From medieval architecture to ethereal waterfalls, coast along the sparkling Adriatic Sea and experience the best of Croatia. Enjoy a memorable 7-night cruise on the Adriatic Sea along Croatia’s coast. Tour the Old City of Dubrovnik and walk along the picturesque cobblestone streets. Visit the island of Biševo, home to the mystical Blue Cave. On Brac Island, take in the “Golden Cape” of Bol. Discover the ancient palace of Emperor Diocletian in Split. Stand in awe before the cascading waterfalls of Krka National Park. Get to know Zagreb, the illustrious capital of Croatia. See the country’s immaculate beauty as you cruise its vibrant waters and step into its rich history.
- Itinerary Type : Reverse
- Activity Level : 3
- Number of Days:12
- Number of Meals:19
- Hotels:Sheraton Hotel (Zagreb), MS San Spirito (Dubrovnik), Amadria Park Hotel Ivan (Sibenik)
- Experiences:Stand before the breathtaking waterfalls in Krka National Park.
Partake in traditional Croatian entertainment.
Explore the Old City of Dubrovnik with a local expert.
- Must Sees:Tour Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia.
Visit Korcula Island, the debated birthplace of Marco Polo.
Relax on the “Golden Cape” of Bol, one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia.
- Culinaries:Dine on Continental and Istrian cuisine at a favorite local restaurant in Zagreb.
Enjoy traditional Dalmatian delicacies prepared according to ancient recipes.
Experience a Captain’s welcome dinner upon arrival in Dubrovnik.
Itinerary (11 days)
Dubrovnik, Croatia - Tour Begins - Board Ship
Welcome to Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” This afternoon you’ll board the 4-star MS San Spirito and revel in all of the luxuries of a small cruise ship. Relax onboard before experiencing a Captain’s welcome dinner. Enjoy your meal accompanied by live Klapa music, the traditional Croatian style of singing.
Dubrovnik - Slano
This morning, take in the medieval stone walls, iconic Baroque rooftops, and winding cobblestone streets of Dubrovnik. Embrace the unspeakable feeling that you’ve stepped into another time as you explore the Old City with a local guide. With free time in the afternoon, perhaps you’ll visit the famous City Walls or ride a cable car to the top of the Mount Srd for awe-inspiring views of Dubrovnik. Then, your journey continues to Slano, a port city just outside of Dubrovnik. Enjoy an evening of leisure or consider an optional excursion to Ston, a nearby fortified city known for its decadent oysters and seafood.
Slano - Mljet National Park - Korcula
This morning, arrive in Mljet National Park. Stroll around the Large and Small lakes before exploring the Islet of St. Mary, home to a Benedictine Monastery from the 12th century. Don’t miss out on a chance to take a swim in the strikingly blue waters. Then, it’s on to Korcula, debated home to one of the world’s most famous explorers: Marco Polo. Decide for yourself if he was born in Korcula or Venice as you tour his alleged home and take in the fantastic sea views from its tower. Join a local guide and make your way along the narrow stone streets while you wander among the medieval buildings and vibrant houses in the town known as “Little Dubrovnik.” Enjoy the evening at leisure to discover the charms of this age-old city.
Korcula - Vis
Cruise on to Vis, a small island practically untouched by tourism and overflowing with Renaissance architecture and beautiful beaches. With free time this afternoon, relax onboard the ship or choose to go on an optional tour of the island ending with a farm-to-table dinner.
Vis - Biševo - Hvar
Embark on a morning cruise to the island of Biševo. This island is home to the Blue Cave,* a stunning grotto with a luminous blue glow. Return to the ship and cruise to the sunny island of Hvar. Upon arrival in Hvar, get acquainted with the area when a local guide introduces you to the history, culture, and lifestyle of the city. Discover how lavender was traditionally grown in the region for centuries and take a closer look at the custom.
Hvar - Bol - Trogir
Start your day in the town of Bol, located on the picturesque island of Brac. With free time this morning, perhaps you’ll choose to swim along the shore of the “Golden Cape,” known to be one of the most popular beaches in Croatia. Return to the ship for lunch, then it’s off to Trogir, a coastal gem renowned for its picturesque Venetian architecture. Admire the striking stone houses and towering cathedral as you tour the city with a guide.
Trogir - Split
Discover Split, one of the oldest cities in this historic region. In this bustling port, explore Diocletian’s Palace, the city’s famous ancient fortress. One of Croatia’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, Emperor Diocletian chose the palace to be his retirement home because of the incomparable beauty of Split. A guided tour takes you through the mysterious passageways and into the lower levels of this massive structure.
Split - Disembark Ship - Šibenik
Disembark your ship in Split where it’s your choice! Visit the oldest museum institution in Croatia, Split’s Archaeological Museum, founded in 1820; marvel at a diverse range of artifacts from the Paleolithic to the Iron Age -OR- admire the works of 20th-century sculptor, Ivan Meštrovic during a guided tour. The Meštrovic Gallery features an array of the artist’s creations including sculptures, drawings, furniture and architecture. The museum itself is considered an art monument. Enjoy free time in the city for lunch before you journey to Šibenik. Tonight, embrace the culture of Croatia and become captivated by authentic traditional entertainment with dinner.
