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2016 Cruising the Adriatic: Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina

15 Days from only $3295 including international airfare

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Zagreb • Zadar • Sibenik • Split • Hvar • Dubrovnik • Bay of Kotor • Korcula • Mostar • Ploče

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Trip Itinerary

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Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast

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Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Dubrovnik, the lovely and historic crowning jewel of Croatia.

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Itinerary Overview

The sun may have set long ago on the Roman Empire, but the lure of Dalmatian Coast continues to seduce travelers. Discover its lush islands and magnificent walled cities on this Croatia tour during a great time of year for an Adriatic cruise—when the weather’s mild and the summer crowds are thinning out. Explore the walled beauty of Zadar … discover Roman Emperor Diocletian’s summer palace … and cruise to the Croatian islands of Hvar and Korcula, on a private small ship designed for just two groups of 25 travelers each. From Zagreb to Zadar, and Montenegro to Mostar, it’s a journey that will linger in your memory like a gentle Adriatic breeze.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

  • 4 nights from only $645

    Maja: A 365 Docobites Film
    Produced by Epiphany Morgan
    This independent film features destinations you can visit on this pre-trip extension.

    With cafe-lined streets in its Old Town and quaint bridges spanning its namesake river, Ljubljana is reminiscent of the timeless cities of Old Europe. It boasts a modern touch as well—much of the city was rebuilt after an earthquake at the end of the 19th century. Discover how the past and present have seamlessly merged in Slovenia.

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  • You depart from the U.S. for Zagreb, Croatia.

  • Explore Zagreb's Main Square and gardens

    Arrive in Zagreb, where a Grand Circle representative meets you at the airport and assists with your transfer to our hotel. Depending on your arrival time and hotel check-in policy, you may not be able to check into your room immediately upon arrival. Your Grand Circle Program Director will advise you of your check-in status and activity schedule for the day when you arrive. Enjoy a short orientation walk in the vicinity of the hotel.

    This evening, meet your fellow travelers from the Ljubljana, Slovenia pre-trip extension during a Welcome Dinner at your hotel.

  • After breakfast at your hotel, travel overland toward the Adriatic coast to meet your small ship in Zadar, one of Croatia's true hidden jewels. Originally founded as a Roman colony, this charming peninsula town is replete with 2,000 years of architectural treasures. View Roman ruins dating back to the third century BC, when the Holy Roman Empire ruled the city, and the 16th-century fortified walls built on three sides of the city by Venetians to defend against invading Turks—a prominent remnant of Venice's often unwelcome imperial power over Zadar until the Venetian Republic's fall in 1797.

    Embark your small ship and enjoy lunch onboard before departing on a city tour of Zadar. Stroll along the marble, pedestrian-only streets of Old Town where you'll discover the medieval churches for which the city is famous, including St. Donatus' Church—an imposing, round, stone building dating from the ninth century—and the Cathedral of St. Anastasia, a Romanesque-style cathedral built in the 12th and 13th centuries and which holds the distinction of being the largest church in Dalmatia.

    After a Captain's Welcome Dinner aboard ship, you may want to visit one of Zadar's charming harborside cafes for a glass of maraschino, a liqueur distilled from local marasca cherries—a centuries-old Zadar tradition.

  • Explore the ancient port of Sibenik

    Depart Zadar early this morning, arriving in Sibenik as you’re finishing breakfast onboard. The ancient port of Sibenik, a hillside city that fans out like an amphitheater and reflects the elegance of late-Middle Ages architecture, is located in one of the Adriatic’s most naturally protected harbors. Your included morning tour will reveal the city’s highlights, such as the Cathedral of St. James, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built completely of limestone and marble in the Gothic and Renaissance styles, its construction lasted from 1431 until its completion in 1536. Its impressively detailed stone sculptures include 71 human faces—believed to represent local Sibenik residents—carved into the cathedral’s outer sides.

    Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to make your own discoveries in Old Town, perhaps enjoying local specialties at one of the many lively cafes lining the Dolac quarter in the city center.

  • See Diocletian's palace while exploring Split

    Enjoy free time this morning to explore Sibenik on your own.

