Dalmatian Coast Cruise and Montenegro - LIMITED SPACE, June 16 to July 03, 2022
Join us in Paradise for a seven-day cruise along the Dalmatian Coast
plus
a week to explore Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina

A lavishly designed, 19-cabin yacht/cruiser is our home for a week as we discover the natural and ancient wonders of Dalmatia, from Dubrovnik to Split, including Hvar, Vis, Korčula, Mljet, and Ston. Highlights include wandering the medieval town of Korčula and breathtaking Hvar, exploring the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park, sipping wine at a traditional winery in Vis, riding the cable car for scenic views of Dubrovnik, indulging on oysters in a tiny, once-fortified village, and swimming at the famous shifting beach of Zlatni Rat.

Making a virtue of necessity, we break the drive from Split to Tivat with an overnight in Mostar, allowing us two easy days of travel offering ample opportunities to see some of Bosnia-Herzegovina's beauties, both natural and man-made. In addition to the iconic bridge, traditional homes, and mosques in Mostar, we'll enjoy a wine-tasting at a centuries-old monastery/vineyard, visit a picture-perfect village, and see a waterfall that seems to belong in a South American jungle.

The five-star Regent Hotel Porto Montenegro will be our home for the six nights we are in Tivat - the Monaco of the Adriatic Coast. Lord Byron stated: “At the birth of the planet, the most beautiful encounter between land and sea must have been on the Montenegrin coast.” The smallest of the ex-Yugoslav republics, Montenegro has it all: medieval towns on the coast, wild mountains, the biggest lake on the Balkan peninsula, the longest and deepest canyon in Europe, mild climate, and the most beautiful fjord-like gulf in the Mediterranean. Its imposing coastline mountains inspired 15th-century Venetians to name it Monte Negro, or Black Mountain. Different cultures have left their traces here: Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, and Turkish; for centuries, it was the only Balkan state to hold out against the mighty Ottoman Empire, and although its historic capital, Cetinje was sacked by Ottomans three times, Montenegro was never completely taken.
 

Space is limited, both at the Porto Montenegro Hotel and onboard the mini-cruiser Nautilus.
Reservations will be honored in the order deposits are received.

 

PRICES AND CONTENTS

Prices, per person:

  $5,350 sharing a double


$1,950 single supplement



Prices are stated in
U.S. Dollars

calculated on an exchange rate of $1.15 to the Euro.




Package prices include

Six nights accommodation, Superior Double, Aqua Wing*
Regent Porto Montenegro

Seven nights accommodation, lower deck double*
Deluxe Superior Nautilus

The air-conditioned en suite cabins on the lower deck provide double or twin beds, portholes, safe, fridge, LCD TV, sound-proofing.
Public areas include a main deck air-conditioned restaurant and bar, a covered outdoor lounge with tables and sofas, a swimming platform, and a sundeck with sun beds and a jacuzzi. Wi-Fi is free.
* see below for upgrade options
One night accommodation,
 Hotel Eden Spa Mostar

 Two nights accommodation,
Hotel Mlini, Dubrovnik

Breakfast each day

Land portion:
3 days lunch or dinner
(drinks included)
Two tastings

Dalmatian cruise portion:
Dinner on 3 days
Lunch on 6 days
Two tastings

Airport transfers

Ground transport by
private coach

  All available performances at
  Mediterranean Notes Festival

  Guided tours
as described to the right
(unless specified as "optional")

  Port fees

  Drinks with meals aboard, unlimited water, coffee and tea,
plus fresh fruit

Baggage handling
(one bag, 50 lb. max)

  Access to spa facilities and swimming pool at the
Hotel Porto Montenegro
and Hotel Mlini

  Free Wifi throughout the hotels and on board the ship



Accommodation upgrades, cruise:

Cabins onboard the Futura, ranging from 160 to about 200 square feet, are substantially larger than one would expect on an intimate cruise ship (or in many excellent hotels). In fact, the lower deck cabins are a bit larger than those on the upper deck, simply because the ship is broader near the water line. What you are paying for if you choose to upgrade is not space or amenities (which are the same throughout the ship) but air and light: the lower deck provides only portholes for natural light while each upper deck cabin has operable windows. 
The upgrade prices are listed
per person, not per cabin.
You may see photos
of a typical cabin, as well as
the layout of the ship, by
clicking here.

