Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro Aboard the M/Y Callisto
Jewel-toned waters and thundering waterfalls, towering mountains and sheer cliffs, ancient towns and primeval forests. These are just some of the wonders offered by the exquisite Dalmatian Coast.
We begin our journey in the country of Croatia, exploring both the mainland and several islands. A recent addition to the EU, Croatia is quickly becoming a must-see destination due to its enchanting beauty and old-world splendor. Walk the marble streets of the Old Town of Dubrovnik, surrounded by quaint dwellings and centuries old battlements. Traverse wooden bridges over the vast, crystal blue lakes of Plitvice Lakes National Park and be awed by the innumerable cascading waterfalls. Tour spectacularly preserved Roman ruins in Split and enduring medieval buildings in Rab. The delightfully diverse landscape, turbulent history, and prideful population make Croatia a destination you won’t want to miss.
From Croatia, we move on to the neighboring nation of Montenegro, where our cruise ends. With its serene coastlines, rolling hills, and medieval towns, Montenegro is visually similar to Croatia on a smaller scale. The walled in Old Town of Kotor features narrow cobblestone streets, medieval architecture, and spectacular views of the bay and the surrounding mountains.
Included in package:
· 4 nights pre cruise accommodations
· Airport Meet and Greet
· Transfers airport-hotel-ship
· Baggage handling hotels & ship
· Most meals included
· Excursions as per itinerary
· 7 nights aboard the M/Y Callisto
· All meals onboard ship
· Park Fees and Government Taxes
· Services of a Professional English Speaking Guide
Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro Aboard the M/Y Callisto
Day by Day Itinerary
DAY 1: ZAGREB
Arrive in Zagreb and transfer to the Hotel Westin Zagreb. Enjoy the day at your leisure and a welcome dinner at the hotel or local restaurant. Meals | Dinner
DAY 2: ZAGREB
After breakfast, we will take a walking tour of Zagreb, Croatia's capital. Beginning in Lower Zagreb, we ascend by cable railway to the Lotrscak Tower and historical Upper Zagreb. Visit St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Church, the Croatian Parliament, and more. Explore the local Dolac farmer's market and Ban Jelacic Square, the central square of the city. Walk uphill to Kaptol, where you will find the Gothic Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to spend as you choose. Take this opportunity to visit one of Zagreb's many museums, such as Mimara Art Museum, Croatian Museum of Naïve Art, or the Museum of Broken Relationships, dedicated to failed love. For dinner, experience local Croatian cuisine at one of Zagreb's many restaurants or cafes. Meals | Breakfast
DAY 3: ZAGREB / PLITVICE
We depart Zagreb after breakfast for a panoramic drive to Plitvice Lake National Park, known for its chain of 16 natural lakes, myriad waterfalls, and limestone caves. Named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979, the park is home to bears, wolves, and several rare species of birds. Enjoy lunch on your own, followed by a ferry ride on the park's largest lake, Kozjak. Dinner and overnight in the Hotel Jezero or similar. Meals | Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 4: PLITVICE / MOSTAR / DUBROVNIK
After breakfast, we depart Plitvice and travel to Dubrovnik via Bosnia and Herzegovina. This panoramic drive through the Bosnian countryside provides spectacular views of the mountains, green hills, and the rivers of Oriental Bosnia. We'll stop for a walking tour in the city of Mostar in southern Bosnia along the Neretva River. Visit the Koski Mehmed Paša Mosque, the 17th-century Turkish House, and Stari Most, a reconstructed medieval bridge. Destroyed during conflict in the 1990s, the bridge and much of the Old Town were restored with the assistance of UNESCO. We'll have lunch within view of the historic bridge, then depart for Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” Arrive in the late evening for dinner and overnight in Hotel Valamar or similar. Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5: DUBROVNIK
After breakfast, we explore the Old Town of Dubrovnik. Upon arrival, we will board a cable car, at additional cost, for a bird's eye view of the entire city. Following the cable car, we enter the Old Town of Dubrovnik for a walking tour. Encircled by monumental stone ramparts, the old town is a labyrinth of short, narrow stone streets, palaces, towers, monasteries and houses, all over 300 years old. Visit the Stradun main street, Onofrio Fountain, Orlando Column, 16th-century Sponza Palace, and the Old Port. Enjoy lunch at your leisure before departing through Pile Gate, the 15th-century traditional entrance to the town, for Gruz Harbour, where we will board our ship and enjoy a welcome dinner. Meals | Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6: SPLIT
Arrive this morning in Split. As we begin our walking tour from the pier, the guide will discuss the town's history, highlighting Diocletian's Palace, built by Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the 4th century. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Diocletian's Palace has been continuously inhabited for more than 1,700 years, up to present day. Our tour of this fine example of late Roman Empire architecture begins in a basement substructure so remarkably preserved, it has helped archaeologists understand the construction of palatial buildings. The highpoint of our tour is the heart of the palace, the Peristyle, featuring the emperor's private quarters, the mausoleum, and several temples. Upon completion of the tour, enjoy some free time in this magical town.
