Here's a trip we had in 2015 that was a big hit that we've been asked to repeat. You will love the ship and the itinerary. We will be cruising the Dalmation Islands with a new island every day. One thing I really loved about the style of this cruise is that the islands are not far away, all the cruising is done in the morning, being finished typically by early afternoon. Then the ship stays docked and we are free to explore the different islands. Dinner is not included, which I liked, since half the fun of exploring these islands is finding an interesting restaurant and integrating with the locals. You can make your way back to the ship at any time.
Our flight to Croatia routes through Copenhagen so we're going to have an afternoon and evening to enjoy this amazing city.
Wednesday, October 4th - ZAGREB
Afternoon walking tour of Zagreb – Croatian Capital. Visit fortified Upper Town – the city’s historical center, St. Mark’s church with it multicolored roof, the Cathedral, the Croatian National Theater and University.
Zagreb has grown out of the two medieval settlements, Kaptol and Gradec, which for centuries developed on neigh boring hills. The 20th century brought the Secession style to its public buildings, parks and fountains emanating the lofty spirit of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
It can offer to its visitors the Baroque atmosphere of the Upper Town, picturesque open-air markets, diverse shopping facilities, and abundant selection of crafts. Zagreb is a city of green parks and walks.
Thursday, October 5th - PLITVICE NATIONAL PARK
Breakfast at the Hotel and drive to Plitvice National Park (2,5hrs)
This park is INCREDIBLE!! This park is a renowned Croatian landmark. There you will be able to witness the immense beauty of lakes which constitute a National Park.
Friday, October 6th - BIOGRAD
Today we will enjoy a full day in and around Biograd. It was first mentioned as a Croatia town in the 10th century. Once the town of coronation of Croatian kings, today is a strong and modern tourist center and the seat of the eponymous Riviera. This area, like only a few parts of the Mediterranean, offers excellent marine tourism and sailing possibilities because of its location on the best-indented part of the Croatian Adriatic.
In the afternoon we will arrange a tour of the nearby town of Zadar including the Roman Forum from the 1st century, St. Donatus Church from the 9th century, magnificent monument of Romanesque architecture, trademark of the city, and Cathedral of St. Anastasia. Despite its turbulent past, Zadar succeeded to preserve its heritage, between the 11th and the 14th centuries, the golden age of art and culture that flourished behind the protective walls of the city.
Saturday, October 7th- BIOGRAD - SPLIT
On our way to Split we will make a stop in Trogir, a wonderful city with 2300 years of tradition. It is a town-museum in the very meaning of the world. Its rich culture developed under the influence of Greeks, Romans and Venetians. Trogir is also listed among UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage Sites and here you will visit St. Lawrence Cathedral.
After checking in to our rooms on the ship we will take an afternoon walk of Split, visiting Diocletian's Palace basements (on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List) with the Peristyle, Jupiter's Temple and Cathedral.
7 NIGHTS - SPLIT-DUBROVIK CRUISE
The MS CAPTAIN BOTA will be our home for the next 7-nights.. This cruise is carefully prepared in every detail in order to meet high personal requirements.
Ships are 1-4 years old and it’s luxurious atmosphere perpetuates its tradition as an exclusive yacht, with its stately and compelling lines, superior construction and comprehensive facilities for the guests.
Ships in general are motor yachts in size 39- 42 meters long and 8-8,30 meters wide, fully air-conditioned, spacious en-suite cabins with double or twin beds and elegance design (18 cabins for clients).
The Intention of this cruise is to show beauty of our islands and thousand year old cities and their rich history, to present our lifestyle and heritage that we want to offer to our children as a gift.
During 7 night cruise you will be able to gain an exciting experience of Croatian way of life, its past blended with present.
A brand new boat with extra spacious air-conditioned cabins, a comfortable salon, lounge bar, an outdoor covered sitting area as well as a sunny deck together with carefully chosen and experienced six members crew and our cruise manager will make your cruise unforgettable.
Ship will be docked in Split harbour where you can board during the entire day. Welcome meeting will start at 16:00 p.m. where you will be introduced by our Cruise director to the Captain, our crew and of course your future fellow passengers with whom you will spend a week on board.
Sunday, October 8th - SPLIT – OMIŠ – PUCIŠCA (BRACČ ISLAND)
Pucišca the settlement originated on stone at stone and from stone. Nowhere in the system of towns and villages in Dalmatia does terrain play such a compelling role as in Pučišća with its spectacular irregularity of the steep-sided natural harbour, its authentic Mediterranean architecture and rustic ambience; the fjord like inlet meets three narrow valleys that descend from the hills to join those quiet and beautiful waters. Pučišća Quarry was exploited in the Antiquity; the reopening of the quarry took place in 1455, unused since Roman times. This town was also just listed on a travel website as one of the top 27 most beautiful small towns in Europe!
It was from this quarry that stone was excavated to build limestone columns of the White House in Washington DC, The Parliament house in Vienna and many other famous buildings all over the world.The only Stonemasonry school in Croatia is located in Pučišća where students carve sculptures from Brač limestone with traditional and unconventional tools that have been used here for centuries.
