Charming Croatia & Romantic Italy Cruise & Stay 2024 | 16 Days

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Charming Croatia & Romantic Italy Cruise & Stay 2024

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(5 Reviews)
From $11,250 AUD
  • 16 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Split, Brac, Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik, Mljet, Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, Postojna, Venice, Ferrara, Pisa, Florence, Assisi, Rome

    Group Size:
    1 to 40
    Age Range:
    8 to 99
    Languages: English
    Type: Cruising with Land

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Tour at a Glance

Tour at a Glance

Embark on an enchanting journey through the picturesque landscapes of Croatia, Slovenia and Venice

  • Tour Plitvice National Park with its emerald lakes, cascading waterfalls, and pristine wilderness
  • Explore the renowned city of Dubrovnik
  • Discover the allure of Mljet National Park and uncover untouched landscapes and tranquil lakes
  • Unearth the winding canals, grand palaces and enchanting history of Venice
  • Explore Pisa and marvel at the iconic Leaning Tower, a sight that will leave you in awe
  • Visit Florence, where you can immerse yourself in the timeless beauty of world-class art, architecture, and culture
  • Indulge in the allure of Rome, where history springs to life in the shadow of the awe-inspiring Colosseum
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  • Stops:
  • Map is an indication of destinations visited and may not depict the exact route taken.

Itinerary

DAY 1:                  SPLIT

After arrival, you will be transferred from Split airport to the port, where embarkation begins at 2pm. Get settled in your cabin before attending a Welcome reception followed by dinner. Overnight in Split. (D)

DAY 2:                  SPLIT – BRAC – HVAR

Morning sail towards Bol on Brač Island, where you will discover one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire Mediterranean – “Zlatni Rat” (the Golden Horn), which is constantly changing its shape due to the ocean currents. Swim stop if weather permits. Return to the ship for lunch and set sail for Jelsa on the island of Hvar. One of the most picturesque towns on the island of Hvar; Jelsa is nestled in amongst hills dense with pine woods. The town quay extends all the way around the harbour with numerous laid moorings. Walk around stone street, squares, see churches, and parks. Enjoy a coffee in the main square and the Mediterranean atmosphere of this bustling town. Your evening is free to explore Jelsa on your own. (B, L)

DAY 3:                 HVAR – KORCULA  

Early in the morning, set sail for the island of Korčula, with swim stop, weather permitting, in one of pristine bays, time to relax and lunch on board. Continue towards Korčula, the most preserved medieval town, and birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Take a walking tour of Korčula which takes you through its narrow, cobbled streets full of history and enjoy wine tasting in one of the local wine bars. Evening is free to

explore the town on your own. (B, L)

DAY 4:                 KORCULA – DUBROVNIK  

In the morning sail to Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, a famous UNESCO World Heritage site. Upon arrival in Dubrovnik, you will enjoy a guided tour of the historical centre of Dubrovnik, walk through Stradun –

both a street and a square, the most famous place inside the town walls, where your guide will show you the most interesting sights of Dubrovnik. After the city tour, you will be on your own to explore the city. Possibly you can visit the City Walls, the Franciscan Monastery with Europe’s second oldest pharmacy, the Rector’s Palace, and the Cathedral, or take a boat ride to Lokrum island or take the cable car to the top of the Mount Srđ. Overnight in Dubrovnik. (B, L)

DAY 5:                 DUBROVNIK – MLJET

In the morning head further north to the island of Mljet. Mljet National Park encompasses five types of forest, many species of birds and two deep lakes, Veliko Jezero (Big Lake) and Malo Jezero (Small Lake). Join the Cruise Manager for a stroll to the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park. Alternatively, you can rent bicycles, scooters, or kayaks to explore the National Park or island on your own. In the evening, enjoy the Captain’s dinner on board. (B, L, D)

