A Taste of Croatia – An Epicurean Voyage
2015 will be ROW’s 23nd 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. 105’ in length, made of solid Slavonian oak with teak decks, the crew is professional, friendly and gracious. Food aboard is excellent, carefully prepared and artfully presented by a talented Croatian chef.
Across the sea from Italy, influenced by years of Venetian and Ottoman occupation, Croatia is a land of dramatic limestone mountains of craggy beauty. Among the islands and captivating old cities, is some of the finest cuisine in the world. In Italy, they say that the fish and shellfish on the Croatian side of the Adriatic Sea are better, because the bottom is mainly rocky, unlike the Italian side, where it tends to be muddier. And as Rebecca West remarks in her historic and monumental travel book published in 1941, "Black Lamb and Grey Falcon," people in this part of the Balkan peninsula "cook lamb and suckling-pig as well as anywhere in the world," especially in the hills behind the coast, where sage, thyme and basil grow in lush, perfumed profusion. Tastes of Turkey also are evident in dishes such as like burek, a flaky pastry filled with cheese, delicious when fresh and hot and a remnant from the centuries of Ottoman occupation of the interior.
Croatian wine, once celebrated, is staging a comeback with small producers creating flavorful wines in a variety of styles. There is Posip, a crisp, chalky, flowery white made from the same grape as Hungary's furmint, and Plavac Mali, a dense, chewy red, full of pepper and blackberry notes, which is a cousin of California's zinfandel. There is the legendary Grk from the island of Korcula, Dingač and a fortified wine called prošek.
The Yachts: We travel aboard the Romanca, a 105' traditional Croatian made motor/sail vessel completed in July of 1998. She is one of the finest ships on the Adriatic coast, offering comfortable accommodations in double bed cabins, each with its own bathroom. You will her to be spacious and elegant with large amounts of deck space, and beautifully fitted. Our guests have said of the Romanca “the photos on your website do not do her justice. This is much more beautiful than we anticipated.”
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.
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.
We invite you to wander with us on this sensational taste of Croatia!