Medieval castle with tan stone & red roof sits among grassy fields by water in sun, seen on a cruise to Croatia and Italy.
View to blue sky & sun shining on tan stone medieval buildings in courtyard, seen on a cruise to Croatia and Italy.
Korcula Island with stone homes & terracotta roofs on a small hill topped by a bell tower, seen on a cruise to Croatia & Italy.
White sails billow in the breeze above open wooden sun deck on a sunny day during a cruise to Croatia and Italy.
Large medieval stone building with pointed roofline sits outside cave opening among stone & green forest in Slovenia.
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Coastal Gems of Croatia & Slovenia Aboard Sea Cloud II

Cruise to Croatia and Italy (plus a unique visit to Slovenia) under the billowing sails of a tall ship. Days will be balanced with guided explorations, time to relish your ship under sail, and free time to walk in charming seaside villages.

Voyage back in time to medieval walled cities like Hvar, a picturesque reminder of the great Venetian empire. Sail along idyllic archipelagos like the 80 forested islands of Kornati National Park. And from the ample decks of Sea Cloud II: Lindblad, take in the beauty of this storied coastline and the sparkling sapphire Adriatic Sea. Along Croatia’s scenic coast and in Slovenia’s lively capital Ljubljana, visit castles and monasteries, walk through the enchanting old towns of Korčula and Rovinj, and sample regional specialties such as peka (stew) and wine.

This cruise to Croatia and Italy offers many highlights. Experience the splendors of the Golden Age of Sail aboard the gracious Sea Cloud II: Lindblad. Discover Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Split that dates to the 4th century. Explore the cobblestone streets and markets of medieval towns like Korčula and Trogir. Learn about the region’s many chapters of history at sites like Predjama Castle and Tito’s once-secret Cold War tunnels. Travel through the bucolic countryside to taste celebrated local wines at a vineyard and enjoy other regional specialties.

Sail aboard the spectacular Sea Cloud II: Lindblad, a modern take on an historic sailing ship, carrying up to 94 guests. Her three-masted barque design blends classic tall ship charm with modern comforts for a 5-star sailing experience. Enjoy cruising under sail whenever weather allows, with plenty of social spaces for meeting new friends or enjoying a quiet moment.

Read on for details about this cruise to Croatia and Italy, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Croatia small ship cruisessmall ship Mediterranean cruises and Mediterranean trips.



Itinerary

Main Coastal Gems of Croatia & Slovenia Aboard Sea Cloud II Itinerary

On the main Coastal Gems route, cruise to Croatia and Italy by embarking in Dubrovnik and disembarking in Venice, with a visit to Slovenia en route.

Route map of northbound Coastal Gems of Croatia & Slovenia Aboard Sea Cloud II cruise from Dubrovnik to Venice plus a visit to Slovenia.
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Day 1
Embark Dubrovnik, Croatia

Arrive in Dubrovnik and embark the ship in the late afternoon.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud II: Lindblad

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
At Sea & Korcula

Gather on deck for a play-by-play description of the crew in the rigging and the action of setting square sails, staysails and jibs as the ship shows her full glory. Relax with a book on deck, and enjoy delicious meals and complimentary drinks. Anchor at the island port of Korčula, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in the Balkans. Visit the town’s sites and see the house some believe is Marco Polo’s birthplace. Later, take some time to enjoy the waterfront. After exploring Korčula, enjoy the captain’s welcome evening as the ship makes her way to Split.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud II: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Split & Trogir

Delve into the bustling port city of Split this morning and discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Diocletian’s Palace, more a small city than a single 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. It maintains a lively pulse of shops and street merchants to this day. An afternoon drive takes you along the Dalmatian coastline to medieval Trogir, a small island town also designated a UNESCO site, whose main square, cathedral, streets and alleyways invite exploration. Return to the ship, docked in Split, for an overnight sail to Hvar.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud II: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
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, sail to Vis Island.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud II: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Komiza (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 the 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 extensive tunnels where Yugoslav resistance leader Josip Broz Tito hid troops and weapons at the end of World War II and into the Cold War, and venture to hillside barracks and hidden bunkers.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud II: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
At Sea & Zadar

Weather permitting, spend the morning with sails unfurled in the Adriatic, sailing along Croatia’s Kornati National Park, an archipelago of more than 80 rugged islands. Head toward Zadar, the oldest continuously inhabited city in Croatia. Explore its defensive walls, gates and bastions, developed during the 16th century to thwart Ottoman incursions. Stroll the ruins of the ancient Roman Forum and visit St. Mary’s Church, a Benedictine convent dating back to the 11th century. Here, have an opportunity to meet some of the resident nuns who serve as caretakers of the church and the adjoining treasury, which houses priceless ecclesiastical artifacts of Byzantine and Venetian craftsmanship, and an extension collection of relics.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud II: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
At Sea

A day at sea presents another opportunity to witness the ship’s sails aloft. Admire the passing scenery and sip on complimentary drinks as you catch up on reading, sort photos and learn from expedition staff presentations.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud II: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Piran & Ljubljana, 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, admire the diverse architectural styles of Prešernov Trg square, and more. 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. As the sun sets, cast off for Rovinj and the ancient land of the Illyrians.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud II: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Rovinj, Croatia & At Sea

Go ashore in Rovinj, once one of the most important cities in the Venetian Empire. 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. 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. Enjoy time at sea this afternoon as the ship makes way for Venice.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud II: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Disembark Venice, Italy

Arrive in Venice this morning. After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations aboard ship; meals as indicated; beer, wine & full bar; excursions; services of expedition leader, historian, naturalist staff and expert guides; all port charges and service taxes; basic WiFi (enhanced and premium packages available for purchase). Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

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

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.

