GEMS OF THE ADRIATIC CRUISE
FEATURING RICHARD THOMPSON AND FAIRPORT CONVENTION

23 - 30 AUGUST 2025

This is no ordinary cruise, this is set to be the ultimate sea-going experience. A music filled, magical journey from Venice, with ports of call in Croatia, Montenegro and back to Venice. Relax aboard the world’s largest five-masted, fully rigged sailing ship in the company of none other than Richard Thompson and Fairport Convention.

Welcome aboard Star Clippers, "Royal Clipper" as we cruise the stunning Adriatic Sea!

We are delighted to welcome Fairport Convention and Richard Thompson on board for a week of unforgettable entertainment and enjoyment.

Explore meticulously planner routes that guide you through mesmerising landscapes and enchanting destinations around Croatia and Montenegro. Immerse yourself in the splendour and cultural opulence of this scenic region. Prepare to be captivated by the unforgettable landscape of Hvar and Rovinj, whilst savouring panoramic views of historic cities and monumental landmarks.

You’ll not be short of something to do. Spend your afternoons at leisure on board or venture out with one of the optional land tours, to explore hidden scenic routes. After dinner relax on deck and enjoy open-air concerts featuring a mixture of individual performances and unique collaborations from Richard Thompson and Fairport Convention.

With only 200 other 'sailors' on board, this really is a once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed.


WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 7-night cruise onboard The Royal Clipper

  • Luxury accommodation in a spacious stateroom of your choice

  •  Individual climate control and in-room safe

  • Choice of bed configuration in all categories (double or twin bedding)

  • Gourmet dining, featuring breakfast, multi-course lunches and dinners with menu choices, afternoon tea and late-night snacks.  *

  • Welcome Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Farewell Dinner

  • Services of your onboard Harmony Voyages Tour Manager and an experienced English-speaking Cruise Director

  • Onboard entertainment 

  • On board fitness centre, spa, sauna and library

  • All local taxes & port charges

 

*All allergies and specific dietary requirements must be advised prior to sailing

 

ITINERARY

23 August 2025 - Venice, Italy

Welcome aboard!  Your journey begins in Venice, Italy with afternoon embarkation. Start the first evening off by joining us for a welcome cocktail in the bar, followed by a specially prepared Welcome Dinner. Venice is the heart and soul of romance, so enjoying an evening dinner on beautifully lit waters is the perfect beginning to your cruise.

As the evening unfolds, we will depart Venice at 19:30 and sail for Zadar, Croatia.


24 August 2025 - Zadar, Croatia

Northern Dalmatia is a region of great natural beauty with wonderful National parks, fine beaches with crystal clear water and lovely little islands. Enjoy the beautiful sights along the way here, as we will arrive at 12:00, just in time to enjoy lunch at your new destination.

On arrival in Zadar, you have a plethora of optional excursions to choose from; discover the historic Croatian town of Šibenik, one of the jewels of the Dalmatian coast, on a guided tour of the town's narrow streets and Cathedral. Or experience the pristine natural beauty of Croatia during a scenic, half day excursion to Krka National Park. If the history of Zadar interests you, you may enjoy a guided tour and introduction to Zadar’s 3000-year-old history, from the Illyrians Romans, Croats, Venetians and Austrians to the modern Croatian state. Should you choose to remain onboard, enjoy a relaxing afternoon on deck in the sun and wait for your fellow passengers to rejoin.

At the beginning of the evening, we will depart Zadar at 18:00 and sail for Hvar for a late morning arrival.

Today's optional excursions:

Discover Sibenik

Krka National Park

Zadars Cultural Spots and Heritage


25 August 2025 - Hvar, Croatia

We arrive just off the Dalmatian Coast at 09:00, to the island of Hvar. The island and the little port named after it have been a favorite getaway ever since the time of the Romans, the Byzantines, the Venetians and even Austro-Hungarian royalty. Here, you may choose to partake in the optional excursions we have to offer: Coach over to Starigrad for an island tour or set off on a sea kayak voyage of discovery along the beautiful Hvar coastline.

Alternatively, you may let the wind and weather be your guide as you set sail on an offroad adventure from the town of Hvar to the labyrinth of islands that compose the Pakleni archipelago, with a swim stop along the way. Yet if you'd like a break from the water, you may take advantage of our final optional excursion of the day, a heritage highlights tour around the sunniest Croatian Island with its lavender fields, vineyards, ancient towns, recently placed on the list of the worlds ten most beautiful islands.

