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VISITING: Croatia BROCHURE CODE: 5522
All prices include: transfers, accommodation, guided activities and meals; all as listed.
Spend three nights on mainland Croatia and seven on a superb cruising vessel as you explore the islands of the Adriatic Sea. On land, there will be city tours of Zagreb and Split and a visit to the outstanding Plitvice Lakes National Park. Setting off by boat, you’ll spend time on the islands of Brac, Korcula, Hvar and Mljet.

What's included?

  • Transfers: all transfers, including group 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 Gospic 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 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 four-star hotels. For the cruise, you will travel on the Eden vessel (or similar), which has 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.

 

  • Having arrived at Zagreb Airport, you will be collected and driven to your hotel. 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
  • 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 transferring and checking into your hotel in the centre of Gospić. Dinner will be served in the hotel this evening.  

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • 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 (payable locally) 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. You will also see Jupiter’s Temple and the cathedral. You will then transfer and check into your hotel in Split. Dinner will be served at your hotel tonight.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • Finishing breakfast, you will be taken to the harbour to board your cruising vessel – the Eden (or similar). 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
  • 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 (depending on sea and weather conditions). 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 (depending on sea and weather conditions).

    Docking in Korcula in the afternoon, 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 unmistakable 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, when you arrive in the afternoon.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • Leaving Dubrovnik, your boat journey will continue to the enchanting island of Mljet, with a swimming stop along the way (depending on sea and weather conditions).

    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 visit the national park and walk around its Small and Great Lakes – the second being home to the quiet St Mary’s Island. Entrance to the National Park must be paid locally (depending on the season between approximately 70Kn and 125Kn).

    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 (depending on sea and weather conditions). Enjoying an onboard lunch, you will arrive at Hvar in the afternoon – 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.

    Please note: Due to the limited capacity of the Hvar harbor (during peak season in July and August) port of call can be substituted for Stari Grad/Jelsa.

    In that case transfer by bus will be organized to and from Hvar.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • Finishing breakfast, you will sail back to Split, returning to Brac Island for a swim in its lovely Bobovišca Bay (depending on sea and weather conditions). 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.

Included in price

Hotel International Zagreb

Nights: 1

Located in the business district of Croatia’s capital, the four-star International Zagreb is a shining glass-panelled hotel with 207 rooms, each decorated in pleasant wood and cream colours. It boasts an excellent restaurant, as well as a relaxed lounge bar and terrace, with its convenient location putting it a short distance from Zagreb’s old town area – perfect for touring the highlights before returning to unwind.

Hotel facilities

  • The hotel’s lounge bar offers a tempting variety of wines, cocktails, and snacks
  • Tuck into a buffet breakfast and a mix of local and international cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant
  • With free Wi-Fi available in all areas of the hotel, staying connected won’t be a problem

Room Type

Classic room: These come with double or twin beds and a bathroom with a shower and bathtub, toilet, and hairdryer. Free Wi-Fi is available, and the rooms also have air-conditioning, a satellite television, a telephone, a minibar, and a tea maker.

Please note: the inclusion of this hotel is dependent on availability. If changes become necessary for any reason, a substitute 4* hotel may be required.

Hotel Stara Lika

Nights: 2

Situated in the centre of Gospić, the Hotel Stara Lika is perfectly positioned for you to explore more of the town. Surrounded by mountains and with impressive architecture and terracotta roofs, the town is a pretty offering in the heart of Croatia.

Hotel facilities:

  • The hotel is a mixture of modern comfort with a contemporary atmosphere - an ideal place to unwind after a day of exploring.
  • Sample the delightful food in the hotel restaurant

Room facilities:

Double/Twin Room: Twin and double rooms available with WiFi, air conditioning, hairdryer, bathroom with bathtub, minibar, safe and LCD sat/tv.

Please note: the inclusion of this hotel is dependent on availability. If changes become necessary for any reason, a substitute 4* hotel may be required.

Hotel President

Nights: 3

Hotel President has an appropriately official yet friendly feel and is based in the centre of Split, near the base of Marjan Hill. This four-star accommodation puts you right in the vicinity of the town’s sights and has 71 luxurious rooms. The hotel also has a spacious restaurant and bar that offers the very best of local cuisine.

