5 UNESCO Sites to Discover on a Croatia Small Ship Cruise

While Croatia may be a small country, it’s home to multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites, places that are notable for historical, cultural or other significance, and many of them can be discovered via Croatia small ship cruises

These five UNESCO sites are some of the standouts you can look forward to when cruising the Dalmatian coast. 

Diocletian’s Palace, Split 
Split

Diocletian’s Palace, Split 

Roman Emperor Diocletian founded to Split when he decided to build his retirement residence here. Constructed between 295 and 305 AD, many of its original features are still intact today. Strolling these centuries-old streets is like stepping back through time as you marvel at the influences by the Greeks, Romans and Venetians found throughout the grand monuments and buildings.

Many Croatian cruises begin or end in the ancient city, or sail round-trip, bringing the opportunity to tour the maze-like complex with its countless treasures. An expert local guide will bring you through the marble walkways to witness impressive landmarks like the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, one of the finest examples of Renaissance and Gothic architecture and the Cathedral of Saint Dominus, one of the world’s oldest cathedrals which once served as the emperor’s mausoleum. Next to the entrance is a black sphinx that dates from 15 BC, brought here from Luxor in Egypt. You’ll have time on your own to wander through the palace and historic core which serves as the hub for daily life in Split today, with a wide range of cafes, restaurants, bars and boutiques.

Plitvice Lakes National Park
Trogir

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Images of Plitvice Lakes National Park have been splashed across the Internet as one of Croatia’s most photographed and most popular destinations. This breathtaking park landed on the UNESCO list thanks to its 16 interconnected terraced lakes boasting dazzling shades that range from brilliant turquoise to emerald, laced together with countless waterfalls. A fantasy come to life, an excursion here is frequently included on the itinerary of Croatia small ship cruises. You’ll be able to walk the wooden pathways and over bridges for a closeup look at the incredible scenery as well as take a ride across the water on an electric boat. The tours conclude with a panoramic train ride that circles the park. 

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Trogir

The entire ancient walled city of Trogir is a UNESCO site, with its rich history and culture that dates back 2,300 years, created under the influence of the Greeks, Romans and Venetians. It’s considered to be the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex in Central Europe, with the medieval core of this “floating town museum” featuring a magnificent tower, castle, and a series of palaces and dwellings from the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods. You won’t want to forget your camera on a tour sightseeing through the labyrinth of small stone streets and along the waterfront promenade that overlooks the Kamerlengo, the 15th-century Venetian castle and fortress. Some of the not-to-be-missed photo-ops include the Town Gate and imposing Cathedral of St. Lawrence, a Romanesque-Gothic triple-naved basilica. You may have time on your own to visit the Trogir Museum and Central Square as well as to unwind with a glass of local wine in one of the many bars or restaurants. 

Dubrovnik, Cruise Croatia
Cathedral of St. James, Sibenik

Dubrovnik’s Old Town

Dubrovnik’s historic core is the reason why English poet Lord Byron nicknamed the city the “pearl of the Adriatic.” Protected as a UNESCO site in 1979, its marble streets are lined with stunning medieval architecture enclosed by ancient walls which once helped defend it from invaders. The best Croatia cruises include a guided sightseeing tour that will bring you along its main street known as Stradun where you’ll be able to discover iconic places like Dubrovnik Cathedral, one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe founded in 1317, and Rector’s Palace which was spotlighted in the hit TV series “Game of Thrones.” You may have time on your own to take a stroll atop the city walls or ride the cable car to the top of Mount Srd for a bird’s-eye view over the red-tiled roofs of the city and the turquoise waters of the Adriatic.

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Cathedral of St. James, Sibenik

Cruises in Croatia often include a tour through medieval Sibenik, established more than a thousand years ago. This is the gateway to waterfall-filled Krka National Park and the home of one of the most important and largest Gothic-Renaissance cathedrals, the 15th-century Cathedral of St. James, listed as a UNESCO site in 2000. It reflects influences from Dalmatia, Tuscany and Northern Italy, with its most notable exterior feature the 71 life-sized heads sculpted of ordinary citizens, soldiers, fishermen and peasants that are remarkably realistic.

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