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VISITING: Croatia BROCHURE CODE: 5721
All prices include: transfers, accommodation, guided activities and meals; all as listed.
Embark on a remarkable small-ship cruise, island-hopping through the enchanting Adriatic Sea, where Croatia's extraordinary coastline, adorned with countless captivating islands, awaits. Immerse yourself in the beauty of this unique destination, as you navigate through a maze of indented coastlines and discover the hidden treasures of Zadar, Kornati Islands National Park and Rab.

What's included?

  • Transfers: return airport transfers (Rijeka airport)
  • Accommodation: 7 nights’ accommodation in an en-suite cabin with double or twin beds, standard boat category, lower deck
  • Meals and drinks: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 2 dinners. (Drinks and water are not included)
  • The following destinations are included in the holiday: Krk Island, Rab Island, Zadar Archipelago, Kornati Islands National Park, Lošinj Island, Cres Island, Rijeka (order subject to change)
  • The following activities are included in the holiday: Rab city tour, Zadar city tour, Mali Lošinj city tour (the order of activities is subject to change)

Please note: a mandatory tourist and harbour tax is payable locally in cash when you board the boat. This costs approximately 35 euros per person for the week

Please note: flights are not included as some clients like to add a stay in Rijeka before or after this holiday. We will be delighted to arrange flights, accommodation and transfers around the sailing trip. Please just ask one of our Travel Experts for suggestions and prices


Small-ship cruising in Croatia offers an exceptional and unforgettable experience. Exploring the stunning Northern Adriatic coastline aboard a smaller vessel allows for a more intimate and immersive journey. The charm of Croatia's numerous islands and picturesque coastal towns truly comes to life as you navigate through narrow straits and hidden coves that larger ships cannot access.

One of the major advantages of small-ship cruising in Croatia is the opportunity to visit lesser-known destinations and discover hidden gems off the beaten path. This itinerary includes various stops at charming fishing towns and villages, secluded bays, and untouched natural wonders that showcase the country's diverse beauty. 

During this seven-night cruise, you will visit the stunning towns of Zadar, Mali Lošinj and Rab, rich with history, culture and beautiful architecture. You will sail on to the Kornati Islands National Park, the largest archipelago in the Adriatic Sea, with 147 islands, islets and reefs, as well as the islands of Krk, Rab, Lošinj and Cres, each with their own charm and stunning beauty.


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Key facts

Duration: 7 nights
Pace: Relaxed
Suitable for: Ages 10+
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We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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Departure dates: Saturdays from May to October

Dates
Sat 18 May 2024
to Sat 29 Jun 2024
Adults £ 915 To £ 1,025
Sat 29 Jun 2024
to Sat 14 Sep 2024
Adults £ 945 To £ 1,095
Sat 14 Sep 2024
to Sat 12 Oct 2024
Adults £ 785 To £ 1,065

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

The Specifics

Group Size

We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.

Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.

Minimum and maximum age

If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.

Unless otherwise stated in the in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, the minimum age for participation in an Artisan holiday is typically 8 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.

Medical History and Advice

We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.

In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.

In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.

Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.

Insurance

Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.

It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.

If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.

The UK Foreign Office Advice

Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice

We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.

The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/                                                   

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/                                                 

Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/                                                                                                     

The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html

If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.

If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.

If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.

If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.

Booking activities locally

Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).

When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.

In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.

Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.

Brexit information for British Passport holders

For the most up to date information on how the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your holiday please click here to view our Brexit information for British Passport holders.

Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation

On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.

Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.

Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer

If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.

If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.

Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.

Terms and Conditions

Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website: https://www.artisantravel.co.uk/booking-conditions

Minimum travellers 10, Maximum travellers 20

Trip Specific Terms and Conditions

Please note, due to specific requirements in some of the harbours, it is possible that ships will be tied sideways to each other and that passengers will need to transfer from one ship to another in order to get to shore. Please be careful when transferring from ship to ship and should you need assistance, the crew members will be delighted to help. All boat routes are dependent on the weather and may be changed at the Captain’s discretion.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, technical problems or security reasons, the itinerary and activities may need to be adapted to ensure that the cruise is operated in a safe and enjoyable manner.

  • After arriving into Rijeka airport, you will be transferred to the port where you will board your small ship and meet the Captain and crew, as well as your fellow passengers, before setting sail for the island and town of Krk. The ship will be your home and sleeping quarters for the next seven nights.

    For passengers boarding the boat after 1pm, you will be transferred from the airport to Krk port and board the ship there.

    The boat will be moored overnight in nearby Punat. You will enjoy dinner on board.

    Very occasionally, the itinerary and duration of sailing and activities may change according to local conditions, events or guest preferences. Your skipper and his crew will make these decisions based first and foremost on your safety. In such cases, we reserve the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.

    Included Meals:  Dinner
  • After breakfast, you will set sail for Rab Island. You will drop anchor in a secluded bay where you will have plenty of time for swimming and sunbathing. Following this, you will arrive in the charming town of Rab later this afternoon, where you will take part in a guided city tour. 

