Cruise the Adriatic – 8 Day Cruise – The Best of Croatia

8 days / 7 nights Cruise, 5*

Visiting: VENICE – KORCULA – SIBENIK – SPLIT –  DUBROVNIK – KOTOR – HVAR – PULA – ROVINJ – VENICE 

Guaranteed Departure Dates:

  • May 10 – 17, 2018
  • August 23 – 30, 2018
  • September 13 – 20, 2018
  • May 20 – 27, 2019
  • May 27 – June 3, 2019
  • June 3 – 10, 2019

Cabin Charter, Based on Double Occupancy, starting $4,460 per person


Discover the beauty of the Adriatic on an exceptional 8-day cruise in Croatia. Fall under the spell of the hidden treasures of the Croatian coast and its turquoise waters.  

Your voyage will begin in Italy with an embarkation in Venice. An opportunity to discover or rediscover the sublime city of the Doges, with its many canals, its vaporetti and its mythical gondolas.  

Your adventure continues to Korčula, full of olive groves, vineyards and ancient buildings. An island marked by history, the birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo. 

You will then head to the aptly named “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Surrounded by medieval ramparts, its terracotta-tiled roofs, its palaces, cloisters, and fountains are bound to impress you and will plunge you into the heart of Croatian history.

Your ship will then set sail towards Montenegro, for an unforgettable cruise in the Bay of Kotor. This impressive gash between two mountain ranges is home to a veritable inland lake with a magical atmosphere; the medieval city of Kotor and its many historical monuments are its jewels.

Your exploration of the Croatian coastlines will conclude with visits of Hvar, Pula, and Rovinj before you head back to Venice.


 

Day 1 VENICE

Embarkation from 4 pm – 5 pm. Departure at 6 pm

Proud and eternal, Venice has reigned on its lagoon ever since the 6th century. You may think you know this city before even setting foot here. You will inevitably fall in love with the charm of the innumerable treasures of the Serenissima: Saint Mark’s square, the basilica, Doges Palace, the Grand Canal and the gondolas. Yet, secret Venice is also waiting for you to explore its little interlacing streets and canals, to ramble through its squares and to push open the doors of its churches. The city’s extraordinary heritage shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a glass of Spritz and a few tramezzini.

 

Day 2  KORCULA

Arrival at 2:30 pm. Departure at 10 pm.
This harbor town has a very special location, residing on a spur on the north-eastern coast of the island of Korçula. The ramparts in its medieval district provide perfect vantage points over the Pelješac peninsula. To get there, you can take the monumental staircase in the Revelin Tower. Another way is to climb the steps in the shade of palm trees from the MorskaVrata (Marine portal). As you make your way through the little streets, you’ll see the bell-tower of Saint-Mark’s cathedral rise above you. This landmark will help you locate the house where Marco Polo was born. The island also has some of its own famous wines like the red Plavac and the white Posip.

Optional Excursions Available:

  • Korcula Hiking Tour
  • Korcula Walking Tour

 

Day 3  SIBENIK

Arrival at 7 am. Departure 8:30 am.
Located at the heart of central Dalmatia, Sibenik is proud of its pure Croatian architecture, unlike its neighbors which were founded by the Romans. Behind its walls, along its steep narrow streets with their almost Italian charm, the old town has conserved a prestigious built heritage of churches and palaces dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. Do not miss the magnificent Cathedral of Saint James and lose yourself in the contemplation of the remarkable ornate frieze of 71 sculpted portraits of women, men and children, illustrating the successful merger of Gothic and Renaissance art.

Optional Excursions Available:

  • Krka Waterfalls (5 Hour Excursion, ends in Split, 2 hour drive to re-join the ship)

 

Day 3  SPLIT

Arrival at 12:30 pm. Departure at 8 pm.
On the Dalmatian coast, the town of Split offers cultural visits in a seaside atmosphere. Close to the seafront shaded by palm trees, the historical center listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts a unique building: the Diocletian’s Palace. Here you will explore its galleries, courtyards with carved columns, as well as a former mausoleum converted into a church, namely Saint Domnius Cathedral. If you get peckish, stop off at a terrace in the Pjaca, the main square in the old town, where you can try a palacinka, a kind of pancake topped with melted cheese.

Optional Excursions Available:

  • Cetina River Rafting
  • Split Walking Tour & Diocletian’s Palace
 
Day 4  DUBROVNIK

Arrival 7 am. Departure at 11:30 pm.
Emblem of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is magnificently positioned on a rocky spur. History is sovereign here, in this ancient city, now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. You will perhaps be surprised by the proportions of La Placa, the central drag through the city. The sheer width of it can be explained by the fact that it straddles a former lagoon. The elegant houses along La Placa are built in the legendary travertine stone. At Pile gate, you will be greeted by the statue of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, and you can admire the coastline as you walk along the ramparts. But what’s inside Fort Saint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic.

