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OUR EXTENDED ITINERARY

The Best of Croatia Cruise covers the highlights of an Elegance Cruise, as well as additional destinations, allowing you to traverse the Croatian coast in style!

This special cruise will only travel on two departures in 2022, so get in quick to experience this highly sought after itinerary!

The cruise will depart on one of our newest Elegance ships, Alfa Mario, which set sail for the very first time in 2021. The ship features ensuite rooms, air-conditioning, multiple lounge areas, a swimming platform and not one, but two splash pools!

Olimp Sunset
Krka National Park
Small ship cruising

Itineraries

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11 Day
Overview
Summary

The 11 Day Best of Croatia Itinerary is the ultimate Croatian experience, cruising through 6 Dalmatian Islands and 5 mainland destinations across 11 luxurious days.

This Itinerary starts in the magical city of Dubrovnik and heads north through the islands of Mljet, Korcula, Lastovo, Vis and Hvar, before cruising into the UNESCO protected city of Split. Once you've explored this impressive seaside city, the Itinerary continues further north through Trogir, Zlarin and Sibenik, and takes in the stunning Krka Waterfalls before finishing in the cosmopolitan city of Zadar.

The 11 Day Best of Croatia cruise is brimming with authentic experiences and provides the ultimate Dalmatian Itinerary for guests looking to truly see the Best of Croatia!

Itinerary Highlights
  • Walk Dubrovnik's famous City Walls
  • Explore a 12th Century Benedictine Monastery in Mljet
  • Become enchanted at the incredible Blue Cave, Vis
  • Watch a sunset from the Spanjola Fortress in Hvar
  • Discover the UNESCO protected Dicoletian's Palace, Split
  • Visit the Krka National Park & waterfalls
  • Take in the Sea Organ and Sun Salutation in Zadar
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Check-in
Dubrovnik
Summary

Check-in at Dubrovnik's Gruz harbour from 11am, with lunch served onboard at 1pm, giving you the perfect opportunity to get to know your new shipmates!

Your ship will remain in Dubrovnik for the first night of your cruise, giving you time to explore this unique city.

Best of Croatia Inclusion
  • Included stress-free transfer from the airport to the harbour on day 1 of your cruise*

*complimentary transfer must be booked in advance with our Sales Team

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Day 1
Dubrovnik
Summary

After lunch onboard its time to explore the incredible city of Dubrovnik!

Dubbed "heaven on earth" by the famous writer George Bernard Shaw, today you’ll have the opportunity to explore the 13th century Old Town of Dubrovnik. The included Dubrovnik Walking Tour is a great way to get to know the turbulent and interesting history of this medieval city!

Walk the impressive 1,940m long City Walls and discover hidden gems such as cafes and bars perched along the walls, where you can sit back with a cold drink and watch the sunset.

Best of Croatia Inclusion
  • Dubrovnik Walking Tour*

*Transfers to/from the start/end destination are not included

Mljet, Croatia
Day 2
Mljet
Summary

This morning we’ll depart Dubrovnik and begin our sail north through the beautiful Elaphite Islands whilst lunch is served onboard. A refreshing swim stop will be had before continuing onto Mljet National Park.

Once docked in the late afternoon, you are free to explore the salt lakes within the National Park. Inside the National Park you are able to visit the isle of St Mary, which is home to an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and a church dating back to the 12th century. The National Park is best discovered using a bike or kayak that can be hired within the park grounds.

We will overnight in the port of Polace or Pomena this evening and catch one of Mljet's famous sunsets from the back of the ship.

Korcula, Croatia
Day 3
Korcula
Summary

From Mljet we'll set sail for the island of Korcula, the rumoured birthplace of Marco Polo. Lunch will be served onboard near Lumbarda bay and tonight we will spend the night in the port of Korcula Town.

Explore this fortified town, with its narrow streets and lookout towers, spending your afternoon understanding the islands host of legends, myths and tales. The town's stone walls were built over two centuries ago, and the Old Town is built in a fishbone structure that you have to see to believe.

