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133 trips to Adriatic Sea tours from 46 tour companies. 54 reviews. 4.6/5 avg rating.
The Adriatic Sea, a 500-mile-long arm of the Mediterranean, divides Italy from the Balkans and provides the scenic waterway for small-ship cruises that leave from Venice to explore the coast of Croatia to the southeast and, sometimes, farther south to Montenegro and Albania. The jewels of the Adriatic are Venice and the Croatian islands, as well as historic Croatian coastal cities such as Pula, Split, and Dubrovnik. The short Slov ...
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The Balkans
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The Balkans
5 Reviews
The Vacation Project
By The Vacation Project
10 days
$ 248 / day
$ 2,475
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Cruising the Outer Islands of Croatia: Split to Dubrovnik
Small Ship Cruise
Cruising the Outer Islands of Croatia: Split to D ...
22 Reviews
Peregrine Adventures
By Peregrine Adventures
Premier
8 days
$ 401 / day
$ 3,205
From : $ 4,327
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Adriatic Adventure
Group Tour
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Adriatic Adventure
92 Reviews
Topdeck
By Topdeck
Premier
20 days
$ 159 / day
$ 3,179
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Adriatic Express
Group Tour
Adriatic Express
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Topdeck
By Topdeck
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19 days
$ 125 / day
$ 2,379
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Cruise Croatia: Dubrovnik to Split via Zadar
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Cruise Croatia: Dubrovnik to Split via Zadar
22 Reviews
Peregrine Adventures
By Peregrine Adventures
Premier
15 days
$ 370 / day
$ 5,760
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Adriatic Coastal Cruising
Small Ship Cruise
Adriatic Coastal Cruising
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Peregrine Adventures
By Peregrine Adventures
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8 days
$ 349 / day
$ 2,790
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Discover Croatia, Slovenia and the Adriatic Coast featuring Dubrovnik, Dalmatian Coast, Istrian Peninsula and Lake Bled
Group Tour
Discover Croatia, Slovenia and the Adriatic Coast ...
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Collette
By Collette
Premier
12 days
$ 208 / day
$ 2,499
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Jewels of the Adriatic
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Jewels of the Adriatic
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Peregrine Adventures
By Peregrine Adventures
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15 days
$ 433 / day
$ 6,495
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Headwater - Julian Alps to the Adriatic Self-Guided Cycling
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Headwater - Julian Alps to the Adriatic Self-Guid ...
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Exodus Travels
By Exodus Travels
Preferred
11 days
$ 282 / day
$ 3,379
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Discover Croatia, Slovenia and the Adriatic Coast featuring Istrian Peninsula, Lake Bled, Dalmatian Coast and Dubrovnik
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Discover Croatia, Slovenia and the Adriatic Coast ...
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Collette
By Collette
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12 days
$ 208 / day
$ 2,499
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Cruise Croatia: Venice to Dubrovnik via Split
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Cruise Croatia: Venice to Dubrovnik via Split
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Peregrine Adventures
By Peregrine Adventures
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15 days
$ 343 / day
$ 5,420
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Treasures of The Adriatic By Car
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Treasures of The Adriatic By Car
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Evaneos
By Evaneos
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11 days
$ 276 / day
$ 2,475
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Highlights of Sicily & Southern Italy tour
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Highlights of Sicily & Southern Italy
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Globus
By Globus
14 days
$ 209 / day
$ 2,929
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European Highlights
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European Highlights
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Globus
By Globus
9 days
$ 292 / day
$ 2,629
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The Best of Italy & Sicily
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The Best of Italy & Sicily
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Globus
By Globus
16 days
$ 264 / day
$ 4,229
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Top Adriatic Sea Experiences and Attractions
Top Adriatic Sea Experiences

Roaming the piazzas and canals of magical Venice

Relaxing on the Puglian coast: sunbathe, swim, eat, repeat

Enjoying a historical walk around the city walls of Dubrovnik and through the ruins of Diocletian's Palace in Split

Visiting the beautiful inland Krka and Plitvice National Parks in Croatia. Wooden boardwalks cross pools, lakes, and falls in every shade of blue and green

Taking in the coastal views from Portoroz in Slovenia

Hearing locals in Rovinj speak in Istriot, a language not widely spoken anymore

Exploring the more than 1,000 islands on the Dalmatian coast. Each with their own distinct appeal: hiking pine forests and wine tasting on Korcula; strolling through olive groves and swimming in white limestone quarries on Brac; wandering lavender fields and soaking up the nightlife on Hvar; discovering monasteries and saltwater lakes on Miljet.

