  • 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 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
  • 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

After a warm welcome from our driver at Dubrovnik airport, enjoy a scenic drive along the Bay of Kotor. Admire the otherworldly scenery and have the feeling that you’ve just stepped back in time.

accommodation

Spend the day exploring spectacular Montenegro. First head into the mountains to learn about the history of Montenegro and taste some locally made products. Then head to coastal Budva for some time to discover its charm and the day with a privately guided walking tour of Kotor.

accommodation

Hotel Forza Mare, Montenegro

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Full day private tour of Montenegro

Marvel at the rugged beauty of the Montenegrin and Croatian coast on your way back to Dubrovnik in time for embarkation at 14:00. After settling in, transfer to the city gates for a guided tour of the city. Meander through the narrow, car-free
limestone streets – worn smooth under the soles of centuries of pedestrians, exploring the Gothic, Renaissance and
Baroque architecture. Optional: take the cable car from the Old Town to the Srd mountain to enjoy scenic views of
the mighty ramparts and the Elaphiti Islands. After the tour, return transfer to the vessel to meet the crew and
enjoy cocktails and dinner on board, to toast to the upcoming cruise week ahead.

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 in 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.

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.
Overnight in Hvar Town.
*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

Enjoy a final breakfast onboard before disembarking. A transfer will bring you to the airport or your hotel in Split.
You must vacate your cabin by 9 a.m. but note that if your departure transfer is later than this you can leave your luggage onboard until it’s time for your transfer.

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MS Premier

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MS Ban

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MS Desire

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