• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  5
  • Departs From: Dubrovnik
  • Location: Dubrovnik, Hvar, Split, Zadar, Plitvice, Venice
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Availability: Saturdays, May - October
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Highlights

  • SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED:
  • Dubrovnik
  • Mljet National Park
  • Korcula
  • Hvar
  • Split
  • Krka National Park
  • Kornati National Park
  • Zadar
  • Plitvice National Park
  • Pula
  • Postojna
  • Venice

12 days from Dubrovnik, Mljet, Korcula, Hvar, Split, Trogir, Zadar, Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, Postojna, Venice

Comprehensive Cruise/Tour Combo from Dubrovnik, up the Dalmatian Coast to Zadar, then travel overland to Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, and then into Slovenia to Postojna Caves, and finishing the jewel of Italy... Venice.

A 7 night cruise from Dubrovnik to Zadar on the Deluxe Ship MS Karizma and then an Escorted overland Tour from Zadar to Venice

Deluxe Ship: Alternating MS Karizma or MS Princess Aloha 2017 (only MS Karizma for 2018)

2018 dates available!
This tour only departs about 8 times a year, so bookings fill up early with only maximum 40 passengers on each departure. Get in quick!

Itinerary

12 days from Dubrovnik, Mljet, Korcula, Hvar, Split, Trogir, Zadar, Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, Postojna, Venice

ITINERARY:

Day 1, arrive Dubrovnik, Saturday
You will be transferred from Dubrovnik’s airport or your Dubrovnik hotel to Gruz Harbor, where embarkation begins at noon. Meet your fellow travelers and your Cruise Manager later at an on-board Welcome reception. This evening, you can relax or take a walk through Dubrovnik’s vibrant streets. (WR)

Day 2, Dubrovnik – Mljet – Korcula, Sunday
Start the day with a walking tour of Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of Adriatic” and a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll visit the Rector’s Palace and Franciscan Monastery’s Pharmacy
before returning to the boat for lunch. As you dine, set sail for Mljet Island. Mljet National Park features five types of forest, many species of birds, and two deep lakes, Veliko Jezero (Big Lake) and Malo Jezero (Small Lake). After time to enjoy the spectacular scenery, continue cruising to Korcula, believed to be the birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo. Dinner tonight is on board. (B, L, D)

Day 3, Korcula – Hvar, Monday
This morning, a walking tour of Korcula town takes you through its narrow, cobbled streets and includes a visit to the majestic Gothic-Baroque Cathedral of St. Mark. Board your boat for lunch and a swimming stop as you cruise. Late this afternoon, arrive in Hvar. On a sightseeing tour, see the first public theatre in Europe (older than Shakespeare’s theatre in the UK), the Franciscan Monastery and much more. Your evening is free in Hvar. You can explore more and dine on your own at one of the many restaurants in town. (B, L)

Note: Due to the limited capacity of the Hvar harbor (during peak season in July and August) port of call can be substituted for Stari Grad/Jelsa. In that case transfer by bus will be organized to and from Hvar.

Day 4, Hvar – Bol – Split, Tuesday
Sail to Bol, home to one of the best beaches in Croatia, the Golden Horn. This vast, golden pebble beach is unique in that it changes shape and position depending on the
winds. Over lunch on board, continue sailing to Split. Here, a walking tour shows off the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World
Cultural Heritage site. See the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle, and the Cathedral. Your evening is free
in Split. (B, L)

Day 5, Split – Trogir – Sibenik, Wednesday
In the morning sail to the UNESCO-listed city of Trogir. Your time here is free to explore on your own. Back on board, enjoy lunch as you cruise to Sibenik, with stop on the way
for a swim. Arriving in Sibenik, a walking tour shows you the highlights of the city, then your evening is at leisure. (B, L)

Day 6, Sibenik – Sali, Thursday
The Sibenik area is home to two National Parks: Krka, with its breathtaking waterfalls, and Kornati, comprised of more than 140 islands. Your day is devoted to these scenic destinations before you sail to Sali. Tonight, enjoy captain’s dinner with live entertainment on board. (B, L, D)

Day 7, Sali – Zadar, Friday
As you cruise this morning, stop for a swim (weather permitting). Late this afternoon, arrive in Zadar. A walking tour shows you Zadar historical center with the defensive walls built in 16th century, the ancient Port Gate where the Venetian lion still stands guard, the Square of the Five Wells, Church of St. Donat, Roman Forum (1st century BC) and the largest cathedral in Dalmatia, St. Anastasia. Your evening is free in the city. (B, L)

