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Itinerary

24th June to 1st July

DAY 1: SPLIT – PRIMOŠTEN

Arriving in Split’s port and embarking the ship in the morning, check -in and accommodation in cabins. Welcome on board: a welcome drink and a snack along with familiarizing with the crew and programme managers who will inform you in detail of the day and weekly flow of the trip and give you all the useful information.

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Split is situated at the very centre of the Dalmatian coast (Dalmatia = south of Croatia). It is the biggest town in Dalmatia and second largest in whole of Croatia. It is indeed a remarkable city bursting with vital life energy, which was also recognized by the Roman emperor Diocletian who decided to build his famous palace precisely on these grounds.

 

We depart Split Harbour at 1pm and commence sailing towards to our first destination – Primošten, the town braided with world famous „stone lance“, a unique monument to centuries old hard-working of callous laburer?s hands. The photograph of „stone lance“ adorns the office oft he United Nations in New York. Overnight in port of Primošten.

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DAY 2: PRIMOŠTEN – SKRADIN – NATIONAL PARK KRKA – ŠIBENIK

During breakfast we continue our journey towards Krka Waterfalls. Discover the beauties of National park Krka and the small port of Skradin and their exceptional flora and fauna. Lunch on board while enjoying the views of the Krka Canyon on our way towards Šibemik.

Sibenik 000010 Free afternoon for optional sightseeing of this historical town. Visit a castle above the town center and many historical buildings, like the Foscolo palace (gothic style) or St.Jacob’s Cathedral. We will spend the night in port of Šibenik.

 

DAY 3: ŠIBENIK – NATIONAL PARK KORNATI

Departure to the Kornati National Park, a magnificent group of islands on which the G. B. Shaw once wrote the following : “On the last day of the Creation, God desired to crown His work and thus created Kornati Islands out of tears, stars and breath .“Zut 000001 Kornati consists of 140 islands and reefs. Inlets of some islands descend steeply into the sea, a hundred meters deep in places, and dramatically razor sharp. It is truly something remarkable to see.

 

DAY 4: NATIONAL PARK KORNATI – DUGI OTOK

Departure to Dugi otok (eng. Long Island); docking in the bay Telašcica – the largest, safest and most beautiful natural harbor on the Adriatic coast , which is also the Nature  Park. Dugi otok 000109The area of Telašćica Nature Park is rich in opposites: quiet and tranquil beaches and low littoral on one side to the wild steep cliffs on the other side, the area of woods of Aleppo pine and Holm oak on one side and bare rocky ground on the other side, an area of cultivated land with vineyards and olive trees, but also the area of scarce vegetation over dry rocky habitats.

 

DAY 5: DUGI OTOK – ZADAR

Departure to Zadar. zadar-1According to Alfred Hitchcock Zadar is the town with the most beautiful sunset in the world and this instant you should not miss.525382_164277440407958_441030501_n Therefore terms of free time and dinner time will be adapted  according to the time of sunset, which depends on the specific time of year.  Promenade along the famous Zadar waterfront, listening to the unique sounds of sea organ, visit to the installation “The Greeting to the  Sun” while waiting for the sunset…

 

DAY 6: ZADAR – ZLARIN

The island of Zlarin  said“ NO!“ to cars. The island of Zlarin is where you go to relax and escape city hustle and bustle.  Although there are 16km of roads on the island, cars have been banned from the island and this makes it an oasis of peace and an ideal destination for long walks and bike rides.zlarin_1_945_520

Zlarin is the island of corals and is very well known for its tradition of coral diving. Islanders believe in the coral’s magical powers and it is regularly worn by the pregnant women as protection against illnesses and curses. It is hard to convince sceptics that the magical powers really exist, but no one doubts their beauty or needs to be persuaded of their aesthetic power.

 

DAY 7: ZLARIN – DRVENIK VELI

Drvenik Veli is a beautiful small and peaceful island. Overnight in small village.

 

DAY 8: DRVENIK VELI – SPLIT

Enjoy an early breakfast after which it is time to say goodbye to the crew and your fellow guests! Disembark from the ship by 9am.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

12th August to 19th August

 

DAY 1: SPLIT – BOL2008040968split2655wl0

Arriving in Split’s port and embarking the ship in the morning, check -in and accommodation in cabins. Welcome on board: a welcome drink and a snack along with familiarizing with the crew and programme managers who will inform you in detail of the day and weekly flow of the trip and give you all the useful information.

Split is situated at the very centre of the Dalmatian coast (Dalmatia = south of Croatia). It is the biggest town in Dalmatia and second largest in whole of Croatia. It is indeed a remarkable city bursting with vital life energy, which was also recognized by the Roman emperor Diocletian who decided to build his famous palace precisely on these grounds. However, we will reveal to you the story of Split on our last day of voyage, upon our return to this magnificent town.

