Luxury cruise specialists Cruise Croatia have launched a brand new Pride of Croatia Tour, in honour of LGBT Pride Month. The specialist Croatia cruise operators are also celebrating the launch of their new Pride of Croatia Tour with a £2,500 donation to Zagreb Pride, the biggest Pride event in Croatia.
The newly-launched Pride of Croatia Tour is a luxury cruise and land exploration of Croatia, exclusively designed for LGBTIQ+ vacationers. The deluxe 9-night tour begins in Zagreb before taking in the stunning beauty of the Plitvice National Park and island-hopping from Split to Dubrovnik via the idyllic paradise of Vis, Hvar and Korcula.
This exclusive, small-ship tour travels as a group of just 38 people, allowing for everyone to meet new people and build friendships. The luxury tour is suitable for couples, groups of friends and solo travellers, and has been exclusively created to provide a sociable travel experience for LGBTIQ+ people to travel in style and luxury as part of a friendly group.
The Pride of Croatia Tour begins in the bustling capital city of Zagreb – home to Croatia’s best LGBTIQ+ nightlife. Here, guests will stay in an extravagant 4* hotel with the opportunity to explore Zagreb’s rich cultural diversity, including art galleries, museums and independent cafés. The first night in Zagreb includes a welcome dinner and drinks, offering the opportunity for the group to get to know each other and socialise into the late evening among Zagreb’s vibrant nightlife.
From Zagreb the Pride of Croatia Tour continues on to UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of Croatia’s most magnificent natural sites, before heading on to the beautiful city of Split – the capital of Croatia’s Dalmatia region.
In Split the cruise begins, starting with a Pride of Croatia Cocktail Party on-board. From Split the Pride of Croatia cruise sets sail to some of the country’s most paradisiacal islands, including the opportunity to swim next to the magical Skradinski Buk waterfall and a wine tasting experience in Vis, which is the island where Mamma Mia 2 was filmed.
Onwards through Hvar, Korcula, Mljet and Slano, the cruise continues to the walled city of Dubrovnik. Here you can soak in the history of the city, visit the locations made famous by Game of Thrones, and enjoy the city’s rooftop views and lively nightlife.
All of Cruise Croatia’s small ships provide first-class comfort and style, including a private balcony, open-aired Jacuzzi and fine dining cuisine options. Excursions on the Pride of Croatia tour include wine tasting, oyster farming, entry to national parks, private guided tours, and more.
In line with the launch of the new Pride of Croatia Tour, Cruise Croatia are donating £2,500 to Zagreb Pride which is the biggest Pride celebration in Croatia.
Graham Carter, Managing Director of Cruise Croatia says, “We are delighted to be launching our Pride of Croatia Tour in celebration of LGBT Pride Month and to be providing a fun, safe and luxurious Croatia travel experience exclusively designed for LGBTIQ+ holidaymakers.
It was also important to us to take this a step further, by offering support to Zagreb Pride via our donation. We know that LGBTIQ+ equality and awareness continues to be an important issue in Croatia and we are proud to do what we can to help support this.”
Zagreb Pride first took place in 2002 and has since become an annual event, celebrating LGBTIQ+ diversity and raising awareness for LGBTIQ+ acceptance and rights.
Homosexuality has been legal in Croatia since 1977 and discrimination based on sexual orientation is classed as a hate crime in Croatia. However, LGBTIQ+ people do still face some inequalities in Croatia – such as same-sex marriage not yet being legalised, and while homosexuality is accepted in Croatia it is not always celebrated to the same extent as other countries.
Organisations such as Zagreb Pride continue to increase acceptance and awareness of LGBTIQ+ equality and rights in Croatia, while specially created travel experiences such as the Pride of Croatia Tour provide LGBTIQ+ people the opportunity to travel to Croatia in a safe, secure and sociable group.