Croatia by Private Yacht

Two weeks from which to choose:
September 11-18, 2021 for the Southbound Cruise-Split to Dubrovnik
September 18-25, 2021 for the Northbound Cruise-Dubrovnik to Split

Itinerary | Pricing | Reserve

Seems like Croatia is on everyone’s travel radar lately. Crystal clear water, pristine national parks, ancient civilizations, and incredible cuisine. Why wouldn’t this Eden be on your list?

Northwest Travel Service is chartering one of these beautiful yachts for a small group of guests. Join us for a wonderful experience in this ancient corner of the world. Here’s what you’ll experience…

  • Seven nights aboard a Deluxe Private Yacht, calling on the storied islands of the Dalmatian Coast.
  • Full crew component
  • Air-Conditioned Cabins
  • Buffet Breakfast each morning
  • Three-course Buffet Lunches daily
  • Welcome dinner
  • Farewell Captain’s Dinner
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Bar allowance of $100
  • Services of a tour manager throughout the week
  • Guided walking tours in ports of call
  • Entrance fees:
    • Blue Cave (conditions permitting)
    • Mljet National Park
  • Our yacht is moored each evening in the historic center of the port.
  • Aft platform for swimming and snorkeling
  • Two dinners on board and suggestions for dining ashore.

Extension tours of:

  • Additional nights in Split
  • Additional nights in Dubrovnik
  • Post-cruise Bavaria and Oktoberfest Tour—2nd week only
  • Pre-cruise tour of Ljubljana, Slovenia and the Julian Alps—1st week only

More details to come for the pre- and post-cruise tours…

About the MS Nautilus

  • NautilusEntered into service in 2019
  • 157 feet in length and 29 feet wide
  • Dining room
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming platform
  • Lounge
  • 19 air-conditioned double cabins accommodating 38 guests
  • Full galley
  • Full crew compliment
  • Docking each evening in the center of historic ports of call

See the chart below for a description of cabin location and size. All upper and main cabins have windows. Cabins on the lower deck have portholes. All cabins are equipped with private bathroom, air conditioning, wardrobes, safe, hair dryers, and desk.

Split to Dubrovnik

Southbound itinerary – September 1118, 2021

SplitDAY 1: SATURDAY: SPLIT

Transfer from Split airport to the Split harbor for check-in from 14.00h onwards. After settling, enjoy the guided tour of Split, a historic town under UNESCO protection and part of the world heritage with an abundance of Roman architecture—of special interest is the magnificent Diocletian palace, once inhabited by the Roman emperor. After the tour, return to the ship for a welcome meet & greet cocktail reception on board. Overnight in Split. (D)

DAY 2: SUNDAY: SPLIT – (BOL) HVAR

Morning departure to Brač island where swimming is planned at the most famous beach in Dalmatia—Zlatni Rat near Bol—whose gravel promontory shifts from side to side as the wind and waves constantly change in shape. Bol is a typical fishermen’s village converted into a popular tourist destination. Continue towards the jet-set island Hvar with lunch on board at the Pakleni Islands. Hvar is the longest and sunniest island in the Adriatic known for lavish lavender fields and breathtaking beauty. Afternoon arrival followed by a short presentation of lavender products and a tour of the town’s historical landmarks—the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower, and the oldest community theatre in Europe, founded in 1612. Hike up to the town fort overlooking the harbor for some lovely scenic views of your ship and the Pakleni islands. In the evening Hvar offers an abundance of entertainment—numerous restaurants, bars and cafes are open long into the night. Overnight in the port. (BL)

DAY 3: MONDAY: HVAR – VIS

Blue GrottoEarly morning cruise towards small island Biševo to visit the Blue cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon (entrances to be paid on the spot—approx. 7 EUR). As sometimes weather conditions can be very unpredictable, the possibility of our visit will depend on those conditions; however, you will be notified of this on time. Continue to the island of Vis, once a strategic naval Yugoslav base and closed to the public. Due to this isolation, Vis has a special charm—“the Mediterranean as it once was”—making it really interesting to visit. Situated on the northern side of the island, Vis has developed near the remains of the ancient Issa, first urban center in Croatia. Try some exquisite wine sorts in one of the Vis traditional wineries. If interested, visit the remains of the Roman thermal place, City museum or simply take a walk enjoying the views of the beautiful Villae Rusticae situated along the waterfront. Overnight in the port of Vis. (BLT)

