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Adriatic Explorer: Dubrovnik to Opatija

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 2,514

Stunningly beautiful landscapes overlook a traditional culture with a laid-back style. The perfect way to experience the Croatian coastline is on a cruise. Explore small waterfront towns and wander memorable Croatian islands, in between exploring the most stunning cities and natural sights of the Dalmatian coast.


From the storied walls of Dubrovnik to arts loving Opatija, Croatia’s coast awaits you on this 8-day cruise to many of the country’s Dalmatian highlights.

Consider booking an extra day or two to experience all Dubrovnik has to offer, perhaps booking a day trip or two. You’ll embark at 1pm and set out for Korcula, the legendary birthplace of Marco Polo. This ‘mini Dubrovnik’ enchants with its narrow streets and hopping evening life. Then cruise into the delta of the Neretva River, visiting the archaeological museum of Vid. Overnight in Metkovic before sailing into the historic city of Split, the second largest city in Croatia and the largest on the coast. Here, you’ll enjoy a tour of Diocletian’s Palace and a walk through the historic old town.

The following day, head to Krka Waterfalls National Park, stopping in to try some local wine en route. This series of 17 falls creates one of the country’s most beautiful natural wonders. Overnight in Sebenik, an essential part of Croatia’s coast where you’ll enjoy a guided tour, with time to explore the old town. Then it’s on to Zadar, an important metropolis in historic Dalmatia, and today one of the most energetic and culturally engaged cities in Europe. The music even reaches the sea – literally – with the enormous Zadar Sea Organ playing in response to the waves.

After a night here, sail on to Rab, Croatia’s famous ‘island of love,’ where artists and Bohemian types have created a distinct flavour that remains today. Perhaps try the legendary Rab cake before you depart for Opatija. It too is a major centre of Croatian culture and entertainment, yet it retains its traditional feel. Cafes here are a serious thing, so don’t miss a coffee, cake, or chocolate cocktail while you’re exploring.

Bid farewell to Croatia with one final onboard dinner before you depart.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 2,514

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Day 1

Dubrovnik - Korcula

Departure at 1pm towards Korcula, an island best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo the famous explorer with a swim stop and lunch on board. Korcula Town commonly referred to as "miniature Dubrovnik", as it encased by medieval stone ramparts and towers. Sightseeing with a local guide through the old town and tiny streets, built in a fish bone pattern for a reason that you will hear about! Lots of simple konobas, restaurants and cool cocktail bars for chill out time. Overnight in Korcula.

Meal Plan Lunch
Duration7 Nights
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Katarina Line Deluxe Vessel

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    Katarina Line Deluxe Vessel



    Katarina Line Deluxe Ships are between 42m (138 ft) to 47m (164 ft) in length and 8m (2 6 ft) to 9m (29 ft) meters wide vessels, with a minimum cruising speed of nine nautical miles. Built with latest state-of-the-art equipment and amenities, these luxury …

    Katarina Line Deluxe Ships are between 42m (138 ft) to 47m (164 ft) in length and 8m (2 6 ft) to 9m (29 ft) meters wide vessels, with a minimum cruising speed of nine nautical miles. Built with latest state-of-the-art equipment and amenities, these luxury vessels normally offer a capacity of 38 passengers in 19 twin or double cabins, guaranteeing an intimate setting for the passengers.

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Day 2

Korcula - Metkovic

Today you discover one of the last remaining wetland deltas in Europe. Cruise to Metkovic on the banks of the river Neretva after which the delta is named. Here, mandarins grow by the water channels and you 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 you visit, was formally inaugurated in 2007 as the first "in situ" museum in Croatia exhibiting the remains of a Roman temple. Named Augusteum with 17 marble statues, some outsized and some of natural height. 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. Overnight in Metkovic.

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Day 3

Metkovic - Split

From Metkovic your cruise continues to Split, the capital of the Dalmatia region, the second largest city in Croatia with the famous Diocletian's palace, a UNESCO protected heritage site where Roman Emperor Diocletian chose his retirement spot! Upon arrival, a local guide takes you for a walk through the historic and buzzing old town centre and to the market.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4

Split - Krka Waterfalls - Sibenik

Wine and waterfalls! Cruise towards Skradin then board your coach. First stop is the famous Bibich winery for wine tasting and light tapas lunch. Back in Skradin you 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. Sibenik is almost in the very central part of Croatia's Adriatic coast and is your 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. Overnight in Sibenik.

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Day 5

Sibenik - Zadar

After breakfast you leave for Zadar, the oldest university town in Croatia, famous for its rich historical heritage of world importance. At every turn history is here: 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 16th century. Among the 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.

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Day 6

Zadar - Rab Island

Departure 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 you will sample this after the tour. The recipe remains forever secret. Overnight in Rab.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 7

Rab Island - Opatija

The famous Opatija Riviera is often compared to the French Riviera and you have magnificent views of it. Royal families, celebrities and musicians have all stayed in Opatija. Your experienced guide will tell you 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 Kras Choco bar to try exclusive chocolate cocktails, cakes or ice-cream. There's a real cafe-society here. Farewell evening dinner on board with live entertainment, a great opportunity for swapping addresses on the last evening. Overnight in the port of Opatija.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Opatija

Breakfast and time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends!

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DEPARTURES:

2021: May 5, 19; Jun 2, 16, 30; Jul 14, 17, 28; Aug 11, 25; Sep 8, 22; Oct 6, 20

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival transfer from Dubrovnik airport to Dubrovnik harbor and departure transfer from Opatija port to Opatija hotel (On the day of arrival and day of departure)
  • 7 night cruise in deluxe air-conditioned cabin with en-suite bathroom
  • Welcome reception & cocktail
  • Daily buffet breakfast and meals as specified in the itinerary
  • A drink with lunch
  • Unlimited water from water dispenser
  • Captain's dinner with live entertainment in Metković
  • Farewell dinner with live entertainment in Opatija
  • Barge excursion & visit of museum Narona in Metković
  • Wine tasting & light tapas lunch in Bibich winery
  • Rab cake tasting in Rab
  • Abundant fresh fruit
  • Coffee and tea all day
  • Olive oil and wine tasting on board
  • Professional Tour manager
  • Krka National Park entrance fee
  • Guided walking tours of towns: Korčula, Split, Zadar, Rab & Opatija
  • Visitors' taxes & port fees
  • Luggage handling
  • Daily cabin service
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share. Subject to availability. The hotels have been hand-picked from an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

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