Croatia: Active Cruise

Korchula

Pre-Dinner Village Pivo (beer) or gelato (icecream)

Suggested Itinerary:   

Depending on the boat schedule this trip operates in reverse.

Day 1 - Split /Trogir. Arrive at Split Airport and transfer to either Torgir (5 min) or Split (20 minutes) depending on the trip schedule.  Check into your hotel. Join group in late afternoon for welcome meeting and dinner small locally run Konoba in Varos region. D.


Day 2 - Split/Trogir to Brac Island. In the morning we’ll take part in a guided walking tour of the ancient city of Split including the beautifully preserved Palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian that has become a part of the town with houses within the ancient walls.  The temple of Jupiter and Diocletian’s mausoleum, which is now the cathedral, are two of numerous ancient monuments.  Split is an active town with a colorful street market, friendly cafes and a traditional bayside promenade.    Mid-afternoon we transfer to the yacht in the harbor for late light lunch and to get settled into our cabins.  We sail to Brac Island where the white limestone of the United States Whitehouse was quarried.  Overnight in the lovely small port town of Milna.  B,L,D. 


Day 3 - Blaca Monastery.  Our early breakfast sail to the nearby inlet of Blaca and begin the lovely hike to Blaca Hermitage.  This is a fair ascent of approximately 2 miles offering us beautiful views and a local tour of the Hermitage which was occupied until 1963.  We return to the boat for a swim and lunch before crossing to the island of Hvar and the town of Starigrad. Afternoon  kayaking, swimming and of course a nap before touring the lovely town, home of Petar Hektorovic, one of Croatia’s most loved poets.  We visit his 16th century home, uniquely built within a Turkish fort.  After-dinner stroll in the lovely town and perhaps see the so- called “Cyclopean walls” built of gigantic blocks of stone dating from the Illyrian Period Overnight Starigrad B,L,D.


Day 4 - Hvar: Starigrad to Hvar Town

The ancients considered Hvar one of the “Isles of the Blessed”. Flower-filled gardens, palms, lemon and orange groves add a fragrance lovely enough to match the visual appeal of this sun-drenched island beauty.  The walk today is from Sarigrad to the charming town  of Vrboska (~12 km) exploring it’s  narrow streets, ancient  fortified church and houses situated at the head of narrow bays surrounded by lovely pine forests and vineyards. We continue ~4 km on to Jalsa along the coastal path.   Upon arrival in Jalsa we have time to explore the town before transferring ~30 km to the town of Hvar. Arrive at the fortress above Hvar town before descending to the village and meeting the boat. Non-walkers spend some time in the Starigrad in the morning before cruise by boat to Hvar.  Upon arrival, explore the quiet back streets of Renaissance architecture in this captivating town.  At the end of the main square is the 16th century cathedral with impressive Christian paintings of the Madonna.  For those who had a quieter day, evening hike to the 16th Century Venetian Citadel for fabulous views over the town and sea.  Enjoy a swim before a late afternoon crossing (~2 hrs) to the island of Vis. dinner on the boat.  B,L,D.   

Day 5 Vis.  Morning walk from town to George III fortress and on to Nova Posta where the boat meets us for a swim and lunch.  Afternoon return to Vis dress up for a visit to our guide Miso’s wine Konoba (small wine cellar) to tastes his famous wine. Walk towards the Kut end of town where we enjoy dinner at a wonderful Pizzeria.   


Day 5 Vis to Komiza.  Early departure by foot for a fantastic walk on old Roman roads to the town of Komiza (~16 km). Our walk takes us past the famous vineyards of Vis and offers extraordinary vistas.  Those not walking sail to Komiza.

Visit the lovely town of Komiza before sailing 30 min to the blue grotto on the island Bisevo.  Tour the grotto by small boat during high season as snorkeling is not allowed.   After lunch we begin our long sail to the island of Korcula stopping enroute at the Green Cave for snorkeling and swimming.

Overnight in Vela Luka. B,L,D.    


Day 7 - Vela Luka to Korcula.  Morning sail towards  Korcula stopping ~ 12 km out of town in order to arrive into town by foot(!).  Korcula is one of the most dramatic medieval walled towns of Europe.  The stone palaces and churches are a magnificent display of architectural style ranging from 14th to 16th century and house excellent collections of religious art. Korcula lays claim to being the birthplace of Marco Polo and in September there is a reenactment of the famous battle between Genoa and Venice where he was taken captive, thrown in prison in Genoa and thereby wrote his now-famous Travels.  Here, or on Hvar, we sometimes hear  local “Klapa” singers carrying on this beautiful tradition of accapella singing.  Evening sail to the small island of Vernik dinner with the possibility for a walk, swim, an quiet overnight. B,L,D. 


