Dubrovnik to Venice

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Adriatic Adventure:
A 10-Day Charter Itinerary from Dubrovnik to Venice

By Katy Carter, Allied Marine Charter Division Manager

Beginning and ending in two of the world’s most romantic cities, this luxury charter itinerary blends a fascinating look back in history with spectacular natural island vistas and exciting nightlife. Many seasoned yachtsmen feel that today, the Dalmatian coast of Croatia offers the very best, unspoiled cruising grounds in the Med.

Days 1 & 2: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik dates back to the 7th century. Stroll the Stradun, the main street of its red-roofed Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The way is dotted with outdoor cafes and charming shops where it’s easy to find souvenirs such as the traditional filigree jewelry made locally. Although Dubrovnik was hit by Serbian shells after the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991, it is still one of the best-preserved examples of a medieval walled city in the Mediterranean region.

Visit the farmer’s market at the Gunduliceva Poljana to buy snacks and jars of local wine. Then pack up your picnic and head to the “Dubrovnik Riviera” for an afternoon of sunbathing on famous Banje beach, which has a great view of the city. That evening, enjoy a sumptuous welcome dinner prepared by your yacht’s private chef and served al fresco on the sundeck.

The next morning, take the tender to Lokrum, a small island just off Dubrovnik’s Old City that is a “must-see” attraction. Explore the ruins of the 15th-century Benedictine monastery and visit the Botanical Garden planted in the 19th century. Take one of the well-marked walking routes around the island, rumored to be where British King Richard the Lionheart was shipwrecked in the Middle Ages on his way home from the Crusades.

Day 3: Korčula
Cruise north to the densely wooded island of Korčula, which the Greeks called Korkyra Melaina or “Black Corfu”. This island off Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast surprises with its art, culture, fine dining, stunning architecture and breathtaking views. The Old Town is a medieval walled city with round towers and red-roofed palaces. Marco Polo is reputed to have been born here; his house is open to visitors. That evening, watch the locals perform the dramatic sword dance called the moreska in the street.

Days 4 & 5: Hvar
Spend your mornings touring Hvar’s many historical attractions, including the 16th century fortress perched high on the hill above Hvar Town, St. Stephan’s Cathedral, and the Franciscan Monastery that was built as a sailor’s refuge. In the afternoons, visit a vineyard for wine-tasting or drive out to Humac to see Grapčeva Cave, said to have sheltered Neolithic islanders. But the evenings are reserved for the night life that is prolific in Hvar Town, where in summer, the party typically lasts until dawn.

Day 6: Split
You will find a different vibe in Split, which is virtually a living museum centered on the ruins of palace that Roman Emperor Diocletian finished building here in 305 A.D. It’s still easy to see the walls, squares, and temples of this well-preserved ancient site. In the evening, dine like Roman emperor on a festive dinner prepared by your chef.

Days 7 & 8: Kornati Archipelago
A national park since 1980, the nearly 90 islands of the Kornati Achipelago are remote and untouched, the perfect place to relax and hop from gem-like bay to bay in your yacht. Enjoy savory, fresh-caught seafood in the restaurants that cater to passing yachtsmen in many of the scenic coves. The clear waters are good for scuba diving; if that’s your passion, ask the captain to arrange a rendezvous dive.

Day 9 & 10: Venice
Voyage across the Adriatic to the Italian coast, where Venice – which conquered many of the islands you just visited back in the day – looks virtually the same as it did six hundred years ago. Although it is typically filled with tourists, be sure not to miss San Marco Square, where you can have a coffee at a cafe overlooking the Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the Bell Tower of St. Mark (Campanile di San Marco), and the Clock Tower (Torre dell'Orologio). See the Bridge of Sighs, where prisoners once walked to judgment. Take a gondola ride along the famous canals with a gondolier in the iconic striped shirt and straw hat at the helm. Another “must-see” attraction is the glass-making island of Murano; you will be sure to leave there with plenty of sparkling keepsakes to take home.
Dubrovnik to Venice
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