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Flotilla itinerary Croatian Adventure 14-nights: Split to Split
Day 1

Day 1

Saturday: Split

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 pre-arranged 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.

Day 2

Day 2

Sunday: Split | Primosten | Skradin

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 steaks with gorgonzola, sumptuous scampi in a zesty tomato sauce and fresh river eel.

Day 3

Day 3

Monday: Skradin, Krka Falls National Park | Kakan

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. Our anchorage for the evening is an enchanting bay between Kakan and Caprije. 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.

Day 4

Day 4

Tuesday: Kakan | Vrulje Uvala, Kornati Islands

Distances and sailing conditions: 20 miles – 4 hours. Tack between islands then up the west cost of Kornat island.

Highlights: Enjoy a morning swim at Kakan, then sail and stop for lunch at one of the myriad of beautiful Kornati islands. 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. Mooring is on one of the small jetties, rafted or on a mooring ball. A wonderful hike leads up the hill for a beautiful sweeping view of this island playground. Collect some local oregano 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.

Day 5

Day 5

Wednesday: Vrulje Uvala, Kornati Island | Vis Island

Distances and sailing conditions: 55 miles – 8 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, wander the busy promenade of the town or if time allows 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 eat at Roki's Konoba organic wine farm where the owner serves food and wine locally produced. 

Day 6

Day 6

Thursday: Vis to Bisevo | Hvar town, Hvar island

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: : If the weather and time allow, it is possible to sail to the Blue Cave at Bisevo island, where morning sunrays bounce off the sandy bottom making the water in the cave a translucent blue. Alternatively, enjoy a spirited close reach to Hvar town and 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.

Day 7

Day 7

Friday: Hvar | Lastovo

Distances and sailing conditions: 30 miles – 5 hours. Sail a beautiful open water passage with following breeze on a broad reach.

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. Upon return to the port sail on a broad reach to tranquil Zaklopatica cove on Lastovo island, with a swim stop at Zaljve Vela Luka on Korcula island. Upon arrival in Lastovo (or the next morning), enjoy a 1.5 hour hike along the main road to the enchanting old town of Lastovo, which is a must see.

Dinner
: Tie up to the pier of Konoba Augusta Insula restaurant a fantastic, friendly oasis on this remote island. 

Day 8

Day 8

Saturday: Lastovo | Mljet Island

Distances and sailing conditions: 25 miles – 4 hours. Sail to Polace, on the island of Mljet, on a nice reach in northerly winds.

Highlights: Upon arrival tie to the wooden dock at Konoba Antika in the dusty fishing village of Polace. Purchase a ticket and take the minibus to the breath-taking Holm Oak and Aleppo Pine forests of the Mljet National Park. The minibus drops off hikers at an inland salt water lake and a small vessel transfers visitors to a sacred island, where Benedictine Monks built a monastery in 12th century AD.

Dinner:
 Choose local fish, lobster or meat and dine at the beautiful Konoba Antika. The best starter in the house is the octopus salad with feta cheese! Before sunset, take a walk up the dirt road away from town, to see Roman ruins and for a spectacular sunset view of Polace and the forested coast of Mljet. 

Disembark: Week 1 guests disembark at 09:00 in Lastovo and Week 2 guests embark at 17:00 in Mljet.

Day 9

Day 9

Sunday: Mljet | Dubrovnik

Distances and sailing conditions: 35 miles – 5 hours. Sail to Dubrovnik on another magical reach in northerly winds.

Highlights: Arrive at the modern ACI Dubrovnik Marina, and take a short bus ride to explore the fascinating old city of Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik, founded by the Romans, was taken over by the Byzantine Empire, the Venetians and then the Hungarians before becoming a republic in its own right in 1382. One of the most historic and beautiful of all European cities Dubrovnik was the home to the largest fleet of merchant marine vessels in the Mediterranean with over 500 ships.

Dinner:
 This is an open night for you to choose your own restaurant on Dubrovnik or at the marina.

Day 10

Day 10

Monday: Dubrovnik | Sunj Bay, Sipan

Distances and sailing conditions: 15 miles – 2 hours. Motor or sail on a tack in northerly winds.

Highlights: Explore Dubrovnik’s rich history and architectural wonders by renting a headset and walking the fortified city walls on a 2-3 hour tour. After lunch sail north east to the serene Island of Sipan. Anchor or take a mooring ball just off the outdoor dining area of Konoba Kod Marka, which is arguably the best restaurant on the tour. Before dinner walk along the shoreline to a lovely swimming area or around the bay past some beautiful bougainvilleas.

Dinner:
 Is a fixed price per person and is an experience in Adriatic gastronomy. The meal may start with anchovy wrapped olives, prosciutto and melon, followed by lobster risotto and seared tuna or beefsteak. After dinner take in some live music and nightlife at several small bars around the bay.

