• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  4
  • Departs From: Venice
  • Location: Opatija, Plitvice, Split, Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Availability: WEDNESDAYS: 17Jun2020 and 2Sep2020
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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 breakfasts and 1 dinner on the tour
  • 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches and 1 Captain's dinner on the cruise
  • Accommodation in 4star Hotel in Opatija & Split as listed; 2 overnights Opatija, 1 overnight Split
  • 7 nights accommodation on board your ship the MS Dream in a cabin with ensuite and airconditioning
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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 3 night one-way tour visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park for all arriving in Venice and heading to Croatia's Dalmatian Coast. A fabulous short tour combined with a cruise and see Opatija and the famous Plitvice Lakes, then onto Split to join your 7 night one-way cruise of the Dalmatian Islands and coast. Finish in Dubrovnik, 'pearl of the Adriatic'. Half-board meals and sightseeing included as per itinerary.

2020 departures: 17Jun and 2Sep

Itinerary


11 days from Venice, Opatija, Plitvice Lakes, Split, Makarska, Bol, Stari Grad, Hvar Town, Biševo / Blue Cave, Vis, Korčula, Mljet, Šipan / Slano, and to Dubrovnik

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


2020 departures: 17Jun and 2Sep.

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




ITINERARY:

DAY 1 WEDNESDAY: Pick up in 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 THURSDAY: 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 FRIDAY: 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 SATURDAY: SPLIT – MAKARSKA (B, L)
Morning guided tour of Split and its famous Diocletian palace. Head to Split port to join your cruise at 11am. Departure from Split Harbour at 13:00hrs and cruise along the Dalmatian coast towards Makarska whilst enjoying your lunch. Afternoon swim at one of the wonderful beaches. From there, those feeling adventurous can join our optional river rafting on the streams of the Cetina River or adrenaline pumping zipline over Cetina River canyon and meet the ship again in Makarska. Overnight in Makarska, the famous tourist destination with many restaurants and bars and a beautiful promenade along the famous beach. Enjoy the magic of Makarska Riviera and be sure to take a walk along the city streets – with abundance of churches and other cultural sites.

DAY 5 SUNDAY MAKARSKA – BOL (BRAČ) - STARI GRAD (B, L)
This morning we continue our cruise towards the next destination – the island of Brač, more precisely to the town of Bol, known for its famous Zlatni Rat beach (Golden Horn), a natural phenomenon that dominates the other beaches with its specific form. After swimming break at the horn and lunch we continue our journey towards Stari Grad on the Hvar island, the sunniest Adriatic island. Free afternoon to explore this unique town. The famous Stari Grad Field is the oldest in Croatia and the best preserved example of ancient Greek system of agriculture. Together with the old town it is a part of world heritage protected by UNESCO. Overnight in one of the ports of Stari Grad, main or ferry port (2 km away) depending on availability in port.

DAY 6 MONDAY STARI GRAD – HVAR (B, L)
Our next destination is the town of Hvar, a favorite destination for jet setters from all around the world. After lunch we stop for swimming, relaxing and refreshment in clear, crystal blue sea at nearby Paklinski islands. Arrival to Hvar in the afternoon hours followed by guided tour of this extraordinary town (included on Premium Superior, #optional for Premium). Hvar offers many cultural and historical sites (Renaissance cathedral, the oldest communal theater in Europe founded in 1612, Franciscan monastery, the Benedictine convent famous for their lace listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, Spanjola fortress towering high above the town ...) and many restaurants and bars open late into the night.

DAY 7 TUESDAY HVAR – (Blue Cave) VIS (B, L,)
Early in the morning we cruise towards the little Biševo island to visit the Blue cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon. 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 by the crew. Entrance to Blue Cave is to be paid on the spot (approx. EUR 14.- per person). We continue towards the island of Vis, which was a strategic navy harbour due to its unique geographical position and as such closed to the public until recently. Because of its isolation, Vis has a special charm -‘the Mediterranean as it once was’ which makes it really interesting to see. Overnight is in the town of Vis, situated on the northern side of the island, developed near the remains of the ancient Issa, first urban centre in Croatia. If interested, visit the remains of the Roman thermal Place, City museum or simply take a walk enjoying the view of beautiful ''Villae Rusticae'' situated along the coast.

