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Zagreb to Dubrovnik
After a sightseeing tour of Zagreb we head the the magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park before embarking on our vessel in beautiful Zadar. We will visit Kornati and Krka National Parks before having time to explore Split and the extraordinary Diocletian's Palace. From Split we cruise the islands to visit the beautiful port towns of Bol, Hvar and Korcula before exploring Mljet National Park on the way to Dubrovnik, where we have an afternoon to explore. We will cruise in the mornings, stopping for a swim en route, usually arriving at our destination for the day at around lunchtime. there is often a guided walk available in the afternoons and you are left to explore the restaurants and cafes that line the quays and streets of the towns we visit. 2 nights in deluxe class hotel, rooms with private facilities 7-night cruise from Zadar on board M/S Premier in a cabin with private facilities Airport arrival and departure transfers Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach Breakfast daily 6 lunches and 2 dinners 1 Captain's dinner with live music Complimentary bottled water, coffee and tea onboard cruise ship Professional Tour & Cruise Manager Free Wi-Fi on board Luggage handling Whisper technology enhanced touring Service charges and taxes Sightseeing tours included: Zagreb Plitvice Lakes National Park Zadar Kornati National Park Krka National Park Split Hvar Korcula Mljet National Park Dubrovnik
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight. (D)
A morning sightseeing tour will take you through the historic Upper Town. See St. Mark’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, Parliament, and the Government Palace. The rest of the day is yours to explore the winding streets of the old town at your own pace or perhaps take an optional excursion into the countryside. (B)
Head south for a visit to magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder with its 16 terraced lakes surrounded by forested mountains and lush vegetation. A walking tour takes you around several of the lower lakes. On to Zadar and the port to embark on your boat. Later, gather with your fellow “sailors” for a Welcome reception on board followed by dinner. (B, D)
Zadar historical center is a pedestrian zone, perfect to explore on foot. Set out on a walking tour and admire the 16th-century walls built in by Venetians as a defense from The Turks. On to see the 16th century Port Gate where the Venetian lion still stands guard over the entrance, the Square of the Five Wells, Church of St. Donat, the Roman Forum (1st century BC) and the largest cathedral in Dalmatia, St. Anastasia. Returning to the boat, enjoy lunch as you sail to Sali. Explore the town tonight, and have dinner on your own in one of the restaurants. (B, L)
Take in the scenic natural beauty of two National Parks today. Start in Kornati, home to more than 140 islands with numerous coves and crystal clear waters. Stop for a swim during your lunchtime cruise. Next is Krka, with its breathtaking waterfalls. After your visit here, coach to Sibenik where your boat is anchored. Your evening is at leisure in town. (B, L)
Take a break for a swim during your morning cruise. Sail through lunch, arriving in the UNESCO-listed city of Trogir this afternoon. There’s time on your own before heading to Split. Here, a walking tour of the historic inner city shows off 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. (B, L)
Stop in Bol, home to one of the best beaches in Croatia, the Golden Horn. This long, golden pebble beach is unique in that it changes shape and position depending on the winds. Go for a swim in the clear blue waters before sailing to Hvar. Here, a sightseeing tour includes views of the first public theatre in Europe (older than Shakespeare’s theatre in the UK), the Franciscan Monastery, and many more historic sights. The evening is free to explore Hvar and to dine on your own at one of the excellent restaurants. (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.
After breakfast set sail for Korcula, with an early afternoon arrival. Korcula town is thought to be the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Take a walking tour through its narrow, cobbled streets and visit the majestic Gothic-Baroque Cathedral of St. Mark. Continue sailing to the island of Mljet, where you will enjoy the afternoon tour of Mljet National Park, as you walk around the Great and Small Lakes. This lovely island was supposedly a favorite holiday spot for the Greek hero Ulysses! Tonight, enjoy captain’s dinner with live entertainment on board your ship. (B, L, D)
In the morning sail to Dubrovnik, so called “Pearl of Adriatic,” a UNESCO World Heritage site. While in Dubrovnik, take a walking tour of the old town and visit the Rector’s Palace and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy. Remainder of the day is free; perhaps discover this lovely city on own or enjoy last minute souvenir shopping. (B, L)
Disembark after breakfast. You will be transferred to Dubrovnik airport for your flight home. (B)
Premier is being launched for the 2020 cruising season. Specifically designed to cruise the coast of Croatia she is small enough to get into all of the small ports along the coast of Croatia but has plenty of space to carry a maximum of 38 passengers in great comfort. A large sun deck, a lounge and dining room and 38 cabins are tended by 7 staff. There is a swim platform at the rear and a jacuzzi pool on deck. The galley staff are very happy to provide for a range of dietary requests such as gluten free, vegetarian, pescetarian and others - Pleas elet us know in advance. All cabins have are en-suite and have A/C, LCD TV, safe deposit, fire alarm, bathroom toiletries, hair dryer, bathrobe & slippers, lifejackets, cupboard & wardrobe cabinet. There is free Wi-Fi on board. All cabins are sound-proof, with internal communication system between a room and a bar, and provide fire-proof doors Other features include:+ Air-conditioned upper deck dining room, bar area with LCD TV+ PA system for announcements by the captain or cruise manager+ 2,300 sq ft lounging sundeck with comfortable deck-beds+ Kitchen built up to the latest HACCP standards+ Rear access platform for easy access to/from the sea+ Complete navigation equipment (navigation radar, plotter, GPS, radio, etc.)+ Fire alarm+ Life boat for 50 passengers+ Tender boat for 12 passengers+ Electricity on board: 220 V+ 2 engines (400 HP each) + 2 generators for A/C and lights
• Zagreb • Plitvice Lakes National Park • Zadar • Kornati National Park • Krka National Park • Split • Hvar • Korcula • Mljet National Park • Dubrovnik