Indulge yourself with this ultimate tour of Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast.
1 night deluxe stopover in a double room at a 5-star hotel. B.
Fairmont Dubai Hotel - 1 night
Day 1, 31 August:
Arrive Zagreb, Croatia
Welcome to Zagreb! You will be transferred to your hotel this afternoon after your flight.
The Westin Zagreb - 2 nights
Day 2, 1 September:
A day to relax and recuperate!
At 6pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. B, D.
Day 3, 2 September:
Lower and medieval Upper Town, such as the Parliament, Stone Gate, the Archbishop's Palace, and more, plus a visit to the majestic cathedral. Enter Slovenia and arrive in its elegant capital, Ljubljana. B, D.
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel - 2 nights
Day 4, 3 September:
Sightseeing with a local guide includes the medieval castle, the impressive City Hall, and a visit to magnificent St. Nicholas' Cathedral. Balance of the day at leisure. B.
Optional: Globus Tour Alpine Bled & Dinner. Enjoy a typical Slovenia Diner in the Picturesque scenery of the Julian Alps
Day 5, 4 September:
Postojna Caves - Opatija
Enjoy an exciting visit to the spectacular Postojna Caves by mini-train. The caves were discovered in the 17th Century, and opened to the public in 1819.
Then, continue to Opatija, a famous seaside resort frequented by tourists from the mid 19th Century onwards. B, D.
Grand Hotel 4 Opatijska Cvijeta - 2 nights
Day 6, 5 September:
Excursion to Pula
A scenic drive through the Istrian Peninsula to Pula, where your local guide will show you the Triumphal Arch of the Sergi, dating back to the 1st Century, then, visit the perfectly preserved Amphitheatre and the Temple of Augustus. Return to Opatija and immerse yourself in the relaxed atmosphere of the resort. Walk along the Lungomare seaside promenade and don't forget to take pictures of the famous Maiden with the Seagull. B.
Day 7, 6 September:
Plitvice National Park - Zadar
Head inland to peaceful Plitvice and enjoy a guided walking tour of the National Park, famous for its lakes, waterfalls, and forests. Back to the coastline, and arrive at your beautifully situated hotel, surrounded by fragrant pine woods. B, D.
Pinija - 1 night
Day 8, 7 September:
Trogir - Split
In the morning, drive into the centre of Zadar and meet your local guide. A walking tour to the main square gives you a good impression of this city with its turbulent history, fighting off the Venetians, crusaders, and Turks over the centuries. Don't miss the Sea Organ and the Greeting to the Sun.
The next two cities are UNESCO World Heritage Sites: explore picturesque Trogir, founded by Greek colonists and a major port until Roman times, and then continue to Split, the ancient Spalato. This evening, enjoy a special dinner at a local restaurant. B, D.
President - 2 nights
Day 9, 8 September:
Your local guide takes you through the labyrinth of medieval streets within the walls of Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a well-preserved fortress and a living part of the Old Town. See the Mausoleum, the Cathedral of St. Domnius, and the Temple of Jupiter, with its impressive basement halls, a recent filming location in The Game of Thrones. B.
Day 10, 9 September:
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Follow the Dalmatian coast, heading south to Dubrovnik. Beautifully situated on a promontory jutting into the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik was once an independent maritime republic rivaling Venice. Enjoy a walking tour with a local guide to see the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries, and the impressive ramparts, erected during the Crusades to protect the town against land attacks. Visit the 15th Century Rector’s Palace, built in gothic style, with renaissance and baroque elements, harmoniously combined. B.
Valamar Lacroma Resort - 5 nights
Day 11, 10 September:
The day is at leisure.
This evening, a farewell dinner awaits at your hotel to celebrate the success of your Croatian tour. B, D.
Optional: exciting excursions with Globus
Day 12, 11 September:
Optional day trip to Mostar
Optional: After an early departure from Dubrovnik drive north along the Adriatic coastline and into Bosnia & Herzegovina and the city of Mostar. Mostar, a city which has experienced different historical development over the centuries but has remained a meeting place of cultures and religions. On arrival in the old city of Mostar, developed by the Turks as an important trade centre on the caravan route, your guide will take you across the graceful Old Bridge with its single span stone arch and to visit the colourful bazaar and the 350 year old Turkish House with its intriguing architecture. B.
