Croatia Cruises

Croatia’s delightful heritage and beautiful coastline is yours to explore

2020 Dalmatian Coast
Stretching along Croatia’s seaboard, the Dalmatian coast is a pristine belt of the eastern Adriatic, renowned for its string of charming islands and clear, sapphire waters. Blending ancient heritage with the timeless appeal of the Mediterranean, Dalmatia is a remarkable destination, and you’re invited to discover its serene coastal wonders with Emerald Waterways.

Let us take you on an extraordinary journey on Croatia’s esteemed Dalmatian coast, where ancient towns and cities dot a mountainous landscape, and small isles offer boundless curiosities. We’ve taken our expertise in deluxe river cruising to create two unforgettable 8-day adventures on the Adriatic, transporting you along the Croatian coast on our exclusively chartered small ships, MV Adriatic Princess (for 2019) plus, launching for our 2020 season, the MS Swallow and MS Lastavica.
From the beautiful island of Hvar to the ancient heritage cities of Split and Dubrovnik, we’ve sought an inspiring collection of destinations and experiences to bring you a true taste of Croatia. Inclusive highlights such as guided city tours, wine tastings and swim stops give you complete freedom of discovery, so you can savour the very best in exceptional EmeraldVALUE.

Our The Islands of Dalmatia itinerary invites you to:

  • Discover the Croatian coast with a choice of seven EmeraldEXCURSIONS, including guided tours of Hvar, Split, Dubrovnik and a visit to the Krka National Park.
  • Soak up the serene coastal beauty of the Adriatic, with designated swim stops in idyllic locations.
  • See more with a choice of exclusive EmeraldPLUS experiences, including a visit to a traditional Stone Masonry School.

Our The Pearls of North Dalmatia itinerary invites you to:

  • Discover the coasts of North Dalmatia with a choice of five EmeraldEXCURSIONS, including guided tours of Zadar, Rab and Trogir.
  • Soak up the serene coastal beauty of the Adriatic, with designated swim stops in idyllic locations.
  • Experience more with a choice of exclusive EmeraldPLUS experiences, including a local wine tasting on board and an authentic Rapska cake tasting.

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Experience island life on the Dalmatian coast

Croatia’s beloved Dalmatian coast is dotted with over 500 islands, from the larger isles of Brač, Pag and Hvar to hidden islets where travellers have scarce tread. Thanks to the intimate proportions of the MV Adriatic Princess, MS Swallow and MS Lastavica, you’ll discover islands other ships simply can’t reach – for an authentic taste of island life on the beautiful Adriatic. Negotiating sheltered bays and narrow straits, our private chartered ship makes for extraordinary island-hopping.

Tour the ancient streets of Trogir and marvel at its Romanesque architecture, before dipping a toe into the invigorating Adriatic waters during a leisurely swim stop. In Hvar, a guided walk with a local introduces the island’s Gothic palaces and medieval forts, while a visit to Brač lets you glimpse into Croatia’s renowned legacy of stonemasonry – each providing insight into the extraordinary history and influence of Dalmatia’s proud islands.

Immerse in Croatian history in Split and Dubrovnik

Croatia’s magnificent Dalmatian cities are alive with history, offering a vast collection of World Heritage-Listed Sites which hint at the country’s rich heritage.

Discover the remarkable Roman antiquities of Split, the largest city of the Dalmatian coast. From the enormous and wonderfully-preserved Diocletian’s Palace, built for Roman Emperor Diocletian in the 4th century AD, to the Cathedral of Saint Domnius and the Ivan Meštrović Gallery – Split provides extraordinary cultural encounters at every turn.

Dubrovnik, the ‘pearl of the Adriatic’, is equal in historic splendour. The city’s beautiful Old Town is designated a World Heritage Site, and boasts some of the world’s most ornate and palatial Baroque architecture. Marvel at the city’s medieval walls and appreciate the vast Gothic-Renaissance façade of Rector’s Palace – just two of the heritage highlights in this unforgettable city.

Extend your stay

Those wishing to extend their cruise around the Croatia archipelago can do so with our 4-day Zagreb city stay, or our 9-day Discover Croatia tour, showcasing the best of these memorable destinations. 

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