Day 1 - UK/Zagrebvia Frankfurt
Depart on your scheduled flight to Zagreb todayt. On arrival we'll transfer you to your hotel close to the centre of the city.
Day 2 - 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 3 - 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 4 - 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, 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 cocktail before dinner is served.
Day 5 - 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. 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 join us on an optional walking tour or 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 6 - Dubrovnik
Today we sail to Dubrovnik, where you will have plenty of time to explore this amazing city and learn about its colourful history. Take a stroll through the beautiful Old Town, where local people chat outside their homes and the narrow streets are lined with cafés, shops and restaurants. You could choose to walk around the magnificent city walls and take in stunning views of the Old Town and Adriatic Sea. If you'd like to see the city from a different perspective, why not take to the water and kayak beneath the city walls on our exciting optional excursion.
There are lots of wonderful places to eat in Dubrovnik and the fresh local seafood comes highly recommended. This evening is yours to explore what's on offer in the city's restaurants and to have dinner wherever you fancy.
Day 7 - 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 8 - Mljet
After lunch on board, we'll arrive at one of the most attractive of the Adriatic islands, Mljet. Why not join us in an optional excursion exploring 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 9 - Hvar
You'll want to be on deck as the ship approaches Hvar – the views are absolutely stunning. Step ashore in the main town, also called Hvar, for an optional walking tour. 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.
Days 10 and - 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 .
Days 11 - 12 - Split/UK
After disembarking the ship this morning, we'll transfer you to Split airport for your flight back to the UK