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Best Kept Secret Kvarner Cruise from Opatija
Opatija Cruise, Croatia
New Addition to our Programme
2 Centre Holidays

The cruise will give you a chance to explore best kept secrets of Kvarner region whilst cruising on the lavishly designed, fully air-conditioned Deluxe Superior vessel Maritimo or similar. For this trip all you will need is a few T-shirts and a swimming costume to spend seven unforgettable days sailing on the northern Adriatic Sea from one island to another.

Summer 2019 Departures:

The cruise departs on Saturday on the following dates:

Aug: 10, 17

Day 1 Saturday: Opatija - Krk

Departure at 1pm with lunch on board. Krk is the largest Croatian island and on route we stop to swim in the mosty crystal clear water you may ever have seen. Krk has diverse villages of various sizes, stunning promenades, dramatic rock faces with tiny islands and hundreds of hidden bays and beaches. There is a buzz along the waterfront of Krk Town. Enjoy the many bars or restaurants there and relax. Afternoon wine tasting in Vrbnik village with bus transfer from Krk. Overnight in Krk town.

Day 2 Sunday: Krk - Rab

After breakfast, we cruise towards Rab island known as the island of love. On arrival, there are the imposing stone walls and you will see Romanesque church towers, churches, palaces, stone streets and ancient facades. Many streets and squares are like open-pair galleries, as artists work outside. Do not miss and try the famous Rapska torta cake (the receipe is secret). If weather permits, walk up to Kamenjak hill and watch the magnificent sunset. Overnight in town of Rab.

Day 3 Monday: Rab - Zadar

Morning cruise from Rab towards Zadar, travelling by Pag island with its unusual moon-like landscape. We stop to swim on tiny Maun island. In Zadar you will join guided tour. The city is today the centre of the region and was the metropolis of Dalmatia region for many centuries. The rich cultural heritage is visible at every turn: The Roman forum which dates to the 1st century AD, the church of St. Donatus dating to the 9th century AD - the most famous Medieval basilica and the symbol of the city. The imposing and mighty city walls with representative Port and Land gates are from the 16th century AD, and there are numerous palaces and villas of former noble families. Great restaurants line part of the waterfront and the centre of town. Famous, contemporary creations are the Zadar Sea Organ, one of a kind in the world (listen to the sound) and The Greeting to the Sun light installation. Overnight in Zadar.

Day 4 Tuesday: Zadar - Kornati

Today we visit the region of the famous National Park Kornati – rich in fish and cultural and historic remains. Historic remains of old Ilyrian fortress, Roman villas, old Christian church of St. Mary and medieval fortresses and settlements add to the value of these islands. Kornati consists of 140 islands and reefs. Inlets of some islands descend steeply into the sea, a hundred meters deep in places, and dramatically razor sharp. It is truly something remarkable to see. Dinner on board. Overnight in Telascica Bay on Dugi Otok. Possibility to walk to the white cliffs vertically falling down 90 m into the sea and rising up to 200 m over the sea as well as the salt Lake Mir.

Day 5 Wednesday: Kornati – Mali Losinj  

After breakfast and a morning swim, we cruise towards Losinj known as the island of sunsine, with an abundance of pines, wild flowers and herbs. Losinj is one of the most popular islands on the northern Adriatic waters for its hidden coves and cool Mediterranean vibe. On arrival to Mali Losinj, enjoy walking tour followed by visit to Museum of Apoxyomenos. The museum is dedicated to the ancient bronze statue of an athlete found in the sea near the island. Walk up to the Losinj Aromati Garden or to the smaller town of Veli Losinj both easy to reach and explore on foot. Overnight in Mali Losinj.

Day 6 Thursday: Mali Losinj - Cres

We leave for Cres island after our morning swim. Possible swim stop on island Susak, if weather permits. This unspoiled island is long and narrow island with olive groves, vineyards, forests of oak, beech and along with some remarkable stone walls. Cres and Mali Losinj were once one island before the Romans dug a narrow channel to separate them. Optional dinner in village Loznati (with transfer from Cres) where you can try the best traditional lamb specialties this island has to offer. Spend the night in the harbour of this typical medieval town Cres with hidden squares and courtyards.

Day 7 Friday: Cres – Opatija

After breakfast, we leave for Opatija. The famous Opatija Riviera is best seen from the sea. We arrive in late afternoon. Stroll the longest lungomare (seaside promenade) in Croatia or stop in Volosko, a traditional fishing village. On your last night, enjoy captain`s dinner with live entertainment on board. This would be a great time to swap contact details with your new friends and plan your return.

Day 8 Saturday: Opatija

Disembarkation after breakfast. Transfer to Pula airport for homeward journey or hotel of your choice in Opatija for second week.

Accommodation Details
Board Basis:
Full Board, Bed & Breakfast
Official Category:
Lower deck cabin with double or twin beds & shower. Main deck cabin also available.
SHIP CATEGORY "DELUXE SUPERIOR" Cruiser "Maritimo" or similar CABINS: 18-19 air-conditioned double or twin cabins on main or lower deck, all equipped with warderobes, safe, hairdryer, toiletries, bathrobe & slippers. MEALS: 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. FACILITIES: 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 • Dinner in Lozanti village on Cres island (payable locally) • Krka National Parks entrance fee • Transfer Pula airport - harbour - Pula airport (210.00 GBP 1-3 people return private transfer) • 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 • Guided walking tours of towns Opatija, Losinj, Zadar, Rab and Krk • Apoximen museum entrance fee • Abundant fresh fruit • Tour manager • Kornati and Telascica National Parks entrance fee  • Wine tasting in Vrbnik • Cake tasting in Rab • Visitor's taxes & port fees • Luggage Handling • Daily cabin service • Wi-Fi on board

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