National Parks & Islands of Croatia Yacht Cruise
September 16 – 27, 2023 | 12 days
$4999 per person, double occupancy
- MS San Spirito
- Optional Dubrovnik Extension
- Payments & Cancellations
- Terms & Conditions
HIGHLIGHTS: Zagreb, Rovinj, Olive Oil Tasting, Farm-to-Table Dinner, Opatija, 7-night Adriatic Cruise, Cres, Krk, Rab, Zadar, Sea Organ and Greetings to the Sun, Sailing through Kornati National Park, Šibenik, Cathedral of St. James
- Day 1: Overnight Flight
- Day 2: Sheraton Zagreb Hotel , Zagreb
- Days 3, 4: Hilton Rijeka Costabella Beach Resort & Spa, Rijeka
- Days 5 – 11: MS San Spirito, Dubrovnik
Day 1 | Saturday, September 16, 2023 | Overnight Flight
Medieval architecture, sunny islands, and a private small cruise ship await you in Croatia. From stunning coastlines and nature parks, to culinary delicacies and arts installations, the Adriatic’s wonders are yours to explore.
Day 2 | Sunday, September 17, 2023 | Zagreb, Croatia – Tour Begins
Welcome to Zagreb! Settle into your hotel amidst the vibrant cafes and cobblestone streets of Croatia’s alluring capital. This evening savor authentic fare and meet your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner at a locally-owned restaurant. (D)
Day 3 | Monday, September 18, 2023 | Zagreb – Rijeka
This morning, join a local guide and get to know the history, culture, and everyday life in Zagreb during a walking tour of the city. Catch a glimpse of the elegant Croatian National Theatre, the Mimara Art Museum, the Croatian Parliament building, Zagreb Cathedral and historic Stone Gate. Relish some free time to discover what this dynamic city has to offer on your own. Later, it’s off to the hip coastal-city of Rijeka, a “European Capital of Culture”. This evening is yours to explore Rijeka independently. (B)
Day 4 | Tuesday, September 19, 2023 | Rijeka – Rovinj – Buje – Motovun – Rijeka
After breakfast, head to the beautiful port city of Rovinj and meander down twisting narrow streets and by the charming waterfront. Enjoy some time to take in this romantic city in your own way. Later, set off for the beautiful village of Buje! At an olive farm known to be one of the best producers in the Istrian Peninsula, learn the process of producing olive oil and local flavors when you sample this aromatic culinary staple. A true farm-to-table dinner at a local restaurant in the hills of Motovun allows you to end your day sampling regional wines and classic Istrian delicacies.
Day 5 | Wednesday, September 20, 2023 | Rijeka – Opatija – Board the MS San Spirito
Today, it’s off to Opatija to board your ship for your 7-night private cruise of the Adriatic. After checking in, you’ll have free time to enjoy lunch independently in one of the many quaint cafés in town. Then, get to know the elegant resort town on a guided tour. Stroll along Lungomare, the scenic seaside promenade where lookouts to the beautiful water, rich coastal vegetation, and pristine beaches that lie around every corner. Take in the combination of colorful, stately villas; immaculately kept gardens; a bright blue sea; and a rising mountain range that comes together to create a Riviera destination perfectly marrying nature and style. This evening, meet the captain and crew of your private cruise and settle for a welcome dinner onboard the ship. (B, D)
Day 6 | Thursday, September 21, 2023 | Opatija – Cres
The open, pristine waters of the Adriatic bring you to the colorful island of Cres, a lovely port town where the streets are lined by yellow, cream, tan, and brown terraced houses dotted with blue awnings and umbrellas. A city tour takes you through homes winding into a maze, which draw you to the center of Cres’ Old Town. Medieval architecture harkens back to simpler times when the island was simply a fisherman’s paradise. Relish an evening at leisure to take in the coast, culture and charm of Cres independently. (B, L)
Day 7 | Friday, September 22, 2023 | Cres – Krk
Today, sail to the largest island in the Adriatic: Krk. During a guided tour of Krk Town, learn about the long history and rich cultural heritage still reflected in the present day town. See the 5th-Century Krk Cathedral, dating back to the island’s time under Roman rule and the 12th-Century Frankopan Castle built by Croatian noble people. Each well-preserved wall, cathedral, temple, square and monument reflects a different part of the islands’ story and there is a piece of history underfoot with each step you take. After exploring Krk, return to your ship and enjoy dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 8 | Saturday, September 23, 2023 | Krk – Rab
