If you’re looking to make the most of your precious time off, Croatia is the place to set your sights on. Beckoned by the glittering waters of the Adriatic and the charming islands dotted amid its waters, it has become our go-to when it comes to a dose of sunshine away from the crowds. Here, rugged mountains fall away to crystal waters and captivating history sits alongside nonchalant sophistication. Our travel experts have covered every inch of land and sea to bring you the most glittering take on Croatia yet. Spend seven-nights hopping from verdant island to secluded beach, sampling local delicacies both on high-up hillsides and amid forgotten villages. From Split to Hvar, Korcula to Dubrovnik, do everything with a private boat and skipper on hand and know that you’re seeing the Adriatic in the utmost style.
Sea Caves and Mountaintops
A country of stunning natural beauty and rich history, sail away to Croatia and into Split for the perfect introduction to this glittering corner of the Adriatic. A town with a past that spans over one and a half millennia and made up of influences drawn from countless invaders; the buildings that line the tangled labyrinth of passageways here will have you begging to discover more about this intriguing country. Get to know the town on a private walking tour taking in the UNESCO Diocletian Palace and St Duje’s Cathedral, before heading up to Kozjak Mountain for a unique lunch overlooking verdant islets scattered like emeralds across the Adriatic. With a private chef and sommelier on hand and fresh regional produce on your plate, you’ll want for nothing.
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Having spied the islands from the mountaintop, hop onboard a private speedboat for an afternoon of island hopping through some of the most beautiful of the Dalmatian Islands. Start off on the quiet shores of Vis, where a closed-off existence until 1989 has preserved the traditional way of life to make for an authentic Mediterranean experience. From there, head out to open sea and onto Bisevo Island and the natural beauty that lies concealed beneath it in the shape of the Blue Grotto. A secluded cave, an underground opening brings sunlight flooding in to dance across the interior in hues of azure blue. A trip where it’s VIP treatment all the way, skip the queues of those desperate to see the spectacle for themselves and jump aboard a rowboat to drift across the shimmering surface in peaceful wonder.
A Forgotten Paradise
After a few days, set sail southward by private boat for the island of Hvar. Check in at the Adriana Spa Hotel and make the most of their indulgent spa offerings after a morning spent hiking the island’s coastline. Making your way through pine forests, secluded coves and quaint bays, you’ll come to the charming village of Milna before continuing uphill to the forgotten village of Malo Grablje, all the while breathing in the aromatic scent of pine and lavender. Abandoned over 50 years ago, the village has morphed into an open-air museum that pays testament to a bygone time. Learn more in the company of your host Berni, as he whips up a traditional taverna-style lunch in one of the small stones houses he owns in the village.
Rejuvenated after a signature Adriana spa treatment, your private skipper awaits to whisk you through the enchanting Pakleni Islands. 11 playful islets looked over by Hvar, spend a couple of hours sailing across the shimmering waters stopping off for a swim and a sunbathe at whichever cove takes your fancy.
Old World Romance
Continue to revel in the delights of Croatia as you board your private motorboat once more to cruise south to our out-and-out favourite; Korcula. Stop off en route at the peace and tranquility of Scedro Island before rounding the corner to fall head over heels in love with this tantalising first glimpse of this utterly captivating port. A place where old world Croatian charm is personified, your love affair with Korcula continues on a private walking tour exploring the birthplace of Marco Polo and the alleged origin of the Silk Road. Make your way along the ramparts to the San Marko Cathedral and Museum of Icons before falling back into the luxury of your hotel at Lešic Dimitri Palace.
Final Port of Call
Tearing yourself away from the captivating island ambience of Korcula, take to the seas once more for a private cruise through the Elafiti Islands. An archipelago of 13 irresistible islets where lush woodlands and white rocky outcrops bring the tropical hues of the Adriatic to life, spend some time cruising the coves, bays, beaches and authentic fishing villages in search of the perfect spot for a quick dip in the sea. For a truly authentic taste of these islands, stop off at one of three that are inhabited for a truly local lunch feasting on fresh seafood, hauled in before your very eyes.
From Elafiti, it’s then onto your last port of call on this sundrenched Croatian escape; Dubrovnik. A city whose towering seafront ramparts remain iconic across the world, discover this fortified city rising up out of rugged coastline on a private walking tour. Stroll down the Stradun to uncover the cobbled intricacies of the Old Town before emerging onto a bustling, cosmopolitan port which lends itself perfectly to a dose of luxury. Relax a while longer at Villa Dubrovnik, a boutique haven with glorious views of the sparkling Adriatic before heading out for one of the country’s most iconic walks along the two-kilometres of city walls. As the sun dips down in the distance and the moonlight shimmers on the waters of the Pearl of the Adriatic, take a moment to reflect on the wonder you’ve uncovered on this beautiful sail through the beauty of Croatia.