Superior deck cabin supplement
$310 per person, sharing
$470, single occupancy



Accommodation upgrades, Porto Montenegro
(per room):

Deluxe Room - $140
Deluxe Room, Sea View - $800
Jr. Suite, Sea View - $1,680
1 BR Suite, View - $3,500



FLIGHTS

Finding convenient schedules between Houston and Dubrovnik is a challenge, especially for the return, with only United, Turkish and Lufthansa offering same day connections; all others will require an overnight somewhere in Europe en route.
We will send you the best options, including a discussion of the positive and negative aspects of each, once we have your reservation.
 
On the assumption that most will arrive in Dubrovnik on June 17 and would rather spend their first as well as last night at a nice beachfront hotel near Dubrovnik airport than in Frankfurt, Istanbul, or London, we have planned the tour to include the nights of June 17 and July 2. However, if your flight arrives on the 18th
in time for you to make it
to the harbor before 4 PM
or involves a late afternoon or evening departure on July 2nd, we will discount the price of your tour by the cost of the hotel for June 17 and/or July 2.

Please let us know if you are interested in participating in a group fare arrangement.


 

ITINERARY

June 16: Depart Houston:
See flight information, at the bottom of the left column.

June 17: Arrive Dubrovnik; hotel transfer and overnight accommodation provided
If your flight arrives in Dubrovnik on June 18 (any arrival later than 2 PM may cause you to miss the Dubrovnik tour that afternoon) we will discount the cost of the tour by the cost of tonight's accommodation.

DALMATIAN COAST CRUISE - Seven Nights

Saturday June 18: Dubrovnik
Between noon and 4 PM, board the deluxe/superior mini-cruiser, Nautilus, moored in Dubrovnik’s Gruž harbor. After settling into our cabins, we head out for a guided tour of the city. Buildings that have remained from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic give the ancient town a special charm. Renaissance architecture dominates, but there are traces of Gothic style as well. From the Old Town, we ascend by cable car to Mount Srd to enjoy scenic views of the fortified city’s imposing ramparts and of the Elaphiti Islands. A cocktail reception and dinner await us on board when we return to the ship. Overnight on board in Dubrovnik harbor.After settling into our cabins, we head out for a guided tour of the city. Buildings that have remained from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic give the ancient town a special charm. Renaissance architecture dominates, but there are traces of Gothic style as well. From the Old Town, we ascend by cable car to Mount Srd to enjoy scenic views of the fortified city’s imposing ramparts and of the Elaphiti Islands. A cocktail reception and dinner await us on board when we return to the ship. Overnight on board in Dubrovnik harbor.
 
Sunday June 19: Slano/Ston
We enjoy the magical scenery as we cruise around Dubrovnik city walls before continuing to one of the Elaphiti Islands to take a quick swim or just to enjoy the scenery. Lunch is provided on board before our afternoon arrival in Slano, a peaceful fishermen's village and the starting point of our visit to Ston. Once a small fortified village, Ston is famous today for its oysters. After exploring the medieval ramparts, we learn more about oysters and enjoy a special tasting of this delicacy. You’ll have some free time before returning to the ship. Evening features a traditional “Captain’s Dinner” on board, including entertainment.
 
Monday June 20: Mljet
After breakfast, we cruise a little farther north to the island of Mljet. The legend has it that Odysseus spent years on this island when he was a prisoner of the nymph Calypso. The cruise manager will take us for a stroll to the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park, where we will embark upon a small boat to St. Mary Isle to visit a 12th-century Benedictine monastery and church. Or, you have the option of renting a kayak, bicycle, scooter, or convertible to roam around the national park or island on your own – but beware of nymphs! We overnight either in port Polača or Pomena, where we’ll have dinner onboard.
 
Tuesday June 21: Korčula
Relax over breakfast as we sail towards the island of Korčula, best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Lunch will be in a secluded bay, followed by a guided walking tour of enchanting Korčula, one of the best-preserved medieval walled cities in the Mediterranean. You will find the “fishbone” street pattern unique; it results in a natural cooling effect, providing citizens with sheltered and comfortable accommodation. You will then have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to take advantage of a rich choice of restaurants, whether you opt for a gourmet dining experience or a simpler meal. There are plenty of bars for those looking for livelier entertainment. Alternatively, you may choose an optional excursion (additional cost) to a village near the town of Korčula to learn about the history and traditional way of living and enjoy a typical Dalmatian dinner. The ship is moored for the night in Korčula harbor.
 
