- Sailing from Trogir to Stari Grad, Hvar Island
- Free evening
|Check-in Time||Saturday till 16.00 h|
|Check-out Time||Saturday till 9.00 h|
Croatia has a very long and rich history, which reflected on the culture and architecture of all its regions, especially Dalmatia. In this region, we have the largest number of UNESCO heritage sites and national parks, in the entire country.
Our sailing tour starts from the lovely town of Trogir, where, depending on your arrival time, you will have a possibility of individual sightseeing. The heart of Trogir is a history book on the open air – since the time of the ancient Greeks, all the way to the Renaissance period, some of the most important Croatian state-of-the art sculptures and churches were designed here, and that is why the old town is under UNESCO protection. Do not miss out to see the Cathedral, devoted to St Lawrence, with the portal of master Radovan – one of the most impressive, sculptural entrances to a sacral monument in the entire country. Also, we suggest you to visit the elegant Venetian-style Kamerlengo tower and fortress.
In the afternoon, we will sail off to our first island – Hvar, where we will have an overnight stay in Stari grad. After breakfast, a one-an-a-half hour sightseeing of the town will be organized for you, including a local guide. Stari grad was founded by the ancient Greeks, as it lies in one of the longest, natural canals on an island in the Mediterranean, which was fantastic to shield their boats from storms. Some of the most important sites on the tour are: St Steven’s church, Stari grad Museum, which contains a reconstruction of and ancient Greek shipwreck, and ʺTvrdaljʺ – fortress palace of the famous poet Petar Hektorović, where you will be able to see his elegant Renaissance garden, including an incredible fish pond, powered by forces of the tide. We will continue our sailing towards Brač Island, where we will have lunch and a swim stop, folowed by free time to individually explore Blaca Hermitage, wich can be reached by a 45-minutes walk from Blaca Bay. This particular area is also known as a ʺdesertʺ, not because of arrid, sandy soil, but because hermits used it to retreive in prayer from the rest of the world. The main attractions are the church and the museum, built during the 16th century and named ʺstone jewelsʺ, because they arise from the stone itself. The hermits practiced astronomy, so Blaca was home to a famous astronomic observatory. The site was proposed as part of the UNESCO heritage list. In the afternoon, we will set sails to Milna Bay, on Hvar Island, where a group dinner is included. Milna is a secluded bay, best for stargazing and admiring the first rays of sun in the morning.
On our third day, our transfer will take you to Hvar town, a 5-minutes drive away from Milna Bay. The guided tour will last for two-and-a-half hours, during which you will be able to enjoy Hvar’s most important sites: the Main square with St Stephen’s cathedral, the building of the Arsenal, which included the oldest, Renaissance public theatre in Europe, the City Loggia, the Franciscan Monastery, with the grave of Hanibal Lucić, one of Croatia’s most famous poets, set below the main altar, and, one of the city’s most memorable sites – the fortification complex simply called ʺForticaʺ. Fortica originates from the 13th century, when Hvar became part of Venetian teritory and it had defense purposes. Today, it offers the most beautiful view of the town and Paklinski Islands, as well as a perfect location for tons of selfies. To refresh after the active visit, we will have free time till lunch, and after that, we will set sails towards Vis Island. The guided visit of Vis town is expected in the late afternoon. Vis is a town of great and very complex past. Founded by the ancient Greeks as Issa, their first colony on the East Adriatic, it proudly bares the name of the most feisty island location, with the longest tradition of naval combat. Vis was used as a powerful naval base, because of its strategic location, not only by the Greeks, but afterwards by the Romans, Ilirians and all the way to the forces of Austrian Imperial Navy, Napoleon’s French army, the mighty British Empire and the forces of the former republic of Yugoslavia, which used Vis as a very strictly closed military base till the beginning of the 90s. Some of the most important monuments you will see on your tour are: St Jerome’s church, Perasti Tower and Our Lady’s Battalion – fortification and museum. This musem includes a fascinating collection of ancient Greek amphoras, set in an authentic location, enabling you to see the exact way that they placed them to transport olive oil and wine along the Adriatic coast, in ancient times.