DAY 6:                 MLJET – HVAR

Take a break for a swim during your morning cruise. Continue sailing during lunch, with an afternoon arrival in Hvar, a charming seaside town with 8 centuries of architecture, and a favourite holiday destination for international celebrities. During a walking tour, visit the 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 the Town is the impressive fortress Fortica offering magnificent views over the bay and Pakleni islands. Your evening is free in Hvar. You can explore more and dine on your own in one of the many restaurants in town. (B, L)

DAY 7:                 HVAR – SPLIT

In the morning we head to our final port of Split with a stop along the way to swim, cool off and relax (if weather permits), with lunch on board. In the late afternoon, arrive in Split. Take a walking tour of the historic inner city that takes us to the Palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We 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 – OPATIJA

After breakfast it’s time to disembark and bid our crew farewell. We 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 continue onto Opatija where dinner is served at the hotel. (B, D)

DAY 9:                 OPATIJA – POSTOJNA – VENICE

After breakfast, we travel 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. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure until you gather for a dinner with your Tour Director and traveling companions. (B, D)

DAY 10:                VENICE

We begin 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, shop, or join an optional gondola ride. (B)

DAY 11:                VENICE – FERRARA – PISA – FLORENCE

Drive to Ferrara, a Renaissance gem in the Emilia-Romagna region, standing on the banks of the Po River. After an orientation tour, continue to Pisa where you’ll view the famous Piazza del Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, Baptistery, and Duomo. Then on to Florence for overnight. (B)

DAY 12:                FLORENCE

This morning begins with a city tour of the majestic Piazza del Duomo to see the Cathedral crowned by Brunelleschi’s awe-inspiring Dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and the Baptistery with Ghiberti’s splendid bronze “Gates of Paradise.” Walk across the famous old bridge – “Ponte Vecchio”. The remainder of the day is yours to savour the Renaissance splendour of the Tuscan capital your own way. (B)

DAY 13:                FLORENCE – ASSISI – ROME

Travel through the stunning panorama of Tuscany with its iconic landscapes as you make your way to Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis. Take a walking tour to see the main square and visit the impressive Basilica of St. Francis. Continue to Rome for dinner and an evening at leisure. (B, D)

DAY 14:                ROME

A full-day sightseeing tour shows you all the highlights of the incomparable Eternal City. Visit the Vatican Museums with the Sistine Chapel and grand St. Peter’s Basilica. Continue to view the Colosseum, ancient Palatine Hill overlooking Circus Maximus and the Imperial Palace, and the Roman Forum. (B)

DAY 15:                ROME

Your day is free in spectacular Rome! Your Tour Director will have suggestions on how to spend your time. You might want to visit some of the chic shops, galleries, and museums; do some more sightseeing on your own or relax in a sidewalk cafe with a glass of fine Italian wine, a cold Limoncello, some refreshing gelato, or a hearty dish of pasta. Tonight, a festive farewell dinner with your fellow travellers is the perfect way to celebrate your glimpse of Italy. Farewell dinner in your hotel. (B, D)

DAY 16:                ROME

After breakfast, transfer to Rome airport. End of our services. (B)

Accommodation (or similar):

OPATIJA: GH Adriatic

VENICE: NH Santa Lucia

FLORENCE: Grand Hotel Adriatico

ROME: Starhotels Metropole

INCLUSIONS:

  • Shared arrival transfer from Split airport to port on the first day of the tour and shared departure transfer from Rome hotel to Rome airport
  • Accommodation in first class hotels
  • Service charges and hotel taxes
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Meals as per itinerary (coffee or tea included with dinner on cruise)
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Professional English-Speaking Tour Director throughout
  • Licensed Local Guides
  • Complimentary whispers with sightseeing tours
  • 7 nights cruise from Split to Split in a cabin with private facilities, A/C & TV
  • Welcome dinner and Captain’s dinner during cruise
  • Water dispenser during cruise
  • Complimentary coffee, tea, and fresh fruits available daily during cruise
  • Professional English-speaking Cruise Manager throughout
  • Whisper technology
  • Daily cabin servicing, fresh bed linen and towels midweek during cruise
  • Luggage handling
  • One beach towel per person per week
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Local guide for sightseeing tours of Plitvice Lakes National Park, Postojna Cave, Venice, Florence, Assisi, Rome
  • Entrance fees to Plitvice Lakes National Park, Postojna cave, Glassblowing factory Venice, Basilica of St. Francis, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica
  • City tours of Split, Hvar, Korčula and Dubrovnik
  • Guided tour and entrance to Mljet National Park
  • Wine tasting in Korčula

