Stunning, breathtakingly beautiful landscapes, traditional culture and laid-back style. This cruise is the perfect way to experience the beauty of this long stretch of Croatian coastline. On the move, relax on spacious decks or swim in the crystal clear Adriatic Sea during stops. When we dock, explore small waterfront towns and wander. This cruise from Dubrovnik to Opatija visits truly memorable Croatian islands and stunning place on the coast.
Summer 2018 departures
The cruise departs on Saturday Jul 28.
Day 1 Saturday: Dubrovnik - Korcula
Departure at 1pm towards Korcula, an island best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo, the famous explorer. Covering much of the island are the distinct, almost black pine forests so Korcula is also known as the Black Island. Korcula Town is like a mini Dubrovnik, also encased by medieval stone ramparts and towers. You can enjoy a famous preformance of the Moreska sword dance-fight, thought to have come to the island when the Moors raged through this region. A guide will lead you through the old town where tiny streets are designed in a fish bone pattern for a very good reason that you will hear about! Lots of simple konobas, restaurants and cool cocktail bars (some with cool music) for chill out time. Overnight in Korcula.
Day 2 Sunday: Korcula - Metkovic
Today we discover one of the last remaining wetland deltas in Europe. We cruise to Metkovic, on the banks of the river Neretva after which the delta is named. Here, mandarins grow by the water channels and we take a barge ride to explore the groves, the flora and fauna, wild birds and the traditional way of life of the Neretva people. There’s a delightful time warp feeling like nowhere else on the coast. Narona archeological museum in Vid, which we visit, was formally inaugurated in 2007 as the first in situ museum in Croatia exhibiting the remains of a Roman temple. Named Augusteum with 17 marble statues, some outsized and some of natural height. This is where the ancient Illyrians, Greeks, Romans once sailed, and, according to legend, the pirates of Neretva planned their raids on enemy galleys. Captain’s dinner with live entertainment on board scheduled for this evening. Overnight in Metkovic.
Day 3 Monday: Metkovic - Split
From Metkovic our cruise continues to Split, the capital of Dalmatia region, the second largest city in Croatia with the famous Diocletian’s palace, a UNESCO protected heritage site where Roman Emperor Diocletian chose his retirement spot! Upon arrival, a local guide takes us for a walk through the historic and buzzing old town centre and to the market.
Day 4 Tuesday: Split - Krka waterfalls - Sibenik
Wine and waterfalls! Cruise towards Skradin then board our coach. First stop is the famous Bibich winery for wine tasting and light tapas lunch. Back in Skradin we walk through the Krka Waterfalls National Park and visit Skradinski Buk. Jaw droppingly beautiful, this is the most popular part of the waterfall area. There are 17 waterfalls, with cascades up to 100 m wide, and the Krka river tumbles 45.7 meters. A never-to-forget experience is swimming under the falls so bring your swimming things and enjoy the crystal clear fresh water. Sibenik, is almost in the very central part of Croatia’s Adriatic coast and is our afternoon destination. Explore the glorious old town, the cultural monuments and possibly the most famous one here, the UNESCO listed Cathedral of St James. Wander and discover the historic core and waterfront. Some good boutique shopping too. Dinner on board. Overnight in Sibenik.
Day 5 Wednesday: Sibenik - Zadar
After breakfast we leave for Zadar, the oldest university town in Croatia, famous for its rich historical heritage of world importance. At every turn history is here: the Roman Forum from the 1st Century, St Donat church from the 9th century - the most famous medieval basilica and the symbol of the city. The mighty city walls encase the old town and there is a representative city gate from 16th century. Among many museums, the Museum of ancient glass stands out together with over 30 churches and majestic family palaces and villas. On the waterfront the award winning Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun light installations, show the funky side of Zadar. We enjoy a guided city tour followed by Maraschino cherry liquor tasting. Overnight in Zadar.
Day 6 Thursday: Zadar - Rab Island
Departure towards Rab, known as the island of love, with an old town of the same name. Guided city tour including the medieval walls, the famous four towers (and maybe climb one of them later!) together with palaces, churches and squares. There is a slight Montmartre feel with many artists painting and exhibiting out on the streets. Legend has it that local nuns created a special Rab cake for a visiting Pope and we will sample this after the tour. The recipe remains forever secret. Overnight in Rab.
Day 7 Friday: Rab Island - Opatija
The famous Opatija Riviera is often compared to the French Riviera and we have magnificent views of it. Royal families, celebrities and musicians have all stayed in Opatija. Our experienced guide will tell you magnificent history of Opatija and show you its most precious monuments. Walk the famous Franz Joseph promenade, Lungomare, to the fishermen's village of Volosko, home to some of the best seafood restaurants in Croatia, or enjoy Kraš Choco bar to try exclusive chocolate cocktails, cakes or ice-cream. There’s a real cafe society here. Farewell evening dinner on board with live entertainment, a great opportunity for swapping addresses on the last evening. Overnight in the port of Opatija.
Day 8 Saturday: Opatija
After breakfast disembarkation follows. Transfer to Pula airport for homeward journey or hotel of your choice for second week.