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Adriatic Explorer: Opatija to Dubrovnik

8 Days
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US$ 1,963

This cruise from Opatija to Dubrovnik visits many of Croatia's most striking, historic and beautiful islands along with other stunning places on the coast. Spend your days swimming in the crystal clear Adriatic Sea during stops and exploring small waterfront towns while docked.

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

Your starting port, Opatija 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 before you cast off. You’ll embark at 1pm and set out for 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.

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. 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.

Sailing into the historic city of Split, it’s time to explore 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. Then cruise into the delta of the Neretva River, visiting the archaeological museum of Vid. Overnight in Metkovic before setting sail for Korcula, the legendary birthplace of Marco Polo. This ‘mini Dubrovnik’ enchants with its narrow streets and hopping evening life.

Your final port is of course Dubrovnik, and there is arguably no better way to approach this ancient walled city than from the sea. The best view however may be from the top of Srd Mountain, so take the cable car to enjoy that perspective. George Bernard Shaw called Dubrovnik ‘heaven on Earth,’ so take some time to explore its labyrinthian streets, along with the Elaphiti Islands. Consider booking an extra day or two here before you depart.


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8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,963

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Day 1

Opatija - Rab Island

Departure at 1pm towards Rab, known as the "island of love" with an old town of the same name. Join us on our guided city tours and see the medieval walls and 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 we will sample this after the tour. The recipe remains forever secret.

Meal Plan Lunch
Duration7 Nights

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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

Rab Island - Zadar

After breakfast we head for Zadar, the oldest university town in Croatia with an amazing heritage and where history looks you in the eye: The Roman Forum from the 1st century, St Donat church from the 9th century - the most famous medieval Basilica and the city's symbol, the mighty city walls, over 30 churches. Museums and former noble families' palaces and villas in the old town. In recent years Zadar has added a touch of cool with the famous Sea Organs and "Greeting to the Sun" light installations, both located on the city's waterfront. Watch the fabulous sunset from here. Guided city tour.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Zadar - Krka Waterfalls - Sibenik

Wine and waterfalls! Cruise towards Skradin then board our coach. First stop is the famous Bibich winery for wine tasting and light tapas lunch. Back in Skradin we 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 our 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Sibenik - Split

We continue south to Split, Croatia's second largest city where Roman Emperor Diocletian built himself a retirement palace now under UNESCO protection. Split waterfront is a happening place and there's a buzz along the beautiful wide promenade. A local guide meets us on arrival for a walk through the heart of the bustling old town and the market.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5

Split - Metkovic

Today we discover one of the last remaining wetland deltas in Europe. We cruise to Metkovic, on the banks of the river Neretva after which the delta is named. Here, mandarins grow by the water channels and we 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 we visit, was formally inaugurated in 2007 as the first "in situ" museum in Croatia exhibiting the remains of a Roman temple. Narona holds remains of a Roman temple - the Augusteum - and seventeen monumental marble sculptures of Roman emperors and their family members. 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Metkovic - Korcula

Departure 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 be a "miniature Dubrovnik", as it is 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 Breakfast and Lunch
Day 7

Korcula - Dubrovnik

There is no better way to catch first sight of famous Dubrovnik than from the sea and this is our final destination - Dubrovnik. It is one of the few walled cities on the sea in the world. Writer George Bernard Shaw described it as "heaven on earth". We cruise alongside the old city walls for a true perspective of the majesty of this place. Lunch is served on deck as we head for Gruz harbour to dock. Once moored, we transfer to the old town for a guided walking tour of this unforgettable place. In your own time, why not walk those famous ramparts (all 1940 metres long!), or take the cable car from the Old Town to Srd mountain for fabulous views of the city itself and the Elaphiti Islands (ticket included). If you want to explore any of the museums in more detail, such as Sponza or Rectors, now is the time.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 8


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

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


  • Local transfer from Opatija hotels to Opatija port and departure transfer from Dubrovnik harbor to Dubrovnik airport - Only 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


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


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.

18 Aug 2021
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