During your evening meal we will depart at 19:00, to sail over to Dubrovnik for another lunchtime arrival.

Today's optional excursions:

Hvar Island Tour

Pakleni Archipelago Sea Kayaking expedition

Sailing tour to the Pakleni islands archipelago

Hvar offroad adventure

Heritage highlights of the city of Hvar

 

26 August 2025 - Dubrovnik, Croatia

As we glide over to our destination in Dubrovnik town, we will make a swim stop along the way for a cool off and arrive in Dubrovnik for 14:00. Once the ship has come to a stop, you have an abundance of optional excursions at hand. Choose an extended day out by coach with stops at the Sokol Fortress in the furthest corner of the Republic, or a short walk illustrated by interesting stories, legends and curiosities of Dubrovnik's old town life and history.

Alternatively, take a three-hour guided trip to some familiar sights seen in Game of Thrones, your local guide will be accompanied by large, A4-sized photos that show the screenshot from the appropriate episode and what took place. Or enjoy a guided leisure walk through the medieval town, our guide will introduce you to rich history and art heritage through the centuries.

Spend the evening dining onboard with your fellow passengers and enjoy a relaxed sunset while docked in Dubrovnik, then as the night comes to end, we depart for Kotor at 23:45. 

Today's optional excursions:

In the Footsteps of the Republic of Ragusa

Game of Thrones

Legends & Curiosities Walking Tour

Great Dubrovnik Treasure Hunt

 
27 August 2025 - Kotor, Montenegro

After a leisurely breakfast, arrive in Kotor and make your plans for the day. Either relax on board enjoying the company of others or choose from excursions the day has to offer.

Either a drive through the beautiful bay of Kotor to Perast with some free time to explore, enjoy a Blue Cave speed boat adventure along the Lustica peninsula, treat yourself to an indulgent beach break at the Adriatica Beach Club or discover Montenegro’s Adriatic coastline on a sea kayaking trip.

Rejoin the rest of your fellow passengers for an evening meal while departing for Vis, Croatia at 18:00

Today's optional excursions:

Perast and Kotor

Blue cave speed boat adventure

Adriatica Beach Club Break with lunch

Sea kayaking

 
28 August 2025 - Vis, Croatia

Upon morning arrival in Vis, the ship docks for the day allowing time for the day’s optional excursions. You may choose to sail by boat to the Blue Cave on Biševo Island, or kayak towards the Mamma Mia 2 filming location - Barjoska bay, where you will have time to swim in the crystal-clear sea. If you want a break from the water, you may choose to take part in the bike tour of Vis.

Later in the evening, the vessel will depart from Vis Bay for a prolonged sail to Rovinj.

Today's optional excursions:

The Blue Cave on Biševo Island

Vis Bike Tour

“Mamma Mia” Sea kayaking

 
29 August 2025 - Rovinj, Croatia

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast whilst sailing past the previous destinations of Hvar and Zadar, preparing to dock at 12:00, just in time for lunch in Rovinj.

After lunch, choose to explore a treasure of ancient Rome buildings during a captivating, half day excursion to Pula, or spend your afternoon wine tasting in Poreč, one of Croatia’s best loved tourist resorts. You may like to take a sea boat adventure to The Rovinj archipelago to have a swim and enjoy the afternoon in Red Island at your leisure, or only take a couple hours out of your afternoon to take a coach to the city of Rovinj and discover one of the most romantic and photogenic cities of the Mediterranean.

Enjoy your final evening on board as we will sail back for Venice later in the day.

Today's optional excursions:

Pula and its Roman amphitheater

Poreč and wine tasting

RIB boat sea adventure

Rovinj walking discovery tour

 
30 August 2025 - Venice, Italy

After breakfast, it is time to disembark and join your transfer to the airport. We hope to welcome you again soon!

 

EXCURSIONS

Enhance your Croatia & Montenegro cruise holiday with a choice of carefully curated selection of inspiring excursions and adventures!  Excursions are subject to a minimum number of bookings and may be cancelled if there is not enough interest.