    Or, join an optional tour to Krka Falls, home to a series of cascading waterfalls that is one of Croatia's great natural wonders. Over millennia, the Krka River has carved canyons into the surrounding limestone of the Dinara Mountains, creating a spectacular landscape where you'll view the river's waterfalls cascading over and around lush, dense vegetation. You'll also explore the surrounding Krka National Park, home to abundant indigenous flora and fauna, including over 200 bird species. It's a memorable excursion to one of Croatia's most pristine locales.

    After lunch aboard, you'll begin cruising to Split. Along the way enjoy a Croatian language lesson onboard ship, an exclusive Discovery Series event. Upon arrival, enjoy an evening walk in the stunning medieval town built around the Roman emperor Diocletian's summer palace. Your ship will be docked near Split's fashionable waterfront promenade known as the Riva. After dinner aboard ship, enjoy a performance of Dalmatian folklore, another exclusive Discovery Series event.

  • This morning in Split, discover the Imperial Palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the greatest Roman ruin in southeastern Europe. Built like a fortress with walls 590 feet by 705 feet, the palace was occupied by the Emperor Diocletian from AD 300-313. As you stand in the peristyle (central court) of this grand structure, its scale is sure to impress you.

    Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site Split

    The medieval town of Split took shape within the palace walls; Diocletian's Temple of Jupiter was converted into a Christian baptistery and his mausoleum became a cathedral. The entire old section of Split, with the palace as its centerpiece, is a virtual open-air museum with the city's contemporary life bustling through it.

    After lunch onboard, you will have free time to explore Split on your own.

  • Discover Hvar's local culture and the island's beauty

    Early this morning, you'll sail to Hvar Island, the longest of the Croatian isles, and enjoy an included tour. Occupied since at least 3500 BC, beautiful Hvar has been ruled variously by the Greeks, Romans, Ottomans, Austrians, and French, without ever losing its character as a place of fresh fish, wild herbs, and verdant vineyards. Today it is still known as one of Europe's most beautiful islands, benefiting from warm summers, mild winters, and more than 2,715 hours of sunlight in an average year—making it arguably the sunniest spot in Europe. During your Hvar Island tour, you'll discover its Venetian flavor, reflecting the island's long history of rule by that city-state.

    After lunch onboard, you'll set sail for Dubrovnik. Enjoy dinner onboard tonight.

  • Explore the historic sites of Dubrovnik

    Today, enjoy a tour of Dubrovnik, Croatia's crowning jewel. With its old section, the Stari Grad, surrounded entirely by white stone walls, Dubrovnik gleams like the proverbial City on a Hill. Your tour today in this historic gem includes visits to the Rector's Palace, a Franciscan Monastery housing one of Europe's oldest pharmacies.

    Regarded today as one of the world's most exquisite walled cities, Dubrovnik's character reflects its storied past as an independent city-state that rivaled Venice. Also known by its Latin name, Ragusa, this was a fortress city that served as the base for a fleet of ships that carried trade between much of Europe and the Middle East. The city-state's period of autonomy extended from 1358 to 1808. In recent times, some of Dubrovnik's historic sites sustained damage in the Balkan conflicts of the early 1990s, but the city has been peaceful for more than 15 years and largely restored under UNESCO supervision. Donations from Grand Circle Foundation have contributed to this restoration work.

    After lunch back onboard, your afternoon is at leisure to explore Dubrovnik on your own. You might wish to climb the city's ramparts or visit some of Dubrovnik's hidden museums.

    Tonight, discover the warmth of a Croatian welcome when we enjoy a Home-Hosted Dinner in a nearby village, an exclusive Discovery Series event.

  • View the Venetian Baroque architecture of Kotor

    Early this morning, cruise to Croatia's southern neighbor, Montenegro, a small Mediterranean country at the foot of the Balkan mountain range. Your destination is Kotor, a picturesque walled city nestled at the head of Europe's deepest fjord. During a talk this morning, learn the turbulent history of Kotor Bay, a strategic port that has been variously ruled over the centuries by Bulgaria, Serbia, the Ottoman Empire, the Venetian Republic, Napoleon's French Empire, and Austria-Hungary.

    Then, set off on a tour to discover the architectural splendor of this ancient Montenegrin city, recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ruled by the Venetian Republic from 1420 to 1797, the city features fine Venetian Baroque architecture in its Old Town, one of the largest and best-preserved medieval areas of the Adriatic region. Your tour of the Stari Grad (Old Town) includes a visit to the Maritime Museum, which highlights the long and proud sailing traditions of Kotor, including navigational tools and maps dating back to 1168.