Wednesday June 22: Vis
This morning, we continue to the island of Vis, once a Yugoslav strategic naval base and closed to the public for decades. Thanks to this isolation, Vis has a special charm – “the Mediterranean as it once was” – making this a particularly interesting visit. Vis town, situated on the northern side of the island, lies near the remains of ancient Issa, the first urban center in Croatia. We’ll try some exquisite local wines in one of the Vis traditional wineries. You’ll then have time to follow your own interests, whether that’s the remains of the Roman thermae, the city museum, or a leisurely walk, enjoying the views of the beautiful Villae Rusticae along the waterfront. Dinner ashore is on your own; our vessel remains in the port of Vis for the night.
 
Thursday June 23:  Biševo-The Blue Cave and Hvar
Early in the morning, we cruise towards the small island of Biševo to visit (weather conditions permitting) the Blue Cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon. Continuing towards the jet-set island of Hvar, we make a stop for swimming and lunch on board at the Pakleni islands. Hvar, the longest and sunniest island in the Adriatic, is known for glorious lavender fields and breathtaking beauty. We arrive in the afternoon and tour the town, including the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower, and the oldest community theater in Europe, founded in 1612. You can also hike up the zigzag path to the fort overlooking the harbor for lovely scenic views of our ship and the Pakleni islands. In the evening, Hvar offers an abundance of entertainment - numerous restaurants (dinner on your own), bars and clubs, many open late into the night. We overnight in the port.
 
Friday June 24: Zlatni Ra – Bol – Split
We sail to Brač island, where we visit the most famous beach in Dalmatia, Zlatni Ra. Its shingle promontory shifts from side to side as the wind and waves constantly cause the shape to change. Bol is a typical fishing village, which has retained much of its charm, despite having become a popular tourist destination. Enjoy lunch onboard as we continue to Split, where we have a guided tour of the historic town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is an abundance of Roman architecture, the most impressive being the magnificent Diocletian Palace, once inhabited by the eponymous Emperor.  Dinner on shore is on your own; we overnight aboard in Split harbor.
 

Saturday June 25: KravicaPočiteljMostar
After disembarking at Split harbor, we travel to Bosnia–Hercegovina, one of six states in the Western Balkans born of the disintegration of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

On our way to Mostar, we visit Kravica waterfalls and the town, Počitelj. The Waterfalls are one of Europe’s best-kept natural secrets. The Trebižat River plummets in a broad 80-foot-high arc into an emerald pool, creating a "mini-Niagara" with more than a dozen separate waterfalls cascading into the lake below. Built in the 14th century by the order of Bosnian king Tvrtko, Počitelj impresses with stunning Oriental architecture and an Ottoman feel, hosting the longest-operating art colony in southeast Europe.

Mostar, with its iconic Old Bridge, a masterpiece of 16th-century Ottoman architecture destroyed during the Bosnian War and rebuilt in 2004, is Bosnia-Herzegovina’s most picturesque town. A thriving trading center since Herzegovina came under Ottoman rule in 1482, Mostar is a diverse city of Bosnian Muslims, Croats, and Serbs, living alongside one another. Bosnian playwright Igor Memic, native of Mostar, said of the town, “On one corner there’s the smell of Turkish coffee, on another you’re in Austro-Hungary. There are Venetian influences, 20th-century communist influences. All this merging of cultures. I’ve never seen that anywhere else in the world I’ve been.”

Sunday June 26: BlagajTvrdoš Tivat
Today we travel to Tivat, Montenegro, via Blagaj and Tvrdoš Monastery. Blagaj, tucked in under a sheer, 656-ft limestone cliff face overlooking the emerald-green source of the River Buna, is a 500-year-old Dervish monastery. The edifice is a striking mixture of Bosnian and Oriental architecture: a whitewashed, half-timbered four-story structure leaning over the water’s edge. Then we visit Tvrdoš Monastery, whose underground complexes kept the tradition of wine making alive in the wake of the collapse of medieval Serbia. Today, the Serbian Orthodox monastery is renowned for its wine production, in particular the local Vranac and Žilavka grape varieties. We will tour the cellars and taste the excellent wines made on the premises.

