Drifter Sister
Small Group Tour of
Croatia and Montenegro

 

 

Africa

Tours to AfricaThis is a thrilling two-week safari to Kenya during the annual migration. Plus, your photos will be amazing because renowned photographer and teacher, Jeff Sink, will be along to help you get stunning photos.

 

We are also offering a 10-day pre-trip that begins in Victoria Falls, heads to Botswana for game drives, and on to the Okavango Delta.

 

We are also offering a 10-day pre-trip that begins in Victoria Falls, and then heads to Botswana for game drives in the Okavango Delta.

 

Cuba

Tour Cuba

If you have been wanting to see Cuba, now is the time to do it, before it becomes spoiled by a rush of American tourists.

 

Come with me… experience the quirky, sometimes unpredictable and chaotic, yet enterprising life of the Cuban people. Witness their spirit and ingenuity. Marvel at what they can do amidst the crumbling infrastructure. Travel the nearly deserted highways through the gorgeous countryside, with cowboys on horseback, and horse-drawn carts interspersed among the classic cars, trucks and buses.

 

This is a Catch the Wind tour you won’t want to miss, especially now, before Cuba changes, and before the onrushing crowds ruin it.

 

 

France

Tours to FranceDuring the two weeks of our small group tour of France, we will discover the beautiful Minervois villages and the fascinating Languedoc region of South France.

 

This tour is a balance of relaxation and discovery. The region is rich in history (primarily Roman Colonization, and the Cathar movement, which provoked the Albigensian Crusade) and wine production.

Greece & Turkey
Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Can you imagine two weeks immersed in two of the most exotic and archeologically rich civilizations of the world? You can experience it all on our small group tour of Greece and Turkey.

 

Our tour of Greece will combine conventional cruising with private yachting aboard the 25-cabin Harmony V mega yacht. We will visit the famous islands of Mykonos and Santorini along with many of the smaller, beautiful islands.

 

An optional small group land tour of the Pelloponnese is available for touring classical sites like Olympia, Delphi and Meteora.

 

Our small group tour of Turkey includes the enchanting city of Istanbul, a cruise on the Bosphorus strait, and a visit to the Cappadocia region.

 

Istanbul is a unique city combining Eastern and Western cultures. It is set in an amazingly beautiful location that everyone should visit at least once.

 

Cappadocia is a stunning area of other-worldly rock formations, subterranean churches and underground dwellings.

 

Ireland

Tours to IrelandFor two weeks our small group tour of Ireland will explore the Emerald Isle, escorted in our luxurious and spacious motor coach.

 

We will discover the myriad beautiful, charming and mysterious sights, sounds, and tastes of the Emerald Isle, making a wide circle, primarily around the coast. ‘Must See’ locations, such as Cliffs of Moher, Kilkenny Castle, Ring of Kerry, Killarney, the ‘Quiet Man’ country of Connemara, and more will be interspersed with lesser known local gems, such as Cobh, Doolin, the Aran Island of Inish Mor, and New Grange.

Luxurious Spa

Luxurious SpaOur small group tour of a week of pampering at Ixtapan de la Sal, Mexico is an experience you don't want to miss.

 

This family-owned and operated Spa has been in operation since the mid 19th century and is the most relaxing and beautiful place one can imagine. And it’s a great bargain!

Spain

Tours of Andalucia, Spain

This small group tour of Spain is an in-depth exploration of a most treasured region - ANDALUCIA!

 

Rich in Spanish traditions influenced by the ancient Moors, sunshine, olive groves, white pueblo villages, tapas, Sangria... Spain's Andalucia contains all this and more, and we will have two weeks to enjoy it to the fullest!

 

Highlights include three guided tours, a visit and show at the famous Andalucian Equestrian School, and an authentic Flamenco Show at an intimate, locally owned establishment. Two meals are included daily, as well as rental cars, including gas.

 

Lodging will be in Haciendas and hotels, conveniently located within walking distance of historic city centers, shops and attractions. Three 4-night stays help make this an in-depth experience and adventure you don’t want to miss!

 

Tuscany

Tours to TuscanyStaying in a villa on a small group tour of Tuscany is one of the least expensive, and perhaps most rewarding, travel experiences one can enjoy.

