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Croatia & Slovenia Cycle and Walking Tour & Cruise 2020

17 days

Croatia & Slovenia Cycle and Walking Tour & Cruise 2020

Your overall experience

Join Graham Elliott for a 17 day cycle & walking tour and cruise of Croatia and Slovenia next August.

Inclusions

TOUR & CRUISE INCLUDES

• 9 nights in 3-4 star accommodation or similar

• 7 nights onboard small ship MS Harmonia (or similar)

• Land transportation in van/minibus/bus depending on group size on tour

• 9 x breakfasts, 4 x dinners on tour

• Refreshments & snacks during cycling on tour

• 4 days full-board, 3 days half-board meals on cruise

• Hybrid bikes on tour & cruise

• English speaking walking guide throughout on tour

• English speaking cycling guide from Day 3 to Day 9 on tour

• English, German speaking cruise guide

• All transfers as per itinerary

• Authentic food & wine experiences as per itinerary

• Bed linen & towels on cruise

• Guided cycling & walking tours as per itinerary

• Overview maps for the daily cycling tours on cruise

ENTRANCE FEES

• Bled - Pletna Boat Ride, St Mary's Church

• Bled Area - Vintgar Gorge

• Bled Area - Beekeeping Museum

• Bohinj - Savica Waterfall

• Postojna - Caves

• Poreč - Euphrasius Basilica

• Plitvice Lakes - National Park

Note: Entrance fees are dependent on activity chosen (cycling or walking group) refer to itinerary.

FOOD & WINE HIGHLIGHTS

• Cheese Tasting (cycling group)

• Visit of a local winery & tasting (cycling group)

• Visit of olive oil producer & tasting (walking & cycling group)

• Lunch at a local tavern (walking group)

Note: Food & Wine Highlights are dependent on activity chosen (cycling or walking group) refer to itinerary.

SIGHTSEEING WITH LOCAL GUIDES

• Plitvice Lakes • Split • Korčula • Dubrovnik

NOT INCLUDED

• E-bikes - Cost to upgrade to e-bikes on tour & cruise: NZ$370 (to be pre-paid)

• Travel & bike insurance on tour & cruise

• Drinks during lunches & dinners

• Entrance fees if not specified in includes section

• Tips & incidentals ACCOMMODATION (OR SIMILAR)

• Zagreb - Hotel Palace 4* - In: 21 Aug - Out: 22 Aug 2020 (1 night)

• Ljubljana - Hotel Park 3* - In: 22 Aug - Out: 25 Aug 2020 (3 nights)

• Buje Area - San Servolo 4* - In: 25 Aug - Out: 27 Aug 2020 (2 nights)

• Poreč - BO Hotel Palazzo 4* - In: 27 Aug - Out: 29 Aug 2020 (2 nights)

• Plitvice - Hotel Jezero 3* - In: 29 Aug - Out: 30 Aug 2020 (1 night)

Itinerary

Start Zagreb: Friday, 21 August 2020

End Dubrovnik: Sunday, 06 September 2020

Zagreb - Ljubljana - Bled - Bohinj - Postojna - Buje - Grožnjan - Oprtalj - Hum - Poreč -

Bale - Rovinj - Plitvice Lakes - Split - Milna - Bol - Jelsa - Stari Grad - Hvar - Vela Luka - Korčula - Lastovo - Mljet - Šipan - Dubrovnik

Day 01 Friday, 21 August 2020 Arrival Zagreb

Arrival to Zagreb Airport and transfer to the hotel in Zagreb. Overnight in Zagreb.

Day 02 Saturday, 22 August 2020 Zagreb - Ljubljana

After breakfast, walking tour in Zagreb with a local guide. Bus transfer to Ljubljana. In the afternoon, walking tour in Ljubljana with a local guide. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant this evening. (B, D)

Day 03 Sunday, 23 August 2020 Ljubljana - Bled - Ljubljana

Drive to Bled, Pletna boat ride with visit to St Mary's Church. Walking around Lake Bled with optional visit to Bled Castle.

