One of the most popular cruising itineraries for this summer is a definitely one way route from Split to Dubrovnik. This amasing cruising itinerary offers the unique opportunity of exploring the island of Split archipelago and visiting Dubrovnik – the pearl of Adriatic – an unevitable destination for all visiting Croatia.

Here is our suggestion of one way route from Split to Dubrovnik with short description of the cruise program.

1st day: Saturday / SPLIT – MILNA, ISLAND BRAC

After embarkation you`ll have enough time to make yourself at home and meet other guests and a crew. Before departure you will be served with a traditional welcome drink. After a short navigation we come to Milna where we`re going to spend our first night on board enjoying a homemade meal and company. Milna is a small village on the western part of the island, located in a natural harbour which enchants with its baroque architecture and natural beauties. It originates from the 16th century and it was also known for its shipbuilding where the first typical Dalmatian boat ‘bracera’ was built.

2nd day: Sunday / BRAC, MILNA – VIS

After breakfast we sail for Vis – the furthest island of the Central Dalmatian archipelago. It is especially well known for its cultural and historical heritage, but also for its natural beauties. Even the Greek writer Agatharchides in his scripts praised wines from Vis as being the best he had ever tasted, in comparison to other sorts. Their most autochthonous wine is most certainly Vugava which you can try in numerous restaurants and cellars all around the island. Vis is also known as one of ‘the forbidden islands’ during the communist era. It was the centre of Yugoslav navy and therefore was forbidden to tourists. Even today there are many hidden tunnels all around the island that testify to that fact. Some of them are tourist attractions now and others are used by the Croatian navy. We`re spending the night in Vis.

3rd day: Monday / VIS – HVAR

After breakfast we continue our cruise for Pakleni otoci (‘The Hell Islands’). It is a group of small islands in front of the city of Hvar. In Croatian Pakleni means Hell, but in fact the islands got their name after Paklina, a sort of  black rosin which was once used as a protective coat for boats (with time the word changed from Paklinski to Pakleni Islands). It is a unique and the most recognizable natural beauty of the island of Hvar. Surrounded by that beauty you will enjoy your lunch which will be served on board. In the afternoon or in the evening (depending on your preferences) transfer by dinghy will be organized for you to the city of Hvar. You will have to take a taxi-boat in the harbour to get back to the yacht, on which you’ll get additional information by your captain.

Hvar is a tourist, administrative and cultural centre of the island. It is worldly known for its wild night life and numerous elite bars (Carpe Diem, Kiva, Jazz Cafe…), restaurants (Pasarola, Luna, Giaxa, Pirate sushi bar…) and hotels where many celebrities enjoyed themselves (Prince Harry, Eva Longoria, Beyonce…). But apart from that Hvar is also very well known for its rich cultural and historical heritage and it will leave breathless guests of all age.

We`re spending the night anchored.

4th day: Tuesday / HVAR – KORCULA

We`re sailing to the island of Korcula, more precise the town of Korcula – the birthplace of a famous traveller-writer and adventurer Marco Polo. On our way there we`re going to stop for a swim and we`ll spend the night in this famous tourist destination of South Adriatic. You can spend the evening walking through this beautiful Dalmatian pearl or enjoying in numerous restaurants that charm their guests with the variety of gastro offer as well as with their view of the old town and the archipelago of the island of Korcula and the peninsula of Pelješac. For the first time Korčula was mentioned early in the 10th century in works of Byzantine historians under the name ‘Stone Town’. It flourished under the Venetian government and later on it has spread around the town walls. Today it`s a town where you can vividly feel the Mediterranean spirit of people who live and work in this mixture of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture.