Visiting Game of Thrones filming locations in Dubrovnik

Exploring the historic town of Korcula


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Top Adriatic Sea Attractions

Dalmatian Coast

Hvar Island

Korula Island

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Diocletian's Palace

Bay of Kotor

Dubrovnik
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Adriatic Sea Trip Reviews
54 Adriatic Sea Tour Reviews - Summary 98% Recommend
4.6 out of 5
Excellent 40
Great 9
Average 4
Disappointing 0
Terrible 1
Value
4.6
Guide
4.6
Activities
4.6
Lodging
4.6
Transportation
4.6
Meals
4.6
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Menorah101
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Beauiful Croatia
5.0
Jewels of the Adriatic: Croatia & Slovenia

Value 5.0 Guide 5.0 Activities 5.0 Lodging 4.0 Transportation 4.0 Meals 4.0

This was our first Bus Tour. While we did enjopy the spots we visited, we felt that there were too many towns and not enough time in each, necessitating more time on the bus. Nevertheless the value of the tour is undeniable. The Tour director Jon, was extremely professional and he was a huge positive on the trip. The topography of Croatia was spectacular, the Sea and mountain views were gorgeous. Lake Bled, the Postojna Caves, Opatija/Plitvice Lakes, Debrovnik, the Roman Ruins, Zagreb were wonderful. The hotels were all clean and rooms were comfortable. Unfortunately my partner Barbara fell and injured her face and broke her glasses on the way to Debrovnik. Jon was extremely concerned offered to find a doctor ()which Barbara declined) but Jon took the broken glasses to an occulist who temporarliy repaired the frames. Two of our fellow travelors who were Nurses took care of Barbara after the accident.
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Operator SmarTours
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Di
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Expect no help, ignored, no resolution if issue on tour occurs Rate 0
1.0
Highlights of Sicily & Southern Italy

Value 1.0 Guide 1.0 Activities 1.0 Lodging 1.0 Transportation 1.0 Meals 1.0

Rate 0, would never touch Globus or Cosmos tour again. Be warned if there is an issue with your tour - Don't expect Globus to help you or provide a resolution  care factor is nil. Don't risk it - don't buy Globus or Cosmos. Globus and CEO of Globus accepts and approves employee bad behavior - including lying, disrespect and mock client in front of them and putting the client health and safety at risk - I have proof in emails that support this. Had major trouble on a Cosmos 15 night trip in Sicily - 10 nights of 15 nights trip went through extreme stress and no resolution (not during the trip or after rectification).

The tour guide was extremely unprofessional in behavior - lying to clients repeating, tour guide was disrespectful, mock, belittle, laugh about and downgrade clients in front of them in Italian thinking they don't understand what you are saying (clients understood what was said and extremely upset), the tour guide and company ignore risks and forced two of the shared clients to share with another that was an issue (that person should not been allowed to purchase a twin share or should of been told to get own room on tour - sharing with this person posed WHS hazards with power cords hanging mid high across room for their medical equipment (trip hazard) and breach of privacy and access to basic amenities (sharing with a stranger twin share - where can't shut bathroom door to go to toilet or shower - as the only power point is in bathroom and her equipment had to be plugged in for life support). Multiple clients on tour complained to tour guide for 10 days and demanded another room, the tour guide did not deal with it and lied, also mocked and disrespected clients in front of them. While on tour multiple complaints emailed direct to Globus as governing body did nothing and swept it under the table and ignored it. Multiple complaints was lodge after trip as well - still no action or resolution, Multiple complaints alerting CEO of Globus (12 pages letter full examples, photos and correspondence - still no action and I specifically ask CEO questions Does the CEO accept staff bad behaviour and breach of code of conduct - approving Globus staff lying, disrespectful, mocking clients and in Italian too and a whole heap more - I received a call today and YES the CEO of Globus approves the bad behaviour of staff and clients being disrespecting, mocking, lying and more. I travel extensively all over the world for 28 years, no other Tour company does this - all other companies will resolve it. Don't risk it - don't use Globus or Cosmos - if you have an issue you wont get help. Use another tour company - there are plenty of good ones out there who will stand by their service.
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Operator Globus
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Anonymous
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Cycling from Venice to Porec - self guided
5.0
Headwater - Cycle the Adriatic: Venice to Porec Self-Guided

