The Imperial Trail and Croatian Island Discovery

The Imperial Trail and Croatian Island Discovery
Ocean Cruise
Dubrovnik to Vienna
15 days
Tour code: NOBQDV15

Embark on a journey through Vienna, Ljubljana, Trieste and Piran that depicts the lives of the Habsburg Empire. Then board a boutique small ship to explore the best of Croatia, uncovering historic villages and incredible natural wonders.

What's included?

  • Unique experiences in up to 21 destinations
  • Expert services of APT Cruise and Tour directors
  • Finest dining - a total of 37 meals
  • Complimentary beverages served at your discretion on board*
  • Eight nights aboard the intimate MV Queen Eleganza
  • Return airport transfers, porterage and tipping


The Boutique MV Queen Eleganza

Room types available

  • Twin - 2 Adults, 2 Beds
  • Single - 1 Adult, 1 Bed
  • Double - 2 Adults, 1 Beds


Day 1
Arrive Dubrovnik, Embark Ship
Upon arrival into Dubrovnik, be met at the airport and transfer to your ship. Here, enjoy a Welcome Dinner before overnighting in this magnificent town.

Stay: Eight Nights, MV Queen Eleganza

Meals: dinner

Day 2
Dubrovnik, Mljet
This morning in Dubrovnik set out for a guided tour of this walled city. Continue sailing and perhaps stop for a swim on the island of Jakljan. Later on, sail to Mljet, one of the few Dalmatian islands that was never ruled by Venice. During a tour to its national park, discover its pristine turquoise lakes.

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 3
Korčula, Biševo, Vis
Today arrive in Korčula where you will stroll the medieval streets flanked with palaces. Enjoy your Signature Experience before heading to one of the main Croatian Islands from the coast, Vis was used as a military base for the Yugoslav army and only opened up to tourism in 1989. This isolation and lack of development is the island's main attraction, as it is filled with natural beauty. Dine on board or ashore tonight.

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 4
Vis, Hvar
Today depart from Vis for Stari Grad, take a short coach ride across the island to the stunning Old Town of Hvar for a guided walk. Commence in the iconic main square, which is the largest piazza in Dalmatia, then see the cathedral and the Franciscan Monastery. Continue to the Benedictine Nunnery, where we hear about the aloe lace still produced today by the nuns. Return to the ship for lunch and spend the afternoon cruising to Hvar where you will enjoy dinner on board as your ship moors overnight.

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 5
Hvar, Krka National Park
This afternoon, visit the dramatic waterfalls in Krka where you will see Skradinski Buk, a large natural pool with high waterfalls at one end and cascades at the other. Take a walk along wooden jetties and bridges to admire the falls, and the unique flora and fauna.

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 6
Šibenik, Radošić, Kornati Islands
Arrive in Šibenik and enjoy your Signature Experience this morning, then return to your ship. Later on amongst the 140 islands that make up the Kornati archipelago, teeming with natural beauty, coves and clear blue waters. Cruise around the islands then perhaps enjoy a swim.

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 7
Zadar, Pag
This morning arrive in Zadar and enjoy a guided walk of its well-preserved Old Town, Roman Columns, Romanesque churches and Renaissance palaces Continue to Pag, where you will have another chance to swim straight off your deck. Your ship will dock here overnight.

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 8
Rab, Krk
Arrive in Rab and meander through the narrow old alleys of the picturesque Old Town. Then sail to the beautiful island of Krk, where weather permitting, your ship will drop its anchor so you can enjoy a swim straight off the deck. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 9
Disembark Ship, Opatija, Hum, Trieste
After disembarking in Opatija, visit Učka Nature Park, one of Croatia's best-kept secrets, covering 160 square kilometres of rarely visited natural beauty. Its highest peak, Vojak, stands at an impressive 1,401 metres. Afterwards continue to Hum, affectionately known as the 'smallest town in the world' with a population of just 21. Later on arrive at your hotel in Trieste, where you spend the evening at leisure.

Stay: Two Nights, Trieste, Savoia Excelsior Palace or Hotel Continentale Trieste

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 10
Trieste, Portorož, Piran
Enjoy a tour of Portorož, then, choose your sightseeing activity.

Meals: breakfast

Day 11
Trieste, Lipica, Ljubljana
Take part in a guided walking tour of Trieste, seeing places and landmarks which represent the symbols of the Habsburg Empire that made Trieste the 4th largest city of the Austro-Hungarian Empire then enjoy Lunch. Later on visit a stud farm in Lipica, which is famous for breeding beautiful Lipizzan horses. This is the original farm that was responsible for perpetuating this breed that you would have seen at Vienna's Spanish Riding School.

Stay: Two Nights, InterContinental Ljubljana or similar

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 12
Enjoy a tour of Ljubljana, and see the graceful Opera House, the National Theatre and Ljubljana Castle.

Meals: breakfast

Day 13
Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Vienna
Travel to Lake Bled and enjoy a morning cruise. Later travel to Vienna and enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Vienna, Palais Hansen Kempinski Wien or similar

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 14
This morning, visit the Spanish Riding School and see the beautiful Lipizzan horses. Afterwards explore Vienna, the home to an array of striking architecture as well as a rich classical music culture and vibrant cafes. Take in many of the city’s most important landmarks during a tour along the Ringstrasse, Vienna’s famous ring boulevard officially opened by Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1865. You will see St Stephan's Cathedral, the Imperial Burial Vault, Imperial Palace and the Church of the Augustinian Friars – known as the 'private church of the Habsburgs'. Later, visit Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family. Wander through its lush, manicured gardens and marvel at magnificent sculptures.

Meals: breakfastlunch

Day 15
Depart Vienna
Today, depart after breakfast.

Meals: breakfast

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