Dalmatian Coast Cruises

Explore the historic mainland and beautiful islands of the Dalmatian coast

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2020 Dalmatian Coast
Welcome to the Dalmatian coast, a mountainous seaboard rich with extraordinary heritage sites on the cusp of the Adriatic. This sublime region stretches along Croatia’s southern shores from Rab Island to the Bay of Kotor, offering an inspiring blend of unique heritage and supreme coastal splendour.
Join Emerald Waterways on the Dalmatian coast and experience the highlights of Croatia like never before. Our exclusively-chartered small ships are packed with home comforts, essential for coming back to after a day of exploring onshore, from the historic paradise isles of Trogir, Hvar and Brač, to the lauded antiquities of Split, Šibenik and Dubrovnik.
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Throughout your Adriatic voyage, you can choose to discover independently or as part of a group, with a choice of organised shore excursions to help you experience more of the Dalmatian coast’s remarkable heritage. Additionally, your cruise is complemented by a choice of exclusive EmeraldPLUS and DiscoverMORE experiences, giving you the freedom to explore and discover the very best of this inspiring region.

Enjoy immersive tours, led by a local guide, in Trogir, Šibenik, Rab, Split, Korčula, Dubrovnik and Zadar.
On the Islands of Dalmatia itinerary, discover Croatia’s rich history of stonemasonry with a visit to Pučišća – an EmeraldPLUS highlight or on the Pearls of North Dalmatia itinerary enjoy a traditional Klapa performance on board.

In 2019 travel on board the intimate MV Adriatic Princess and MV Adriatic Pearl. And in 2020 set sail on board either the MS Swallow or the MS Lastavica. 

A voyage through Croatian history and culture

The Dalmatian coast is integral to Croatia’s cultural identity and heritage, and has been an important Mediterranean passage since the age of the Romans. This remarkable timeline is evident in the region’s string of fascinating historic sites, many of which have received World Heritage-listed status on account of their enduring cultural significance.

During our The Islands of Dalmatia itinerary, you’ll discover the rich history of the coast, from a visit to the exquisite St Stephen’s Cathedral on the historic island of Hvar, to a walking tour of Dubrovnik’s World Heritage-listed Old Town in the company of an expert local guide. The cultural immersion continues on the beautiful isle of Brač, where an EmeraldPLUS experience in Pučišća lets you uncover Croatia’s rich legacy of stonemasonry.

Whilst on our The Pearls of North Dalmatia itinerary, you’ll uncover red-roofed buildings and peaceful bays. Your journey through North Dalmatia includes, a visit to the Telašćica National Park, a delightful scattering of Islands swathed in natural beauty and guided tours of Trogir, Rab and Split.

As you negotiate the islands and mainland of Dalmatia, you’ll discover rich traditions and customs which have played a part in local Croatian life for centuries. Sample the country’s esteemed viticulture on the Pelješac peninsula, revel in the Venetian-influenced café culture of Korčula, and marvel at the splendour of Krka National Park – Croatia’s most precious and historic landscape.

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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. 

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.

Explore our new yachts for 2020

The sun-kissed calm of the Mediterranean Sea is the perfect setting for an ocean cruise on board our brand-new MS Swallow and MS Lastavica yachts. Exclusively chartered for our 2020 itineraries, these contemporary yachts have been specially designed to sail the Dalmatian coast’s many attractive isles and to dock in small ports. 

Intimate and spacious in equal measure, a maximum guest number of 36 ensures you can spend time enjoying a drink from our bar, reading in the lounge, or relaxing on a sun lounger on the Sunny Deck, with abundant room to roam. And, you’ll have the opportunity to dip into the crystal-clear waters for swim stops, made easier by the ship’s innovative swim platform and specially fitted steps to make the transition seamless.

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