Croatia & Pearls of the Adriatic Coast - 2018

Dubrovnik • Slano • Korcula • Hvar • Split • Sibenik • Zadar • Opatija • Zagreb

  • DUBROVNIK CITY TOUR AND A PRIVATE CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT
  • CROATIAN HOME-HOSTED DINNER IN A VILLAGE NEAR DUBROVNIK

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Zagreb to Dubrovnik

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DAYS 1-2:

Depart US / Overnight flight / Zagreb, Croatia

After an overnight flight (or a delightful pre-trip extension in Lake Bled, Slovenia), arrive in Zagreb on Day 2 and transfer to your Deluxe hotel. The day is yours to relax and unwind. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening. 

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Zagreb

You'll be met by your expert local guide this morning for a tour of Zagreb to view the city’s impressive landmarks. As you explore this stunning city, you'll see the Croatian National Theater and Opera House, Croatian Parliament and Prime Minister's office, St. Mark’s Square, the Old City, the Stone Gate, and Zagreb Cathedral. 

Cultural Connection: Visit the famed Dolac market where locals from countryside come to sell their products. During your excursion, you'll have the opportunity to view unique reverse oil paintings on glass during a visit to the Croatian Naive Art Gallery. Here, you'll also be able to purchase unique Croatian products and souvenirs.

Active Features: You'll have the afternoon free to do as you like. Zagreb has one of the world's most extensive tram systems, so consider hopping the local tram to the outdoor recreational center at Jarun Lake. Here you can enjoy the walking trails or rent a bike to go for a spin. Your Vantage Cruise Director will be happy to assist with directions or suggestions for other activities in Zagreb. Enjoy the evening free to explore this pleasant, low-key capital on your own. If you like, stop into your hotel's casino to try your luck. 



Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

Zagreb

Today you’ll head into the countryside to visit Kumrovec, the birthplace of Marshal Tito — the Yugoslavian statesman who led the resistance to Nazi and fascist forces during World War II and established a communist state. His home and village are maintained as a museum of traditional rural life. Cultural Connection: Enjoy a fascinating discussion on "Tito: The Bridge between East and West." 

Cultural Connection and Unforgettable Moment: Then, transfer to a private family-owned estate for a lunch complete with traditional music.  

You’ll return to your hotel this afternoon and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 5:

Zagreb / Opatija, Croatia

Today, you’ll transfer to the seaside city of Opatija through the hills of central Croatia, with amazing views enroute. Cultural Connection: Along the way, we'll stop at a the farm estate of the Kezele family. Enjoy a fascinating tour of the farm, including the stables where livestock is kept and the wine cellar, where you'll enjoy a tasting of the family's excellent wine. You'll also be treated to a tasty lunch of farm-raised delicacies. Your visit provides an opportunity to compare the cuisine and traditions of inland Croatia with that of the coastal communities you've been visiting. This afternoon we check in to our hotel in the center of Zagreb. Enjoy the evening free to explore this pleasant, low-key capital on your own. If you like, stop into the nearby Zagreb Casino to try your luck. 


Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 6:

Opatija

Unforgettable Moment: After breakfast this morning, you’ll set off on a walking tour to view Opatija’s stately villas, seaside promenade, and lovely gardens. Next, you’ll enjoy a tour of the Opatija Riviera’s villages including Moscenice, one of the oldest settlements in the region, where you'll enjoy amazing views. 

Lunch is on your own, and the afternoon is at your leisure. Active Feature: Enjoy a walk along the Opatija Promenade. Take in the lovely views and stop for a bite to eat or a drink. How far you go is up to you — a roundtrip walk can cover up to 7.5 miles. Alternatively, you may want to try your luck in one of Opatija's casinos. 

Cultural Connections: Back at the hotel this evening, you’ll attend an insightful discussion about "Everyday Life in Croatia" by a local lecturer. You’ll then enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant, where you’ll be entertained with a traditional performance of klapa singing — part of UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 7:

Opatija

Explore one of the most beautiful regions of western Croatia on a full-day tour of the Istrian Peninsula. Active Features: During our stop in the ancient town of Pula, explore Europe's most complete Roman amphitheater. During our visit, you'll be able to go beneath the arena floor to see the actual passageways and rooms where gladiators and their foes, including wild animals, awaited their turn in combat. Our tour also takes us to the picturesque coastal town of Rovinj, which was part of the Venice's mercantile empire and has a distinctive Venetian aspect to it. For the best views of the town and the harbor, make the mile-and-a-quarter trek uphill to St. Eufemia church — it's well worth the effort! Your tour includes a stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Upon your return to Opatija, you'll have the evening at leisure.

 


Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 8:

Opatija / Zadar / Embark ship

Following breakfast this morning, you’ll head to Zadar — another coastal gem that was named Europe's top destination in 2015 — with a scenic drive through the city of Rijeka, along the northern Croatian coastline, and through the mountains of central Croatia along the way. Cultural Connection: As you take in the passing scenery, you’ll be treated to a fascinating discussion about Croatian history. 

Upon arrival in Zadar this afternoon, you’ll savor an included lunch at a local restaurant before enjoying a walking tour of this Roman-era city, which boasts a historic blend of Renaissance, Romanesque, and medieval architecture. You’ll embark the 5-star La Perla this afternoon and enjoy white-glove service as you gather for a Captain’s Welcome Dinner on board. 

