• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  4
  • Departs From: Zagreb
  • Location: Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia
  • Duration: 15 days
  • Availability: TUESDAYS, May - September
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Highlights

  • Fantastic new Cruise/Tour Combo for 2018, truly the best of the Balkans!
  • Local guides for sightseeing tours of Split, Dubrovnik, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje and Kotor
  • Diocletian’s Palace and St. Duimus Cathedral in Split;
  • Franciscan Monastery and Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik
  • National Museum in Tirana, St. Sofia, St. Clement and St. Naum in Ohrid;
  • Church of Holy Savior and Monastery of St. Panteleimon in Skopje;
  • Residence of King Nikola I Petrović in Cetinje;
  • St. Triphun Cathedral in Kotor
  • Accommodation in 3 and 4 star hotels on half board basis
  • 7 nights cruise on DLX ship in chosen cabin
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15 days from Dubrovnik, Budva, Shkodra, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Kolasin, Cetinje, Kotor PLUS a 7 night cruise

This spectacular comprehensive Grand Balkan Tour encompasses the entire Balkan region in one fabulous experience! Start in Dubrovnik, then down to Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia and back to finish in Dubrovnik. Then join your fabulous cruise of the Dalmatian coast and island hop your way through the Adriatic.

Guaranteed Departure Escorted Tour and Cruise Combo. 15 days from Dubrovnik, Budva (Montenegro), Shkodra (Albania), Tirana, Ohrid (Macedonia), Skopje, Kolasin (Montenegro), Cetinje, Kotor and back to Dubrovnik, then cruise to Korcula, Hvar, Split, Omis, Bol, and back to Dubrovnik

Itinerary

15 days from Dubrovnik, Budva (Montenegro), Shkodra (Albania), Tirana, Ohrid (Macedonia), Skopje, Kolasin (Montenegro), Cetinje, Kotor and back to Dubrovnik, then Korcula, Hvar, Split, Omis, Bol, and back to Dubrovnik.

ITINERARY:

Day 1 Sunday DUBROVNIK – Arrival
Upon arrival at Dubrovnik Airport, transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight.


Day 2 Monday DUBROVNIK – BUDVA / Montenegro – SHKODRA / Albania – TIRANA
Morning sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik, included in the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage. You will visit the Franciscan Monastery with Europe’s third oldest pharmacy, the Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral. Departure for Tirana; we drive inland via Budva, crossing the Albanian border at Shkodra, once the capital of the Illyrian Kingdom (3rd century B.C.). Dinner and overnight in Tirana.

Day 3 Tuesday TIRANA – OHRID / Macedonia
Morning sightseeing tour of Tirana, the capital of Albania, including Skender Bey Square, the Mosque of Ethem Bey and a visit to the National Museum representing the flow of Albanian history and housing the finds from archeological sites across the country. Afternoon departure for Ohrid, driving via Elbasan and crossing the Macedonian border at Cafasan. Dinner and overnight in Ohrid.

Day 4 Wednesday OHRID
Full day in the lakeside resort of Ohrid, classified as UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage site. Through the activity of St. Clement and St. Naum of Ohrid, the first pan-Slavic University in Europe, the famous “Ohrid Literary School” was founded here. Morning sightseeing tour includes the church of St. Sofia (11th century), the most eminent mediaeval monument in Macedonia with magnificent Byzantine fresco paintings and St. Clement Church with its icon of Annunciation. In the afternoon a short drive to visit St. Naum Monastery built on the shores of Ohrid Lake in 900 A.D. and dedicated to the Slavic missionary and educator St. Naum of Ohrid. Return to hotel for overnight.

Day 5 Thursday OHRID – SKOPJE
Morning departure for Skopje. Sightseeing tour of Skopje, including the Kale Fortress, the Church of the Holy Savior with its iconostas, one of the finest samples of traditional walnut woodcarving, Old Bazaar and Stone Bridge. We drive to the slopes of the Vodno Mountain where we visit the Monastery of St. Panteleimon with its 12th century iconostas and frescoes ranking among the highest achievements of Byzantine art of this period. Dinner and overnight in Skopje.

