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 Extension

 

 

May 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Summary

 

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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 Dubrovnik, Croatia, as 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 and Zadar, 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 Zadar, where on Day 8, you will be either transferred to the airport for your flight home or continue on to the land tour in Montenegro.

 

The M/S Splendid was built in 2014 and holds just 38 passengers in spacious, well-appointed cabins. All of the upper and main deck cabins have been reserved to insure we have the best available accommodations.

 

Trinidad Cuba

Week two is on land, exploring the wonders and mysteries of lovely Montenegro. Transported by deluxe motor coach, 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. On our last day we will even venture into Bosnia Herzegovina. Three nights in the lovely coastal town of Budva, three in one of the most picturesque locations on earth, Perast, and one night in Cavtat, again by the sea.

 

You may sign up for the entire two weeks, including both the Croatia Island Hopping Cruise and Montenegro, or each week can be done separately.

 

 

Perast

Croatia coast

 

 

 

 

Itinerary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Itinerary

 

Day  -1  - DEPART US FOR DUBROVNIK

Day 1 - (Saturday)

 

  • You may arrive any time today, with transfer to mega-yacht M/S Splendid.
  • 7pm – Welcome Meeting
  • 7:30pm – Welcome Dinner

Day 2 - DUBROVNIK – ELAPHITI ISLANDS – N.P. MLJET - KORCULA (B, L, D)

 

  • After breakfast on board, we start our cruise to the Mljet National Park.
  • Pass by Elaphiti Islands archipelago
  • Lunch is served on board while cruising
  • Free afternoon to explore the park and walk around the Great and Small Lake and Islet of St. Mary with its Benedictine Monastery from the 12th century
  • Late afternoon departure towards the island of Korcula
  • Evening Korcula City tour with English-speaking guide, who will walk us through the narrow and cobbled streets, ending with dinner, included.

Day 3 - KORCULA - HVAR (B, L)

 

  • Morning at leisure in Korcula with swim stop along the island
  • After lunch on board, we continue cruising towards the sunniest island of Croatia – the island of Hvar.
  • Second swim stop in one of the many coves along the way.
  • Upon evening arrival at Hvar, a local English-speaking guide will walk us through the town
  • Short lavender presentation, Hvar’s traditional product throughout the centuries.
  • Your evening in Hvar is free to explore and dine in one of the many family-owned restaurants.

Day 4 - HVAR – BOL – SPLIT (B, L, D)

 

  • After breakfast we continue sailing to Bol, with possibly the best beach for swimming in Croatia
  • Morning spent swimming, taking a walk, or perhaps enjoying a cup of coffee at a seaside cafe, until lunch is served on board.
  • A relaxing cruise will take us to Split by early afternoon.
  • Upon arrival, an English-speaking guide will take us on a City Tour and walk us through the historical Diocletion Palace.
  • Rest of day to explore.
  • Meet for special dinner on shore

Day 5 -SPLIT – TROGIR - SIBENIK (B, L)

 

  • Morning departure to Brac Island, a short refreshing swim stop,
  • Continue our voyage towards Pucisca, the island’s largest village.
  • Spend morning exploring the village with its authentic Mediterranean architecture and rustic ambiance inside a deep fjord
  • Famous for its quarries from which stone was excavated to build the limestone columns of the White House in Washington DC, the Parliament house in Vienna and other famous buildings.
  • Our lunch will be on board en route for our afternoon arrival to Makarska on the mainland, where we will spend the night.

Day 6 -SIBENIK – NATIONAL PARK KRKA – NATIONAL PARK KORNATI - SALI (B, L)

 

  • Morning departure by coach to National Park Krka, with foamy Skradinski buk waterfalls.
  • Visit to the ethno village and old mills in the National park
  • Return to boat for lunch on board
  • Afternoon departure to our next destination, cruising the Kornati archipelago, which has been designated a National Park.
  • We arrive in the evening at Sali for exploration and dinner on shore, on your own

Day 7 -SALI - ZADAR (B, L)

 

  • This morning we depart for Zadar, in the middle of the Dalmatia region
  • We will stop for a swim and lunch on board, en route.
  • Late afternoon arrival in Zadar, followed by a city tour.
  • Zadar’s historical center is a compact pedestrian zone, perfect to explore on foot and admire the defensive walls built in the 16th century by Venetians as a defense from the Turks. You will see the 16th century Port Gage, Square of the 5 Wells, Church of St. Donat, Roman Forum (1st century BC), and the biggest cathedral in Dalmatia – St. Anastasia Cathedral.

Day 8 - DEPART FOR HOME OR CONTINUE WITH MONTENEGRO POST TRIP

 

  • Those who are just doing the Cruise will be transferred to Zagreb airport and depart for home.

