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Gorgeous Balkans & Adriatic Cruise & Stay 2024

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  • 15 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Dubrovnik, Budva, Shkodra, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Kolasin, Cetinje, Kotor, Korcula, Brac, Split, Hvar, Mljet

    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

Experience Croatia’s cultural sites, Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia

  • Tour Dubrovnik’s and it’s Old Town, a beautifully preserved medieval gem encircled by impressive stone walls, offering visitors a step back in time to explore its historic architecture and narrow, winding streets
  • Uncover Tirana, the vibrant capital of Albania, a city where a blend of colorful buildings, lively street art, and a burgeoning culinary scene
  • Discover Ohrid, a charming town in North Macedonia, is a hidden gem on the shores of Lake Ohrid, known for its picturesque medieval architecture, serene lakeside vistas, and a rich cultural heritage
  • Visit Korčula, a stunning island in the Adriatic Sea, celebrated for its medieval Old Town, said to be the birthplace of legendary explorer Marco Polo
  • Uncover Hvar, a sun-drenched island in the Adriatic, renowned for its picturesque lavender fields, historic town, and vibrant nightlife
  • Start Point:
  • End Point:
  • Stops:
  • Map is an indication of destinations visited and may not depict the exact route taken.

Itinerary

DAY 1:                 DUBROVNIK

After arrival, you will be transferred from Dubrovnik airport to your tour hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight Dubrovnik. (D)

DAY 2:                 DUBROVNIK – BUDVA – SHKODRA – TIRANA

Morning sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik, included in the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage. You will visit Franciscan Monastery with Europe’s third oldest pharmacy, the Rector’s Palace, and the Cathedral. Departure for Tirana; we drive inland via Budva, crossing the Albanian border at Shkodra, once the capital of the Illyrian Kingdom (3rd century B.C.). Dinner and overnight in Tirana. (B, D)

DAY 3:                 TIRANA – OHRID

Morning sightseeing tour of Tirana, the capital of Albania, including Skender Bey Square, the Mosque of Ethem Bey and a visit to the National Museum representing the flow of Albanian history and housing the finds from archaeological sites across the country. Afternoon departure for Ohrid, driving via Elbasan and crossing the North Macedonian border at Cafasan. Dinner and overnight in Ohrid. (B, D)

DAY 4:                 OHRID

Full day in the lakeside resort of Ohrid, classified as UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage site. Through the activity of St. Clement and St. Naum of Ohrid, the first pan-Slavic University in Europe, the famous “Ohrid Literary School” was founded here. Morning sightseeing tour includes the church of St. Sofia (11th century), the most eminent mediaeval monument in North Macedonia with magnificent Byzantine fresco paintings and St. Clement Church with its icon of Annunciation. In the afternoon, a short drive to visit St. Naum Monastery built on the shores of Ohrid Lake in 900 A.D. and dedicated to the Slavic missionary and educator St. Naum of Ohrid. Dinner in a local restaurant. Return to hotel for overnight. (B, D)

DAY 5:                 OHRID – SKOPJE  

Morning departure for Skopje. Sightseeing tour of Skopje, including the Kale Fortress, the Church of the Holy Savior with its iconostas, one of the finest samples of traditional walnut woodcarving, Old Bazaar and Stone Bridge. We drive to the slopes of the Vodno Mountain where we visit the Monastery of St. Pateleimon with its 12th century iconostas and frescoes ranking among the highest achievements of Byzantine art of this period. Dinner and overnight in Skopje. (B, D)

DAY 6:                 SKOPJE – KOLASIN   

Morning departure for Kolašin, driving via Peć and Berane and along the impressive Morača River Canyon. Afternoon arrival at Kolašin, spreading on the left bank of the river Tara, situated at the altitude of 954m. The whole area is surrounded by the thick pine forest of the Bjelasica Mountain and is a popular skiing and air spa resort. Dinner and overnight in Kolašin. (B, D)

DAY 7:                 KOLASIN – CETINJE – KOTOR – DUBROVNIK    

Morning departure for Cetinje where we visit King Nikola’s Museum, once the residence of the Montenegrin King Nikola I Petrović. Continue to Kotor, classified as UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage site, where we visit its Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to St. Triphun, the city’s patron saint. We continue to Dubrovnik driving along the picturesque Bay of Kotor. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik. (B, D)

DAY 8:                 DUBROVNIK

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Gruž harbor and embark your vessel. Meet your fellow travellers and your Cruise Manager during the Welcome reception followed by dinner onboard. (B, D)