    The old town of Rab is surrounded by ancient, fortified walls and 4 stunning bell towers. It stretches out into the sea, along a narrow, rocky headland. The old streets are filled with a variety of cafés, bars, restaurants, boutiques, and lovely local shops, making it the perfect place to explore.

    One night of the cruise, there will be a Captain’s dinner, the night of which will be confirmed during your cruise. During other nights, you will be able to go into the local towns and villages where there are several restaurants available.

    Day of dinner may vary.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • This morning you will leave Kvarner Bay and head towards your next port of call. After a swimming break to enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic, you will arrive at the centre of northern Dalmatia, Zadar. 

    You will be given a guided tour of the city, passing the old Roman Forum, circular church of Sveti Donat, and the Cathedral Sveta Stošija. This former Venetian town was once the capital of Dalmatia, due to its prominent trading location; now it is home to various lively cafes, restaurants and bars, nestled in amongst the fantastic ancient ruins. It has a fantastic atmosphere and is a wonderful place to explore.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • Setting sail from Zadar, you will journey towards one of the most stunning collection of islands in the Adriatic.

    According to the Irish author George Bernard Shaw, "On the last day of creation, God crowned his work, and thus created, out of tears, stars and breath, the Kornati Islands". It’s easy to see why George penned this line, as you wind your way through the beautiful scenery, countless islands, and perfectly turquoise sea. It is the largest and most dense archipelago in the Adriatic Sea - comprising 147 islands, islets and reefs, which cover an area of 35 km of length.

    After passing through the national park, you will continue north, where you will anchor at one of the many islands that comprise the Zadar Archipelago, including Dugi Otok, Zverinac, Molat or Olib.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • Today you will sail to the island of Lošinj, which is famous for its 300 days of sunshine per year, as well as its covering of thick pine forests and hidden coves and bays.

    This area is home to several dolphin pods, so keep your eyes peeled for them playing in the waves.

    After a swimming break, you will reach Mali Lošinj, where you will enjoy a tour of Mali Lošinj with its small old town area and harbour front, filled with numerous shops, cafes and restaurants. You will spend the the night on this stunning island.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • Today you will set sail to the neighbouring island of Cres. The island is covered in countless olive groves and roaming flocks of sheep, giving it an inviting, rural feeling and the opportunity to try some of the freshest olive oil possible.

    You will stop for a swim at one of the secluded bays before heading to the picturesque town of Cres, where you will anchor for the night. Thanks to its 15th-16th Century Venetian architecture, it feels very much like a charming Italian village, complete with fabulous local dishes to try.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • This morning you will depart Cres and cruise along the eastern shoreline of Istria to Rijeka – not without taking one last dip in the sea. 

    Arriving in Rijeka, there will be time to explore the city independently. This port city is lined with Habsburg-era buildings, filled with colour and history and there are plenty of cafes, restaurants, museums and shops to explore.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • After breakfast, you will disembark and say farewell to your ship and the crew.

    You will be transferred back to Rijeka airport for your flight home. Alternatively, why not extend your time in Rijeka? Speak to our Travel Experts for further details.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

Included in price

MS Sveti Vid, or similar

Nights: 1-7

During your cruise along the Croatian Coast, you’ll stay aboard a small ship which can accommodate approximately 28-38 passengers. 

You will receive the exact name of the ship by our local representatives upon arrival at the port for embarkation. MS Sveti Vid is an example of the ships that are used and the images shown are from the various different boats available, the exterior, interior and décor vary between them. However, the standard remains the same across each option.

There is an on-board bar and dining area, as well as a sun deck to relax and really enjoy the best of the Croatian weather. 

Cabin accommodation

You will stay in a lower deck, two or three-bed cabin equipped with private shower, toilet and air conditioning (the air conditioning will not always be on, depending upon mooring location and power consumption). Some cabins have double beds, others have twin beds and three of them have bunk beds.

There is also the option to upgrade to an upper deck room, as well as a superior boat category, depending on availability. Please ask at the time of booking to secure your place.

Each guest is provided with 2 bath towels on arrival; beach towels are not provided.

Card payments are not accepted on-board, only cash (euros and US dollars). Cash machines and banks are available at most ports along the journey and you can open a cabin tab on board, paying for drinks, incidentals and the tourist and harbour tax when you disembark.  There is onboard WiFi, however, reception can be intermittent.

Please note: due to specific requirements in some of the harbours, it is possible that ships will be tied sideways to each other and that passengers will need to transfer from one ship to another in order to get to shore. Please be careful when transferring from ship to ship and should you need assistance, the crew members will be delighted to help. All boat routes are dependent on the weather and may be changed at the Captain’s discretion.

Very occasionally, the itinerary and duration of sailing and activities may change according to local conditions, events or guest preferences. Your skipper and his crew will make these decisions based first and foremost on your safety. In such cases, we reserve the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.

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If you would like to add pre or post nights to your cruise, we can easily arrange for you to stay in hotel accommodation in Rijeka. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts for further details.




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