Looking for the best way to discover Croatian coast, its beautiful islands, hidden bays and picturesque historic towns? Then Unforgettable Dalmatia Cruise on Adriatic Pearl is the perfect choice for your vacation. We‘ve picked some of the best mainland and island destinations to give you a dream cruise of the Adriatic Sea.
This inspiring, and yet relaxing small ship cruise lasts for 8 days / 7 nights. We embark in Zadar and our final destination is Dubrovnik. During our stay in Zadar, you will have the opportunity to explore the city in the evening and the following morning. Discover the rich history of the Zadar peninsula by taking a walk around the remains of the Roman Forum. Marvel at the impressive medieval Church of St. Donatus and Dalmatia’s biggest cathedral, the Church of St. Anastasia. You can also check out some of Zadar’s modern attractions such as the unique Sea Organ or the Monument to the Sun.
In the afternoon of day 2, enjoy the sail through the beautiful Zadar archipelago on the way to our next stop - Šibenik. This historic town is best known for its impressive fortresses and St. James Cathedral. The famous basilica is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a wonderful example of Renaissance architecture.
On day 3, first we visit the charming little town of Trogir, located on a small island bridged to the mainland. This architectural gem and UNESCO World Heritage Site dates all the way back to the Greek period. But it is best known for its Venetian-style palaces, churches and towers. Explore its narrow alleys and waterfront promenade before we continue to the nearby city of Split.
The biggest town in Dalmatia, Split is a bustling center and a true representative of the Mediterranean way of life. It developed around the 4th century palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the best preserved examples of Roman imperial architecture in Europe. The palace’s narrow alleys and small squares hide Roman temples, many churches, museums, cafes and restaurants. Simply blend in with the locals and enjoy the charm of this ancient city.
You can spend the next morning in Split or take an optional trip to Omiš. This picturesque little town situated at the mouth of river Cetina was a famous pirates’ den in medieval times. Today it is known for good food and beautiful nature. Steep rocks and forts towering over the town and its sandy beaches provide some truly stunning views. We recommend exploring the beautiful Cetina river canyon on a boat excursion. Also, make sure to taste local specialties in one of traditional Dalmatian taverns and restaurants.
And now it’s time for some island hopping! First we set sail to the island of Hvar. This jet set hotspot and the sunniest island in Croatia has a lot to offer. You can chill out on some of the local beaches or bars or you can explore its rich history and heritage - Hvar has it all.
On day 5 we head for the island of Korčula. The town of Korčula is an impressive fortified gem of stone nested in the lush dark green setting of the island. Known for its rich tradition of stonemasonry, it is a fine example of architectural harmony. The next day we sail to the island of Mljet, best known for its natural beauty. Mljet national park offers various types of recreation such as cycling or kayaking. Or you can simply enjoy the serene beauty of the island’s two lakes, one of which contains an islet with a medieval Benedictine monastery.
After Mljet, we return to the mainland for an overnight stay in the village of Slano. This gives you an opportunity to relax and prepare for our next stop, Dubrovnik. You can also visit the nearby town of Ston and enjoy tasting its exceptional red wines and local delicacies. We definitely recommend trying the famous Ston oysters.
In the early afternoon of day 7, we set sail for our final port of call, Dubrovnik. The most famous coastal city in Croatia, it boasts the title of ‘the Pearl of the Adriatic’. During the afternoon you can explore its magnificent walls, churches, museums and monasteries. After that you can relax and enjoy a romantic dinner or check out Dubrovnik’s nightlife. The cruise ends after breakfast the following day. For more detailed information, check the Unforgettable Dalmatia Cruise itinerary.