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Open Sea Sailing Adventure

highlight of the tour is Lastovo Island
Time: 8 days
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Age 8+
Dates (April-Oct)
From 1369 EUR

Open Sea Sailing Adventure

Deep blue sea and hidden coves

Open Sea Sailing Adventure is a journey for fans of the deep blue sea and hidden coves who prefer authentic and rarely seen nature and the absolute silence that only far away lighthouses of the open sea can offer. On this journey, we tour big and small islands, we enter their interior, explore famous and less-known sea caves, and swim in their turquoise blue sea. Our final destination is in the Open Sea Sailing Adventure is the island of Lastovo. The most distant inhabited island in the Adriatic Sea, which together with 44 islets in a protected archipelago forms a surreal oasis of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and peace.

The main highlight of the tour is Lastovo Island

Immersed in the sea, far from the mainland, all crowds, and even light pollution. It offers a view of the crystal clear night sky scattered with stars like almost nowhere else in Europe. Millions of stars leave observers breathless. Stars are not our only guiding light on our journey. As we sail we will also explore and get to know more about the lighthouse phenomenon on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. All the monumental lighthouses built in inaccessible areas bear witness to the construction feats achieved in the 19th century. The lighthouses built by the Austro-Hungarian Empire still show the way to sailors today. We will tour four lighthouses, each of which offers a unique view of its position and architecture.

Short itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive at destination, Šipan Island
Day 2: Mljet island & National Park
Day 3: Lastovo Island
Day 4: Lastovo Island
Day 5: Korčula Island
Day 6: Pelješac peninsula
Day 7: Elaphiti Islands, Dubrovnik
Day 8: Departure Dubrovnik

Day 1

Sailing Dubrovnik to Šipan island

We head out from Dubrovnik and head towards Elaphiti archipelago to visit islands and the lighthouse of St. Andrew before reaching Šipan island. The island, which is only 16 square kilometers in size, is home to old summer estates and 34 churches that bear witness to a rich history that peaked during the era of the Dubrovnik Republic. Interestingly, Šipan was inscribed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the island with the greatest number of olive trees in comparison to its size. The olive tree is a symbol of the Mediterranean. It has left its mark on civilization and has been respected since ancient and biblical times. Here we spend the night and prepare for longer sailing tomorrow. 

Day 2

Mljet National park

The next day we head to Mljet Island and its national park. Mljet is the most forested island in the Adriatic, and the National Park contains two salt lakes, with a Benedictine monastery on the Isle of St. Mary. We will go to the national park, hike, walk, cycle or canoe, take a boat tour or visit the monastery of St. Mary and swim in the crystal clear turquoise waters of the lakes before returning to the village for dinner. 

Day 3

Lastovo Island cycling

After departing from Mljet we head towards Lastovo, an offshore island with a long history and clear sky. On the way, we will visit one of the lighthouses and then continue to the island and go for a cycling tour to explore the best of the island's culture, history, and untouched nature. We will reach the town of Lastovo on the other side of the island and enjoy the calm atmosphere. 

Day 4

Lastovo archipelago kayaking

For kayakers and divers, Lastovo is a hidden gem of the Adriatic. Discover its blue caves, impressive cliffs and reefs and secluded islands or the archipelago. Weather permitting we will explore the Bear cave on Lastovo and kayak around Mrčara island to explore the wild uninhabited island with secluded beaches and the interesting underwater world. We end our day with a dinner in a calm seaside restaurant for some local cuisine and wine. 

Day 5

Lastovo -Korčula sailing

After 2 days of activities, we turn back to sailing as we cross the wide channel to Korčula island and enjoy some casual paddleboarding along the way. The island with a rich culture and past where every stone has history imprinted on it has been famous since the 6th century B.C. when it was known as an ancient Greek colony under the name of Korkyra Melaina (in translation 'Black Korčula', for its dark green pine forests). Korčula is also known as the hometown of the Polo-Depolo family, including the 13th-century explorer and traveler Marco Polo, author of the book 'Il million' with which he was the first European to present facts about China and other Asian countries. Discover the town and Marco Polo museum, ancient walls and architecture and a coffee in a classic destination of nautic visitors from all over the world. 

Day 6

Korčula - Pelješac peninsula

From Korčula we continue to Pelješac peninsula, the Adriatic Wine Empire. The most famous wine region in the Adriatic offers a variety of local wines, as almost every family on the peninsula produces their own wine, and the entire peninsula, which is only 70 kilometers long has over 250 registered wine producers. Plavac and Dingač are famous native sorts of grapes and wines, with Plavac being the cousin of the more famous Zinfandel. The story is best told by the professionals, so Grgich winery is open for us for wine tasting and storytelling about wine, it's history and production. After a visit to the winery, we continue sailing and anchor in one of the nice bay in the area for dinner and a peaceful night. 

