Embrace the World – Croatia

Embrace a feeling…

What better way to embrace your life and the world, than by going out there and living it! Embrace the feeling you get when you are lulled to sleep by the sounds of the surf and the gently rocking of the sea.

Embrace that feeling you get when you are standing next to turquoise waterfalls cascading into crystal clear lakes, and walking along a nature trail so magically beautiful it hardly seems like it belongs in the physical world.

Embrace that feeling  you get when you are strolling in the shade along cobblestone streets in a walled Medieval village, being transported back in time to a completely different historical reality.

Embrace that feeling  you get when you and a group of your newest best friends are invited in to the home of a amiable local family for dinner, to share their customs and traditions with you, as well as their delicious food.

Embrace that feeling you get when you are swimming in a sapphire lagoon next to a crystal white sandy beach, and the only decision you have to make for the rest of the afternoon is whether you want to read a book, or take a nap.

Where could you find and embrace such a feeling?  Is there a land like this that truly exists?  Yes, and it is called Croatia!

Croatia, you say?  Where is Croatia?  Well, it is delicately poised between the Balkans and Central Europe, and it is an amazing land that has been passed between competing kingdoms, empires and republics for millennia. There may be nowhere in the world that has such a rich cultural legacy left behind by so many different influences.

In addition to it’s incredible history, Croatia is a country that has been blessed with some of the most unbelievable natural beauty of any country in the world.  The sapphire waters of the Adriatic Sea no doubt influenced a young Marco Polo growing up there to want to get out and explore the rest of the world!

There are countless islands all along the Dalmatian Coast with white sandy beaches, secluded coves, and picturesque lagoons.  Shift your gaze for just a moment from the glittering waters, and a gigantic mountain may come in to view.

The Dinaric Alps, which stretch all the way from Italy to Albania, hug much of the coast, which means there is a wonderland of craggy peaks, underground caverns, river canyons, dramatic waterfalls and ridiculously picturesque lakes just waiting to be explored.

And explore it all we will!  This trip is a chance for adventure, playfulness and wonder.  Let’s enjoy everything this newly discovered country has to offer us together, spreading our message of love as we hug our way from port to square with new found friends!  We will have 7 delicious days at sea, on board a small ship with her very own Captain and Crew!  Our land accommodations will be 4 star and luxurious.  River rafting, zip lining, and sea kayaking are just a few of the thing we will be offering to indulge our inner adrenaline junkie, balanced out delightfully with swimming and relaxing in secret coves and lagoons, relaxing on our own sandy beach, and experiencing the amazing historical cities and villages of Croatia up close.  This trip seriously has it all!

We invite you to come along with us on this wondrous journey as we embrace life!


ITINERARY

Wednesday, September 6: ZAGREB UPON ARRIVAL  (D)

Arrival in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, don’t worry, we will be there to meet and greet you!  Then we will transfer you to your centrally located 4 star hotel.  Relax and unwind, and get ready to meet your fellow travelers at our Welcome Dinner!

Thursday, September 7: ZAGREB  WITH A WALKING TOUR  (B)

Rise and shine, and grab some breakfast.  It’s time for your morning city tour of Zagreb. Walk through the historic Upper Town, where, among other sites, we will visit the St. Mark’s Church, the Cathedral, the Government Palace and the Lotrščak tower.  We’ll have a group lunch together to get to know one another, and then you are off to explore!  You have the rest of the day at leisure, and tonight you can have dinner on your own.  Don’t worry, we will have some awesome local recommendations for you.  Maybe an early evening visit to the “Museum of Broken Relationships?”

 Friday, September 8: ZAGREB – PLITVICE LAKES – SPLIT (B)

After breakfast, we have a morning departure towards Croatia’s oldest and most beautiful Plitvice Lake National Park, consisting of 16 lakes, connected with a series of waterfalls. An environment where Karl May movies were made, and claimed by many to be one of the most naturally beautiful spots on Earth!  We will walk through the park, enjoy a boat ride on the emerald green Kozjak Lake and ride the street train back to the entrance. Walking shoes are essential for our 3 hour walk in this wonderful environment!  We’ll be ready to rest on our drive to Split, where we will spend the night.