Walking group: Short drive to Vintgar Gorge, a 1600m long and 250m deep gorge on the eastern part of Triglav National Park, 1.5 easy walking, followed by visit to Radovljica and beekeeping museum. (B)

Cycling group: Start cycling in Bled along the Sava River with a stop at Kropa, Slovenia's foremost blacksmith town with possibility to optionally visit the iron forging museum. The ride to Radovljica will reward us with a beautiful view of the Kamnik Alps. Time to stroll along the old town of Radovljica and visit of beekeeping museum. (B)

Both groups will meet in Radovljica and transferred by bus to Ljubljana for overnight.

Cycling distance: 25km

Elevation: +496m / -522m

Day 04 Monday, 24 August 2020 Ljubljana - Bohinj - Ljubljana

Both groups will be transferred to Lake Bohinj.

Walking group: Walk around the Lake Bohinj and visit Savica Waterfall, the source of the lake and the Sava Bohinjka River. On the way back to Ljubljana, stop to visit Škofja Loka. (B)

Cycling group: From Pokljuka you will cycle through the alpine villages to Lake Bohinj, the jewel of the Triglav National Park. Encircled by tall mountain peaks, Bohinj is the largest and deepest lake in

the National Park. Bike ride through Studor with a stop to taste cheese at the local cheese diary. Transfer by bus back to Ljubljana for overnight. (B, T)

Cycling distance: 49km

Elevation: +510m / -1,265m

Day 05 Tuesday, 25 August 2020 Ljubljana - Postojna - Muggia/Piran - Buje

After breakfast drive to Postojna Caves and visit the cave with a local guide.

Walking group: On the way to Istria, stop for a visit to the town of Piran. (B, D)

Cycling group: Start cycling in Muggia on the legendary route of the Parenzana, the former narrow-gauge railway line which penetrates deeply into the Istrian Peninsula, connecting 33 Istrian cities and towns from Trieste to Poreč (Parenzo in Italian, from which the rail road got its name) and spanning to the territory of three countries. Cycling southwards, you will pass through the salt mines of Sečovlje, a large Slovenian town with a humid environment, which is a key area in regard to ornithology. Some kilometres later, we will cross the Croatian border and end today’s bike ride at a hotel near Buje. Overnight in Buje area. (B, D)

Cycling distance: 41km

Elevation: +481m / -360m

Day 06 Wednesday, 26 August 2020 Buje - Grožnjan - Oprtalj - Hum/Momjan - Buje

Walking group: Will visit Istrian medieval hilltop towns of Grožnjan, Oprtalj and Hum with Istrian lunch at a local tavern. (B, L, D)

Cycling group: Apart from enjoying the breathtaking landscape of the terrace-styled vineyards which resemble an image on the front page of a holiday guide to Tuscany, you can indulge in the sensation that area of Buje gives, a real polyphony of fragrances and tastes. We cycle through magnificent rolling landscapes and lively Istrian vineyards, passing through charming medieval towns of Grožnjan and Oprtalj until we reach Momjan where we will visit a wine cellar. After wine tasting a short transfer back to the hotel for overnight. (B, T, D)

Cycling distance: 37km

Elevation: +555m / -692m

Day 07 Thursday, 27 August 2020 Buje - Poreč

Walking group: Walking tour with a local guide, rest of the day at leisure. (B)

Cycling group: After breakfast, we start our scenic ride with a visit to the 6th century Euphrasius Basilica, the most important monument in Poreč. The interior is very impressive and well worth the admission charge. Leaving Poreč, we then head inland on quiet roads to the village of Bačva, the highest point of the day's ride and a good place for a coffee stop. After our break at Bačva, we head southwards and back down to the coastal village of Vrsar. Strategically located, with a commanding view of the coast, Vrsar was fortified in the 12th century as a part of the Istrian Peninsula's coastal defence system. We will take the opportunity to visit the remains of the castle and enjoy the sea views, before cycling northwards to the fishing village of Funtana. Now heading to our hotel in Poreč, we will cycle through the resort areas of Zelena and Plava Laguna. Overnight in Poreč.

