Sail Croatia Split to Dubrovnik plus add-ons to Slovenia and Istanbul

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Sail Croatia Split to Dubrovnik plus add-ons to Slovenia and Istanbul

  Jul 7, 2023 - Jul 15, 2023 ( 9 Days )
The Price :   $2,970.00
Spots Remaining  16/25
Travel Date :  2023-07-07 - 2023-07-15

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Croatia Cruise $2,970.00

Available Upgrades

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Single upgrade cruise only $950.00
Slovenia pre-trip $920.00
Slovenia pre-trip single room upgrade $300.00
Istanbul post-trip $920.00
Istanbul pos-trip single room upgrade $300.00
Round-trip Air (must purchase by Jan 1) $1,500.00

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Guest Info :

~ Special Early Bird Pricing until Jan 1, 2023. Regular price is $3,495 in the new year ~

Update:

I’ve just returned from this trip, and I can tell you it is a trip of a lifetime. The Adriatic Queen is magnificent, luxurious, and the 8-person crew is awesome, always catering to our every need. The crew includes a bartender and server, a fantastic cruise director, housekeeper, cook and sous chef, plus the captain and two deckhands. A delicious buffet style breakfast is served from 7:00-9:00 am, lunch and dinner are table service. The food is absolutely incredible (expect a lot of fish, but also lamb, beef, and fowl) and the desserts are divine.

What to say about the trip itself? Each town is full of so much history, and the local guides are very knowledgeable. There are interesting similarities to the Greek islands – deep connections to history, yet modern and forward thinking. I’ll post some of the photos from my trip below. Also, here is a video produced by the Adriatic Queen’s broker – Thanks Michael!

Jim

Come along as we cruise the Dalmatian Coast on our own private yacht, the Adriatic Queen, from Split to Dubrovnik. This 15-cabin luxury state-of-the-art yacht – built in 2017 – has all the high end features you’d expect, including multiple decks for capturing coastal views (one with a jacuzzi), sound-proof cabins, and even a rear access swim platform. We’ll visit charming villages, magical islands, and feast on local delicacies.

Join us on the perfect combination of cruising with lots of time for touring cities and towns along the Croatian coastline. Guided walking tours of medieval cities of Split, Korcula, and Dubrovnik, and hand-picked tranquil islands including visits to the Mljet National Park and Sipan Island, the largest of the Elaphiti Islands. As a former headquarters of the Yugoslavian military, the lesser known island of Vis, kept closed until 1989, offers breathtaking beaches along with its fascinating history. Close by there is the island of Biševo, known for the mesmerizing naturally occurring light show of the Blue Cave. Between the expert-led land tours and exciting adventures of snorkeling and paddle boating in the water, there isn’t a more diverse, yet relaxing way to explore Croatia.

Incredible 9-day cruise along the Dalmatian Coast visiting:
Split, Trogir, Bol, Hvar, Biševo, Vis, Korčula, Mljet, Šipan/Slano, Dubrovnik

With a crew to guest ratio of 1 to four, only 15 bedrooms with convertible twin-to-queen beds, and en-suite bathrooms, the Adriatic Queen offers guests a spacious cruising experience. At only 36 ft wide and 115 ft long, she can also reach the heart of Croatia’s cities as well as the island gems. Ample common space allows for relaxation and socializing with other guests. The air conditioned cabins range from 140 to 173 square feet, and are soundproofed to ensure quiet when desired. The onboard chef will prepare breakfasts and other meals while sailing, in addition to the special Captain’s Dinner. There is always a selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for purchase. The large sundeck with comfortable chaise loungers sits next to the more shaded area complete with a jacuzzi that seats 6. Time aboard the Adriatic Queen is all about unwinding from the daily adventures of the tours and other explorations during this remarkable trip.

  • Diocletian’s Palace in Split surrounded by medieval walls
  • High end traditional cuisine and nightlife of Hvar Island
  • Zlatni Rat on Brac Island, known for its beaches and stone quarries
  • Mljet National Park with its emerald lakes and dense forests
  • Stunning views of Dubrovnik and the islands from Mt. Syrd
DAY 1, FRIDAY: Take an overnight flight from the US to Split, Croatia!

