CROATIA BY BOAT AND BIKE

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Trip overview

Croatia has over 1200 islands – enough said why it is one of the most common ways to explore it by your own private boat. This itinerary gives you the chance to explore various islands in Croatia with a locals who will share their deep passion for islands where they live and will show you spots you would never find on your own. If you like boating, keeping active, and enjoy off the beaten path spots this is the way you should see Croatia. From charming Zagreb to hidden island of Korcula and Mljet, to our jewel of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik – you will see it all.

Please keep in mind that all our tours are tailor-made according to our clients interests and wishes. If there is something in this itinerary you would like to change or customize, please contact us . We will gladly modify the itinerary to meet your preferences.

Trip map and locations

Zagreb, Croatia

Croatia

21000, Split, Croatia

Brač, Croatia

Hvar, Croatia

Korčula, Croatia

Mljet, Croatia

Šipan, 20223, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Trip itinerary

DAY 1: ZAGREB ARRIVAL

Welcome to Zagreb, a charming Croatian capital, a city where an irresistible flair of the grandiose Austro-Hungarian Empire meets the lively energy of a Mediterranean. Habsburg era buildings line the city streets with a historic appeal, and fancy Vienna-ish parks will invite you for a retreat from a city hubbub.

Zagreb, with its 1000 years of history, is an inspiring historic site, but at the same time dynamic cosmopolitan city with the affection for fashion and design. Exuberant and hospitable, Zagreb attracts people from Croatia and Europe to its famous street events. Zagreb events brighten up the streets with music, tasteful street food, artistic decorations, and a good mood.

Zagrebians enjoy hiking on the slopes of Medvednica mountain that guards the city in the north. The river Sava divides the city into two parts – historic Old Zagreb and New Zagreb, built during the socialist era (1945-1990). Although Novi Zagreb is a comfortable residential area with wide boulevards lined with lush greenery, Old Zagreb has way more to offer for the tourists.

After the landing and the private transfer to a hotel, there is some free time to relax and refresh. Before the dinner, a short guided tour with an expert guide will reveal the best of Zagreb sights and offer a captivating insight into its turbulent history. The delicious welcome dinner is organized in a fine restaurant.

Private transfer to a hotel. Overnight in Zagreb.

DAY 2: ZAGREB – NATIONAL PARK PLITVICE LAKES -SPLIT

Halfway between Split and Zagreb is the most sensational place of Croatian hinterland – National Park Plitvice Lake, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many visitors think that its 16 lakes interconnected with about 90 spectacular waterfalls and framed by lush greenery might be the most beautiful place in the world. And we couldn’t agree more.

Plitvice offers a delightful walk along 18 km of beautiful wooden footbridges and pathways. Walking along the crystalline lakes and besides magical waterfalls detoxes from any kind of restlessness or stress. The tranquility of the perfectly turquoise water, misty waterfalls, and bountiful shades of green are a mother’s nature’s finest wellness treatment. Locals believe that wishes made under the biggest Plitvice waterfall always come true. And we think it is worth a try.

The National Park goes beyond beautiful cascading lakes. It occupies an area of 30,000 hectares, covered by beech, fir, and spruce forest. Deers, bears, wolves, boars and numerous rare bird species live in this well-preserved piece of biodiversity heaven.

Rustic restaurants of National Park offer fresh and hearty traditional food.

Refreshed and renewed by the ravishing nature of the Plitvice Lakes we continue our tour towards Split.

Overnight in Split.

DAY 3: SPLIT UNESCO TOUR / EMBARK ON A CHARTER – BRAC ISLAND

After waking up in beautiful Split, and tasty breakfast, it is time for an exciting time travel tour across the streets of Split. Split is the second biggest city in Croatia and often referred to as “The most beautiful city in the world” and “Mediterranean flower.” It doesn’t take long to find out how and why Split got its nicknames.

In the afternoon, embark your private yacht for an Adriatic cruise from Split to Dubrovnik. The cruise includes biking tours on beautiful Hvar, Korčula and Mljet.