Value 5.0 Guide 5.0 Activities 5.0 Lodging 5.0 Transportation 5.0 Meals 5.0

This bike ride is amazing. The routes are scenic and varied and pass through
three countries and some very interesting, historical towns. The cycling is a
good challenge, very doable and mainly flat or undulating but with some
bigger hills that test your stamina! The coastal scenery is beautiful as is
the countryside and wetlands you ride through. No shortage of places to stop
for coffee, cake or lunch. Highly recommend it!
Cycling into Piran then climbing the newly refurbished bell tower! Amazing
views from the top!


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Do it! You won't regret it!


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Operator Exodus Travels
WC
Wayne Clancy
Recommends
Tour was well organised, interesting and very enjoyable
5.0
Adriatic Explorer - 8 days

Value 5.0 Guide 5.0 Activities 5.0 Lodging 5.0 Transportation 5.0 Meals 5.0

Good balance between own time and scheduled events. The tour guide and walking tour, tour guides were amazing. All tour guides were informed, passionate, friendly and made every walking tour something special.
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Operator On The Go Tours
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Carla
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Jewel of the Adriatic
5.0
Jewels of the Adriatic: Croatia & Slovenia

Value 5.0 Guide 5.0 Activities 5.0 Lodging 5.0 Transportation 5.0 Meals 5.0

The magic began after a very long journey to Zagreb airport on July 12, 2018. We were greeted by Elvis! From that very moment until we said goodbye, he made our Croatian experience nothing short of SPECTACULAR! Thank you yo Smartours and Elvis for the best adventure ever! Xoxo
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Operator SmarTours
JT
Jacqui Townley
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The tour was AMAZING - the scenery, the boat, the food, the crew, and the other guests made our first ever cruising holiday just so amazing
5.0
Adriatic Explorer - 8 days

Value 5.0 Guide 5.0 Activities 5.0 Lodging 5.0 Transportation 5.0 Meals 5.0


The tour captured many of islands around Croatia and really gave us a good overall feel for the country, we were pleased with how much information that Roco gave us each day, very informative and helped that he was local so could point us in directions for specific restaurants if needed.
The crew onboard the recently refurbished " lupus mare " were great, and really tried to go the extra mile for all of us. The food 3 course lunch was stunning, as well as the captains dinner. The cabins were spacious, and glad that we booked the rooms on the higher deck as gave us a beautiful view each morning.
Fabulous and well organised trip - thank you
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Operator On The Go Tours
Adriatic Sea Tours and Travel Guide
Adriatic Sea Attractions & Landmarks Guide

The Adriatic Sea, a 500-mile-long arm of the Mediterranean, divides Italy from the Balkans and provides the scenic waterway for small-ship cruises that leave from Venice to explore the coast of Croatia to the southeast and, sometimes, farther south to Montenegro and Albania.

The jewels of the Adriatic are Venice and the Croatian islands, as well as historic Croatian coastal cities such as Pula, Split, and Dubrovnik. The short Slovenian coastline also lies along the Adriatic.

The Adriatic Sea is a pristine body of water that still feels like something of a secret compared to the nearby Mediterranean and Aegean. First and foremost, the waters of the Adriatic are soft and shockingly clear. The blues range from deep midnight to dark teal to pale turquoise in the shallows over pebble beaches.

