• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  5
  • Departs From: Dubrovnik
  • Location: Dalmatian Coast, Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, Venice
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Availability: SATURDAYS, May - October
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Highlights

  • SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED:
  • • Dubrovnik
  • • Mljet National Park
  • • Korcula city tour
  • • Korcula island tour with olive oil and wine tasting
  • • Vis
  • • Hvar
  • • Split
  • • Plitvice National Park
  • • Pula
  • • Postojna
  • • Venice
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12 days from Dubrovnik to Mljet, Korcula, Vela Luka, Vis, Hvar, Stari Grad, Bol, Split, Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, Postojna and Venice

The best of everything, land and sea, from the Pearl of the Adriatic to the glory of Venice. First, A 7 night Deluxe Dalmatian Islands Cruise from Dubrovnik to Split, then a 3 night tour via the UNESCO Natural Heritage Plitvice Lakes and Opatija, to finish in Venice.

Deluxe Ship: MS Prestige or MS Freedom

This Cruise/Tour Combo only departs about 13 times a year, so bookings fill up early with only maximum 40 passengers on each departure. Get in quick!

Itinerary

12 days from Dubrovnik to Mljet, Korcula, Vela Luka, Vis, Hvar, Stari Grad, Bol, Split, Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, Postojna and 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.

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ITINERARY:

Day 1, arrive Dubrovnik, Saturday
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. This evening, you can relax or take a walk through Dubrovnik’s vibrant streets. We suggest that if you would like to visit the Pharmacy in Dubrovnik old town that you do so this afternoon as it's not open on Sundays, and you can only see the outside tomorrow on your walking tour. Welcome Reception around 6.30-7pm. (WR)

Day 2, Dubrovnik – Mljet, Sunday
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). Evening at leisure. (B, L)

Day 3, Mljet – Korcula, Monday
After morning to enjoy the spectacular scenery, continue cruising to Korcula, believed to be the birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo. Walking tour of Korcula takes you through its narrow, cobbled streets and includes a visit to the majestic Gothic-Baroque Cathedral of St. Mark. (B, L)

Day 4, Korcula – Vela Luka, Tuesday
This morning we sail along the beautiful island of Korcula, including time for swimming. After lunch onboard, disembark in Vela Luka and depart for an afternoon ‘Korcula island tour’, featuring the visit of the olive oil factory, Barilo ethno museum and local winery to taste some local wine and cheese. Return to your ship, for evening at leisure. (B, L)

Day 5, Vela Luka – Vis, Wednesday
Cruise towards Vis island. The town Vis, the antique Issa, was founded around 397 B.C. Our tour of Vis features the town’s waterfront. Evening at leisure. (B, L)

Day 6, Vis – Hvar – Stari Grad, Thursday
Continue our cruise towards Hvar, 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), the Franciscan Monastery and many more historical sights. Sail on to Stari Grad for the night. Captain’s dinner with live entertainment aboard our ship tonight. (B, L, D)

Day 7, Stari Grad – Bol – Split, Friday
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. (B, L)

Day 8, Split – Plitvice Lakes – Opatija, Saturday
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. (B, D)

Day 9, Pula & Rovinj Excursion, Sunday
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. (B)

Day 10, Opatija – Postojna – Venice, Monday
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. (B)

Day 11, Venice, Tuesday
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. (B, D)

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



INCLUDED:
• 7-night cruise from Dubrovnik on board the DLX Ship in a cabin with private facilities (ensuite)
• 4 nights first class hotels, rooms with private facilities
• Arrival & departure airport transfers
• Welcome cruise reception
• Breakfast daily
• 6 lunches aboard the ship
• 1 captain’s dinner with live music
• Two dinners as per itinerary
• Complimentary bottled water, coffee and tea onboard the ship
• Professional Cruise & Tour Manager
• Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
• Luggage handling
• Whisper technology enhanced touring
• Service charges and hotel taxes
• Port Taxes (yes, they are already included in our prices)
• Free Wi-Fi on board

SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED:
• Dubrovnik
• Mljet National Park
• Korcula city tour
• Korcula island tour with olive oil and wine tasting
• Vis
• Hvar
• Split
• Plitvice National Park
• Pula
• Postojna
• Venice

NOT INCLUDED:
• Tips/gratuities
• Meals not listed on the itinerary
• Transfer to/from private accommodation or small hotels. Included transfers are only possible to/from the airport or train station
• Transfer to other hotels in Venice waterways is not possible upon departure. (Transfer to Venice airport or St Lucia train station only is included in Venice)

HOTELS (after the cruise):
• Opatija: GH Adriatic I. (F)
• Venice: Carlton on the Grand Canal (F)



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.

Inclusions

  • INCLUDED:
  • • 7-night cruise from Dubrovnik on board the DLX Ship in a cabin with private facilities (ensuite)
  • • 4 nights first class hotels, rooms with private facilities
  • • Arrival & departure airport transfers
  • • Welcome cruise reception
  • • Breakfast daily
  • • 6 lunches aboard the ship
  • • 1 captain’s dinner with live music
  • • Two dinners as per itinerary
  • • Complimentary bottled water, coffee and tea onboard the ship
  • • Professional Cruise & Tour Manager
  • • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • • Luggage handling
  • • Whisper technology enhanced touring
  • • Service charges and hotel taxes
  • • Port Taxes (yes, they are already included in our prices)
  • • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • HOTELS (after the cruise):
  • • Opatija: GH Adriatic I. (F)
  • • Venice: Carlton on the Grand Canal (F)

Exclusions

  • NOT INCLUDED:
  • • Tips/gratuities
  • • Meals not listed on the itinerary
  • • Transfer to/from private accommodation or small hotels. Included transfers are only possible to/from the airport or train station
  • • Transfer to other hotels in Venice waterways is not possible upon departure. (Transfer to Venice airport or St Lucia train station only is included in Venice)

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

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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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Itinerary

  • Day 1, arrive Dubrovnik, Saturday
  • Day 2, Dubrovnik – Mljet, Sunday
  • Day 3, Mljet – Korcula, Monday
  • Day 4, Korcula – Vela Luka, Tuesday
  • Day 5, Vela Luka – Vis, Wednesday
  • Day 6, Vis – Hvar – Stari Grad, Thursday
  • Day 7, Stari Grad – Bol – Split, Friday
  • Day 8, Split – Plitvice Lakes – Opatija, Saturday
  • Day 9, Pula & Rovinj Excursion, Sunday
  • Day 10, Opatija – Postojna – Venice, Monday
  • Day 11, Venice, Tuesday
  • Day 12, Depart Venice, Wednesday