CROATIA ISLAND HOPPING – Dalmatian Odyssey 2019 - from Dubrovnik

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DAY 1 DUBROVNIK
Arrival to Dubrovnik airport. Transfer to hotel in Dubrovnik and overnight.
DAY 2 DUBROVNIK
Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel followed by a day to discover Croatia’s southernmost town on your own. Wander around Dubrovnik Old Town, the UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Medieval times still linger around the corners of its stone streets while baroque plays a symphony on its palace facades. From the Franciscan Monastery to the Church of St. Blaise and the Rector’s Palace, a stroll around Dubrovnik is filled with jaw-dropping sights. Don’t miss a round on the city walls for a fresh perspective and then top it all off with a ride on the cable car and the breathtaking panoramas from the Srđ hill. Stay the night in a Dubrovnik hotel.
DAY 3 DUBROVNIK
A marvelous city like Dubrovnik can only be surrounded by a marvelous region. Tailor this day to your own liking, whether you are up for just relaxing or perhaps venturing out to explore the islands nearby. Locals would suggest Lokrum Island as an easy trip from the Old Town Harbor. Promising a day of heavenly serenity, Lokrum envelops you in thick green forests of holm oak, pine and laurel, to be shared with the island’s only permanent inhabitants: peacocks and bunnies. Just a tad bit further away, the Elaphite Archipelago packs sandy beaches, remarkable heritage, fun hiking trails and good food into a day excursion. Enjoy the overnight stay in the hotel.
DAY 4 DUBROVNIK - KORČULA
Following breakfast, get ready to start travelling up the Croatian coast. With over a 1000 islands, the Adriatic is an adventure of fantastic imagery stringed together by the mesmerizing shades of blue sea, green pines and rugged rocks. As you make your way to the island of Korčula, enjoy the sights of the Elaphiti Archipelago and of lovely seaside villages and resorts lining the coast. The sixth largest island in Croatia, Korčula, stands out amid its own archipelago, especially popular for fantastic winds which draw the attention of windsurfers and sailors from all around the world. Enjoy an overnight stay in Korčula.
DAY 5 KORČULA
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. Enjoy some time for exploring on your own and an overnight stay in a hotel.
DAY 6 KORČULA - HVAR
Enjoy a breakfast at your Korčula hotel before setting sail to the island of Hvar. Known for great diversity and lavender-hued landscapes, the island charms with the bustling squares and Venetian palaces of its glitzy Hvar town just like it does with the serene waterfront of Jelsa, the bridges of Vrboska and vineyards at Ivan Dolac. Featuring more UNESCO heritage than any other island in the world, Hvar was also the home of organized tourism in Croatia, so plan your leisure time well to get the most of it! Spend the night in a hotel in Hvar.
DAY 7 HVAR - SPLIT
After breakfast at the hotel, cruise back to the mainland, to 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! Overnight stay in Split.
DAY 8 SPLIT
After breakfast, enjoy a transfer to Split airport (or other hotel/accommodation in Split). End of program.

