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2018 Cruising the Adriatic: Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Croatia: Zagreb, Zadar, Sibenik, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik • Montenegro: Kotor • Croatia: Korcula • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Mostar • Croatia: Ploce, Opatija

CRUISE COMFORTABLY IN SMALL GROUPS OF 25 ABOARD OUR PRIVATELY OWNED 50-PASSENGER M/V ARTEMIS OR M/V ATHENA
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15 Days from only $3395 including international airfare

Activity Level:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

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36 Hours in Zagreb, Croatia

Uncover Zagreb’s hidden gems as you follow locals to a wine shop, an atelier, and an art museum.

Courtesy of Dušan Vuleković
Kotor for all seasons

From summer’s exuberant festivals to the sparkling frost of winter, enjoy Kotor in every season.

Courtesy Ian Cheney
The Transit of Venus

A group of astronomy fans gather at an abandoned observatory outside Sarajevo for a once-in-a-lifetime event.

©2015 The New York Times
A Kiss, Deferred

Follow the illustrations of one Serbian woman’s life and love shattered by war.

Courtesy Epiphany Morgan
Maja: A 365 Docobites Film

Discover the treasured local tradition that's associated with Slovenia’s Mount Triglav.

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NEW: Activity Level

Our NEW Activity Level rating system ranks our trips on a scale of 1 (easiest) to 5 (most difficult) to help you determine if a trip is right for you. The information below is a general guide to our rating system, but see our itineraries for much more detailed physical activity information about each trip.

Activity Level 1:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

1 2 3 4 5

Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Itinerary Overview

The sun may have set long ago on the Roman Empire, but the lure of the 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.

Make It Your Adventure

Personalize your trip to meet your individual needs, from preferred flights and air routing, to “breaking away” to spend more time in a destination.

  • O.A.T’s team of Adventure Specialists makes every effort to provide you with non-stop flights and acceptable connection times to and from your destination. You also have several other options for personalizing your air itinerary, which include:

    • Choose your departure city and airline: We list the most popular gateway cities on our website, but not all of them. If you don’t see yours listed, or there’s one that better suits your needs, let us know. You can also tell us if you have an airline preference and we will try to accommodation your request.
    • Depart from one city and return from another: Just because your flight leaves from one city doesn’t mean you have to return there. Maybe you flew out of Boston and wish to visit friends in Los Angeles after your trip is over. Tell us where you want to go and we’ll do our best to get you there.
    • Fly the way you want to: We’ll gladly arrange a flight upgrade to business or premium economy class if it’s available. And when you fly economy class, we’ll do our best to see that you get your choice of seating preference or even add a special meal request if you have dietary restrictions or needs.
  • You can extend your time abroad and "break away" anywhere you'd like to do more exploring on your own. Arrive a few days early for a fresh start in Athens before you begin your Small Ship Adventure or stay for a day, a week, or even a month in a favorite locale after your trip ends. Consider staying overnight in Venice before or after your vacation to break up a lengthy flight. Our Travel Counselors can provide you with information on the accommodations we will use at the beginning of your trip so that you can make your own arrangements. That way, you'll know that you will be exactly where you need to be to meet your group.

  • Many of our travelers choose to take another trip directly after their first one ends. Think about it: If you’re already overseas, why not see more of the region and avoid the expense and length of another international flight? Many of our travelers have taken two or three consecutive trips before returning home. One of the most common trips combined with Cruising the Adriatic: Croatia, Montenegro,Bosnia & Herzegovina is Voyage to Istria: Italy, Slovenia & Croatia. And now you’ll save an additional $250-$350 per person when you reserve two trips right after one another.

  • Many Grand Circle travelers simply don’t want their trips to end. With an array of pre- and post-trip extensions to choose from, you have the chance to experience more of the places you’ve traveled so far to see, including Ljubljana, Slovenia and Zagreb, Croatia. Plus, you lower your average per-day costs because you’re taking advantage of your already included international airfare.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

  • 4 nights from only $745

    Maja: A 365 Docobites Film
    Produced by Epiphany Morgan
    This independent film features destinations you can visit on this 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. But it boasts a modern atmosphere as well—much of the city was rebuilt after an earthquake at the end of the 19th century. As you explore, you'll discover how the past and present have seamlessly merged.

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

  • Arrive in Zagreb, where you'll be met at the airport and assisted to your 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 Trip Leader 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 an exclusive Discovery Series demonstration of klapa singing. This a cappella 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.

  • After arriving in Ploce before breakfast, disembark for an overland journey to Bosnia and Herzegovina, where you'll explore Mostar. 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.

    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.

    During your journey, 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 your own, journey overland to Zagreb, where you will toast to shared discoveries with your fellow travelers over a Farewell Drink. Then 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 $545

    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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    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.

  • Upon your arrival in Zagreb, you'll be met at the airport and assisted with your transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a short orientation walk with your Trip Leader 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 your first dinner onboard. Spend the evening aboard ship docked in Ploče.

  • This morning, tour Mostar, the principal city of Bosnia and Herzegovina 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.

    Stop for lunch in a local restaurant after your tour. Return to your ship late this afternoon and enjoy a Port Talk before a special Captain's Welcome 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.

    Next, you'll 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 an exclusive Discovery Series demonstration of klapa singing. This a cappella 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.

  • This morning, your ship arrives in Kotor, a picturesque walled city nestled at the head of Europe's deepest fjord. During an onboard talk, 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.

  • 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 that it is home to 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.

  • 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 you 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.

  • 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 your 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, followed by Dalmatian folkloric entertainment, 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.

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

  • After breakfast, enjoy a city tour of Sibenik. This ancient port, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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, enjoying lunch on your own en route. Upon arrival at your hotel in Zagreb, you will toast to shared discoveries with your fellow travelers over a Farewell Drink. Then 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 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

  • POST-TRIP EXTENSION:
    Ljubljana, Slovenia

    4 nights from only $745

    Maja: A 365 Docobites Film
    Produced by Epiphany Morgan
    This independent film features destinations you can visit on this 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. But it boasts a modern atmosphere as well—much of the city was rebuilt after an earthquake at the end of the 19th century. As you explore, you'll discover how the past and present have seamlessly merged.

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