DAY 9:                 DUBROVNIK – KORCULA

Early in the morning we set sail for the island of Korčula, with a swim stop (weather permitting), in one of pristine bays, time to relax and lunch on board. Korčula, the most preserved medieval town, and birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Upon arrival take a walking tour of Korčula that takes you through its narrow, cobbled streets. Evening is free to explore the town on your own. (B, L)

DAY 10:                             KORCULA – BRAC

Our journey continues towards Pučišća, situated on the island of Brač, village of the stone sculpture, where you can visit an amazing stonemason school (optional). Lunch on board before arrival in Pučišća. Enjoy a swim in one of Brač’s many lovely coves and bays (weather permitting). Tonight, Captain’s dinner on board. Overnight in Pučišća. (B, L, D)

DAY 11:                             BRAC – SPLIT

After breakfast we set sail to Split with a stop along the way for a swim (weather permitting), with lunch on board. In the late afternoon we arrive in Split. Upon arrival, join a guided tour of the city. Visit the seafront promenade and Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. The historical centre of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your evening is free in Split. (B, L)

DAY 12:                             SPLIT – HVAR 

In the morning, we sail to Stari Grad on the Island of Hvar, one of the oldest towns in Europe. The Stari Grad Plain and the old town centre of Stari Grad have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2008. Return to your ship for lunch on board and sail towards Hvar with a break for swimming. Upon arrival in Hvar, you will be visiting many historical sights of the town, such as St Stephen’s Square and Cathedral, and 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. (B, L)

DAY 13:                             HVAR – MLJET  

In the morning, we sail towards Mljet. Croatia’s “Greenest Island” with its beautiful, untouched nature and its cultural heritage. We arrive in the heart of Mljet National Park which encompasses five types of forests, many species of birds and two deep lakes. If you want to visit Mljet National Park, walk to the entrance where you can purchase the ticket to walk around the Veliko Jezero (Big Lake) and the Malo Jezero (Small Lake) and join the boat ride to St. Mary Island. Spend the night in Mljet. (B, L)

DAY 14:                             MLJET – DUBROVNIK

In the morning we continue our adventure by sailing back to Dubrovnik with lunch on board and a stop for swimming. 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, the famous city enlisted as UNESCO’s World Heritage site, where your guide will show you the most interesting sights of Dubrovnik. After the city tour, free time to explore the city, 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 15:                             DUBROVNIK

After breakfast it’s time to disembark your vessel. You will be transferred to Dubrovnik airport. End of our services. (B)

Accommodation (or similar):

DUBROVNIK: Adria Hotel

TIRANA: Sky Tower Hotel

OHRID: Metropol Hotel

SKOPJE: Next Door Park Hotel

KOLASIN: Bianca Hotel

INCLUSIONS:                                        

  • Shared arrival transfer from Dubrovnik airport to tour hotel on the first day of the tour and shared departure transfer from Dubrovnik port to Dubrovnik airport on the last day of the tour.
  • Accommodation in first class hotels
  • Service charges and hotel taxes
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • 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 Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik in a cabin with private facilities, A/C & TV
  • Welcome dinner and Captain’s dinner during cruise
  • Water dispenser during cruise
  • Complimentary fresh fruits available daily during cruise
  • Professional English-speaking Cruise Manager throughout
  • Whisper technology
  • Fresh bed linen and towels midweek during cruise
  • Luggage handling
  • One beach towel per person per week
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Professional English-speaking guide for sightseeing tours of Dubrovnik, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Kotor
  • Entrance fees to Diocletian’s Palace, Franciscan Monastery and Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik; National Museum in Tirana; St. Sofia, St. Clement, and St. Naum in Ohrid; Church of Holy Savior and Monastery of St. Panteleimon in Skopje; Residence of King Nikola I Petrović in Cetinje; St. Triphun Cathedral in Kotor
  • City tours of Split, Hvar, Korčula, and Dubrovnik

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
  • Entrance to Mljet National Park to be paid on the spot

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 Gorgeous Balkans & Adriatic 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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Gorgeous Balkans & Adriatic Cruise & Stay 2024

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From $5,993 AUD $6,659 AUD SAVE $666 AUD
  • 15 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Dubrovnik, Budva, Shkodra, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Kolasin, Cetinje, Kotor, Korcula, Brac, Split, Hvar, Mljet

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

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