Rijeka Cruise

Krk, the island of wine
Zagreb, past and future
The wonder of Plitvice Lakes

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Rijeka

A pearl in the Mediterranean

Croatia is very popular for summer holidays: the sea, crystal clear in many areas, provides outdoor leisure and relaxation. An MSC Cruise will take you to Rijeka.

From the seafront, with its large port, you enter the historical centre of the town and walk the main street, the Korzo, with its shops, restaurants, old buildings and also the market, with its colourful fruit and vegetable stalls. Going up you reach the Trsat Castle and the Sanctuary of the same name: to reach them you have to climb 561 steps!
 
You can reach Krk with an excursion. It’s the northernmost island of the Mediterranean and it’s connected to the mainland by a bridge: bays, beaches, and jagged coastline are followed by the various towns that overlook the Adriatic Sea. Among these, Vrbnik is worth mentioning, a place renowned worldwide for its wine. Indeed, Vrbnička žlahtina is produced in the area, a white and dry wine of  the indigenous žlahtina vine, which translates as “The Noble Wine”.
 
You can reach Zagreb with an excursion. You won't be disappointed by the capital of Croatia: it has two souls, the old one, reminiscent of the old middle part of Europe, and the modern one, with bars, museums and a fervent cultural life. The city is divided into two zones that are connected by a funicular railway. The Upper Town, built on a hill, is the oldest part of the city, while in the Lower Town the Nineteenth and Twentieth century buildings stand out. The Maksimir Park is not to be missed: it's one of the oldest parks in Europe, with its English gardens, artificial lakes and paths to take walks on while enjoying the luxuriant landscape.
 
An excursion will make you discover the Plitvice Lakes National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the lake complex consists of sixteen lakes and an unspecified number of bodies of water arranged in waterfalls. A unique view that can not be missed!

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    Croatia

    Nature and glamour
    Nature and glamour

    A Mediterranean cruise to Croatia shows you a country blessed with a wealth of natural riches, boasting almost 2000 km of rocky, indented shore and more than a thousand islands, many blanketed in luxuriant vegetation.


    An holiday to Croatia offers a lot of urbane glamour too with yacht-filled harbours and cocktail bars aplenty – especially in à-la-mode destinations such as Dubrovnik and Hvar. At the northern end of Croatia’s lengthy stretch of coastline, the peninsula of Istria contains many of the country’s most developed resorts, along with old Venetian towns like Poreč and Rovinj, and the raffish port of Pula, home to some impressive Roman remains. The island-scattered Kvarner Gulf, immediately south of Istria, is presided over by the city of Rijeka, a hard-edged port city with an energetic cultural life.

    Beyond the Kvarner Gulf lies Dalmatia, a dramatic, mountain-fringed stretch of coastline studded with islands. Northern Dalmatia’s main city is Zadar, whose busy central alleys are crammed with medieval churches. Croatia’s second city, Split, is southern Dalmatia’s main town, a vibrant and chaotic port with an ancient centre moulded around the palace of the Roman emperor, Diocletian.