The first stop of a Split walking tour is an ancient Diocletian palace, the surreally beautiful beating heart of the city. UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, Diocletian palace was built in Roman times, but today it is still a place where people live, do business, and hang around. Narrow streets of the castle are filled with unsurpassable charm and beauty.

The next stop is the oldest (and the smallest) catholic Cathedral in the world, Cathedral of Saint Domnius on Peristil, built in the 4th century as the Imperial Roman mausoleum. From the top of the iconic bell tower near the Cathedral, you can enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the palace and the sea. Peristil square, formerly a Roman court, echoes the glory of the Roman empire.

Charming and Split-ish place worth a visit is Pjaca square with Split’s old town hall and a shiny marble tiles paved plaza, lined with pleasant cafes. Below the palace is Riva, palm-lined seafront promenade, famous for its beauty, lovely historic buildings, and zen-inducing overlook at the Adriatic sea.

In the afternoon, embark on a private yacht. By the end of the day, the boat will arrive at the Island Brač, where it will be anchored in the deep bay bordered by the picturesque stone houses.

Overnight on a boat on Brac island.

DAY 4: ISLAND BRAC – STARI GRAD – HVAR

Hvar offers incredibly a lot of attractive biking routes. Cycling among the endless purple lavender fields, vineyards, and olive orchards with an idyllic view at lovely Mediterranian towns is an unforgettable experience.

Hvar tour starts in lovely Stari Grad, picturesque Mediterranean town. Next stop is Stari Grad Plain/Agora/Hora, UNESCO World Heritage Site, an ancient agricultural landscape. Due to its robust construction and smart watering solutions, Stari Grad Plain is in continuous use for olive orchards and vineyards for 24 centuries.

Many beautiful cycling routes start from here. The guide will offer the one the best suits for the group, depending on the group’s preferences and physical condition.

Overnight on a boat in Hvar town.

DAY 5: HVAR – KORČULA

After a pleasant cruise from Hvar, soon the yacht will approach the beautiful island of Korčula, one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic Sea. Still a bit wild and untouched by globalization, Korčula will provide a lot of opportunities to enjoy ravishing nature and rich cultural heritage. Mesmerizing vineyards and olive groves around small villages transfer you into the slow-paced realm of old-times Mediterranean.

Starting in Vela Luka, biking tour meanders the hills upwards, across the vineyards and olive orchards, besides picturesque villages and towards the deep blue sea of Korčula beaches.  

Overnight on a boat in Korcula.

DAY 6: ISLAND KORČULA

Vela Luka is beautiful – but the town of Korčula is something like a miniature Dubrovnik. Korčula town, medieval walled Dalmatia city, shares the part of the history and architectural style with Dubrovnik. Marble streets, defensive walls, red-roofed stone houses, and their fishbone street structure are packed with heroic history and inspiring richness of culture. Korčula town is surrounded by crystal clear sea and pleasant beaches, inviting you for an enjoyable and relaxing swim and lazy beach time.

Pleasant cycling tour from Vela Luka towards Korčula offers a long list of things to see, explore, and do. There are secluded bays, ideal for a relaxing swim, interesting sights, and an abundance of breathtaking views.

In the evening there is plenty of time to explore the lovely town of Korčula, its medieval city walls and towers, picturesque streets, museum of Marco Polo and cute souvenir shops, art galleries and tasty restaurants.

Overnight on a boat in Korcula town.

DAY 7: KORCULA – ISLAND MLJET

Our next destination is island Mljet, near Dubrovnik, most heavily forested island, famous for its unique and extraordinary beauty. Crystalline salt lakes, reflecting lush greenery, ancient Franciscan monastery, olive groves, vineyards, and dense forests radiate with exceptional harmony of nature and human culture.

The National Park Mljet was the first Mediterranean and the Republic of Croatia’s protected marine area. Since 1960. Its unique natural and cultural values are under the state protection striving to preserve this precious gem of Adriatic.

The cycling tour starts in Pomena and continues across the Honey Island, green forested island. It meanders around the salt lakes, through villages Babine Kuce and Soline, discovering the most iconic places of stunning National Park Mljet.

