(Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik)
Take a cruise journey on a mega yacht, travelling through the Adriatic and Ionian seas. Embark in the medieval town of Dubrovnik, with its imposing city walls. Continue along the Dalmatian coast to the island of Korcula, notable for stonemasonry dating back to Venetian rule in the 15th-18th centuries. Find Bar, on the Montenegro coast, home to one of the world's largest fortified archaeological sites. Sail to the blissful island of Paxos, renowned for its idyllic beach. Explore the island of Corfu, with its UNESCO World Heritage designated old town. Continue to Saranda on the Albanian Riviera, an undiscovered gem in the well-traveled Mediterranean. Sail to the secluded Gulf of Kotor, and make landfall at the medieval town of Kotor, another UNESCO listed site. Come full circle, back to Dubrovnik to complete your impressive voyage.
Available Cruise Departure Dates (2013):
May 15,22,29, Jun 5,12,19,26, Jul 3,10,17,24,31, Aug 7,14,21,28, Sep 4,11,18,25
Take a private airport transfer with vehicle and English speaking driver in Zagreb.
The Sheraton Zagreb Hotel (5*) is just a stroll away from Zagreb’s main attractions, museums, galleries, theatres, lively cafés and bars. Ideal for any traveler, this hotel offers bright and spacious guest rooms and suites with personal touches, an inviting atmosphere and modern conveniences. Savour the pleasures of Croatian and international cuisine, enhanced by extraordinary wines in the friendly atmosphere of the hotel’s restaurants. Unwind at the heated indoor pool, workout in the fitness facility and pamper yourself at the beauty salon. After a long day of sightseeing, enjoy a light snack at Café Imperial or visit the Piano Bar where you can grab a bite and a cocktail with friends.
Enjoy a private transfer to Split today with a guided 4-hour stop at Plitvice Lakes.a complex of 16 lakes (also known as The Devil’s Garden) located between the mountains of Mala Kapela. The 19.5 hectares of wooden hills enclose the lakes by a series of waterfalls and cascades. Admire the landscape formed by the mineral-rich waters which carve new paths through the rock, and enjoy your time in the middle of the nature. You will meet your local guide at the park before entering. Admission included.
An intimate atmosphere can be found at the Vestibul Palace (4*). Superbly located in the heart of the Dioclecian Palace and one of only a handful of newly refurbished designer boutique hotels in Croatia; all its rooms are finely and appropriately furnished to a high standard. A stay at the Hotel Vestibul Palace puts you in touch with the history of the city. This combines perfectly with the hotel’s modern design where you will discover an attention to detail. The hotel's 7 rooms and 2 suites are located across 2 floors and all contain facilities including satellite television and internet connection. The restaurant and bar are situated on the ground floor.
Meet your private transfer at your hotel for a drop-off at the starting point of your 3hr private walking tour with a guide today in Split. Explore the city which is dominated by the Diocletian’s Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage site), and explore the historical part of the city. The Palace is one of the most famous and integral architectural and cultural constructs on the Croatian Adriatic Coast. Visit the Silver Gate which is the entrance to the Old town, the Cathedral and Bell tower of St. Dominus. Discover the waterfront promenade of Split, the lively open green market and the monuments not only from antiquity, but also from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque periods. After the tour, you can enjoy some time at your leisure to immerse yourself into town’s famous Mediterranean charm. (Entrance fees for Diocletians Palace substructure & Cathedral included). Return transfer included.
Take a private transfer from Split to Dubrovnik with today. The transfer should take approximately 3.5 hours.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in before attending the welcome dinner, where you can meet your fellow cruisemates. You'll overnight in the port this evening.
Port charges are included in the cruise cost.
S/C Panorama is a 3 masted sail cruiser which can accommodate up to 49 passengers in 25 cabins. The "Panorama" was launched in 1993 and was renovated in 2009. This state of the art sail cruiser has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings and has sailed from the Seychelles to Monte Carlo and from the Black Sea to Tunis and offers the highest standard of accommodation and comfort safety.
Korcula is a Croatian island located on the Adriatic Sea, lying just off the Dalmatian coast. According to legend, the island was founded by Trojan hero Antenor in the 12th century BC. Korcula was first settled by Mesolithic and Neolithic peoples, and later by Illyrians around 1000 BC. The island's rule and allegiance has since changed hands many times, layering on history and heritage until most recently the independent Republic of Croatia taking ownership from Yugoslavia in 1992. Korcula has a very old Stonemasonry history, a tradition which reached its peak during the rule of the Venetian Republic (1420-1797), evident in some of the island's architecture.