DAY 2, SATURDAY: Depart Split

We board our private yacht in Split. After getting settled in our cabins, there will be a welcome reception and dinner onboard. Overnight in Split.

Day 3, SUNDAY: Split – Trogir

This morning you will get the opportunity to stroll through the streets of Split with our private tour guide. Split is the second largest Croatian town and a UNESCO World Heritage site, best known for its glorious palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian. We will return to the boat around noon and enjoy lunch while we sail towards our first stop, the city of Trogir, another UNESCO World Heritage site. During our walking tour we will learn about the Greek, Roman, and Venetian influences on Trogir’s rich history. We will get to see the impressive architecture of Trogir’s most imposing monument, the Cathedral of St Lawrence, built in Romanesque-Gothic style. After the city tour, we will have free time to explore Trogir at our own pace before meeting up for dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Trogir.

DAY 4, MONDAY: Trogir – Bol – Hvar

In the morning, we leave Trogir and head to Bol, on the island of Brač, famous for its Golden Cape. The 530 meter long golden pebble beach changes its shape and position depending on the winds and currents. We will have time to walk around this small town, have coffee, or simply relax on the beach. After lunch on board, we head to the island of Hvar. We will see the sights with our guide and find out about its rich history and beautiful architecture. In the afternoon we can explore the town and enjoy a delicious dinner. Afterwards the more adventurous among us can experience the vibrant nightlife. Overnight in Hvar.

DAY 5, TUESDAY: Hvar – Biševo Blue Cave – Vis

This morning we set sail for the island of Biševo and its famous Blue Cave, known for its breathtaking sunlit reflections in the aquamarine water. It can only be approached by boat and sometimes access is not possible due to weather conditions. We will have lunch on board before arriving in Vis in the afternoon, well known for its strategic importance throughout history. We will have free time to explore Vis at our own pace. Because it was closed to visitors during the Yugoslavia era, it has remained unchanged for decades. Overnight in Vis.

DAY 6, WEDNESDAY: Vis – Korčula

After breakfast, we will head to the nearby island of Korčula, taking a break for a swim stop along the way. The city of Korčula is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean, and it is thought to be the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. After arriving in Korčula, we will first join our guide for a walking tour of the city, and then have some free time before meeting together at a local restaurant. Overnight in Korčula.

DAY 7, THURSDAY: Korčula – National Park Mljet – Šipan Island or Slano

We depart and cruise toward Pomena, on the island of Mljet. There we will visit the National Park, well known for its versatile eco-system and two salt lakes (‘’Veliko jezero’’- Big Lake and ‘’Malo jezero’’- Small Lake) and a Benedictine Monastery from the 12th century located on St Mary’s Islet. After lunch on board, we head to the Island of Šipan with its peaceful fishermen’s village, Šipanska Luka. If there are issues with the weather or docking capacity limits, we will cruise to the protected bay of Slano, situated on the mainland. In the evening, we will head back to the ship for a very special Captain’s dinner. Overnight in Šipanska Luka or Slano.

DAY 8, FRIDAY: Dubrovnik

Sailing up the coast toward Dubrovnik, also a UNESCO World Heritage site, we will get to enjoy the scenery of the Elaphiti Islands while having lunch on board.. Upon arrival, we will be driven to Old Town in Dubrovnik for our tour with a local guide. Then we will have free time to explore the rich local history. Be sure to visit some of the famous sights of the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” take a cable car ride to Srđ Mountain, or stroll along the City walls. We will share a meal at a local restaurant before returning to our ship for our final night on board. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

DAY 9, SATURDAY: Departure

After breakfast, it’s time to disembark as we board our transfer to the airport and home (unless you join us for a post-trip addition – then there is more adventure to come!).

