Duration: 1-9 DaysSeason:
A colorful blend of old Europe, Croatia's coastline reminds guests of an ancient, beautiful world. ROW Adventures boasts this epicurean voyage for small groups to explore the steep coastal mountains, ...
Yachting in Croatia
Yachting in Croatia
Yachting Croatia - Jewels of the Adriatic:
The Adriatic Coast of Croatia is a colorful blend of old Europe. ROW's small group yacht tours explore the steep coastal mountains, golden strands of beach, small island towns, narrow streets of white limestone and elegantly carved balconies that all speak to Croatia's rich history. We yacht through the warm Adriatic Sea that weaves this magnificent tapestry together. With a Croatian guide and crew, this yacht tour fully immerses you in the local culture and history.
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- Duration: 9 Days
- Intensity: Easy
- Season: May - October
- Begins In: Split, Croatia
- Ends In: Dubrovnik, Croatia
- Airport: Split, Croatia
The Adriatic coast of Croatia, known as Dalmatia, is a colorful blend of old Europe, abruptly rising coastal mountains and golden strands of beach. The numerous islands and extensive coast beg to be explored by boat. Here are Renaissance villages hidden in idyllic coves and others that sit like beacons to wandering seafarers. The islands and coast have seen many conquerors, each of whom have left their architectural influences behind. The Illyrians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Slavs and Venetians all left their mark. The island towns are replete with red-tiled roofs, narrow streets of white limestone, elegant carved balconies, windows and portals. Weaving this rich tapestry together is the warm Adriatic Sea, beloved among those of the Mediterranean. It sparkles with a rare clarity and, according to NASA astronauts, shows as the bluest sea in the world when viewed from space. The salty waters invite the body and soul for soothing swims.
2013 will be ROW’s 21st year in Croatia! No other adventure travel company has the breadth or depth of experience in Croatia as do we at ROW. In 1988 and 1989, long before Croatia became the new darling of travelers, we were leading trips and learning her charms. We had to pause as Yugoslavia broke apart and the various Republics won their independence. We resumed operations in 1998 and have returned every year since, leading the way for others to follow. Croatia today is a peaceful country excited about its future and on the path to become a member of the EU. It has much to offer the traveler - the UNESCO World Heritage City of Dubrovnik, miles of beaches, isolated swimming coves, charming towns, a rich culture and friendly locals. With a Croatian guide, Croatian ship owner and crew, this trip gets you fully immersed into the local culture and history as no other can. Our primary ship, the Romanca, is in a class of its own and one of the finest on the Dalmatian Coast. It is 105’ in length, made of solid Slavonian oak with teak decks, and the crew is professional, friendly and gracious. Food aboard is excellent, carefully prepared and artfully presented by a talented Croatian chef.
For a guest's eye view of this trip click on the link to "Postcard Perfect Croatian Islands" by Alison Gardner, the travel journalist for Travel with a Challenge magazine.
Family Trips: Even a yacht tour in Croatia can be a family's "trip of a lifetime." On all of our trips around the world we offer family-friendly and kid-exclusive trips...meaning, if you aren't traveling with kids, you sadly are not invited. We have specialty guides, earlier dinner times, have picked kid-friendly hotels and more to create the best atmosphere for you and your family. On this Croatian yacht adventure we can start a family-focused charter or add you to an existing one, if available. Please call for more information.
Our Yachts: As mentioned above our primary yacht is the Romanca. There are several other yachts that we also recommend depending on your group size, desired level of quality, amenities and other factors. One of these is the Blue Star, an 87-foot traditional steel-hulled sailing ketch that has six cabins. Another is the Skarda, a 97-foot motor cruiser constructed of heavy oak and teak that sleeps 18-20 people. Another choice is the small cruiser La Perla that has 13 guest cabins, a minimum crew of eight and is in the luxury category. These are among the finest yachts and small ships in the Adriatic and all offer comfortable accommodations in large double cabins all with private facilities. Most importantly they all offer large amounts of deck space allowing our guests to enjoy the blue skies of the day and the wonder of the stars by night. If you are looking for a private yacht or small ship charter in Croatia, please contact us to explore the many possibilities. View the yacht descriptions and cabin layouts here.
In addition to scheduled departures, ROW can arrange private charters on a variety of other yachts for as few as four, or as many as 20.
If you need to purchase some gear before your trip, ROW has assembled the more common items at our ROWear online store, hosted by New Headings.
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- Why ROW
Why Choose ROW - Yachting in Croatia
- ROW has been running yacht trips in Croatia longer than any other US or Canadian adventure travel company with experience spanning over 20 years
- Trips are limited to just 16 guests
- Smaller yachts mean a more intimate and personal trip experience
- We provide a dedicated trip leader who will be with you for the entire journey
- All of our guides are local. They all love to share their country's beauty, culture and history with guests.
