Adriatic Cruise and Montenegro

Adriatic Cruise and Montenegro

The Dalmatian coastline along the Adriatic Sea is one of Europe’s beloved treasures – a wonderland of magical islands, azure blue seas, breathtaking mountain scenery, Roman ruins and medieval towns and villages that have remained unchanged for centuries.

We will discover all of this in style and comfort aboard the MS Splendid – an intimate yacht-like ship that is sleek and modern with a wide range of facilities. Purposely built for coastal cruises, the ship can easily navigate this magnificent coast and its islands, and dock in the small coastal ports and enchanting medieval towns. Cabins are compact and simply furnished. Public areas include a restaurant with a lounge-bar that leads to an outside, covered terrace with tables and chairs. The sun deck, featuring sun-beds for all guests and a jacuzzi, is perfect for relaxing and taking in the spectacular changing vistas. At the back of the ship an extra-large swimming platform with ladders provides easy access to the sea for those who like to swim. There is free WIFI available throughout the vessel. Ports of call include the wonderful old towns of Korcula, Split and Dubrovnik, and the scenic islands of Hvar, Brac and Mljet National Park.

Following our cruise we will stay 4 nights in the Republic of Montenegro – a country of extraordinary beauty with majestic mountain ranges, enchanting lakes, enormous canyons, stunning fjords and sandy beaches. We will stay in the popular resort town of Budva with its atmospheric old town, lovely sea views and endless boardwalk – perfect for strolling any time of day or evening. Our hotel is the Deluxe Splendid Conference and Spa Resort located on the beach with access to the boardwalk. Amenities of the hotel include a Wellness Spa with heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna and a large outdoor pool (not heated), complimentary WIFI, restaurant, bar and casino.

*** Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1: Departure

We depart for Podgorica - capital city of Montenegro, with a change of planes in Istanbul.

Day 2: Podgorica (Montenegro)

We arrive in Podgorica and transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 3: Trebinje (Bosnia & Herzegovina) / Dubrovnik (Embarkation)

We visit Trebinje - a small town in a beautiful valley in the heart of Bosnia’s wine country. After a walking tour of the town and lunch, we continue to Dubrovnik where we board our cruise ship. The rest of the day is free to get acquainted onboard until this evening’s Welcome Dinner.

Day 4: Elaphiti Islands / Korcula

We sail by the magnificent Elaphiti Islands archipelago, where those who wish can swim in the crystal blue waters. Later we arrive in Korcula - birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. After a walking tour of the narrow cobbled streets we will have free time to further explore the town.

Day 5: Hvar

We sail to the Island of Hvar - considered the sunniest island in Croatia - with the opportunity to swim in one of the many coves along the way. This evening our local guide will walk us through the town and tell us about the history and way of life on this picturesque island, and we will learn how lavender has been traditionally farmed on this island for centuries.

Day 6: Bol / Split

We visit the quaint Dalmatian town of Bol (known as the Golden Cape) for some free time. Later we cruise to Split - 2nd largest city in Croatia. The historic centre of Split is more that 1700 years old, and is a designated UNESCO?World Heritage Site. The historical buildings are located inside the walls of the Diocletian’s Palace, and our city tour will include a walk through the old Palace and grounds.

Day 7: Brac Island / Makarska

We cruise to beautiful Brac Island and Pucisca - the island’s biggest village. Pucisca is brimming with authentic Mediterranean architecture and rustic ambiance, and is ideally situated inside a deep fjord. The shiny white stone facades rising uphill are a unique site. The town is famous for its quarries, where stone was extracted to build the limestone columns of the White House in Washington, the Parliament House in Vienna and many other famous buildings. We continue to the popular resort town of Makarska with its lovely seafront promenade.

Day 8: Mijet National Park

We sail to the last island on our cruise – Mijet National Park. There will be free time to explore the Great and Small Lake and the Islet of St. Mary with its 12th century Benedictine Monastery.

Day 9: Dubrovnik

A pleasant cruise along the shores of Mijet and back along the Elaphiti Islands takes us back to Dubrovnik. We will have a city tour of Dubrovnik - another UNESCO World Heritage Site, followed by an afternoon at leisure to explore this beautiful historical city on our own.

Day 10: Disembarkation / Cetinje / Budva (Montenegro)

We disembark our cruise ship and travel by coach to Montenegro. The scenery is spectacular as we climb the mountain road to Mt. Lovcen, where we will marvel at the views of the mountain-encircled, fjord-like Bay of Kotor. We will stop in the village of Njegusi, at the oldest inn in Montenegro, for a sample of the old Slavic drink of mead (honey-wine). After a presentation of the making of their famous prosciutto with local brandy we continue our journey to Cetinje - the historic capital of Montenegro, where we’ll see the National Museum - formerly the royal palace of King Nikolas I. We continue to our hotel in the resort town of Budva for a 4-night stay.

Day 11: Budva

We enjoy a walking tour of the old town of Budva. With a history dating back 2500 years it is one of the oldest towns on the Adriatic. The rest of the day is free to relax at our seaside hotel and enjoy the town’s Mediterranean charm.

Day 12: Montenegro Mountains (Mt. Durmitor and Tara River National Park)

Today we explore the mountains of Montenegro. On our way to the Montenegro Highlands, we will pass through the dramatic canyon of the Piva River to the mountain village of Trsa in Tara River National Park. There we will embark on a thrilling jeep expedition through this glacier-formed landscape of deep canyons, pristine rivers and dense pine forests, enjoying breathtaking views of Tara River Canyon - the deepest in Europe. After a barbecue lunch, we drive through Mt. Durmitor, stopping for the many breathtaking photo opportunities, before returning to Budva.

Day 13: Bay of Kotor

There are very few places in the world that can compare with the natural beauty of the Bay of Kotor, and today we will explore the Bay by land and water. We start by driving along the coast through many small towns and villages, and stop in Porto Montenegro. Here we board a boat to cruise to the Bay of Kotor and the islet of “Our Lady of the Rocks”. We will visit the church there, then sail across the Bay to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kotor, famous for its nautical tradition. Our walking tour of the old town will include a visit to the 10th century Cathedral of St. Tryphon. The afternoon is at leisure before tonight’s Farewell Dinner.

Day 14: Home

We fly home via Istanbul.

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