Nautical Paradise, UNESCO World Heritage & National Parks

Port of Trogir - Central Dalmatia
1 week ex Trogir – departures on Saturdays
Route: Trogir – Rogoznica – Zadar – Island of Dugi Otok – Kornati Islands National Park – Vodice – Krka Waterfalls – Šibenik – Island of Zlarin – Split – Island of Šolta – Trogir

 

Description


Route:
Trogir – Rogoznica – Zadar – Island of Dugi Otok – Kornati Islands National Park – Vodice – Krka Waterfalls – Šibenik – Island of Zlarin – Split – Island of Šolta – Trogir
From 12:00 am to 2:00 pm, boarding time in the port of Trogir. If you arrive by your own car, you can proceed to the parking reception (as indicated in your travel documents) already from 10:00 am. Upon arrival, our staff will show you where to park and unload your car. Our service-team will take your luggage to the port. After embarkation, our representatives will welcome you aboard with a drink and you will meet the crew and your fellow passengers. After a lunch snack at about 3:00 pm, “Cast off!”, heading towards Rogoznica, a picturesque fishing village, situated on an island connected to the mainland by a causey. On our way we will anchor in a bay to enjoy the first dip into the refreshing waters of the Adriatic Sea. For passengers arriving later, transfer to Rogoznica and boarding in the evening.

We leave the mainland and head towards one of the islands in the archipelago of Šibenik for a nice swim. We then continue on to Zadar, the cultural and economic centre of northern Dalmatia. The old town, with its numerous religious and secular monuments, is located on a peninsula and surrounded by impressive walls. After arriving in Zadar, a local tour guide will await us to take us on a walk through the walled old town, showing us unique sights like the Roman Forum, the circular church of St. Donatus, or the Cathedral Sveta Stošija (St. Anastasia). Enjoy traffic-free streets with elegant boutiques and countless cafés, or listen to the sounds of the world-wide unique Sea Organs on the Riva, their melodies created purely by waves. Overnight stay in Zadar.

Our journey continues to the south. Today’s destination is the island of Dugi Otok, the “Long Island”, since it is 45 km long and only a few hundred metres wide. The majority of the islanders live and work in Zadar; therefore in low tourist season it is very quiet during the week, while on weekends, the typical Mediterranean bustle of the “city families” returning to their hometowns takes over. After a swim we head to Telašćica, a gorgeous bay in the south of the island of Dugi Otok, which is also a Nature Park (admission about 5-8 € per person, payable on-site). We recommend a walk to the “Silver Lake” – known from the Winnetou movie – a saltwater lake with an underground connection to the sea. From the lake you can reach the approximately 100 metre high cliffs, which offer a breathtaking sea view – in case of good visibility, even across the Adriatic Sea all the way to Italy.

According to the Irish author George Bernard Shaw (who received a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925), ”On the last day of creation, God crowned his work, and thus created, out of tears, stars and breath, the Kornati Islands”. The beautiful scenery, countless small and large islands (according to local lore “an island for every day of the year”), and the beautiful sea – all this makes the Kornati Islands a unique paradise. It is the largest and most dense archipelago in the Adriatic Sea – it comprises 147 islands, islets and reefs with a total area of 69 km², spread over 230 km². They cover an area of 35 km of length and 13 km of width among the islands of Dugi Otok in the north-west, Žirje in the southeast, and Pašman, Vrgada and Murter in the north and northeast. We cruise along the entire length of the Kornati Islands, and after a swim, we enter the harbour of Vodice, a lively holiday resort. In the evening, you can enjoy a glass of wine in one of the cosy taverns or Konobas.

A few miles further south, we leave the Adriatic Sea and turn into the embouchure of the River Krka. We go upstream and anchor in Skradin, shortly before the famous Krka waterfalls. From there, smaller boats will take you to the National Park. You will have the opportunity to visit “Skradinski Buk”, the most popular part of the waterfall area, where in 17 falls, with up to 100 m broad cascades, the Krka rushes 45.7 metres down. Make sure you do not forget to bring your bathing suit – a swim in the clear waters of the River Krka just below the falls is a truly unique experience. Park entrance, including boat ride approx. € 15 (in July/August approx. € 25), payable on-site. On our return to the Adriatic Sea we will stop in Šibenik. Šibenik, mentioned for the first time in 1006, is the youngest of the larger cities on the coast, and at the same time, the oldest Croatian town; as it was not built by Greeks, Romans, or Byzantines, but founded by Croats. The most famous building in the fortress-like old town is the St. Jacob’s Cathedral, the most important Renaissance monument in Croatia. After a stroll through the old town, we will return to the islands and anchor in the small port of the fishing village of Zlarin on the homonymous island.

Our first destination today is Split, Croatia’s second largest city and the capital of Dalmatia. The 1700 years old city was once the palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, and is now under the protection of the UNESCO. After a city tour, we leave Split and head for the island of Šolta. The island is characterized by extensive olive groves, which produce first class, very dark olive oil. For our overnight stay we tie up in the cosy port of Stomorska.

We leave the island of Šolta and serenely return to the starting point of our journey. Of course, on our way we will anchor in one of the many coves for a refreshing swimming break. We will reach Trogir in the early evening. With its amazing old town, protected by the UNESCO, Trogir is also called “the Museum City”. Enjoy the experience of a guided walking tour through the winding streets and discover impressive walls, towers, churches, frescoes and vaults. Do not miss out on taking a look into the unique old yards. Take the opportunity to enjoy dinner in one of the numerous restaurants in Trogir. Overnight stay in the port of Trogir.

After breakfast, disembarkation until 9:00 am.
What's included...
* 8-day cruise according to the itinerary
* Half board (including dinner on embarkation day, and breakfast and lunch or dinner on the following days of your cruise)
* Welcome snack
* Captain's Dinner
* English and German speaking representatives during embarkation and disembarkation
* Guided city tour of Zadar
* Entrance fee to the Kornati Islands National Park
* Guided city tour of Split
* Guided city tour of Trogir


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