Croatia and Montenegro In Depth - 15 day Small Ship Cruise from Kotor to Rovinj aboard Lady Eleganza.
These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises
• Visit the traditional village of Radošić to sample local delights and see a cultural performance
• Visit a private island property and meet the owners, enjoy a home-cooked meal and swim or fish
• Evening champagne reception at the old fort on Lopud island
Arrive and be transferred to your cruising yacht, MV Lady Eleganza. Designed and built in Croatia for the Adriatic Coast, it is perfect for nestling into small harbours and sheltered coves. It awaits in the spectacular setting of the Bay of Kotor, which is framed by dramatic sheer cliffs that hug the walled town of Kotor below. This evening, you’ll enjoy a town tour.
Stay: 14 nights, MV Lady Eleganza
The fabled ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ is your destination today. The Old Town of Dubrovnik is a world of palaces, monasteries, churches and museums enclosed within the spectacular medieval city walls. Its maze of narrow limestone-faced streets, pressed between age-old stone buildings, is mesmerising.
This evening, enjoy a walking tour around Lopud, then take in the spectacular views from the old fort with a glass of champagne in hand.
You sail for the Elaphiti Islands off the Croatian coast, with a swim from the ship’s stern platform along the way. Just three of the 14 islands are inhabited, including Lopud, which is car-free.
Sunj is the most beautiful beach on verdant Lopud. The energetic can take a two-hour walk across the island, with the reward of superb views and a swim. Meanwhile, the Lady Eleganza will cruise to meet the walkers, and those who chose to remain on board will enjoy lovely island views before being ferried to the beach by Zodiac. The ship then leaves for Korčula, where the great explorer Marco Polo is said to have been born. You will arrive in the afternoon in time for a walking tour.
The picturesque town of Opuzen lies upstream on the Neretva River. After lunch, travel by coach over the border to fascinating Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its most famous landmark is the beautiful World Heritage-listed Stari Most (‘Old Bridge’) which arches high above the Neretva. It was rebuilt to its original medieval specifications after being damaged in the 1990s Balkan conflict. You’ll visit it and more on a walking tour. Dinner will be in a local restaurant with traditional entertainment.
From Opuzen you’ll sail in the morning to the lovely island of Brač. Your destination is Bol, whose main claim to fame is the astonishing Zlatni Rat (‘Golden Cape’), a beach comprised of tiny white pebbles that changes its shape with the vagaries of wind and waves, and thrusts into the turquoise sea like a spearhead. You have the chance to visit or swim, and to explore the town, notable for its 15th-century Dominican monastery and museum.
Travelling by Zodiac to a small island, you will land to a warm welcome from a local family on their private property. There is time for a swim, or to throw a fishing line into the Adriatic. Your hosts have prepared a sumptuous traditional lunch.
MV Lady Eleganza departs Bol. In the mid-afternoon you will sail on to Omiš, a port town that was once a pirate refuge.
This morning you’ll board small boats for an excursion on the emerald green Cetina River. You’ll head to picturesque Radmanove Mlinice (Radman’s Mills), established in 1772 to grind cereal for the people of Omiš. In the early afternoon Lady Eleganza sails for Split, where you take an evening walk around an historic city filled with Roman-era landmarks.
At the village of Radošić you’ll be welcomed with local brandy and doughnuts and enjoy traditional entertainment before a dinner of regional specialties.
You leave Split and set sail for Šibenik, an historic port town that is the gateway to the magnificent waterfalls of Krka National Park.
You’ll spend the morning strolling along boardwalks to view Krka’s waterfalls. The most memorable is Skradinski buk, which is made up of scores of separate cascades. Then Lady Eleganza sails to lively Zadar. Located on a small peninsula, Zadar, which historically rivalled Venice in importance, retains an impressive core of Roman ruins as well as some surprising modern flourishes.
Relax as the ship sails towards Lošinj island, which has a long history as a medieval maritime power and then as a health resort in the 19th century which attracted Budapest and Vienna’s elite, including royalty. The main town, Mali Lošinj, is characterised by pastel-coloured ship captains’ villas along its waterfront.
Today’s destination, Opatija, is a town of splendid Habsburg-era villas dating from its time as a fashionable 19th-century resort. Its long main promenade, known as the Lungomare, is lined with imposing homes with a backdrop of densely forested hills.
This morning Lady Eleganza heads to Pula, on the tip of the Istrian Peninsula, and a treasure trove of majestic Roman ruins. This afternoon you’ll experience the city’s highlight, the remarkably preserved Arena. Built in the first century AD, it housed up to 23,000 spectators who watched deadly gladiatorial battles.
After breakfast you make for Rovinj. It sits on a headland, with narrow houses huddled beneath St Euphemia church. Your walking tour will include the 18th-century Venetian-style church, dedicated to the martyred saint whose sarcophagus is said to have been miraculously washed ashore here around 800AD.
After breakfast it's time to bid a fond farewell to the MV Lady Eleganza. You will be transferred to Zagreb Airport for your onward flight.
Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.
Vessel Type: Yacht
Length: 49 metres
Passenger Capacity: 34
Savour the all-inclusive lifestyle aboard the MV Lady Eleganza, which has been custom-made for exploring the coastlines of Croatia and Montenegro.
Designed especially for the Adriatic Coast and newly built for the 2021 cruising season - An intimate cruising experience with just 34 guests on board - Dock overnight in every port and step ashore to explore coastal towns - Enjoy complimentary drinks and excellent dining on board - Take in the stunning coastal scenery from up on the sun deck - Be well looked after by a close-knit, experienced crew
An Informal & Intimate Experience
Savour the informal onboard atmosphere and skip the queues while embarking and disembarking. As night falls, choose to dine ashore and experience Croatia's glamorous harbours and towns without the crowds, once the bigger cruise ships have departed. The MV Lady Eleganza is one of the few vessels her size able to sail to Montenegro and its magnificent Bay of Kotor.
Food & Beverage Aboard
From locally inspired meals and al fresco lunches to sumptuous breakfasts and more, experience a range of dining experiences. All meals are included, and a wide range of included beverages are served at your discretion.
Facilities on Board
Whether enjoying the air-conditioned lounge and bar or reclining on a sunbed up on the sun deck, you can relax and unwind anywhere on board. Leap straight into the Adriatic Sea from the spacious swimming deck at the stern of MV Lady Eleganza. The ship also features a state-of-the-art infotainment system, stand-up paddle boards, an outdoor dining area and barbecue.
Your Captain & Crew
The experienced captain and crew are a small, close-knit team with expert knowledge of the Adriatic Coast. Your comfort and security are their first priority at all times.
Voyage on board in selected cabin category
Meals as per the itinerary
Airport transfers on the first and last day of the itinerary
Selected beverages on board
Wi-fi on board (Subject to coverage)
• Experiences in 11 destinations
• Finest dining – a total of 41 meals – with complimentary onboard beverages served at your discretion
• 14 nights on a Small Ship cruise, the MV Lady Eleganza
• Expert services of an APT Cruise Director
International and domestic airfares unless otherwise stated
Passport and visa costs where applicable
Meals and beverages ashore unless otherwise stated
Optional shore excursions where applicable
Gratuities for land guides
Any items of a personal nature