We depart Split Harbour at 1pm and commence sailing towards to our first destination – the island of Brac, an island of a long standing stone masonry tradition. Our first destination is Bol with one of the most beautiful beaches in the world-Zlatni rat (the Golden Horn Beach) that came to be due to the effect of the specific sea currents.  The Golden Horn (Zlatni rat) is quite often found in various pictures especially of postcards for its natural beauty. bol-000006t
The beach has the shape of a swan’s neck and it stretches as far as 500m at the right angle into the sea. It is an amazing beach because it constantly changes its shape, position and length. These features depend on the wind direction and influence of the sea currents which constantly reshape the beach. The Golden Horn beach attracts a lot of tourists from different parts of the world and frequently can be seen on the cover pages of the well known magazines. The Golden Horn beach is one of the most popular beaches worldwide and at the same time it is a quite popular destination for people who love snorkelling, windsurfing and other water related activities.

DAY 2: BOL – HVARGrad Hvar u zagrljaju Paklenih otoka

Enjoy breakfast overlooking the stunning Adriatic as we cruise towards Hvar island and the town oft he same name. Relax in the Croatian sunshine or take a dip into the refreshing Adriatic at our mid-morning swim stop before lunch is served onboard. After lunch we continue onto Hvar island. Every year, the most prestigious tourist magazines enlist this island among 10 most captivating islands in the world, and if we may add, it is also one of the most fragrant islands in the world too, due to its vast lavender fields that are used to produce exquisite essential oils.

Feel the part  docking alongside other super yachts and possibly sighting a celebrity. Town of Hvar still remains authentic to its roots though with cobbled streets and historic architecture, with the 7th century fort  overlooking the town, a must-see for breathtaking views. Pogled s tvrđave Španjole (Fortice) na grad Hvar i Paklene otokeDon’t miss out Hvar orientation walk to see the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower, as well as the oldest community theatre in Europe, which dates back to 1612.

DAY 3: HVAR – MLJETMljet 000006t

Today we sail south-east to the magnificent Mljet island which is actually a National Park and Croatia’s greenest island covered by dense Mediterranean pine forest. The National Park is famous for its two salt lakes in the north end of the island – Veliko jezero (The Great Lake) and Malo jezero (The Small Lake) – and the 12th century Benedictine monastery in the middle of The Great Lake. Additionally, explore one of the most unspoiled parts of the island by cycling or walking around to where the sea meets the lake. After exploring, spend your afternoon on the top deck of the ship watching a magical Mljet sunset.

The Lake system phenomenon made Mljet famous around the world. The Great Lake and the Small Lake, together with the channel Soline, which connects the lakes to the open sea, lure natural scientists and nature lovers with their secrets. The system of the Great and Small Lake represents a unique geological and oceanographic karst phenomenon of world importance. In the Great Lake there is St Mary’s island with Benedictine monastery. It is a natural phenomenon of an island on the island. Here one can enjoy the rich forest vegetation which kept its original form – a real rarity today. At the Lake area the forest comes down to the lake shore where we find numerous endemic species. In the Small Lake a species of prehistorical jellyfish found its home.

Ulysses in love on Mljet!

To suffer a shipwreck may seem like bad luck to a lot of people, but this cannot really be said of Ulysses. He ended up being beached on the magnificent, picturesque island of Mljet and “kept“ in company of the lovely nymph Calypso for the period of full seven years. This Homer’s story tickled the imagination of many, especially those willing to discover the location on which Ulysses fell in love. The experts researching Homer’s Odyssey, followed the routes and clues of Ulysses travels, and found out that Mljet fitted the description of ancient Ogigija best. Mljet was the island of the nymph Calypso who spellbound Ulysses. On the south side of the island there is a cave with a rock in front of it. Mljet 000018tDuring high tide, the sea covers the rock which makes it invisible and therefore very dangerous for sailors. This spot, and the landscape surrounding it, fit the description of the place in where Ulysses shipwrecked best of all the other places on the Mediterranean. Southern winds and currents carried Ulysses straignt to the island of Mljet, since this island has a specific position in the Adriatic: anything that floats in through the Strait of Otranto, ends up on its shores. This is why today there are ecological dams which protect these shores from floating rubbish from Italy and Greece during times of southern winds.

Optional Activities

Mljet National Park Entrance

 DAY 4: MLJET – DUBROVNIK

There is nothing like waking up in peaceful Mljet and enjoying breakfast as we cruise towards the UNESCO protected and spectacularly beautiful city of Dubrovnik. Enjoy the beautiful views.Dubrovnik city

G.B. Shaw, famous Irish writer, wrote “Those who seek  Earthly paradise  should come and see Dubrovnik” after he visited this famous city in 1929.year, enchanted by its beauty, magnificence, harmony and everything else that makes  Dubrovnik so unique and special worldwide. Settled in furthest south of Croatia, this little city is a shining star on many  renowned world magazine covers and proudly wears title of one of the most beautiful cities of the world. For that reason it attracts many prominent tourists: actors, musicians and other artists, members of royal families, world jet setters etc. It used to be a city-state, widely known as Dubrovnik Republic  and  the  strongest Adriatic centre next to Venice. DubrovnikWith the status of one of the most attractive tourist Mediterranean destinations, today it fuses old and new; centuries old history and dynamics of modern European city. This pearl of Croatian Adriatic  has been  included  in UNESCO list of world world’s heritage in 1979. as evidenced by a large number of protected historic  buildings.  Historical city Dubrovnik is enclosed by 2 kilometres long city walls,  numerous  fortresses and towers which protected the city from attacks of different enemies during the history. Inside the walls were built many impressive  structures ( palaces,  churches, monasteries, monuments ) by which is widely known. Walk along the walls is an experience not to be missed.Dubrovnik Town Walls

