8 Day Croatia Charter Itinerary - Kotor to Trogir
The Historical Hotspots Of Croatia
Ideal for Summer Season
Croatia beckons with a land rich with culture and impressive architecture. During this tour of the Adriatic, you live in the past by visiting numerous World Heritage sites and delving deep into culture and traditions of this visually pleasing area. Starting off in Montenegro, your luxury charter yacht will take you to destinations filled with pretty surroundings, excellent cuisine and a wealth of history and knowledge. Then, finishing off in the beautiful location of Trogir you are left to contemplate the past and enjoy the environment of palaces filled with riches.
- Day 1
An ancient gem of Montenegro, Kotor is where you will meet up with your chosen luxury charter yacht. After sipping on freshly chilled champagne and a whirlwind tour of your home for the next week, you'll have plenty of time to explore the highlights of Kotor.
Previously ruled by the French, Venetians, Austrians and other powers, Kotor has a rich and indulgent culture which brings the best elements of each nationality into the city. While exploring the many quaint cafes and small local businesses take the time to look up and around you to see some of the three mile span of the ancient city walls.
The old town of Kotor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which classifies the location as one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Adriatic. Dating back before 1000 AD there are plenty of historic monuments and characteristics to visit, including the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon, built in 1166.
Before joining your luxury charter yacht, enjoy a locally produced wine at a bar in the harbour before raising the anchor and moving on to your next port of call, Dubrovnik.
- Day 2
Moving from one UNESCO World Heritage site to another, Dubrovnik is another location steeped in history and remarkable architecture. On arrival take the opportunity to relax in an environment ideal for relaxation. In a location completely devoted to trees, the Arboretum Trsteno is a beautiful botanical garden which deserves a moment of your attention. What makes this place even more special than it already is, is the fact it is the oldest arboretum in the world, dating back to 1492.
For another steeple of impressive history it's time to pick up any medical supplies as you visit the third oldest pharmacy in the world. Built in 1317, this pharmacy is the only one in the city and is located at the Little Brother's Monastery. The impeccable atmosphere and surroundings of this highlight are truly worthy of a visit and also makes great backdrops for holiday photographs.
If you are in Dubrovnik over the summer months you are in for an extra special treat. Every year there is the annual Dubrovnik Summer Festival. Continuing over 45 days, the festival features many live plays and shows as well as concerts and a range of games for the residents and many visitors. Food is not in short supply at these festivals and you can guarantee you will never be hungry.
Before returning towards the harbour, there are some magnificent buildings for you to see including the beloved church of St Blaise. Built in the 1800s this church is dedicated to the patron saint and holds some beautiful relics from Saint Blaise. Another church worth a quick visit is the fortress looking Gothic-Romanesque church. The outside appearance is deceptive, as you walk in there is a religious area for worship as well as an art museum.
Back in the harbour join your luxury charter yacht to see a small wooded island in the bay by the name of Lokrum. Rumoured to be the place that Richard the Lionheart was cast ashore after being shipwrecked, this is a pretty little island and gives great views of the surrounding city. Enjoy a fresh supper on board your vessel as you watch the sunset on your second day of exploring.
- Day 3
On route to Mljet burn some energy by taking a spin on your jet skis. The journey between Dubrovnik and Mljet is beautiful but why not add some fun to the trip? If the wind is right have a go at windsurfing too.
If you'd rather steam ahead to Mljet no one would blame you. The virtually untouched beauty of the island is stunning and is enough to make you want to come back year after year. Legend suggests that Odysseus was captivated by this island for seven years, certifying just how incredible this island is. As a destination of tranquillity, the culture of Mljet is very different to some of the medieval UNESCO sites you have already visited.
Although there are dotted villages across the green blanket of forestry, there is a very laid back atmosphere here and you will find it difficult to be anything but relaxed here. Make your way to the centre of the national park to see two salt water lakes called Veliko Jezero and Malo Jezero. These lakes are popular swimming destinations on the island and Veliko Jezero hosts a pretty, old Benedictine monastery for you to visit.
Making your way through the expanse of Aleppo pine trees you may come across some mineral springs as well as some hidden caves. Explore at your leisure but remember that as this is a national park you can't take anything out with you. Take all the photographs you can before rejoining civilisation at one of the small villages lining the coast of the island.
This is where you can dine for the evening. Mljet is well known for its red and white wine, goat's cheese and olives so you are in for a delicious supper. Engage with the friendly locals for an enjoyable evening in this tranquil environment before rejoining your luxury charter yacht, ready to head for your next destination.
- Day 4
Arriving at the island of Korcula, your first impressions will take your breath away. Sweeping views of lush green vegetation and medieval influences look at you from every angle. With legend saying that the island was founded by Trojan hero Antenor in the 12th century BC, the island is steeped in history with cultural aspects from all who have previously ruled her.
Anchoring down in the pretty harbour you are inevitably drawn to the popular cobbled streets of the surrounding settlements. Looking up and around, the medieval architecture is well preserved and gives an atmosphere of jumping back through time. The culturally rich destination of Korcula offers many insights in to the way of life for local residents, starting with sword dancing. Including many traditional dances like the Moreska, you can watch some sword dancing in village squares and maybe even ask for a demonstration from willing residents.