DAY 4: TUESDAY: VIS – KORČULA

Early morning departure towards the Korčula island, best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Stop for lunch in one of the secluded bays en route. Afternoon arrival in Korčula followed by a guided walking tour of one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean. Fish bone street pattern was used in Korčula Old Town design to reduce effects of wind and sun and provide citizens with sheltered and comfortable accommodation. Korčula has an abundant choice of restaurants to enjoy your gourmet experience and there are numerous bars and clubs for those looking for evening entertainment. Optional excursion to small village near Korčula for typical Dalmatian dinner and to find out more about the history and traditional way of living. Overnight in Korčula. (BL)

DAY 5: WEDNESDAY: KORČULA – MLJET

MljetNext morning, we head further south to the Island of Mljet. The legend says Greek hero Odysseus spent years on this island when he was captured by the nymph Calypso. Join the cruise manager for a stroll to the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park and enjoy the boat ride to the St Mary Isle to visit an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and a Church dating back to the 12th Century. Alternatively, you can rent kayaks, bicycles, scooters or convertible cars to roam around the National Park or island on your own, but beware of the nymphs. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the island. Dinner on board and overnight in port Polača or Pomena. (BLD)

DAY 6: THURSDAY: MLJET – SLANO/ STON (BLTD)

Departure for a small village called Slano on the mainland, a peaceful fishermen’s village and the starting point to Ston, another, once fortified small village famous for its oysters. After exploring the town’s medieval ramparts, a short coastal walk leads us to an oyster farm to learn more about oysters and tasting this delicious treat. Transfer back to the ship for the Captain’s dinner with entertainment and music. (BLTD)

DAY 7: FRIDAY: SLANO – DUBROVNIK

Dubrovnik cable car

Early morning departure to Dubrovnik—a unique town on the Adriatic. The special charm of this ancient town are the buildings that have remained from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic. A larger part of the monuments belonging to the modest Renaissance architecture with some traces of the Gothic style. Before we tie the ropes at Gruž harbor cruise alongside the old Dubrovnik city walls while lunch is served on deck. After docking, transfer to the old town for the guided walking tour of this magical town. Take the cable car from the Old Town to Srđ mountain to enjoy scenic views of the Walls and Elaphiti Islands. For those with more enthusiasm we recommend a walk on top of the 1940 m long city walls! Time at leisure for dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik. (BL)

DAY 8: SATURDAY: DUBROVNIK; Check out

Breakfast and time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends! Check out by 9 AM and transfer to Dubrovnik airport or journey onward to an extended holiday. (B)

* Legend: B – breakfast; L – lunch; D – dinner; T – tasting 

Dubrovnik to Split

Northbound itinerary – September 18-25, 2021

DAY 1: SATURDAY: DUBROVNIK

Transfer from Dubrovnik airport to the Dubrovnik Gruž harbor for check in from 14.00h onwards. After settling, transfer to city gates for a guided tour of the city. The special charm of this ancient town are the buildings that have remained from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic. A larger part of the monuments belonging to the modest Renaissance architecture with some traces of the Gothic style. Take the cable car from the Old Town to Srđ mountain to enjoy scenic views of the Walls and Elaphiti Islands. After the tour, return transfer to the ship for a welcome meet & greet cocktail reception on board. Overnight in Dubrovnik. (D)

DAY 2: SUNDAY: DUBROVNIK – SLANO / STON

Departure to a small village called Slano on the mainland. Enjoy the magic scenery as the ship cruises around Dubrovnik city walls before continuing to one of the Elaphiti islands for a swim stop. Afternoon arrival in Slano, a peaceful fishermen’s village and our starting point to Ston, once fortified small village famous for its oysters. After exploring the town’s medieval ramparts, we leave to small nearby village to learn more about oysters and tasting this delicious treat. Return transfer to ship, Captain’s dinner on board and overnight. (BLTD)

DAY 3: MONDAY: SLANO – MLJET

Next morning, we head further north to the Island of Mljet. The legend says Greek hero Odysseus spent years on this island when he was captured by the nymph Calypso. Join the cruise manager for a stroll to the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park and enjoy the boat ride to the St. Mary Isle to visit an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and a Church dating back to the 12th Century. Alternatively, you can rent kayaks, bicycles, scooters or convertible cars to roam around the National Park or island on your own, but beware of the nymphs. Time at leisure for dinner and overnight in port Polača or Pomena. (BLD)