 

We stay one week each in two villas, which are strategically chosen for convenient day trips throughout central Tuscany. First is Borgo Corsignano, a renovated medieval village in the lovely Casentino Valley. Our second villa is San Giuseppe, near Sienna, a big, old restored farmhouse with six bedrooms (all with ensuite bathrooms).

Let's Go to Croatia!

(Island Hopping Cruise through the most beautiful islands of the Dalmatia Coast)

 

+ Montenegro Land Tour

(Discover this tiny country of unparalled drama and beauty)

 

May 9-25, 2019

 

Very popular. Maximum 20 Passengers.

Cabins going fast - just a few Standard Deck Cabins remaining

 

 

 

 

 

Summary

 

Old Ford truck license plate

This tour combines one of the latest ‘must see’ destinations, Croatia, with a wonderful little country under most folks’ radar, Montenegro – a hidden gem if there ever was one.

 

We begin our adventure in Zagreb, with a day to enjoy a City Tour and explore on our own, including a Welcome Dinner.

 

We are then transferred by motor coach, via a stop in Krka National Park (as nice as Plitvice Lakes -- some say even better -- but less crowded), to Split, where we board our mega-yacht M/S Splendid, and begin our exciting 7-Day Island Hopping Cruise through Croatia’s Dalmatia Coast, cruising past the lovely Elaphiti Islands to our first destination, Mljet National Park. Each morning we motor to another island or sea town, one lovelier and more charming than the next, including Hvar, Split, Korcula, Pucisca, Vis, and Omis, plus several National Parks. Several walking city tours are included, and we make it a point to dock each day in the late afternoon, with plenty of time to explore, and enjoy a meal on shore. Breakfast and lunch are included on the ship daily, plus on two evenings we will have special dinners on shore. Our island visits are interspersed with daily swim stops, and the scenery as we cruise from island to island is unsurpassed. Cuba horse and buggyOur cruise ends in Dubrovnik, where, after a tour of the Old City, we prepare for the exciting adventure to come.

 

The second segment of our tour will be on land, exploring the wonders and mysteries of lovely Montenegro. After the boat arrives in Dubrovnik, we are transferred by deluxe motor coach to the lovely sea town of Budva, with a visit on the way to Cavtat, again by the sea, for lunch. The next day, we begin our journey by climbing the scenic old mountain road to “Old Montenegro,” and each day a new adventure awaits. Visits to monasteries and wineries, jet-set islands and old forts, Roman ruins and fjords, not to mention a 4-wheel jeep adventure into the deepest canyon in Europe. Four nights in the lovely coastal town of Budva, and another four in one of the most picturesque locations on earth, Perast. We say farewell on day 17 and are transferred to Dubrovnik airport for our journey home, or on to other adventures in Europe.

 

The M/S Splendid was built in 2014 and holds just 38 passengers in spacious, well-appointed cabins. Six upper cabins have been reserved to insure we have the best available accommodations. Spacious Standard cabins are also available.

 

Trinidad Cuba

 

 

 

 

 

Perast

Croatia coast

 

 

 

 

Itinerary

 

Day  -1  - DEPART U.S. FOR ZAGREB

Day 01 - (Thursday, May 9) (D)

 

  • You may arrive any time today but we'll try to coordinate
  • Group transfer to hotel in Zagreb
  • Dinner at the Hotel is included
  • Overnight in Zagreb
  • Accommodation: Sheraton, Zagreb

DAY 02 - ZAGREB (B, D)

 

  • After breakfast, we will embark on a sightseeing tour, see the historic Upper Town, St. Mark's Church, St. Catherine's Church, the Cathedral, Parliament, and Government Palace.
  • The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the winding city streets, browse through the shops, or take an optional excursion to see the countryside. Lunch will be on your own.
  • Tonight we will enjoy a Special Drifter Sister Welcome Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Sheraton, Zagreb

 

Day 03 - ZAGREB - KRKA NATIONAL PARK - SPLIT - BOARD M/S SPLENDID (B, D)

 

  • After breakfast, we have an early departure by bus from Zagreb to Krka National Park.
  • After spending time in this magical natural environment of waterfalls and gorges, with the river gushing through a karstic canyon 200 meters deep, we continue on to Split.
  • Board mega-yacht M/S Spendid in time to relax and meet our fellow passengers before our Welcome Meeting at 7:00 p.m. and Welcome Dinner at 7:30.

