Europe Mediterranean Cruise

The Best of Croatia Cruise

Discover the beauty of the Adriatic on this exceptional 8-day luxury Croatia cruise, operating round-trip from Venice, Italy. Aboard 244-guest Le Lyrial, fall under the spell of the hidden treasures of the Croatian coast and its turquoise waters. The voyage begins in Italy with an embarkation in Venice. Savor the opportunity to discover (or rediscover) the sublime city of the Doges, with its many canals, its vaporetti and its mythical gondolas. Next visit Korčula, full of olive groves, vineyards and ancient buildings. This is an island marked by history as the birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo.

Then head to the aptly named Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Surrounded by medieval ramparts, its terracotta-tiled roofs, palaces, cloisters and fountains are bound to impress. Plunge into the heart of Croatian history here. The ship then sets sail towards Montenegro, for an unforgettable cruise in the Bay of Kotor. This impressive gash between two mountain ranges is home to a veritable inland lake with a magical atmosphere; the medieval city of Kotor and its many historical monuments are its jewels. Conclude this exploration of the Croatian coastline with visits to Hvar, Pula and Rovinj, before heading back to Venice for disembarkation.

The main itinerary operates round-trip from Venice, Italy, focusing on visits along the Croatian coastline with unique visits to the northern Croatian cities of Rovinj and Pula. Alternative itineraries offer 8- or 10-day variations of this luxury Adriatic Sea cruise. The 8-day Shores of the Adriatic & Italy cruise operates from Venice to Rome, visiting Croatia’s Bol and Lopud Island before rounding the tip of Italy’s boot and cruising north along the Amalfi Coast. The 8-day Dalmatian Shores and the 10-day Cultural Jewels of the Adriatic itineraries each depart Athens, Greece, and end in Venice, Italy; the 10-day itinerary uniquely visits northeastern Italy and only makes one stop in Croatia.

Passage is aboard Le Lyrial, a luxury expedition ship cruising the Mediterranean. Enjoy her elegant aqua-and-ivory decor that reflects the azure seas in which she sails. Explore breathtaking medieval walled cities, romantic canals and magical bays off ship, then return on board Le Lyrial for 5-star hotel service and a plethora of activities such as performances, culinary tastings and enriching lectures.

Read on for details about this trip, or view all of AdventureSmith’s Mediterranean cruises.