DAY 1 ) Split, Makarska
After boarding our “A” category cruiser (01:00pm) at the Split harbour we have our lunch on board, we cruise in the tranquil waters of the Adriatic Sea. We depart for swimming at different bays along the Dalmatian coast before arriving in the island of Makarska which is a popular resort town on the mainland, and has the Biokovo mountain range for a stunning backdrop. After a brief orientation walk you have the afternoon to lie on the beach, get involved in some water sports – like parasailing, jet skiing, or just enjoy some of the many cafes, bars and restaurants that line the 1500m long beach. At night get ready to go ‘Deep’ as we head out to party in a cave!
DAY 2 ) Makarska, Brac
Today, we depart for swimming at different bays along the Dalmatian coast before arriving in the island of Brac. This island is a spectacular panoramic landscape – it is the largest, driest and also contains the most astonishing mountains of all Croatian islands. It is also where the famous beach Zlatni Rat is, the shape of this beach visibly shifts with the changes in tide, currents and wind, veering out into sea 634m long.
DAY 3 ) Brac, Hvar
The anchor comes up in the morning, we wave goodbye to the shores of Brac and are bound for Hvar. Hvar is Croatia’s premier island, which is known as the sunniest island in the Adriatic – receiving on average 2,724 hours of sunshine a year; it is famous for its lavender, sage, rosemary and wine. It is also well known for its beaches, nightlife and celebrity draw – thanks to Prince Harry’s antics at one of the famous outdoor clubs; and more recently was named one of the top destinations in 2012. After an orientation walk, sample some fresh cuisine at any number of restaurants, and then get ready to party with the elite as we hit the local bars and clubs!
DAY 4 ) Hvar, Korcula
Today we first sail to Lumbarda beach and spend some hours here to swimming, sunbathing and enjoying various activities like jetski, windsurfing and paragliding. We then continue to Korcula town, the birthplace of Marco Polo. Korcula is graced with indented coves, rolling hills and a walled old town that resembles a miniature Dubrovnik. After an orientation walk you can wander the streets checking out the markets and many hand-made jewellery shops, visit the spot where Marco Polo lived, or grab a cocktail in a bar located at the top of the old city tower for some phenomenal views.
DAY 5 ) Korcula, Mljet
Today we cruise to the island Mljet, an island covered by forests and dotted by fields, vineyards and small villages. Time Magazine placed Mljet among the ten most beautiful islands in the world, and according to legend, this is where Odysseus got trapped for seven years with his lover Calypso – though locals believe it is the natural beauty of Mljet that charmed him. One third of the island was declared a National Park in 1960, you have the afternoon to visit the salt lakes here, swim, kayak, cycle or scoot around the enchanting island.
DAY 6 ) Mljet, Slano
After breakfast we depart for Slano. We first stop near the Elephite island and swim in the tranquil waters of the Mediterranean and then arrive in Slano, a fantastic resort famous for its 2km long pebble beaches. We spend the afternoon soaking up the sun, swimming in the tranquil waters of the Adriatic and enjoying the superb long beach of Slano. And of course no sailing trip on a pirate ship is complete without of course dressing like a pirate; tonight we have our on-board “Pirate Party” with a special BBQ and traditional Croatia cuisine prepared by the Captain and crew, games, and then we “P-aarrrr-ty” the night away.
DAY 7 ) Slano, Dubrovnik
This morning we are headed for ‘pearl of the Adriatic’ – Dubrovnik! Much of the history of Dubrovnik can be characterised by its intact city walls, which run uninterrupted for 1940 meters encircling the city. This complex structure is one of the most beautiful and strongest fortified systems in Europe; it is the main attraction to the city’s visitors. We arrive in the early afternoon, and after lunch our tour leader takes us into the old town for an orientation walk. The afternoon is yours free to explore; walk the city walls, wander through the marble streets, soak up some rays on the beach and maybe enjoy an ice cold beer taking in the view of the glistening Adriatic. In the evening we can indulge in some fresh seafood, before seeing what the Dubrovnik nightlife has in store – party in a 13th Century fortress anyone?
DAY 8 ) Dubrovnik
It is time for one last breakfast together, then we say goodbye to new friends and disembark the vessel.