Set sail into the awe-inspiring landscapes of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast with this luxury European cruise as part of our Croatia & the Dalmatian Coast luxury tour. You’ll kick back on the lavish Rhapsody yacht as you float from stunning islands to ancient towns, with culinary delights, glamorous nightlife, and unique local experiences in between. Dive into the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic, dine in world-class restaurants at sunset, and soak in the hot tub on deck… This is Europe’s most glamorous cruise.
Experience it: Croatia & the Dalmatian Coast
Your cruise ship
You’ll cruise the Adriatic for a week aboard the new MV Rhapsody Deluxe Superior yacht-like cruiser. Built to the highest specifications with modern amenities such as air-conditioned cabins, the Rhapsody is a truly befitting vessel for what is Europe’s most glamorous cruise. Whether you want to relax in your cosy private cabin, or relax on the large sundeck in the hot tub or chaise loungers, you’ll feel right at home on the Rhapsody.
Day 1: Split to Primošten
The cruise element of this tour begins in the ancient city of Split. Set on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, Split is renowned as the gateway to the stunning Dalmatian Islands, which you’ll visit on your cruise. But Split is more than just an entry point. It’s also famed for its beautiful beaches and ancient history dating all the way back to the 2nd and 3rd century BC.
Before boarding the cruise ship, you’ll join a Local Expert on a tour of Split. You’ll visit the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace, between the late 3rd and early 4th centuries AD by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. This grand, fortress-like palace was intended as a retirement residence for the emperor and today is one of the most important architectural ruins on the Adriatic Coast. You’ll then wander through the labyrinthine streets of Split’s Old Town, marvelling at the ancient Roman architecture. See the Golden Gate, St. Duje’s and the Temple of Jupiter before heading to the port.
After boarding the boat, we’ll cruise to the picture-perfect town of Primošten, enjoying a delicious dinner onboard and taking in the glorious sunset. It’s the most idyllic way to kickstart your week aboard Europe’s most glamorous cruise.
Day 2: Primošten to Kornati National Park to Telašćica
Today we’ll sail through Kornati National Park’s spectacular maze of islands, cliffs, ruins and Roman villas. Kornati encompasses 89 islands across 85 square miles, making it the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. One of the park’s most striking features is its dramatic, towering cliffs, known locally as ‘crowns’. Some of these cliffs rise over 262 feet above the sea and drop down 295 feet below the surface. The islands have been inhabited since prehistoric times, and you’ll see many ruins, such as the Tureta Fort on the island of Kornat, that date back to the Byzantine era. Keep your eyes peeled for ancient Illyrian fortresses, Roman villas, and medieval settlements.
Beneath the surface of the water, the park is home to rich marine biodiversity, including coral reefs, colorful fish, and sponges, making it a popular spot for snorkeling and diving. You’ll have time to take a dip in the crystal clear waters before we cruise to our next destination – the beautiful Telašćica Nature Park.
The natural wonders of Telašćica are some of the most breathtaking in the Adriatic, from the famous White Cliffs to the intriguing Salt Lake. We’ll cruise through Telašćica Bay flanked by the White Cliffs soaring 532 feet above the ocean, and meet an expert guide to learn about the formation of the Salt Lake following the last Ice Age. This fascinating lake is filled through underground cracks and limestone channels fed by the sea.
Day 3: Telašćica to Mali Losinj
Waving goodbye to Telašćica, we’ll cruise to the island of Lošinj, disembarking to explore Mali Lošinj town’s harbor and historic quarter. You’ll enjoy a private, VIP tour of the Museum of Apoxyomenos, home to the perfectly preserved 2000-year-old bronze statue. The statue of Apoxyomenos, an ancient Greek athlete, was found in the sea near the island in 1999, and today has become a symbol of the island’s cultural heritage. Get to know the story of the statue, and take your time admiring this treasure and other fascinating artifacts in the museum, without the crowds.
You may also like to visit other renowned sites such as the Church of St. Martin, the oldest church on the island, and the Lošinj Aromatic Garden, where you can learn about the island’s healing herbs. Known as the Island of Vitality, Lošinj is known for its beautiful landscapes, crystal waters, over 2,600 hours of sunshine annually, and lush Mediterranean vegetation, with over 1,200 aromatic and healing herbs.