DUBROVNIK EXCLUSIVE CITY BREAK 2019

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DAY 1 DUBROVNIK
Arrive at Dubrovnik airport and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy an evening one-on-one with Dubrovnik and an overnight stay.
DAY 2 DUBROVNIK; CITY WALLS WALKING TOUR AND EXCLUSIVE DINNER
Today, get up-close-and-personal with the fabulous Dubrovnik and the revered, UNESCO-listed Old Town. After breakfast, the guided stroll around the medieval city walls and through the maze of atmospheric alleyways reveals all the splendor which makes Dubrovnik a world-class destination, from the intricate stonework of the palace façades, like Sponza and the Rector’s Palace, to the lively open-air markets and potable water at the Onofrio’s Fountain. Pick your personal favorites before rounding off your day with a bang – a fine-dining showcase of Adriatic specialties at a longstanding exclusive Dubrovnik restaurant. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
DAY 3 DUBROVNIK; CAVTAT TOUR AND COOKING CLASS
Set east and explore important threads of Dubrovnik’s existence, its origins and the relevance of food in keeping the communities together. After breakfast, drive to Cavtat, once a Roman colony named Epidaurus that preceded Dubrovnik and partook in its making. Today, Cavtat is like the serene version of Dubrovnik, where your time is best spent enjoying the idyllic waterfront – whether by taking a pine-shaded seaside walk or by immersing into the local custom of sipping coffee and gazing away at the sea. Rejoin your guide to head out to the countryside to a family household where you will learn by doing and master the importance of food in the everyday life of a local family. After your cooking class, savor the excellent fruits of your labor before returning to Dubrovnik and enjoying an evening on your own to wander around Dubrovnik some more.
DAY 4 DUBROVNIK; KORCULA ISLAND BY PRIVATE MOTORBOAT
The town of Korčula on the island of the same name was supposedly the birthplace of Marco Polo, the famous world explorer. Thus, when in vicinity – it only makes sense to head out to Korčula and explore it! Power up with a breakfast at the hotel, and after a short transfer to the port, hop onto a private motorboat for an exciting and scenic ride to this beautiful island. As soon as you set foot into its ring of historic walls, the Old Town of Korčula envelops you in medieval times still lurking from its towers and corners of its curving stone alleys hiding away stunning churches, buildings and palaces. After sightseeing, find a place to refresh with a dip or a lunch, as you prefer. Upon return, enjoy an evening on your own drawing parallels between the two old towns, the one of Korčula and the one of Dubrovnik. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
DAY 5 DEPARTURE
Enjoy your breakfast at hotel and then take a transfer to the airport. End of the tour.

SOUTH ADRIATIC COASTLINE 2019. - from Dubrovnik

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Unesco heritage sites:

Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian (1979)

Historic City of Trogir (1997)

Old City of Dubrovnik (1979)

Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor (1979)

Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar (2005)

Cities:

Korčula (Croatia)

Perast (Montenegro)

DAY 1 Sunday DUBROVNIK area; D

Transfer from Dubrovnik airport, Dubrovnik harbor or another hotel in Dubrovnik to the designated tour hotel. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik/Dubrovnik area/.

DAY 2 Monday DUBROVNIK area; Explore Dubrovnik by Cable Car; B, D

Start your south Adriatic coach tour by getting a bird’s-eye perspective onto things. In the company of a local guide, enjoy a swift cable car ride to the hill Srđ, towering directly above Dubrovnik. From the top, get an understanding of the intricate position of this remarkable town, but also unforgettable glimpses of its terracotta roofs and neatly arranged Old Town streets. Then, explore them on foot, learning of the local cultural treasures and historic pathways. As you delve into the harmony, simplicity and beauty of this remarkable town, you’ll definitely get a sense of your journey beginning with a grand opening! Return to your hotel early in the afternoon, and enjoy a dinner and overnight Dubrovnik area.

DAY 3 Tuesday DUBROVNIK area; Ancient Montenegro; B, D

In the morning, venture east. Past the serene valley of Konavle, cross the border with Montenegro. The scenery turns more dramatic, with snowcapped mountains looming over the turquoise Adriatic Sea. Driving around Boka bay, its beauty entices, with settlements inhabited as early as the Illyrian and Roman times charmingly dotting the shorelines. Discover the picturesque Perast with its quaint seafront and Our Lady of the Rocks church poised on a manmade island facing the town. Next, visit the UNESCO-listed gem of Kotor. Compare it to Dubrovnik, and find distinct Venetian heritage as the main difference. After your guide introduces you to a maze of curvy alleys and sun-kissed piazzas, wander around on your own before heading back. Upon return, dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik/Dubrovnik area.

DAY 4 Wednesday DUBROVNIK – MAKARSKA RIVIERA; B, D

En route to the leisurely Makarska, divert across another border into Bosnia and Herzegovina. Discover Mostar, the crossroads of the east and the west, where urban style, religion, culture and food all embrace the clash. As you explore its sights like the Old Bazaar, the Turkish House and one of the many old Mosques, your guide will bring the town’s contrasts and lessons in focus and then allow you to explore on your own, visit the old craft shops, and savor some traditional fare like čevapći or baklava (sweets). Arrive to Makarska later in the afternoon and enjoy a dinner and overnight stay at Makarska Riviera.

