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.