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Cruise: Best of Balkans with Superior return Cruise on Princess Aloha (20 days)

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Best of Balkans with Superior return Cruise on Princess Aloha (20 days)

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Program include Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia with Superior return cruise on M/S Princess Aloha

Day 1 • ZAGREB
Upon arrival at Zagreb Airport, transfer to hotel. Meet the tour guide, dinner and overnight.
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 • ZAGREB - BLED - LJUBLJANA
Morning city tour of Zagreb, including the fortified Upper Town, city's historical centre, St Mark's Church with its multicoloured roof, the Cathedral, the Croatian National Theatre and the University. Free time, then departure towards Slovenia. Explore Lake Bled and it’s mountainous environs and stunning topography. Continue to Ljubljana. Dinner and overnight.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 3 • LJUBLJANA - NP PLITVICE
Morning city tour of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia and home to one of the oldest Philharmonics in the world; Explore the baroque town buildings and stroll beside majestic Ljubljana River. Departure for Plitvice and then tour the Plitvice Lakes National Park on the UNESCO’s List of World Natural Heritage. Sixteen lakes, each at a different level, are connected in a series of cascading waterfalls. Surrounded by dense wood, Plitvice Lakes are a natural phenomenon of rare and unique beauty. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in Plitvice region.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 4 • NP PLITVICE -TROGIR - SPLIT
Morning departure for Trogir, where we visit the Cathedral of St. Lawrence. Continuation to Split; city tour of Split, including the Diocletian’s Palace on the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage with the Peristyle, the Jupiter’s Temple and the Cathedral. Dinner and overnight in Split.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 5 • SPLIT - MOSTAR - DUBROVNIK
After breakfast, departure for Dubrovnik, via Bosnia & Herzegovina. A shortstop in Mostar recently included in the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage with its elegant Bridge. Continuation to Dubrovnik. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6 • DUBROVNIK
Day at leisure in Dubrovnik. Dinner and overnight.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 7 • DUBROVNIK - BUDVA - SKHODRA
Morning sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik included in the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage. You will visit the Franciscan Monastery with Europe’s third oldest pharmacy, the Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral. Departure for Tirana; we drive inland to Budva known for its Old City encircled by walls from the Venetian period. Continuation to Shkodra, once the capital of the Illyrian Kingdom (3rd century B.C.). Dinner and overnight in Tirana.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 8 • TIRANA - OHRID
Morning sightseeing tour of Tirana, the capital of Albania, including Skender Bey Square, the Mosque of Ethem Bey, and a visit to the National Museum representing the flow of Albanian history, also housing the finds from archaeological sites across the country. Afternoon departure for Ohrid, driving via Elbasan and crossing the Macedonian border at Cafasan. Dinner and overnight in Ohrid.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 9 • OHRID
Full day in the lakeside resort of Ohrid, classified as UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage site. The morning sightseeing tour includes the Church of St. Sofia (11th century), the most eminent mediaeval monument in Macedonia with magnificent Byzantine fresco paintings and St. Clement Church with its icon of Annunciation. Afternoon short drive to St. Naum Monastery, built on the shores of Ohrid Lake in 900 A.D. and dedicated to the Slavic missionary and educator
St. Naum of Ohrid. Dinner in a local restaurant. Return to hotel for overnight.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 10 • OHRID - SKOPJE
Morning departure for Skopje. Sightseeing tour of Skopje, including the Kale Fortress, Church of the Holy Savior with its iconostas, one of the finest samples of traditional walnut woodcarving, Old Bazaar and Stone Bridge. We drive
to the slopes of the Vodno Mountain where we visit the Monastery of St. Panteleimon with its 12th-century iconostas and frescoes ranking among the highest achievements of Byzantine art of this period. Dinner and overnight in Skopje.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 11 • SKOPJE - KOLAŠIN
Morning departure for Kolašin, driving via Peć and Berane and along the impressive Morača River Canyon. Afternoon arrival at Kolašin, the town spreading on the left bank of the river Tara, situated at the altitude of 954m. The whole area is surrounded by the thick pine forest of the Bjelasica Mountain and is a popular skiing and air spa resort. Dinner and overnight in Kolašin.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 12 • KOLAŠIN - CETINJE - KOTOR - DUBROVNIK
Morning departure for Cetinje where we visit King Nikola’s Museum, once the residence of the Montenegrin King Nikola I Petrović. Continuation to Kotor, classified as UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage site, where we visit its Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to St Triphon, the city’s patron saint. We continue to Dubrovnik, driving along the picturesque Bay of Kotor. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 13 • DUBROVNIK
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Gruž harbour and embarkation. Meet your fellow travellers and your Cruise Manager at an onboard Welcome reception followed by a dinner. This evening you can relax or take a walk through Dubrovnik’s
vibrant streets.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 14 • DUBROVNIK - KORČULA
Early in the morning, we set sail for the island of Korčula, with swimming stop, if weather permits, in one of the pristine bays, time to relax and lunch onboard. Continue towards Korčula, the most preserved medieval town thought to be
the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. We will spend the night here. Take a walking tour of Korčula which takes you through its narrow, cobbled streets full of history. The evening is free to explore the town on your own.
Meals on board: Breakfast and lunch

