Heavenly Croatia & Italy Cruise & Stay 2024 | 16 Days

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Heavenly Croatia & Italy Cruise & Stay 2024

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

    Split, Sibenik, Galesnjak, Zadar, Primosten, Brac, Hvar, Vis, Bisevo, 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 a dreamlike voyage where the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic beckon you to explore picturesque coastal gems

  • Explore Split with it’s vibrant Mediterranean culture, and it’s sun-kissed Dalmatian coast
  • Visit Šibenik, where ancient history meets modern charm
  • Discover Plitvice National Park with its emerald lakes, cascading waterfalls, and pristine wilderness
  • Unearth the winding canals, grand palaces and enchanting history of Venice
  • City tours of Sibenik, Zadar, Hvar, Split, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Postojna Cave, Venice, Florence, Assisi and Rome
  • Start Point:
  • End Point:
  • 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 – SIBENIK (KRKA NATIONAL PARK)

Depart from Split early in the morning towards Šibenik with swim stop (weather permitting) in one of the pristine bays, time to relax and lunch on board. After lunch disembark in Šibenik and continue by bus to visit Krka National Park. It’s magnificent waterfalls, including the famous waterfall Skradinski Buk, are one of Croatia’s most famous sights. After the sightseeing tour, return to Šibenik, a city of exceptional history and rich cultural heritage. Set out on a walking tour of Šibenik historical centre and visit one of the most beautiful Renaissance Cathedrals of the Adriatic. Your evening is at leisure in town. (B, L)

DAY 3:                 SIBENIK – GALESNJAK – ZADAR

Early in the morning, depart Šibenik and set sail for Galešnjak, a typical small Dalmatian Island, where you will enjoy a swim stop in one of the secluded bays. Enjoy lunch while we cruise into Zadar port. After arrival, join a walking tour of Zadar historical centre and admire the old walls and Port Gate built in the 16th century. Visit the Square of the Five Wells, see the Church of St. Donat, the Roman Forum and the largest Cathedral in Dalmatia, St. Anastasia and enjoy wine tasting in one of the local wine bars. If there is a breeze, enjoy the “Sea Organ”, an architectural sound art, which plays music by way of sea waives move into the tubes. Overnight in Zadar (B, L)

DAY 4:                 ZADAR – PRIMOSTEN   

Morning departure for Primošten, with a stop along the way for a swim (if weather permits), with lunch on board. Primošten is a small, picturesque town situated between Šibenik and Trogir, in the central part of the Adriatic coast and surrounded by seven other islets, a wonderful sight and an exceptional breathtaking place to explore. Overnight in Primošten. (B, L)

DAY 5:               PRIMOSTEN – BRAC – HVAR  

In the morning, continue towards the town of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar. We will sail pass by the most famous beach in Dalmatia – Golden Horn “Zlatni rat” near Bol on the island of Brac – whose pebbles shift from side to side as the wind and waves constantly change in shape. Swim stop near Golden Horn is possible (weather permitting). We head off to Hvar Island where we’ll visit Stari Grad. Stari Grad is one of the oldest towns in Europe with many friendly konobas and restaurants in the backstreets of the old town. The Stari Grad Plain and the old town centre of Stari Grad have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008. Your evening is free to explore Stari Grad on your own. (B, L)

DAY 6:                 HVAR – VIS  

Our morning cruise starts with Hvar Town. Hvar is a charming seaside town and a favourite holiday destination for international celebrities. During a walking tour through the old town and its picturesque little streets, you will see the St Stephen’s Square, the largest piazza in Dalmatia and the main town square, St Stephen’s Cathedral, the first public theatre in Europe, renaissance-style loggia, and its clock tower. Above the town is the impressive fortress Fortica/ Spanjola offering magnificent views over the bay and Pakleni islands. After lunch disembark in Vis and continue by bus to visit Komiža a charming and lively fishing village located on the southwest side of the island of Vis, where you can walk and enjoy the unique Mediterranean atmosphere and history that is reflected in every stone house, narrow streets, fishing boats that dominate the harbour. After that, return to the town of Vis, one of the most remote Croatian islands, which remained inaccessible to visitors due to the presence of a military base until 1989. When the island finally opened to tourism, Vis retained the impression of wild, untouched beauty that captivated those looking to get off the beaten track. In the evening enjoy Captain’s dinner on board. (B, L, D)

DAY 7:                 VIS – BISEVEO – SPLIT

We will have an early morning cruise towards the small island of Biševo to visit the Blue Cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon. Visiting the cave is permitted depending on weather conditions. We arrive in Split in the afternoon. This UNESCO World Heritage city bases the city centre around the stunning Diocletian’s Palace, the Roman emperor Diocletian’s retirement palace from 295-305 AD. Stroll through the palace basement filled with market stalls and experience the historical architecture of this beautiful palace. See the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, as well as its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s temple, the Peristyle, and many other unique sites. Overnight 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 Sibenik, Zadar, Hvar, Split
  • Guided tour and entrance to Krka National Park
  • Wine tasting in Zadar

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 Blue Cave 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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Pricing & Availability

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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 Heavenly Croatia & 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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Heavenly Croatia & Italy Cruise & Stay 2024

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

    Split, Sibenik, Galesnjak, Zadar, Primosten, Brac, Hvar, Vis, Bisevo, 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

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