• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  5
  • Departs From: Dubrovnik
  • Location: Dubrovnik, Korcula, Split, Zadar, Opatija
  • Duration: 8 days (Sat-Sat)
  • Availability: SATURDAYS, once or twice a year only
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Highlights

  • Enjoy seven unforgettable days cruising on the Adriatic Sea.
  • 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 for you to explore Croatia's finest destinations with local guides.
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8 days from Dubrovnik, Korčula, Metković, Split, Krka Waterfalls / Šibenik, Zadar, Rab and to Opatija

From the 'jewel of the Adriatic' to the 'Croatian riviera'....
Join our delightful one-way cruise from Dubrovnik to Opatija.
One of the very few northbound one-way cruises from Dubrovnik that goes north of Split.
Taking in Krka National Park, Sibenik and Zadar along the way.
Finishing in beautiful Opatja 'the Croatian Riviera'.
Includes breakfast, lunch and sightseeing tours

Itinerary

Open age cruise. Double/twin cabins on Main and Lower Deck. Solo travellers must book a double/twin for solo use with a solo use supplement.

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

Opposite direction:
https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/75/deluxe-cruise-opatija-to-dubrovnik-7nts/

Similar cruise, round-trip:
https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/180/deluxe-cruise-of-kvarner-bay-from-opatija-7nts/

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INCLUSIONS AND FULL ITINERARY:
8 days from Dubrovnik, Korčula, Metković, Split, Krka Waterfalls / Šibenik, Zadar, Rab and to Opatija

INCLUDED:
• Arrival transfer from Dubrovnik airport to Dubrovnik harbour
• Departure transfer from Opatija port to Opatija hotel
• 7-night cruise in an air-conditioned cabin with en-suite bathroom
• Professional Cruise Manager
• Visitors' taxes & port fees
• Luggage handling
• Daily cabin service and towel change
• Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard

Meals Included:
• Welcome Reception & cocktail
• Captain's Dinner with live entertainment
• Daily buffet breakfast
• Three-course lunch or dinner daily with cheese and salad bar
• Complimentary drinking water
• Coffee and tea with breakfast and after lunch
• Olive oil and wine tasting on board
• Abundant fresh fruit
• Wine tasting & light tapas lunch in a local winery
• Rab cake tasting in Rab

Sightseeing Tours Included:
• Guided walking tours of towns: Korčula, Split, Zadar, Rab & Opatija
• Barge excursion & visit of museum Narona in Metković
• Krka National Park entrance fee


NOT INCLUDED:
• Tips and gratuities
• Any meals/drinks not listed

#Optional Excursions:
• Korčula Village Dinner Experience: ~€40-55pp


ITINERARY:

Check in from 11.00-12.30hrs at Dubrovnik Gruz harbour; ship departure from port at 13.00hrs. Please do not be late!


Day 1 DUBROVNIK – KORČULA (L)
Embarkaton 11.00-12.30hrs at Gruz Harbour. Departure at 13hrs (1pm) towards Korčula, an island also known as the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo, with a swim stop and lunch on board. Korčula Town is commonly referred to be a “miniature Dubrovnik”, as it is encased by medieval stone ramparts and towers. Sightseeing with a local guide through the old town and tiny streets, built in a fishbone pattern for a reason you will hear about during the guided tour. Lots of simple taverns, restaurants and cool cocktail bars for chill-out time. Overnight in Korčula.

Day 2 METKOVIĆ (B, L, CD)
Today, discover one of the last remaining wetland deltas in Europe. Cruise to Metković, on the banks of the river Neretva after which the delta is named. Here, mandarins grow by the water channels. Take a barge ride to explore the groves, the flora and fauna, wild birds and the traditional way of life of the Neretva people. There’s a delightful “time warp” feeling like nowhere else on the coast. Narona archaeological museum in Vid, which you visit, was formally inaugurated in 2007 as the first Croatian „in situ“ museum exhibiting the remains of a Roman temple named Augusteum with 17 marble statues, some outsized and some of the natural height. This is where the ancient Illyrians, Greeks, and Romans once sailed, and, according to legend, the pirates of Neretva planned their raids on enemy galleys. Captain’s Dinner with live entertainment onboard is scheduled for this evening. Overnight in Metković.

