Sailing from Split to Dubrovnik via Croatian islands is a classic itinerary when you want to experience the best of Croatia. This route includes everything to make you feel impressed, relaxed, happy with the nature, adventures, sea, landscapes, history, and hospitality of local people. Please, remember that each itinerary can be tailor-made according to your preferences.
(8 days / 7 nights)
Day 1: Split - Krknjasi Lagoon - Trogir
Board the yacht in Split - having made a visit to the city’s most notable historical monument, the Diocletian Palace - a palace built for a retired Roman emperor. Sail for the Krknjasi Lagoon on the island of Drvenik Veli and enjoy swimming from a delightful pebble beach.
Trogir is an interesting port of call, not far from Split. Once a trading port for the ancient Greeks, this town has a lovely, relaxed vibe with small bridges connecting it to the mainland and surprises around every turn. It comes as no surprise that Trogir was once the centre of Dalmatian culture, and today, as a World Heritage Site it’s having its second Golden Age. Lovers of architecture and culture will find a thousand reasons to love this part of Croatia. Overnight in Trogir with dinner ashore.
Day 2: Solta
Despite being the nearest island to Split, Solta is still somewhat off the beaten track. Drop anchor in the vicinity of six islets, Stipanska, Balkun, Saskinja, Polebrnjak, Grmej and Radula which are ideal for swimming and water sports activities. In the evening we enter a charming fishing port, Maslinica, also on the western side of the island, where its possible to moor at one of the nicest marinas in all of Croatia, the Martinis Marchi. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner out in Maslinica.
Day 3: Vis
Following a stop at Sesula cove for a morning swim, set sail for Rogačić cove on the island of Vis. This is quiet bay with beautiful clear water for swimming, and it is just a short sail from the town of Vis, where we are anchored for the night. Stroll around and explore this small city: one of the first Roman settlements in the area, the went by ‘Issa’ back in those days. There are some very fine restaurants here in Vis, so dining out is part of the experience.
Day 4: Bisevo
To Bisevska Luka - also known as ‘Porat' - on the island of Bisevo. Bisevska Luka is a beautiful cove finishing in a sandy beach. A path leads from the bay to the summit of the island, Strazbenica, although, while you are here, you may wish to hire the services of a local, and take in a tour of 'Modra Spilja', the Blue Grotto, at midday. There’s nothing more exciting than swimming in brilliantly lit blue waters, within a cave. Returning to the island of Vis, we moor in the small port of Komiza and go ashore to enjoy all that Komiza has to offer, perhaps trying one of the local restaurants, where the lobster is fresh and delicious.
Day 5: Hvar
To Stari Grad in the morning for chance to visit one of Croatia’s oldest towns. This settlement dates back to 385 B.C. and was a Greek colony known as “Faros”. See the Dominican monastery, founded in 1482 , and the church of St. Nicholas nearby. Another must-see place in Stari Grad is Tvrdalj, a well-preserved fortified castle, which once belonged to the Croatian poet, Petar Hektorovic.
To the beautiful port of Hvar, where Venetian townhouses line the streets, and shops, restaurants and cafes give the town a decidedly 'St. Tropez' atmosphere. The island of Hvar boasts more hours of sunshine than any other Croatian island, so you are certain to have views extending off to the far horizon when looking down on the port from the Spanjola Fortess, high on the hill above Hvar town.
Hvar is a party-goers town, so tonight is your chance to enjoy some nightlife.
Day 6: Pakleni Islands - Korcula
Often referred to as the 'Hvar Riviera’ the group of islets just off Hvar are among the best in the Adriatic. Have breakfast at anchor off Jerolim, directly opposite Hvar town, then swim in beautiful Palmizana cove, where crystal clear waters lap at pristine shores. Sail to the harbour known as Vela Luka on the island of Korcula and take a walk ashore. While here, you may want to visit a local farmhouse and taste some of the local delicacies. Late afternoon, sail for Korcula, the overnight stop. The narrowest streets of Korcula Town are distinctly 15th century, when stonemasons were enthusiastic about leaving their mark, and elaborate facades on town buildings were the order of the day. Korcula town really is a feast for the senses — dine out in a narrow, cobble-stone street and get the feeling that you have stepped back in time!
Day 7: Mljet - Sipan
A day spent by the side of Mljet is like a therapy for those who are seeking a getaway from a busy and urbanistic daily routine into the wild and Edenic ambiance. Enjoy the pristine nature of the national park that covers a significant part of the island. Mljet is one of the least crowded islands in the Adriatic. Its calm turquoise waters of the sea are perfect for snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, and diving rendezvous. And wild trails that pierce the island will fit those enjoying hiking, vineyards, and olive groves.
Wine lovers are welcome to taste locally produced red and wine. North of the island there’s a small town called Pomena from where you can reach two saltwater lakes and have a swim in the crystal-clear waters. Around the lakes you’ll find paths that are suitable for a good cycle or a pleasant walk under the shade. There’s also a small islet with a Benedictine Monastery and the Church of Saint Mary almost in the middle of the Great Lake (“Veliko Jezero” in Croatian).
Move on to the island of Sipan, the largest of the Elaphiti Islands and a beautiful tapestry of churches, old noble houses, olive groves, citrus groves, fig groves and vineyards. Anchoring in the bay of Sipanska Luka, walk ashore in and find a pathway up to the church. There is a small sign advertising homemade jams and liqueurs on the main road that winds down to the harbour, and you may be tempted to purchase a small jar of orange marmalade, made from local oranges.
Sipan is famous for its wine, which you may choose to try at the restaurant ashore here in Sipanska Luka, Konoba Kod Marka.
Day 8: Dubrovnik
Depart Sipan Island for Dubrovnik, our port of disembarkation.
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