Embark: 17:00hrs. Arrive and meet the crew, leave bags at the marina and explore Split town. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Diocletian’s Palace 305BC. The Roman emperor Diocletian fell in love with the area calling it the flower of the Adriatic, and built one of the most beautiful palaces in the Roman Empire. Wander through Roman and Venetian architecture and explore museums, art galleries and boutiques. If there is time take a taxi or bus to Trogir and see this additional World Heritage site.
Dinner: A welcome dinner briefing will be held at 19:00 at ACI Marina Split restaurant. Overlooking Split harbor and the sea, a delicious menu includes Adriatic seafood Italian pasta, western dishes as well as good local beer on tap. Sleep aboard at the marina.
Distances and sailing conditions: 47 miles - 8 hours. Motor in the morning, then tack in northerly winds.
Highlights: Sail out of the marina early on a north westerly course to the beautiful bay at Drvenik Veli or the quaint town of Primosten for a morning swim. Then sail for incredible St Nicholas Fortress, which guards the entrance to the Krka River. Motor up the river past Sibenik all the way to the picturesque village of Skradin - our access point to the beautiful Krka National Park. Drop anchor off the town of Skradin and swim in the beautiful fresh water amongst the swans! Explore the lovely village of Skradin.
Dinner: Konoba Bonaca, one of the best restaurants on our Croatian program. Meals include delicately seared steak s with gorgonzola, sumptuous scampi in a zesty tomato sauce and fresh river eel.
Distances and sailing conditions: 37 miles – 5.5 hours. Motor out of the river delta, then enjoy an afternoon of long tacks in northerly winds.
Highlights: The morning is dedicated to hiking in the National Park and visiting the Krka falls, which are accessed by riverboats every hour. The falls are spectacular, cascading down the hills into numerous emerald pools and multiple waterfall areas. Hiking, swimming and photography make the morning unforgettable. Wildlife includes many bird species including grey herons and egrets. Upon return to the yacht, cruise downstream towards Sibenik. Stop along the way and purchase fresh mussels at one of the many mussel farms along the river. If there is time, explore Sibenik town for an hour and hike up to the fort for a fantastic view of the town and river. After exiting the river delta sail northwest towards the Kornati National Marine Park. This area features 118 islands with little or no development. The islands have a golden hue to them as a result of herbs and wild flowers, making this area the pride of every Croatian. Our anchorage for the evening is an enchanting bay between Kakan and Caprije or on the east coast of Zut Island. These protected bays are great for swimming, eating mussels and stargazing.
Dinner: Lunch is eaten ashore with a dinner of mussel or pasta eaten aboard under the stars.
Distances and sailing conditions: 27 miles – 4 hours. Motor up Zut then through the Dugi passage, followed by a beautiful run south in northerly winds.
Highlights: Enjoy a morning swim at Caprije or Zut, then lunch at Luka Telascica Bay followed by a great run south through a myriad of beautiful Kornati islands and islets all the way to Vrulje Uvala bay on Kornat Island. Tie up to one of the small jetties and hike up the hill for a beautiful sweeping view of this island playground. Collect some local oregano, lavender or rosemary and make your way down after sunset for another delectable dinner.
Dinner: Konoba Robinson is a fun, rustic restaurant over-looking the tiny cove, where they barbeque meat and seafood in a traditional Croatian outdoor oven.
Distances and sailing conditions: 60 miles – 9 hours. Sail on a blue water passage on a broad reach.
Highlights: Leave the Kornati Islands and enjoy a spectacular day of blue water sailing. Upon arrival anchor in the bay, then wander the busy promenade of the town. See some of the interior of the island on a minivan ride to Roki's Konoba restaurant for a wonderful experience at their organic wine farm.
Dinner: A pizzeria along the boardwalk or a fantastic tour and meal at Roki's Konoba where the owner serves food and wine locally produced. Try the locally made wines and grapa then enjoy a traditional meal of seafood or meat baked in casserole.
Distances and sailing conditions: 38 miles - 7 hours. Motor sail to Bisevo Island then tack across the passage to Hvar town in northerly winds.
Highlights: An early sail to Bisevo Island to explore the Blue cave which is a phenomenal experience. Late morning sunrays bounce off the sandy bottom making the water in the cave a translucent blue. After touring the cave by dinghy, enjoy a spirited close reach to Hvar town to anchor or take a mooring ball under the shadows of Spanjola Fortress - the Venetian citadel that looms over the town. Wander the cobblestone streets of the city and explore the Cathedral of St Stephen with its 17th century bell tower, religious icons and oil masterpieces. Hvar town dubbed the ‘Jewel of the Adriatic’ became the capital in 1420 because of its central location and safe natural harbor.
Dinner: This is open night for you to choose your own restaurant. One of the top choices is Lucalus Konoba, set inside an ancient medieval courtyard. There are also a multitude of quaint pizzerias and ice cream shops off the main square. After dinner, Hvar offers excellent cafes and the best nightlife on the tour at Carpe Diem.
Distances and sailing conditions: 25 miles – 3.5 hours
Highlights: Start your morning with an early hike up the 110 steps up to Spanjola Fortress, the most beautiful fort on the Croatian coast. The view from this strategic location is incredible. After a full chart briefing from the flotilla leader, bid a sad farewell to the rest of the flotilla group and head back to Split for the end of your trip.
Dinner: Arrive back at the marina for check-out and then head for one last Adriatic meal in the marina or in Split town.
Please note: Due to weather it may be necessary to change the order of the itinerary, the number of days in one location or visit other islands. The flotilla leader is responsible for the comfort of the flotilla yachts and it is within the flotilla leader's jurisdiction to change the sequence of stops and ports if necessary due to inclement weather conditions. Should light winds prevail, sailing vessels are advised to motor in light winds to ensure vessels arrive in port by sunset.