Day 11

Day 11

Tuesday: Sipan | Korcula

Distances and sailing conditions: 36 miles – 5 hours. Motor or tack in northerly winds.

Highlights: After anchoring in town bay or mooring in the ACI marina explore Korcula, the home of Marco Polo. This fortified peninsula is a gem for historians as there are many remarkable museums, sites and architecture. Enter the old town through the Land Gate entrance and explore the 13th century St Mark’s Cathedral, complete with the spectacular sculpted Gothic doorway, spiral columns, gargoyles and the figure of St Mark. There are a number of museums including one dedicated to Marco Polo, located in the house where he lived and the Civic Museum which houses an exceptional display of art, coins, icons, dress and artifacts. 

Dinner: This is an open night for dinner. Choose from the numerous restaurants and pizzerias along the rounded eastern promenade that offer a beautiful view of the sea under towering oak and eucalyptus trees. There are also some good bars for a nightcap - one built into a fort tower.

Day 12

Day 12

Wednesday: Korcula | Scedro | Stari Grad, Hvar Island

Distances and sailing conditions: 50 miles – 9 hours. Motor or tack in northerly winds

Highlights: Start your morning with coffee underway towards uninhabited Scedro for a lunch stop and swim. Continue motor sailing past Hvar town then raise sail once you round the point for a nice run down the narrow gulf into Stari Grad. Upon arrival moor on lazy lines and explore this picturesque creek settlement. Stari Grad is one of the oldest towns in Croatia, once known as Pharos, named by the Greeks who came from the Aegean island of Paros. Ancient Greek stone walls can be seen encircling the original settlement. Walk the waterfront and see St Stephen’s Church, a beautiful 17th Century shrine in the town’s main square. There is also an interesting shipwreck display and artifacts at the Bianchini family museum. 

Dinner: Bistro Kod Damira. Enticing meals served by a quirky waiter include octopus salad, scampi, lobster, meat and pasta dishes –this is one of the top restaurants on the tour. After dinner stop by the handicrafts market for souvenirs.

Day 13

Day 13

Thursday: Spare day Stari Grad 

Highlights: Enjoy a spare day to relax, swim or rent a car and tour beautiful Hvar island. You can access the interior of the island, coves and beaches along the coast or see Hvar town.  

Dinner:  This is an open night for dinner. Choose from the numerous restaurants and pizzerias.

Thursday: Stari Grad | Bol beach, Brac Island | Trogir

Distances and sailing conditions: 37 miles – 6.5 hours. Motor out of the gulf then sail on a reach in northerly winds to Bol beach. Later in the day motorsail to Trogir.

Highlights: After breakfast motor sail for beautiful Bol beach on Brac Island, which is a stunning peninsula of sand jutting out in the Hvarski Channel. Wander the beach having an early lunch, the afternoon away before dropping anchor or mooring at the ACI marina off famous Kamerlengo fort in Trogir. This medieval town was founded on an ancient Greek settlement dating from 380 BC. The Romans came in 78AD and in the middle ages it was occupied by Byzantines, Saracens, Hungarians and then Venetians. The rich history and unique architecture have made Trogir a UNESCO world heritage site. The town is easily toured by foot and offers good shopping.

Dinner:
 This is another open restaurant night for guests, but Kamerlengo Konoba offers fresh seafood and excellent wine in a truly divine garden atrium setting. 

*This last day is a safe day, in order to be close enough to Split in case of bad weather during the tour. Trogir may be omitted so it is a good idea to visit it by bus or taxi on the first day of the trip from Split.

Day 14

Day 14

Friday: Stari Grad to Bol beach to Split/Kastela/Trogir

Distances and sailing conditions: 37 miles – 6.5 hours. Motor out of the gulf then sail on a reach in northerly winds to Bol beach. 

Highlights: Sail for beautiful Bol beach on Brac Island, which is a stunning peninsula of sand jutting out in the Hvarski Channel. Wander the beach then sail for a lunch stop and last swim in the Adriatic, before returning to the marina in Split/Kastella or Trogir by 17:00. 

Friday: Trogir | Ciovo island | Split/Kastela/Trogir

Distances and sailing conditons: 17 miles - 3 hours. Motor sail out of the Togir gulf then sail a close reach in northerly winds. 

Highlights: In the morning explore Trogir's sites including St Mark's Tower, the Cathedral of St Lawrence with its beautiful Romanesque door, the Church of John the Baptist and other wondrous architecture. In the afternoon sail around Ciovo island to a nice bay for a last swim in the Adriatic before returning to Split by 17:00. 

Dinner: A farewell dinner will be held at the marina restaurant or another chosen location. Sleep aboard at the marina.

Day 15

Day 15

Saturday

Disembark: 09:00hrs.

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. 

 

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