Day 4: Mali Losinj to Zadar
Today we head to Zadar, a vibrant city on the Dalmatian Coast, with a history dating back 3,000 years. You’ll dive into this ancient history with a Local Expert, visiting the remains of the 1st century Roman Forum, the largest on the eastern side of the Adriatic. You’ll also visit the 9th-century St. Donatus Basilica, a pre-Romanesque famed for its excellent acoustics, and stroll through the 16th-century Venetian city walls.
If you’re into contemporary attractions, be sure to visit the symphony of the Sea Organ. This architectural sound art object plays music when the sea waves interact with tubes located beneath large marble steps. You can also witness the Greeting to the Sun, a 72-foot diameter circle set into the pavement filled with 300 multilayered glass plates that collect the sun’s energy during the day and produce a stunning light show after sunset. Both of these installations were designed by local architect Nikola Bašić and have become iconic symbols of the city. Alfred Hitchcock famously said that Zadar had the most beautiful sunset in the world, so you don’t want to miss this.
Day 5: Zadar to Skradin to Šibenik
After a leisurely morning, we’ll visit the acclaimed Bibich Winery in Skradin for a delicious tapas lunch paired with the finest Croatian wines. The Bibich vineyards are over 500 years old and are run by a family of vintners who have worked on this land for generations.
We’ll then sail on to the spectacular Krka National Park where you’ll marvel at the enchanting waterfalls. Walk along the shaded paths as the cascades flow all around you. Formed from the Krka and Čikola Rivers, the cascades flow over a series of terraces and travertine steps, ending in the mighty Skradinski Buk waterfall, plunging 148 feet. Despite the power of the waterfall, the pool below remains serene, and you can swim right up to the base of the falls.
Next up, we’ll visit the historic city of Šibenik, one of the oldest native Croatian towns. We’ll take a walking tour with a Local Expert, visiting remarkable sites such as the UNESCO-listed Cathedral of St. James. Built over a period of more than 100 years in the 15th and 16th centuries, the cathedral is a testament to Gothic and Renaissance architectural styles. Šibenik is also known for its four fortresses, each with its unique history, architecture, and panoramic views of the city and sea. As a city built on and with stone, the Old Town is another delight. Wander down the narrow, stone streets, alleyways, and archways and admire the beautiful stone houses.
Day 6: Šibenik to Hvar
Today we sail to the gorgeous island of Hvar. Known as the “sunniest spot in Europe”, Hvar receives more than 2,700 hours of sunshine a year, and it’s an essential stop on Europe’s most glamorous cruise. From sprawling lavender fields, vineyards and olive trees, to sandy beaches, secluded coves, and historic towns, there are endless treasures to explore in Hvar.
Check out the 17th-century Hvar Theater, one of the oldest surviving theaters in Europe. Wander around St. Stephen’s Square, the largest piazza in Dalmatia. You can also visit the impressive Spanjola Fortress, which offers panoramic views of the town and the surrounding islands. The UNESCO-listed town of Stari Grad, on the northern side, is one of the oldest towns in Europe.
With its reputation for summer luxury and vibrant bars and nightlife, Hvar also attracts an endless stream of celebrities. Prince Harry, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery and many more have all graced the glitzy shores of Hvar.
Day 7: Hvar to Bol to Split
This morning we’ll cruise to Zlatni Rat, also known as the Golden Horn. It’s one of the most famous beaches in Dalmatia and for good reason. This breathtaking beach has a unique horn-like shape that changes depending on the wind and tide. Snap some gorgeous photos of the turquoise water against the white sand and lush greenery. Then it’s back on deck to relax as we cruise back to Split. Here we disembark for our final three days exploring the wonders of Dubrovnik.
You can set sail on Europe’s most glamorous cruise on our Croatia & the Dalmatian Coast luxury tour. The cruise is just one week of this 2-week journey. You’ll experience other on-land highlights across Zagreb, Pula, Istria, Opatija and the Plitvice Lakes.