Croatia Dubrovnik

Croatia Coastal Walks: Sailing and Walking the Dalmatian Coast and Islands from 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 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 our Croatia coastal walks and 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.'

'Kudu came up trumps as usual, with a flexible programme that fitted in with everyone’s capabilities and the vagaries of the weather. The food was amazing! And the drink! And what an interesting group of people.  Many thanks for a wonderful trip.'

'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 morning, we have a short transfer to Dubrovnik, for centuries a great trading Republic and major centre for the arts and science and now a beautifully restored mediaeval city. We have lunch by the sea before we start our orientation walk. The highlights include the 12th century Stradun, 15th century Rector’s Palace, the Maritime Museum, the superb manuscript collection in the Sponza Palace, the Dominican monastery with its orange and palm tree-filled Renaissance cloisters and the richly embellished Baroque church of St Blaise, the city’s patron. In the late afternoon, we transfer to the marina at Komolac to board our yacht and meet the captain and crew before our first dinner on deck.

DAY 2 
B, L, D included 
After breakfast we return to Dubrovnik to circumnavigate the 2 km mediaeval city walls on foot. Sailing from Dubrovnik, we pass beneath the splendid new Dubrovnik suspension bridge en route to Šipan, largest of the inhabited Elaphite islands. We pause en route for our first opportunity to swim from the boat and in Sipanska Luka we go ashore for a stroll to see the ruined 15th century mansions of the Dubrovnik aristocracy.

DAY 3
B, L, D included
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. In the afternoon, we sail to the island of Mljet, where St. Paul once ran aground and where many of Dubrovnik's admirals built summer houses.

DAY 4
B, L, D included
This morning, we walk in the forested national park (mainly Aleppo and stone pines), seeing swathes of cyclamens in the olive groves. Later, we sail to the island of Korčula, where we moor in the harbour beside the defensive walls, built by the Venetians over almost eight centuries. We spend the afternoon exploring Korčula’s compact historic centre full of architectural treasures. There is an excellent art collection (including works by Tiepolo, Carpaccio, Tintoretto and Bassano), the beautiful 13th century Cathedral of St Mark and many outdoor cafés for a glass of wine or ‘an ice cream with a view’. Balkan specialities feature at dinner - pršut (prosciutto), spicy lamb stew with aubergines and peppers and walnut and honey cakes.

DAY 5 
B, L, D included
Setting sail after breakfast, our destination is 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. The snorkelling is excellent in the clear coastal bays off the islet of Scedro, where we moor en route, and in the evening we dine ashore in the picturesque fishing village of Komiža, accompanying our meal with local wines such as the powerful, spicy, red ‘Plavac Mali’.

DAY 6
B, L, D included
Komiza’s small maritime museum, housed in a mediaeval watchtower, can be visited before we sail to the nearby small islet of Biševo and use the ship’s tender to visit the well-known Blue Grotto. Following lunch on board, we sail to the island of Hvar and moor at the quayside. We go ashore to join fashionable Croatians in the Korzo (evening promenade) along the palm tree–lined harbour before a lobster dinner in an excellent local restaurant.

DAY 7
B, L, D included
We spend the morning wandering through Hvar, discovering the 17th century Venetian Arsenal, which was converted into one of Europe's earliest theatres in 1612, the many churches and monasteries and excellent views from the hilltop Citadel. Following lunch in a small tavern, we set sail for the island of Brač (famed for its lustrous white limestone which was used to build both Liverpool Cathedral and Washington’s White House), pausing to swim from the boat en route. Our final mooring is in the unspoilt 17th century fishing village of Milna (once capital of a Russian protectorate during the Napoleonic wars).

DAY 8
B, L, D included
We sail back to the mainland, bid farewell to the yacht crew and disembark in Split to stroll, as Roman dignitaries once did, on the Riva, the waterfront before the Emperor Diocletian’s magnificent 3rd century Palace. We explore the archaeological complex and the cathedral (an extraordinary 7th century conversion of the imperial mausoleum) before a light lunch on the harbour. Travelling the ‘magistrala’, the former Roman coastal road south, we arrive in Trsteno where we visit the fine Renaissance gardens. Continuing to Mali Ston, we view the extensive 15th century walls and then settle into our boutique hotel, a recently converted 16th century Venetian mansion on the waterfront, before enjoying our farewell dinner – fresh seafood accompanied by a crisp Istrian white wine – in a famous local restaurant.

DAY 9
B included
A morning transfer to Dubrovnik airport (1 hr) concludes the holiday.

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.

£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.

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

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

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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