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8 Days: Opatija, Krk, Rab, Zadar, Kornati, Mali Losinj, Cres
This is a 7 night small ship cruise along the beautiful Croatian coast. Visit Krk, the largest Croatian island with its dramatic rock faces and hidden bays and beaches. Wander around Rab, the “island of love” and taste the famous Rapska Torta. Take in the rich cultural heritage of Zadar. The “sunshine island” of Losinj, a popular island in the North Adriatic has a cool Mediterranean vibe.
Day 1 – Saturday – Opatija, Krk (L,T)
Departure at 13h with lunch on board. Late arrivals can join in Krk. Krk is the largest Croatian island and on route we stop to swim in the mosty crystal clear water you may ever have seen. Krk has diverse villages of various sizes, stunning promenades, dramatic rock faces with tiny islands and hundreds of hidden bays and beaches. There’s a buzz along the waterfront of Krk Town. Enjoy the many bars or restaurants there and relax. Afternoon wine tasting in Vrbnik village with bus transfer from Krk. Overnight in Krk town.
Day 2 – Sunday – Krk, Rab (B, L, T)
After breakfast, we cruise towards Rab island known as the “island of love”. On arrival, there are the imposing stone walls and you’ll see Romanesque church towers, churches, palaces, stone streets and ancient facades. Many streets and squares are like open-pair galleries, as artists work outside. Do not miss and try the famous “Rapska torta“ cake (the receipe is secret). If weather permits, walk up to Kamenjak hill and watch the magnificent sunset. Overnight in town of Rab.
Day 3 – Monday – Rab, Zadar (B, L)
Morning cruise from Rab towards Zadar, travelling by Pag island with it’s unusual moon-like landscape. We stop to swim on tiny MAUN island. After arrival in Zadar enjoy guided tour. The city is today the centre of the region and was the metropolis of Dalmatia region for many centuries. The rich cultural heritage is visible at every turn: The Roman forum which dates to the 1st century AD, the church of St. Donatus dating to the 9th century AD – the most famous Medieval basilica and the symbol of the city. The imposing and mighty city walls with representative Port and Land gates are from the 16th century AD, and there are numerous palaces and villas of former noble families. Great restaurants line part of the waterfront and the centre of town. Famous, contemporary creations are the Zadar Sea Organ, one of a kind in the world (listen to the sound) and “The Greeting to the Sun” light installation. Overnight in Zadar.
Day 4 – Tuesday – Zadar, Kornati (B, L, D)
Today we visit the region of the famous National Park Kornati – rich in fish and cultural and historic remains. Historic remains of old Ilyrian fortress, Roman villas, old Christian church of St. Mary and medieval fortresses and settlements add to the value of these islands. Kornati consists of 140 islands and reefs. Inlets of some islands descend steeply into the sea, a hundred meters deep in places, and dramatically razor sharp. It is truly something remarkable to see. Dinner on board. Overnight in Telašćica Bay on Dugi Otok. Possibility to walk to the white cliffs vertically falling down 90 m into the sea and rising up to 200 m over the sea as well as the salt Lake “Mir”.
Day 5 – Wednesday – Kornati, Mali Losinj (B, L)
After breakfast and a morning swim, we cruise towards Losinj known as “sunshine island” and abundance of pines, wild flowers and herbs. Losinj is one of the most popular islands on the northern Adriatic waters for its hidden coves and cool Mediterranean vibe. On arrival to Mali Lošinj, enjoy walking tour followed by visit to Museum of Apoxyomenos. The museum is dedicated to the ancient bronze statue of an athlete found in the sea near the island. Walk up to the Lošinj Aromati Garden or to the smaller town of Veli Lošinj both easy to reach and explore on foot. Overnight in Mali Lošinj.
Day 6 – Thursday – Mali Losinj, Cres (B, L)
We leave for Cres island after our morning swim. Possible swim stop on island Susak, if weather permits. This unspoiled island is long and narrow island with olive groves, vineyards, forests of oak, beech and along with some remarkable stone walls. Cres and Mali Lošinj were once one island before the Romans dug a narrow channel to separate them. Optional dinner in village Loznati (with transfer from Cres) where you can try the best traditional lamb specialties this island has to offer. Spend the night in the harbor of this typical medieval town Cres with hidden squares and courtyards.
Day 7 – Friday – Cres, Opatija (B, L, CD)
After breakfast, we leave for Opatija. The famous Opatija Riviera is best seen from the sea. We arrive in late afternoon. Stroll the longest lungomare (seaside promenade) in Croatia or stop in Volosko, a traditional fishing village. On your last night, enjoy captain`s dinner with live entertainment on board. This would be a great time to swap contact details with your new friends and plan your return.
Day 8 – Saturday – Opatija Check Out (B)
Breakfast and time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends!
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- Local transfers in Opatija. Only on the day of arrival and day of departure.
- 7 night cruise in deluxe cabin with en-suite bathroom
- Welcome reception & cocktail
- Daily buffet breakfast
- 9 meals – 3 course lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary
- A drink with lunch
- Unlimited water from water dispenser
- Abundance of fruit daily
- Coffee and tea all day
- Olive oil and wine tasting on board
- Captain’s dinner with live music
- Professional tour manager
- Guided walking tours of towns Opatija, Lošinj, Zadar, Rab and Krk
- Apoxiomen museum in Mali Lošinj entrance fee
- National Park Kornati and Nature Park Telašćica entrance fees
- Wine tasting in Vrbnik
- Rab cake tasting
- Visitors’ tax & port fees
- Luggage handling
- Daily cabin service
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board.
Cabin Type Descriptions:
New class of Katarina Line newer and larger vessels, the best vessels that exist on the Adriatic sea built with high quality materials of solid wood, glass, marble, stainless steel and similar materials. Minimum 47 meters in length, newly built or refurbished after 2016, with hot tubs and beautiful sun decks with lounge area, deckchairs and more. Spacious, superbly designed, air-conditioned en-suite cabins with double or twin beds, 15 to 20m2 in size. Cabins are equipped with wardrobes, deposit box, hair dryer, toiletries, bathrobe, slippers etc.
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