Southern Dalmatia is one of the world’s great yachting playgrounds – a cruising paradise of pine forested islands, emerald anchorages, and mighty Renaissance cities overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Standouts of this Croatia yacht charter itinerary include the UNESCO-listed cities of Dubrovnik, Split and Trogir, and the superb beaches and vineyards of charming Korcula and glamorous Hvar. This region also offers some of the best bars, beach clubs, and restaurants in the Mediterranean, as well as unforgettable adventures, such as swimming in abandoned submarine pens, cliff-diving, and floating through blue grottos.
This example 8-day itinerary offers a mere glimpse of what you can experience on a Croatia yacht charter from Dubrovnik to Split. Our expert charter brokers will tailor your itinerary expressly to your tastes.
Your Croatian yacht charter begins in the majestic walled city of Dubrovnik, where you’ll board your private yacht in the early afternoon. After you get settled in your luxurious staterooms and meet the crew, the yacht will cruise out into the sparkling Adriatic and drop anchor off Sipan Island, a tranquil landscape of olive groves and rolling vineyards, sleepy fishing villages and ruined palaces. After exploring the island, dinner is recommended at Kod Marka on the waterfront. Alternatively, you can cross the water to the Pelješac Peninsula and dine at Restaurant Gastro Mare.
In the morning, the captain will move the yacht to the pretty island of Mljet, a densely wooded island famous for its twin lakes and the picture-perfect Benedictine monastery that sits on a tiny island at the lake’s centre. The north-west side of the island of Mljet is a protected National Park, and a dream-like day can be passed here biking through the quiet pine forest, snorkelling or diving along the rocky coast, or lazing about on one of the pretty coves or islets edged by blue-green sea. The port town of Polace was once a major Roman outpost, and guests can explore the remnants of the ancient palace, before dining on the yacht out at anchor, looking back across the twinkling lights and dark forest of this enchanting island.
Your charter continues on Korcula, a charming island best known for its superb vineyards and its spectacular walled Venetian Old Town, often referred to as a ‘mini-Dubrovnik’. History runs deep on Korcula, where guests can visit the House of Marco Polo, explore the Renaissance Palace, and view a Tintoretto painting at St Mark’s Cathedral. Guests will fall headlong for the island’s gorgeous beaches, its breathtaking little archipelago, and its magnificent wine culture, most notably its cultivation of Grk grapes, a dry white wine only grown on Korcula. For more world-class wineries, take the yacht across to the Pelješac Peninsula and visit Korta Katerina. Back on Korcula, hiking and biking excursions are another fantastic way to explore the island. Dinner can be taken on the stylish terrace of Lesic Dimitri, an 18th century baroque palace hotel, before retiring to your yacht in Korcula Port.
Vis is a sleepy, almost mysterious island. Vis’ most famous landmark is the glimmering Blue Cave grotto, and it is also home to famous Stiniva, a beach created by the collapse of a vast sea cave. The furthest inhabited island from the mainland, Vis was used as a military base and cut off for many years, so it has retained its wild, traditional feel, with vineyards rolling over the hills and quiet coves at every turn. For history buffs, a Jeep tour of the island’s military tunnels and fortifications is a must, while a swim or kayak into in the submarine pens carved into the coast is a hugely memorable experience. Enjoy dinner at Pojoda, where the chef’s innovative take on ancient local recipes is served up on a terrace shaded by lemon trees. The yacht will spend the night either in Vis Town or at anchor.
Day 5 will bring a dramatic change of scene after the dream-like quiet of Vis, as the yacht arrives at Hvar, ground zero for glamour in the Adriatic. Hvar appeals to everyone, from its swanky boutiques and beach clubs to its medieval monasteries and rolling lavender fields. Explore Hvar town with its romantic square, and take a walk up to the fortress to enjoy the jaw-dropping view. Head offshore to enjoy the yacht’s water toys in the pretty Pakleni Islands, before living it up at the A-list Carpe Diem beach club on Marinkovac Island, where you can party until dawn. Rent a motorbike to explore Hvar’s interior, or cruise along to Red Rocks to jump from the red cliffs into the crystal clear sea. Hvar also has some excellent winery tours, including the Vinery Tomic wine cellar in Jelsa. When the day is done, head to Hula Hula Beach Bar or Carpe Diem Bar, before dining in fine style at Gariful or Di Vino. Your yacht will anchor overnight either at Palmizana or in Hvar Old Town.
After the hype of Hvar, the yacht will move to Solta Island, where you’ll pass a leisurely afternoon swimming and relaxing at anchor in Maslinica Bay, where thick pine forest rolls down to the sapphire sea. Seven little islets are scattered through the bay, hiking and biking trails lead through the forest, and stone cottages and little castles dot the shore. There is a small marina at Martins Marchi, a castle turned heritage hotel, and the fine dining restaurant there is a great choice for dinner. Alternatively, the local fish dishes at Sakajet Restaurant or Sampjer are also excellent. Your yacht will stay overnight to enjoy the peace of this splendid place.
After breakfast, the yacht will cruise to the Drvenik Islands and drop anchor in the ‘Blue Lagoon’ on the east coast of Veli Drvenik. The Blue Lagoon’s dazzling turquoise water would not look at all out of place in the Caribbean, and it’s the perfect spot for a swim, some water sports, and a lazy lunch at anchor. In the afternoon, the captain will move the yacht to Trogir and its berth alongside the buzzing Riva, a wide seaside boulevard shaded by huge date palms and lined with bars and cafes. World-Heritage listed Trogir is a gorgeous medieval walled town set on a tiny island linked to the mainland by a bridge, with beautiful Romanesque and Renaissance architecture lining its twisting alleyways.
The yacht will move across the bay to the magnificent UNESCO-listed city of Split, the site of Emperor Diocletian’s Palace and Game of Thrones film set. Your incredible Croatian yacht charter will finish here in Split, departing the yacht in late morning, taking home forever-memories of your week floating along the spectacular Adriatic coastline and through the magical Dalmatian islands.