- All of our guides are bilingual
- Our itinerary is designed to provide as much or as little activity as preferred, visit as many points of interest as possible while still maintaining the balance between relaxation and discovery
- We visit more off the beaten path locations thus avoiding the crowds
- While on the yacht all of your meals are included accompanied by local wines and beers in reasonable quantities
In 1974 founder Peter Grubb spent a summer living with a French family who spent the month of August on a car camping trip. At the age of 17, Peter traveled with the Calderinis along the coast of what was then Yugoslavia's Adriatic Coast. Nights were spent camping beneath pine trees on idyllic bays while days were spent exploring towns and history. Thirteen years later, Peter returned to Yugoslavia to research the possibility of running guided yachting trips along the coast and met Vlade Tomas who owned a boat called the Radoslav Tomas, one of the first wooden barges converted to a tourist passenger boat and called an "old timer." In 1988 Peter led ROW's first Adriatic yachting trip which was a grand success. A repeat trip was run in 1989. In November of 1989, the Berlin wall came down and soon thereafter Yugoslavia began a painful process of separating into unique Republics. During the war years of 1990-1995 ROW suspended operations in what had then become Croatia. We returned in 1998 to join Vlade Tomas again on his brand new 100' yacht the Romanca. Since that time, we've been operating between two and five Croatian trips every year. Our long history, many local connections, and intimate knowledge of Croatia mean that your adventure with us with be full and meaningful in a way that no other adventure company's trip can be.
We are proud that our Croatia yacht trips strive to conserve the environment and benefit the local economy of the towns and islands we visit along the Adriatic coast.
- We stay, where possible, in smaller locally owned hotels at the beginning of our trips. When onshore we eat in local restaurants. On the yacht we eat meals prepared from locally sourced ingredients
- We charter Croatian owned and crewed yachts
- We employ local Croatian guides
- Our trips offer an excellent opportunity for our guests to interact with locals, providing a strong cultural emphasis
- We encourage environmentally friendly practices on the yacht, changing bedlinen only once on the trip, and recycling where possible. We are working to educate the crew and encourage guests to consider the impact of everything they do - e.g. providing a central drinking water source for guests to fill personal water bottles rather that hand out individual plastic bottles every day
Day 1 – Friday: Arrive in the beautiful historic city of Split and check into your hotel. Depending on your arrival time you may want to enjoy a stroll around the city and start to absorb the atmosphere of this amazing country.
Day 2 – Saturday: In the morning, you are met by our guide for a brief orientation meeting, followed by a guided walking tour of Split including the beautifully preserved Palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, that has become a part of the town with houses within the ancient walls. The temple of Jupiter and Diocletian’s mausoleum which is now the cathedral are two of numerous ancient monuments. Split is an active town with a colorful street market, friendly cafes and a traditional bayside promenade. About 2:00 PM we transfer to the yacht in the harbor for lunch and to get settled into our cabins. We may begin our journey to the Island of Brac or stay in Split harbor. B,L,D.
Itinerary Note: The exact itinerary is subject to weather conditions and may vary. Wind conditions are quite variable, but the seas are usually calm. In order to maximize the time available for explorations we normally travel under motor power. While the sails may go up once or twice, this should not be considered a sailing trip but rather a cruise on a motor-sail yacht.
Day 3 – Sunday: Split to Jelsa. We cross the channel to the island of Brac where the white limestone of the United States Whitehouse was quarried. Our first stop is the stone cutting school to see this rock up close and learn about the importance of this tradition in Croatia. We then continue to the small two of Pucisca with a stop along the way. We begin our first shore excursion, driving into the center of the island to visit a quaint and information museum of local history and culture. From there we continue to the highest point of the island for views over the Adriatic. We then start a hike of around three miles to visit a hidden monastery in the mountains, one of the trip’s highlights. (In late 2011 the Monastery was closed to the public in order to do some restoration, we have no date for it re-opening yet. The hike is still spectacular). By late afternoon we meet the Romanca in a small bay, board and cruise to the lovely town of Vrboska. Or we may choose to anchor out in a quiet bay. B,L,D.
Day 4– Monday: Vrboska to Starigrad. In the morning, we visit the village of Vrboska. Vrboska is a charming town with narrow streets, ancient churches and houses, situated at the head of narrow bays surrounded by lovely pine forests and vineyards. It also is the home of a fortified church which houses a magnificent collection of paintings, including some by the school of Titian. There is also a fun “Museum of the Sardine Fishermen” that tells the history of fishing from this town. Once upon a time the Adriatic was a world producer of sardines, tuna and other fish. Starkist Tuna company was started by Croatians who emigrated to San Pedro, California years ago.
