Azamara Croatia Intensive Cruise with Ambassador Wines of Washington

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May 2, 2020 (Sat)

Multiple locations in Croatia including Split, Dubrovnik, Hvar and Zadar
Venice
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Cost: Starting at $3510.50 (double occupancy)

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Vacation/Tour    

This voyage includes:

All meals on board, including 24 hour room service
All inclusive beer, wine and liquor
Pre-paid gratuities
Entertainment on board the ship
Welcome Reception with Ambassador Winery
2 Specialty Group Dinners in Prime C (Steak House) & Aqualina (Italian Restaurant)
Ambassador Winemaker Dinner

 Ambassador Wines - Exclusively Red Wine, Exclusively Estate, Exclusively Red Mountain.  Ambassador Wines of Washington produces 100% estate grown Washington state red wines from our outstanding vineyard located on Red Mountain.  We are committed to making wines of the finest quality that reflect the richness and diversity of the coveted Red Mountain terroir.”

CROATIA INTENSIVE

 One of Europe’s hottest travel destinations, Croatia is renowned for its scenic blue bays, spectacular beaches, and medieval architecture. But what really sets the country apart is its unique folk culture, with a modern emphasis on local food and drink, music, and nightlife.

 Your first Croatian destination is Rijeka, where stunning architecture, cultural and historic monuments, excellent museums, and delicious seafood await. From Zadar, visit the cascading waterfalls in Krka National Park. Then it’s on to Croatia’s Inside Passage. The big ships don’t go here—all the better for unobstructed views of an ever-changing panorama including mountains, wooded islands, and rocky coasts.

 An overnight and late-night stay are perfect for exploring Split’s Diocletian Palace and the great walled city of Dubrovnik—both UNESCO World Heritage Sites—while still giving you enough time to discover local flavors. Enjoy the many jaw-dropping sites of Hvar, and be sure to try a crisp white posip, since the city is considered one of the top winemaking regions in Croatia. Then stroll the streets of Sibenik to see its many churches, fortresses, and charming shops and squares.

 One more reason to love this voyage? It conveniently begins and ends in Venice, ideal for adding on a pre-or-post-voyage stay in one of the world’s most romantic cities.

 INCLUSIVE AMENITIES IN THE CRUISE PRICING

 For all Staterooms & Suites

 Complimentary Azamazing Evenings event

 Select standard spirits, international beers and wines

 Gratuities

 Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas

 Self- service laundry

 Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available

Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations

Itinerary

Venice, Italy  (Days 1, 8)

Venice is the essence of romance. Along the Grand Canal, the city's "main street," you will see row upon row of Gothic-Renaissance homes and palaces. Most are hundreds of years old and house priceless works of art. Dozens of delicate bridges lead the visitor from one wonder to the next: The Basilica of St Mark, the Palace of the Doges, and the remarkable collection of modern art assembled by Peggy Guggenheim in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni.

Venice, Italy - Attractions & Activities

Probably the most famous site in Venice is St. Mark's Basilica. Built to enshrine St. Mark's body in the 9th century, it was rebuilt in the 11th century with a new, spectacular edifice. The interior is clad in wonderful mosaics and holds statues, icons and its famous horses, brought to St. Mark's after the 4th Crusade in 1204.

Explore the Doge's Palace, the official residence of the Venetian ruler, founded in the 9th century. See its famous Bridge of Sighs, linking the palace to the state prisons Take a walking tour through the quaint cobblestone streets and across the endless Venetian bridges to discover the intimate details that make Venice so unique. Enjoy a gondola ride through the canals as you relax and absorb the surroundings Campanile is the brick bell tower that stands in Piazza San Marco. The present structure is a reconstruction of the original, which stood for 1,000 years before it collapsed in 1912. An elevator can be taken to the top, affording views of the Lido, the lagoon and even as far as the Alps on a clear day. Art lovers will not want to miss this magnificent museum, Galleria dell’Accademia. It boasts the most extraordinary collection of Venetian art. In addition to priceless masterpieces by Giovanni Bellini, Paolo Veronese and Titian, there are paintings of 15th- and 16th-century Venice that show how amazingly little the city has changed since then. The Accademia is open every day of the week, but usually requires standing in line to enter.

Rijeka, Croatia  (Day 2)
Rijeka is the principal seaport of Croatia, located on Kvarner Bay, an inlet of the Adriatic Sea. Rijeka has good ferry connections with the surrounding islands and cities within Croatia, but no direct foreign connections. There are daily coastal routes to Zadar, Split, and onwards to Dubrovnik, where more international connections are offered. Pula offers more direct southward connections from northwestern Croatia.
 

