Experience the history, culture, food, and architecture of old-world Europe, combined with the amazingly blue seas and thick forests of Slovenia and Croatia. Exploration and relaxation make the perfect vacation!
1 Depart the USA
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Vienna, Austria.
2 Vienna, Austria
Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a representative of Mayflower Cruises & Tours and transferred to your hotel. Flights should arrive by 1:00 pm. This afternoon, journey by motorcoach to the city center, where you’ll participate in a brief walking tour passing the Hofburg Palace and strolling through the surrounding area. Enjoy free time on your own until the welcome dinner at the hotel. Meal: D
3 Vienna to Ljubljana
After breakfast depart Vienna by coach
to Slovenia, a country full of scenic lakes, unique landscapes, beautiful
architecture and vast forests. En route enjoy a stop in Bled, a lively all-season
resort town which was first discovered by travelers in the middle
of the 19th-century. Since then it has developed into a small town of
hotels, villas and restaurants around the lake.
During an included tour, walk along the lake and visit Bled Castle. Afterwards enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Ljubljana for dinner on your own.
Meals: B, L
4 Ljubljana and Postojna
Ljubljana is the largest city and capital of Slovenia. With exquisite architecture, a river dividing the
historic old town from the modern city center, a 900-year old castle
perched atop a hill and friendly locals, this town is sure to please. On
your morning walking tour see the most significant sights of the old city
center, including the picturesque, open-air Central Market, the Three
Bridges, Baroque Town Hall and Robba’s Fountain.
After some free time on your own, journey by motorcoach north to Postojna, home to one of
the largest caves in Europe. Tour this fantastic subterranean world by
miniature electric train, followed by a walking tour of the caves. Next,
you’ll stop at Predjama Castle for a photo opportunity. Return to
Ljubljana and end your day with an included dinner. Meals: B, D
5 Ljubljana to Zagreb and Plitvice Lakes
Today’s adventure takes you on a journey to Zagreb, Croatia’s capital and largest city. Enjoy a city tour featuring the delightful, historic Upper Town, with its network of little streets that stretch between Kaptol and Gradec Hills. It’s the oldest part of the city! Visit St. Mark’s Church, St. Catherine’s
Church, the Cathedral, the Parliament and Government Palace.
Continue to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Plitvice Lakes, where breathtaking scenery awaits. Check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight. Meals: B, D
6 Plitvice Lakes – Trogir
After breakfast, travel by motorcoach
to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Have your camera ready as you take a
walking tour around several of the lower lakes. The scenery of this
natural wonder is breathtaking, with 16 terraced lakes surrounded by
thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation.
Following the visit,
continue to the port in medieval Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with a warm welcome from the Captain
and crew as you embark your boutique yacht. This evening is free to settle
into your cabin and explore the local area. The vessel remains docked in
Trogir overnight. Meals: B, D
7 Trogir – Šibenik
Start your day with a guided walking tour
of Trogir. Its small, historic town center resembles an outdoor museum,
and the medieval streets boast magnificent Romanesque churches and
beautiful examples of Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
morning, enjoy your first afternoon aboard sailing towards one of the
oldest towns on the Adriatic Coast, Šibenik. Upon arrival, disembark and
begin a guided walking tour where you see the town’s fantastic
monuments, dating back to Venetian times, and the marble Cathedral of
St. James - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The yacht remains docked in
Šibenik overnight. Meals: B, L
8 Skradin – Split
During breakfast, sail for the port of Skradin.
A short distance away lies Krka National Park, named after the Krka
River. Magnificent waterfalls are a top attraction of the park, including
the famous Skradinski Buk Falls - one of Croatia’s most famous sights. A
local guide will provide a tour of the park, and you can even swim in
some areas, so be sure to pack your swimwear.
Following an afternoon
of sailing, arrive in Split, the largest Dalmatian city and second largest
city of Croatia. Stroll with your guide along the seafront promenade and
see the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, with its ancient columns
and Roman belfries. The yacht remains docked in Split overnight. Meals:
9 Pucišca – Hvar
This morning, the yacht departs for the
coastal town of Pucišca, known for its white limestone, used to build
part of the White House in Washington DC. For many generations,
locals have been making use of the stone and, during the included
walking tour, you’ll visit a stone mason school.
Founded in 1909, the
school provides educational support for local students, producing
quality religious icons, fountains and statues.
After the visit, depart for Hvar. With its beautiful fields of lavender and carefully cultivated
vineyards, Hvar is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Carpeting the hillsides around its cozy harbor are terracotta-roofed
villas, Gothic palaces and 13th-century ramparts rising toward an
impressive citadel. Visit the bell towers of the Franciscan Monastery, St.
Mark’s Church and Cathedral of St Stephen. All of this awaits on your
guided tour of the island. The evening is free for dinner on your own in
town. Meals: B, L
Visit to a stone masonry school
An early morning departure brings you to Korčula,
one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic Sea, by late morning. As you
stroll through its narrow, cobbled streets on the included walking tour,
immerse yourself in Korčula’s picturesque town and discover adorned
palaces and elegant houses including the majestic Cathedral of St. Mark.
Marco Polo, the famous world-traveler and writer, as well as a Venetian
merchant, is reputed to have been born in Korčula. The ship remains
docked overnight. Meals: B, L
11 Mljet – Slano
Today begins with a stop in Mljet, one of the
most forested islands of the Adriatic. You will have free time to enjoy
the pristine beauty of the island’s untouched nature, mystic groves and
vineyards. If you chose, join the DiscoverMORE guided tour. This
afternoon, sail to Slano. As the gatekeeper of Pelješac peninsula’s wine
empire, the town of Ston is a jewel of the Adriatic Coast. Travel by coach
to Ston, then discover its beauty and enjoy a wine-tasting session of a
local vintage during the included guided walking tour. The yacht
remains docked overnight in Slano. Meals: B, L, D
Guided tour of Mljet (additional expense)
Wine-tasting in Ston
Enjoy your last day aboard ship with a morning
cruise to the capital city of Dubrovnik. With its charming Old Town,
Baroque buildings and ancient city walls, Dubrovnik is known as the
‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. Along with your local guide, stroll through this
historic city center and UNESCO World Heritage site and see the
Rector’s Palace and pharmacy of the Franciscan Monastery. The final
evening is free for you to experience the local cuisine ashore. Meals: B, L
13 Dubrovnik / USA
Bid a fond farewell to Slovenia, Croatia
and the Dalmatian Coast as you transfer to the airport and return home
with memories of life enriching experiences from your small ship
adventure. Meal: B