Active features: During the course of your cruise, opportunities abound for enjoying water sports  in the clear, clean waters of the Adriatic. For example, you can enjoy a paddle in the ship's two-person kayak, fishing from the ship or from the private tender, and swimming and snorkeling. The tender can also be used for water skiing and for getting towed on the banana and "meteor" tube floats. In addition, you'll have opportunities during shore excursions for active walks. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 9:

Sibenik

Active Feature: Keep your camera handy today as you explore some of the Adriatic's most stunning landscapes. Your first stop is Krka National Park, where waterfalls tumble through dramatic gorges. Your visit includes walks on the trails around the fall and a boat ride from magnificent Krka Falls to Skradin (weather permitting). 

Cultural Connection: Your next stop is a Dalmatian village called Primosten Burnji, where you will feel that time has stopped. You'll visit a traditional stone house that is a birthplace of a local priest who has preserved more than a century of traditions. You'll also have the opportunity to view his private collection of indigenous art and enjoy a healthy lunch of traditional Mediterranean foods. 

Upon returning to Sibenik, you’ll set off on a walking tour among the ancient streets, where you’ll see the Cathedral of St. James, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cultural Connection: Aboard your luxurious yacht this evening, you’ll enjoy entertainment by local musicians.


Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 10:

Split

This morning, you’ll explore Split, one of the oldest cities in this historic region. Active Feature: In this exciting port, explore ancient Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which the emperor chose as his retirement home because of the spectacular beauty of the destination. Your special tour takes you into the mysterious passages in the lower levels of the massive structure. 

You'll have the balance of the day free to explore this fascinating city on your own. Active Feature: If you're up for more exercise, you can walk to Marjan Park, where limestone cliffs enclose a lovely cove.   

Following dinner this evening, sit back and relax during a movie night with your fellow travelers.


Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 11:

Hvar

Your journey continues today in Hvar, an idyllic Mediterranean port known for its vast fields of lavender, ancient olive trees, and fruit orchards. It's also a popular celebrity destination. 

This morning, set off on a guided sightseeing tour of Hvar. You'll learn about the town's history, hear about some local legends, and visit one of the oldest theaters in Europe. Following your trek around the city, discover even more of what Hvar has to offer on an island tour, including a visit to Stari Grad Plain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll then return for lunch on your own and an afternoon to explore Hvar at your leisure. Active Feature: During your free time, enjoy swimming, snorkeling, or kayaking (weather permitting). Later, walk to Hvar Fortress, with entrance included so you can go to the top for the magnificent views.

Cultural Connection: Back on board the luxurious La Perla, you’ll attend an informative lecture about the Mediterranean diet and local products. After dinner this evening, you can go ashore to enjoy Hvar on your own, perhaps enjoying an after-dinner drink overlooking the harbor. 


Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 12:

Korcula

Farther along the Dalmatian Coast lies the island of Korčula, one of the greenest in the Adriatic. You’ll disembark your 5-star yacht this morning for a tour that includes the Marco Polo House Museum, birthplace of the famed world traveler, as well as free time to explore on your own. 

Cultural Connections: As you cruise toward Slano, , you’ll enjoy a lecture about the Dubrovnik Republic. Slano is situated on a small bay that's perfect for swimming. The area is known for the succulent oysters harvested from local waters and for the wine produced in nearby family vineyards. Active Feature: During your free time today, go swimming, snorkeling, or kayaking in the clear bay waters (weather permitting).  

Cultural Connection: You'll be treated to some incredible regional flavors during dinner this evening, as a local fisherman comes aboard La Perla with his family-owned wine as well as oysters for you to sample. During the sampling, you'll learn about how they are farmed and the culture surrounding this popular shellfish.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 13:

Slano

Today you'll visit Bosnia and Herzegovina, setting off for Mostar after breakfast with a photo stop in Počitelj en route. 

Cultural Connection: Upon arrival in Mostar, you'll enjoy a traditional Bosnian lunch, as well as an included visit to a "Turkish House" and a local mosque. Then, take a guided tour and visit the city’s famed Old Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historic stone bridge crosses the Neretva River, dividing the city into Croat and Muslim sections. Constructed in the 16th century, the original bridge was destroyed by a bomb during the Bosnian conflict in 1993 and has since been reconstructed. Active Feature: You'll have more opportunities for enjoying water sports this afternoon. 

You’ll sail onwards to Dubrovnik this evening, enjoying dinner on board.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 14:

Dubrovnik

Unforgettable Moment: You’ll arrive today in ancient and beautiful Dubrovnik. On an included tour the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll see the iconic fortified city walls. 

Cultural Connection: Following the tour, you’ll relax in a centuries-old church for a Vantage-exclusive private classical concert by the Sorkočević Quartet, who are members of the Croatian National Philharmonic Orchestra. 

You'll return to your luxurious ship for lunch, then enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Active Feature: You'll be supplied with a one-day Dubrovnik Card, which provides free entrance to numerous sites around the city, including access to walkway around the top of the walls surrounding the Old City. Your Cruise Director will also recommend things to do and see. If you like, you can take a ride on La Perla's private tender to visit nearby islands and beaches. 

Cultural Connection: In the evening, you’ll head to nearby Gromača for a home-hosted dinner, giving you the opportunity to dine with Croatian families and learn about life in the region, local customs, and their experiences.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 15:

Disembark ship / Dubrovnik / Return home

You’ll disembark the 5-star La Perla after breakfast and head to the airport for your flight home, or begin your extension in Budva, Montenegro. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Tour Director or regional expert.

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