Ideal for Summer Season
This 9-day yacht charter itinerary in Croatia offers Social Distancing every step of the way. Amid the Coronavirus crisis, a yacht charter is one of the safest types of vacation, and Croatia is perfect for keeping your distance while still exploring new destinations. With stunning scenery, remote beaches and over 1,000 islands to discover, this Croatia yacht charter itinerary promises Social Distancing at its finest.
- Day 1
Fly privately into Montenegro
Your Social Distancing yacht charter begins with a private flight into Montenegro. Tivat Airport is very well accustomed to private jets and chartered flights, and the airport is located just 10 minutes away from the glamorous superyacht hub of Porto Montenegro. A private car will be awaiting your arrival on the tarmac, ready to transfer you to meet your yacht at Porto Montenegro.
As well as being one of the most elite marinas in the Mediterranean, Porto Montenegro was also one of the first ports in the Mediterranean to introduce drastic Social Distancing measures to ensure the safety of its clients and staff amid the Coronavirus crisis. You can board your yacht straight away, or you can have a stroll through the white stone streets of the marina village first, admiring the luxury fashion emporiums, sculptural art installations and palm trees lined up along the waterfront.
Beginning your Croatia yacht charter in Montenegro gives you much more choice when it comes to selecting your dream charter yacht, as the yacht won't need to hold a Croatian charter license if you're embarking and disembarking outside Croatian waters. You'll also get to spend a few days exploring the unspoilt beauty of Montenegro. Your yacht will spend the first night in port and you'll wake up refreshed and ready to begin your yachting vacation.
- Day 2
See the most iconic sights of MontenegroDistance: 60 nm*
Montenegro is a small country with a rich heritage and colourful culture, and there are lots of iconic sights that you can soak up from the comfort of your charter yacht.
Wake up and enjoy breakfast on deck as you cruise around the Bay of Kotor. Mountains coated in pine trees rise up around the blue water, with lots of pretty red-rooved towns and dramatic Gothic architecture clustered together on shore. Cruise north and you'll discover Our Lady of the Rocks, a tiny man-made stone island which is home to a small blue-domed chapel that's steeped in legend and symbolizes the country's naval history.
Leave the bay and cruise along the coast to Budva. Impossibly beautiful, this seaside town is worth stepping on shore to explore. Take a tender straight up to the beach that borders the Old Town, and you'll see the famous Ballet Dancer Statue poised on the rocks overlooking the water. For lunch, cruise over to Sveti Nikola. This tiny island is popular among tourists, particularly on the sandy north side; but the flexibility of a yacht charter means you can find a secluded spot for a beach picnic. Don't leave Budva without cruising past the private island of Sveti Stefan.
- Day 3
Discover MljetDistance: 35 nm*
Cruise into Croatia, and your first port of call will be Dubrovnik. This ancient city is famous for being the filming location of Game of Thrones, and the city's impressive stone walls and 16th-century battlements make a spectacular sight from the water.
The city is usually busy during tourist season, so enjoy soaking up the scenery from your yacht and cruise onwards to Mljet, passing by the old monastery on St Marys Islands on the way (you may spot some donkeys roaming around). The island of Mljet forms a national park, which is renowned for its untouched beauty and serenity.
Find a quiet cove to drop anchor in, and dive straight into the cool, clear water. Swim straight up to shore and spend some time exploring the pine-scented wilderness. The dense forests, slivers of beach and rocky inlets make for great hiking trails, so if you're in the mood you can don your walking gear and spend the afternoon walking around the interior of the island. Your appetite will be whetted and you'll be ready for a sunset meal on board your yacht.
- Day 4
The charms of KorčulaDistance: 35 nm*
One of the most beautiful destinations in Croatia is Korčula. The island sits against the backdrop of rugged mountains and pebble beaches shaded by cypresses, and the main town (also named Korčula) hugs the sapphire water of the Adriatic.
The south side of the island is typically more quiet and peaceful. Off the coast of Prizba and Potima, you'll find excellent opportunities for watersports. Have lunch on deck and then spend some time playing with Seabobs, Jet-Skis, or getting to grips with windsurfing. Be sure to pay a visit to Pupnatska Luka, one of the most gorgeous little bays on the island; expect clear, shallow sea and a picturesque crescent of beach, bordered by thick forest. Get the kayaks out, and spend the afternoon floating along breathing in the scent of the pines and enjoying the sun beat down on you.
