• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  4
  • Departs From: Zadar
  • Location: Zadar, Molat, Ilovik, Losinj, Cres, Opatija
  • Duration: 6 days (Mon-Sat)
  • Availability: MONDAY only, 1 departure per week
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Highlights

  • Departs Mondays only!
  • 5 nights, northwards from Zadar to Opatija
  • Enjoy five unforgettable days cruising on the southern Adriatic Sea from one island to another.
  • Relax and let the captain, the crew and our tour manager, take care of you.
  • Mornings you can relax on spacious decks and sunbathe or refresh yourself in the Adriatic Sea.
  • Afternoons and evenings are carefully planned for you to explore Croatia's finest destinations.
  • Please note this cruise does not include Hvar, Split, Korcula or Dubrovnik!
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6 days northwards from Zadar, Molat or Olib, Ilovik, Losinj, Cres, and to Opatija

5 night Cruise one-way from Zadar, northwards to Opatija in Kvarner Bay of Islands.
Breakfast and lunch included.
Excellent value mini-cruise in the north of Croatia.
Departs MONDAYS only
**Very limited availability for all mini-cruises

Itinerary

DEPARTS ON MONDAYS ONLY!
Open age cruise, suitable for families, couples and small groups. Most ships have only double/twin cabins available. Solo travellers must book a cabin for solo use.

For this trip all you will need is a few T-shirts and a swimming costume to spend seven unforgettable days sailing on the northern Adriatic Sea from one island to another. Relax and let the captain and his crew take care of you. During the day you can swim, snorkel, sunbathe, and explore the underworld of the Adriatic Sea. The evenings you have free to find a good restaurant or discover historical monuments.

[ Mini-cruise departures mean you will NOT know which exact ship you will be on until the day of the cruise, but an Ensuite/Air-con cabin is guaranteed.]

SHIP INFO AND PHOTOS:
https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/premium/

Similar cruises:
7 nights Opatija-Opatija on Saturdays:
https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/72/northern-croatia-cruise-opatija-to-opatija-7nts/
2 nights Opatija-Zadar on Saturdays:
http://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/195/mini-cruise-opatija-zadar-saturdays-2nts/

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INCLUSIONS AND FULL ITINERARY:
6 days from Zadar, Molat or Olib, Ilovik, Losinj, Cres, and to Opatija

INCLUDED:
• 5 nights accommodation in a cabin with ensuite and air-conditioning
• Daily cabin service
• Mid-week fresh set of towels and bed linen
• English-speaking Cruise Manager

Meals Included:
• Buffet breakfasts
• Three course lunches
• Captain's Dinner
• Unlimited drinking water dispenser onboard

Sightseeing Tours:
• 1 guided sightseeing walking tour - Zadar (Opatija optional, book on board)

NOT INCLUDED:
• Port Taxes EUR 60pp/week - obligatory (pay onboard)
• Drinks onboard, extra meals not listed
• Transfers
• Optional excursions / entrances
• Tips and gratuities

ITINERARY:
Check in from 17:00hrs (5:00 PM). First overnight in Zadar, so late arrivals are possible.


Day 1: ZADAR - Arrival
Check-in at Zadar port at 17:00hrs. Free time or optional sightseeing of Zadar starting at 17:30hrs. The city is today the centre of the region and was the metropolis of the Dalmatia region for many centuries. The rich cultural heritage is visible at every turn: the Roman forum which dates to the 1st century AD, the church of St. Donatus dating to the 9th century AD - the most famous Medieval basilica and the symbol of the city. The imposing and mighty city walls with representative Port and Land gates are from the 16th century AD, and there are numerous palaces and villas of former noble families. Great restaurants line part of the waterfront and the centre of town. Famous, contemporary creations are the Zadar Sea Organ, one of a kind in the world (listen to the sound) and “The Greeting to the Sun” light installation. Overnight in Zadar.

Day 2: MOLAT ISLAND or OLIB (B, L, CD)
Early departure for Molat or Olib island (depending on available space in the small harbours) in the northern part of the Zadar archipelago. Think pure peace and serenity. Tonight it's the Captain's Dinner party onboard. Overnight in Molat or Olib.