 

Day 04 - SPLIT - OMIS - PUCISCA (B, L)

 

  • Our English speaking guide will do a morning tour of Split City and walk us through the historical Diocletian's Palace
  • Leisure time on your own to explore Split.
  • At 12:00 we will start our cruise to Omis, an ancient town with city walls, fortresses and stone churches.
  • Lunch will be served on board while we continue our cruise acoss the Brac Channel, all the way to Pucisca, the biggest village on the island of Brac.
  • Free time to enjoy the village and have dinner on your own in one of the local restaurants.
  • We'll spend a night in this very quiet town.

 

Day 05 - PUCISCA - BOL - HVAR (B, L)

 

  • Morning departure towards Bol, for a short stop to relax in this charming Dalmation town. Do some shopping, have a walk, a cup of coffee or a swim on one of the finest European beaches, called Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape).
  • Return to boat for lunch on board.
  • After lunch we continue cruising towards Hvar, the sunniest Croation island.
  • Upon our evening arrival in Hvar, a local English speaking guide will walk us through the town and we will learn how lavender was traditionally farmed on Hvar for many centuries
  • Free time to enjoy the evening in Hvar, including dinner in one of its numerous family owned restaurants or taverns.
  • Overight in Hvar Historical Town.

 

Day 06 - HVAR - BISEVO BLUE CAVE - VIS (B, L)

 

  • We start our day with a morning cruise towards the Island of Bisevo and its Blue Cave. If conditions are right we will enter the cave (small entrance fee not included).
  • After our visit to the cave (fingers crossed) we will dock in Vis and have lunch.
  • Vis is rather unique compared to other Croatian Adriatic islands. Due to its important strategic location on the open sea, it served as a military zone for a long time and was consequently spared the usual tourist development. Beautiful beaches, ecological agriculture and preserved traditional architecture make up the advantages of this remarkable Croatian island.
  • You will have the afternoon and evening free in Vis, to enjoy its unspoiled nature and dine in one of the family-run restaurants.
  • Overnight in Vis Town.

 

Day 07 - VIS - KORCULA (B, L, D)

 

  • We start our day with a morning departure towards the Island of Korcula, with a swim stop and lunch en route.
  • This afternoon we arrive to Korcula Town, on the island of Korcula, known as the birthplace of Marco Polo, one of the most famous world explorers of all times.
  • Our English speaking guide will meet us at the boat and conduct a Korcula City tour and walk us through Korcula's charming narrow and cobbled streets.
  • Free evening to do some shopping before meeting for a Special Drifter Sister Dinner.
  • Overnight in Korcula Historical Town.

 

DAY 8 - KORCULA – N.P. MLJET - (B, L)

 

  • After breakfast on board, we start our cruise to the Mljet National Park, passing by the magnificent shores of Korcula islands archipelago.
  • A swim stop and lunch will be enroute.
  • Upon arrival to National Park Mljet we will have a free afternoon to explore the park, walk around the Great and Small Lakes, and visit Islet of St. Mary with its Benedictine Monastery from the 12th century.
  • You can enjoy a refreshing swim in the heart of this pristine natural park.
  • Evening at leisure and dinner in one of the local restaurants.
  • Overninght in Mljet.

 

DAY 9 - NATIONAL PARK MLJET - DUBROVNIK (B, L)

 

  • In the morning we depart for Dubrovnik, along the shores of Mljet and the Elaphiti Islands archipelago.
  • We will have a short swim stop before lunch on board.
  • Upon arrival to Dubrovnik, our own English speaking guide will come to the pier to meet us.
  • After an organized panoramic drive and photo stop of breathtaking scenery at a hill above Dubrovnik we will descend to the historical center of this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Following our city tour we will be left on our own to explore the town, climb the famous City Walls, or take a cable car to the top of Mount Srd, and enjoy dinner on our own at one of the many fine restaurants.
  • A return coach will be scheduled in the evening, or you can return to the M/S Splendid on your own, where we will spend one last night on board.

