The Adriatic Sea cruises usually start from Venice, Italy. Most of these cruises are not less than 7 days and they may even extend up to 2 weeks which will allow the passengers to see more of the Croatian ports. This kind of extended itinerary is only during off season periods. The best time to take cruises in Adriatic Sea is from May to September. If you plan to take the advantage of the off-season tour, then you can still enjoy during the early spring or late winter. As the cruise starts in Venice, you will be lucky enough to visit the historic towns, fishing villages and the mountains near the Dalmatian coast. The coast itself is beautiful place with cool winds, warm water and charming islands.
Some of the greatest destinations you can visit in Adriatic Sea cruises are Dubrovinik, Mljet, and Sibenik. Most of the Adriatic Sea cruises either start from Dubrovinik or from the Split and sails through some significant destinations such as Mljet, Korcula and Sibenik.
The city of Dubrovinik is called the 'pearl of the Adriatic' and is famous for its Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance monasteries, churches, palaces and monuments. The city is declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. If you wish you can take an optional guided tour to visit some of the treasured places such as the Franciscan monastery (14th century's Roman styled), Rector's Palace (once a government building now converted into a museum), Dubrovinik synagogue, Cathedral on the Marin Drzic Square and Onofrio Fountainsin front of St. Blaise's Church. You can also stroll around the town and also choose to dine at one of the local restaurants. You will get to see a full view of the old town by taking a walk around the ramparts.
This place is located between the islands of Korkula and Dubrovinik, and is one of the most beautiful islands in the Adriatic Sea. Before you get to the island some of the cruises do stop for swimming. The island is beautiful option for a day to tour some of beautiful lakes like Malo Jezero and Veliko Jezero. From the Veliko Jezero Lake you can visit the 12th century Benedictine monastery by boat. There is the Mljet National park in the island which you can visit.
As you sail you may stop at the Korkula Island where the town can be explored on foot. This island marks the birth place of the explorer Marco Polo and is significant for the churches of the medieval times. You should not miss to see St. Mark's Cathedral with its great sculptural works. There is also a museum which houses the great icons of the Church.
As you sail from Korkula one of the other destinations that you would love to visit is Sibenik. One of the attractions of this place is the Krka falls and the historic town with 15th and 16th century streets. In the town you will come across the St. James Cathedral which is completely built of stone. The Krka falls stretch about 75kms before joining the Adriatic Sea at Sibenik and the most attractive area of the falls can be viewed from Skradinski Buk.