Day 13, 12 September:
Optional day trip to Montenegro
Optional: An early start from Dubrovnik as you drive south into the country of Montenegro. The majestic, awe-inspiring beauty of the Bay of Kotor will leave you struggling for superlatives. The gulf of Kotor cuts deep into towering mountains creating the most dramatic setting for the walled town of Kotor and the string of villages along the edge of the water. Perhaps the only words we are left with for the Boka Kotorska are simply: it’s unmissable. The trip from Dubrovnik to Kotor will take you to photogenic medieval towns perched above their reflections in the peacock-blue waters of the bay. The landlocked bay, or simply ‘Boka’, as it’s known among locals, is bordered by scenic, serpentine roads that make it easy to explore. This Montenegro tour will take you to beautiful Perast and the small island of the church of Our Lady of the Rocks.
Day 14, 13 September:
The day is at leisure to enjoy this beautiful resort. B.
Day 15, 14 September:
This morning you have a transfer from hotel to ship.
Embarkation is from 2.00pm followed by an on-board welcome dinner. D.
MS Arca - 8 day Best of Dalmatia cruise
Journey in style on this exclusive deluxe one way cruise to discover the highlights of Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. You’ll see places like well known Dubrovnik, Bisevo Island’s remarkable Blue Cave, Hvar’s historic city centre plus many more! A fantastic opportunity to experience what Croatia has to offer!
Day 16, 15 September:
Experience Dubrovnik, the Jewel of the Adriatic, and its walled Old Town on a walking tour with your local guide. Your cruise begins this afternoon as you travel to Sipan, famous for its wine and for its delightfully laid-back ambiance. B, L.
Cruise to Sipan
Day 17, 16 September:
Sipan - Mljet - Korcula
A short cruise away is the island of Mljet; much of the island is covered by Mljet National Park which includes two unique salt water lakes and a medieval monastery. Discover the unspoilt beauty of Mljet. B, L.
Cruise to Korcula
On arrival, join your fellow travellers in a walking tour of this enchanting town.
Day 18, 17 September:
Korcula - Vis
Stop for a refreshing swim in the warm waters of the Adriatic as you sail to beautiful Vis Island which until the late 80’s was closed to tourism and served as a military zone for the Yugoslav army. It’s authenticity is still evident as you explore Vis Town waterfront. B, L.
Day 19, 18 September:
Vis - Bisevo - Hvar
A morning cruise to Bisevo Island’s Blue Cave, one of the most unique natural phenomena in the world. Only recently opened to the public, its silvery blue waters are a must-see.
Cruise to Hvar
Your journey continues to Hvar Town, the historical core of Hvar Island, for a guided walking tour of this popular Adriatic hot spot. B, L.
Day 20, 19 September:
Hvar - Stari Grad
Your Hvar experience continues with an excursion around one of the world’s most stunning islands. Explore the islands small fishing villages, vineyard-covered hills, olive groves and undulating fields of rosemary and lavender (seasonal), followed by an authentic Peka lunch including wine tasting at a traditional restaurant. B, L.
Day 21, 20 September:
Stari Grad - Brac - Split
Explore one of the Adriatic’s loveliest islands, Brac and the picturesque town of Bol where you can find the famous Golden Horn beach.
Cruise to Split
Afterwards your cruise continues to historic Split. With your local guide, discover the city’s historic centre built around the 4th century Diocletian’s Palace followed by a farewell dinner with traditional Klapa entertainment on board. B, D.
Day 22, 21 September:
Your cruise concludes with a departure transfer for your onward journey. B.
Split - Rome - Dubai
Optional: Dubai Airport Stopover
1 nights accommodation in a double room. Dubai Hotel located in Terminal 3 in secure airport area. Hand luggage only.
22 September depart Dubai
23 September arrive Brisbane
Day 23, 22 September:
Arrive in Brisbane
Please note: itineraries may change as conditions warrant