Written by Missy Johnston
The Bay of Kotor
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. Afternoon cruise down the bay to Dubrovnik to overnight.
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 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.
Leave early for the Island of Mljet. 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. Head over to the lake and take the little lake boat to visit the old buildings on the island that was once a monastery. Have dinner on board or ashore. Ankara Restaurant makes an excellent fresh Black Squid Ink Risotto. Overnight.
Medieval Town of Korcula
Cruise in the morning for Korcula. On arrival head ashore for a walk around the fortified medieval town of Korcula (pronounced KorCHoola). Marco Polo was said to have been born in Korcula. Wander the old town where the streets are laid out like a fish skeleton for protection from the winds and perhaps you will hear locals performing Klapa singing on a street corner. In late afternoon leave for Hvar. Hvar town is overlooked by a large castle. This is where the beautiful people hang out. Lavender is grown everywhere. Overnight, and for those wanting a taste of the chic nightlife, head to Hula Hula for a drink before heading on to Carpe Diem or Carpe Diem Beach after midnight for dancing until dawn.
Leave early for Rogac, a hamlet of the village of Grohote on the northern coast of the island of Solta. The cove of Banje features the remains of a Roman fishpond. Enjoy lunch and a swim before heading up to Trogir to overnight.
Trogir is a small town outside of Split. This medieval town is a favorite stop, offering restaurants, markets, and important medieval architecture, including the 15th Century Trogir chapel and the 13th Century portal by the master Radovan. 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. A great restaurant in Split is Nostromo’s near Diocletian’s Palace and the open air daily fish market, with the restaurant featuring, of course, fresh caught fish and seafood.
After breakfast, cruise south to Vis. Perhaps spend an evening in Komiza, where Tito hid from the Germans during WW2. Enjoy lunch after a short morning sail to the off-lying island of Bisevo, where a quick jump in the dinghy will reveal “the Blue Grotto”, an underwater cave that during the morning is lit from the sun, giving the water an amazing color. Head back to Vis Town, a charming old town with some excellent restaurants. Overnight.
Island of Korcula
A morning sail returns you back to the Island of Korcula, and the port of Vela Luka. All along in this area are wineries, so be sure to taste the local wines. Overnight.
Cruise to the deserted island of Lastovo. A military island until 1992, Lastovo was out of bounds to civilians and thus is completely undeveloped and spectacularly pretty. Then cruise on to the old town of Cavtat, in the very centre of the South Adriatic, the southernmost region of Croatia. The town of beautiful beaches and luxury hotels, together with a traditional way of life and preserved customs, waits for you. Overnight.
Wake for a relaxing breakfast before disembarking.