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16 Day Premium Croatia, Slovenia, Venice & 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 tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

Pace
Moderate 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
522 people have travelled to this destination

✓ Special Offer: Enjoy the benefits of early bird pricing for a limited duration, or until sold out
✓ Incredible sightseeing including guided tours of Venice, Bled, Klagenfurt, Opatija, UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes, Split, and island hopping along the Dalmatian Coast
✓ Indulge in truffle and olive oil tasting experiences 
✓ Marvel at Slovenia’s most picturesque glacier lake with a Bled scenic cruise 
✓ 8 nights in premium 4-star accommodation 
✓ 7-night premium, small ship cruise along Croatia's stunning Dalmatian Coast
✓ Breakfast daily, 9 lunches and 4 dinners 
✓ Fully escorted by a professional English-speaking tour guide on days 1-8 
✓ Comfortable, dedicated transportation throughout
✓ In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
✓ Airport and port transfers as specified 

✈ 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
Antony Hotel or Similar

Prepare to be inspired. On arrival at Venice airport you will be transferred to your hotel to commence your tour.

Hotel
Hotel Kompas or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

This morning you’ll meet your tour leader and fellow guests at the hotel reception from 9am, before exploring the unique beauty of Italy’s floating city. Enjoy a walking tour with an English-speaking guide before continuing towards Slovenia where we’ll enjoy dinner and overnight in the picturesque Bled Lake area.

Hotel
Hotel Kompas or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

We’ll begin the day with a tour of Lake Bled, a glacial lake at the edge of the Julian Alps and one of the most beloved destinations in Slovenia. After a boat ride, you’ll have time to spend as you wish, before touring 1000-year-old Bled Castle. On a clear day, Slovenia’s highest mountain, Mount Triglav, is visible from here. Lake Bohinj, the country’s largest natural lake, is our final stop today. Dinner will be at your own leisure this evening. 

Hotel
Hotel Kompas or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Today we’re off to Austria! Our first stop will be the historic county of Carinthia, known for its impressive peaks, lush valleys and clear bathing lakes. We’ll enjoy a panoramic tour of the 16.5-km long Lake Wörth (Wörthersee). We’ll continue to the charming Klagenfurt, a university town with the beautiful 16th-century Lindworm fountain dominating the city square, the Alt Platz. We’ll return to the Bled Lake area and enjoy lunch in the Klagenfurt area.

Hotel
Hotel Eden or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast we’ll continue our journey towards Croatia. Our first stop will be the wondrous, 24 km- long Postojna Caves, one of the largest underground cave systems in Europe and Predjama Castle. Situated on a 123-metre-high cliff near the caves, the castle is more than 800-years-old and holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest cave castle. We’ll arrive at the coastal town of Rovinj in the late afternoon where we’ll enjoy dinner after checking in.   

Hotel
Hotel Eden or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today we’ll travel by bus to the Istrian Coast which offers idyllic views across Croatia and nearby Italy, but with fewer crowds. Starting with a walk through the labyrinth of cobbled streets, the Roman history of this stunning peninsula is revealed, before venturing inland to sample some renowned local products including truffle and extra virgin olive oil. We end the day with a visit to one of the best-preserved amphitheatres in the world, the jewel of Pula, a 3000-year-old city, administrative centre of Istria. 

Hotel
Hotel Palcich or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast and checking out, today’s destination is the Plitvice area. Our first stop is Opatija, a picturesque little town full of magnificent villas and old hotels and at one time, a famous winter resort of the Austrian elite. Spend time here as you wish: take a stroll through Lungomare promenade, tour Villa Angiolina which was built in 1844, as well the Croatian Museum of Tourism. Don’t forget to make time for a coffee break with million-dollar views at Caffé Wagner. After we pass Gorski Kotar, a mountainous region, we’ll arrive at a small village called Fužine where we’ll explore the Vrelo Cave. The cave, estimated to be 3.5-4 million years old, was discovered by chance in the 1950s during the construction of the Bajer Reservoir. Lunch today will be a mix of  traditional Croatian menu items plus local specialty dishes and vegetarian options at restaurant Bitoraj. Through the lush green scenery, our trip continues to Plitvice Lakes where we’ll check in for the evening.

Hotel
Hotel Cornaro or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast and check out, we’ll travel by coach to the unforgettable labyrinth of evergreen woods, lakes and stunning waterfalls of UNESCO-protected Plitvice Lakes National Park. Croatia’s oldest national park was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous karst area, bordering Bosnia and Herzegovina. Our journey continues towards Split for a short evening walk through the city’s historical centre which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On our walking tour, we’ll explore 4th-century Diocletian's Palace (also UNESCO-protected) built by the Roman emperor Diocletian, visit the Grgur Ninski Statue, and the Cathedral and Bell Tower of Saint Domnius.

Hotel
MV Dream Premium Superior Boat or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, we bid farewell to Spilt and continue our travels by sea on board the Katarina Line. 

We will depart Split harbour at 1pm southwards towards Makarska. Lunch will be served while cruising along the Dalmatian Coast. Afternoon activities will include a swim at one of the secluded bays en route to Makarska, or for adrenaline lovers, there’s an optional zipline ride over the Cetina River Canyon. Dinner at your own leisure tonight Makarska, known for its beaches, seafront promenade and nightlife. The main square, Kačić Square, is home to the Church of St. Mark and other monuments including a Baroque mansion, bronze statues and an impressive 18th-century Venetian drinking fountain. Dinner at your own leisure. Overnight in Makarska Port.

