Island-hop your way around the ancient fortresses and cobbled old towns of the Adriatic before completing your seven-day voyage in the floating city.
Meet your yacht in Porto Montenegro, which is a short drive from Tivat Airport or a two-hour drive from Dubrovnik. Make the scenic cruise around the headland to the Medieval town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site surrounded by the limestone cliffs of the Lovćen national park mountains. Head ashore to explore the Old Town of Kotor, full of medieval architecture, winding alleyways and Romanesque churches. Then dine on seafood overlooking the bay at the Galion restaurant, which has a vast wine list.
In the morning the yacht will head 32 nautical miles north to Dubrovnik. Arrive in Dubrovnik’s Marina Frapa (yachts up to 50 metres), and head straight into the town for lunch at Nautika Restaurant which is perched on top of the harbour walls with views over the fortresses of Lovrijenac and Bokar. Order the local lobster from the island of Vis. Afterwards, spend the day exploring Dubrovnik’s Old Town, which is packed with boutiques, cafés and historic buildings.
Awake in the forest-covered island of Mljet, just 21 nautical miles from Dubrovnik. On the west side of the island, drop anchor by Odysseus Cave, dive into the turquoise waters and swim into this limestone marvel. Explore the yacht’s toy box here, and jet ski or kayak along the coast before weighing anchor and heading 21 nautical miles north to Korčula, home of medieval traveller Marco Polo. After docking in the marina (for yachts up to 50 metres), head into the Old Town and climb the baroque staircase up to the main plaza. For dinner head to the Michelin-starred LD Restaurant in the Old Town.
Having left Korčula Marina overnight, awake 47 nautical miles north-west at Biševo island. Anchored across from the famous Blue Grotto, take the tender into the caves and explore the unusual glowing waters before heading back to the yacht and cruising onto Hvar. Hvar may be known as a party island, but its peaceful Old Town isn’t to be missed, with its 13th-century walls and a hilltop fortress. Dock stern-to in Stari Grad and head to Maslina, a luxury resort.
Grab a morning coffee from Kava37 in Hvar Old Town before relocating 17 nautical miles to the island of Brač, which is famed for its white pebbled beaches and blue lagoons. Arrive in Sutivan marina and head straight to lunch at Hotel Lemongarden at Vesna House. In the afternoon, head back around the island to Zlatni Rat, one of the most famous beaches in Croatia thanks to its unique shape. Settle at one of the many beach bars or go swimming in the turquoise lagoon.
Awake in the D-Marin Mandalina Marina in the historic city of Šibenik, 42 nautical miles north of Brač. Leave the yacht and wander around the ancient city along to the Cathedral of St James, a 15th century UNESCO site that sits just by the town centre. For lunch head to the Michelin-starred Pelegrini a restaurant set within the ancient walls of the Old Town. Order the tasting menu for dishes of cuttlefish ravioli and anchovy terrine. In the afternoon take the tender and head inland under the Šibenik Bridge towards Krka National Park. Swim beside the Skradinski Buk waterfall before returning to the yacht to enjoy the local oysters collected by the chef.
After a long overnight cruise (184 nautical miles) wake up to a dramatic change of scenery in Venice. From the Venice Yacht Pier, take the tender – or perhaps a gondola – and head into St Mark’s Square to the 18th-century coffee house, Caffè Florian. From here, walk across the Basilica square to Doge’s Palace and take in the gothic architecture. For lunch, hop on the tender to Cipriani and discover the tasting menu at the Michelin-starred restaurant Oro. Then visit Murano island for a glass factory tour to see Murano glass-blowing in action. Stroll through this sinking city and peruse the boutiques before returning to the yacht for a final night. The crew will see you off to Venice Marco Polo Airport the next day.Find more travel ideas