Luxury Retreats
by Gayle Olson
Our personal brand of luxury retreats blend yoga and inner discovery with sensory experiences of visual beauty, healthy sumptuous cuisine, cultural enrichment and outdoor adventure.

CROATIA YOGA CRUISE • SUMMER 2017

The boat is beautiful and the staff incredibly charming! I was not expecting to have this much fun! The yoga classes on deck were incredible, there were a wide range of activities, all our needs were well taken care of, and our Croatian guide was great—made for an amazing experience!

—Michelle Atack, USA

CROATIA YOGA CRUISE

8-Day Island Hop

August 26  &  September 2

Explore, adventure and do yoga along the exotic turquoise coast and Dalmatian islands on our 8-day luxury Croatia Yoga Cruise! Discover hidden beaches, secret coves and charming coastal villages, in style aboard a luxurious 8 guest-cabin wooden gulet, equipped with paddle boards, mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine and sumptuous island-grown wines. Whether you are looking for an active adventure holiday, or a relaxed retreat swimming in the turquoise waters, this trip is sure to be your dream holiday!

Flow of the Day

MORNINGS arise with the sun and a Hatha-Vinyasa yoga practice on the spacious yoga deck. Imagine Tree Pose gazing into the azure blue of the Adriatic sea! After yoga and a morning swim, we will have breakfast and prepare to set sail or motor (1-3 hours) to our next destination.

AFTERNOONS offer a host of activities on a beautiful island — swimming, snorkeling, paddle-boarding, biking, exploring the exquisite nature and charming seaside villages — or choose to simply lounge and relax on deck with a book. We have a few group excursions planned, but give you plenty of time to choose exactly what kind of activity you’re in the mood for. Some lunches will be on-board, others are on your own in the island villages.

EVENINGS are pure magic as we close our day with sunset yoga and meditation. Some evenings we will dine under the stars on-board; other nights you are on your own or with new friends at a local island restaurant. All cuisine is locally sourced and prepared with traditional recipes of grilled fish, seafood and fresh vegetables. Rock gently to sleep in your cabin or directly on deck under the stars!

Not Your Typical Touristic Cruise

This is not your typical touristic cruise. Our groups are small and international, between 8-16 people from around the world. As a private charter we are free to be spontaneous. Our Croatian crew and guides has designed an insider’s itinerary that brings us into remote and exquisite natural landscapes, with options to hike, mountain-bike, visit historic sites, wine-taste, explore charming island villages, and of course swim and paddle-board to your heart’s delight in the crystal blue waters! Each day, choose your perfect balance of activity, play, exploration and luxurious downtime. (See our sample itineraries below).

Our Boat

Our Exotic Croatia Yoga Sail is aboard a luxurious 31-meter wooden gulet — one of the finest sailing vessels on the Adriatic coast!  This boat was custom-built in the traditional Croatian style, with a capacity to sail or motor, according to the weather and our daily route. The boat is fully (and delightfully!) staffed with daily house-keeping, a fabulous chef, an always smiling bartender, our lovely local guide/host, and of course, our captain, Filip!  There are 8 air-conditioned, en-suite guest cabins with either twin or queen beds. There is an indoor and outdoor dining room, a bar, and a spacious 160-meter upper deck with an optional shade screen perfect for lounging and practicing yoga. Our captain’s knowledge and experience in sailing and navigation will make the voyage not only comfortable, but also highly secure and relaxing.

Croatia was beautiful! To be able to cruise along this beautiful turquoise sea and do yoga… a dream-come true! —Cindy Barrett, USA

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We offer you the services or our wonderful travel agent, Justin Harrison. He will meet or beat any airfare you see online, be available to help if your travel is delayed, book hotels with upgrades, arrange transport, offer trip insurance., and can even suggest day tours for your stay prior to or following the retreat!  

