Upon arrival at the Zagreb Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to our luxurious Esplanade Hotel. At 18:00 join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner.
Experience Zagreb’s exciting mix of medieval and modern with your Local Expert. Visit the iconic Mirogoj City Cemetery, a carefully manicured park with a cavalcade of cupolas and elegant terraces. Stand in Ban Jelačić Square before riding the funicular to the Upper Town. Enjoy the panorama over the capital, see the colourful roof of St. Mark’s Church and view the shrine of Virgin Mary at the Stone Gate.
Head to the breathtaking Plitvice Lakes National Park for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and learn about the Park’s invaluable research work and conservation of its native species. Explore with your Local Expert through the blue-green beauty of 16 interconnecting lakes and enjoy panoramic vistas of the park. Continue to the Opatija Riviera, a favourite seaside destination of the Austro-Hungarian elite in the 19th century.
Embark on a culinary journey around Istria, where you’ll begin by truffle-hunting with a local farmer and his well-trained hounds, and sample a selection of salamis, spreads and cheeses prepared with this gourmet delicacy. Savor sips of indigenous wine varieties at Roxanich Winery before visiting the organic olive oil mill of Chiavalon. Taste some of the world's best olive oils before a light lunch. This evening, wine and dine at Michelin-starred Draga di Lovarna Restaurant, offering modern and creative Mediterranean dishes and sweeping views over the sea.
Join your Travelling Concierge in Opatija for a stroll around the Botanical Garden and the town’s market before savoring lunch. After your lunch on land, it's time to appreciate the magnificent waters of Croatia. Board your luxurious cruise ship and settle in for your upcoming week sailing the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea to Pula for your overnight stay.
Sail to the Brijuni National Park, an archipelago of 14 islands and the summer residence of Tito, the former President of Yugoslavia. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to take a coastal tram ride passing by the Venetian citadel and villas which once hosted world leaders. Alternatively, enjoy a pleasant bike ride among archaeological sites and through the beautifully landscaped parks. Tonight, embark on a private and immersive experience as you explore the Museum of Apoxyomenos after hours. Get to know the story of the 2000-year-old bronze statue from Greece, perfectly preserved in the nearby seabed, and housed in a thoughtfully designed museum.
Travel to Zadar, the ancient capital of the historic region of Dalmatia. Join your Local Expert to see the remains of the 1st century Roman Forum, admire the 9th century St. Donatus Basilica, and walk through the 16th century Venetian city walls. At the modern Sea Organ, take a moment to enjoy the symphony of sounds generated by the waves. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to learn about the local cuisine at an immersive cooking class for dinner. Alternatively, visit a local restaurant for a delicious three-course dining experience.
Spend your day sailing through the maze of 89 rocky islands in the Kornati National Park. Cruise past ruins of the ancient Illyrian fortress, Roman villas, and medieval settlements. Enjoy an olive oil tasting and cooking demonstration before you arrive to Primošten, a typical small Dalmatian coastal town well-known for its vineyards. Tonight, dive into your Captain’s Dinner and enjoy live entertainment on board.
The most unique destination awaits as you journey to Vis, the furthest inhabited island from the mainland. As a strategic naval base for the Yugoslav Army, it was cut off from outsiders until 1989 and is still considered to be an untouched piece of paradise. Vis has been influenced by plenty of great European civilizations starting from the Greeks and Romans, through the Venetians all the way to the Austro-Hungarians, creating a special blend of culture. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to uncover the military heritage of Vis with your Local Expert. Alternatively, focus on the natural beauty and overall history as you explore the island.
Weather permitting, rise early to be among the first visitors at the magnificent Blue Cave, a natural wonder offering an incredibly rich palette of blue colours. Take a dip before cruising to Hvar, famed for being the sunniest island in Croatia. In Hvar Town, see the Baroque St. Stephen's Cathedral, famous for its bell tower and community theatre, founded in 1612. YOUR JOURNEY, YOUR WAY. Choose to visit a friendly family winery for a wine tasting of local produce followed by lunch. Alternatively, visit a hilltop restaurant for a traditional Dalmatian feast prepared over the open fire. Continue along the lavender fields to Stari Grad, the island's historical heart, where your ship is moored for the night.
Cruise to Brač island and see Zlatni Rat (the Golden Horn), a fascinating beach continuously shifting its shape in accordance with the movement of the waves. Visit the delightful town of Bol before continuing to Split, where your Local Expert guides you through the Old Town and the remains of Diocletian’s Palace. Celebrate your final night on your cruise ship with a delicious feast.
Continue your journey on land as you pass the fertile and colourful fields of the Neretva River Delta. Stop in the picturesque fishing village of Mali Ston, see the floating oyster beds and savour a mouthful of oysters straight from the sea. Back on shore enjoy lunch prepared with seasonal ingredients. After your arrival to your seaside hotel in Dubrovnik, take time to relax. Once the sun has lowered and the crowds have disappeared, join your Local Expert for an evening sightseeing walk through the magical marble streets of the Old Town and see the Rector’s Palace, St. Blaise’s Cathedral and the Dominican Monastery.
Take this day to fully appreciate the Pearl of the Adriatic with your Dubrovnik Pass. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to hike around the impressive city walls and take in mesmerising views of the myriad of red roofs and the dazzling Adriatic. Alternatively, visit the museums in the Old Town or simply take advantage of your hotel’s private beach. Your Travelling Concierge is there to assist to make the most out of your day. Tonight, raise a glass to your travels at your Celebration Dinner.
Your Croatian journey comes to an end and it’s time to say goodbye as you are transferred to Dubrovnik Airport.