Croatia & Pearls of the Adriatic Coast - 2020

7-night small ship cruise with Dubrovnik, Slano, Korčula, Hvar, Split, Sibenik • Zagreb • Opatija • Zadar
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What if we told you that you could experience some of the most magnificent seaside views on Earth, and immerse yourself in centuries of a singular culture, preserved, on an enchanting small ship cruise? The sights, flavors, and history of the Adriatic are yours to enjoy on a 2020 Croatia & Pearls of the Adriatic Coast small ship cruise tour, enhanced for 2020 with better pacing and accommodations. 

Aboard the 26-traveler La Perla, an intimate yacht with farm-to-table and fish-to-dish dining, sail from the iconic walled city of Dubrovnik — where you’ll experience additional days and added discoveries — to seaside resort town Opatija. Stay in some of the country’s best hotels as you travel further inland toward fascinating capital of Zagreb, where Gothic architecture, iconic red roofs and charming, pedestrian-friendly promenades beckon. Along the way, marvel at lush landscapes like the waterfall-laden Krka National Park, admire the sight and lovely scent of fields of lavender in Hvar, and walk in the footsteps of the Romans at some of the world’s best-preserved archaeological sites. Learn about folk customs thanks to insightful, Vantage-exclusive Cultural Connections that introduce you to dancing, singing, dining, and historical treasures like Diocletian’s Palace, and humble villages where you’ll meet families and taste their homemade wine. Raise a toast to Croatia with Vantage Travel in 2020 — reserve your spot today!

Dubrovnik to Zagreb

Pre-Trip Extension

Budva, Montenegro

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DAY 1:

Depart the U.S. and fly overnight to Dubrovnik

Today you’ll take an overnight flight to Europe. Or, if you like, begin early with a delightful pre-trip extension to Budva.

DAY 2:

Arrive Dubrovnik and come aboard La Perla for a Welcome Dinner

You'll arrive in Dubrovnik today and transfer to your deluxe ship, La Perla, which will be your home for the next seven nights. Once on board, you’ll settle into your cabin before joining your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner. Tonight, you will be anchored in Dubrovnik's Old City Harbor (weather permitting) with direct views of the city’s famed fortified walls.

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. In addition, you'll have opportunities during shore excursions for active walks. 

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DAY 3:

Exploring Dubrovnik’s Old City, classical concert, and home-hosted dinner in Gromača

Unforgettable Moment: Today, your carefully selected local guide will lead you through Dubrovnik's Old City — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — introducing you to its most heralded landmarks as well as its hidden gems. 

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 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 be happy to recommend things to do and see.

Cultural Connection: You’ll head to nearby Gromača this evening 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 4:

Explore bucolic Cavtat

This morning, depart for Cavtat, a beautiful resort town just a short drive away that makes it easy to see why the birthplace of artist Vlaho Bukovac was also his muse. Known most for large compositions and portraits, his fascinating story is surely just part of what you’ll hear about during an included walking tour. You’ll have free time to walk after, or take part in an Active Feature — a walk to the hilltop Racic Mausoleum. Imagined by famed Croatian sculptor, writer, and architect Ivan Mestrovic, the building is made using stone from a local island.

Cultural Connection: Next you’ll visit an old water-powered working mill, and learn about how they were a community gathering place and helped fuel the local economy for centuries. This afternoon, head to the village of Ljuta, where you’ll be treated to a light lunch with local specialties like ham, bread, cheese, and homemade wine.

Head back to Dubrovnik and take a scenic afternoon cruise to Slano. Oysters and wine for appetizers before dinner on board.

Tonight, there's a scenic sailing toward Slano, where you'll enjoy a true culinary delight. Cultural Connection: You'll be treated to some incredible regional flavors when 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, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 5:

Discover the Dalmatian islands of Korčula and Hvar

Farther up the Dalmatian Coast lies the island of Korčula, one of the greenest in the Adriatic. 