Exclusions

  • Drinks, extra meals
  • Port tax 60 EUR net per person (to be paid by on board)
  • All other entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions

Optional supplements

  • Additional beach towel 7 EUR per person on request

Things to Note:

–          Accommodation and cruise vessel is subject to change without notice. Every effort is made to avoid hotel/cruise changes, but should a mid-tour hotel change become necessary after this list has been printed, contact details of the new hotel will be supplied to you by your Tour Director.

–          Hotel rooms may not be available for check-in before 2:00 p.m. Tips for baggage handling are not included in the tour price.

–          Tour can be a combination of regular tours, therefore coach changes may be required. The same people may not be travelling throughout the tour.

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Ship Details

  • Launched: 2018
  • Length: 49 m
  • Breadth: 8.6 m
  • Speed: 17 km/h
  • Passengers: 35
  • Cabins: 18
  • Voltage: 220 V
  • Individually controlled air-conditioned ensuite cabins
  • Restaurant and bar area with air-conditioning
  • Outdoor Lounge seating area
  • Sun deck with deckchairs (partially in shade)
  • Rooftop Jacuzzi
  • Swimming platform
  • Free Wi-Fi
Lower Deck
  • Cabin: Standard
  • Bedding: Double/Twin
  • Size(sqm): 16
  • Window: Porthole
  • To Open: No
Main Deck
  • Cabin: Standard
  • Bedding: Twin
  • Size(sqm): 12
  • Window: Yes
  • To Open: Yes
Upper Deck
  • Cabin: Standard
  • Bedding: Twin
  • Size(sqm): 12
  • Window: Yes
  • To Open: Yes
Upper Deck VIP
  • Cabin: VIP
  • Bedding: Double
  • Size(sqm): 21
  • Window: Yes
  • To Open: Yes
  • En-suite
  • Air-conditioning
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wardrobe
  • Desk
  • Launched: 2017
  • Length: 48.2m
  • Breadth: 8.1m
  • Speed: 19 km/h
  • Crew: 6
  • Passengers: 38
  • Cabins: 19
  • Voltage: 220v
  • Sun deck with sun beds
  • Salon restaurant
  • Bar
  • Large screen LCD TV
  • Outdoor lounge with tables and comfortable sofas
  • Air-conditioned en-suite cabins
  • Free Wi-Fi
Lower Deck
  • Cabin: Standard
  • Bedding: Double/Twin/Triple
  • Size(sqm): 14-18
  • Window: Porthole
  • To Open: No
Main Deck
  • Cabin: Standard
  • Bedding: Double/Twin/Triple
  • Size(sqm): 14-18
  • Window: Window
  • To Open: Yes
Upper Deck
  • Cabin: Standard
  • Bedding: Double
  • Size(sqm): 14-18
  • Window: Window
  • To Open: Yes
  • En-suite
  • Air-conditioning
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wardrobe
  • Desk
  • Launched: 2017
  • Length: 48.2m
  • Breadth: 8.6m
  • Speed: 17 km/h
  • Crew: 6
  • Passengers: 38
  • Cabins: 19
  • Voltage: 220v
  • Sun deck with sun beds and outdoor bar
  • Plunge pool
  • Salon restaurant
  • Bar
  • Large screen LCD TV
  • Outdoor lounge with tables and comfortable sofas
  • Rear swimming platform
  • Air-conditioned en-suite cabins
  • Free Wi-Fi
Lower Deck
  • Cabin: Standard
  • Bedding: Double/Twin/Triple
  • Size(sqm): 14-16
  • Window: Porthole
  • To Open: No
Main Deck
  • Cabin: Standard
  • Bedding: Double/Twin
