• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  4
  • Departs From: Venice
  • Location: Opatija, Plitvice, Split, Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Availability: WEDNESDAYS, May - October
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Highlights

  • Venice to Dubrovnik Tour and Cruise combo... featuring the best of Croatia
  • Guided sightseeing tours of Opatija, Plitvice Lakes, Split, Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik
  • 3 nights accommodation in 4star Hotels for tour portion
  • 7 nights in a Deluxe cabin with ensuite and airconditioning for cruise portion
  • Breakfast daily
  • Other meals are per itinerary
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11 days from Venice, Opatija, Plitvice Lakes, Split, Makarska, Bol, Stari Grad, Hvar Town, Blue Cave, Vis, Korčula, Mljet, Slano, Dubrovnik

Ideal Tour/Cruise combination of a 3 night one-way tour to see Opatija and the famous Plitvice Lakes, then onto Split to join your 7 night one-way Deluxe cruise of the Dalmatian Islands and coast. Finish in Dubrovnik, 'the pearl of the Adriatic'. Half-board meals and sightseeing included as per itinerary.

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Itinerary


11 days from Venice, Opatija, Plitvice Lakes, Split, Bol, Hvar, Bisevo (Blue Cave), Vis, Korcula, Mljet National Park, Slano (Ston), and to Dubrovnik

Open-age Tour / Cruise combo including accommodation, breakfast daily, most lunches and sightseeing tours included. Double/twin cabins on Lower Deck. Solo travellers can book a double/twin for solo use with a solo use supplement. Main Deck price on request, subject to availability.


SHIP INFO AND PHOTOS:
https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/deluxe-superior/

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

CROATIA FAQ: https://discovercroatia.com.au/before-you-go/


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INCLUDED:
INCLUDED TOUR PORTION
• Guided sightseeing tours of Opatija, Plitvice Lakes, Split
• 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
• Accommodation in 4star Hotel in Opatija & Split as listed; 2 overnights Opatija, 1 overnight Split

Tour Hotel list:
Opatija: Hotel Astoria, Bristol, Continental, Admiral, Kristal, Palace Bellevue or similar 4star
Split: Hotel Cornaro, President, Corner or similar 4star

INCLUDED CRUISE PORTION:
• Arrival transfer from Split hotel to the cruise
• Departure transfer to Dubrovnik airport/hotel
• 7 night cruise in an air-conditioned cabin with en-suite bathroom
• Welcome Reception & cocktail
• Breakfast daily
• 9 meals – 3 course lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary
• A drink with lunch and unlimited water from water dispenser
• Coffee & tea all day
• Abundant fresh fruit
• Captain's Dinner with live entertainment
• Spectacular cruise along the old town city walls of Dubrovnik
• Croatian wine tasting
• Half day excursion of Ston with Oyster farm visit and tasting
• (Including entrance to the Ston walls and Ston saltworks)
• Olive oil and wine tasting on board
• Professional Tour manager
• Guided walking tours of towns: Split, Hvar, Korčula, Dubrovnik
• One way bus transfer from Dubrovnik port to Old town Dubrovnik for sightseeing
• Dubrovnik cable car fee
• Mljet National Park entrance fee
• Visitors' taxes & port fees
• Luggage handling
• Daily cabin service
• Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard

Transfers from accommodation will be notified the day before or the morning of the cruise of the exact pick-up time. If you need to make plans for the day earlier on, we suggest that you consider making your own way to the port at your leisure.


NOT INCLUDED:
NOT INCLUDED:
• Arrival transfer to Tronchetto Station (you will need to arrange to get yourself there by 11.00am on the first day to meet the tour bus)
• Tips and gratuities
• Meals not listed
• Transfers on days other then the cruise start and finish day

#OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS:
Korčula village dinner experience: EUR 35.- per person
Blue cave entrance aprox. EUR 10-15.- per person


ITINERARY:

DAY 1 Pick up in central VENICE, drive to Opatija (D)
Pick up: at 11:00 on the Tronchetto Bus Station (address: Isola Nova del Tronchetto, 33, 30135 Venezia, Italija), https://goo.gl/maps/35akLc1Jujq.
Vehicle transfer to Opatija on the Croatian riviera. Overnight in Opatija.