Day 8, Zadar - Opatija, Saturday
Disembark after breakfast, bidding your crew farewell. Journey north for a visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Have your camera ready as you take a walking tour around several of the lower lakes. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder with its 16 terraced lakes surrounded by wooded mountains and lush vegetation. Then continue to Opatija. Dinner is at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 9, Pula & Rovinj Excursion, Sunday
Head to Pula and take an orientation tour of this strategic port since the times of the ancient Romans. You’ll also visit the Amphitheater, the sixth largest of its kind to be preserved in the world today. Continue on to the beautiful resort of Rovinj. There’s free time to explore the old town and its narrow lanes before we return to Opatija. (B)

Day 10, Opatija – Postojna – Venice, Monday
After breakfast, travel to Slovenia and visit the unique and beautiful Postojna Cave, one of the largest in Europe. Tour this fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train. Continue to Venice, with its idyllic setting on 119 islands. (B)

Day 11, Venice, Tuesday
We begin our exploration of Venice with a boat ride to the Murano Island, famous for its artistic glassware. Visit a glassblowing factory, where you will watch a demonstration of traditional Venetian glassblowing by master craftsmen. Then, on to St. Mark’s Square, for the walking tour, visiting St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, and enjoying views of the Bell Tower and Bridge of Sighs. The balance of the day is at leisure to enjoy Venice at your own pace, shop, or perhaps join
an optional gondola ride. Later, gather for a Farewell Dinner with new friends. (B, D)

Day 12, depart Venice, Wednesday
You will be transferred to Venice airport for your flight home. (B)

CRUISE INCLUSIONS:
7-night cruise from Dubrovnik to Zadar on board M/S Princess Aloha or M/S Karizma in a cabin with private facilities
4 nights in first class hotels, rooms with private facilities
Airport arrival and departure transfers
Welcome cruise reception
Breakfast daily
6 lunches, and 1 dinner aboard the ship
1 captain’s dinner with live entertainment, including wine, beer, and soft drinks
Two dinners as per itinerary
Complimentary bottled water, coffee and tea onboard cruise ship
Professional Cruise & Tour Director
Free Wi-Fi on board
Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
Luggage handling
Whisper technology enhanced touring
Service charges and taxes
Port Tax

SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED:
Dubrovnik
Mljet National Park
Korcula
Hvar
Split
Krka National Park
Kornati National Park
Zadar
Plitvice National Park
Pula
Postojna
Venice

NOT INCLUDED:
Tips/gratuities
Meals not listed on the itinerary
Transfer to other hotels in Venice waterways not possible upon departure. Transfer to airport or train station only

HOTELS:
Opatija: GH Adriatic I
Venice: Carlton on the Grand Canal

Accommodations

Luxury accommodations are provided.

Essential Information

Ship Description:

M/S KARIZMA Deluxe Category Cruise Ship
Length: 125 feet | Width: 26 feet | Speed: 9NM | Cabins: 19 | Capacity: 38 persons

Karisma Main Deck (11 cabins)
Karisma Lower Deck (8 cabins)

M/S PRINCESS ALOHA Deluxe Category Cruise Ship (some 2017 departures only)
Length: 125 feet | Width: 26 feet | Speed: 9NM | Cabins: 18 | Capacity: 38 persons

HOTELS:
Opatija: GH Adriatic I
Venice: Carlton on the Grand Canal

Ship Description

Inclusions

  • CRUISE INCLUSIONS:
  • 7-night cruise from Dubrovnik to Zadar on board M/S Princess Aloha or M/S Karizma in a cabin with private facilities
  • 4 nights in first class hotels, rooms with private facilities
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers
  • Welcome cruise reception
  • Breakfast daily
  • 6 lunches, and 1 dinner aboard the ship
  • 1 captain’s dinner with live entertainment, including wine, beer, and soft drinks
  • Two dinners as per itinerary
  • Complimentary bottled water, coffee and tea onboard cruise ship
  • Professional Cruise & Tour Director
  • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Luggage handling
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring
  • Service charges and taxes
  • Port Tax

Exclusions

  • NOT INCLUDED:
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Meals not listed on the itinerary
  • Transfer to other hotels in Venice waterways not possible upon departure. Transfer to airport or train station only

Frequently Asked Questions

How far in advance do I need to book?

For our weekly small ship cruises with guaranteed departures we suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised. All cruises are extremely popular especially during peak season, which is June and September. One-way cruises are particularly sought-after and tend to sell out first, so please speak to us first to ensure your cruise choice is available before booking any flight arrangements.

Escorted group tours with guaranteed departures are also best booked as early as possible to ensure your place on the tour, as spaces are limited to a set number of passengers. Once the tour is full that departure is closed for new bookings.

Independent tours are available most days of the week at any time of year, so if you're booking late these are a great option. They can also start or finish on any day of the week, so can be a great alternative to the cruises (that mostly depart only on Saturdays). You can check out our Island Hopper Tours and our active tours for some examples. If you can't find what you are looking for please make an enquiry on any of our tours and let us know what you need. We love creating custom tours with our clients.