  • Size(sqm): 13-15
  • Window: Window
  • To Open: Yes
Upper Deck
  • Cabin: Standard
  • Bedding: Double/Twin
  • Size(sqm): 13-15
  • Window: Window
  • To Open: Yes
  • En-suite
  • Air-conditioning
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wardrobe
  • Desk
  • Launched: 2017
  • Length: 39m
  • Breadth: 8m
  • Speed: 17 km/h
  • Crew: 6
  • Passengers: 36
  • Cabins: 18
  • Voltage: 220v
  • Sun deck with deck chairs and sunbeds
  • Rooftop jacuzzi
  • Salon restaurant
  • Bar
  • Large screen LCD TV
  • Air-conditioned en-suite cabins
  • Swimming platform
Standard Deck
  • Cabin: Standard
  • Bedding: Double/Twin
  • Size(sqm): 12-14
  • Window: Porthole
  • To Open: No
Main Deck
  • Cabin: Standard
  • Bedding: Double/Twin
  • Size(sqm): 11-13
  • Window: Window
  • To Open: Yes
  • En-suite
  • Air-conditioning
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wardrobe
  • Desk
  • Launched: 2018
  • Length: 44.50 m
  • Breadth: 8.15 m
  • Speed: 17 km/h
  • Passengers: 40
  • Cabins: 21
  • Voltage: 220 V
  • Sun-deck with deck-chairs and sun-beds
  • Outdoor lounge area
  • Salon restaurant
  • Bar
  • Top deck Jacuzzi
  • Swimming platform
Lower Deck
  • Cabin: Standard
  • Bedding: Double/Twin
  • Size(sqm): 14-16
  • Window: Porthole
  • To Open: No
Main Deck
  • Cabin: Standard (Bow)
  • Bedding: Double/Twin
  • Size(sqm): 12-14
  • Window: Porthole
  • To Open: No
Main Deck
  • Cabin: Standard (Stern)
  • Bedding: Double/Twin
  • Size(sqm): 12-14
  • Window: Yes
  • To Open: Yes
Upper Deck
  • Cabin: VIP (with Balcony)
  • Bedding: Double/Twin
  • Size(sqm): 8-10
  • Window: Yes
  • To Open: Yes
  • En-suite
  • Air-conditioning
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wardrobe
  • Desk
  • Launched: 2013
  • Length: 47 m
  • Breadth: 9 m
  • Speed: 19 km/h
  • Passengers: 38
  • Cabins: 20
  • Voltage: 220 V
  • Sun-deck with deck-chairs, sun-beds and ample shade
  • Salon restaurant
  • Lounge Bar with outside seating
  • Large screen LCD TV
  • Upper deck plunge pool
  • Rear swimming platform
  • Free WiFi
Lower Deck
  • Cabin: Standard
  • Bedding: Twin
  • Size(sqm): 16
  • Window: Porthole
  • To Open: No
Main Deck
  • Cabin: Standard
  • Bedding: Double/Twin/Triple
  • Size(sqm): 15-18
  • Window: Yes
  • To Open: Yes
Upper Deck
  • Cabin: Standard
  • Bedding: Twin
  • Size(sqm): 15
  • Window: Yes
  • To Open: Yes
  • En-suite
  • Air-conditioning
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wardrobe
  • Desk
  • Refurbished: 2017
  • Length: 49 m
  • Breadth: 8.10 m
  • Speed: 19 km/h
  • Passengers: 36
  • Cabins: 18
  • Voltage: 220 V
  • Sun-deck with deck-chairs, sun-beds and ample shade
  • Salon restaurant
  • Lounge bar with outside seating
  • Large screen LCD TV
  • Swimming platform
Lower Deck
  • Cabin: Standard
  • Bedding: Double/Triple
  • Size(sqm): 15-16
  • Window: Porthole
  • To Open: No
Main Deck
  • Cabin: Standard
  • Bedding: Double/Twin
  • Size(sqm): 15-17
  • Window: Yes
  • To Open: Yes
  • En-suite
  • Air-conditioning
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wardrobe