 Saturday, September 9: SPLIT – MAKARSKA  (B, L)

Breakfast? Check, and then it’s our morning guided tour of Split, a monumental city under UNESCO protection with abundance of Roman architecture – of special interest is the Diocletian palace. The tour will end in the harbour in front of the ship for cruise check in, don’t worry, we will already have had your luggage transferred to the boat!  We will depart from Split harbour towards Makarska at 1:00, and cruise along the Dalmatian coast while we enjoy the first of many delicious lunches on board. You can get settled in to your cabin, it’s home for the next 7 nights! You might want to put on your bathing suit, since we will be stopping for an afternoon swim at one of the wonderful beaches of the Dalmatian Coast! From there, it’s time for some adrenaline!  We head to the Cetina River, and we can go river rafting or zip-lining, you decide what’s your pleasure?  We will meet back up with the ship at night in the lovely port of Makarska, where you can stroll the cobblestone streets and admire the quaint churches and other architectural and cultural sites.

Sunday, September 10: MAKARSKA – MLJET  (B, L)

 

Breakfast on board, and we leave for an early morning departure towards Mljet with a stop on the Pelješac peninsula for a refreshing swim.  Our afternoon visit today will be to the amazing salt lakes in Mljet National Park to enjoy the sun, sea and tranquility of this peaceful island. In the middle of the large lake, inside the National park, we visit the monastery and church on St. Mary isle.  If you want to cover a little more ground, we have an optional bike rental waiting for you. Tonight we will overnight in port Polača/Pomena.

Monday, September 11: MLJET – DUBROVNIK  (B, L)

After breakfast, we depart for Dubrovnik, one of the highlights of this cruise. Enjoy the nature along the way towards “the Heaven on Earth” – according to the famous writer George Bernard Shaw, whose love affair with this city has been well documented in print.  We arrive in Dubrovnik in the afternoon, when you can explore on your own, or join our guided tour of the city followed by an included cable car ride up to Srđ mountain for spectacular views of the old town!  Take a walk through STRADUN – both a street and a square, a promenade inside the city walls. We also recommend a walk on top of the 1,940 m long city walls!  We even have a couple more optional excursions you may fit in before the City tour, it’s up to you, do as much or as little as you want! We will spend the night in the port of this magical town.

 Tuesday, September 12: DUBROVNIK – ŠIOAN/TRSTENIK  (B, L, D)

Grab some breakfast and your morning is free to explore Dubrovnik. Discover the beauty of history through numerous monuments, little streets, churches, and get your souvenir shopping in.  Around noon we leave this magnificent town and continue our cruise towards Šipan isle or small town of Trstenik on the Pelješac peninsula, where we will swim in the afternoon and spend the night. Get out your fanciest flip flops, tonight is our Captain’s dinner on board!

 Wednesday, September 13: ŠIPAN/TRSTENIK – KORČULA  (B, L)

After breakfast we depart for the island of Korčula, the birthplace of famous explorer MARCO POLO. We will have lunch on board in the bay, near the town of Korčula, and we arrive in the afternoon to this lovely port to spend the night.  Surrounded by ancient walls and fortified bastions Korčula’s old town is very well preserved with its layout and structure dating back to the 13th century, and we will learn all about it with a guided tour. Tonight we head out with our group to enjoy a traditional Dalmatian Village dinner, and learn about the customs and culture of this amazing part of the world! Have you ever wanted to learn how to make macaroni by hand?

 Thursday, September 14: KORČULA – HVAR   (B, L)


We’re getting up early, having breakfast, and departing towards the Pakleni Islands for lunch and a swim stop followed by afternoon sightseeing of Hvar, the longest island in the Adriatic. Here on our guided tour we will find the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower as well as the oldest community theatre in Europe founded here in 1612. Hvar offers abundant entertainment, excellent restaurants, and cafes that are open many hours of every day for all your dining pleasures! We’ll be happy to suggest some places to go and mingle with the friendly locals. We will spend the night in this lovely port.

