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September 12 Arrive Zagreb, capital of Croatia. You’ll be met on arrival and transferred to Hotel Capital. Afternoon at leisure. Group dinner at a local restaurant.

September 13 After breakfast we’ll visit Zagreb, including a walking tour of historic sections of town. We’ll visit the Dolac Market and he Strossmeyer Museum of Old Masters. After lunch we’ll drive out to Zagorje, the bucolic area north of town with its delightful villages, medieval castles, and thermal springs that speckle the green rolling hills. After dinner there, return to Hotel Capital.

September 14 Drive two hours to Plitvice Lakes National Park, where we’ll spend the remainder of the day walking among the karstic formations and enjoying the turquoise lakes and travertine cascades. Dinner at the famous Lidka Kuca Restaurant. Overnight at the nearby Etno House.

September 15 Early morning departure for Paklenica National Park to enjoy this mountainous region with caves, deep canyons and thick forests that descend directly int the Adriatic. Then drive to the lovely and historic sea-side town of Zadar with its odd sights, including the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation. Overnight at the Hotel Bastion.

September 16 Today we’ll explore karstic Krka National Park by foot and with a short boat journey. Continue to Split where we’ll walk the narrow passageways of Diocletian’s Palace and visit Jupiter’s Palace. Overnight at Cornero Hotel.

September 17 After a leisurely breakfast we’ll transfer to the Split Marina to board our yacht, the gullet ‘Perla’. We’ll spend the next 7 days cruising the southern Dalmatian Coast in this luxurious craft. Each couple has its own stateroom with en suite facilities. This 85’ ship is staffed by a 4-man crew. All meals will be prepared by our chef who is well-trained in Mediterranean cuisine.

September 18 Today we’ll cruise out to the sunny island of Hvar. We’ll cruise its lovely coastline and visit Hvar town, a hip and popular town set inside 13th Century walls that surround Gothic palaces and traffic-free marble streets.

September 19 Cruise to the mysterious island of Vis, which was first settled in Neolithic times. It remained strategic to successive Greeks, Romans and Venetians, but today it’s famous for it's tasty wines, olive oils, and fresh fish, all of which will appear at dinner this evening. Pre-dinner olive oil and wine tasting, locally bought, along with fresh bread baked on-board.

September 20 Cruise to the island of Korcula, rich in vineyards, olive groves and small villages. The fishbone layout of Korcula town takes advantage of the various winds that blow summer and winter. Marble streets are dotted with Renaissance and Gothic architecture.

September 21 A 16 mile cruise takes us to seductive Mljet (mil-yet) Island, which captivated Odysseus for 7 years. We’ll visit two lakes that are connected by a channel and are ultimately connected to the sea, making them tidal. One lake hosts an island on which resides a 12 th C Benedictine monastery. We can rent bikes to tour the national park here, or scuba dive on a Roman wreck.

September 22 We’ll linger this morning to enjoy a swim and some quiet time on board. Later in the day cruise to the coastal town of Slano, famous for its hillside olive groves.

September 23 Cruise leisurely down the coast and arrive at the historic walled city of Dubrovnik. This will be our last night on-board and our chef will prepare a feast of fresh local delicacies.

September 24 Wishing the crew farewell, this morning we’ll transfer from the harbor to the town, to the Hotel Imperial, for our last night. We’ll take a walking tour of this fascinating town, including a complete circumambulation of the exterior wall of the city. Following sunset from the parapet, we’ll dine in a fine local restaurant.

September 25 Up early for return flights to the US.


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