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Croatia is open to fully vaccinated tourists and we are departing for our September 2021 tour and cruise on schedule. If you are a first-time visitor to Europe, start with this. I can assure you the rest will be downhill. Visiting many areas of Croatia is like visiting Europe as it was 200 years ago. Glorious architecture, pristine nature, clean air and, most importantly crystal-clear seas. We start with an optional land portion on September 10th beginning in my birthplace Zagreb. Zagreb is essentially a mini-Vienna without the big city headaches. It is nestled against the lovely mountain Sljeme where I spent my childhood weekends. We then proceed to Plitvice National Park, the land of a thousand waterfalls. Inexplicably beautiful. (Warning: The bus journey may be interrupted by spontaneous accordion playing.) On September 12th, we meet our ship in Zadar for the cruise. Cruising among the Adriatic takes one to Renaissance Venice. They built most of the magical towns dotting the islands. Every one has a tiny piazza San Marco built in white stone against a turquoise sea. Some islands take you back to Ancient Greece. We may fancy ourselves on the Odyssey (only the delightful parts, Helios won’t punish us for our daily feasting and bathing in the sea.) Our ship is the MS Premier, a brand new 165ft, 19 cabin luxury vessel. All cabins are now sold out for 2021. Subscribe to emails about future cruises or email Fan Club Cruises to get on the waitlist for the 2021 cruise.
Optional land tour (Sep 10-12, 2021)
Day 1 arrive Zagreb
You will be met and transferred to your hotel. There’s plenty of time to relax or begin exploring the city before meeting your Tour Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner.
Day 2 in Zagreb
A morning sightseeing tour will take you along the historic Upper Town. See St. Mark’s Church; St. Catherine’s Church; the Cathedral; Parliament and the Government Palace. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the winding streets of the old town or to take an optional excursion into the countryside.
Day 3 Zagreb – Plitvice Lakes – Zadar
Journey south, and visit Plitvice Lakes National Park, a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site. Have your camera ready as you take a walking tour around several of the lower lakes. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder with 16 terraced lakes surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. Continue to Zadar, embark and get settled for a delightful cruise through the Adriatic.
This is the itinerary for our Sep 12-19, 2021 cruise:
Day 1, Zadar
Arrive in Zadar for embarkation and join reception on board with your fellow ‘sailors’ followed by welcome dinner and overnight on board.
Day 2, Zadar – Sali
Walking tour of Zadar in the morning. Zadar’s historical center is a compact pedestrian zone, perfect to explore on foot and admire the old walls built in 16th century by Venetians as a defense from Turks. You will see 16th century Port Gate where the Venetian lion (symbol of Venice) still guards the entrance, also see the Square of the 5 Wells, church of St. Donat, Roman Forum (1st century BC) and the biggest cathedral in Dalmatia – St. Anastasia Cathedral. Lunch on board, sail to Sali for an overnight.
Day 3, Sali – Sibenik
Morning sail through the entrance to National Park Kornati which has more than 140 islands with numerous coves and crystal clear waters. Stop for swimming with “en route” onboard lunch. We continue to National Park Krka with it’s magnificent karstic beauty and waterfalls, continue by road to join the ship in Sibenik for overnight.
Day 4, Sibenik – Trogir – Split
In the morning we start sailing to Trogir, stop on the way for a swim. Lunch onboard, and in afternoon we arrive in UNESCO city Trogir. Free time in Trogir and in the afternoon depart to Split also UNESCO city. Walking tour of the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. See the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral.
Day 5, Split – Bol – Hvar
Morning departure from Split to Bol said to have the best beach in Croatia for a swim. Golden Horn is a vast, golden pebble beach some 580 yards long, it is quite unique as it changes shape and position depending on the winds. Continue sailing to the island of Hvar with unique cultural and historical heritage. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Hvar, town with the first public theatre in Europe (older than Shakespeare’s Theatre in the UK), Franciscan Monastery and many more historic sights. Evening in Hvar is free to explore and dine at one of the many local family owned restaurants.
Day 6, Hvar – Korcula – Mljet
After breakfast departure to Korcula. Early afternoon arrival in the port. Lunch on board. Korcula is the acclaimed birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Walking tour will take you through narrow, cobbled streets and will include visit to the majestic Gothic-Baroque Cathedral of St. Mark. Continue sailing to island Mljet, where you will enjoy the afternoon tour of Mljet National Park, as you walk around the Great & Small Lakes. Tonight, enjoy captains dinner with live entertainment on board your ship.
Day 7, Mljet – Dubrovnik
In the morning sail to Dubrovnik, the pearl of Adriatic, famous city enlisted as UNESCO’s World Heritage. Followed by walking tour of old Dubrovnik including entrances to Rector’s Palace and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy. In the evening enjoy local wine or dine at one of numerous local restaurants of your choice.
Day 8, depart Dubrovnik
Disembarkation after breakfast. Transfer to Dubrovnik airport for your flight home.
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Welcome aboard. Your Captain Radoslav.