Another tradition you may be able to lap up liberally is capella singing. With an annual Korkyra Baroque Festival you can listen to some of the very best soloists and ensembles of baroque style music from across the globe as you enjoy local delicacies and locally produced drinks. After enjoying the festival make sure you take time to browse some of the local stores and businesses to treat yourself to some exquisite stone masonry pieces, traditional to the island mainly during the rule from the Venetian Republic.
Heritage isn't easy to miss when visiting Korcula but if you want to visit some archaeological sites you're in luck. There are two caves to visit which are the Vela Spila, translating as big cave, and Jakas Cave. Both of these locations held items from the very first settlers to the island, which can now be seen in museums. Visiting the caves gives you a clear indication of how the Mesolithic and Neolithic peoples lived. Although the eventuality of the peoples is unknown, the caves remain an integral part of the island's history and continue to attract tourists throughout the year.
- Day 5
As the furthest inhabited island from the Croatian mainland, Vis is an idyllic and beautiful location perfect for any luxury yacht charter holiday. Previously a location for a thriving fishing industry, the island of Vis is now a popular tourist destination and an agricultural haven.
The heritage of Vis, like many other islands in the surrounding area, has seen the input of many different nationalities due to the many rulers of its time. Vis has been ruled by the Austrians, Venetians, Greeks and Italians to name a few. Converging all these great European influences, the island has some staggering settlements across the coast which offer a warm welcome to the island and double as some fantastic landscape backgrounds for holiday photographs.
In addition to the ancient history that surrounds the island, there are many leftovers from the island's part in the Second World War. Used as a military base, the island has many buildings which have now been claimed by the residents for everyday use. An event of note is that during the war paperback books were dropped into the vicinity and translated as best as possible by English soldiers.
Aside from the stunning scenery and mountainous region above the coastal settlements, a main pull to the island is vast expanse of vineyards. A wine drinker's paradise, this island produces some incredible vintages and makes a great wine tasting experience. Before leaving the island make sure to pick up some of your favourites from the local merchants.
- Day 6
Moving on to your next port of call, Hvar offers more delightful views of lush vegetation and incredible architecture. The rolling hills filled with lavender, olive trees and bountiful fruit orchards create an incredible aroma wherever you visit on the island after you've anchored your luxury charter yacht in the quaint harbour.
The advantageous location of the island has made Hvar a staple location for trade in the past and has also continued to attract many tourists for the same reason. Aside from the accessibility of the island, the town of Stari Grad also has a magnetic pull on incoming tourism. Founded by the Greeks in 384 BC, the old town of Stari Grad is one of the oldest towns in Europe and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Some of the communal buildings still dominate the land and the cultural activities of pottery and performing arts still heavily feature in everyday life on the island.
Cruising along the northern coast of the island there are some unusual buildings along the shorefront to see from the 16th century. In a time when the coastline was constantly under threat from pirates and the Ottoman army, fortifications rose to defend the local people and much of the infrastructure is still in use today.
Back in to the main area of Hvar, there is a wide selection of restaurants, cafes, museums and art galleries which blend in beautifully in to the range of medieval buildings around the town. Before joining the night scene, indulge in a freshly caught and prepared seafood supper accompanied by the island's famous red wine developed from the Plavac Mali grape.
- Day 7
On your penultimate day in Croatia, most of the day is yours to use as you wish. The photogenic beaches and stunning scenery give you all the backdrops you need for some amazing holiday photographs, and as the largest island in the Adriatic there is plenty of space for you to stretch out and relax.
Although Brac does not have a heritage listing to its name, it is cluttered with medieval buildings from the various periods of rule of the island's history. Cultural influences from the Venetians, French, Italian and Germans still influence modern life on the island but the most incredible historic findings date even further back. Archaeological findings from the island provide proof that there were people living on the island in the Palaeolithic era. The findings can be seen in museums, followed by an equally cultural drink made from some local vineyards.
Before returning to your charter yacht after a day of exploring, take some time to pick up some locally produced products to take home as souvenirs.
- Day 8
On your final morning with your luxury charter yacht you will have time to explore one last cultural gem before heading home. The historic town and harbour of Trogir is now a World Heritage site, making it the perfect destination for finishing a cultural journey through Croatia.
The breadth of architecture to see while visiting the town is staggering, making it easy to see why it is a listed destination. Leave the harbour and explore the centre of the town where you will find some medieval walls bordering a preserved castle and palaces from different eras including Baroque and the Renaissance.
After visiting the bordered old town, turn your attention to one of the main reasons that Trogir is the best kept Romanesque-Gothic town in Central Europe. The St Lawrence church is perhaps one of the most impressive structures in Trogir and boasts an incredible magnetic pull to explore. Even if you're not religious, this is a spectacle you must see.
Before calling it a day, enjoy one last Croatian, freshly prepared lunch on board your luxury charter yacht before disembarking to start planning your next adventure.
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