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Luxury

Croatian Island Discovery with Jewels of Northern Croatia & Slovenia

Dubrovnik to Ljubljana
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Trip Code: NOBQDL18
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

The mesmerising Blue Grotto

Board a local boat to visit Biševo's Blue Grotto, a coastal cave whose waters shine an amazing hue of blue.

Uncover historic Hvar

Explore Hvar's Old Town walk, including the iconic main square which is the largest piazza in Dalmatia.

Visit the Home of Lipizzan Horses

Visit a stud farm in the Slovenian town of Lipica where the world famous Lipizzan horses originated.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 27 destinations
  • APT’s Freedom of Choice Inclusions in Logar Valley
  • Locally inspired dining - a total of 44 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert APT expedition leader and team
  • Return airport transfers, porterage and gratuities

Map & Itinerary

Europe Map NOBQDL18 2020
Dubrovnik to Ljubljana

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

Upon arrival into Dubrovnik, be met at the airport and transfer to your ship. Here, enjoy a Welcome Dinner before overnighting in this magnificent town.

Stay: Eight Nights, MV Queen Eleganza

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This morning in Dubrovnik set out for a guided tour of this walled city. Continue sailing and perhaps stop for a swim on the island of Jakljan. Later on, sail to Mljet, one of the few Dalmatian islands that was never ruled by Venice. During a tour to its national park, discover its pristine turquoise lakes.

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Today arrive in Korčula where you will stroll the medieval streets flanked with palaces. Enjoy your Signature Experience before heading to one of the main Croatian Islands from the coast. Vis was used as a military base for the Yugoslav army and only opened up to tourism in 1989. This isolation and lack of development is the island's main attraction, as it is filled with natural beauty. Dine on board or ashore tonight.

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Ancient village set along the waters edge, Croatia

Signature Experience

Head to the island to the port of Komiža, where you will board a local boat to the neighbouring island of Biševo. Here, visit its spectacular Blue Grotto, a coastal cave whose waters shine an amazing hue of blue when the sun’s rays pass through an underwater opening, while the rocks beneath gleam a silver shimmer.


Today depart from Vis for Stari Grad, take a short coach ride across the island to the stunning Old Town of Hvar for a guided walk. Commence in the iconic main square, which is the largest piazza in Dalmatia, then see the cathedral and the Franciscan Monastery. Continue to the Benedictine Nunnery, where we hear about the aloe lace still produced today by the nuns. Return to the ship for lunch and spend the afternoon cruising to Hvar where you will enjoy dinner on board as your ship moors overnight.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This afternoon, visit the dramatic waterfalls in Krka where you will see Skradinski Buk, a large natural pool with high waterfalls at one end and cascades at the other. Take a walk along wooden jetties and bridges to admire the falls, and the unique flora and fauna.

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Signature Experience

This morning, dock in Šibenik, and travel to the traditional village of Radošić, where you will enjoy an authentic experience. Sample some of the local brandy and home-made doughnuts on arrival, then watch on as the locals perform a dance that has been passed through generations since the 18th-century. Afterwards, enjoy a cooking demonstration of how the villagers make their bread, before a tour of the village and dinner.


Arrive in Šibenik and enjoy your Signature Experience this morning, then return to your ship. Later on amongst the 140 islands that make up the Kornati archipelago, teeming with natural beauty, coves and clear blue waters. Cruise around the islands then perhaps enjoy a swim.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
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This morning arrive in Zadar and enjoy a guided walk of its well-preserved Old Town, Roman Columns, Romanesque churches and Renaissance palaces. Continue to Pag, where you will have another chance to swim straight off your deck. Your ship will dock here overnight.

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Arrive in Rab and meander through the narrow old alleys of the picturesque Old Town. Then sail to the beautiful island of Krk, where weather permitting, your ship will drop its anchor so you can enjoy a swim straight off the deck. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

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After disembarking Opatija set off to Bale. At your hotel, savour a three-course wine pairing dinner.

Stay: Two Nights, Bale, Wine Hotel & Restaurant Meneghetti

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Head to Rovinj on the Istrian Peninsula and board a cruise along Lim Fjord. Experience a local restaurant for dinner.

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Gain an insight into truffle hunting, including a tasting. Afterwards, visit Piran and its salt pans. Later, continue to your hotel in Portorož.

Stay: Two Nights, Kempinski Palace Portorož

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Explore the Škocjan Caves, then visit a stud farm in Lipica known for its Lipizzan horses.

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Travel to Lake Bled and board a Pletna boat for a cruise on Lake Bled, followed by a guided exploration of Bled Castle.

Stay: Grand Hotel Toplice, Lake View Room

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View across a lake surrounded by lush green bushland, Slovenia

In Slovenia’s alps, visit Bohinj and Vogel. Later, arrive in the Logar Valley, where you’ll enjoy dinner and local entertainers this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Logar Valley, Hotel Plesnik

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hike in the valley, ride a bike, take a horse and carriage ride, visit a wooden granary or tour a farm and try some archery.

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Travel to Ljubljana and enjoy a wine tasting.

Stay: Two Nights, Ljubljana, Hotel Cubo

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Discover Ljubljana and take in views from Ljubljana Castle. Savour a farewell dinner.

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Be transferred to the airport.

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Travel & Accommodation

Aerial shot of Queen Eleganza ship

The Boutique MV Queen Eleganza

With just 18 cabins, the boutique MV Queen Eleganza is purpose-built for Croatia and offers an intimate atmosphere.

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Luxurious accommodation

No matter which destination, you will stay in luxurious accommodation throughout your journey.

Delve deeper into Europe

With an average group size of 30 on your land journey you can be sure you'll enjoy an immersive experience of Europe.

As a family-owned company, we take great pride in treating each and every guest as part of the family