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Cruising the Adriatic

Postponed to October 2021

Cruising the Adriatic: Croatia and Montenegro Small Ship Adventure. Explore aboard the privately owned 50-passenger M/V Artemis or M/V Athena.

Hvar, Croatia

Revel in the sunshine as you enjoy Hvar Island’s beautiful weather – known for having an average of 2,715 hours of sunlight a year. Make the most of the warm climate as you tour the enchanting island’s winding cobbled streets and orange-roofed homes, and discover the landscape’s Venetian influence and history.

Kotor, Montenegro

Delight in the picturesque walled city of Kotor. As one of the largest and best-preserved medieval areas of the Adriatic region, Stari Grad (Old Town) is a jewel of Venetian Baroque architecture. Stroll through the maze of cobblestone streets and enchanting squares, then explore the city’s sailing heritage at the Maritime Museum.

Zagreb, Croatia

Behold the ancient town of Zagreb, Croatia's mighty capital. Discover the many street cafes, stroll the public gardens and make your way through the centuries-old Upper Town, where the medieval religious village of Kaptol merged with the secular fortress town Gradec to form Zagreb in the mid-19th century.

What Is Included

  • International airfare, airport transfers, government taxes, fees and airline fuel surcharges, unless you choose to make your own air arrangements
  • Three nights accommodations in Zagreb
  • 10 nights accommodations aboard privately owned small ship with wireless Internet access
  • 14 breakfasts
  • 11 lunches
  • 13 dinners
  • 13 guided tours with personal headsets and cultural experiences
  • Services of our local trip experience leader with your group
  • Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers
  • All port charges
  • Baggage handling for one piece of luggage per person, including tips
  • 5 percent frequent traveler credit toward your next trip

16 days ● 38 meals


October 2021

You’ll be met at the Zagreb airport and assisted to your hotel. Relax and settle in before meeting with your trip experience leader and group of 20-25 fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. If you began your explorations early with our optional Ljubljana, Slovenia pretrip extension, you will join the main group today.

Westin Zagreb Hotel or similar

After breakfast, you’ll set out on a city tour of Zagreb. You’ll walk to the Square of Ban Jelacic (Trg Bana Jelacica), the city’s hub. Like many medieval cities, Zagreb includes an Upper and Lower Town, and your tour takes in many of the landmarks of the medieval Upper Town (Gornji Grad), including Zagreb Cathedral, the bustling Dolac market and Gric tunnel. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city. A welcome dinner is included at a local restaurant tonight.

Breakfast, dinner — Westin Zagreb Hotel or similar

After breakfast, you’ll travel overland toward the Adriatic coast to meet your small ship in Zadar, one of Croatia’s true hidden jewels. Here, you’ll embark the M/V Artemis or M/V Athena. After lunch onboard, you’ll have time to settle into your cabin and get acquainted with the ship’s inviting common areas. This evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your fellow travelers, followed by your captain’s welcome dinner in the ship’s dining room.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner — M/V Artemis or M/V Athena

After breakfast onboard, you’ll ride into the center of the city for a tour of Zadar. Stroll along the marble, pedestrian-only streets of Old Town, where you’ll discover the medieval churches for which the city is famous, including St. Donatus’ Church – an imposing, round, stone building dating from the ninth century – and the Cathedral of St. Anastasia, a Romanesque-style cathedral built in the 12th and 13th centuries and which holds the distinction of being the largest church in Dalmatia. Later, you are invited to learn a few key phrases in Croatian during an hour-long language lesson.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner — M/V Artemis or M/V Athena

This morning after breakfast, you’ll set out to discover the imperial palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian in Split. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the greatest Roman ruin in Southeastern Europe. The entire old section of Split, with the palace as its centerpiece, is a virtual open-air museum with the city’s contemporary life bustling through it, as you’ll discover. You’ll then have time for independent exploration of Split. Enjoy dinner onboard tonight.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner — M/V Artemis or M/V Athena

Cruise to Hvar early this morning. Upon arrival, disembark for a tour of this verdant, peaceful island blanketed in pine — an up-and-coming hotspot for rich and famous visitors from around the world. After lunch onboard, your ship continues on to Dubrovnik, arriving early this evening.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner — M/V Artemis or M/V Athena