After our overnight stay in Vis town, we will sail off to our next destination – Korčula town on Korčula Island. Lunch break and swim stop is planned in one of the gorgeous, turquoise-water bays on our sailing route to Korčula. Upon our arrival, you will have a guided tour of the old town, which is often referred to as ʺmini Dubrovnikʺ, because of its elegant architecture and fortified city walls. The tour will include the City Gates, St Mark’s cathedral and a view of the house ruins of the island’s most famous resident from past times – Marco Polo. Legend says that this famous world-traveller, set his sails off into the unknown exactly from Korčula, taking his father and his uncle on his journeys. Another impressive, world-famous character is also tied to this ʺstone roseʺ – Bond.James Bond. How? It’s a secret we will tell you during our tour.
During our 5th day, you will get some morning free time till the departure to Badija Island, where we will have lunch and swim time. This is a large sea area, with sand and shallow water, which makes the color of the water bright turquoise and ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Badija is a small island in the archipelago of Korčula, which features a 14th Franciscan monastery and an amazing Mediterranean vegetation, ideal for a wellness treat for your lungs, as you walk along and breathe in the aromas of various pine and cypress trees. Also, you might encountera domesticated deer population, coming to greet you as if they were your own pets. After Badija, our next stop will be Polače on Mljet Island, where we will be docked overnight. Polače is home of the remainants of a Roman palace, dated from the times when this fabulous green area was part of a Roman colony and safe port for Roman gallyes. This is the 3rd most well-preserved monument from the Roman era on the Adriatic, right after the Colosseum in Pula and Diocletian’s Palace in Split. Your 2-hours sightseeing tour will include not only the Roman palace, but your guide will also take you to the islet of St Mary’s, which is part of National Park Mljet. This tiny piece of heaven, immersed in the green forrests and clear waters, is home of the monastery of St Mary, an elegant building from the 12th century, which was ruled by the Benedictine order.
On the morning of our 6th sailing day, you will experience a unique breakfast – it will be served while sailing into a breathtaking, crystal-water-secret bay on Mljet Island. Lunch and swim time will be in one of the sand bays on Pelješac Peninsula. Our arrival to Ston will be followed by a guided town tour of the town, most oftenly referred to as the home of the European ʺwall of Chinaʺ. The monumental, fortified walls of Ston were built by Dubrovnik Republic, in the 14th century, in order to defend the peninsula and the Republic. Originally, the wall was 7000 meters long, yet now they are left standing in the length of 5,5 km, and they represent the longest stone walls in Europe. The second most important site in Ston is the salt farm, which is still producing this ʺwhite goldʺ in the way that it was done in ancient Roman times. Ston will be our overnight home.
In the morning hours, after breakfast, we will set sails towards one of the most famous cities on the entire Mediterranean – Dubrovnik. Along the way, we will stop for lunch and a swim break in one of the charming little bays. After our arrival to Dubrovnik, a guided tour awaits for you. The easiest way to describe this Adriatic pearl, protected by UNESCO as World Heritage, is to say that it is a museum on the open, surrounded by its famous City Walls, including centuries and centuries of proud history, naval tradition and extremely valuable cultural heritage. Thanks to their mighty skillful diplomacy, the rulers of the Dubrovnik Republic maintained their freedom during the entire Medieval times, even from the powerful Venetians and Otomans. To celebrate their freedom, or in Latin, libertas, the main summer event, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, features a ceremony of singing their anthem to the centuries-long freedom. Nowadays, it is a modern playground for moviemakers and world-known producers, placing their King’s Landing or setting for the new Robin Hood version, among these historical stone streets. It is very hard to point out which are the most famous sites in Dubrovnik, as they are all worth visiting, but your tour will include: Onofrio’s Fountain – the proof of how Dubrovnik was progressive in the Renaissance time and ensured clear water for all its citizens, the Franciscan Monastery, with the oldest pharmacy in Croatia, Stradun Street – the largest and most famous street in Dubrovnik, Orlando’s Column and the Cathedral, devoted to St Blaise (Croatian: Sveti Vlaho), the patron saint of Dubrovnik, worshipped as their protector for numerous centuries. Dubrovnik really justifies its nickname as the pearl of the Adriatic – each corner of this amazing city will make you wonder who of those famous local noblemen, used to walk along these same streets. Our last overnight stay is in Dubrovnik.
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