Day 8 - Korcula & Peljesac – and onward. Morning cruise and then walk (~9km) on the Peljesac Peninsula ascending from the old maritime center  of Orebic to the historic church of Karmen surrounded by ancient Cypress Trees.  We continue along the ridge to Franjevacki Samostan Monastery and the associated cemetery of the sea captains of Orebic .The walk offers excellent views across to the channel and Korcula before descending a rocky trail to the tiny town of Viganj  where we have time for a swim, kayak and lunch.  Afternoon is spent swimming in the deserted cove of Luka.  For dinner we move to the small village of Loviste where we enjoy a Pivo and local culture at a cafe before our last meal on the yacht. B,L,D.    


Day 9 - On to Dubrovnik. Depart the yacht early morning and make our way along the coast by private transfer from Gradac to our hotel outside old town Dubrovnik. En-route we stop at the village of Ston and connecting the two is an amazing wall of almost six kilometres. Circling Ston, the walls climb up to the hilltop Pozvizd Fortress and follow the line of the isthmus to meet up with the walls of Mali Ston. We continue on to Dubrovnik, check in and lunch/swim on own mid-day before transferring to the old town for a city walk offered by an informative local guide.  We’ll learn more of the history and culture of this magnificent city and veritable open-air museum. Enjoy a gelato before climbing to the ancient city walls for an evening one mile loop along the walls. Final dinner with the group in Dubrovnik   Old Town. B,D.


Extra Day Dubrovnik (Optional).  George Bernard Shaw called Dubrovnik “Paradise on Earth” and  the British poet Lord Byron named it the “Pearl of the Adriatic.”  Also known as the “Empress of Dalmatia,” Dubrovnik has long earned the admiration of nearly all that behold it. No autos are allowed inside the walls where polished stone streets, marble fountains, art galleries, museums and churches abound.  If you choose not to venture into Dubrovnik,  enjoy a quiet day on the beach by the hotel,  a coastal path walk along Lapad Bay, spend the afternoon in the beautiful nearby city of Cavtat (mini Dubrovnik with few tourists!), or ferry to the nearby nature preserve island. Optional kayak tour can be arranged in advance.  Overnight Dubrovnik Area Hotel. 


Day 10 - Departure on your own following breakfasts for returning flights.   Suggested extension to Istria.


Leadership: Miso (pronounced Misho) Poduje, a fifth generation vintner on the island of Vis. Since then 2000 Miso has been leading this departure and consistently receives rave reviews Miso grew up in Split and on Vis and during his childhood his father worked for a large Yugoslavian wine exporter.  Between the ages of 15 and 18, Miso lived in Paris where he attended a British high school, thereby learning both French and English.  The penultimate host, Miso has an uncanny knack for anticipating our guests’ needs.   He has a deep working knowledge of history and brings Croatian history alive to our guests in an unassuming manner.   His contacts in the islands open many a door to special invitations and events.   In his thirties, Miso spends much of his time with his young sons Marko and tending his vineyards and winery.  His knowledge of wine is immense and anyone wanting to learn more about Croatia’s wines will be in excellent company with plenty of opportunity. We recognize the immense value of having a local guide as opposed to someone who is not from the Dalmatian coast.  The experiences Miso provides for us, as well as his local knowledge are critical to the success of this journey.  


Your Host:

Kathy Dragon, owner of The Dragon’s Path, will serve as the tour escort and help to anticipate and facilitate the group’s needs prior to as well as during the trip. 


Weather and Climate:  Our trips are timed to enjoy the finest weather of the Dalmatian Coasts while also avoiding the throngs of European tourists that come to play in August.  sun heats up the water, reaching the mid 70’s in September.  Evenings see moderate drops in temperature.  Weather is of course variable and our packing list will help you prepare. Average daytime temperatures will range from 70-80F in June and September but recent weather patterns show the potential for very hot days. Our walks with take into consideration cooler morning temperatures.  Sea temperatures are in the 60’s in May and rise as the sun heats up the water, reaching the mid 70’s in September.  Evenings see moderate drops in temperature.  Weather is of course variable and our packing list will help you prepare.

Copyright 2011, The Dragon's Path.  2105 Mapleton Ave. Boulder, CO 80304 303.415.9974