    Following an onboard lunch, depart for Perast. There, you'll take small boats to visit the baroque Our Lady of the Rocks shrine on a man-made islet. The shrine contains 68 paintings by local 17th-century artist Tripo Kokolja, while its greatest treasure is the icon of Our Lady of the Rock, painted by the Dubrovnik artist Lovro Marinov Dobricevic.

  • See the Baroque Our Lady of the Rocks shrine

    This morning, take time to discover more of Kotor at your own pace.

    Or, join an optional tour to Montenegro's cultural heart and one-time capital, Cetinje. Today, this tiny city, built in the 15th century, retains enough importance to Montenegrins to hold the official residence of the President of Montenegro. Here you'll enjoy a guided tour of the summer palace of Nikola I, Montenegro's only king, who ruled from 1860-1918. You'll also have free time to explore the cultural treasures of this ancient royal town, including the 15th-century Cetinje Monastery, with its fence made out of barrels of captured enemy rifles, and the National Museum of Montenegro.

    Rejoin your fellow travelers for lunch onboard, followed by an afternoon at sea as your ship sails toward the island of Korcula.

  • Today, explore Korcula—the largest island in an archipelago of 48 and the site of a picturesque medieval town. After breakfast, you'll soak up the character of the city on an included walking tour. You'll also get acquainted with Korcula town's history—which included centuries of rule by Venice—with a visit to its local museum. Then call on the spot believed by many historians to have been Marco Polo's birthplace, where one stone wall of his original house remains.

    Then learn about the historical importance of the Roman Catholic Church in Korcula when you visit St. Mark's Cathedral on the main square, which features a detailed Romanesque portal by Bonino of Milano depicting Adam and Eve on either side and St. Mark perched at the top. Inside the cathedral, we'll see a 16th-century painting by the master Tintoretto above the main altar. Even more treasures await as you visit the Bishop's Treasury—a sketch by Da Vinci, drawings by Raphael, and paintings by Italian masters like Carpaccio are highlights.

    Return to your ship for lunch onboard before a discussion about Croatia Today, an exclusive Discovery Series event. You are then free for the afternoon to continue exploring Korcula Island on your own, relax, or revisit the medieval streets of Korcula Town.

    This evening, enjoy an authentic Dalmatian dinner onboard, followed by a demonstration of klapa singing. This a cappella singing style is an informal tradition in which friends gather to sing in four-part harmony, and is perhaps the most definitive of all Croatian music forms.

  • Explore Mostar while touring Herzegovina

    Arrive in Ploče before breakfast. This morning, tour Mostar, the principal city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city is named for the watchtowers (mostars in Bosnian) of its historic bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bridge spans the Neretva River, which divides the town into Muslim and Croat sections and was designed by the Ottoman architect Mimar Hayruddin in the 16th century. The stone structure was built over a network of wooden supports and the ruling sultan told Hayruddin he would be executed if the bridge collapsed once the supports were removed. Though Hayruddin dug his own grave in preparation, he lived because the bridge stood—for four more centuries. When the original structure was destroyed by a bomb during the Bosnian conflict in 1993, UNESCO helped fund its rebuilding as a symbol of unity—using a combination of steel and original white stone which had been salvaged from the wreckage. Its eleven-year reconstruction took two years longer than its original building.

    After your tour, stop for lunch in a local restaurant before returning to your ship later this afternoon. Enjoy a Port Talk before a special Captain's Farewell Dinner this evening.

  • Today, say farewell to your ship’s crew and travel overland to Opatija, a seaside resort nestled under the pine-covered slopes of Mount Ucka near Istria.

    Explore the coastal resort town of Opatija

    On your overland journey to Opatija, you’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant, arriving at the coastal resort town in the late afternoon. Opatija has been a popular all-season resort destination since the mid-19th century, when fashionable aristocrats from around Europe came here to rejuvenate. For several years, the Austrian emperor Franz Joseph I used to enjoy his winters in Opatija. You can still see many of these late 19th-century luxury hotels and villas scattered along Opatija’s mountainous coast.

