Best of Balkans with Adriatic Cruise on MS Aloha – 2020

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20 Days and 19 Nights
Availability : May - September
Zagreb

Highlights

Zagreb – Bled – Ljubljana – Plitvice – Trogir – Split – Mostar – Dubrovnik – Budva/ Montenegro – Shokdra/ Albania – Tirana – Ohrid/ Macedonia – Skopje – Kolasin/ Montenegro – Cetinje – Kotor – Dubrovnik – Korcula – Pucisca – Omis – Split – Hvar – Mljet – Dubrovnik

 

Tour Includes

• Arrival transfers from Dubrovnik Airport to hotel, then to port for embarkation and to Dubrovnik Airport or hotel on the last day of the cruise

• 7-night accommodation in 4* hotels (except in Dubrovnik 3) on half board basis, except in Ohrid on Day 4 (bed and breakfast)

• Dinner in a local restaurant in Ohrid (drinks are not included)

• Air-conditioned motor coach throughout

• Tour escort throughout land (English- Spanish) portion

• Professional English-speaking Cruise Manager

• 7-night accommodation on board (superior boat) with private bathroom, air-conditioning and LCD TV

• Welcome dinner and Captain’s dinner

• Daily buff et breakfast on board

• 6 lunches with 4 courses on board

• Water 0,5 l bott le per person per day on board

• Complimentary fresh fruits available daily onboard

• Daily cabin servicing, fresh bed linen and towels midweek

• Free Wi-Fi on board

sightseeing tours included:

• Local guides for sightseeing tours of Dubrovnik, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Kotor (English/Spanish); Split, Hvar and Korčula (English)

• Entrance fees to: Franciscan Monastery and Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik; National Museum in Tirana, St. Sofi a, St. Clement and St. Naum in Ohrid; Church of Holy Savior and Monastery of St. Panteleimon in Skopje; Residence of King Nikola I Petrović in Cetinje; St. Triphun Cathedral in Kotor

SUPPLEMENTS (optional):

• Omiš & Cetina River Excursion – river boat ride, snack in Radman Mills (prosciutt o, cheese, homemade bread, wine, water) – 25 EUR per person

• Entrance to the Mljet National Park: up to 25 EUR per person – (depending on the season)- to be paid at entrance. Guide free of charge.

Hotels

Zagreb:International 4*

Ljubljana: M 4*

Plitvice:Park 4*

Split:President 4*

Dubrovnik:Ivka 3*

Tirana:Sky Tower 4*

Ohrid:Metropol 4*

Skopje:Karpoš 4*

Kolašin:Bianca 4*

Hotels listed in this brochure will be used on almost all departures. If changes become necessary for any reason, substitute hotels will be similar to those in the brochure.

Boat Specifications

SHIP:
M/S Aloha or similar

Boat description:
The boat is 38 m long, 7,90 m wide with cruising speed of 9 NM. It has 18 cabins and capacity for 38 passengers. It has fully air-conditioned salon-restaurant on the upper deck with a bar, LCD TV and sun deck. Electricity on board: 220 V.

Please note:
In case of unfavorable weather and/or sea conditions, the cruise itinerary may be modified in the interest of passengers’ safety.
We reserves the right to change the vessel provider in case the contracted services are not supplied according to previously agreed standards.

Itinerary

Day 1 Tuesday ZAGREB – Arrival

Upon arrival at Zagreb Airport, transfer to hotel. Meet the tour guide, dinner and overnight.

Day 2 Wednesday ZAGREB – BLED – LJUBLJANA

Morning city tour of Zagreb, including the fortified Upper Town, city’s historical centre, St Mark’s Church with its multicolored roof, the Cathedral, the Croatian National Theatre and the University. Free time, then departure towards Slovenia. Explore Lake Bled and it’s mountainous environs and stunning topography. Continue to Ljubljana. Dinner and overnight.

