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Croatia - Montenegro Cruising
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North Adriatic, 7 days

 
Departure: Opatija
Opatija, the Pearl of Adriatic Sea, is situated below the mountain and Nature Park Ucka. Lush green scenery and a pleasant climate has remained in complete harmony with nature right up until the present day. Opatija (old name: Abbazia) is elegant tourist destination, lies at the centre of the Riviera with the longest tradition of tourism in Croatia. Organization of conventions, along with festivals, concerts, exhibits and other cultural and sport events Opatija offers attractions worth visiting during the whole year. Beautiful nature, well-maintained public gardens, old Austrian villas, illuminated 12-km-long seaside promenade known as the "Lungomare" and beaches provide a stunning backdrop for the villas and hotels which attracts tourists from Europe and all over the world for more then 160 years.
 
1st Day: Rabac
Rabac, even though Rabac can accommodate up to l0,000 tourists in hotels, camping sites, apartments and private accommodation, it still retains the spirit and atmosphere of the former fishing village. The string of beaches, tiny coves, small bays and lush Mediterranean vegetation; the numerous restaurants offering tasty local cuisine, fishermen and excursion boats leaving harbor at sunset, hospitable people with their gentle Istrian soul are interwoven with all of modern and cosmopolitan Europe seeking relaxation, sun, blue sea, tranquility and amusements to entertain their fancy. In 1876, Richard Francis Burton, an English writer and a passionate traveler, was among the first tourists who stayed in Rabac. Having seen Rabac and other places on the Istrian coast, he wrote a book of the same title 'The Istrian coast', describing, among other things, the beauties and charm of Rabac.
 
2nd Day: Cres
Cres is marked with the medieval harbour "mandrac", three town gates (16th cent.), the church of St Isidor and Franciscan monastery (12th cent.), Church of St Francis (14th cent.), a Benedictine monastery (15th cent.), the Church of Our Lady of Snow (16th cent.), round corner tower, a tower bell (18th cent.) and the remains of town walls. There is 160 Years of Cres tourism. The island of Cres, by size the first island in the Adriatic. Its southern part, i.e. the town of Osor, is linked to the island of Losinj by a trestle bridge. The island's coastline is 248 km long. Cres is also one of the last habitats of a rare bird species - griffon vulture. The fresh water lake of Vrana, which covers the area of 6 square kilometers , deserves attention as an unusual natural phenomenon. The level of the lake is above the level of the surrounding sea, and its bottom is beneath the sea level only at the depth of 74 m.
 
3rd Day: Brijuni
Brijuni, are a group of two larger and twelve smaller islets along the West coast of Istria, near Pula. Both archipelago and the surrounding sea are under protection as National Park and open to visitors. The fact that it was visited by the élite of Austrian, Hungarian and German aristocracy when Istria was part of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy speaks of its beauty and charm. In more recent history almost every major statesman visited the islands as Brijuni were residence of late President Tito of Yugoslavia. The islands are rich in natural beauties and sumptuous wildlife (680 different local and exotic plants, 150 bird species brought here from various parts of the world.). On Brijuni there is an attractive archaeological site the Byzantine castrum and luxurious Roman villa, Ethnographic collection, Collection of frescoes, Archaeological Museum and Natural history exhibit.
 
4th Day: Mali Losinj
Mali Losinj known by its sea tradition. Annunziata is a small church of Mary's announcement at the cape of the Cikat bay, a place where women used to wait and prey for their husbands to return safely. in 1892 Veli and Mali Losinj became climatic spas, which opened a new economic realm - tourism. Its special climate, light winters and not too hot summers, which cured the first visitor of the climatic medical center in 1885. The bridge which is placed at the entering to Mali Losinj, above the channel which was ditched through the narrowest part of the island, makes two separated peace's of land that are connected by the movable bridge. It makes possible for smaller boats and yachts to enter the port.
 
5th Day: Rab
Rab, situated on a small peninsula, surrounded by the walls and with its four impressive belfries, resembles a ship with four masts that sails. The stormy past and different historical periods have all left their traces here, in the numerous buildings of great value, which are carefully looked after. The alternation of rulers and powers also produced different architectural vestiges. The town of Rab is full of medieval buildings, built during the Venetian rule, which occurred since the 13th century. The old town walls are still visible in some places. Island of Rab with its 93.6 square km is one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic. It is covered with pine forests, has beautiful sandy beaches and is well known for its mild climate which has healing influence on the illnesses of respiratory system and heart diseases.
The island of Rab has approximately 10000 inhabitants who are mostly occupied in agriculture, fishing and tourism which tradition of organized tourism is more than 110 years old.
 
6th Day: Krk
Krk is the religious architecture complex of bell tower (18th cent.), the Cathedral of the Assumption (5th cent.), churches of St Krsevan (5th cent.), St Margaret and St Quirinus (11th cent.) and well-preserved Roman period units within the city walls; Kamplin Square, Frankopan castle, Square Tower (12th cent.), town hall (15th cent.) and a Renaissance fountain. The canons' house is the site of the Glagolitic Krk Inscription (11th cent.). The seven historical castles of the island are today its seven administrative centers. There are seven various of the Chakavian dialect of Croatian (spoken here) with seven customs, dances and costumes. The richness of the island folk tradition is presented each year in the summer Festival of Folk. The traditional way of life is linked to the sea (fishing, seafaring, shipbuilding), agriculture, stock raising, particularly sheep rearing, subtle locally produced wine which have been retained to this day accompanied by tourism industry.
 
7th Day: Crikvenica
Crikvenica is situated in the Kvarner bay at the Adriatic sea, 35 kilometres from Rijeka the centre of the district of Primorje and Gorski Kotar. The town spreads on about 28 square kilometres in the coastal zone, which is about 15 km long and about 2 km wide squeezed between the sea and the elongated littoral reef. Crikvenica’s attraction is the of the biggest and most beautiful sandy beach on northern Adriatic. The whole town of Crikvenica is in fact a riviera with a row of almost connected small tourist resorts: Selce, Crikvenica, Dramalj and Jadranovo. Seaside walking area is almost 10 Km long. The riviera have more than hundred years of tourism tradition.
 
8th Day: Rijeka
Rijeka, the biggest Croatian port, is located at a point where the sea has made its deepest incision into the European continent. Harbour, shipping, shipbuilding and tourism activities are the most significant. Rijeka began to evolve during the 13th century, fortification Tarsatica, however, the most significant development was from 1728 onwards, when the Caroline road and railway link was completed. Rijeka has become one of the leading harbours on the Mediterranean sea. 1920 – 1924 Rijeka was made a free state by the Treaty of Rapallo between Italy and the Yugoslav kingdom. Sightseeing are: Korzo, a City Tower, Old Gate, gothic church of the Assumption, cathedral of St. Vitus (1638), the Palace of Justice, Governor's Palace, the Museum of Natural Sciences, Augustinian monastery, churches of St. Fabian and St. Sebastian (1315.), St. Jerome, Our Lady of Lourdes, and the orthodox church of St. Nicholas (1786). On Trsat burg there are the churches of St. George, Our Lady of Trsat and the Franciscan monastery.

 

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