Experience the history, culture, food, and architecture of old-world Europe, combined with amazingly blue seas, thick forests, and the region's best beaches. Exploration and relaxation make the perfect vacation!
Day 1 Depart the USA
Today you’ll depart the USA on an overnight flight to Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Day 2 Dubrovnik, Croatia
Upon arrival in Dubrovnik, transfer to your hotel. The afternoon is yours to relax or explore the city on your own. Tonight you’ll enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the hotel. Meal: D
Day 3 Embarkation of your river ship
Following breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Gruz Harbor where your ship, the MS Karizma, awaits. This afternoon, relax onboard as you become acquainted with the ship and crew. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Reception and dinner onboard. Meals: B, D
Day 4 Dubrovnik and Mljet National Park
Before the ship sails, depart on a walking tour of Dubrovnik. During the guided excursion, tour the interior of The Rector's Palace, a Gothic-Renaissance structure that displays finely carved statues and an ornate staircase. Another historic site on the tour is the pharmacy of the Franciscan Monastery, constructed in 1317. The rule of the Franciscan order was to take care of the sick brethren. However this particular pharmacy was designed and founded as the public pharmacy, as well as for the needs of the monks. Today the Friars Minor Pharmacy is the third oldest functioning pharmacy in the entire world.
Sailing from Dubrovnik, lunch is served onboard as you make your way to Mljet, the most southerly and easterly of the larger Adriatic Islands of the Dalmatia region of Croatia. On your guided visit of the Mljet National Park, learn about the five types of forests, the island's geological structure consisting of limestone and dolomite forming ridges, crests and slopes and the many species of birds and eagles nests. The east end of the park is characterized by two deep bays that are called “lakes” because of their narrow channel. A channel connects the small lake with the big lake, on which St. Mary’s Island is situated with its Benedictine Monastery from the 12th century. Many tales involve the island of Mljet, one of which says it was the favorite holiday destination of the Greek hero Ulysses! Meals: B, L, D
Day 5 Pucisca
This morning is spent leisurely sailing along the river and enjoying the remarkable views of the Dalmatian Coast. Following lunch onboard, arrive in the beautiful small town of Pucisca. With a population of 2,200, the town arose from stone in a deep cover on the north island of Brac. Known for is culture of stone masonry, the nicely built stone houses with paved white roofs give Pucisca its charm. Take a swim in the beautiful blue waters of one of the bays near this quaint town. Meals: B, L, D
Day 6 Omis/Split
The picturesque, ancient town of Omis is surrounded by small fishing villages with beautiful beaches. During an included walking tour, stroll through the town that is a silent stone reminder of the power and might of the infamous pirates whose ships were a symbol of retaliation, courage and strength. The day continues as you board small boats that take you into the magnificent Cetina River Canyon, a protected nature area. Sail upriver to Radman Mills where you are treated to a tasting of a local specialty before returning to the ship in Omis. This afternoon, arrive in Split, the largest Dalmatian city and second largest city of Croatia. Your guided visit will include the seafront promenade and the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, with its ancient columns and Roman belfries. Meals: B, L, D
Day 7 Bol, The Golden Horn/Hvar
This morning our ship arrives in Bol, known for the best beach in Croatia — the Golden Horn. This vast, golden pebble beach is some 580 yards long and is unique as it changes shape and position depending on the winds! You’ll have free time to swim and enjoy this beautiful beach. This afternoon your ship sails on to Hvar, a meeting point for the international jet-set. Known as ‘the Croatian Maderia’, Hvar is one of the longest islands stretching along the shores of Croatia. On the included walking tour you’ll see the first public theater in Europe (older than Shakespeare’s theater in the UK), the Franciscan Monastery and other historic sights. Meals: B, L, D
Day 8 Korcula
Sail to Korcula, the acclaimed birthplace of the famous explorer, Marco Polo. As you stroll through its narrow, cobbled streets on the included walking tour, immerse yourself in Korcula’s picturesque town and discover adorned palaces and elegant houses including the majestic Cathedral of St. Mark. Meals: B, L, D
Day 9 Winery Visit/Return to Dubrovnik
Enjoy a pleasant trip along the shores of the Mljet Island with a visit to Grgich Hills Winery, owned by the famous American wine producer in Trstenik, for a tasting. The ship arrives in Dubrovnik and your final evening of the cruise is free of planned activities. Meals: B, L, D
Day 10 Dubrovnik/USA
Bid a fond farewell to Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast and return home with memories of life enriching experiences from your small ship adventure. Meal: B