A Croatia cruise takes you to the alluring Dalmatian Coast and beyond, introducing you to the history and culture of this beautiful country. Located on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, travelers in the know have been flocking to Croatia for the past decade to soak in the warm sunshine, and explore it’s incredible food and wine– without the pervasive crowds found on the other side of the Adriatic Sea.
Croatia is famous for its pristine beaches, historical landmarks and wonderful cuisine that are quickly moving the country to the top of hot travel destination lists. Now is the time to discover Croatia, and you’ll love doing so on one of our fabulous Croatia cruise itineraries.
A Croatia cruise will take you to the country’s most incredible coastal cities and give you access to gorgeous beaches, world-class wines, and charming villages.
The up and coming wine regions of Croatia create full-bodied reds and dry, citrusy whites. Don’t miss trying the Plavac Mali while in Croatia, which is usually poured if you do a wine tasting at a local winery. Most restaurants in Croatia also have Plavac Mali available to order.
Experiencing the village life of Croatia is a highlight for many visitors to the country. The villages in Croatia have a true farm to table lifestyle, with many villagers sharing a farm, fruit trees, and animals. Visiting a village will teach you more about this way of life.
Croatia is known for its beaches and seaside resorts. One of its most beautiful areas of coastline is nicknamed the Dubrovnik Riviera, and refers to the area stretching from Dubrovnik south 12 miles to Cavtat. You’ll find smooth pebbled beaches and sparkling teal water against the backdrop of lush green hills.
The most popular cruise ports you’ll visit in Croatia are Dubrovnik and Split. These large coastal cities are loved by visitors due to their historic Old Town areas. In addition, your cruise may stop in Croatia at Zadar or Rijeka.
The shore excursions you can do on a Croatia cruise offer a variety of activities and excitement. Whether you want to see ancient architecture or prefer some pop culture thrown into your day, you’ll have a fun and memorable time exploring the ports of Croatia on exciting shore excursions.
The Old Town area of Split is abundant in ancient history, and a shore excursion is the best way to fully appreciate it. On a walking tour of Old Town, you’ll learn about Diocletian and why he built this palace, which now houses restaurants and shops. Below ground is the palace’s still-intact basement.
One of the most iconic shore excursions you can do in Dubrovnik is walking along the top of the wide walls surrounding the city’s Old Town. From your vantage point you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the sea, the terracotta-colored rooftops of Old Town, and imposing-looking Fort Lovrijenac.
Croatia is home to beautiful National Parks. While in Zadar, you can hike through Paklenica National Park and explore its canyons and even Modric Cave. In Split, travel across the water to Krka National Park, located on the largest island in Croatia.
If traveling to Croatia in the summer months, be sure to pack light, breathable clothing. Plus pack plenty of sunscreen so you’re not stuck looking for some in port. In the shoulder season, you’ll find more temperate weather, with May and September still having sunshine most days. Earlier in spring or later in fall may bring some cooler temperatures, particularly if you’re doing any excursions farther inland, so bring a light jacket or cardigan to layer with just in case.
Croatia is part of the European Union, but hasn’t switched over to the Euro yet. Therefore, you’ll likely want to have some Croatia Kuna on hand in case you see something you like in a market that doesn’t accept credit cards. Don’t assume restaurants, bars, and cafes accept credit cards; most will have the symbol of the card they accept hung on a window or wall outside the restaurant if they do, but you can always ask if you’re not sure. Also, some establishments may take Euro notes, but don’t plan on it since there is no requirement for businesses to do so until the Euro becomes the official currency in Croatia.