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DAY 1 ZAGREB
Arrive at Zagreb Airport and transfer to a hotel in Zagreb for an overnight stay.
DAY 2 ZAGREB
Following breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a guided encounter with Croatia’s largest city. With an air of a true European capital, Zagreb charms with its baroque facades and spiffy towers, green parks and open-air terraces, quiet courtyards and bustling streets. Between its historic Upper town and urban lower town, spot landmarks like the Church of St. Mark with its colorful roof, the Cathedral and the National Theatre. Continue exploring on your own in the afternoon and spend another night in Zagreb.
DAY 3 SPLIT
The first visit of the day takes you to Croatia’s most popular natural gem, the Plitvice Lakes. A guided walk around the wooden pathways unveils an amazing world of 16 cascading lakes interlaced with over 90 stunning waterfalls, bound to mesmerize you in any season. Continuing the drive to Split, take a break in Trogir, UNESCO-listed World Heritage site. A bundle of narrow atmospheric streets which twist and bend between houses, palaces and churches, the heritage of Trogir is rooted in the Greek and Roman times and showcases some of the finest architectural works in Croatia, including the incredibly intricate portal of its Cathedral, the Town Loggia and the Cipiko palace. Arrive to Split and spend overnight in Split/Split area.
DAY 4 SPLIT – HVAR
After breakfast at the hotel, set out on a late morning walking tour of Split. Dalmatia’s largest coastal town bustles and buzzes, as it grows more and more popular among travelers for its easy-going spirit, creative food and shopping scene and of course, remarkable heritage. Learn about the Diocletian’s Palace, once the Roman Emperor’s retirement estate and today a lively city center housing 3,000 people! Finally, enjoy a ferry or catamaran ride from Split to the neighboring island of Hvar where you will spend the night at a hotel in the glitzy town of Hvar.
DAY 5 HVAR
The island of Hvar is known for its purple lavender fields, a backdrop for oil production, potent red wines from steep vineyards especially enjoying the island’s status as Croatia’s sunniest island, and the glitzy jet-set scene along the starlit waterfronts of the town of Hvar, so often featured in national and international summer media. In your morning walking tour, explore the island’s prime gem and its most trendy destination, the town of Hvar. Home to the oldest theatre in Europe, also the home of organized tourism in Croatia, the heritage of Hvar extends far beyond the popular party scene! Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure and spend the night in a hotel in Hvar.
DAY 6 HVAR – KORČULA
Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel and some time on your own. Hvar is known for diverse opportunities, from bustling squares of Hvar town to the serene waterfront of Jelsa, the bridges of Vrboska and vineyards of Ivan Dolac, so expect time to fly. In the afternoon, bid farewell to Hvar and hop on a boat to take you to the neighboring island of Korčula. Arrive in the evening and enjoy an overnight stay in Korčula.
DAY 7 KORČULA – DUBROVNIK
The far south of Croatia holds many gems. You’ll know Korčula was a Venetian stronghold as soon as you lay your eyes on the many lion statues which lurk at you from the town’s facades and gates, intertwined with some of the most outstanding stonework you will get see anywhere on the Adriatic coast. Stroll the narrow, curved streets, marvel at beautiful churches and magnificent palaces in one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Mediterranean. Early in the afternoon, cruise to Dubrovnik, which once successfully rivaled the Venetian Republic. Arrival to Dubrovnik and overnight stay in a hotel.
DAY 8 DUBROVNIK
Following breakfast, bid farewell to Dubrovnik and enjoy a scenic transfer to Dubrovnik Airport (or other hotel/accommodation in Dubrovnik). End of program.