    After dinner at your hotel, you should take the opportunity to stroll along the Lungomare, a famous waterfront promenade that stretches for seven and a half miles along the Gulf of Kvarner, linking Opatija to the town of Lovran.

  • After a morning in Opatija with lunch on our own, journey overland to Zagreb, where you can enjoy your final evening at leisure.

    • Meals included:

    This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or begin your post-trip extension in Zagreb, Croatia.

  • POST-TRIP EXTENSION:
    Zagreb, Croatia

    4 nights from only $495

    Explore Zagreb during the post trip tour

    Relax at some of the Croatian capital’s many street cafes, stroll the public gardens, and enjoy a guided tour of the centuries-old Upper Town, where the medieval religious village of Kaptol merged with the secular fortress town Gradec to form Zagreb in the mid-19th century.

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  • 4 nights from only $495

    Explore Zagreb during the post trip tour

    Relax at some of the Croatian capital’s many street cafes, stroll the public gardens, and enjoy a guided tour of the centuries-old Upper Town, where the medieval religious village of Kaptol merged with the secular fortress town Gradec to form Zagreb in the mid-19th century.

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  • You depart from the U.S. for Zagreb, Croatia.

  • Explore Zagreb's Main Square and gardens

    Arrive in Zagreb, where a Grand Circle representative meets you at the airport and assists with your transfer to our hotel. Enjoy a short orientation walk with your Program Director in the vicinity of the hotel.

    This evening, meet your fellow travelers from the Zagreb, Croatia pre-trip extension during a Welcome Dinner at your hotel.

  • After breakfast in your hotel, transfer overland to Ploče, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant en route. Upon arrival, embark your small ship, meet the crew, and enjoy our first dinner onboard. Spend the evening aboard ship docked in Ploče.

  • This morning, tour Mostar, the principal city of the Herzegovina region. The city is named for the watchtowers (mostars in Bosnian) of its historic bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bridge spans the Neretva River, which divides the town into Muslim and Croat sections and was designed by the Ottoman architect Mimar Hayruddin in the 16th century. The stone structure was built over a network of wooden supports and the ruling sultan told Hayruddin he would be executed if the bridge collapsed once the supports were removed. Though Hayruddin dug his own grave in preparation, he lived because the bridge stood—for four more centuries. When the original structure was destroyed by a bomb during the Bosnian conflict in 1993, UNESCO helped fund its rebuilding as a symbol of unity—using a combination of steel and original white stone which had been salvaged from the wreckage. Its 11-year reconstruction took two years longer than its original building.

    View the New Old Bridge while touring Mostar

    After your tour, stop for lunch in a local restaurant before returning to your ship later this afternoon. Enjoy a Port Talk before a special Captain's Farewell Dinner this evening. Later this evening, your ship sets sail into the Adriatic toward the island of Korcula. Upon arrival, you'll dock just outside the fortified towers of Korcula Town.

  • Today you'll explore Korcula, the largest island in an archipelago of 48 and the site of a picturesque medieval town. After breakfast, soak up the character of the city on an included walking tour. You'll also get acquainted with Korcula town's history—which included centuries of rule by Venice—with a visit to its local museum. Then call on the spot believed by many historians to have been Marco Polo's birthplace, where one stone wall of his original house remains.

    Then learn about the historical importance of the Roman Catholic Church in Korcula as you visit St. Mark's Cathedral on the main square, which features a detailed Romanesque portal by Bonino of Milano depicting Adam and Eve on either side and St. Mark perched at the top. Inside the cathedral, you'll see a 16th-century painting by the master Tintoretto above the main altar. Even more treasures await when you visit the Bishop's Treasury—a sketch by Da Vinci, drawings by Raphael, and paintings by Italian masters like Carpaccio are highlights.

    Return to your ship for lunch onboard before a discussion about Croatia Today, an exclusive Discovery Series event. You are then free for the afternoon to continue exploring Korcula Island on your own, relax, or revisit the medieval streets of Korcula Town.

    This evening, enjoy an authentic Dalmatian dinner onboard, followed by a demonstration of klapa singing. This a cappella singing style is an informal tradition in which friends gather to sing in four-part harmony, and is perhaps the most definitive of all Croatian music forms.

