Wildflowers of the Italian Lakes & Croatian Islands Cruise
13 Nights
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Trip Highlights
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Day 1
Arrive Milan to the Italian Lakes
Starting at 10.00am from the pre-tour hotel, this morning enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Milan, before continuing to the magnificent Italian Lakes District. This magical region is graced with natural beauty and incredible diversity. Set within glorious valleys, explore the serene beauty of Italy’s sparkling lakes. Dotted along the lakes are seasonal flowers set amongst the cypress, chestnut, sycamore and palm trees. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
Day 2
Isola Bella and Isola Madre Gardens
Travel by ferry to Isola Bella, an exquisite island situated on the Borromean Gulf which is entirely occupied by its palace with one of the most celebrated privately owned baroque gardens of Italy. The gardens form an extraordinary flowered monument laid out over a series of ornate and overlapping terraces. Discover many rare and exotic plants, and spectacular blossom with marvellous colours and scents. Afterwards, visit Isola Madre, the largest island of the Isole Borromee archipelago. Transformed in the early 19th century, this English-style park is a direct contrast to Isola Bella and is often referred to as a botanical garden on water.
Day 3
Villa Carlotta and Villa Melzi Gardens
At Villa Carlotta, see a range of plants, stairways, ponds and fountains that date back to the 17th century. Take a ferry to Bellagio, one of the most romantic towns of Italy, often referred to as the ‘jewel of the lake’. This picturesque town is located on stunning Lake Como, which sits in a romantic position with the mountains surrounding the lake with the many villas and small towns situated on its banks. Explore Villa Melzi Gardens with its exotic trees, Egyptian sculptures and Roman statues that add to the romantic atmosphere of the garden.
Day 4
Verona and Giardini Giusti
Today we will travel to the quaint city of Verona, made famous by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Here we will visit the beautiful garden of Giardini Giusti and have free time to explore Verona.
Day 5
Venice Morning at Leisure, Slovenian Wildflowers, Bled
This morning travel to Venice where the morning is yours to explore at your leisure. Perhaps stroll through the incredible St Mark’s Square, visit the gleaming Basilica and view the Campanile bell tower. You may also like to visit the famous Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge. No visit to Venice is complete without a romantic Gondola ride through the city’s network of canals. This afternoon journey across the border into Slovenia where we make our way to the beautiful town of Bled set on a stunning turquoise coloured lake. Take the opportunity to admire the magnificent wildflowers along the way.
Day 6
After breakfast, take a morning tour of Bled including the castle and church set on Bled Island. Afterwards, enjoy free time to wander around the quaint shops or enjoy the many activities on offer around the lake.
Day 7
Plitvice Lakes and Zadar
Depart early and journey through the scenic European countryside to Croatia and the World Heritage-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park. The flowing waters formed natural dams, which have emerged into stunning lakes and waterfalls. A variety of wildlife is abundant, including rare bird species. Enjoy time to explore the pathways that wind around the lakes. We continue to the city of Zadar, where you will board the Royal Eleganza, which will be your home for the next 7 nights. Enjoy dinner on board this evening as the ship moors overnight in Zadar.
Day 8
Sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean waters. Arrive in Split in the early evening in time for a short guided walk through this fascinating city. See the 4th century Palace of Diocletian, built by the Emperor for his retirement. Also see the Cathedral and take a walk through the Old Town. This evening, choose to dine in one of the many restaurants on the Riva promenade as we moor overnight.
Day 9
River Cetina and Hvar
Sail this morning to Omis. Here we will board small boats for the trip along the valley of the emerald green River Cetina. Over centuries, the river has cut a magnificent canyon in the mountains surrounding it. We arrive at Radmanove Mlinice Radman’s Mills. Dating from 1722, the mill was used to grind cereals for the inhabitants of Omis. We return to the ship, and sail to one of the picturesque sandy beaches that fringe the Dalmatian coast. Continue on to the harbour of Hvar, an island renowned for its lavender. This evening you are greeted by an impressive sight with the town’s elegant Renaissance churches and old stone buildings forming three sides of a picturesque harbour. Enjoy dinner on board as we moor overnight.
Day 10
Hvar and Korcula
Enjoy a free morning on Hvar exploring the old town, starting in the main square which is the largest piazza in Dalmatia, the cathedral and the palatial quarter of Grad and the more humble residential area of Burg. Rejoin the Royal Eleganza to cruise to Korcula. Said to be the birthplace of Marco Polo, Korcula boasts crooked medieval streets, and elegant squares which are flanked with palaces of the old nobility. Tonight dine independently in one of the local restaurants.
Day 11
Day at Sea Sailing to Dubrovnik
Relax as we sail around the islands of the Dalmatian Coast, take in the wonderful coastal scenery throughout the day.
Day 12
This morning enjoy a tour of the city of Kotor including the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in the old town, and see the ancient walls which stretch for 4.5km directly above the city.
Day 13
Today enjoy a guided walk through the breathtaking city of Dubrovnik. Its many historic and cultural treasures have earned it the designation as a World Heritage-listed site. See the Rector’s Palace, the Romanesque-Gothic Dominican and Franciscan Monasteries, and the Sponza Palace. Meet later for a Farewell Dinner, after which you can enjoy a final evening on board with your fellow guests.
Day 14
Disembark Ship and Depart Dubrovnik
Disembark this morning and be transferred to Dubrovnik airport for your onward flight.
Additional Information
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Combine With:

