Croatia by Private Yacht

Two weeks from which to choose:
September 18-25, 2021 for the Southbound Cruise-Split to Dubrovnik
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 MV Ave Maria

  • NautilusEntered into service in 2018
  • 160 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 18-25, 2021


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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 


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

  • Lower Deck—8 double cabins with portholes
  • Upper Deck—11 double cabins with windows and small balcony
Deck Bed Type Size (sq. ft.) Window To Open
Lower Deck double or twin 194 Portholes No
Upper Deck double or twin 169 Windows Yes

Pricing is by category and is “per person”, based on double occupancy. Single pricing is 200% of the share price.

Lower Deck (portholes) Cabin 1-8 $2000
Upper Deck (windows) Cabin 9-19 $2580

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 Split (SPU) , returning from Dubrovnik (DBV). 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 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:

Ave Maria Deck Plan

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

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    Week 1-Sept. 11-18, 2021Week 2-Sept. 18-25, 2021

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    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

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