Best of Croatia Inclusions
  • Korcula Orientation Walk
Optional Excursion
Lastovo, Croatia
Day 4
Lastovo
Summary

Enjoy breakfast onboard as we cruise toward the island of Lastovo. Along with Mljet, Lastovo is one of the greenest Croatian islands, with more than 70% of the land being covered by forest. The island of Lastovo has been permanently inhabited for several thousand years, but in ancient times it was first colonized by the Greeks and then the Romans.

Explore the island's beautiful scenery, architecture, untouched nature and the local lifestyle on the island. The island of Lastovo and the archipelago that surrounds it is quite secluded, so watching the stars at night makes for an impressive experience.

Please note: If weather prohibits a visit to Lastovo, the ship will overnight in Vela Luka on the island of Korcula instead.

Vis, Croatia
Day 5
Vis
Summary

Early this morning and subject to weather conditions (which are normally excellent), we will make our way across to the island of Vis, one of the most outer-lying islands on the Croatian coast. Vis has been used over the centuries as a strategic military port and saw action by the Allied military through WWII against Italy and Germany.

It has only recently opened to commercial tourism and still retains a lot of its historical charm, as it is not frequently visited due to its location.

Please Note: If by chance the weather and wind isn't suitable to visit Vis, then an alternative stop will be made on the itinerary. The captain reserves the right to amend this as his number one priority is always safety.

Optional Excursions

*Please see FAQ: Will I get to visit the Blue Caves?

Hvar, Croatia
Day 6
Hvar
Summary

Today we'll head toward the island of Hvar, the longest and one of the most popular islands in the Adriatic. We will overnight in Hvar Town, where the 16th century Spanjola Fortress towers above the township. The fascinating outer-lying Islands, waterfront restaurants and famous bars make it a popular stop on the itinerary!

We dock in a prime position along the waterfront, providing the perfect base to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of restaurants, cafes and bars.

Stunning sunsets, incredible nightlife, well-preserved architecture and inviting waterfront cafes mean Hvar has something for everyone.

Please note: The docking time in Hvar can be early evening in peak season due to Port Authority restrictions. If guests would like to arrive on Hvar island earlier, water taxi transfers can be arranged for one time slot per ship, which will be included for all guests.

Best of Croatia Inclusion
  • Hvar Orientation Walk
Split, Croatia
Day 7
Split
Summary

We leave the island of Hvar behind this morning and make our way back to the mainland, where we will spend the night in the beautiful city of Split. We'll stop for a swim and lunch along the way at one of the hidden coastal bays, perfect for diving right off the ship.

Split is well known for its beaches and the fortress-like complex at its centre, Diocletian's Palace, that was erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Once home to thousands, its sprawling remains include more than 200 buildings. Within its white stone walls and under its courtyards and galleries are shops, bars, cafes, cathedrals, hotels and several houses.

Optional Excursions
Trogir, Croatia
Day 8
Trogir
Summary

After a buffet breakfast onboard we'll head off to explore Krka National Park on the included excursion! After exploring and discovering the beauty of Krka, you will be transferred to the tiny, medieval town of Trogir, where the ship will be waiting for you!

Packed with stunning architecture, impressive fortifications, and cosmopolitan restaurants, Trogir is the perfect place to soak up an authentic Croatian experience!

Enjoy the evening experiencing a local restaurant or waterside cafe.

Best of Croatia Inclusion
Zlarin, Croatia
Day 9
Zlarin
Summary

This morning we’ll cruise away from the mainland and head toward the island of Zlarin, with a swim stop along the way of course!

The island of Zlarin is known as the 'Green Island' thanks to its stunning natural environment, including Mediterranan pine forests, olive groves and crystal clear water in every shade of green and blue.

The island is proudly car free, ensuring its abundance of beautiful beaches and impressive nature remain relatively untouched!

Spend the afternoon exploring and relaxing at this hidden Croatian gem.

Sibenik, Croatia
Day 10
Sibenik
Summary

Today we’ll sail from Zlarin to Sibenik, the oldest native Croatian city on the Adriatic.