Hotel
MV Dream Premium Superior Boat or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

An early morning departure today as we head towards Mljet, the eighth largest Island in Croatia, with a swim stop on the Pelješac Peninsula. Visit the island’s national park (entry fee payable locally), and in the afternoon, explore St Mary's Island at Mljet National Park, a pretty islet featuring a picturesque Benedictine monastery, or walk or hire a bike and explore the lakes. Tonight’s dinner at your own leisure and overnight in the port of Polača or Pomena.

Hotel
MV Dream Premium Superior Boat or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, we continue our journey towards Dubrovnik, the most well-known town in Croatia. Irish writer George Bernard Shaw called Dubrovnik “heaven on earth,” an apt description by simply taking a look outside. Sit back and take in the incredible views of this magical stretch of the coast. Upon arrival, join a guided city tour, followed by an optional cable car ride up to the Srđ mountain, part of the Dinaric Alps. At 412 metres high, you can expect spectacular views of the old town. Don’t miss Stradun – both a street and a square in the Old Town and walk at least part of the 1.940 metre long city walls which have protected Dubrovnik during earthquakes and attacks. Dinner at your leisure. Overnight in the port.

Hotel
MV Dream Premium Superior Boat or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Late morning departure towards the island of Šipan or the small town of Trstenik on the Pelješac Peninsula. Today there will be gorgeous swimming spots for an afternoon dip and the possibility of visiting a local winery. In the evening enjoy the special Captain’s dinner on board (included on Premium Superior and Premium). Overnight in the port.

Hotel
MV Dream Premium Superior Boat or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, depart towards the island of Korčula, one of the famous islands in the Dubrovnik region. It’s best-known as the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Lunch on board in a bay near the Korčula town. The encircling town walls and bastions date back to the 13th century and there are some lovely churches and museums. Join the optional sightseeing of the Korčula town (included on Premium Superior), or optional wine and local appetiser tasting at a local winery before dining in one of the numerous seafront restaurants or konobas (family-run restaurant). Overnight in the port of Korčula.

Hotel
MV Dream Premium Superior Boat or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Early departure towards the Paklinski Islands near Hvar (the longest island in the Adriatic) for lunch and a swim stop. In the afternoon, join a sightseeing excursion of Hvar. Look out for The Renaissance cathedral, founded in 1612 with its original tower still intact, and the oldest community theatre in Europe. Hvar is known as a jet-set island, offering entertainment, excellent restaurants, bars and cafés. Don’t forget to buy some lavender from local stalls, an island specialty. Overnight in Hvar.

Hotel
MV Dream Premium Superior Boat or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast we’re heading to the island of Brač. The most famous beach in Dalmatia is Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) near Bol, which is famous for its ever-changing shape, a shingle bar that moves with the wind. Bol is a typical fishermen village that has kept its charm, despite becoming a popular spot. After lunch we’ll continue on to Split where you can enjoy an optional river rafting excursion on the Cetina river. The approach to the Split Riviera is breathtaking and offers the best views from onboard. Upon arrival, join the optional guided tour of Split, a monumental city which together with the famous Roman Diocletian’s Palace, is under UNESCO protection. Dinner this evening is at your leisure, Split is full of bistros and restaurants serving local specialities.

Meals
Breakfast

Enjoy an early breakfast this morning before disembarking in Split and making your own way to your connecting flight.

Inclusions

  • Incredible sightseeing including guided tours of Venice, Bled, Klagenfurt, Opatija, UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes, Split, and island hopping along the Dalmatian Coast
  • Truffle tasting
  • Olive oil tasting 
  • Boat ride on lake Bled 
  • Entry to Venice Vaporetto, Bled island and church, Bled castle, Postojna cave and castle, Plitvice Lakes National Park and Amphitheatre Pula 
  • 7 nights in premium 4-star accommodation 
  • 7-night premium, small ship cruise along Croatia's stunning Dalmatian Coast
  • Breakfast daily, 9 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Fully escorted by a professional English-speaking tour guide (days 1–8) until cruise
  • Comfortable, dedicated transportation throughout
  • In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Airport transfer on the first day
  • Hotel to port transfer 
  • Porterage and city taxes from day 1 to 8

  • Venice - explore the unique beauty of Italy’s floating city
  • Bled - take a boat ride on beautiful Lake Bled & tour the 1000 year old Bled Castle
  • Klagenfurt - a university town with the beautiful 16th-century Lindworm fountain dominating the city square
  • Postojna Caves - explore one of the largest underground cave systems in Europe and visit nearby Predjama Castle
  • Opatija -wander through this picturesque little town full of magnificent villas and old hotels, once a famous winter resort of the Austrian elite
  • 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

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 ways 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 (April & May Departures) - from $255 per person, twin share (single from $382)

Upper/Main Deck Cabins (June - September Departures) - from $424 per person, twin share (single from $636)

Cabin upgrades and prices are subject to availability upon booking. 

Fine Print

Secure your trip with a $99.00 deposit per person.

Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options.

Instalment Schedule:

  1. At the time of booking pay a $99.00 deposit per person.
  2. Pay a 1st installment of $704.00 per person within 7 days.
  3. Pay a 2nd installment of $1,407.00 per person within 90 days.
  4. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

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. 

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.

This particular tour is categorized as a ”3”

3 – Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

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 $2,172.00 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 recommended 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
2-36 Persons

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
  • Airport Transfers on the Last Day
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • 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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