Optional Excursions Available:

  • Dubrovnik Walking Tour & Cable Car
  • Adriatic Sea Adventure (Speed Boat Tour of Lapad, Kolocep, and Lopud with time for swimming and beach time)
 
Day 5  KOTOR

Arrival at 9 am. Departure 8 pm.
Situated in one of Montenegro’s most beautiful bays, the medieval city of Kotor is a small town full of charm, truly imbued with the traditions and stories of another time. Built between the 12th and 14th centuries, this village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has preserved many historical monuments from this epoch. During your stop, be sure to admire the impressive castle that dominates the town, and let yourself fall under the charm of its maze of small streets and intimate squares on which folk festivals featuring magnificent colorful costumes are often organized.

Optional Excursions Available:

  • Visit Perast and Our Lady of the Rocks, and Kotor Walking Tour
  • Bay of Kotor Sea Kayaking

 

Day 6  HVAR

Arrival at 7 am. Departure at 6 pm.
Off the coast of Split, Hvar will surprise you by its traditions that haven’t changed since Antiquity. The country’s oldest town, Stari Grad, is here on this Dalmatian Island. The town nestles by a cove on the north-west coast, surrounded by dry stone wall structures on the Stari Grad plains. These have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site because they were built in the time of the Ancient Greeks. From these parcels of land come wines and olive oil manufactured manually. In the upper part of town, you will discover hams and cheeses made by local producers. The picturesque village of Vrisnik is a good place to try some of the local produce.

Optional Excursions Available:

  • Sailing Experience (Pakleni Islands, Swimming/Snorkeling, Palmizana Bay)
  • Hvar Walking Tour
  • Hvar 4-Wheel Drive Excursion to Abandoned Village
  • Hiking in the Villages of Hvar
 
Day 7   PULA

Arrival at 8 am. Departure at 12:00 pm.
The Pearl of the Adriatic, lying at the southern tip of the Istrian Peninsula, Pula is undoubtedly the most Roman of all Croatian towns. Some of the greatest pages in history were written here, as the breathtaking ancient remains testify. Take your pick exploring the amphitheater, the Renaissance Communal Palace, the Venetian Fort, and others. Stroll through the busy lanes in the old town, enjoying the warm welcome of the locals, and perhaps you will be tempted to try the famous Kvarner scampi or Istrian ham.

Optional Excursions Available:

  • Pula and its Amphitheater (walking tour)

 

Day 7 ROVINJ

Arrival at 2:30 pm. Departure at 10 pm.
Rovinj is located in Istria, a region bordering Slovenia. This becomes apparent as you walk through its old cobblestoned town. There are many monuments of Venetian influence here. If you study the Balbi arch, you will see the winged lion, the symbol of Venice. The bell-tower erected beside Saint Euphemia Cathedral was designed like the bell of St. Marc in Venice. From the top of the tower, you can scan the entire historic district. To absorb its quaint atmosphere, take a walk in the ochre and sepia-colored streets leading to bustling squares and terraces shaded by canvas awnings.

Optional Excursions Available:

  • Rovinj Walking Tour
  • Porec Walking Tour
 
Day 8  VENICE

Disembarkation at 7 am.
Proud and eternal, Venice has reigned on its lagoon ever since the 6th century. You may think you know this city before even setting foot here. You will inevitably fall in love with the charm of the innumerable treasures of the Serenissima: Saint Mark’s square, the basilica, Doges Palace, the Grand Canal and the gondolas. Yet, secret Venice is also waiting for you to explore its little interlacing streets and canals, to ramble through its squares and to push open the doors of its churches. The city’s extraordinary heritage shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a glass of Spritz and a few tramezzini.


 

8 Day/7 Night Best of Croatia Cruise includes:
  • Accommodation in a stateroom
  • The full meal plan: The breakfasts, lunches, and dinners served on board are included in the price of the cruise. Beginning with boarding and during the entire duration of the cruise, beverages are served on request and at any time of the day. The Open Bar offers a wide selection of drinks (mineral water, soft drinks, wine, beer, Henri Abelé BRUT Champagne, spirits, coffee, tea). Certain premium alcoholic beverages on the menu are not included in the Open Bar. 
  • Access to all the common areas: fitness room, steam room, hair salon, swimming pool (sea water, heated), solarium, lounges, theater, boutique & leisure area.
  • Port taxes
Not included:
  • Optional Excursions
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above
  • Airfare, Travel Insurance
  • Additional excursions and / or services not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses (internet, telephone, mini bar etc.)
  • Tips and porterage services 
Dates and Details:
  • Prices are based on number of passengers traveling and dates of travel
  • Cabin Space is not guaranteed until confirmed

The Ship:

This ship embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy, and wellbeing. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 122 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

 

Interior Design

We have been inspired by the destinations we visit and decided to create a subtle variation in a palette of blues. Ranging from the luminous delicate grey-blue of the Polar ice to splashes of the vivid turquoise blue found in Mediterranean coves, it also includes the blue light of the future pole star.

