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14 Day Premium Croatia & Coastal Cruise

A portion of this tour runs as a group tour where you will be escorted by an expert tour leader. Another portion is self-guided, whether conducted by rail, cruise or land, and you will travel between destinations on your own, with free time to explore at your own pace.

Escorted Type
Partially Escorted

This itinerary will be conducted at a relaxed pace. You will typically spend several nights at one location which means less time spent packing and unpacking, and more sightseeing. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and handling your own luggage.

Pace
Leisurely Pace

Make the most of your cruise and travel independently, with everything organised for you. Your international flights, pre-cruise stay, and cruise are organised so all you have to do is relax and enjoy your time at sea. Of course, there is the option of extending your tour if you don’t want to head straight to the airport upon disembarkation.

Cruise Style
Ocean

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days
Independent Tour
114 people have travelled to this destination

✓ Incredible sightseeing including guided tours of Zagreb, Split, Hvar, Korčula, Dubrovnik, UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes, Montenegro and island hopping along the Dalmatian Coast
✓ 6 nights in central 4-star accommodation in Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik
✓ Airport transfers included on the first and last day of your tour
✓ Breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 1 dinner
✓ 7-night premium, small ship cruise along Croatia's stunning Dalmatian Coast
✓ Flexibility of independent travel with local guides from days 1-4 and 11-14
✓ Comfortable, dedicated transportation throughout
✓ In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
✓ Airport transfers included on the first and last day

✈ Needing international airfares to accompany your Inspiring Vacation? You will be able to access our flight portal after securing your package to add international airfares to your booking.

What we love about this tour

Travel with the experts for a carefully curated, value-packed discovery of the world's most iconic destinations. Our tours are bursting with must-see sights, rich experiences and quality inclusions, all at an unbeatable price. Bucket list dreams are ticked off on these all-encompassing journeys.

Itinerary

Hotel
Hotel Dubrovnik or Similar

Welcome to Croatia!

Your evening is at leisure before you meet your tour guide and fellow travellers in the morning.

Arrival airport transfers are included as part of your package. You will be met upon arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

If Inspiring Vacations has not provided your international airfares, please ensure you provide your flight details via your Traveller Hub portal no later than 90 days prior to travel so that your transfers can be confirmed.

Please note: if you are arriving early and have made your own arrangements prior to your tour commencing, airport transfers will not be included. However, if you are purchasing pre-nights accommodation as part of your Inspiring Vacations package, airport transfers will still be provided to the starting hotel.

Hotel
Hotel Dubrovnik or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Embark on a captivating morning walking tour of Zagreb, Croatia's capital, as you explore both the historic Lower and Upper towns. Discover the city's main attractions, including the iconic St. Mark's Church, the majestic Government Palace, the ancient Lotrščak tower, the grand Cathedral, and the fascinating Stone Gate.

Experience the vibrant energy of the city centre as you stroll through the colourful Dolac market in the morning. Alternatively, indulge in the delectable gourmet offerings at local pubs and restaurants. The day concludes with a comfortable overnight stay in Zagreb, allowing you to savour the essence of this charming city.

Hotel
Cornaro Hotel Split or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Embark on a morning journey towards the breathtaking Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of Croatia's oldest and most spectacular national parks. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders as you explore the park's 16 interconnected lakes adorned with cascading waterfalls. Delight in a 3 to 4-hour walking tour along wooden paths and nature trails, surrounded by lush greenery and enchanting turquoise waters (please note a minimum fitness level is required).

After the awe-inspiring experience at Plitvice Lakes, head to your hotel in Split for a comfortable overnight stay, cherishing the memories of this picturesque adventure.

Hotel
Spalato Premium Superior Boat or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Join a captivating guided tour of Split, the largest city in Dalmatia, boasting a wealth of cultural heritage and historical significance that traces back to Roman times. At the heart of this expansive city lies the majestic palace constructed by Emperor Diocletian during the turn of the 4th century, which continues to stand as one of the world's most remarkably preserved Roman architectural marvels. Immerse yourself in the fascinating history as you explore the intricate details of the palace. 

Once the walking tour concludes, prepare for the next part of your journey—an unforgettable Katarina Line cruise, commencing in the vibrant city of Split. Get ready to embark on a remarkable adventure, where the beauty of the Dalmatian coast unfolds before your eyes. Set sail at 13:00h and cruise along the mesmerising Dalmatian coast, indulging in a delightful lunch onboard. Experience the joy of an afternoon swim at one of the stunning beaches along the way. 