  • View the Venetian Baroque architecture of Kotor

    After breakfast, cruise to Croatia's southern neighbor, Montenegro, a small Mediterranean country at the foot of the Balkan mountain range. Your destination is Kotor, a picturesque walled city nestled at the head of Europe's deepest fjord. During a talk this morning, you'll learn the turbulent history of Kotor Bay, a strategic port that has been variously ruled over the centuries by Bulgaria, Serbia, the Ottoman Empire, the Venetian Republic, Napoleon's French Empire, and Austria-Hungary.

    Then, a morning tour will reveal the architectural splendor of this ancient Montenegrin city, recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ruled by the Venetian Republic from 1420 to 1797, the city features fine Venetian Baroque architecture in its Old Town, one of the largest and best-preserved medieval areas of the Adriatic region. Your tour of the Stari Grad (Old Town) includes a visit to the Maritime Museum, which highlights the long and proud sailing traditions of Kotor, including navigational tools and maps dating back to 1168.

    Following an onboard lunch, depart for Perast. There, you'll take small boats to visit the baroque Our Lady of the Rocks shrine on a man-made islet. The shrine contains 68 paintings by local 17th-century artist Tripo Kokolja, while its greatest treasure is the icon of Our Lady of the Rock, painted by the Dubrovnik artist Lovro Marinov Dobricevic.

  • See the Baroque Our Lady of the Rocks shrine

    This morning, take time to discover more of Kotor at your own pace.

    Or, join an optional tour to Montenegro's cultural heart and one-time capital, Cetinje. Today, this tiny city, built in the 15th century, retains enough importance to Montenegrins to hold the official residence of the President of Montenegro. Here, you'll enjoy a guided tour of the summer palace of Nikola I, Montenegro's only king, who ruled from 1860-1918. You'll also have free time to explore the cultural treasures of this ancient royal town, including the 15th-century Cetinje Monastery—with its fence made out of barrels of captured enemy rifles—and the National Museum of Montenegro.

    Rejoin your fellow travelers for lunch onboard, followed by time to explore as you please before your ship sets sail for Dubrovnik.

  • Explore the historic sites of Dubrovnik

    Today, enjoy a tour of Dubrovnik—Croatia's crowning jewel. With its old section, the Stari Grad, surrounded entirely by white stone walls, Dubrovnik gleams like the proverbial City on a Hill. Your tour today in this historic gem includes visits to the Rector's Palace, a Franciscan Monastery housing one of Europe's oldest pharmacies.

    Regarded today as one of the world's most exquisite walled cities, Dubrovnik's character reflects its storied past as an independent city-state that rivaled Venice. Also known by its Latin name, Ragusa, this was a fortress city that served as the base for a fleet of ships that carried trade between much of Europe and the Middle East. The city-state's period of autonomy extended from 1358 to 1808. In recent times, some of Dubrovnik's historic sites sustained damage in the Balkan conflicts of the early 1990s, but the city has been peaceful for more than 15 years and largely restored under UNESCO supervision. Donations from Grand Circle Foundation have helped with some of the restoration work.

    After lunch back onboard, your afternoon is at leisure to explore Dubrovnik on your own. You might wish to climb the city's ramparts or visit some of Dubrovnik's hidden museums.

    Tonight, discover the warmth of a Croatian welcome when we enjoy a Home-Hosted Dinner in a nearby village, an exclusive Discovery Series event. Later this evening, your small ship begins to cruise toward Hvar Island.

  • Discover Hvar's local culture and the island's beauty

    After an early breakfast, set out for a tour of Hvar Island, the longest of the Croatian isles. Occupied since at least 3500 BC, beautiful Hvar has been ruled variously by the Greeks, Romans, Ottomans, Austrians, and French, without ever losing its character as a place of fresh fish, wild herbs, and verdant vineyards. Today it is still known as one of Europe's most beautiful islands, benefiting from warm summers, mild winters, and more than 2,715 hours of sunlight in an average year—making it arguably the sunniest spot in Europe. During our tour, we'll discover Hvar's Venetian flavor, reflecting the island's long history of rule by that city-state.

    Then cruise to Split, arriving in late afternoon. Since your ship will be docked just outside the Riva, the city's famous waterfront promenade, you'll be able to step off for an evening stroll before your dinner back onboard ship followed by a performance of Dalmatian folklore, an exclusive Discovery Series event.

