PREMIUM CRUISE HOLIDAY: Take in the highlights of the northern Adriatic with this Croatia sailing holiday around Kvarner Bay. Explore the historic towns of Rab and Zadar, lose yourself on the serene and sparsely populated islands of Cres and Ilovik, and tour Opatija, the oldest continuously inhabited city in Croatia. With plenty of swimming stops and free time to delve into quaint local restaurants and hike amongst stunning Croatian scenery.
Saturday. Opatija - Krk. Welcome to Opatija in northern Croatia. We set sail at 13:00 and lunch is included onboard. We sail first to Krk, which is the largest of all the Croatian islands. We stop for a swim in the crystal clear sea en route to the harbour at Krk town, where we spend the night. The town is a vibrant one, with loads of great restaurants and bars to enjoy. There are also lots of secluded bays and beaches to discover along the coast.
Overnight: Onboard (Krk) | Lunch
Krk - Rab. Departing Krk, we head to Rab, an island just off the coast. Rab is known as the "Island of Love" and we'll enjoy a guided tour of the romantic Rab town. Admire Romanesque churches, historic stone walls and ancient streets. You will see many artists working outside in the street, and we enjoy an included tasting of the local delicacy: a cake with a secret recipe known as Rapska torta. If the weather is good, you may wish to walk to the top of Kamenjak Hill to watch a beautiful sunset.
Overnight: Onboard (Rab) | Breakfast, Lunch
Exploring historic Zadar
Rab - Zadar. Departing Rab, we pass the unusual island of Pag and stop for a swim at the tiny island of Maun. Arriving into Zadar, we join an included guided tour. Zadar is the centre of this region and the oldest continuously inhabited city in Croatia. Marvel at the historic Roman Forum, the medieval basilica of Saint Donatus and the imposing city walls, which date back to the 16th century. The waterfront is a great place to spend this evening, so we recommend you head out for a meal and wander down to the Zadar Sea Organ to listen to the unique sounds it produces.
Overnight: Onboard (Zadar) | Breakfast, Lunch
Zadar - Molat or Olib. Today's schedule is flexible, as we begin our northbound journey back to Opatija. We will sail to the islands of either Molat or Olib, depending on which has room for us at the harbour! These islands are close together and fairly similar, both boasting peace and serenity. They are both sparsely inhabited so you could take a nice walk along the coast before our included Captain's Dinner onboard this evening.
Overnight: Onboard (Molat or Olib) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Molat or Olib - Ilovik - Mali Losinj. Enjoy breakfast and a swim before we set sail once again for Ilovik, whch is home to just a few hundred people. After a quick stop here, we continue to Losinj. Known for its lush pine forests and long days of sunshine, Losinj is one of the most popular destinations in the northern Adriatic. Docking at the town of Mali Losinj, the rest of the day is free to wander along the waterfront or head to nearby Veli Losinj.
Overnight: Onboard (Mali Losinj) | Breakfast, Lunch
The nature of Cres
Mali Losinj - Cres. Today we have a short sail to Cres. This island used to be connected to Mali Losinj, but the Romans separated the two by digging a narrow channel. Cres town is a typical medieval settlement, with narrow streets and beautiful stone architecture. And the wider landscape of Cres is dotted with olive groves, vineyards, and oak forests. There is time for you to head out and explore as you wish.
Overnight: Onboard (Cres) | Breakfast, Lunch
Cres - Opatija. Today is our last day of sailing as we make our return to Opatija. The famous Opatija Riviera is best seen from the sea, and we'll take in the best possible views. Arriving in Opatija after lunch, there's free time to head out and explore - we recommend a walk along Croatia's longest seaside promenade! (Please note that on Premium Plus cruises, there is an included tour of Opatija). For dinner, why not head to the nearby village of Volosko, home to some of the best fish restaurants in the country? Back onboard, we'll enjoy a farewell party.
Overnight: Onboard (Opatija) | Breakfast, Lunch
Saturday. Gather for one final breakfast, followed by goodbyes with all the new friends and the crew before they see you off in the port of Opatija.