Taxi/Small Boat/Motorised Croatian 'Oldtimer', built in traditional wooden-style with simple twin bedded cabins and three separate shower/toilet cabins, dining area and sundeck.
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Croatian Islands Cruise Tour
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Home to over a thousand islands, the Croatian Adriatic offers some of the best cruising in the Mediterranean. We travel to the islands of Vis, Korcula and Hvar on board a traditional wooden boat. Unwind with us as we swim in crystal clear seas off the coast of remote islands, explore pine-forested trails and enjoy delicious local cuisine and wines.
Oldtimer Motor Cruiser - 7 nights on board our own chartered vessel cruising to the islands of Vis, Korcula, and Hvar in the Croatian Adriatic
Trogir - Explore the narrow streets and historical buildings of this fascinating medieval town
Korcula - Discover the delightful Venetian architecture of the most historical of all of the Dalmatian islands
What we say
Staff Member Jenny Jones travelled on this tour in 2012.
"Go for it!! One of the more relaxing tours in our brochure – it would suit anyone looking for a week away – nothing too strenuous, gorgeous weather, spectacular scenery, lots of swimming, good food, friendly people, fresh seafood to be had every day, and accompanied by the boat crew who look after you from morning till night. Who could ask for more?!!"
Arrive Trogir and join our traditional wooden boat, docked on the old town waterfront. Old Trogir is a pretty, walled town of ancient palaces and jutting belfries. Tonight we shall meet the crew, settle into our cabins and have a light supper on board.
Overnight Basic CabinIncluded meals: Dinner
Cruise to Vis (Vis Island)
This morning if the weather is fair we will de-camp into smaller boats to investigate the ‘Blue Cave’ - a grotto that, only if there is direct sunshine overhead, displays the most wondrous turquoise waters. South and west of Vis is the small islet of Bisevo. This afternoon we will arrive at Vis Town on the island of the same name. With both Greek and Roman ruins, a very pretty church built out on a spit, a small fort and museum. Tonight we may opt to moor in the harbour where you can dine in a waterfront restaurant. We may alternatively move round the headland to a quiet bay where a deep tunnel into the cliffs was constructed by the Yugoslavs to hide their ships from the German air raids during the Second World War A section of the tunnel has been converted into a family run wine cellar where we can stop and sample local wine produce (optional). In splendid isolation, away from the harbour lights, we can dine on board (optional) and spend time gazing up at the stars.
This morning we will head to Korcula. Korcula is the most obviously historical of all of the Dalmatian Islands and is believed to be the birth place of Marco Polo, as well as being well known for its high quality white wine production. On leaving Pomena, we will stop for a swim and a snorkel, then heading towards the most westerly part of the island - Vela Luka - our mooring for tonight. From here, we can offer the option of climbing into the olive groves for an evening of traditional Croatian hospitality and entertainment (optional) with spectacular views over the bay. Alternatively, you can eat in Vela Luka, which has many restaurants to offer.
Continuing east, following Korcula’s coastline, after a stop or two for a swim and a snorkel, our destination is Korcula Town itself. Korcula is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the trip. Take a self-guided walking tour of this wonderfully compact walled town whose history, like most of Croatia, spans the centuries. Start your walk at the Rector’s Place, with its admirable 15th Century turrets, and continue to the City Museum housed in a 16th Century mansion. Here you can witness an impressive array of artefacts and Byzantine icons that bring Korcula’s history to life. Korcula is a photographers dream, with its red terracotta roofs, stone cathedrals and winding roads. You may choose to take dinner at a typical Mediterranean restaurant with fresh seafood prepared and served as a local speciality.
Today we head eastwards to the tiny island of Scedro, south of Hvar. We stop at this secluded bay to enjoy lunch on board and to take a swim, or maybe visit a small harbour. We then make for Hvar, where 7000 years of history are encapsulated in this small island town. Sparkling amid green hills, rocky terrain and a see of cobalt blue, Hvar is a producer of olive oil, lavender oil and local wine. The town is filled with sophisticated shops, cafes and restaurants. There is a main square around which most of the activity revolves. Walk through the narrow streets to visit the 15th Century Franciscan Monastery; the renaissance cloister, the old rectory that today houses a collection of lace, manuscripts and books; and the church with its remarkable collection of paintings. Wander to the main square to see St. Stephen’s cathedral with its treasury and bell tower, all of which bear the mark of Venetian rule. You can climb up the fortress and enjoy the sunset tonight, followed by dinner in one of the numerous restaurants on offer.
Having explored the town of Hvar, we shall head north to the Island of Brac to enjoy the quiet port and village of Milna. From here we can explore the local Monastery and spend the night on board in this peaceful little port, or in a small bay close to the town of Milna.
With just an hour or two’s sailing time along the coast to Trogir, our final destination, there is time on arrival to explore the narrow streets and old buildings of this pretty walled town.
Included meals: Breakfast
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