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Croatia Charter Cruise: June 23 – 30, 2018 | Pricing Coming Soon

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Post-Trip Extension: June 30 – July 7, 2018 | Pricing Coming Soon

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CHARTERED CROATIA CRUISE:

Take a bucket-list journey on a privately-chartered 36-passenger yacht, enjoying the company of only 30 like-minded travelers, visiting unspoiled islands in the crystal clear Adriatic! Sail with us on a beautifully-appointed ship of a family-owned Croatian company. It’s the best way to explore the quaint villages, beautiful National Parks and stunning beaches of Croatia.

HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS:

  • Private 7-night cruise on m/v Black Swan; cruise dates are June 23-30, 2018
  • Cruise to small islands and ports where big ships cannot go!
  • Enjoy this experience with the world’s best travelers – WOWees! Limited to 30 guests.
  • Includes all breakfasts and lunches; a few dinners (including wine), all gratuities to shipboard staff.
  • Includes port taxes, special shore excursions, entrance to National Parks and lots of “wow” surprises!
  • Escorted by Marilyn Murphy… prepare to be “wowed”!

Not included:  International airfare, supplemental trip cancellation insurance, airport transfers.


POST-TRIP EXTENSION TO CROATIA & SLOVENIA:

If you have the time, take a second week to explore more of Croatia and Slovenia to the north!

HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS:

  • Customized 7-night itinerary with expert guide and deluxe motor coach; dates are June 30 – July 7, 2018
  • Explore the UNESCO-protected Plitvice National Park, historic towns, resort promenades, picturesque islands, castles, caves, and monasteries … too many to list!
  • Enjoy this experience with the world’s best travelers – WOWees! Limited to 20 guests.
  • Includes all breakfasts, one group lunch plus a number of snacks and tastings; three dinners with wine, all gratuities to guides and staff.
  • Includes taxes, special excursions, entrance fees and plenty of “wow” surprises!
  • Escorted by Marilyn Murphy … prepare to be “wowed”!

CRUISE ITINERARY:

SAT, July 22 – Overnight Dubrovnik

Embarkation officially begins at 2pm. Depending on arrival times, we’ll go into the city in the evening for a walking tour when the heat and crowds have subsided.

SUN, July 23 – Dubrovnik; Ston; Overnight Slano

We’ll explore Dubrovnik this morning and leave after lunch for a refreshing swim stop at a cove of the Elephanti Islands. On the island of Slano, in the town of Ston, they have the 2nd biggest wall after China’s Great Wall – plus some other wonderful attractions.

MON, July 24 – Mljet; Overnight Korcula    

We’ll spend the morning on the island of Mljet – most of which is a National Park where you can enjoy biking, kayaking or a guided walking tour of the monastery. We’ll spend the afternoon and evening on the island of Korcula – birthplace of Marco Polo.

TUE, July 25 – Overnight Komiza

We’ll cruise this morning to the remote island of Vis. First: a swim stop at beautiful U. Stiniva beach. Lunch onboard or on own at waterfront cafes in Komiza. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. There’re some great shipwreck dives available from here. Or, there’s some military history to explore – as this island was a strategic location for the Yugoslav Army for decades. 

WED, July 26 – Blue Grotto; Hvar; Overnight Starigrad 

We’ll be among the first to enter the Blue Grotto at Bishevo (weather permitting). Then we’ll cruise to the island of Hvar. Enjoy a walking tour and excursion to the 2,400-year-old town of Starigrad. Dinner at one of the restaurants along the picturesque quay.

THUR, July 27 – Golden Horn Beach; Overnight Bol

Cruise to Bol and transfer by dingy to Golden Horn beach (Zlatni Rat). Enjoy free time for watersports and exploring the pleasant town of Bol.

FRI, July 28 – Omis; Overnight Split 

Cruise to Omis, famous for its adventure options, such as zip lining or river rafting. Cruise to Split in the afternoon, where we’ll take a walking tour with free time for shopping. Farewell dinner onboard.

SAT, July 29 – Disembark in Split

Say goodbye this morning as we disembark in Split. An optional 7-night extension commences today.


CRUISE PACKAGE COST: $3,995 per person, double occupancy

PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Space is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. An initial deposit of $1,000 per person is due at time of registration. Final payment due April 22, 2017.

CANCELLATION: If unforeseen events happen that force you to cancel, we will try to resell your space. Penalties vary depending on the date of cancellation:

  • From time of booking to November 30, 2016: 25% of package price
  • From December 1, 2016 – March 1, 2017: 50% of package price
  • After March 2, 2017: No refund, unless your stateroom is resold

                  Itinerary subject to change …. prepared by Marilyn Murphy after site inspection in June 2016.