DAY 5 Thursday MAKARSKA RIVIERA; Split and Trogir; B, D

Today, contrast two Croatian UNESCO-listed sites in vicinity of the resort town of Makarska. Split, the 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. Take note of the historic core of Split, the Diocletian’s Palace, and compare it to a maze of atmospheric streets and alleyways in your next stop, the petite Trogir. Rooted in the greatness of Greek and Roman times, Trogir showcases some of the finest architectural works in Croatia, including the incredibly intricate portal of its Cathedral, the Town Loggia and the Cipiko palace. After a day of culture and heritage, head back to Makarska/Makarska area for a dinner and overnight stay. 

DAY 6 Friday MAKARSKA RIVIERA; B, D

A day of leisure brings your vacation close to its grand finale. Relax on the long pebbly beaches in Makarska or join an optional excursion to the Krka National Park and the town of Šibenik. Krka waterfalls are often referred to as ‘the little Plitvice Lakes’, as they somewhat resemble Croatia’s favorite national park. Close to where the river Krka kisses the Adriatic Sea, you’ll also find the town of Šibenik, somewhat of a late tourism bloomer – which gives it a special charm. With a seductive Renaissance core, a superbly attractive waterfront and an immense fort guarding the town, its success does not surprise, especially knowing that its centerpiece, the Renaissance Cathedral of St. James, is UNESCO-listed and considered one of the most beautiful examples of sacral architecture in Croatia. Return to Makarska Riviera for dinner and overnight.

DAY 7 Saturday MAKARSKA RIVIERA - DUBROVNIK; B, D

Depart Makarska Riviera in the morning and head to Ploče for a lovely ferry boat ride to Trpanj on Pelješac peninsula. A short bus and a boat transfer later, and you’ll be in Korčula island and its beautiful Old Town, charming and entertaining at the same time. The fishbone pattern of its streets, superb stone work all over its facades, Korčula stuns around each corner. After a brisk walking tour, wander the former Venetian stronghold on your own, before returning to Orebić. A break from the scenic ride through Pelješac peninsula takes place in Ston, the town of salt and oysters. Return to your hotel late in the afternoon. Dinner in the hotel and overnight in Dubrovnik area.

DAY 8 Sunday DUBROVNIK DEPARTURE; B

Transfer on the day of the tour to Dubrovnik airport, Dubrovnik port &hotels in Dubrovnik.

 

 

DALMATIAN ISLANDS Cruise 2019 by Adriatic Pearl - from Dubrovnik

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DAY 1 Saturday EMBARKATION DUBROVNIK; D
Embark at 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 – SLANO; B, L
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before joining in an optional guided tour* of Dubrovnik Old Town. Surrounded in immense city walls, as if in a universe of its own, the world-famous Gothic and baroque facades line up as you walk the same streets like the cast and crews of the Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood. The merchant power equal to the one of Venetian Republic, Dubrovnik was a large seafaring force. Dubrovnik nobility and captains fancied the small town of Slano for their summer estates and you will understand why as soon as you arrive in the afternoon. Explore this quaint seaside settlement on your own or join our optional tour** to the town of Ston, known for many things gourmand: potent wines, ancient salt production and succulent oysters and mussels.
*Dubrovnik town tour with a coach transfer from Dubrovnik port (Gruz) to the Old town – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Taste of Dalmatia
DAY 3 Monday MLJET – KORČULA; B, L
Breakfasts on Agape Rose are always served with a view. Enjoy the start of your day before arriving to the green island of 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! After a refreshing dip along the way, visit Korčula. 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.
*Korčula walking tour – optional walking tour package
** Optional excursion: Mljet National Park
DAY 4 Tuesday KORČULA – HVAR – VIS; B, D (Captains dinner)
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*. In the afternoon, hop over to the island of Vis, the most distant from the coast of all inhabited islands in Croatia. Closed off to the public for the larger part of the 20th century for its role as an important Yugoslav military base, Vis and its nature remain incredibly preserved even today. Dinner onboard and overnight in Vis.
*Hvar walking tour – optional walking tour package
DAY 5 Wednesday VIS – ŠIBENIK; B, L
You will wake up to views of Vis town waterfront, comprised of the newer, 19th-century harbor area, and the historic, medieval corner. Spanning over two millennia, the array of heritage in this small settlement might not surprise, ranging 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 before setting sail towards the mainland. Arriving to Šibenik, snatch a spot on the deck, as its stone waterfront, nestled beneath the impressive St. Michael fort, remains a sight to behold. 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 was constructed, and the present day, with the town known as one of Croatia’s upcoming gems. Experience its stone alleys and great cuisine in an evening on your own. Overnight in Šibenik.
*Walking tour of Šibenik – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Vis
DAY 6 Thursday ŠIBENIK – KRKA – SKRADIN – SPLIT; 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 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 before heading back to the seaside to visit the gem of Trogir, a petite island bridged to the mainland. A showcase of stunning architecture founded upon Greek and Roman heritage, Trogir has been protected by UNESCO, just like its big neighbor and your next stop, the town of Split. Explore on your own or join our optional * Split 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 here. Dinner on board and overnight in Split.
*Split walking tour – optional walking tour package
DAY 7 Friday SPLIT – PUČIŠĆA – OMIŠ; B, L
As you wave Split and its easy-going spirit goodbye, you’ll be heading to one of the neighboring islands, Brač, known as 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 at the mainland, get stunned by the dramatic karst 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.
*Stonemasonry School in Pucisca – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Cetina river
DAY 8 Saturday DEPARTURE
Enjoy one last sea view breakfast before disembarking the ship by 9:00 AM.

