2020 sees the exciting launch of our new class of small ship cruise in Croatia; Signature Cruises. In our blog post, we take you through some of the reasons why they are the best around.
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We all know that one of the best ways to learn about a country is to take part on guided tours. All tours in Croatia have to be given by licensed guides, and the training is rigorous.
Exclusively included in the price of our Signature Croatia Cruises is;
This is a must-do when you are in Dubrovnik. Not only is a good way to get your bearings and amazing views over the city’s terracotta rooftiles and sheer drops to the sparkling Adriatic Sea below, but you can also appreciate the huge width of the walls. These walls are considered to be one of the greatest fortifications of the Middle Ages because they were never breached by any invading army during this time.
Your ticket to this stunning national park includes a guided tour by your Cruise Director. Your small group, made up only of passengers from your ship, will walk down a scenic woodland path until you reach the edge of the first lake. The water of both lakes is beautifully calm, turquoise in color, and crystal clear.
You’ll continue walking a short while around the flat perimeter of the lake until you reach the second, larger lake, where you will board a small boat. The boat will glide across the lake past dilapidated but beautiful houses that were once grand, until after 10 minutes or so you reach tiny St Mary’s isle which is home to an ancient monastery and a handful of donkeys. Disembark here to explore at your leisure, perhaps ordering a coffee from the ground floor of the monastery that now serves refreshments instead of God.
On returning to the large lake’s edge, you could hire a bike or scooter to explore the edge of the lakes further. There are very few cars on the island.
Many people have heard about UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park and make a beeline for it when they visit Croatia. Our travel experts prefer to take people to Krka Waterfalls National Park, which we see as Plitvice’s little brother. That doesn’t mean that Krka packs less of a punch though. Krka has seven amazing, cascading waterfalls, rustic bridges and walkways that let you completely absorb yourself in lush green nature. Included with your ticket is a boat ride on the lakes, which is a must-do. Another highlight is the stunning Visovac monastery, on a tiny island in the centre of the turquoise lake with a stunning backdrop of karst cliffs.
Remember to take your swimming gear too; you can swim in the lakes at Krka – another trump card over Plitvice.
Jump in a Jeep or Land Rover Defender with an experienced driver to experience off-the-beaten-path Croatia. You discover that there’s much more than beaches and bars to Croatia. Find out how this terrain shaped lives of ancient settlements. You’ll visit beautiful abandoned villages and stunning viewpoints.
On board our Croatia Signature Cruises, your trip includes half board, plus three evening meals. Breakfast will offer an American-style buffet with fresh fruit, varying cooked items like eggs, bacon, pancakes and more. Lunch will be taken on the ship, and is a sit-down, three-course meal – great after a day of exploring. Whilst the meal is sit-down, it is not formal. You can wear shorts and t-shirt without feeling underdressed. You also get a glass of wine, beer or soft drink free with your lunch meal.
The three evening meals provided by the ship are great fun and very entertaining. The first will be on the first night at the Welcome Dinner, where you will have a cocktail on the house and get to meet your fellow passengers. Explore the ship with your new cruise friends, drink in hand, before being welcomed into the dining room for a delicious sit-down meal.
During our cruises, you will have a mid-week meal included. This is often land-based and is a chance for our itinerary planners to make sure you get a taste of local life. Try a local speciality, Peka, which is meat and vegetables cooked slowly under hot embers for hours. Best served with lots of local wine on a balmy, twilit evening.
Our cruises offer the Captain’s Dinner during the week too. This is a fun evening to spend with your new-found cruise friends. Get ready for some live entertainment and some dancing on board! Who will be invited to eat at the exclusive seats at the Captain’s Table?
Also included in our Croatia cruise itinerary is a local wine-tasting and an oyster-tasting. These two separate, special occasions are each held in stunning, peaceful surroundings. You will have a talk by the business owner, who will tell you of his family’s trade that goes back generations, before having a chance to try their produce.
