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.
2014 will be ROW’s 22nd 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.