Vicinity of many magnificent islands (Lokrum, Elafites, Mljet, Korčula), magical landscapes and breathtaking perspectives, extremely preserved nature with beautifully imbedded Mediterranean architecture make this city one of the most attractive world destinations. Therefore, visit Dubrovnik and become one of the many  who will confirm famous G.B. Shaw saying.

DAY 5: DUBROVNIK – KORCULAKorcula 000057t

Relax as we set sail for the island of Korcula and the town of the same name. Town of Korcula grew on a peninsula on the south-eastern part of the island of Korcula. It is considered to be the most beautiful medieval Croatian town and one of the best preserved towns on the Mediterranean. Korcula-000059Medieval town walls and towers surround the town and give it a special charm. The streets are laid in the form of a fish bone to diminish the force of cold winter winds. Korcula is also a town of great seamen, shipbuilders, stone-cutters and artists, and the town takes a special pride in being the home town of the world famous traveller Marco Polo.

The town of Korcula was mostly built in the 15th century, and the island’s local population were famous for their decorative stone carving work, which to this day still adorn the city’s facades.Korcula 000006-1 - Korcula - 002-1t

A knightly sword dance Moreska – takes you on a travel through time

You may be lucky enough to see a performance of Moreska. Moreska is a traditional knightly sword dance. It is the best known part of the tourist offer and a must see during your stay in Korcula. The tourists can enjoy and experience Moreska in the original setting of the towers and town walls of Korcula. It used to be danced all over the Mediterranean, but now, for more than 400 years, it is preserved only in Korcula. This romantic dance battle was created on the Mediterranean in the 12th century, and it arrived to Korcula from Spain in the 16th century. Originally it represented the victory of Christians over Moors, and nowadays it is a symbol of victory of Good over Evil.

Experience Moreska and follow the dancers as they take you on a travel through time.

We will overnight in Korcula Town

DAY 6: KORČULA – MAKARSKAtempet_makarska_04

Enjoy cruising back up along the Adriatic coast as we make our way to Makarska Riviera.  There where the mountain Biokovo immerses into the blueness of the Adriatic sea, spreads Makarska Riviera. Makarska iza boraCrystal clear sea, greeness of the pines, azzure sky and beautiful kilometers long, white pebble beaches are the symbol of Makarska city and the whole Makarska Riviera.tempet_makarska_02

Pebble beaches of Makarska Riviera are probably one of most beautiful beaches on the Adriatic.tempet_makarska_01

Spend the afternoon swimming at one of the beautiful beaches along the riviera, relaxing on board or enjoy strolling around the streets of Makarska. Take a walk around the tip of the riviera for a wonderful view of the Biokovo Mountain range and get up close to the statue of St Peter watching protectively over this beautiful town. Absorb the beauty of Makarska and watch the spectacular sunset over the Adriatic.

DAY 7: MAKARSKA – SPLIT

Embrace your last morning cruising the Dalmatian coast as we make our way back to Split. On our way from Makarska to Split we will stop for  a while in front of Omis, town of heroes, pirates and vicious cannibals Lestrigons who almost ate the courageous Greek hero Odysseus. The imposing mountains coastline embraced by the sea and the river of Cetina make a unique natural embellishment to this peculiar town. Striking  views from the sea are truly spectacular experience so prepare your cameras!321670_467380383330659_1221453274_n

Enjoy your final swim stop in secluded bays just outside of Split and then take in this spectacular city as we cruise into Split harbour in the afternoon.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The city of the Roman emperor Diocletian-today’s city center revolves around his palace. It is a city of incredible life energy and due to its favourable natural conditions, one of the most pleasant cities to live in, not only in Croatia but also in the whole world. Split is a home town of many renowned athletes whose successes can probably be partly explained by the famous stubbornness of the people in Split who don’t let anyone beat them so easily.

Visiting a legendary town beach Bacvice where the swimming season lasts all year long and where people often engage in a unique sports activity locally known as picigin.

Visiting the nearby Marjan slopes; also referred to as the ‘lungs of the city’ because of their beautiful pine forest. Marjan offers a wonderful view of the city and its surroundings so don’t forget your cameras.

Farewell dinner.

Overnight in the port of Split.

DAY 8: SPLITOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Enjoy an early breakfast after which it is time to say goodbye to the crew and your fellow guests! Disembark from the ship by 9am.

Note: The Captain reserves the right to change the route in case of bad weather conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

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