20 Day Croatia, Slovenia & Italy with 7 Day Adriatic Cruise

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Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land/Cruise only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include hotel to Dubrovnik port transfer.

All cruise ports are located in the city center, within easy reach of shopping, dining, and attractions.

New Rome Bus Regulation for 2019 - It was recently announced that the city of Rome will be implementing new regulations for tourist bus access to the historical city center, including the areas near the Colosseum, Forum and Vatican City. These regulations are expected to take effect on Jan 1 2019. At this time, we are uncertain of the impact these regulations will have on our itineraries, but we are closely monitoring the situation and still planning to operate as usual. Due to the uncertainty of these new regulations, the means of transportation and order of your scheduled itinerary may be subject to change.


Accommodation Details:
Some departures are operated with more than one coach. Hotels of similar standard may be substituted.

MS Stella Maris cannot accommodate triples.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This program is active. Walking is done over cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs, steps, significant slopes. Expect most of the sightseeing to require three to four hours of walking as well as a considerable time standing. Many historical cities have specific driving regulations, with set drop off and pick up points, that result in extra walking to and from the sights. The pacing is active as many sites are included. In Croatia, some hiking may be required to access some sites. Small ship cruising offers a more intimate and personalized atmosphere. At the same time, onboard amenities are limited and functional. Cabins are typically compact with lower ceilings, while walkways are narrow, and stairs may be steep. Small ship cruising may not be suitable for some passengers with physical limitations. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Croatia
Depart for Croatia

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Dubrovnik
Welcome to Croatia! Arrive in the magnificent walled city of Dubrovnik; transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to the new time zone
Overnight: Dubrovnik

