Croatia

Croatia: a Sailing and Walking Tour of the Dalmatian Coast and Islands to Dubrovnik


Over 1,000 sparsely populated islands off the Dalmatian coast form one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world, a boating paradise of turquoise waters, safe harbours with an appealing heritage of Venetian architecture, a strongly Italian influenced cuisine and wine-making tradition and scenic national parks and Roman archaeological sites to visit ashore.

Since 1995, when Croatia won a bitterly fought war for national independence, peace has returned and gradually visitors are rediscovering the charms of this region.

We have chartered a fully crewed and equipped yacht for our explorations - 30 m/100 ft. overall, with 6 double/twin cabins for guests, all with modern en suite facilities. There are plenty of opportunities to swim in quiet coves and explore ashore on foot each day and a particular highlight will be a visit to the splendid walled mediaeval city of Dubrovnik.

HIGHLIGHTS of the tour include:

  • Walking the mediaeval walls of Dubrovnik and exploring Diocletian's 3C palace in Split  
  • Visiting the dramatic island of Vis, a Partisan base in WWII and off limits under Tito's rule  
  • Strolling through olive groves, seeing swathes of cyclamen in flower & enjoying fresh figs from the trees  
  • Swimming in quiet coves, reading in comfort on deck and enjoying ever-changing sea and island views  
  • Super fresh seafood prepared by the excellent chef on board, accompanied by very palatable Dalmatian wines   

Guests’ comments on this trip:

‘A fabulous trip which exceeded my expectations. Our boat was a very special home for a week - delightful crew who worked really hard to attend to our every wish. The chef was superb. Scenery just beautiful. Relaxing, fun, really enjoyable holiday.'  

'A wonderfully relaxed holiday in the most beautiful surroundings. Croatia really is attractive and I so enjoyed everything about it.'

DAY 1  
L, D included
After meeting at Dubrovnik airport in the late morning, we have lunch by the sea before a short road transfer along the coast brings us to Trsteno where we visit the fine Renaissance gardens. Continuing to Mali Ston, we walk beneath the 15C walls and then settle into our boutique hotel, a recently converted 16C Venetian mansion on the waterfront, before enjoying our first dinner together – fresh seafood accompanied by a crisp Istrian white wine – in a famous local restaurant.

DAY 2 
B, L, D included 
Travelling the ‘magistrala’, the former Roman coastal road north, we arrive in Split and stroll, as Roman dignitaries once did, on the Riva, the waterfront before the Emperor Diocletian’s magnificent 3C Palace. We explore the archaeological complex and the cathedral (an extraordinary 7C conversion of the imperial mausoleum) before boarding our yacht and meeting the captain and crew. We set sail for the island of Brač, pausing to swim from the boat en route, then moor and go for a stroll in the unspoilt, picturesque 17C fishing village of Milna (once capital of a Russian protectorate during the Napoleonic wars).

DAY 3
B, L, D included
After a leisurely start and breakfast on deck we sail around the northern coast of Brač (famed for its lustrous white limestone which was used to build both Liverpool Cathedral and Washington’s White House), then swim, sunbathe and enjoy the endlessly changing views of islands and mountains en route for the mountainous island of Vis, which was used as a base for co-ordinating partisan operations during WWII and remained off-limits for visitors until 1989. We dine ashore in the fishing village of Komiža, accompanying our meal with local wines such as the powerful, spicy, red ‘Plavac Mali’.

DAY 4
B, L, D included
On the nearby small islet of Biševo we use the ship’s tender to visit the well-known Blue Grotto before sailing south to the island of Hvar, mooring to swim from a sandy beach and walk through stone pines on a small island en route. We go ashore by tender to join fashionable Croatians in the Korzo (evening promenade) along the palm tree–lined harbour before a seafood dinner in an excellent local restaurant.

DAY 5 
B, L, D included
We spend the morning on a guided walking tour of Hvar, discovering the 17C Venetian Arsenal which was converted into one of Europe’s earliest theatres in 1612, the many churches and monasteries and the excellent views from the hilltop Citadel. Setting sail by lunchtime, we travel along the coast of the island of Korčula, with its fields of lavender and olive and fig trees. We moor in the harbour beside Korčula’s defensive walls, built by the Venetians over almost eight centuries - one of their most famous subjects, Marco Polo, was allegedly born here. Balkan specialities feature at dinner -pršut (prosciutto), spicy lamb stew with aubergines and peppers and walnut & honey cakes.

DAY 6
B, L, D included
We spend the morning ashore, exploring Korčula. The compact historic town is a delight, full of architectural treasures, an excellent art collection (including works by Tiepolo, Carpaccio, Tintoretto and Bassano), the beautiful 13C Cathedral of St Mark, and many outdoor cafes for a glass of wine or ‘an ice cream with a view’. Sailing south, we reach the island of Mljet, where St. Paul once ran aground and where many of Dubrovnik’s admirals built summer houses. We spend the afternoon walking in the forested national park (mainly Aleppo and stone pines), seeing swathes of cyclamens in the olive groves.

