Croatia & the Dalmatian Coast - Lower Deck

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Croatia & The Dalmatian Coast - Lower Deck
See spectacular Croatia on this 2-Week guided tour including a week-long luxury cruise. Enjoy a mix of medieval and modern sightseeing with a Local Expert in Zagreb. See hundreds of waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park, then journey to the Opatija Riviera for striking views of the Adriatic Sea. Hunt for truffles with a local farmer and his hound dogs in Istria. Explore the Museum of Apoxyomenos, allowing you unparalleled access to its 2,000-year-old Greek bronze statue. Savor oysters straight from the sea in the picturesque fishing village of Mali Ston, then tour the marble streets of Old Town Dubrovnik with a Local Expert. Later, choose to walk the city’s expansive walls or visit its world-class museums. The Activity Level of this tour is Balanced, meaning there is 1 to 3 miles of walking per day which may include some uneven surfaces such as cobblestones and stairs.

Dining Summary
  • 5 Dinner (D)
  • 13 Breakfast (B)
  • 10 Lunch (L)
Choice Highlights
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Dubrovnik: Archaeology, art, natural history, traditional culture, maritime history. Choose from the many museums in this fascinating city with your Dubrovnik Pass.
  • Dubrovnik: With your included Dubrovnik Pass hike around the impressive City Walls and take in the mesmerizing views of the myriad of red roofs and the dazzling Adriatic.
Additional Included Highlights
  • Enjoy seamless personal assistance throughout your journey. From securing exclusive reservations, to organising transportation, your Travel Concierge ensures every aspect of your travel is tailored to your tastes and preferences.
  • In select destinations, our network of Local Expert Guides will illuminate your journey on a deeper level.
  • Included at all hotels.
  • Hotel taxes, porterage and tips, as well as tips for included dining experiences, are included.
  • Enjoy breakfast every morning, and an array of incredible dining options throughout your journey, infused with discovery and adventure.
  • On days where a Relaxed Start (RS) is indicated, you can select to indulge in breakfast in bed.
  • Enjoy complimentary hotel Wi-Fi. And, on select coaches, onboard Wi-Fi may also be available.
  • Transfers are included on your journey start and end dates, and where additional accommodation has been booked in advance through Luxury Gold. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city as the itinerary, may be requested.
Curated Experiences
  • Mali Losinj: Embark on an exclusive and immersive exploration of the Museum of Apoxymenos. Get to know the story of the 2000-year-old Greek bronze statue, perfectly preserved in the nearby seabed, and housed in the thoughtfully designed museum.
Exceptional Dining
  • Zagreb: Meet your Travel Concierge and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner at Boban, a famous Zagreb restaurant
  • Istria: Learn about the aromatic 'black diamonds' and join a local farmer and his well-trained hounds to hunt for truffle, and sample a selection of salamis, spreads and cheeses prepared with this gourmet delicacy.
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park: Taste local dishes before your visit to Plitvice Lakes
  • Split: Dine onboard your ship, the MV Markan
  • Ston: The quiet town of Mali Ston, set beneath a hilltop fortress has become famous for the mussels and oysters that thrive in its salt-rich channel. Stroll out to the floating oyster beds and, with a cooling ocean breeze in the air, savor fresh, briny oysters straight from the sea. Enjoy more of the region’s tempting cuisine over lunch prepared with seasonal ingredients.
  • Dubrovnik: At your Celebration Dinner, raise a glass and savor local dishes toasting to new places and memories.
  • Skradin: Specialists in boutique wine production, the Bibich vineyards are over 500 years old. With a deep devotion to the native grape and a strong respect for the land, the vintners of Bibich represent generations of family vintners. Taste some of the finest Croatian wines, paired expertly with tapas, for a true flavor of the region.
  • Šibenik: Enjoy a Captain's Dinner tonight with live entertainment aboard the MV Markan.
  • Šibenik: Enjoy a Captain's Dinner tonight with live entertainment aboard the MV Markan.
Magnificent Stays
  • : With a long history of excellent service, dating back to the mid 1920s, the Esplanade Zagreb Hotel harmoniously blends its art nouveau and art deco heritage with contemporary finishes. The hotel's central location makes it a convenient base for your two-night stay as you explore the city and its surrounds. Guest rooms reflect Hollywood glamour, decorated with classic and elegant style, ensuring you will be most comfortable throughout your stay.