DALMATIAN ISLANDS Cruise 2019 by Agape Rose - from Dubrovnik

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DAY 1 Saturday EMBARKATION DUBROVNIK; D
Embark at 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 – SLANO; B, L
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before joining in an optional guided tour* of Dubrovnik Old Town. Surrounded in immense city walls, as if in a universe of its own, the world-famous Gothic and baroque facades line up as you walk the same streets like the cast and crews of the Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood. The merchant power equal to the one of Venetian Republic, Dubrovnik was a large seafaring force. Dubrovnik nobility and captains fancied the small town of Slano for their summer estates and you will understand why as soon as you arrive in the afternoon. Explore this quaint seaside settlement on your own or join our optional tour** to the town of Ston, known for many things gourmand: potent wines, ancient salt production and succulent oysters and mussels.
*Dubrovnik town tour with a coach transfer from Dubrovnik port (Gruz) to the Old town – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Taste of Dalmatia
DAY 3 Monday MLJET – KORČULA; B, L
Breakfasts on Agape Rose are always served with a view. Enjoy the start of your day before arriving to the green island of 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! After a refreshing dip along the way, visit Korčula. 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.
*Korčula walking tour – optional walking tour package
** Optional excursion: Mljet National Park
DAY 4 Tuesday KORČULA – HVAR – VIS; B, D (Captains dinner)
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*. In the afternoon, hop over to the island of Vis, the most distant from the coast of all inhabited islands in Croatia. Closed off to the public for the larger part of the 20th century for its role as an important Yugoslav military base, Vis and its nature remain incredibly preserved even today. Dinner onboard and overnight in Vis.
*Hvar walking tour – optional walking tour package
DAY 5 Wednesday VIS – ŠIBENIK; B, L
You will wake up to views of Vis town waterfront, comprised of the newer, 19th-century harbor area, and the historic, medieval corner. Spanning over two millennia, the array of heritage in this small settlement might not surprise, ranging 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 before setting sail towards the mainland. Arriving to Šibenik, snatch a spot on the deck, as its stone waterfront, nestled beneath the impressive St. Michael fort, remains a sight to behold. 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 was constructed, and the present day, with the town known as one of Croatia’s upcoming gems. Experience its stone alleys and great cuisine in an evening on your own. Overnight in Šibenik.
*Walking tour of Šibenik – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Vis
DAY 6 Thursday ŠIBENIK – KRKA – SKRADIN – SPLIT; 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 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 before heading back to the seaside to visit the gem of Trogir, a petite island bridged to the mainland. A showcase of stunning architecture founded upon Greek and Roman heritage, Trogir has been protected by UNESCO, just like its big neighbor and your next stop, the town of Split. Explore on your own or join our optional * Split 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 here. Dinner on board and overnight in Split.
*Split walking tour – optional walking tour package
DAY 7 Friday SPLIT – PUČIŠĆA – OMIŠ; B, L
As you wave Split and its easy-going spirit goodbye, you’ll be heading to one of the neighboring islands, Brač, known as 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 at the mainland, get stunned by the dramatic karst 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.
*Stonemasonry School in Pucisca – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Cetina river
DAY 8 Saturday DEPARTURE
Enjoy one last sea view breakfast before disembarking the ship by 9:00 AM.