A truly unique Croatian cruise itinerary on-board the stylish MS Adriatic Queen. Cruise one way from Porec (Istria) to Dubrovnik to explore the magnificent Croatian coastline from top to bottom. Visit the well-known ports of Rovinj, Pula, Split, Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik but also discover the lesser visited Mali Losinj, Brijuni National Park and the car-free island of Olib.
DAY 1 POREC
Your cruise commences with an arrival transfer to Porec port, where embarkation is from 2.00pm. After settling in to your cabin, meet your fellow passengers and cruise manager for an on-board welcome dinner. (D)
DAY 2 POREC – ROVINJ – BRIJUNI NATIONAL PARK – PULA
Morning cruise to the romantic Istrian seaside town of Rovinj. Enjoy a walking tour of the charming Old Town with its narrow cobbled streets, winding to the foot of the Church of St. Euphamia. Afterwards continue to the Brijuni National Park, once the personal State Summer Residence of President Marshal Josip Broz Tito. Explore the national park, a unique harmony of flora, fauna and heritage followed by lunch on-board whilst you cruise to Pula. On arrival you will join a guided tour of Pula, arguably one of the most beautiful of Istrian cities. Your guide will share some exciting stories of antiquity, as you walk the footsteps of the ancient Romans and visit the Amphitheatre. Overnight at sea. (B, L)
DAY 3 MALI LOSINJ – SUSAK – OLIB
Morning visit of Mali Losinj, located in the island with the same name. Thanks to its mild climate, pinewoods and air, the island of Mali Losinj is an ideal place to rejuvenate your body and spirit. Enjoy lunch on-board while your journey continues towards Susak for time at leisure or swimming. In the afternoon, cruise towards the sandy island of Olib, overgrown by black pine. Olib has a lovely little fort, the remains of the monastery and the Church of the Assumption of Mary, where you can see a document written in the Glagolitic script – the alphabet in which Croatian was first written. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)
DAY 4 ZADAR – KRKA NATIONAL PARK – SIBENIK
Arrive this morning in Zadar for a sightseeing tour of this city with an exceptional history and rich cultural heritage. Zadar historical center is a compact pedestrian zone, perfect to explore on foot as you discover the old walls built in 16th century by Venetians as a defence from Turks. You will 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. Return to the ship and enjoy your lunch, while sailing to Vodice. Next up is Krka National Park, with its magnificent waterfalls. After your visit here, coach to Sibenik where you will have the afternoon and evening to explore this charming coastal town. Overnight at sea. (B, L)
DAY 5 SPLIT – HVAR
Welcome to the central Dalmatian city of Split for a walking tour of the historical centre. See the historic inner city built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, where remnants of Split’s Roman heritage can be seen including its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple and the Cathedral. Return to your ship for lunch as your cruise makes its way to Hvar, Croatia’s sunniest island. Hvar is a favourite holiday destination for international celebrities and yachters; thus, 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 pine-scented breeze, as you absorb vistas of the Old Town with it's picturesque streets and the first public theatre in Europe. The remainder of your day is at leisure before a late night departure towards Korcula. (B, L)
Note: Due to the limited capacity of the Hvar Town harbor (during peak season in July and August) port of call can be substituted for Stari Grad/Jelsa. In that case transfer by bus will be organized to and from Hvar Town.
DAY 6 KORCULA – MLJET
Wake-up in the magical island of Korcula and its fairy-tale like walled town bearing the same name, believed to be the birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo. Enjoy breakfast on-board, before you discover the walled city with your local guide. The walking tour takes you through its narrow, cobbled streets and includes a visit to the Gothic-Baroque Cathedral of St. Mark. As you enjoy lunch on-board your cruise you will sail towards the tranquil Mljet Island. Explore Mljet National Park with its five types of forest, many species of birds, and two deep lakes, Big and Small Lake before returning to your ship for this evening's Captain’s dinner with live entertainment. Overnight at sea. (B, L, D)
DAY 7 DUBROVNIK
This morning, sail into beautiful Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of Adriatic” and a UNESCO World Heritage site. On your guided walk of the stunning Old Town you will visit the Rector’s Palace and Franciscan Monastery’s Pharmacy. The remainder of your day is at leisure to further explore this stunning port before this evenings farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)
DAY 8 DUBROVNIK
Your tour concludes with a departure transfer for your onward journey. (B)
Prices shown below are inclusive of any applicable discounts.
Must book and deposit by 31 July 2017 (unless sold out prior).Dismiss