This cruise can be combined with:

  • Peak and Lakes District BTCES5
  • Dordogne, Loire Valley and Chelsea Flower Show BTLVC10
  • Cotswolds with Chelsea Flower Show BTCFCOT8
  • Enquire for details.

Wildflowers of Eastern Europe

  • The Slovenian mountains are often covered with the delicate blossoms of wildflowers. Explore the floral richness of the region with crocuses the first to bloom. Soon after, the meadows in the valleys bloom, followed by the higher slopes. There are very few places in the Alps that are able to boast more diverse flora. This is due to the vicinity of the Mediterranean Sea, supporting thermophilic vegetation on the southern slopes of the lower Bohinj Mountains. Embark on this journey and witness these stunning wildflowers burst into life with their vibrant colours.


MS Royal Eleganza

  • The MS Royal Eleganza is a beautifully crafted and comfortable small cruise ship, designed specifically for the Dalmatian Coast and taking a maximum of 30 guests. With just 18 spacious air-conditioned cabins all with their own private ensuite, you will feel a sense of intimate comfort and relaxation aboard. The vast and elegant interior salon can be found on the top deck, providing excellent views and the perfect place to relax and unwind while dining or simply enjoying a drink at the bar. Featuring outstanding onboard service by the friendly crew members, as well as beautifully appointed common areas including an upper sun deck offering sun lounges and an additional lounge area, you will thoroughly enjoy your Dalmatian Coast journey.

Fitness Level

  • Our tours and cruise cater to carious fitness levels
  • This tour requires a medium level of fitness – Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two-night stays in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries
Included Experiences
  • Services of a Tour/Cruise Director and Botanical Guide
  • Airport transfers on first and last day, port taxes, tipping and porterage
  • 25 Meals – 13 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 8 Dinners
  • 7 nights aboard the MS Royal Eleganza, that only takes a maximum of 30 guests, cruising the Dalmatian Coast
  • Stay in centrally located 4-5 star hotels
Suite Floor and Ship Plan

Royal Eleganza

Discover the Dalmation coast aboard this private boutique motor yacht with just 30 people, providing an intimate coastal cruising experience.

Technical Data - Length: 40 m | Width: 7.8m | Max. Cruising Speed: 14 knots | Built: 2012 | Guest Capacity: 36 | 18 Suites from 107 to 150 sq. ft 

Please note: this very small ship is cosy, comfortable and perfect for enjoying the beautiful scenery and island of the Dalmatian Coast, but not as luxurious as some of our other ships.

See the ship plan for the Royal Eleganza here.

Relax on the sun deck as you enjoy your cruise with Botanica.Relax aboard the boutique private yacht the Royal Eleganza with Botanica.Dine in the elegant restaurant offering superb cuisine.

Trip notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • This tour will take a maximum of 30 guests
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included
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