- A 10-night land and cruise tour visiting the historic Old Towns of this fascinating region
- A trip to the spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park with the magnificent waterfalls – a site that really can not be missed
- Explore the wonderful and unique sites of Zadar and enjoy the magnificent sunset
- Enjoy a luxury newly-built small ship cruise experience for 7 nights on with breakfast and lunch included, in a spacious cabin with a lavish Captain’s dinner included
- Includes guided tours of charming Split, Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik
- Professional English-speaking Cruise Director on board the cruise
- Overnight hotel stays in premium 4-star hotels in Zadar, Plitvice Lakes and Split with breakfasts
Explore ancient Zadar, stunning UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park with its lakes, trails and waterfalls. Enjoy a spacious, luxurious cabin and gourmet dining on the island-hopping cruise from Split including guided tours, half board, a Captain’s Dinner and more.
Board: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner
Day 1 – ARRIVE IN SPLIT AND TRANSFER TO ZADAR
Welcome to Croatia! Upon arrival to Split, our driver will transfer you to the charming city of Zadar. Explore its archaeological sites, monuments and beautiful seaside promenade which stretches before the islands scattered not far offshore. Enjoy some unique sites from listening to the Sea Organ, admiring the lights of the Sun Salutation or following in the steps of Alfred Hitchcock, who once claimed that Zadar has the world’s most beautiful sunset.
Day 2 – DAY OUT IN PLITVICE LAKES (B)
You will be driven to the stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park. This magnificent conservation area is one of those bucket-list places and is truly spectacular. It consists of 16 interlinked lakes and magnificent waterfalls, connected via wooden pathways. Plitvice is a haven for flora and fauna, all connected in a delicate ecosystem. Explore the National Park by walking the pathways allowing you to get close to waterfalls and crystal-clear water of the lakes, enjoying a tranquil boat ride across the lake or riding on a scenic train, admiring the lush forest.
Day 3 – SPLIT (B, D)
Head towards Split, stopping for lunch at an authentic local restaurant, serving delicious delicacies. Upon arrival in Split, explore Diocletian’s Palace, an eclectic combination of Roman temples, Gothic palaces and modern Mediterranean-style stone houses. You’ll love exploring the Palace and the underground cellars, which feature in the ‘Game of Thrones’ show. Walk the cobbled streets of the Old Town, infused with history, full of bustling cafes and restaurants and unusual specialist shops. Don’t miss Riva, Split’s palm tree-lined promenade, perfect for a refreshing drink in the sunshine. Why not take a climb up Marjan hill for a stunning panoramic view?
Day 4 –SPLIT (B,D)
You will take a private transfer to Split harbor with check in from 2pm. You can relax in your deluxe cabin or join a guided tour of the beautiful historical town of Split. After the tour, return to the ship for a Welcome meet and greet cocktail reception on board. You will be introduced to the Captain, crew and fellow Croatia island-hopping passengers.
Day 5 – SPLIT – KORČULA (B,L)
Our Croatia cruise makes an early morning departure and heads towards the breathtaking island of Korčula, best known as the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. The ship stops for lunch in one of the stunning secluded bays and arrives in Korčula by early afternoon. Join the guided walking tour of this enchanting town. You can explore the historical fortified walls and ancient structures and monuments on the island. Korčula also has an abundance of excellent bars, cafes and restaurants serving great value local cuisine.
Day 6 – KORČULA – MLJET/DUBROVNIK (B,L,D)
We continue to cruise towards the dazzling island of Mljet. On arrival you can join the Cruise Director for a stroll to the famous salt lakes, situated in the heart of the stunning Mljet National Park. Take a boat ride to St Mary Island, visiting the ancient Benedictine monastery. There are also kayaks, bicycles and scooters for hire to explore the area that surrounds the National Park. The captain will take you for an evening cruise along the ancient city walls of Dubrovnik whilst an appetising buffet dinner is served on the sun deck, so that you can enjoy the spectacular sunset.
Day 7 – DUBROVNIK (B)
We head to the old town for a guided walking tour. You take the cable car from the Old Town to the top of Mount Srđ with incredible panoramic views of the Elaphiti Islands and the adorable rooftops of Dubrovnik below – a great photo opportunity! During the evening, you can take a stroll along the famous old town walls and the endearing Stradun promenade, the lovely limestone-paved pedestrian street.
Day 8 – DUBROVNIK – PELJEŠAC PENINSULA (B,L,D)
We sail towards the sun-drenched Pelješac peninsula with a visit to one of the gorgeous Elaphiti Islands. You have a chance to discover the beauty of Peljesac with a scenic excursion through the dramatic landscape. We visit a local farm and join a typical village party, so you will have an opportunity to sample some delicious Croatian delicacies. This includes authentic, homegrown dishes that are handmade from fresh farm produce.
Day 9 – PELJEŠAC PENINSULA – HVAR (B,L)
We cruise towards the glamorous island of Hvar with a chance to take a rejuvenating swim at the island of Šćedro as well as the Pakleni Islands. In Hvar, you will receive a short presentation of lavender products and an insightful tour of the town’s most popular landmarks. The highlights of this breathtaking town include the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower, and the oldest community theatre in Europe, founded in 1612. You will also visit the impressive town fort, situated at the top on a hill which overlooks the harbour and offers stunning views of the harbour and neighbouring islands.
Day 10 – HVAR – BOL or MILNA (B,L,D)
The final stop is the Island of Brač and the charming town of Bol. Bol is home to one of the most famous beaches in Dalmatia – the Zlatni Rat (or Golden Cape) and is a typical fishermen’s town. You will also have the opportunity to sample the delicious local wine in Dalmatia’s oldest winery. This is followed by the Captain’s special farewell dinner with some great entertainment, the perfect way to celebrate the last night of your island-hopping cruise.
Day 11 – BOL – SPLIT (B)
An early morning departure for Split. It’s time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends. Check out by 9am with your private transfer to the airport.
MS Desire is a 48,2m (157 ft) long, 8,1m (26 ft) wide luxury ship, launched in April 2017 featuring the latest state-of-the-art equipment and amenities. The ship has a maximum capacity of 38 passengers in 19 twin or double cabins.
The ship offers a restaurant and bar area on the upper deck with LCD TV and a covered outdoor lounge area with sofas. The sun deck is perfect for sunbathing with plenty of sun-loungers for all passengers, a shaded area and a Jacuzzi.
- Private transfers throughout your trip
- Two nights in Zadar in a 4-star hotel on bed & breakfast basis
- One night in Split in a 4-star hotel on bed & breakfast basis
- Entrance to Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Seven-night Split luxury return cruise in a choice of cabin
- Fresh fruit daily
- Daily buffet breakfast, six 3-course lunches and a litre of bottled water per person
- Three course welcome dinner
- Professional guided English tours of Split, Korčula, Dubrovnik, Hvar
- Experienced Cruise Director on board
- Luggage handling
- Daily cabin service
- Complimentary WiFi onboard
What’s not Included
- Return flights to Croatia
- Gratuities and non-included meals
- Price based in double occupancy in a double or twin room.
- Port taxes and fees of 25 Euros per person
- On board drinks & beverages
50% single person supplement.
Upgrade to Deluxe Cruise Ship (please call for more information)
Departure Dates for 2019
- June 19, 26
- July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
- August 7, 14, 21,28
- September 4, 11, 18, 25
- October 2, 9
Departure Dates for 2020
- April 29
- May 6, 13, 20, 27
- June 3, 10 17, 24
- July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
- August 5, 12, 19, 26
- September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
- October 7