Discover the Western Balkans & Highlights of South Adriatic Cruise

 

CHARM OF THE ADRIATIC
Discover the Western Balkans & Highlights of South Adriatic Cruise 2018 / ET- 8

11 days / 10 nights
– from $2725 per person –

 

 

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 Wednesday Zagreb
Transfer on the day of the tour from Zagreb airport, or another hotel in Zagreb to the tour hotel, rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Zagreb/Zagreb area/.

DAY 2 Thursday Zagreb – Bled
Morning sightseeing tour of Zagreb, Croatian capital city, gives you the opportunity to see the fortified Upper Town, the city’s historical center, St Mark’s church with its multi-colored roof, the Cathedral, Croatian National Theatre and the University. Through the carved facades of buildings and baroque churches, we see many green spaces and terraces of cafes where the locals like to gather. Early afternoon departure to Bled, small town in the Julian Alps which could be a setting for a classic fairy tale: immense natural beauty with mountains and forest surrounding an emerald glacial lake, an island in the middle of the lake with a church steeple and its wishing bell, a cliff top castle with picturesque views, and a well-known sweet treat, Bled cream cake. Bled, together with its surroundings, ranks among the most beautiful alpine resorts and is renowned also for its mild, healing climate and thermal lake water. Dinner and overnight in Bled/Bled area/.

DAY 3 Friday Bled – Ljubljana – Plitvice
Morning departure to Ljubljana, Slovenian capital where you will have a guided tour of the most significant sights of its old center: the picturesque Central open-air Market and the Three Bridges, the Baroque Town Hall and Robba’s Fountain. After Ljubljana we are continuing our journey to Plitvice lakes, well-known UNESCO World Heritage Site, natural beauty of the 16 crystal – blue lakes cascading into 92 spectacular waterfalls. Walk on the wooden promenades with magnificent views on the waters where every turn leads to a breathtaking scenery and yet another waterfall. Surrounded by dense woods, Plitvice lakes are a natural phenomenon of rare and unique beauty. Dinner and overnight in Plitvice area.

DAY 4 Saturday Plitvice – Zadar – Omis
Morning departure towards Zadar, where upon arrival we’ll be taking you for a guided walking tour through the Roman Forum from the 2nd century BC, passing by the 9th century pre-Romanesque church of St. Donatus as well as St. Anastasia church. Departure to Omis. Embarkation on Highlights of South Adriatic Cruise. Dinner and overnight Split/Omis.

DAY 5 Sunday Omis – Pucisca – Split
Morning after breakfast you can join optional boat excursion up the canyon of the river Cetina before setting sails towards Pučišća on the island of Brač. After docking at Pucisca, your cruise manager will take you for a short optional visit* to a stonemasonry school nearby where you will learn of the Brac limestone and their centuries-old tradition of stonemasonry and the unconventional tools they use. In the afternoon you will continue sailing to Split, your port of call for the day. Upon arrival you are free to enjoy the Old Town and introduce yourself with the monumental Diocletian Palace built over 1700 years ago or you can join an optional guided walking tour*. Because of its historical and architectural importance, the whole Old Town is part of the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage. Later you can just join the locals enjoying a cup of coffee on their much beloved seaside promenade. Overnight in Split.
*Split Walking tour – walking tour package
*Stonemasonry School in Pucisca – walking tour package

DAY 6 Monday Trogir – Šibenik – excursion Skradin and Trogir
After breakfast you will join our excursion to Trogir and Skradin. Leaving Split first stop will be Trogir, small Dalmatian town listed on UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage, situated on an island and squeezed in between the mainland and the larger island of Ciovo. Except for the green parks the entire island is occupied by spectacular constructions of stone-houses, palaces, churches, monasteries, towers, walls etc. You will have free time to pay a visit to the main attraction in Trogir – the Cathedral of St. Lawrence which is probably the finest example of sacral architecture in Croatia. Continuing by coach through the karst of Sibenik hinterland we will stop in Skradin. Skradin is situated on the upper end of Krka estuary at the entrance to National Park, you will have free time for exploration. Final destination of the day will be Sibenik, where you can take optional walking tour*. Stroll with your guide through the narrow and steep streets; pass by the most important monument, the Gothic-Renaissance Cathedral of St. James located in the main town square. By its beauty, construction particularities and style characteristics, it represents not only the major and the most valuable monument of the town’s architectural heritage, but it is also a unique monument of the European sacral architecture, included on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2001. Dinner and overnight Sibenik.
*Sibenik Walking tour – walking tour package

DAY 7 Tuesday Sibenik – Vis
After breakfast departure to Vis. Stop will be made for swimming and relaxing (weather dependable). Afternoon arrival to Vis – island famous for sandy beaches and beautiful bays. Vis is untouched by the modern development and tourism for many years so one can experience the tradition and the way of life of the Mediterranean as it once was. Dinner is taken on board for full board option. Overnight in Vis.

DAY 8 Wednesday Vis – Hvar – Korčula
Breakfast on board and early departure to Hvar – famous for its endless fields of lavender and rosemary, its beautiful coast and lovely historical towns. Your destination is the town of Hvar, a town of immense beauty that buzzes with vibrant energy in the summer sun. Upon arrival, our expert local guide will take you for a walk around the ancient streets of Hvar. After the optional guided walking tour* of Hvar we will set sail to Korcula Island. Arrival to Korčula in the afternoon is followed by optional walking tour*. Dinner and overnight in Korcula
*Hvar walking tour – walking tour package
*Korcula walking tour – walking tour package

DAY 9 Thursday Korčula – Mljet – Slano
Breakfast on board and optional morning walking tour of Korčula. Departure to Pomena (Mljet island). Island of Mljet on its western side houses the National Park Mljet, known for its immense beauty and its two turquoise salty lakes surrounded by thick forest. Upon arrival you will have plenty of free time to explore the park individually, for example, by renting bikes and cycling or jogging on the numerous paths around the lakes or in the forests or take our optional trip to the Lakes. Lunch and swimming break are followed by afternoon departure to Slano. Tonight enjoy the delicious Captain’s dinner with our crew and your fellow travelers.
Overnight in Slano.