Cultural Connections: As you cruise to this stunning island, you’ll enjoy a lecture about the famous Dubrovnik Republic. During lunch on board, you'll arrive in Korčula and dock under the walls of the old city. You’ll disembark your yacht for a tour that includes the Korčula City Museum, as well as free time to explore on your own. Active Feature: Enjoy additional opportunities for swimming and other water sports this afternoon.

Later this afternoon, you’ll set sail for Hvar — one of the most popular Croatian islands. You'll arrive this evening, giving you the opportunity to explore the area after dinner. Perhaps you'll visit a pub where you can mingle with the locals over drinks. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 6:

Exploring Hvar and its UNESCO treasures

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 to the lace museum inside of the Benedictine Monastery.

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 board 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: Before dinner, you’ll attend an informative lecture about the healthy Mediterranean diet and taste some local products. You'll cruise to Split during dinner this evening, docking overnight at the town center.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 7:

Revisit the Roman era at Diocletian’s Palace in 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.   

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 8:

Natural beauty and rural traditions: Krka National Park and 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 and active feature: Your next stop is Jurlinovi Dvori, a Dalmatian estate with an ethnographic gallery that you'll explore. Here your traditional local lunch is included.  

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

Cultural Connection: Tonight, toast the conclusion of the cruise portion of your journey at the Farewell Dinner, with entertainment by local musicians who come aboard ship.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 9:

Exploring ancient Zadar and beyond

Following breakfast this morning, you’ll disembark La Perla and set off on a sightseeing tour of Zadar — another coastal gem that was named Europe's top destination in 2016 and was inducted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017. Following your tour of this Roman-era city, which boasts a historic blend of Renaissance, Romanesque, and medieval architecture, you’ll savor an included lunch at a local restaurant. 

Your journey continues on to Opatija today with a scenic drive through the mountains of central Croatia, along the northern Croatian coastline, and through the city of Rijeka. Cultural Connection: As you take in the passing scenery, you’ll be treated to a fascinating discussion about Croatian history. 

Upon arrival late this afternoon, you’ll check in to your elegant hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 10:

Discover Opatija: Jewel of the Adriatic

After breakfast this morning, you’ll set off on a walking tour of this lovely seaside town, which once catered to European royalty taking in Opatija’s stately villas, seaside promenade, and lovely gardens. Next, you’ll enjoy a tour of the Opatija Riviera’s villages, including Moscenice — where you'll enjoy the amazing views. 

Lunch is on your own, and the afternoon is at your leisure. Active Feature and Unforgettable Moment: Enjoy a walk along the Opatija Promenade. You can enjoy 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 and, in total, connects 7 towns and villages of the Opatija Riviera. 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 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 11:

Touring Roman Pula and the Istrian Peninsula

Explore one of the most beautiful regions of 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 12:

Travel overland to Zagreb with a Croatian farm experience

Today, you’ll transfer to Zagreb 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. During your visit, enjoy a 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 your hotel's casino to try your luck. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 13:

Enjoy the best of Zagreb: monuments, museums, and markets

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: Then, visit the famed Dolac market where locals from the countryside come to sell their products.

Active Features: Enjoy a free afternoon. Zagreb has one of the world's most extensive tram systems, so consider using your free time to board 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. This evening, if you like, join your Cruise Director and visit some popular pubs and cafés where locals gather.  

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DAY 14:

Croatian country traditions at Tito’s birthplace, Kumrovec

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 museum of traditional rural life in northern Croatia. Cultural Connection and Unforgettable Moment: Enjoy a fascinating discussion on "Tito: The Bridge between East and West" followed by lunch at a private family-owned estate 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 15:

Fly home from Zagreb or stay on for your Lake Bled post-trip extension in Slovenia

Following breakfast this morning, you’ll transfer to the Zagreb Airport for your flight home. Or, continue to Bled, Slovenia for the post-trip extension.

Included Meals:


Post-Trip Extension

Lake Bled, Slovenia


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 Cruise Director or regional expert.

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