Our 'Gems of the Adriatic' itinerary is also quite spectacular - There are chances to explore national parks, go sea kayaking, off roading and swim in crystal clear seas. You can visit some of the scenes shown in Game of Thrones and Mamma Mia, enjoy wine tasting and visit a roman amphitheater, and thats not all!

You can book shore excursions onboard, using the “sign-up lists” available at the Cruise Director’s desk

In order to provide the best service and to avoid disappointments, please book your shore excursions as early as possible: places are limited and there is a booking deadline for each port.

ExcursionPrice per person
Discover Šibenik€72
Krka National Park€85
Zadar’s cultural hotspots and heritage€29
Hvar Island Tour€72
Pakleni Archipelago Sea Kayaking expedition€59
Sailing tour to the Pakleni islands archipelago€85
Hvar offroad adventure€115
Heritage highlights of the city of Hvar€45
In the Footsteps of the Republic of Ragusa€89
Game of Thrones€49
Legends & Curiosities Walking Tour€25
Great Dubrovnik Treasure Hunt€45
Perast and Kotor€55
Blue cave speed boat adventure€85
Adriatica Beach Club Break with lunch€95
Sea kayaking€55
The Blue Cave on Biševo Island€79
Vis Bike Tour€89
“Mamma Mia” Sea kayaking€75
Pula and its Roman amphitheater€72
Poreč and wine tasting€79
RIB boat sea adventure€149
Rovinj walking discovery tour€25

 

ENTERTAINMENT

RICHARD THOMPSON

Richard Thompson has been described as “the finest rock songwriter after Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix”. We don’t disagree, except to say that his work on acoustic guitar is also sensational. His latest album, 13 Rivers, has rapidly garnered critical acclaim. Many reviewers regarded it as one of Thompson’s best albums in recent years. His influence cannot be overstated. Everybody, from Robert Plant to Don Henley and from Elvis Costello to R.E.M., has covered his music. Of 13 Rivers, Thompson says: “I wrote the songs as a group to hang together…they belong together in some way and seem to possess a commonality since they were written in the same time and space”.

FAIRPORT CONVENTION

Fairport Convention played its first concert in a church hall in May 1967. Based in suburban north London, the youngsters ‘convened’ for rehearsals at a house named Fairport, the family home of rhythm guitarist Simon Nicol. Thus was born the name of a band that has endured for over five decades. Fairport Convention won the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2002 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The seminal album Liege And Lief was voted ‘Best Folk Album Ever’ by Radio 2 listeners. In Summer 2006, Liege And Lief was awarded a Gold Disc for its continuing sales.

ACCOMMODATION

Dive into an unforgettable adventure and enjoy the unique experience aboard the ROYAL CLIPPER.

Inspired by the tall ship Preussen, the Royal Clipper has the proud distinction of being the largest and only five-masted full-rigged sailing ship built since her predecessor was launched at the beginning of the last century.

For connoisseurs of sail cruising, the 439 foot Royal Clipper offers the ultimate sea-going experience, balancing the grandeur, adventure and tradition of sailing with the superb service, amenities and accommodations of the finest modern yachts. Royal Clipper carries just 227 guests in luxurious style.
 

Royal Clipper's interior spaces are just as dazzling. They include a 3-deck atrium that funnels sunlight into the elegantly-appointed dining room, where you'll enjoy deliciously prepared cuisine and a no-tie dress code. A convenient marina platform lowers from the stern for watersports and diving. The ultimate unique Royal Clipper experience, the one-of-a-kind Captain Nemo Lounge, is the site of the spa and health club, which features underwater glass portholes!

*Cabin examples are shown; not all cabins are identical

 

All cabins are ingeniously designed for comfort and efficiency, each with a private en-suite bathroom equipped with hairdryers, individual climate control, flatscreen television, private in-room safe, spacious under bed storage, direct dial telephone and radio.

*Cabin examples are shown; not all cabins are identical

 
 

Owners Suite (40m2)

Two double beds, separate comfortable sitting areas, minibar, private in-room safe, spacious en-suite bathroom with whirlpool bath and shower over, room service, flat-screen television, individual climate control, hairdryers, direct dial telephone and radio.

Clipper Deck

Price from

£4,699 pp

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Deluxe Outside Verandah Suite (26m2)

Private verandah, choice of bed configuration (double/twin), comfortable sitting area, minibar, in-room safe, spacious en-suite bathroom with whirlpool bath and shower over, room service, flat-screen television, individual climate control, hairdryers, direct dial telephone and radio.

