Take a leisurely seven-night cruise of the Adriatic— showcasing Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula and Dalmatian Coast.

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 The town of Korcula, along the Dalmatian Coast  The spectacular scenery of Lake Bled, Slovenia  The coastal town of Hvar  Architectural details, Split  Split harbor  Dubrovnik
  Škocjan Caves depth.  Credit: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%C5%A0kocjan_Caves_(5).jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>

Cruising the Dalmatian Coast

Featuring Croatia and Slovenia aboard the 34-guest Queen Eleganza

12 days from $6,990

Take a leisurely seven-night cruise of the Adriatic— showcasing Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula and Dalmatian Coast.

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

Enjoy a leisurely seven-night cruise of the Adriatic— showcasing Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula and Dalmatian Coast—aboard an intimate yacht, and enjoy two days exploring neighboring Slovenia.

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: Launched in 2018, this intimate yacht features a casual ambiance and the ability to call at small islands. This is an exclusive charter for Smithsonian Journeys guests.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart U.S.

Day 2 — Arrive in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Arrive in Ljubljana, Slovenia and transfer to your centrally located hotel. Gather this evening for a welcome reception and dinner. (R,D)

Day 3 — Ljubljana

Embark on a guided walking tour of the historic city center, where Baroque, Renaissance and Art Nouveau buildings populate one of Europe’s greenest capitals. Stroll along the Ljubljana River to the Triple Bridge and Riverside Central Market.

This afternoon, take a traditional pletna boat on Lake Bled to an idyllic church-crowned islet. 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 formed in a layer of Cretaceous and Paleocene limestone.

Continue to the Lipizzaner Stud Farm, in operation for over 400 years; explore the interactive Lipikum Museum to learn the rich history of the stud farm and the Lipizzan horse, which is born dark then progresses slowly to bright white over its lifetime.

Enjoy dinner at the Venetian-influenced Piran waterfront. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Rovinj, Croatia (Embarkation)

Visit the medieval city of Motovun perched on a hilltop in the middle of the Istrian Peninsula. Venetians fortified the 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 for a welcome reception and dinner. (B,L,R,D)

Day 6 – Pula

Cruise to Veliki Brijun Island, once an exclusive summer resort, now part of the Brijun National Park. Drink in the beauty of the island on an optional bicycling excursion.

Continue to Pula for a walking tour highlighting Roman ruins, including it's imposing and well-preserved Roman amphitheater. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — At Sea / Zadar

Enjoy the morning cruising en route to Zadar, the oldest continuously inhabited Croatian city. Arrive in the late afternoon for a walking tour of the historic town of Roman ruins, medieval churches, and charming cafes.

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

Day 8 — Split

Cruise to Split, Croatia’s second-largest city, this morning, 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.

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

Day 9 — Hvar

Explore the remarkable Roman ruins of Diocletian’s Palace which dominates the Split waterfront. Cruise to the island of Hvar, known for its fields of fragrant lavender and beautiful walled city. 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 dining options along the waterfront this evening. (B,L)

Day 10 — Korcula Island / Dubrovnik

Korcula is the sixth-largest island in the Adriatic Sea, rich in vineyards and olive groves, picturesque villages, and 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, including the white wine made from pošip grapes that grow primarily on Korcula, as well as local specialties. Cruise to Dubrovnik and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 11 — Dubrovnik

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.

The afternoon is free for independent exploration. 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)