(B, Refreshments & Snacks)

Cycling distance: 44km

Elevation: +455m / -455m

Day 08 Friday, 28 August 2020 Poreč - Bale - Rovinj - Poreč

Walking group: Drive to Bale for walking and visiting the olive oil mill with olive oil tasting. Walking tour in Rovinj and time at leisure. (B, T)

Cycling group: This morning's leisurely ride starts from Kanfanar after a short transfer. Kanfanar is a small inland town above the Lim Valley and our ride today is the flattest of the tour. Our route will take us back through the Bale region. At Svetvincenat, we will be able to explore the imposing Morosini-Grimani Fortress and relax in its renaissance town square surrounded by cypress trees. This is another very attractive Istrian settlement, although one with a chequered history - including a

17th century witchcraft trial. At the pretty village of Bale, we can make a stop to visit the Soardo-Bembo Palace, a very distinctive 15th century Venetian Gothic building. Here too, we can visit a famous olive oil producer where we can learn about the trees, the harvest and the processing of the oil. Upon exploring the town of Rovinj with its colourful houses, distinctive church and bell-tower, both groups embark on a private boat and sail back to Poreč. Overnight in Poreč. (B, T)

Cycling distance: 43km

Elevation: +241m / -515m

Day 09 Saturday, 29 August 2020 Poreč - Plitvice Lakes

Drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park for a visit with a guide. At Plitvice, there are sixteen lakes cascading from one to another in a series of waterfalls. Surrounded by dense forest, the region is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. We wander the paths and wooden boardwalks which follow the succession of lakes and waterfalls where streams burst out of the rocks. Overnight in Plitvice.

(B, D)

Day 10 Sunday, 30 August 2020 Plitvice Lakes - Split

After breakfast, we continue to Split Port to join our cycle cruise. Embarkation onboard starts between 1400-1430HRS. At approx 1630HRS, a guided city tour offers us the chance to see inside the former Palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian and to learn about its transformation into the city which it has become. The ship will spend the night in Split Port, offering you an opportunity to experience Split’s nightlife. (B)

Day 11 Monday, 31 August 2020 Split - Milna - Bol - Jelsa

We cruise to the Island of Brač, famous for its radiant marble that was, among others, used for the White House in Washington DC and in the construction of the German Reichstag building in Berlin. Today’s cycle tour leads us from the tranquil harbour of Milna to Bol. The ship awaits us here for another crossing to Jelsa on the Island of Hvar.

Cycling distance: 43km

Day 12 Tuesday, 01 September 2020 Jelsa - Stari Grad - Hvar - Vela Luka

Today’s cycling tour leads us to Stari Grad and later on to the opposite side of the Island of Hvar. After a short break, our cycle tour takes us through lavender fields and small villages till we get to the island’s capital. Make use of the time and go for a little stroll through the town of Hvar before boarding the ship. Standing on the magnificent Renaissance square you can enjoy a view up to the Spanish Fortress towering high above the town. Dinner onboard and overnight stay in the sheltered port of Vela Luka on the Island of Korčula, regarded as one of the most beautiful islands in Dalmatia. Cycling distance: 35km

Day 13 Wednesday, 02 September 2020 Vela Luka - Korčula

Today’s cycle tour leads us across the charming Island of Korčula all the way to Korčula Town. A mild Mediterranean climate and a broad variety of different landscapes await us here. Take your time and remember to take a break to enjoy the view over the deep blue sea and neighbouring islands. The picturesque town of Korčula competes with Venice for the honour of being the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Use the evening to wander through the fishbone alleyways and soak up the vibes of this stylish town. A guided town tour will give you an overview of the town and its features.

Cycling distance: 45km

Day 14 Thursday, 03 September 2020 Korčula - Lastovo

A morning cruise takes us to the beautiful Island of Lastovo. The island is one of the smaller inhabited islands in the Adriatic Sea. The Emperor Augustus appreciated the mild climate, and in Roman times it was even named “Augusta Insula” after him. Barely more than 1,000 inhabitants continue to live from fishing the extremely rich waters, agriculture and viticulture. Today’s cycle tour

takes us in a large circle around the beautiful island. The gold coloured white wine “Maraština”, known even beyond Croatia’s borders, is grown here. Dinner is served onboard as the sun sets.