Main Deck

Price from

£4,399 pp

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Cat1 Deluxe Cabin ( 14.5m) - SOLD OUT

Double beds, minibar, private in-room safe, spacious en-suite bathroom with whirlpool bath and shower over, cabin doors that open onto the deck, flat-screen television, individual climate control, hairdryers, direct dial telephone and radio.

Main Deck

Price from

£3,599 pp

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Cat2 Outside Cabin (13m2)

Choice of bed configuration (double, twin or triple birth), private in-room safe, en-suite bathroom with shower, flat-screen television, individual climate control, hairdryers, direct dial telephone and radio. 

Clipper Deck

Price from

£3,199 pp

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Cat3 Outside Cabin (13m2)

Choice of bed configuration (double bed or twin beds), private in-room safe, en-suite bathroom with shower, flat-screen television, individual climate control, hairdryers, direct dial telephone and radio

Clipper Deck or Commodore Deck

Price from

£3,199 pp

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Cat4 Outside Cabin (13m2)

Choice of bed configuration (double bed or twin beds), private in-room safe, en-suite bathroom with shower, flat-screen television, individual climate control, hairdryers, direct dial telephone and radio.

Clipper Deck or Commodore Deck

Price From

£2,699 pp

SOLD OUT

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Cat5 Outside Cabin (11m2)

Choice of bed configuration (double bed or twin beds), private in-room safe, en-suite bathroom with shower, flat-screen television, individual climate control, hairdryers, direct dial telephone and radio.

Commodore Deck

Price From

£2,499 pp

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Cat6 Inside Cabin (10m2) SOLO

Choice of bed configuration (small double bed or triple birth), private in-room safe, en-suite bathroom with shower, flat-screen television, individual climate control, hairdryers, direct dial telephone and radio.

Clipper Deck

Price From

£3,199 pp

SOLD OUT

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Cat4 Outside Cabin (13m2) SOLO

Choice of bed configuration (small double bed or triple birth), private in-room safe, en-suite bathroom with shower, flat-screen television, individual climate control, hairdryers, direct dial telephone and radio.

Commodore Deck

Price From

£4,199 pp

SOLD OUT

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GETTING THERE

There a few different options to consider when planning your journey to Venice. You can fly from most major UK airports, or if you're looking for something a little different, why not enhance your holiday with a Coach to Cruise transfer?

COACH TO CRUISE WITH HARMONY VOYAGES

  • Hostess service on board

  • Regular, off-motorway comfort breaks

  • Comfortable 4* hotels

  • Overnight B&B stays: 3 pre-cruise and 3 post cruise

Forget about long queues at the airport, pulling heavy suitcases, frustrating flight delays - why not extend your cruise holiday, sit back and unwind on board our luxury coach and take in some of the most sought-after sights and enjoy many beautiful towns along the route.

Once your suitcase is loaded, no need to remove liquids, electrical items or empty your pockets, board the coach, relax and enjoy your land tour to the ship.

*itinerary to be confirmed

PRICES

*Early booking discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer*

Please note: An initial deposit of £250pp or £500pp (dependent on date of booking) is required to secure your booking, followed by regular stage payments.

Prices are per person and do not include flights. Please contact us if you require assistance with your travel arrangements.

SAVE £200PP WITH THE EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT* IF YOU BOOK BEFORE 29 FEBRUARY 2024
Cabin GradeDeckPrice per person
Owners SuiteClipper Deck£4,699 - SOLD OUT
Deluxe Outside Verandah SuiteMain Deck£4,399 - SOLD OUT
Cat1 DeluxeMain Deck£3,599 - SOLD OUT
Cat2 OutsideClipper Deck£3,199 - SOLD OUT
Cat3 OutsideCommodore Deck£3,199
Cat4 OutsideClipper OR Commodore Deck£2,699 - SOLD OUT
Cat5 OutsideCommodore Deck£2,499 - SOLD OUT
Cat6 Inside SOLOClipper Deck£3,199 - SOLD OUT
Cat4 Outside SOLOCommodore Deck£4,199 - SOLD OUT