We will stop off at a secluded bay for a swim before mooring in the protected natural harbour of Sibenik. This afternoon you'll have the opportunity to discover the city at your leisure, indulge in coffee on the waterfront promenade, or explore the abundance of medieval forts and cathedrals located a stone’s throw away from the ship.

This evening you’ll experience authentic Croatian cuisine and hospitality with the Local Village Dinner!

Best of Croatia Inclusion
  • Local Village Dinner
Zadar, Croatia
Day 11
Zadar
Summary

Enjoy breakfast overlooking the stunning Adriatic Sea as we spend our final day cruising toward the fascinating city of Zadar; historically known as the center of Dalmatia.

This notable town has stood the test of time and is filled with beautiful Roman architecture and medieval churches, yet blended with cosmopolitan cafes and quality waterfront restaurants. Spend the afternoon along the waterfront of Zadar, taking in the city’s two unique attractions – the sound-and-light spectacle of the Sea Organ and Sun Salutation, which need to be seen and heard to be believed!

Sip on champagne as you marvel at Zadar’s most famous attraction; the stunning sunset out over the sea, before indulging in delicious local cuisine.

Best of Croatia Inclusion
  • Zadar Walking Tour
Zadar, Croatia
Day 12
Zadar
Summary

This morning it's time for an early onboard breakfast, before saying goodbye to the crew and all of your new friends by 8.30am.

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10 Day
Overview
Summary

The 10 Day Best of Croatia Itinerary covers the most popular highlights along the Dalmatian coastline!

This Itinerary sets sail from the seaside city of Zadar and cruises south through the mainlaind destinations of Sibenik and Trogir, taking in the incredible Krka National Park along the way, before overnighting in the UNESCO protected city of Split. On Day 5, the Itinerary continues south from Split to the islands of Hvar, Vis, Lastovo, Korcula and Mljet, before finishing in the magical city of Dubrovnik.

This extended itinerary is perfect for guests looking to experience the very best destinations in Dalmatia!

Itinerary Highlights
  • Take in the Sea Organ and Sun Salutation in Zadar
  • Visit the Krka National Park & waterfalls
  • Discover the UNESCO protected Dicoletian's Palace, Split
  • Watch a sunset from the Spanjola Fortress in Hvar
  • Become enchanted at the incredible Blue Cave, Vis
  • Explore a 12th Century Benedictine Monestary in Mljet
  • Walk Dubrovnik's famous City Walls
Zadar, Croatia
Check-in
Zadar
Summary

Check-in at Zadar harbour from 11am, with lunch served onboard at 1pm, giving you the perfect opportunity to get to know your new shipmates!

We’ll spend the night in the fascinating city of Zadar, historically known as the center of Dalmatia, as the ship will overnight here.

Best of Croatia Inclusion
  • Included stress-free transfer from the airport to the harbour on day 1 of your cruise*

*complimentary transfer must be booked in advance with our Sales Team

Zadar, Croatia
Day 1
Zadar
Summary

This afternoon we'll get to know the impressive city of Zadar.

This notable destination has stood the test of time and is filled with beautiful Roman architecture and medieval churches, yet blended with cosmopolitan cafes and quality waterfront restaurants.

Spend the afternoon along the waterfront of Zadar, taking in the city’s two unique attractions – the sound-and-light spectacle of the Sea Organ and Sun Salutation, which need to be seen and heard to be believed!

Sip on champagne as you marvel at Zadar’s most famous attraction; the stunning sunset out over the sea, before indulging in delicious local cuisine.

Best of Croatia Inclusion
  • Zadar Walking Tour
Sibenik, Croatia
Day 2
Sibenik
Summary

We’ll sail from Zadar to Sibenik, the oldest native Croatian city on the Adriatic this morning.

We will stop off at a secluded bay for a swim before mooring in the protected natural harbour of Sibenik. This afternoon you'll have the opportunity to discover the city at your leisure, indulge in coffee on the waterfront promenade, or explore the abundance of medieval forts and cathedrals located a stone’s throw away from the ship.

