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Overview

This enchanting island-hopping cruise will bring you along the length of Croatia’s breathtaking coastline from Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic” to romantic Opatija with its elegant mansions and stunning seaside promenade. Along the way you’ll discover spectacular nature and centuries-old landmarks in places like Metkovic, Split, Krka, Šibenik, Zadar, and Rab, the island of love. In between enjoy panoramic views of the sparkling blue Adriatic, unforgettable swim spots and lots of delicious, authentic Croatian meals that can be paired with outstanding local or regional wines. It’s the perfect way to explore the area while making the most of a luxurious, one-week small-ship cruise.

  • From $1,691 PP
  • 8 Days
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Deluxe
  • Dubrovnik
  • Opatija

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    Dubrovnik to Opatija

    Highlights

    • 7-night deluxe cruise from Dubrovnik to Opatija
    • Inspiring guided tours in Dubrovnik, Split, Sibenik, Zadar, Rab, and Opatija
    • Wine tasting
    • Barge excursion on Neretva River in Metkovic
    • Daily buffet breakfasts and multicourse lunches prepared fresh by the onboard chef
    • Some dinners included
    • Exceptional, friendly crew
    • Professional English-speaking Cruise Director
    • Exclusive Captain’s Dinner with live entertainment
    • Private arrival and departure transfers

    Itinerary

    Day 1 Dubrovnik to Korcula

    Dubrovnik

    We’ll depart at 1p.m., setting sail for Korčula with its pine forests and Old Town that looks like Dubrovnik in miniature, enveloped by medieval walls, towers and ramparts. Multiple civilizations have left their mark from the Illyrians and Greeks to Venetians, Austrians, and briefly, the British. Glimpse it on a guided walking tour through the narrow streets that are designed in a fish bone pattern to help protect homes from extreme elements, something you’ll learn more about from your knowledgeable guide. In the evening, enjoy the trendy cocktails bars, some of which host live music, enjoying dinner at one of the fine restaurants or simple konobas before returning to the ship.

    • Excursions Included: Guided walking tour of Dubrovnik
    • Meals Included: Lunch

    Day 2 Korcula to Metkovic

    Korcula

    Your next destination is Metković which lies along the river Neretva. Get ready to discover one of Europe’s last remaining deltas, with mandarins growing alongside the waterways as we hop on a barge for an excursion through the groves, flora and fauna. Learn about the traditional way of life here while enjoying an ornithological paradise. Back on land, explore the New Museum of Archaeology in Vid, a village set atop the ruins of ancient Narona. Witness the 1st-century AD Roman temple called Augusteum where archaeologists discovered 16 statues of the Emperor Augustus, members of his family, other Roman high officials and deities. This evening, the Captain’s Dinner featuring live entertainment will be hosted on the ship.

    • Excursions Included: Barge tour on Neretva River
    • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Captain's Dinner

    Day 3 Metkovic to Split

    Split

    Continue from Metkovic to Croatia’s second largest city, Split. It was birthed when Roman Emperor Diocletian chose for his retirement home in the late 3rd century and today his magnificent maze-like palace that covers nearly half the Old Town is home to some of the most impeccably preserved Roman architecture in the world. Upon arrival, you’ll meet our local guide for a tour through the cobbled streets of the historic center and the adjacent market. Afterwards you might take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront promenade, stopping for a glass of wine to sip while taking advantage of the best people watching in the city.

    • Excursions Included: Guided walking tour of Split
    • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

    Day 4 Split to Krka National Park & Sibenik

    Krka Waterfalls National Park.

    Start your morning by sailing to Skradin where you’ll board a coach to visit Bibich winery for tapas and wine tasting. Your next destination is Krka National Park with the highlight “Skradinski Buk” a series of cascades with the tallest single cascade nearly 40 feet high. You’ll even have the opportunity to swim in the strikingly clear, tranquil pools beneath. Refreshed and re-energized, continue to Sibenik, a gleaming white city with an Old Town that’s home to the UNESCO-protected Cathedral of St. James. You’ll have time to explore the stone labyrinth of backstreets and alleyways before enjoying a tranquil walk along the waterfront and shopping for gifts or souvenirs in the interesting shops. Dinner will be served on the ship.