MONTENEGRO- Seven Nights

Nestled on the UNESCO-protected Boka Bay and offering sweeping views of the Durmitor mountain range, our hotel – the 5-star Regent Porto Montenegro – is right next to the posh city promenade and the most luxurious yacht marina on the Adriatic Sea. According to Lonely Planet, “visitors to Tivat could be forgiven for wondering if they're in Monaco or Montenegro.” The hotel is elegant, aristocratic and refined, boasting gourmet dining, an indulgent spa and wellness center, and indoor and outdoor pools.

During our week in Tivat, we will explore all that Montenegro offers, complemented by two optional outdoor activities: scenic hiking around Kotor Bay and kayaking/bird-watching in the untamed nature of Lake Skadar. Below you will find the description of each tour.

Monday June 27: Boka Bay Cruise Including the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kotor
Described as the southernmost fjord in Europe, Boka Bay is a magnificent symbiosis of bays and gorges, encircled by wooded mountains to the south and mountains with sparse vegetation to the north. Also known as “Bride of the Adriatic,” the star-shaped region – attributed to a submerged river canyon that perforates the mainland – is composed of four bays: Herceg Novi, Risan, Tivat, and Kotor. We will visit Perast, an ancient village rich in Venice-like architecture: sixteen Baroque palaces, seventeen Catholic churches, several important Orthodox structures and a series of nine defensive towers. The highlights of Perast are the twin islands of St. George and Our Lady of the Rock. According to the legend, fishermen saw Mary in the reef and began a ritual of dropping a stone on the spot every time they sailed by. Eventually the island we see today was created, and upon that island was built a fine little “Our Lady of the Rocks” church. Lunch is at the home of a family in the village of Tići on Luštica peninsula. We will have a welcome drink, walk through the olive gardens, taste their organic olive oil, and sit down to a feast of home-cooked specialties. We finish the day in Kotor, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the Adriatic. Kotor became part of the Venetian Republic in 1420 and except for two periods of Ottoman rule, it remained under Venice until 1797. It is these four centuries of Venetian domination that have given the town its typical Venetian architecture. Visits include the Cathedral of St. Tryphon (1166) and St. Luke's Church (1195).

Tuesday June 28: Free day or Optional Hiking to Ridge Vrmac
A comfortable tuk-tuk ride will take you just outside Kotor, from where we start the hike up an old switchback military trail to the top of the Vrmac ridge. This road, named after emperor Franz Joseph, was built during the Austro–Hungarian era, to connect the port of Kotor with the fortress and barracks on the top of the ridge. The hike will be around 2 hours round trip, and there are plenty of stops along the way for photos and to grab a drink. The climb will reward you with stunning view towards Kotor Old Town and the most beautiful parts of Boka bay. After the hike, there will be some free time in scenic Kotor on your own before returning to the hotel.


Wednesday June 29: Budva, Sveti Stefan, and Virpazar
A fortified medieval town, Budva bears the influence of the Venice Republic. The most important buildings include the churches of St. John, Holy Trinity, Holy Mary in Punta, the citadel fortress, and the town walls. We will visit the Archeological Museum, which houses an impressive collection of artifacts from the various Illyrian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Slavic peoples who have settled in Budva. On our way to Virpazar, we will stop at the most photogenic place on the Montenegrin coast: Sveti Stefan, a fortified fishing town on a small island connected to the mainland by a narrow passage. The pink pebble beaches and azure waters of Sveti Stefan have made this area a favorite with both royalty and tourists since the 1930s. In Virpazar, we will visit a winery owned and operated by a family, where we taste the indigenous wines Kratosija and Vranac as well as grappa, accompanied by local delicacies (prosciutto, cheese, olives, and Dutch oven veal).

Thursday June 30: Free or Optional Kayaking and Birdwatching on Lake Skadar
Lake Skadar, the largest lake in the Balkans, is home to over 250 species of birds, 90% of which are migratory. Among them: the endangered pelican, pygmy cormorant, glossy ibis, squacco heron, bittern, grebe, egret, tern, mallard, etc. It is a shallow lake, surrounded by wide flood plain on its northern bank, with willows, reed beds, and floating vegetation. Kayaking will allow you to explore tiny alleys lined with water lilies and watch the wildlife without scaring it away. A boat will follow the group and be at the disposal of any who get tired of paddling or prefer not to. Following the lake experience, you are in for a treat in nearby Rineka Crnojevica, where the most appetizing Montenegrin specialties await. Before the meal is served, you will be offered a homemade fruit brandy to increase your appetite.


