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MEDITERRANEAN CHARTER

VENICE

TOCROATIA

A dream

charter

steeped

in ancient

history

Just five hours by boat from Venice

and, also, best visited from the water,

Croatia offers an unforgettable

Mediterranean charter experience.

No doubt about it – the Dalmatian Coast of

Croatia is the hot new charter area in the Mediterranean.

And for good reason: protected

cruising, crystal-clear waters, drop-dead gorgeous

scenery, and relief from the crowds and

high prices of the Western Mediterranean. As

distances between ports of call are short, you

will cruise about two to four hours each day,

leaving a maximum of daylight hours for

onshore exploration, watersports, or simply

relaxing and enjoying the five-star service

aboard your yacht.

WRITTEN BY

ANN LANDRY

The island of Vis

YACHT VACATIONS & CHARTERS

PREMIER 2004 123


MEDITERRANEAN CHARTER

10 Nights: Venice to Dubrovnik

Approximately 340 NM

Prepared by Ann Landry, KN&P

Day 1: Arrive in Venice. Your yacht will be

docked at Riva San Biagio, a 5-minute walk

from St. Marks Square. Depart for Croatia

or spend your first night on the quay at

Venice, departing at first light for Rovinj,

Croatia.

Day 2: Rovinj. Clear customs and immigration.

Stop at the Brijuni Islands. Tour the

beautiful palace of Tito. No cars are allowed

on the island; you can rent bicycles or golf

carts to get around. Zoo and golf course are

available.

Days 3 & 4: Pag Island. Visit the handmade

lace cottage industry, which rivals

Belgian lace. Dugi Otok Island. Cruise the

interior waters between islands, a national

park area with beautiful natural scenery.

Day 5: Kornati Islands. Fish for bluefin

tuna.

Waterfalls in Krka National Park

Croatia offers more than 3,500 miles of scenic coast

Venice to Croatia

Once you can tear yourself away from the

magic of Venice, it’s time to head down the

canal and on to Croatia for the cruise of a lifetime.

Croatia has a magnificent coastline with

mountains marching straight down to the sea,

plentiful harbors, and 1,185 islands, only 66 of

which are inhabited. Most of the islands are

very close to the mainland with easy cruising

distances between them. Croatia offers a stunning

3,500 miles of coastline (about 1,000 miles

coastwise and 2,500 miles of island coast). With

the water color approaching that of the

Caribbean, scuba diving is a specialty; there is

even coral in Croatian waters.

The best way to see Croatia is by sea. While

the coast and islands are relatively undeveloped,

the place is steeped in history. Don’t forget

that people have been living here for centuries.

There is so much to see and do that you

should ideally spend 10–12 days on a cruise

starting in Venice and ending at one of

Croatia’s charming medieval walled cities of

Trogir or Dubrovnik.

Much has been written about Dubrovnik,

the pearl of the Adriatic, and it does not disappoint.

Lived-in and catering to the tourist

trade, the ancient city juts out into the sea, surrounded

by water on three sides. If you want to

linger a day or two in this charming walled city,

try the Pucic Palace, in the center of the Old

Town, with 19 deluxe guestrooms and suites,

elegantly appointed with antique furnishings

and modern conveniences.

Craggy cliffs and transparent waters on Vis

Day 6: Sibenik/Skradin Marina/Krka

Falls. This is a must, a most fantastic journey.

You will travel in the yacht up a windy

river gorge with high cliffs on each side into

a lake, where you will tie up at Skradin

Marina. You can hire a tourist boat privately

to take you up to Krka Falls and the

monastery. The Konoba Zlatne Skoljke

restaurant, a locals’ seafood place, is recommended;

phone 022 71022.

Day 7: Hvar Island. Hvar Town is the St.

Tropez of Croatia. This island will remind

Californians of home, as the hillsides are

planted in olives, lavender, rosemary, and

grapes. The island town of Stari Grad was

founded in 385 BC as a Greek colony.

Day 8: Brac. Bol has a fantastic beach. The

medieval town of Korcula is gorgeous.

Day 9: Mljet Island. Anchorage is at beautiful

Polace. An island within the island has a

monastery that you can visit by hired boat,

as you are not allowed to take your own

tender. This is the greenest and most heavily

wooded island in the Adriatic, and features

Karst caves, beautiful beaches,

remains of Ilyrian castles, Roman ruins, a

well-preserved part of an early Byzantine

palace, and an early Christian basilica.