Croatia’s crown jewel is yours to discover today. Medieval Dubrovnik sits on a rocky spur at Croatia’s southernmost tip, and is renowned for its architectural beauty and stunning Adriatic views. Explore this walled city, from its pedestrian promenade to a 14th-century Franciscan monastery. Along the way, you’ll learn about its storied past as an independent city-state that rivaled Venice. After time at leisure this afternoon, you’ll set off toward a nearby village, where you’ll be welcomed in by a local family for a home-hosted dinner.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner — M/V Artemis or M/V Athena

Take time to discover more of Dubrovnik at your own pace today, enjoying lunch onboard. Or, join an optional tour to Konavle to discover what everyday life is like for locals in this valley region – from agricultural traditions to music and dance. Dinner will be onboard this evening.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner — M/V Artemis or M/V Athena

Early this morning, cruise to Kotor, Montenegro, a picturesque walled city nestled at the head of Europe’s deepest fjord. You’ll learn about the turbulent history of Kotor Bay before setting off on a tour to discover the architectural splendor of this ancient Montenegrin city, recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later this afternoon, you’ll depart for Perast, where you’ll board small boats bound for the baroque Our Lady of the Rocks shrine on a man-made islet.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner — M/V Artemis or M/V Athena

Many historians claim that Korcula was the birthplace of Marco Polo. Trace his footsteps, and otherwise behold this walled town, during this morning’s walking tour, highlighted by visits to the town museum, cathedral and Abbey Place. After lunch aboard your ship, you’re free to explore more of Korcula’s medieval streets during free time. After returning to your ship, enjoy two cultural experiences. First, learn about life post-communism with a candid discussion on Croatia today. And after an onboard dinner, you’ll be treated to an evening of traditional klapa music.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner — M/V Artemis or M/V Athena

In the pre-dawn hours, your ship sails to the ancient port of Sibenik. A walking tour will reveal the city’s highlights, such as the Cathedral of St. James, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built completely of limestone and marble in the Gothic and Renaissance styles, its construction lasted from 1431 until its completion in 1536. Later, you’ll have time to make your own discoveries before returning to the ship.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner — M/V Artemis or M/V Athena

After breakfast, you are welcome to join an optional tour to Krka Falls, home to a series of cascading waterfalls that is one of Croatia’s great natural wonders. Over millennia, the Krka River has carved canyons into the surrounding limestone of the Dinara Mountains, creating a spectacular landscape. Or, spend more time exploring Sibenik on your own. Tonight, gather onboard for your captain’s farewell dinner.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner — M/V Artemis or M/V Athena

After breakfast, say farewell to your ship’s crew, disembark with your luggage in Zadar, and board your motorcoach transfer to Zagreb. Lunch is on your own this afternoon.Take advantage of free time to make your own discoveries. Perhaps you’ll visit the Croatian Museum of Natural Sciences, which has a unique exhibit displaying the most extensive remains of a Neanderthal Man ever found in one place.

Breakfast — Westin Zagreb Hotel or similar

Today, you’ll venture into the Croatian countryside to Varazdin, a beautifully preserved Baroque city that’s often compared to Vienna. For centuries, this was the home of several aristocratic families, who built magnificent palaces and churches that continue to grace the city today. You’ll take a walk to the city’s centerpiece: its castle. Later, your small group heads to a local farmhouse, where you’ll gain perspective on rural life in Croatia and the chance to savor a farm-fresh lunch.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner — Westin Zagreb Hotel or similar

Depending on your flight time, you will board a bus for your half-hour drive to the airport, or begin your post-trip extension in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Per Person Rates

15 days from $4755

  • Includes international airfare from Norfolk
  • Single supplement: free

14 days from $3395

  • Without international airfare
  • Single supplement: free

Deposit: $500 per person

Single supplement: Free (lower deck) main and upper $695. Single accommodations are limited.

Air add-on: Norfolk $1360

Additional departure cities are available. Call for details.

Optional Extensions

Ljubljana, Solvenia

  • Four nights pre-trip from $795
  • Travel from only $199 per night

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

  • Four nights post-trip from $995
  • Travel from only $249 per night
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