Many tour guides in Croatia are fanatic about their country (rightly so, we say), but it takes a special sort of person to make a cruise truly Unforgettable. Since our Signature Croatia Cruises are completely unique and everything is designed by us, we have handpicked the best guides to be our Unforgettable A-Team of Cruise Directors. These guys and girls go through years of rigorous tour-guide training, but it takes more than remembering names and dates to make it onto our squad.
Our Cruise Directors will make sure that your trip is memorable. It’s an art that can’t be taught to make sure that every single member of your 40-strong party feels valued and special throughout the cruise. Your Cruise Director is in charge of getting you to meeting points with local tour guides, is responsible for briefing you about the day’s itinerary and for generally making sure you are happy whilst in Croatia. He or she will be able to answer any question you may have about their country, its culture and its people. He or she is also very familiar with our small ships and the etiquette on board.
On an Unforgettable Croatia Signature Cruise, you will be looked after by the best Cruise Directors in the business.
Our Signature Croatia Cruises operate on the best and youngest fleet of small cruise ships in the Adriatic Sea. Ships in this category are the newest and most sought after.
Our Croatia small cruise ships have 19 cabins with capacity for 40 guests. Usually cabins are available on the main deck with a picture window, or on the lower deck with a porthole. Some also have private balconies. All have natural light. Cabins are kitted out with the latest amenities including a small flat screen TV, hair dryer and safe. There is plenty of room to move around the cabin, and the bathrooms are equally spacious. Even though you will spend, most of your time out exploring or in the communal areas, cabins are light and pleasant to return to.
Our Croatia Travel Experts have handpicked the best stops along the Dalmatian Coast and the Kvarner Bay. You will visit a perfect combination of must-see sights like magnificent Dubrovnik and stunning Split, as well as visit off-the-beaten-path islands like Cres and Vis.
Our Signature cruises do not sail overnight so you will be able to sleep soundly each night of your cruise. Your captain will cover short island hops during the day, with plenty of swim stops en route.
Looking to book a Signature Croatia Cruise? Call us today on +44 208 004 2345.
Lydia July 24th, 2019
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Croatia is blessed with impressive history and culture, beautiful nature, spectacular scenery, and food and drink that will satisfy your gourmet cravings. As a vacation destination, Croatia is the Eastern European hot spot that offers everything you could possibly want.
Tucked away in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is made up of 1,246 beautiful islands that offer unlimited recreational options for travelers from all over the world. You can enjoy a beach resort holiday, an adrenaline pumping activity break, hiking and camping in nature, or 5 star luxury relaxation in a top spa hotel. Croatia’s abundance of islands provides unlimited options for you to explore. Take a look at our Croatia island cruises for a truly unique way to see the country.
Wherever you choose to go in Croatia has an interesting history, fascinating culture, and architecture to admire and explore. If you are vacationing in a city you have popular attractions, museums, historic buildings, restaurants and shops right on your doorstep. Croatia’s picturesque towns and villages also have their own unique charm and appeal.
Considering its relatively small size, Croatia is packed full of magnificent mountainous countryside, historic sites, famous National Parks and unlimited island hopping opportunities. Wherever you look, you are spoiled with spectacular natural panoramas that take your breath away. You can visit the famous Krka National Park and Kornati National Park on our 7 night Northern Dalmatia Luxury Cruise.
Croatia’s crystal clear waters are perfect for swimming and recreational activities. You can go swimming off the coastline on sandy, pebble or shingle beaches, or take a refreshing plunge in one of the many beautiful secluded coves and bays. This is Zlatni Rat on Brac island – understandably one of Croatia’s most famous beaches.
Have you ever considered a small ship cruise vacation? So unlike the corporate giants that dominate many waters, our range of cruises offer a personalised, luxury experience with a maximum of just 40 guests. The ships are modern, the cabins are ensuite and spacious and the dining is gourmet. Discover the true heart of our favourite country on a Croatia island-hopping cruise. Call us today on (844) 879 7838 for more information.