Day 15 • KORČULA - PUČIŠĆA
Our journey then continues towards Pučišća, situated on the island of Brač, a village of the stone sculpture, where you can visit amazing stonemason school (optional). Lunch on board before arrival in Pučišća, enjoy a swim in one of Brač’s many lovely coves and bays if weather permits. Overnight in Pučišća.
Meals on board: Breakfast and lunch

Day 16 • PUČIŠĆA - OMIŠ - SPLIT
We depart for Omiš before breakfast, its fortresses are silent stone reminders of the power of the pirates who once made their homes and fortunes here. You will have a possibility to book a short walking tour, followed by boarding a small boat and sail into Cetina River Canyon, a protected nature area, continuing to Radman Mills for a local speciality snack. After visiting Omiš set sail to Split with a stop along the way to swim and relax, if weather permits, with lunch on board. In the late afternoon, we arrive at Split to spend the night. Arriving in Split, join a guided tour of the city, visit the seafront promenade and Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. The historical centre of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your evening is free in Split.
Meals on board: Breakfast and lunch

Day 17 • SPLIT - BOL - HVAR
Stop in Bol, a small town on Island Brač, for a swim at the Golden Horn. Enjoy the 530 m long golden pebble beach said to be the best in Croatia. It is unique in that it changes shape and position depending on the winds. Return to the boat
for lunch, then head to Hvar, one of the most popular islands in the Adriatic and a meeting point for the international jet set. A sightseeing tour of Hvar town shows you the first public theatre in Europe (older than Shakespeare’s theatre in the UK) and many more historical sites. Your evening is free to explore Hvar on your own.
Note: Due to the limited capacity of the Hvar harbour (during peak season in July and August) port of call can be substituted for Stari Grad/Jelsa. In that case, transfer by bus will be organized to and from Hvar.
Meals on board: Breakfast and lunch

Day 18 • HVAR - MLJET
Departing from Hvar in the morning, our sail to Mljet Island includes a stop for swimming, if weather permits, and lunch on board. Croatian “Greenest Island” will hypnotize you with its beautiful, untouched nature and its cultural heritage.
We arrive in the heart of Mljet National Park which encompasses five types of forests, many species of birds and two deep lakes. If you want to visit Mljet National Park, walk to the entrance where you can purchase the ticket to walk around the Veliko Jezero (Big Lake) and the Malo Jezero (Small Lake) and join the boat ride to St. Mary Island. Have a Captain’s dinner onboard. We will spend the night in Mljet.
Meals on board: Breakfast and lunch

Day 19 • MLJET - DUBROVNIK
In the morning we continue our adventure by sailing back to Dubrovnik with lunch on board with stop for swimming. Upon arrival in Dubrovnik, you will enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent Old Town with a panoramic bus ride above the Old Town. Visit the Franciscan Monastery with Europe’s third oldest pharmacy, the Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral. Your evening is free in Dubrovnik.
Meals on board: Breakfast and lunch

Day 20 • DUBROVNIK
Disembark after breakfast.

