Prepare to experience the magical Dalmatian Coast from top to bottom. First, explore Northern Dalmatia by sea from Zadar to Split and discover the coastal towns and sleepy fishing villages. Revel in daily swim stops, national parks, and uninhabited islands. Sample delicious oysters from the Bay of Ston on your way to Dubrovnik and spend an afternoon with a local family learning about rural life in Croatia. Their warm hospitality will surely earn them a place in your heart and give you the most beautiful memories of Croatia.
- All PRIVATE transfers/experiences in modern, air-conditioned vehicles
- Professional English-speaking guides and drivers
- 24-hour concierge assistance
- Two local airport transfers at the beginning and end of your trip
- 7-night cruise from Split to Zadar and back to Split
- Deluxe ship in a cabin with private bathroom, air conditioning & LCD TV
- Private transfers to and from the ship (local accommodations or airport)
- Daily buffet breakfast and 3-course lunch (half board)
- Captain’s dinner
- Welcome dinner
- Complimentary water, coffee, tea and fresh fruit available daily
- Professional English speaking cruise manager
- Daily cabin servicing, fresh bed linen and towels midweek
- Luggage handling
- Free Wi-Fi on board
- Guided walking tours in Šibenik, Zadar, Vis, Hvar and Split
- Guided tour and entrance to Krka National Park
- Wine Tasting in Bol
- Transfer to Dubrovnik with stop in Ston for oyster harvesting and tasting
- 3 nights in Dubrovnik, 4-5* accommodations
- Walking tour of Old Town Dubrovnik
- Cooking experience with local family
Welcome to Split! You’ll be picked up from Split’s Airport or your hotel in Split for embarkation at 13:00. Relax and settle into your cabin before our Welcome Reception and dinner.
Our day begins with an early morning sail towards Šibenik. We’ll enjoy lunch on board before disembarking for a bus ride to visit the stunning Krka National Park. The powerful waterfalls of Krka National Park are one of Croatia’s must see natural beauties. After exploring the park, we’ll return to Šibenik for a guided walking tour of the historical town center and visit a beautiful Renaissance Cathedral. Afterwards, enjoy a free evening in Šibenik.
Overnight in Šibenik
Entrance fees to Krka NP and guided walking tour of Šibenik
In the morning, we sail from Šibenik to Galešnjak, a small Dalmatian island where there will be time to swim in one of the secluded bays. Enjoy lunch on board as we sail into Zadar harbour for our overnight. In the afternoon, experience Zadar with a guided walking tour of the historical center, to see the old walls, and the Port Gate built in the 16th century. You’ll also have time to visit the Five Wells, the Church of St. Donat, the Roman Forum and the largest Cathedral in Dalmatia, St. Anastasia. There’s also an amazing sea organ that plays music if there is a breeze!
Overnight in Zadar
Guided walking tour of Zadar
Leaving Zadar in the morning, we cruise to Sali to visit the tourist town of Dugi Otok which is surrounded by lush green hills and turquoise bays, where there will be time to swim. After a swim, we will continue our sail to National Park Kornati. The 89 stunning islands, islets, reefs, and rich marine life in Kornati National Park have earned it the praise of being a “nautical paradise”. Finally, we continue to the hilltop town of Primošten where the main feature is the parish Church of St. George built in 1485. Enjoy the evening in town at your leisure.
Overnight in Primošten
Entrance fees to Kornati NP
We depart Primošten early in the morning and sail to the island of Vis. Vis was once an important Yugoslav naval base and was closed to the public for years. Due to this isolation, Vis has a unique charm that is like visiting “the Mediterranean as it once was”, making it one of our favorite stops. In town, enjoy a guided walking tour of Vis where you’ll see the remains of the Roman thermal place and enjoy views from the gorgeous Villae Rusticae. In the evening, indulge in our Captain’s dinner onboard.
Overnight in Vis
In the morning, we cruise to the small island of Biševo to see the stunning natural phenomenon of the Blue Cave. Our visit to the Blue Cave is dependent upon the weather conditions that day, but you’ll know well in advance if the weather is in our favor.
We’ll continue our sail to Hvar Island, the sunniest on Adriatic island, with time for a relaxing swim in the warm turquoise waters along the way. Even though Hvar is a popular holiday destination amongst international celebrities, it maintains its seaside town charm. Enjoy a guided walking tour through the picturesque streets to the first public theatre in Europe. After the tour, we’ll take a short sail to Stari Grad on the island of Hvar. Here you’ll get a chance to see Stari Grad Field, the oldest and best preserved ancient Greek agricultural system, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Overnight in Stari Grad
Entrance fees to Blue Cave and guided walking tour of Hvar
On our final full day, we will sail to the Island of Brač to swim at one of the most famous beaches in Dalmatia, the Golden Horn, near Bol. This shape of this unique beach constantly changes as the wind and waves shift the pebbles. After swimming, enjoy a guided winery tour and tasting to learn about the importance of wine in Dalmatia.
In the afternoon, we’ll arrive in the UNESCO World Heritage city, Split. You’ll have ample time to experience the historic city center, seeing the remnants of Renaissance and Gothic structures. Take time to admire Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace and stroll through the palace basement perusing the market stalls.
Overnight in Split
Wine tasting in Bol
Enjoy breakfast on board before disembarking for your transfer to Dubrovnik. En route to Dubrovnik, you will drive through the Dalmatian hinterland and then along the stunning Dalmatian coast. You will take the old road, witnessing beautiful scenery and driving through many quaint coastal villages and towns. The wide-open views will rival the ones you had on the cruise. Ston is famous for its oyster farms, and when you arrive, you will take a small boat out to a rustic floating oyster bar where you’ll learn how oysters have been cultivated in this bay for centuries. After having your fill of local wine and sea treats, you’ll continue on to Dubrovnik and for an afternoon arrival to check into your hotel.
Oyster harvesting and tasting in Ston
Morning walking tour of the historic Old Town. Learn about this history of this once republic and how it was one of the first to recognize the United States as a country. Enjoy the rest of the day on your own to admire the architecture, walk the walls, explore Lovrijenac fortress, Lokrum island, or take the cable car to the top of the mountain for a spectacular view.
90-minute private walking tour
Journey to the rural region of Konavle for a special culinary and cultural experience with a local family. Not only will this lovely family teach you the Croatian way to make bread, but they’ll also share the history of the area and what makes the Croatian culture so special.
Immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine with this traditional cooking experience. Each experience is unique and based on seasonal ingredients. Once you and your hosts decide on the menu, you’ll gather all of the ingredients and learn the steps required to create your meal.
However, one consistent piece of the menu is making homemade bread with the family’s Grandma. She will activate the yeast, and you’ll be in charge of kneading the dough to perfection, with Grandma’s help of course! As the bread rises, you’ll go into the garden to gather the ingredients and perhaps even some fresh eggs. Then Grandma will teach you how to create a delicious meal with the seasonal, freshly picked vegetables from the garden.
Half day Cooking Experience with local family with lunch and drinks
Say farewell to Croatia!