Island hopping cruise in Northern Croatia

“A week long island hopping cruise, starting and ending in Opatija in Northern Croatia and hopping around the heavenly Kvarner Bay Islands. Including Rab, the island of love. Big love for this holiday all round really. ”

Highlights

Kvarner Bay islands | Krk Island | Zadar | Rab Island | Pag Island | Maun Island | Molat Island | Losinj Island | Cres Island | Families welcome

Description of Island hopping cruise in Northern Croatia

This island hopping cruise takes place around the quiet bays and all round marine magnificence of Northern Croatia, far from some of the busier spots of the Dalmatian coast and yet packed with fine natural and cultural heritage. Starting and finishing in Opatija, a pretty coastal town that is dotted with Habsburg-era villas, we head off into Kvarner Bay in search of island idylls.

The islands here certainly don’t disappoint. Krk, for example, is barren and beautiful in the north and all vineyards and luscious hills in the south. Its local Vrbnicka Zlahtina white wine is a must. Rab Island has 22 beaches to choose from and its main town of Rab has a medieval walled town with plenty of boutiques and cafes. Losinj's historical harbour is a delight to stroll around, and we also recommend visiting the Blue World Institute, a Dolphin research centre in Veli Losinj. Zadar, on the mainland, is a stunning old town that dates back to Roman times but, like so many of Croatia’s fine urban spots, boasts architecture through the ages.

We also ensure there is plenty of time to just chill on the boat where all cabins are ensuite, air conditioned, with no more than 50 passengers on board. All breakfasts and lunches are included, and one evening meal. For other evening meals you are free to choose from the many restaurants and cafes available in the ports we visit.

Family and solo travellers

Children are welcome on board. Children under ten years old receive a 50% discount, and some vessels can accommodate children on a third bed in a cabin. Solo passengers can opt to share a cabin with another person of the same gender, and if this isn’t possible we will find you a cabin of your own. To guarantee your own cabin you will need to pay a solo supplement of 50%, although these are limited in number. So do please chat with us about this and we will accommodate you as best we can.

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Travelling by train:
We offer the possibility of travelling by train from the UK (or other parts of Europe) to Croatia and can book this for you. Leaving from London you need to allow 2 days to travel in either direction, though you can of course spend longer and enjoy some of the cities and scenery en route. The train is usually via Munich and Zagreb and through Slovenia, though it is also possible to travel via Italy (via Milan) and get a ferry to/from Split or Dubrovnik.
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As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

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We can book this trip for you via train so you do not need to take a single flight. Please see above for details.

The food and wine served on board is almost 100% locally produced, supporting many small producers, keeping food miles to a minimum and helping to maintain the traditional small scale farming and fishing that the coast and islands depend on

The management of these vessels is dedicated to sustainable tourism in Croatia and the crew are passionate about raising awareness of environmental, economic and sustainable tourism policies in Croatia. They believe the promotion of environmental awareness in the region will have a prolonged and positive impact on the livelihoods of the local people and maintain Croatia as a sustainable tourism destination for future generations.

We visit Cres Island, home to a tiny population of Griffon vultures, and our guests have the opportunity to visit the vulture conservation centre, where all funds are used to help conserve the vultures.

During our visit to Mali Losinj, our guests have the opportunity to visit the The Lošinj Marine Education Centre, where they work to maintain the local marine ecosystem that still contains populations of dolphins and sea turtles.

By staying on our small vessel, we provide the opportunity for guests to stay in some places where building more hotels is either impractical or unwanted, and our ships provide the extra bed-space without the need for new building.
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The Impacts of this Trip

Vast floating blocks of flats, otherwise known as cruise ships cruise straight past some of Europe's most beautiful coastlines with barely a second glance, and without a thought to the places they are missing.

Our vessel, on the other hand, stops at many small ports and towns where we can fully enjoy some of the very best that Croatia has to offer. The money that we will spend in many of these smaller communities will help to preserve the fantastic heritage of these antique coastline.

By leaving our guests free to choose their own dining venues in the evenings, this ensures that a range of small restaurants and cafes will benefit from our guests spending.

Our vessels are captained and crewed by Croatians, and most of the produce served on board in sourced locally, sometimes from the crew’s family members.

The owners and managers of the vessels we work with in Croatia fund and provide a weeks holiday cruise for some of the disadvantaged children of Vukovar, the site of some of the heaviest fighting in Europe since 1945.

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Reviewed on 07 Oct 2019 by

The whole experience of sailing up and down the coast visiting the small islands, swimming in warm water, exploring ancient ports is a delight, with the two major centres of Split and Dubrovnik as highlights. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019 by

The boat was comfortable and the crew were friendly and efficient. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2018 by

Excellent. High quality food. Beautiful boat with excellent facilities. However some of the crew were a bit miserable and probably should not be doing this job. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2018 by

It was fantastic. Crew and other passengers all very friendly. We felt as if we had been away for weeks! Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Aug 2018 by

Swimming in crystal clear seas and visiting historic towns was wonderful. I enjoyed sitting out on deck in picturesque harbours before dinner in one of the local restaurants. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Aug 2018 by

My tips for this holiday would be to 'relax, enjoy and make friends' Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Jul 2018 by

Amazing and I feel very privileged to have gone. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 May 2018 by

The whole experience was memorable but one special thing was the swim stop on Cres on our last day. We were the only boat there and we stayed for several hours. It was beautiful and so peaceful. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2018 by

See(ing) dolphins was the most memorable part of the trip. Read full review

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