This evening you’ll experience authentic Croatian cuisine and hospitality with the Local Village Dinner!

Best of Croatia Inclusion
  • Local Village Dinner
Trogir, Croatia
Day 3
Trogir
Summary

After a buffet breakfast onboard we'll head off to explore Krka National Park on the included excursion! After exploring and discovering the beauty of Krka, you will be transferred to the tiny, medieval town of Trogir, where the ship will be waiting for you!

Packed with stunning architecture, impressive fortifications, and cosmopolitan restaurants, Trogir is the perfect place to soak up an authentic Croatian experience! Enjoy the evening experiencing a local restaurant or waterside cafe.

Best of Croatia Inclusion
Split, Croatia
Day 4
Split
Summary

We leave Trogir behind this morning and make our way back to the mainland, where we will spend the night in the beautiful city of Split. We'll stop for a swim and lunch along the way at one of the hidden coastal bays, perfect for diving right off the ship.

Split is well known for its beaches and the fortress like complex at its centre, Diocletian's Palace, that was erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Once home to thousands, its sprawling remains include more than 200 buildings. Within its white stone walls and under its courtyards and galleries are shops, bars, cafes, cathedrals, hotels and several houses.

Best of Croatia Inclusion
Optional Excursions
Hvar, Croatia
Day 5
Hvar
Summary

Today we'll head toward the island of Hvar, the longest and one of the most popular islands in the Adriatic. We will overnight in Hvar Town, where the 16th century Spanjola Fortress towers above the township. The fascinating outer-lying Islands, waterfront restaurants and famous bars make it a popular stop on the itinerary!

We dock in a prime position along the waterfront, providing the perfect base to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of restaurants, cafes and bars.

Stunning sunsets, incredible nightlife, well-preserved architecture and inviting waterfront cafes mean Hvar has something for everyone.

Best of Croatia Inclusion
  • Hvar Orientation Walk
Vis, Croatia
Day 6
Vis
Summary

Early this morning and subject to weather conditions (which are normally excellent), we will make our way across to the island of Vis, one of the most outer-lying islands on the Croatian coast. Vis has been used over the centuries as a strategic military port and saw action by the Allied military through WWII against Italy and Germany.

It has only recently opened to commercial tourism and still retains a lot of its historical charm, as it is not frequently visited due to its location.

Please Note: If by chance the weather and wind isn't suitable to visit Vis, then an alternative stop will be made on the itinerary. The captain reserves the right to amend this as his number one priority is always safety.

Optional Excursions

*Please see FAQ: Will I get to visit the Blue Caves?

Lastovo, Croatia
Day 7
Lastovo
Summary

Enjoy breakfast onboard as we cruise toward the island of Lastovo. Along with Mljet, Lastovo is one of the greenest Croatian islands, with more than 70% of the land being covered by forest. The island of Lastovo has been permanently inhabited for several thousand years, but in ancient times it was first colonized by the Greeks and then the Romans.

Explore the island's beautiful scenery, architecture, untouched nature and the local lifestyle on the island. The island of Lastovo and the archipelago that surrounds it is quite secluded, so watching the stars at night makes for an impressive experience.

Please note: If weather prohibits a visit to Lastovo, the ship will overnight in Vela Luka instead.

Korcula, Croatia
Day 8
Korcula
Summary

From Lastovo we'll set sail for the island of Korcula, the rumoured birthplace of Marco Polo. Lunch will be served onboard near Lumbarda bay and tonight we will spend the night in the port of Korcula Town.

Explore this fortified town, with its narrow streets and lookout towers, spending your afternoon understanding the islands host of legends, myths and tales. The town's stone walls were built over two centuries ago, and the Old Town is built in a fishbone structure that you have

Best of Croatia Inclusion
  • Korcula Orientaion Walk
Optional Excursion
Mljet, Croatia
Day 9
Mljet
Summary

This morning we’ll depart Korcula and sail toward Mljet.

