Maestre – Venice – Lake Bled – Bohinj – Klagenfurt – Wurth Lake – Postojna Caves – Rovinj – Opatija – Plitvice Lakes – Split – Korčula – Mljet& Dubrovnik – Dubrovnik – Pelješac Peninsula (Kučišće or similar) – Hvar – Bol (Captain’s dinner) – Split
This stunning 14-night tour starts in the gorgeous and romantic city of Venice, before visiting some of Europe’s most spectacular lakes including Lake Bled in Slovenia and Wurth Lake in Austria. Discover the medieval villages of Istria and visit the stunning seaside towns of Rovinj and Opatija before embarking on a day trip to the spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park. Your land element of this trip concludes in Split, before you embark on a 5 star deluxe island hopping cruise.
There is no better way to explore the magnificent Dalmatian coast than on a deluxe small ship cruise. On board you will enjoy gourmet dining, impeccable personal service and spacious en-suite cabins along with guided tours of Split, Dubrovnik, Hvar and Korcula. This cruise includes a host of extras not to miss.
The Deluxe Ship
The deluxe cruise ship you will be exploring the islands on, is a 47m (156 ft) long, 9m (30 ft) wide with a cruising speed of nine nautical miles. Built in 2017 with latest state-of-the-art equipment and amenities offers maximum capacity of 38 passengers in 19 twin or double cabins, guaranteeing an intimate setting for all guests.
Cabins built by up-to-date standards, fully equipped with A/C, safe deposit box, fire alarm and audio system for announcements by the captain or Tour Director. In addition each cabin has life jackets, desk and tabouret, wardrobe, night stand, small sofa and a porthole window. Bathrooms are equipped with toilet, shower, wash basin and hair dryer. Some cabins have indoor passage access to the bar and restaurant area.
A fully air-conditioned upper deck dining room can accommodate all passengers at once, yet offer a great degree of privacy for each guest. The restaurant includes bar area with LCD TV, with a corner table for buffet breakfast while each table has an easy access chair. A portion of the dining area extends outdoors as a lounge area, offering sweeping panoramic views of the surroundings. Free wireless internet access (Wi-Fi).
The vessel has a rear access platform to the sea as well as ladders for easy access to the water. In addition, the vessel offers two outdoor showers and 3 deck lavatories. The vessel also features deck-beds for all passengers and a selection of tables and chairs.
- The price includes return flights from airports across the UK. For non-UK clients the price will be quoted excluding flights.
- Private transfers throughout your holiday
- 7 Night small group land tour of Venice, Slovenia, Austria, Istria and Plitvice Lakes
- Staying on a bed and breakfast basis for 5 nights and half board for 2 nights on the tour
- Olive oil tasting and beer tasting experiences included
- Guided tours of Venice, Klagenfurt, Lake Bled and Split
- Entrance fees to: Bled boat ride, Bled city, Postojna Cave and Castle, Bajer Lake boat ride, Plitvice Lakes National Park including boat ride, Amphitheatre Pula
- Two lunch meals at restaurants in Wurther lake area & Fuzine-bajer Lake area
- Farewell dinner
- Private transfer to your deluxe cruise ship
- 7 night cruise in a cabin with en-suite bathroom
- Welcome reception & cocktail
- Daily buffet breakfast on the ship with fresh fruit
- 3 Course set lunch daily with a choice of wine/beer
- Captain’s dinner with live entertainment
- Evening dinner cruise along Dubrovnik city walls
- Authentic Croatian village dinner party
- Dinner on the Peljesac Peninsula
- Wine tasting tour in Bol
- Professional Tour manager
- Guided walking tours of towns: Dubrovnik, Hvar, Korčula, Split
- One way bus transfer from Dubrovnik port to Old town Dubrovnik for sightseeing
- Entrance to Dubrovnik cable car
- Mljet National Park entrance fee
- Visitors’ taxes & port fees
- Luggage handling
- Daily cabin service
- Free wi-onboard
- No additional charges, except gratuities
- Price based in double occupancy in a double or twin room. 50% single person supplement.
