• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  4
  • Departs From: Opatija
  • Location: Northern Croatian Coast and Northern Islands
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Availability: SATURDAYS, May - October
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Highlights

  • Enjoy seven unforgettable days cruising on the southern Adriatic Sea from one island to another with the small ship cruiser.
  • 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 with local experts.
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8 days from Opatija, Krk, Rab, Zadar, Molat or Olib (Ilovik), Losinj, Cres, and to Opatija

Experience the natural beauty of northern Croatian on this fabulous 7 night cruise from Opatija to Opatija - covering all of Northern Croatia; Kvarner Bay of Islands. Half-board meals included!

This cruise is available on several different category ships. Details in Itinerary

2021 dates available!

Itinerary


8 days from Opatija, Krk, Rab, Zadar, Molat or Olib (Ilovik), Losinj, Cres, and to Opatija

Open age cruise, with varying ship categories. Most ships have double/twin cabins available. Some ships have a couple of triple cabins, which are often a double bed with a single bunk bed above. Solo travellers can book a double/twin for solo use with a solo use supplement or can offer to share with another solo traveller of the same gender (subject to availability).

Please see our Ship Descriptions page so you are clear which category ship you are booking. Thank you.



SHIP CATEGORIES AND PHOTOS:
PRM SUP: https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/premium-superior/

PREM: https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/premium/

ENS (bunk beds only): https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/vintage-ensuite/

CRUISE FAQ: https://discovercroatia.com.au/before-your-cruise/



See the Deluxe 7 night Version here: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/180/deluxe-cruise-of-kvarner-bay-from-opatija-7nts/

Combine with a Venice to Opatija tour or Zagreb to Opatija tour beforehand on Wednesdays:
https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/67/venice-to-opatija-escorted-tour-3nts-wednesdays/
https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/70/zagreb-to-opatija-escorted-tour-3nts-wednesdays/
Also available as a 5 night version from Zadar-Opatija on Mondays: http://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/196/mini-cruise-zadar-opatija-mondays-5nts/


INCLUDED:
• 7 night cruise based on half board (breakfast and lunch) as per itinerary.
• Free transfer from Opatija hotels to Opatija port on the day of the cruise.
• PREM price also includes Captain’s Dinner and 1 guided sightseeing, daily cabin service, mid-week fresh set of towels and bed linen (optional extra on ENS ships).


NOT INCLUDED:
• Port taxes EUR 40.- per person per week (obligatory - to be paid on the spot)
• Entrance to National Parks: prices vary from EUR 15. - 17.- per person depending on season (to be paid on the spot - optional)
• Tips and gratuities
• Meals/drinks not listed

#OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS (if paid locally payment in KUNA currency, prices are informative and subject to change). Please ask us for the list of Optional Excursions as there are many to choose from on this cruise.


ITINERARY:

For this trip all you will need is a few T-shirts and a swimming costume to spend seven unforgettable days sailing on the southern 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

DAY 1 Saturday OPATIJA - KRK ISLAND (L)
Departure at 13:00h with lunch on board followed by a swim stop in the crystal clear sea on route to Krk island - the largest of the Croatian islands. Krk has immense variety in its villages large and small, gentle green promenades bare rocky wilderness, tiny islands and hundreds of hidden bays and beaches. Evening at leisure to enjoy numerous cafes and restaurants alongside the waterfront. Overnight in town of Krk.

DAY 2 Sunday KRK ISLAND - RAB ISLAND (B,L)
After breakfast cruise towards Rab island known as the “island of love”. Sightseeing of town encircled by medieval walls, Romanesque church towers, churches, palaces, stone streets and ancient facades. Enjoy the “gallery” on the streets and squares and try famous “Rapska torta“ cake, it is a must. If the time allows walk up to Kamenjak hill to enjoy the magnificent sunset. Overnight in town of Rab.

DAY 3 Monday RAB ISLAND - ZADAR (B,L)
Morning cruise from Rab towards Zadar along Pag island with a swim stop on the tiny MAUN island. Enjoy optional guided tour of the city, which was for centuries the metropolis of Dalmatia, and today the centre of the region. Zadar is rich in monumental heritage of world importance visible on every step. Here you can see The Roman forum dated to the 1st century AD, the church of St. Donatus dated to the 9th century AD – the most famous Medieval basilica and the symbol of the city, the mighty city walls with representative Port and Land gates from the 16th century AD, numerous palaces and villas. The town is full of great restaurants packed in the centre. Of special interest are the famous Zadar Sea Organs, one of a kind in the world and “The Greeting to the Sun” light installation. Overnight.