Once docked in the late afternoon, you are free to explore the salt lakes within the National Park. Inside the National Park you are able to visit the isle of St Mary, which is home to an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and a church dating back to the 12th century.

The National Park is best discovered using a bike or kayak that can be hired within the park grounds.

We will overnight in the port of Polace or Pomena this evening and catch one of Mljet's famous sunsets from the back of the ship.

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Day 10
Dubrovnik
Summary

There is nothing quite like waking up in peaceful Mljet and enjoying breakfast onboard your ship as we cruise towards the UNESCO protected and spectacularly beautiful city of Dubrovnik.

Enjoy the stunning views along the way to "heaven on earth" - according to the famous writer, George Bernard Shaw.

We will arrive in Dubrovnik in the afternoon, allowing plenty of time for you to explore Dubrovnik’s Old Town. The city is wonderfully captivating, with its stone walls and historic charm. It is highly recommended to walk around the 1,940m long, 15th century walls to grasp the diverse nature of this city. Walk along the Stradun, the promenade inside the old city walls and meander the alleyways to discover numerous local restaurants, shops and bars.

Best of Croatia Inclusion

*Transfers to/from the start/end destination are not included

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Day 11
Dubrovnik
Summary

This morning it's time for an early onboard breakfast, before saying goodbye to the crew and all of your new friends.

Your Ship
MS Alfa Mario Exterior
Exterior
MS Alfa Mario Above Deck Cabin
Above Deck Cabin
MS Alfa Mario Top Deck
Top Deck
MS Alfa Mario Bathroom
Bathroom
MS Alfa Mario Splashpool
Splashpool
Alfa Mario

Alfa Mario is the newest vessel to join the Elegance fleet and will set sail for the first time in 2021. This stand out vessel offers spacious air-conditioned cabins and multiple sun deck areas, and its sleek, modern design is guaranteed to offer a luxurious cruising experience onboard.

Length: 52m
Built: 2021
Capacity: 36
Cabins: 18
Splash pool & jacuzzi

Inclusions

Sail Croatia Chefs
Captains Dinner Evening

Captains Dinner Evening Experience traditional Croatian cuisine, as your Captain puts on an evening complete with local entertainment!

Alfa Mario Render
Brand New Ship

Brand New Ship This cruise runs exclusively on our newest Elegance Ship; Alfa Mario

Explore Historic Towns
Explore Historic Towns

Explore Historic Towns Explore Croatia with included Orientation Tours at selected locations

Taking in the Adriatic Sea
Return Airport Transfers

Return Airport Transfers Return Airport transfers (on the start/end day of your cruise) are included

Krka Waterfalls
Krka National Park Excursion

Krka National Park Excursion Discover Krka National Park on this included excursion

Sail Croatia Tour Managers
Tour Manager

Tour Manager Your dedicated Tour Manager can assist with any questions onboard

Authentic Croatian Viallage dinner
Local Village Dinner

Local Village Dinner Immerse yourself in the traditional way of life as you experience authentic Croatia

Croatian Cruise dinning table
Authentic Cuisine

Authentic Cuisine Freshly prepared breakfast and a 3-course lunch are included daily

PRICING

FAQ's

What Health and Safety Measures Will be In Place in Light of COVID-19?

Sail Croatia takes the health and safety of our guests and staff seriously and as such we will be implementing measures onboard our ships to limit and prevent the spread of the virus. To view the Health and Safety measures that will be in place, please view our Cruise with Confidence page.

Whilst we will endeavour to do our very best to reduce the spread of COVID-19, please recognise that there is a clear risk of the spread of the disease whilst on holiday. Our aim is to keep our guests safe and Croatia free of the spread of the virus. We kindly ask for your support throughout this process. Our measures will continue to be updated in line with best practices and Government guidelines.

What is the Best of Croatia Cruise?

The Best of Croatia Cruise is aimed at couples and mature travellers looking for a mix of sightseeing, luxury and relaxation. These cruises sail on either an 10 day Zadar to Dubrovnik route, or an 11 day Dubrovnik to Zadar route. This exclusive cruise will take place on two departures only onboard a brand new ship, offering the highest level of luxury and comfort onboard.

