Deluxe Northern Private Croatian Cruise from Split

Saturday 1st - Saturday 8th October 2022
8 days / 7 nights
Return flights Gatwick to Split
Return private airport transfers in Croatia
7 night's half board 4* MS Captain Bota
(Halfboard = 6 x 3 course lunches)
1 litre Water + complimentary fresh fruit daily
Welcome dinner + welcome drink onboard
Captain's Gala Dinner on board
Excursion package + gratuities
Local representative accompanying the cruise

PRICES & SUPPLEMENTS
Price from £1699pp
Single supplement £199 - Limited availability
Main Deck supplement £199 per cabin - On request
Initial deposit £250pp at time of booking
2nd deposit £250pp by 28.02.22
(Both deposits non-refundable/non-transferable)
Balance due 18.07.22
Optional Travel Insurance £60pp
Includes Covid cancellation cover
No upper age limit (conditions apply) Includes Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) @ 20%.
*Should this holiday be unable to operate due to official restrictions, a refund of monies paid is guaranteed, excluding Insurance premiums*

SPLIT – SKRADIN – KRKA NATIONAL PARK – ŠIBENIK – ZADAR – RAB – MALI LOŠINJ –
TELAŠĆICA NATURE PARK – KORNATI NATIONAL PARK – PRIMOŠTEN – SPLIT

DAY 1 / SATURDAY: SPLIT
Embarkation is in the evening where a welcome dinner is included. Overnight in Split, (WD)

DAY 2 / SUNDAY: SPLIT – SKRADIN – ŠIBENIK
In the morning we'll sail for Skradin with swim stop on the way. Skradin is a romantic Mediterranean town of narrow intertwined streets, arches and staircases, located at the entrance to the Krka National Park. It has a history of 2000 years, as evidenced by nearby important archaeological sites. The whole town of Skradin is a protected cultural monument. After lunch onboard we will visit Krka National Park. Krka National Park covers a total area of 109 km² of the loveliest sections of the Krka River, the vast and unaltered area of exceptional natural value.
We will arrive with Park`s wooden boat directly at Skradinski Buk. Upon arrival, head for the last set of falls before the river meets the sea, where the Skradinski Buk Falls form a spectacular multi-level cascade over travertine cliffs. The whole area is rich with vegetation as well as birds and fish. Due to new strong preservation laws, this extraordinary area has been kept in its original pristine state.
After exploring NP Krka, we will cruise to Šibenik where we will have Šibenik city tour. Šibenik is the oldest city on the Adriatic coast and is one of the largest and best preserved medieval cities. Most of the treasure can be seen by walking through the ancient streets, museums and churches which hide unexpected surprises and valuable spiritual experiences. There is over 20 sacral buildings and 17 palaces in the Old city center of which is the most famous Saint Jacobs Cathedral – cultural and historical pearl under the UNESCO protection.
We will do our best to overnight in Skradin, but only two ships can be moored in port. Alternative overnight port is Šibenik.
Overnight in Skradin or Šibenik, (B,L)

DAY 3 / MONDAY: SKRADIN OR ŠIBENIK – ZADAR
Our cruise will continue towards Zadar with a swim stop near Galešnjak Island, located in the Pašman channel of the Adriatic. Island attracted attention of the domestic and world public in 2008. when Google Earth declared it one of the few natural heart-shaped phenomena. For that reason Galešnjak is also called “Island of Love”. Lunch on board and continue to Zadar.
Afternoon arrival in Zadar followed by a city tour.
Zadar’s historical center is a compact pedestrian zone, perfect to explore on foot and admire defensive walls built in 16th century by Venetians as a defense from Turks. You will see 16th century Port Gate where Venetian lion (symbol of Venice) still guards the entrance, Square of the 5 Wells, Church of St. Donat, Roman Forum (1st century BC) and the biggest Cathedral in Dalmatia - St. Anastasia Cathedral.
Zadar`s most amazing and unique attractions are the sound-and-light spectacle of the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation, which need to be seen and heard to be believed.
Overnight in Zadar, (B,L)

DAY 4 / TUESDAY: ZADAR – RAB
After breakfast we will start our cruise to Rab. Stop for swimming at Maun Island, where is famous Sipa cove, and “en route” lunch onboard. Upon arrival we will have Rab city tour. The town of Rab sits on a narrow sliver of land protruding towards the mainland, bounded by ancient city walls and recognizable by four church towers that form the familiar outline, depicting Rab as a ship with four masts: bell tower of the church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - the cathedral, the bell tower of the church of St. John the Evangelist (located near the ruins of the Church), the belfry of the church of St. Andrew the Apostle and the bell tower of the church of St. Justine. Further inland from the old town is a beautiful park called Komrčar, whose numerous paths wind around wooded hills all the way down to the beaches of Rab. After dinner on your own at one of the local restaurants of your choice come back to the ship where we will have interesting presentation and degustation of “Rab cake”. You will have special opportunity to try and learn how to make famous “Rab cake” and not only cake, but also “muštaćon, baškotin, smokvenjak” (maybe names sound strange for you, but they are all delicacies of this Island). Modeled on the “Rab cake” locals also produced Gin Tonic, which you will also have opportunity to try. Gin is ennobled with almond, orange and lemon peel – ingredients of “Cake”.
Overnight in Rab, (B,L)

