Itinerary + Map

DAY 1 Venice
Embark on an in depth discovery of Croatia and Slovenia. Your journey begins in Venice, one of the world's most iconic cities, where the day is free to explore before joining your fellow travellers and Tour Manager for this evenings Welcome Dinner. D
Stay at Hotel Salute Palace (4 star) or similar
DAY 2 Venice - Postojna - Bled
This morning we travel to Slovenia and discover its highlights including Postojna, one of Europe’s largest cave systems. Travel by electric train into the underground and explore the two million year old caverns, halls and passages of this jaw-dropping subterranean world. We will then continue to picturesque Bled where you will stay for the next two nights. Enjoy a relaxing pletna boat ride on the lake to explore the historic church on the island and Bled’s imposing Castle. BL
Stay at Hotel Astoria (4 star) or similar
DAY 3 Bled / Julian Alps
We discover Slovenia’s breathtaking alpine region as we travel to stunning Lake Bohinj for a cable car ride to the top of Mt Vogel with its incredible vistas. Continue your regional exploration and visit a local tourist farm for an opportunity to participate in a butter making workshop. This evening travel to a nearby village for dinner in a local restaurant. BD
Stay at Hotel Astoria (4 star) or similar
DAY 4 Bled – Ljubljana – Zagreb
Today we uncover Slovenia’s lively capital Ljubljana on a guided walk through its baroque Old Town. We then cross the border and travel to the Croatian capital, Zagreb to check in to your hotel. After settling in to our rooms we will join our guide for a walking tour featuring the historic Upper Town, Zagreb Cathedral and Government Palace. BD
Stay at Hotel Dubrovnik (4 star) or similar
DAY 5 Zagreb - Bale
We continue our journey to enchanting Istria, which still retains its Venetian heritage, to explore its lesser known inland region of delightful medieval hilltop villages. Our guide will take us for a true taste of the region to visit a small family-owned olive oil factory in Bale, sample locally produced oil and enjoy lunch at a quaint local restaurant. BL
Stay at Hotel La Grisa (4 star) or similar
Note: Due to increased interest in the Istrian region, on our 12 August departure the group will stay in quaint Buzet.
DAY 6 Bale / Istrian Peninsula
Experience Istria's stunning coast as we explore the picturesque village of Rovinj with our local guide. Wander the charming cobbled streets of the historical centre and see the hilltop church of St. Euphemia, a striking baroque building which dominates the core of the Old Town. Enjoy free time and lunch in a local restaurant in Rovinj your journey south to Pula to visit its ancient Roman amphitheatre towering over the town's centre. BL
Stay at Hotel La Grisa (4 star) or similar
DAY 7 Bale - Plitvice Lakes National Park
This morning we take a scenic drive to one of Croatia's top highlights, Plitvice Lakes National Park. Join our local specialst for a guided walking tour through the park where 16 terraced lakes are connected by cascading waterfalls offering spectacular scenery. BD
Stay at Hotel Fenomen (4 star)
DAY 8 Plitvice Lakes National Park - Skradin - Split
This morning presents another opportunity to capture the beauty of the lakes as we walk in the park before travelling through Croatia's heartland to Bibich Winery. At this culinary stop we sample locally produced wines and enjoy a lunch of regional foods before proceeding to Split for an early evening arrival at your hotel. BL
Stay at Hotel Cornaro (4 star)
DAY 9 CRUISE: Split - Brac - Hvar
With our guide we will explore Split’s historic centre built around the 4th century Diocletian’s Palace. We will then meet our captain and crew as we embark on a private charter aboard the deluxe MS New Star through the stunning Dalmatian Islands. We set sail for beautiful Bol on the Island of Brac, for a swim at the famous Golden Horn beach. We arrive this evening in Hvar’s ancient port of Stari Grad. BL
Our Hvar experience continues with an in-depth introduction to island life on one of the world’s most stunning islands. We explore small fishing villages, see vineyard-covered hills, olive groves and undulating fields of rosemary and lavender (seasonal), followed by a traditional peka lunch including wine tasting at a local konoba (traditional tavern). In the afternoon we arrive in Hvar Town, the historical centre of Hvar Island, for a guided walk through this popular Adriatic hot spot. BL
DAY 11 CRUISE: Hvar - Bisevo - Vis
We cruise to Bisevo Island’s incredible Blue Cave, one of the most unique natural phenomena. Only recently opened to the public, its silvery blue waters are a must –see. We continue our cruise with stops for a refreshing swim in the warm waters of the Adriatic to beautiful Vis Island. Until the late 80’s Vis was close to tourists and served as a military zone for the Yugoslav army. BL
DAY 12 CRUISE: Vis - Korcula
This morning we journey to Korcula sailing along the length of the island to enchanting Korcula Town where, on a walking tour, we will see the mighty fortress and city walls. BL
DAY 13 CRUISE: Korcula - Mljet
Cruise along Korcula Island to enchanting Korcula Town where, on a walking tour, we will see the mighty fortress and city walls. We continue our Dalmatian exploration to Mljet, one of the Adriatic’s prettiest islands. Here we will embrace the relaxed atmosphere and unspoilt beauty of the National Park, its two unique salt water lakes and medieval monastery. BL
DAY 14 CRUISE: Mljet - Sipan
Enjoy refreshing swims and stops in beautiful coves as we cruise to Sipan, forming part of the picturesque Elaphite Islands. Here we will explore the settlement of Sipanska Luka and appreciate its delightful laid back ambiance. BL
DAY 15 CRUISE: Sipan - Dubrovnik
We cruise the final stretch to Dubrovnik, the Jewel of the Adriatic, and take in spectacular views of the city walls and Old Harbour. We will join a walking tour of the walled city and tonight, celebrate the conclusion of our tour at a farewell dinner accompanied by klapa entertainment. BD
DAY 16 CRUISE: Dubrovnik
Your cruise-tour concludes with a departure transfer for your onward journey. B