DAY 4 Tuesday ZADAR - MOLAT ISLAND or OLIB (B,L)
Early departure for Molat or Olib island (depending on available space in the small harbours). Both islands are situated in the northern part of Zadar's archipelago where one can enjoy peace and serenity. Captain's dinner party on board and overnight.

DAY 5 Wednesday MOLAT ISLAND or OLIB - ILOVIK - LOŠINJ ISLAND (B,L)
After breakfast and morning swim, cruise towards Ilovik, the island of flowers for a short stop before departing for island Lošinj, known as the “sunshine island” and one of the most popular islands on the northern Adriatic due to the abundance of pine trees and clear waters. On arrival take a walk along the harbor, walk up to the Lošinj Aromatic Garden or simply visit nearby, picturesque, town of Veli Lošinj. Overnight in Mali Lošinj.

DAY 6 Thursday LOŠINJ ISLAND - CRES ISLAND (B,L)
After morning swim leave for Cres island, a long and narrow island covered with oak, beech and pine forests as well as wineyards and olive tree plantations. Cres and Mali Lošinj used to be one island but a channel dug by the Romans separated them. Spend the night in the harbor of this typical medieval town Cres.

DAY 7 Friday CRES ISLAND - OPATIJA (B,L)
After breakfast we leave for Opatija. On route we can experience the spectacular views of famous Opatija Riviera. Late afternoon arrival to Opatija for a stroll along the famous Franz Joseph promenade – Lungo Mare to the numerous cafes and restaurants in Opatija or nearby fishermen's village Volosko – well known for excellent seafood restaurants, the best in the region, as well as among the best in Croatia. For your last night on board we recommend a farewell party on the ship, a great opportunity for exchanging addresses with other passengers who have by now become your new friends.

DAY 8 Saturday OPATIJA (B)
After breakfast say goodbye to the crew and hope to see you again aboard our cruises. You must vacate your cabin by 09.00hrs, but you can leave your bags on board if you are departing later.


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Please be aware that on PREM, ENS or TRAD ships you might be allocated a twin bed cabin on the day, even if you request a double bed.

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.

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Inclusions

  • INCLUDED:
  • • 7 night cruise based on half board (breakfast and lunch) as per itinerary.
  • • Free transfer from Opatija hotels to Opatija port on the day of the cruise.
  • • PREM price also includes Captain’s Dinner and 1 guided sightseeing, daily cabin service, mid-week fresh set of towels and bed linen (optional extra on ENS ships).

Exclusions

  • NOT INCLUDED:
  • • Port taxes EUR 40.- per person per week (obligatory - to be paid on the spot)
  • • Entrance to National Parks: prices vary from EUR 15. - 17.- per person depending on season (to be paid on the spot - optional)
  • • Tips and gratuities
  • • Meals/drinks not listed
  • #OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS (if paid locally payment in KUNA currency, prices are informative and subject to change). Please ask us for the list of Optional Excursions as there are many to choose from on this cruise.

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our specific FAQ pages here:

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

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

Before Your Island Hopping Tour - 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://www.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: +61 2 9212 1507
Email us: [email protected]

 

 

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Itinerary

  • DAY 1 Saturday OPATIJA - KRK ISLAND (L)
  • DAY 2 Sunday KRK ISLAND - RAB ISLAND (B,L)
  • DAY 3 Monday RAB ISLAND - ZADAR (B,L)
  • DAY 4 Tuesday ZADAR - MOLAT ISLAND or OLIB (B,L)
  • DAY 5 Wednesday MOLAT ISLAND or OLIB - ILOVIK - LOŠINJ ISLAND (B,L)
  • DAY 6 Thursday LOŠINJ ISLAND - CRES ISLAND (B,L)
  • DAY 7 Friday CRES ISLAND - OPATIJA (B,L)
  • DAY 8 Saturday OPATIJA (B)