DATES: Saturday, June 30 – Saturday, July 7, 2018

PACKAGE COST: Pricing Coming Soon

ITINERARY:

Saturday, June 30: from Split to Boskinac Hotel, on the island of Pag  (B,D)

After morning disembarkation, we’ll drive towards Zadar, a historical Dalmatian town with a modern new highlight: the Sea Organ. Free time in Zadar. Drive further to the island of Pag where we’ll spend two nights at the Boskinac Hotel & Winery, featured in Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations,” and considered one of the country’s best restaurants.  Of the food and wine in Croatia, Anthony Bourdain’s favorite expression was, ”Holy s*** that’s good!”

Sunday, July 1: at leisure at Boskinac (B)

Enjoy the pool and some free time to relax and explore the lovely grounds of Boskinac. Later this afternoon, we’ll visit ancient olive groves and do some wine tasting.

Monday, July 2: from Pag to Plitvice Lakes to Opatija  (B)

Highlight of today’s journey is Plitvice, a UNESCO-protected national park with 16 lakes connected by waterfalls. Continue to Opatija, where we’ll enjoy three nights in a sea-view room at the Hotel Palace Bellevue.

Tuesday, July 3: Exploring Opatija  (B)

Enjoy this day at leisure. We’ll have a walking tour of the seaside promenade, main park and old Austrian villas of this pleasant resort town – a favorite of European royalty from 170 years ago.

Wednesday, July 4: Exploring the Istrian Peninsula   (B)

Today’s full-day excursion to Croatia’s “Tuscany” includes a truffle-hunt, delicious lunch in the medieval town of Motovun, and a visit to the picture-perfect town of Rovinj.

Thursday, July 5: to Postojna Caves and Ljubljana, Slovenia  (B/D) 

We’ll head further north into Slovenia, where we’ll visit Postojna caves and make a photo stop at Predjama Castle. Arrive in Ljubljana late this afternoon and check into Hotel Cubo for two nights. Later this afternoon we’ll enjoy a cruise on the river and a gourmet walking tour.

Friday, July 6: free morning; Lake Bled (B/D)

On Fridays in Ljubljana, local artisans and restaurants are featured in pop-up kiosks in the heart of town. Enjoy free time to explore. In mid-afternoon, we’ll travel to famous Lake Bled to see the chapel on the island and have a farewell dinner with a magnificent view of the lake. 

Saturday, July 7: Departure (B)

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PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Space is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. An initial deposit of $750 per person is due at time of registration. Final payment is due April 1, 2018.

CANCELLATION: If unforeseen events happen that force you to cancel the post-trip extension, we will try to resell your space. Penalties vary depending on the date of cancellation:

  • From time of booking to February 28, 2018: 25% of package price
  • After March 1, 2018: No refund, unless your place is resold

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

WOW! TRAVEL CLUB – CROATIA CRUISE

Cruise dates: July 22 – 29, 2017

PACKAGE COST: $3,995 per person, double occupancy

AIR TRANSPORTATION: You may make your own flight arrangements or we can assist with a $50 per person service fee. We cannot book mileage tickets or upgrades, which must be done directly with the carrier. If you would like us to assist, contact Howard Wise at howard@thectpgroup.com or call him at 818-444-2710.

It is the responsibility of the traveler to provide the legal name as on the passport. Passport must be valid for six months from return date. Carriers may deny boarding if name on ticket does not match name on passport.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Space is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For the cruise, an initial deposit of $1,000 per person is due at time of registration. For the post-trip, a deposit of $750 is due at registration. Final payment due April 22, 2017.

CANCELLATION: If unforeseen events happen that force you to cancel, we will try to resell your space. Penalties vary depending on the date of cancellation:

  • Between deposit date and November 30, 2016: 25% of package price.
  • Between December 1, 2016 and March 1, 2017: 50% of package price.
  • On or after March 2, 2017: No refund.

If we are able to fill your place, we will refund all monies, less a $250 per person administrative fee.

SUPPLEMENTAL TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR TRIP CANCELLATION/INTERRUPTION: We recommend insurance to cover financial penalties if you need to cancel your trip. Information will be provided upon receipt of deposit.

RATES: All rates quoted are based on tariffs and exchange rates in effect as of May 10, 2016 and are subject to change. Rates are based on a minimum group size of 30 paying guests. Should the group size be smaller than this, package price or inclusions may be modified. Unused tour items, missed meals or tours, etc. are not refundable.

TIPS AND TAXES: The package includes all service charges and taxes imposed by hotels and all entrance fees to museums, etc. Basic gratuities to drivers, guides and porters are included. You are welcome to extend additional gratuities for anyone who has provided exemplary service.

BAGGAGE: We will advise applicable luggage limits.

PASSPORT: You must have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from the date of re-entry to your home country.

HEALTH/VACCINATIONS: Consult your physician for recommendations. Additional information regarding Traveler’s Health precautions is available at the website for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Final travel documents will be sent to your mailing address about two weeks prior to departure.