Hotel facilities

  • Delicious Mediterranean dishes and fine Croatian wines are served at the hotel restaurant. Colourful cocktails and gourmet-style coffee can be had at the lobby bar
  • Wi-Fi is freely available throughout the hotel, letting you stay up to date

Room Type

Double/ twin deluxe room: These come with a double bed and a bathroom with a shower, Jacuzzi bath, toilet, and hairdryer; bathrobes are also provided. The rooms have a flat-screen television, a telephone, a desk, a minibar, and a safe. Air-conditioning is also available, as is free Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service. Each room also comes with a private balcony.

Please note: the inclusion of this hotel is dependent on availability. If changes become necessary for any reason, a substitute 4* hotel may be required.

Eden

Nights: 4-10

During your trip, you will cruise beautiful Croatia on Eden (or similar), travelling the Adriatic waters in style in a two-masted vessel which can take no more than 40 passengers.

Just over 34 metres long, it comes with 19 cabins, and a main-deck restaurant and bar, all of which are fully air-conditioned. In addition to all of this, your boat will have two sun deck areas, one of them with sun beds and tables – perfect for relaxing during times at sea.

On board facilities

  • Get a dose of Croatian sunshine as you unwind on the sun deck
  • All breakfasts and three-course lunches can be enjoyed in the boat’s restaurant, as well as a mouth-watering captain’s dinner
  • Stops will be made for sunbathing and swimming during the cruise, taking you to some wonderful locations
  • Send sunny snaps to friends in an instant using the free onboard Wi-Fi

Please note that card payments are not accepted on board.

Cabins

Lower deck double/twin cabin: These fully air-conditioned cabins come with a double bed or two single beds. The bathrooms have a shower, toilet, and wash basin, and the cabins also have a cupboard and cabinet. Each cabin has a window or porthole. Free Wi-Fi is available.

Upgrade your cabin

As our price is based on a lower deck cabin, why not upgrade to a main or upper deck cabin for superior views? Supplements apply.

Ship details

EDEN

Length:              34.5 m
Passengers:       40
Cabins in total:  19
Twin cabins:        9
Double cabins:    6
Triple cabins:      4 (bunk bed)
Max speed:  9 knots

Equipped with: Complete navigation equipment, fire alarm, emergency lights, lifeboat for 50 pax, Electricity on board (220 V)

EDEN DECK PLAN

Eden Lower Deck (8 cabins)
Eden Main Deck (5 cabins)
Eden Upper Deck (6 cabins)

We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
Price guarantee

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.

Departure dates: this trip departs on Wednesdays during date ranges listed below.


 

Departure dates between
Wed 06 May 2020
to Wed 10 Jun 2020
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Adults£ 1,225
Wed 24 Jun 2020
to Wed 29 Jul 2020
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Adults£ 1,295
Wed 05 Aug 2020
to Wed 23 Sep 2020
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Adults£ 1,345

Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-reservation by paying only £50pp. The provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed then a further deposit (typically of £250pp) will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.

Departure dates between
Wed 05 May 2021
to Wed 09 Jun 2021
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Adults£ 1,440
Wed 23 Jun 2021
to Wed 28 Jul 2021
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Adults£ 1,530
Wed 04 Aug 2021
to Wed 22 Sep 2021
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Adults£ 1,560

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

The Specifics

Holiday group size (approximate)

Maximum 40 people

Group Size

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. 

Minimum and maximum age

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

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival. The trip dossier is standard to the holiday and does not account for any amends, additions or personalisation to an itinerary. Clients should refer to their booking documents for this information.

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

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.

The UK 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.

Booking activities locally

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.

Brexit information for British Passport holders

We have no reason to believe that our holidays will be impacted after Brexit and so it is business as usual for us. The European Commission has stated that no aircraft will be grounded, even if no deal is reached between the EU and the UK.

However, the Foreign Office are advising people take the following steps so please review this information and take any necessary action.   

The relevant points include:

  • check your passport
  • get travel insurance which covers your healthcare

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change. If your adult passport was issued over 9 years ago, you may be affected. You should use this tool to check your passport is still valid for your trip before booking travel.

Adult and child passports should have at least 6 months’ validity remaining on your date of travel. If you renewed your passport early, extra months would have been added to your new passport. Any extra months on an adult passport will not count towards the validity requirement, so some passport holders will need to have more than 6 months remaining in order to travel.

You will also need to double check your travel insurance as after Brexit there is no guarantee your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will be accepted.

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.

Terms and Conditions

Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website: https://www.artisantravel.co.uk/booking-conditions

Traveller Reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday, thank you for all your help in organising it. 12 June 2019 by Lesley & Christopher Hollis

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.



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