• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  5
  • Departs From: Dubrovnik
  • Location: Dalmatian Coast, Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, Venice
  • Duration: 11 days (Sat-Tues)
  • Availability: SATURDAY only, 8 departures/year
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Highlights

  • Dubrovnik, Croatia’s “Pearl of the Adriatic”
  • Mljet National Park
  • Korcula, the birthplace of Marco Polo
  • Vis and the Blue Cave
  • Hvar: the sunniest Croatian island
  • Trogir's beautiful old town
  • Krka National Park
  • Split, built around Diocletian's Palace
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Postojna Caves
  • The splendour and romance of Venice
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11 days from Dubrovnik, Slano, Mljet, Korčula, Blue Cave, Vis, Hvar, Stari Grad, Split, Plitvice, Opatija, Postojna and to Venice

One of our most popular combos!
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 overland with a 3 night tour via Plitvice Lakes, Opatija and the Postojna Caves
Finish in Venice, the pearl of Italy!

Itinerary

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 Solo travellers must book a room for solo use. No triple cabins.

This trip has only a few departures all year, so get in quick!

For this trip all you will need is a few T-shirts and a swimming costume to spend seven unforgettable days sailing on the southern Adriatic Sea from one island to another. Relax and let the Captain and his crew take care of you. During the day you can swim, snorkel, sunbathe, and explore the underworld of the Adriatic Sea. The evenings you have free to find a good restaurant or discover historical monuments.

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

Opposite direction:
https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/44/tour-cruise-combo-venice-to-dubrovnik

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INCLUSIONS AND FULL ITINERARY:
11 days from Dubrovnik to Slano, Mljet, Korčula, Blue Cave, Vis, Hvar, Stari Grad, Krka, Trogir, Split, Plitvice NP, Opatija, Postojna and Venice

INCLUDED:
• Cruise from Dubrovnik to Split, Tour from Split to Venice
• 7 night accommodation in a cabin with private ensuite and air-conditioning
• 3 nights accommodation in first class hotels, all rooms with private facilities
• Arrival transfer from Dubrovnik Airport to Cruise port (shared)
• Professional Cruise Manager throughout the cruise
• Professional Tour Manager throughout the tour
• Daily cabin servicing onboard
• Fresh bed linen and towels midweek onboard
• Beach towel use onboard
• Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
• Touring by modern air-conditioned motor-coach
• Whisper technology headsets for enhanced touring
• Service charges and hotel taxes
• Luggage handling
• Daily swim stops (weather permitting) on cruise

Meals Included:
• Welcome Dinner on the cruise
• Captain’s Dinner with live entertainment on the cruise
• Buffet breakfast daily on cruise and tour
• 6 lunches, all with 3 courses and salad bar; on the cruise
• Complimentary drinking water dispenser; on the cruise
• Complimentary regular coffee and tea; on the cruise
• Complimentary fresh fruits available daily; on the cruise
• Oyster tasting in Ston
• 2 dinners on the tour as per itinerary

Sightseeing and Tours Included:
• Guided Walking Tours of Dubrovnik, Korčula, Hvar, Trogir and Split
• Entrance fees to the Franciscan Monastery’s Pharmacy and Diocletian’s Palace
• Guided tour and entrance to Mljet National Park
• Guided tour and entrance to Krka National Park
• Entrance fees to Postojna Cave and Venice glass factory
• Local English-speaking Guides for sightseeing tours
• Whisper technology enhanced touring
• Daily swim stops (weather permitting) on cruise

HOTELS (after the cruise):
• Opatija: GH Adriatic I 4star or similar
• Venice: NH Santa Lucia 4star or similar

NOT INCLUDED:
• Port Tax €60 pp - obligatory (pay onboard)
• Entrance fees other than listed
• Dubrovnik cable car or city walls
• Drinks on board, extra meals
• Specialty coffee or tea
• Arrival transfer from accommodation in Dubrovnik
• Departure transfer in Venice on the finish day of the tour

# Optional Supplements:
• Entrance fee to Blue Cave: ~€25pp (weather permitting)

ITINERARY:
Arrive anytime during the day, first overnight is in port. If you arrive early, you may leave your luggage on the ship until your cabin is ready. Check-in to your cabin from 14.00hrs.


Day 1: DUBROVNIK - Arrival (WD)
You will be transferred from Dubrovnik airport or your Dubrovnik hotel to harbour, where embarkation begins at 14:00hrs. If you arrive very early in the day, we suggest you head into town and take a walk around Dubrovnik's famous city walls or take the cable car up Srd Mountain for the glorious view. After 2pm you can get settled in your cabin, before joining our walking tour of Dubrovnik around 17:00hrs. Dubrovnik is known as the “Pearl of Adriatic”. Walk through Stradun – both a street and a square, the most famous place inside the town walls, enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage site, where your guide will show you the most interesting sights of Dubrovnik and visit the Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy. After returning to ship enjoy a Welcome Reception followed by Dinner onboard this evening.
# Included: Walking Tour of Dubrovnik, depart from ship around 17.00hrs
# Included: Welcome Reception around 19-19.30hrs
# Included: Welcome Dinner onboard

Day 2: to Elaphiti Islands, then SLANO (B, L, T, CD)
Early in the morning enjoy the magic scenery as the ship cruises around Dubrovnik city walls to continue to one of the Elaphiti islands for a swim stop. Afternoon arrival in Slano, a peaceful fishermen’s village and our starting point to Ston, situated on Pelješac Peninsula and once fortified small village famous for its oysters. The Pelješac Peninsula is known as one of the best wine-producing regions in Croatia. After exploring the town, we leave to a small nearby village to enjoy the authentic local oyster tasting. After our return to the ship, tonight we enjoy our Captain’s Dinner onboard. Overnight in Slano.
# Included: Breakfast and lunch onboard
# Included: Oyster tasting in Ston
# Included: Captain's Dinner onboard