Consistently sunny skies and dry, sunbaked shores make the water that much more appealing - this is some of the best swimming in the world. Both the Italian and Croatian sides tend to have smooth stone beaches instead of sand, but most swimmers bask on large rock outcrops and plunge directly from their perches into the water.

Beyond its sparkling water and craggy coastlines, the Adriatic is also an intensely concentrated cultural hub that abuts the entire eastern coast of Italy, from Venice in the north to Puglia in the south, as well as Albania, Slovenia, Croatia, and Montenegro.

The exotic trade routes of the Venetian and Ottoman Empires influenced these areas and today this provides fascinating historical context to a seaside getaway. It's best to explore the Adriatic by boat for maximum accessibility to the medieval cities, hidden coves, and quiet pine islands.

Private mega yachts were the first to cruise the eastern Adriatic, spilling over from the Mediterranean after the Balkan states stabilized in the late 1990s. Commercial cruise ships have followed, the largest of which threaten to overwhelm the ancient walled cities and empty islands with massive overcrowding. It's best to avoid this experience (and popular ports at peak docking times) by choosing a small ship option, which can navigate these intricate shores with nuance and style.
The Italian Side of the Adriatic

The most well-known gateway to the Adriatic is Venice, Italy's enchanting northern city. Less familiar, though gaining traction, is the southeastern region of Puglia - the heel of Italy's boot. Puglia has long been where Italians go on vacation for the quiet coastline and simple pleasure of life amongst lemon trees, vineyards, and olive groves (Puglia produces 40% of Italy's olive oil).

Time spent in Puglia is low-key and endlessly relaxing, without the swish scene of the Amalfi coast or the tourist crush of Portofino. Puglia flies under the radar to great effect.
The Croatian Coast

Apart from Italy, Croatia has emerged as the most popular destination on the Adriatic. Croatia offers a great diversity of regional experiences, even within its long shoreline, but it would be a shame to miss the southernmost Dalmatian Coast. The Dalmatian Coast twists about 100 miles from Split in the north to Dubrovnik in the south and encompasses more than 1,000 islands, creating hidden harbors and secret coves galore.

From swanky Hvar to charming Korcula to quiet Miljet, there is an island for everyone on this laid-back coastline. Here deep blue seas, pine forests, terra-cotta roofs, and medieval walled villages are all dwarfed by the hulking Balkan range. The views from the water, facing this backdrop, are unforgettable.

Split and especially Dubrovnik, a shimmering limestone port dubbed the " Pearl of the Adriatic, " are excellent cities to wander. Both have complex histories and a rich cultural heritage thanks to successive waves of Mongol, Roman, Venetian, Ottoman, Slavic, Austro-Hungarian, and French occupation. This amalgam of influences makes it the perfect setting for the fictional Kings Landing from Game of Thrones - another major draw for visitors.

The art and architecture retain old-world patina and the culture boats a distinctive slavic charm. Add to this the modern bars, cafes, and nightclubs that have popped up in recent years to please the jet-set and yacht crowd, and Croatia becomes an exceptionally well rounded holiday destination.
Lesser Known Balkans: Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Albania

The beautiful landscape of the Dalmatian Coast extends south across the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina and then Montenegro. Boating is the perfect choice to experience these countries without sacrificing the creature comforts and service of a small cruising vessel.

Farther south is Albania, where the Eastern European flavor is much more pronounced on the rugged, isolated coastline - the Albanian Riviera - and the interior terrain sharpens into jagged mountain ranges. Also flush with forests and villages, Albania is perhaps the most mysterious gem along the Adriatic.
Bucolic Slovenia

Finally, a tiny slice of Slovenia is wedged into the northern pocket between Italy and Croatia. At once rustic and sophisticated, Slovenia is a paradise of valleys and snow-capped mountains, rivers, chapels, and castles, bound together by warm Slovenian hospitality. There is much to explore.
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