Croatia Cruise plus Overland Excursion
10th to 30th September 2017
21 days, 20 nights
Leaders: Norman Peterken and Carol Mantle
Barcelona 1 night, Opatija 3 nights, Plitvice 2 nights, Croatia cruise 14 nights
MV President is a 47 metre ship with 12 cabins on deck and 8 cabins with porthole below deck. All cabins are air-conditioned and are en suite with a shower. The ship has an air-conditioned lounge and a sun deck.
Accommodation is half board with breakfast and lunch included.
The boat is usually moored at a harbour overnight and, cruises to the next location during the morning with tourist visits taking place during the afternoon.
Sunday 10th September
There will be an afternoon bus transfer from Moraira to Barcelona for an overnight stay.
Monday 11th September
There will be a bus transfer to Barcelona Airport for our Vueling flight to Venice. After arriving in Venice, there will be a bus transfer to our hotel in Opatija for a three night stay
Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th September
….the beautiful old town of Rovinj and …..
….Porec, famous for it’s 6th century Byzantine basilica.
Thursday 14th September
We transfer by bus to our hotel in Plitvice for a two night stay.
Friday 15th September
We will enjoy a full day tour of Plitvice National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Saturday 16th September
We transfer by bus to Split , where we will join our boat, the MV President, for a 14 day cruise.
Sunday 17th September
We will enjoy a guided tour of Trogir, a UNESCO World heritage site. Entry to the Cathedral of St. Lovro and the Kamerlengo Fortress is included
We anchor for the night on the island of Zlarin
Monday 18th September
Our visit to Sibenik begins with a guided tour that includes entry to St. James’ cathedral, the Medieval Monastery Mediterranean Garden and St. Michael’s Fortress.
We then take the short bus transfer for a visit to Krka National Park before returning to our boat.
Tuesday 19th September
We will enjoy a guided tour of Zadar Old Town. Our guided tour will include the Gold and Silver of Zadar and St Donat Church.
The most memorable parts of our visit are likely to be the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation.
Wednesday 20th September
Today, we will cruise through the Kornati Islands, the largest archipelago in the Adriatic and famous for its distinctive Karst landscape.
Thursday 21st September
Primosten was originally an islet but is now joined to the mainland by a causeway. A stroll around the perimeter of Primosten and sunset from St. George’s Church are both recommended.
Friday 22nd September
After Dubrovnik, Hvar is the second most popular tourist location in Croatia. Our guided tour of Hvar includes entry to the Franciscan Monastery and Museum.
We then embark on a bus tour of this beautiful island. Land use on the Stari Grad plain has been largely unchanged for over 2000 years.
Saturday 23th September
Mljet is an unspoiled oasis of tranquillity that, according to legend, captivated Odysseus for seven years.
Sunday 24th Monday 25th and Tuesday 26thSeptember
The highlight of our cruise will be our three night stay in Dubrovnik.
Our guided tour will include entry to the Franciscan Monastery
We will also take a trip on the cable car so that we can enjoy the fantastic views of the city.
On one day, we will enjoy a visit to Kotor and Perast. This beautiful area also enjoys World Heritage status.
Wednesday 27th September
As we begin our journey back to Split, our first port-of-call will be the beautiful town of Korcula for a guided tour. Our guided tour will include visits to the cathedral and Museum of Icons.
Thursday 28th September
Our final stop is at Supetar on the island of Brac.
Friday 29th September
Our guided tour of Split will include the Palace of Diocletian and entry to the Cathedral of St. Domnius, the Temple of Jupiter and the Basement Halls.
Saturday 30th September
At the conclusion of our cruise, we transfer to Split Airport for our flight to Barcelona and our final bus transfer back to Moraira.
The cost of the trip in a cabin on deck will be approximately €2,650.
The cost of the trip in a cabin below deck will be approximately €2,400
The single room supplement will be approximately €1,050. Assistance can be provided in arranging a room share.
To secure a place on this trip, please pay a deposit of €400, plus membership if needed, at the Travel Desk at the next general meeting
The quote for the ship charter is only valid until 10th January 2016.
We will only be able to renew the quote and confirm the booking after we have collected sufficient bookings and deposits.
The cost of the flights has been based on flights in September/October 2016.
Both the schedule and price may change in 2017.
Many prices quoted have been 2016 prices because prices for 2017 have yet to be announced.
The 2016 flight schedule for the final Saturday in September suggests that we will not arrive back in Moraira until the early hours of Sunday morning. If the 2017 flight schedule is similar, we will probably include an additional overnight stay in Barcelona and return to Moraira on the Sunday.
Since we are now flying from Barcelona to Venice, it would be possible to leave one or two days earlier to provide the group with the opportunity to visit Venice. If the majority of the tour group are in favour of this, we will investigate our options so that decision can be made before we book the flights in October 2016.