Bar is a coastal town in Montenegro. The rich cultural and historical tradition of the Bar area is combined with the unique gifts of nature, a friendly climate and a remarkable geographical position. Visit Bar Old Town, one of the world’s largest fortified archaeological sites and you will be impressed by the beauty of the natural surroundings into which it blends, dignifying the majestic Mount Rumija which towers above it. Other main sights: Bar Triconch Church, Our Lady of Ratac, Nehaj, Beska, Moracnik, Starcevo, The Old Olive of Mirovica. Of all the cultural and historical monuments in Bar, the 19th-century King Nikola’s palace is the one that attracts the most attention. It was built in 1885 on the seashore.
Paxos is in the Ionian Islands in Greece, and is known for having one of the finest sandy beaches in the entire Ionian Sea. The Romans ruled the island from the 2nd century BC, and during the Byzantine period and Middle Ages it was constantly attacked by pirates. After various rulers and Crusaders had passed through, the island was taken by the Venetians at the end of the 14th century. It was not until 1864 that the island was ceeded to the Greek state.
Corfu is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea, a tourist destination well known as a vacation area of European royalty through the 19th century. The island's history is laden with battles and conquests. The legacy of these struggles is visible in the form of castles punctuating strategic locations across the island. Two of these castles enclose its capital, which is the only city in Greece to be surrounded in such a way. The old city area has been added to UNESCO's World Heritage List.
Saranda, given its coastal access and Mediterranean climate, has become an important tourist attraction since the fall of Communism in Albania. Saranda as well as the rest of the Albanian Riviera, according to The Guardian, "is set to become the new 'undiscovered gem' of the overcrowded Med." It is situated on an open sea gulf of the Ionian Sea in the Mediterranean, 2 nautical miles from the Greek island of Corfu. Near Saranda are the remains of the ancient city of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Kotor is a coastal town in Montenegro, located in a most secluded part of Gulf of Kotor. It has one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic, listed with UNESCO world heritage sites. It has numerous other sights, such as Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in the old town (built in 1166), and ancient walls which stretch for miles directly above the city. In recent years, Kotor has seen a steady increase in tourists attracted by both the natural beauty of the Gulf of Kotor and the old town of Kotor itself.
This morning you'll arrive at the port of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Here you'll disembark from your ship and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates, as your Adriatic voyage has come to its conclusion.
Enjoy a private port transfer with vehicle and English speaking driver.
Meet your local guide for a private 3 hour walking tour of Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful stone-built cities in the world. As one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Dubrovnik owes its special charm to the historic monuments which testify to its rich history. While strolling with your guide down Stradun, the main street, you will get to stop and visit the Franciscan monastery of the “Order of Friars Minors” that preserves one of the three oldest pharmacies in Europe.
Continue down to Orlando Column and the Sponza Palace and visit the Church of St. Blasius, the patron-saint of the town. Discover Rector’s Palace, and the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary and its treasury.
The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore this stunning town on your own. We recommend you to take a walk along the city walls (2500m around the old town), visit one of the numerous museums or take a funicular ride to the top of the Srđ hill. Return transfers to/from your hotel are included as well as entrance fees to Franciscan Monastery, Rectors Palace and Cathedral.
The Bellevue Hotel (4*) sits on a living rock 30 meters above the Miramare bay and just walking distance from the Dubrovnik Old Town; a haven for people seeking a true getaway. This modern five-storey property is situated in spectacular location just 800 meters from the city center, historical monuments, museums, churches, monasteries, art galleries, shops and boutiques. The hotel’s interior is defined by a chic-art concept, organic materials and a fresh Mediterranean feel. Beautiful panoramic views of the sea, as well as the use of traditional arts and artisans and renowned Croatian artists create a unique and tranquil ambience. Experience a treat for all senses, a world of discrete luxury, natural details and elegance, and magnificent panoramic sea views at the Bellevue Hotel.
Take a private airport transfer with an English speaking driver in Dubrovnik.
VISA/PASSPORTA passport is required for travel to Croatia. A visa is not required for U.S. and Canadian passport holders for tourist or business trips of fewer than 90 days within a six-month period. All foreign citizens must register with the local police within 24 hours of arrival as well as inform them of any change in their address. Registration of foreign visitors staying in hotels or accommodations rented through an accommodation company is done automatically by the hotelier or accommodation company.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Croatia for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/croatia.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Zagreb. Government: Republic. Independence from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia proclaimed in 1991. Language: The official language is Croatian (Hrvatski). Also Serbian, Slovenian, Hungarian and Italian are spoken. People working in tourism generally speak excellent English, plus some Italian and German. Religion: Roman Catholic Croats (87.8% of the total population) and Eastern Orthodox Serbs (4.4%), as well as small communities of Protestants, Jews and Muslims. Time: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October). Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Telephone: Country code +385. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good. Internet: Cafes can be found in Zagreb and other main towns.
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