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Although I was born in Zambia, raised in Zimbabwe (two land-locked countries), I am very passionate about travel on the sea. I’ve cruised extensively on luxury small ships and ocean liners around the world – I look forward to sharing my experiences with you.

Muno

Cruise Specialist

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Overview

  • from $5,668 PP
  • 14 Nights
  • Max 38 Passengers for Cruise Portion
  • Apr - Oct
  • Easy
  • 2.5hrs from London / 10hrs from NYC

Highlights

Explore three countries in one on this trip that combines a cruise and land tours, starting from Slovenia’s fairytale-like capital of Ljubljana. Discover famous Lake Bled and a fascinating show cave before continuing to Croatia with a visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park and its stunning waterfalls. Your island-hopping cruise departs from ancient Split, home to some of the world’s well-preserved Roman architecture, concluding in medieval Dubrovnik, with the grand finale a day trip to magnificent Montenegro. Enjoy intriguing locally-led tours and time to explore on your own, along with plenty of mouthwatering local cuisine and opportunities to swim in enticing clear blue waters.

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At a Glance

  • Days 1-2
    • Ljubljana Arrival & Lake Bled

      • Private transfer to Ljubljana hotel
      • Guided tour of Lake Bled
  • Days 3-4
    • Postojna Cave & Opatija

      • Postojna Cave tour & Pedjama Castle visit
      • Private guided Istrian Peninsula tour or Istrian truffle-hunting and wine experience
  • Day 5
    • Plitvice Lakes

      • Guided tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Days 6-7
    • Split

      • Transfer to Split
      • Welcome cocktail reception
      • Guided walking tour through Diocletian's Palace
  • Day 8
    • Trogir & Krka Waterfalls

      • Marvel at the lakes and waterfalls in Krka National Park
  • Day 9
    • Hvar

      • Swim stop at Golden Horn Beach & Visit a family run Winery
  • Day 10
    • Vis

      • Swim stop in the Pakleni Islands
  • Day 11
    • Korčula

      • Blue Cave boat tour & Walking tour of Old Town Korčula
  • Day 12
    • Mljet & Slano/Ston

      • Walking tour in Mljet National Park & Oyster tasting experience
      • Captain’s Dinner onboard
  • Day 13
    • Dubrovnik

      • Guided tour of Dubrovnik with a panoramic photo stop
  • Days 14-15
    • Kotor & Departure

      • Day trip to Kotor with a private tour of Kotor’s Old City
      • Departure transfer to local Dubrovnik hotel or the airport
  • Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 Arrival into Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Start your 14-night journey in the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. Tucked into a lush alpine valley with the Ljubljanica River running through looking like a fairytale, beautiful bridges cross the water while magnificent buildings in Renaissance, Baroque, and Art Nouveau styles line cobbled streets and a hilltop castle overlooks it all. Upon your arrival at the airport, you’ll be met by your driver for a private transfer to your hotel in the city. Get settled in and perhaps take advantage of the bike-sharing program or one of the electric cars called kavalirs to explore. Tivoli Park is a must-visit.

    • Excursions Included: N/A
    • Meals Included: N/A

    Day 2 Lake Bled, Slovenia

    Lake Bled, Slovenia

    A scenic drive brings you to the emerald waters of Lake Bled, known for its tiny islet in the middle topped by historic Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church and backed by the dramatic peaks of the Julian Alps. It’s a scene that’s drawn many artists and photographers from around the world. Your visit brings various views, including from the water while on the traditional pletna boat that brings you to visit the isle and its church. Be sure to ring the bell as legend says your wish will be granted if you do. Visit Bled Castle and enjoy a nature walk at Vintgar Gorge too.

    • Excursions Included: Guided tour of Lake Bled
    • Meals Included: Breakfast

    Day 3 Postojna Cave, Slovenia to Opatija, Croatia

    Postojna Cave, Slovenia

    Traveling toward Opatija, a seaside town on the Istrian peninsula, you’ll enjoy a stop along the way to visit Europe’s largest show cave, Postojna. Not only does it have incredible stalagmites and stalactites, but it’s home to a diverse range of fauna, including the rare and endangered olm which was once described as a baby dragon, although it’s a type of salamander. Hop in a train to reach the belly of the cave and then head to the Vivarium that shelters the olm and dozens of other cave-dwelling species. You’ll also visit the unique Pedjama Castle which was built inside a cave.

    • Excursions Included: Postojna Cave tour & Pedjama Castle visit
    • Meals Included: Breakfast

    Day 4 Opatija & the Istrian Peninsula

    Truffle Hunting, Croatia

    A private tour will bring you into the Tuscan-like landscapes of the Istrian countryside to marvel at its magnificent hilltop villages and sample some of its most famous flavors, including rare truffles and wine. You can take an optional truffle hunting excursion led by a professional and a crew of dogs that includes a sample of the rare treats. Wine enthusiasts might want to opt for a wine-tasting experience at the award-winning Kozlovic Winery. Or choose to take a scenic drive that visits the popular hilltop villages of Motovun and Groznjan as well as the towns of Rovinj, Porec, and Pula along the coast.