Croatia’s geographical location, climate and soil are ideal for producing high quality indigenous grape varieties. Many regions have vineyards and wineries that you can visit. Sample the best quality wines in Croatia on a tasting tour, and while having dining at a local restaurant. You can find out more about our Croatia Food & Wine Discovery tour here>
Croatian cuisine is influenced by an array of different countries and cultures. Due to its coastal location, Croatian food typically features plenty of fresh fish and seafood and locally grown produce. Truffles are a special delicacy that is also found in Croatia. Sample local delicacy on our Croatia Food & Wine Tours.
People in Croatia are warm and friendly, and eager to engage you in conversation. The locals are more than happy to show you how amazing their country is.
If you love to party, a Friday night visit to the hottest club in town is not to be missed. Club Revelin in Dubrovnik is built inside a medieval fortress and is the place to be seen in.
Croatia has an upbeat vibe that is very much alive during the summer festival season. The annual Ultra Europe, Stereo Forest and the INmusic Festival attract thousands of tourists from all over the globe.
Give our friendly experts a call today. We love to help. (844) 879 7838.
Lydia July 10th, 2019
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Croatia is not only filled with a wealth of remarkable ancient ruins, historic monuments and UNESCO world heritage sites, but it’s become one of the world’s most popular travel destinations, known as Eastern Europe’s ‘Riviera,’ with endless miles of sun-drenched beaches and island jewels, magnificent waterfalls and mountains. It also boasts a laid-back atmosphere and hospitable people along with mouthwatering food and outstanding wine.
With such a long list of fabulous places to visit, it can be to hard to decide how to make the most on your vacation Croatian. Many travelers find the best way to experience the country is via a small-ship cruise or a mixed cruise/land excursion, but no matter what your choice, you won’t want to miss experiencing some of these highlights.
The ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ as it’s often referred to, is famous as the city Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor often escaped to for romantic liaisons, and more recently, for its starring role in HBO’s hit “Game of Thrones.” It’s incredibly exotic, with narrow streets to stroll while catching glimpses of the azure Adriatic, with the beautiful pedestrian-only Old Town jam-packed with Baroque churches and aristocratic palazzi, all contained within medieval fortifications, complete with bastions, towers, forts and casemates. Fans of “GoT” may want to search out filming sites they’ll recognize from King’s Landing scenes, like the city’s entrance, the Pile Gate, as well as Fort Lovrijenac, where the name day celebration for Prince Joffrey was held and a spectacular view can be enjoyed. Find out more about our Game of Thrones Tours here>
The city center also hosts flower-filled gardens, fine dining restaurants, charming cafes and tiny bars with private nooks that are ideal for sipping Croatian wine or cocktails while enjoying quiet conversation. Nearby are pristine white sandy beaches and crystal-clear blue waters for swimming, while many exciting day trips can easily be enjoyed, perhaps to one of the sparsely populated isles like Sipan in the Elaphiti Islands with its citrus groves, fig and olive trees, and vineyards – it’s famous for its tasty wine and wonderfully relaxed ambiance.
The “Mediterranean Flower,” is filled with fascinating history, not to mention being home to beautiful beaches for swimming, a picturesque palm-lined seaside promenade as well as a top-notch shopping and dining scene. As you explore the enticing narrow streets, you’ll be able to gaze up at some of the world’s most well-preserved Roman architecture. The ancient palace built for Emperor Diocletian at the turn of the 4th-century AD, with its Gothic, Renaissance and Romanesque architecture, is a remarkable maze-like complex that resembles a large fortress – it takes up nearly half the historic center. More like a small city itself, it was birthed when Diocletian decided it would be ideal for a retirement destination.