Take advantage of a morning at leisure and have some more time to visit Krk Town or swim in the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic. Or, perhaps you will join an optional tour to get a taste of the regions past with visits to the Kornic Ethnographic collection, the traditional coastal village of Punat and a boat trip to the tiny natural wonder of Košljun Island. Return to the ship for lunch onboard. After, head towards the narrow island of Rab. An included tour of Rab, which is enclosed by ancient stone walls, highlights the four majestic church towers that welcome visitors to its old town, the beautiful park that winds around wooded hills to the beaches, and the large collection of sacral art at the Franciscan Monastery of St. Bernardino. This evening, a pastry chef will show you how to make a Croatian delicacy local to the island: Rab cake. Bite into this delectable almond spiral while you sip on a gin and tonic made with locally-made gin. The night is yours to explore Rab your way. (B, L)
Day 9 | Sunday, September 24, 2023 | Rab – Zadar
Pass picturesque Pag, Olib, and many of the other smaller islands of the Zadar Archipelago on your way to Zadar this afternoon. When you reach Zadar, explore this fascinating city’s irresistible blend of old and new during a guided tour. Roman ruins dating back to the 1st Century, Byzantine architecture of the 9th Century, and the magnificent Cathedral of St. Anastasia speak to Zadar’s rich history, while exciting modern art instillations on the seafront engage you in the present. Listen to the mystical warbling of the Sea Organ, whose sound comes from ocean water rushing through tubes below marble steps and witness the art installation Greeting to the Sun, creating beautiful evening light shows powered by the day’s sunshine for experiences that could only happen in Zadar. This evening is at leisure for you to stroll Zadar’s streets, perhaps sampling Dalmatian cuisine during dinner at a local café or indulging in one of the many gelato shops. (B, L)
Day 10 | Monday, September 25, 2023 | Zadar – Telašcica Nature Park – Kornati National Park – Vodice
Convene with nature this morning as you enjoy the opportunity to sun, swim and get an up-close look at the unrivaled beauty of Telašcica Nature Park on Telašcica Bay and the Kornati Archipelago. Made up of 140 islands, islets and reefs, the Kornati Archipelago’s tranquil waters are lined with stunningly beautiful rugged terrain and abundant wildlife. This afternoon, soak in one of the most beautiful parts as your cruise travels through the Kornati National Park and relax during a peaceful trip to Vodice. This evening, enjoy a special Captain’s Dinner with a glass of champagne, accompanied by traditional Klapa singing, a form of a cappella. (B, L, D)
Day 11 | Tuesday, September 26, 2023 | Vodice – Šibenik
Explore the resort town of Vodice independently or you may choose to disembark early for an optional morning tour to the breathtaking Krka National Park.* Later, sail on to Šibenik, the last port of this journey. Explore the city’s historical center on a locally-guided walking tour past medieval alleys, well-preserved fortresses, and the Cathedral of St. James, a stunning domed Catholic basilica and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take the evening to find unexpected surprises around the ancient streets before returning to the ship. (B, L)
Day 12 | Wednesday, September 27, 2023 | Šibenik – Disembark Ship – Split – Tour Ends
Disembark your ship this morning and transfer to Split for your flight home. Say goodbye to Croatia as your tour of the Adriatic Coast ends today. (B)
Lower Outside Double: $4999pp
Main Deck Double Rate: $5499 *WAITLIST*
Single Rate $6999 – MAX 2
For bookings made after August 17, 2022, call for rates.
Economy Airfare from DFW
10 Breakfasts | 6 Lunches |5 Dinners
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
Travel insurance, visas and items of a personal nature
Expense of any required PCR or Antigen tests
**Travel insurance is recommended**
Opatija | Krk Island Tour with Kornic Ethnographic Collection, Punat, and Košljun Island |$65
Enjoy a morning tour of the quaint Kornic Ethnographic Collection, where you will tour a two-story family house. Complete with antique furniture, utensils, and tools, the home reflects a bygone era where family members farmed, cooked, cleaned, sewed, and performed all housekeeping duties by hand. You will then travel to Punat, a village located in a serene and well-protected bay that has served as a safe haven for ships, fishermen, and sailors for centuries. It is also home to the oldest and largest marina on the Adriatic Sea. From Punat, you’ll embark on a taxi boat and head to the small, but beautiful, island Košljun — an island covered by dense forest and over 400 different species of mushrooms. The centerpiece of our visit to Košljun is the pristine fifteenth century Franciscan monastery. Inside, a dazzling collection of folk costumes and rare Glagolitic manuscripts awaits.