Departure Dates From Venice for 2018
- April 27
- May 11
- June 15
- September 14
- October 5
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Day 1: Venice – Bled
Arrival at arranged meeting point in Venice. Our 14-night tour commences with a sightseeing tour of Venice, a beautiful and magical floating Italian city. Our English speaking tour guide will take you on a walking tour of the historical and popular cultural attractions in this beautiful city. Departing from Venice we continuing towards Slovenia. Dinner and overnight stay in Bled.
Day 2: Bled – Bohinj – Bled
After breakfast join our English speaking guided tour of the glacier Lake Bled. This beautiful lake is one of the most popular destinations in Slovenia, and is a peaceful and picturesque location. You can also take a boat ride to the island and visit Bled Castle. From the castle terraces you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains. On a clear day you can even see Mount Triglav, which is Slovenia’s highest mountain. Our final stop is Lake Bohinj. This scenic location is one of the best kept secrets in the region, and offers plenty of first class photo opportunities. Overnight on Lake Bled.
Day 3: Bled – Klagenfurt – Wörth Lake – Bled
Neighbouring Austria is our destination after breakfast. In the historic county of Carinthia you can admire the breathtaking views of the 20 km long Lake Wörth, and its stunning countryside. From here we continue our island tour by visiting the charming University town of Klagenfurt. Take a stroll along the winding streets to the famous Lindworm fountain, which dominates the old Altplatz square. Before heading back to Bled there is a lunch stop on the shores of Lake Worth. Overnight Bled.
(Breakfast & Lunch)
Day 4: Bled – Postojna & Predjama Castle – Rovinj
From Bled we continue our tour towards Croatia with a stop at the Postojna Caves on route. Postojna Caves is one of the largest underground caves system in Europe, and hides wondrous geological creations in its depths. The historical Renaissance Predjama Castle, situated on top of a high cliff, is the next stop before we arrive in Croatia. You will have plenty of time to sample some of the delicious local delicacies and beers, made from the best Croatian barley, malt and hops. Late afternoon arrival in Rovinj. Overnight in Rovinj.
(Breakfast & Tasting Experience)
Day 5: Rovinj – Istria tour
After breakfast we depart on a sightseeing tour of one of the most romantic towns in Istria – Rovinj. Here, you can take a walk through the winding cobbled street labyrinth that leads you through some of the most popular places on interest in Istria. Admire the stunning architecture and picturesque street views. From the hilltop you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views and a visit to the Basilica of St. Euphemia. In the afternoon join the olive oil tasting experience and sample some of the rich, scented varieties of extra virgin olive that is produced locally. The tour culminates with a visit to one of the oldest amphitheatres in the world, which is situated in Pula. Overnight in Rovinj.
(Breakfast & Tasting Experience)
Day 6: Rovinj –Opatija – Lake Bajer – Plitvice Lakes
Departing Rovinj, we head towards Opatija. You will have free time to explore and enjoy this charming little town. Take a leisurely stroll along the famous Lungo Mare promenade, visit Angiolina park, or relax with a coffee or drink at Wagner’s Terrace. Departing Opatija we drive through the Gorski Kotar region to a picturesque Fuzine, where you can take a boat ride on Lake Bajer. A traditional Croatian lunch will be served at Bitoraj restaurant. On the menu is authentic home made food of the region, including smoked deer ham, wild boar salami, spiced cheeses and home made bread. After lunch we continue to the tranquil and scenic sights of Plitvice Lakes. Overnight in the Plitvice area.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 7: Plitvice Lakes – Split
After breakfast you have free time to explore the stunning Plitvice Lakes at leisure. The spectacular Plitvice Lakes National park is a UNESCO listed world heritage site made up of 16 interconnected lakes with magnificent waterfalls and forests. The tour then heads to the city of Split where you will enjoy a guided walking tour to explore the famous Diocletian’s Palace, built by the Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the 4th century. The Cathedral and Bell Tower of St Domnius is also on the viewing agenda. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner in a typical Dalmatian restaurant. Overnight in Split.
