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Pearls of the Adriatic Croatian Cruising

Operated by: Trafalgar

9 Days
APR - OCT 2022
Sunset in Korcula, Croatia

Countries Visited

Croatia ...more Croatia

Locations Visited

Dubrovnik, Opatija, Korcula, Metkovic, Split, Sibenik, Zadar, Rab ...more Dubrovnik, Opatija, Korcula, Metkovic, Split, Sibenik, Zadar, Rab
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Dubrovnik

    Imposing stone walls encircle the Old Town of Croatia’s most recognisable city. On arrival in Dubrovnik, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore 'paradise on earth' in the words of George Bernard Shaw. Your local host will meet you and provide suggestions on how to explore the city’s limestone streets and elegant courtyards lined with remnants of Dubrovnik’s Golden Age.

    hotel Lapad
  2. Day 2 Embark and Cruise to Korčula

    A leisurely start to your day could see you get your final fix of Dubrovnik. Then, transfer to the MV Aquamarin where you’ll meet your onboard team. Set sail for Korčula, most famously the birthplace of Marco Polo and reminiscent of Dubrovnik with its medieval squares, churches and palaces. You’ll discover why the locals call it 'The Black Island' and see how its towering walls have shielded its capital for centuries as it came under the rule of the Greeks, the Romans, the Venetians and even the British. After a tour through the Old Town’s narrow streets, you’ll have time to soak up the local atmosphere in one of the many konobas, restaurants or cocktail bars.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Adriatic Cruise
  3. Day 3 Onwards to Picturesque Metković

    Follow in the footsteps of ancient Illyrian, Greek and Roman sailors as you cruise to Metković. It’s here, on the banks of the Neretva, that you’ll find one of the last remaining wetland deltas in Europe. A barge ride into the groves provides the perfect opportunity to view the local flora, fauna and birdlife. Next, visit the Narona Archaeological Museum, where you’ll see the remains of the Augusteum Roman temple, at the heart of what was once a major Roman stronghold. Tonight, you’ll be hosted by the Captain for dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
  4. Day 4 Continue to Historic Split

    Your cruise continues towards the capital of Dalmatia and the home to the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace. Explore another aspect of Split’s buzzing historical town centre on foot with your Local Specialist who will share all the iconic and unexpected highlights with you as you wind your way towards Split Market at the heart of Croatia’s second-largest city. Watch the animated vendors ply their fruits, fish and vegetables to locals visiting the market for their daily grocery run. You’ll be tempted to stay in Split forever, but the comfort of your ship beckons.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
  5. Day 5 Admire the Krka Waterfalls and on to Šibenik

    Arrive in Skradin and travel to Bibich winery where you'll Dive Into Culture, learning the stories of the family who own this boutique vineyard. Indulge in a wine tasting of some of the indigenous varietals produced by the vineyards that surround you, paired with some of the favourite tapas delicacies of the area while you learn how the grapes are grown, picked and fermented to perfection using the same traditional techniques several generations of the Bibić family have used for centuries. You’ll leave feeling absorbed by this culture and way of life. Next up is a visit to Krka Waterfalls National Park, where you'll visit Skradinski Buk, a spectacular vantage point from which to view 17 separate falls cascading 150 feet (45 m) to the pools below. You'll have the afternoon to explore the cultural monuments and waterfront attractions of Šibenik, a historic city along the Dalmatian coast and the oldest native Croatian town on the shores of the Adriatic.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  6. Day 6 Off to Stunning Zadar

    Cruise to Zadar, Croatia’s oldest university town. From the 1st-century Roman forum to the 9th-century St. Donat Church, there’s history around every turn. After exploring the wealth of museums, churches and palaces, you’ll make your way to Zadar’s Riva to see (and hear) the mesmerising Sea Organ, comprising several stairs that descend into the sea.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
  7. Day 7 A Day Exploring Rab Island

    Today you’ll explore the 'island of love'. A guided tour of Rab will reveal its highlights, including its ancient walls, church bell towers and the monastery at the 16th-century Church of St. Justine. Sample Rab cake and enjoy a presentation of how this local delight is made. Rub shoulders with local artists who add a splash of colour to the streets of the town before returning to your cruise ship.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
  8. Day 8 Cruise to Opatija

    Opatija was a favourite getaway of the Habsburgs we’re sure that you’ll be looking forward to a return here too. Often compared to the French Riviera, the area has a colourful history which is brought to life by your Local Specialist. Savour the town’s café culture and stroll down Franz Joseph promenade to the fishing village of Volosko. Tonight, your Farewell Dinner on board is paired with live entertainment.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner
  9. Day 9 Disembark and Journey Home

    Say a fond farewell to your newfound friends at the end of an unforgettable journey. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Pearls of the Adriatic Northbound Main Deck
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 6 Lunches
  • 2 Dinners
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

First class travel Highlights

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore Korčula Old Town, Split, Rab and Opatija with a Local Specialist
  • See the Augusteum Roman Temple in Metković and the Zadar Sea Organ
  • Visit Dubrovnik, Metković, the Narona Archaeological Museum, Split Market, Skradin, Bibich winery, Krka Waterfalls National Park, Skradinski Buk, Šibenik, Zadar and Volosko
  • Dive Into Culture Uncover centuries of winemaking heritage when you meet the Bibić family who have been making wine near the ancient town of Skradin for over five centuries.

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