DAY 8 WEDNESDAY VIS – KORČULA (B, L)
During breakfast we depart towards Korčula, the birthplace of famous explorer and adventurer Marco Polo. Surrounded by medieval walls, Korcula resembles a miniature Dubrovnik when approaching from the sea. It has more legends, tales and monuments than you will find anywhere else. Today, Korčula is the only place in the world where the Spanish medieval knight's game – Moreška is still performed. Upon arrival you can enjoy an guided walking tour through the streets of the old town built in the shape of a fish bone (included on Premium Superior, #optional for Premium). Enjoy the numerous konobas / taverns, restaurants, cocktail bars or night-club located within and around the city walls. Overnight in port.

DAY 9 THURSDAY KORČULA – MLJET - ŠIPAN or SLANO (B, L, CD)
We continue cruising towards one of the greenest Adriatic islands – the island of Mljet, where on the western part, the National Park is situated. Free time to enjoy the beauties of the National Park (two salt lakes connected by a narrow channel to the sea, a boat ride to the St Mary isle in the Great Lake, where the old church and monastery are situated. Cycling around, canoeing or swimming in the lakes is permitted. We continue our cruise towards Šipan, part of Elaphite islands near Dubrovnik, or towards Slano on the coastline, both are small fishermen's villages in one of which we will overnight in the port and have Captain's Dinner on board (included on both Premium Superior & Premium vessels).

DAY 10 FRIDAY ŠIPAN or SLANO – DUBROVNIK (B, L)
Early in the morning we depart towards our final destination – a true pearl of the Adriatic. After lunch short swim stop. Join guided tour of Dubrovnik (included on Premium Superior & Premium vessels). followed by an optional cable car ride up to Srđ mountain for spectacular views of the old town. We recommend a stroll along the city walls, 1940 meters in length with magnificent views of the old town of Dubrovnik and the surrounding islands. Overnight in the harbour Gruž.

DAY 11 SATURDAY DUBROVNIK (B)
After an early breakfast say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends! You must vacate your cabin by 09.00hrs, but you can leave your bags onboard until 12.00hrs when the ship leaves once again to continue it's journey.



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


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


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:
• 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.


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


#OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS (if paid locally payment in KUNA currency, prices are informative and subject to change). Please ask us for the list of Optional Excursions as there are many to choose from on this cruise.

#OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS:
OPTIONAL: Headphones for walking tours, to be ordered in advance: 10 EUR per person per week.

WINE TASTING IN KORČULA, VIS 1 hour EUR 20.-
Get your taste buds working and try Dalmatian wine sorts on different islands. Included: wine tasting with snack. Departure: any time

SEA KAYAKING IN HVAR 2 to 3 hours EUR 35.-
Paddle in your kayak from one inlet to another, from one island to another in less than ten minutes and explore the beauty of nature and its creations. Pakleni islands is a group of 14 islets and rocks dispersed in front of the town of Hvar, who got their name by the tar used to preserve wooden boats.
Included: group kayaking tour, guide, equipment. Departure: any time (minimum 10 persons required)

UNDERGROUND TUNNELS TOUR ON VIS 1:30 hour EUR 30.-
This excursion visits military tunnels from the “Cold War” used for the submarines and gun battery in the past.
Included: guided tour of the tunnels, return transfer. Departure: any time (minimum 6 persons required)

VILLAGE DINNER EXPERIENCE FROM KORČULA 3 to 4 hours EUR 35.-
Try typical Dalmatian dinner in small village near Korčula and learn about the history and traditional way of living.
Included: return transfer to village, walking tour, demonstration of traditional pasta making, welcome drink, dinner
Departure: any time after 18:00h (minimum 5 persons required)

RENT-A-BIKE ON MLJET EUR 11.-
Most of the island Mljet is a National Park so enjoy the beautiful nature and rent a bike for 2 hours to cycle around both lakes.

