• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  4
  • Departs From: Opatija
  • Location: Opatija, Zadar, Krka, Split, Korcula, Dubrovnik
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Availability: WEDNESDAYS 2020, April - October
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Highlights

  • Enjoy seven unforgettable nights 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, Rab, Zadar, National Park Krka Waterfalls / Šibenik, Split, Metković, Korčula and to Dubrovnik

7 glorious nights on this fantastic one-way cruise, sailing the Croatian coast from top to bottom on a newly built Deluxe Ship. Breakfast, lunch and sightseeing tours included.

Deluxe Ship: MS Aquamarin or similar

Itinerary


8 days from Opatija, Rab, Zadar, National Park Krka Waterfalls / Šibenik, Split, Metković, Korčula and to Dubrovnik

Open age cruise. 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. Some DLX SUP ships also have Upper Deck double/twin cabins available.


Please note this cruise does not visit Hvar, but if you have time after the cruise, you could catch the ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar and spend a couple of nights there and finish in Split to fly out if you really wanted to see Hvar. This cruise sees many beautiful places in the north of Croatia that you would otherwise miss out on, so it's a great combination with our Zagreb-Plitvice Lakes-Opatija 3 night tour beforehand.

See the opposite direction: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/74/deluxe-one-way-cruise-dubrovnik-to-opatija-7nts/
Also available as a round trip: 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/Sundays:
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ITINERARY:

Legend: B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner, T - tasting


Day 1 SATURDAY OPATIJA – RAB (L, T)
Departure at 13h towards Rab, known as the “island of love”. with an old 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 we will sample this after the tour. The recipe remains forever secret.

Day 2 SUNDAY RAB – ZADAR (B, L, T)
After breakfast we head for Zadar, the oldest university town in Croatia with an amazing heritage and where history looks you in the eyes: The Roman Forum from the 1st century, St Donat church from the 9th century - the most famous medieval Basilica and the city’s symbol, the mighty city walls, over 30 churches. Museums and former noble families’ palaces and villas in the old town. In recent years Zadar has added a touch of cool with the famous Sea Organs and “Greeting to the Sun” light installations, both located on the city's waterfront. Watch the fabulous sunset from here. Guided city tour followed by Maraschino cherry liquor tasting.

Day 3 MONDAY ZADAR – KRKA WATERFALLS / ŠIBENIK (B, T, D)
Wine and waterfalls! Cruise towards Skradin then board our coach. First stop is the famous Bibich winery for wine tasting and light tapas lunch. Back in Skradin we walk through the Krka Waterfalls National Park and visit “Skradinski Buk”. Jaw droppingly beautiful, this is the most popular part of the waterfall area. There are 17 waterfalls, with cascades up to 100 m wide, and the Krka river tumbles 45.7 meters. A never-to-forget experience is swimming under the falls so bring your swimming things and enjoy the crystal clear fresh water. Šibenik, is almost in the very central part of Croatia’s Adriatic coast and is our afternoon destination. Explore the glorious old town, the cultural monuments and possibly the most famous one here, the UNESCO listed Cathedral of St James. Wander and discover the historic core and waterfront. Some good boutique shopping too. Dinner on board.

Day 4 TUESDAY ŠIBENIK – SPLIT (B, L)
We continue south to Split, Croatia’s second largest city where Roman Emperor Diocletian built himself a retirement palace now under UNESCO protection. Split waterfront is a happening place and there’s a buzz along the beautiful wide promenade. A local guide meets us on arrival for a walk through the heart of the bustling old town and the market.

Day 5 WEDNESDAY SPLIT – METKOVIĆ (B, L, CD)
Today we discover one of the last remaining wetland deltas in Europe. We cruise to Metković, on the banks of the river Neretva after which the delta is named. Here, mandarins grow by the water channels and we 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 archeological museum in Vid, which we visit, was formally inaugurated in 2007 as the first „in situ“ museum in Croatia exhibiting the remains of a Roman temple. Narona holds remains of a Roman temple – the Augusteum – and seventeen monumental marble sculptures of Roman emperors and their family members. This is where the ancient Illyrians, Greeks, Romans once sailed, and, according to legend, the pirates of Neretva planned their raids on enemy galleys. Captain’s dinner with live entertainment on board scheduled for this evening.

Day 6 THURSDAY METKOVIĆ – KORČULA (B, L)
Departure towards Korčula, an island best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo, the famous explorer. Covering much of the island are the distinct, almost black pine forests so Korčula is also known as „the Black Island“. Korčula Town is like a mini Dubrovnik, as it also encased by medieval stone ramparts and towers. The famous Moreska sword dance-fight is thought to have come to the island when the Moors raged through this region and there are regular performances. A local guide will lead you through the old town where tiny streets are designed in a fish bone pattern for a very good reason that you will hear about! Lots of simple konobas, restaurants and cool cocktail bars for chill out time.