Day 3: Ilovik - LOŠINJ ISLAND (B, L)
After breakfast and a morning swim, cruise towards Ilovik. It may have only a few hundred inhabitants but Ilovik has lovely bays and crystal clear water. We make a short stop before leaving for Losinj known as “sunshine island” and its abundance of pines, wildflowers and herbs. Losinj is one of the most popular islands on the northern Adriatic waters for its hidden coves and cool Mediterranean vibe. On arrival, stroll along the pretty waterfront or walk up to the Lošinj Aromatic Garden full of indigenous herbs and plants. The small town of Veli Lošinj is easy to reach if you want to explore on foot. Overnight in Mali Lošinj.

Day 4: CRES ISLAND (B, L)
We leave for Cres island after the morning swim. This unspoiled island of long and narrow shape is abundant with olive groves, vineyards, forests of oak, beech and some remarkable stone walls. Cres and Mali Lošinj once were one island before the Romans dug a narrow channel to separate them. Spend the night in the port of Cres, a typical medieval town.

Day 5: OPATIJA (B, L)
After breakfast, departure towards Opatija. The famous Opatija Riviera is best seen from the sea. On arrival in the afternoon, join a walking tour of Opatija (included on Premium Superior). Stroll the longest lungomare (seaside promenade) in Croatia or stop in Volosko, a traditional fishing village with some of the best fish restaurants in the country. On your last night on board, maybe have a farewell party under the stars. This would be a great time to swap contact details with your new friends and plan your return visit!

Day 6: OPATIJA - Departure (B)
Gather for one final breakfast, followed by goodbyes with all the new friends and the crew before they see you off in the port of Opatija.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, CD=Captain's Dinner
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Please note that on PRM SUP or PREM, ships you might be allocated a twin bed cabin on the day, even if you request a double bed.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our specific FAQ pages here:

Before You Go - General Croatia Info (general info for all travellers)

Croatia Cruise FAQ - General Cruise Info (for all small ship Croatia cruises)

Croatia Island Hopping Tour FAQ - General Info (packages combining hotels, ferries and transfers)

Before Your Private Charter - General Yacht and Gulet Charter Info (private charters)

 

Click here to see how the booking process works: https://discovercroatia.com.au/booking-process-how-to-book/

How far in advance do I need to book?

Cruises: For our weekly small ship cruises with guaranteed departures we suggest you book as soon as your plans are in motion. All cruises are extremely popular especially during peak season, which is June, July, August, September and these dates can be booked out up to a year in advance, especially September. One-way cruises are particularly sought-after and tend to sell out first, so please speak to us first to ensure your cruise choice is available before booking any flight arrangements.

Escorted Tours: Escorted Group Tours with guaranteed departures are also best booked as early as possible to ensure your place on the tour, as spaces are limited to a set number of passengers. Once the tour is full that departure is closed for new bookings.

Island Hopping, Self-Drive, Self-Guided Cycling/Hiking and Independent or Private Tours: Independent tours are available most days of the week at any time of year, so if you're booking late these are a great option. They can also start or finish on any day of the week, so can be a great alternative to the cruises (that mostly depart only on Saturdays). You can check out our Island Hopper Tours and our active tours for some examples. If you can't find what you are looking for please make an enquiry on any of our tours and let us know what you need. We love creating custom tours with our clients.

What do the different ship categories mean?

Please see our Ship Descriptions page here, for all the information on Ship Categories, Deck and Cabin Descriptions.

 

What is half-board? What meals are included?

Half-board (HB): This means that 2 meals a day are usually provided, mostly it will be breakfast and lunch on cruises, and breakfast and dinner on escorted tours. Each cruise or tour will have meals listed on the daily itinerary, so that you will know exactly which meals are included. Some lunches or dinners are swapped occasionally, so that you may enjoy a wonderful gourmet experience with your fellow travellers, such as a Captain's Dinner on a cruise, or a wine-tasting and lunch on an escorted tour. For the remainder of your meals you will be able to dine anywhere you choose and you will be responsible for the cost of those meals. Your Cruise or Tour Director will be happy to recommend a good value and trusted eatery nearby at every location, or you can explore on your own.