Prepare for an enchanting overnight stay in Makarska, a renowned tourist destination adorned with a plethora of restaurants, bars, and a captivating promenade lining the famous beach. Explore the allure of the Makarska Riviera and take leisurely strolls through the city streets, where you'll find an abundance of churches and other culturally significant sites to cherish. Embrace the magic of Makarska and create lasting memories amidst its captivating charm.

Hotel
Spalato Premium Superior Boat or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Begin your morning adventure by cruising towards the next captivating destination—the island of Brač, specifically to the charming town of Bol. Bol is renowned for its iconic Zlatni Rat beach, also known as the Golden Horn, a natural wonder that stands out with its unique shape, dominating the other beaches. Take a refreshing swimming break at this picturesque location before enjoying a delicious lunch onboard.

Continue your voyage towards Stari Grad on the island of Hvar, known as the sunniest Adriatic island. The afternoon is yours to explore this exceptional town at your own pace. Be sure to visit the famous Stari Grad Field, the oldest in Croatia and an exceptionally preserved example of an ancient Greek agricultural system. Both the old town and the field hold the esteemed title of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

As the day comes to a close, settle in for the night in one of the ports of Stari Grad, either the main port or the ferry port, depending on availability. Prepare to rest and rejuvenate in the embrace of this charming coastal town, awaiting more unforgettable experiences on your journey.

Hotel
Spalato Premium Superior Boat or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Our next enchanting destination is the captivating town of Hvar, known as a beloved hotspot for jet setters from all corners of the globe. After a delightful lunch, we make a stop at the nearby Paklinski islands, where you can indulge in swimming, relaxation, and refreshing moments in the clear, crystal-blue sea. The picturesque beauty of this area is sure to leave you in awe.

As the afternoon approaches, we arrive in Hvar, ready to embark on a guided tour of this extraordinary town (included on Premium Superior package). Hvar boasts an array of cultural and historical sites, including a Renaissance cathedral, Europe's oldest communal theatre founded in 1612, the Franciscan monastery, and the Benedictine convent renowned for their lace, listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Don't miss the chance to visit the majestic Spanjola fortress, perched high above the town, offering breathtaking views.

In the evening, Hvar comes alive with numerous restaurants and bars that stay open late into the night, promising a vibrant and unforgettable experience. Embrace the charm and allure of this remarkable destination as you create lasting memories in the company of fellow travellers.

Hotel
Spalato Premium Superior Boat or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

In the early morning, set sail towards the charming Biševo island to witness the breathtaking Blue Cave, a magnificent natural wonder. Please note that there is an entrance fee of 18 EUR, payable on the spot. The cruise then continues to the island of Vis, which was once a strategic navy harbour and remained closed to the public until recently. Due to its unique geographical position and isolation, Vis exudes a special charm, offering a glimpse of the Mediterranean as it once was—an aspect that makes it truly fascinating to explore.

Your overnight stay is in the town of Vis, nestled on the northern side of the island and developed around the remnants of ancient Issa, the first urban centre in Croatia. If you're intrigued by history, you have the option to visit the remains of the Roman thermal place or explore the City Museum. Alternatively, you can take a leisurely stroll and relish the sight of beautiful "Villae Rusticae" dotting the coastline, providing a picturesque view along your path. Embrace the captivating allure of Vis and indulge in the peaceful atmosphere of this historically rich island.

Hotel
Spalato Premium Superior Boat or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

After a delightful breakfast, we set sail towards the captivating island of Korčula, famed as the birthplace of the renowned explorer and adventurer, Marco Polo. As we approach the island from the sea, you'll be enchanted by the sight of medieval walls surrounding Korčula, giving it the appearance of a miniature Dubrovnik. This charming island is steeped in legends, tales, and monuments, making it a place of rich history and intrigue like no other.

Today, Korčula proudly maintains a unique tradition—the Spanish medieval knight's game called Moreška—making it the only place in the world where this spectacle is performed. Upon arrival, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a guided walking tour through the streets of the old town, thoughtfully laid out in the shape of a fishbone (included on Premium Superior package). Wander through the narrow alleyways and admire the architectural wonders that have stood the test of time.

In the evening, indulge in the abundant offerings of konobas (taverns), restaurants, cocktail bars, and nightclubs located both within and around the city walls. Your overnight stay will be in the port, allowing you to immerse yourself in the captivating ambiance of Korčula, taking in its history and vibrant contemporary atmosphere.

