Rijeka Cruises, Croatia
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Locals have nicknamed Krk ‘Insula Aurea’ or, the ‘Golden Island’. Why? Well, not only is this the biggest island in the Adriatic Sea, it’s also the most visited – largely thanks to its honey-coloured beaches and 2,000-year history. You’ll sail through the colossal Kvarner Bay to reach the place, before being let loose to explore the terracotta-roofed villages and pine forests under your own steam. The ancient old town has the biggest concentration of not-to-be-missed sights, including Francopan Castle, which was built way back in 1191, and Krk Cathedral. There’ll be time to sail over to the Košljun inlet, too, where you’ll tour a waterfront Franciscan monastery.
On this trip you’ll be introduced to a couple of good-looking Croatian towns. First up is Opatija, a coastal resort that has been pulling in tourists since the late 19th century. It’s all thanks to a 12-kilometre-long seaside promenade, and a string of perfectly-tended public gardens, both of which you’ll get to see during a mini walking tour of the town. Afterwards, it’s a short drive to the hilltop village of Mošćenice. All stone houses tightly arranged in narrow streets, this place looks like it has been frozen since the Medieval times. The village’s high-up position opens up picture-perfect views of Kvarner Bay and the Adriatic Sea, so make sure your camera is charged. After another short stroll around the ancient settlement, you’ll break out in a local eatery to try some of the cheese, bread and wine that’s produced in the area.
Spend a day exploring Zagreb, Croatia’s capital city. Once upon a time, this place was made up of two Medieval settlements, which sat side by side on neighbouring hilltops. They were bordered by high-up stone walls and towers, and you can see the remains of them even today. Nowadays, Zagreb is one huge metropolis, rich with huge parks and architecture spanning centuries. This tour lasts for around 7 hours, and you can fill your time however you like. Shop for leather in the boutiques, browse the open-air markets, and try street food in the backstreets. The trip’s beginning and end meeting point is just outside the Zagreb Cathedral, and it’s well worth wandering inside, too.