Sailing the islands of Croatia is fast becoming as critical as seeing the Eiffel Tower. From the postcard town of Split to the clubs of Dubrovnik Old Town, with so many white beaches and ocean time in between. This trip even goes reverse if you'd rather start from Dubrovnik. Hvar, anyone?
Oh la la it's the Dalmatian coast and we are going to soak up that sun like the bosses that we are. On arrival, make tracks to your hotel and relax for the day, or take a stroll waterside for some people watching, and no doubt raising a glass of ice cold beer to toast the days ahead...because you can.
Pucker up salty sea dogs! It's time to kiss Split goodbye and head over the ocean for some idyllic island time and along the way get to know your Contiki group over a tasty Welcome Lunch. Your cabin with private ensuite bathroom on our exclusive sailing boat is waiting for you.Long sandy beaches, fruit & flower markets, restaurants overflowing with fresh seafood: Markarska is pure Croatian bliss. You have a free afternoon here to loll about the markets, eating fresh fruit & ogling bunches of lavender, stroll the white-pebbled beaches & the long promenade, then get to know your new squad later on over dinner at the boat tonight. Anyone up for a visit to a cave bar tonight?
With memories of cave bar antics still fresh from last night, this morning we'll say farewell to the picturesque Biokovo mountains and the bountiful bay of Makarska - we're bound for the fair shores of Bol.Little bays of pebbles & a quaint seaside town wait for us in the south of the island of Brac. Get a bit cultural today with a visit to the King’s stairs and the Dominican Monastery. Later we can choose to loosen up over our Captain's dinner and pirate party.
Lounge around enjoying breakfast and sunshine as we depart Bol and head for Wild Bay, and yes, more swim stops await today.The sound of 'Wild' Bay might scare you after what may have been a night of debauchery. But rest assured Wild Bay is exactly what you need - turquoise waters & tranquil vibes aplenty.
So long oasis of dreams, we have another stunning port to throw down anchor at. Ahoy! We will be stopping for plenty of swim stops and throwing the anchor down, sounds good to us sailor types.A celeb hang out, a museum of super-yachts, a nightclub hub - Hvar is nothing short of wonderful. We will take an orientation of the town where we will get you in the know on the Arsenal (known as the most beautiful building in the whole of Dalmatia) and the Venetian Fortress which represented the strong naval history of this cute town. Whether you spend the day exploring, catching rays beachside or sipping cocktails at Hula Hula Beach Bar, you won't be disappointed. This is the ultimate.
Relax and recap on the evening over a late breakfast before we drift off to the next destination calling our name. Cruising the good-looking Dalmatian coastline we make our way to Korčula, home of the legendary explorer Marco Polo. On arrival we'll enjoy lunch onboard, fuelling us for a day exploring the Venetian architecture & pretty buildings of this walled fishing village. Our Trip Manager will take us on a tour of the town with info on the incredible paving and landscapes and its relationship with the natural environment. Tonight, you'll no doubt be ready for a night out and we recommend heading up one of the city's tower wall bars for a cocktail while watching the sunset.
This morning we wave goodbye to Korcula over breakfast, sailing into a fresh day of sunshine in search of our next island.The sun is shining, the sea is glistening & today we sail to Dubrovnik. Tonight we can party in style as we wander through Dubrovnik's old town, checking out some amazing dinner options as well as the incredible nightlife that this city has to offer.
The city of Dubrovnik is so much more than just a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Game of Thrones location - not that either of those claims to fame are even mildly mediocre. After you've been guided around the city with intricate detail you'll be armed with the knowledge to pick out a waterside rock bar where you can swim and indulge 'til your heart's content.
There you have it, the astonishing beauty of Croatia and its cluster of islands. You probably always imagined you'd be blown away by it, but the new squad of life-long pals will be the real surprise. Round Two: Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey?
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Trip Name: Croatian Island Hopper
Duration: 9 Days
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