Northern Croatia & Venice
Northern Croatia & Venice
8 day itinerary
This itinerary takes in the Adriatic's northernmost waters, sweeping west from Zadar along Croatia's stunning coastline and finishing in spectacular style, in the Grand Canal of Venice. Explore this breathtaking mix of awe-inspiring beaches and bays, tiny islands, historical highlights and natural parks.
MONUMENT TO THE SUN
Join your yacht in Zadar. Settle in onboard before going to explore. Head to the beautiful white sand Saharun beach on nearby Dugi Otok Island by tender. Drive inland and swim in the waterfalls at Krka National Park. Take a magical history tour of the city – from Roman columns to Venetian architecture. Climb the belltower of the cathedral for great views. The only place to be at sunset is the Brazil Bar next to the Monument to the Sun, a giant solar powered disc representing the sun which comes alive at night with coloured lights.
Wake up as the yacht cruises to the island of Rab, declared a Geopark in 2008. Hike through pine forests to find beautiful beaches. Visit enchanting Rab Town, characterised by four elegant bell towers rising from the ancient stone streets. See St Andrew’s Monastery with its bell tower, the bell dating from 1396. Sample the local delicacy, Rab cake – a combination of almonds, crystalised sugar, lemon peel and Maraschino cherry liqueur. Explore olive groves and vineyards. Enjoy a delicious dinner onboard as you watch the lights of the town.
Wakeboarding, caves and ancient sites
In Krk Island, bask at Baška, with a 2 km long sandy beach. Dive shipwrecks, one dating back to Napoleonic times. Try wakeboarding. Visit Vrbnik, a medieval town set at the top a limestone outcrop. Sample Žlahtina, the straw-coloured dry white wine cultivated only here. Go spelunking in the cave of Biserujkais filled with stalactites and stalagmites. Have cocktails at Volsonis in an underground 2,000 year old archaeological site before heading to Rivica restaurant on the waterfront in Njivica. End the night at Casa del Padrone, prime party spot in Krk Town.
SKIES AND vistas
Arrive at the medieval harbour of Cres Town in a beautiful bay surrounded by green hills. Wander along the seafront surrounded by Venetian mansions and pastel coloured houses. Head out of town and follow a hiking trail on the original cobbles as laid by the Romans. Go ziplining through ancient oak forests. Spot griffon vultures soaring above you. Kayak around the many pretty coves. Find that perfect beach. Head to the village of Lubenice, perched high up, for the best sunset. Return to the yacht for cocktails and dinner onboard.
Culture or nature
Arrive into Pula, where one of the best roman amphitheatres on the planet slopes down to cobalt blue waters. In summer, take in an outdoor opera, play or film here. Wander the Italian-style seafront with a gelato. Later, the yacht’s tender to the Brijini Islands, once the private estate of President Tito and playground of Roman rulers, and now a forested archipelago and national park.
Find your favourite beach
Wander the narrow paved streets and handsome old town of the fishing port of Rovinj, the gem of the Istria coastline. Visit the interesting 13th Century church of St Trojstvo. Sip local wine on a piazza and watch the world go by, or take in a live performance at the summer open-air festival. The Rovinj Archipelago, a group of 14 islands, offers stunning bays and beaches. The crew will show you the best secret spots.
There is nothing quite like cruising into Venice’s Grand Canal by yacht. Arrive via its turquoise lagoon, dotted with 117 islands, and explore its intricate system of tiny waterways by gondola. We can arrange tours at Venice’s best art galleries, tickets to the opera and tables at world-class restaurants.
Disembark in Venice, and either extend your holiday with a few days at one of the city’s 5* hotels or transfer to Marco Polo Airport for onward travel.