Hotel
Spalato Premium Superior Boat or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The cruise continues its journey towards the island of Mljet, one of the lushest and greenest islands in the Adriatic. On the western part of the island lies the captivating Mljet National Park (entrance fee of 25 EUR to be paid on the spot). Upon arrival, you'll have free time to immerse yourself in the park's natural splendours.

The national park boasts two mesmerising salt lakes connected to the sea by a narrow channel. Here, you can take a boat ride to the St. Mary isle in the Great Lake, where an old church and monastery are nestled in serene surroundings. You'll have the chance to enjoy various activities, such as cycling, canoeing, or taking a refreshing swim in the picturesque lakes.

The cruise then continues towards either Šipan, a part of the Elaphite islands near Dubrovnik, or Slano, located along the coastline. Both places are charming fishermen's villages, and we'll have the opportunity to stay overnight in one of these ports. As the day draws to a close, indulge in the delightful Captain's dinner onboard, savouring the delectable cuisine while surrounded by the enchanting beauty of the Adriatic seascape.

Hotel
Spalato Premium Superior Boat or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Set sail early in the morning towards the grand finale of our journey — a true pearl of the Adriatic. After a delightful lunch, we'll make a brief stop for a refreshing swim. Then, prepare to embark on a guided tour of Dubrovnik, a city steeped in history and beauty. For those seeking an awe-inspiring panoramic experience, there's an optional cable car ride to the top of Srđ mountain, offering spectacular views of the old town and its surroundings.

During your time in Dubrovnik, we highly recommend taking a leisurely stroll along the impressive city walls, stretching 1940 metres in length. From this vantage point, you'll be treated to magnificent views of Dubrovnik's old town and the enchanting islands that dot the horizon.

As the day comes to a close, we'll find our overnight haven in the welcoming harbour of Gruž. Relish in the memories of our remarkable journey through the Adriatic as you bid farewell to this mesmerising destination.

Hotel
Hotel Lero or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast, you depart your ship and will be transferred to your hotel where you will have another full day to explore Dubrovnik.

You can catch the cable car up to Srđ mountain for spectacular views of the city, or explore the many shops and cafes that line Stradun, the main street, or walk the medieval walls that wrap around the entirety of the town itself.

Hotel
Hotel Lero or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Enjoy a delicious breakfast before embarking on an escorted full-day bus tour to Mostar. As you pass through the breathtaking Neretva Valley and the picturesque local countryside, you'll reach Mostar—a town where "the east meets west." This captivating place is a harmonious blend of contrasts, culture, vibrant colours, and delightful cuisine.

Mostar's unique charm lies not only in its division by the Neretva River but also in the distinct religious and cultural influences on each bank. Explore the rich history and experience the diverse atmosphere that sets this town apart.

After a fulfilling day in Mostar, we'll return to Dubrovnik for a comfortable overnight stay, cherishing the memories of this remarkable journey through fascinating landscapes and captivating cultures.

Hotel
Hotel Lero or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Join an escorted full-day bus excursion to Montenegro, a charming small country adorned with magnificent mountains that gracefully meet the Adriatic Sea. Prepare to be enchanted by Montenegro's natural beauty, featuring crystal-clear lakes, rushing rivers, and tranquil beaches that create a serene atmosphere.

During this excursion, you'll have the pleasure of exploring Montenegro's diverse nature attractions, which seamlessly blend with its fascinating history, rich culture, and enduring traditions. Immerse yourself in the pristine surroundings and breathe in the refreshing, clean air that characterises this picturesque land.

As the day draws to a close, we'll return to Dubrovnik for a restful overnight stay, leaving you with cherished memories of your captivating adventure through the splendours of Montenegro.

Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast, your journey across Croatia ends. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

We hope you’ve been inspired. 

Departure transfers are included as part of your package. You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport to meet your flight.

If Inspiring Vacations has not provided your international airfares, please ensure you provide your flight details via your Traveller Hub portal no later than 90 days prior to travel so that your transfers can be confirmed.

Inclusions

  • Incredible sightseeing including guided tours of Zagreb, Split, Hvar, Korčula, Dubrovnik, UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes, Montenegro and island hopping along the Dalmatian Coast
  • 6 nights in central 4-star accommodation in Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik
  • Airport transfers included on the first and last day of your tour
  • Breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 1 dinner
  • 7-night premium, small ship cruise along Croatia's stunning Dalmatian Coast
  • Fully escorted by a professional English-speaking tour guide (days 1–4) until cruise
  • Comfortable, dedicated transportation throughout
  • In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Airport transfers included on the first and last day
  • Hotel to port luggage transfer

