Day 1 - UK/Zagrebvia Frankfurt
Depart on your scheduled flight to Zagreb today via Frankfurt. On arrival we'll transfer you to your hotel close to the centre of the city.
Day 2 - Zagreb
Today you're going to discover the highlights of Zagreb. They include the twin neo-Gothic spires of Zagreb Cathedral, the Baroque Archbishops' Palace and St Mark's Church, one of the city's most famous sights.
Day 3 - Plitvice Lakes
You'll get to soak up the wonders of nature at the UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park today. Situated in a valley between forested mountainsides, these 16 lakes spill into each other forming cascading waterfalls. You'll enjoy a cruise across the largest, Lake Kozjak, and take a stroll amongst this stunning scenery.
On arrival in medieval Zadar later, we'll see the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation, terrific art installations which harness the power of nature.
Day 4 - Zadar
You'll see plenty of Zadar on a sightseeing tour this morning. Discover the famous fish market and pass through the mighty city walls, which feature magnificent gates built in the 16th century. Other highlights will be the Roman forum and the 9th century church of St Donatus. You can then spend this afternoon exploring further at your own pace.
Day 5 - Brac Island
You've made discoveries on dry land, and now it's time to take to the water on a relaxing 7-night cruise. We'll head to Split where we'll join our ship the MV Moonlight. Once we've settled in we'll get together for a welcome reception and lunch. The captain then sets sail for Brac, where we stop at the charming fishing village of Sumartin or Milna.
This evening, enjoy a tasting of Croatian wines on board and a welcome 'Moonlight' cocktail before dinner is served.
Day 6 - Korcula
For a small country, Croatia produces a huge amount of olives, and the families of your captain and crew grow them in their home village. As we cruise to Korcula we'll learn all about the process of making olive oil and enjoy a tasting.
We'll arrive after lunch, so we'll step ashore and stretch our legs on a walking tour. The island is the reputed birthplace of the famous adventurer Marco Polo and it boasts atmospheric streets watched over by the majestic St Mark's Cathedral. You can make your own discoveries during free time, before heading back to the ship.
This evening if you'd like to try some Dalmatian specialities, join our optional guided walking tour of the village of Zrnovo which includes a dinner of local delicacies.
Day 7 - Ston
From the coastal town of Slano we're going to take the short journey by road to Ston. Set in a shallow bay, this medieval fortress town boasts a rich history dating back to the 14th century. It is also known for its oyster farms, and we're going to head out on a boat with a local fisherman to harvest some ourselves. Next, we will get to try some of these delicacies for lunch with a glass or two of Croatian wine, of course.
After lunch, you'll see the second-longest stone wall in Europe on a guided tour of Ston. We'll then transfer to Dubrovnik, where we'll re-board the ship in time for dinner.
Day 8 - Dubrovnik
You're going to visit one of Croatia's most stunning cities today, Dubrovnik. Soak up its beauty on a guided tour of the Old Town and a cable-car ride up Srd Hill, which offers amazing views. There's so much to see here, so during a free afternoon perhaps stroll along the famous Stradun to the former Rector's Palace, now a museum. Or visit the Franciscan Monastery, which houses the oldest pharmacy in Europe.
Back on board the ship tonight a special Captain's Dinner gives you a great excuse to dress up.
DAY 9 - Mljet
After lunch on board, we'll arrive at one of the most attractive of the Adriatic islands, Mljet. We'll head ashore to explore its impressive national park, which is a beautiful combination of saltwater lakes and dense forest. Architectural highlights include a Franciscan monastery and a charming church.
Day 10 - Hvar
You'll want to be on deck as the ship approaches Hvar – the views are absolutely stunning. During a guided tour of the main town, which is also called Hvar, a highlight is its striking Renaissance cathedral. Next, we head to the tranquil island of Solta, stepping ashore in Stomorska. This fishing village is famed for its fleet of ancient wooden ships originally used to transport the island's wine and olive oil to the mainland.
Day 11 - Split
Our final port of call is Split, the second-largest city in Croatia. Together we'll explore during a guided walking tour, with the Diocletian's Palace a stunning highlight. One of the world's most impressive Roman monuments, the palace houses an assortment of restaurants, bars and shops within its ancient walls. We'll visit a market selling fresh produce, and then you can spend the rest of the afternoon exploring at your own pace.
Back on the ship, there's a lovely farewell evening planned – a 'Croatian Heritage' dinner with live entertainment. Local specialities include 'soparnik' – a savoury pie – and a stewed beef dish called 'pašticada'.
Day 12 - Split/UK
After disembarking the ship this morning, we'll transfer you to Split airport for your flight back to the UK