American Sailing has scheduled two luxury charters in Croatia aboard Cataleya. At 30 meters, this luxury sailing yacht will be home to 18 total members for a week-long cruise of Croatia. This sailing adventure is an opportunity for ASA Members to sail a bucket list destination with other like-minded travelers.
After all, we have sailing in common, right?
This trip will include stops in Split, Hvar, Korcula as well as a few anchorages that are the secrets of the captain and the crew. Sailing with locals allows our members to have a one-of-a-kind experience in a once-in-a-lifetime destination.
If you have thought about Croatia but have been hesitant to visit, this is the trip for you. Cataleya is a motor sailor so unless the conditions are ideal she doesn’t perform like most of us would like. After all, we are all sailors so we want the sails up and the boat gliding through the water. Put that aside for the moment and realize you will visit multiple ports and anchorages and be guided by locals who know this country well. Everyone that has been on this trip so far cannot wait to come back either on a bareboat charter or on a flotilla.
This trip is ideal for someone who wants to see what Croatia is all about but wants a guide on their first visit.
Double + Single ( 3 Guests MAX) $6200 per cabin
Featuring room for three with 1 double bed and 1 twin bed. This cabin type is the only cabin suitable for three persons. The cabin features en-suite private bathrooms that include hairdryers, complimentary toiletries like shampoo and soap, hot showers, bath and beach towels. Each room has independent air conditioning system. Wifi is available on the vessel. 220V power supply. Cabin has space for storage of luggage and 1 closet (US travelers will need an adapter) 1 of these cabins is available on the main deck
Double ( 2 Guests MAX) $5800 per cabin
Featuring room for 1 or 2 persons. The cabin features en-suite private bathrooms that include hairdryers, complimentary toiletries like shampoo and soap, hot showers, bath and beach towels. Each room has independent air conditioning system. Wifi is available on the vessel. 220V power supply. Cabin has space for storage of luggage and 1 closet (US travelers will need an adapter) 2 of these cabins are available on the main deck.
Two Twins ( 2 Guests MAX) $5600 per cabin
Featuring room for 1 or 2 persons. Two twin beds are available in this cabin type. The cabin features en-suite private bathrooms that include hairdryers, complimentary toiletries like shampoo and soap, hot showers, bath and beach towels. Each room has independent air conditioning system. Wifi is available on the vessel. 220V power supply. Cabin has space for storage of luggage and 1 closet (US travelers will need an adapter) This room type is available below the main deck.
This sample itinerary gives you an example of the anchorages you can expect to experience on the American Sailing Cruise of Croatia. The captain and crew are experts in the area and their local knowledge will allow you to experience both the popular sites as well as the secret spots that only a local would be familiar with.
NOTE: It is important to understand that this is just a sample itinerary and the actual itinerary will be dictated by weather, availability, and current conditions in Croatia.
Your embarkation is at 17:00 in Split. After introducing with the crew and looking around the boat you will sail a little bit out of Split, to the beautiful little fishing town on island Brač called Milna. This first night you will have dinner served on boat, so you will be able to completely relax after your day of travel and spend your night in some beautiful bay without any contact with civilization. If this is not something you would prefer – you can choose to moor in town port or visit the town with the tender. Milna is typical small fishermen town located on the western side of island Brač. From the time of the Roman emperor Diocletian until today, Milna is well known as the safest harbor on the island Brač. It is also known for the beautiful bays that surround this village, an because of this – it is ideal place to spend the first night of this 7- day Adriatic cursing adventure. History lovers can find joy in wondering thought the beautiful narrow streets of Milna, with old stone houses all around you or can visit Baroque parish church with typical bell tower.
Today you will sail to the sunniest island on the Adriatic – island Hvar. On your way to Hvar there is possibility of stopping for a swim on the one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe – Zlatni Rat on the island Brač. Zlatni Rat when translated means „Golden Horn“. It is natural pebble beach made of small stones that are easy to walk on. It is famous for its crystal-clear waters, pine trees shade and unique shape: 500 m long peninsula whose tip rotates right or left depending on the winds and currents. This beach is protected as a geomorphological monument. Zlatni Rat is located in town called Bol.
