The 3 Best Dalmatian Coast Cruises

Croatia’s stunning Dalmatian coast is the ultimate destination to explore on a cruise adventure in Eastern Europe. As you sail in the sparkling, calm turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea, you can enjoy outstanding panoramas and coastal scenery that is absolutely breathtaking. The best Dalmatian coast cruises visit beautiful seaside cities and fashionable waterfront resorts where you can relax, soak up the sunshine, and discover Croatia’s history, culture and charm.


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Set sail from UNESCO World Heritage site listed cities of Dubrovnik and Split, and the elegant coastal town of Opatija, and explore Croatia’s historic region that is situated on the east shore of the Adriatic. The magnificent Dalmatian coast stretches from Rab Island, in the north, to the southern Bay of Kotor, offering an ample selection of iconic historic landmark attractions, gorgeous beaches and plenty of opportunities to taste authentic Croatian cuisine, along the way.

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Split to Dubrovnik

One of the most popular Dalmatian coast cruises sails one way from the spectacular historic city of Split to the UNESCO listed, ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. The scenic route visits many of the idyllic archipelago islands for a unique and unforgettable island hopping experience as you cruise the Adriatic and Dalmatian Coast.

Before you depart from Split, there is ample time to take a leisurely tour around one of Croatia’s most iconic attractions. The imposing Diocletian’s Palace is a majestic sprawling complex that features regal architectural structures, columns and sphinxes, as well as 200 buildings that include cafes, bars, shops and restaurants. Your coastal adventure continues with an excursion to Brac Island, where the white stone of Diocletian’s Palace was originally quarried, and offers an opportunity to swim and sunbathe on Croatia’s most photographed beach – Zlatni Rat (or Golden Cape).

The cosmopolitan island of Hvar is not only Dalmatia’s sunniest resort, but also boasts historic, cultural and entertainment options that are highly popular with royalty and A-list celebrities. From Hvar, join a guided excursion to the phenomenal natural attraction that you can discover on the nearby island of Bisevo. Return to the cruise, via Vis Island and continue to Korcula Island, the birthplace of the world explorer Marco Polo.

No relaxing sightseeing in Dalmatia cruise would be complete without a visit to a beautiful National Park. En route to the final stop in Dubrovnik, visit the breathtaking Mljet National Park and admire jewel coloured lakes and gorgeous flora and fauna, and hop aboard a boat to St Mary’s Isle.

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Opatija to Dubrovnik

Offering exceptional views of the coastline and neighbouring islands, Opatija is a charming, fashionable seaside resort that was highly popular with royalty and the wealthy Austro-Hungarian elite during the 19th century. Begin your idyllic Dalmatia coast cruise adventure from Opatija to Dubrovnik, by exploring Rab Island. Rab is affectionately known as the ‘island of love’, due to the romantic escapades of King Edward VII and his married lover that famously took place on the island. Continue to the vibrant city hub of Zadar, where you can admire fine examples of Roman and Venetian architecture, and over 30 churches. Situated directly on the seafront are the popular modern art installations of the “Sea Organ” and the “Greeting to the Sun”.

Join an optional private guided excursion to a local winery for a wine tasting experience, before visiting the impressive natural beauty spot of Krka National Park, to admire the spectacular Skradinski Buk. Discover the quaint charm of Šibenik, and explore the triple-naved UNESCO listed Cathedral of St James. Enjoy a scenic detour to one of Europe’s last remaining wetland deltas, on the banks of the river Neretva, We also visit the ancient settlement of Metković and the landmark attraction of the Church of St Elijah and the Vid Archaeological Museum, before departing for the island of Korcula.

As we approach the historic city of Dubrovnik, enjoy breathtaking views of the walled coastal city as we cruise alongside the ancient defensive structure. On dry land, take a stroll through the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old Town, and admire the well-preserved buildings and stunning architecture of the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. For the best panoramic views over the town, ride the cable car to the top of Mount Srd.

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Opatija to Opatija

To fully appreciate the beauty of Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, board the ship that offers a round trip from Opatija to Opatija. The dramatic coastline is dotted with picturesque little fishing towns that you can visit and explore. Begin your cruise in the beautiful coastal town of Opatija, and join a private guided tour of the horticultural attraction of Angiolina Park. Take a wander through the stunning landscape and admire gorgeous plants from all over the world. Visit Villa Angiolina to observe the collection of the Croatian Museum of Tourism’s treasures and the artistic exhibition on display at the Arts Pavilion.

Join an optional excursion to the enchanting fisherman’s village of Volosko, which is situated a stone’s throw from the scenic harbour of Opatija. Take a seat at a table in a pavement café, and relax as you soak up the ambience. Visit the medieval hilltop town of Kastav to enjoy fabulous vistas, and to wine and dine in the quaint local taverns. There are also a number of hiking paths that you explore at your own pace, which lead you to the peak of Vojak, on Mount Ucka.

If you’re island hopping, or venturing to Kvarner Bay, enjoy the unforgettable experience of dolphin watching. From your seat on deck, you’ll be able to observe dolphins playfully dancing in the shimmering turquoise sea. Although Opatija doesn’t have any beaches, you can enjoy a refreshing swim in one of the many sheltered bays that are situated up and down the coastline. The perfect way to celebrate the last night of your Opatija round trip cruise adventure, is with a leisurely stroll along the town’s famous Lungomare promenade. The stylish seafront venue is studded with chic cafes, bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a chilled drink and delicious food with spectacular ocean scenery.

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