Arrival & Departure

The main Coastal Gems cruise begins in Dubrovnik, Croatia (DBV) and ends in Venice, Italy (VCE). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Dubrovnik before 4:00pm  on Day 1 of the itinerary. Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 10 of the outlined itinerary. Plan flights to depart Venice after 12:00pm Noon on Day 10. 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 scenic drives, tastings, Zodiac and small craft cruises, yoga and stretching, hiking, historical site visits, city tours and guided walks.

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.

Reverse Coastal Gems of Croatia & Slovenia Aboard Sea Cloud II Itinerary

On the reverse Coastal Gems route, cruise to Croatia and Italy by embarking in Venice and disembarking in Dubrovnik, with a visit to Slovenia en route.

Route map of southbound Coastal Gems of Croatia & Slovenia Aboard Sea Cloud II cruise from Venice to Dubrovnik plus a visit to Slovenia.
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Day 1
Embark Venice, Italy

Arrive in Venice and embark the ship in the late afternoon. As the sun sets, cast off for Rovinj and the ancient land of the Illyrians.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud II: Lindblad

Meals

dinner

Read More
Day 2
At Sea & Rovinj, Croatia

Gather on deck for a play-by-play description of the crew in the rigging and the action of setting square sails, staysails and jibs as the ship shows her full glory. Relax with a book and enjoy delicious meals and complimentary drinks. Go ashore in Rovinj, once one of the most important cities in the Venetian Empire. 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. 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. Enjoy time at sea this afternoon as the ship makes way for Slovenia.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud II: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
Piran & Ljubljana, 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, admire the diverse architectural styles of Prešernov Trg square, and more. 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.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud II: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
At Sea

Weather permitting, spend the day with sails unfurled in the Adriatic, sailing across the Istrian Peninsula and many islands of northern Croatia.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud II: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Zadar, Croatia & At Sea

Zadar is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Croatia. Explore its defensive walls, gates and bastions, developed during the 16th century to thwart Ottoman incursions. Stroll the ruins of the ancient Roman Forum and visit St. Mary’s Church, a Benedictine convent dating back to the 11th century. Here, have an opportunity to meet some of the resident nuns who serve as caretakers of the church and the adjoining treasury, which houses priceless ecclesiastical artifacts of Byzantine and Venetian craftsmanship, and an extension collection of relics.

Weather permitting, spend the afternoon with sails unfurled in the Adriatic, sailing along Croatia’s Kornati National Park, an archipelago of more than 80 rugged islands.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud II: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Komiza (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 the 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 extensive tunnels where Yugoslav resistance leader Josip Broz Tito hid troops and weapons at the end of World War II and into the Cold War, and venture to hillside barracks and hidden bunkers.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud II: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 7
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. The afternoon at sea presents another opportunity to witness the ship’s sails aloft. Admire the passing scenery and sip on complimentary drinks as you catch up on reading, sort photos and learn from expedition staff presentations.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud II: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
Split & Trogir

Delve into the bustling port city of Split this morning and discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Diocletian’s Palace, more a small city than a single 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. It maintains a lively pulse of shops and street merchants to this day. An afternoon drive takes you along the Dalmatian coastline to medieval Trogir, a small island town also designated a UNESCO site, whose main square, cathedral, streets and alleyways invite exploration. Return to the ship, anchored off Trogir for an overnight sail.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud II: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 9
Korcula & At Sea

Anchor at the island port of Korčula, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in the Balkans. Visit the town’s sites and see the house some believe is Marco Polo’s birthplace. Later, take some time to enjoy the waterfront. After exploring Korčula, enjoy the captain’s farewell evening as the ship makes her way to Dubrovnik.

Accommodations

Sea Cloud II: Lindblad

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Disembark Dubrovnik, Croatia

Arrive in Dubrovnik this morning. After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations aboard ship; meals as indicated; beer, wine & full bar; excursions; services of expedition leader, historian, naturalist staff and expert guides; all port charges and service taxes; basic WiFi (enhanced and premium packages available for purchase). Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

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

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.

Arrival & Departure

The reverse Coastal Gems 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. Plan flights to arrive to Venice before 4:00pm  on Day 1 of the itinerary. Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 10 of the outlined itinerary. Plan flights to depart Dubrovnik after 11:00am on Day 10. 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 scenic drives, tastings, Zodiac and small craft cruises, yoga and stretching, hiking, historical site visits, city tours and guided walks.

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 24 - Sep 02, 2024
Sea Cloud II: Lindblad • 10 days
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Sea Cloud II: Lindblad • 10 days
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