June 6 - 16, 2018
EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT; $200.00 PER PERSON IF BOOKED BY SEPTEMBER 1.
An Adriatic coast with more than 1,000 islands. A country crossed by a chain of the Alps. Land covered with medieval walled towns. Incredible wine and seafood. Croatia is the surprise favorite of many travelers. The country has more than 250 days of sun each year and June is THE month to go.
We begin in famous Dubrovnik, passing through the independent country of Montenegro, and on Day 4, embark on our Dalmatian coastal cruise. Built in 2013, our ship is the MV Amalia, described online as cozy and homey. Its 36 guests enjoy fine food, excellent wines, a sun deck and above all the gorgeous landscape. Cabins are simple yet comfortable with a/c, private bathrooms and views, only accessible by small ships. Our budget price includes 4 star hotels on land, meals as noted and shares first come first served.
Day 1 - Jun 06 Wed - DUBROVNIK
You will be met in Dubrovnik and transferred to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. There is a Welcome dinner at a local restaurant tonight.
Overnight in Dubrovnik atHotel Lero, Adria Or Similar. (BD)
Day 2 - Jun 07 Thu - DUBROVNIK - MONTENEGRO - DUBROVNIK
After an early breakfast join a bus excursion to Montenegro. A small country with magnificent mountains rising above the Adriatic Sea, filled with natural beauty, clear lakes, fast rivers and serene beaches. Enjoy exploring Montenegro's natural attractions, and learning of its interesting history, culture and tradition. Return at approximately 6:30pm and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in the hotel. (B)
Day 3 - Jun 08 Fri - DUBROVNIK - MOSTAR - DUBROVNIK
Join the escorted bus tour to Mostar, a town of contrasts in culture, color and cuisine. It is divided not only by the Neretva River that flows through it but also by religion and culture from one bank to the other. Mostar, in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina, is where “east meets west”. Just a short drive up the Adriatic coast and then inland following the breathtaking Neretva Valley which offers stunning views of the local countryside. Here the Neretva River enriches the land with the colors and scents from mandarin and kiwi plantations. Overnight in the hotel. (B)
Day 4 - Jun 09 Sat - DUBROVNIK - SIPAN or SLANO
Enjoy a morning guided tour of Dubrovnik to learn more of its rich history. The special charm of this old city is the buildings that have remained from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic. The tour ends with a transfer to Gruž port where our ship will be docked and your luggage already on board. Depart from Dubrovnik harbor at 1pm, cruise along the south Dalmatian coast to one of Elaphite islands - Sipan, or the small village of Slano on the mainland. Both are peaceful fishermen's villages where you can experience the fantastic sunset. Overnight on board MV AMALIA (BL)
Day 5 - Jun 10 Sun - SIPAN or SLANO - MLJET - KORCULA
After breakfast we continue our journey towards the island and national park Mljet. Lunch on board. Free time to enjoy the salt lakes in the National Park and enjoy the sun and sea on this peaceful island. In the middle of the park’s large lake, one can visit an old abbey and church, or just use a small boat to roam around the park. We continue to Korcula where we arrive in late afternoon. Surrounded by ancient walls and fortified bastions Korcula’s old town is very well preserved with its layout and structure dating back to 13th century. A Wine tasting is includedthis afternoon.Overnight on board the cruise. (BL)
Day 6 - Jun 11 Mon - KORCULA - VIS
Early in the morning we cruise towards the little Bisevo island to visit the Blue cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon. Sometimes weather conditions can be very unpredictable, our visit will depend on those conditions, however you will be notified in advance by the crew. We continue towards the island of Vis, which was a strategic harbor for the navy and closed to the public until recently. Because of this isolation, Vis has a special charm of ‘the Mediterranean as it once was’ which makes it interesting to see. Dock overnight in the town of Vis, which developed near the remains of ancient Issa, the first urban center in Croatia. If interested, visit the remains
of the Roman thermal place, City museum or simply take a walk enjoying the views of the beautiful VillaeRusticae situated along the waterfront.AWine tasting is included.
Overnight on board the cruise.(BL)
Day 7 - Jun 12 Tue - VIS - HVAR
Our next destination is the little island scedro where we will have enough time to relax and refresh in the clean, crystal blue sea. Departure for Hvar after lunch. Hvar is the longest island in the Adriatic. Here we can find the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower also, the oldest community theatre in Europe was founded here in
1612. Hvar offers plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes that are open long into the night. Hvar is often referred to as the sunshine and jet-set island.A Wine tasting is included. Overnight on board the cruise. (BL)
Day 8 - Jun 13 Wed - VIS - BOL - MAKARSKA
Leave Hvar and continue our cruise towards the island of Brac, more precisely to the town of Bol, best known for its famous Zlatni rat beach (Golden horn), a natural phenomenon that with its specific form dominates the other beaches of Croatia. After the swimming break or short walk around the village we continue towards Makarska where strolling along the streets, you will come across numerous churches and other architectural and cultural sites. Enjoy a Wine tasting.Overnight on board the cruise. (BL)
Day 9 - Jun 14 Thu - MAKARSKA - PUCISCA - OMIS
Early in the morning we continue our trip towards Pucisca, a typical Mediterranean place, situated on the northern side of the Brac island at the bottom of the deep bay There is a possibility of visiting a stone-masonry workshop, one of the few stone masonry workshops left in Europe. We continue to Omis, a picturesque town surrounded with steep rocky mountain cliffs, where the river Cetina flows into the Adriatic sea.Overnight on board the cruise. (BL)
Day 10 - Jun 15 Fri - OMIS - SPLIT
We departfor our last destination, the town of Split, a city under UNESCO protection famous for its old city center, 1700-year-old Diocletian's palace. Upon arrival enjoy our guided tour of Split with an English speaking guide. Overnight on board the cruise. Enjoy a Farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (BD)
Day 11 - Jun 16 Sat - SPLIT
After an early breakfast say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends! TRANSFER TO AIRPORT SPLIT.(B)