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Luxury

Croatian Island Discovery with Jewels of Northern Croatia & Slovenia

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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

Reverse Trip

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

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

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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In Korčula this morning, stroll along the medieval streets flanked with palaces. Return to the ship and sail to Vis, one of the main Croatian Islands that 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. Head to the island’s 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. Return to your ship in Vis and dine on board.

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  • Dinner
Ancient village set along the waters edge, Croatia

Today depart from Vis for Stari Grad on the isle of Hvar. 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 you’ll hear about the aloe lace still produced today by the nuns. Afterwards, return to your ship, where you will enjoy dinner later this evening.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Spend the morning cruising from Hvar to Šibenik, where you’ll disembark your ship and be taken to Krka National Park. 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 relaxing walk along wooden jetties and bridges to admire the falls, as well as the unique flora and fauna. Return to the ship, where you will enjoy dinner on board as your ship moors overnight.

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Signature Experience

In Radošić, 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.


From Šibenik, travel to the traditional village of Radošić, where you will enjoy an authentic Signature Experience. Later, return to your ship in Šibenik, then cruise among the 140 islands that make up the Kornati archipelago, teeming with natural beauty, coves and clear blue waters. After navigating around the islands, perhaps enjoy a swim.

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Arrive in to Zadar and enjoy a guided walk of its well-preserved Old Town, Roman Columns, Romanesque churches and Renaissance palaces. Later, continue to Pag, where you will have another chance to swim straight off your deck. Your ship will dock here overnight, where perhaps you may like to try one of the local restaurants for dinner.

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Arrive in Rab and meander through the narrow old alleys of the picturesque Old Town. Later, 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, come together to share a farewell dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This evening, be treated to a superb three-course wine pairing dinner, with every ingredient (including the wine and olive oil) sourced on site of the property of the Wine Hotel & Restaurant Meneghetti.


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

Today, enjoy a private cruise along Lim Fjord, engulfed by stunning steep mountains on either side of you. Disembark your cruise in Rovinj, the jewel in the crown of the Istrian Peninsula and one of the Mediterranean’s last authentic fishing ports. Enjoy a walking tour before dinner at Spacio Matika. When you enter the restaurant, it’s as if you have stepped back in time, as you will truly feel the authentic atmosphere with great hospitality, local home-made wines, live music, and of course, delicious food.

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Gain an insight into truffle hunting, including a delicious truffle tasting. Later, explore the fascinating Salt Pan, which are quite rare as salt is still produced here using centuries-old processes of natural crystallisation, working by hand and employing tools and procedures passed down through generations. Later, continue to your hotel in Portorož and enjoy dinner this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Kempinski Palace Portorož

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  • Dinner

Explore the World Heritage-listed Skocjan Caves, which is also the largest known underground canyon in the world. Afterwards, visit a stud farm in Lipica, which is famous for breeding beautiful Lipizzan horses. A national treasure of Slovenia, this is the original farm that was responsible for perpetuating this breed, which are provided to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. This evening, you will enjoy a discovery of beautiful Piran.

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Travel to Lake Bled and board a traditional Pletna boat for a cruise on Lake Bled to the island. Afterwards, enjoy a guided tour of Bled Castle, whose origins date back to 1004. Later, arrive at your hotel, which is part of the esteemed Small Luxury Hotels of the World group. With a history spanning 80 years, your hotel is set on the shores of Lake Bled, which is an idyllic place for dinner this evening.

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, the villages of Bohinj and Vogel offer incredible vistas and evergreen slopes. Later, arrive in the Logar Valley, where you’ll be astounded by the stunning scenery that greets you the moment you enter the valley. This rarely visited region is tucked away and offers a harmonious blend of peace and nature. Tonight, enjoy dinner accompanied by local entertainers this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Logar Valley, Hotel Plesnik

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps get active and embark on a hike in the valley. For a more leisurely option, take a relaxing horse and carriage ride, or maybe visit a traditional wooden granary.


You can’t make a bad decision when it comes to choosing today’s sightseeing inclusion, as they all perfectly showcase the best that the Logar Valley region has to offer.

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Farewell the Logar Valley as you make your way to your last destination, Ljubljana. Along the way, savour a wine tasting, where you will sample fine Slovenian varieties. The evening is yours at leisure to either relax at your hotel or explore more and check out the local dining scene.

Stay: Two Nights, Ljubljana, Hotel Cubo

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Embark on a guided discovery of Ljubljana today and make sure you have your camera handy to capture views from Ljubljana Castle. This evening, come together to say your goodbyes and reflect on the days that have just passed as you 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.

It has been a privilege to welcome so many guests aboard APT’s award-winning journeys, and a joy to see those guests fall in love with each new experience the world presents.