DAY 4: TUESDAY: MLJET – KORČULA

Early morning departure towards the Korčula island, best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Stop for lunch in one of the secluded bays en route. Afternoon arrival in Korčula, followed by a guided walking tour of one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean. Fish-bone street pattern was used in Korčula Old Town design to reduce effects of wind and sun and provide citizens with sheltered and comfortable accommodation. Korčula has an abundant choice of restaurants to enjoy a gourmet experience and numerous bars and clubs for those looking for evening entertainment. Optional excursion to small village near Korčula for typical Dalmatian dinner and to learn about the history and traditional way of living. Overnight in Korčula.  (BL)

DAY 5: WEDNESDAY: KORČULA – VIS

Continue to the island of Vis, once a strategic naval Yugoslav base and closed to the public. Due to this isolation, Vis has a special charm—“the Mediterranean as it once was”— making it really interesting to visit. Vis town, situated on the northern side of the island, has developed near the remains of the ancient Issa, first urban center in Croatia. Try some exquisite wine sorts in one of the Vis traditional wineries. If interested, visit the remains of the Roman thermal place, City museum or simply take a walk enjoying the views of the beautiful Villae Rusticae situated along the waterfront. Overnight in the port of Vis. (BLT) 

DAY 6: THURSDAY: VIS – BIŠEVO (Blue Cave) / HVAR

Early in the morning, cruise towards small island Biševo to visit the Blue cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon (entrances to be paid on the spot—approx. 7 EUR). As sometimes weather conditions can be very unpredictable, the possibility of our visit will depend on those conditions, however you will be notified of this on time. Continue towards the jet-set island Hvar with a swim stop and lunch on board at the Pakleni Islands. Hvar, the longest and sunniest island in the Adriatic is known for lavish lavender fields and breathtaking beauty. Afternoon arrival followed by a short presentation of lavender products and a tour of the town—the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower, and the oldest community theatre in Europe founded in 1612. Hike up to the town fort overlooking the harbor to get some lovely scenic views of your ship and the Pakleni islands. In the evening Hvar offers an abundance of entertainment—numerous restaurants, bars and cafes are open long into the night. Overnight in the port. (BL)

DAY 7: FRIDAY: HVAR – (BOL) SPLIT

Seafood dinner

Morning departure to Brač island, where swimming is planned at the most famous beach in Dalmatia—Zlatni Rat near Bol—whose gravel promontory shifts from side to side as the wind and waves constantly change in shape. Bol is a typical fishermen’s village converted into a popular tourist destination. Continue to Split to enjoy a guided tour of the city upon arrival, a historical town under UNESCO protection and as it is a part of the world heritage. One will find an abundance of Roman architecture—of special interest is the magnificent Diocletian palace, once inhabited by the Roman emperor. After the tour of Split, return to the ship and overnight in Split. (BL)

DAY 8: SATURDAY: SPLIT; Check out

Breakfast and time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends! Check out by 9 AM and transfer to Split airport. (B)

* Legend: B – breakfast; L – lunch; D – dinner; T – tasting

Costs:

Main CabinThere are three types of accommodation aboard these yachts. They’re all quite spacious and comfortable. All cabins are equipped with Air Conditioning.

  • Upper Deck with 1 double cabin
  • Main Deck—3 double cabins with large window
  • Main Deck—6 double cabins with oval window
  • Lower Deck—9 double cabins with porthole
Deck Cabin Bedding Size (sq. ft.) Window To Open
Upper Deck Standard Twin/Double 135 Window Yes
Main Deck Standard Twin/Double 142-194 Window Yes
Lower Deck Standard Twin/Double 163-215 Porthole No

 