DAY 10 Friday Slano – Dubrovnik
After breakfast we set sail to Dubrovnik and cruise beneath The City Walls. Upon arrival to Dubrovnik, for those who purchased Walking Tour package transfer is organized to the Old Town, Pile gate where you will be joining an optional guided tour* of Dubrovnik. Our local expert will show you around this fascinating world-known landmark, an ancient town protected by 13th century fortifications. Dubrovnik was for centuries a standalone Republic and the only power able to compete with the Venetians. After the tour you will have free time to explore Dubrovnik on your own. You can take the cable-car to the top of the hill overlooking Dubrovnik for wonderful photo opportunities, make the tour of the walls or just enjoy a scoop of ice cream as you stroll through its narrow streets paved with ancient stones. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
*Dubrovnik town tour with a coach transfer from Dubrovnik port (Gruz) to the Old town – walking tour package

DAY 11 Saturday Dubrovnik / departure
Disembarkation after breakfast by 12:00

Rates in CAD per person in double occupancy

DEPARTURE DATES – 2018 Lower Deck
Main Deck
May 16
$2955 $3145
May 30 / Jun 13
$3145 $3335
Jun 27 / Sept 19
$3335 $3545
Oct 3
$2725 $2955
Full-board supplement
$340 $340
Single supplement: 50%

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT: 10%: booked and paid in full by 28 FEB 2018

IMPORTANT INFO:
Available languages: EN and one of the following languages: GE, SP – Maximum two languages per coach
Tour is not suitable for persons with restricted mobility.

INCLUDED:

Air-conditioned vehicle with driver at group’s disposal as per itinerary.
Experienced escort throughout the trip as per itinerary.
Hotel accommodation on half board basis (breakfast & dinner) as per itinerary
Sightseeing tours of Zagreb, Ljubljana, Zadar, Plitvice Lakes
Entrance fees for visits as per itinerary (Plitvice Lakes)
8 days / 7 nights cruise
Accommodation in a chosen category cabin
Welcome drink and snack
Half board: breakfast buffet, light lunch buffet, except on day 5 when dinner is included instead of lunch
Complimentary ½ l water during meals (lunch and dinner)
Complimentary coffee/tea all day long
Complimentary fresh fruit all day long
9 crew members including a Cruise Manager
Bed linen change once a week
Towels change every second day
Daily cabin cleaning service
Free Wi/Fi on board

Hotels (or similar):
Zagreb – International 4*
Bled – Park 4*
Plitvice – Jezero 3*

EXCLUDED:
International flight to/from Canada
Tips, drinks, telephone charges and incidentals
Beverages other than included (see above)
Beverages can just be purchased in the ship’s bar only
Gratuities or any other expense of personal nature
Taxes and fees, € 40,00 per person, to be paid on board in cash
Laundry service at selected ports of call
Beach towel hire € 3,00/week
Entrance to National park Mljet approx. 14,00 € p.p.
Entrance to National Park Krka River

OPTIONAL WALKING TOUR PACKAGE: CAD150.00

– Walking tour of Trogir – including: guide
– Walking tour of Šibenik – including: guide
– Walking tour of Dubrovnik – including: guide, transfer
– Walking tour of Korčula – including: guide
– Walking tour of Split – including: guide
– Walking tour of Hvar – including: guide
– Pucisca Stonemasonry School – including: guide, entrance fee

BOAT specifications
BOAT DESCRIPTION:
Newly built boat, MS AGAPE ROSE was commissioned in 2017, luxury class. The boat is 48,5 m (155 ft) long, 8.5 m (28 ft) wide with a cruising speed of 9 knots. Her capacity is 38 persons. She has 18 ensuite cabins on the main and lower deck, and all are fully air-conditioned.
CABIN TYPES:
– Double-queen-size bed (165 x 200 cm / 65 x 79 in)
– Twin-two single beds (90 x 200 cm / 35 x 79 in each)
– Triple-queen-size bed with an additional single bed.
CABIN SPECIFICATION:
Lower deck: 8 cabins
– 2 twin cabins
– 4 double cabins–queen size bed
– 2 triple cabins–queen size bed + additional single bed
Main deck: 8 cabins
– 4 twin cabins
– 4 double cabins–queen size bed
Upper deck: 2 cabins
– 2 double cabins–queen size bed
Cabin furnishings include a cupboard, a cabinet and a window or a porthole. All cabins are equipped with power plugs. Bathrooms are fully equipped with a shower, toilette, hairdryer and a vanity with a sink.

CABIN SIZES:
– Lower deck cabins: 15-19 m2 (49-62 sqft) with bathroom
– Main deck cabins: 14-18 m2 (45-59 sqft) with bathroom

OTHER PARTS OF BOAT:
On the main deck and the upper deck there is one bathroom with showers. Upper deck houses a fully air-conditioned salon-restaurant that sits all guests at the same time with a fully equipped bar and LCD TV. At the rear of the boat you can find a shaded lounge area with club tables and comfortable sofas. Top deck, also called the „sun deck“ offers 155 m2 (500 sqft) of space and is equipped with sun tanning chairs, also WIFI is available free of charge in the salon and in the rear part of the boat.

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