After this short visit to Zlatni Rat you will sail a little bit more and spend your day in some beautiful bay on island Hvar: sunbath and relax, enjoy water sports and have lunch aboard surrounded with beautiful nature. In the afternoon, you will visit center of the island, town with the same name – Hvar. Town of Hvar is already well known to the most of the tourist coming to Croatia, as the night life paradise, but Hvar has so much more to offer. With a rich history, as Venetian center of the island, Hvar offers many historical attractions mostly dated in 16th and 17th century. Besides history, nature is something that will fascinate you on Hvar. From the magical lavender fields filled with enchanting scents, to fascinating vineyards on the south side of the island to the studding hidden bays and coves on the island chain of Pakleni islands that offer perfect anchoring spots. So, after spending evening in the busy town of Hvar you will be ready to fully enjoy peacefulness of night spent in some hidden bay on Pakleni islands.
Where to eat in Hvar:
What to see in Hvar
As it will be usual these days, after breakfast served in surrounding of untouched nature you will sail to your next location – island Vis. This magical island is well known to the sailors starting from the ancient times. Greeks formed their colony Issa on this location in 397 B.C and this was base for their colonization of the Adriatic Sea. Ruins of this colony can still be found on island: terms, ancient theater on Prirovo etc. This is why, Vis is well known as one of the oldest towns in Croatia. Well hidden in the deep Bay of St George, for centuries Vis was center of the island. Formed by connecting three villages into one (Luka, Kut and Gradina) Vis has so much to offer. Starting from ancient Greek ruins and British fortress in Gradina, to the renaissance villas and churches in Luka and Kut.
Besides town of Vis, Komiža, is also must-see location on Vis island. From this picturesque fishing town on the south side of the island you can make a trip to small island Biševo, famous for its Blue Cave. Vis has a large list of nature phenomenas that can be visited. Besides Blue Cave there is also Green cave, Stiniva beach, Zaglav beach etc… Also, many attractions, like sunken boats, can be found in the depths around Vis. This is why Vis will for sure leave you speechless.
From the time after Second World War Vis was important military base of the former Jugoslav army and whole island was closed for the tourist until 1990s. From this time many military underground tunnels and other objects can be found on the island and different military tours are offered starting from Vis or Komiža. In the last few years, Vis is mostly known among tourists as the location on which movie Mama Mia: Here We Go Again was filmed in 2017.
What to see in Vis
Where to eat in Vis
Today you will have a few extra hours of sailing in the morning but it will be worth it as you are going to visit town of Korčula on the island with the same name. Korčula is usually known as the birth town of famous explorer Marco Polo. You will be able to visit his birth house and from there enjoy a stunning view of the whole town. You will reach Korčula around lunch time and before visiting town, as usual, you will have a few hours to enjoy sea activities and relax in the nature of some beautiful bay. In the late afternoon the boat will moor near the town center. Korčula is also known as a small Dubrovnik and when arriving and looking from the distance of the seaside, you will see why this is so. Located on a small peninsula, surrounded with stone city walls and fortresses it really resembles Dubrovnik. Narrow streets and old town center with Renaissance-Gothic houses, palaces and churches just complete this impression.
Korčula is a really thrilling town: full of life, full of art, full of history. You can feel this everywhere: behind every little corner and on every littlesquare. And if you are lucky enough – in the evening you may witness the Moreška dance, traditional sword dance which probably has its origins in Spain and from there came to this part of Mediterranean. This is something that people from Korčula are really proud of, as it has a long tradition and today is performed only on this island. We assure you that, after the evening spent in this beautiful little town, you will for sure keep some special memories in your heart for the rest of your life.
