It's impossible to think of a Croatian sailing trip without a big, goofy smile creeping across your face. Water so translucent you can see your toes treading water. Days spent spreadeagled on the deck under the glistening sun. Ancient towns with views fit for a desktop screen saver. Feasts so large you'll be full for days. Yep, the sailing life is pretty sweet!
Kick off your trip in the most famous walled city in Europe. If you’re there early, you can take a quick wander around Dubrovnik's tiny cobblestoned streets before meeting the crew late morning. Then: it’s all aboard as we set sail to Mljet. Optional visit to Mljet National Park, anyone? Tonight, you have the option to clink glasses and get to know the gang over a BBQ dinner aboard the boat.
Did you pack your sense of adventure? Good. We’re moving on to Korcula, where we’ll be hitting the cobblestone alleys on a walking tour. Later on, there’s plenty of time to climb your way to the top of an old-school cathedral tower to savour a colourful cocktail. Take note: the ladder to the top of Massimo’s cocktail bar is seriously steep, so watch your head! Anyone for an optional village dinner experience afterwards?
Time to trim the sails again and set course for the Makarska Riviera, one of the best unsung holiday spots in Europe. Today’s all yours to stroll the pretty promenade, indulge in some adventurous activities (think hiking and biking), or simply lounge about on the pebbly beach. You do you.
Next up today: Bol. Need more beach in your life? You’ve come to the right place! If you’ve got itchy feet, you’re in luck, too. You’ve got another free day to do as you please, so dust off that camera and go for a wander. All of those pretty stone houses and brightly coloured flowers won’t take photos of themselves, now, will they?
This morning we’ll set a course for Hvar, one of Croatia’s glittering gems AND playground to the likes of Tom Cruise, Ellen DeGeneres and Prince Harry (just to name a few). Later, we’ll check out Hvar’s famous fortress, cathedral and square before we go to town on an included night out. Our drink recommendation? Try a mist-mash (it involves red wine and Fanta. Best not ask).
Today it’s off the mooring line and on to Stari Grad on the northern side of the island. A UNESCO World Heritage-listed town, Stari Grad is certainly pleasing on the eye. Tonight, we’ll indulge in a feast fit for a sailor with an optional onboard dinner.
We’re setting sail to Split for the ultimate vacay finale. Yes, it's a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city, and yes, it has an abundance of Roman architecture, so don’t just sit there. Get exploring! You won’t want to miss Diocletian’s Palace – it’s one of the best preserved Roman monuments in the world. Plus, if it’s good enough for an emperor, odds are you’ll rate it too.
We’re outta here after breakfast. Ready to talk to us about another eight days sailing the Croatian islands?
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