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Luxury

The Imperial Trail and Croatian Island Discovery

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Trip Code: NOBQDV15
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

The imperial Schönbrunn Palace

Discover the imperial family's former summer residence as you wander through the palace and manicured gardens.

Uncover historic Hvar

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

An authentic village

Visit the village of Radošić, where you will watch a traditional dance performance and enjoy a cooking demonstration.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Unique experiences in up to 21 destinations
  • Expert services of APT Cruise and Tour directors
  • Finest dining - a total of 37 meals
  • Complimentary beverages served at your discretion on board*
  • Eight nights aboard the intimate MV Queen Eleganza
  • Return airport transfers, porterage and tipping

Map & Itinerary

Europe Map NOBQDV15 2019

Dubrovnik to Vienna

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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  • Dinner

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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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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 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.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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.

Daily :
  • 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.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After disembarking in Opatija, visit Učka Nature Park, one of Croatia's best-kept secrets, covering 160 square kilometres of rarely visited natural beauty. Its highest peak, Vojak, stands at an impressive 1,401 metres. Afterwards continue to Hum, affectionately known as the 'smallest town in the world' with a population of just 21. Later on arrive at your hotel in Trieste, where you spend the evening at leisure.

Stay: Two Nights, Trieste, Savoia Excelsior Palace or Hotel Continentale Trieste

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps visit Piran and explore the Piran Salt Pan, which uses centuries-old processes passed down through generations. Alternatively, in Trieste, climb Cathedral Hill and visit the grave of 19th-century scholar of Neoclassicism, Johann Joachim Winckelmann, followed by a visit to Mirimare Castle.


Enjoy a tour of Portorož, then, choose your sightseeing activity.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Take part in a guided walking tour of Trieste, seeing places and landmarks which represent the symbols of the Habsburg Empire that made Trieste the 4th largest city of the Austro-Hungarian Empire then enjoy Lunch. Later on visit a stud farm in Lipica, which is famous for breeding beautiful Lipizzan horses. This is the original farm that was responsible for perpetuating this breed that you would have seen at Vienna's Spanish Riding School.

Stay: Two Nights, InterContinental Ljubljana or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Enjoy a tour of Ljubljana, and see the graceful Opera House, the National Theatre and Ljubljana Castle.

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  • Breakfast

Travel to Lake Bled and enjoy a morning cruise. Later travel to Vienna and enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Vienna, Palais Hansen Kempinski Wien or similar

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning, visit the Spanish Riding School and see the beautiful Lipizzan horses. Afterwards explore Vienna, the home to an array of striking architecture as well as a rich classical music culture and vibrant cafes. Take in many of the city’s most important landmarks during a tour along the Ringstrasse, Vienna’s famous ring boulevard officially opened by Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1865. You will see St Stephan's Cathedral, the Imperial Burial Vault, Imperial Palace and the Church of the Augustinian Friars – known as the 'private church of the Habsburgs'. Later, visit Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family. Wander through its lush, manicured gardens and marvel at magnificent sculptures.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Today, depart after breakfast.

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  • Breakfast

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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Swim straight off the deck

Your small ship comes with its very own activity platform, allowing you to swim in the warm Adriatic waters.

Dine on board or ashore*

Docking in port each evening allows you to either savour fine cuisine on board or perhaps sample the local fare in town.

As a family-owned company with origins that date back to 1927, we know how to make a great holiday extraordinary