Day 6 Friday SKOPJE – KOLAŠIN / Montenegro
Morning departure for Kolašin, driving via Peć and Berane and along the impressive Morača River Canyon. Afternoon arrival at Kolašin, spreading on the left bank of the river Tara, situated at the altitude of 954m. The whole area is surrounded by the thick pine forest of the Bjelasica Mountain and is a popular skiing and air spa resort. Dinner and overnight in Kolašin.

Day 7 Saturday KOLAŠIN – CETINJE – KOTOR – DUBROVNIK
Morning departure for Cetinje where we visit King Nikola’s Museum, once the residence of the Montenegrin King Nikola I Petrović. Continuation to Budva and Kotor, classified as UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage, where we visit its Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to St. Triphun, the city’s patron saint. We continue to Dubrovnik driving along the picturesque Bay of Kotor.
Embarkation at Gruž port. Meet your fellow travelers and your Cruise Manager later at an on-board Welcome Reception. This evening, you can relax or take a walk through Dubrovnik’s vibrant streets.

Day 8 Sunday DUBROVNIK - EMBARKATION to Cruise
Breakfast at hotel. Afternoon transfer to the boat. Welcome dinner and overnight on the boat.

Day 9 Monday DUBROVNIK – KORČULA
We set sail for the island of Korčula around two o’clock, with swimming stop, if weather permits, in one of pristine bays, time to cool off, relax and lunch onboard. Continue towards Korčula, the most preserved medieval town whose street design is based on a fish bone pattern, to spend the night there.

Day 10 Tuesday KORČULA – PUČIŠĆA
This morning, a walking tour of Korcula takes you through its narrow, cobbled streets full of history.
Later in the morning we set sails towards the island of Brač, village of the stone sculpture and music culture Pučišća, where you can visit amazing stonemason school (optional). Lunch on board.
Enjoy a swim in one of Brač’s many lovely coves and bays, if weather permits. Overnight.

Day 11 Wednesday PUČIŠĆA – OMIŠ – SPLIT
We depart for Omiš before breakfast, it’s fortresses are silent stone reminders of the power and might of the infamous pirates who once made their homes and fortunes here. You will have a possibility to book a short walking tour, followed by boarding a small boat and sail into Cetina River Canyon, a protected nature area, continuing to Radman Mills for a local specialty snack. After visiting Omiš set sail to Split with a stop along the way to swim, cool off and relax, if weather permits, with lunch on board. In the late afternoon we arrive at Split to spend the night. Arriving in Split, take a guided tour of the city, the seafront promenade, and Roman
Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. The historical center of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your evening is free in Split.

Day 12 Thursday SPLIT – HVAR
Stop in Bol, a small town on Island Brac, for a swim at the Golden Horn. Enjoy the 1740-foot-long golden pebble beach said to be the best in Croatia. It is unique in that it changes shape and position depending on the winds. Return to your boat for lunch, then head to Hvar. Hvar is one of the most popular islands in the Adriatic and a meeting point for the international jet set. The “Croatian Madeira” is also one of the longest islands stretching along the shores of Croatia. A sightseeing tour of Hvar town shows you the first public theatre in Europe (older than Shakespeare’s theatre in the UK) and many more historical sites. Your evening is free to explore Hvar on your own.
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.

Day 13 Friday HVAR – MLJET
Departing from Hvar in the morning, our sail to Mljet Island includes a stop for swimming, if weather permits, and lunch on board. Croatian “Greenest Island” will hypnotize you with its beautiful, untouched nature and its cultural heritage. We arrive in the heart of Mljet National Park which encompasses five types of forests, many species of birds and two deep lakes. If you want to visit Mljet National Park, walk to the entrance where you can purchase the ticket to walk around the Great Lake and the Small Lake and join the boat ride to St. Mary Island. Have a Captain’s Dinner onboard. We will spend the night in Mljet.

Day 14 Saturday MLJET – DUBROVNIK
In the morning we continue our adventure by sailing back to Dubrovnik.
Lunch on board with stop for swimming. Early in the afternoon we arrive in Dubrovnik.

Day 15 Sunday DEPART DUBROVNIK - Disembarkation
After breakfast it’s time to disembark. You will be transferred to Dubrovnik airport or your Dubrovnik hotel.

