Note 1 : To make of the most of your time on your vacation, we have planned your trip in great detail. At any time you can keep in track with future activities. But even though your trip is carefully planned, we are always open to all of your possible special wishes and accordingly, we are willing partly to change your schedule if possible. For example, if you want to stay longer at some particular place where you feel extremely comfortable or maybe want to extend an activity that is really fun and interesting, we will try to adjust if it does not disturb too much the flow of travel plans. Your satisfaction is in the first place!
Note 2 :The Captain reserves the right to change the route in case of bad weather conditions.
1st DAY: Split – Island of Vis
10:00 to 12:00 Arriving in Split’s port and embarking the ship, 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 et 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 port.
Now we are headed to the island of Vis. We are anchoring in the picturesque little town of Vis. If you truly want to experience Mediterranean as it once was, Vis is an ideal place to do so. Due to many years of isolation, Vis differs from all of the other islands. After WWII, it became an important military-naval base of the Yugoslavian army and due to its strategic position; Vis was isolated and closed off to visitors for many years. It wasn’t until the fall of former Yugoslavia in 1989 that the visitors where allowed to come to the island. As much as that isolation presented a hardship for the inhabitants of the island, it also contributed to preserving its traditional architecture, breathtaking, unspoiled nature, ecological agriculture, a simple and peaceful way of life-all those things that today render Vis unique on the Mediterranean. By establishing an independent Republic of Croatia, Vis is opening up to many visitors but is left exposed to numerous dangers as well, dangers that could potentially destroy its uniqueness. Therefore, we should treat this island carefully and with out most respect.
Overnight in the port of Vis or some other nearby bay of your preference.
2nd DAY: Island of Vis
The island of Vis has a plethora of stunning bays and coves and we will show you the most unique of them all – Stiniva. If the weather conditions serve us right, we will take you to the mesmerizing Blue Cave on the nearby island of Bisevo. After visiting the Blue Cave we are headed to the small town of Komiza. There is a particularly interesting story about fishermen from the island of Vis who, thanks to their inventions, have change the world of fishing forever. We shall tall you that story in great detail once we meet with the local fishermen and you see first hand their traditional fishing tools. The town of Komiza on the island of Vis is considered to be the cradle of fishing, not only on the Adriatic, but much farther. It plays an important part in the world history of fishing. The fishermen of Komiza a famous across the Mediterranean and over in Americas as very skilful tradesman. Their innovations and inventions have changed the world. The first fish cannery on the Mediterranean was set right in Komiza. It was opened in 1870 by a famous fisherman Vice Mardešić.
Overnight in the port of Komiza or some other nearby bay of your preference.
3rd DAY: Island of Vis – Island of Hvar
After visiting the island of Vis we are headed towards the island of Hvar. 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. We anchor in the renaissance town of Hvar and visit the oldest public theatre in Europa. After that, we head toward Stari Grad. Founded by the ancient Greeks in the same year when Aristotle was born, this town is often referred to as Aristotle’s age-mate. Visiting a famous field of Stari Grad that is under the protection of UNESCO.
Overnight in the port of Stari Grad or some other nearby bay of your preference.
4th DAY: Island of Hvar – island of Brac
In the morning, we depart for 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.
Trekking tour-visiting Blaca Desert , an oasis of peace, faith and spirituality where the Glagolitic monks built a monastery in mid 16th century.
Overnight in the port of Bol or some other nearby bay of your preference.
5th DAY: Island of Brac – Makarska
The following destination is Pucisca, a small place on the island of Brac with a long established stone masonry tradition. The stone extracted from the nearby stone quarry was used for building the White House in the USA, The House of Parliament in Vienna and Budapest, Diocletian’s Palace and other famous antique monuments.
Visiting Stone masonry School, unique in this part of Europe since it is one of very few stone masonry schools in the world where you can learn how to hand chisel the stone. This type of stone masonry is also called the Greek-Roman style of stone chiselling, with a tradition spanning more than 2000 years! You will have an opportunity to see pupils working in the school workshop and to witness a making of various ornamental elements and sculptures as well as objects of practical use. It is interesting to notice that the entire Stone masonry School is actually handiwork of its students since the generations of students have contributed to its construction. Stone was carefully chiselled peace by peace in the workshop, only to be incorporated later on in the school building that looks truly remarkable today! There is a possibility of organizing short stone masonry classes for you in case you are interested.
We leave Pucisca at the evening and we are headed toward the city of Makarska. Staying the night in Makarska or in some other bay in the vicinity should you require so.
6th DAY: Makarska – Omis
Pebbled beaches of Makarska Riviera are probably one of most beautiful beaches on the Adriatic. We will visit a famous Seashell Museum with the most diversified seashell collection in Europe.
Heading toward Omis, a city 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 rover of Cetina make a unique natural embellishment to this peculiar town. Striking panoramic views from the top hills of mountain that hovers over Omis are truly spectacular experience so prepare your cameras!
Sightseeing, swimming and sunbathing on the sandy town beach. Visiting a magical canyon of Cetina (it is possible to arrange rafting upon your request.
Overnight in the port Omis.
7th DAY: Omis – Split
Departing for Split, 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.
Overnight in the port of Split-
8th DAY: Split
This is the last day of our journey. Check-out after the breakfast when we say goodbye with genuine wishes to see each other again.
DAILY SCHEDULE ABOARD SHIP
IN THE MORNING
Getting up early and watching the sunrise complemented by some morning exercises (optional).
Morning exercise program guided by our experts in the field of yoga, breathing exercises or fitness.
Short lecture on nutritive values of ingredients used for breakfast and the healthiest way of preparing them.
Workshops on healthy food preparing under the guidance of our leading experts or a short lecture on the subject of some relevant health factors.
IN THE AFTERNOON:
A short lecture on nutritive values of ingredients that will be used for making lunch and the healthiest way of preparing them.
Free time (may be used for indulging yourself with a massage).
IN THE EVENING:
Your evenings may be dedicated to leisure activities of your own choosing or you may participate in various workshop such as yoga, breathing exercises or fitness.
A short lecture on nutritive values of ingredients that will be used for making dinner and the healthiest way of preparing them.
Fun workshop (laughter yoga, dancing, singing, various workshops)