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The Imperial Trail and Croatian Island Discovery

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Trip Code: NOBQVD15
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Trip Highlights

The imperial Schönbrunn Palace

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

An authentic village

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

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.

Your Vacation Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to 21 destinations
  • Expert services of an APT Cruise Director and Tour Directors
  • Finest dining - a total of 33 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

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Europe Map NOBQVD15 2019

Vienna to Dubrovnik

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

Arrive in Vienna and transfer to your hotel. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers during a Welcome Dinner.

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

Daily :
  • Dinner

Today is about exploring 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

This morning, visit the Spanish Riding School and see the beautiful Lipizzan horses. Afterwards, venture into Slovenia as you arrive in Ljubljana. Enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, InterContinental Ljubljana or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Travel to Lake Bled and enjoy a morning cruise. Later, enjoy a tour of Ljubljana, and see the graceful Opera House, the National Theatre and Ljubljana Castle.

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  • Breakfast

This morning, 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. Enjoy lunch in Trieste then take part in a guided walking tour, seeing places and landmarks which represent the symbols of the Habsburg Empire that made Trieste the 4th largest city of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
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.

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  • Breakfast

Today, visit Hum, affectionately known as the 'smallest town in the world' with a population of just 21. Afterwards, 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. Later, arrive in Opatija, once the playground of the Habsburg's elite for relaxation. Board your small ship, which will moor here overnight. You may wish to take a post-evening stroll and take advantage of your ship docked in port overnight once the crowds on larger cruise ships have left.

Stay: Eight Nights, MV Queen Eleganza

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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. Later arrive in Rab and meander through the narrow old alleys of the picturesque Old Town. Tonight, perhaps sample the local cuisine and dine ashore.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This afternoon, 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.


Spend the day 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. Enjoy your Signature Experience this afternoon, then return to your ship in Šibenik.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning, 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. 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

From your berth in 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. After some free time, return to the ship and enjoy lunch on board as you set sail for your next destination, Vis. Arrive at this small island this evening and perhaps dine ashore.

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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.


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. Enjoy your Signature Experience then return to the ship and sail to Korčula this afternoon, where you will stroll the medieval streets flanked with palaces. Dine on board or ashore tonight.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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. Continue sailing and perhaps stop for a swim on the island of Jakljan, before arriving in Dubrovnik later this afternoon for a guided tour of this walled city. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Be transferred to the airport.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

View of ship docked in the water, MV Queen Eleganza
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.

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