Day 3 Thursday LJUBLJANA – PLITVICE

Morning city tour of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia and a home to one of the oldest Philharmonics in the world; Explore the baroque town buildings and stroll beside majestic Ljubljana River. Departure for Plitvice and then tour the Plitvice Lakes National Park on the UNESCO’s List of World Natural Heritage. Sixteen lakes, each at a different level, are connected in a series of cascading waterfalls. Surrounded by dense wood, Plitvice Lakes are a natural phenomenon of a rare and unique beauty. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in Plitvice region.

Day 4 Friday PLITVICE – TROGIR – SPLIT

Morning departure for Trogir, where we visit the Cathedral of St. Lawrence. Continuation to Split; city tour of Split, including the Diocletian’s Palace on the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage with the Peristyle, the Jupiter’s Temple and the Cathedral. Dinner and overnight in Split.

Day 5 Saturday SPLIT – MOSTAR – DUBROVNIK

After breakfast, departure for Dubrovnik, via Bosnia & Herzegovina. Short stop in Mostar, recently included in the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage with its elegant Bridge. Continuation to Dubrovnik. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 6 Sunday DUBROVNIK

Day at leisure in Dubrovnik. Dinner and overnight.

Day 7 Monday DUBROVNIK – BUDVA / Montenegro – SHKODRA / Albania – TIRANA

Morning sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik, included in the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage. You will visit the Franciscan Monastery with Europe’s third oldest pharmacy, the Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral. Departure for Tirana; we drive inland to Budva known for its Old City encircled by walls from the Venetian period. Continuation to Shkodra, once the capital of the Illyrian Kingdom (3rd century B.C.). Dinner and overnight in Tirana.

Day 8 Tuesday TIRANA – OHRID / Macedonia

Morning sightseeing tour of Tirana, the capital of Albania, including Skender Bey Square, the Mosque of Ethem Bey, and a visit to the National Museum representing the flow of

Albanian history, also housing the finds from archeological sites across the country. Afternoon departure for Ohrid, driving via Elbasan and crossing the Macedonian border at Cafasan. Dinner and overnight in Ohrid.

Day 9 Wednesday OHRID

Full day in the lakeside resort of Ohrid, classified as UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage site. Through the activity of St. Clement and St. Naum of Ohrid, the first pan-Slavic University in Europe, the famous “Ohrid Literary School”, was founded here. Morning sightseeing tour includes the Church of St. Sofia (11th century), the most eminent mediaeval monument in Macedonia with magnificent Byzantine fresco paintings and St. Clement Church with its icon of Annunciation. Afternoon short drive to St. Naum Monastery, built on the shores of Ohrid Lake in 900 A.D. and dedicated to the Slavic missionary and educator St. Naum of Ohrid. Dinner in a local restaurant. Return to hotel for overnight.

Day 10 Thursday OHRID – SKOPJE

Morning departure for Skopje. Sightseeing tour of Skopje, including the Kale Fortress, Church of the Holy Savior with its iconostas, one of the finest samples of traditional walnut woodcarving, Old Bazaar and Stone Bridge. We drive to the slopes of the Vodno Mountain where we visit the Monastery of St. Panteleimon with its 12th century iconostas and frescoes ranking among the highest achievements of Byzantine art of this period. Dinner and overnight in Skopje.

Day 11 Friday SKOPJE – KOLAŠIN / Montenegro

Morning departure for Kolašin, driving via Peć and Berane and along the impressive Morača River Canyon. Afternoon arrival at Kolašin, the town spreading on the left bank of the river Tara, situated at the altitude of 954m. The whole area is surrounded by the thick pine forest of the Bjelasica Mountain and is a popular skiing and air spa resort. Dinner and overnight in Kolašin.

Day 12 Saturday KOLAŠIN – CETINJE – KOTOR – DUBROVNIK

Morning departure for Cetinje where we visit King Nikola’s Museum, once the residence of the Montenegrin King Nikola I Petrović. Continuation to Kotor, classified as UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage site, where we visit its Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to St Triphon, the city’s patron saint. We continue to Dubrovnik, driving along the picturesque Bay of Kotor. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 13 Sunday DUBROVNIK – Embarkation

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Gruž harbor and embarkation. Meet your fellow travelers and your Cruise Manager at an onboard welcome reception followed by a dinner. This evening you can relax or take a walk through Dubrovnik’s vibrant streets.