5th day: Wednesday / KORCULA – MLJET (POMENA or POLACE)

After breakfast we continue our cruise towards the island of Mljet. You`ll spend the day relaxing, swimming and sunbathing. After lunch you`ll have a chance to visit the National Park Mljet (tickets are not included in the cruise price and you`ll have to pay additional 100 kn for adults and 50 kn for children and students). We`re spending the night on Mljet (in Polača or Pomena, depending on the weather conditions) where you can enjoy their extraordinary gastro offer. We especially recommend lobsters, which in restaurants on Mljet you can personally choose before the preparation. Because of the same name in Roman and later in Latin scripts, Mljet was throughout history very often mistaken for Malta, and that is why today, two worldly known legends of Homer`s Ulysses` and St. Paul`s shipwrecks are set to more famous and bigger Malta. As a reminder that ancient Ogigia could have been on Mljet too, today you can find the  Ulysses` Cave and St Paul`s Cliff, as well as a votive church on the east part of the island. The north-west part of the island was declared a national park in 1960 and today covers the area of 5.375 hectares of protected land and surrounding sea.

6th day: Thursday / MLJET – SIPAN

After breakfast we continue towards the island of Šipan, one of the most famous Elafiti Islands, a small group of islands near Dubrovnik. Lunch will be served on board, and afternoon will be free for your own activities, whether it will be sightseeing, swimming or just lying in the sun with a good book and a cold drink. Although it`s only 16 big, Šipan is the biggest island in the group with only two bigger villages: Šipanska Luka on the west and Suđurađ on the east side of the island. It flourished during the Dubrovnik Republic, a period when the most important economy were shipbuilding, shipping, olive growing, fishing and wine growing. Today, on this small area, there are 42 old summer residences and 34 churches; proof that this oasis of peace and beauty was recognized as a place of relaxation by Dubrovniks’ high society. Although today many of them are in bad condition, family castle of Vice Stjepović-Skočibuha is being renewed. In this castle there is a Renaissance square fireplace with preserved plaster-decorated hood (which was an exception in Dubrovnik area), an elegant Renaissance stone sink with relief decorated edges and a rare example of the only preserved wooden balcony in the Mediterranean from the 16th century.

7th day: Friday / SIPAN – LOPUD – DUBROVNIK

After breakfast we continue our cruise towards Lopud, another one among the Elafiti Islands. It is only 5 km north-west from Dubrovnik, where we`re going to spend the day relaxing, swimming, sunbathing and enjoying all the benefits of this cruise. We`ll be anchored all day on the south-east side of the island in a beautiful cove Šunj, on one of the most beautiful sandy beaches of the Adriatic, which is also very attractive to many sailors as well as to people from Dubrovnik and their guests.  In the evening, after a long day filled with sea pleasures, we`ll start towards our final destination – Dubrovnik the pearl of Adriatic! It is included in 10 most favourable and most beautiful tourist destinations in the world, and according to some it`s number 1! A place you have to visit at least once in a lifetime, and when you do you`ll be sure to come back again! It is one of the most important historical and tourist centres of Croatia which was included in UNESCO`s World Heritage List in 1979. The prosperity of the town was always based on maritime trade. In Middle Ages it was, under the name of the Dubrovnik Republic, the only city-state on the east Adriatic coast which could compete with the Venetian Republic. With its richness and diplomacy the city achieved an extraordinary level of development, especially during the 15th and the 16th century. Dubrovnik was one of the centres of progress of the Croatian language and literature and a place where many famous Croatian poets, writers, painters, mathematicians, physicists and other scientists have lived and worked. It overcame a mass destruction and many victims during the Civil war in Croatia. Today it charms numerous tourists with its divine beauty and cultural monuments among which the most famous are: the town walls and fortresses (Minčeta Tower, Lovrijenac, Town Gates of Pile,…), churches and monasteries (Dubrovnik Cathedral, church of St Vlaho,…), palaces (the Rector`s Palace, Divona or Sponza Palace,…), Stradun (the main street), Big and Small Onofrio`s fountain, Orlando`s Pillar,… Dubrovnik Summer Festival is the most important cultural event in Dubrovnik that takes place every year from 10th July to 25th August during which time you can see many music, theatre and dance performances all around the town.

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