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Reviews for Charming Croatia & Romantic Italy Cruise & Stay 2024

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Karen Boswell
Amazing Adriatic

Review for: Adriatic Princess Split-Split M/S Adriatic Princess

We were a group of 4 adults, who had an amazing Adriatic adventure. We were greeted warmly on arrival, and were throughout the cruise. The cabins were fabulous, and the crew attentive and friendly. A staff member told us that we would start the week as strangers and leave as family. This was indeed the case, and we found it hard to believe that we had only known them all for 7 days. The boat was roomy, with plenty of space for all to find a corner to relax, whilst sailing. The tours, and activities, were informative and enjoyable. The beautiful Adriatic sea was clean and clear, and being able to swim directly off the boat was fantastic. The ports of call were also beautiful, with quaint villages and old towns. We loved Dubrovnik's Old Town the most, with its historical buildings and character. We would highly recommend a cruise with Sun Island, and the transfers and bookings, surrounding our cruise, were all on time and efficient. We will look forward to our next adventure with Sun Island.
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Elizabeth K
Croatia & Adriatic Cruise - M/S Premier

Review for: From Croatia to Italy Cruise & Stay - M/S Premier

This tour was the 2nd week of October and the last tour of the season. That came with both positives and negatives. First the positives: 1. Great Tour Managers: Gabby on land and Zoran on the MS Premier. They (and the entire crew) were extremely friendly and helpful! 2. Great itinerary with magnificent scenery! 3. Good food and lots of it! 4. Lots of plugs in your room. 5. Adequate storage space. 6.. The ship was attractive and clean, and the small numbers allowed the passengers and crew to get to know each other well. 7. During the 2nd week of October, there were no crowds at all in ports which was great, and it was not hot on the walking tours, but at times it was nippy. Negatives: 1. It was too cold to swim except on the last day, and we got some strong winds. We could not enjoy sitting on the ship decks for most of the trip, but everyone went on deck to take photos. 2. The heating and air conditioning on the Premier is controlled by the Captain. The entire ship must be set on either air conditioning or heat. This was a problem for passengers on the lower deck. It was way too hot and stuffy when the heat was turned on at night. If you were upstairs, you could open your balcony door if it got too hot, but downstairs we had to turn the ventilation off completely. This would not be a problem during the summer when the AC would be on the entire time. 3. If you take the last cruise of the year, the bar begins to run out of certain items towards the end of the cruise. 4. The bath products were minimal. You got individual packets of body wash/shampoo, but no conditioner. or lotions, and there was only one tiny waste basket in the bathroom. They needed a waste basket in the room.
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Lucas
Excellent vessel

Review for: Beauty Cruise Split - Split M/S Equator

The cruise ship 'Avangard' is an excellent vessel. An almost brand new vessel with spacious living areas, luxurious ensuite cabins which were regularly refreshed, gourmet meals. Highly competent captain and sailing crew. Dedicated, skilled and friendly waiting/bar staff, Very knowledgeable and accommodating tour leader. The Split (to Dubrovnik) to Split 7-day tour itinerary was brilliant. So much to see and do, with excellent shore excursions.

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Charming Croatia & Romantic Italy Cruise & Stay 2024

5
(5 Reviews)
From $11,250 AUD
  • 16 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Split, Brac, Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik, Mljet, Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, Postojna, Venice, Ferrara, Pisa, Florence, Assisi, Rome

    Group Size:
    1 to 40
    Age Range:
    8 to 99
    Languages: English
    Travel Style: Cruising with Land

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Speak to our Croatia Expert - Olivia

Olivia has travelled throughout Croatia, both touring on a coach, as well as cruising throughout the Adriatic Islands.

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