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About Sibenik

If the Italian coastline gets you all aglow, then underrated Sibenik will certainly follow suit. Croatia's oldest native town on the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea, is a gleaming example of medieval history. Lose yourself in the maze of steep backstreets and cobbled squares.

 

For views across the Dalmatian coast, climb to the top of not one - but two - Venetian forts built in the 16th century to repel Ottoman invasion. In the Old Town, the Cathedral of St James is the city's crowning glory. Admire the jaw-dropping fusion of Gothic and Renaissance styles in the vast interior.  

 

Afterward, stroll along the Riva and sip a biela kava (white coffee) at one of the harbourside cafés, or find tranquillity in the hidden St Laurence's Medieval Monastery Garden.

 

Sibenik is also the gateway to Krka National Park, with its breathtaking scenery and archaeological remains.

 

Shore excursions in Sibenik

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Taste of Dalmatia

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Experience the charm of Sibenik’s surrounding countryside on this leisurely tour.

Your tour begins with a scenic drive to the small town of Primosten. This pleasant town is actually an island, connected by a causeway to the mainland, and is best known for its charming stone houses and narrow cobblestone streets.

Upon arrival, you will have the opportunity to join your guide on a short walking tour of the town, after which you’ll have some free time to explore independently.

Afterwards, continue to the village of Burni, where a number of the homes are several hundreds of years old. Gain an insight into this typical Dalmatian village during a visit to the Jurlinovi Dvori family farmhouse. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by your host Don Stipe Perkov who will enlighten you with tales of family traditions and customs. The farmhouse holds a ‘tineja’ (dining room), a ‘Konoba’ (cellar), a ‘kuzina’ (kitchen), a museum of farming tools and artefacts, as well as a chapel boasting beautiful stained-glass windows, created by the German artist Edith Maria Heinze.

During your visit tuck into delicious local refreshments of smoked ham, cheese and bread, accompanied by a glass of wine.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 20 minutes of optional walking on this tour, plus steps and some walking required at Jurlinovi Dvori farmhouse. Passengers may choose to opt out of the guided walk in Primosten and have extra free time instead.

Explore Sibenik On Foot

Activity high

Duration: 2½ hours

Put your best foot forward and discover the charm of Sibenik’s old town during a guided walking tour.

After a short coach transfer, you’ll arrive in the centre of Sibenik where your guided walking tour will commence. Follow your knowledgeable guide as they lead you along the winding streets of this charming town, which is the oldest native Croatian town on the eastern shores of the Adriatic sea.

As you stroll through the old town, your guide will enlighten you with the interesting history of the city. You’ll visit the Gothic Church of St Francis, which dates back to the 14th century and features richly carved ceilings and altars. You’ll also pass the Church of St John and the Sibenik Theatre, built in 1870 it was the largest in the country at that time..

Continue past the 16th century Town Hall and the former Dukes Palace, which is now the Museum of the City of Sibenik, before arriving at St James’s Cathedral. This impressive structure is one of the most original architectural projects of the late Middle Ages, and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. .

Following a visit inside the Cathedral your walking tour is complete. You may then choose to explore Sibenik further at your leisure, or return directly to the ship via the shuttle bus.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours of walking required on this tour, as well as a few steps to negotiate. Any further walking is optional during the free time. Modest attire is required to be worn for the visit inside the Cathedral. This tour ends in the old town, passengers are then required to use the shuttle bus service for their return to the ship.

Highlights of Trogir

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the charming town of Trogir, through a guided walking tour.

Sit back and relax on board your coach as a scenic journey takes you along the Primosten Riviera towards the charming town of Trogir.

Situated on a small island, Trogir is squeezed between the mainland and the larger island of Ciovo and is accessed by bridge. With the exception of a handful of green parks, the entire island is covered in spectacular stone houses, palaces, churches, monasteries, towers and city walls.

Upon arrival, step back in time as your knowledgeable guide brings to life the history of the town, during a guided walking tour, during which you’ll visit the Cathedral of St Lawrence. Dating back to the 13th century and included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, the Cathedral is considered to be one of the finest examples of sacral architecture in Croatia. Its unusual construction with 3 naves and 3 semi-circular apses dominates the town. As you continue on foot, you’ll also see other fine buildings including the Town Hall, and Cipiko Palace.

Enjoy a little free time to explore further, before the return journey to Sibenik.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking required on this tour, as well as a few steps to negotiate. Any further walking is optional during the free time. The journey to Trogir is approximately 1¼ hours each way. Modest attire is required to be worn for the visit inside the Cathedral. There is a fee for the use of public toilets; passengers are recommended to carry local change.

Kayaking Trogir Coastline

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4¾ hours

Take in the coastline of Trogir as you Kayak along the River Pantana, followed by refreshments at an old watermill.

Journey for around 1 hour along the stunning Adriatic coastline towards Pantana Watermill, located near the town of Trogir.

Upon arrival at Pantana Watermill, you’ll be introduced to your instructor and assigned your 2-man kayak. Following a safety briefing you’ll be ready to take to the waters of the River Pantana.

Follow your instructor as they ‘paddle the way’ through the reed canals, and as far as the sand lagoon. From there, the sea route takes you towards Trogir. Situated on a small island and completely surrounded by the sea, the charming town of Trogir boasts unique architecture and a beautiful coastline.

Complete your tour with well-deserved refreshments of local smoked ham, cheese and bread accompanied by wine or juice, before the coach ride back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, kayak and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours of kayaking on this tour. Sea kayaks are stable and are sit-on-top kayaks with 2 seats. Children under the age of 8 and pregnant women may not participate. Participants should be competent swimmers and physically fit. Please take a hat, sunglasses, shoes that can get wet, a towel and oil-free sunscreen. Please wear your swimwear as there are no changing facilities or toilets available. You’ll be required to wear a life jacket. Waterproof compartments are available to store your belongings, however please keep these to a minimum.

Krka National Park & Waterfalls

Activity highFamily

Duration: 4½ hours

Explore the natural beauty of Croatia during a visit to Krka National Park, complete with a leisurely boat ride.

Covering an area of 142 square miles, the Krka National Park was established to protect the middle and lower stretches of the River Krka. The river begins its journey inside a canyon and spills over into spectacular waterfalls, forming a series of lakes and rapids.

Visit the most impressive part of the Park, Skradinski Buk. This great clear, natural pool boasts the biggest waterfall in the Park. From a height of 147 feet, the impressive waterfall cascades down 17 steps and is considered to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Europe.

Above the falls, a large plateau offers spectacular panoramic views and wonderful photo opportunities and you will be able to view a small ethnological exhibition, and an old grinding mill that is still in operation today. During your free time at Skradinski Buk, explore the area further via one of the walking trails, or if the weather is on your side you may choose to take a swim in the refreshing waters.

Complete your tour with a pleasant 20 minute scenic boat ride, taking you along the Krka River from Skardinski Buk to the small town of Skradin.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. This tour involves 1½ hours of walking, as well as well as up to 200 steps to negotiate. If you wish to swim at the falls, please wear your swimwear as there are no changing facilities available, and bring a towel. The journey to the Park takes around 30 minutes. Local currency (Kuna) is required for purchases at any of the outlets in the Park. This is a protected area: please refrain from littering and smoking is not permitted. It is a popular attraction, which can become very busy. Delays may be experienced at the entrance. The boat ride is non-exclusive to P&O cruises, and whilst there are sufficient seats for everyone on the boat, we cannot guarantee that you’ll be able to sit in the area of your choice (either inside or on the open deck). The tour may operate in reverse. This tour also operates from Zadar.

 

A selection of cruises to Sibenik

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