Stroll the marble pathways and discover medieval buildings that have been converted into bars, cafes, interesting shops, bustling markets, and sleek apartments that were made from the barracks where Diocletian’s soldiers once resided. In the heart of the complex is Cathedral Sveti Duji, which was once the site of the mausoleum for the Roman emperor himself. By climbing to the top of the bell tower, you’ll be rewarded with an awe-inspiring panorama of the palace, city and the sea beyond.
This 3,000-year-old walled city remains relatively undiscovered compared to some of the country’s more famous destinations, set along the seafront with a gorgeous promenade. It has become a bit more well-known in recent years thanks to its unique art installations. The Sea Organ plays harmonious sounds using sea waves through tubes beneath the marble steps, while the nearby “Greeting to the Sun” light installation is a display of lights produced from the rhythm of the waves. There are also unspoiled beaches for soaking up the sun and the sand, and if you’re here at dusk, you can marvel at the same sunset Alfred Hitchcock called one of the world’s most stunning. In Zadar’s historic heart, discover impressive medieval architecture, Roman ruins and Romanesque churches.
One of the most popular islands in Croatia, Hvar is a dazzling cosmopolitan island that’s become famous for its yacht-filled marina, and a scene that caters to the rich and famous, with lots of fine dining restaurants, high-end resorts and vibrant nightlife. But it’s also a place filled with history and striking beauty. Stand in the town square and you’ll be surrounded by historic delights like the majestic Cathedral of St. Stephen, built on the site of an early 6th-century Christian church and later, Benedictine convent. Visit the oldest community theater in Europe, which opened its doors in 1612, and the medieval hilltop fortress, which provides a fabulous panoramic vista over the harbor. The natural scenery is striking too, with many postcard-perfect beaches and secluded coves for swimming, endless lavender fields and picturesque vineyards producing delicious island wines.
As you gaze out from Hvar Town, you’ll see the beautiful chain of wooded islands known as the Paklenis stretched out before you. Home to hidden beaches and deserted lagoons, they make for a popular sailing or sea kayaking excursion from Hvar. St. Clement is the largest isle, though all are famous for their wild natural beauty that can only be accessed by watercraft. Whether you join a tour, rent a boat or hop on a taxi boat from Hvar, you surely won’t be disappointed. Vinogradisce Bay with its surreal aquamarine shade is surrounded by green pines for shade, making it especially popular as well as being a great base for taking advantage of some of the island’s outstanding restaurants.
The island of Brac is famous worldwide for Zlatni Rat beach (also known as the Golden Horn). This unusual stretch is constantly changing shape depending on the tide, currents and wind. Considered one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean, if not the world, it’s surrounded by crystal-clear waters in a myriad of hues, from turquoise to deep blue, framed by mature shady pines.
Brac is also home to one of Croatia’s prettiest villages, Pucisca, a small town on its northern coast known for its quarries and stone. The glistening white stone is indigenous to the island, with not only the local homes made from it, sitting alongside impressive Baroque buildings and Renaissance palaces, but some have even been used to build ancient Roman palaces and many notable landmarks like the White House in Washington, DC. The island hosts the only stonemasonry school in the country, with students here specializing in sculptures carved from the local limestone using traditional tools.
Korčula may be a small island but it makes a big impression with its unspoiled sand beaches, charming villages, olive groves, vineyards and emerald forests, all surrounded by some of the most vivid blue waters you’ve ever seen. Not only is its scenery jaw-dropping, but it’s allegedly the birthplace of intrepid explorer Marco Polo. The especially captivating historic core of Korčula Town is sometimes called a “mini-Dubrovnik” with its countless medieval delights. It was once controlled by the Venetians, with plenty of glimpses of the past that can be witnessed by strolling its maze of atmospheric streets, laid out in a fishbone pattern to help protect residents from the elements. Along the outer wall, now a promenade, visitors can take in especially beautiful views. In the summer, watch impressive Moreska sword dance performers, and anytime of the year, enjoy dining at one of the many outstanding eateries serving traditional Dalmatian cuisine followed by nightlife in the lively bars and clubs.
