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Boarding time: 15:00hrs/3pm. The sailing tour begins in Sibenik. Prior to sailing it is advisable to spend some time up the Krka river at the town of Skradin, from where the Krka falls are accessed. The Krka falls are a magnificent set of waterfalls in the Krka National Park which can be described as a ‘mini Niagara’ –well worth a half day tour. You may also want to explore the town of Sibenik and hike up to the Citadel which overlooks the town and inland lake where Sibenik is located.
The first day sail is to the famous island of Brac, which is the largest of the Dalmatians. Sailing into the narrow, forested bay of Milna town the coastline is dotted with ornate mansions and stately buildings. These palaces were owned by 19th century shipbuilders and captains from a time when Milna was a prominent shipbuilding port. The main industry today is tourism.
A lovely beam reach in the sparkling blue Adriatic waters to Vis island is a highlight. Vis is the furthest island off the mainland of Croatia, it is a third the way to Italy! Rural Vis is known for its vineyards, lavender, rosemary and sage agriculture. Upon arriving at the port of Vis town, there is time to wander through 16th and 17th century stone buildings and enjoy a cocktail at the Grand Hotel terrace watching all the activity in the picturesque harbor. If you decide to eat ashor, there are numerous restaurants the best being Kod Paveta, for the delicious home cooked Croatian specialties.
If the weather is sunny a visit to the caves of the Blue Grotto on nearby Bisevo island is a ‘must see’ stop. Between the hours of 09:00-12:00, sunlight reflects off the sandy bottom creating glowing blue water in the cavernous grotto. There is no swimming or snorkeling in the cave as the tour boats make their way in and out, but you can enjoy a snorkel off the yacht during the lunch stop.
Sailing back towards Vis island, a stop is made at the rustic fishing town of Komiza. The afternoon is spent exploring the venetian streets and laneways or wandering up to St. Nicholas Monastery perched above the village. Shopping, wine tasting or sunning and swimming are also great ways to experience Komiza. In the evening, there is a spectacular restaurant built on stilts over the water, Konoba Jastožera which you can access by dinghy, and offers the finest grilled seafood and local meat.
Hvar was colonized by the ancient Greeks in 384BC. The landscape is covered with vineyards, olive groves, fruit orchards and lavender fields. Hvar town was a naval base of the Venetian empire and prospered becoming a center of arts and culture, opening the very first public theater in Europe. There is lots to do and see in Hvar town, including hiking up to the magnificent citadel which loons over the town, climbing the bell tower of St. Stephen’s Monastery or simply relaxing in one of the beautiful cafes or gelatories. For dinner you will find nice pizza, exquisite Asian food and a steak house in the main square, but if you feel like treating yourself to fine Croatian gastronomy with live entertainment, then go to Lucallus Konoba in the narrow streets across from the square. Hvar town also boast some of the best nightlife in the Adriatic with Carpe Diem night-club topping the list.
In 305 A.D the Roman Emperor Diocletian declared that the area of Split was the most beautiful in the entire Roman Empire, so he built the famous palace that bears his name. Located in the center or the city, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Palace walls surround a vibrant inner town which has ornate cathedrals and bell towers to explore, as well as many wonderful cafes and restaurants. Guided tours are advisable and a very good one takes you under the town to see the incredibly engineered archways and columns designed to hold up the weight of the town above. An afternoon is easily spent taking in the wonders of Diocletian’s Palace and the city of Split.
Disembark: 08:00hrs.After an early breakfast the vessel makes its way along the beautiful forested coastline stopping for a refreshing swim in azure waters. Upon returning to the home port of Sibenik, there is time for sad goodbyes with your new friends and the crew before disembarkation.
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 Captain is responsible for the ultimate safety and comfort of the vessel and its passengers. It is within the Captain's jurisdiction to change the sequence of stops and ports if necessary due to inclement weather conditions, high or low water levels, dock and lock schedules, technical, logistical or scheduling reasons. Additionally, sailing vessels will motor in light winds to ensure vessels arrive in port by sunset.