 Friday, September 15: HVAR (Bol) – SPLIT  (B, L, D)

Another delicious breakfast on board and off we go!  Our next stop is Brač island. Swimming is planned at the most famous beach in Dalmatia – Zlatni Rat near Bol (the Golden Horn – its gravel promontory shifts from side to side as the wind and waves constantly change it’s shape). Bol is a typical fishermen’s village converted into a popular tourist destination. After
lunch we will start our journey back to Split where our last overnight on board is planned. A swim break is in the cards on route in one of the many bays on Brač island. Enjoy the magical view of Split Riviera. This afternoon do some last minute souvenir shopping, take a nap, or do some more exploring, whatever you like!  Tonight we all gather together for our Farewell Dinner with our new best friends, and share our stories and memories that will last a lifetime. We will spend our last night on board our ship in this port.

Saturday September 16: SPLIT (B)

Grab some breakfast, and we will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

Embrace the World Extra Bonuses!!

Loretta and I came together in travel, bonded in hugs and love to share kindness. Along our Croatian journey we will be visiting many beautiful and historic destinations giving us many many marvelous opportunities for ‘Free Hugs.’ Along with hugs, Carol will offer the opportunity for some quick and fun talks on LOA, positivity and kindness. While giving and getting hugs and talks will be completely optional, we are really looking forward to sharing our message of love and kindness around the world! Are you ready? We are!!


TRIP COSTS

Croatia Pricing  September 6-16, 10 nights Zagreb to Split

$2,780.00 per person*

single supplement pricing on request if available

We are limiting participation in this event and keeping our group small so we can enjoy some intimate experiences and go where big groups cannot.  For this reason, space is extremely limited, and it will be first come first served for all spots, including on deck cabins.  Don’t wait to guarantee you space on this amazing adventure!

PAYMENT POLICY
  • $500.00 per person non refundable deposit is due at the time of the booking.
  • 50% of total trip fee is due by April 1st 2017
  • Payment in full is due by  August 1st 2017
  • *Based on an exchange rate EUR 1.00 to USD $1.10

EXTENDED! A FEW ON DECK CABINS LEFT: MARCH 1ST: Save $100 & also receive a complimentary 1-hour positivity coaching session from Carol.

Fill out your Reservation Form,  and sign our Terms and Conditions and Click on BOOK NOW. and make your deposit to guarantee your space. On-deck cabins are first come first served.

The ship awaits you… all on board.

Let the journey begin! 

Checks are a-okay with us too, and can be sent to:

Loretta-Maria Adkins, Clean Getaway Travel:

1100 Margaret Street Suite 3, Key West, Florida 33040

phone 305 240-1816,[email protected]

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations  made before 90 days will qualify for a full refund , minus  your non refundable deposit.  Thereafter, per person  cancellation  fees  are as follows:

  • Any cancellation  made between  90 and 30 days prior to trip will qualify for a 50% refund.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations within 30 days of departure.
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
  • Accommodations for 2 nights Zagreb/1-night Split in 4 star hotels
  • 7 Night cruise aboard a Katarina Line in an A+ Vessel with air conditioning
  • Drink package on board
  • Welcome Dinner in Zagreb
  • Farewell Dinner in Split
  • Captain’s Dinner on board
  • Traditional Village Dinner in Korcula
  • Group lunch in Zagreb
  • Daily Breakfast for the duration of the tour
  • Lunch on board the ship daily, including one beverage
  • Airport and port transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • Walking tour of Zagreb
  • Walking Tour of Dubrovnik
  • Walking Tour of Split
  • Walking Tour of Korcula
  • Walking Tour of Hvar
  • Guided Tour of  Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • Entrance to MLJET National Park to see the salt lakes
  • Cable car experience in Dubrovnik
  • Croatia Visitor’s tax
  • Tips to the Captain, crew of the vessel, and all private guides.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:
  • International Airfare to and from Croatia.  We are offering assistance with International Airfare for a discounted tour participant booking fee of $50.00.
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance

RESERVATION FORM          TERMS AND CONDITIONS