Epic landscapes, old cultures and laid-back charm. Experience it all cruising along the spectacular Croatian coastline and islands on new and lavishly designed, fully air-conditioned Deluxe Superior vessels with spacious en-suite cabins. Relax on spacious decks or swim in crystal clear Adriatic Sea and explore small historical towns. This cruise from Opatija to Dubrovnik visits the best of Croatian islands and coastline with numerous services and wine & gourmet experiences included in the package.
Summer 2017 departures:
The cruise departs Saturdays on the following dates:
Aug 18 • Sep 08, 22
Day 1 Saturday: Opatija - Rab
Departure at 1pm 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’s 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.
Day 2 Sunday: Rab - Zadar
After breakfast we head for Zadar, the oldest university town in Croatia with an amazing heritage and where history looks you in the eyes: The Roman Forum from the 1st century, St Donat church from the 9th century - the most famous medieval Basilica and the city’s symbol, the mighty city walls, over 30 churches. Museums and former noble families’ palaces and villas in the old town. In recent years Zadar has added a touch of cool with the famous Sea Organs and “Greeting to the Sun” light installations, both located on the city's waterfront. Watch the fabulous sunset from here. Guided city tour followed by Maraschino cherry liquor tasting.
Day 3 Monday: Zadar - 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.
Day 4 Tuesday Sibenik - Split
We continue south to Split, Croatia’s second largest city where Roman Emperor Diocletian built himself a retirement palace now under UNESCO protection. Split waterfront is a happening place and there’s a buzz along the beautiful wide promenade. A local guide meets us on arrival for a walk through the heart of the bustling old town and the market.
Day 5 Wednesday Split - 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. Narona holds remains of a Roman temple – the Augusteum – and seventeen monumental marble sculptures of Roman emperors and their family members. 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.
Day 6 Thursday: Metkovic - Korcula
Departure 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, as it 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 local 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 for chill out time.
Day 7 Friday: Korcula - Dubrovnik
There is no better way to catch first sight of famous Dubrovnik than from the sea and this is our final destination – Dubrovnik. It is one of the few walled cities on the sea in the world. Writer George Bernard Shaw described it as “heaven on earth”. We cruise alongside the old city walls for a true perspective of the majesty of this place. Lunch is served on deck as we head for Gruz harbour to dock. Once moored, we transfer to the old town for a guided walking tour of this unforgettable place. In your own time, why not walk those famous ramparts (all 1940 metres long!), or take the cable car from the Old Town to Srdj mountain for fabulous views of the city itself and the Elaphiti Islands (ticket included). If you want to explore any of the museums in more detail, such as Sponza or Rectors, now is the time.
Day 8 Saturday: Dubrovnik
After breakfast disembarkation follows. Transfer to Dubrovnik airport for homeward journey or hotel of your choice for second week.
Half Board, Full Board
Lower deck cabin with double or twin beds & shower. Main deck cabin also available.
SHIP CATEGORY "DELUXE SUPERIOR"
Cruiser "Avangard" or similar
18-19 air-conditioned double or twin cabins on main or lower deck, all equipped with warderobes, safe, hairdryer, toiletries, bathrobe & slippers.
Half Board consists of breakfast & four curse lunch on board, drink with lunch, Captain's dinner with live music & dinner in a typical Croatian setting.
Dinning room, bar, kitchen, sundeck wit hdeck beds, jacuzzi, swimming platform, outdoor shower and lavatory.
Supplements (per person per night)
Supplements may apply.
Please note: Cruise route is subject to alternation depending sometimes without prior notification • The vessel may not be suitable for clients with reduced mobility or guests with disabilities • Not included in the price: gratitudes • Korcula village dinner experience (payable locally) • Opatija Cruise Extended Stay: We would be happy to offer you the opportunity to select the hotel that appeals to you the most for your extra week in Croatia. Please call our Tailor Made department on 020 7543 5569 for prices & further details.
What's included in the price
Welcome reception & cocktail • Daily buffet breakfast • Olive oil and wine tasting on board • Daily four course lunch • A drink with lunch and a litre of water per person • Coffee & tea all day • Captain's dinner with live entertainment in Metkovic • Wine tasting & light tapas lunch in Bibich winery with bus transfer included from Skradin • Maraschino liquoir tasting in Zadar • Cake tasting in Rab • Abundant fresh fruit • Tour manager • Krka National Park entrance fee • Dubrovnik cable car fee • Guided walking tours of towns: Rab, Zadar, Split, Korcula & Dubrovnik • Visitor's taxes & port fees • Luggage Handling • Daily cabin service • Wi-Fi on board
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