Deluxe DLX Ship: MS Princess Aloha (Main Deck has Twin bed cabins only, both DBL and Twin available on Lower Deck)

INCLUDED ON THE TOUR:
- Arrival transfers from Dubrovnik Airport to hotel, then to port for embarkation and to Dubrovnik Airport or hotel on the last day of the cruise
- Accommodation in 4
  • hotels (except in Dubrovnik, a 3* hotel) on half board basis, except in Ohrid on Day 4 (bed and breakfast)

- Local guides for sightseeing tours of Dubrovnik, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Kotor, Split, Hvar, Korčula, guiding on Mljet and in Omiš free of charge
- Entrance fees to: Franciscan Monastery and Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik; National Museum in Tirana, St. Sofia, St. Clement and St. Naum in Ohrid; Church of Holy Savior and Monastery of St. Panteleimon in Skopje; Residence of King Nikola I Petrović in Cetinje; St. Triphun Cathedral in Kotor
- Air-conditioned motor coach throughout tour portion
- Tour Escort throughout

INCLUDED ON THE CRUISE:
• 7 nights cruise in a preferred category cabin with private shower/toilet
• Captain’s dinner
• Buffet breakfast and 6 lunches with four courses, starting with the four courses Welcome Dinner on Day 1 and ending with breakfast on Day 8
• Water provided on tables during the lunch
• Complimentary fresh fruit available daily
• Professional English speaking Cruise Manager
• Free Wi-Fi on board

NOT INCLUDED:
• Tourist tax port tax - EUR 25.00 per person to be paid onboard in cash
• Supplement for Omiš & Cetina River excursion is 20,00 EUR per pax
• Entrance to the Mljet National park, cca 15,00 EUR per person to be paid at entrance if clients want to enter, guiding free of charge
• Drinks onboard, extra meals


Hotels (or similar):
Dubrovnik: Ivka 3star
Tirana: Sky Tower 4star
Ohrid: Metropol 4star
Skopje: Karpoš 4star
Kolašin: Bianca 4star


RESTRICTIONS: Captain reserves the right to change the route in case of bad weather conditions. Guests are obliged to follow ship rules (found in written form on the ship) especially with regards to bringing drinks on board. In case of inappropriate behavior Captain reserves the right in requesting clients to disembark.

DISCLAIMER: Due to specific mooring conditions and requirements in some Croatian ports, ships are moored side by side, making it necessary for the clients to cross from one ship to another with gaps in between ships in order to get to the shore. In such cases clients need to take special care when crossing and do this at their own risk. Crew assistance will be given to those needing and requesting it. Cruise not recommended for clients in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

BEDS: Many cruise ships now have ‘flex-beds’, which can be moved together to form a Double/Queen size bed with 2 single mattresses on a combined base, leaving a small separation between the mattresses. Even a traditional double/queen bed mattress might have separate bedding on each side, such as 2 single duvets, rather than one large one. If this is an issue for you, please let us know before booking. Thank you.

Accommodations

Great accommodations are provided.

Essential Information

Hotels list (or similar):
Dubrovnik: Ivka 3star
Tirana: Sky Tower 4star
Ohrid: Metropol 4star
Skopje: Karpoš 4star
Kolašin: Bianca 4star


Ship Description:

Deluxe DLX Ship: MS Princess Aloha (Main Deck has Twin bed cabins only, both DBL and Twin available on Lower Deck)

The MS Princess Aloha is classified as a 125 ft. long, 26 ft. wide 5 star vessel, with a cruising speed of 9 nautical miles. This is a 2012 built ship with all the latest equipment. Its maximum passenger capacity is 38. It offers 18 cabins with twin or double beds; some with possibility for an additional bed.

The Sun deck has a total surface of 2,368 sq. ft., partially offering sun-shade cover and providing deck-beds for all passengers. The ship has a rear access platform to the sea as well as ladders for easy access to the water. In addition, the vessel offers two outdoor showers and four deck lavatories.

