If your azure holiday fantasies feature Mediterranean turquoise waters, scenic sailing on luxurious vessels, VIP experiences, and cultural heritage, Croatia is the place to turn them into reality.
It is hard to not be spellbound with one of the most picturesque sites of the Mediterranean. The dramatic coastline of Croatia exudes such a nostalgic feeling and offers fabulous opportunities for exploration in pure style. There are sparkling seascapes, effervescent opportunities for adventure enthusiasts, and no crowds to spoil any of it. All with a condition to take the right transportation.
Indulge your passion for classic sailing onboard luxury gulets
The choice of the most affluent and influential travelers worldwide, luxury gulets are considered to be the most elegant way to discover Croatia and certainly one of the most evocative of the cruise ships.
These sailing ships pack a great sense of history. The beautiful vessels impart a sense that you’re connected with past decades, by truly evoking the golden age of sailing and the courageous explorers of the high seas. In the era of ubiquitous motor yachts, the gulet ships are the ultimate expression of luxury lifestyle, craftsmanship, and grace.
Usually, the most luxurious gulets can accommodate up to 12 guests who can control all main features of their smart cabins via tablets. The services, lights, temperature, curtains, cuisine, and music are all adjustable as are the itineraries. Each route can be planned according to the group’s preferences. The crew will introduce you with different private tour options, best restaurants, the most intriguing stops, and Croatia’s must-see luxury destinations.
If you are expecting something different, that’s new and more fun than what you have done before, than the 46 meters long Aiaxaia yacht built in 2017 is the perfect option and an antithesis to the large crowded cruise vessels. Amenities include Jacuzzi on the flybridge, sauna, massage room, tender boats, two jet ski, water skiing, kayaks, and paddleboards. Sunbathing in peace and privacy is guaranteed.
The 55-meter ultra-luxury yacht Meira is the most modern motor sailor in Croatia’s luxury gulet fleet. All the cabins are real 5-star luxury rooms. 40 meters deluxe motor sailing yacht Alessandro I features a Jacuzzi, and a swim platform that allows easy access to the sea, a feature appreciated by seniors and kids. Alessandro I is holding an award for the best design in her class. A holiday isn’t a holiday, without plenty of freedom and fun. The cocktails are a bliss on the deck of the new Dalmatino yacht. The 44-meter Dalmatino is one of the newest and widest (8 meters in width) gulets. Featuring an amazing 250 m2 space on deck and sundeck, Dalmatino is the champion in the innovative design offering the ultimate privacy and many leisure areas to create the holiday experience of a lifetime.
Rara Avis yacht is effectively a milestone of the Croatian maritime tradition. The motorsailer constructed by the Ercegovic family is opening a new generation of traditional Croatian sailing gulets. The spacious main saloon with separate lounge and dining areas features a bar and flatscreen TVs, DVD, USB, and wi-fi. Those looking for a family-friendly charter will find on Rara Avis all the high-end amenities and an impressive array of water toys. The majority of gulets sailing in Croatia are complete with waterskis, wakeboard, paddleboards, canoe, fishing gear, snorkeling equipment, inflatables and a host of board games. The numerous areas to relax and savour the delicious gourmet treats are paired with observation lounges to enjoy the most picturesque locations from the comfort of your chair.
Newly built yacht for the season, Corsario is another top ultra-luxury yacht ideal for a gorgeous cruise for larger groups. According croatialuxurygulet.com, “Corsario offers a perfect a mix of traditional tall ship exterior and modern luxury interior. There are also high-end amenities added on the boat like Jacuzzi and sauna on the flybridge and many watersports for endless fun.”
Best proven yacht charter routes in Croatia
Four most popular cruise itineraries in Croatia include the most exciting destinations that Croatia has to offer. Central Dalmatia Islands Cruise is letting the active cruiser enjoy on islands (Brač, Šolta, Hvar, Vis, Korčula) and explore lively towns like Trogir and Split. Split-Dubrovnik route is ideal for those who want to swim in most beautiful secluded bays that are only reachable by boat. The Natural Treasures of Dalmatia is for nature and sea lovers. The Dalmatian Cruise Adventure From Dubrovnik is a cruise route appealing to those in search of active holidays with a dose of relaxation in natural parks. All the luxury cruises on gulets offer flexibility and endless opportunities for extra activities. The sea is the limit!
Best proven yacht charter routes will include some unique experiences available only to a small number of cruisers. The list includes a private excursion to the southern National park in Croatia on Mljet, a tasting of Mljet’s limited-produced wine, and a swimming exploration of the Odysseus Cave.
Private sunset speedboat tours across Zadar shoreline and a private tour to Kornati National park are the most elegant, fun and efficient ways to experience Zadar’s archipelago privately. You will escape the crowds and will avoid the long ques.
Zadar’s Sea Organ installation, The Greeting to the Sun, Restaurant Kaštel, and Kornat Restaurant are the must-taste places when visiting the ancient Mediterranean city of Zadar – the city offering one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.
Primošten‘s vineyards recognizable in the entire world, along with Dalmatian dishes served at Šarićevi dvori ethno village, and Beach Raduča are top three recommendations for enjoying in Primošten town on the south of Adriatic coast.
Game of Thrones tours in Split will pave the way to understanding Split and Croatian history. When the atmosphere is too hot, just jump in the sea or satisfy your gourmet cravings at Bokeria Kitchen & Wine Bar in Split.
Explore new lands on the less touristic Brač Island. Take part in various shore excursions as you go, and indulge your passion for wine and olive oil at the local Olive oil museum or the Taverna Riva restaurant.
Hvar, the sunniest island of Croatia, has its own unique charm. The list of hidden gems you will access on a gulet includes wine tours and lavender fields, VIP tables and open-air massage pavilion at Hula Hula beach bar, and exceptional dining experience at the family-owned Zori restaurant.
Hvar has been voted the best island in Europe in a reader’s choice poll by Condé Nast Traveler, the world’s leading travel magazine. Croatia was also ranked the No #20 favourite country in the world in the travel awards survey.
Vis island is home to Stiniva Beach, one of the top beaches in Europe. Approachable from the sea only through a narrow passage, the beach is well preserved, having nature as the best ally.
Vis island is not only full of natural wonders but offers a slice of recent history. The Military Tours will reveal ex-army bases equipped with submarine tunnels. The wine tour for tasting Plavac (red) & Vugava (white) will prove once again that winemaking is a labor of love. The Private Blue Cave tour or Private Blue and Green Cave Speedboat Tour will unveil unique natural phenomena of the world.
According to its Virtuoso Luxe Report for 2019 which polled over 1,000 of luxury travel agencies, Croatia ranked 2nd among most popular emerging destinations (behind Japan), 6th most popular destination for Millenial travelers, and 8th in its overall ranking of most popular places to visit in 2019.
These photographer’s dream cruises are ticking all the boxes: secluded beaches you could wish for, hidden coves, gourmet experiences on board and onshore, an active social program, historical villages and memorable places unspoiled by mass tourism.
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