Day 10: Dubrovnik. Disembark.

PHOTOS BLUE ATTRACTION: CHRIS MOREHOUSE

Blue Attraction still has some availability this summer

in the Mediterranean, including Croatia; she can

be chartered for $72,000/week in July and August;

$68,000/week in other months. Please contact

alandry@ kochnewton.com.

Boarding in Venice

If you need a fix of bright lights, sophisticated

elegance, museums, galleries, and designer

shopping, start or end your charter in Venice,

the jewel of the upper Adriatic Sea. There’s no

place quite like the Piazza San Marco, the

“Drawing Room of Europe,” as Napoleon called

it. Venice is definitely worth a two-night stay.

Once a wealthy and powerful maritime citystate

at the crossroads of the Euro-

Asian trade routes, Venice is today a

center of art and culture, home

to a major film festival, and

the Venice Biennale, an

international art exhibition

held every two years. A

walking tour of the city took me

past several monumental bronzes

by the Colombian sculptor Botero, in

place for the 50th Biennale in

September 2003.

Above all, Venice is a lived-in city and it is

beloved by its residents. Daily life is not easy in a

city without wheels, hardly imaginable for an

American. But Venetians love their city and their

way of life. They know their history and will proudly

and passionately recount it for you.

Want to experience the lifestyle of a wealthy

merchant family of centuries past Your charter

agent can arrange the rental of a palace on the

Grand Canal where you and your guests can dine

in royal style, complete with musicians; an elegant

cocktail party or intimate dinner at the Guggenheim

Museum; or a private, after-hours tour of San

Marco, complete with music.

124 PREMIER 2004 YACHTCHARTERSMAGAZINE.COM YACHT VACATIONS & CHARTERS

PREMIER 2004 125


MEDITERRANEANCHARTER

Sunset on the island of Vis

About the Author

Ann Landry is a member of International Yacht

Vacations & Charters’ Editorial Advisory Board, and a

charter broker with Koch, Newton & Partners.

alandry@kochnewton.com

Trogir is an unexpected bonus, a lived-in

city (yes, there are ATM machines) with a very

comfortable ambience in central Croatia.

Charming, well-kept, and more low-key than

Dubrovnik, you can begin or end your charter

in Trogir. The Split airport is actually closer to

Trogir than it is to Split.

On your way to one of these ancient walled

cities, you’ll pass through the Brijuni Islands, a

string of beauties off the Southwest Coast of the

Istrian Peninsula. Here you can enjoy golfing,

beautiful beaches, and a national park with a

safari style zoo. Brijuni is the site of Tito’s private

retreat (tours are available), still maintained

as a state residence.

Disembark at Sibenik, on the mainland, and

your captain will drive the yacht straight up

the fjord-like river to the village of Skradin,

gateway to the spectacular Krka Falls in the

national park – this is a must-see. You will

board the national park ferry for the ride up to

the falls (it is not permitted to take the yacht’s

tender) where you can hike a little or a lot, surrounded

by the sights and sounds of falling

water.

The island of Hvar will remind Californians

of home, as the hillsides are planted in olives,

lavender, rosemary, and grapes. The owner of

the art gallery in Hvar Town has more relatives

in California than he has in Croatia. When phylloxera

devastated the vineyards of Croatia, the

winemakers left for California.

Croatians are friendly and welcoming. Just

about everyone speaks English; many are also

fluent in Italian, German, and French. The local

produce is very fresh and delicious. There is a

fish farm industry in Croatia and the fish and

shellfish are excellent.

Captain Nicholas Flashman, of the popular

120ft motoryacht Blue Attraction (see accompanying

photos), advises that Croatia is ideal for

chartering, providing calm cruising in protected

waters. “It’s like cruising on an inland lake. In six

weeks of cruising, I had no water on the deck,”

he says.

Because Croatia offers such an array of

options, I have provided a sample itinerary (see

sidebar), “10 Nights: Venice to Dubrovnik.”

Whatever destinations you choose, you

won’t be disappointed. Cruising from Venice to

Croatia is a trip you won’t soon forget. Y V C

About the Writer

Ann Landry is a member of International Yacht

Vacations & Charters’ Editorial Advisory Board, and a

charter broker with Koch, Newton & Partners.

alandry@yachtchartersmagazine.com

The ancient town of Sibenik, located on the estuary of the Krka River and the Adriatic Sea

126 PREMIER 2004 YACHTCHARTERSMAGAZINE.COM

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