  • Arrival Transfer
  • Departure Transfer
  • Cruise Manager
  • Port fees and tourist taxes
  • National Park Fees
  • Daily cabin service
  • Fresh towels and bed linen mid week
  • Luggage handling
  • 8 day cruise in a sea-view cabin
  • 8 day land tour with air-conditioned coach
  • 8 nights accommodation in 4 star and boutique hotels
  • Hotel porterage
  • All gratuities
  • All site entry fees
  • 15 breakfasts
  • 10 lunches (with complimentary beverage during cruise)
  • 5 dinners – including Farewell Dinner
  • Guided tours of:
    Plitvice National Park
    Postojna Caves
  • Visit:
    Blue Cave
    Mljet National Park
  • Also included:
    Visit a family-owned olive oil factory in Bale and sample locally produced oils
    Pletna boat ride in Bled
    Hvar Island tour followed by a traditional Peka lunch including wine tasting at a local konoba (traditional tavern)
    Lake Bohinj Cable Car
    Bibich Winery visit tasting and light tapas lunch


Prices are per person in Australian Dollars (AUD)

Date Twin/Double Single
Standard Cabin Lower Deck Standard Cabin Main Deck Single Cabin Main Deck Double Cabin Upper Deck Standard Cabin Lower Deck Standard Cabin Main Deck Single Cabin Main Deck Double Cabin Upper Deck
12 Aug 2022
MS New Star
Booking Enquiry $6,315 $6,175 $6,780 $6,635 N/A $7,010 $6,870 $9,370 $9,230 $10,250 $10,100 $8,900 $8,750 N/A
09 Sep 2022
MS New Star
Booking Enquiry Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out Sold Out
23 Sep 2022
MS New Star
Booking Enquiry $6,505 $6,365 $6,970 $6,830 N/A $7,195 $7,055 $9,560 $9,420 $10,430 $10,280 $9,080 $8,940 N/A

Ship Information

Boat 1: MS New Star

  • Launched: 2018
  • Refurbished: 2021
  • Length: 45.8m
  • Breadth: 9m
  • Speed: 18.5km/h
  • Crew: 8
  • Passengers: 39
  • Cabins: 20
  • Voltage: 220v
  • Sundeck with deck chairs, sunbeds and jacuzzi
  • Salon restaurant
  • Bar
  • Large screen LCD TV
  • Outdoor lounge with tables and comfortable sofas
  • Rear swimming platform
  • Air-conditioned en-suite cabins
Deck Cabin Bedding Size (sqm) Window To Open
Upper Deck Standard Double 15-19 Window Yes
Main Deck Standard Double/Twin 15-19 Window Yes
Main Deck Standard Single 10-11 Window Yes
Lower Deck Standard Double/Twin 15-19 Porthole No


  • En-suite
  • Air-conditioning
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wardrobe
  • Desk