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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, a visit to the outstanding Plitvice Lakes National Park, and a trip to the town of Trogir. Following that, you will set off by boat and spend time on the islands of Brac, Korcula, Hvar, and Mljet. A stop will also be made in the mesmerising city of Dubrovnik, and there will be opportunities to swim at some beautiful locations.

What's included?

  • 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
  • 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

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.

*A note about accommodation: hotels listed on the 'Accommodation' tab will be used on almost all departure dates. However, similar substitute 4* hotels may be used depending on availability.


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.


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Key facts

Duration:10 nights
Pace:Relaxed
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  • 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.

  • 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 to Hotel Degenija, where you will overnight.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bidding farewell to your boat after breakfast, you will be transferred to Split Airport to continue your journey home.

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 Degenija

Nights: 2

This small and homely four-star hotel sits in the village of Seliste Dreznicko, with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Plitvice Lakes National Park. With 20 welcoming rooms, a distinguished restaurant, and its very own bistro and cocktail bar, the Degenija makes for an idyllic place to stay, surrounded by some of Croatia’s finest natural attractions.

Hotel facilities

  • Enjoy everything from breakfast buffets and mouth-watering mains to coffee and cocktails at the Bistro and Cafe Plum
  • Restaurant Degenija offers a selection of elegant dishes and also provides an incredible view while you dine
  • Scenic shots can be sent to friends around the world using the hotel’s free Wi-Fi
  • Lovely outdoor heated pool (13 x 6.6 metres) with bar service available all day

Room Type

Double/twin room: These come with double or twin beds, a bathroom with a shower, bathtub, and hairdryer; toiletries and slippers, a satellite television, a telephone, an electric kettle and a minibar, a desk, and a safe. Free Wi-Fi is available.

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 or Afrodita

Nights: 4-10

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

Just over 34 metres long, they come with between 17 and 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 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

Cabins

Lower deck double/twin cabin: These fully air-conditioned cabins come with a queen bed or two single beds, with the possibility to add a third. 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
Cruising speed:  8.5NM/ hour

Equipped with: Complete navigation equipment, fire alarm, emergency lights, bow thruster, 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)

AFRODITA

Length:              34 m
Passengers:       38
Cabins in total:  17
Twin cabins:        6
Double cabins:    7
Triple cabins:      4
Cruising Speed: 8.5NM/ hour

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

AFRODITA DECK PLAN

Afrodita Lower Deck (7 cabins)
Afrodita Main Deck (4 cabins)
Afrodita 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.
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Please note: Guests must pay 25 EUR per person onboard in cash for tourist and port tax.

Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

You can make a pre-reservation to secure your holiday at this stage by paying a deposit but, 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. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.

 

Dates
Wed 08 May 2019
to Sat 18 May 2019
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Adults£ 1,035 Single Adult£ 1,595
Wed 15 May 2019
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Wed 22 May 2019
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Wed 05 Jun 2019
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Wed 12 Jun 2019
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Wed 26 Jun 2019
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Wed 03 Jul 2019
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Wed 24 Jul 2019
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Wed 31 Jul 2019
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Wed 07 Aug 2019
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Wed 21 Aug 2019
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Wed 28 Aug 2019
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Wed 04 Sep 2019
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Wed 11 Sep 2019
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Wed 18 Sep 2019
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Holiday group size (approximate)

Maximum 40 people

Group sizes
Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor-made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures, you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.

If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers, you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases, we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).

If we are unable to operate the holiday, then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.

Minimum age

Unless otherwise stated in the 'Key Facts', 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

Single supplements

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

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.

We cannot be held responsible for any incident or event arising from your failure to do so.

Reduced mobility
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
In almost all our destinations, you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).

Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.

Car hire
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.

Cancellation terms:

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%



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