Along the coast of Croatia, there are classic ruins, modern cities, ancient fishing villages, and beautiful beaches, awaiting your discovery on an unprecedented private luxury yacht charter. Between two of Croatia’s most famous cities, there are easily a week’s worth of escapes and explores that will capture your heart, transporting you to ancient cultures, taking you to uncrowded beaches, and experiencing what is quickly becoming a very popular yachting destination.
Day 1: Split’s ACI Marina has 364 berths, one of which has your fabulous private luxury yacht charter stocked, ready, and waiting for your arrival. Split offers all the trappings of a cosmopolitan European city, amid Roman and Medieval sites that mark it as an early hub. The Festival of Flowers is held in May, decorating Diocletian’s sumptuous palace with incredible color and beauty. Days of Diocletian, a 10-day festival in August, celebrates culture in all forms. In July, Ultra Europe and Ultra Beach bring 150,000 fans together for a music event like no other. Dining at the posh Hotel Park, due to reopen soon after a renovation of all rooms and addition of two floors, promises to raise the culinary bar a noticeable notch. Konoba Hvaranin for exquisite local cuisine, or Nostromo for fabulous seafood, are also preferred choices. Top of the evening with dancing and cocktails at The Hemingway Bar, also undergoing renovation but soon to reopen in grand style, close the evening on a high note, returning to the yacht for a nightcap.
Day 2: Hvar, an island with huge history, welcomes a tour of its 13th-century walls and palaces, wandering marble streets and cobblestone motorways. Hvar is also one of the hottest destinations for clubs, such as Carpe Diem, famous for its beach as well as its mojitos, or Hula Hula, known for waterfront parties lasting long into the night. Shopping has kept pace, offering statement jewelry at Tanja Curin, or something truly remarkable at Thesaurus Jewelry. Worthy of any world traveler’s attention, the shops in Hvar are exquisite boutiques that offer unique, interesting finds for sophisticated tastes and fashionista’s seeking summer style. The Summer Festival in May, the Theatre Festival and Lavender Festival in June, and the Wine Festival in August are all good bets.
Day 3: Trogir’s walled city and castle gate, elaborate basilicas, and gorgeous Renaissance and Baroque buildings make for an interesting tour of this fortified Medieval island town. Gorgeous architecture, quaint cafes and authentic pubs make for a charming on-shore adventure, perhaps taking in one of the summer concert series events, or the Fisherman’s Nights, where the entire town turns out as the streets become festive, full of the delicious catch of the day.
Day 4: Kornati National Park is a preserve of 89 islands, all set into some of the clearest, most beautiful emerald and aquamarine waters in the Mediterranean. Wonderful for spending time wandering in and around the marine and land park, dive the beautiful reefs, and lounge on the yacht while cruising the dramatic landscape. There are about two dozen restaurants and pubs sprinkled throughout the archipelago, most of which are wonderfully simple. Konoba Soleta, Opat, and Core Lounge all offer on shore respites with delicious regional cuisine.
Day 5 Korcula is one of the more populated of the small islands along the Croatian coast. A good spot for cycling, the trails are challenging and beautiful. The Korcula Baroque Festival is held in September, celebrating arts of the island’s Medieval heritage. The Moresa Sword Dance, said to be the duel of kings, is still practiced here on the island, the only known reenactment in the world.
Day 6: Mljet Island is lush and green, a contrast to the Kornati. As with much of Croatia, Greco-Roman influence remains in its architecture, churches, and monasteries. Two inland saltwater lakes provide a beautiful on shore adventure, and a 10th century shipwreck offers divers an unusual explore.
Day 7: Dubrovnik’s bright lights and big city are a contrast to the leisurely pace of the islands, but offer wonderful cultural experiences. A city for artists, romanticists, and historians, this maritime city’s early roots reach back to the Balkans. The old city and its fortifications are a far cry from the modern shopping, dining, and club scenes in other parts of the city. A cable car ride to the top of Srd Hill is a must, rewarding riders with stunning views of the city and surrounding islands amid Mediterranean blue waters. Stop into Otto Taverna, D’vino Wine Bar, or Pantarul for some exquisite local fare, or Restaurant Dubrovnik, Proto, or Villa Rusa for something very special. A large city, there are always shows and events scheduled, but the July Summer Festival, the September Wine & Jazz Festival, the October Film Festival, and the late October Dubrovnik Gastro Table is a friendly wine event that pairs with gourmet cuisine on a small, intimate scale.