Cruising Croatia’s sparkling seas with sailing yacht Navilux

Find freedom under the Mediterranean sun this summer and roam wherever you please as you discover the wonders of the Croatia charter grounds with modern sailing yacht NAVILUX.

Croatia is where east meets west, and millennia of being between some of the world’s ancient superpowers has left behind a legacy of magnificent Roman and Greek architecture – not the least being the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the Diocletian’s Palace at Split. The old town of Dubrovnik is another prime example of this atmospheric heritage, and culture lovers will find plenty of museums, galleries, concerts and festivals to fill a week, fortnight or even longer in this sensational region bordering the warm clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. With Venice to the north and Montenegro and the Ionian Islands of Greece to the south, it’s possible to make Croatia part of a larger cruise through some of the most enchanting spots in the Mediterranean.

The culinary delights are myriad, taking inspiration from old and new dishes from Italy and France, full-bodied wines grown at coastal vineyards, flavoursome sea food and Slavic treats that offer something familiar and something completely new for food connoisseurs. Michelin-starred restaurants can be found in many of the cities on the Istrian Peninsula and down the Dalmatian Coast, however sailing yacht NAVILUX comes with a highly talented chef capable of catering to all dietary requirements, so you might decide to cruise off to secluded sandy beaches and have your own sumptuous feast on quiet shores.

S/Y NAVILUX was built in 2021 and designed with the modern charter guest in mind: The contemporary interiors use light wooden panelling, neutral colours and an abundance of lighting to make a comfortable and stylish living space, day or night. Start the day by gathering together in the air conditioned main salon, and have a full breakfast and refreshments before beginning your personalised itinerary. The variety of activities on offer can be tailored to any age range and activity level, from treasure hunts or adrenaline-fuelled adventures such as white water rafting to wine tasting sessions at vineyards near town.

Free from the schedules of public ferries, you can land amongst the Dalmatian islands before any other tourists arrive, and move on to the best beaches far removed from the regular tourist trails. Sail off to the cerulean bays of the Lastovo Archipelago Nature Park, visit the Blue Grotto on Bisevo and have incredible wildlife encounters with dolphins and other marine life at the snorkelling and Scuba dive sites, for which Croatia is renowned.

When you return from your trip, the main deck aft offers an alternative place to dine, where you can take in the scenery along with the fresh air. Recharge with a quick nap on the flybridge sunbeds, or give aching feet and backs a soak in the forward Jacuzzi while your crew serves up your favourite refreshments.

As the day draws to a close, guests can retire to their sumptuous en-suite cabins for some peace and quiet in air-conditioned surroundings. The accommodation sleeps a total of 12 guests in 6 almost equal-sized bedrooms, consisting of 1 Master suite, 4 double cabins and 1 twin cabin. All cabins come with their own private corner lounge, plus a day bed for resting at ease with the latest bestseller or personal devices.

Sailing yacht NAVILUX has an impressive set of water toys that were selected with the shallow waters and incredible wonders of the Adriatic in mind: Snorkel as a group around the Kornati National Park, and see some of the best of the Istrian Coast at the Brijuni National Park after a morning of sightseeing in Pula. Zoom above and below the water on the jet skis, water skis, wakeboard and Seabob, or take your time to admire the scenic headlands by kayak or paddleboard. Lie back and let your cares float away on the inflatables, or stay dry on board and fish for your supper using the fishing gear and your crew’s local knowledge to find big game.

The Croatian coastline is a premier holiday destination as the warm summer weather begins to be felt; savour every moment sightseeing free of stress with your own transport, accommodation, entertainment and fine dining all in a single place, on one of the safest and most luxurious travel options on offer.

Trina Howes is a Director of CharterWorld America. CharterWorld is a luxury private yacht charter company that creates outstanding vacations with excellent yachts at amazing prices – worldwide.

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