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

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Travel Style: Array Full on
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
8 days
From: $ 2,100 $ 263 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Live the Dalmatian high life – indulge in Croatian wine, feast on fresh seafood and enjoy barbecues on deck as the sun sets.
  • Visit the stunning Kornati National Park, the biggest and most incredible collection of islands in the entire Adriatic Sea.
  • Enjoy a shot of cherry liquor at sunset while you listen to the beautiful acoustics of the Sea Organ in Zadar – an incredible combination of engineering, history and art.
  • Soak up hundreds of years of history in the Old Towns of Rab, Krk and Sibenik with plenty of free time to wander the pretty streets at your own pace.
  • Dive into the divine waters of the Dalmatian Coast with plenty of opportunity to take a dip off the back of the ship.

Short Description

Navigate the northern coast of Croatia on this small-ship adventure that hits the hot spots of this Adriatic gem. Cast off from the chic rocky shores of Opatija and indulge in a delicious Dalmatian dinner during a farm-to-plate wine and dining experience in Krk. Stretch your sea legs on the Happy Island of Rab and wander along the walls of the Old City then drop an anchor in Zadar and toast to a beautiful sunset with a shot of cherry liquor. Continue your voyage to the beautiful bays of Kornati National Park, swim and soak up the rays onboard, then enjoy a barbecue feast on deck before venturing to the pretty city of Sibenik. Take one last dip in the glistening sea then enjoy a final farewell dinner in Split with your captain and crew. Experience a different side to Croatia and a new way of cruising on this small-ship adventure that won’t disappoint.

Style Small group tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Venice
End City Split

Theme

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Destinations

Italy Croatia

Attractions & Cities Visited

Croatia Sibenik Split Venice

Activities & Interests

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Age Requirement

15-99

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Itinerary

Day 1 Venice - Opatija

Welcome to Venice, Italy. Meet your group at Marco Polo airport at 1 pm this afternoon and transfer to Opatija by road. This journey will take approximately 3 hours, but after your welcome meeting and safety briefing, you’ll be rewarded with a delicious Dalmatian dinner on board as you get to know your fellow shipmates and crew. Overnight in Opatija and be ready to dive into the Adriatic in the morning.

Day 2 Krk

Wake to the Adriatic and take breakfast on the deck. The ship will make an all-important swim stop en route where you’ll have your first opportunity to take a dip in the crystal-clear waters. Head north to Krk and stretch your sea legs with a guided tour upon arrival. Krk is the equal-largest island in the Adriatic, a popular destination with beaches, a historic Old Town and plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs. After orientating yourself with the island, you’ll be 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 an optional 3-hour hike around the island, or by yourself at your own pace. In the evening. Hunt down some fresh seafood for dinner and discover why Rab is known as the Happy Island.

Day 4 Zadar

Leave the Happy Island as a happy person this morning and cruise to Zadar, described by Alfred Hitchcock as having the most beautiful sunset in the world. Enjoy a swim stop along the way then freshen up ready for a guided walk around the Old Town on arrival. Finish up at the famous Sea Organ, a giant organ with underwater pipes that makes music as the waves gently roll in. Enjoy a shot of Maraska, the local cherry liquor, then take your time exploring Zadar before overnighting in port.

Day 5 Kornati National Park - Telascica

An early departure this morning leaves you with plenty of time to discover 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 Telascica’s stunning limestone cliff, or if you’d rather spend your time on the water, there’s an option to explore the inlets and bays by sea kayak. 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

This morning cruise to Sibenik, stop for a dip in the azure waters of the Adriatic en route then venture out on walking tour of the Old Town on arrival, 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 are 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 small-ship adventure cruise through Northern Croatia ends after breakfast.

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On behalf of ‘The Sticky Rice Family’ Cambodia Express Tour Group, TKSD221105, we’d like to thank our tour Leader Raus for an incredible experience. Raus, was absolutely excellent. She was friendly, warm, positive, knowledgeable and involved. She went over and above to make sure that we were happy every step of the way. All of the tour inclusions were excellent and we felt that we saw everything there was to see. Big thank you to Raus from us all xx
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Signed up for the Premium Turkey Trip, which is supposed to be higher end hotels and "the best guides". Sadly this was a case of extreme overpromising and underdelivering. Hotels were mixed and some were disgusting. Guide was not familiar with our itinerary, offered little guidance or help, and often gave us incorrect information. I have written and called Intrepid to express my numerous concerns. They have not responded. Very disappointing.
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This was my 3rd Intrepid Tour. Unfortunately, my most recent "Premium" Turkey in Depth tour was a big disappointment. It did not measure up to "original" tours of Rajasthan, India or Nepal. These trips were lead by enthusiastic, organized and knowledgeable leaders. Our Premium leader unfortunately showed little passion for his country or it's history. His knowledge of the historical sites was basic only. The leaders ability to communicate with his guests left us wondering what our day would look like and if we would have to Google information to pass on to other members of our group. Late morning starts made for late arrivals at daily destinations and limited time to explore some interesting cities. On multiple occasions and by different guests, suggestions were made to the leader about communication needed by group. Additionally, the sunrise Balloon ride in Cappadocia was canceled. Our group of 9 and another Intrepid tour were instead sent in up after sunrise. Disappointing!
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Poor guide. No leadershio Provided limited knowkedge of historic sites. Poor time management Missed out on most optiinal tours. 2 safey issues. Left group of 9 stressed and anxious.
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Hello again
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Intrepid Travel is incapable of responding to emails, updating their customers and maintaining good customer relations. They have been very disappointing and have left me extremely upset.
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Intrepid Travel get your act together.
PS As predicted I got a response from Intrepid to say that the refund was being processed and apologies for the delay. NOT good enough.
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Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal ground transport Small cruise ship,Boat,Minibus

Group Size

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 31

Accommodations

Small cruise ship (7 nights)

Guides

On your voyage, as well as the ship and hospitality crew, there will be between 1 and 3 local tour leaders (depending on the total number of passengers). These leaders will be with you on board the ship, and on all included shore activities. They will have good general knowledge of the areas you are passing through including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects, as well as being able to recommend great local eating venues for your on shore meals and what you might like to do with your free time (when you're not relaxing and enjoying the ship's facilities).

Age Notes :

Min. Age: 15

Max Age: 99

Additional Information

Finish point

  • Port of Split
  • Obala kneza Domagoja, 21000
  • Split
  • CROATIA

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