Šibenik - Krka National Park - Šibenik
Set off on a walking tour through the ancient alleyways and roads of Šibenik, where you’ll get a chance to see the Cathedral of St. James, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then, venture to the breathtaking Krka National Park, where waterfalls tumble through dramatic gorges. Meander along the trails that surround the falls before embarking on a boat ride that takes you along the river to Skradin.*
Šibenik - Zagreb
This morning, travel to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia! Step right into the history and culture of everyday life as you tour the city with a local guide. Become acquainted with the city as you see the main sights of the capital, including the Croatian National Theater and Opera House, the Croatian Parliament building, the illustrious Zagreb Cathedral, and the legendary Stone Gate. Tonight, raise a glass and say živjeli (“to life”) as you toast your Croatian journey over Istrian cuisine.
Zagreb - Tour Ends
Say goodbye to Croatia as your tour of the Adriatic Coast comes to a close today.
See why Dubrovnik is called the “Pearl of the Adriatic” when you take in the medieval stonewalls, iconic Baroque rooftops, and winding cobblestone streets. Fell as if you’ve stepped into another time as you explore the Old City with a local guide.
7-Night Adriatic Cruise
Coast along the sparkling Adriatic shoreline on a 7-night cruise, allowing you to unpack and relax as you travel over the strikingly blue waters. With daily stops along the country’s coast and islands, you’ll get a chance to walk along the sandy beaches, discover the cobblestone streets, and swim in the clear waves.
Discover Slano, a quaint harbor village with ruins dating back to the ancient Romans. Swim in the strikingly blue bay or choose an optional excursion to explore the streets of this fortified town with a local guide.
Mljet National Park
Located on Mljet Island, this national park contains crystal clear waters and two saltwater lakes. Stroll around the Large and Small Lakes before exploring the Islet of St. Mary, home to a Benedictine Monastery from the 12th century.
Korcula is the debated birthplace of one of the world’s most famous explorers, Marco Polo. Discover the streets of the town, known as “Little Dubrovnik,” because of its medieval architecture and vibrant rooftops.
A small island practically untouched by tourism, Vis is overflowing with Renaissance architecture and beautiful beaches. This coastal gem was featured as the main filming location for the free-spirited and fun-loving movie, "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again."
Bisevo Blue Cave
The island of Biševo is home to the Blue Cave, a stunning grotto with a luminous blue glow. The original entrance to the cave was below sea level but a manmade entrance was built in the mid 1800’s.
Dock on the sunny island of Hvar. Get acquainted with the area when a local guide introduces you to the history, culture, and lifestyle of the city. Discover how lavender was traditionally grown in the region for centuries and take a closer look at the custom.
Visit Trogir, a coastal gem renowned for its picturesque Venetian architecture. Located within medieval walls, admire the prominent stone houses and towering cathedral as you tour this historic city with a guide.
Split is one of the oldest cities in the region and is known for Diocletian’s Palace, a famous ancient fortress. One of Croatia’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Emperor Diocletian chose the palace to be his retirement home because of the incomparable beauty of Split.
Forming the center of Old Split, this unique imperial palace is extraordinarily well preserved from the 3-4 centuries A.D. Called the city's first resident, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built this structure as his retirement home in a location close to his birthplace and an important Roman center. Today, walking the labyrinth of streets means exploring the heart of the city.
Choice on Tour
Founded in 1820, visit Split’s Archaeological Museum and marvel at a diverse range of artifacts from the Paleolithic to the Iron Age, OR, hit the cobblestone streets on your own and spend the afternoon at leisure discovering the hidden gems of Split.
Enjoy free time in Šibenik and get to know this Dalmatian town’s historic architecture and striking coastline. Set upon the Krka River, this city serves as a gateway into the nearby national park.
Cathedral of St. James
See the Cathedral of St. James, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Featuring a blend of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, admire the striking stone walls, towering dome, and vaulted ceilings.
Krka National Park
Known for its cascading falls and dramatic gorges, the Krka National Park covers an area of over 50 square miles (109 square kilometers) and seven waterfalls. The pristine pools appear to glisten vibrantly in the sunlight, taking on a blue-green hue. You can admire the falls from the footpaths spreading throughout the park.
Located in the northwest of the country, Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Croatia. Zagreb is a city with a rich history dating from the Roman times to the present day. Zagreb is the most important transport hub in Croatia. The city is known for its diverse economy, high quality of living, museums, sporting and entertainment events.
Built in the 13th century, visit Zagreb’s legendary Stone Gate. Following a fire in the 17th century, the only surviving part of the original gate was a portrait of the Virgin Mary and Jesus, resulting in the gate turning into a makeshift shrine.