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A Taste of Croatia – An Epicurean Voyage by Yacht and On Foot, Croatia
A Taste of Croatia – An Epicurean Voyage by Yacht and On Foot:
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, golden strands of beach, and small islands towns all while anticipating each island or coastal area's local cuisine! As you sail along the shores, walk through historical paths and savor age-old wines, you'll find yourself asking, "Why haven't I visited Croatia before?"
- Duration: 1-9 Days
- Intensity: Easy
- Season: June-September
- Begins In: Split
- Airport: Split or Dubrovnik, Croatia
Departures daily. Please call!
A Taste of Croatia – An Epicurean Voyage
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. 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.
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.
We invite you to wander with us on this sensational taste of Croatia!
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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 the 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
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, 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
A Taste of Croatia – An Epicurean Voyage
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 in the last few centuries has become a part of the city, with houses built 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 our first lunch and to get settled into our cabins. We may begin our journey to the Island of Brac or stay in Split harbor.
Tonight’s dinner focuses on food from the mainland and you’ll be introduced to a traditional Dalmatian pot roast known as pašticada (pahsh-tee-TSAH-dah) perhaps with a side of potato gnocchi and for dessert, a palačinke (pah-lah-CHEEN-keh, meaning ‘pancakes’). 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.
Tonight our dinner will focus on fish. Perhaps a crni rižot (TSIR-nee REE-zhot), or ‘black risotto’. Known in Italy as Risotto Nero di Sepie, black risotto uses the meat and ink of the cuttlefish, the latter of which lends the characteristic black color and silken texture to the broth. Fresh greens from a local farmer and a traditional dessert such as fresh figs sprinkled with lemon juice round out the meal.
After dinner on the boat, we walk to the private home of Davor Osjak for a private wine tasting. Davor produces three different wines from the same grape and we enjoy good company and conversation as we learn about his wines and life. 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 nd another Epicurean feast. Perhaps tonight we’ll taste our first Prsut - a smoked ham that is home-cured in the bora, a dry winter wind that blows from the mountains through passes down to the sea. There are many local fish still found in the Adriatic and each night we’ll be able to sample a different one. The names don’t translate well, but the flavors are memorable. 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, 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.
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