Luxury Adriatic Cruise visiting Split, Sibenik, and Zadar
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Cruise overview

Board the MS Desire, a sleek and modern 5-star yacht, for a luxury cruise around the islands of Croatia’s stunning Dalmatian Coast. As you settle into your surroundings, you’ll delight in the ample space afforded by this intimate ship, which is limited to just 38 passengers. Savour the welcoming atmosphere on board, as well as personalised service from an experienced, English-speaking crew who have strong seafaring backgrounds.

With sumptuous food prepared daily by an on-board chef – and with delicious fresh ingredients – each day brings a brand-new culinary experience. You’ll dine in an informal, relaxed atmosphere, while your accommodation comprises roomy cabins that radiate contemporary chic and feature all essential amenities.

With multiple public areas, you’ll always find somewhere to enjoy a precious moment of on-board tranquillity – or a fellow guest to get acquainted with, depending on your mood. And the expansive sun-deck that forms the entire top-deck is perfect for savouring the sights of these charming waters. Featuring sheltered areas, ample sun-loungers, outdoor showers and a bubbling hot tub to plunge into, it’s ideal for making the most of the glorious Mediterranean sunshine. Ladders at the rear of the ship make a cooling dip into the sapphire waters even more inviting.

Your unforgettable cruise on this ship takes you to some of the region’s perennial favourites, from idyllic islands dotted with fig trees to chic towns bursting with smart bars and restaurants.

Embarking at Split, whose red-roofed Old Town is dominated by the well-preserved remains of a Roman palace, you’ll then sail to Hvar, a chic and lively island popular with celebrities. Other highlights include Krka, home to a national park that features the enchanting Skradinski buk waterfall, Zadar, with its wave-powered sea organ along the waterfront, and the tiny islands of Kornati. You’ll also stop at Zlarin, a picturesque car-free island with its own time-honoured traditions, before ending your voyage in Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with striking Romanesque architecture.

Cruise route

Split, Croatia

Hvar, Croatia

Vis, Croatia

Šibenik, Croatia

Krka National Park, Lozovac, Croatia

Zadar, Croatia

Trogir, Croatia

Cruise day by day itinerary

Day 1, arrive Split, Saturday

Split combines archaeological treasures, natural beauty and modern Dalmatian life with consummate ease. With its spectacular setting – a mountainous backdrop offset by the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea – it’s no wonder that a powerful Roman emperor once chose to build his palace here. Today, Diocletian’s Palace is one of the finest and best-preserved Roman monuments in the world and takes up a large area of the delightful Old Town.

Day 2, Split – Hvar – Vis

Hvar is known as a chic, jet-set island whose shores are blessed with coves and bays, while inland you’ll find rolling fields of lavender, fruit orchards and dense pine forests. In the main town, clustered around the harbour, discover the renaissance cathedral and take a stroll up to the imposing fortress that has loomed over the quaint red-roofed streets for centuries. End the day at Vis, used as a location in the hit movie Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

Day 3, Vis – Sibenik

From Vis, sail to Sibenik, Croatia’s oldest town and a source of national pride as it wasn’t founded by Romans or Greeks but by Croatians themselves. The town’s most famous building is the Saint Jacob cathedral, the most important monument of the Renaissance in Croatia. Wander its quaint and beautifully maintained narrow streets, largely unchanged in centuries.

Day 4, Sibenik – Krka – Vodice – Zadar

Today you’ll get to see one of Croatia’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty, the Krka National Park. It’s an enchanting destination, filled with gorges, soaring birds of prey and what is arguably Europe’s most picturesque waterfall, Kradinski buk – a scene from fairytale. From here you’ll make your way to the city of Zadar, once referred to as ‘the entertainment centre’ of the Adriatic.

Day 5, Zadar – Sali

As well as the Roman ruins and Venetian architecture of the old town, head to the waterfront to see one of Zadar’s amazing sunsets or dance on the outdoor, solar-powered dancefloor. There’s also a wave-powered sea organ – a kind of permanent audio-art installation in the form of large marble steps. While in the Zadar area you’ll also visit Sali, a tiny village on the rugged island of Dugi Otok.

Day 6, Sali – Kornati – Zlarin

In the morning you’ll make your way to Kornati National Park, perhaps enjoying a refreshing swim -stop along the way. The countless reefs and islands here – ‘one for every day of the year,’ according to local lore – are largely untainted by modernity, making it something of a marine paradise. It’s the largest group of islands in the Adriatic Sea.

Day 7, Zlarin – Trogir

Known as “Golden Island”, Zlarin swells with pine trees, cypress forests and olive groves. Spend some time admiring the natural beauty and purity of the island, which has banned motorcars, before heading to Trogir. The Greeks, Romans and Venetians have all left their indelible mark on this town known for its main cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s Romanesque portal at the entrance is an intricately carved masterpiece by local sculptor and architect Radovan

Day 8,Trogir Disembark

Today you’ll disembark MS Desire in Trogir and fly home.

Price & Inclusions


1 MAY 2021 USD1590.00 (Only 7 cabins left)
Extra charge for upper deck cabin USD450.00
  • 7 night half-board luxury cruise on board MS Desire
  • Daily breakfast and lunch, plus one captain’s dinner
  • Free WI-FI
  • 350 square metre sundeck with luxurious daybeds and a jacuzzi
  • Inspiring, dedicated cruise director and expert crew providing impeccable service

Tours & Options

Tours for the cruise can be customized. Please contact us and one of our travel designers will help you structure the tours based on your preferences.

Ship information


The 2017-launched MS Desire offers intimate voyages on Croatia’s glistening coastline. The deluxe yacht-like vessel boasts 20 cabins, including one VIP cabin located on the Sun Deck. Public areas are gorgeous, with teak decking and the feel of a luxury boutique hotel. On board there’s an air-conditioned restaurant, bar, an outdoor lounge area, a large Sun Deck with loungers, a small plunge pool, an outdoor bar and a swimming platform for when passengers decide to cool off in the sea.

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