Day 7

Back towards Dubrovnik

For the last day, we sail through the Elaphiti archipelago and enjoy the secluded bay, sandy beaches and beautiful sceneries on the way back to Dubrovnik port. Enjoy the rest of your sail with hiking, stand-up paddling, or sightseeing villages and towns of the archipelago. We reach the port in the afternoon and spend a final night with your guide and skipper in a cozy atmosphere and with stories of the trip to share. 

Day 7

Departure

Check in from the boat is on 8:00 AM. Let your guide and skipper know about your traveling plans from this point on, so they can advise you about interesting places to see, or the easiest way to go around to wherever you need to go. 

Note on Itinerary:

This itinerary is subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather, water levels, special events of interest, etc. Raftrek Guides and Trip Leaders will do their utmost to ensure the best possible experience for their clients without compromising safety at any time. This may mean changing the original itinerary to avoid discomfort or risk which could be caused by exceptional situations. Raftrek reserves the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.

Group size

Min 4 – max 6 people per group; larger groups are on request. Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund. In case the minimum number of participants is not met but the guest/s still want to do the trip, the price increases by a percentage depending on the final number of participants.

Skill level

moderate*** Read more

Accommodation

Over the course of this program, we will travel and stay on the sleek and elegant OLIVIA ADRIATICA Sun Odyssey 54DS (16.75 m) sailboat, which offers an impressive sailing experience with a great dose of comfort. The OLIVIA ADRIATICA is a boat that offers safety and a comfortable stay at sea with great design, solid performance, a high quality of construction, and superior equipment. The boat has 3 double cabins, each with its own toilet and shower, along with a separate cabin for the crew. There are two standard double, and one master double cabin with even more space and comfort. The central salon is large and offers a comfortable space for shared living. The boat is equipped with air conditioning and heating, a TV, WIFI, an electrical generator, and everything you might need while resting and relaxing. The small onboard library offers books to suit everyone’s interests.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

Meals

Breakfast will be served with a plentiful buffet consisting of several types of cereal, butter, honey, jam, prosciutto, cheese, eggs, yogurt, fruit, juices, coffee, tea, and milk. Some of the lunches will be picnics, which enables us to be flexible with our route. You will be able to buy lunch packs or groceries from local stores, and the boat kitchen is there for you to use. If you are booking the entire boat for your group, we can organize a boat chef to cook for you during the trip with a surcharge.

Meals are organized as a combination of onboard meals and selected restaurants for dinner. In the evening, after we have anchored the night, there are fantastic local restaurants and taverns. They have received excellent feedback from guests in the past for their value for money, and we recommend you try specialties with authentic Mediterranean cuisine.

Price

  • All prices are per person in EUR.
  • Maximum number of participants: 6 guests per group. Larger groups upon request.
  • Minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by parent(s).
  • Single use rooms/cabins are available upon request with a 25% surcharge.

7 nights optionSpring / AutumnPreseason/PostseasonHigh Season
Standard Double cabin1369,00 €1521,00 €1690,00 €
Single use Double cabin1711,00 €1901,00 €2113,00 €
Master Double cabin1519,00 €1671,00 €1840,00 €
Single use Master cabin1861,00 €2051,00 €2263,00 €

**NOTE: The prices are fixed in euros. This conversion is for comparison purposes only. The exact price in dollars or pounds is calculated on the day of booking according to the exchange rate of the Croatian National Bank.

Departure seasons

High Season: June 16 – September 7,
Pre/Post Season: May 26 – June 15, Sept 8 – Sept 28
Spring/Autumn Season:  April 14– May 25, September 29 – October 26

What’s included
  • accommodation: 7 nights on the yacht (en-suite bathroom),
  • meals as noted in the itinerary (6 breakfasts),
  • activities and use of equipment (SUP, biking and snorkeling gear),
  • local taxes, permits and marina fees/lighthouse docking fees
  • yacht skipper, guide/assistance,
  • insurance.                                                     
Not included
  • international airfare to/from Croatia,
  • Optional trip
  • Mljet National Park entrance fee
  • items of personal nature and optional gratuities to your guide(s),
  • beverages and meals not stated in the itinerary.

Cancelation made by Raftrek

In the unlikely case of extreme weather conditions, Raftrek Adventure Travel will reschedule the activity for a day or two prior or after the date booked, if possible. If the rescheduling is not possible, the payments will be refunded in full. Read more –  Terms & conditions.

Staff & Experts

Raftrek Guides and Trip Leaders will do their utmost to ensure the best possible experience for their clients without compromising safety at any time. This may mean changing the original itinerary to avoid discomfort or risk, which could be caused by exceptional situations. 

Weather

The summers are typically warm and sunny. From May to October temperatures are comfortable for hiking, paddling, and swimming. Rain is always a possibility in Croatia so it is essential to bring adequate rainwear and a jacket in case of inclement weather.

Questions 

Feel free to call us at 0038516521666, if you still have any questions or concerns. We’re here to help you. For further information on FAQ please visit our website www.raftrek.com

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