Friday July 1: Cetinje and National Park Lovćen
Cetinje is the cultural, historical, and spiritual center of Montenegro, which has retained its old charm due to benign neglect: after the Second World War, the capital was moved from Cetinje to Podgorica (then known as Titograd). Unlike the coastal cities that boast Venetian architecture, the town displays pastel-colored houses, single-story cottages, and stately mansions. We will visit Cetinje Monastery, the most famous Orthodox monastery in Montenegro; King Nikola's Museum, the former residence of the last Montenegrin ruler, and the relief of Montenegro – a fascinating large-scale 3D map created by the Austrians in 1917. Adjacent to Centinje is Lovćen National Park, with an incredibly diverse flora and fauna, dominated by Mount Lovćen and the Njegoš Mausoleum – one of the most important works of the world-renowned Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović. We will climb 461 steps up to the limestone and granite mausoleum, which, in clear weather, offers a stunning 360-degree view of more than half of the tiny country. Petar II Petrović Njegoš was the greatest Montenegrin poet (and ruler), the “national hero” of Montenegro, whose wish was to be buried there.

Saturday July 2: Cavtat
On our way to back to the Dubrovnik airport, we stop in Herceg Novi for a tour of the old town including town fortresses, the Orthodox church of St. Michael the Archangel, and the Catholic churches of St. Jerome and St. Leopold. Then we drive to the Savina Monastery complex, offering magnificent views of Kotor Bay. The monastery complex features a Baroque cathedral, an 11th-century church, dormitories with its treasury, and the church of St. Sava, isolated on a nearby hill. After a farewell lunch in Cavtat, a charming little town set on a petite peninsula embraced by two harbors, we visit the mausoleum of the wealthy Račić family in the Saint Rocco Cemetery, on the highest point of the Rat Peninsula just above Cavtat. Built by Meštrović in 1922, the beautiful memorial chapel – also known as “Our Lady of the Angels”– is a white marble sepulcher surmounted by a bronze angel on a cupola, with intricate decorations, reliefs, and mosaics. (If your flight for home departs this afternoon/ evening, we will see to it that you get to the airport in time and discount the tour price by the cost of tonight's hotel accommodation.)

After such a busy day and substantial lunch, you might well decide to spend a quiet evening at the hotel. However, should you be inclined to go out for dinner, there are plenty of restaurant choices along the waterfront promenade, all of which offer postcard-perfect views!

Sunday July 3: Departures for home


The photos are used courtesy of the National Tourism Organization of Montenegro,
the Regent Porto Montenegro, and Katarina Line

 

Dubrovnik, from Mount Srd
Dubrovnik, from Mount Srd
Typical Street, Dubrovnik
Typical Street, Dubrovnik
"Main Street," Dubrovnik
MV Nautilus
MV Nautilus
Typical Cabin
Typical Cabin
Bathroom aboard
Bathroom aboard
Nautilus lounge
Nautilus lounge
On deck lounge
On deck lounge
Swimming from the Nautilus
Swimming from the Nautilus
Korcula
Korcula
Oysters at Ston
Oysters at Ston
Vis
Vis
Vis Island
Vis Island
View of Hvar from the fort
View of Hvar from the fort
Hvar Harbor
Hvar Harbor
Biševo - The Blue Cave
Biševo - The Blue Cave
Venetian palace - Split
Venetian palace - Split
Mostar Bridge
Mostar Bridge
Tvrdoš Monastery
Tvrdoš Monastery
Cave at Tvrdoš Monastery
Cave at Tvrdoš Monastery
Tivat Marina
Tivat Marina
Sunset from the Porto Montegro
Sunset from the Porto Montegro
Our Hotel Pool
Our Hotel Pool
Regent Hotel Porto Montenegro by Night
Regent Hotel Porto Montenegro by Night
Our Hotel Terrace, Twilight
Our Hotel Terrace, Twilight
Boka Bay
Boka Bay
Perast
Perast
Old Town Kotor
Old Town Kotor
Budva Old Town
Budva Old Town
Lovcen National Park
Lovcen National Park
View from Lovcen
View from Lovcen
Skadar Lake from Rijeka Crnojevica
Skadar Lake from Rijeka Crnojevica
Hiking above Kotor
Hiking above Kotor
Pelicans, Lake Skadar
Pelicans, Lake Skadar
 
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