Duration: Approximately 3 hours. Transportation is included.
Sibenik | Krka National Park Tour | $75
This guided tour takes you through the blue-green splendor of Krka National Park, a 109-square kilometer paradise along the Krka River. Along the river banks, you can get an up-close look at several perfectly preserved ecosystems. A highlight of this excursion is a revitalizing walk along the river’s longest waterfall, Skardinski buk — one of the best-known natural beauties of Croatia. If you follow the paths and bridges surrounding this iconic waterway, you will comfortably find yourself in the Ethnic Village. Inside the village, you can find a traditional folk village complete with mills, souvenir shops, and ethnographic exhibition venues. After your trip to the Ethnic Village, your guide will bring you to the park’s Lozovac entrance where you will walk by the edge of the river to a picturesque wooden bridge. Your time in Krka National Park will end in Skradin, the park’s entrance, where a coach will bring you back to your cruise ship. This tour operates on a weather-permitting basis.
Duration: Approximately 3.5 hours. Transportation is included.
MS San Spirito Overview
Cruising on the MS San Spirito means enjoying affordable comforts while exploring some of the best Croatia has to offer. This elegant small-ship is 136-feet-long and 27-feet-wide, allowing her to access smaller ports and even into the hearts of some of the country’s most captivating medieval cities. Enjoy an intimate sailing experience with a wealth of facilities for relaxing and socializing inside and out, as well as a dedicated crew providing friendly, attentive service.
The MS San Spirito accommodates 38 guests in 19 en-suite cabins, all with individually controlled air conditioning, soundproofed for your comfort. They measure 118- to 140-square-feet, providing ample storage space for baggage, featuring satellite televisions, wardrobes, safes and internal communication systems to ensure captain and cruise manager announcements are heard. Bathrooms include a shower, sink, toilet, personal bath products and a hairdryer. Essential safety features are included as well, such as a fire alarm, life jackets and emergency lights.
-10 cabins on Main Deck with small windows (twin or double cabin configuration)
-8 cabins on Lower Deck with 2 portholes (twin or double cabin configuration)
Facilities and Public Areas
Look forward to unwinding and letting your cares melt away while sailing on the MS San Spirito. She has multiple spaces for relaxing, including the large sundeck that has enough loungers for each passenger to enjoy being surrounded with jaw-dropping Adriatic views while soaking up the Mediterranean sun. There’s also a shaded area when you need to cool off and an enticing Jacuzzi that’s sure to take the relaxation up a notch. At the rear of the ship is a swimming platform for easy access to the sea, and there’s also a fully air-conditioned dining room that partially extends outdoors too.
Enjoy delicious Croatia cuisine in traditional eateries on land and mouthwatering meals while onboard the MS San Spirito, served on a half-board basis. That includes a hot-and-cold buffet-style breakfast and three-course lunches, along with some dinners, all freshly prepared. Cocktails, wine, beer and soft drinks can be purchased at the bar, payable at the end of the trip. Filtered water, coffee and tea are all complimentary. Dining can be enjoyed al fresco on pleasant days, and anytime in the air-conditioned salon/restaurant, both providing a casual, laid-back setting with no formal wear required.
Optional 3 Days 2-Night Dubrovnik Tour Extension
Rate: TBD USD per person, double, land only
3 Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
Day 1: Dubrovnik – Extension Begins
Continue your exploration of Dubrovnik accompanied by a local guide. Do as locals do and take the advantage of using public bus on your way to the Old Town. The stunning Old Town is reminiscent of a coastal fairytale, where immoveable stone buildings meet bright blue waters. Hidden amongst the dazzling town alleys, enjoy Croatian and Italian cuisine at a small family restaurant while soaking in its relaxed atmosphere. Today lunch will be included.
Day 2: Dubrovnik
Discover Dubrovnik’s timeless secrets with a full day to explore the city independently. Perhaps you’ll venture to the medieval stone walls, an iconic winding fortress that serves as the backdrop for endless filming locations. Feel the ancient stone beneath your hands and marvel at the sparkling Adriatic Sea in the distance. With the city laid out before you, follow the twisting cobblestone streets that cut through the red rooftops. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 3: Dubrovnik – Tour Ends
Say goodbye to Croatia and the Adriatic Sea as your tour draws to a close. Today breakfast will be included.
