Adventure Open Sea Sailing

Open Sea Adventure Sailing 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...

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OVERVIEW

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: 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.

Day Activities Locations Lodging Meals
1 Arrival (by 12h), sailing, sightseeing Šipan Island Yacht B
2 Sailing, hiking, sightseeing Mljet island & National Park Yacht B
3 Sailing, cycling, sightseeing Lastovo Island Yacht B
4 Sea kayaking Lastovo Island Yacht B
5 Sailing, SUP & sightseeing Korčula Island Yacht B
6 Sailing, wine tasting Pelješac peninsula Yacht B
7 SUP, hiking, sightseeing Elaphiti Islands, Dubrovnik Yacht B
8 Departure Dubrovnik
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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.

Eco Challenge: The Blue Bag is an initiative with the aim of giving the sea what it gives us; purity, beauty, love... If each sailor were to fill just one bag of drifting refuse per year, the sea would say: 'THANK YOU'. The Blue Bag isn't an obligation, instead, it is a challenge. As part of the Mediterranean, the Adriatic Sea is considered to be one of the cleanest seas in Europe. Croatia is amongst the top three countries, along with Cyprus and Malta, in the cleanliness of the sea. Still, our sea has been affected with the appearance of refuse that is the result of irresponsible behavior by sailors, but also by the significant effects of sea currents that travel from the southeast to the northwest, bringing in garbage from the middle of the Mediterranean. That is why we have launched the Blue Bag environmental initiative. When our crews spot PVC garbage on some inaccessible shores, they hop in a kayak or on a SUP board and collect it in characteristic blue bags. Guests on our boats have more than gladly accepted this initiative as part of the adventure and the high degree of environmental culture we promote.

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

Gourmet Experience: Along with our adventurous activities, the sun and the sea awaken the most primeval feelings that are hard to resist, so we invite you to let go and enjoy dinner in a hedonistic way with an abundance of traditional regional offers of food in island restaurants. 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.

PRICES IN EUROS FOR 2018

  Spring Preseason Season Postseason Autumn
Starts Apr. 14 May 26 June 16 Sept. 8 Sept. 29
Ends May 25 June 15 Sept. 7 Sept. 28 Oct. 26
 
Standard Double cabin 1369 1521 1690 1521 1369
Single-use Double cabin 1711 1901 2113 1901 1711
Master Double cabin 1519 1671 1840 1671 1519
Single-use Master cabin 1861 2051 2263 2051 1861

All prices are per person.

  • Maximum number of participants: 6 guests per group.
  • Minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by parent(s).
  • Accommodation: Single use rooms are available upon request with a 25% surcharge.

Included:

  • 7 nights accommodation on a yacht (en-suite bathroom)
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Fuel, water, cooking stove gas
  • Activities and use of equipment (kayaks, bikes, canoes, paddleboards, snorkelling gear)
  • Local taxes, permits and marina fees/lighthouse docking fees
  • Byboat & outboard engine
  • 2 crew members: yacht skipper & guide
  • Insurance

Not Included:

  • Optional trip
  • Meals and beverages not stated in the itinerary
  • International airfare to/from Croatia
  • Mljet National Park entrance fee

ITINERARY

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 kilometres 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 traveller Marco Polo, author of the book 'Il milione' 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 in only 70 kilometres 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 cosy atmosphere and with stories of the trip to share

Day 8: Departure

Check in from the boat is on 8:00 AM. Let your guide and skipper know about your travelling 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.

Notes

This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, water levels, special events of interest, etc. Huck Finn 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. Huck Finn reserves the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.

Matea Kobešćak

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