DAY 3, Saturday - Cruise Embarkation
Today, transfer to the pier to board the MS Stella Maris. Embarkation will begin at 2:00 pm. Tonight, attend a Welcome Reception where you will meet your cruise manager and travel companions for an orientation meeting followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Dubrovnik City Tour, Sail to Korcula
After breakfast, enjoy a morning walking tour of the spectacular walled city of Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic" named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit several of the city's treasures within its 800-year old walls including the Rector's Palace, an outstanding blend of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Continue to the Dominican Monastery, whose museum is a major treasury of culture and to the Franciscan Monastery home to a 30,000-volume library and a 14th-century pharmacy. Reboard and enjoy lunch as you set sail for magical Korcula, legendary birthplace of explorer Marco Polo. A walking tour takes you along narrow cobbled streets to the medieval walled city. Here, visit the majestic Cathedral of St. Mark with its ornate façade. Tonight, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Hvar Town, Diocletian’s Palace in Split
Welcome to enchanting Hvar, an international playground for the rich and famous with its lush vineyards and quaint fishing harbor. Visit the Theatre, built in Renaissance style. Enjoy some free time to pop into craft shops or cafes, tucked into old Venetian palaces. Return to your ship in time for lunch, and cruise to Split, the spirited capital of Dalmatia. A walking tour along the cobbled streets of the Old Town takes you to the historic inner city built around the astonishing 4th Century Palace of Diocletian, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. This spectacular palace, one of the best-preserved and largest in the world is a precious example of Roman architecture. View remains of the Roman Peristyle, the Cathedral of St. Domnius and the Temple of Jupiter with its headless black sphinx. The evening is at leisure. Perhaps take a leisurely stroll along Riva or dine at one of the local family-owned restaurants
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Tuesday - Krka National Park
This morning sail from Split towards Primosten to visit Krka National Park, a magical place of dramatic waterfalls and gorges, with rivers gushing through huge canyons. Travel overland to meet the ship in atmospheric Vodice. Return to the ship and enjoy lunch while surrounded by views of the dramatic Adriatic coast. Sail to the town of Zadar, a perfect blend of Roman architecture, Habsburg elegance, and a picture-perfect seafront. Evening is at leisure in this town, known for its beaches and nightlife
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Wednesday - Tour Historic Zadar, Mali Losinj
A morning tour takes you to Zadar’s historical center, dominated by 16th century defensive walls built by the Venetians; a port gate flanked by a Venetian lion still guards the entrance. Visit Five Wells Square with its unique cisterns and the Church of St. Donat, one of the best examples of Byzantine architecture in Dalmatia; an architectural masterpiece! Also visit St. Anastasia, the largest cathedral in Dalmatia. Return to the ship for lunch as you set sail towards Mali Losinj. With its colorful seafront dotted by a string of 19th century sea captains’ houses and grand residences, this island was once the preferred holiday resort of Franz Josef, Emperor of Austria. Because of the abundance of herbs grown on the island, it’s known as the heart of “wellness and vitality” ringed by centers of aromatherapy, yoga, body scrubs and facial renewals. Tonight, perhaps a walk along the coast, dotted with lively seaside cafes and fabulous seafood restaurants
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Thursday - Pula Roman Amphitheatre
Enjoy a delightful morning sailing with lunch on board before arriving in picturesque Pula, known for its protected harbor, beach-lined coast and its wealth of Roman ruins. Visit the remarkably well preserved Roman amphitheater in the heart of the city often used as a venue for summer concerts and festivals. Return to the ship with time to relax before tonight’s festive dinner on board with the Captain and live entertainment
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Brijuni National Park, Port of Rovinj, Porec
Continue to Brijuni National Park, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the Adriatic, once the personal summer retreat of Marshal Tito. World leaders visited this paradise including Nasser of Egypt and Nehru of India. The unique harmony of flora and fauna is indeed a sight to see. As you sail along the Istrian Peninsula, enjoy lunch on board before a stop in the delightful Croatian fishing port of Rovinj. The steep cobbled streets of the Old Town lead to the hilltop church of St. Euphemia, whose towering steeple dominates the skyline, now a gathering place of artists from around the world. Conclude the cruise in Porec. Tonight, gather together for dinner in a local restaurant. Return to your cabin for your last night on board
Overnight: Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Disembarkation in Porec, Plitvice Lakes National Park
After breakfast, disembark and journey inland via motor coach to magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of Europe’s greatest natural wonders, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the boundaries of this heavily forested national park lie 16 interconnecting lakes, flanked by thundering waterfalls and a huge primeval forest. You will encounter unending vistas of breathtaking scenery in this wonderland! A guided walk takes you past lush vegetation and along man-made boardwalks to several of the pristine lower lakes. Dinner together is at the hotel
Overnight: Plitvice
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Historic Zagreb, Ljubljana Old City, Arrive in Bled
Today, travel inland to Zagreb, a vibrant European city with a wealth of historic monuments. Drive via Jelacic Square and busy Ilica Street to the medieval Upper Town with its striking monuments. View the Cathedral, the Parliament, St. Mark’s Church with its brightly colored roof and the 17th century Jesuit Church of St. Catherine before continuing to Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital. It is considered one of the undiscovered gems of Europe. A walking tour in the Old City center reveals the bustling open-air Central Market and the celebrated Triple Bridge that leads to poplar-lined terraces along the Ljubljanica River. View the Venetian-inspired Town Hall and Robba Fountain, inspired by the Four Rivers fountain in Rome. Conclude the day in the lovely city of Bled, exquisitely set amidst the Julian Alps. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings
Overnight: Bled
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Monday - Bled City Tour
Bled, with its rich natural beauty ranks among the world's most beautiful alpine resorts, also renowned for its mild, healing climate and its thermal lake water. With its emerald-green lake, picture-postcard church on an islet, a medieval castle clinging to a rocky cliff and some of the highest peaks of the Julian Alps, Bled is Slovenia's most popular resort. The tour begins at the imposing 11th century Bled Castle, the oldest in Slovenia, perched on a steep cliff high above the lake, creating a dramatic backdrop to the city. This is a medieval fortress, with huge towers, ramparts, moats and a terrace offering breathtaking views. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Bled independently. This evening, celebrate your last night in Slovenia with your travel companions at dinner
Overnight: Bled
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Tuesday - Arrive in Venice
Arrive in Venice and transfer to your hotel; remainder of the day is at leisure in this magical city built over a hundred small islands and connected by 400 bridges. This evening, join your group for an orientation meeting with your new Tour Manager for the Italy portion of your journey, followed by dinner
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Dinner

