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Cruise the Adriatic with Saga

Trace the walls of old towns, step inside Roman-era churches, visit Venetian Palaces and linger over coffee in city squares. Cruising the Adriatic offers up the chance to experience a host of famous Mediterranean destinations as you spend days discovering colourful coastlines.

Set sail for the Adriatic aboard one of our boutique sister ships – and simply sit back and relax as you watch the scenery change. Unwind onboard on the backdrop of the glimmering waters of the Adriatic, linger over meals in our choice of speciality restaurants and spend memorable days exploring ashore.

Why cruise the Adriatic with Saga?

Spirit of Discovery docked in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Embarking one of Saga’s Adriatic cruises means holiday mode from the moment you leave your front door. There’s no need to worry about airport baggage allowances – all of our cruises are no fly. Saga’s included chauffeur service means that you’ll be collected from your home and driven to the port.

Once aboard one of our luxury small ships you can unpack and unwind ¬in your cabin, which comes with a balcony as standard. Elsewhere, take a refreshing dip the pool, tuck into freshly prepared dishes in one of the restaurants, or enjoy a drink in the bar. Just some of the joys of our all-inclusive Adriatic cruises.

Spend days exploring the various destinations of the Adriatic cruise independently or join one of the included excursions and our collection of optional excursions. The choice is yours.

Ancient cities and coastal scenery

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Scattered with 1,300 islands, boasting lush national parks and crowned by fortified old towns, the Adriatic is the name given to the northernmost portion of the Mediterranean Sea. This long slice of water is almost entirely edged on all sides by a collection of nations, including Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, and Montenegro. The Adriatic has nurtured civilisations for millennia, providing key trading routes for empires to flourish, information to be shared and cultures to develop.

A string of successive empires has left their mark on this storied section of Europe. As far back as 900 BC the Etruscans settled in the area, later followed by the ancient Greeks and from the 2nd century BC, it was under the control of the Roman Empire. In more recent centuries, the Byzantine empire, the Kingdom of Croatia, the Republic of Venice, the Habsburgs and the Ottomans have all played a part in overseeing the region. Today, strung with attractive coastlines and rich with nature, the Adriatic draws travellers from around the world to spend time relaxing among the sun-dappled scenery and its collection of famous historic sights.

Admire the beauty of the Adriatic during days spent ashore

Explore the historic streets of Dubrovnik

In each of port of call on our cruise of the Adriatic, you can reap the benefits of its culture, cuisine and coastal charm. From walking the old city walls in Dubrovnik to sunning yourself on the shores of Italy, the Adriatic coastline boasts a wealth of destinations to savour.



Dubrovnik’s historic city walls

Journey along Dubrovnik’s iconic 9th-century city walls to glimpse views over the old town and the Adriatic. Elsewhere, visit the Maritime Museum, Game of Thrones filming locations and the 15th-century Rector’s Palace.


The Diocletian’s Palace in Split

Split is a treasure trove of history. Admire sights such as the harbourside Diocletian’s Palace, well-preserved Roman-era Cathedral of St Dominus and the impressive Archaeological Museum.


Zadar’s attractive waterfront

A combination of old and new sights await you in Zadar. Pay a visit to two interactive coastal creations, the Sea Organ and Sun Salutation, be intrigued ancient ruins such as the Roman Forum and people-watch in the city’s central square.



Trieste, Italy

With its own unique culture, the Italian city of Trieste is almost completely surrounded by Slovenia. The list of elegant sights in this border town includes the Revoltella Museum, the Church of Saint Spyridon and the Piazza Unita d’Italia.


Pretty Polignano a Mare

Stroll along Bari’s sweeping boulevards, go back in time at the 12th-century Castello Normanno-Svevo and step inside its pretty churches such as the Basilica di San Nicola and Bari Cathedral.



The red rooftops of Koper

Unassuming Koper hides a collection of delightful historic attractions among its central core. Head to its Venetian-inspired central square, where you’ll find the Praetorian Palace, the old Armoury and the city’s cathedral with a 36-metre-tall tower that can be climbed for mesmerising views of the city.



Diocletian’s Palace, Split

An enigmatic combination of past and present awaits you in picturesque Kotor. The medieval lanes of the town are strewn with a seemingly endless list of sights from Venetian palaces and churches to museums and cafe-lined squares.

Spotlight top Adriatic cruise excursion:

Best of Slovenia

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Saga’s Adriatic cruises in 2024 offer the chance to join an excursion to the shores of Lake Bled. Edged by rolling tree-covered hills, the turquoise waters of the lake play host to of Slovenia’s only island.

This lake has long attracted visitors from across Europe, including the Holy Roman Emperor Henry II who, in 1004, built Bled Castle on a rocky plateau overlooking the water. Board a traditional wooden pletna boat and cross the water to Bled Island. Here you can spend free time exploring and marvel at the 17th-century church.

After returning to the shoreline, tuck into lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to Ljubljana to join a walking tour of the historic city. The Slovenian capital was founded in the first century, ravaged by local tribes throughout the fifth, and later fell under the rule of the Austrian Habsburg family, a dynasty that remained relatively uninterrupted until the end of the First World War. Glimpse a selection of 17th and 18th-century architecture, hear tales about how the city suffered during the Second World War and spend some free time independently exploring.

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