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Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast

Operated by: Luxury Gold

14 Days from $6,850 per person
APR - OCT 2023 LOWER DECK
Croatia & the Dalmatian Coast Luxury Tour

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Croatia ...more Croatia

Locations Visited

Zagreb, Opatija, Istria, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Split, Primošten, Kornati National Park, Telašćica, Mali Losinj, Zadar, Skradin, Šibenik, Vis, Ston, Dubrovnik ...more Zagreb, Opatija, Istria, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Split, Primošten, Kornati National Park, Telašćica, Mali Losinj, Zadar, Skradin, Šibenik, Vis, Ston, Dubrovnik
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  1. Day 1 Welcome to Zagreb.

    Upon arrival at the Zagreb Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to our luxurious Esplanade Hotel. At 18:00 join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Esplanade Zagreb Hotel.
  2. Day 2 Zagreb Sightseeing. Relaxed Start

    Experience Zagreb’s exciting mix of medieval and modern with your Local Expert. Admire Ban Jelačić Square before riding the funicular to the Upper Town. Enjoy the panorama over the capital, see the colourful roof of St. Mark’s Church and view the shrine of Virgin Mary at the Stone Gate. Continue to the Opatija Riviera, a favourite seaside destination of the Austro-Hungarian elite in the 19th century.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Amadria Park Hotel Milenij, Opatija.
  3. Day 3 Gastronomic highlights of Istria.

    Embark on a culinary journey around Istria, where you’ll begin by truffle-hunting with a local farmer and his well-trained hounds, and sample a selection of salamis, spreads and cheeses prepared with this gourmet delicacy. Visit the organic olive oil mill of Chiavalon and taste some of the world's best olive oils before a light lunch. At the magnificent Pula Arena, discover the rich history that lies within its colossal limestone walls. Built in the 1st century AD, the arena is of the best-preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world. This evening, wine and dine at Michelin-starred Draga di Restaurant, offering modern and creative Mediterranean dishes and sweeping views over the sea.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Amadria Park Hotel Milenij, Opatija.
  4. Day 4 Plitvice Lakes National Park.

    Head to the breathtaking Plitvice Lakes National Park for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and learn about the Park’s invaluable research work and conservation of its native species. Explore with your Local Expert through the blue-green beauty of 16 interconnecting lakes and enjoy panoramic vistas of the park. Continue to the charming seaport city of Split where the evening is yours at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Park
  5. Day 5 Board your Adriatic Cruise. Relaxed Start

    Soak up the sights of Split, where your Local Expert guides you through the Old Town and the remains of Diocletian’s Palace. After your lunch on land, it's time to appreciate the magnificent waters of Croatia. Board your luxurious cruise ship and settle in for your upcoming week sailing the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea. Voyage to Primosten for your overnight stay, savouring a delicious Welcome Dinner on board.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Rhapsody, Katarina Line.
  6. Day 6 The Islands of Kornati National Park and Telašćica Bay. Relaxed Start

    Spend your morning sailing through the maze of 89 rocky islands in the Kornati National Park. Cruise past ruins of the ancient Illyrian fortress, Roman villas, and medieval settlements. Bathe in crystal clear waters as you stop for a swim, before arriving in the natural paradise of Telašćica Bay. With your expert guide, learn about the Salt Lake and stand in awe at the famous White Cliffs, rising 162 meters above the blue waters.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Rhapsody, Katarina Line.
  7. Day 7 Mali Lošinj Relaxed Start

    Your voyage continues through crystal waters to the exquisite island of Lošinj. Join an expert guide for a walking tour of Mali Lošinj, the island’s principal town. See the harbour ringed with Mediterranean townhouses and explore the historic quarter. Tonight, join a Local Expert to explore the Museum of Apoxyomenos. Get to know the story of the 2000-year-old bronze statue from Greece, perfectly preserved in the nearby seabed, and housed in a thoughtfully designed museum.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Rhapsody, Katarina Line.
  8. Day 8 Explore Zadar. Relaxed Start

    Travel to Zadar, the ancient capital of the historic region of Dalmatia. 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. At the modern Sea Organ, take a moment to enjoy the symphony of sounds generated by the waves. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to learn about the local cuisine at an immersive cooking class for dinner. Alternatively, visit a local restaurant for a delicious three-course dining experience.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Rhapsody, Katarina Line.
  9. Day 9 Krka National Park Waterfalls Relaxed Start

    Discover the secrets of Croatian wines at the renowned Bibich Winery. Sample delicate Bibich vintages crafted by generations of family vintners and enjoy a delicious tapas lunch. Head to Krka National Park to see the Skradinski Buk waterfalls, a mesmerising collection of 17 cascading waterfalls. Later this afternoon, take a guided sightseeing tour of nearby Sibenik. Admire the 15th century cathedral and historic architecture as you explore the town. Round off the day with a Captain’s Dinner and live entertainment on board your cruise.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Rhapsody, Katarina Line.
  10. Day 10 The Rustic Charm of Vis. Relaxed Start

    The most unique destination awaits as you journey to Vis, the furthest inhabited island from the mainland. As a strategic naval base for the Yugoslav Army, it was cut off from outsiders until 1989 and is still considered to be an untouched piece of paradise. Vis has been influenced by plenty of great European civilizations starting from the Greeks and Romans, through the Venetians all the way to the Austro-Hungarians, creating a special blend of culture.  Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to uncover the military heritage of Vis with your Local Expert, including a tour of the town’s famous tunnels. Alternatively, focus on the natural beauty and overall history as you explore the island.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
    hotel Rhapsody, Katarina Line.
  11. Day 11 Blue Cave and Split.