Known as the greenest and one of the most enchanting of all the Croatian isles, the majority of Mljet is covered by dense forest, with the remainder made up of quaint villages, vineyards, fields, sandy shoreline and saltwater lakes. While its national park, established in 1960, put it on the map among tourists, it’s managed to remain practically untouched, with nearly all visitors heading to the area around touristy Pomena. The rest retains a magical air of tranquility, something said to have seduced Odysseus for seven years. It has a rich history, with tombs, fortifications and a grand Roman palace, the largest after only Diocletian’s Palace, too. Visitors can enjoy the two salted lakes that are popular for swimming, and the islet in the middle of Great Lake that hosts a 12th-century monastery.
The furthest island from Croatia’s central coast, for nearly four decades, Vis served as a Yugoslav Army base and was deserted by many of the locals while being closed off to outside visitors. The result today is an especially peaceful destination that’s ideal for travelers seeking an unspoiled, authentic Croatian island. Some of the most exclusive wines are made here, while restaurant menus often serve fresh, local seafood that pair perfectly with the tasty vino like Vugava and Plavac. Discover secluded bays and beautiful beaches ideal for a relaxing afternoon on our Signature cruises to Vis. Stop by Stiniva Cove where you can snorkel in the clear aquamarine waters and swim alongside loggerhead turtles or even bottlenose dolphins.
One of Croatia’s most famous, most photographed and impressive natural wonders, Plitvice Lakes National Park has become an iconic symbol of its enchanting beauty. A maze of waterfalls and lakes that range in shades from brilliant emerald to deep blue, all surrounded by lush greenery, it’s a true fantasy-like scene. It’s also abundant in flora and fauna, home to 126 recorded bird species, along with brown bears, wolves, red deer and lynx. Visitors can immerse themselves among the lakes and cascades by strolling the wooden walkways and bridges, hop on a boat for a tranquil ride across, or board a train that circles the park for another dazzling perspective. You can visit the Plitvice Lakes with us on our 10 day Cruise & Land Package.
Located on the west coast of the Istrian Peninsula, rising up dramatically in the hills above the Adriatic, Rovinj has a particularly alluring, romantic feel, perhaps in part due to the strong Venetian influence. The most Italian town in Croatia, the St. Euphemia Church tower marks its highest point, while the cobbled streets below are delightfully winding, with something to discover around early every corner, from art galleries, lively bars and eateries to ancient crumbling houses and colorful facades.
Located at the southern tip of the Istria peninsula, the seaside city of Pula is home to one of Croatia’s most famous sights, a well-preserved 1st-century Roman amphitheater that’s among the world’s largest surviving Roman arenas. In ancient times, it drew many to watch gladiator flights, and today, it’s the only one that remains with four side towers and all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved. Visitors can explore many other ancient sites, like the 1st-century BC Hercules Gate, the oldest standing Roman monument; the Triumphal Arch of the Sergii and the Forum, where in Roman times it served as the main square. Today it’s a bustling piazza with a host of cafes.
Situated off the northern coast in Kvaner Bay, Rab is known as the “island of love” as well as being one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic. Enclosed within ancient city walls, this is the place where King Edward VIII famously took his new wife Wallis Simpson, casting off his regal attire and jumping right into the sea, taking part in the isle’s nudist-friendly tradition. That same, let-loose, laid-back ambiance stretches to the gorgeous beaches, with the small town itself filled with historic charms, a landscape of church towers and terracotta roofs. It’s fun to simply wander the stone streets, discovering medieval palaces, Romanesque churches, ancient facades, and the 16th-century monastery. Join our deluxe cruise to Opatija and stop off at Rab along the way to try the island’s traditional sweet: Rab cakes.