  • Dubrovnik: The historic Hilton Imperial, Dubrovnik blends the charm of the late 1800s with modern styling on the edge of Dubrovnik’s Old Town. The Hilton Imperial is perfectly situated to take in views of the Adriatic Sea as well as exploration of Pile Gate, the Lovrijenac Fort and Šulic beach.
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park: Find yourself in paradise on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience in the breath-taking Plitvice Lakes National Park. On your unforgettable exploration, team up with a Local Expert to learn about the Park’s invaluable research and conservation of its native species.
Passport Moments
  • Zagreb: Join your Local Expert on an orientation city tour showcasing the charming atmosphere of the lower town then travel to the medieval upper town by funicular to see the colorful Church of St. Mark and Lotršcak Tower.
  • Pula: Truly magnificent, the colossal Pula Arena was built in the 1st century AD during the reign of Emperor Vespasian, around the same time as the Colosseum of Rome. As you stroll its vast interior, picture the fierce gladiator battles that once took place here in front of 20,000 spectators.
  • Split: Explore above and below the Roman Emperor Diocletian's palace. A Local Expert guides you through labyrinthine streets to see the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, the Temple of Jupiter, the Golden Gate and the Cellars.
  • Dubrovnik: Once the sun has lowered and the crowds have disappeared join your Local Expert for a memorable evening sightseeing walk through the marble streets of Dubrovnik’s Old Town and see the Rector’s Palace, St. Blaise’s Cathedral and the Dominican Monastery.
  • Krka National Park: Admire the beauty and power of nature as you stroll shaded paths with cascades all around you. The spectacular waterfalls of Krka National Park are formed from the Krka and Cikola Rivers. Formed like a series of terraces, they spill over 17 travertine steps in a series of cascades, creating the mighty Skradinski Buk waterfall, which towers 45 meters high. Despite the power of the rushing waters, the pool below remains so tranquil it is possible to swim right up to the base of the falls.
  • Šibenik: With an Local Expert, explore this charming city of sun, sea and stone. Built on rocks and constructed with rocks, Šibenik is filled with incredible historical sites, beautiful seaside hangouts, and quaint alleys and squares. Meander through the maze of streets and admire 15th century architecture, including City Hall and the Cathedral of St. James.
  • Kornati National Park: Sail through the maze of the 89 rocky islands in the Kornati National Park and take time to relax and recharge as you cruise past ruins of the ancient Illyrian fortress, Roman villas, and medieval settlements.
  • : Discover the natural wonders of Telašcica Bay, one of the most beautiful locations on the Adriatic. Learn about the formation of the Salt Lake following the last Ice Age. Located inland in a karst depression, the intriguing lake is filled through underground cracks and limestone channels fed by the sea, from which it is separated by only a narrow strip of rock. And admire the iconic white cliffs. Towering 162 meters tall and gleaming out over the deep blue ocean, these are some of the steepest cliffs to rise out over the Adriatic.
  • Zadar: Join your Local Expert to see the remains of the 1st century Roman Forum, admire the 9th century St Donatus Basilica, and walk through the 16th century Venetian city walls.
  • Zadar: Visit the modern Sea Organ and take a moment to enjoy the symphony of sounds generated by the waves.
  • Split: Join a Local Expert for a guided tour of Split, a dynamic port city with a medieval Old Town. Grown around the 1.700-year-old Diocletian's Palace, Split bustles with modern life amid its ancient Roman setting. Cafés, restaurants, and galleries cram the cobblestone alleyways, the waterfront and the Marjan peninsula, making Croatia's second-largest city one of the Mediterranean's most compelling.
Personalise your day
  • Dubrovnik: Archaeology, art, natural history, traditional culture, maritime history. Choose from the many museums in this fascinating city with your Dubrovnik Pass.
  • Dubrovnik: With your included Dubrovnik Pass hike around the impressive City Walls and take in the mesmerizing views of the myriad of red roofs and the dazzling Adriatic.

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Day Destination
1 Welcome to Zagreb
2 Zagreb Sightseeing Relaxed Start
3 Pula and Istria
4 Plitvice Lakes National Park
5 Board your Adriatic Cruise Relaxed Start
6 Krka National Park Waterfalls Relaxed Start
7 The Islands of Kornati National Park and Telašcica Bay Relaxed Start
8 Mali Lošinj Relaxed Start
9 Explore Zadar Relaxed Start
10 Admire Vodice and Primošten
11 Split
12 Oyster Tasting and Dubrovnik
13 Dubrovnik Your Way Relaxed Start
14 Farewell Dubrovnik
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