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7 Days Sailing & Wine Tour in Dalmatia, Croatia

  • Brač - Hvar - Vis - Split - Dalmatia

Wine Tasting Croatia

With over 2700 hours of sunlight per year, the middle Adriatic archipelago of olta, Brac, Hvar, Vis, and Korcula are among the sunniest Mediterranean islands. More than just being a sailors paradise, they comprise one of most important Croatian wine regions. Wine is traditionally produced here from the Hellenistic period, with several wineries developing to award winning quality. Due to small quantities produced, you won't find them selling internationally. But you may sail to the front door of several handpicked jewels of Croatian wine Art production and experience the taste of some of the best wines in the world!

Highlights

  • 5 winery tours
  • Taste awarded Croatian wines
  • 5 slow wine tasting with snacks
  • Honey producer visit and tasting
  • Olive oil matching or pairing course
  • Excursion to beaches and caves
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Our sailboats have 3-5 double bed cabins, range from 12 - 15.5 meters in length, and a berth of 6 - 10, depending on the boat type: Bavaria 39 Cruiser; Bavaria 45 Cruiser; Bavaria 46 Cruiser; Bavaria 50 Cruiser.

Day 1: Embarkation, excursion, olive oil making tour

Destinations: Split - sailboat embarkation - olta

Afternoon sailboat embarkation, sailing to olta Island.

Visit to olive oil producer who will personally take you on an easygoing islands tour. You will have a crash course on olive oil matching and tasting; meet a renowned honey producer and try local delicacies.

Equipped with sufficient wines for the evening, you might spend the night in a marina or in a cove far from the crowds.

Day 2: Wine tasting

Destinations: olta - Brac

Sail to Brac Island to one of most picturesque beaches Zlatni Rat in a town of Bol. Moor in front of a spectacular winery where a slow tasting will take place. A series of five awarded wines with according light meal is to be enjoyed.

Day 3: Excursion

Destinations: Brac - Komia

Being the military zone from WWII to 1990s, Vis kept its original charm intact by developing tourism. It is a nautical and hedonistic Mecca of the Adriatic with excellent restaurants to visit. Sail to a fisherman town of Komia where lobsters and local sailors anchovy cake become Dalmatian culinary trademarks. Visit the natural phenomenon of Blue and Green caves and a pebble beach Srebrna.

Day 4: Vinery visit, wine tasting

Destinations: Komia - Vis

Largest towns on islands usually barring the name of the island, Vis town hosts remarkable dining options. Visit the vinery, easy fifteen minute walk from the town harbor. Try excellent local wines made from indigenous Vugava grapes. One of a kind vinery is situated within a WWII stone tunnel built for Titos partisan troops.

Day 5: Vinery visits, wine tasting, excursion

Destinations: Vis - Hvar

Being the sunniest Croatian island, Hvar hosts more vineries than any other Croatian island, so we chose three vineries to visit here. On the southern shore in Sv. Nedjelja village is a small, private marina belonging to wine producers family. Dock in front of their restaurant and try a series of their Plavac wines. Sail through Pakleni islands archipelago and visit the Hvar town during the evening.

Being the military zone from WWII to 1990s, Vis kept its original charm intact by developing tourism. It is a nautical and hedonistic Mecca of the Adriatic with excellent restaurants to visit.

Sail to a fisherman town of Komia where lobsters and local sailors anchovy cake become Dalmatian culinary trademarks.

Visit the natural phenomenon of Blue and Green caves and a pebble beach Srebrna.

Day 6: Winery visit, excursion

Destinations: Hvar - Split

On the northern shore of Hvar is Jelsa town, hiding two exceptional wineries. Instead of choosing a better one, we included both to our visit, leaving a final decision to you. Sail to Split city for a walk within remarkably well preserved third century Roman Emperors palace.

Being the sunniest Croatian island, Hvar hosts more vineries than any other Croatian island, so we chose three vineries to visit here. On the southern shore in Sv. Nedjelja village is a small, private marina belonging to wine producers family. Dock in front of their restaurant and try a series of their Plavac wines.

Sail through Pakleni islands archipelago and visit the Hvar town during the evening.

Day 7: Departure

Destination: Split

Sailboat disembarkation by 09:00.

Dalmatia

This region is a narrow stretch off the Croatian coast with its hinterland stretching from the city of Zadar in the North to a town of Cavtat in the south. Hot summers, red wines, light, healthy and tasty Mediterranean food, historic towns and islands of an untamed beauty, scent of herbs and sound of crickets make a patchwork of a Dalmatian atmosphere.

The name Dalmatia was given by its first known settlers, the Illyrs delme meaning sheep. As you walk in the shade of the narrow, windy streets of Dalmatian towns in the heat of the summer, you will hear the buzz of cicadas and feel the fragrant scent of rosemary and pine. One should take it easy, just as the locals say and do.

If you fancy culture, you will not miss out either. Architecture, history and tradition of Dalmatia offer inexhaustible choices. Cool and shady konobas are ideal for rest and a quick lunch. There, you should try fresh fish, prut, and cheese kept in olive oil with freshly baked bread. Or something substantial like lamb or octopus. There is also a wide variety of local wines, many of which have reached international esteem.

Split

Split is in the middle part of Dalmatia, a town established in the ancient Roman period. The Roman emperor Diocletian chose this location for his senior days and the rest is history. Today, the remnants of the palace are the most important cultural monument, protected by UNESCO. In the cellars there is a number of small galleries with paintings, sculptures, jewelry and other nice things.

The exit from the cellars leads to the waterfront, the center of the social life during the day. At the northern entrance to the city there is a spectacular monument of Grgur Ninski, a bishop from this area. In order to make a wish happen, you make a wish, grab the statue by the big toe and the wish is supposed to come true.

Split is a great starting point to go sailing day trips to the island of Bra, which is the nearest island to Split, or further, to some more demanding routes, towards the islands of Hvar, Vis or Korula. In a marina or a local tourist office it is possible to get more information on day trips and possibilities of renting.

Touring Croatian Islands

Bra: This island is the closest to the mainland, from all islands in middle Dalmatia (ferry boat rides last about half an hour). The island of Bra is famous for a nice pebble beach Zlatni Rat, and among windsurfers also very popular destination. To catch a spirit of an old fishermen's village it is recommendable to visit places like Postira, Puia and Gornji Humac and try traditonal wines and food.

Hvar: The island of Hvar has become popular destination in the last few years, as a trendy destination where international jet-setters are coming. Other towns on the island, like Stari Grad or Vrboska are muchmore quiet. In Stari Grad there is a renaissance villa, home to a famous Croatian poet from the renaissance period, Petar Hektorovi. It is possible to visit the villa, and see how the architect had the idea of depicting how planets work, with the example of this villa.

Vis: The island which is the most distant from the mainland, bearing the name Vis, which is also the name of the main port on the island. Inhabited in the ancient times, it has a long history which is kept in the Archaeological museum in Split. On the other side of the island there is a small town called Komia, overlooking the open sea. A typical fishermen's village with narrow streets with tall, narrow houses in other to protect from the strong winds from the sea.

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