Optional tour: Take in a scenic drive along the Riviera of the Seven Castles (locally known as Kastela.) These are small, typical Mediterranean towns, but their names all bear the title “Kastela,” meaning they developed from fortresses built along the seaside as a fortification system. Afterward, we'll visit the small island of Trogir, squeezed between the mainland and the larger island of Ciovo, and connected to the mainland by a bridge. We'll visit Trogir's main attraction, the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, which represents one of Croatia's finest examples of sacral architecture. Other local buildings of interest include the town loggia, the town hall, and the Cipiko Palace. Enjoy some leisure time for exploring the old town of Trogir before the return drive to Split. Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7: RAB
After breakfast, we'll venture into Rab, a town of rare charm, packed with grand old houses and interesting buildings. Our guided walking tour will showcase some of the most interesting features of this lovely town, including a view of the cathedral, a three-nave basilica dedicated to the 12th-century Saint Mary, and the Church of Justina. We'll also enjoy an opportunity to see the Church of St. John the Baptist and ruins of the ancient basilica, the Prince's Palace, and the sculptures of Draga and Kaliforni in the town's main square. In the afternoon, we sail toward the south, passing between the beautiful Kornati Islands to Sibenik. Overnight at sea. Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8: SIBENIK
Today, we will disembark in the town of Sibenik and travel by coach through the karst hinterland towards the famous Krka River waterfalls. Located in lovely Krka National Park, the falls cascade over 17 natural gypsum barriers. The entire area is rich with endemic species of vegetation, birds, and fish. Due to severe laws regarding natural preservation, this extraordinary are has been preserved in its original form. After some free time in the park, board the coach and visit the small town of Primosten, situated on an islet close to the mainland and famous for its huge and beautiful vineyards. Upon our return to Sibenik, we will enjoy a guided walking tour of this town founded by Croats more than a thousand years ago. Sibenik is famous for the ancient fortresses surrounding it, its monumental Gothic-Renaissance Cathedral of St. James, and the narrow streets and numerous churches scattered throughout the town and surrounding areas. The tour will take us through the old part of the town, where we will see the city hall, the Baroque Orthodox church, and the commercial and crafts center. Overnight in port. Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9: HVAR / KORCULA
Early this morning, we sail to Hvar, longest of the Croatian islands and home to three towns. The largest town, also named Hvar, served as an important harbor for Venice's Adriatic fleet from the late 12th century through most of the 18th. Join the promenade up to the Renaissance Cathedral, round the 16th-century town well, down to the arsenal with its striking portal, and over to the dock. Then, return to the square for a visit to the Cathedral and its graceful 17th-century bell tower. Through narrow streets, we will walk to the 15th-century Franciscan monastery to visit he impressive Renaissance cloister, the old refectory that today houses a collection of lace, manuscripts and books, and the church, with its remarkable collection of paintings. Early this afternoon, we'll take a leisurely sail to Korcula, arriving late evening. Overnight in port. Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10: KORCULA
Our guide will explain why the Old Town of Korcula is a masterwork of architecture and urban planning. The layout of the town streets, reminiscent of a fish skeleton, takes advantage of the surrounding winds to clear the air, like a natural air-conditioning system. Korcula is also known as the birthplace of Marco Polo, whose alleged birth house stands in the heart of the Old Town. From Korcula, we board a coach for the village of Lumbarda, where the Milina-Bire family has lived for centuries. Half a century ago, they decided to use the knowledge they had amassed as amateur vintners and founded their own small winery. Now, they have completely automated systems for wine production, although they try to keep the traditional methods alive. We will see how the wine is made and tour the intriguing wine cellar, decorated with the wine-production tools of the past. Here, our host, the owner of the vineyard, will tell us about wine making and the family's history producing wines in Lumbarda. Enjoy the opportunity to sample red and white wine, local liqueurs, and a snack. Return to Korcula for embarkation. Dinner and overnight on board. Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 11: KOTOR
Early this morning, we arrive in the Bay of Kotor. Our walking tour will take us through Kotor's medieval quarter and bustling market, past beautiful Renaissance buildings. The well-preserved, fortified walls of Kotor were built by the Venetians in 1420 and continuously strengthened until the 18th century. Encapsulating the whole of Old Town, the 5-km-long walls form a fortress which could resist attacks from the sea and survive long sieges. Visit the Cathedral of St. Tryphon, constructed in 1166 and built on the remains of a former 9th-century temple. See the remains of 14th century frescoes and the valuable treasury, containing both local and Venetian golden works. After sightseeing, walk back to the pier or enjoy free time to explore before embarkation. Late-evening arrival In Dubrovnik. Overnight in port. Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 12: DUBROVNIK
Disembark and transfer to the airport for you return flight.
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The elegant Motor Yacht Callisto recently joined the VARIETY CRUISES fleet and is true to her name: Elegant, classic. She was fully refit / rebuilt in 2000 and was thoroughly renovated in in 2015-16. This classy Motor Yacht has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings, and has also sailed along the most interesting coastal sites of Europe, North and West Africa. The M/Y Callisto is of the “boutique” category of cruiser, and offers the highest standard of accommodation, comfort and safety. The yacht’s public areas are cozy and generous, decorated with rich fabrics, handsome woodwork, gleaming brass, antiques and fine works of art. During the day, life on board centers around the indoor and outdoor areas including the Upper deck Indoor and Outdoor lounge/bar and dining areas as well as the cozy Library located on the Sun Deck. The lounge/bar and dining room on the Upper deck are connected by the gallery, displaying exquisite art and adding to the overall feeling of elegance and style. In the evening you can relax in the ship’s lounge, enjoy a drink overlooking the stars or relax with a book in the library with its wraparound windows. The spacious lounge and bar area on the Upper Deck is surrounded by large picture windows and opens onto the Outdoor Dining area. The yacht features a broad Sun Deck for sunbathing and the swimming platform on Callisto’s stern enables you to swim off the ship when in sheltered bays. Service on board is provided by your Captain, the Cruise Coordinator and your experienced Marine and Hotel crew members.
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