All cabins are fitted with beautiful french-polished wood of the highest quality, private ensuites and airconditioning

Main deck (3 twin cabins with inner communication to the restaurant)
9 twin cabins
1 double cabin (queen size bed)
1 single cabin for tour escort

Lower deck (all cabins with inner communication to the restaurant)
2 twin cabins
4 double cabins (queen size bed)
2 triple cabins (queen size bed & additional bed)

Ship Description

Ship Photos: MS Princess Aloha

 

https://discovercroatia.com.au/ship-descriptions/

Inclusions

INCLUDED ON THE TOUR: - Arrival transfers from Dubrovnik Airport to hotel, then to port for embarkation and to Dubrovnik Airport or hotel on the last day of the cruise - Accommodation in 4

  • hotels (except in Dubrovnik, a 3* hotel) on half board basis, except in Ohrid on Day 4 (bed and breakfast)
- Local guides for sightseeing tours of Dubrovnik, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Kotor, Split, Hvar, Korčula, guiding on Mljet and in Omiš free of charge - Entrance fees to: Franciscan Monastery and Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik; National Museum in Tirana, St. Sofia, St. Clement and St. Naum in Ohrid; Church of Holy Savior and Monastery of St. Panteleimon in Skopje; Residence of King Nikola I Petrović in Cetinje; St. Triphun Cathedral in Kotor - Air-conditioned motor coach throughout tour portion - Tour Escort throughout INCLUDED ON THE CRUISE: • 7 nights cruise in a preferred category cabin with private shower/toilet • Captain’s dinner • Buffet breakfast and 6 lunches with four courses, starting with the four courses Welcome Dinner on Day 1 and ending with breakfast on Day 8 • Water provided on tables during the lunch • Complimentary fresh fruit available daily • Professional English speaking Cruise Manager • Free Wi-Fi on board

Exclusions

  • NOT INCLUDED:
  • • Tourist tax port tax - EUR 25.00 per person to be paid onboard the cruise in cash in Euros or Kuna
  • • Supplement for Omiš & Cetina River excursion is 20,00 EUR per pax
  • • Entrance to the Mljet National park, cca 15,00 EUR per person to be paid at entrance if clients want to enter, guiding free of charge
  • • Drinks onboard, extra meals

Frequently Asked Questions

We have loads more specific FAQ answered on our other pages, check them out here:

Before You Go (general info for all travellers)

Before Your Cruise (small ship Croatia cruises)

Before Your Private Charter (private gulets and yacht charter)

Before Your Island Hopping Tour (packages combining hotels, ferries and transfers)

 

Click here to see how the booking process works: https://discovercroatia.com.au/how-to-book/

How far in advance do I need to book?

Cruises: For our weekly small ship cruises with guaranteed departures we suggest you book as soon as your plans are in motion. All cruises are extremely popular especially during peak season, which is June, July, August, September and these dates can be booked out up to a year in advance, especially September. One-way cruises are particularly sought-after and tend to sell out first, so please speak to us first to ensure your cruise choice is available before booking any flight arrangements.

Escorted Tours: Escorted Group Tours with guaranteed departures are also best booked as early as possible to ensure your place on the tour, as spaces are limited to a set number of passengers. Once the tour is full that departure is closed for new bookings.

Island Hopping, Self-Drive, Self-Guided Cycling/Hiking and Independent or Private Tours: Independent tours are available most days of the week at any time of year, so if you're booking late these are a great option. They can also start or finish on any day of the week, so can be a great alternative to the cruises (that mostly depart only on Saturdays). You can check out our Island Hopper Tours and our active tours for some examples. If you can't find what you are looking for please make an enquiry on any of our tours and let us know what you need. We love creating custom tours with our clients.

What do the different ship categories mean?

Please see our Ship Descriptions page here, for all the information on Ship Categories, Deck and Cabin Descriptions

Cruise Ship Photos

 

 

 

 

What is half-board? What meals are included?

Half-board (HB): This means that 2 meals a day are usually provided, mostly it will be breakfast and lunch on cruises, and breakfast and dinner on escorted tours. Each cruise or tour will have meals listed on the daily itinerary, so that you will know exactly which meals are included. Some lunches or dinners are swapped occasionally, so that you may enjoy a wonderful gourmet experience with your fellow travellers, such as a Captain's Dinner on a cruise, or a wine-tasting and lunch on an escorted tour. For the remainder of your meals you will be able to dine anywhere you choose and you will be responsible for the cost of those meals. Your Cruise or Tour Director will be happy to recommend a good value and trusted eatery nearby at every location, or you can explore on your own.

Bed and Breakfast (BB): This means that only breakfast is included in your holiday. Most of our Independent Tours include breakfast only, so that you are not beholden to going back to your hotel for lunch or dinner as you are going to be exploring on your own. We think that flexibility with lunch and dinner gives you the best option for exploring Croatia and experiencing the local culture and cuisine.

