Day 1: Venice
Board the yacht at Riva Sette Martiri, Venice, a 10 minute walk from St Marcos square, just at the entrance to the Grand Canal. Spend a day or two here exploring this most beautiful city from the best possible vantage point, a private yacht. Depart Venice late in the evening for a short overnight trip to Porec.
Day 2: Porec
Arrive in Porec, Croatia at first light for customs and immigration clearance. Porec is a small village but is home to the World Heritage Site - the 6th century Christian Basilica of Bishop Euphrasius, featuring beautiful gold mosaics, and a mosaic floor dating back to the 3rd century.
Day 3 & 4: Pula & Bay of Kvarnar
Head south along the Istria Peninsula, past Pula. Here, a well-preserved amphitheatre built during the reign of Emperor Claudius in the 1st century dominates the skyline. Further south, move into the Bay of Kvarnar and view the numerous off-shore islands. Most have excellent sheltered anchorages, ideal for water sports.
Day 5 & 6: Kornati Islands
Past the large islands of the Bay of Kvarnar are the Kornati Islands, many of which are part of a national park. The islands are barren, with a lunarscape beauty. The crystal clear waters make swimming irresistible. Navigating among the islands can be exciting, with some passages barely wider than the yacht!
Day 7: Šibenik
The next town of any size, Sibenik, is on the shores of the Bay of Knarnar. The narrow entrance is lined
with artificial caves, built to hide submarines and torpedo boats during World War II. It is possible to
take an excursion from Sibenik by local boat up-river to the magnificent waterfalls at Krka.
[The distance from Venice to Sibenik is approximately 200 nautical miles, more than half the distance to Dubrovnik but from Sibenik south there are more anchorages and more "things to see."]
Day 8 & 9: Trogir
Just a 4 hour cruise to the south awaits Trogir, a stunning, totally-walled town on its own little island. This is an excellent place to secure dockage - right by the walls (near a row of little restaurants and coffee shops). From here it is highly recommended to take a day trip into Split. The centre of town - Old Split - is fascinating, built within and around the fortified Roman palace of Emperor Diocletian, about 300AD. Much of the palace still stands today and is a unique example of Roman architecture. Split also has one of the largest and most colourful food markets found anywhere in Europe.
Day 10: Hvar
Depart Trogir and head south to the island of Hvar. The main town, also called Hvar, gained the nickname of, "St Tropez of the Eastern Mediterranean." This historic, picturesque town allows no auto traffic in its piazza, and the coffee shops and restaurants that surround it offer excellent vantage points for observing the harbour. At night, this tiny, quaint town comes to life with bands along the docks, and dancing in the street 'till dawn.
Day 11: Korcula
On to Korcula, an island covered in vineyards and featuring a completely-walled town, set of a tiny peninsula. Korcula was once the home of pirates, who made a good living raiding the Venetian trading ships. This came to an end when the town was sacked by the Venetians and became a part of the expanding realm of Venice. Venetian influence is evident throughout the architecture of this lovely town.
Day 12: Mljet
Next stop Mljet, a beautiful island, a third of which is national park. Drop anchor, take shore lines to the trees, and jump into the water - the swimming is superb. This is also a good place to take the sailing dinghy for a spin. In the early summer the tiny islands that make up part of this national park become home to breeding gulls and the cries of the young and the antics of their feeding are a delight.
Day 13 & 14: Dubrovnik
On south, towards Dubrovnik. The off-shore islands feature lovely vacation homes, both modern and some from an elegant past. Here, the anchorages are secure, and offer an opportunity to use the water toys: water-skis, wakeboards, and the always popular "banana" ride. Anchor directly off the old town of Dubrovnik, where the walls of the city rise majestically to the sky above. Take the tender ashore, or head a bit further south, just 5 miles, to the delightful, peaceful village of Cavtat. From here it is a spectacular drive back to Dubrovnik along a winding cliff road, and only a 10 minute drive to the airport for the return trip home.
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