    • Excursions Included: Private guided Istrian Peninsula tour OR Istrian truffle-hunting & wine experience
    • Meals Included: Breakfast

    Day 5 Plitvice Lakes National Park

    Plitvice lakes

    Today you’ll get to experience a bucket-list destination: Plitvice National Park. This is the park that’s called many to visit Croatia after viewing its stunning lakes and waterfalls online and in tourism ads. It’s even more breathtaking in person with the crystal-clear lakes in various brilliant hues of blue and green, laced with countless waterfalls in between. The lakes are divided into upper and lower sections, and a boat ride across one allows you to travel to the next, following the scenic paths and boardwalks that wind through, bringing many fabulous photo-ops. Conclude by hopping aboard a panoramic train, and riding back to the park’s entrance.

    • Excursions Included: Guided tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park
    • Meals Included: Breakfast

    Day 6 Split

    Split Cafe

    The land portion of your tour ends in Split. Your private driver will transfer you to the ancient city, stopping for lunch in a scenic spot along the way. After you’ve checked into your accommodation, enjoy exploring the 4th-century Diocletian’s Palace which was built as the emperor’s retirement residence. It covers nearly half the historic center, with magnificent buildings now home to shops, galleries, wine bars, cafes, and restaurants. Fans of the hit series “Game of Thrones,” are likely to recognize it as it was used as a filming site. This evening, take a stroll along the waterfront Riva promenade.

    • Excursions Included: N/A
    • Meals Included: Breakfast

    Day 7 Split Embarktion

    Split panorama

    Your signature island-hopping and city cruise begins with a private transfer from Split’s airport to the port where check-in is possible from 2 p.m. Once you’ve settled in you might check out the facilities in your elegant ship, take time to refresh, and then join our local guide for a tour of the historic center. It contains some of the world’s most impressively well-preserved Roman architecture, including the vast Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. After exploring, return to your ship and get ready for the evening’s three-course welcome dinner which includes introductions to the captain and crew, along with an overview of the journey ahead.

    • Excursions Included: Guided walking tour of Split
    • Meals Included: Breakfast and Welcome Dinner

    Day 8 Trogir & Krka Waterfalls National Park

    Krka National Park

    Your cruise gets underway this morning with the first swim stop of the trip along the way. The captain will find the most enticing secluded bay for your enjoyment. Once everyone is back onboard you’ll continue to the medieval town of Trogir, but before exploring it you’ll head to Krka Waterfalls National Park. Walk the scenic pathways framed by lush flora that bring views of its spectacular cascades and sparkling lakes. Once back in Trogir this evening, you’ll have time to experience highlights like the 15th-century Venetian castle/fortress and St. Lawrence Cathedral, as well as enjoy dinner on your own.

    • Excursions Included: Guided tour of Krka National Park
    • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

    Day 9 Golden Beach & Stari Grad (Hvar)

    Zlatni Rat Beach

    Enjoy a swim stop at Golden Horn Beach on your way to sunny Hvar. Officially called Zlatni Rat, it’s one of Europe’s most photographed. You’ll reach Stari Grad on Hvar’s northern coast shortly after lunch. Here you’ll visit one of Hvar’s most popular family-run wineries, with a tasting of the locally produced wines included. Continue to Hvar Town where you’ll have leisure time to explore on your own, with several impressive historical landmarks in the Old Town. Opt to stay here afterward, sampling the renowned dining and nightlife, or return to Stari Grad for a laid-back alfresco dinner.

    • Excursions Included: Wine tasting tour on Hvar Island
    • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

    Day 10 Pakleni Islands & Vis

    Pakleni Islands

    Your overnight destination today is tranquil Vis, the furthest island from the Croatian mainland. You’ll sail through the Pakleni Islands, winding your way through magnificent secluded bays with crystal-clear cobalt water, enjoying an extended swim stop in one of the most alluring. This is a great time to take advantage of the onboard snorkel gear and other water toys. Upon arrival to the island known as the ‘Mediterranean as it once was’ having been closed off to the public for 40 years while used as a military base, you’ll have the remainder of the day at your leisure. Perhaps wander the labyrinth of charming streets and explore the archaeological museum, or enjoy an awe-inspiring view from Fort George.

    • Excursions Included: N/A
    • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

    Day 11 Blue Cave & Korčula

    Korcula

    Leaving Vis early this morning so that you can take a guided tour of the world-famous Blue Cave on Bisevo Island, if conditions allow, you’ll hop in a small boat to enter the narrow entrance and marvel at the interior, illuminated in a surreal blue glow. Continue to Korcula afterward, with its fairytale-like Old Town, surrounded by walls, ramparts, and gates. You’ll enjoy a guided tour through its atmospheric streets, discovering centuries-old buildings with significant Venetian influence while learning about the fascinating stories behind the landmarks along the way. Your local guide will also reveal the reasons why the streets have such an ingenious layout.

