Dreaming of Dubrovnik – Sicily & Southern Italy to Croatia

£1,295

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9 nights

Anchor in Taormina bay, in the shadow of Mount Etna and venture ashore to explore this most iconic of Sicilian summer destinations. Experience the rhythm and solitude of off-shore sailing and night passaging as we sail out into the Ionian and across the ball and heel of Italy’s boot. Moor alongside the fishing fleet in Otranto and perhaps secure a purchase straight from the pot, before heading ashore to explore the stunning floor mosiacs of the town’s Romanesque cathedral. Dubrovnik – Byron’s ‘pearl of the Adriatic’, sublime in its beauty and setting. The perfect end to an epic voyage.

The whole vessel is available for charter for this voyage for £8,995. Please enquire for details. 

Trip Start: July 2018

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VESSEL

Vessel Type

Classic Aluminium Ketch

A deep and secure aft-cockpit make her ideal for safe passages and comfortable cruising and there’s plenty of sunbathing space on the large open deck. The versatile ketch rig means she can be comfortably sailed short-handed but is equally well-suited to being pushed hard by a full race crew and is an exciting boat to sail for old-hands and novices alike. Furling headsails and slab-reef mizzen and main sail mean there is plenty to keep the crew busy.

Vessel Length

65 feet

Skipper

Yes

Berth

Up to 10 guest in four cabins.

  • Two private double cabins and two twins. All en-suite.
  • Temporary bunks can be fitted in the double cabins to provide additional space (great for larger groups or those with young children).
  • The saloon and galley provide a great social area, with seating for 8 at the table and a meticulously appointed galley, perfect for preparing high quality meals.
  • Should you wish to secure a private berth (for one person) a single cabin supplement will apply to the price of the trip – currently standard price + 70%.

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

40% and Staggered 2. Registration form required to confirm booking.

See deposit and cancellations policy

Included

  • Accommodation aboard for the duration of the adventure
  • Professional skipper for the duration of the adventure
  • Sheets & bedding
  • Bath towels
  • Drinking water, teas & coffees

Additional

  • Travel to or from the vessel
  • On arrival you are required to pay a Communal Expenses Allowance (CEA), currently 15% of the full charter or adventure price. This is essentially a ‘boat kitty’ that covers variable expenses such as fuel, harbour water, food, non-alcoholic drinks and port fees. The CEA can then be used by your skipper to make payments during the charter without disturbing you, and serves as an available kitty for guests. Any remaining CEA is returned at the end of the charter, or if expenses incurred exceed the CEA collected, an additional expense is requested at the end of the charter.

Practical Info

  • Guests become part of the crew and the responsibility for provisioning is shared, based on the groups’ preferences (some adventures will feature more remote anchorages and cooking aboard, on other trips guests may prefer to eat ashore more often). There is certainly no better way to understand a region than by visiting the local food markets and seeing what fresh produce is being bought and sold.
  • Open to beginner sailors.

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

Getting there

Join the boat in Milazzo from 12.00. If you are due to arrive later than 20.00 please let us know in advance.

Palermo and Catania are well served by international airlines and good bus services link the airports with our points of embarkation.

Getting back

Disembark in Dubrovnik by 12.00

Dubrovnik is served by direct flights from many European cities. There are currently no non-stop flights from North America.

Travel assistance

Need help booking travel and accommodation for your trip? We have teamed up with STA Travel. Their experts will assist you with all your travel requirements. Please enquire when booking.

ITINERARY

Dreaming of Dubrovnik – Sicily & Southern Italy to Croatia

Join at Milazzo, Sicily

Leave from Dubrovnik, Croatia 

Highlights

Taormina

Anchor in Taormina bay, in the shadow of Mount Etna and venture ashore to explore this most iconic of Sicilian summer destinations.

Life at sea

Experience the rhythm and solitude of off-shore sailing and night passaging as we sail out into the Ionian and across the ball and heel of Italy’s boot.

Otranto

Moor alongside the fishing fleet in Otranto and perhaps secure a purchase straight from the pot, before heading ashore to explore the stunning floor mosiacs of the town’s Romanesque cathedral.

Dubrovnik

Byron’s ‘pearl of the Adriatic’, despite the crowds, is simply sublime in its beauty and setting. The perfect end to an epic voyage and the ideal launch pad for those going on to explore Croatia further.

Trip details

Sail from Sicily to Croatia, via the Aeolian Islands, coastal Calabria and Puglia, then onto southern Dalmatia. This exciting and varied sailing programme, covering nearly 600 nautical miles will take in some of Italy’s most stunning coastal scenery, before crossing the Adriatic sea and making landfall at the historic and impossibly picturesque city of Dubrovnik.

Be part of the yacht’s crew on this stunning voyage, standing watch on night passages, assisting with navigation, provisioning and sailing the boat, as we explore this fascinating region of Mediterranean Europe. No previous experience is required, but an appetite for adventure and good sense of humour are essential!

Itinerary

What follows is a idea of what may unfold. However, expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.

July 3

Join the boat in Milazzo, meet your skipper, crew and shipmates and make yourself comfortable. Explore the old town and enjoy a Sicilian dinner ashore.

July 4

Sail north to Vulcano or Lipari and marvel at this stunning volcanic archipelago, from your unrivalled vantage point. Perhaps take time for a swim or snorkel and a trip ashore before settling down for our first night at anchor.

July 5

Up early for a long coastal passage through the Straits of Messina, home of the irresistible monsters Scylla and Charybdis in Homer’s Odyssey, and onwards south to Taormina bay. Enjoy an evening in this iconic and oh-so beautiful Italian resort town.

July 6-7

Depart Sicily and venture out into the Ionian for an exciting voyage around the South Coast of Italy. Expect shooting stars, challenging mealtimes and a whole new sleep pattern!

July 8

Arrive in Otranto. Explore the town, walk the fortified walls and discover one of Italy’s most extraordinary cathedrals with its stunning mosaic floor and altar of human skulls.

July 9 – 10

Set sail again: This time leaving Italy behind and crossing the Adriatic bound for Croatia.

July 11 – 12
Explore Dubrovnik and around before disembarking on the 12th.

KIT LIST

Sailing boots

Trainers/ deck shoes (no black soled shoes please – they mark the deck)

Waterproof sailing kit

Hat

Sailing gloves

Clothes for on-board and on shore

A small backpack for trips on-shore (30-40 litres)

A water bottle

Sun glasses (polarized)

Sun cream – SPF50+

Small quick dry towel

Swimming kit

USB cord to charge your phone

Cash

Head torch

Sailing knife

Passport

Printed out Insurance details

Any medication you require

INSURANCE

Specialist off-shore sailing insurance is required. We can direct you to the insurer we use. Ask for information when you enquire.

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