• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  5
  • Departs From: Poreč
  • Location: Porec, Rovinj, Pula, Split, Hvar, Korc, Dubrovnik
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Availability: SATURDAYS, April - October
  • View more photos

Highlights

  • SIGHTSEEING TOURS INCLUDED:
  • • Rovinj
  • • Brijuni National Park
  • • Pula
  • • Mali Losinj
  • • Zadar
  • • Krka National Park
  • • Split
  • • Hvar
  • • Korcula
  • • Mljet National Park
  • • Dubrovnik
Book now From $2,960

8 days from Porec, Rovinj, Brijuni, Pula, Mali Losinj, Zadar, Krka National Park, Split, Hvar, Korcula, Mljet National Park and to to Dubrovnik

Deluxe Cruise One-way Porec to Dubrovnik. See the best of both the north and south Croatian coastline. Take a ferry from Venice to Porec to meet your cruise, then sail the Dalmatian coastline until you arrive at Dubrovnik, the 'jewel of the Adriatic'.

Deluxe Ship: MS Stella Maris (both Lower and Main Deck cabis) - most departures on this ship in 2018
Deluxe Ship: MY Adriatic Queen (14 Main Deck cabins only, no Lower Deck cabins). This ship is one of a kind, with only Main Deck cabins (only a few departures on this ship 2018)

Also available in the opposite direction

Itinerary

8 days from Porec, Rovinj, Brijuni, Pula, Mali Losinj, Zadar, Krka National Park, Split, Hvar, Korcula, Mljet National Park and to to Dubrovnik

(You can make your way from Venice to Porec by fast ferry in a few hours, so you can fly into Venice and easily spend a few days there, then join our cruise and finish in Dubrovnik).

Open age cruise, though usually clients are more couples, mature solo travellers or small groups ranging from 35-65yrs. Double/twin cabins on Main and Lower Deck on DLX ships. Most triple cabins are a queen bed and single bed and most are on the Lower Deck. Solo travellers must book a double/twin for solo use with a solo use supplement.

2019 departures: https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/deluxe-ships/stella-maris/
(the majority of departures are on the Stella Maris in 2018 and all of them in 2019)


https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/deluxe-ships/adriatic-queen/
(only selected departures in 2018 with 'Queen' noted)

Also available in the opposite direction on alternating dates: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/33/deluxe-cruise-dubrovnik-porec-on-ms-stella-maris/

ITINERARY:

Day 1, arrive Porec, Saturday
Arrive to Porec port, where embarkation begins at 2pm. Settle in your cabin, before attending a Welcome reception followed by dinner this evening. (WD)

Day 2, Porec – Rovinj – NP Brijuni – Pula, Sunday
As you sail along the Istrian Peninsula, stop in a romantic town of Rovinj. Feel its past times as you walk around the Old town’s cobbled narrow streets, winding at the foot of the Church of St. Euphamia, the favorite gathering place of artists from around the world. Continue sailing to the Brijuni National Park, once the personal State Summer Residence of President Marshal Josip Broz Tito. Arriving to the island, a part of heaven discloses in front of your eyes in the unique harmony of flora, fauna and heritage. Following the visit, lunch aboard, before we reach Pula, arguably one of the most beautiful of Istrian cities. Your guide will share some exciting stories of antiquity, as you walk the footsteps of the ancients and visit the Amphitheatre. The rest of the day is at leisure in lovely Pula. (B, L)


Day 3, Mali Losinj – Zadar, Monday
Morning visit of Mali Losinj, located in the island with the same name. Thanks to its mild climate, pinewoods and air, the island of Mali Losinj is an ideal place to recreate your body and spirit. Lunch aboard, while continuing our journey towards Zadar, with a swimming stop at one of the small islands along the way. Dinner aboard, while we set our compass south to Zadar. (B, L, D)

Day 4, Zadar – Krka NP – Primosten, Tuesday
After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Zadar, a city of exceptional history and rich cultural heritage. Zadar historical center is a compact pedestrian zone, perfect to explore on foot. Set out on a walking tour and admire the old walls built in 16th century by Venetians as a defense from Turks. You will also see the 16th century Port Gate where the Venetian lion still guards the entrance, the Square of the Five Wells, Church of St. Donat, the Roman Forum and the largest cathedral in Dalmatia, St. Anastasia. Return to the ship and enjoy your lunch, while sailing to Vodice. Next up is Krka National Park, with its magnificent waterfalls. After your visit here, coach to Primosten where your yacht is anchored. Your evening is at leisure in town. (B, L)

Day 5, Split – Hvar, Wednesday
Welcome to Split! Start the day with a walking tour, featuring the historic inner city built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. See the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple and the Cathedral. Board your ship for lunch, and cruise towards Hvar, Croatia’s sunniest island. Hvar is a favorite holiday destination for international celebrities and yachters; thus, beyond all the glitz and glamour, Hvar town is a charming seaside resort with 8 centuries of architecture waiting to be explored. On a walking tour breathe in the pine-scented breeze, as you absorb vistas of the old town with the picturesque little streets and the first public theatre in Europe. For the rest of the day, keep this as your point of reference before exploring the labyrinth of backstreets of town, pop into craft shops, cafes and restaurants, tucked into old Venetian palaces. (B, L)

Note: Due to the limited capacity of the Hvar harbor (during peak season in July and August) port of call can be substituted for Stari Grad/Jelsa. In that case transfer by bus will be organized to and from Hvar.