 

Day 10 - (Saturday, May 18) DUBROVNIK - (CAVTAT) - BUDVA (B, D)

Those doing just the Cruise will be transferred after breakfast to the Dubrovnik Airport for their journey home.

For those continuing...

  • After our last breakfast on board M/S Splendid, we say farewell to our captain and crew as we board our motor coach and drive to Budva, Montenegro.
  • En route we will stop at the lovely little town of Cavtat, with free time to walk around and enjoy lunch on our own in one of the many restaurants specializing in fresh seafood.
  • We continue on to Budva and check in to our hotel Adria.
  • Late this afternoon we will have a walking tour of the Old Town - historic Budva, followed with a Welcome Dinner in one of the local restaurants in the port.
  • Accommodation: Hotel Adria, Budva

 

 

Day 11 - BUDVA – MILOCER, St. STEFAN, OLD MONTENEGRO (CETINJE) - BUDVA (B, L, D)

 

  • This morning after breakfast, we embark via our deluxe motor coach to begin exploring the beautiful countryside of Montenegro, driving to the most beautiful part of the Budva Riviera – the island hotel Sveti (Saint) Stefan and Royal Villa and Park – Milocer.
  • This 15th century village and its buildings were turned into a unique upscale hotel during the Tito regime, and became an exclusive resort frequented by the rich and famous. It was refurbished in 2009. The villa (former Royal summer palace) is surrounded by a beautiful park.
  • Time permitting, we will have a walking tour from the village of Prezno via Milocer to Sv Stefan.
  • As we continue on, we will climb the old mountain road to the to Cetinje, the old capital of Montenegro.
  • A visit to the Palace is included, and several museums are available to visit on your own.
  • After leaving Cetinje, we stop in the village of Njegusi to have a snack with an old Slavic drink (brewed honey) or beer/wine at the oldest inn in Montenegro.
  • After a presentation of the making of their famous prosciutto and cheese with local brandy, we continue to Budva via serpentine mountain roads with views of the beautiful Bay of Kotor.
  • Dinner will be at our hotel in Budva.
  • Accommodation: Hotel Adria, Budva

 

Day 12 - MONTENEGRO WINE ROUTES (B, L)

 

  • Today we will visit the wineries of Montenegro as we journey to Cemovsko Field, part of the Zeta Plains. Up until the 1970s the Field was a wasteland, but it has been turned into the biggest vineyard in Europe (in one piece) with Vranac grapes. Europe’s largest and most beautiful vineyard, “Plantaze” was raised covering 2,250 hectares, with 11 million vine plants.
  • We will visit a unique wine cellar built in a huge old underground air force hangar and taste some of the best wines.
  • We continue our tour with a winemaker paired wine lunch at one of the best private wineries of Montenegro, “Zenta”.
  • After lunch we will drive by Skadar Lake and enjoy the beautiful vistas before returning to our hotel in Budva.
  • Dinner (if you're still hungry) will be on your own in one of the many charming cafes of Budva.
  • Accommodation: Hotel Adria, Budva

 

Day 13 - TALE OF TWO TOWNS: OLD BAR & ULCINI (B, L, D)

 

  • The Ulcinj region of Montenegro traces its history to the prehistoric times of the Illyriams. The scenic old walled town of Ulcinj was founded in the 5th century BC by the Colchinians. Several centuries later the town was captured by the Romans and was afforded special privileges and independent status under Roman law.
  • We will have a guided walking tour of the old town.
  • Next, we drive to Ada Bojana – an artificially created river island. Here there are many restaurants that serve fish caught in the old time-honored methods.
  • Lunch will be at one of the best of these restaurants.
  • After lunch we will drive to Old Bar, a unique monument of the remnants of many past civilizations. Here there are churches and buildings from different epochs, squares, medieval palaces and houses that once were abundant with life.
  • As we are leaving Old Bar, we stop for a visit to one of the oldest olive trees in the world (more than 2100 year old), called Old Olive of Mirovica, which was put under State protection in 1957 due to its natural, morphological, environmental, aesthetic and historical significance.
  • Drive to our next destination on the shores of the Bay of Kotor, Perast.
  • Dinner is at the hotel restaurant overlooking the enchanting Bay of Kotor and two churched islets floating in the middle of the Bay.
  • Accommodation: Hotel Conte, Perast