DAY 5 / WEDNESDAY: RAB – MALI LOŠINJ
Morning departure to Mali Lošinj, passing by islands Ilovik, Silba, Olib, with lunch on board. Upon arrival our english speaking guide will walk us through Mali Lošinj, the largest town on Lošinj Island. Situated on top of a long natural harbour and surrounded by graceful, gently weathered Mediterranean town houses and green hills, the town straddles both coasts on the narrowest section of the island. After city tour we`ll visit Museum of Apoxyomenos. The Museum is a unique archaeological and architectural cultural institution in the region and it is entirely dedicated to only one exhibit – the bronze statue of a young athlete, the Apoxyomenos. The statue was discovered in 1997 by a Belgian tourist at the depth of 45 m. In 1999, it was taken out of the sea where it spent nearly two millennia. The Museum of Apoxyomenos tells the original story of an athlete of perfect physical proportions, a piece of art that is impressive in its wholeness and beauty of composition. The bronze statue of Apoxyomenos is from the time of Greek civilization, dates to either 2nd or 1st c. B.C., and its name stems from Greek term for an athlete that is cleaning his body from oil, sweat, and sand after exercise or competition. The Lošinj athlete depicts the moment when he’s cleaning his scraper. The statue is entirely preserved, only missing a little finger of the left hand, eyes, and the scraper, while the right foot was still attached to the original bronze base. This museum is created especially for this beautiful antique sculpture and it has become Lošinj’s symbol and trademark. The Apoxyomenos’ timeless beauty, his unusual and mysterious story, and a distinctive museum setting haven’t left anyone unimpressed!
Overnight in Mali Lošinj, (B,L)

DAY 6 / THURSDAY: MALI LOŠINJ – TELAŠĆICA
Our voyage will continue towards Telašćica Nature Park with lunch on board and a swim stop along the way. The area of Nature Park Telašćica is a very contrasted area with quiet and peaceful beaches and a laid down coastline on one side, and wild and steep cliffs on the other, an area of Aleppo pine and holm oak forests on one side, and barren karst on the other, an area of cultivated fields covered in vineyards and olive groves, but also an area of degraded forms of vegetation covering dry habitats. Due to its extreme beauty, richness and importance, this bay surrounded by 13 islands and islets, together with 6 islets inside the bay itself, was proclaimed a Nature Park in 1988. Telašćica acquired the status of a protected area already in 1980 because of its valuable flora and fauna, geological and geomorphological phenomena, versatile sea bottom life, and interesting archaeological heritage.
This evening in the heart of the Nature Park and in the silence of a beautiful cove we will have gala Captain`s dinner on board.
Overnight in Telašćica, (B,L, Captain's Dinner in heart of the Nature park)

DAY 7 / FRIDAY: TELAŠĆICA – KORNATI NATIONAL PARK – PRIMOŠTEN
Today is the day to enjoy. After breakfast we depart for a pleasant cruise passing by the middle of Kornati archipelago, which is a labyrinth of stone, with eighty nine islands, islets and rocks in the sea. It is the most indented island group in the Mediterranean. Whether you look at the Kornati Islands from the air, from the sea, or from sightseeing points on the islands, the view is equally impressive – and yet different to the eye every single time. The landscapes are perhaps at their most impressive on the part of the archipelago facing the open sea, where cliffs rise high above the sea surface. The visitors are bound to be at least as strongly visually impressed by the open, horizontal stone layers of some islands, leaving the impression of neatly placed stone steps leading all the way to the top of the island. With lunch on board and a swim stop on the way we`ll cruise to Primošten. Primošten is a small town located between Šibenik and Split. The old town is situated on a small island which is connected with the mainland. Primošten attracts tourists with its interesting architecture, beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters. In the past, the population was oriented towards cultivation of grapevines, olives, fishing and today it is mostly oriented to tourism. Once an island, Primošten has preserved the atmosphere and all the architectural features of a medieval Mediterranean fishing village. Upon arrival you will have rest of the evening free to enjoy in your last wonderful evening on this journey and to have inmate farewell dinner on your own.
Overnight in Primošten, (B,L)

DAY 8 / SATURDAY: PRIMOŠTEN – SPLIT (B)
Morning cruise to Split, where we should arrive at 10 am. Checking out, today begins with an included guided tour of Split, which takes in the world famous Diocletian’s Palace. Split is the second largest urban centre in Croatia and the seat of the Split-Dalmatia County. Over 1700 years old, Split abounds with cultural and historical sights, lots of them situated within the Split’s historical nucleus which has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list ever since 1979. Lunch can be purchased before transferring to the airport for the return afternoon flight to the UK.

 

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