What are the departure/arrival times?

The Best of Croatia Cruise departs at 1pm on the departure day, from either Zadar or Dubrovnik, depending on your itinerary. You are able to disembark the ship after breakfast on the last day of your cruise between 8am and 9am.

Are transfers between the airport and the port included?

As part of your Best of Croatia Cruise, transfers are included between the airport and your hotel, or straight to the ship on the start day of your cruise. Transfers from the ship to the airport are also included on the last day of your cruise. Please advise your flight details (flight number, arrival/departure time) at least 5 days before departure by emailing our Reservations Team on [email protected] Once we have this information we will be happy to arrange these for you.

What ages are onboard the ship?

The minimum age onboard the Best of Croatia cruise is 18. If you are looking for a Sail Croatia experience with children younger than 18 years old, you may be interested in our Private Yacht Tours!

What are the cabin arrangements?

Cabins on the Best of Croatia Cruise are the newest and most luxurious within our fleet, consisting of a Twin or Double bed, ensuite and air-conditioning. Twin or Double bed cabins are confirmed during the booking stage, so please let us know your preferences. Each cabin is approximately 10-12 square meters (including the ensuite).

What is the difference between Above Deck and Lower Deck?

The Best of Croatia Cruise is aimed at couples and mature travellers looking for a mix of sightseeing, luxury and relaxation. These cruises sail on either a 10 day Zadar to Dubrovnik route, or an 11 day Dubrovnik to Zadar route. This exclusive cruise will take place on two departures only onboard a brand new ship, offering the highest level of luxury and comfort onboard.

Above Deck Lower Deck
Above water level At water level
On the main deck Below the main deck
No stairs* Large portholes
  Quieter
  Cooler during the hot months
  Generally larger cabins* (due to lack of walkway)
  Lower in price

*Dependent on ship, see ship plans below for more details.

I am travelling by myself. Is there a Single supplement?

If you prefer to have your own cabin, you can pay a single supplement which is 50% of the one person price. Please note single supplements are not applicable on Special Offers or discounted cruises. Alternatively, we can match you with another solo traveller of the same sex onboard the ship.

What meals are served onboard?

Each morning the onboard cook will prepare a buffet breakfast, complete with hot and cold dishes. A traditional three course lunch is also served daily, prepared by the onboard cook. Two evening meals are included on the Best of Croatia Cruise; a Captain's Dinner (complete with entertainment) and a Traditional Village Dinner. On the other evenings, we encourage you to explore the local towns and experience Dalmatian cuisine. Your onboard Tour Manager will be able to offer suggestions on the best places to eat at each destination!

I am a vegetarian or have a special dietary request - do you cater for me?

Our onboard cook is able to cater for vegetarians and travellers with special dietary requests. If you are allergic to certain foods, please specify in advance what this includes. We will note this so the cook can be prepared.

Are there any local payments that I need to be aware of?

A local payment of 45 Euros per person is payable onboard your Sail Croatia Cruise. This payment incorporates port fees and tourist taxes throughout the week and is subject to change.

What type of luggage should I bring?

If you’re joining us from within Europe, we highly recommend limiting your luggage to one suitcase; however, we understand that this might not be possible for international travellers who are flying in just for the cruise, or on extended trips. In most cabins, you will be able to store bags under the bed; however, in the case of excess luggage, please ask check-in staff to give you additional information about possible storage.

Will I get to visit the Blue Cave as a part of my cruise?

A visit to the Blue Cave in Vis is dependant on weather conditions and your itinerary. If conditions allow, an optional visit to the Blue Cave will be offered. This activity is not a part of your booking with us and therefore Sail Croatia shall not be deemed responsible for any damage, loss or dissatisfaction related to the Blue Cave visit.

Am I able to use the jacuzzi onboard 24/7?

You’re welcome to relax in the onboard jacuzzi throughout your cruise. Please note that the jacuzzi may not be available at all times due to conditions such as electricity consumption, fresh water usage onboard and weather conditions.