  • This morning in Split, you'll discover the Imperial Palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the greatest Roman ruin in southeastern Europe. Built like a fortress with walls 590 feet by 705 feet, the palace was occupied by the Emperor Diocletian from AD 300-313. As you stand in the peristyle (central court) of this grand structure, its scale is sure to impress you.

    Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site Split

    The medieval town of Split took shape within the palace walls; Diocletian's Temple of Jupiter was converted into a Christian baptistery and his mausoleum became a cathedral. The entire old section of Split, with the palace as its centerpiece, is a virtual open-air museum with the city's contemporary life bustling through it.

    Return to your ship for lunch onboard. Then take the afternoon to make your own discoveries. This evening, begin your cruise to Sibenik, where you'll spend the night onboard ship.

  • Explore the ancient port of Sibenik

    After breakfast, enjoy a city tour of Sibenik. The ancient port of Sibenik, a hillside city that fans out like an amphitheater and reflects the elegance of late-Middle Ages architecture, is located in one of the Adriatic’s most naturally protected harbors. Your included morning tour will reveal the city’s highlights, including the Cathedral of St. James, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built completely of limestone and marble in the Gothic and Renaissance styles, its construction lasted from 1431 until its completion in 1536. Its impressively detailed stone sculptures include 71 human faces—believed to represent local Sibenik residents—carved into the cathedral’s outer sides.

    Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to wander the network of tangled streets and alleys of Old Town on your own, perhaps enjoying local specialties at one of the many lively cafes lining the Dolac quarter in the city center. Your ship will dock for the night in Sibenik.

  • View the Cathedral of St James while touring Sibenik

    Take another morning to delight in Sibenik's historic architecture.

    Or, join an optional tour to nearby Krka Falls, a series of spectacular cascading waterfalls that comprises one of Croatia's true natural wonders. Over millennia, the Krka River has carved canyons into the surrounding limestone of the Dinara Mountains, creating a spectacular landscape where you'll view the river's waterfalls cascading over and around lush, dense vegetation. You'll also explore the surrounding Krka National Park, home to abundant indigenous flora and fauna, including over 200 bird species. It's a memorable excursion to one of Croatia's most pristine locales.

    This afternoon, cruise to Zadar, and enjoy a Croatian language lesson en route, an exclusive Discovery Series event. Arrive in Zadar in time for an evening walk before dinner onboard your ship.

  • View the Port of Zadar while touring the peninsula town

    After breakfast, explore Zadar, one of Croatia's true hidden jewels. Originally founded as a Roman colony, this charming peninsula town is replete with 2,000 years of architectural treasures. You'll view Roman ruins dating back to the third century BC, when the Holy Roman Empire ruled the city, and the 16th-century fortified walls built on three sides of the city by Venetians to defend against invading Turks—a prominent remnant of Venice's often unwelcome imperial power over Zadar until the Venetian Republic's fall in 1797.

    During your city tour of Zadar, stroll along the marble, pedestrian-only streets of Old Town where you'll discover the medieval churches for which the city is famous, including St. Donatus' Church—an imposing, round, stone building dating from the ninth century—and the Cathedral of St. Anastasia, a Romanesque-style cathedral built in the 12th and 13th centuries and which holds the distinction of being the largest church in Dalmatia. This afternoon is yours to explore Zadar on your own.

    This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a Captain's Farewell Dinner aboard ship. Afterwards, you may want to visit one of Zadar's charming harborside cafes for a glass of maraschino, a liqueur distilled from local marasca cherries, a centuries-old Zadar tradition.

  • Disembark your small ship this morning and transfer overland to Zagreb. Lunch is on your own en route. Upon arrival at your hotel in Zagreb, your final evening is at leisure.

    • Meals included:

    This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or begin your post-trip extension in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

  • POST-TRIP EXTENSION:
    Ljubljana, Slovenia

    4 nights from only $645

    Maja: A 365 Docobites Film
    Produced by Epiphany Morgan
    This independent film features destinations you can visit on this pre-trip extension.

    With cafe-lined streets in its Old Town and quaint bridges spanning its namesake river, Ljubljana is reminiscent of the timeless cities of Old Europe. It boasts a modern touch as well—much of the city was rebuilt after an earthquake at the end of the 19th century. Discover how the past and present have seamlessly merged in Slovenia.

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