+1. 917.2168136  |  justin@sojourn.nyc

Split to Dubrovnik

Our voyage begins Saturday, August 26 at 4:00 pm at the harbor in Split, and ends on Saturday September 2 at 9:00 am in the harbor of Dubrovnik. Since it is a one way voyage, you can either fly in and out of Split or Dubrovnik. We strongly encourage you to arrive a day early – to avoid travel delays and to enjoy the beautiful cities of Split and Dubrovnik.

 

Sample Itinerary
Day of Arrival

Meet at the Port of Split at 4:00 pm to embark on your Exotic Croatia Yoga Cruise. Meet your new friends and wonderful crew as we wet sail to a secluded bay on the isle of Solta. Your Croatian Exotic Yoga Teacher, Dahlia Herceg, will introduce you to the beauty of yoga on the Adriatic, followed by an exquisite gourmet dinner on board our lovely wooden gullet!

Sunset Yoga | Welcome Dinner on board

 

Day 2

Salute the rising sun and meditate on the sea, followed by breakfast and our first jump into the turquoise waters of the Adriatic, with a few hours to play and paddle board in a lovely bay. Lunch is on board while we sail (2 hrs) to arrive in Bol, on the isle of Brac. We meditate to setting sun and then have the evening free to wander the charming little village and dine in one of the local restaurants. Bol has a fabulous winery if you wish to sample some of the local Dalmatian wines!

Morning & Afternoon Yoga | Lunch on board| Dinner on own

 

Day 3

After yoga and a swim in the sea, we breakfast and sail (2 hrs) to the mysterious isle of Vis, known for it’s authentic culture, traditional vineyards and clean waters rich in seafood and fish. Enjoy lunch on at an outdoor cafe, then perhaps book a wine tour at a local vineyard, or rent a mountain bike or scooter and explore the island. Revel in a delicious sunset seafood dinner on board.

Morning Yoga | Lunch on own | Dinner on board

 

Day 4

A very special day – we visit the famous island of Hvar!  A beautiful morning yoga practice, followed by breakfast and a sail (2 hrs) past the beautiful Pakleni Islands to arrive in the port of Hvar. Lunch is on board, with the remaining afternoon free to wander and sight-see in this famous and historic Dalmatian city. Hike to the hilltop castle for awe-inspiring views or traverse the winding alleys with shops, cafes and restaurants. Hvar is a city whose beauty comes alive at night, so if you’re into nightlife, Hvar is the place!

Morning Yoga | Lunch on board | Dinner on own

 

Day 5

Sunrise yoga then to Korcula, an island known for it’s natural beauty, small coves, beaches and caves — and most famous as the birthplace of Marco Polo! Lunch together on the boat followed by an afternoon of water play and paddle-boarding. At your leisure, wander, shop and explore within the ancient walls of this classic medieval Dalmatian town. At sunset, we invite you to a delightful winery tour and tasting with local cheese, prosciutto, olives and Korcula wines!

Morning Yoga | Lunch on board | Wine- Cheese-Olive-Tasting at Korcula Organic Winery

 

Day 6

Salute the sun in morning yoga, take a dive and then enjoy breakfast on the Adriatic! We travel (1.5) hours to arrive to the isle of Mljet. Swim, relax and lunch on the boat. If you like to bike, we treat you to a fabulous bike ride around the amazing salt water lakes in Mljet National Park. Ride around – or hike – the dense Aleppo pine forest, a majestic setting to experience nature at it’s purest! For those you who want to change up the pace, rent a scooter and explore the island on wheels! Meditate and practice yoga to the setting sun. Dinner is on your own in the tiny traditional village.

Morning & Afternoon Yoga | Lunch on board | Bike Tour | Dinner on own

 

Day 7

Enjoy our final full day together on the island of Šipan, swimming, playing, practicing yoga and savoring our last moments together on this Exotic Croatia Yoga Cruise! Šipan, an island with a true Adriatic summer feel, populated with 150 residents, was appreciated by residents and nobility of Dubrovnik for its beauty, peace and picturesque countryside. We will end the day with a closing yoga circle and dinner on board celebrating a fabulous week together!

