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The Islands and Neighbours

Previous groups return with glowing reports of a wonderful region to visit, warm friendly people and a gold star all round.

This itinerary includes two nights in Zagreb, Bled, the Bosnia & Herzegovina capital of Sarajevo and the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ - Dubrovnik. 

Begin in the Croatian capital of Zagreb; on to the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana and Lake Bled, the contrasting mountains and lakes of Slovenia and the Hapsburg resort of Opatija in northern Croatia.  Experience truffle hunting near Motovun, a city tour of Sarajevo and a walking tour of the unchanged old city of Dubrovnik.  

Cast off from Split on board ‘ms Equator’ for a return cruise around the sparkling Adriatic islands including Mljet, Korčula, Dubrovnik, Brac and Hvar.

A popular tour to a special region.


“It was awesome on all levels” – Kenny and Sue

“This was our fifth tour with Pukekohe Travel and by far the best. Well organised and amazing history and scenery” – Mark and Margaret

“We loved seeing Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia & Montenegro! The itinerary was well planned and the tour was extremely well organised” – Felicity and Gary

Your travel itinerary

Monday 16 September

Auckland – Dubai

Depart Auckland on Emirates Airlines for our evening flight to Dubai.  


Tuesday 17 September

Dubai – Zagreb (Croatia)

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Arrive in Dubai, change planes and depart for Zagreb. On arrival, transfer to a centrally located hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner tonight.


Wednesday 18 September

Zagreb – Ljubljana – Bled (Slovenia)

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Today travel through farmland and rolling countryside dotted with villages to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.  Visit the most significant sights of the old city centre, the picturesque central open air market, the three bridges and Robba’s Fountain, before continuing on to the alpine town of Bled. Tonight enjoy a traditional Slovenian dinner. 


Thursday 19 September


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This morning, a tour of this charming town set in the Italian Alps on the shores of Lake Bled.  See the imposing Bled Castle perched on a cliff high above the lake.  Continue to Lake Bohinj and enjoy a relaxing walk along the lake shore. Rest of day free to explore.  


Friday 20 September

Bled – Postojna – Opatija (Croatia)

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Travel from Bled through the countryside to the well-renown ‘Postojna Caves’.  Tour this cool (8˚c - 10°c) subterranean world by miniature electric train.  Later, continue to the elegant coastal town of Opatija for dinner and a two night stay. 

Saturday 21 September


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Travel to the medieval hillside town of Motovun to enjoy a truffle hunt followed by truffle / wine / pasta tasting  at a local restaurant. Return to Opatija and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure in this popular summer resort.


Sunday 22 September

Opatija – Plitvice Lakes

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Journey inland past small farms with gate stalls selling cheese and other produce to arrive at Plitvice Lakes National Park. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site and see the 16 terraced lakes of many colours surrounded by densely wooded mountains and lush vegetation.  Dinner out at a local restaurant tonight. 


Monday 23 September

Plitvice Lakes – Sarajevo

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This morning, travel through the mountains to Sarajevo - Bosnia and Herzegovina’s unique capital for a two night stay. Dinner is included.


Tuesday 24 September


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After breakfast, depart for your walking tour of Sarajevo, home of the 1984 Olympic Games. Visit the picturesque Turkish Bazaar ‘Bas Carsija’, the Husref Bay’s Mosque and Gavrilo Princip Museum. 

The balance of the day is free to explore the cobblestone streets and enjoy dinner in one of many local restaurants.

Wednesday 25 September

Sarajevo – Mostar – Dubrovnik (Croatia)

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Today we coach through mountains and along the Neretva River to Mostar where conflict in the 1990’s saw the destruction of the beautiful ‘Stari Most’ (Old Bridge). The 16th century Bridge and the historic old town have now been reconstructed. Continue to Dubrovnik for a two-night stay.


Thursday 26 September


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Enjoy a walking tour of the ‘Old City’ which remains almost unchanged from the 13th century.  Then take the cable car to the top of Mt Srd for stunning views over the town. Your time is then free to further explore the ‘Old City’. 


Friday 27 September


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Today we travel into the countryside to experience rural life firsthand before enjoying lunch in a local homestead. Return to Dubrovnik with an evening at leisure.


Saturday 28 September

Dubrovnik – Split - Embarkation

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Today we travel north to Split where embarkation on ms ‘Equator’  begins at noon. Meet your Cruise Manager at an on-board Welcome Reception. This evening, relax or take a walk through Split’s vibrant streets. 


Sunday 29 September

Split – Brac – Jelsa (Hvar)

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Set sail for Brac Island and discover one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. Time for a swim stop before continuing onto Jelsa with time to walk around the old town streets, squares and parks. 


Monday 30 September

Hvar – Korcula

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This morning set sail for the Island of Korčula, with time for a swim and lunch before arriving at the one of the best preserved medieval towns, thought to be the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Take a walking tour of Korčula which takes you through its narrow, cobbled streets full of history and enjoy wine tasting in one of the local wine bars. Evening is free to explore the town on your own.


Tuesday 01 October

Korčula – Dubrovnik

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In the morning sail to Dubrovnik, with time at leisure this evening to continue exploring the magnificent town of Dubrovnik. Why not take in the old town of Dubrovnik by night or walk the old city walls. 