Croatia’s least developed island, Cres has a very small population, wowing visitors with its incredible beauty that includes remote wilderness terrain with hills covered in oak forests, majestic cliffs, olive groves, vineyards and pristine beaches. There are abandoned hamlets, crumbling hilltop towns and fantastic bird watching opportunities, with the island known for its griffon population. Cres town brings visitors on a walk through the past, having been inhabited since the Paleolithic era, touched by Romans, Byzantines, the first independent Croatians, and Venetians.
Sibenik is an enchanting walled city on the coastal mainland, established more than 1,000 years ago. It’s famous as the home of one of the region’s largest and most important cathedrals, the Gothic-Renaissance Cathedral of St. James as well as serving as a popular base for exploring nearby Krka National Park. The park is filled with mesmerizing waterfalls like Skradinski Buk with its tranquil pool below ideal for a refreshing swim.
Why not come and discover Croatia for yourself? Call our travel experts on +1 (844) 879 7838 to start planning your Croatian Cruise today.
Lydia July 2nd, 2019
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One of the world’s top vacation destinations, the things you hope to do while in Croatia can shape your trip into one that’s especially unforgettable. Whether you’re looking to spend your days chilling out on awesome beaches and enjoying water sports, strolling medieval streets with their grand centuries-old architecture, embarking on an adventure-filled trip that brings canyoning, biking, kayaking, swimming or even off-road experiences, or perhaps indulge in a foodie-focused excursion complete with winery visits, you’ll find what you’re looking for in this spectacular country.
Read our latest Croatia travel guide to discover our travel tips and find out what the best tourist attractions in Croatia are:
The wide range of culinary experiences available in Croatia provide the opportunity to learn about the country’s traditional foods and recreate authentic Dalmatian dishes while getting a glimpse of authentic daily life. There are multiple destinations where this is possible, including Split, featured on the Taste of Dalmatia Tour. A private gourmet food tour in this magnificent city that dates back some 1,700 years, starts with a trip to its Green Market to buy ingredients that will be part of a meal you’ll put together, led by an expert guide. Learn about the foods on offer and then after your ingredients are gathered, you’ll get a cooking lesson from one of the talented local chefs, putting together your very own delicious traditional Dalmatian meal, accompanied with tasty Croatian wine.
The Istrian Peninsula is famous for its wine and food, including truffles, particularly in the city of Motovun. This enchanting little walled town sits on a hill in the Mirna Valley, while the Motovun Forest at its base has a fairytale-like quality that’s known for its abundance of truffles. You’ll find this delicacy on many menus in the area, often combined in creative dishes like mini-cheese cakes with shaved truffles and a variety of pastas – but searching for your own is something that’s really a must here. In fact, the world’s largest white truffle was found in the forest of Istria. While it isn’t something you can just go out and find in an afternoon, truffle hunting excursions provide the opportunity to head out with the experts and their specially trained dogs, who have secret spots in the dense forest for discovering these treasures that are said to be an aphrodisiac. Some of the tours available even include the chance to learn how to prepare truffles and sample a dish made with them too.
One of the most photographed and most visited destinations in all of Croatian, Plitvice Lakes National Park is regularly found on travel bucket lists. Filled with striking natural beauty so remarkable it looks as if it was somehow Photoshopped, it boasts 16 interconnected terraced lakes and cascading waterfalls in a myriad of vivid blue and green shades, all framed by lush greenery. The Highlights of Croatia Tour features this UNESCO World Heritage Site, allowing visitors to stroll the wooden walkways and cross bridges to capture their own postcard-perfect photos up close before taking in a variety of other perspectives, including a panorama of the scenery from the train that circles the park or by gliding across the water on an electric boat.