Morning & Afternoon Yoga | Lunch on board | Closing Dinner on board

 

Day 8

Breakfast. Arrive port of Dubrovnik at 9:00 am.  Bid farewell to all your new friends. . . until you meet again!

Dubrovnik to Split

Our voyage begins Saturday, September 2 at 4:00 pm in the harbor of Dubrovnik, and ends on Saturday, September 9 at 9:00 am in the harbor of Split. Since it is a one way voyage, you can either fly in and out of Split or Dubrovnik. We strongly encourage you to arrive a day early – to avoid travel delays and to enjoy the beautiful cities of Split and Dubrovnik.

 

Sample Itinerary
Day of Arrival

Meet at the Port of Dubrovnik at 4:00 pm to embark on your Exotic Croatia Yoga Cruise. Meet your new friends and wonderful crew as we wet sail to a secluded bay on Šipan, an island populated with only 150 residents and appreciated by the residents and nobility of Dubrovnik for its beauty, peace and picturesque countryside. Your Croatian Exotic Yoga Teacher, Rhubin Herceg, will introduce you to the beauty of yoga on the Adriatic, followed by an exquisite gourmet dinner on board our lovely wooden gullet!

 

Day 2

Salute the sun in our morning yoga practice, take a dive and then enjoy breakfast on the Adriatic!  We travel (1.5) hours to arrive to the isle of MljetSwim, relax and lunch on the boat. If you like to bike, we treat you to a fabulous bike ride around the amazing salt water lakes in Mljet National Park. Ride around – or hike – the dense Aleppo pine forest, a majestic setting to experience nature at it’s purest!  For those you who want to change up the pace, rent a scooter and explore the island on wheels!  Meditate and practice yoga to the setting sun. Dinner is on your own in the tiny traditional village.

Morning & Afternoon Yoga | Lunch on board | Bike Tour | Dinner on own

 

Day 3

Sunrise yoga then to Korcula, an island known for its natural beauty, small coves, beaches and caves — and most famous as the birthplace of Marco Polo! Lunch together on the boat followed by an afternoon of water play and paddle-boarding. At your leisure, wander, shop and explore within the ancient walls of this classic medieval Dalmatian town. At sunset, we invite you to a delightful winery tour and tasting with local cheese, prosciutto, olives and Korcula wines!

Morning Yoga | Lunch on board | Wine- Cheese-Olive-Tasting at Korcula Organic Winery

 

Day 4

A very special day – we visit the famous island of Hvar!  A beautiful morning yoga practice, followed by breakfast and a sail (2 hrs) past the beautiful Pakleni Islands to arrive in the port of Hvar. Lunch is on board, with the remaining afternoon free to wander and sight-see in this famous and historic Dalmatian city. Hike to the hilltop castle for awe-inspiring views or traverse the winding alleys with shops, cafes and restaurants. Hvar is a city whose beauty comes alive at night, so if you’re into nightlife, Hvar is the place!

Morning Yoga | Lunch on board | Dinner on own

 

Day 5

After yoga and a swim in the sea, we breakfast and sail (2 hrs) to the mysterious isle of Vis, known for it’s authentic culture, traditional vineyards and clean waters rich in seafood and fish. Enjoy lunch on at an outdoor cafe, then perhaps book a wine tour at a local vineyard, or rent a mountain bike or scooter and explore the island. Revel in a delicious sunset seafood dinner on board.

Morning Yoga | Lunch on own | Dinner on board

 

Day 6

Salute the rising sun and meditate on the sea, followed by breakfast and our first jump into the turquoise waters of the Adriatic, with a few hours to play and paddle board in a lovely bay. Lunch is on board while we sail (2 hrs) to arrive in Bol, on the isle of Brac. We meditate to setting sun and then have the evening free to wander the charming little village and dine in one of the local restaurants. Bol has a fabulous winery if you wish to sample some of the local Dalmatian wines!

Morning & Afternoon Yoga | Lunch on board | Dinner on own

 

Day 7

Enjoy our final full day together in a secluded bay on the isle of Solta, swimming, playing, practicing yoga and savoring our last moments together on this Croatia Yoga Cruise!  We will end the day with a closing yoga circle and dinner on board celebrating a fabulous week together!

