Croatia cruise, Dalmatian islands and towns

Description of Croatia cruise, Dalmatian islands and towns

Departures from 02 May to 29 August 2020.

The Croatian islands that are dotted along the Adriatic Coast are home to beautiful beaches, secluded coves and charming towns and villages. You will sail from the ancient and beautiful town of Dubrovnik to a variety of islands and towns filled with history, culture and beauty. The pace of this Croatia cruise holiday is relaxed and you are free to sit back and unwind on the deck or head out to explore the sights that you will be visiting along the way.

Sailing through the Adriatic and along the coast of middle Dalmatia, the vistas are simply stunning. With jagged mountains, rolling hills and pine-covered islands, this is an idyllic part of the world. You’ll get to visit places such as Korcula, supposedly the home of the great explorer Marco Polo, and home to one of the finest medieval walled towns in Croatia. Another stop on the way is Mljet Island, a national park and home to a variety of flora and fauna, as well as a former Benedictine Monastery. The island is so beautiful that it is believed to be one of the islands that Odysseus is stranded on in Homer’s epic.

Bursting with history and legend, this part of Croatia is also home to some incredibly cosmopolitan towns and cities that are filled with vibrant restaurants, cafés and bars. You’ll be visiting Hvar and Dubrovnik, which have some of the most buzzing atmospheres in Croatia and are great places to soak up the culture, unwind and relax.

On top of all this, Croatian food is delectable: fresh seafood, gorgeous salads and flavoursome local wines and beers help to make this one of the most enjoyable destinations on offer, so get those deck shoes at the ready!

During your cruise along the Croatian Coast, you’ll stay aboard the Otac Nikola which can accommodate just 32 passengers. The size of the vessel means you’ll visit exclusive places that big cruise ships simply can’t reach. You’ll explore national parks as well as the historical cities of Jelsa, Korcula, and Dubrovnik.

You will stay in a two or three-bed cabin equipped with private shower, toilet and air conditioning.

There is also an on-board bar and sun deck to relax and really enjoy the best of the Croatian weather. Just make sure you’re looking out at the sights around you. The views are fabulous regardless of whether you are looking at the mainland or the islands. Inland, there’s a formidable backdrop of the towering coastal mountains which give way to verdant vegetation then red-roofed towns and villages then the perfectly blue Adriatic. Looking out towards the sea is just blue, blue, blue. The blue of the sea, the bluey/grey of the islands and then the sky. It’s 360 degrees of stunning.

Included in the price
*Transfers: Return airport transfers
*Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation in an en-suite cabin with double bed or twin beds
*Meals: half board (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches) and 1 dinner on day 1; water onboard during meals only
*Please note a tourist and harbour tax is payable locally in cash when you leave the boat. This costs approximately 28 euros per person for the week

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22 Aug 2020
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29 Aug 2020
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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.

The vessels utilised during this small-ship cruise are modern and expertly-maintained to ensure their efficiency.

The boats are equipped with tanks to ensure that even if the vessel was to be at sea for two days (which it never is during our holidays) the black and grey water can be stored onboard meaning that nothing is jettisoned into the ocean. The ships are also equipped with tanks for the retention of oily water onboard which is, of course, vital in protecting the environment.

All of the ships’ crew members are fully-briefed on how to protect the sea and the environment. All of the rubbish created onboard is stored and sorted and then deposited at the port facilities and recycled where possible.

There is excellent signage throughout the boat informing guests that under no circumstances should anything be sent overboard and providing clear instructions as to how waste should be disposed of.

During any of the shore excursions, there is a complete leave-no-trace policy in place.

The Impacts of this Trip

Our small-ships accommodate a maximum of 42 people. This means that they are able to visit areas without leaving a lasting impact. Large cruise liners, in many ways, start to dictate the style of tourism in a port and very often money spent in the destination ends up benefitting people outside of the region. On a small-ship, we are able to ensure that recommendations are made for guests both on and off-the-beaten-track and where shore excursions are possible, the group size is limited in order to ensure that the impact on any given destination is minimised.

Whilst your breakfasts and lunches are primarily included, evening dining options are in many cases left free for guests to choose and so the tourism multiplier effect is greater than if guests were on an all-inclusive boat. Guests are encouraged to try local restaurants throughout and learning a little about the local heritage of the region in which you are travelling is a key element of the holiday.

The captains on both ships are Croatian, as are the rest of their crew. The cooks use local produce which they purchase daily from the island on which they dock, so local small producers also benefit - not just the bigger food producers in Dubrovnik and Split.


2 Reviews of Croatia cruise, Dalmatian islands and towns

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 02 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Both hotels were very well suited to our needs. All the activities were excellent, though kayaking and rafting stand out in my mind, partly because of the stunning environments for each.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

It was a fun and activity packed holiday, not really suitable for people who like to sit, though there was time to relax.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. Montenegro is dependent on the tourist industry so we definitely benefited the residents, and in a very acceptable way.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Top marks! The guide was excellent, being knowledgeable and flexible so meeting the needs of the whole group.

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The Zrmanja River canoe safari. Beautiful scenery, good rapids, swimming and jumping in river.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Prepare for a long day in high temperatures in July/August, although we are told it can rain. Take lots of sunscreen and water. The days were long and tiring but well worth it. Distances were longer than we thought. We were not aware that the itinerary would change for no reason. Optional excursions were very expensive.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I am sure it benefited local people as canoes, kayaks and bicycles were used or we walked. Rubbish was always thrown away sensibly. Krka NP was very busy so not sure what the long term effect might be here. However, it was a beautiful place and not to be missed.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Some very good memories. In all the holiday was a success. Although one of the main reasons for booking this trip were three particular activities. The canoeing was fantastic; the white water rafting was disappointing as it was extremely busy on the river and hardly any rapids; the zip wire didn't happen at all and we were assured this was going to be on the itinerary.

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