Day 7 FRIDAY KORČULA – DUBROVNIK (B, L)
There is no better way to catch first sight of famous Dubrovnik than from the sea and this is our final destination – Dubrovnik. It is one of the few walled cities on the sea in the world. Writer George Bernard Shaw described it as “heaven on earth”. We cruise alongside the old city walls for a true perspective of the majesty of this place. Lunch is served on deck as we head for Gruz harbour to dock. Once moored, we transfer to the old town for a guided walking tour of this unforgettable place. In your own time, why not walk those famous ramparts (all 1940 metres long!), or take the cable car from the Old Town to Srđ mountain for fabulous views of the city itself and the Elaphiti Islands (ticket included). If you want to explore any of the museums in more detail, such as Sponza or Rectors, now is the time.


Day 8 SATURDAY DUBROVNIK (B)
After breakfast it’s goodbye from Dubrovnik, your crew and your new friends - for now at least. So many people return to travel again with Katarina Line on this amazing blue Adriatic wonder.

INCLUDED:
• Local transfer from Opatija hotels to Opatija port and departure transfer from Dubrovnik harbor to Dubrovnik airport
• 7 night cruise in deluxe cabin with en-suite bathroom
• Welcome reception & cocktail
• Daily buffet breakfast
• 8 meals – 4 course lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary
• A drink with lunch onboard
• 1 litre of water per person daily
• Coffee and tea all day
• Olive oil and wine tasting on board
• Captain's dinner with live entertainment in Metković
• Barge excursion & visit of museum Narona in Metković
• Wine tasting & light tapas lunch in Bibich winery with bus transfer included from Skradin
• Maraschino liquor tasting in Zadar
• Rab cake tasting in Rab
• Abundant fresh fruit
• Professional Tour manager
• Krka National Park entrance fee
• Dubrovnik cable car fee
• Guided walking tours of towns: Rab, Zadar, Split, Korčula & Dubrovnik
• Visitors' taxes & port fees
• Luggage handling
• Daily cabin service
• Complimentary wi-fi onboard

NOT INCLUDED:
• Tips and gratuities
• Meals/drinks not listed

#Optional supplements:
  • Arrival transfers: Various airport transfer possibilities (Rijeka, Pula, Zagreb, Trieste, Ljubljana, Venice) – price on request
  • Moreška entrance fees: approx. EUR 15.- per person (possible only for departure on 18th August)
  • Korčula village dinner experience: EUR 35.- per person




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.

Accommodations

Great accommodations are provided.

Essential Information

Ship Description: All ships have WIFI

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Inclusions

  • INCLUDED:
  • • Local transfer from Opatija hotels to Opatija port and departure transfer from Dubrovnik harbor to Dubrovnik airport
  • • 7 night cruise in deluxe cabin with en-suite bathroom
  • • Welcome reception & cocktail
  • • Daily buffet breakfast
  • • 8 meals – 4 course lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary
  • • A drink with lunch onboard
  • • 1 litre of water per person daily
  • • Coffee and tea all day
  • • Olive oil and wine tasting on board
  • • Captain's dinner with live entertainment in Metković
  • • Barge excursion & visit of museum Narona in Metković
  • • Wine tasting & light tapas lunch in Bibich winery with bus transfer included from Skradin
  • • Maraschino liquor tasting in Zadar
  • • Rab cake tasting in Rab
  • • Abundant fresh fruit
  • • Professional Tour manager
  • • Krka National Park entrance fee
  • • Dubrovnik cable car fee
  • • Guided walking tours of towns: Rab, Zadar, Split, Korčula & Dubrovnik
  • • Visitors' taxes & port fees
  • • Luggage handling
  • • Daily cabin service
  • • Complimentary wi-fi onboard

Exclusions

NOT INCLUDED: • Tips and gratuities • Meals/drinks not listed #Optional supplements:

  • Arrival transfers: Various airport transfer possibilities (Rijeka, Pula, Zagreb, Trieste, Ljubljana, Venice) – price on request
  • Moreška entrance fees: approx. EUR 15.- per person (possible only for departure on 18th August)
  • Korčula village dinner experience: EUR 35.- per person

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://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

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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.

 

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 SATURDAY OPATIJA – RAB (L, T)
  • Day 2 SUNDAY RAB – ZADAR (B, L, T)
  • Day 3 MONDAY ZADAR – KRKA WATERFALLS / ŠIBENIK (B, T, D)
  • Day 4 TUESDAY ŠIBENIK – SPLIT (B, L)
  • Day 5 WEDNESDAY SPLIT – METKOVIĆ (B, L, CD)
  • Day 6 THURSDAY METKOVIĆ – KORČULA (B, L)
  • Day 7 FRIDAY KORČULA – DUBROVNIK (B, L)
  • Day 8 SATURDAY DUBROVNIK (B)