A Mercedes transfer from Dubrovnik Airport brings you to your gallant charter yacht, docked in Montenegro. After a light lunch and some time to settle in, your Captain will put the yacht out to sea and take you to the island of Lokrum (a small island opposite Dubrovnik) to anchor for the evening. The following morning, after a sumptuous breakfast, your yacht will take her berth, stern to on the old stone-walled dock in Dubrovnik, to allow you easy access for a day of sightseeing.
Both Dubrovnik and Lokrum are mentioned in the legend of King Richard the Lionhearted; who found the shelter against a storm on the Lokrum Island on his return from the Crusades in 1192. He promised to build a church on the spot where he came ashore, but at the request of the people of Dubrovnik, he arranged to have the church built in the city of Dubrovnik.
The city of Dubrovnik is surrounded by 2 kilometres of walls built between the 11th and 17th century, so we strongly recommend visiting the city walls. One can see the famous main street Stradun Franciscan Monastery whose cloister ranks among the most inspiring sites of the city. Inside this monastery is the oldest pharmacy in Europe that still functions as such (opened in 1317), the Dominican Monastery with its finest collection of Renaissance paintings in Dubrovnik, the Rector Palace (15th century) and other famous buildings.
3rd day – WHOLE DAY AND EVENING ANCHORED
On the morning of the 3rd day, we depart from Dubrovnik for a breakfast cruise (3 hours) to arrive and anchor in the northern bay of Polace, a picture perfect bay protected on all sides by small islands covered in trees. We propose to anchor your yacht stern to the small, cliffy coast of the island of Mljet. It's a wonderful day to go kayaking, or take a lazy ride around a stunning archipelago of islands on one the yacht's jet ski’s. We do recommend a tour to the middle of the island to the 12th century Benedictine Monastery. We can zoom you off in the tender to meet a tour guide who can show you around.
The island of Mljet, one of the best known Croatian islands, was proclaimed a National Park in 1960 in order to protect its unique woods around two spectacular salt lakes in the middle of the island. In the middle of the Greater Lake is the small island Our Lady with an ancient Benedictine monastery from the 12th century. An island within an island! Two sea lakes, dense forests of Aleppo pine and holly oak, cliffy coasts, caves, crevices, mud and mineral springs, endemic plants, the sea, and the submarine are all the characteristics of its wonderful nature.
On the morning of the 4th day, we will depart after breakfast for a 1 hour cruise to anchor outside the town of Korcula on the island of Korcula. Here we will spend the day and evening enjoying the culture and historical heritage of this amazing town.
The wooded island of Korcula (it has the greenest Mediterranean woods) as it was named by the ancient Greeks, is known for the beauty of its nature and for the richness of its historical, cultural and traditional heritage. The Gothic and Renaissance buildings, palaces, churches, streets and squares emphasise the harmonious ground plan inside the old town walls of the city of Korcula. For centuries, stone cutting and shipbuilding have been the most important professions in this town. It took local builders 150 years to erect the cathedral of St.Marcus, the most valuable building in Korcula. The old knight’s dance Moreska, dating from the 15th century, evokes the battles with the Moors and was popular all over the Mediterranean. But today it has only been preserved on the island Korcula. The greatest world traveller, Marco Polo, also began his great journey in this town. There are also many opportunities for an interesting and active holiday (cycling, moped riding, etc.)
In the early morning, your charter yacht will take you to St. Clements Islands for breakfast and the exploration of the botanical gardens. We recommend that you stay here for the night. Take the tender 1 nautical mile (about 10 minutes) to the city of Havar. The following day take a trip to the Island of Vis for a sight seeing trip along the coast and for the adventurous, some snorkelling in the blue cave.
The island of Hvar, the longest Adriatic island, holds the record for the number of sunny days per year. A lot could be said about the cultural traditions on Hvar. The oldest relief of a ship in Europe was found here. The oldest community theatre in Europe was founded here in 1612, on one of the largest Renaissance squares. There is also the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower, rich treasury and many paintings by old masters. Several late Gothic buildings have been preserved on one of the largest squares, the most prominent among them being the unfinished palace of the Renaissance poet Petar Hektorovic.The island of Hvar is also famous for its St. Klement's islands (Pakleni Otoci) small, partially-wooded islands with gravel and sandy beaches. In the pine forest beyond there is a fortress, overlooking an exquisite botanical garden. Although the name means ‘Hell Islands’, they are not menacing at all. The word also means a kind of tar used for shipbuilding, which may be why the islands are singled out by yachtsmen.
We strongly recommend that you to visit the island of Vis, known for its fishermen and seafarers, beautiful nature and growing tourist potential. The Greeks founded their firs colony on Vis (named Issa) and planted the first grapevine there as early as the 4th century. Two churches from the 16th and the 17th centuries have been preserved, as well as the number of Renaissance houses.
We will move on to the island of Brac for lunch, 2 hours away, on our way to Split, another 2 hour sightseeing cruise. We will take our berth in the marina in the city of Split.
Brac is the highest and third largest island in the Adriatic. The white stone of Brac has been used in many famous buildings all over the world, from the palace of Diocletian in Split, to the White House in Washington. The Glagolitic stone ‘Pustinja’ Blaca is the most peculiar architectural monument on Brac. Traditional seaside pleasures are to be found in the numerous bays, on sandy beaches, which form the long, well-indented coast of Brac. The biggest attraction is Bol, the largest tourist centre on the south of the island. The beaches have something special, particularly the Golden Cape. Its gravel promontory shifts from side to side as the wind and waves constantly change its shape.
Split is the largest town in Dalmatia and has long been an important commercial and transit trade centre. The city grew up round and within the huge palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, which around 614 year provided the shelter to inhabitants of the nearby devastated town of Salona. Diocletian's Palace is the largest and best preserved late-antique palaces in the world. The city has a number of interesting museums and galleries. Thanks to its exceptional cultural monuments and tourist attractions, Split has become an inevitable tourist destination for Mediterranean cruises.
7 & 8th day
From Split we can take a cruise for 4 hours up through some of the most beautiful island cuts to the great city of Sibenick. We can take our berth stern to on the marina wall in for the evening and following day.
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