WOW! VOWS: All guests will be asked to sign and agree to the WOW! Vows for responsible travel:

  • I vow to travel with my sense of wonder and my sense of humor.
  • I vow to be a gracious guest and leave a place at least as good as I found it.
  • I vow to be a respectful traveler – thoughtful of the people and places I visit.
  • I vow to be on time, or catch up with the group at my own expense.
  • I vow to communicate any complaints, grievances or missed expectations to the tour leader promptly, privately and appropriately. (e.g.; I will not whine in front of the group!)
  • I understand that travel requires patience, a positive attitude, and an ability to laugh. If I can’t relax and enjoy the unexpected, I vow to stay home!

RISKS OF TRAVEL AND YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES: International travel involves inherent risks. The CTP Group/WOW! Travel Club (CTP/WOW) cannot be liable for any injury, death or loss of personal property in connection with your participation in CTP/WOW activities. By participating in CTP/WOW Croatia, you assume risk of inherent dangers (including without limitation, annoyance and expenses) related to military or political action, civil disturbances, quarantine, strikes, detention, mental trauma, pilferage, weather, epidemiological events, acts of God or any other circumstances over which CTP/WOW has no control.

I understand that CTP/WOW reserves the right to refuse as a trip participant, or remove from a trip, any person it judges to be incapable of meeting the rigors and requirements of participating in activities, or who it determines to detract from the enjoyment of the trip by others. I agree to follow all written and verbal rules of safety presented to me by CTP/WOW. CTP/WOW reserves the right to make route, hotel, itinerary and trip modifications as required or desirable to improve the trip quality and/or to accommodate the comfort and well-being of guests.

CTP/WOW reserves the right to alter or cancel any trip due to weather, sickness, political climate, and/or insufficient registration or other unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. While CTP/WOW will make every effort to obtain full or partial refunds from suppliers, CTP/WOW cannot guarantee your ability to recoup payment.

The above terms and conditions are hereby expressly incorporated into the “Release, Waiver and Indemnity Agreement” to be signed by you as a WOW! Travel Club participant.

CONSENT: Payment of the deposit OR any other partial payment for registration of a participant for CTP/WOW activities constitutes consent by all guests/participants registered by the party completing on-line registration. You and your guests/participants hereby agree to the Terms & Conditions of this website. The Terms & Conditions set forth on this website may not be modified or amended except in writing by an authorized officer of CTP/WOW.

All guests/participants are required to initial and sign a Release Waiver and Indemnity Agreement, which will be sent upon receipt of your deposit. Final processing of your registration payment cannot be completed until such time as CTP receives the initialed and signed “Release, Waiver and Indemnity Agreement” of all participants/guests covered by your on-line registration.

May 2016 CST # 1016440-10

photos of m/v Black Swan . . .

  • Lake Bled, Slovenia

photos of Slovenia . . .

Frequently Asked Questions (by Marilyn Murphy):

What can you tell me about our ship? We’ll sail on the m/v Admiral, which is a deluxe vessel of the Katarina Line – a Croatia company. Admiral was the ship I sailed with on my June 2016 site inspection and I found her to be spotless and gleaming. She was launched in 2015 and Captain Ivo owns the vessel. She’s 43 meters long (that’s about 140 ft.) by 28 ft wide. Her hard-working crew did lots of double duty and were accommodating and eager to please. Check out the page on the Katarina Line website with details, deck plan, etc.

I sailed with WOW! on the Tere Moana cruise in 2015 – how does this ship compare? In a nutshell, I’d describe Admiral as a more intimate, modest vessel. She’s smaller (37 passenger capacity + crew of 9 vs. 88 passengers + crew of 67); there is less public space on Admiral (no separate lounge, for example); there is no swimming pool onboard (instead, we’ll cool off in the crystal-clear Adriatic during swim stops each day!); there are fewer dining options on Admiral, but we’ll be eating off ship and in the ports of call more often.

What is the itinerary like? If you were to drive from Dubrovnik to Split, it’s only 150 miles – so there’s not a lot of cruise time. We cruise only during daylight hours and dock in a different port each night. We visit lovely, historic and picturesque towns and islands, with walking tours conducted by local guides at each location. As always, our itinerary avoids the “big” ships as much as possible.

What about the staterooms? Air-conditioned staterooms are bright and well-appointed with interior or exterior door. Size is approximately 150 sq ft. Beds are double or two twins, with a reasonably spacious bathroom. Small closet, but ample under-bed storage. Lots of overhead and bedside light options and well-placed electrical outlets. Bed was really comfy, and linens were high quality. The standards are perfectly fine, but we’ll be adding enhancements for our WOWees. And if you must stay connected, wifi is free and reliable everywhere on the ship.

What about extending? I’d highly recommend it. We’ve developed a custom 7-night land itinerary that will visit regions in northern Croatia, the Istrian Peninsula and Slovenia – wonderful places in their own right.

 

 

 

 

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