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

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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

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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

Istra

 

We enjoy two full day excursions to visit locations in Istria.  They will include the Roman ruins in PulaPula

 

 

 

 

 

Rovinj

 

….the beautiful old town of Rovinj and …..

 

 

Porec

 

….Porec, famous for it’s 6th century Byzantine basilica.

 

 

 

Thursday 14th September

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We transfer by bus to our hotel in Plitvice for a two night stay.

 

 

 

Friday 15th September

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We will enjoy a full day tour of Plitvice National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

 

Saturday 16th September

 

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We transfer by bus to Split , where we will join our boat, the MV President, for a 14 day cruise.

 

Sunday 17th September

Trogir(1)

 

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

 

 

 

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Trogir(2)

 

 

 

 

 

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We anchor for the night on the island of Zlarin

 

 

Monday 18th September

Sibenik

 

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.

 

Krka National Park

 

 

We then take the short bus transfer for a visit to Krka National Park before returning to our boat.

 

Tuesday 19th September

Zadar Old Town

 

 

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.

 

Sun-Salutation-Night

 

 

The most memorable parts of our visit are likely to be the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation.

 

Wednesday 20th September

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Today, we will cruise through the Kornati Islands, the largest archipelago in the Adriatic and famous for its distinctive Karst landscape.

 

 

Thursday 21st September

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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

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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.

 

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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

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Mljet is an unspoiled oasis of tranquillity that, according to legend, captivated Odysseus for seven years.

 

 

 

Sunday 24th  Monday 25th and Tuesday 26thSeptember

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The highlight of our cruise will be our three night stay in Dubrovnik.

 

 

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Our guided tour will include entry to the Franciscan Monastery

 

 

 

 

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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.

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Wednesday 27th September

Korcula, Croatia

 

 

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

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Our final stop is at Supetar on the island of Brac.

 

 

 

Friday 29th September

Temple Split

 

 

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

Note 1

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.

 

Note 2

The cost of the flights has been based on flights in September/October 2016.

Both the schedule and price may change in 2017.

 

Note 3

Many prices quoted have been 2016 prices because prices for 2017 have yet to be announced.

 

Note 4

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.

 

Note 5

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.

 

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