What do the different ship categories mean?

 

We have most of our ship photos here: Ship Photos Database

Cruise Ship Photos

If you have been quoted a cruise with a particular ship name, then that is the ship that you will be on (bar any unforeseen emergencies). If you are given a generic A+Plus or A:Category or B:Category ship, then you will not know the ship name until the day of the cruise. All of these ships are in the photos database under their correct category, but we cannot tell you the exact ship name due to operational requirements as they are often shuffled about.

Deluxe cruises are always on specific ships and you will be given the name of the exact ship.

“Named” versions of A+Plus cruises will also be on specific ships and you will be given the name upon booking. If you are in any doubt which ship you will be on, please check with us. Thank you.

Some ships are being newly built for the 2017 season and therefore only have 'artists impression' type pictures. We will upload actual photos of the boats as they are finished and launched. Some may not launch until April 2017.

What do the different ship categories mean?

Ships with air-conditioned cabins and air-conditioned public areas (Deluxe and A+Category ships)

Deluxe Ships (Premier Plus Ships): All cabins have ensuites and individual air-conditioning. Deluxe ships are mostly new ships built within the last few years, many of them are being built each year. All inside public areas are air-conditioned.

A+Plus Category Ships (Premier Ships) (APlus): All cabins have ensuites and air-conditioning. Some A+ ships are brand new, and some were built many years ago and have been renovated by adding air-conditioning units to the cabins. All inside public areas are air-conditioned.

Ships with no air-conditioning in the cabins, but with air-con in the restaurant/salon areas (A: and B: Category ships)

A:Category Ships (Ensuite Ships): All cabins are bunk beds, and have ensuite bathrooms. There are usually no double beds on these ships. Air-conditioning is available in the public areas of the ship such as the restaurant and/or salon only.

B:Category Ships (Standard Ships): All cabins are bunk beds, and have shared bathrooms only. There are no ensuite cabins on-board and no double beds. Air-conditioning is available in the public areas of the ship such as the restaurant and/or salon only.

Each ship belongs to one category only and has only one category of cabin (even though there are different decks). A couple of ships use a different nomenclature for cabin types and this can lead to a bit of confusion. Each ship has slightly different deck plans and number of cabins, but the maximum number of passenger cabins on any ship is 21. Therefore the maximum number of passengers is usually only 40 per ship (not including the crew and cruise staff). The crew have their own separate quarters which are not shown on the deck plans.

What do the different cabin types and deck levels mean?

Standard/Lower Deck/Under Deck cabins: These cabins are all in the hull of the ship, and must be reached by an inside stairwell. These cabins have portholes only and the portholes are just above the water line. There are no opening windows in lower/under deck cabins. Some of the smaller, older boats only have lower deck cabins as the main deck is used for the public areas such as the restaurant and salon areas.

Main Deck cabins: These cabins are on the deck that is closest to the water line. This deck occasionally also has the restaurant or salon area as well at the back of the boat. Not all ships have Main Deck cabins available, it depends on the ship configuration whether this deck is used just for the restaurant/salon areas. Some ships have the doors to Main Deck cabins on the inside, so only windows are on the ‘outside’ wall of the cabin, and some ships have the doors as well as windows on the ‘outside’ wall of the cabin. All walkways past the outside wall of the cabins are public areas.

Upper Deck cabins: These cabins are on the deck above the Main Deck, and this deck often also has the restaurant or salon area as well at the back of the boat. Not all ships have Upper Deck cabins available, it depends on the ship configuration whether this deck is used just for the restaurant/salon areas. All walkways past the outside wall of the cabins are public areas.

VIP cabins: A few Deluxe Ships now have VIP cabins available. Most of the VIP cabins will be on the Upper Deck, but not all. Some of these have a small private balcony, and some do not. Some VIP cabins are just larger than other cabins, so a balcony is not guaranteed. Not all ships have VIP cabins and there are only a few per ship that does have them. First come, first served as they are quite popular and fairly rare. Please book early if you want a VIP cabin.

Sun Deck: The Sun Deck (uppermost deck on any ship) has no cabins at all. Most cruises will let you sleep on the sun deck on the sun lounges/deck chairs provided for relaxation purposes, though there are no real beds on the sun deck. Some Deluxe ships have a small jacuzzi on the Sun Deck, and provide shaded areas. The older A: and B: ships do not have shade on the Sun Deck, though shade is provided in the public salon areas on the main or upper decks.

 

 

What is half-board? What meals are included?