After visiting the town, we offer a hike of about four miles on level ground, through fields, olive groves and vineyards, across a part of the island of Hvar. We meet the boat for lunch in Starigrad. Starigrad is the home of Petar Hektorovic, one of Croatia’s most loved poets. We visit his 16th century home, uniquely built within a Turkish fort. There is also another excellent museum housed in a monastery and streets with small cafes. Enjoy a stroll amid Renaissance era architecture and narrow streets and perhaps see the so - called “Cyclopean walls” built of gigantic blocks of stone dating from the Illyrian Period. We will tie up at the wharf or perhaps move into the bay for more privacy. Enjoy dinner on the boat. B,L,D.
Day 5 – Tuesday: The ancients considered Hvar one of the “Isles of the Blessed”. Today we have a couple of options. One option is to simply enjoy a peaceful cruise around the island to the town of Hvar. For the more energetic traveler, we offer a rugged hike of six to eight miles (depending how far we can drive) over a mountain range reaching about 2000’ (500 meters) above sea level. The views are superb and from the summit we descend back to the inviting waters of the Adriatic.
Either way, we end up in the town of Hvar after lunch. Flower-filled gardens, palms, lemon and orange groves add a fragrance lovely enough to match the visual appeal of this sun-drenched island beauty. Visit the theatre of 1506, Benedictine Monastery, the town square and ancient stone houses. At the end of the main square is the 16th century cathedral with impressive Christian paintings of the Madonna. Or, hike to the 16th Century Venetian Citadel for fabulous views over the town and sea. Depending on conditions we may tie up on the wharf, anchor in a quiet bay, or if weather permits, cruise to the island of Vis in the late afternoon. B,L,D.
Day 6 – Wednesday: If we didn’t make it to Vis yesterday, we’ll try today. It is about a two-hour sail and we’ll hope to make a swim stop en route. Our cruise may take us to the town of Vis, or direct to the beautiful blue grotto on the island Bisevo, just a few miles off Vis. On the island of Vis we’ll stroll through the enchanting seaside town of Komiza and visit one of the two best wineries on the island. Tito set up headquarters for his Partisan operation during WWII on this wild and remote island and the island’s history of war and occupation is fascinating. It was only opened to tourism in 1989 and is still off the beaten track. B,L,D.
Day 7 – Thursday: Vis to Korcula. More exploration of Vis and with cooperating weather, we begin the journey south to the island of Korcula. The town of Korcula is one of the most dramatic medieval walled towns of Europe. The stone palaces and churches are a magnificent display of architectural style ranging from 14th to 16th century and house excellent collections of religious art. Korcula lays claim to being the birthplace of Marco Polo and in September there is a reenactment of the famous battle between Genoa and Venice where he was taken captive, thrown in prison in Genoa and thereby wrote his now-famous Travels. We are joined here by our Korculan friend and guide who shares his unique knowledge of the town’s rich legacy. Here, or on Hvar, we sometimes hear local “Clappa” singers carrying on this beautiful tradition of accapella singing. B,L,D.
Day 8 – Friday: After breakfast we leave Korcula to walk the hills along the Peljesac Peninsula starting at the small village of Viganj and ending at Orebic. This hike covers about five miles and takes around three hours, walking through pines, pomegranates and enjoying sweeping views across the water to the island of Korcula. We visit a small maritime museum before returning to the yacht. We cruise north to our final anchorage for the night. B,L,D.
Day 9 – Saturday: After breakfast we say an early farewell to the captain and crew and begin a fun day of exploration of the Peljesac Peninsula. We drive to Ston, a site of historic salt production and acres of oyster and mussel farms. We'll taste superbly fresh oysters and continue to Dubrovnik, arriving mid-afternoon. Here we will transfer you to a hotel of your choice and you are free to explore the beautiful old town of Dubrovnik.
Exact routes are determined by weather and wind conditions and the itinerary may vary from that printed above. We do our best to visit all sites mentioned, but sometimes in a different order. A flexible attitude is requested.
After arrival in Dubrovnik we recommend an extra day and night to fully explore this Mediaeval walled-city, one of the finest in all of Europe.
Croatia has so much to offer that we recommend you visit Zagreb, the capital, or venture further into the spectacular Plitvice National Park. Other possible extensions include Venice, Slovenia, Istria and Montenegro. We are happy to help with this and can make any and all arrangements you might want, including hotels, tours, etc.
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