From medieval architecture to ethereal waterfalls, coast along the sparkling Adriatic Sea and experience the best of Croatia.
Begin your journey in Zagreb, the illustrious capital of Croatia. Stand in awe before the cascading waterfalls of Krka National Park. Enjoy a memorable 7-night cruise on the Adriatic Sea along Croatia’s coast. Discover the ancient palace of Emperor Diocletian in Split. On Brac Island, take in the “Golden Cape” of Bol. Visit the island of Biševo, home to the mystical Blue Cave. Tour the Old City of Dubrovnik and walk along the picturesque cobblestone streets. See the country’s immaculate beauty as you cruise its vibrant waters and step into its rich history.
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*hotels are subject to change based on departure dates.
Departure dates - 10 Oct 2020:
This has various departures from April 2020 through to the end of October 2020 with many almost sold out! Freecall our local travel team on 1300 414 198 for prices on these alternative departures
Day 1: Zagreb, Croatia - Tour Begins
Welcome to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia! Settle into your hotel amidst the vibrant cafes and cobblestone streets before meeting your fellow travellers over dinner featuring Istrian cuisine.
Day 2: Zagreb - Šibenik
Step right into the history and culture of everyday life in Zagreb as you tour the city with a local guide. Become acquainted with the city as you see the main sights of the capital, including the Croatian National Theatre and Opera House, the Croatian Parliament building, the illustrious Zagreb Cathedral, and the legendary Stone Gate. Then, it’s off to Šibenik! Tonight, embrace the culture of Croatia and become captivated by authentic traditional entertainment with dinner.
Day 3: Šibenik - Krka National Park - Šibenik
Set off on a walking tour through the ancient alleyways and roads of Šibenik where you’ll get a chance to see the Cathedral of St. James, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then, venture to the breathtaking Krka National Park, where waterfalls tumble through dramatic gorges. Meander along the trails that surround the falls before embarking on a boat ride that takes you along the river to Skradin.* Make the most of your free evening and get to know this Dalmatian town’s historic architecture and striking coastline.
Day 4: Šibenik - Split - Board Ship
Your adventure continues in Split! Discover Split, one of the oldest cities in this historic region. In this bustling port, explore Diocletian’s Palace, the city’s famous ancient fortress. One of Croatia’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, Emperor Diocletian chose the palace to be his retirement home because of the incomparable beauty of Split. A guided tour takes you through the mysterious passageways and into the lower levels of this massive structure. Then, it’s your choice! Visit the oldest museum institution in Croatia, Split’s Archaeological Museum, founded in 1820; marvel at a diverse range of artefacts from the Paleolithic to the Iron Age -OR- admire the works of 20th-century sculptor Ivan Meštrovic during a guided tour. The Meštrovic Gallery features an array of the artist’s creations including sculptures, drawings and architecture. The museum itself is considered an art monument. In this classical city, you’ll board the 4-star MS San Spirito this afternoon. Settle into your new home for the next seven nights and revel in all of the luxuries of a small cruise ship. Later, relax onboard before experiencing a Captain’s welcome dinner. Enjoy your meal accompanied by live Klapa music, the traditional Croatian style of singing.
Day 5: Split - Trogir
Enjoy a morning at leisure to discover Split on your own. Then it’s off to Trogir, a coastal gem renowned for its picturesque Venetian architecture. Stop for a quick swim along the way before arriving in this charming town. Admire the striking stone houses and towering cathedral as you tour the city with a guide.
Day 6: Trogir - Bol - Hvar
Start your day in the town of Bol, located on the picturesque island of Brac. With free time this morning, perhaps you’ll choose to swim along the shore of the “Golden Cape,” known to be one of the most popular beaches in Croatia. Return to the ship for lunch, then cruise to the sunny island of Hvar. Along the way, you’ll coast by quaint coves and bays tucked along the Adriatic Sea. Upon arrival in Hvar, get acquainted with the area when a local guide introduces you to the history, culture, and lifestyle of the city. Discover how lavender was traditionally grown in the region for centuries and take a closer look at the custom. Enjoy an evening at leisure and perhaps you’ll dine in one of the many local, family-owned restaurants that Hvar is known for.
Day 7: Hvar - Biševo - Vis
Embark on a morning cruise to the island of Biševo. This island is home to the Blue Cave,* a stunning grotto with a luminous blue glow. Cruise on to Vis, a small island practically untouched by tourism and overflowing with Renaissance architecture and beautiful beaches. With free time this afternoon, relax onboard the ship or choose to go on an optional tour of the island ending with a farm-to-table dinner.
Day 8: Vis - Korcula
This morning, it’s on to Korcula, debated home to one of the world’s most famous explorers: Marco Polo. Decide for yourself if he was born in Korcula or Venice as you tour his alleged home and take in the fantastic sea views from its tower. Join a local guide and make your way along the narrow stone streets whilst you wander among the medieval buildings and vibrant houses in the town known as “Little Dubrovnik.” Enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure to discover the charms of this age-old city.
Day 9: Korcula - Mljet National Park - Slano
This morning, arrive in Mljet National Park. Stroll around the Large and Small lakes before exploring the Islet of St. Mary, home to a Benedictine Monastery from the 12th century. Don’t miss out on a chance to take a swim in the strikingly blue waters. Then, your journey continues to Slano, a port city just outside of Dubrovnik. Your afternoon and evening are at leisure…consider an optional excursion to Ston, a nearby fortified city known for its decadent oysters and seafood.
Day 10: Slano - Dubrovnik
This morning, cruise past the Elaphiti Islands and be welcomed into Dubrovnik. You’ll see why the city is called the “Pearl of the Adriatic” when you take in the medieval stone walls, iconic Baroque rooftops, and winding cobblestone streets. Embrace the unspeakable feeling that you’ve stepped into another time as you explore the Old City with a local guide. Enjoy outstanding views of the city during your farewell lunch onboard. With free time in the evening, perhaps you’ll visit the famous City Walls or ride a cable car to the top of the Mount Srd for awe-inspiring views of Dubrovnik.
Day 11: Dubrovnik - Disembark Ship - Tour Ends
Say goodbye to Croatia as your tour of the Adriatic Coast comes to a close today.
The activity level for this tour is 3. This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
Passengers can purchase transfers (for the first and last day of the tour) at an additional cost starting at $120 per person, roundtrip. Some restrictions may apply. All transfers leave at prescheduled times.
The land price does not include international air travel to and from Australia, airline fees, airport or departure taxes, transfers, visas, customary end-of-trip gratuities.
Whilst tipping may not be expected in Australia, in most other countries you will visit it is customary to tip. This is a way of thanking and rewarding the staff that looked after you on your tour.
From the 1st of January 2020, Collette is pleased to offer a pre-paid tipping option for guests travelling after 1st May 2020. This allows guests to purchase the package up to 45 days prior to departure and know that all tipping is covered.
The tipping package will vary due to tour length and inclusions. A classic style tour will cost approximately $11 per person, per day and Explorations style tour will be approximately $14 per person, per day. An additional $3 per person will be added for each additional guide that the tour may include. Please contact our reservations team to find out exactly how much the pre-paid package will cost for your tour.
Travel at 60 booking conditions apply.