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Cruising Croatia's Northern Coast and Islands - Venice to Split

8 days with Intrepid Travel   Rating: Budget

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Venice - Opatija
The group will meet at Marco Polo airport at 1pm and be transferred to Opatija by road. This transfer will take approximately three hours, after which you’ll board your ship for a safety briefing and welcome dinner. Get to know your shipmates and crew and overnight in Opatija, and be ready to dive into the Adriatic in the morning.

Day 2 Krk
Depart for Krk in the morning with breakfast and a much-anticipated swim en route. Krk is the equal-largest island in the Adriatic, a popular destination with beaches, a historic Old Town, and myriad restaurants, bars and clubs. Take a guided tour upon arrival before being transferred to a local farm for prsut (prosciutto) and wine tasting and a lamb dinner.

Day 3 Rab
The ship will depart Krk in the morning and make its way to the island of Rab, which was first declared a city in 10 BC by the Roman Emperor Augustus. Spend the journey relaxing and reading, getting some sun or simply staring at the crystal water. With ancient walls, churches and squares, Rab is the ideal place to explore on foot, be it with the local guides on a tour or by yourself in the evening. Join an optional, leader-led hike around the island that’ll take approximately three hours, or take some time to discover for yourself why Rab is known as the Happy Island.

Day 4 Zadar
Leave the Happy Island as a happy person and cruise to Zadar with a swim along the way. The ship will dock in Zadar in the late afternoon for a guided walk around Old Town. Zadar was described by Alfred Hitchcock as having the most beautiful sunset in the world and the walk will finish at the famous Sea Organ, a giant organ with underwater pipes that makes music as the waves gently roll in. Enjoy a sunset shot of Maraska, the local cherry liquer, then take your time exploring Zadar and hunting down a Dalmatian dinner.

Day 5 Kornati National Park - Telascica
A morning departure leaves you with plenty of time to discover the Kornati National Park. Made up of 89 stunning islands, Kornati is the perfect place to while away a day cruising around the beautiful bays, swimming and soaking up some rays. Local park rangers will take you on a hike around Kornati’s stunning limestone cliff or, alternatively, there’s the option to explore the bays and inlets by sea kayak if you’d rather spend your time on the water. The ship will anchor in Telascica, a designated nature park since 1988 thanks to its historical, cultural and environmental value, and the crew will cook up a barbecue on deck. Kick back and enjoy the sunset with salty skin and a cold drink.

Day 6 Sibenik
Cruise to Sibenik, the gateway to the Kornati Islands. The ship will make an all-important swim stop en route and you can stretch those sea legs on arrival Sibenik with a walking tour taking in the stunning stone cathedral. The Cathedral of St James is a UNESCO World Heritage site and was built in both a Gothic and Renaissance style over the 15th and 16th centuries. The afternoon and evening is yours to enjoy, so seek out some local seafood if you so desire and settle in for a laid-back evening on shore.

Day 7 Split
Enjoy your last day of cruising with a final swim in the sparkling sea. The ship will dock in Split, Croatia’s second-largest city, which is renowned for its modern lifestyle and ancient buildings. Diocletian’s Palace, the sprawling complex at Split’s centre, was built in the 4th century and its white stone walls are home to bars, restaurants, shops and hotels. Take a guided walk around town or explore on your own before joining your shipmates on deck for a Captain’s dinner and farewell.

Day 8 Split
Your trip officially ends after breakfast. Say farewell to your friends and crew and make your way into Split, back home or continue your adventures. After all, there’s still plenty to see in Croatia.
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All This Included
Peregrine’s newest adventure cruise uncovers the shining gems of Dalmatia’s northern coast. Explore the famed Old Towns of Krk, Zadar and Sibenik and cool off in the clear waters of the Adriatic. Discover the incredible Kornati National Park by land or sea and be enveloped in the culture and history of Croatia, a modern favourite with old-world charm that casts a salty spell on all who visit.
  • Meals - 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Transport - Small cruise ship, Boat, Minibus
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Krk - Agritourism dinner and Prsut tasting
  • Krk - Guided Tour
  • Rab - 3 hour hike
  • Rab - Guided Tour
  • Zadar - Guided walk of Old Town
  • Kornati National Park Visit
  • Kornati National Park - Cliff Hike
  • Telascica - BBQ Dinner
  • Sibenik Orientation Walk
  • Captain's Dinner
  • Split Guided Walk
Highlights
  • Visit the stunning Kornati National Park, the biggest and most incredible collection of islands in the entire Adriatic Sea, once described by playwright George Bernard Shaw as God’s special creation of tears, stars and breath.
  • Experience the Sea Organ in Zadar, an incredible marriage of acoustical engineering and historical art with a shot of local liqueur as the literal cherry on top.
  • Soak up hundreds of years of history in the Old Towns of Rab, Krk and Sibinek.
  • Feast on the freshest seafood imaginable up and down the coast (but be sure to wait two hours before swimming).
Accommodations
Cruising: Peregrine Dalmatia (7 nights)
Notes
  • Ages: Min 15
  • Group size: Min 1, Max 31
  • This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with up to 30 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than on-board activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wifi is available for a small charge.
  • Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.
  • Unlike other ships that cruise through the night, we’ll spend our evenings docked at port. This will give you more time to dine ashore and enjoy those balmy Croatian evenings. Cruising will mostly take place during the day.
  • Onshore activities and excursions will involve a bit of walking. You’ll be visiting ancient sites and historical places, and at times you may have to cross cobbled streets and uneven ground, sometimes in hot conditions. If you have any concerns, please speak to your group leader before taking part.
  • If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. Your crew will do all they can to minimise any discomfort.
  • There are no lifts (elevators) on-board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs on-board. Handrails are always available.
  • A single supplement is available on this trip.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
For Intrepid Travel terms and conditions, please click here.

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.