The Best Cruises in Croatia

Embarking on a small ship cruise is one of the best and easiest ways to explore Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. With different routes and cruising options available, you will be able to discover secluded bays, medieval cities, and vast national parks, all on the same holiday. We have rounded up the best cruises so that you can start planning your next trip to Croatia.      
View of Dubrovnik Old Town

Dubrovnik to Split Signature Cruise

For those flying into Dubrovnik, a seven-night cruise from Dubrovnik to Split is the perfect way to see the best of the Dalmatian Coast. On this journey, you’ll begin by touring the Old City of Dubrovnik, walking atop the medieval stone walls and wandering through historic narrow streets before setting sail on a modern, luxury vessel. Some of the highlights on this enchanting adventure include a stop in the fortified village of Ston to sample its world-famous oysters, exploring the beautiful Mljet National Park, tasting exquisite local wines in Hvar, and visiting the renowned Blue Cave and Krka Waterfalls National Park. The grand finale is Split, complete with a walking tour through Diocletian’s Palace.

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Split to Dubrovnik Signature Cruise

Those beginning their holiday in Split can embark on a seven-night Split to Dubrovnik Signature Cruise and travel south along the beautiful Dalmatian coast. On a luxury vessel accommodating only a maximum of 38 passengers, you will enjoy delicious breakfasts and lunches on board, as well as a Captain’s Dinner and a cocktail reception. Your cruise will begin with a guided walking tour of Diocletian’s Palace in Split and trips to Trogir and Krka National Park, after which you will set sail for a swim stop at the famous Golden Horn Beach, Brac. Next, discover the islands of Hvar, Vis and Korcula, enjoying a range of immersive excursions, before heading to the breathtaking Mjlet National Park. After tasting fresh oysters in Ston, you will head to Dubrovnik, enjoying a guided tour of the Old Town.

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Top Tip

If your cruise concludes in Dubrovnik, we recommend extending your trip with a stay in neighbouring Montenegro, where you can visit the historic city of Kotor and the Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rocks.

View of mega yachts on Hvar waterfront

Split Return Deluxe Balcony Cruise

If you have return flights from Split, the Split Return Deluxe Balcony Cruise is the ideal choice as you can discover the Dalmatian Coast on a leisurely round trip. You will begin with a guided tour of Split and a welcome dinner on board your luxury vessel, before setting sail the following day to the island of Korcula where you will also enjoy a guided tour. The next day, the cruise takes you to Mljet National Park, concluding with a sunset dinner in Dubrovnik overlooking the city walls. After a full day in Dubrovnik, you will head to Ston for oyster and mussel tasting, followed by wine tasting in Hvar the next day. On your last full day you will be able to explore the cobbled streets of Trogir, before returning back to Split.

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View of Krka National Park waterfalls

Opatija to Dubrovnik Deluxe Cruise

By cruising for seven nights from Opatija to Dubrovnik, you’ll get to take in many highlights while sailing from north to south on a luxurious yacht-like ship. It starts in elegant Opatija, a famous 19th-century wellness resort with magnificent mansions and glamorous villas lining its seaside promenade. Just 30 minutes from the Slovenian border and a little over an hour from Trieste, Italy, it’s easy to explore either country before your cruise. Once you set sail, you’ll make a stop on Rab, the ‘island of love’, before visiting the Old City of Zadar as well as its renowned art installations along the waterfront. Next, you will continue to make your way down the Dalmatian Coast, visiting Sibenik and Krka Waterfalls, Split, and the beautiful islands of Hvar and Korcula, before concluding in Dubrovnik.

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