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With its clear waters, sunny climate, unspoiled beaches and rich culture, Croatia is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. Experience a delightful combination of stunning coastal scenery with relaxed island hopping on board the elegant five-star MS Adriatic Queen.
Day One: UK to Split
Fly from a local airport to Split. We are met and transferred to your ship, where we embark and enjoy a welcome reception and dinner this evening. We moor overnight in Split.
Day Two: Split - Krka National Park - Zadar
We depart Split early morning and sail to Primosten with a visit to the Krka National Park, boasting magnificent waterfalls. Then we travel by coach to Vodice before returning to the ship to enjoy lunch. Our cruise continues to Zadar, a city of exceptional history and rich cultural heritage. Late afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of Zadar historical centre and admire the old walls built in 16th century by Venetians as a defence from Turks. 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. Your evening is at leisure and we moor overnight in Zadar.
Day Three: Zadar - Kornati National Park - Zlarin
Morning departure for the Kornati National Park, with more than 140 stunning islands, islets, and rocks. Enjoy lunch on board. Later we continue to Zlarin, a typical small Dalmatian village. We overnight in Zlarin and tonight enjoy a Captain`s dinner on board.
Day Four: Zlarin to Vis
Leaving Zlarin early morning we cruise towards the island of Vis, once a strategic naval Yugoslav base. Due to its isolation, Vis has a special charm – “the Mediterranean as it once was” making it really interesting to visit. Situated on the northern side of the island, Vis has developed near the remains of the ancient Issa, the first urban centre in Croatia. Enjoy lunch on board. Upon arrival in town of Vis join a guided walking tour to visit the remains of the Roman thermal place and views of the beautiful Villae Rusticae situated along the waterfront. We moor overnight in Vis.
Day Five: Vis - Bisevo - Hvar
We enjoy an early morning cruise towards the small island of Bisevo, weather permitting, to visit the Blue cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon (entrance not included). Lunch is taken on board. We continue to the island of Hvar, Croatia’s sunniest island with a swim stop in one of the secluded bays. Hvar is a favourite holiday destination for international celebrities and yachters; however 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 pure pine-scented air while you enjoy the views of the old town with picturesque little streets and the first public theatre in Europe. Enjoy some free time to pop into charming craft shops or cafes, tucked into old Venetian palaces. Your evening is at leisure.
Day Six: Hvar - Bol or Milna
Enjoy a relaxing cruise as we sail towards our final island destination - the island of Brac with a swim stop at the most famous beach in Dalmatia – Zlatni Rat near Bol – whose pebbles shifts from side to side as the wind and waves constantly change in shape. Bol is a typical fishermen’s village converted into a popular tourist destination. We will either moor up in the port of Bol on the southern side of the island, or in the waterside town of Milna. The island of Brac is famous for its native Mediterranean pine trees, relaxing atmosphere, and beautiful secluded bays. Lunch is on board and you can spend your afternoon swimming and relaxing, with the evening reserved to experience a local restaurant or waterside cafe at leisure.
Day Seven: Bol or Milna to Split
Your last morning is spent cruising the Dalmatian coast as we make our way back to Split. Enjoy a final swim stop in one of Brac island`s secluded bays and then have a lunch while we cruise into the Split harbour in the afternoon. This UNESCO World Heritage city is based around the magnificent Diocletian’s Palace, the Roman emperor Diocletian’s retirement palace from the 295-305 AD. Stroll through the palace basement filled with market stalls and outside experience the historical architecture of this beautiful palace. See the remnants of Split`s Roman heritage, it`s Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter`s temple, the Peristyle and many other unique sites. We overnight in Split.
Day Eight: Split to UK
After breakfast, we disembark and transfer to Split Airport for our flight back to the UK.
MS Adriatic Queen
Kornati National Park
Explore Kornati National Park, with more than 140 stunning islands, islets, and rocks.
Krka National Park
Extending along the 73km River Krka, the Krka National Park runs from the Adriatic near Sibenik inland to the mountains of the Croatian interior. It’s a magical place of gorges and waterfalls and gorges. A visit to the ethno village, old mills and foamy waterfall Skradinski Buk which is one of Croatia’s most famous sights, will still leave us enough time to have an excellent lunch, walk through the forest, swim in the river, relax in the shade of old lindens and take photographs.
Split Guided Walking Tour
See the remnants of Split`s Roman heritage, it`s Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter`s temple, the Peristyle and many other unique sites. Gain an insight into Roman Split, Medieval Split and current day Split with our expert guide who will bring the past alive. See the Diocletian palace, St. Duje Cathedral, Peristil, Mestrovic’s statue of Gregory of Nin, The Golden Gate, Riva, City Clock and City Hall.
Vis Guided Walking Tour
Join a guided walking tour to visit the remains of the Roman thermal place and views of the beautiful Villae Rusticae situated along the waterfront.
Zadar Guided Walking Tour
Enjoy a walking tour of Zadar historical centre and admire the old walls built in 16th century by Venetians as a defence from Turks. 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. Visit the waterfront to listen to the sea play Zadar's internationally famous Sea Organ!