Zadar, Croatia  (Day 3)
History has left its mark on the city of Zadar, Croatia. The Roman forum is well preserved; the Venetians walls still stand as do ancient Croatian churches, monasteries and palaces; and Zadar boasts a fine collection of gold and silver. Zadar has always been outward looking and part of the Mediterranean world. It has shared agriculture, shipbuilding, shipping and trade with people of the Mediterranean.
Zadar, Croatia - Attractions & Activities

The most outstanding monument of Zadar is, unquestionably, the former church of St. Donat dedicated to the Trinity. The church named after the bishop Donat from the begining of the 9th century, who is beleived to have had erected it, was first recorded in the celebrated work by Byzantine emperor Constantine Porfirogrenetus on the management of a state. Drawing upon the early Byzantine tradition, the edifice was built in the early Middle Ages, most probbably at the begining of the 9th century, as legend has it. It has a circular ground-plan and, like several other buildings of its kind built around Europe at the same period, a double space. Yet, it is a wholly original project for which there exists no prototype. Unfortunately, its original appereance has not been preserved and it now appears devoin of its former south annex. As a consequence, on this side its central volume results visible from outside. The church, leaning on the early Christian Cathedral now makes part of the episcopal complex.

Split, Croatia  (Days 3, 4)
World famous Roman core of the Old City makes Split one of the most interesting places to see. Roman core belongs to the UNESCO protected heritage of the world. Today, Split is a popular vacation spot, a sophisticated centre of activity in Dalmatia, boasting numerous art galleries, concert halls and theatres.
Split, Croatia - Attractions & Activities
The most important attraction and a must see is the Old Town within Diocletian's Palace. Its sights are covered on both tours, but if you decide to explore independently be aware that sightseeing has to be on foot. Located in Gripe Fortress on a hilltop east of the Old Town, the Maritime Museum features an interesting exhibit of wartime maps, photos, artifacts and scale models. Captions are in Croatian.

Dubrovnik, Croatia  (Day 5)
This remarkable city on the Adriatic coast is an enduring example of strength and beauty. Dubrovnik is once again welcoming visitors, who are delighted to discover that it is still one of the finest examples of a walled medieval city.
Dubrovnik, Croatia - Attractions & Activities

The old city of Dubrovnik and the walls that surround it have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Portions of the wall date back to the 13th century. The ramparts are intact and encircle the old city with a circumference of more than 1.5 miles. Don't miss the chance to take a walking tour along its length for a spectacular view of the city it surrounds.

Drive along the coastline to one of the finest botanical gardens in Croatia, the Arboretum. Spend the day touring the city's rich religious and cultural history. Visit the large Onofrio Fountain, the Franciscan Monastery, and the Rectors' Palace. Visit Lopud Island, the home of many great sailors and sea captains throughout history. With its mild climate, subtropical vegetation, charming footpaths, beautiful scenery, and sandy beaches, it is the perfect spot to relax. Visit the 15th-century Rectors' Palace that was once the seat of Dubrovnik's Republic government. The elected Rector was not permitted to leave this building during his one-month term without permission from the Senate. Today, the palace is a museum with furnished rooms, Baroque paintings, and historical exhibits that will give you a taste of how the ruling class and the aristocracy used to live in Dubrovnik. Take a side trip to the seaside resort of Cavtat. The original town grew up around the ruins of an ancient settlement by the Greeks from Epidaurus. Over the years, Cavtat has become a popular destination for yachting and sailing enthusiasts.

Hvar, Croatia  (Day 6)
Hvar is the longest of the Croatian islands and noted for its lush vegetation, quaint towns and fertile vineyards. A particularly rich cultural and monumental heritage complements Hvar's natural and unique beauty. Often called the Lavender Island, the name refers to the aromatic, purple plant that grows in abundance on the island's stony slopes. Today, Hvar Town is one of Croatia's most popular resorts, reputed to receive more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in the country.
Hvar, Croatia - Attractions & Activities
The Hvar Theater - The theater, occupying a part of the Arsenal, was founded in 1612 and is one of the oldest community theaters in Europe. Crvene Stijene (Red Rocks) - Five miles east of Hvar lies an unusual and picturesque natural phenomenon. Layers of limestone interspersed with reddish breccia were lifted up in some distant geological past. The soft breccia layers were washed away by rain and the sea, leaving vertical red-coated hollows. Pakleni Otoci - This group of some 20 islets is dotting the Adriatic Sea just a short distance across from Hvar. These small islands are partially wooded with gravel and sandy beaches and are a favorite of hikers and sun lovers.

Sibenik, Croatia  (Day 7)
Sibenik is a port in south-west Croatia, on the Adriatic Sea. Among the city's notable buildings are a Roman Catholic cathedral (begun early 15th century) and a 12th-century fort. Nearby is the Krka National Park with its cascading waterfalls, green pools and swimming holes.

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