DAY 2 OPATIJA WALKING TOUR (B)
Morning guided tour of Opatija (approx 9.00am), once the summer and winter resort of 19th Century elite Wilhelm II, Franz Josef, Gustav Mahler, and Isadora Duncan. Overnight in Opatija.

DAY 3 OPATIJA – PLITVICE LAKES – SPLIT (B)
Morning departure (approx 09.00am) towards the spectacular Plitvice National Park, consisting of 16 lakes, connected with a series of waterfalls. 3 hour walk in this wonderful environment enjoying a boat ride on the emerald green Kozjak Lake and the street train back to the entrance. Drive to Split for overnight.

DAY 4 SPLIT – MAKARSKA (B, WR, D)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Split port to join your cruise. Check in from 14.00hrs. After settling in, enjoy the guided tour of Split, a historic town under UNESCO world heritage protection with an abundance of Roman architecture – of special interest is the magnificent Diocletian Palace, once home of the Roman Emperor. After the tour, return to the ship for a welcome meet & greet cocktail reception on board. Overnight in Split.

DAY 5 SPLIT – (BOL) HVAR (B, L)
Morning departure to the island of Brač where swimming is planned at the most famous beach in Dalmatia – Zlatni Rat near Bol – whose shingle promontory shifts from side to side as the wind and waves constantly cause the beach shape to change. Bol is a typical fishermen’s village converted into a popular tourist destination yet retaining its charm. We continue towards the jet-set island of Hvar with lunch on board at the Pakleni Islands. Hvar is the longest and sunniest island in the Adriatic known for lush lavender fields and breathtaking beauty. We arrive in the afternoon on a tour of the town’s historical landmarks - the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower, and the oldest community theatre in Europe founded in 1612. Hike up the zig-zag path to the town fort overlooking the harbour for lovely scenic views of your ship and the Pakleni islands. In the evening Hvar offers a great choice of entertainment - numerous restaurants, bars and clubs with many open long into the night. Overnight in Hvar.

DAY 6 HVAR - BIŠEVO (BLUE CAVE) / VIS (B, L, T)
Early morning cruise towards the small island Biševo to visit the Blue cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon (entrances to be paid on the spot – approx. 10-14 EUR). As sometimes weather conditions can be very unpredictable, the possibility of our visit will depend on those conditions, however you will be notified of this on time. Continue to the island of Vis, once a strategic naval Yugoslav base and closed to the public for years. Due to this isolation, Vis retains a special charm – “the Mediterranean as it once was” making it really interesting to visit. Situated on the northern side of the island, Vis has developed near the remains of ancient Issa, the first urban centre in Croatia. Try some local wines. If interested, visit the remains of the Roman thermal place, City museum or simply take a walk enjoying the views of the beautiful Villae Rusticae situated along the waterfront. Overnight in Vis.

DAY 7 VIS - KORČULA (B, L)
Early morning departure towards the island of Korčula best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Stop for lunch in one of the secluded bays en route. Afternoon arrival in Korčula followed by a guided walking tour of this enchanting town surrounded by walls and one of the best preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean. The fish bone street pattern was used in Korčula Old Town’s design to provide a natural cooling effect providing citizens with sheltered and comfortable accommodation. Korčula has an excellent choice of restaurants to enjoy your gourmet experience and there are numerous bars for those looking for evening entertainment. Optional excursion to small village near Korčula Town for typical Dalmatian dinner and to find out more about the history and traditional way of living. Overnight in Korčula.

DAY 8 KORČULA - MLJET (B, L, D)
Next morning, we head further south to the Island of Mljet. The legend says Greek hero Odysseus spent years on this island when he was captured by the nymph Calypso. Join the cruise manager for a stroll to the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park and enjoy the boat ride to St. Mary Isle to visit an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and a Church dating back to the 12th Century. Alternatively, you can rent kayaks, bicycles, scooters or convertible cars to roam around the National Park or island on your own, but beware of the nymphs! Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the island. Dinner on board. Overnight in Polača or Pomena.

