8 days in Southern Croatia on a luxury yacht

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Chilling out in Cavtat

Southern Croatia is a superyacht hotspot. The islands and coastline are characterised by fishing and are rich in history and culture. The coastline is also home to some of the Mediterranean's top party destinations as well as beautiful palaces, fortresses and quiet nature preserves.

From Cavtat and the major city of Dubrovnik in the south to the island towns of Korcula, Vis, Hvar and Stari Grad, to Split and Trogir further north, this area is not only a sought after destination for charter yachts, but for holiday makers from around the world.

Whether you are looking for a quiet vacation during which to appreciate Croatia’s history and scenery, or want to be among the who’s who at the best anchorages and night spots, a private cruise or a  luxury yacht charter in South Croatia is a great option.

Day 1 — Chilling out in Cavtat

Chill out in Cavtat after arriving in Dubrovnik airport. Perhaps take a dive with Epidaurum, one of the best Mediterranean underwater ruins, and discover some of the many Greek and Roman relics that tell Croatia’s story. Treat yourself to a night in Hotel Croatia’s Presidential suite, and from the large terrace, admire spectacular views of the Adriatic and Dubrovnik’s city walls. Sip cocktails in the piano bar and dine casually or in style at the hotel or try the fresh lobster at Leut in the centre of Cavtat.

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Cruise to Dubrovnik

Greet the day with coffee and pastries on the hotel terrace. Join your yacht and sail towards Dubrovnik, perhaps stopping for a swim near Lokrum island. You can anchor northeast of the island for great views of Dubrovnik city by night, or moor in the busy port of Gruz, or head up the river Dubravka and moor at the pier of Dubrovnik ACI Marina to enjoy the charm of this lovely old building and gardens.

Walk Dubrovnik’s city walls, take in all the stories they have to tell, and then relax and admire more views over a sumptuous meal at Restaurant Nautika, considered one of the best restaurants in Croatia.

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Mljet

Sample the local specialities for breakfast. Dried ham (prsut), maybe salted sardines, or a heartier Burek — a pastry filled with meat, cheese or vegetables, the meat version resembling a flakier Cornish pastry. Enjoy a leisurely cruise around the Elaphite islands on your way to Luka Polace on Mljet island, one of the best superyacht anchorages in the area and close to the saltwater lakes.

Take an afternoon swim in the lakes and enjoy a sunset dinner in Melitta on the tiny island in the centre of the biggest lake. Enjoy your liqueur on board under the stars and in tune with nature. Perhaps you’re brave enough to try a sip of the Croatian brandies — orahovac (walnut) or maraschino (cherry)? Or, try the less potent Prosec, Croatia’s delicious dessert wine.

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Lastovo

Take the short trip north-west for the delights of Korcula town. Anchor south of Badija islet or moor at the ACI marina, keeping an eye out for winds in the Pelesac Canal. Soak in the atmosphere of this astoundingly beautiful medieval city and explore its cobbled streets and alleyways. After a few hours in this ancient metropolis, head to the peace and tranquillity of luscious Lastovo island.

Anchor in one of the two bays on either side of the bridge joining Lastovo to the island of Prezba, and take advantage of the hospitality of the Hotel Ladesta in Pasadur. Perhaps take a trip in the dinghy around the tiny islets or arrange a dive with the hotel. To round off your evening, dine casually at the hotel or at rustic Konoba Frenki by the bridge.

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Vis

Sail to Vis town, looking out for dolphins. As you get closer you’ll see the canons on the top of the hill, a reminder of Vis’s wartime importance. Anchor in the deep, protected bay and take in the magnificent spectacle of the mountains, fortresses and the stately buildings.

Hire a car and drive around the island, exploring the wine cellars and historical monuments, or take a trip to Tito’s wartime cave headquarters. Return to Vis town, stroll around and discover the Roman baths, or watch the world go by over a drink outside Hotel Tamaris. Finish off your evening in Kut, dining on Vila Kaliopa’s delightful terrace.

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Sv Klement, Pakleni islands

Drive to Komiza in the morning and explore this lovely fishing village. Takeing a local boat to Bisevo islet to see the spectacular blue cave should be on your "to do" list while visiting Croatia. The cave is at its best just before noon when the sun is shining.

Enjoy the freshest of lobsters or octopus at Konoba Bako and admire the collection of ancient relics that owner Tonko Borcic has recovered from his 30 years of diving in the area. Return to Vis town and your yacht and set sail for the Pakleni islands and Hvar.

Tonight you’ll have your own paradise island, so drop anchor in Uvala Tarsce or Luka Soline on the south coast of Sv Klement, and take the dinghy to Pansion Meneghello for an unforgettable evening meal in the midst of an established Mediterranean Botanical Garden.

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Hvar

After a blissful night’s sleep and a glorious sunrise, today is party day. Head for Hvar town and moor in the bay amidst the bustle and charms of this historic city. Make your reservation at Carpe Diem and spend the rest of the day exploring. Perhaps enjoy the magnificent spa facilities of Suncani Hvar before you get ready for a night on the town, or call Hotel Amfora and they’ll come and pick you up so you can chill out on the private beach. In the evening enjoy the best of what’s hot and happening into the small hours at Carpe Diem.

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Split

Soothe your spirits on deck as you head to Split by admiring the villages on the island of Solta. Disembark at Split and take the time to wander around Diocletian’s Palace and enjoy lunch in the town before taking your plane back to reality

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