Monday, October 9th - PUCIŠCA - BOL (BRAČ ISLAND) - STARIGRAD
After breakfast we will use our morning to relax or walk along beautiful Pucišca and its known culture of stone masonry. The harmony and homogeneousness of the plebeian houses, the Renaissance palaces and Baroque buildings made from the white stone of Brač leave every visitor breathless.
Around 11:00 we will sail towards Bol, the island with the unique beach in Croatia named Zlatni Rat. (Golden cape). Lunch will be served on board.
We will stop in Bol and enjoy this nice Dalmatian town for a walk, visiting its monuments like Dominican monastery from 15th century, church of St. Marija from 15th to 17th century, Renaissance and baroque monastery with collection of prehistoric boats.
Of course we can walk to the beach Zlatni Rat through nice pine wood.
In the afternoon we will continue cruising towards the sunniest island of Croatia – the island of Hvar.
We will spend our night on board at Starigrad Town, the oldest settlement from Greek times on Island of Hvar, Protected by UNESCO.
Tuesday, October 10th - STARIGRAD – ISLAND TOUR - HVAR
Morning departure by bus and local guide towards Vrbovska and Jelsa, two charming little towns on the northern part of the island, founded in the 14-16th century. In Vrbovska we will visit the church of St. Lawrence with one of the finest collections of Renaissance art on the island and Fishermen Museum.
Continuing through Hvar's lavender fields we will arrive to village Vrisnik to have wine tasting of local red and white wines and lunch that will include ham and cheese with meat and potatoes baked on traditional way under the iron bell. Return to boat in Starigrad and departure to Hvar town.
Wednesday, October 11th - HVAR – KORCULA, KORCULA ISLAND
After breakfast, a local English speaking guide will walk you throughout the town of Hvar introducing you to the history, culture and way of life on this island. We will join a short lavender presentation where you can learn how lavender was traditionally farmed on the Island of Hvar for centuries.
Lunch will be served on board followed by departure towards the island of Korcula. The city of Korcula is a historic fortified town on the protected north-east cost of the island Korcula. The old medieval part of the city was built on a small oval peninsula, a Baroque suburb spreads under the old city walls, and newer town quarters stretch along the shore to the east and west of the old center. Korčula is a city known as a birthplace of Marko Polo, the famous explorer.
Thursday, October 12th - KORCULA – MLJET
After breakfast we will use our morning to relax or walk in Korčula and around 11:00 we will cruise to the Mljet National Park, passing by magnificent shores. Lunch “en route” on board.
The island of Mljet, the most beautiful and most forested island in the Adriatic. Untouched nature, beautiful scenery, crystal clear sea, lakes, islands, rich cultural heritage make the island truly paradise on earth. Lunch will be served on board while cruising to Mljet National Park.
Upon arrival to the Mljet National Park, you will have free afternoon to explore park (entrance fees are not included), to walk around the Great and Small Lake and Islet of St. Mary with its Benedictine Monastery from the 12th century. Evening at leisure.
Friday, October 13th - MLJET - DUBROVNIK
After breakfast we depart for a pleasant cruise along the shores of Mljet and the Elaphite islands. Lunch will be served while cruising to Dubrovnik.
Our own English speaking guide and coach will come to the pier. After an organized panoramic drive and photo stop of breath taking scenery at a hill above Dubrovnik we will arrive to the historical centre of Dubrovnik, 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, to visit the City Walls or take the cable car to the top of the Mount Srđ.
Saturday, October 14th - DUBROVNIK
It is time to say farewell to all your new friends after having breakfast. (B)
Once we Disembark we will bus to the airport and fly to back to LAX
• 6 crew members
• 7 nights cruise in a preferred category cabin
• Complimentary fresh fruit available daily
• Welcome dinner with three courses
• Buffet breakfast daily and 6 lunches with three courses
• Professional English speaking guide for city tours of Hvar, Korčula, Dubrovnik with transfers and panoramic photo stop and Split
• Hvar Island tour with lunch and winetasting
• Free Wi-Fi on board
LAND TRIP INCLUDES:
1 Night in Copenhagen, 1 Night in Zagreb, 2 Nights in Biograd
Ground Transportation on deluxe motor coaches
Double occupancy accommodations
Admission fee Plitvice National Park
LAND TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Departure tax on the international air of $434 (subject to change up until ticketing).
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT - Your own room. Otherwise we match you up with a roommate (We have now sold out of our single supplements for this cruise. You may express an interest to be wait-listed): $850
DEPOSIT TO SIGN UP - $200
Flight:Norwegian Air Shuttle 7092 Departure: Los Angeles 02OCT/600P Arrival:Copenhagen 03OCT/140P
Flight: Norwegian Air Shuttle 3284 Departure:Copenhagen 04OCT/1140A Arrival:Zagreb 04OCT/135P
Flight: Norwegian Air Shuttle 4334 Departure:Dubrovnik 14OCT/1010A Arrival:Stockholm Arlanda 14OCT/105P
Flight: Norwegian Air Shuttle 7087 Departure:Stockholm Arlanda 14OCT/230P Arrival:Los Angeles 14OCT/430P