DAY 9 MLJET - SLANO (STON) (B, L, T, CD)
Departure for the small village of Slano on the mainland, a peaceful fishermen's village and the starting point for Ston, another, once fortified small village famous for its oysters. After exploring the town’s vast medieval ramparts a short coastal walk leads us to an oyster farm to learn more about oysters and a special tasting of this delicacy. Transfer back to the ship for the Captain’s Dinner with live entertainment. Overnight in Slano.

DAY 10 SLANO (STON) – DUBROVNIK (B, L)
Early morning departure to Dubrovnik - a unique town on the Adriatic. The special charm of this world-famous town are the buildings that have remained from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic. Many of the monuments belong to the modest Renaissance architecture with traces of Gothic style. Before we tie up at Gruž harbor, we cruise alongside the old Dubrovnik city walls while lunch is served on deck. Cameras to be ready! After docking, transfer to the old town for the guided walking tour of this magical town. Take the cable car from the Old Town to Srđ mountain to enjoy scenic views of the Walls and Elaphiti Islands. For the energetic, we recommend a walk on top of the 1940 m long city walls – allow 75 minutes to walk it all, 90 at a stroll! Overnight in Dubrovnik.

DAY 11 DUBROVNIK Check out (B)
Breakfast and time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends! Check out by 9.00 am and transfer to Dubrovnik airport or nearby hotel.


B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner, CD-Captain’s Dinner, T- 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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Accommodations

Great accommodations are provided.

Inclusions

  • INCLUDED TOUR:
  • • Guided sightseeing tours of Opatija, Plitvice Lakes, Split
  • • 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • • Accommodation in 4star Hotel in Opatija & Split as listed; 2 overnights Opatija, 1 overnight Split
  • Hotel list:
  • Opatija: Hotel Astoria, Bristol, Continental, Admiral, Kristal, Palace Bellevue or similar 4star
  • Split: Hotel Cornaro, President, Corner or similar 4star
  • INCLUDED CRUISE: PRM SUP Premium Superior (steel-hulled ships) price includes:
  • • 7 nights accommodation on a Premium Superior ship (all cabins have ensuites and aircon)
  • • Meals as per daily itinerary: Buffet breakfast and three course lunch, 1 liter of water daily, 1 four-course Captain's Dinner
  • • Guided walking tour of Hvar
  • • Guided walking tour of Korcula
  • • Guided walking tour of Dubrovnik
  • • Daily cabin service, mid-week fresh set of towels and bed linen.

Exclusions

  • NOT INCLUDED TOUR:
  • • arrival transfer to Tronchetto Station (you will need to arrange to get yourself there by 11.00am on the first day to meet the tour bus)
  • • tips/ gratuities
  • • meals not listed
  • NOT INCLUDED CRUISE:
  • • Port taxes EUR 40 per person per week (obligatory - to be paid on the ship with your bar tab)
  • • Entrance to National Park NP MLJET: prices vary from EUR 15-17 per person depending on season (to be paid on the spot - optional)
  • • Sightseeing tours other than those listed
  • • Tips and gratuities
  • • Meals/drinks not listed
  • • Departure transfer from the cruise

Frequently Asked Questions

We have loads more specific FAQ answered on our other pages, check them out 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 Pick up in central VENICE, drive to Opatija (D)
  • DAY 2 OPATIJA WALKING TOUR (B)
  • DAY 3 OPATIJA – PLITVICE LAKES – SPLIT (B)
  • DAY 4 SPLIT – MAKARSKA (B, WR, D)
  • DAY 5 SPLIT – (BOL) HVAR (B, L)
  • DAY 6 HVAR - BIŠEVO (BLUE CAVE) / VIS (B, L, T)
  • DAY 7 VIS - KORČULA (B, L)
  • DAY 8 KORČULA - MLJET (B, L, D)
  • DAY 9 MLJET - SLANO (STON) (B, L, T, CD)
  • DAY 10 SLANO (STON) – DUBROVNIK (B, L)
  • DAY 11 DUBROVNIK Check out (B)