Imagine yourself reclining on a sun lounger or hammock under a deep azure sky, as the polished teak deck moves with the rhythm of the sea and a refreshing evening breeze ruffles the air. You are cruising the Adriatic Sea, surrounded by dramatic landscapes and some of Europe’s clearest waters aboard your very own yacht-cruiser, visiting small, picturesque ports on the Dalmatian coast where the large cruise ships are conspicuous by their absence. Previously reserved only for the wealthy, you can now experience small intimate vessels carrying less than 40 guests on board, allowing you to explore the less accessible islands and delightful bays perfect for swimming while cruising along the coast of Croatia.
Riviera's small yachts sail between the islands and the shore, affording spectacular coastal views and memories that will stay with you for a lifetime. And with so few guests on board, a convivial atmosphere soon prevails as you gather in the intimate surroundings of the bar or up on the sun deck for a nightcap. After just a few hours on board you will be on a first-name basis with your fellow travellers as well as the friendly yet unobtrusive staff who attend to your every need. The dress code is casual and summer dresses, shorts and t-shirts are the order of the day. This is exactly how a vacation should be!
One deck below you will find the Salon Deck with an elegant restaurant and bar, beautifully furnished and fully air conditioned for your comfort. Each day begins with an excellent breakfast on board offering an assortment of hot and cold menu items. Some days lunch or dinner is prepared on board, showcasing mouth-watering local cuisine with a selection of meat and fish dishes, soups, breads and freshly prepared salads, all delivered with a beaming smile. And no cruise is complete without the Captain’s Dinner, yet another delicious feast featuring the best of Croatian cuisine. There is no ‘seating plan’ and you get to choose your own table as well as dining companions. You can even dine al fresco on the upper deck. The choice is always yours! Lunch on a sun-bed? Nema problema (no problem)…
During each itinerary, you will also be free to enjoy a couple of lunches or dinners ashore, giving you the opportunity to sample some of the traditional local fare such as the black risotto (crni rižot), the incredible peka (a blend of vegetables and meat baked under a bell-like dome) and of course a glass (or two) of the local wine or gemišt (a combination of white wine and carbonated water). Ask for the inexpensive domace vino (the restaurant’s house wine) and you won’t be disappointed. Local wine production is steeped in Croatian history and dates back more than 2,500 years! Just remember to bring some cash (Kunas or Euros will do) as Croatia does not allow for tips to be charged on a credit card.
Every evening the ship remains moored so you can take an after dinner stroll ashore, exploring these beautifully preserved Venetian style medieval towns filled with history, architecture and happy families enjoying their summer evenings together. And let's not forget the ice cream shops. You really don’t want to miss out on the ice cream (sladoled in Croatian) or gelato while in Croatia. Such a treat and so many wonderful flavours to choose from. Samo uzivaj!
- Accommodation in the stateroom category of your choice
- Daily breakfast on board
- A selection of lunches and dinners on board
- Captain’s Dinner
- Guided tours and visits as per each itinerary description
- The services of a Riviera tour manager
- Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
- Swim stops in idyllic island locations
- All port charges and taxes
Wondering where to go on a yacht cruise? From Split to Dubrovnik or Mostar to Rab, it can be hard to select which incredible itinerary would make your perfect getaway. To help with your decision, we have listed available itineraries below, each with a short description about what makes them particularly interesting and special.
Dubrovnik, Mostar & Secrets of Dalmatia (aboard the MS Adriatic Sky)
Perfect for... exploring Dubrovnik, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’; the unspoilt islands of Lastovo and Vis (not accessible to the public before the fall of Yugoslavia); the captivating Blue Cave on Bisevo; the stunning Neretva River Delta rich in flora, fauna and wildlife; and a full day excursion and a guided tour of the Bosnian/Herzegovinian historic city of Mostar
Split, Dubrovnik & the Splendours of Dalmatia (aboard the MS Adriatic Sun)
Perfect for… visiting Split with its Emperor Diocletian's Palace; and breathtaking Dubrovnik; the picturesque town of Hvar; the untouched island of Mljet and its two salt water lakes; the medieval port of Korcula, birthplace of Marco Polo; and the beautiful Peljesac Peninsula
Dubrovnik, Split & Jewels of the Dalmatian Coast (aboard the MV Corona)
Perfect for… experiencing
both Dubrovnik and Split; sailing past the Elaphite islands; historic towns of
Hvar and Korcula; Makarska riviera and its Mount
Biokovo reaching 1,828 metres above sea level; Omis where the emerald green river Cetina runs into the Adriatic; Stari Grad where the yacht moors overnight and the idyllic village of Pučišća
Split, Zadar & Secrets of the North (aboard the MV Riva)
Perfect for… touring Split and its Emperor Diocletian’s palace, one of the greatest structures of the Roman Empire; visiting the medieval town of Šibenik with its impressive cathedral; a guided tour of Trogir, a historic coastal gem with one of the most spectacular cathedrals in the Adriatic; a guided tour of Zadar, the ancient capital of Dalmatia; and the natural waterfalls of Krka Valley National Park
Split, Rab & Undiscovered Islands of the North (aboard the MS IL Mare)
Perfect for... visiting the historic capital of Split and its ancient harbour; guided tours of Trogir, Sibenik and Zadar; evening stroll in the village of Vodice; cruising through the breathtaking Kornati National Park with its rugged coastline, desert-like islands and limestone cliffs; visiting the natural harbour of Telašćica and wandering the shores of its natural salt Lake Mir
No matter which itinerary you choose, there is no doubt you will enjoy one of the best vacations of your lifetime.
Solo traveller departures are also available!
Contact your Travel Professional or Riviera River Cruises for details.