Wednesday 02 October

Dubrovnik – Mljet

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We cruise north to the Island of Mljet. Walk to the saltwater lakes in the Mljet National Park and enjoy the boat ride to the St Mary Isle to visit an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and a church dating back to the 12th century. Enjoy a special Captains Dinner Tonight.


Thursday 03 October

Mljet – Hvar

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After a morning swim we cruise to Hvar, a charming seaside town with over 8 centuries of architecture. Enjoy an afternoon walking tour and then free time to explore. An impressive fortress overlooks the town which offers magnificent views and there are many waterfront restaurants to enjoy an evening meal. 


Friday 04 October

Hvar – Split

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Today we cruise back to Split, with time for a swim along the way. On arrival we step ashore and enjoy a guided walking tour of the historic inner city, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  A free evening allows time to explore the retail shops, bustling market or waterfront café’s and restaurants. 


Saturday 05 October

Split – Velim - Zagreb

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After breakfast we disembark the m/s Equator. Enroute to Zagreb we stop and enjoy a farm tour before a hearty lunch made from local ingredients served in their Dalmatian Tavern. Continue onto the Capital City of Zagreb.


Sunday 06 October


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This morning’s tour of the historic capital of Croatia includes a walking tour of the ‘Upper Town’. The balance of the day at leisure, before our farewell dinner.

Monday 07 October

Zagreb - Dubai

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A leisurely morning before we transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Dubai arriving late evening. We overnight before continuing on to Auckland.


Tuesday 08 October

Dubai - Auckland

Depart Dubai 


Wednesday 09 October


Arrive Auckland. Welcome home.



• Return Economy flights Auckland – Dubai – Zagreb //  Zagreb - Dubai - Auckland (Emirates)

• Driver / guide from arrival to departure in Split

• Travel by air-conditioned luxury coaches

• All transfers on tour

• City / town tours in Zagreb, Ljubljana, Sarajevo, Bled, Plitvice, Dubrovnik, Mostar, Bohinj

• Seven-night cruise on board ms ‘Equator’

• Sightseeing tours in Mljet National Park, Korčula, Hvar & Split 

• Wine tasting in Korčula.

• Breakfast daily

• Lunches and dinners as specified

• Truffle/wine/pasta tasting in Motovun

• 14 nights’ in 4 star accommodation

• 7 nights luxury cruise onboard ms ‘Equator’

• Meals as specified on board ms ‘Equator’

• Local guides on the islands

• English speaking guides throughout

• Entrance fees included

• Port Taxes (Approx. USD110)

• Advanced ‘Whisper’ technology throughout the tour 

• Captain’s Dinner with live entertainment

• Complimentary filtered water, coffee & tea on board 

• Free WIFI on board

• Hotel porterage

• Escort subject to 20 passengers travelling



Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle 
 Lower Deck Stateroom (12m2)  





 Main Deck Superior (10m2)       SOLD OUT





Business Class Upgrade (on Request only) +8,531
Premium Economy  P.O.A
Early Booking Discount ( 01 December 2023 ) $150
Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount $100

*This is a cash price. Credit cards will incur a 1.5% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment


• Items of a personal nature
• Gratuities to drivers, local guides, Tour Manager, Ship’s crew and Cruise Manager (approx. Euro10 per person / per day
• Meals not specified
• Airport, Airline and fuel surcharges (Approx. NZ$210)
• Travel Insurance is essential (please ask us for a quote)

Booking Conditions

• A non-refundable deposit of $1500 per person will secure a place on the tour
• Full payment no later than 15 May 2024


• From date of booking until 15 May 2024 – loss of deposit
• After 15 May 2024 – no refund

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is essential. Travel Insurance can take care of the unexpected,
including COVID - 19. Please call us for details and a quote.

General Information

• A current passport is required valid six months beyond return date of travel
• Visas are not required for New Zealand passport holders
• All other passport holders, please ask

Climate / Temperatures

September  Max
Early October 22˚c 15˚c

Clothing / Weather

  • The weather is warm and sunny in September / October
  • There will be around 15 hours of daylight and the chance of the odd thunderstorm and light rain.
  • Comfortable casual clothing is required with good walking sandals / shoes and smart -casual for the evenings.
  • On board shorts will be fine for men in the evenings.
  • Don’t forget swimming gear!


NOTE Croatia currency is the Euros. Credit / Debit Cards accepted in most places along the route BUT NOT ON THE SHIP – CASH ONLY! Please plan

Health and Fitness

A good standard of health and fitness is required as walking tours are an important part of the itinerary and the ability to walk on uneven surfaces and negotiate stairs unaided is required.


Ship Information

M/S Equator

The Equator is a 39m (131 ft) long, 8m (26 ft) wide luxury ship, with a cruising speed of nine nautical miles per hour. This modern ship was launched in 2017, featuring the latest state-of-the-art equipment and amenities. The ship has a maximum capacity of 38 passengers in 19 twin or double cabins, ensuring exceptional personal service. The ships upper deck features a spacious air-conditioned dining room with bar area which features an LCD TV, a corner buffet breakfast table and outdoor covered lounge area.


Deck Plan

Terms and Conditions

For full terms and conditions please visit vour website www.pukekohetravel.co.nz/termsandconditions or ask our tour consultant for a copy

Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change