Day 3 SPLIT (B, L)
From Metković the cruise continues towards Split, the capital of the Dalmatia region, the second-largest city in Croatia with the famous Diocletian’s palace, a UNESCO-protected heritage site, chosen by the Roman Emperor Diocletian as a retirement spot! Upon arrival, a local guide takes you for a walk through the historic and buzzing old town centre and to the market. Overnight in Split.

Day 4 KRKA WATERFALLS / ŠIBENIK (B, T, D)
Wine and waterfalls! Cruise towards Skradin, then board a coach. The first stop is the local winery for wine tasting and light tapas lunch. Back in Skradin, walk through the Krka Waterfalls National Park and visit “Skradinski Buk”. Jaw-droppingly beautiful, this is the most popular of the Krka waterfalls. There are 17 waterfalls, with cascades up to 100 m wide, and the Krka River tumbles 45.7 meters. The afternoon destination is Šibenik, a town situated in the very central part of Croatia’s Adriatic coast. Explore the glorious old town, the cultural monuments and the most famous here, the UNESCO-listed Cathedral of St James. Wander and discover the historic core and waterfront or enjoy some good boutique shopping. Dinner onboard and overnight in Šibenik.

Day 5 ZADAR (B, L)
After breakfast, leave for Zadar, the oldest university town in Croatia, famous for its rich historical heritage of world importance. There is history at every turn; the Roman Forum from the 1st Century, St Donat church from the 9th century-the most famous medieval basilica and the symbol of the city. The mighty city walls encase the old town and there is a representative City Gate from the 16th century. Among many museums, the Museum of Ancient Glass stands out together with over 30 churches and majestic family palaces and villas. On the waterfront, the award-winning Sea Organ and “Greeting to the Sun” light installations show the funky side of Zadar. Overnight in Zadar.

Day 6 RAB ISLAND (B, L, T)
Departure towards Rab, known as the “island of love” and old the town of the same name. Guided city tour including the medieval walls, the famous four towers (and maybe climb one of them later) together with palaces, churches and squares. There’s a slight Montmartre feel with many artists painting and exhibiting out on the streets. Legend has it that local nuns created a special Rab cake for a visiting Pope and you will sample this after the tour. The recipe remains forever secret. Overnight in Rab.

Day 7 OPATIJA (B, L)
The famous Opatija Riviera is often compared to the French Riviera and the magnificent views of it from the sea follow ahead. Royal families, celebrities and musicians have visited and stayed in Opatija. The experienced guide will tell you about the magnificent history of Opatija and show you its most precious monuments. Walk the famous Franz Joseph promenade – Lungomare to the fishermen's village of Volosko, home to some of the best seafood restaurants in Croatia, or enjoy Kraš Choco bar to try exclusive chocolate cocktails, cakes or ice cream. There’s a real café - society here. Overnight in the port of Opatija.

Day 8 OPATIJA (B)
Gather for one final breakfast on the vessel, followed by goodbyes with the crew and new friends, before they see you off in Opatija! Transfer to your Opatija hotel included. Please vacate your cabin by 09.00hrs.


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, CD=Captain's Dinner, T=Tasting

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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 DUBROVNIK – KORČULA (L)
  • Day 2 METKOVIĆ (B, L, CD)
  • Day 3 SPLIT (B, L)
  • Day 4 KRKA WATERFALLS / ŠIBENIK (B, T, D)
  • Day 5 ZADAR (B, L)
  • Day 6 RAB ISLAND (B, L, T)
  • Day 7 OPATIJA (B, L)
  • Day 8 OPATIJA (B)