(Breakfast & Dinner)
Day 8: Transfer to Deluxe Cruise Ship (D)
After the breakfast, it is time to board your deluxe 5 star cruise ship for the next leg of your holiday. You will be able to check into your cabin from 13:00. That evening you will enjoy a welcome reception and cocktail party where you will be introduced to the captain and to your fellow passengers. Overnight in Split.
(Breakfast & Dinner)
Day 9: Split – Korcula (B,L)
Early morning departure means that you can enjoy breakfast on route for the island of Korčula. This is the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. We stop for lunch in one of the stunning secluded bays and arrive in Korčula by early afternoon. Join the English speaking guided walking tour of this enchanting town. You can explore the historical fortified walls and ancient structures and monuments on the island. Korčula also has an abundance of good bars, cafes and restaurants and evening entertainment options. Overnight in Korčula.
Day 10: Korcula – Mljet – Dubrovnik (B,L,D)
We continue to cruise further south to the island of Mljet. On arrival you can join the cruise manager for a stroll to the famous salt lakes, situated in the Mljet National Park. You can also enjoy a boat ride to the St Mary Isle, where you can visit the ancient Benedictine monastery that dates back to the 12th Century. Alternatively, you can rent bicycles, scooters or kayaks for a personalised exploration of the beautiful National Park or island. Lunch is served on board before departure to Dubrovnik. On arrival in Dubrovnik, in the late afternoon, the captain will take you for an evening cruise along the banks of the old city walls. Buffet dinner is served on deck so that you can enjoy the spectacular views of this magnificent old town. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day 11: Dubrovnik (B)
After breakfast we transfer to the old town for an English speaking guided walking tour. You will have plenty of photo opportunities to take stunning pictures of the town of Dubrovnik, as we take the cable car from the Old Town to the top of Mount Srđ. Scenic views of the Elaphiti Islands can also be enjoyed from this vantage point. You have a free afternoon to relax or make plans for the evening. A walk along the famous 1,940 m long town walls and the Stradun promenade are also recommended. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day 12: Dubrovnik – Peljesac Peninsula (B,L,D)
Morning departure from Dubrovnik sees your Croatia island hopping cruise heading towards the Pelješac peninsula. Before lunch there is a short stop at one of the Elaphiti Islands. Afternoon arrival is followed by an excursion to the scenic rural areas of the island. You can visit to a local farm where you can participate in a typical village party and sample Croatian delicacies. Dinner is an all-inclusive occasion with local dishes made from fresh farm produce. Late transfer back to the ship. Overnight in Pelješac peninsula.
Day 13: Peljesac Peninsula – Hvar (B,L)
After breakfast we cruise towards the jet-set island of Hvar. Along the way there is a lunch stop on the small Island of Šćedro. A swim stop at the Pakleni Islands can also be enjoyed. Afternoon arrival in Hvar is marked by presentation of lavender products followed by a guided tour of the town. Hvar is the longest Island in the Adriatic Sea and is renowned for its breathtaking beauty. The historical features of interest include the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower, and the oldest community theatre in Europe, founded in 1612. If you make an effort to hike up to the town fort you will be rewarded with spectacular scenic views of the harbour and neighbouring islands. Overnight in Hvar.
Day 14: Hvar – Bol/Milna (B,L,D)
The final stop is the Island of Brač and the charming picturesque town of Bol. Bol is home to one of the most famous beaches in Dalmatia – the Zlatni Rat (or Golden Cape) and is a typical fishermen’s town, that has also become a popular tourist destination. Lunch is served on board. In the afternoon you can enjoy wine tasting in the oldest Dalmatia winery. The Captain’s farewell dinner, with entertainment, on board is the perfect way to celebrate the last night of your island hopping cruise holiday. Overnight in Bol or nearby Milna.
Day 15: Bol – Split (B)
Early morning departure for Split. On arrival it is time to say goodbye to the crew and to all of your new friends. Check out is by 9.00 am with private transfer to Split airport.