|from $3,990* per person||9 Days||May-October
Exertion level: 4
|Operator: ROW International
16 people max
A holiday in Croatia cruising aboard a private yacht is a vacation dream come true. When seen from space, NASA astronauts report that the Adriatic Sea, nestled between Italy and Croatia, is the bluest in the world. From the deck of your yacht you look into waters that sparkle with a clarity that has been attracting seafarers, conquerors and visitors since the beginning of civilization. Croatia’s Adriatic coast, known as Dalmatia, with its mountainous backdrop, pristine beaches, captivating villages and historical pedigree offers a myriad of opportunities for the inquisitive tourist.
The numerous islands, strung like jewels along this coastline, offer visitors a truly inspirational glimpse of what Dalmatia has to offer. The idyllic island towns are a melting pot of architectural influences from the classic lines of the Greeks and Romans to the decorative styles of the Byzantines and Venetians. Of the thousand plus islands along Croatia’s coast, only 66 are inhabited, home to a proud and charismatic people who welcome those hungry to share their traditions.
ROW has a history of operating trips in Croatia that spans over 20 years; no other U.S. adventure travel company can boast these credentials. Our unique 9-day adventure immerses you in the rich history and culture of this European gem. With a Croatian guide, captain and crew we start our journey in either Split or Dubrovnik setting sail on a journey that takes us through the best of these treasures, venturing into the fishing hamlets, olive groves and vineyards that the islands are famous for.
We discover hidden coves and natural wonders as well as exceptional architecture, walking to some of the most beautiful monasteries in Europe. Most importantly we spend time with the locals, savoring their hospitality, dining on local fare, sampling local wines and absorbing the atmosphere and entertainment of the region. The atmosphere on our Croatian cruise is casual and you're welcome to sleep on the deck under a starlit sky. Food aboard our yachts is excellent, sourced from the freshest of local ingredients and prepared lovingly by a talented Croatian chef.
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, Dalmatian Islands
, Dalmatian Coast
, Mediterranean, Croatia, Europe
2 testimonials about this trip
Reviewer: L. Fitzpatrick
"The recent trip that Pearl and I made on the Romanca was one of the greatest vacations we have had. Miso is a great guide and was very thoughtful. He arranged for a taxi to take Pearl and I to Sucuraj so she could see the town where her father was born. Captain Vlado was great. He is truly a fine gentleman. We just want you to know that the trip was excellent. Please thank Laurie for communicating with us in a most efficient manner."
Reviewer: C. Schultz
"The trip was luxury beyond anything any of us had expected. Vlade will surely expire one day from the worry over whether every need of his guests has been taken care of, even the ones they don't know they have yet. He was truly amazing, the care, the service, the food!"
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Day 1 - Arrive in the beautiful historic city of Split and check into your hotel. Depending on your arrival time you may want to enjoy a stroll around the city and start to absorb the atmosphere of this amazing country.
Day 2 - After a leisurely breakfast your guide will join you at your hotel for a brief orientation meeting followed by a guided walking tour of Split. We get acquainted with the incredible history of the city including the Palace and Mausoleum of the Roman Emperor Diocletian and the Temple of Jupiter. We also get a feeling for the vibe of the city, strolling through its colorful street markets, relaxing cafes and bayside promenade. In the early afternoon we head to the yacht for lunch and to settle in to our cabins where we will spend the next 7 nights of our Croatian Cruise.
Itinerary Note: The exact itinerary is subject to weather conditions and may vary. Wind conditions are quite variable, but the seas are usually calm. In order to maximize the time available for explorations we normally travel under motor power. While the sails may go up once or twice, this should not be considered a sailing trip but rather a cruise on a motor-sail yacht.
Day 3 - Today our yacht cruises from Split to Starigrad making a stop along the way to allow for a cooling swim near the island of Brac (this island is where the limestone used to build the Whitehouse was quarried). A highlight of our trip is the active 2 mile hike to a hidden monastery in the hills. Late in the afternoon we arrive at the Island of Hvar and visit Starigrad home of Croatia's much loved poet, Petar Hektorovic. Enjoy a stroll around this lovely town and take in the ancient stone walls dating back to the Illyrian period.
Day 4 - After a delicious breakfast on the boat we hike for several miles through fields and vineyards to the charming town of Vrboska. Nestled between ancient pine forests and vineyards Vrboska's narrow streets and ancient buildings offer a surprise find for the visitor, a fortified church housing a magnificent collection of paintings, including some by Titian. Later we return to the boat for a well deserved lunch and take a relaxing cruise to the medieval port town of Hvar. Referred to as one of the "Isles of the Blessed" this is a perfect place to spend an evening on shore and have dinner while enjoying the beauty of the town and the ever present fragrance of citrus groves and flower gardens
Day 5 - Today we have another chance to visit the the market in Hvar and venture into the quiet back streets of this captivating town. Those looking for a more active morning may want to hike to the 16th Century Venetian Citadel for spectacular views over the sea and town. If the weather is kind we will sail to Vis in the afternoon or relax, perhaps visiting the beautiful lavender fields.
Day 6 - If we have not already made it to Vis we will try again today stopping to enjoy a refreshing swim en route. Depending on weather we will either stop at the town of Vis or sail directly to the beautiful blue grotto on the island of Bisevo. Tito's HQ during WWII and only open to tourists since 1989, Vis is truly off the beaten path. During our visit we will get to know both its fascinating history and sample some of the best wine Croatia has to offer. For more insight into this beautiful island click on the link to the article, "Welcome to Miso's Island" by Alison Gardner, travel journalist for Travel with a Challenge Magazine
Day 7 - After breakfast we have another chance to explore this incredible island and with fair winds our yacht will begin the journey South to the Island of Korcula, birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo. One of the most dramatic medieval walled towns in the whole of Europe Korcula boasts a magnificent array of architectural styles ranging from the 14th to the16th century and houses an impressive collection of religious art. We will meet up with our local guide who loves to share his unique knowledge of the towns rich and colorful history. Hopefully we will have the chance to hear local "Clappa" singers during our time here.
Day 8 - After breakfast we leave Korcula to walk the hills along the Peljesac Peninsula starting at the small village of Viganj and ending at Orebic. This hike covers about five miles and takes around three hours, walking through pines, pomegranates and enjoying sweeping views across the water to the island of Korcula. We visit a small maritime museum before returning to the yacht. We cruise north to our final anchorage for the night.
Day 9 - After breakfast we say an early farewell to the captain and crew and begin a fun day of exploration of the Peljesac Peninsula. We drive to Ston, a site of historic salt production and acres of oyster and mussel farms. We'll taste superbly fresh oysters and continue to Dubrovnik, arriving mid-afternoon. After lunch we head into the old city, a UNESCO world heritage site. This beautiful and historic city has long been admired by all those who have seen it and George Bernard Shaw called it "Paradise on Earth". Housed inside magnificent city walls Dubrovnik is a no car zone making strolling around the polished stone streets a delight. The splendor of marble fountains, numerous galleries and churches is complemented perfectly by the vivacious and animated people who live here. We will drop you at your chosen hotel and you say farewell to your guide and you are free to explore this wonderful city. B
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