Kotor Old City
Starting just south of Croatia, in Montenegro, this yacht charter cruising itinerary starts in Kotor, Montenegro, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and ends in Dubrovnik, Croatia, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In between two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, visit the highlights of southern Croatia, including other UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as for centuries, this lovely area has been prized as a resort location for many different civilizations, that have all left their mark to be discovered today on a luxury yacht charter.
CROATIA & MONTENEGRO
Kotor to Dubrovnik – Motor Yacht Itinerary
Kotor Old City Gates
Day 1: The Bay of Kotor, one of the few fjords in the region, is truly memorable. With roots dating back to the site of a 3rd-century Roman military outpost, the fortress city of Kotor was a Byzantine stronghold in the 6th century; today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A walking tour takes in the great Romanesque cathedral of St. Tryphon and the Naval Museum, housed in an 18th-century Baroque palace. Afternoon cruise down the bay to Dubrovnik to overnight.
Day 2: After breakfast, get ready to visit the spectacular walled city of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The wonderfully preserved 15th Century “Old Town” features ancient buildings, squares, cobbled streets and fountains, all created from the same beautiful cut stone. In the afternoon, from Dubrovnik cruise to Celo on the island of Kolocep – an excellent beach for lunch and then on to Sipanska Luka, a delightful little village. Take a lovely walk up the hill to the church where you can see for miles around. Overnight.
Sipanska Luka Harbor
Day 3: Leave early for the Island of Mljet. Odysseus was fabled to have been seduced here by nymphs in Homer’s “The Odyssey”. Swim and have lunch at a little secluded bay and then on to Polace, (literally “palace”) to explore the ruins of a Roman palace right in town. Much of the surrounding area is a national park with lovely hiking and cycling trails. Hike or bike over to the lake and take the little lake boat to visit the old monastery buildings on the island. Have dinner on board or ashore. Overnight.
MLJET Tavernas on the Town Quay with Roman Wall Ruins
Day 4: Cruise in the morning for Korcula. Marco Polo was said to have been born in Korcula, and inside the walls is a museum in the home believed to have been the birth place. Wander the old town and perhaps you will hear locals performing Klapa singing on a street corner. In late afternoon leave for Hvar.
Korcula Old Town Main Gate
Day 5: Hvar Town is overlooked by a large castle and has the oldest theatre in Croatia (circa 1200). This is where the beautiful people hang out. Lavender is grown everywhere and “tussie mussies” and other lavender products are a great souvenir from this island. Overnight.
Day 6: Leave early for Rogac on the northern coast of the island of Solta. In the port there is a citadel dating back to the 17th century. The cove of Banje features the remains of a Roman fishpond. Enjoy lunch and a swim before heading up to Trogir to overnight.
Day 7: Trogir is a small town outside of Split, and is located on the foundations of an ancient Greek settlement on a small island connected to the mainland by bridges. This medieval town is a favorite stop, offering restaurants, markets, and important medieval architecture. After lunch head toward the ancient city of Split. The medieval town developed within and around the Emperor Diocletian’s palace ruins, which is now a UNESCO – “monument of universal importance”. Other sites to visit include the Peristyle, Jupiter’s Temple and Visesllas’s Baptistery which are all in the area of Diocletian’s Palace. Overnight.
TROGIR Fortified City Entrance Tower
Day 8: After breakfast, cruise south to Vis. Enjoy lunch in Komiza, and after, weather permitting, visit the off-lying island of Bisevo, with ” the Blue Grotto”, an underwater cave that is lit from the sun, giving the water an amazing color. Head back to Vis Town, a charming old town. Overnight.
Blue Grotto on Bisevo Island
Day 9: morning sail returns you back to the Island of Korcula, and the port of Vela Luka. Nearby, for lunch is Gulin Farm a traditional Croatian homested restaurant, where food is cooked under the Peka Bell. The coastal strip, including the small islands of Proizd, Kamenjak, Osjak and Gubesa, represents a rich fishing ground. Also, there is a prehistoric archaeological site – Vela Spilja (Neolithic). All along the mainland, in this area are wineries, so be sure to taste the local wines. Overnight.
Day 10: Cruise to Ston and Mali Ston, on Ston Bay, a celebrated location for shell farming of oysters and mussels. Ston Town for centuries was a large producer of salt. The remains of the old salt beds can be seen near town. In Mali Ston, enjoy a dinner ashore at Bota Sare of their own fresh oysters and mussels from their own shell farm just in front of the restaurant. Overnight.
Dubrovnik at Night
Day 11: Wake for a relaxing breakfast before disembarking.