Morning & Afternoon Yoga | Lunch on board | Closing dinner on board

 

Day 8

Farewell breakfast. Arrive port of Split at 9:00 am.  Bid farewell to all your new friends. . . until you meet again!

General Information & FAQ’s
Is this trip for me… I’ve never been on a boat before?

Very few of our guests have been on similar trips before joining us. Nearly all of them have said it is one of the best holidays they have ever had. Sailing on a gullet is an amazing experience, both active and relaxing with a great mix of lounging in the sun surrounded by stunning scenery and great fun at night. Living on a boat for a week is a thrill and you’ll get used to the lifestyle very quickly.

What about sea-sickness?

The waters are generally calm in this section of the Adriatic Sea. Rarely is sea-sickness a problem with any guests. If you do have slight sea-sickness, you may want to bring ginger or dramamine.

Weather in Croatia

June and September are just on either side of the high summer season in the Dalmation Islands of Croatia. Therefore it is less touristic and not quite as hot. The average daily temperature is 75 degrees farenheit with lows of 65 and highs of 80. The water temperature is about 72 degrees fahrenheit. Most days are sunny with small chance for rain. You will likely need a sweater for evenings as the sea breeze can be cool on the boat. For current weather conditions please view this weather link.

Travel Visa

Please check if your passport is valid for at least 90 days. Depending on your nationality, you may or may not need a Visa to travel to Croatia. You may check via this link: Visa

Money | Cash | Credit Cards

Yes, you will want money for lunches/ dinners that are on your own and any additional services or gifts you may choose to purchase while in Croatia. We will be visiting many seaside villages. You may use ATM machines in Split and pay with EURO or the local currency, KUNA or use a credit card nearly everywhere.

Wifi

Don’t count on wifi on-board, though you can certainly find wifi in cafes and restaurants in all the ports we anchor in. This is an opportunity to “un-plug” and enjoy the beautiful natural environment of our sailing holiday.

Cell Service

Depending on your carrier, you may have cell service at different points on the cruise.

Power Adaptor

Bring several… you’ll need them at airports and on the boat. Electrical outlets are standard European 2-prong, type C and type F. Voltage is 230V.

Tips & Gratuities

Our crew is amazing. . . five cheerful people crewing the boat, cooking, cleaning and looking after us! It is customary to leave a tip for the crew of $15-20 per day (approx. $100-150 for the week). In restaurants a 10% tip is a nice offering.

Yoga Props

We have yoga mats and blocks for you on-board!

Price per Person  –  8 Guest Cabins in total

$2,695 — sharing a double, en-suite cabin
$4,995 — single, en-suite cabin

Traveling Solo?

If you are traveling solo and would like to share a cabin with a fellow yogi (of the same sex), please contact us and as soon as we have a cabin mate for you, we will accept your payment and registration.

Included:
  • 7-nights aboard a luxurious and spacious 8 guest-cabin wooden sailing/motor gulet
  • En-suite rooms with twin or queen beds, AC, daily maid service
  • Two meals on-board: breakfast, and either lunch or dinner. One meal per day will be on your own to taste local island cuisine
  • Delicious and healthy vegetarian, fish and sea based cuisine prepared by a wonderful local chef
  • 1–2 yoga classes daily with our Croatian yoga teacher
  • Free time to explore the islands according to your interest (swim, hike, bike, cafes, restaurants, nightlife)
  • Paddle boards available on board
Not included:
  • Airfare to Croatia
  • Transport to and from ports of Dubrovnik and Split
  • 1 meal per day is on your own in one of the abundant local island restaurants
  • Add-on excursions of your choice
  • Gratuities for staff
Delighted you will join our Exotic Yoga Retreat!

 

  1. First review our Payment & Cancellation Policy.
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  3. You may also pay by credit card, check or bank transfer.
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  5. Questions?  Email or call: (+1) 415-361-3396 |  info@exoticyogaretreats.com.

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