Full-board (FB) is occasionally offered on cruises as an optional extra, but we do not recommend you take the full-board option unless you are really sure about it. A lot of the joy of the cruise and tour experiences is to dine in local restaurants, 'konobas' (traditional pubs) and bars, so that you can meet the people who live and work there. Why come all the way to Croatia only to eat on-board for every meal? There are so many fabulous (and even some famous!) eateries. Get out there and taste them!

 

What type of transport is used on the Island Hopper Tours? Local ferries and vehicle transfers

Local ferries: Local ferries are used between the mainland and the islands where possible. Most of these ferries are fast ferries (high speed catamarans). Our Island Hopper Tours include all ferry tickets, as well as delivery of the ferry tickets to your hotel, when we come to pick you up to take you to the ferry port. In some towns, where some hotels are in the pedestrian zone close to the ferry port (like Hvar), then you will be met at the ferry and directed to your hotel, with luggage assistance if required. If your hotel is outside the pedestrian zone you will be met at the ferry and taken to your transfer vehicle, with luggage assistance if required.

Transfers: Most Island Hoppers have private airport transfers included, and private transfers to/from the ferry ports on the islands. Some transfers will be shared transfers if there are others going to the exact same hotel at the same time and it is a short distance.

How fit do I need to be for my holiday?

Relaxation/cultural cruises and tours: On-board your cruise ship, you will need to be able to negotiate gangways and stairs and be able to step from ship to ship as the cruise ships are moored next to each other sideways and sometimes you need to step across to the next ship. You will be walking mostly on the cobblestone streets through the iconic cities and towns of the region. The excursions are best-suited to those who are capable of walking on uneven surfaces as many old cities and towns have limited totally flat surfaces that can accommodate wheelchairs or walking-frames. Please contact us to ask about your specific circumstances, as we are happy to help plan for your needs as best we can. Assistance will be provided on cruise ships to help you navigate getting on and off, but there are a few limitations. Please ask.

Cycling tours: Although almost completely flat this cycle tour is graded easy to moderate as the daily distance ranges between approximately 15-50 km. You will be biking mostly on the dedicated cycle paths alongside canals, rivers and through the iconic cities and towns of the region. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is flat and predominantly traffic-free and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board.

What happens if I can't attend an excursion?

It is possible to relax at your hotel, on the tour bus or on the boat at any time.

What happens if I can't cycle or hike a stage on an active holiday?

For cycling cruises: If you don't want to cycle it is possible to relax on the boat as it moves to the next port of call.

For cycling and hiking tours: If you don't want to (or can't due to illness or injury) cycle, hike or walk a stage, then we will make arrangements to have you transferred to the next stop on your itinerary so that you can continue with your holiday. Prices for transfers vary widely, so pricing will be provided on an 'as needed' basis only.

What equipment do I need?

Relaxation/excursion cruises and tours: You will need comfortable walking shoes, clothes for relaxing, your swimming costume, and a sunhat. Most cruises are fairly relaxed and casual clothing is fine for all meals, though you may want to take one nice outfit depending on where you wish to dine onshore.

Cycling cruises and tours: You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

 

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Double Cabin Lower Deck - MS Princess Aloha DLX
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Itinerary

  • Day 1 Sunday DUBROVNIK – Arrival
  • Day 2 Monday DUBROVNIK – BUDVA / Montenegro – SHKODRA / Albania – TIRANA
  • Day 3 Tuesday TIRANA – OHRID / Macedonia
  • Day 4 Wednesday OHRID
  • Day 5 Thursday OHRID – SKOPJE
  • Day 6 Friday SKOPJE – KOLAŠIN / Montenegro
  • Day 7 Saturday KOLAŠIN – CETINJE – KOTOR – DUBROVNIK
  • Day 8 Sunday DUBROVNIK - EMBARKATION to Cruise
  • Day 9 Monday DUBROVNIK – KORČULA
  • Day 10 Tuesday KORČULA – PUČIŠĆA
  • Day 11 Wednesday PUČIŠĆA – OMIŠ – SPLIT
  • Day 12 Thursday SPLIT – HVAR
  • Day 13 Friday HVAR – MLJET
  • Day 14 Saturday MLJET – DUBROVNIK
  • Day 15 Sunday DEPART DUBROVNIK - Disembarkation