CABLE CAR IN DUBROVNIK EUR 22.-
Take the cable car in Dubrovnik to Srđ mountain and enjoy the scenic views of the old city. Excellent dining possibilities and off road buggy safari starting point.

OFF-ROAD BUGGY SAFARI IN DUBROVNIK 1 hour EUR 40.-
Get off the beaten track in 2-seater buggies! This expedition will take you to locations rarely seen by visitors to Dubrovnik which include hilltop fortresses and Croatian ranch. Starting point on Srđ mountain.
Included: 1 hour buggy rental and equipment. Recommended: Ideally combined with Dubrovnik cable car. Departure: any time. Minimum 2 persons.

GAME OF THRONES TOUR IN DUBROVNIK 2 hours EUR 27.-
On this tour, you will be taken through all the parts of the Old City where some of the most memorable scenes from the ongoing cultural phenomenon were filmed. Departure: daily at 09:30h, 11:00h, 16:30h

SEA KAYAKING AROUND DUBROVNIK CITY WALLS IN DUBROVNIK 4 hours EUR 30.-
Experience swimming in hidden bays, snorkeling and magnificent views of Dubrovnik city walls from the sea.
Included: group kayaking tour, guide, equipment. Departure: any time from Pile bay

MONTENEGRO FROM DUBROVNIK Full day EUR 55.-
Visit Montenegro for a day, a small country with magnificent mountains rising above the Adriatic Sea, filled with natural beauty and historic towns like Budva and Kotor
Included: coach transfer with guide, local walking tours. Recommended: Passport, walking shoes. Departure: 07:00h Return: 18:00h

MOSTAR FROM DUBROVNIK Full day EUR 55.-
Experience Bosnia and Herzegovina's most beautiful town, view the iconic 'Stari Most'/Old Bridge, discover Ottoman and Turkish history.
Included: Coach transfer with a tour leader, guided tour. Recommended: Passport required
Departure: 07:00h Return: 20:00h (minimum 10 persons required)

PRM SUP - PREMIUM SUPERIOR (newer ships, ensuites and aircon in all cabins) Premium Superior vessels are recently built mini deluxe vessels featuring similar comfort, but are smaller in size – 38 to 41m in length. Air-conditioned cabins are 8 to 14m2 in size with double or twin beds, hair dryer and safety deposit box.

Please be aware that on PRM SUP, PREM, ENS or TRAD ships you might be allocated a twin bed cabin on the day, even if you request a double bed.



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

Ship Description: (All ships have free WIFI)

https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/premium-superior-ships/dream/

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

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

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 WEDNESDAY: Pick up in VENICE, drive to Opatija (D)
  • DAY 2 THURSDAY: OPATIJA WALKING TOUR (B)
  • DAY 3 FRIDAY: OPATIJA – PLITVICE LAKES – SPLIT (B)
  • DAY 4 SATURDAY: SPLIT – MAKARSKA (B, L)
  • DAY 5 SUNDAY MAKARSKA – BOL (BRAČ) - STARI GRAD (B, L)
  • DAY 6 MONDAY STARI GRAD – HVAR (B, L)
  • DAY 7 TUESDAY HVAR – (Blue Cave) VIS (B, L,)
  • DAY 8 WEDNESDAY VIS – KORČULA (B, L)
  • DAY 9 THURSDAY KORČULA – MLJET - ŠIPAN or SLANO (B, L, CD)
  • DAY 10 FRIDAY ŠIPAN or SLANO – DUBROVNIK (B, L)
  • DAY 11 SATURDAY DUBROVNIK (B)