In a week, there's plenty of time to experience the highlights of Croatia's Dalmatian Coast from the vantage of your private sailboat. From historic Split, you'll hoist anchor and set out to Dubrovnik, the "Adriatic Pearl," stopping to explore four charming and diverse islands along the way: Brač, Hvar, Korčula, and Mljet. 

Highlights

  • Dine on fresh-caught seafood and traditional Dalmatian cuisine in Split
  • Swim and snorkel off the coast of Brač Island
  • Sail around the whole of Korčula Island and drink Grk wine in Marco Polo's hometown
  • Swim, hike, or bike the lush landscapes of Mljet Island's national park
  • Sip a cocktail from Dubrovnik's Buza Bar and enjoy the sunset over the Adriatic

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Welcome to Split! Split
Day 2 Sail from Split to Hvar, Stopping at Brač Island Hvar Town
Day 3 Sail from Hvar to Korčula Korčula Town
Day 4 Sail around Korčula Island Korčula Town
Day 5 Sail from Korčula to Mljet National Park Mljet Island
Day 6 Sail from Mljet National Park to Dubrovnik Dubrovnik
Day 7 Depart Dubrovnik  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Split!

Split
Split

From the airport, it's a short (45-minute) drive to the center of Split. Depending on your arrival time, check into your hotel and settle into your accommodation before taking the rest of the afternoon to explore the ancient port city on your own.

Start at Pjaca Square for pretty views of white marble tiles, the Iron Gate (the western entrance to Diocletian's Palace), a Romanesque clock tower with the remains of a medieval sundial, and the 15th-century Town Hall. Stop for lunch at Trattoria Bajamont, just north of the Iron Gate. From there, visit the popular Voćni trg or Fruit Square—a square that got its name from centuries of selling fruit. Here you can enjoy renaissance architecture, influenced during Split's Venetian era. For a bit of shopping and a bite to eat head to Marmont Street, though you'll want to make your way to the waterfront to catch the sunset.

In the evening, take a stroll along Split's seafront Riva to admire the views over the Adriatic before finding the off-beat Konoba Dioklecijan restaurant, just to the left of the Bronze Gate for a bite to eat, its outdoor terrace built into the walls of famed Diocletian's Palace.

Day 2: Sail from Split to Hvar, Stopping at Brač Island

The island of Brač
The island of Brač

This morning you'll take a private sailboat from Split to sail in and around the island of Brač. The largest of the central Dalmatian islands, Brač is bursting with historic sites dating back to Ancient Greece and the Middle Ages. You'll make your first stop at one of the island's hidden bays for swimming and snorkeling, and if there's time and interest, perhaps a short hike. Enjoy the morning sun as you relax and delight your senses with the sound of the waves and a chance sighting of dolphins (if luck is on your side).

In the afternoon, you'll then continue your sailing journey to Hvar, where you'll spend the night aboard the boat, anchored in the Hvar harbor.  Hvar is a popular destination with tourists due to its natural setting, mild climate, and its historic port town of the same name. Depending on timing, you might like to explore some of Hvar Town's highlights: the 13th-century walls, the 16th-century Španjola Fortress, and the main square anchored by the Renaissance-era Cathedral.

Day 3: Sail from Hvar to Korčula

Sailboat cruising on the Adriatic
Sailboat cruising on the Adriatic

Leaving Hvar in the morning, you'll set course for the island of Korčula, breaking up the trip with stops for swimming, snorkeling, and exploration as you like. There are plenty of options for those interested in discovering quieter locations over more popular destinations.

Gradually, you'll arrive at Korčula Town on the eastern tip of the island of the same name, where you'll dock for the evening. If there's interest, take some time to discover Korčula's numerous restaurants, taverns, shops, and bars as you roam the maze of gray stone houses, alleys, churches, and squares. Try a traditional meal of lamb and goat with a glass of Grk white wine before you visit some of Old Town's notable attractions: the 14th-century Land Gate, St. Mark's Cathedral, and the house thought to have belonged to Marco Polo.

Day 4: Sail around Korčula Island

Pristine waters off the coast of Lumbarda with Pelješac peninsula in the background
Pristine waters off the coast of Lumbarda with Pelješac peninsula in the background

Pull up anchor this morning and set sail to cruise around the whole of Korčula island, taking advantage of the winds of the Pelješac and Korčula channels to add to an exciting day of sun and sea. As you make your way around the island, enjoy a different perspective of Korčula's coastline and choose to stop to swim and snorkel as the mood strikes—every shore offering something different: from the fortified walls of Korčula Town and the pebbly and pristine beaches of Lumbarda, to the rocky shores and lush nature of Proizd and Ošjak islands near Vela Luka.

After a full day of sailing, you'll return to Korčula Town's harbor where you'll dock for another overnight. Debark if you like for an evening stroll amid medieval walls and narrow streets that are patterned like a fish skeleton—a design made to reduce the effects of wind and sun.

Day 5: Sail from Korčula to Mljet National Park

Mljet's coastline
Mljet's coastline

Today you will sail further east to the island of Mljet and its national park. Upon arriving on Mljet, disembark to trek in Mljet National Park. One of the larger Adriatic islands off the Croatian coast, Mljet is a thin strip of land parallel to the Pelješac peninsula and runs 20 miles (32 km) long and up to 2 miles (3 km) wide. The park itself covers an area of 33 square miles (85.5 square km) and is made up of lakes and bays, dense forests, and olive groves.

Rent a bike to explore the unspoiled western side of the island in the National Park and stop to enjoy a unique swim in any of the beautiful lush coves of the island. Popular sights worth a visit include Veliko and Malo Jezero (Large and Small Lake)—two salt lakes in the park, connected by a narrow canalSoline Bay, and a sea-belt some 500 miles wide off the most prominent cape, the Cape of Mljet.

Day 6: Sail from Mljet National Park to Dubrovnik

Bokar fortress
Bokar fortress

In the morning, continue sailing east to the mainland and to Dubrovnik. Upon arrival at the marina, you'll transfer to your accommodation.

Often referred to as the "Pearl of the Adriatic," Dubrovnik is a world-renowned city of exceptional charm. After checking into your hotel, you'll want to get out and explore. Can't-miss activities include riding the cable car up to Srđ Mountain to take in the sunset over the nearby Elafiti Islands, visiting Lovrijenac and Bokar fortresses, and walking along the smooth, limestone-paved streets of historic Old Town.

And be sure to find your way to Stradun, Dubrovnik's main street to get your bearings and to choose from a number of excellent restaurants and wine bars. Alternatively, there's Buza Bar along the water's edge, a great spot to enjoy a cocktail while taking in the sunset.

Day 7: Depart Dubrovnik

Rector's Palace
Rector's Palace

Depending on when you depart, you may have time to visit one of Dubrovnik's museums, like the Franciscan Monastery and Museum. This large complex houses many treasures, including the world's third oldest pharmacy dating from 1317.

Alternatively, for a collection of 15,000 pieces of interesting works, visit the Rector's Palace and Cultural Historical Museum. Wander this well-preserved palace-turned-museum and explore its exhibits, some detailing life in the Republic of Ragusa during medieval times.

The drive to the airport from Dubrovnik takes around 45 minutes with normal traffic.