• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  5
  • Departs From: Dubrovnik
  • Location: Dubrovnik, Hvar, Split, Zadar, Plitvice, Venice
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Availability: SATURDAYS, May - October
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Highlights

  • Deluxe Cruise for 7 nights plus a 4 night land tour to finish in Venice
  • Dubrovnik
  • Mljet National Park
  • Korcula
  • Hvar
  • Split
  • Krka National Park
  • Kornati National Park
  • Zadar
  • Plitvice National Park
  • Pula
  • Postojna
  • Venice
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12 days from Dubrovnik, Mljet, Korcula, Hvar, Split, Trogir, Zadar, Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, Postojna, Venice

One of our most popular combos! A comprehensive Cruise/Tour Combo from Dubrovnik, all the way up the Dalmatian Coast to Zadar. Travel overland to Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, and then into Slovenia to Postojna Caves, and finishing the jewel of Italy... Venice. A 7 night cruise from Dubrovnik to Zadar, and then a 4 night Escorted overland Tour from Zadar to Venice to finish!

Luxury Balcony Ship: MS Premier

Itinerary


12 days from Dubrovnik, Mljet, Korcula, Hvar, Split, Trogir, Zadar, Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, Postojna, Venice

Open age cruise/tour combo, though usually clients are mature couples or solo travellers or small groups ranging from 35-75yrs. Double/twin cabins on Main and Lower Deck on DLX ships. Most triple cabins are a queen bed and single bed and most are on the Lower Deck. Solo travellers must book a double/twin for solo use with a solo use supplement. Not suitable for children. Also available with just the cruise portion.

Fabulous combination of a 7 night cruise from Dubrovnik to Zadar, and then a 4 night Escorted overland Tour from Zadar to Venice to finish!


SHIP INFO AND PHOTOS:
https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/luxury-balcony/premier/

CRUISE FAQ: https://discovercroatia.com.au/before-your-cruise/


Also available as just the cruise: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/42/deluxe-cruise-dubrovnik-zadar-on-ms-premier-7nts/
Similar cruise/tour combo: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/45/cruise-tour-combo-dubrovnik-to-venice-ms-prestige/
Similar combo opposite direction: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/76/cruise-tour-combo-venice-to-dubrovnik-10nts/

INCLUDED:
• 7-night cruise from Dubrovnik to Zadar in a cabin with private facilities
• 4 nights in first class hotels, rooms with private facilities
• Free arrival transfer from Dubrovnik airport/hotel on the official finish day of the cruise
• Free departure transfer to the Airport in Venice on the finish day of the tour (only to the airport)
• Welcome cruise reception
• Breakfast daily
• 6 lunches, and 1 dinner aboard the ship
• 1 captain’s dinner with live entertainment, including wine, beer, and soft drinks
• Two dinners as per itinerary
• Complimentary bottled water, coffee and tea onboard cruise ship
• Professional Cruise & Tour Director
• Free Wi-Fi on board
• Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
• Luggage handling
• Whisper technology enhanced touring

SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED:
• Dubrovnik
• Mljet National Park
• Korcula
• Hvar
• Split
• Krka National Park
• Kornati National Park
• Zadar
• Plitvice National Park
• Pula
• Postojna
• Venice

NOT INCLUDED:
• Tips/gratuities
• Meals not listed on the itinerary
• Transfers to/from private accommodation
• Transfers on any days apart from the listed start and finish days
• Transfer to other hotels or train station in Venice (Transfer to Venice airport only)
• Tourist tax & port tax € 35 per person to be paid on board in cash (obligatory)

HOTELS (after the cruise):
• Opatija: GH Adriatic I 4star or similar
• Venice: Continental Hotel 4star or similar


ITINERARY:

Day 1, arrive Dubrovnik, Saturday (WR, D)
You will be transferred from Dubrovnik’s airport or your Dubrovnik hotel to Gruz Harbor, where embarkation begins at noon. Meet your fellow travelers and your Cruise Manager later at an on-board Welcome Reception followed by dinner. This evening, you can relax or take a walk through Dubrovnik’s vibrant streets.

Day 2, Dubrovnik – Mljet – Korcula, Sunday (B, L, D)
Start the day with a walking tour of Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of Adriatic” and a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll visit the Rector’s Palace and Franciscan Monastery’s Pharmacy before returning to the boat for lunch. As you dine, set sail for Mljet Island. Mljet National Park features five types of forest, many species of birds, and two deep lakes, Veliko Jezero (Big Lake) and Malo Jezero (Small Lake). After time to enjoy the spectacular scenery, continue cruising to Korcula, believed to be the birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo. Dinner tonight is on board.

Day 3, Korcula – Hvar, Monday (B, L)
This morning, a walking tour of Korcula town takes you through its narrow, cobbled streets and includes a visit to the majestic Gothic-Baroque Cathedral of St. Mark. Board your boat for lunch and a swimming stop as you cruise. Late this afternoon, arrive in Hvar. On a sightseeing tour, see the first public theatre in Europe (older than Shakespeare’s theatre in the UK), the Franciscan Monastery and much more. Your evening is free in Hvar. You can explore more and dine on your own at one of the many restaurants in town.
•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 4, Hvar – Bol – Split, Tuesday (B, L)
Sail to Bol, home to one of the best beaches in Croatia, the Golden Horn. This vast, golden pebble beach is unique in that it changes shape and position depending on the winds. Over lunch on board, continue sailing to Split. Here, a walking tour shows off the historic inner city, built around 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. Your evening is free in Split.