Fans of “Game of Thrones” are probably well aware that Croatia was often used as a filming site for scenes in the hit HBO series, making a visit to this country a perfect excuse to explore them while experiencing its long list of other delights on a Game of Thrones Tour. The Dubrovnik Old Town was used extensively as King’s Landing, and you can visit the City of Qarth on guided trip to the stunning locations and historic sites as you walk the charming cobbled streets. You’ll recognize many places you’ve seen on screen, like Pile Gate and the Jesuit Steps, now infamous worldwide as the spot where Cersei took her “walk of fame.” In the ancient city of Split, wander through majestic fortresses that formed the city of Meereen which is where many interior shots were filmed, and then head to the small town of Klis where exteriors were shot of its fortress, a medieval castle that towers above.
The 3,000-year-old walled city of Zagreb, featured on the Highlights of Croatia Tour, is one of Croatia’s less-visited cities, but it boasts many delights, including many fascinating museums and galleries to visit, a rich history and a remarkable mix of classical Viennese secessionist architecture and Austro-Hungarian heritage, along with a ton of offerings for art lovers. It’s especially well-known for its seafront promenade where locals and visitors enjoy gathering to watch one of the world’s most glorious sunsets, and experience the unique light installations created by artist Nikola Bašić. The Sea Organ is made up of about three dozen pipes, fitted into the pavement, creating music with the power of the waves. The Greeting to the Sun is a 72-foot-wide work of art that represents the solar system. Driven by the sun, at sunrise, the cells beneath its glass panels generate enough electricity for it to illuminate. By sunset, those cells have enough power to light up the waterfront – truly a sight to behold.
Krka National Park sits just outside of the historic city of Sibenik and boasts some of the most jaw-dropping beauty in all of Croatia. The Passion on the Adriatic Tour will bring you here where you can walk meandering pathways and across wooden bridges through this natural wonder to admire the Skradinski Buk falls. And, you’ll even be able to swim beneath and alongside the stunning cascades, immersing yourself in the enticing emerald waters of the Roski Slap area, a place that looks like a dream.
The Blue Cave is one of the world’s most extraordinary natural phenomena. Often listed among Croatia’s must-experiences, when visiting this cave on the island of Bisevo under the right conditions, you’ll see it illuminated in a surreal blue glow that’s created by light refraction with the sun’s rays enter through a crack in the rock. It can only be visited by boat, an excursion that’s part of tours like the Highlights of Croatia which even includes the opportunity to jump from the cliffs, diving into the crystal-clear aquamarine waters in hidden coves, as well as explore other caves nearby.
Croatia’s turquoise waters are ideal for sea kayaking excursions. If you like to paddle, you’ll have multiple options, including the Croatia Lakes & Cities Vacation which features this adventure that travels to the charming seaside town of Brela. Located about an hour south along the coast from Split, it faces the island of Brac with its crystalline, tranquil waters not only ideal for kayaking, but for swimming and snorkeling, while pristine pebble beaches that stretch for nearly four miles, linked together like a necklace, are wonderful for a peaceful soak Mediterranean sun, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery.
If you are visiting Dubrovnik and want to get a different perspective of the city’s magnificent medieval walls from the outside, you may want to join the Passion on the Adriatic Tour which includes a guided sea kayaking trip from the old port. You’ll paddle alongside the imposing city walls before heading to remote beaches that can only be reached by small watercraft, enjoying a break to snorkel or swim. Paddling on to Lokrum Island, there you’ll be able to experience a lush nature reserve where colorful peacocks and adorable bunnies roam around before heading to a hidden beach cave that can only be accessed by sea.
The scenic Konavle region is ideal for exploring on two wheels and a fun way to explore Croatia. Located just outside Dubrovnik, this enchanting hidden area lies between the borders of Bosnia and Montenegro. Especially popular among wine enthusiasts, a cycling tour available via the Croatia Lakes & Cities Vacation, travels by lush herb gardens, picturesque vineyards and rushing rivers. Along the way, you’ll learn about the region’s history, cultural and wine production, including its endemic grape known as malvazija that produces a wonderful white wine. At the end of your bike tour, you’ll be able to sample some of the tasty locally produced wines.
