Cruising the Adriatic is a great trip for both first-time visitors to Croatia, or for those who have already fallen in love with this spectacular destination, and are desperate to see it again. Calm azure waters and easy access to the most gorgeous locations add to the 101 reasons that already why you should cruise along the Dalmatian Coast.
This is a different style of travel that is not rushed or crowded. It is type of travel that encourages more immersive encounters at the various destinations, with experiences that allow passengers to see more, discover more and explore more.
Intrepid have a boutique eight-day cruise that includes the picturesque towns of Split, Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik as part of the enchanting itinerary. For your journey, the M/S Royal Eleganza, with its 16 well-appointed cabins, spacious sun deck, BBQ and outdoor bar, will be your cruise ship. It is the perfect vessel for you to be able to dock in the heart of port towns like Hvar and Korcula. Or if you decide to drop anchor in a secluded bay near Split and dive off the boat, for a swim in the very safe waters of the Adriatic, all is fine to do just that.
This itinerary includes sailing up the River Neretva into Bosnia and Herzegovina. For many, this river is the sole reason why some people choose Croatia for their holiday. Its beautiful riverbanks and strong streams make it perfect for rafting and kayaking, and to soak up some fantastic Croatian scenery. The time in Boznia and Herzegovina also includes a special detour to Mostar. It is known for the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge), a reconstructed medieval arched bridge. The nearby alleys are full of shops and market stalls, and the Old Bridge Museum explores the bridge’s long history. This itinerary inclusion is not featured on many Croatian coastal tours. In addition to seeing the town’s iconic bridge, you will also have the chance to chat with local craftsmen and metalworkers.
Your journey will have you sailing into Skradin, one of the oldest Croatian towns. Skradin is a small town situated about 15km from Sibenik, along the river Krka. It is truly beautiful, and with its cobbled stoned streets, pretty waterfalls, and the most beautiful marina in Croatia, it is a delightful itinerary inclusion. From here passengers then transfer to Krka National Park, in small riverboats for a trip through the park. Then head back to the ship and continue on to the wonderful city of Split.
Known as the soul of Croatia, Split is the country's second biggest city and also is known to have just the right balance of tradition and modernity. There are plenty of impressive Roman monuments to see that are located throughout the city which also features dozens of bars, restaurants and shops - all thriving amid the atmospheric old walls where Split locals have been going about their business for thousands of years.
Arrive in Stari Grad where you will have the chance to explore the island known as the 'Queen of the Dalmatian Islands'. Here you'll visit a local beekeeper for a honey tasting and a walk through the colourful nearby lavendar fields. Head to Hvar town and enjoy some free time to explore the town.
Return to Stari Grad, where you will overnight and dine at a local restaurant. Be sure to ask the ship’s captain, as he or she, is often, a veritable library of where to find all the best dining places.
Set sail for Korcula, where you and fellow passengers will get a tasty on-board cooking demonstration from the chef, followed by a delicious lunch. In the late afternoon, arrive in Korcula, the birthplace of Marco Polo and considered one of the most charming of all the islands off the Adriatic. Korcula Old Town is set in a mini fortress surrounded by ancient medieval walls. Be sure to spend some time weaving through its network of old cobbled streets, or perhaps enjoy a performance of Korcula's proudest tradition, The Moreska Sword Dance.
Your journey finishes at Dubrovnik and completes your Dalmatian discovery. The last part of the itinerary includes the chance to explore this picturesque old town that is full of character and ancient monuments.
This Intrepid Dalmatian Coast cruise is a magical blend of relaxation, fabulous food, wine and scenery, the chance to swim every day in the beautiful Adriatic, with pretty villages and monuments along the way – all of which adds up to absolute perfection, no matter if it is the first or fiftieth time to this very special part of the world.
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