    Weather permitting, rise early to be among the first visitors at the magnificent Blue Cave, a natural wonder offering an incredibly rich palette of blue colours. After a tasty breakfast, cruise onwards to Split.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Rhapsody, Katarina Line.
  12. Day 12 Oyster Tasting and Dubrovnik.

    Continue your journey on land as you pass the fertile and colourful fields of the Neretva River Delta. Stop in the picturesque fishing village of Mali Ston, see the floating oyster beds and savour a mouthful of oysters straight from the sea. Back on shore enjoy lunch prepared with seasonal ingredients. After your arrival to your seaside hotel in Dubrovnik, take time to relax. Once the sun has lowered and the crowds have disappeared, join your Local Expert for an evening sightseeing walk through the magical marble streets of the Old Town and see the Rector’s Palace, St. Blaise’s Cathedral and the Dominican Monastery.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
    hotel Hilton Dubrovnik.
  13. Day 13 Dubrovnik Your Way. Relaxed Start

    Take this day to fully appreciate the Pearl of the Adriatic with your Dubrovnik Pass. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to hike around the impressive city walls and take in mesmerising views of the myriad of red roofs and the dazzling Adriatic. Alternatively, visit the museums in the Old Town or simply take advantage of your hotel’s private beach. Your Travelling Concierge is there to assist to make the most out of your day. Tonight, raise a glass to your travels at your Celebration Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hilton Dubrovnik.
  14. Day 14 Farewell Dubrovnik.

    Your Croatian journey comes to an end and it’s time to say goodbye as you are transferred to Dubrovnik Airport.

    meals Breakfast
Croatia Dalmatian Coast Luxury Tour Map 2023
Price Includes

Additional Included Highlights

  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • Complimentary, airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Guests will be transferred with fellow Luxury Gold Travellers that arrive on the same flight. Complimentary, private train station transfers are included when train travel is included within the itinerary. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city of the itinerary, may be requested but are not guaranteed.

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Zadar: Try your hand in a Dalmatian kitchen as you follow a professional chef in preparing classic dishes of Zadar at a fun and engaging cooking class.
  • Zadar: Visit a local restaurant and indulge in a 3-course dinner embracing the Dalmatian cooking traditions accompanied by Croatian wine.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Vis: A true highlight of your journey is a visit to the island of Vis, influenced by great European civilizations then serving as an isolated Yugoslavian naval base until 1989. Inspect this military heritage closer with your Local Expert. Tour the town’s famous Military tunnels, a 20 km underground network featuring tunnels, caves, mines and storage facilities.
  • Vis: Explore the scenic beauty of the island with your Local Expert, as you visit secluded coves, tiny villages with red-roofed houses and beautiful nature trails.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Dubrovnik: With your included Dubrovnik Pass visit the museums in the Old Town or simply take advantage of your hotel’s private beach.
  • Dubrovnik: With your included Dubrovnik Pass hike around the impressive City Walls and take in the mesmerising views of the myriad of red roofs and the dazzling Adriatic.

Well-being

  • : Your Well-Being Director takes a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met. On tours fewer than 15 guests, your Traveling Concierge will act as your Well-Being Director.
  • : Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travelling Concierge's, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Journey Highlights

  • 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 colourful Church of St. Mark and Lotrščak 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. Constructed entirely from local limestone, it is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers entirely preserved. After a short orientation from your Travelling Concierge, explore at your leisure. As you stroll its vast interior, picture the fierce gladiator battles that once took place here in front of 20,000 spectators.
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park: Visit this scenic wonderland of 16 interconnecting lakes, flanked by waterfalls and primeval forest. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you follow your Local Expert across zig-zagging timber footbridges and learn about the Park’s invaluable research work and conservation of its native species.
  • 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 Telašćica Bay, one of the most beautiful locations on the Adriatic, with an expert guide. 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 metres 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.
  • 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 Čikola 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.
  • Vis: A true highlight of your journey is a visit to the island of Vis, influenced by great European civilizations then serving as an isolated Yugoslavian naval base until 1989. Inspect this military heritage closer with your Local Expert. Tour the town’s famous Military tunnels, a 20 km underground network featuring tunnels, caves, mines and storage facilities.
  • Vis: Explore the scenic beauty of the island with your Local Expert, as you visit secluded coves, tiny villages with red-roofed houses and beautiful nature trails.
  • : Weather permitting, be among the first to visit the magnificent Blue Cave, a natural wonder offering an incredibly rich palette of blue.
  • 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.
  • Dubrovnik: With your included Dubrovnik Pass visit the museums in the Old Town or simply take advantage of your hotel’s private beach.
  • Dubrovnik: With your included Dubrovnik Pass hike around the impressive City Walls and take in the mesmerising views of the myriad of red roofs and the dazzling Adriatic.

Exceptional Dining

  • Istria: You are treated to an outstanding dining experience at the Michelin-starred Draga di Lovarna Restaurant offering modern and creative Mediterranean dishes and sweeping views over the sea.
  • 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.
  • Zadar: Try your hand in a Dalmatian kitchen as you follow a professional chef in preparing classic dishes of Zadar at a fun and engaging cooking class.
  • Zadar: Visit a local restaurant and indulge in a 3-course dinner embracing the Dalmatian cooking traditions accompanied by Croatian wine.
  • 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 flavour of the region.
  • Dining Summary: 6 Dinner with Wine (DW), 13 Breakfast (B), 3 Lunch with Wine (LW), and 6 Lunch (L)

VIP 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.

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