Other notices

RATES INCLUDE:
• Arrival shared transfer from Zagreb Airport to hotel on the first day and departure shared transfer from hotel to Dubrovnik
Airport on the last day of the tour
• 12-night accommodation in 4* hotels (except in Dubrovnik 3*) on half board basis, except in Ohrid on Day 9 (bed and
breakfast)
• Dinner in a local restaurant in Ohrid
• Air-conditioned motorcoach throughout
• Tour escort throughout land (English/Spanish) portion
• 7 nights cruise from Dubrovnik to Split and back to Dubrovnik
• Superior category ship in a cabin with private bathroom, air conditioning & LCD TV
• Daily buffet breakfast
• 6 lunches with 4 courses
• Captain`s dinner and Welcome dinner
• Water 0.5 l bottle per person per day
• Complimentary fresh fruits available daily
• Professional Cruise Manager throughout
• English speaking guides for city tours of Split, Trogir, Hvar, Korčula and Dubrovnik
• Whisper technology enhanced touring
• Daily cabin servicing, fresh bed linen and towels midweek
• Luggage handling
• Free Wi-Fi onboard

RATES DO NOT INCLUDE:
• Drinks/ beverages from the ship’s bar
• Transfer from and/or to the ship (organized on request)
• Pre/post-cruise accommodation ( organized on request )
• Taxes and fees, € 40,00 per person to be paid on board in cash
• Tips or any other items of personal nature

HOTELS:
Zagreb: International 4*
Ljubljana: M 4*
Plitvice: Park 4*
Split: President 4*
Dubrovnik: Ivka 3*
Tirana: Sky Tower 4*
Ohrid: Metropol 4*
Skopje: Karpoš 4*
Kolašin:Bianca 4*

SIGHTSEEING TOUR S INCLUDE:
• Local guides for sightseeing tours of Zagreb, Ljubljana, Split, Dubrovnik, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje and Kotor
(English/Spanish); Korčula and Hvar (English)
• Entrance fees to the Bled Castle; the Plitvice Lakes National Park; St. Lawrence Cathedral in Trogir; Diocletian’s Palace
and St. Duimus Cathedral in Split; Franciscan Monastery and Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik; National Museum in Tirana, St.
Sofia, St. Clement and St. Naum in Ohrid; Church of Holy Savior and Monastery of St. Panteleimon in Skopje; Residence of King Nikola I Petrović in Cetinje; St. Triphun Cathedral in Kotor

RATES DO NOT INCLUDE:
• Drinks/ beverages from the ship’s bar
• Transfer from and/or to the ship (organized on request)
• Pre/post-cruise accommodation ( organized on request )
• Taxes and fees, € 35,00 per person to be paid on board in cash
• Entrance to the Mljet National Park: up to 25 EUR per person
• Tips or any other items of personal nature

This cruise provides plenty of time for sunbathing, swimming and exploring the charming Dalmatian towns. In case of unfavourable weather conditions, the cruise itinerary can be changed for the safety of passengers.

ITINERARY DEVIATIONS:
Every effort will be made to adhere to the scheduled itinerary; however, due to the schedule changes beyond organizer’s control, we reserve the right, without prior notice, to change routing or alter shore excursions.
* We reserve the right to change the vessel provider in case of the contracted services are not supplied according to the previously agreed standards.

RESERVATION AND BOOKING:
Bookings are on request and need to be confirmed. A reservation deposit of 30% is required within 5 days from the date of our written confirmation and balance payment to be paid 60 days before arrival.
Deposit is non-refundable.

NOTES:
In some ports of call, the ship may be moored sideways to other boats. Passengers would need to walk through another boat to reach the pier. Assistance will be provided to passengers with walking difficulties.
All the swim breaks are weather permitting.

FINAL PAYMENT:
Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure.

CANCELLATION FEES:
* up to 60 days prior to the cruise commencement - loss of deposit
59 - 36 days prior to the cruise commencement - 50 % of the cruise rate
35 - 0 days prior to the cruise commencement - 100 % of the cruise rate

Terms and Conditions

Dates & prices

2020/05/05

2020/05/25
2020/05/26

2020/06/15
2020/06/16

2020/07/06
2020/07/07

2020/07/27
2020/07/28

2020/08/17
2020/08/18

2020/09/07
2020/09/08

2020/09/28
2020/09/15

2020/10/05
Rate per Person (Lower deck)

2460 €

*SS (+1450 €)

2460 €

*SS (+1450 €)

2460 €

*SS (+1450 €)

2460 €

*SS (+1450 €)

2460 €

*SS (+1450 €)

2460 €

*SS (+1450 €)

2460 €

*SS (+1450 €)

2460 €

*SS (+1450 €)

Rate per Person (Main deck)

2600 €

*SS (+1500 €)

2600 €

*SS (+1500 €)

2600 €

*SS (+1500 €)

2600 €

*SS (+1500 €)

2600 €

*SS (+1500 €)

2600 €

*SS (+1500 €)

2600 €

*SS (+1500 €)

2600 €

*SS (+1500 €)

*SS - Single use supplement