Touring magnificent landscapes and medieval landmarks, this coastal cruise calls at charismatic towns, and takes the ‘back to Nature’ routes to uninhabited islands and peaceful national parks, revealing the secret scenic splendour of Croatia’s untamed interior
Day 1 - Split
Day 2 - Trogir/Rogoznica
Day 3 - Krka NP/Šibenik
Day 4 - Kornati NP / Telašćica
Day 5 - Zadar
Day 6 - Plitvice Lakes NP
Day 7 - Split
Day 8 - Return Flight
On a private Jules Verne cruise aboard the elegant MV Admiral, your journey into Croatia’s cultural heritage and natural beauty combines coast with country, and four UNESCO World Heritage sites with three unique national parks. The tour begins in vibrant Split, the first of its UNESCO sites, where modern life is lived within ancient architecture, and seafront strolling grounds are studded with palm trees. A short sail north of here, the first port of call is the tiny island of Trogir, the labyrinthine lanes of its old town linked by bridge to the mainland. Krka is the first of the national parks, spreading east from the shore to the mountains in a medley of monasteries, gorges and waterfalls. Following on its heels, in sharp contrast, Kornati National Park is a magical marine environment of reefs and islets, cliffs and grottoes, starkly white against the blue of the sea; while Plitvice Lakes, a National Park with UNESCO status, has canyons, karst rocks, and cascades from sixteen lakes. Punctuating this perfect trio are visits to Sibenik, its 16th century cathedral the jewel in its Old Town crown; to Etno Selo for wine-tasting; and to Zadar’s myriad monuments – ancient, medieval, and modern.
Culture & Natural Wonders
Exclusive Small Ship Sailing
Free Cabin Selection
4 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Jules Verne Representative
Day 1 Fly from your chosen airport to Split and transfer to the port to board the MV Admiral. Overnight in Split. (D)
Day 2 Cruise to the island of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage site, for a walking tour of the town, where medieval monuments include the Romanesque portal of St Lawrence Cathedral and the 15th century Kamerlengo Fortress on the waterfront, a governor’s palace in Venetian times. Continue to the village of Rogoznica, edging a deep, sheltered bay, for dinner ashore and overnight mooring. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Sail to Skradin then by road to Etno Selo, for lunch and a taste of Dalmatian culture and local wine. Travel by road to Lozovac, the entry point to Krka National Park, it’s forestry and lush greenery spread around 73km of the Krka River. The park is known for its monasteries and for splendid waterfall cascades, and we include a guided visit to one of them, Stradinski Buk, flanked by traditional watermills. Continue by boat to coastal Skradin, Return to Sibenik, where UNESCO listed St James Cathedral took on the film location guise as part of Braavos in Game of Thrones. Overnight in Sibenik. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Cruise around the nautical Eden of Kornati National Park, its archipelago a mix of 89 islands and islets, some ethereal, deserted, and indented with caves and grottoes, others cloaked in vineyards and olive groves; its sub-marine micro-climate creating a habitat for rare algae, molluscs, and corals. Sail to Telašćica Nature Park, a bay in the south eastern part of the island of Dugi Otok, for independent exploration. Opportunity to walk around Lake Mir and to see the Cliffs of Dugi Otok. Overnight in Telašćica Nature Park. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Cross to the coast at Zadar for a walking tour of the town, where buildings tell its history from the Roman Forum to the huge 9th century church of St. Donatus, 13th century Romanesque Cathedral and its bell tower, 16th century Land Gate linking the old port to the town, and a pairing of modern monuments, the astonishing Sea Organ, heard but almost unseen as it harnesses the haunting sounds of the waves, and the solar circles of Greeting to the Sun, at its most spectacular after dark. A traditional Klapa musical performance is a special event today. Overnight in Zadar. (B, L)
Day 6 A full day excursion takes us by road to Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia’s oldest and largest. A rich variety of flora and fauna complements a landscape of limestone canyons, striking karst rock formations, and a stunning tiered chain of sixteen lakes, with numerous cascades connecting each lake with the next. The tour returns to the Adriatic at pretty Primosten, a small but beautifully formed and fortified town, on an islet connected by causeway to the coast. Overnight at Primosten. (B, D)
Day 7 Cruise through fabulous views of the shores and islands enroute back to Split, where a walking tour includes the astonishing Diocletian’s Palace, an enormous ensemble which is more like a fortified Old Town, thronged with shops and markets, restaurants and al fresco cafés, and, it’s said, the world’s oldest Cathedral, St Domnius, built 295-305AD. Captain’s farewell dinner aboard MV Admiral. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Morning at leisure to explore Split’s intermingling of ancient and modern, before transferring to the airport for your return flight. (B)
Groups are divided for sightseeing. The cruise vessel takes 39 guests.
At some mooring points you may need to walk through vessels anchored alongside to go ashore.
Most excursions are on foot including some with uneven surfaces and inclines.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.
The Croatian based company Katarina Line operate the MV Admiral. This 141 ft. motor vessel, built in 2015, over three decks offers a maximum capacity of 39 passengers and has a small and attentive local crew.
Breakfast is buffet with a variety of hot and cold dishes, lunch and dinners of local produce feature Croatian and Mediterranean specialities are served with the occasional buffet.
The vessel has an intimate yet spacious feel, elegantly decorated in a contemporary style. Sun deck with tables, chairs, sunbeds and a hot tub, bar and WiFi (free). 20 air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and TV.
Eight twin/double cabins (172 sq. ft.) with two portholes on the Lower Deck.
Five twin/double cabins Cat. A (150-172 sq. ft.) with one window.
Five twin/double cabins Cat. B (150-172 sq. ft.) with two windows.
One single cabin (107 sq. ft.) with one window on the Main Deck.
One double cabin (139 sq. ft.) with one window on the Upper Deck.
Split Decision - Post-Cruise Extension
Extend your stay in Split, an exuberant city with the right balance between tradition and modernity. Stay at the stylish 4-star Hotel Jupiter in the historic centre of Split. Breakfast daily.
Day 1 Transfer to your hotel for a two night stay. Time for independent exploration or relaxation. (B)
Day 2 At leisure in Split. (B)
Day 3 Transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)
A stylish 4-star hotel in a historic building inside the UNESCO-protected Diocletian Palace. Restaurant, bar, roof top terrace, sauna and WiFi (free). 38 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double Lower Deck cabin
easyJet from Gatwick
per person in a twin/double Lower Deck cabin
easyJet from Gatwick
Supplements per person
Twin/Double for sole use £865
Upper Deck £345
Croatia Airlines from Heathrow - On request
Post-cruise Extension - Split Decision
Hotel Jupiter - Split
2 nights £295
Single supplement £155
Arrival or departure transfer add £45
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 6 dinners, excursions, Jules Verne Representative, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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