Enjoy a leisurely seven-night cruise of the Adriatic aboard a small 34-guest yacht. Your voyage showcases Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula and Dalmatian Coast, plus a three-day land journey through neighboring Slovenia.​

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Cruising the Dalmatian Coast

Featuring Croatia and Slovenia

12 days from $6,990

Enjoy a leisurely seven-night cruise of the Adriatic aboard a small 34-guest yacht. Your voyage showcases Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula and Dalmatian Coast, plus a three-day land journey through neighboring Slovenia.​

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

The Dalmatian Coast boasts a rich treasure trove of archaeological sites, dramatic palaces, unique cathedrals, and ancient city centers. This program begins with a three-day exploration of Slovenia, then continues with a leisurely seven-night voyage aboard the intimate 18-cabin Queen Eleganza. Your cruise along the Croatian shore showcases fascinating sites such as at Veliki Brijun Island, Pula, Zadar, Split, Hvar, Korčula, and of course Dubrovnik, “the pearl of the Adriatic.”

Highlights Include:

  • Slovenia: Begin your journey in the capital of Ljubljana with a walking tour of the historic center. Take in the idyllic views of Lake Bled during an afternoon gondola ride. Then, driving south, explore the Skocjan karst caves, a World Heritage site, before arriving at seaside Piran.
  • Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula: Enjoy a walking tour of seaside Rovinj, then cruise to Velika Brijun Island, a national park. A walking tour of Pula showcases its well-preserved Roman ruins, especially the immense arena.
  • Dalmatian Coast: Continue your voyage along this pristine coastline. From the small town of Zadar, travel inland to visit Plitvice Lakes, National Park. In Split, walk through the immense retirement palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian, spread out along the waterfront. Then enjoy cruising to delightful Hvar and Korčula Islands and lovely Dubrovnik.
  • Queen Eleganza: Cruise aboard this intimate yacht, launched in 2018, which features a casual ambiance and the ability to call at small islands. Come into port at or near town centers and enjoy easy walk-off access as a small group, which is also ideal for independent exploration. See more ship description on the Tour Details page. This is an exclusive charter for Smithsonian Journeys guests.

Itinerary

Day 1 & 2 — Depart U.S/ Arrive in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Depart home on an overnight flight. Upon arrival in Ljubljana, transfer to hotel, which is located within the historic center of the city. Gather this evening for a welcome reception and dinner. (R,D)

Day 3 — Ljubljana

After a morning lecture, set out on a walking tour of the historic city center, where Baroque, Renaissance, and Art Nouveau buildings populate one of Europe’s greenest capitals. Visit the sprawling Central Market in the historic center, which is off-limits to automobiles. You’ll also see the famous Dragon Bridge and explore the ancient Roman wall.

After lunch at leisure, travel to the lovely and impossibly blue Lake Bled and ride gondola-like Pletna boats to visit Slovenia’s only island, a picturesque outpost in the center of the lake. Enjoy a dinner of local specialties before returning to Ljubljana. (B,D)

Day 4 — Portoroz

Drive south and explore the Skocjan karst caves, a World Heritage site. One of the largest known underground canyons in the world, the caves are a vast network of tunnels and chambers sometimes referred to as the “underground Grand Canyon.” Continue to the Lipica Stud Farm, in operation for over 400 years. Explore the interactive Lipikum Museum to learn about the rich history of the stud farm and the Lipizzaner horses, which are born dark then progresses slowly to bright white over a lifetime.

Continue to the historic Venetian stronghold of Piran and enjoy dinner near the oceanfront promenade. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Rovinj, Croatia (Embarkation)

Cross the border into Croatia, stopping in the medieval city of Motovun, perched on a hilltop on the Istrian Peninsula. Venetians fortified this town with two sets of thick walls in the 14th century.

Continue to the fishing port of Rovinj for a walking tour of the old town with its cobbled streets and piazzas. Embark the Queen Eleganza this evening in time for a welcome reception and dinner. (B,L,R,D)

Day 6 – Pula

Cruise to Veliki Brijun Island, once an exclusive summer resort and now part of the Brijun National Park, known for dinosaur footprints and home to a 1st-century Roman villa. Drink in the beauty of the island on an optional bicycling excursion. Continue to Pula for a walking tour highlighting Roman ruins, including the impressive Colosseum, the only Roman amphitheater in the world with a complete circle wall. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — At Sea / Zadar

Spend the morning sailing the scenic coastline and enjoying the educational program en route to Zadar, the oldest continuously inhabited Croatian city. Enjoy a walking tour of the impressive but less-crowded city of Zadar, which boasts a rich history that dates as far back as the Neolithic Era. The streets of the old town are paved with shining white marble, and the inviting waterfront is a magnet for art lovers. Spend the evening at leisure exploring Roman ruins, Venetian architecture, and street-side cafes.

Independent dining options are available near the waterfront for dinner ashore this evening. (B,L)

Day 8 — Split

This morning, cruise to Split, Croatia’s fashionable, second-largest city. Then take a motor coach inland to reach Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage site. Explore the exceptional beauty of the park’s 16 natural lakes, which are interconnected by a series of waterfalls and pedestrian bridges.

Return to Split and your ship in the late afternoon. The ship will remain in port overnight, with dinner on your own in Split. (B,L)

Day 9 — Split / Hvar

Visit Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, an ancient fortress-like complex that dominates the Split waterfront. Then cruise to the island of Hvar, a beautiful walled city known for its fields of fragrant lavender. Stroll along the elegant main square, with views of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, distinguished by its tall, rectangular bell tower, and the 15th-century Franciscan Monastery, whose refectory contains a 1524 edition of Ptolemy’s Atlas. Explore the yacht-filled waterfront and enjoy an evening at leisure in the restaurant-lined avenues. (B,L)

Day 10 — Korčula Island / Dubrovnik

Cruise to the fortified town of​ Korčula, perched on a promontory on its namesake island. Korčula is the sixth-largest island in the Adriatic Sea, rich in vineyards and olive groves, picturesque villages, a glorious old town, and age-old religious ceremonies, folk music, and dance traditions. Take a walking tour through the old town area, and sample some of Croatia’s famous wines and local specialties, including the white wine made from pošip grapes that grow primarily on Korčula.

Cruise to Dubrovnik this afternoon. (B,L,D)

Day 11 — Dubrovnik

Noted for its expansive walls and red tile rooftops, Dubrovnik is perhaps the most-visited destination on the Adriatic coast. This morning explore the sites along the city’s main street, the marble-clad Stradun, including Onofrio’s Fountain, St. Blaise’s Church, and the Rector’s Palace. Also visit the Franciscan Church and Monastery, a large complex belonging to the Order of the Friars Minor and consisting of a monastery, church, library, and pharmacy, the latter of which dates from A.D. 1317.

Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore the maze of alleyways and Renaissance-era architecture, then return to the ship for a festive farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day 12 — Dubrovnik / Home

Disembark this morning for return flights home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)