Tranquil bays, natural atmosphere or remote islands, lush-green natural parks and iconic fortified towns reflect the unique character of this region. That is why this Dubrovnik sailing itinerary is prefect for sailors and maritime guests who wish to sail less crowded routes and embrace a genuine Dalmatian pulse of south Adriatic islands.
Once you've stocked the boat's lockers and accommodated on board, it's time to start your sailing odyssey and maybe postpone the visit of Dubrovnik town for your last day. Sub-tropical Elafiti islands ar the perfect location for a afternoon swim and snorkel in crisp-blue water.
Best protected bays for anchoring you will find in the colourful village of Šipan lying at a doorstep of Dubrovnik. You can safely dock your sailboat inside the harbour and take a nice evening walk along the palm tree promenade.
The two family-run restaurants Marko and Dubravka are best in the area, offering superb traditional delicacies based on fish and seafood.
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Mljet National Park is our Sunday plan. Before real aternoon sailing starts a midday lunch in charming Okuklje bay would be a great idea.
Mljet is considered to be among the most beautiful islands in Croatia. For its exceptional untouched beauty, accented landscape values, dense forests, fertile fields, underwater caves, turquoise waters and numerous rare species, 1/3 of the island is state protected area.
You can explore well-protected Pomena harbour whre you will find plethora possibilities on how to spend your day within the park. Only 15-minute walk from where your sailing boat is docked, you can reach the heart of this magnificent park surrounded by dream-like saltwater lakes. These emerald green waters ensure warm temperatures ideal for swimming even in the off season.
Try some of the best locally produced wines, buy extra virgin olive oil or taste the famous goat cheese in one of the family-run restaurants of Pomena bay.
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If you didn't hear about the world-famous Korčula town, renting a sailboat in Dubrovnik is definitively your best opportunity to visit this historic site.
This picturesque small-town surrounded by dense pine forests and fig trees should make it to your bucket list. Well-preserved Venetian buildings, monumental medieval fortresses, impressive defense walls, crisscrossed atmospheric streets and stylish beach bars fuse together a remarkable setting where you can feel the original pulse of Dalmatia. Don't forget to visit the house of famed explorer (and sailor) Marco Polo.
The island's sunny position is in fact the main reason that the local community tries to promote their green oriented agriculture and sustainable local production.
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Among the most remote destinations in Dalmatia is island Lastovo or as the locals call it the "island of happiness".
Lastovo national park is considered as one of largest marine protected areas in Croatia containing 44 islands, islets and reefs. Crystal clear waters swarming with fish, remarkable biodiversity, dense pine forests, secluded bays and iconic fisherman's taverns make this hidden gem a unque getaway and a must-see during your sailing trip in Croatia.
Before reaching the island drop your anchor for a quick swim in turquoise waters of exotic Lastovnjaci bay. Lastovo has a long-lasting tradition of welcoming sailors. Unspoiled nature of well-sheltered coves reflect a genuine setting and amazing Adriatic ambiance. You will find some of the best traditional restaurants in romantic Zaklopatica bay.
Grilled John dory, Scorpio fish, bream, lobster or pasta with fresh scampi in a locally-run tavern called "Konoba" is a must try. Lastovo is claimed as the one of the last 10 Mediterranean heavenly oasis, which preserved an untouched beauty.
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In the morning take a one-mile walk up to town and check the medieval stone houses with unique chimney tops of Lastovo village.
After navigating around Lastovo island we set our bearings east for the next alluring destination, Trstenik bay on Pelješac peninsula. Pristine coves and bays around Pelješac are probably best kept secrets of all the Croatia sailing itineraries. Not many yacht charters find their way here.
A gentle crusie across the glittering Adriatic might reward you with a flock of playful dolphins. Along the way you’ll pass scenic mountains, olive groves, amazing vineyards and seascapes with beautiful beaches that will tempt you to drop anchor and go for a swim.
Trstenik bay is a small fishing village under the steep mountain slopes reflecting pure natural scenes and peaceful surroundings. Best Croatian wines are produced within these hills, so go ahead, and indulge in sampling famous local wines.
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Passing by the densely wooded Peljšac coastline, you can admire true beauties of this area. Pine-forested hilly landscapes are breathtaking. Such a great invitation for a quick stop.
Here you can simply enjoy and relax your afternoon anchoring in a stunning ambience of a lonely cove. Later we might catch some breeze to help us sail the boat towards this day's final destination - Kobaš bay near Ston.
Famous for cultivating seashells and oysters, Ston is the perfect place to try superb Dalmatian dishes based on clams, oysters and mussels. Ideally spend the night in Kobaš bay south from Ston, where you can spend your evening having a nice dinner in one of the seaside fisherman's houses. Luka's restaurant is highly recommended.
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If you feel like stretching your legs in the morning you can take a stroll towards Ston city. Only 2-mile panoramic walk along the shore and you will soon reach this iconic ancient town. Impressive city walls are well-known to be the second longest defensive wall in the world.
Anchoring in alluring Smokvina beach on our way south to is the perfect for our last lunch on board before returning to yacht charter base. We should aim to be back in marina before nightfall underwater inspection.
What can be better than to spend your last night walking through the busy streets of old Dubrovnik citadel and first-hand discover how Dalmatia looked like centuries ago. Dubrovnik mighty walls are still considered among best-preserved medieval walled cities on Earth and you will feel like returning back to the Middle Ages.
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Renting a small sailing boat from Dubrovnik for a week will cost you between 2.500 and 3.500€ in high summer and around 2.000€ in shoulder season.
To charter a private catamaran in Dubrovnik will cost you between 8.000 and 9.000€ per week in July and August and about 6.000€ per week in June or September. Crew service, food and port fees are not included in the price.
Recommended Dubrovnik yacht charter itinerary for beginner sailors and first-time visitors.
Sailing from Dubrovnik to Split on a private yacht charter allows you to experience world-known islands of Croatia Hvar, Korčula, Mljet and Brač at your own pace. Since this is not a regular round charter itinerary, there is always a one way fee mandatory.
It will take you 7 days and 6 nights to sail from Dubrovnik to Split with stoping on some of the most beautiful islands Korčula, Mljet, Vis, Hvar and Brač.
That is mostly up to the general satisfaction of the clients at the end of the cruise. Gratuities are anywhere between 15% and 20% of the crew's weekly fee excluding running expenses and taxes.
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The cost for a 7-day sailing holiday in Croatia depends on these factors: Boat size, type, your travelling style and the charter season. The price for a comfortable 50-foot sailing yacht in high season average 6.000 euros per week. 42-foot catamaran around 8.000€ per week.
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