Experience the captivating Dalmatian coast and the wonders of Croatia’s interior on this 11-night land and cruise 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.
- 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* accommodations
- Transfer to the ship to embark your cruise
- 7-night cruise from Dubrovnik to Split, cabin with en-suite bathroom
- Welcome Dinner
- Daily buffet breakfast and 3-course lunch (half board)
- Unlimited drinking water
- Captain’s Dinner
- Fresh fruit available daily
- Professional English speaking cruise manager
- Guided walking tours in Split, Korčula, Dubrovnik
- Stari Grad Plain excursion with traditional peka dinner
- Ston oyster harvesting experience
- Blue Cave entrance fee
- Luggage handling
- Daily cabin service
- Free Wi-Fi
- Transfer to Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Entrance fees to Plitvice Lakes
- 1 night in Plitvice Lakes, 4* accommodations
- Transfer to Opatija
- 2 nights in Opatija, 4* accommodations
- Istrian hinterland excursion
- Transfer to Marco Polo airport or Piazzale Roma
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.
After checking out of your hotel in the morning and leaving your luggage with the front desk, you’ll have a few hours to relax before your early afternoon transfer to the ship. After you arrive, you’ll have time to settle into your cabin and get acquainted with the ship and staff before our Welcome Reception and dinner onboard.
Overnight in Dubrovnik
After breakfast, enjoy a guided walking tour of the UNESCO protected old town of Dubrovnik. You’ll get a chance to see the most important attractions as well as some hidden gems. After, we’ll sail to the charming town of Slano. Along the way, enjoy a swim stop 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 wine, of course. The rest of the day is yours to experience Slano at your leisure and enjoy dinner in town.
Overnight in Slano
Walking tour of Old Town Dubrovnik; Oyster harvesting and tasting with drinks
In the morning we sail to Mljet, one of the most densely forested islands of the Adriatic. Spend the morning experiencing the olive groves, vineyards, and natural beauty of Mljet.
We’ll continue our cruise to Pomena, a town with a population of 52! Along the way enjoy lunch and a swim stop.
In Pomena, we’ll visit Mljet National Park for a chance to see two saltwater lakes, Veliko Jezero (Big Lake) and Malo Jezero (Small Lake) and an ancient Benedictine monastery on the Isle of St. Mary. In the evening, enjoy our Captain’s dinner onboard. Overnight in Pomena.
Today, 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, a guide will take you through the narrow cobblestone streets of this well preserved medieval town that is thought to be the birthplace of the famous world explorer, Marco Polo. Your evening is free to experience the charming atmosphere of Korčula and enjoy dinner at one of the delicious restaurants.
Overnight in Korčula
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 is like visiting “the Mediterranean as it once was”, 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). Or relax with a wander down the seaside promenade, popping into any bar and restaurant that interests you!
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!
After witnessing the magic of the Blue Cave, we’ll continue on for Stari Grad on the island of Hvar with a swim stop on the Paklinski Islands and lunch aboard the ship. Upon arrival, in Stari Grad you’ll have time to relax or explore at your leisure before a guided tour of the UNESCO protected Stari Grad Plain.
Here you’ll enjoy a traditional “peka” dinner surrounded by olive groves and lavender fields at the Hora homestead. If you want to visit the town of Hvar in the evening, it is a short half hour drive from Stari Grad and your cruise manager can help you organize a local transfer to get you there and back.
Overnight in Stari Grad
Entrance fees to Blue Cave, guided walking tour of Stari Grad, traditional Dalmatian village dinner
Our final day on board we set sail early for the island of Brač. But not without a swim stop at the world famous Zlatni Rat beach. After enjoying the water, we continue on our way to Split, arriving in the early afternoon.
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, you will have free time to enjoy the city at your own pace.
Overnight in Split
Guided walking tour of Diocletian’s Palace
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.
Overnight in Plitvice Lakes.
Hotel Lyra, Plitvice Lakes
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.
Hotel Sveti Jakov, Opatija
Today is a full day private excursion to the medieval hilltop villages of the Istrian Interior. Our first stop is in Rovinj, where we’ll walk down the picturesque Grisia street which is lined with art galleries and stunning buildings that are a mix of gothic, baroque, neoclassical and Renaissance styles.
We’ll continue our drive to the medieval hilltop village of Motovun where you’ll enjoy a truffle demonstration followed by a delicious truffle tasting. Finally, we will visit Hum, the world’s smallest town!
Hotel Sveti Jakov, Opatija
Full day private Istrian Hinterland Experience with lunch and tastings
Private transfer will bring you to Marco Polo airport in Venice or to Piazzale Roma.