CROATIA 2018

Travel from Dubrovik to Opatija….8 days 5-star experience on a superb ship.

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Cruise along the magnificent Adriatic visiting:

DUBROVNIK – KORČULA – METKOVIĆ – SPLIT – NP KRKA WATERFALLS – ŠIBENIK – ZADAR – RAB – OPATIJA

Let us sweep you away on this enchanting small cruise ship for enchanting 7 days. Spend mornings on spacious decks or swim in crystal clear Adriatic Sea and evenings to explore small historical towns. This one way cruise from Dubrovnik to Opatija will bring you the best of Croatian islands and coastline with numerous extra services and wine & gourmet experiences included in the package.

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ITINERARY

Day 1: DUBROVNIK – KORČULA
Departure towards Korčula, the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo, also known as „the Black Island“, due to the vast pine forests, that once covered almost the entire island. Surrounded by medieval walls Korčula resembles a miniature Dubrovnik, and is the only place in the world where the Spanish medieval knight’s game – Moreška is performed. Enjoy a stroll with the local guide, through the tiny streets of the old town built in the shape of a fish bone, where there are many konobas, restaurants, cocktail bars or night-clubs located.

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Day 2: KORČULA – METKOVIĆ
Cruise to Metković, situated on the bank of great river Neretva, followed by a barge excursion to explore more of this wonderful scenery known for mandarin plantations. Visit Vid archeological museum Narona formally inaugurated in 2007 as the first „in situ“ museum in Croatia exhibiting the remains of a Roman temple – the Augusteum – and 17 marble statues, both outsized and in natural height. Discover places where the ancient Illyrians, Greeks, Romans once sailed, and the pirates of Neretva planned their raids of enemy galleys. Discover the allure of one of the last swamps on the European continent, its flora and fauna, the diversity of wild birds and the traditional lifestyle of the Neretva people. Captain’s dinner with live entertainment on board is planned here in the evening.

Day 3: METKOVIĆ – SPLIT
From Metković our cruise continues to Split, the UNESCO protected capital of Dalmatian region and the second largest city in Croatia that was once the palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Upon arrival, local guide will take us for a walk through the bustling old town center and market. Overnight in the port.

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Day 4: SPLIT – NP KRKA WATERFALLS – ŠIBENIK
Cruise towards Skradin from where a coach takes us to the famous Bibich winery to enjoy wine tasting and lunch followed by exploring national park Krka. We will have the opportunity to visit “Skradinski Buk”, the most popular part of the waterfall area, where in 17 falls, with up to 100 m broad cascades, the Krka rushes 45.7 meters down. Make sure you do not forget to bring your bathing suit – a swim in the clear waters of the River Krka just below the falls is a truly unique experience. Smaller boats will return us to Skradin. In the late afternoon we sail towards Šibenik, situated almost at central part of the Croatian Adriatic coast. Abundance in historical and cultural monuments, and the most important being the Cathedral of St. James, the most important Renaissance monument in Croatia, listed on the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage. Time at leisure to explore Šibenik and overnight.

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Day 5: ŠIBENIK – ZADAR
After breakfast we proceed to Zadar, the oldest university town in Croatia, well known for its rich historical heritage of world importance, visible at every step: the Roman Forum from the 1st century, St Donat church from the 9th century – the most famous medieval basilica and the symbol of the city, mighty city walls with a bow and a representative city gate from 16th century, the Museum of ancient glass, over 30 churches in the old town, many palaces and villas, as well as the famous Sea Organs and “Greeting to the Sun” light installation, both located on the city’s waterfront. Guided city tour followed by Maraschino liquor tasting.

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Day 6: ZADAR – RAB ISLAND
Morning cruise towards Rab, the “island of love”. Sightseeing of the town, encircled by medieval walls, Romanesque church towers, churches, palaces, stone streets and ancient facades. Enjoy the “gallery” on the streets and squares where many painters and artists exhibit their works. Guided city tour followed by Rab cake demonstration and tasting, as according to the legend, the recipe for Rab cake was created by nuns in the monastery when catering to the visiting Pope. If time allows, take a taxi uphill to enjoy the magnificent sunset and a glorious view of Rab and surrounding islands.

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Day 7: RAB ISLAND – OPATIJA
On route to the final destination experience magnificent views of the famous Opatija Riviera. Orientational guided tour of Opatija with visit to Kraš Choco bar to try exclusive chocolate cocktails, drinks or ice-cream as they are one of a kind. If time permits take a stroll along the famous Franz Joseph promenade – Lungo Mare to nearby fishermen’s village Volosko – well known for the best seafood restaurants in Croatia. Farewell dinner evening on board with live entertainment, a great opportunity for exchanging addresses on the last night. Overnight in the port of Opatija.
Day 8: OPATIJA
After breakfast say goodbye to the crew and hope to see you again aboard Katarina Line cruises.

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