Day 5, Split – Trogir – Sibenik, Wednesday (B, L)
In the morning sail to the UNESCO-listed city of Trogir. Your time here is free to explore on your own. Back on board, enjoy lunch as you cruise to Sibenik, with stop on the way for a swim. Arriving in Sibenik, a walking tour shows you the highlights of the city, then your evening is at leisure.

Day 6, Sibenik – Sali, Thursday (B, L, D)
The Sibenik area is home to two National Parks: Krka, with its breathtaking waterfalls, and Kornati, comprised of more than 140 islands. Your day is devoted to these scenic destinations before you sail to Sali. Tonight, enjoy captain’s dinner with live entertainment on board.

Day 7, Sali – Zadar, Friday (B, L)
As you cruise this morning, stop for a swim (weather permitting). Late this afternoon, arrive in Zadar. A walking tour shows you Zadar historical center with the defensive walls built in 16th century, the ancient Port Gate where the Venetian lion still stands guard, the Square of the Five Wells, Church of St. Donat, Roman Forum (1st century BC) and the largest cathedral in Dalmatia, St. Anastasia. Your evening is free in the city.

Day 8, Zadar - Opatija, Saturday (B, D)
Disembark after breakfast, bidding your crew farewell. Journey north for a visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Have your camera ready as you take a walking tour around several of the lower lakes. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder with its 16 terraced lakes surrounded by wooded mountains and lush vegetation. Then continue to Opatija. Dinner is at your hotel.

Day 9, Pula & Rovinj Excursion, Sunday (B)
Head to Pula and take an orientation tour of this strategic port since the times of the ancient Romans. You’ll also visit the Amphitheater, the sixth largest of its kind to be preserved in the world today. Continue on to the beautiful resort of Rovinj. There’s free time to explore the old town and its narrow lanes before we return to Opatija.

Day 10, Opatija – Postojna – Venice, Monday (B)
After breakfast, travel to Slovenia and visit the unique and beautiful Postojna Cave, one of the largest in Europe. Tour this fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train. Continue to Venice, with its idyllic setting on 119 islands.

Day 11, Venice, Tuesday (B, D)
We begin our exploration of Venice with a boat ride to the Murano Island, famous for its artistic glassware. Visit a glassblowing factory, where you will watch a demonstration of traditional Venetian glassblowing by master craftsmen. Then, on to St. Mark’s Square, for the walking tour, visiting St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, and enjoying views of the Bell Tower and Bridge of Sighs. The balance of the day is at leisure to enjoy Venice at your own pace, shop, or perhaps join an optional gondola ride. Later, gather for a Farewell Dinner with new friends.

Day 12, depart Venice, Wednesday (B)
You will be transferred to Venice airport for your flight home.


B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner, WR-Welcome Reception, CD-Captain’s Dinner, OT-Oyster Tasting


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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.

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Inclusions

  • INCLUDED:
  • • 7-night cruise from Dubrovnik to Zadar in a cabin with private facilities
  • • 4 nights in first class hotels, rooms with private facilities
  • • Free arrival transfer from Dubrovnik airport/hotel on the official finish day of the cruise
  • • Free departure transfer to the Airport in Venice on the finish day of the tour (only to the airport)
  • • Welcome cruise reception
  • • Breakfast daily
  • • 6 lunches, and 1 dinner aboard the ship
  • • 1 captain’s dinner with live entertainment, including wine, beer, and soft drinks
  • • Two dinners as per itinerary
  • • Complimentary bottled water, coffee and tea onboard cruise ship
  • • Professional Cruise & Tour Director
  • • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • • Luggage handling
  • • Whisper technology enhanced touring
  • SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED:
  • • Dubrovnik
  • • Mljet National Park
  • • Korcula
  • • Hvar
  • • Split
  • • Krka National Park
  • • Kornati National Park
  • • Zadar
  • • Plitvice National Park
  • • Pula
  • • Postojna
  • • Venice

Exclusions

  • NOT INCLUDED:
  • • Tips/gratuities
  • • Meals not listed on the itinerary
  • • Transfers to/from private accommodation
  • • Transfers on any days apart from the listed start and finish days
  • • Transfer to other hotels or train station in Venice (Transfer to Venice airport only)
  • • Tourist tax & port tax € 35 per person to be paid on board in cash (obligatory)

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our specific FAQ pages here:

Before You Go - General Croatia Info (general info for all travellers)

Before Your Cruise - General Cruise Info (for all small ship Croatia cruises)

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

Before Your Private Charter - General Yacht and Gulet Charter Info (private charters)

 

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

 

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.

If you have any questions, just give us a call or email:

Call us or WhatsApp: +61 2 9212 1507
Email us: [email protected]

 

 

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Itinerary

  • Day 1, arrive Dubrovnik, Saturday (WR, D)
  • Day 2, Dubrovnik – Mljet – Korcula, Sunday (B, L, D)
  • Day 3, Korcula – Hvar, Monday (B, L)
  • Day 4, Hvar – Bol – Split, Tuesday (B, L)
  • Day 5, Split – Trogir – Sibenik, Wednesday (B, L)
  • Day 6, Sibenik – Sali, Thursday (B, L, D)
  • Day 7, Sali – Zadar, Friday (B, L)
  • Day 8, Zadar - Opatija, Saturday (B, D)
  • Day 9, Pula & Rovinj Excursion, Sunday (B)
  • Day 10, Opatija – Postojna – Venice, Monday (B)
  • Day 11, Venice, Tuesday (B, D)
  • Day 12, depart Venice, Wednesday (B)