DAY 14, Wednesday - Murano, Tour of Venice
The discovery of Venice begins with a visit to one of Murano's factories, Known for its artistic and colorful Murano Glassware. Here you will witness the art of glassblowing. Afterwards, on to St. Mark's Square by boat where you begin the guided walking tour of this romantic city. View the Golden Basilica of San Marco, built over several centuries in a fusion of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian architecture. Walk via the Bridge of Sighs, created at the beginning of the 17th century to serve as a link between prisons. Continue to the pink marble Doge's Palace, official residence of the Venetian ruler; its facade is highlighted by a massive late-Gothic gate, known as the Porta della Carta. The rest of the day is yours to explore Venice independently. Or, participate in this afternoon's optional Gondola Ride with music - it's definitely one of the highlights of any Italian holiday!
Optional: Gondola Ride with Music (PM)
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Thursday - Tuscany & Pisa en route to Florence
Depart Venice and travel through the stunning golden landscape of Tuscany, dotted with olive and fig trees. Visit a typical Tuscan farm in the countryside for a wine tasting coupled with delectable local specialties. On to Pisa, to view the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, among the most instantly recognizable structures on earth. The monuments on the extraordinary Piazza create a unique architectural blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles. Then, travel to the lively Renaissance city of Florence, with its priceless art and architecture for overnight
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16, Friday - Tour of Florence
Today's tour of Florence begins with a visit to the Accademia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo's David is housed; stand in awe of this glorious work of art. Walk to the Duomo, celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery's renowned "Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti. Continue on a walk through the open-air museum at Signoria Square, ending at the splendid Ponte Vecchio. Florence is indeed the center of the world's finest art and architecture. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in this spectacular Renaissance city, or participate in the optional guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery* that provides insight into the history of the structure and its collections. The tour highlights include exceptional examples of Florentine painting to help you better understand the works of the masters, including Giotto, Botticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci. Tonight, a delightful evening that begins with a ride through the Tuscan hills to a lovely restaurant where a sumptuous Tuscan dinner is served along with unlimited wine and entertainment
*(Optional Uffizi Gallery Tour PM, US $62): available for purchase only in Italy from your Tour Manager. Tour participation guarantees immediate entry to the Gallery, with no lengthy waits in line. Please note: The museum has a limited maximum capacity and therefore reserves the right to restrict admission. In this case, we may not be able to offer the tour. Price is based on minimum number of passengers.
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 17, Saturday - Medieval Assisi City Tour en route to Rome
Depart Florence to the small medieval town of Assisi perched high on a hill in the Umbria region, with its Roman ruins, winding medieval streets and sacred shrines. Assisi is best known as the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi - patron saint of Italy. Its main attraction is the 13th-century Basilica di San Francesco, one of the artistic highlights of medieval Europe which contains the sacred relics of St. Francis and Giotto's astonishing frescoes. The town of Assisi has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significant art and architecture. Afterwards, continue to Rome, the astonishing city built on seven hills. Dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 18, Sunday - Tour Ancient Rome
The historic tour of ancient Rome begins at the Roman Forum, the central area of the city from which ancient Rome developed. Next, view the triumphal Arch of Constantine, erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine’s tenth year of leadership over the Eternal City. On to the mighty Colosseum, the largest amphitheater built in the Roman Empire that seated over 50,000, where gladiatorial contests and public events were attended by the rich, the poor and by the Emperor himself. Discover the delights of Rome this afternoon on your own. Stop at a local café and just people-watch, or linger over a cup of coffee, indulge in a delectable gelato or try an authentic Italian pizza. Tonight explore on your own and perhaps enjoy the typical Roman cuisine
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 19, Monday - Vatican Museum & Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel
Today visit the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. Stroll through one of the most important art collections of the world. Admire the Gallery of Tapestries and the Geographical Maps before arriving to the Sistine Chapel, with its great frescoes by Michelangelo. Continue to St. Peter's Square, passing Bernini's famous colonnade to view St. Peter's Basilica*, built on the burial site of Saint Peter, with the most famous Michelangelo’s Pieta. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or join the optional walking tour of the Eternal City’s grand piazzas that begins at the Spanish Steps and continues to the legendary Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the baroque Piazza Navona. Tonight join a scenic drive through the city and dinner in a typical Roman restaurant with wine and music
*Due to Religious events, the opening times of St. Peter Basilica are subject to change without notice. In these cases, you will visit the Vatican Library instead of the Basilica.
Optional: Piazzas of Rome (PM)
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 20, Tuesday - Depart Italy
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

One of the highlights of any Italian holiday! Enjoy a relaxing gondola ride with music along the famous Grand Canal, and experience a piece of Venetian history. Glide along the centuries old canals, past lavish palaces and under famous arched bridges (the Gondola holds a maximum of six passengers. Please note that this is not a private gondola ride. There will be one musician on board of one of the gondolas in your fleet).

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 30 minutes.

Day #14 01 Nov 2018 - 31 May 2019 $62.00
01 Jun 2019 - 28 Oct 2019 $66.00
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This half day walking tour takes you to explore the grand piazzas of the Eternal City. Stand in awe in front of the majestic Spanish Steps, the longest and widest decorative steps in Europe, and with your local guide stroll through the most characteristic "piazzas and vias " of Rome. Stop to admire the breathtaking grandeur of the Trevi Fountain and take the opportunity to toss in one, two, or three coins, each of which is supposed to bring a unique kind of good fortune. View the monumental Pantheon, the best preserved of any Roman building and admire the baroque Piazza Navona, which follows the shape of the ancient Roman Domitian Stadium, with Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers and the Egyptian Obelisk.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2-3 hours.

Day #19 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $49.00
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