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DAY 1 Saturday EMBARKATION OMIS; D
Embark the M/S Agape Rose any time after 14:00. Over a welcome drink and a snack, meet your Cruise Director and the crew and get acquainted with the rules and safety measures. Your journey begins with a dinner onboard and overnight in Omiš.
DAY 2 Sunday OMIS – PUCISCA – SPLIT; B, L
Waking up to the dramatic backdrop of the charming town of Omiš will probably entice you to travel up the river Cetina and through its canyon in our optional tour.* Later, you will be able to compare this bit of hinterland with the lovely island of Brač, the homeland of ‘the Croatian marble’. You’ve probably seen this ultra-quality limestone already, perhaps on the front of the White House in Washington DC or Bundestag in Berlin, but the optional tour* to the still-operating stonemasonry school in Pučišća brings a chance to learn more about shaping this stone for eternity. Once back to the mainland, stop in Split. Whether you explore on your own or join our optional walking tour*, don’t miss the Palace of the Emperor Diocletian. Originally planned as his retirement estate, today it is the lively city center of Croatia’s second largest city. Whatever you do, make sure to take it easy in Split, as after all, that is the true highlight of local living here. Dinner on board and overnight in Split.
*Split Walking tour – optional walking tour package
*Stonemasonry School in Pucisca – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Cetina river
DAY 3 Monday SPLIT – SIBENIK – excursion Skradin and Trogir; B, D
When sailing along the Croatian coast, surpassing the beauty around you may seem like an impossible task. Perhaps so, but there are sites on the Croatian mainland which surely parallel it, such as the Krka River and its stunning estuary. A coach trip brings you to the small town of Skradin, the guardian of the mouth of River Krka, and the gateway to its National park. The place where wild waterfalls inspire serene lakes, the park is definitely worth a visit. After returning to the seaside, visit Trogir, a petite island bridged to the mainland. A showcase of stunning architecture founded upon Greek and Roman heritage, Trogir is protected by UNESCO, just like the Cathedral of St. James at your next stop, Šibenik. Rolling down the hillslopes towered by the immense fortress of St. Michael, Šibenik is a sight to behold from every perspective. An optional walking tour* will introduce you to Šibenik’s great claim to Renaissance – both the one centuries ago, when the town’s Cathedral of St. James, and the present day, when the town known as one of Croatia’s upcoming gems. Experience its stone alleys and great cuisine in an evening on own. Overnight in Šibenik. 
*Sibenik Walking tour – optional walking tour package
DAY 4 Tuesday SIBENIK – VIS; B, L
Enjoy the stunning waterfront of Šibenik as you navigate down the narrow channel of St. Anthony out to the open seas. Today you will sail to the island of Vis. You’ll recognize its main settlement, the town of Vis, by numerous masts crisscrossed over the image of its seafront facades. Comprised of the newer, 19th-century harbor area, and the historic, medieval corner, the past of Vis spans over two millennia, hence the colorful array of heritage in this small settlement ranges from a Greek cemetery and Roman baths to an English fort and Yugoslav militia tributes. Join an optional guided tour* to get insight into the tumultuous history of Vis and getting some ideas on what to do that very evening. Overnight in Vis. 
**Optional excursion: Island of Vis
DAY 5 Wednesday VIS – HVAR – KORCULA (Captains dinner); B, D
Enjoy a breakfast with a view and a morning sail to Hvar, officially the sunniest of 1200 Croatian islands. This jet-set fave is also the island with the most UNESCO-listed heritage in the entire world, so consider joining our optional guided tour*. Then, hop over to Korčula Island, one of the largest islands in the Adriatic, known for its signature lush dark forests. You’ll know Korčula was a Venetian stronghold as soon as you lay your eyes on the many lion statues which lurk at you from the town’s facades and gates, intertwined with some of the most outstanding stonework you will get see anywhere on the Adriatic coast. The alleged home of the world renowned traveler Marco Polo is bound to charm you whether you explore it on your own or in an optional walking tour*. Overnight in Korčula. 
*Hvar Walking tour – optional walking tour package
*Korčula Walking tour – optional walking tour package
DAY 6 Thursday KORČULA – MLJET – SLANO; B, L
Continue to another green island, this time Mljet. The national park on the island is the home of two salty lakes connected to the sea via a narrow canal. Nature lovers will get a thrill from hiking or cycling here, possibly even kayaking to the small inlet in the center of the lake, charming with its 12th-century Monastery of St. Mary. Alternatively, join our optional excursion – but whatever you do, do not pass on setting foot on Mljet! Enjoy a lunch on board followed by a refreshing dip before setting sail back to the mainland and the small settlement of Slano. In vicinity of Slano, the petite town of Ston claims its fame for many things gourmand: potent wines, ancient salt production and succulent oysters and mussels. Our optional tour the Taste of Dalmatia* highlights all these treasures, but you can also just relax in Slano, where we are docked overnight. 
**Optional excursion: Mljet National Park 
**Optional excursion: Taste of Dalmatia
DAY 7 Friday SLANO – DUBROVNIK; B, L
Take in the last of the Slano cool over breakfast. Just thereafter, you will set sail to Croatia’s southernmost gem and the renowned hotspot, Dubrovnik. Glimpse at its beauty sailing beneath the mighty City Walls, much in the same way its enemies and allies used to, before dropping anchor in the port of Gruž. The optional walking tour* of Dubrovnik Old Town takes you by the world-famous landmarks, strolling down the same streets that the cast and crews of the Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood walked. Whatever you might consider to be the town’s main drawcard, Dubrovnik’s city walls and its courteous spirit will swiftly transport you back in time to when this was an independent republic which successfully rivaled the Venetian Republic. Enjoy an evening of romance, glitz and glam, as you will be staying in Dubrovnik overnight.
*Dubrovnik old tour with a coach transfer from Dubrovnik port of Gruz to the Old town– optional walking tour package
DAY 8 Saturday DUBROVNIK DEPARTURE; B
Enjoy your breakfast before disembarking the ship by noon.

