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Itinerary B: Split to Split

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Split - Milna - Vis - Hvar - Korcula - Mljet - Sipan - Lopud - Split

 
Day 1. Split to Milna (Brac)

Check-in is at 04:00 PM in Stobrec, a small port just 4 km south of Split center. After embarkation you`ll have enough time to make yourself at home and meet the other guests and a crew. Before departure you will be served with a traditional welcome drink. After a short sail we come to Milna where the chef will prepare you a fabulous Croatian dinner, and where you will spend your first night aboard. The pretty, quiet port of Milna is located on the western part of the island of Brac, and is where the Emperor Diocletian moored his fleet during the building of his magnificent palace in Split.

Day 2. Milna to Vis

After breakfast we set sail for Vis, the furthest island of the Dalmatian archipelago. It is especially well known for its cultural and historical heritage, but also for its natural beauty. In his scripts, the Greek writer Agatharchides praised the wines from Vis, saying they were the best he had ever tasted. Their most famous wine is Vugava, which you can try in numerous restaurants and cellars all around the island. Vis was known as 'the forbidden islands' during the communist era, as it was the base for the Yugoslav navy and therefore was forbidden to tourists. Even today there are many hidden tunnels all around the island that testify to that fact. Some of them are tourist attractions now and others are used by the Croatian navy. We will spend the night in the port of Vis.

Day 3. Vis to Hvar

After breakfast we set sail for Vis, the furthest island of the Dalmatian archipelago. It is especially well known for its cultural and historical heritage, but also for its natural beauty. In his scripts, the Greek writer Agatharchides praised the wines from Vis, saying they were the best he had ever tasted. Their most famous wine is Vugava, which you can try in numerous restaurants and cellars all around the island. Vis was known as 'the forbidden islands' during the communist era, as it was the base for the Yugoslav navy and therefore was forbidden to tourists. Even today there are many hidden tunnels all around the island that testify to that fact. Some of them are tourist attractions now and others are used by the Croatian navy. We will spend the night in the port of Vis.

Hvar is a beautiful Dalmatian town with a good nightlife and numerous excellent restaurants specialising in local cuisine (Pasarola, Luna, etc.), as well as exotic specialties (Sushi, Pasta, etc.). The town has become to be known as the St. Tropez of the Adriatic, with many bars and cafés, regularly visited by the rich and famous. The town is also steeped in history, and you can take a visit around its castle ruins and other historic buildings. The night will be spent moored off the Pakleni islands.

Day 4. Hvar to Korcula

We continue our cruise towards the island of Korcula to the famous peninsula town of the same name. The island was inhabited in prehistory, with archaeological finds in Vela Spila representing the first evidence of Palaeolithic ceramic art at the end of the last Ice Age. According to a legend the island was also home to the Trojan hero Antenor in the 12th century BC, who is also known as the founder of Padua in Italy. The island of Korcula has been ruled over by the Greeks, the Illyrians, the Romans and from the 10th century by the Venetians, who have left us the bulk of architecture that you can see in the town today. The town is probably most famous for being the birthplace of Marco Polo, who, it is said, was born there in 1254. Reminders of him can be found in every part of the town, including the extremely interesting museum of Marco Polo.

Breakfast and lunch will be served on board and you will spend the night in Korcula harbour. In the evening you can explore the town and enjoy the gastronomic specialties offered in many quality restaurants ashore.

Day 5. Korcula to Mljet National Park

After breakfast we continue our cruise towards Mljet island National Park, where you`ll spend the day exploring, fishing, swimming or sunbathing. After lunch you`ll have a chance to visit the National Park (tickets are not included in the cruise price and are between 10 to 15 EUROS depending on your age). The north-west part of the island was declared a national park in 1960 and today covers the area of 5,375 hectares of protected land plus the surrounding sea. In the center of the park is a lake with a small island with a monastry, still in use today. Cars are not allowed on the island, so the only way to get around is either on foot ot by bike, which you can hire at the park entrances. Kayaks can also be rented for exploring the lake and the monastry.

We`re spending the night on in either Polace or Pomena (which port depends on the weather conditions), where you can enjoy the extraordinary gastronomic offers in restaurants ashore. We especially recommend lobster, which you can personally choose before they are cooked. Polace (which means palace) is the site of a Roman villa, of which some vestiges remain.

Day 6. Mljet to Sipan

After breakfast we continue towards the island of Sipan, one of a small group of islands called the Elaphiti Islands, not far from Dubrovnik. Lunch will be served on board, and afternoon will be free to do as you please, whether sightseeing, fishing, swimming or just lying in the sun with a good book and a cold drink. Although it`s only 16 square kilometers, Sipan is the biggest island in the group with two small ports, Sipanska Luka on the west and Sudurad on the east side of the island. It flourished during the Dubrovnik Republic, a period when the most important commerce was shipbuilding, shipping, olive growing, fishing and wine growing. Today, on this small area, there are 42 old summer residences and 34 churches; proof that this oasis of peace and beauty was recognized as a place of relaxation by Dubrovniks' high society. The imposing castle of the family of Vice Stjepovic-Skocibuha is currently being renovated and should be open for visits by the 2015 season. As well as many other Renaissance features, the castle has the only preserved wooden balcony in the Mediterranean from the 16th century.

Day 7. Sipan to Lopud

After breakfast we continue our cruise towards Lopud, another island in the Elaphiti group 5 km north-west from Dubrovnik. Again you'll be spending the day exploring, fishing, swimming or sunbathing. We`ll be anchored all day on the south-east side of the island in a beautiful cove Sunj, just off one of the most beautiful sandy beaches of the Adriatic. In the evening, after a long day filled with sunsoaked pleasures, we`ll start towards our final destination - Zaton Veliki.

Day 8. Zaton Veliki (near Dubrovnik)

Our last breakfast together will be served on board, after which we have to say goodbye to this fabulous gulet, the crew and, hopefully, new friends that you have acquainted in the last 7 days. Check-out is by 9:00 AM.

If you can, we recommend staying an extra day in Dubrovnik, so you can make the most of its magnificent city, known as the 'Pearl of Adriatic' for good reason. It is included in 10 most favourable and most beautiful tourist destinations in the world, and according to some it`s number one! A place you have to visit at least once in a lifetime, and when you do you`ll be sure to come back again! It is one of the most important historical and tourist centres of Croatia which was included in UNESCO`s World Heritage List in 1979. The prosperity of the town was always based on maritime trade and in the Middle Ages, when it was known as the Dubrovnik Republic, it was the only city-state on the east Adriatic coast that could compete with the Venetian Republic. Through trade and diplomacy the city achieved an extraordinary level of development, especially during the 15th and the 16th century. Although it received some damage in the 1990's Balkans conflict, all of the buildings have now been restored to their original glory and continues to attract a huge number of tourists every year. The Dubrovnik Summer Festival of traditional music, theatre and dance is the most important cultural event in the town, which takes place each day in the ancient flag stoned streets from the 10th July to the 25th August.

 

All itineraries:
A: Split to Split via Peljesac
B: Split to Split via Mljet
C: Split to Dubrovnik
D: Dubrovnik to Split
E: Split to Split via Kornati

 
 

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