- Transfers: all transfers, including transfer from Zagreb Airport on Day 1 and to Split Airport on Day 11
- Accommodation: 1 night in a four-star Zagreb hotel, 1 night in a four-star Plitvice hotel, 1 night in a four-star Split hotel, 7 nights on a two-mast cruising boat in a double lower deck cabin (upgrades available)
- Meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
- The following activities are included in the holiday: Zagreb city tour, entrance to Plitvice Lakes National Park, Cathedral of St Lawrence visit, Split city tour, Brac Island visit, Korcula Island visit, visit Dubrovnik, Hvar Island visit and Pelješac Peninsula swimming, Bobovišca Bay swimming, swimming stops between islands (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Fully qualified local guides for all tours
- Transport in a comfy air-conditioned coach on land
- Free Wi-Fi on board your boat
Combining a splendid land tour and a cruise around the Adriatic Sea, this ten-night holiday takes you around some of the very best sights that Croatia has to offer. Transported in full comfort, you can relax and make the most of the Mediterranean sun.
This Croatia holiday begins with three nights around the mainland. Tour the capital Zagreb and admire its exquisite architecture – this includes the stately National Theatre and the city’s cathedral, the tallest building in the country. You will then get to explore the enchanting Plitvice Lakes National Park, which is marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Time will be spent in the pretty town of Trogir, as well as in touring the city of Split and the immense Diocletian’s Palace, another UNESCO location.
Following that, you will board a two-masted cruising boat and begin journeying around the islands of the Adriatic. Along the way, there will be stops at lovely swimming spots where you can take full benefit of the inviting waters and sunshine. Walk along the coast of Brac Island and look around wonderful Korcula; lose yourself in the quiet of Mljet Island and enjoy the nightlife of Hvar. We have also included a stop at the picturesque city of Dubrovnik with its iconic red roofs and medieval streets.
During the first part of this holiday in Croatia, you will stay in a series of excellent four-star hotels. For the cruise, you will travel on either the Eden or Afrodita vessel, both of which have pristine en-suite cabin facilities, an air-conditioned bar and lounge area and two sun decks.
Image credits: Gulliver's Travel, Credit Luka Esenko Croatian National Tourist Board, Credit Ivo Biocina Croatian National Tourist Board.
Arrival and Welcome
Having arrived at Zagreb Airport, you will be collected and driven to Hotel International. Here, you will meet with your guide and go over the trip itinerary – they will be happy to help with any questions you might have about your holiday.
Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant before you turn in for the night.Included Meals: Dinner
Zagreb Tour and Plitvice Lakes National Park
After breakfast, you will have a transfer into the city for a tour of Zagreb. Admire the structures of the beautiful Upper Town and the patterned roof of St Mark’s Church. You will also see Zagreb’s cathedral – the tallest building in Croatia – the palatial National Theatre, and the university. The tour will last around one-and-a-half to two hours, with your guide providing information on the city’s history and culture. They will also suggest places where you can get lunch.
You will then be taken on a drive to the incredible Plitvice Lakes National Park, with the journey taking around two-and-a-half hours. This outstanding area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the splendour of its waterfalls and sixteen lakes, all occupying different levels in the land. You will spend about three hours here before heading for dinner at the Park Hotel, your accommodation for the night.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Trogir and Split
With breakfast done, you will have a transfer of around three-and-a-half hours to the medieval town of Trogir, which sits on its own little island, connected to the continent by bridges. Visiting the Cathedral of St Lawrence, you will have a break for lunch before heading on a thirty-minute drive to Split.
This lively city keeps its historical heritage very much alive, which you will be able to appreciate on a guided tour, taking in the impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site of Diocletian’s Palace, an Ancient Roman structure from the third and fourth centuries AD.
Dinner and accommodation will be had at the regal Hotel President.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
To the Harbour
Finishing breakfast, you will be taken to the harbour to board your cruising vessel – either the Eden or the Afrodita. You can spend the day getting acquainted with the boat and the harbour attractions before a wonderful welcome dinner on board.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Setting Sail for Brac and Makarska
Following breakfast, your boat will set sail for its first destination: the pleasant island of Brac. Here, you can enjoy a relaxing walk along the coast and take a swim in a sunlit bay. You will then have lunch on board and journey by sea to mainland Makarska, where your vessel will dock for the night. Why not head out to the town and have dinner in one of the seafront restaurants?Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Your destination today is the island town of Korcula, claimed by some to be the birthplace of the famed explorer Marco Polo. Lunch will be served on board, and there will be a stop along the way in a prime swimming location where you can make the most of the water.