What to see in Korčula
Where to eat in Korčula
Today, after some longer ride from Korčula, you will anchor near the picturesque village of Jelsa. Situated in the middle of the northern side of island Hvar and surrounded with islands highest peaks, Jelsa is very popular touristic location. With a very rich history life that began in middle age when some ancient villae rusticae were built here, Jelsa has so much to offer. Local story says that the whole village was built around St. John’s Chapel and it’s square, a place that is still in some way cultural center of the town and where many events are being held during the summer. One of these events is festival named after Croatian classical composer Antun Dobronić, who was born here in Jelsa. Culture lowers can also visit Cross Bearer Square and learn all about this five centuries old tradition that has been included in UNESCO’s World Intangible Cultural Heritage List. These processions called “Za krizem” which means Following the Cross, take place each year on Maundy Thursday before Easter. We also recommend you to visit town museum or beautiful local park created in 1870. Or you can just wander town’s old narrow streets, enter some of the wine cellars and look for a local superhero – Lavanderman. Nature lovers can visit some of the beautiful local beaches.
Jelsa, as being situated in the middle of the island, is also ideal starting point for many excursions: for example: Village of Humac, Grapčeva Cave, Greek Tower of Tor etc. This is why Jelsa Is one of Adriatic must see locations.
Where to eat in Jelsa
What to see in Jelsa
You will leave Jelsa around 9:00 AM just after the breakfast and find another beautiful bay to enjoy your day of relaxation. After lunch spent surrounded with untouched nature and few more hours of sunbathing and water activities, you will sail into stunning deep hidden bay of town Pučišća, picturesque village on northern side of island Brač. Known as the “Port of 13 towers”, Pučišća was for centuries ideally protected port, as it was both hidden and well-fortified. You can still find remains of few of these towers while walking around the village.
One thing that for sure describes Pučišća the best – is white limestone. And this is something that you will notice first while entering Pučišća bay – all the houses in this village are made from stone. Local quarry has certainly formed the lives of domestic population. For centuries, together with agriculture it was main source of local income. Stone from this query was used to build famous buildings in Croatia and abroad. One of them is Diocletian’s palace in Split. Local story says that this stone was even brought to Washington and it was used in the construction of the White House. Nevertheless, stone and stonemasons have always been significant part of history of Pučišća. Therefore, it is not surprising that a stonemason high school was founded right here in this town on island Brač. This school, unique in this part of Europe, has almost hundred years long tradition and has formed many generations of skilled craftsmen. Although the school is closed during the summer months, it can be visited at certain times during the day accompanied by one of the school professors. This stonemason school is certainly must-see location while visiting Pučišća. Culture lovers will also enjoy International summer music school, that takes place each year in period from July to September, when workshops and concerts are organized, during which the stone-paved streets echo the sounds of beautiful music.
Pučišća was recently listed in top 10 most beautiful towns in Europe and this fact only confirms that this little town is one of the undiscovered pearls of the Adriatic
Where to eat in Pučišća
Today you will visit Omiš, charming little town situated on the month of river Cetina into the Adriatic Sea. Surrounded with mountains, river and beautiful sandy beaches Omiš combines unique natural ambient with rich cultural heritage. Story about Omiš being “a pirate city” has a real history stronghold. In middle ages, pirates from Omiš, under the leadership of famous Kačić Familiy, controlled sea travel and trade from Omiš to Dubrovnik. All the ships that passed through this area had to pay a fee to them or risk their attack. In the attacks they used their uniquely shaped ships and were very successful, as they would quickly return and hide in the Cetina month. Fortress Mirabela was also important part of this history as it offers stunning view on the Adriatic Sea and it was perfect lookout for pirates. Much higher above the town there is another fortress – Starigrad (or Fortica). Fortica was built as a shelter for locals in the event of an attack on the city. Glory of this pirate tradition is still alive in Omiš, and few events during the summer are held in memory of it. One of them is famous Pirate battle. History lovers can also find a few other locations to visit (Old city cemetery, Turjun Fort, Eastern town door, Town Museum etc). If you decide to get out the town bustle, you can enjoy beautiful evening walks on the promenade by the river.