Bed and Breakfast (BB): This means that only breakfast is included in your holiday. Most of our Independent Tours include breakfast only, so that you are not beholden to going back to your hotel for lunch or dinner as you are going to be exploring on your own. We think that flexibility with lunch and dinner gives you the best option for exploring Croatia and experiencing the local culture and cuisine.

Full-board (FB) is occasionally offered on cruises as an optional extra, but we do not recommend you take the full-board option unless you are really sure about it. A lot of the joy of the cruise and tour experiences is to dine in local restaurants, 'konobas' (traditional pubs) and bars, so that you can meet the people who live and work there. Why come all the way to Croatia only to eat on-board for every meal? There are so many fabulous (and even some famous!) eateries. Get out there and taste them!

 

What type of transport is used on the Island Hopper Tours? Local ferries and vehicle transfers

Local ferries: Local ferries are used between the mainland and the islands where possible. Most of these ferries are fast ferries (high speed catamarans). Our Island Hopper Tours include all ferry tickets, as well as delivery of the ferry tickets to your hotel, when we come to pick you up to take you to the ferry port. In some towns, where some hotels are in the pedestrian zone close to the ferry port (like Hvar), then you will be met at the ferry and directed to your hotel, with luggage assistance if required. If your hotel is outside the pedestrian zone you will be met at the ferry and taken to your transfer vehicle, with luggage assistance if required.

Transfers: Most Island Hoppers have private airport transfers included, and private transfers to/from the ferry ports on the islands. Some transfers will be shared transfers if there are others going to the exact same hotel at the same time and it is a short distance.

How fit do I need to be for my holiday?

Relaxation/cultural cruises and tours: On-board your cruise ship, you will need to be able to negotiate gangways and stairs and be able to step from ship to ship as the cruise ships are moored next to each other sideways and sometimes you need to step across to the next ship. You will be walking mostly on the cobblestone streets through the iconic cities and towns of the region. The excursions are best-suited to those who are capable of walking on uneven surfaces as many old cities and towns have limited totally flat surfaces that can accommodate wheelchairs or walking-frames. Please contact us to ask about your specific circumstances, as we are happy to help plan for your needs as best we can. Assistance will be provided on cruise ships to help you navigate getting on and off, but there are a few limitations. Please ask.

Cycling tours: Although almost completely flat this cycle tour is graded easy to moderate as the daily distance ranges between approximately 15-50 km. You will be biking mostly on the dedicated cycle paths alongside canals, rivers and through the iconic cities and towns of the region. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is flat and predominantly traffic-free and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board.

What happens if I can't attend an excursion?

It is possible to relax at your hotel, on the tour bus or on the boat at any time.

What happens if I can't cycle or hike a stage on an active holiday?

For cycling cruises: If you don't want to cycle it is possible to relax on the boat as it moves to the next port of call.

For cycling and hiking tours: If you don't want to (or can't due to illness or injury) cycle, hike or walk a stage, then we will make arrangements to have you transferred to the next stop on your itinerary so that you can continue with your holiday. Prices for transfers vary widely, so pricing will be provided on an 'as needed' basis only.

What equipment do I need?

Relaxation/excursion cruises and tours: You will need comfortable walking shoes, clothes for relaxing, your swimming costume, and a sunhat. Most cruises are fairly relaxed and casual clothing is fine for all meals, though you may want to take one nice outfit depending on where you wish to dine onshore.

Cycling cruises and tours: You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

If you have any questions, just give us a call or email:

Call us or WhatsApp: +612-9212-1507
Email us: [email protected]

 

 

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: ZADAR - Arrival
  • Day 2: MOLAT ISLAND or OLIB (B, L, CD)
  • Day 3: Ilovik - LOŠINJ ISLAND (B, L)
  • Day 4: CRES ISLAND (B, L)
  • Day 5: OPATIJA (B, L)
  • Day 6: OPATIJA - Departure (B)