Half-board (HB):This means that 2 meals a day are usually provided, mostly it will be breakfast and lunch on cruises, and breakfast and dinner on escorted tours. Each cruise or tour will have meals listed on the daily itinerary, so that you will know exactly which meals are included. Some lunches or dinners are swapped occasionally, so that you may enjoy a wonderful gourmet experience with your fellow travellers, such as a Captain's Dinner on a cruise, or a wine-tasting and lunch on an escorted tour. For the remainder of your meals you will be able to dine anywhere you choose and you will be responsible for the cost of those meals. Your Cruise or Tour Director will be happy to recommend a good value and trusted eatery nearby at every location, or you can explore on your own.

Bed and Breakfast (BB): This means that only breakfast is included in your holiday. Most of our Independent Tours include breakfast only, so that you are not beholden to going back to your hotel for lunch or dinner as you are going to be exploring on your own. We think that flexibility with lunch and dinner gives you the best option for exploring Croatia and experiencing the local culture and cuisine.

Full-board is occasionally offered on cruises as an optional extra, but we do not recommend you take the full-board option unless you are really sure about it. A lot of the joy of the cruise and tour experiences is to dine in local restaurants, 'konobas' (traditional pubs) and bars, so that you can meet the people who live and work there. Why come all the way to Croatia only to eat on-board for every meal? There are so many fabulous (and even some famous!) eateries. Get out there and taste them!

 

What type of transport is used on the Island Hopper Tours? Local ferries and vehicle transfers

Local ferries: Local ferries are used between the mainland and the islands where possible. Most of these ferries are fast ferries (high speed catamarans). Our Island Hopper Tours include all ferry tickets, as well as delivery of the ferry tickets to your hotel, when we come to pick you up to take you to the ferry port. In some towns, where some hotels are in the pedestrian zone close to the ferry port (like Hvar), then you will be met at the ferry and directed to your hotel, with luggage assistance if required. If your hotel is outside the pedestrian zone you will be met at the ferry and taken to your transfer vehicle, with luggage assistance if required.

Transfers: Most Island Hoppers have private airport transfers included, and private transfers to/from the ferry ports on the islands. Some transfers will be shared transfers if there are others going to the exact same hotel at the same time and it is a short distance.

 

How fit do I need to be for my holiday?

Relaxation/cultural cruises and tours: On-board your cruise ship, you will need to be able to negotiate gangways and stairs and be able to step from ship to ship as the cruise ships are moored next to each other sideways and sometimes you need to step across to the next ship. You will be walking mostly on the cobblestone streets through the iconic cities and towns of the region. The excursions are best-suited to those who are capable of walking on uneven surfaces as many old cities and towns have limited totally flat surfaces that can accommodate wheelchairs or walking-frames. Please contact us to ask about your specific circumstances, as we are happy to help plan for your needs as best we can. Assistance will be provided on cruise ships to help you navigate getting on and off, but there are a few limitations. Please ask.

Cycling tours: Although almost completely flat this cycle tour is graded easy to moderate as the daily distance ranges between approximately 15-50 km. You will be biking mostly on the dedicated cycle paths alongside canals, rivers and through the iconic cities and towns of the region. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is flat and predominantly traffic-free and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board.

What happens if I can't attend an excursion?

It is possible to relax at your hotel, on the tour bus or on the boat at any time.

What happens if I can't cycle or hike a stage on an active holiday?

For cycling cruises: If you don't want to cycle it is possible to relax on the boat as it moves to the next port of call.

For cycling and hiking tours: If you don't want to (or can't due to illness or injury) cycle, hike or walk a stage, then we will make arrangements to have you transferred to the next stop on your itinerary so that you can continue with your holiday. Prices for transfers vary widely, so pricing will be provided on an 'as needed' basis only.

 

What equipment do I need?

Relaxation/excursion cruises and tours: You will need comfortable walking shoes, clothes for relaxing, your swimming costume, and a sunhat. Most cruises are fairly relaxed and casual clothing is fine for all meals, though you may want to take one nice outfit depending on where you wish to dine onshore.

Cycling cruises and tours: You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

 

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Itinerary

  • Day 1, arrive Dubrovnik, Saturday
  • Day 2, Dubrovnik – Mljet – Korcula, Sunday
  • Day 3, Korcula – Hvar, Monday
  • Day 4, Hvar – Bol – Split, Tuesday
  • Day 5, Split – Trogir – Sibenik, Wednesday
  • Day 6, Sibenik – Sali, Thursday
  • Day 7, Sali – Zadar, Friday
  • Day 8, Zadar - Opatija, Saturday
  • Day 9, Pula & Rovinj Excursion, Sunday
  • Day 10, Opatija – Postojna – Venice, Monday
  • Day 11, Venice, Tuesday
  • Day 12, depart Venice, Wednesday