 

Day 14 -PERAST - LUSTICA (OLD FARMHOUSE DINNER) (B, D)

 

  • Leisurely morning to explore Perast and surrounding area, including nearby Risan, the most ancient city in the Bay of Kotor, home to Roman period mosaics.
  • Lunch on your own at one of the many seaside restaurants in Risan or Perast.
  • For dinner we will drive to the nearby Lustica peninsula to visit a little village with a centuries old farm house on the top of the hill with great views of the Bay of Kotor.
  • Dinner will be local food with wines.
  • After dinner we will enjoy local folk dances and music.
  • Return to Perast.
  • Accommodation: Hotel Conte, Perast

 

Day 15 - MONTENEGRO MOUNTAINS – MT. DURMITOR & TARA RIVER NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D)

 

  • Today we drive through Risan and Miksic to explore the mountains of Montenegro. On our way to the Montenegro Highlands we will pass through the dramatic canyon of Piva river and lake to the mountain village of Trsa in the National Park of Durmitor & Tara River.
  • Embark on a thrilling jeep expedition through this glacier-formed landscape of deep canyons, pristine rivers and dense pine forests, enjoying breathtaking views of Tara River Canyon, the deepest in Europe.
  • Lunch will be a barbeque in Susica Canyon, by a little alpine lake.
  • After lunch we drive through Mt. Durmitor, with photo stops at the most scenic sites.
  • Meet our bus at Zabljak and drive to Perast.
  • Dinner is again at the Hotel Conte restaurant with its wonderful ambience and vistas of the fjord-like Bay of Kotor.
  • Accommodation: Hotel Conte, Perast

 

Day 16 -MONTENEGRO’S BLUE BAY OF KOTOR (B, D)

 

  • There are very few places to be compared with the natural beauties of the Bay of Kotor, very often compared to Norwegian fjords.  
  • Today, we explore ‘our’ Bay, in depth, by boat.
  • We will board our private small boat to cruise across Bay of Kotor to the islet called “Gospa od Skrpjela” (Our Lady of the Rocks) – The ‘Sistine Chapel of Montenegro’ due to its ceiling and walls painted by the famous local Baroque painter Tripo Kukolja.
  • After our visit to the church, we again board our small boat to sail across the bay to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Kotor, famous for its nautical tradition and the famous merchant nave of Boka Kotorska (Bay of Kotor).
  • We will have a Guided Walking Tour of the old town, including a visit to the tenth Century Cathedral of St. Tryphon, or Nautical Museum.
  • After the tour you are free to wander the town or climb the magnificent city wall with its fantastic vistas.
  • A snack or lunch will on your own (but you will want to make it light, as we have a special farewell dinner scheduled).
  • Our Farewell Dinner will be at the private home of a top Montenegro culinary expert with choices of local specialties (drinks, wine, beer included).
  • After dinner we will be transferred to our hotel in Perast.
  • Accommodation: Hotel Conte, Perast.

 

Day 17 - PERAST – AP DUBROVNIK - HOME (B)

 

  • After breakfast we will be transferred to AP Dubrovnik for our flights home, or to continue our adventures abroad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Inclusions

 

 

Included - Montenegro

 

  • Airport Transfer
  • 4 Nights Lodging in Budva
  • 4 Nights Lodging in Perast
  • Entrance to All Activities as stipulated in Itinerary
  • Breakfast included daily
  • 6 Dinners, including special Welcome & Farewell Dinners
  • 3 Lunches + 1 Snack – included in excursions
  • 7 Excursions with English-Speaking Licensed Guides
  • Guide’s Gratuities
  • Deluxe A/C bus for all transfers and excursions
  • All Local Taxes

 

Included - Croatia Island Hopping Cruise

 