Cycling distance: 25km

Day 15 Friday, 04 September 2020 Lastovo - Mljet

We start with a short crossing to the next island, Mljet. Ashore at Pomena on Mljet, we cycle across the green and forested island, also known as the honey island. With 70% of its landmass covered by woodland, it is the most forested island in the Mediterranean. Homer mentioned this lovely island in his epic poem “Odyssey”. He made it a home for the Nymph Calypso and the legendary Greek King Odysseus, who could not resist Calypso and stayed on Mljet for seven years.

Cycling distance: 25km

Day 16 Saturday, 05 September 2020 Mljet - Šipan - Dubrovnik

A short cruise in the morning takes us to the Island of Šipan, the largest of the Elaphiti Islands. Accompanied by your tour guide, a pleasant cycle trip takes us past villas with exotic gardens and through a fertile valley framed by a range of limestone hills. Returning to the ship, we enjoy our last cruise after an adventurous week. Upon arrival in Dubrovnik there is plenty of time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage protected old town and to take part on a guided tour. A cheerful evening meal onboard the ship gives you the opportunity to celebrate the success of the week with your fellow travellers and tour guides.

Cycling distance: 22km

Day 15 Friday, 04 September 2020 Lastovo - Mljet

We start with a short crossing to the next island, Mljet. Ashore at Pomena on Mljet, we cycle across the green and forested island, also known as the honey island. With 70% of its landmass covered by woodland, it is the most forested island in the Mediterranean. Homer mentioned this lovely island in his epic poem “Odyssey”. He made it a home for the Nymph Calypso and the legendary Greek King Odysseus, who could not resist Calypso and stayed on Mljet for seven years.

Cycling distance: 25km

Day 16 Saturday, 05 September 2020 Mljet - Šipan - Dubrovnik

A short cruise in the morning takes us to the Island of Šipan, the largest of the Elaphiti Islands. Accompanied by your tour guide, a pleasant cycle trip takes us past villas with exotic gardens and through a fertile valley framed by a range of limestone hills. Returning to the ship, we enjoy our last cruise after an adventurous week. Upon arrival in Dubrovnik there is plenty of time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage protected old town and to take part on a guided tour. A cheerful evening meal onboard the ship gives you the opportunity to celebrate the success of the week with your fellow travellers and tour guides.

Cycling distance: 22km

Day 17 Sunday, 06 September 2020 Dubrovnik

Breakfast and disembarkation by 0900HRS. You will be transferred to Dubrovnik Airport or your Dubrovnik hotel. (B)

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

Costs

Lower Deck Twin or Double $10,555.00pp (Includes air credit of $2,200pp*)

Upper Deck Twin or Double $10,860.00pp (Includes air credit of $2,200pp*)

*Airfare credit applicable to flights purchased through Elliott Travel only

(Price subject to a minimum of 20 passengers travelling)

Single and Triple options are available, price on request.


Deposits

Initial deposit of $1,500.00 per person is required at time of booking.

Second deposit of $1,500.00 per person is required by Thursday 9th April

Balance due by Friday 12th June

NB: Deposits are non-refundable, we recommend taking out Travel Insurance at the time of paying your deposit.

VESSEL - MS HARMONIA OR SIMILAR https://www.croatiatimestravel.co.nz/holidays-experiences/croatia-small-ships/premium-croatia-small-ships/ms-harmonia

MS HARMONIA - CABIN SPECIFICATION

16 Cabins Total - Maximum Capacity 37 Passengers

Main Deck - 6 x Double Cabins, 3 x Twin Cabins

Lower Deck - 2 x Double Cabins, 2 x Twin Cabins, 2 x Quad Cabins (Double Beds), 1 x Triple Cabin (Single Beds)

For enquires or reservations please contact:

Graham Elliott at World Travellers Elliott Travel

183 Gladstone Rd

Gisborne

Ph 06 8684129

Mob 021 308 855

graham@elliottravel.co.nz

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