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DAY 1 Saturday EMBARKATION IN DUBROVNIK (Gruz harbor); D
Embark the M/S Adriatic Pearl any time after 14:00. Over a welcome drink and a snack, meet your Cruise Director and the crew and get acquainted with the rules and safety measures. Your journey begins with a dinner onboard and overnight in Dubrovnik.
DAY 2 Sunday DUBROVNIK – KORCULA – B, L
The far south of Croatia holds many gems. Start with an optional walking tour* of Dubrovnik, a.k.a. the Pearl of the Adriatic or the King’s Landing. Whatever you might consider to be the town’s main drawcard, Dubrovnik’s mighty city walls and its courteous spirit will swiftly transport you back in time to when this was an independent republic which successfully rivaled the Venetian Republic. Its outpost is your next stop, with your journey over interrupted only by a refreshing dip on the Elaphite Islands. You’ll know Korčula** was a Venetian stronghold as soon as you lay your eyes on the many lion statues which lurk at you from the town’s facades and gates, intertwined with some of the most Wwalking tour of Dubrovnik Old Town with a coach transfer from Dubrovnik port of Gruz to the Old town – optional walking tour package
*Korcula town walking tour – optional walking tour package
DAY 3 Monday KORCULA – PUCISCA (Island of Brac) – OMIŠ; B, L
Breakfast is served over the stunning views of the playfully dispersed archipelago of Korčula, and followed by a scenic sail around the tips of Pelješac peninsula and Hvar Island, perhaps even a refreshing dip along the way. Stop to visit the homeland of ‘the Croatian marble’, the island of Brač. You’ve probably seen this ultra-quality limestone already, perhaps on the front of the White House in Washington DC or Bundestag in Berlin, but the optional tour* to the still-operating stonemasonry school in Pučišća brings a chance to learn more about shaping this stone for eternity. Once back at the mainland, get stunned by the dramatic rocks backing the lovely settlement of Omiš right at the mouth of Cetina River. Consider exploring the Cetina River canyon in a boat excursion*. Overnight in Omiš.
*Option: Stonemasonry School –walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Cetina River
DAY 4 Tuesday OMIŠ – SPLIT – excursion Skradin and Trogir; B, D
When sailing along the Croatian coast, surpassing the beauty around you may seem like an impossible task. Perhaps so, but there are sites on the Croatian mainland which surely parallel it, such as the Krka River and its stunning estuary. A coach trip brings you to the small town of Skradin, the guardian of the mouth of River Krka, and the gateway to its National park. The place where wild waterfalls inspire serene lakes, the park is definitely worth a visit. After returning to the seaside, visit Trogir, a petite island bridged to the mainland. A showcase of stunning architecture founded upon Greek and Roman heritage, Trogir is protected by UNESCO, just like its big neighbor and your next stop, the town of Split. Explore on your own or join our optional walking tour* to learn about the Diocletian’s Palace, once the Roman Emperor’s retirement estate and today a lively city center. Whatever you do, make sure to take it easy in Split, as after all, that is the true highlight of local living. Dinner on board and overnight in Split.
*Split Walking Tour – optional walking tour package
DAY 5 Wednesday SPLIT – HVAR (Island of HVAR) – VELA LUKA (Island of Korcula); B, D (Captains dinner)
In a splash of islands lined up directly across from Split, Hvar is the one known for purple lavender fields, potent red wines and glitzy jet-set feasts along starlit waterfronts. Especially so at its prime hotspot, the Old Town of Hvar, also the home of the oldest theatre in Europe and organized tourism in Croatia! Join an optional walking tour* to learn more about the interesting history and starry present of the town and the island, before sailing over for a swim at the beautiful archipelago of Pakleni Otoci. Later in the afternoon, drop the anchor in Vela Luka on Korčula, where you will enjoy dinner and overnight.
*Hvar town – optional walking tour package
DAY 6 Thursday VELA LUKA (Island of KORCULA) – POMENA (Island of MLJET) – SLANO; B, L
Your captain will choose a secluded bay to hop in the sea and start the day. Surrounded in deep green forests which earned Korčula its name and fame, meditate upon the sound of crickets and silence as you immerse yourself in the essence of this region: the crystal blue sea. Then continue to another green island, this time Mljet. The national park on the island is the home of two salty lakes connected with by a small channel with the sea. Nature lovers will get a kick from hiking or cycling here, possibly even kayaking over to the small inlet in the center of the lake, charming with its 12th-century Monastery of St. Mary. Alternatively, join our optional excursion* – but whatever you do, do not miss out on Mljet! Spend the evening in the small settlement of Slano on the mainland, once adored by Dubrovnik sea captains. Why becomes self-evident as soon as you take your first stroll along the waterfront.
**Optional excursion: Mljet National Park, free time in the National park.
DAY 7 Friday SLANO – DUBROVNIK; B, L
In vicinity of Slano, the petite town of Ston claims its fame for many things gourmand: strong wines, ancient salt production and succulent oysters and mussels. Our optional tour the Taste of Dalmatia* highlights all these treasures, but you can also just relax in Slano before sailing out to Dubrovnik. Midway, a dip on Lopud Island gets you up and ready to join an optional guided tour* of Dubrovnik Old Town. Surrounded in immense city walls, as if in a universe of its own, the world-famous facades line up as you walk the same streets like the cast and crews of the Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood. Enjoy an evening of romance, glitz and glam, as you will be staying in Dubrovnik overnight.
**Optional excursion: Taste of Dalmatia
DAY 8 Saturday DUBROVNIK; B
Enjoy a farewell breakfast before disembarking by 09:00. Make sure to keep in touch with your fellow travelers and the Cruise Manager and the crew, as M/S Adriatic Pearl will wait for you next year too!