Omiš is also adrenaline paradise. On the long list of activities everyone can find the perfect option for themselves. You can go rafting or canyoning on river Cetina and enjoy untouched nature in its fullness. For those little braver zipline in Cetina canyon is for sure unforgettable experience. Paragliding, free climbing or just ordinary hiking are also available options.
Omiš is also famous for it’s a cappella singing festival that is held every year in July.
What to see in Omiš
Where to eat in Omiš
On the last day of your charter you will enjoy short ride from Omiš to Split during which usual breakfast will be served. Your embarkation is at 9:00 AM. If you have time, we advise you to visit Split town center. This second largest town in Croatia will for sure leave you speechless by offering a beautiful cocktail of history, culture, excellent food and beautiful views. This 1700-year-old town is one of the most see locations in Croatia. Wander through the old stone streets, visit palace and basements of Roman emperor Diocletian, climb the Marjan hill for studding view or just sit on the sea promenade and enjoy your coffee or lunch. In Split, there is something for everybody.
What to see in Split
Where to eat in Split
The Cruise Fare shall be deemed to be earned when paid and not refundable except as stated herein. If a guest cancels a trip 60 or more days in advance, they will receive a refund of all monies paid ASA except 50% of the deposit. If a guest cancels a trip between 30 and 60 days, they will receive a refund of all monies paid except the full deposit. No cancelations are permitted within the final 30 days. If the guest fails to make an agreed-upon payment when due, they will be charged a $15 late fee for each additional day. If the guest fails to make a payment after 10 days after it was due, their contract can be canceled and no deposits will be returned.
Embarkation is on Saturday afternoon from 5:00-6:00pm. Check-out is Saturday morning at 9:00am. The embarkation and debarkation location is in Split at Riva.
Riva is the boardwalk directly beside the Marina and adjacent to old town Split. The exact location will be communicated to you once we get word from the Captain and crew.
You will be notified by email if this changes.
Your Uber app will also work in Croatia. Your fare will be shown in Kuna. It is approximately 300 Kuna (about $45) for an Uber from the Split airport to the old city of Split.
Cataleya has a professional chef on board to offer you a sampling of exquisite Croatian meals. You will enjoy many Croatian specialties including seafood, pasta, vegetables, and meats while on your cruise.
A hot breakfast is served family-style each morning at 8:30am (eggs, made-to-order omelets, sausage, or bacon). Coffee, fruit, cereal, pastries, and yogurt are available prior to breakfast for the early risers. A multi-course lunch is generally served between 1pm-2pm. Most dinners are on your own in the port you are visiting.
The Captain will join the guests after breakfast each day to explain that day’s sail plan and port visit.
Croatia uses standard European 2-point plugs and the electricity is 220 V.
The national currency in Croatia is the Kuna (HRK). Although EUR may be accepted in some establishments, please keep in mind that the Kuna is in most cases the only means of payment accepted. ATM machines can be found almost everywhere. Credit cards are accepted at most cafes, although some small cafes are cash only. Sometimes a vendor will charge extra for a credit card purchase. In general, avoid using “Money Exchange” services in Europe. Bring a debit card for cash withdrawals at the ATM (don’t forget PIN number), and a credit card for major purchases (hotel).
Bed linens and beach towels, shampoo and body wash, kayak, stand up paddle board, and snorkeling equipment.
Soda or cola (25 Kuna each), Beer (25 Kuna each), hard liquor such as vodka, gin, rum, etc. (25-30 Kuna each); wine (60 Kuna – 75 Kuna per glass); water and orange juice (15 Kuna per glass). Your bar tab is to be paid in cash in Kuna at the end of the cruise. Community beverages such as water and juice at breakfast are prorated among all guests and added to your beverage tab.