DAY 7
B, L, D included
Sailing from Mljet island after breakfast, we enter the dramatic channel of Ston, framed by steep karst mountains and moor beside a rustic tavern, accessible only by sea. A 2 hour walk through the hills ashore gives us good appetites for lunch – freshly caught fish grilled on charcoal, accompanied by jugs of wine from the vineyards behind the tavern. Continuing south, our destination is Šipan, largest of the inhabited Elaphite islands, where we go ashore for a stroll to see the ruined 15C mansions of the Dubrovnik aristocracy.

DAY 8
B, L, D included
We moor in a quiet cove off the island of Lopud for a final opportunity to swim from a sandy beach and then have lunch on deck. Approaching Dubrovnik, we pass beneath the splendid new Dubrovnik suspension bridge to moor in the marina. In the early evening taxis take us into Dubrovnik, for centuries a great trading Republic and major centre for the arts and science, and now a beautifully restored mediaeval city. We circumnavigate the splendid walls on foot and have time to visit the richly embellished Baroque church of St Blaise, the city’s patron, before dinner.  

DAY 9
B included
Bidding farewell to the ship’s crew, we disembark early morning and return to Dubrovnik, first taking an introductory stroll along the 12C Stradun, then dispersing through the polished white marble streets for individual explorations. Highlights include the 15C Rector’s Palace, the Maritime Museum, the superb manuscript collection in the Sponza Palace and the Dominican monastery with its orange and palm tree-filled Renaissance cloisters. We reconvene for a private transfer to the nearby airport for flights home.

Itinerary 
The published itinerary is subject to alteration if weather and sea conditions make it necessary. The captain’s decision as to the most appropriate routing for the safety (and comfort) of the yacht, guests and crew is at all times definitive. Please note that most of the time the boat is under motor rather than sail and this is not a sailing trip as such, rather a way to visit various islands in style, on a private yacht.

£2,690 per person sharing
£500 deposit per person
£380 
double cabin for single use supplement

Please note that the availability of single use cabins is strictly limited (2 only).

Price includes

  • All accommodation for Days 1 through 9, on a twin shared basis
  • All meals (with wine and beer at lunches and dinners) as listed in the daily notation
  • All land and sea transportation as described except during free periods
  • All entrance and sightseeing fees except during free periods
  • Services of yacht skipper, crew, engineer & chef, plus our Kudu Travel tour leader
  • Gratuities for boat, restaurant & hotel staff (appreciation for tour leaders/managers is entirely at your discretion)  

Price does not include

  • International transportation to and from Dubrovnik airport
  • Trip cancellation, medical or other insurance
  • Immunisations, prescriptions or other medical requirements
  • Passport, visa and health documentation
  • Personal expenses (laundry, alcohol besides wine and beer with group lunches and dinners, free time activities, etc.)
  • Meals noted as excepted in the daily notation
  • Transport and transfer of excess baggage
  • Croatian departure tax, if any  


VALUE FOR MONEY - SO MUCH IS INCLUDED

On Kudu trips you will only need money for postcards, presents to take home, the odd G & T or an irresistible ice cream. Festival and opera tickets, museum and gallery entrances, National Park fees, all meals (with a very few exceptions specified in individual itineraries), wine with lunch and dinner, access to specialist books carried by the guides, gratuities for porters and hotel and restaurant staff, boat rides, train trips, internal flights, wine tastings, 4WDs with drivers, the services of skilled local guides and trackers etc are ALL INCLUDED in the cost of your holiday. 

We are confident that, like previous very satisfied guests, you will discover that our tours give you excellent value for money.

 
  • 1 night in Mali Ston, in a hotel recently converted from a 16C Venetian mansion, situated on the waterfront

  • 7 nights on a fully crewed yacht, with six guest double/twin guest cabins, all with en-suite facilities

 

Itinerary
The published itinerary is subject to alteration if weather and sea conditions make it necessary. The captain’s decision as to the most appropriate routing for the safety (and comfort) of the yacht, guests and crew is at all times definitive. Please note that most of the time the boat is under motor rather than sail and this is not a sailing trip as such, rather a stylish way to visit various islands by boat.

Visa and Health Requirements
Visitors from the EU, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and USA currently require a valid passport, but not a visa, for entry to Croatia. If you are a national of any other country, please check visa regulations with your nearest Embassy of Croatia.

At present there are no specific and compulsory health requirements for entry to Croatia. You may also wish to check the advice given to travellers by the Department of Health and the FCO

Insurance
It is essential, and a condition of booking, that you protect yourself with a suitable travel insurance policy as soon as you book a trip. Follow this link for a quote for a policy available to UK residents.If you are already insured or a non-UK resident, please inform us of your policy at the time of booking.

Size of party
This trip will run with a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10 guests.


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