Published in Dubrovnik
Thursday, 23 February 2017 19:40

Island Cruise from Dubrovnik

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DURATION: approximately 9 hours

Come on board!

Don't just visit... experience it!

Just like the streets of Dubrovnik were not built to be seen by carriage, but on foot, it is certain that the best views of the Dubrovnik region are from the sea. The historical Galleon is certainly the best stage for such scenery. During this cruise you will see the three most beautiful islands of the Dubrovnik archipelago - Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan, commonly known as the Elafiti islands. The old legend of the islands is hidden in its name - about the old Greeks hunting for deer and subsequently naming the islands - the Deer islands. Green islands, with gardens full of oranges and lemons and lovely seashore landscapes, charming and picturesque villages with harmonious architecture of summer manors; old seaman's houses and little votive churches. Visit all three Elafiti islands and enjoy your lunch - grilled fish and wine while being entertained by our local musicians.
Note: sportswear recommended

ITINERARY

departure from the hotel according to the timetable

09:00 departure from Port Gruz

09:30 arrival to Kolocep island and free time

10:15 departure towards Sipan island

11:00 arrival to Sipan; short sightseeing and free time

12:00 lunch (grilled fish, salad, wine) on board the ship, departure for Lopud island

approximately 14:00 arrival to Lopud and free time for swimming and sunbathing

16:30/17:00 departure from Lopud

17:30/18:00 arrival to Port Gruz and transfers to the hotels

INCLUSIONS

Included: transfer, boat ride, tour guide, live music, lunch, wine

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Sunday, 05 February 2017 15:10

Island Cruise from Dubrovnik

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Combining history, relaxation and stunning nature into a full-day experience of the Adriatic Sea, this unique sailing excursion takes you to the three Elaphiti Islands on board the galleon Tirena. 
A bit of time sailing will complete your Dubrovnik experience. In the port of Gruž, embark a 16th-century galleon replica Tirena to set off on an idyllic journey to the Elaphites. You will have a chance to visit the three largest islands, Koločep, Šipan and Lopud, all lush in citrus gardens, lovely seashore landscapes, charming villages, old seaman´s houses and little votive churches. On board the ship, the perfect local menu will power your day: grilled fish and tasty salads coupled with some wine. As you’ll surely to be pleasantly tired after a day on the boat, a return transfer will wait for you in the harbour to take you back to the hotel.

Published in Dubrovnik
Sunday, 05 February 2017 15:03

Swimming by Galleon from Dubrovnik

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This full-day boat excursion serves the essence of Adriatic living: taunt sails, a touch of wind on your face, blue seas and beautiful vistas. Relaxation as it should be. 
If you asked a local how to spend a perfect day around Dubrovnik, it would most certainly involve some swimming. Throw in the historic galleon Tirena, a replica from the golden times of Dubrovnik Republic, and you've got yourself a day of fun, history and true relaxation. You’ll head out to the Elaphite Islands, a green and scenic archipelago northwest of Dubrovnik. Stop to briefly explore Koločep and Šipan, but enjoy ample free time in the middle island Lopud. Enjoy picturesque bays, sandy beaches and perhaps even a local lunch in one the lovely seaside restaurants. Altogether, have yourself a very local experience.

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