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Botanical discovery of Croatia by small ship

Discover the native wildflowers of Croatia, on your Botanica World Discoveries garden tour through Europe.

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A 7-night exclusive Small Ship cruise. Discover the pristine natural beauty of Croatia through this in depth journey discovering both natural and created gardens aboard your boutique Small Ship cruise along the Dalmatian coast. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTSC8
Duration: 8 days
Accommodation: Boutique Small Ship
Journey: Zagreb to Kotor or Dubrovnik
Meals included: 14


Day 1. Zagreb to Opatija and Embark Ship

Depart Zagreb this morning and travel to Opatija where you will embark the MS Princess Eleganza.
Stay: Seven Nights: MS Princess Eleganza
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Plitvice Lakes National Park

Over breakfast sail to Senj and arrive in the late morning. Disembark for your excursion to the Plitvice Lakes National Park. This is an area of extraordinary natural beauty with 16 lakes interconnected by a series of waterfalls set within forested hills. There are a number of paths along the wooden walkways that surround the lakes that you can explore this afternoon to enjoy the stunning views. Return to the ship for dinner as we moor overnight.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Šibenik Garden Visit

Sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean waters. Arrive in Šibenik in the afternoon for a visit of a local Mediterranean garden. This evening take a tour of the historic centre of Šibenik then choose to dine in one of the many restaurants ashore.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 4. Split

Arrive in Split during the afternoon in time for a short guided walk through this fascinating city. See the fourth-century Palace of Diocletian, built by the emperor for his retirement, the cathedral and walk through the Old Town. This evening, choose to dine in one of the many restaurants on the Riva promenade as the ship moors overnight.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 5. Hvar and Korcula

Enjoy a free morning on Hvar exploring the old town, starting in the main square which is the largest piazza in Dalmatia, the cathedral and the palatial quarter of Grad and the more humble residential area of Burg. Rejoin the Princess Eleganza to cruise to Korcula. Said to be the birthplace of Marco Polo, Korcula boasts crooked medieval streets, and elegant squares. Tonight dine independently in one of the many welcoming local restaurants.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 6. Dubrovnik and Trsteno Arboretum

Arrive in Dubrovnik this afternoon and enjoy a guided walk through the breathtaking city. Its many historic and cultural treasures have earned it the designation as a World Heritage-listed site. See the Rectors Palace, the Romanesque-Gothic Dominican and Franciscan monasteries, and the Sponza Palace or alternatively travel to Trsteno Arboretum the Renaissance-period summer residence of Gueti-Gozze family, with its garden which has been cultivated since the 15th century.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Montenegro

Sail to Kotor today. Enjoy a tour of the city of Kotor including the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in the old town, and see the ancient walls which stretch for 4.5 kilometres directly above the city. Meet later for a Farewell Dinner, after which you can enjoy a final evening on board with your fellow travellers.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Disembark Ship and Depart Kotor or Dubrovnik

Disembark this morning after breakfast and be transferred to either Kotor’s Tivat airport or Dubrovnik airport for your onward flight.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Learn about the region’s history from the Cruise Director
  • Uncover the history of the walled city of Dubrovnik
  • Explore the pristine islands of Croatia
  • Cruise into the beautiful town of Kotor in Montenegro


Included Experiences

  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Airport transfers on first and last day, port taxes, tipping and porterage
  • 14 Meals - 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 4 Dinners
  • 7 nights aboard the MS Princess Eleganza cruising the Dalmatian Coast

Ship Floor and Deck Plan

Princess Eleganza  

Discover Croatia and the Adriatic Coast aboard this private boutique yacht with just 30 guests, providing an intimate coastal cruising experience up close to the islands.

Please note: this small ship is cosy, comfortable and perfect for enjoying the beautiful scenery and islands of the Dalmatian Coast, but not as luxurious as some of our other ships.

See the deck plans for Princess Eleganza here

Additional Information

Fitness Level

  • Medium - Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two-night stays in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries. A good degree of mobility is required.

Botanical Guide

Botanical Guide - Anthea Guthrie

  • Anthea Guthrie turned her hobby into a career. She entered her first show garden for the Royal Horticultural Society in 2003, and has since achieved numerous accolades, including two medals at the Chelsea Flower Show and Gold for Botanica at Hampton Court Flower Show in 2015. Athena happily shares her extensive English horticultural knowledge.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • This tour can be combined with: Hampton Court Flower Show (BTHC8) Savings apply. Enquire for details
  • Group Size - 30 Guests
  • Prices are for cruise only. Flights not included

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