Day 3: to Mljet NP, then KORČULA (B, L)
In the morning we head north to the Island of Mljet. Join the Cruise Manager for a stroll to the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park. Continue our cruise towards the Korčula island best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Afternoon arrival in Korčula followed by a guided walking tour of this enchanting town surrounded by walls, which is one of the best preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean. Overnight in Korčula where you can enjoy a gourmet experience at the multiple restaurants and bars.
# Included: Breakfast and lunch onboard
# Included: Mljet National Park Entrance
# Included: Walking Tour of Korcula

Day 4: to Blue Cave, then VIS (B, L)
Early in the morning we sail to small island Biševo 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 on time. Cruise towards the island of Vis, once a strategic naval Yugoslav base and restricted to the public. Due to this isolation, Vis has a special charm – “the Mediterranean as it once was” making it really interesting to visit. Try some exquisite wine sorts in one of the Vis traditional wineries. If interested, visit the remains of the Roman thermal place, City museum or simply take a walk enjoying the views. Overnight in the port of Vis.
# Included: Breakfast and lunch onboard
# Optional: Blue Cave Entrance (weather permitting)

Day 5: to Stari Grad, with Hvar Town Tour; HVAR (B, L)
In the morning head further towards Stari Grad on the island of Hvar, the longest and sunniest island in the Adriatic, with a swim stop and lunch onboard. After disembarking in Stari Grad we will take the bus to visit the town of Hvar, which will show you many historical sights of the town, such as St Stephen’s Square and Cathedral, the Arsenal with the theatre built on its first floor, the first municipal theatre in Europe. Above Hvar Town is the impressive fortress Fortica offering magnificent views over the bay and Pakleni islands. In the evening, return bus transfer to the ship in Stari Grad. Overnight in Stari Grad.
# Included: Breakfast and lunch onboard
# Included: Walking Tour of Hvar

Day 6: to Trogir, with Krka Excursion; TROGIR (B, L)
Early morning departure to the old Dalmatian town Trogir. After docking join our walking tour of Trogir with a local tour guide. Trogir is sometimes referred to as “miniature Venice” or a “mini-Dubrovnik” because of its ancient walls, or a “floating museum town” - as it has a masterful architecture including some stunning Venetian palaces. Afterwards, you will discover the beauty of the Krka National Park and the small access port of Skradin where the flora and fauna are exceptional. Overnight in Trogir.
# Included: Breakfast and lunch onboard
# Included: Walking Tour of Trogir
# Included: Krka National Park Excursion

Day 7: to SPLIT (B, L)
In the morning we set sail to Split, with lunch onboard and a stop along the way to swim and relax, if weather permits. In the afternoon we arrive at Split to spend the night. Upon arrival in Split, join a guided tour of the city, visit the seafront promenade and Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. The historical center of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your evening is free to explore the nightlife and restaurants. Overnight in Split.
# Included: Breakfast and lunch onboard
# Included: Walking Tour of Split

Day 8: DISEMBARK Cruise; by coach to Plitvice Lakes, then to Opatija (B, D)
After breakfast it’s time to disembark and bid our ship Crew farewell. We then journey north by motorcoach for a visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In Plitvice, we walk around several of the lower lakes. The Park is a natural wonder with 16 terraced lakes surrounded by wooded mountains and lush vegetation. After our visit, we drive on to Opatija where dinner is served at our hotel.
# Included: Breakfast onboard
# Included: Dinner at hotel

Day 9: OPATIJA, by coach to Postojna Cave, then to Venice (B, D)
After breakfast, we travel via coach to Slovenia and visit the unique and beautiful Postojna Cave, one of the largest in Europe. We tour this wondrous subterranean world by miniature electric train. Afterward, we drive to Venice. The rest of the day is at leisure until you gather for a Farewell Dinner at the hotel with your Tour Director and travelling companions.
# Included: Breakfast at hotel
# Included: Dinner at hotel

Day 10: In VENICE (B)
After breakfast, we began exploring Venice with a boat ride to 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, viewing the St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, and enjoying views of the Bell Tower and Bridge of Sighs. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy Venice at your own pace; eat, drink, shop, or join an optional gondola ride.
# Included: Breakfast at hotel

Day 11: VENICE - Departure (B)
One final breakfast in your hotel. Say goodbye to all your new friends! Check-out by 10am. If you are departing later, you can leave your bags with Hotel Reception.
# Included: Breakfast at hotel

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

Luxury accommodations are provided.

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: +612-9212-1507
Email us: [email protected]

 

 

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: DUBROVNIK - Arrival (WD)
  • Day 2: to Elaphiti Islands, then SLANO (B, L, T, CD)
  • Day 3: to Mljet NP, then KORČULA (B, L)
  • Day 4: to Blue Cave, then VIS (B, L)
  • Day 5: to Stari Grad, with Hvar Town Tour; HVAR (B, L)
  • Day 6: to Trogir, with Krka Excursion; TROGIR (B, L)
  • Day 7: to SPLIT (B, L)
  • Day 8: DISEMBARK Cruise; by coach to Plitvice Lakes, then to Opatija (B, D)
  • Day 9: OPATIJA, by coach to Postojna Cave, then to Venice (B, D)
  • Day 10: In VENICE (B)
  • Day 11: VENICE - Departure (B)