You know you want to take a small-ship Croatia cruise to enjoy a more personal, intimate experience without feeling like just another number in the crowd, but which destinations are not to be missed? No matter which ship and itinerary you choose, it’s a given that you’ll take in some spectacular towns along the coast along with island gems, but we highly recommend a Croatia cruise that includes these enchanting spots.
5 Unmissable Destinations on a Croatia Small Ship Cruise
Korcula may best be known as the alleged birthplace of international explorer Marco Polo, but it’s also home to charming villages, olive groves, vineyards, beaches and medieval walled Korcula Old Town. Looking as if it came straight from the pages of a storybook, it’s sometimes referred to as a “mini-Dubrovnik,” surrounded by 13th-century stone walls with towers, ramparts and gates. Visitors can stroll a maze of narrow alleys and atmospheric streets, following in the footsteps of Polo and exploring his home. The Marco Polo House contains a tiny museum in the narrow watchtower, which also provides a breathtaking view over the rooftops of town and beyond to the crystal-clear blue sea.
One of the top experiences here offers the opportunity to get to know the culture and the locals by joining a traditional village dinner. You’ll be welcomed in by a family who will regale you with stories about their village and enjoy a delicious meal too.
Vis Island is renowned for its unspoiled landscapes, with little tourism development as it was closed off to the public for 40 years while used as a military base. With a Croatia small-ship cruise you’re likely to enjoy a stop here, most include an excursion to the world-famous Blue Cave nearby. You’ll sail by boat to Bisevo Island and then take a smaller vessel, led by local staff, to get through the narrow entrance. Once inside, you can witness the surreal beauty that occurs with Mother Nature performing her own magic show. As the rays of the sun enter through a crack in the interior, they reflect off the white limestone sea bottom, illuminating it in a silvery blue glow.
One of the most popular destinations on any Croatia cruise, romantic Dubrovnik is renowned for its medieval walled historic center, with marble paved streets lined with baroque palaces and churches along with centuries-old landmarks like one of the oldest still active pharmacies in Europe, dating all the way back to 1317. With many scenes of the hit series “Game of Thrones” filmed here, it’s also a favorite among fans who are sure to recognize many spots they’ve seen on-screen. One of the top things to do here is to take a walk atop its ancient stone defensive walls. The walls stretch uninterrupted for 6,365 feet in length, circling most of the city, providing views of the red-tiled roofs on one side, nearby islands and the endless blue of the Adriatic on the other.
Medieval Sibenik is a stunning thousand-year-old UNESCO-listed city, with its labyrinth of steep streets home to stone palaces and St. James Cathedral, Croatia’s most important Renaissance monument. It’s also the gateway to Krka National Park, renowned for its seven travertine waterfalls, including Skradinski Buk, the highest in the Mediterranean, plunging more than 150 feet to a pool below. You can even swim beneath the cascades for an especially memorable experience.
Ston is a laid-back fishing town that lies on cape of land linked to the Peljesac Peninsula. It was once an important military fort and still retains its defensive walls. The primary reason to include a small-ship Croatia cruise with Ston on the itinerary, however, is to enjoy its oysters, which many say are the world’s best. An excursion here will allow you to sample the fresh delicacies while learning all about their cultivation at a local oyster farm. While salt was the main form of wealth here centuries ago, it was the oysters that put it on the map. They’re delectable taste is said to be due to the unique nutrient blend in Mali Ston Bay, loaded with salt and fresh, mineral heavy water that comes from karst springs flowing into it.
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