Day 8 -DUBROVNIK – OLD MONTENEGRO (CETINJE) - BUDVA (B, Snack, D)

 

  • This morning after breakfast, we disembark M/S Splendid and transfer by deluxe motor coach to Montenegro.
  • We will pass through the enchanting Bay of Kotor – the mountain-encircled, fjord-like bay, climbing the old mountain road to the “Old Montenegro” and on the top of “Montenegrin Mount Olympus,” – Mt. Lovcen, to Cetinje, the old capital of Montenegro.
  • En route, 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 visit the Old Capital of Montenegro, Cetinje.
  • Continue to Budva, our home for the next three nights.
  • Welcome Dinner in the old town of Budva.
  • Overnight in Budva

Day 9 - MILOCER, ST. STEFAN & BUDVA (B, D)

 

  • This morning we drive 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.
  • We will have a walking tour from the village of Prezno via Milocer to Sv Stefan, and then drive to Budva for a walking tour of the old town, including lunch.
  • Rest of afternoon free to explore and if still hungry, grab a bite to eat before returning to hotel, which is just a few minutes from old town.
  • Overnight in Budva

 

Day 10 - MONTENEGRO WINE ROUTES (B, L, D)

 

  • 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 lunch and wine tasting 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 at our hotel
  • Overnight in Budva  

 

Day 11 - 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 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 via Budva and Kotor to Perast and check into Hotel Conte
  • Dinner is at the hotel restaurant overlooking the enchanting Bay of Kotor and two churched islets floating in the middle of the Bay.
  • Overnight in Perast

 

Day 12 -MONTENEGRO MOUNTAINS – MT. DUDRMITOR & 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 landxape 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 back to Perast.
  • Dinner will be at Hotel Conte
  • Overnight in Perast

 

Day 13 -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 by motor coach and boat.
  • First we will drive along the gulf coast through numerous small towns and villages, to visit Porto Montenegro located in the town of Tivat. This lovely town melds a spectacular destination with a world class marina and services.
  • Here we board a boat to cruise around the 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 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, before grabbing a bite of lunch on your own.
  • A scheduled time will be established for those wishing to ride the motor coach back to Perast, or if you would like to stay longer, there is a public bus.
  • Dinner is at Hotel Conte
  • Overnight in Perast.

Day 14 - PERAST – TREBINJE (BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA) (B, D)

 

  • This morning we say goodbye to our little village of Perast and drive along the shore of the Bay of Kotor to the little town of Trebinje, “the city of the sun and sycamore trees,” and one of the most beautiful cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • We will visit the Monastery Tvrdos (4th-6th century). It has been frequently destroyed and reconstructed. Since the first half of the 16th century, it has been the cultural and spiritual centre of the entire area. Today, Monastery Tvrdos is famous as well for its great wines and grappa produced by the priests.
  • After a wine and brandy tasting, we will have free time to walk around, do shopping, and have lunch in this picturesque city on the bank of River Trebisnjica with its historic Arsianagic Bridge from Ottoman times.
  • This afternoon we will drive the short distance back to the Croatian coast.
  • Tonight we will have our special Farewell Dinner
  • Overnight in Cavtat

Day 15 - (Sat. June 3)  FLY HOME

 

  • Transfer the short distance to Dubrovnik airport and fly home.

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Inclusions

 

 

Included - Montenegro

 

  • Airport Transfers
  • 3 Nights Lodging in Budva
  • 3 Nights Lodging in Perast
  • 1 Nights Lodging in Cavtat
  • Entrance to All Activities as stipulated in Itinerary
  • 2 Meals daily (breakfast and dinner)
  • 3 Lunches + 1 Snack – included in excursions
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • 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
  • Welcome dinner
  • Buffet breakfast daily and 6 lunches
  • Complimentary fresh fruit available daily
  • 2 Dinners on shore, Split and Korcula
  • City tour of Dubrovnik
  • Professional English speaking guide for city tours of Korcula, Hvar, Split and Zadar
  • 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)
  • Wireless headset system for sightseeing tours
  • All Gratuities 

 

Sightseeing Tours include:

 

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

 

 

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 three options

 

1) Both Croatia & Montenegro; 2) Croatia Island Hopping Cruise only; 3) Montenegro land portion only

 

CROATIA ISLAND-HOPPING CRUISE + MONTENEGRO LAND TOUR
(10 minimum – Each segment; Maximums: 30 Cruise; 20 Montenegro)

May 20 - June 3 Itinerary
$TBD (Main & Upper Decks)
$TBD (Lower Deck*)
- Single Supplement: $TBD

 

 

7-NIGHT CROATIA ISLAND-HOPPING CRUISE ONLY
(Minimum 10 - Maximum 30)
$TBD (Main & Upper Decks)
$TBD (Lower Deck*)
- Single Supplement: $TBD (an attempt will be made to pair you with a roommate if you want, but there is no guarantee)

 

7-NIGHT MONTENEGRO LAND TOUR
(Minimum 10 - Maximum 20)
$TBD (10-16 passengers)
$TBD (17-20 passengers)
- Single Supplement: $TBD (an attempt will be made to pair you with a roommate if you want, but there is no guarantee)

 

DEPOSIT AND FINAL PAYMENT DUE DATES

 

$1,000 Deposit ($500 if just doing one Tour) 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.