    • Excursions Included: Guided tour of Korcula / Guided tour of the Blue Cave (entrance fee payable locally)
    • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

    Day 12 Mljet and Slano/Ston

    Mljet National Park

    Your next destination is Mljet National Park which covers much of the forested Mljet Island. Join your cruise manager for a walk to its famous saltwater lakes, including the Great Lake with a tiny islet at its heart topped with a 12th-century Benedictine monastery. Back onboard, continue to the fishing village of Slano on the mainland. It’s also the gateway to Ston, internationally renowned for its oysters. Explore its ancient ramparts and then visit an oyster farm for a special tasting of freshly harvested delicacies. The Captain’s Dinner will be hosted on the vessel this evening, complete with live music and entertainment.

    • Excursions Included: Oyster tasting experience
    • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Captain's Dinner

    Day 13 Dubrovnik

    Dubrovnik Walls

    We’ll sail through the Elaphiti Islands with their soft sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise water, lush vegetation, and grand historic mansions before reaching our destination: Dubrovnik. First, enjoy an awe-inspiring view from the perspective of the water as we cruise around the massive stone walls of the Old City. Once on land, our local guide will provide a walking tour of the pedestrianized historic center, including iconic spots like Pile Gate, Sponza Palace, and Rector’s Palace, with various architectural styles, including Renaissance, Baroque, and Gothic. This is another place “Game of Thrones” fans are sure to recognize from the series.

    • Excursions Included: Guided tour of Dubrovnik
    • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

    Day 14 Day trip to Kotor, Montenegro

    Kotor, Montenegro

    While your cruise ends this morning, you still have more fun to look forward to. Enjoy one last breakfast on board along with farewells to your new friends, the captain, and crew, disembarking to join your driver for a scenic drive across the border to Montenegro. Upon arrival, a local guide will tour you through the UNESCO-listed walled Old City of Kotor with its lovely squares, palaces, and churches dating from the 15th to the 18th centuries. Afterward, enjoy lunch on your own with a view over gorgeous Kotor Bay, and then make your way back to Dubrovnik for the night.

    • Excursions Included: Guided tour of Kotor’s Old City
    • Meals Included: Breakfast

    Day 15 Dubrovnik Departure

    Dubrovnik

    As they say, all good things must come to an end but after two full weeks exploring three different countries, you’ll have many photos and memories to take with you. Your driver will meet you at your Dubrovnik hotel for a transfer to Dubrovnik Airport where you can begin your journey home or head out on further travels.

    • Excursions Included: N/A
    • Meals Included: Breakfast
    • Dubrovnik

      Want to extend your trip?

      If you are looking to extend your stay in Croatia or equally visit another European destination on your trip, then please speak to our travel experts as we can create you a bespoke itinerary to suit your needs.

    Our Cruise Ships

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    MV Memories

    Memories impresses guests and onlookers with her elegance and numerous desirable features. She has a maximum capacity for just 38 passengers, ensuring the utmost in hospitality and personalized service by the dedicated crew. Her luxurious cabins all have private bathrooms; 11 feature their own private balconies for enjoying the fresh salty sea breeze and the dazzling passing views. While the Jacuzzi is a great place to relax, your can also soak up the sun on a comfy lounger surrounded by sea views.

    What's Included

    • Private transfers throughout the land part of this trip
    • Seven nights in 4-star hotel accommodation with bed and breakfast
    • Inspiring guided tours led by professional English-speaking guides through Split, Korcula, and Dubrovnik
    • Guided tours of Plitvice Lakes National Park, Postojona Cave and Lake Bled
    • Private day trip with a tour through the Istrian countryside OR a truffle-hunting and wine tasting excursion in Istria
    • Wine tasting tour at a family run winery in Hvar
    • 7 nights of luxury cruising from Split to Dubrovnik in your choice of air-conditioned, en-suite cabins
    • Daily buffet breakfast on the cruise plus 6 three-course lunches
    • Three-course welcome dinner
    • Three-course Captain's dinner with live entertainment
    • Complimentary filtered water, tea and coffee throughout the cruise
    • Private day trip to Kotor, Montenegro
    • Complimentary fresh fruit provided daily
    • Professional cruise manager onboard throughout
    • Baggage handling
    • Cabin cleaning service provided daily
    • Free onboard Wi-Fi

    What's Extra

    • As we have clients from all over the world. Our itineraries do not include flights. If you would like us to include flights in your trip, we are happy to do so. Please speak to your travel specialist at the planning stage to include them
    • Gratuities
    • We strongly advise all guests purchase comprehensive travel insurance
    • Visas if required
    • Price based in double occupancy in a double or twin room. 70% single person supplement for lower deck cabins

    Departure Dates

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    2023

    • April

      Apr 30, 2023
    • May

      May 05, 2023May 14, 2023May 21, 2023May 28, 2023
    • June

      Jun 04, 2023Jun 11, 2023Jun 18, 2023Jun 25, 2023
    • July

      Jul 02, 2023Jul 09, 2023Jul 16, 2023Jul 23, 2023Jul 30, 2023
    • August

      Aug 06, 2023Aug 13, 2023Aug 20, 2023Aug 27, 2023
    • September

      Sep 03, 2023Sep 10, 2023Sep 17, 2023Sep 24, 2023
    • October

      Oct 01, 2023

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