Cabin number Location Type of beds Note m2 Bathroom
1 Upper deck DOUBLE or TWIN beds Large window, outside entrance 3,5 x 3,7 2,5 x 1,5
2 Main deck DOUBLE or TWIN beds Large window, outside entrance 4,5 x 4 2,7 x 1,7
3 Main deck DOUBLE bed Large window, inside entrance 3,6 x 3,5 1,9 x 2,1
4 Main deck DOUBLE bed Large window, inside entrance 3,6 x 3,5 1,9 x 2,1
5 Main deck DOUBLE bed Oval window, inside entrance 3,3 x 4 2,5 x 2
6 Main deck DOUBLE bed Oval window, inside entrance 3,3 x 4 2,5 x 2
7 Main deck DOUBLE or TWIN beds Oval windows, inside entrance 3,5 x 4 2,5 x 2,3
8 Main deck DOUBLE or TWIN beds Oval windows, inside entrance 3,5 x 4 2,5 x 2,3
9 Main deck DOUBLE or TWIN beds Oval windows, inside entrance 4 x 3,8 2,2 x 2
10 Main deck DOUBLE or TWIN beds Oval windows, inside entrance 4 x 3,8 2,2 x 2
*11 Lower deck I. DOUBLE or TWIN beds 2 x porthole 3,9 x 3,9 3,6 x 1,6
*12 Lower deck I. DOUBLE or TWIN beds 2 x porthole 3,9 x 3,9 3,6 x 1,6
*13 Lower deck I. TWIN beds, L formation 2 x porthole 4,2 x 3,5 2,7 x 2
14 Lower deck II. DOUBLE or TWIN beds 2 x porthole 4 x 4,2 2 x 2,5
15 Lower deck II. DOUBLE or TWIN beds 2 x porthole 4 x 4,2 2 x 2,5
16 Lower deck II. DOUBLE or TWIN beds 2 x porthole 4 x 3,9 3 x 2
17 Lower deck II. DOUBLE or TWIN beds 2 x porthole 4 x 3,9 3 x 2
18 Lower deck II. DOUBLE or TWIN beds 2 x porthole 5 x 3,8 2,3 x 1,5
19 Lower deck II. DOUBLE bed 2 x porthole 5 x 4 3 x 1,8

Pricing is by category and is “per person”, based on double occupancy. Single pricing is 200% of the share price. Cabin sizes vary, but all include the same amenities.

Upper Deck (large window) Cabin 1 $2880
Main Deck (large window) Cabin 2-4 $2580
Main Deck (oval windows) Cabin 5-10 $2424
Lower Deck I (portholes) Cabin 10-12 $2100
Lower Deck II (portholes) Cabin 14-19 $2100

Initial deposit is $500 per person to confirm your reservation. Second deposit of $1000 per person is due September 1, 2020. Balance is due June 1, 2021. Payment by Visa or MasterCard is welcome. If you choose to pay for this cruise by check, a discount of $150 per cabin is deducted from your final payment.

Flights to Croatia

Most of our participants will be coming from the Pacific Northwest. For other departure cities, I’ll be happy to provide some insight into the best routing and airline.

From Seattle, you’ll be making at least one connection each way, and you have a fairly good selection of carriers from which to choose.

Because these are one-way cruise departures, you’ll fly into either Split or Dubrovnik, returning from the other airport. The cruise begins on Saturday, so you’ll need to depart the USA on Friday. I always advocate an early arrival to get accustomed to the time change and avoid airline delays.

  • Aer Lingus via Dublin
  • Lufthansa via Frankfurt or Munich
  • Condor/Lufthansa via Frankfurt
  • British Air via London

Expect to pay from $1200 to $1600, depending on routing and the time you happen to capture a great fare. I suggest that you create a fare alert at kayak.com. You’ll be notified if fares are moving up or down and can opt out once you’ve purchased something.

If you have flexibility, consider flying out of Vancouver, BC, for fares that are typically 20-25% less than Seattle departures. I’ll provide reservation assistance to any guest that needs a little help.

Travel Insurance

Tour and cruise payments are generally non-refundable. If you need to cancel, and I am able to fill the vacancy from a waitlist, I’ll be able to process a refund to you. If I’m unable to resell a canceled reservation, payments are non-refundable. If you’d like to receive a no-obligation quote for travel insurance, fill in the blanks at the bottom of the page at this link: https://nwtravel.com/about/

Croatia yacht

Make Your Reservation!

If you have any questions about this tour, please contact Brad Cilley at brad@nwtravel.com or by phone at 425 375 2676.

Which week?
Week 1-Sept. 11-18, 2021Week 2-Sept. 18-25, 2021

Accommodation category (required)

Bed type
DoubleTwin

Tour extensions:
Week 1 options:
Pre-cruise Stay in SplitPre-cruise tour of Ljubljana and Julian AlpsPost-cruise Stay in Dubrovnik

Week 2 options:
Pre-cruise Stay in DubrovnikPost-cruise Stay in SplitPost-cruise tour of Ljubljana and Julian Alps

Payment (required)
I would prefer to pay by check to take advantage of the discountI will pay by Visa or MasterCard (secure link will be emailed to you for payment)