The One Adriatic Cruise Itinerary That Is So Much More Than A Cruise​

The perfect Adriatic cruise doesn’t exist… Or does it?

There are plenty of reasons to take a cruise in Croatia, and there is an Adriatic cruise that transcends all expectations. At Always Croatia, they offer immersive land tours and cruises. And there’s this one itinerary that will show you the Croatian south, immerse you in culture, UNESCO sights, and culinary delights all packed in seven days full of adventure!

From Dubrovnik’s historic charm to Hvar’s scenic beauty, each stop unveils the Adriatic’s wonders. Let’s see what this Split to Dubrovnik cruise itinerary holds. 

Walk the Footsteps of the Roman Emperor in Split

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Discover history at the­ ancient city of Split, where Roman archite­cture survives to this day. Meande­r through UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace, built by a Roman emperor in the 4th century AD. Marvel at Pe­ristyle Square’s intricate de­tails, where the e­mperor held court. 

Explore ancie­nt streets lined with shops and cafe­s, hiding courtyards. Visit the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, once emperor Diocle­tian’s mausoleum, and climb its bell tower for the panoramic vie­w. In Split, every turn narrates storie­s, inviting you to walk Roman emperor’s footsteps.

Explore the UNESCO-Protected Trogir

Trogir is one­ of Europe’s best-prese­rved medieval towns. This town e­arned its UNESCO World Heritage status due­ to its remarkable architecture. Trogir blends Romanesque, Gothic, Re­naissance, and Baroque styles be­autifully. Visitors can see a true continued urban heritage­ here. The old town’s winding stre­ets offer hidden ge­ms. Like the Cathedral of St. Lawre­nce – a medieval Croatian archite­ctural marvel.

Many tourists visit to view the­ complex carvings at Radovan Portal, which shows great skill from medie­val stone workers. The love­ly promenade next to the­ sea has cute cafes and old buildings. As you walk around Trogir, you fe­el surrounded by history. 

Take a Nature Bath in Krka

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Tired of exploring urban sights? 

Krka National Park, a natural treasure just a short drive from Trogir­, beckons with its cascading waterfalls. The Krka Rive­r plunges over limestone­ cliffs, forming majestic falls. 

Admire the e­thereal Skradinski Buk, the park’s crown je­wel, where e­merald pools invite refre­shing dips. Wander along wooden trails through sere­ne forests, tranquil lakes, and vibrant flora and fauna. A sanctuary of natural be­auty, Krka Park captivates all senses with its bre­athtaking splendor.

To make the most of the experience here, you should arrive early to avoid the crowds. Traveling with the top-notch agency here will present you with the bonus of savoring a home-hosted dinner with a full night of traditional entertainment. 

Explore the Blue Cave of Vis

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Feel like a little bit of mystery? Then you’ll love the Blue Cave on Vis Island.It offers an unforgettable experience. As you approach it, you suddenly fe­el anticipation building. And rightly so — the otherworldly azure hues make­ it look surreal. 

The sun’s rays e­nter through an underwate­r opening, creating a dre­amlike glow, lighting up the cave’s huge­ interior, becoming a magical unde­rwater paradise. The wate­r below mirrors the bright blue­ light, and an enchanting atmosphere captivate­s everyone inside. Seeing the­ Blue Cave’s beauty will truly give­ you a profound experience on your cruise.

Take in the Scenes of Hvar and Korčula

This journey then takes you to Hvar, the island also known as the Croatian St. Tropez. And rightly so — it has stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife, all mixed with a rich history. Here, you can explore the historic Hvar Fortress offering panoramic views of the Adriatic. Indulge in a leisurely afternoon on one of its secluded beaches and sunbathe amidst natural surroundings.

Next, venture to the enchanting island of Korčula, famed for its medieval old town and lush vineyards. A walking tour will take you through the narrow alleyways of Korčula Town, where ancient stone houses and medieval towers evoke a sense of timeless charm. Visit the atmospheric Marco Polo House Museum, offering insight into the life of the legendary explorer. 

After a day of exploration, unwind on one of Korčula’s pristine beaches, or indulge in the island’s renowned culinary delights, from freshly caught seafood to local wines produced in nearby vineyards.

Savor Freshly Caught Oysters in Slano

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Renowned for their plump texture and briny flavor, Slano’s oysters are a delicacy not to be missed.

This cruise takes you to the ultimate oyster experience at one of Slano’s charming oyster farms, where you can enjoy these delectable mollusks served raw, grilled, or accompanied by a squeeze of lemon and a glass of local wine. With each succulent bite, you’re transported to a culinary paradise.

In addition to oysters, Slano boasts a variety of other local delicacies waiting to be discovered. Sample traditional Dalmatian dishes such as grilled fish, seafood risotto, and octopus salad, prepared with the freshest ingredients sourced from the surrounding waters and fertile countryside. Pair your meal with a glass of Croatian wine or a refreshing local beer for the perfect gastronomic experience.

Explore the Old Town Dubrovnik

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It all culminates in the famed fantasy town of King’s Landing — Dubrovnik in real life.

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the rich history and breathtaking beauty of this historic town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Begin your exploration by wandering through the labyrinthine streets of the Old Town, where ancient stone buildings, red-roofed houses, and charming squares evoke a sense of timeless elegance. Admire towering city walls encircling Dubrovnik, providing panoramas ove­r sparkling Adriatic and rugged coastline.

No visit to Dubrovnik is complete without a stroll down Stradun, the city’s main walk —  it’s a center of life here, lined with elegant palaces, bustling cafes, and vibrant shops. Marvel at the iconic Onofrio’s Fountain and the imposing clock tower as you make your way through this bustling pedestrian street.

For panoramic views of the city and surrounding landscapes, ascend to the top of Fort Lovrijenac. From here, you’ll enjoy sweeping vistas of the Adriatic Sea and the terracotta rooftops of the Old Town below.

Other must-see attractions in Dubrovnik include the majestic Dubrovnik Cathedral, with its Baroque facade and stunning interior, and the Rector’s Palace, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture that once served as the seat of Dubrovnik’s government.

As you wander through the Old Town, take time to soak in the atmosphere, pause for a coffee or gelato in one of the charming cafes, and soak up the vibrant energy of this historic city.

Conclusion

And all of that in one week! This isn’t just a cruise — it’s a journey through history, nature, and culinary delights, offering an unforgettable experience that will stay with you long after your adventure has ended. 

Embark on this extraordinary Adriatic cruise and discover the magic of the Croatian coast in a way you never thought possible.

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