Day 6, Korcula – Mljet, Thursday
This morning, the clear waters of the Adriatic will bring us to our next destination: the magical island of Korcula and its fairy-tale like walled town bearing the same name, believed to be the birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo. Enjoy breakfast on board, before we discover the walled city with local guide. The walking tour takes you through its narrow, cobbled streets and includes a visit to the majestic Gothic-Baroque Cathedral of St. Mark, before returning to the boat for lunch. As you dine, set sail for Mljet Island. Mljet National Park features five types of forest, many species of birds, and two deep lakes, Big and Small Lake. Captain’s dinner with live entertainment aboard our ship tonight. (B, L, D)

Day 7, Dubrovnik, Friday
This morning, sail into beautiful Dubrovnik. After breakfast, morning walking tour of Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of Adriatic” and a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll visit the Rector’s Palace and Franciscan Monastery’s Pharmacy. Return for lunch on board and the rest of the day enjoy at leisure to discover this lovely city at your own pace. Tonight, say farewell to your new friends at dinner in the local restaurant. Return to your cabin for the last night onboard this lovely cruise. (B, L, D)

Day 8, depart Dubrovnik, Saturday
After breakfast it’s time to disembark. You will be transferred to the airport or your Dubrovnik hotel. (B)

INCLUDED:
• 7-night cruise from Porec in a cabin with private ensuite
• Departure Dubrovnik airport or hotel transfer
• Welcome Reception followed by dinner
• Breakfast daily
• 6 lunches, 1 dinner aboard and 1 dinner in local restaurant as per program
• 1 Captain’s dinner with live music
• Complimentary bottled water, coffee and tea
• Professional Cruise Manager throughout
• Luggage handling
• Whisper technology enhanced touring
• Service taxes and charges
• Free Wi-Fi on board
• Port Tax

Sightseeing Tours Included:
• Rovinj
• Brijuni National Park
• Pula
• Mali Losinj
• Zadar
• Krka National Park
• Split
• Hvar
• Korcula
• Mljet National Park
• Dubrovnik

NOT INCLUDED:
• Tips and gratuities
• Arrival transfer (the cruise is right in the main port of Porec, near many hotels and the ferry terminal)
• Drinks/meals not listed
• Transfers to/from private accommodation

RESTRICTIONS: Captain reserves the right to change the route in case of bad weather conditions. Guests are obliged to follow ship rules (found in written form on the ship) especially with regards to bringing drinks on board. In case of inappropriate behavior Captain reserves the right in requesting clients to disembark.

DISCLAIMER: Due to specific mooring conditions and requirements in some Croatian ports, ships are moored side by side, making it necessary for the clients to cross from one ship to another with gaps in between ships in order to get to the shore. In such cases clients need to take special care when crossing and do this at their own risk. Crew assistance will be given to those needing and requesting it. Cruise not recommended for clients in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

BEDS: Many cruise ships now have ‘flex-beds’, which can be moved together to form a Double/Queen size bed with 2 single mattresses on a combined base, leaving a small separation between the mattresses. Even a traditional double/queen bed mattress might have separate bedding on each side, such as 2 single duvets, rather than one large one. If this is an issue for you, please let us know before booking. Thank you.

Inclusions

  • INCLUDED:
  • • 7-night cruise from Porec in a cabin with private ensuite and airconditioning
  • • Departure Dubrovnik airport or hotel transfer
  • • Welcome Reception followed by dinner
  • • Breakfast daily
  • • 6 lunches, 1 dinner aboard and 1 dinner in local restaurant as per program
  • • 1 Captain’s dinner with live music
  • • Complimentary bottled water, coffee and tea
  • • Professional Cruise Manager throughout
  • • Luggage handling
  • • Whisper technology enhanced touring
  • • Service taxes and charges
  • • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • • Port Tax
  • Sightseeing Tours Included:
  • • Rovinj
  • • Brijuni National Park
  • • Pula
  • • Mali Losinj
  • • Zadar
  • • Krka National Park
  • • Split
  • • Hvar
  • • Korcula
  • • Mljet National Park
  • • Dubrovnik

Exclusions

  • NOT INCLUDED:
  • • Tips and gratuities
  • • Arrival transfer (the cruise is right in the main port of Porec, near many hotels and the ferry terminal)
  • • Drinks/meals not listed
  • • Transfers to/from private accommodation

Frequently Asked Questions

We have loads more specific FAQ answered on our other pages, check them out here:

Before You Go (general info for all travellers)

Before Your Cruise (small ship Croatia cruises)

Before Your Private Charter (private gulets and yacht charter)

Before Your Island Hopping Tour (packages combining hotels, ferries and transfers)

 

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

Cruise Ship Photos

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Photos

MS Stella Maris DLX
MS Stella Maris DLX

MS Stella Maris DLX
MS Stella Maris DLX

MS Stella Maris DLX
MS Stella Maris DLX

MS Stella Maris DLX
MS Stella Maris DLX

MS Stella Maris DLX
MS Stella Maris DLX

MS Stella Maris DLX
MS Stella Maris DLX

MS Stella Maris DLX
MS Stella Maris DLX

MS Stella Maris DLX
MS Stella Maris DLX

Video

Make An Enquiry Book now From $2,960

Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
UNAVAILABLE / SOLD OUT
Available Special Offer
Click on available dates (blue or red) for pricing

Itinerary

  • Day 1, arrive Porec, Saturday
  • Day 2, Porec – Rovinj – NP Brijuni – Pula, Sunday
  • Day 3, Mali Losinj – Zadar, Monday
  • Day 4, Zadar – Krka NP – Primosten, Tuesday
  • Day 5, Split – Hvar, Wednesday
  • Day 6, Korcula – Mljet, Thursday
  • Day 7, Dubrovnik, Friday
  • Day 8, depart Dubrovnik, Saturday