A view of historic Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia. seen from the under sail small ship cruise from Greece to the Dalmatian coast
Statues at a Greek archaeological site on Delos Island, Greece. Seen on the under sail small ship cruise from Greece to the Dalmatian coast
Marble columns in the Olympia Archaeological Site of the first Olympic Games. seen from the under sail small ship cruise from Greece to the Dalmatian coast Greece
A group of Klapa Singers in Dubrovnik, Croatia, seen on the under sail small ship cruise from Greece to the Dalmatian coast
Historic Old Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia at night. Glowing street lights light up a busy street square seen on the under sail small ship cruise from Greece to the Dalmatian coast
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Extraordinary Adriatic: Croatia & Slovenia Under Sail

Sail into the history of a lovely, storied coast along the Adriatic Sea’s Croatia and Slovenia. Cruise sapphire seas aboard the historic tall ship Sea Cloud. Delve into the legacies of great empires from the Romans to the Venetians as you encounter ancient ruins and striking architecture that span the centuries. Get acquainted with picturesque old towns from Rovinj to Hvar, sample local wines and specialties, and explore important castles and palaces while sailing from Venice to Dubrovnik. The schedule is flexible to take advantage of opportunities to raise the sails or discover a spectacular part of the coast.

Venture to Croatian sites that tell the region’s rich history, from Neolithic Vis to the Roman ruins of Pula and the Venetian gems of Rovinj and Hvar. Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites including Diocletian’s Palace complex in Split and the lovely city center of Ljubljana. Step into history at Slovenia’s cliff-side Predjama Castle, and see hidden World War II bunkers and tunnels in Vis.

Each day offers half- or full-day explorations on land with a mix of historians, naturalists and local guides to ensure an insider’s perspective into the fascinating Dalmatian Coast. Unique among small ship cruises is the chance to relax on deck while watching the orchestrated frenzy of 16 crew members going aloft in the web of riggings to hand-set 30 sails. Experience Croatia and Slovenia in luxury and settle into the unique and unforgettable style of Sea Cloud—once the private ship of Marjorie Merriweather Post.

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Itinerary

Extraordinary Adriatic: Croatia & Slovenia Under Sail Itinerary

The Extraordinary Adriatic: Croatia & Slovenia Under Sail cruise travels east from Venice, Italy to Piran and Ljubljana, Slovenia before cruising along Croatia and ending in Dubrovnik.

Route map of Extraordinary Adriatic: Croatia & Slovenia Under Sail cruise from Venice, Italy to Piran and Ljubljana, Slovenia before sailing south along Croatia to end in Dubrovnik.
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Days 1 - 2
Fly to Venice, Italy & Embark

Fly overnight and arrive in Venice. Embark the ship in the late afternoon (Day 2) and settle into your cabin.

Accommodations

n/a (day 1); Sea Cloud: Lindblad (day 2)

Meals

n/a (day 1); dinner (day 2)

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Day 3
At Sea

Join the Chief Mate for a play-by-play description of the crew in the rigging and the action of the setting of square sails, staysails, and jibs as Sea Cloud shows her full glory. Bask in the comfort and intrigue of this legendary and historic squarerigger while sailing toward Slovenia.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Piran & Ljublana, Slovenia

Anchor off the gem-like harbor town of Piran, and drive through the tranquil countryside to charming Ljubljana. Architect Jože Plečnik designed the city center when Ljubljana suddenly became a capital city after World War I, and his harmonious blending of old and new, linked by waterways and green spaces, recently earned the city designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site. On a walking tour, see the 15th-century town hall, and the castle perched above the city, and admire the diverse architectural styles of Prešernov Trg square. Cross Triple Bridge and stroll along the café-lined Ljubljanica River before a lunch of Slovenian specialties. En route back to the ship, stop for a visit to the 800-year-old Predjama Castle, nestled high on a cliff side. Tonight, sail along the coast of the Istrian Peninsula.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Rovinj & Pula, Croatia

Go ashore in Rovinj, once one of the most important cities in the Venetian Empire, and travel inland to Pula. Settled by an ancient Illyrian tribe, it reached the height of its power under Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus. Venture to its remarkably well-preserved amphitheater, built by Emperor Vespasian in the first century A.D. and believed to have held around 20,000 spectators. Drive through olive groves and vineyards to the Meneghetti Wine Hotel and Winery, sample award-winning vintages, and hear tales of when the region was ruled by the Austro-Hungarian empire. After lunch aboard the ship, venture into Rovinj’s charming old town set on a tiny peninsula that was an island until 1763. Walk the cobbled streets, peruse the local open-air market, and see sites that illustrate the city’s close ties with Venice.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
At Sea

Spend a relaxing day sailing the Adriatic. Join the expedition staff on the Lido deck for talks about the region’s history, culture and geography. Take in stunning views of the craggy cliffs and white stone isles that line Croatia’s coast, and sit down to regionally inspired meals accompanied by fine wines. This afternoon, cruise through Kornati National Park, an archipelago of more than 80 rugged islands. Arrive in Split this evening.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Split & At Sea

Delve into the bustling port city of Split this morning, and discover the World Heritage-listed Diocletian’s Palace. Built by Emperor Diocletian as a sumptuous place to retire, this site is now a beguiling maze of marble streets, churches, and fortifications that tell the history of the city from the Romans and Byzantines to the modern day. Enjoy an afternoon of sailing en route to the far-flung island of Vis.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Komiža, Vis

One of the outermost of Croatia’s many islands, Vis was ruled successively by the ancient Greeks, Romans, Venetians, Austrians and Italians. It became a central Yugoslav military base during World War II, and only opened to tourists in 1990s, making it less developed and less populated than many of its neighbors. Set out on a walking tour of the fishing town of Komiža, and see the traditional sailing vessels called falkušas, which have been used here since the 16th century. Hear about age-old regattas originally designed to keep pirates at bay. Take in expansive views from the rugged interior and visit a family-owned winery for a tasting and traditional peka lunch. See the tunnels where Yugoslav resistance leader Josip Broz Tito hid from the Nazis during World War II, and venture to hillside barracks and hidden bunkers.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Hvar & At Sea

At the height of Venetian rule, Hvar was the region’s most prosperous center. Set off on a walking tour along the waterfront and inside the delightful walled city. Visit the 15th-century Franciscan monastery, the arsenal and Croatia’s oldest active theater. If you choose, hike up to the citadel for spectacular views of the island and the azure Adriatic beyond. This afternoon, take to the seas on the final sail.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Disembark Dubrovnik, Croatia

Disembark in Dubrovnik this morning and transfer to the airport for the flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations aboard ship; meals as indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, historian, naturalist staff and expert guides; all port charges and service taxes. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens. Complimentary beer & wine on National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Sea Lion, National Geographic Sea Bird, with a complimentary full bar on all other ships.

Exclusions

Immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For expeditions departing prior to January 1, 2024:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – $350*
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 25% of total trip cost
59 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

*$350 USD will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which only may be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

For expeditions departing January 1, 2024 onward:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more; inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Extraordinary Adriatic: Croatia & Slovenia Under Sail cruise begins in Venice, Italy (VCE), and ends in Dubrovnik, Croatia (DBV). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Embarkation time may vary based upon arrival of group flights. Disembarkation in Dubrovnik, Croatia, is after breakfast on Day 10 of the outlined itinerary. Departure times on Day 10 may vary depending on group flights. Inquire with your Adventure Specialist upon booking for details. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, historical site visits, village walks, guided walks, market visits and wine tastings.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the guides’ discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change.

Aug 17 - Aug 26, 2023
Sea Cloud: Lindblad • 10 days
From $14670USD
Per Person
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