Overnight on a boat in National Park Mljet

DAY 8: PELJEŠAC PENINSULA CYCLING

Peninsula of Pelješac provides incredibly scenic cycling routes, starting in the palm-lined beautiful town of Trstenik, continuing across the vineyards, picturesque hills overlooking the Korčula and Mjet on one side and the mainland on the other. The route ends in Prapratno, home to one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia.

Pelješac is one of the most laid-back areas of Croatia where beautiful vineyards provide some of the most beloved Croatian wines. Pleasant ambient, stunning views and cultural heritage blend into unique quiet and sleepy Mediterranean experience.

Overnight on a boat on Peljesac peninsula.

DAY 9: PELJEŠAC AND DUBROVNIK

Besides scenic ambiance, Pelješac is famous for its oyster farm in the bay of the lovely town Mali Ston, embraced by well-preserved city walls. It would be a shame not to visit oyster beds and taste superb Ston oysters accompanied by delicious Pelješac wine. 

After a pleasant day in Ston, the tour continues to magnificent Dubrovnik. Renaissance harmony, a medieval mystic and fantasy-like Game of Thrones vibe – the city of Dubrovnik is bursting with good energy and unbelievably lots of things to see and do. 

Mali Ston is a breathtakingly beautiful, serene bay, a pure jewel of the Adriatic sea. A pleasant ride on a wooden boat in the peaceful bay of Mali Ston reveals the stunning tranquility of the bay and the beauty of the oyster beds. Paired with local wine, mouthwatering texture, and superior taste of Ston oysters will simply delight you. A local guide will share his rich knowledge about the history, cultivation, and best ways to enjoy this precious see food.

Since Roman times oysters from this region were in high regard. And even considered aphrodisiac. The unique taste of the Ston oysters is created by the magic mix of the seawater, rich with salt and phytoplankton, and the mineral-packed fresh water from the river Neretva.

After lovely Mali Ston, head towards Dubrovnik.

Overnight on the boat on Elafiti Islands.

DAY 10: DUBROVNIK DISEMBARK – CITY TOUR

Just a simple walk on the streets of Dubrovnik or along the city walls awakens the sense of awe and exhilaration. Soak up the historic beauty of Old Town, renaissance harmony of the main street – Stradun and historic Rector’s Palace and dreamlike City Walls. Take time to memorize the colors, the smells, and the clamor of the Dubrovnik market, packed with fresh food and fragrant lavender.

With our expert guide soak in the historic beauty of Old Town, renaissance harmony of the main street – Stradun, dreamlike City Walls and elegance of the Rector’s Palace.

Walking along the city walls, UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will enjoy the overlook at the Adriatic sea, its shimmering beauty, enriched by islands, and yachts smoothly sailing across the endless blue. City walls radiate with a fantasy-like Game of Thrones vibe.

The afternoon in Dubrovnik is at leisure. Stroll across the Stradun, the most famous street/promenade of Dubrovnik or along the 1940 m long Dubrovnik walls. Discover hidden alleys and piazzas of Dubrovnik and taste savory local food.

The views, the smells, and the gastronomy of Dubrovnik are the magic formula for a day well spent.

Overnight in Dubrovnik.

DAY 11: FLYOUT OF CROATIA

Private transfer to Dubrovnik airport.

Fly out of Croatia.

Price & Inclusions

NOTE: This specific itinerary can be done with sail boat, catamaran, or motor yacht all depends on the final budget for the trip.

Benefits and special perks you get by booking with VIA:

  • Pre-checked Via hotels
  • Negotiated hotel amenities
  • 24/7 local concierge that makes the trip so much more special with recommendations on the spot and flexibility within the tours and itinerary making each trip stress free
  • Exclusive day trips and tours not bookable anywhere else
  • Top-natch local guides (over 20 languages available)
  • Private transfers with high class vehicles no older than 3 years

 

All our itineraries and trips are custom made to each client. The above itinerary (price from) is calculated based on 2 people traveling in low season in 4* hotels with all private tours and transfers. The price of the itinerary can go up or down depending on the season, changes on the itinerary and/or specific requests.

 

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