Pre-Trip Extension (15 person limit) to Zagreb, Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Plitvide National Park, 3 days

  • Day 1, Wednesday July 5: Take an overnight flight directly to Ljubjana, capital of Slovenia.
  • Day 2, Thursday July 6: Arrive mid-morning and check into our 4-Star hotel. We’ll have time to relax and recuperate from your journey. The rest of the day is on your own or as a group to explore before enjoying dinner as a group at one of Ljubjana’s finest restaurants for a traditional Slovenian meal.
  • Day 3, Friday July 7: After a morning guided tour of Ljubjana we’ll take a bus for a 2 hour ride to Zagreb, Croatia.We’ll then tour Zagreb with our private English speaking guide before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Day 4, Saturday July 8: Today we head for our ship! On our way to Split by bus, we’ll pass through the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park, with its stunning vistas. Here we’ll meet our guide to tour the waterfalls and staggered lakes that have made this park world-famous. In the afternoon we’ll arrive at our ship, The Adriatic Queen, and check into our berths.

Included: airport transfers, all airfare, transportation, all meals, admission to the park, guided tours of Lubjanja, Zagreb, and Plitvice.

$920 double occupancy

$300 Single upgrade

Post-Trip Extension (15 person limit) to Istanbul, Turkey 3 days

  • Day 1, Saturday July 15: Once we disembark in in Dubrovnik we will take an in-depth tour of this incredible town, including a visit to the top of the mountain by gondola. In the late afternoon or early evening we’ll transfer to the airport for a direct 1 hour flight to Istanbul. There we’ll check into our hotel before having an authentic dinner at a nearby restaurant.
  • Day 2, Sunday July 16: After breakfast at the Hotel, embark on a private yacht arranged for an unforgettable 2 hours Bosphorus cruise. Sail through majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia with a possibility to take pictures of the marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residential. The guide will help you to get a whole picture of Istanbul while you enjoy a glass of wine or cup of tea with sweats from the Spice Market. After the tour, we drive back to the Hotel & enjoy the free afternoon till dinner.
  • Day 3, Monday July 17: After breakfast at the Hotel, meet your guide to drive to the Old City. Today you will focus on the Old City as it was in the days of Justinian and the other Roman Emperors. Start your day with a visit to Topkapi Sarayi. Begun by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453, it was the palace of the Ottoman Sultans for over 300 years and is a supreme example of Ottoman architecture. Here we will wander through its many pavilions, courtyards, and gardens, see unrivaled treasures from the collections of the Ottoman Sultans including dazzling jewelry and unique porcelain. Continue to Seraglio Point, where you are first taken to the site of the famous Hippodrome. Here you will see the obelisk of Theodosius with its 4th Century reliefs. Walk to Sultan Ahmet Camii, better known to us as The Blue Mosque. With your expert guide, you will learn that the Mosque was built in the 17th Century and is famous for its great dome, six minarets and an interior covered in blue Iznik tiles. You then visit Aya Sophia, previously the great church built by the Emperor Justinian, now a mosque. After an instructive tour you are then taken to the impressive Yerebatan Sarayi which is an “Underground Cistern” created by the Romans as a water source for both the Byzantine Emperors and later the Ottomans’ Topkapi Palace. The next stop will be Grand Bazaar, which was the commercial heart of the old city, and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping. Enjoy the free afternoon till 5.30 pm to be picked up from the meeting point to get to Whirling Dervish Ceremony Center for our included show and dinner.
  • Day 4, Tuesday: Today we transfer to the airport for our flight home, arriving the same day.

Included: airport transfers, all airfare, transportation, all meals, cruise and all entry fees and tour costs.

$920 double occupancy

$300 Single upgrade

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F.A.Q

What type of Electric plug does Croatia use?

Croatia and Slovenia use the standard EU two prong plug. We recommend purchasing a universal power adaptor such as this one.

What are the COVID requirements to enter Croatia?

Croatia, along with nearly all other countries, have dropped nearly all COVID requirements. You no longer need to get tested, nor even show a vaccination card.

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What's Included

  • Assistance with scheduling and booking air, but airfare is not included
  • Meals as provided by the ship - breakfast, lunch, and two dinners
  • Accommodations onboard ship for 8 days/7 nights
  • Captain and crew
  • English-speaking guided tours of Split, Trogir, Hvar, Korcula, and Dubrovnik
  • Airport Transfers to/from Split Airport

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  • Trip Curator: Dianna Germany
  • Trip Leader/CSR: TBA
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