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

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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 ancient city of Split and stretch your sea legs in the pretty city of Sibenik, cruise the beautiful bays of Kornati National Park followed by a barbecue feast on deck, at sunrise, enjoy a swim and soak up the rays onboard, then drop an anchor in Zadar and toast to a beautiful sunset with a glass of wine. Continue your voyage to the Happy Island of Rab and wander along the walls of the Old City, indulge in a delicious Dalmatian dinner during a farm-to-plate wine and dining experience in Krk, then cruise to the chic rocky shores of Opatija for a final farewell 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 Split
End City Venice

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 Split

Welcome to Split. Feel free to explore Croatia’s second largest city at your leisure before boarding commences at 5 pm, when you’ll meet your fellow travellers for a welcome meeting and safety briefing. This evening, sit down to your first group dinner on board before overnighting in port.

Day 2 Sibenik

Wake to the Adriatic and take breakfast on the deck. The morning is free for you to enjoy – perhaps take a walking tour of Split before sailing for Sibenik, the gateway to the Kornati Islands. 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. Stretch those sea legs on arrival Sibenik with a walking tour, which visits the beautiful 15th-century stone cathedral. Follow your nose in the evening and seek out a Dalmatian dinner before heading back to the ship.

Day 3 Telascica

Depart Sibenik in the morning and set sail for 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. 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 4 Zadar

This morning, local park rangers will take you on a hike around Telascica’s stunning limestone cliffs. Alternatively, if you’d rather spend your time on the water, there’s the option to explore the bays and inlets by sea kayak before sailing to Zadar, described by Alfred Hitchcock as having the most beautiful sunset in the world. A guided walk around the Old Town ends 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 over nighting in port.

Day 5 Rab

The ship will depart Zadar 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. Stop for a swim along the way and spend the rest of the journey 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. Hunt down some fresh seafood for dinner and discover why Rab is known as the Happy Island.

Day 6 Krk

Join your leader on a walk around Rab (approximately 3 hours) or opt for a leisurely morning instead. Afterwards, the ship will head north to Krk with lunch en route. 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. Take a guided tour upon arrival before being transferred to a local farm for prsut (prosciutto) and a lamb dinner.

Day 7 Opatija

The morning is free for you to explore Krk town at your own pace. Popular sites include the Frankopan Castle and the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Krk Cathedral), the latter of which was built over 15 centuries ago. Ask your leader for advice on where to lunch or find your own Adriatic gem before sailing to the rocky shore of Opatija in the afternoon. Tonight you’ll dine with the captain and reminisce with your shipmates before tomorrow’s farewell.

Day 8 Venice

Transfer from Opatija to Venice by land and get dropped off at Marco Polo airport. Your trip officially ends here, so say goodbye to your group before either returning home or continuing the journey in Venice. The canals, basilicas and piazzas have inspired painters and composers for centuries and offer enough cultural and gastronomical delights to satiate the hungriest traveller. It may not be the Adriatic, and you won’t want to swim in it, but the Grand Canal has a charm of its own.

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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
Still waiting for my deposit back from Intrepid! Six weeks and counting. It ceases to amaze me that that I felt I could trust them with organising a holiday for me at all in the first instance.
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.
Each time that I complain about them generates a flurry of emails but not any resolutions.
Very poor and extremely unsatisfactory.
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

  • Venice, Marco Polo Airport
  • Array
  • Venice
  • Venice
  • ITALY

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