The space on this extension is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Applicable charges may apply at time of request.
During this extension, you can expect to have a hosted experience or two, with a local representative revealing more of what this destination has to offer. Enjoy a mix of independent exploration and guided sightseeing and experiences.
Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.
We reserve the right to cancel this extension if a minimum of 15 passengers is not met to operate.
The overall activity level of this extension is a level 2. This means you like a balanced approach to travel. You feel confident walking at least 30-45 minutes at a time over a variety of terrains – from cobblestone streets to easy pathways; a couple of hills or a few flights of stairs. You’re comfortable walking a few city blocks at a time, but need some time to unwind and relax.
Payments – A deposit of $800 per person is due with booking, plus $449 for travel protection, and final payment is due no later than May 1, 2023.
Cancellations – If cancelled before May 1, 2023 a penalty of $600 per person is assessed. If cancelled on or after May 1, 2023, package is totally non refund able. All cancellations must be in writing by email. If Collette Travel Protection is purchased, trip is fully refundable for any reason, minus the cost of the travel protection.
Covid protocols can & do change. We will keep you informed the best we can, but we cannot guarantee that covid protocols and restrictions will be the same when you travel as they are today. We recommend that you track covid restrictions via Sherpa – CLICK HERE
Passports are required for this tour at your expense. Certain countries require a minimum of 6 months passport validity from date of return home. You are strongly urged to contact the appropriate consulate for details. Visit www.travel.state.gov for the U.S. State Department for the latest details about passports and visa requirements.
IMPORTANT: We recommend that our clients traveling abroad take a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas. It should be packed separately from your actual passport and visa. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact.
The days and order of sightseeing may change to best utilize your time on tour. Order of sightseeing on board the ship may vary based on departure and weather conditions and is at the sole discretion of the cruise line.
To complete your tour, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing our airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.
*The optional Krka National Park Tour operates on a weather-permitting basis.
Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. Triple rooms are not available.
The overall activity level of this tour is a level 3. This means you’re an on-the-go traveler. You don’t want to miss a thing, so walking and standing for longer periods of time (1-2 hours) isn’t a big deal. You can navigate hills and uneven ground, climb into various modes of transportation (tuk-tuk, cable car, Zodiac, etc.), and could possibly anticipate changes in elevation. You can expect some longer days balanced with free-time to recharge or set out on your own adventure.
Onboard gratuities are not included in the price of your tour. Suggested tipping on board cruise: 13.50 US dollars (10-12 euros) per person for each day for the cruise staff. This can be made in a single payment in euros or US dollars at the front desk at the end of your voyage or by the envelopes provided in your cabin.
Please be advised many airlines do not provide advance seat assignments until check-in at the airport. Advance seating will be subject to the airline’s terms and conditions.
Stateroom numbers will be supplied upon arrival at the ship.
Air passengers will arrive into Zagreb airport and depart from Split airport (Or Dubrovnik if you are taking the extension).
Embarkation is after 1:00 p.m. On the last day, disembarkation is no later than 9:00 a.m.
Please request an insurance quote for the SCT agent. It is best to wait until air costs are added.
SHARON CARR TRAVEL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WEATHER-RELATED OR MECHANICAL DELAYS. Any out of pocket expenses caused by airline delays are the sole responsibility of the client and any refunds due are at the sole discretion of the airline. Client must contact the airline directly for any reimbursement. Once again, INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
SHARON CARR TRAVEL is not the source or supplier of the travel services included in this package and they act solely as an agent for the actual suppliers of such service and assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, war, insurrection, vendor bankruptcy, revolt or other civil uprising, other military actions, pandemic, strikes or any act of god occurring in either the country of origin, destination or through passage, or for any reason whatsoever SHARON CARR TRAVEL is not responsible for ski conditions. The suppliers whose names appear in the information supplied are those who are responsible for providing the travel services purchased. SHARON CARR TRAVEL will not be held responsible should any of these suppliers fail to provide the travel services purchased SHARON CARR TRAVEL will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage during the tour. Also, SHARON CARR TRAVEL will not be liable regarding provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered. Acceptance of the Tour Contract will serve as a Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement. This agreement is binding on your heirs, legal representatives and assigns. If, for some reason, a trip must be rescheduled due to any of the above reasons, participants are bound by the new dates of travel, and can only obtain a refund if insurance has been purchased and insurer is contractually bound.