One of the most heart-pounding adventures you can have in Croatia is to embark on a canyoning experience in Cetina Canyon near Split. The Dalmatian Family Adventure offers this exhilarating day guided by professionals who provide expert instruction, giving you everything you need to make the most of the excursion in this remarkable historic and archaeological site. You’ll go deep underground into tunnels and to the ledges of cliffs, climbing and swimming while surrounded by stunning rugged landscapes, cascading falls, calm pools and crystal-clear lakes.
In Croatia you can also enjoy what’s become one of the world’s favorite adventure sports: zip lining. And here, you’ll be able to do it while taking in a bird’s-eye view of the awe-inspiring Plitvice Lakes landscape. Included on the Croatia Lakes & Cities Vacation, the fun begins with a thrilling ride across the Korana River and canyon which lie adjacent to the national park. Don’t worry if you’ve never embarked on this unforgettable thrill before as expert instructors will teach you all you need to know before soaring across the nearly 1,000-foot-long zip line at speeds of 40 miles per hour or more.
Zlatni Rat as often been described as one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. Also referred to as the Golden Cape or Golden Horn for its unique and ever-changing shape that’s transformed by the waves and the wind, the long strip created by deposits of fine pebbles that spread like a small tongue as far as a third of a mile into the sea, is popular for boat excursions and small-ship cruise stops. Edged by glistening blue-green waters, you won’t want to miss taking a refreshing dip along the shore.
When traveling to Croatia, make sure you visit the famous Mljet National Park on a cruise or on a day trip and you can experience its famous salt lakes along with lush scenery and an especially tranquil ambiance. Much of this virtually car-free island is protected by national park to preserve it as it was since the dawn of time. You can explore the national park by foot on the many hiking trails on offer. By taking the short boat ride across the waters of Great Lake, the largest of the two, you can visit the tiny islet of St. Mary in the middle that hosts a historic church and 12th-century Benedictine monastery.
There are many island hopping tours, including the Passion on the Adriatic, that will bring you to the sunny island of Hvar, a favorite among Croatian travelers. Hvar Town enjoys a backdrop of the sparkling Adriatic and glistening white homes, providing Old World Mediterranean charms. For the very best view over it all, climb to the top of Fortica Fortress. Towering above all the mega-yachts in the harbor is this Spanish fortress, built in the early 16th-century, saving the local population when much of the island was destroyed by the Turkish in 1571. Worth the effort, your ascent will be rewarded with a panorama of the island-dotted sea and the maze of winding streets lined with fine dining restaurants, enticing cafes and shops selling unique artisan crafts.
Hvar is a Croatian island which is worth exploring in-depth, including its more remote, hidden towns and villages that are dotted around the island. You can do just that by joining a Jeep Safari Tour, enjoying the ride while gazing out at ancient stone walls, vineyards and endless lavender fields that reveal the reason why shops on the island carry a wide range of lavender products.
There’s no doubt that Croatia was made for food and wine lovers, and if you’re among them, you won’t want to miss the opportunity for wine tasting, oyster harvesting and feasting on the Peljesac Peninsula. Join the Taste of Dalmatia Tour and you’ll be led by one of the most sought-after sommelier wine guides for an unforgettable excursion to the country’s primary wine region. It includes visits to two top wineries and sipping locally-produced wines complemented by cheeses, olive oils and parma hams. Afterward, you’ll learn how to harvest oysters and then indulge in the delicacies straight from the sea.
Give our Croatia travel experts a call on (844) 879 7838 to start planning your dream vacation today!
Lydia June 28th, 2019
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Tags: Cetina River, Croatia, Croatia Cruise, Croatian lakes, Dalmatian meal, Food, Game of Thrones, Kayaking, Krka Waterfalls, Plitvice Lakes National Park, The Blue Cave, traditional Croatian food, truffle hunting, Zlatni Rat