  • Plitvice Lakes - Tour Plitvice National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with beautifully-coloured lakes connected by a series of waterfalls and cascades
  • Split - Guided tour of renowned Diocletian’s Palace, a fourth-century treasure
  • Dalmatian Coast - Seven nights cruising the Croatian coast with stops at idyllic swimming spots, fascinating islands and charming villages
  • Dubrovnik - Guided tour of Dubrovnik's well-preserved old town, with free time to explore this ancient harbour city
  • Korčula - Guided tour of the birthplace of Marco Polo and the town’s magnificently preserved old town known as ‘little Dubrovnik’
  • Hvar - Tour the old town’s historic landmarks and learn about its renowned lavender industry
  • Mostar - See the Ottoman Bridge and historic old town
  • Kotor - See the famous Bay of Kotor

Katarina Line
Katarina Line itineraries give travellers the chance to explore the stunning natural environment and picturesque, quaint Mediterranean towns while hopping from one island to another. This unique way of travelling and exploring coastal towns is one of the most popular and easiest way to experience the true Croatia.

Premium Superior Ships
Modern, recently built mini deluxe vessels, 35 to 41m in length, featuring a spacious sun deck, air-conditioned salon, cosy lounge area and cabins 8 to 14m2 in size with double or twin beds, hairdryer and safety deposit box.

SERVICES INCLUDED: Buffet breakfasts, three-course lunches, Captain’s dinner, English-speaking tour manager on board, three guided tours of Hvar, Korčula and Dubrovnik, daily cabin service, a mid-week fresh set of towels and bed linen, luggage handling, olive oil and wine tasting on board, afternoon tea and coffee with biscuits, complimentary water, free WIFI.

Lower Deck Cabins - Included

Upper/Main Deck Cabins (May & October Departures) - from $222 per person, twin share. (single from $332)

Upper/Main Deck Cabins (June - September Departures) - from $369 per person, twin share. (single from $554)

Cabin upgrades and prices are subject to availability upon booking.

Fine Print

This product requires full payment upfront to secure your booking.

Once you have created your booking you will be directed to your invoice to choose your preferred payment method.

This is a land only package.

This package does not include international airfares. If you would like to add airfares to your booking our flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub. The flight portal will allow you to search for all available airfares to your destination. The function works like most general flight search engines allowing you to select your preferred airline, book different cabin classes (eg. Business class) and view flight durations and transit times to your destination. 

The flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub once the following criteria has been met:

  • Your booking is confirmed
  • Your departure date is within 11 months
  • You  have completed your passenger detail form

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances.

Some of our packages will include airport transfers in either one or both directions when arriving or departing from your destination. To know if transfers are included please view the ‘inclusions’ section of your selected package. If airport transfers are stated, transfers will be included as advised.

If transfers are not included, we also offer the option to book your airport transfers using our online portal. Access to this portal is available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed. Transfers are readily available and do not need to be booked until your final hotel list has been confirmed. Once you have made a transfer booking, please refer to your confirmation email for all transfer details including a local contact number for the transfer company.

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

DISCLAIMER: Due to specific mooring conditions and requirements in some Croatian ports, Katarina Line vessels are moored side by side, making it necessary for the passenger to cross from one vessel to another with gaps in between them in order to get to the shore. In such cases, clients need to take special care when crossing and do this at their own risk. Crew assistance will be given to those needing and requesting it. The cruise is not recommended for clients in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Tipping is not compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you feel that your guide and driver have done an impeccable job, you can choose to give a gratuity, but this is entirely your decision.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, but we can’t guarantee your request will be available at all properties.

Single travellers
When booking this tour, solo travellers will be presented with two options:

1 - Single Supplement
By paying an additional $1,603.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price, you guarantee the privacy of your own room throughout the entire trip.

2- Shared Room with a known friend
If travelling together with a friend, you can opt to share your room with him/her and avoid paying a single supplement. 

You and your friend can create a unique booking each. Creating a unique booking, gives each of you the flexibility of making different travel arrangements (such adding extra accommodation, flights, etc), make separate payments and have individual access to our Traveller’s Hub

During the purchase path, you will need to provide your friend’s booking ID (if known) or at a minimum, your friend’s full name

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for this tour to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

Group Size
Minimum 2, maximum 36 people.

Children
Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Partially Escorted - A portion of these packages runs as a group tour where you will be escorted by an expert tour leader. Another portion is independent, whether conducted by rail, cruise or land, and you will travel between destinations on your own, with free time to explore at your own pace.

 

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

  • International airfares
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Tipping
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tourist Tax & Port Fees: EUR 60 per person payable locally
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