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Kotor to Opatija
We are delighted to have once again chartered the Princess Eleganza for a series of cruises which explore the coastline between Kotor in Montenegro and the attractive Croatian town of Opatija. We will sail through some truly beautiful scenery which you can appreciate whilst relaxing on the sun deck including cruising through the fjord-like entrance to Kotor and by the world famous islets that make up the Kornati National Park. Another scenic attraction is the majestic waterfalls of Krka and we will also spend time walking through the beautiful old towns of Rab, Hvar and Korcula and exploring the historic wonders of Zadar, Dubrovnik and Split with their history which dates back to Roman times. When devising the itinerary for the vessel which accommodates just 36 guests we did so with the view that we have a private yacht and were therefore able to create a journey which is somewhat different from regular cruises. We are able to visit some marvellous places which do not cater for the big ships and each night we remain moored in the picturesque harbours. Most vessels sail from the ports at the end of the day, thereby missing the floodlit splendour and lively café society which is so atmospheric in the evening. Remaining moored overnight allows the opportunity to dine ashore on certain evenings. This heady mix of islands and ports represents a fascinating itinerary combining as it does some ‘must see’ sites together with lesser-known places that are perfectly suited for our vessel. Whether it be the towering cliffs and rich vegetation, scenic waterways and indentations or the wealth of historic buildings, this unique area has so much to offer the genuine traveller and our itinerary will be appreciated by those who enjoy an eclectic mix of places and an informal style of cruising.
Fly by scheduled flight to Tivat or Dubrovnik airport and transfer to the Princess Eleganza moored in Kotor. After settling into your cabin the crew will welcome us aboard with the welcome cocktail and dinner. (D)
After breakfast, we will first of all enjoy a walking tour of the picturesque old town of Kotor before driving south through the beautiful Montenigrin countryside where we visit a family run winery. After a short tour we will enjoy lunch and some local wines, then continue to Lake Shkoder, the youngest freshwater basin in Europe and the largest in the Balkans. Here we will take a boat trip to the village of Virpazar before returning to the ship in Kotor. Dine ashore tonight and choose from one of the many pleasant restaurants in this atmospheric setting. (B, L)
We sail this morning for Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic“, where we arrive after lunch. After a short drive to Pile Gate, we will begin our guided walk through the unique Medieval Old Town of Dubrovnik, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979. See the major attractions such as the Rector’s Palace, the Romanesque- Gothic Dominican and Franciscan Monasteries and the Sponza Palace. Return to the vessel for dinner on board this evening. (B, L, D)
During breakfast we set sail for Korcula, the reputed birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo. Arrive this afternoon and enjoy some time to walk along Korcula’s crooked Medieval streets to the elegant squares which are flanked with palaces of the old nobility. We will be moored overnight in Korcula and you will be able to dine ashore in the Old Town this evening. (B, L)
This morning we cruise to the island of Hvar. Arrive in the early afternoon in Stari Grad, where we take a short coach ride across the island to the attractive Old Town of Hvar for a guided walk. We will begin in the main square which is the largest piazza in Dalmatia, see the cathedral, the Franciscan Monastery and the Benedictine Nunnery where we hear about the aloe lace still produced today by the nuns. Return to the ship and enjoy dinner on board. We will moor overnight in Stari Grad allowing time for an after dinner stroll in this tranquil locale. (B, L, D)
Sail this morning for Brac and the attractive port of Pucisca located at the end of a long bay. Brac is world renowned for the quality of its stone which was used for the Diocletian’s Palace in Split as well as the White House in Washington and other parliament buildings in Europe. Spend the morning in the charming small town, voted one of the prettiest in Europe, where the buildings' white roofs create an ambient atmosphere. Over lunch we sail the short distance to Split and this afternoon we enjoy a guided walk through the town. Explore the Palace of Diocletian, built by the emperor in 295-305 AD as his retirement villa. Much of this large building is well preserved and the palace contains Split’s old town within its walls, making it the only Roman palace that has been continuously inhabited since Roman times. It is a wonderful spot to wander the maze of streets. We will moor centrally this evening and you can enjoy dinner in one of the many restaurants in the city. (B, L)
After a morning cruising we arrive in Sibenik where we visit the majestic waterfalls of Krka. We will take a guided walk on wooden walkways and across bridges through this unique fjord like landscape with its multiple waterfalls and interesting flora and fauna. Return to Sibenik and enjoy an early evening walking tour through the historic town seeing the Cathedral of St. James, the old city walls, and the theatre before dinner on board. (B, L, D)
After a morning sailing we arrive at Zadar. Once a dominant city on the Adriatic Coast rivalling Venice, Zadar is today a treasured city which has preserved its historical core. Enjoy an afternoon walking tour strolling around the old town with its Roman columns and portals, Romanesque churches and Renaissance and Baroque palaces. Of particular interest are the 9th century circular Church of St Donat, and the 13th century Romanesque cathedral. In the evening we have the chance to dine in one of the many restaurants in Zadar as we moor overnight. (B, L)
We sail during breakfast for the island of Rab. This afternoon we will enjoy some time at leisure and an early evening guided walk through the picturesque Old Town, a perfectly preserved late Medieval Adriatic settlement squeezed into a slender peninsula along which are dotted a sequence of Romanesque campaniles. We have the opportunity this evening to dine ashore and sample one of the many local restaurants and we will remain moored overnight in the harbour. (B, L)
Our final day on board begins after breakfast with a cruise to Opatija. We arrive during the early afternoon for a guided walk through the town. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure before we return to the ship for the farewell dinner this evening. (B, L, D)
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Zagreb airport for your scheduled flight to London Heathrow. (B)
Itineraries are subject to change.
Vessel Type: Small Ship Length: 40m Passenger Capacity: 36 Built/Refurbished: 2015 Built in 2015, this beautifully crafted vessel sails the Adriatic coast from Opatija to Kotor taking in the highlights of this stunning area. If you are looking for an escape from the formalities of the larger ships, then look no further than the Princess Eleganza. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed, with the dress code reflecting this. With just 36 like-minded passengers, the mood is intimate, and what better way to enjoy the views of magnificent islands and cities, than sitting on the Sun Deck watching the world pass slowly by. Part of the joy of a cruise aboard this vessel is its capability to dock in small ports or drop anchor in any suitable spot. Being such a small operation, the close knit team work excellently together and will enrich your overall enjoyment of small ship cruising. The 19 cabins are finished to the highest standard with sleek lines and neutral colours. All are equipped with a safe, air conditioning/heating, hair dryer, and flat screen TV. Each cabin also has an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet, and basin. Most cabins also feature a dressing table and chair. Main Deck cabins have port holes, whilst Upper Deck cabins have small windows. The Promenade cabins have larger picture windows which offer panoramic views.
• Explore Dubrovnik, Croatia. • Visit Korcula, Hvar, Brac & Split. • Discover Krka National Park & Sibenik.