Next to Korčula is Lastovo, a beautiful island and national park. Lastovo is inhabited by less than 100 people, but thanks to the island's Catholic roots, you'll find countless chapels scattered across the island, many of which are stunning examples of Venetian architecture.
- Day 5
A culture trip at VisDistance: 55 nm*
Cruise onwards and spend your fifth day exploring Vis and the neighboring islet of Bisevo- both are filming locations of Mamma Mia 2, which are a fitting testament to their natural beauty.
Arrive early at Vis and make Stiniva Beach your first port of call. Tucked in between two narrow cliffs, this beach is only accessible by boat and is widely considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the East Mediterranean.
Then, pay a visit to the Blue Grotto, a semi-submerged cave illuminated by bright blue water that refracts the sunlight from outside the cave. Take the tender inside the grotto, and marvel at this phenomenal natural wonder.
Vis is perfect for scuba pros, as it's home to a number of sea caves and underwater attractions including several plane wrecks, shipwrecks and sunken archaeological sites. There's history to be seen on land as well, and yacht-goers should visit the ancient World War II bunker and the remains of the Roman Baths.
- Day 6
The wonders of the Cornati Archipelago Distance: 70 nm*
Composed of 140 uninhabited islands, the Cornati Archipelago is one of the largest and densest archipelagoes in the Adriatic.
The archipelago forms a national park, and it's home to plenty of islets that you'll have all to yourself. Take full advantage of exploring on shore, enjoying a beach picnic in a quiet bay, and splashing in the tranquil waters. There are virtually no tides here, so if your yacht has inflatable toys, be sure to get them out and spend the afternoon floating around with a cocktail in hand.
The archipelago is very verdant, with almost 70 species of butterfly living in this area. You'll more than likely come across a few while you explore. Below the surface of the sea, you'll find rare species of sea algae, coral and plenty of fish, so be sure to dedicate some time to snorkelling or scuba. Be aware that motor yachts are prohibited from dropping anchor in certain areas, so you'll do most of your exploring by tender.
- Day 7
Step back in time on BračDistance: 14 nm*
Beautiful Brač is a large island on the Dalmatian Coast, not far from Vis. While it's popular among tourists, you'll be able to find some secluded spots whilst exploring on a crewed yacht charter.
On the southern side of the island lies the famous beach of Zlatni Rat (or Golden Horn). Closer to shore, the beach is more built up, with beach chairs and bars. But further out, it's quiet and usually totally deserted. Many yachts drop anchor in the waters opposite the beach; from here, you can dive straight into the water and swim up to shore. The beach is ideal if you're keen on windsurfing, with the perfect conditions to master the art.
On the west side of the island lies Šolta. The towns here look lifted from a postcard, so be sure to step on shore to explore. Avoid the main port and arrive by tender at one of the island's emerald bays instead. The cobblestone streets of the main town are lined with lilac flowers and apricot buildings, and it's here you can buy some locally-made honey or traditional Dalmatian wine.
- Day 8
Hvar & the Paklinski IslandsDistance: 100 nm*
Hvar is one of the most alluring islands in Croatia, and it's best known for having the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country. Opposite Hvar, a chain of 16 islands forms the Paklinski Islands.
You'll spend the final day of your Mediterranean yacht charter exploring this stunning slice of the Adriatic. Swim between the islands, ride around on Jet-Skis or do some underwater exploring with the help of Seabobs, before settling down for a beach picnic on one of the islands little beaches.
You can choose to step on shore and see the sights of Hvar as well. The island is home to the oldest town in Croatia; Stari Grad. The town was once known as Pharos when parts of Croatia were colonised by Greece in 384 BC. Following Greek rule, Hvar subsequently went through an array of ruling nations before being returned to Croatia when the country declared independence in 1991.
Having had so many ruling nations over the course of history, it's no surprise that this part of Croatia features so many historic sites.
- Day 9
Disembark in Montenegro
You'll finish your private yacht charter back in Montenegro.
An overnight cruise will take you back to your disembarkation point of choice. Montenegro is the usually the best place to disembark, but it's also simple and straightforward to disembark in Dubrovnik and book a private flight from Dubrovnik airport; just make sure your yacht has a Croatian charter license.
Step on shore feeling relaxed and rejuvenated and filled with precious memories of time spent with your loved ones. Now more than ever, time together as a family is more important and special, and a yacht charter represents one of the safest and risk-free ways to enjoy a vacation amid the COVID-19 crisis.
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*All distances are approximate