Day 14 Monday DUBROVNIK – KORČULA

We set sail for the island of Korčula early in the morning, with swimming stop, if weather permits, in one of pristine bays, time to cool off, relax and lunch onboard. Continue towards Korčula, the most preserved medieval town whose street design is based on a fish bone pattern, to spend the night there. Take the walking tour of Korčula which takes you through its narrow, cobbled streets full of history. Evening is free to explore the town on your own.

Day 15 Tuesday KORČULA – PUČIŠĆA

Our journey then continues towards Pučišća, situated on the island of Brač, village of the stone sculpture and music culture Pučišća, where you can visit amazing stonemason school (optional). Lunch onboard. Enjoy a swim in one of Brač’s many lovely coves and bays, if weather permits. Overnight.

Day 16 Wednesday PUČIŠĆA – OMIŠ – SPLIT

We depart for Omiš before breakfast, it’s fortresses are silent stone reminders of the power and might of the infamous pirates who once made their homes and fortunes here. You will have a possibility to book a short walking tour, followed by boarding a small boat and sail into Cetina River Canyon, a protected nature area, continuing to Radman Mills for a local specialty snack. After visiting Omiš set sail to Split with a stop along the way to swim, cool off and relax, if weather permits, with lunch onboard. In the late afternoon we arrive at Split to spend the night. Arriving in Split, take a guided tour of the city, the seafront promenade, and Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. The historical center of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your evening is free in Split.

Day 17 Thursday SPLIT – HVAR

Stop in Bol, a small town on Island Brac, for a swim at the Golden Horn. Enjoy the 530 m long golden pebble beach said to be the best in Croatia. It is unique in that it changes shape and position depending on the winds. Return to your boat for lunch, then head to Hvar. Hvar is one of the most popular islands in the Adriatic and a meeting point for the international jet set. The “Croatian Madeira” is also one of the longest islands stretching along the shores of Croatia. A sightseeing tour of Hvar town shows you the first public theatre in Europe (older than Shakespeare’s theatre in the UK) and many more historical sites. Your evening is free to explore Hvar on your own.

Note: Due to the limited capacity of the Hvar harbor (during peak season in July and August) port of call can be substituted for Stari Grad/Jelsa. In that case transfer by bus will be organized to and from Hvar.

Day 18 Friday HVAR – MLJET

Departing from Hvar in the morning, our sail to Mljet Island includes a stop for swimming, if weather permits, and lunch onboard. Croatian “Greenest Island” will hypnotize you with its beautiful, untouched nature and its cultural heritage. We arrive in the heart of Mljet National Park which encompasses five types of forests, many species of birds and two deep lakes. If you want to visit Mljet National Park, walk to the entrance where you can purchase the ticket to walk around the Great Lake and the Small Lake and join the boat ride to St. Mary Island. Have Captain’s Dinner onboard. We will spend the night in Mljet.

Day 19 Saturday MLJET – DUBROVNIK

In the morning we continue our adventure by sailing back to Dubrovnik with lunch onboard with stop for swimming. Early in the afternoon we arrive in Dubrovnik, where we will spend the night.

Day 20 Sunday DEPARTURE DUBROVNIK

After breakfast it’s time to disembark. You will be transferred to Dubrovnik airport or your Dubrovnik hotel.

More Information

Cruise is not suitable for persons with restricted mobility.

Cancellation Fees

From Deposit payment – 60 days prior to departure: Deposit
60 – 30 days prior to departure: Deposit + 10% of the tour rate
29 – 9  days prior to departure: Deposit + 25% of the tour rate
8 – 1 days  prior to departure: Deposit + 50% of the tour rate
0 and no show: 100% of the tour rate