Docking in Korcula, you can look around the island and find a place for dinner before returning to your comfy cabin.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
The ‘Athens of Croatia’ and the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, Dubrovnik is simply sublime. With its unmistakeable red roofs and splendid walls, it looks almost like a fantasy location – indeed, it has been used as a filming location for both Game of Thrones and Star Wars: Episode VIII. Its Old City area is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Setting sail from Korcula for this marvellous location, you will take a break along the way at another swimming spot. Breakfast and lunch will be served on board. At Dubrovnik, you can get familiar with its pretty streets and find a selection of restaurants for dinner.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Mljet Island and National Park
Leaving Dubrovnik, your boat journey will continue to the enchanting island of Mljet, with a swimming stop along the way.
Departing from Dubrovnik in the morning, your cruise to Mljet Island includes a stop for swimming. The majority of the island is taken up by Mljet National Park, which abounds with a range of Mediterranean flora and fauna. Having breakfast and lunch on board, you will reach the island and have an abundance of time to explore. You may want to take part in an optional tour of the park, walking around its Small and Great Lakes – the second being home to the quiet St Mary’s Island, which you will visit on a short boat trip. Entrance to the National Park will cost 15 euros and must be paid locally.
This evening, you will be treated to a special ‘Captain’s Dinner’, featuring a choice of local meat, fish, or vegetarian options. You will overnight on your cruising boat.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sailing to the island town of Hvar after breakfast, you will take a detour to the inviting Pelješac Peninsula for a swim in one of its many coves. Enjoying an onboard lunch, you will arrive at Hvar – a buzzing destination which is celebrated for its superb weather, food, and nightlife. Be sure to explore and sample some delicious cooking in one of its fine restaurants.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Return to Split
Finishing breakfast, you will sail back to Split, returning to Brac Island for a swim in its lovely Bobovišca Bay. Lunch will be served on board, and you can once again wander around Split in the evening, enjoying the highlights of the city and finding a place for dinner.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Bidding farewell to your boat after breakfast, you will be transferred to Split Airport to continue your journey home.Included Meals: Breakfast
The hotels listed below will be used on almost all departure dates. However, similar substitute 4* hotels may be used depending on availability.
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A note about flights: flights are not included in the holiday price so that the best possible fares and schedule can be found at the time of booking.
Tourist and port tax: guests must pay 35 euros (in cash) per person onboard for tourist and port tax.
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Maximum 40 people
We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate
Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.
If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.
Unless otherwise stated in the in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, the minimum age for participation in an Artisan holiday is typically 8 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com
Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.
Medical history and advice
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our Travel Experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.
Experience and fitness
Any activities included in your itinerary are all designed for beginners. Full instruction and tuition are provided for all activities and you do not need to have any previous experience. For example, you need never have set foot on a pair of skis of any kind before a cross-country ski tour. We have adults of all ages and fitness levels taking part in our holidays.
We do highlight certain itineraries where an increased level of fitness is required. If you have any questions at all with regards to fitness levels please get in touch and talk to one of our experts. You can find further details in our trip preparation section online. You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.
Guides and safety
It is essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided. Nobody knows the environment better than our activity providers who work here almost every day.
Consequently, their knowledge and experience are unsurpassed. If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides, please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.
There may be rare occasions when our guides consider local conditions unsuitable for a certain activity. Hence, your itinerary may be subject to change at short notice, but we will always endeavour to firstly find a replacement on the day and secondly, to provide the cancelled activity later in your stay whenever possible. Very occasionally it proves impossible to provide the activity in which case you will be refunded when you return home.
Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.
You must inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your participation in an activity at the time of booking.
Booking activities locally and equipment hire
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.
In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.
If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card. Please see your trip dossier for full details.
Travel Safety and Foreign Office Advice
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/ The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.
Please note that the following cancellation terms supersede those mentioned in section 7 of our general booking terms and conditions.
- More than 63 days prior to departure - Loss of deposit (including the full cost of flights or other services where paid at the time of booking)
- 62 or less days - 100%
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday, thank you for all your help in organising it. We were a small and international group of 17 on a boat which could accommodate 38, but I'm not sure we'd feel quite as positive if the boat had been anything like full. 17 was just right. There was plenty of room on board for anything we wanted to do. The Plitvice Lakes were stunning.