Please note: An initial deposit of £250pp or £500pp (dependent on date of booking) is required to secure your booking, followed by regular stage payments.
Gems of the Adriatic - Payment Schedule
DatePayment TypeAmount due
1 Dec 23 - 15 May 241st Deposit£250
15 May2nd Deposit£250
15 Aug 24Stage payment£250
15 Oct 24
Stage payment£250
15 Nov 24Stage payment£250
15 Jan 25Stage payment£250
15 Mar 25Stage payment£250
30 May 25Balance paymentAs Invoice

Gems of the Adriatic Playlist

 
 

FAQS

1Are Flights Included?
No, flights are not included to allow you the flexibility to travel from your airport of choice to and from Venice.  If you would like a quote for a fully inclusive package, including flights from the UK please contact the office and we will be happy to assist.
2Which airport do I need to fly into/home from?
The ship departs from and returns to Venice. Easyjet & Jet2 offer regular direct flights from many UK airports. Please contact us if you require assistance with your flight arrangements.
3Are airport transfers included?
Transfers are included to the ship on 23 August and from the ship to Venice Airport on 30 August. Should you opt to extend your stay at the end of your cruise, you will be responsible for your own transfer to the airport.
4What time can I board the ship on embarkation day?
You can normally board from 2pm but your stateroom may not be available until after 3pm. You will be able to enjoy the ship's facilities until your room is ready to be occupied.
5What time is disembarkation from?
As the ship has a quick turnaround, you will be required to vacate your cabin after breakfast on the day of departure.
6Is there WiFi onboard?
WIFI cards are available in the Sloop Shop for use of the Internet. You can receive emails on board via the Purser.
7Is there an elevator onboard?
Due to the nature and layout of the vessel there are no lifts or elevators on board, therefore the cruise is not recommended to individuals with reduced mobility.
8What is the dress code onboard?
We want to you feel comfortable on board, the dress code is casual during the day and in the evening smart casual. Think what would I wear for a meal out in a restaurant at home?
9What is the electrical supply voltage onboard?
Royal Clipper has 220-volt (European plug)
10What is the currency onboard?
It is preferable to use an international credit card ( Visa, American Express, and Mastercard) to make purchases on board. Onboard purchases will be added to your personal invoice and debited in Euros. Your EURO onboard charges will be processed by our accounting department; you might incur foreign transaction fees and/or exchange rate fees from your credit card company. Please check with your credit card provider.
11What about gratuities?
Gratuities on the ship are not included in the cruise fare and are at your discretion. We suggest €8 per day and per person. Gratuities are divided among the waiters in the dining room and the stewards
12What to pack
The following items are essential for any destination: sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, and maybe an umbrella. It is recommended that you bring duplicates of prescription eye wear, copies of prescriptions for any medications (generic equivalents are usually easier to obtain), copies of credit card information, and copies of your passport information pages. An adaptor / transformer may be necessary (the on-board power supply is 230V AC/50 Hz) if you bring any electronic devices with you.
13Clothing
Comfortable, casual clothing is appropriate both onshore and onboard and we suggest lightweight clothing that can be layered. Shorts are appropriate for most tours, however long pants may be required for inside visits on some excursions. Your cruise manager will advise when and if this is required. You may find a significant amount of walking over uneven terrain during your time ashore. We recommend comfortable walking shoes with good ankle support. Sturdy sandals are another good option. Don’t forget to pack a lightweight, waterproof jacket (preferably hooded) or even a heavier-weight wind-breaker for cooler temperatures. Also, keep in mind that the ship, coaches and other venues visited on our itinerary are air conditioned and may be quite cool. We recommend that you pack a lightweight sweater or long sleeve shirts and carry them with you on excursions.
14What happens if the artist that I booked to see is unable to perform at the festival / holiday?
As you have booked a holiday, then the holiday will still take place. In the event of a festival where there are multiple artists, the full programme will still be performed and any artists unable to travel will be replaced. In the event of a cruise or other holiday where only one artist is performing, the artist will be replaced with an alternative artist of a similar genre. The cost of the holiday is not refundable.

We look after you every step of the way

We are a small experienced team who look after you from first enquiry, right through to the end of your holiday. The same people who help you with your booking, will be in the resort or on the cruise to look after you. We are extremely proud of the personal service that we provide and when you need to get in touch, there are no call centres, just the same people you've always being dealing with. Need help with flights, care hire or extra nights? ...we are just a phone call away.

 

Call the team now and we'll be happy to help