 

Decks
 
Cabin Category
  • Deluxe Stateroom (18m2)
  • Deluxe Suite (27m2)
  • Grand Deluxe Suite (45m2)
  • Grand Privilege Suite (54m2)
  • Prestige Deck 4 (18m2)
  • Prestige Deck 5 (18m2)
  • Prestige Deck 6 (18m2)
  • Prestige Deck 5 Suite (36m2)
  • Privilege Suite (36m2)
  • Owner’s Suite (54m2)
  • Superior Suite (21m2)

 

Life On Board:

LEISURE AND PUBLIC AREAS
Our ships have many spaces designed and organized to respect each guest’s privacy. In a cozy and refined atmosphere, these living areas offer moments of relaxation, comfort and socializing.

  • Well Being Center
  • Pool & Sun Deck
  • Lounges & Bars
  • Theatre
  • Shop
  • Leisure Areas

 

5* SERVICE

  • Butler Service (reserved for passengers traveling in one of the suites on Deck 6)
  • Room Service (available 24 hours a day)
  • Laundry Service 

 

GASTRONOMY

An essential element of French culture, gastronomy is naturally a priority aboard our ships. Fresh products, carefully selected ingredients, refined dishes: throughout your cruise, you will appreciate outstanding cuisine prepared by talented chefs sharing their passion for French culinary heritage.

In a setting worthy of the finest restaurants, you will discover subtle and audacious flavors, interspersed with inspirations drawn from the local ports of call.

Accompanied by a selection of cheese and wines presented by our expert sommeliers, our cuisine translates our desire to cultivate a certain French touch.

You’ll find a choice of two restaurants on board to suit your desires. So make the most of your five-star cruise, whether in the intimate atmosphere of the Gastronomic Restaurant or the more relaxed setting of the Grill Restaurant.

 

WELLNESS

A cruise provides the perfect setting for pampering. We’ve partnered with the French beauty house SOTHYS Paris™ to offer a series of top-end spa and beauty treatments on board in a space entirely devoted to your well-being.

This unique center can be found on Deck 5 and offers the following facilities:

  • Treatment and Massage Areas
  • Balneotherapy area
  • Hammam
  • Hair Salon
  • Fitness Room
  • Outdoor Panoramic Lounge

 

SAFETY

The safety of our guests and crew has always been our greatest priority. On land as at sea, PONANT applies strict safety rules that are subject to regular international inspections.

Provisions on board

  • Each guest has a lifejacket in their stateroom and near the life rafts.
  • A demonstration of the procedure for abandoning ship, which is compulsory for all, takes place before the departure of each cruise.
  • The ships are equipped, among other things, with automatic fire detection and extinction systems, fire doors and watertight doors.
  • For maximum safety in the polar regions, our ships have specific lifesaving equipment that can cope with extreme external conditions while waiting for assistance, in the event of problems.

Inspections and classifications

  • The fleet is monitored by the Centre de Sécurité des Navires PACA Corse, located in Marseille.
  • Each ship has ISM (International Safety Management) certification, a very strict international regulation.
  • Safety equipment is checked and approved on a yearly basis by the French authorities and by Bureau Veritas.
  • All our ships are graded and are regularly examined in great detail and without prior notice, in ports of call around the world.
  • These ships have a reinforced hull and a structure certified by Bureau Veritas. They have also been awarded “Ice 1C” certification, which authorizes them to sail in polar zones.
  • Sailing under the French flag, recognized as being the safest flag to sail under in the world.

Crew training

  • After passing the entrance test, each officer received thorough training at the French National Maritime College (ENSM) by alternating periods of training with periods of sailing. After successful graduation and proper experience, these officers are recruited for our ships and are responsible for operating the ship and supervising the crew.
  • Training courses on an ice navigation simulator are organized at the ENSM in Marseille. This tool, unique in France, is able to train young officers to run a very specific bridge and to sail in a polar environment.
  • The entire crew (sailing, hospitality, and production) undergo extensive training enabling them to exercise the roles entrusted to them in the event of an emergency. Many exercises and simulations are regularly held to ensure that everyone is fully capable of behaving appropriately.
  • For cruises in the polar regions, the crew undergoes additional training regarding survival and behavior to adopt in polar waters.

Information regarding the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA)

The 2010 Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act sets out requirements in terms of safety and security for the majority of cruise ships embarking or disembarking guests in the United States. This law demands that any criminal activity is reported to the FBI. The US Coast Guard is responsible for posting online the statistics provided by the FBI regarding criminal activity aboard cruise ships. In accordance with the legal requirements of the United States, we are required to provide you with the hyperlink that allows you to access these statistics: www.uscg.mil/hq/cg2/cgis/CruiseLine.asp Compagnie du Ponant operates a zero-tolerance policy regarding criminal activity aboard its ships and reserves the right to report any allegation of criminal activity to the authorities or any other national organization responsible for the application of national or local legislation. For this reason, if you discover that a person could be injured, or if someone shows dangerous or possibly illegal behavior during your cruise, we ask you to immediately inform the ship management so that our security and/or medical teams can intervene effectively.