Zadar to Split cruise in Croatia, 6 days

“Relax on this six-day small ship cruise, with an itinerary that swings from deserted islands to jet-set towns on the way from Zadar down to Split. ”


Zadar | Sali | Kornati National Park | Primošten | Vis Island | Biševo Island | Hvar Island | Stari Grad, Hvar | Bol, Brac Island| Split | Wine tasting on Brac

Description of Zadar to Split cruise in Croatia, 6 days

Croatia’s coast is a holiday hotspot. What better way to beat the crowds than on a lovely motor boat with local crew? There are opportunities for daily swims in quiet coves and every evening is spent in a different town for dinner.

Your itinerary from Zadar slaloms through close-lying islands of Kornati National Park, a destination that few people reach. Then you’ll head to Vis, the most distant of Croatia’s inhabited islands. Take a peek in the Blue Hole, a radiant cave on the tiny uninhabited island of Biševo nearby. There are plenty of swimming opportunities, but the best might be on Brac, at its famous Golden Horn. Choose from the variety of restaurants on shore for dinner at your various stops – fresh seafood is nearly always on the menu.

When you arrive at Split, you’ll enjoy a city who wears its history on its sleeve. The ruins of a Roman Palace are scattered around the city, juxtaposed with Renaissance and Gothic buildings, and a palm tree-lined seafront promenade.

Looking smart after a 2017 refurbishment, your boat is spacious and grand within – everyone has a private bathroom, and there is room for only 38 guests on board. Enjoy daily buffet breakfasts and four courses lunches. There’s a small swimming pool on the stern, but you’ll prefer jumping in the famously clear sea, via the boat’s swim platform.

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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.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

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 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.

The vessels that we use are all built in Croatia, specifically for use in these waters. This ensures that the most appropriate local resources are used wherever possible, and that the vessels are all built to comply and exceed local environmental and sustainability regulations.

By using small ships to visit and stay in some of the smaller ports and villages, we are providing an opportunity for a boost to tourism without the need for potentially unwanted and inappropriate new hotels to be built, and without increasing road traffic.

By using small ships, we can visit all the small ports and harbours larger vessels cannot access. These ports are often quite close to each other so we don't cover much distance at all, whereas the larger vessels have to travel much further to find a port they can access, using a lot of extra fuel while missing out on many of the best bits.

The Impacts of this Trip

Vast floating blocks of flats, otherwise known as cruise ships, arrive direct from Venice and spill their loads onto Split Harbour where they spend a couple of hours in the beautiful city. These monoliths cruise past one of Europe's most beautiful coastlines with barely a second glance, and without a thought to the places they are missing.

The vessels we use are all locally owned, operated and crewed. The captains are usually the owners of the vessles, and often most of the crew will be extended family!

In the evenings all passengers are left free to eat ashore, in restaurants of your choice. This further supports local business and communities by putting money into the ports and harbours we stay in, providing employment and further utilising local produce.


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