  • Airport Transfers
  • Port taxes
  • 7 Nights aboard M/S Splendid
  • Professional English-speaking cruise director on board
  • 7 crew members
  • Buffet breakfast daily and 6 lunches
  • Complimentary fresh fruit available daily
  • Dinner at Hotel in Zagreb, arrival night
  • Drifter Sister Welcome dinner in Zagreb on second night
  • Welcome Dinner on Board M/S Splendid
  • Special Drifter Sister Dinner on shore in Korcula
  • Professional English speaking guide for city tours of Zagreb, Split, Hvar, Korcula, and Dubrovnik
  • Wireless headset system for sightseeing tours
  • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • Towels changed every second day
  • Linen changed in the middle of the week
  • CCTV Security Cameras on board
  • Elegant Rooftop Jacuzzi (Sun Deck)
  • All Crew and Guide Gratuities 

 

Sightseeing Tours include:

 

  • Guided Zadar City tour
  • National Park Krka River entrance fees and ethno village
  • Guided Split City tour
  • Guided Hvar City tour
  • Guided Korcula City tour
  • Guided Dubrovnik Panoramic and City tour
  • National Park Mljet entrance fees with boat transfer to Islet of St. Mary
  • National Park Kornati archipelago entrance fees

 

Not Included - Croatia Cruise & Montenegro

 

  • International Airfare
  • Optional Activities not on Itinerary
  • Housekeeping Gratuities (Montenegro only)
  • Beverages not included with meals
  • Any personal expenses (i.e. telephone calls, laundry, etc.)
  • Travel Insurance (Highly Recommended – ~5% of trip cost)

 

 

Price

You may choose from two options

 

1) Full Tour: Both Croatia & Montenegro; 2) Zagreb/Croatia Island Hopping Cruise only

 

ZAGREB/CROATIA ISLAND-HOPPING CRUISE + MONTENEGRO LAND TOUR
(10 minimum; Maximum: 20)


$3,748/pp dbl (Upper Deck)
$3,548/pp dbl (Standard Cabin)

Singles will be in Standard Deck cabins only at $3,748

- Single Supplement for Cruise portion: None

- Single Supplement for Montenegro portion: $467

 

9-NIGHT ZAGREB/CROATIA ISLAND-HOPPING CRUISE ONLY
(Minimum 10 - Maximum 30)
$2,196 (Upper or Main Deck)
$1,968 (Standard Cabin)
- Single Supplement: $300

(Singles will be in Standard Cabin)

 

DEPOSIT AND FINAL PAYMENT DUE DATES

 

$1,000 Deposit ($300 non-refundable) ($500 if just doing cruise) due October 15, 2018, or upon sign up after this date.
Final Payment due March 10, 2019.

 

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Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel 120 days prior to departure, you will receive 100% refund of any monies you have paid to Drifter Sister, less any prepaid nonrefundable purchases made by Drifter Sister. If a cancellation occurs between 119 and 75 days prior to departure, you will receive a 75% refund of any monies you have paid to Drifter Sister, less any prepaid, non-refundable purchases made by Drifter Sister. In the case of a cancellation after 75 days prior to departure, a 50% refund of monies paid to Drifter Sister, less any prepaid, non-refundable purchases made by Drifter Sister, will be allowed only if the trip is full and a replacement can be found for you. Otherwise there will be no refund.

 

 

How to Book

 

How To Book

 

  • Secure your spot by sending $100 Good Faith check (made out to Drifter Sister) to:

 

Drifter Sister
P.O. Box 60042
Boulder City, NV    89006


OR

 

Pay through PayPal

 

(For your convenience we offer this credit card payment option. No fee is added for the Good Faith Deposit. However, for the Trip Deposit and Final Payments, we must include PayPal's 3% fee. The Deposits can be made via the link below. The Final Payment will be via the PayPal Invoice system.)

 

Payment Type

 

  • When the Good Faith deposit is received, sign-up paperwork will be sent to you via snail mail. Please let me know if you would prefer it to be sent via email.
  • Deposit for this trip is $1,000 ($500 if just doing one Tour), and is due by October 15, 2018 or upon sign-up after this date.
  • Final payment will be due March 10, 2019. A separate invoice will be sent to you for this payment.
  • Payments can be made by PayPal (subject to 3% fee, see details above), or by check made out to Drifter Sister.

 

NOTE: Your Good Faith deposit is applied to the cost of the trip, and is fully refundable if you must cancel for any reason.