    • Excursions Included: Guided walking tours of Krka Waterfalls National Park and Sibenik, plus Wine Tasting
    • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch, plus Tasting

    Day 5 Sibenik to Zadar

    Zadar

    Sailing to Zadar, a place famous for its rich history with multiple centuries-old landmarks, it also has a modern side that includes the famous Sea Organ and The Greeting to the Sun art installations. Lying along the waterfront, they attract locals and visitors alike who gather here for conversations and sunset watching. The organ is made up of 35 pipes that were fitted into the payment, emitting unworldly noises with the tones powered by the waves. The other features 300 solar-driven panels with lights activated by the sun in a salute to the world’s most beautiful sunset.

    • Excursions Included: Guided walking tour of Zadar
    • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

    Day 6 Zadar to Rab

    Rab Island

    Rab Island is our next stop, known for its diverse landscapes with a fertile interior that’s ideal for producing vegetables, grapes and olives. The southwest coast is the most densely populated, home to beaches and pine forests, while the northeast coast has few settlements as a windswept, barren region with high cliffs. Join our guide for a tour of the Old Town of Rab with its medieval walls and four towers. It’s incredibly atmospheric with many artists painting on the streets and in squares as well as exhibiting their works. After touring sample Rab cake, a unique treat that’s said to have been created by local nuns for a visiting pope.

    • Excursions Included: Guided walking tour of Rab plus tasting of Rab cakes
    • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch, plus Tasting

    Day 7 Rab to Opatija

    Opatija

    Opatija is our final destination, situated along the renowned Opatija Riviera, attracting celebrities, royals, musicians and a host of other VIPs for decades. Our guide will reveal its rich history and important monuments. Stroll the Lungomare promenade to the fishing village of Volosko, known as the home to some of Croatia’s very best seafood eateries. You may want to enjoy a unique cocktail at the Kraš Choco bar which serves exclusive chocolate cocktails, along with ice cream and cakes. This evening back on board, we’ll celebrate this memorable trip with a farewell dinner and live entertainment. You might want to take the time to exchange contact information with fellow passengers that have become friends before the morning’s departure.

    • Excursions Included: Guided walking tour of Opatija
    • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

    Day 8 Departure from Opatija

    Opatija

    After a week of magical cruising, departure day has arrived. Enjoy one last breakfast with your new friends along with time for goodbyes before taking private transfer from the ship to the airport or your local hotel. If a week wasn’t long enough and you’d like to explore more here or elsewhere, our expert staff can create a bespoke itinerary for continuing your journey.

    • Excursions Included: N/A
    • Meals Included: Breakfast

    What's Included

    • Private transfers to and from the airport or a local hotel
    • 7-night cruise from Dubrovnik to Opatija
    • Spacious air-conditioned cabins with air conditioning
    • Half-board meals, including daily breakfasts and multicourse lunches
    • Admission to Krka National Park
    • Sightseeing tours led by local experts
    • Meet-and-greet reception with dinner
    • Captain’s dinner with live entertainment
    • Fresh fruit provided daily
    • Free filtered water, coffee, and tea throughout
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
    • Professional English-speaking cruise manager
    • Daily cabin cleaning service
    • Baggage handling
    • Port fees and visitor taxes

    Your Ship

    MV Markan small ship Croatia

    MV MARKAN

    Making her debut in 2018, the MV Markan offers an intimate and luxurious sailing experience that includes VIP cabins with private balconies and a large sundeck with a hot tub for relaxing while gazing out at the incredible Croatian coast and the island-filled Adriatic Sea.

    MV Avangard, Dubrovnik

    MV AVANGARD

    Launched in 2017, the MV Avangard is a deluxe vessel with the latest trends in small-ship construction. She is 161-feet-long and 28-feet wide with a cruising speed of nine nautical miles per hour which makes her ideal for berthing at smaller ports of call. The comfort of guests is ensured with everything from the impeccable personal of the crew to the long list of modern amenities.

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    Departure Dates

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    2022

    • May

      May 28, 2022
    • June

      Jun 25, 2022
    • July

      Jul 09, 2022

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