you have no idea where you’ve just docked
But stay for a minute and I promise to take your imagination on a wild adventure through the vast turquoise abyss that is the Adriatic sea, through crystal-lined caves with fish the colors of five rainbows, through lush valleys and under waterfalls, through cobbled back-alleys that have borne the feet of 100 generations and past walls that have seen too much, through delicatessens lined with foods you’ve never tasted, through a world of exquisite beauty, endless sun and golden skin.
Will you join me in this world?
Sail away with the Balkan Yacht Adventure and let your imagination
Give me BAlkan the way it is
The Balkan Yacht Adventure (BYA) is the most adventurous yet spontaneous, action-packed, serene and energizing 9 days that takes part in one of the world’s most beautiful locations – the Balkans.
The Balkan Yacht Adventure is where you leave your inhibitions at the shore and let a couple of incredibly
charming locals (with perfect English) take you on the adventure of your life.
9 days of sea, sun, sailing and yoga with some on-land adventures, the BYA is nothing like any other sailing tour. You will experience the Balkans the way nature and the locals intended. Sailing through crystal clear waters, meditating at idyllic beaches, exploring off the beaten path locations that no tourist has ever visited, and tasting authentic local cuisine based on recipes passed down through generations.
the bya is for you if…
the bya is NOT for you if…
"ALL JOURNEYS HAVE SECRET DESTINATIONS OF WHICH
THE TRAVELLER IS UNAWARE"
the adventure will be led by a professional skipper, an experienced yoga teacher and a dedicated hostess (per request)
You are welcome to either bring an entire crew of 8 with you and occupy the full yacht or book your spot individually. Depending on the size, the boat can have 3-5 cabins (with either a choice of a queen bed or two single beds per cabin).
The hostess is available per your request to meet all your dietary needs. Besides preparing delicious meals, the hostess is in charge of maintaining the yacht in spic-and-span condition. Hiring a hostess is optional.
Your skipper is Croatian, knows a whole bunch of interesting facts about history and culture of the region, and is the best person to help you experience 9 magical days of the Balkan Yacht Adventure as a true Balkan (wo)man.
This year’s theme: YOGA !!! Yes… You read it right. So – Yogis of the world, unite! Included in your BYA are 9 days of kundalini yoga and meditation practice with vinyasa-warm ups while island hopping, pursuing the best beaches to welcome the sun in the morning and send it off from the mountain tops in the evening. Let yourself be carried by the easy going Balkan lifestyle currents through vast plethora of Mediterranean – Bosnian gastronomy. Release stress and detoxify your body while rafting, swimming and walking through the most beautiful nature on Earth. Fill yourself with positive energy brought by negative ions while meditating at Pyramids. Now inhale deeply. Exhale completely… Relax… Imagine the possibility. And click the apply button.
9 days of fun/come and see what we've prepared for you
day 1 – saturday, trogir
– the adventure begins
Today you will meet your crew and skipper in the port of Trogir. Meal: In a true Balkan style, you will sample some local delicacies before sailing into the balmy night towards the beautiful port of Rogoznica.
The evening begins with traditional Croatian cuisine and continue with festivities under the moonlight with your new found friends.
day 2 - sunday, trogir - vis
- sail, swim, scooter ride
You’ll enjoy a cooked breakfast on the Adriatic sea while sailing for the magical Island of Vis. A day filled with yoga, sailing, sunbathing and swimming in the crystal turquoise sea.Lunch will be prepared by your hostess or you (if you didn’t hire one) on the boat. At Vis you’ll jump on some scooters and explore the green and blue mountainous landscapes – lead by your expert and incredibly charming skippers, who have definitely scootered before, you can be sure you’ll see the best of the island. Evening meditation in the nature.
Traditional dinner at a local, cozy restaurant.
day 3 – monday, vis - hvar
– yoga at vis, treasure hunt and dance on hvar
Morning yoga at the beach. After breakfast on the boat, we will set sail for the picturesque island Hvar where we will start our exploration adventure with ‘treasure hunt’. The crews will be split into teams and given instructions for a treasure hunt on the island. Starting with a riddle that takes you and your team all around the town, you will discover beautiful sights and hidden local gems. The quickest team to get back will win points. In the evening we will dance and watch the sun set at the legendary Hula Hula/Carpe Diem bar. Dinner at the traditional, intimate restaurant.
day 4 – tuesday, hvar - paklenski otoci
– yoga, swimming and vw beetle island tour
Free time in the morning at Paklenski Otoci for relaxation, swimming and hiking, in preparation for the afternoon thrilling island Hvar tour with VW Beetles and buggies. This sightseeing, leisurely drive into the majesting sunset will give you truly an authentic Mediterranean experience – views of historical stony villages, picturesque sights of tranquile coves with deep blue waters, while being intoxicated with scents from lavander fields and feeling gentle breeze in your hair.
Dinner at the local restaurant with variety of freshly made delicacies.
day 5 - wednesday, šćedro
We will have the opportunity to completely relax and enjoy untouched nature, crystal blue sea, hidden, intimate beaches and quiet coves on an exotic island Scedro that has been protected as a nature park. After yoga and meditation on the beach. This day will allow you to get connected with your innerself, nature and enhance your well being while completely devoting time to yourself. Key words: treat for your soul, gift, doing what you want etc.
day 6 – thursday, scedro - solta- trogir
– sailing and swimming
We continue our Adriatic sea adventure with another sailing day filled with several swim stops at the most exotic spots. Free time at island Solta. Arriving to Trogir, unesco-s World Heritage Site in the evening hours. After feasting on local delicacies, we will explore the medieval sites and old town that offers a plethora of caffes and bars.
day 7 – friday, trogir - scit - konjic- sarajevo
- rafting through neretva
Friday morning you’ll say farewell to the sea and get your rafting shoes on because the next stop is the beautiful Neretva river. With experts on-hand you will raft through the crystal clear water surrounded by lush greenery and bushland. After lunch you’ll have the option to continue rafting or simply spend the day enjoying nature’s gifts.
Then get ready to be immersed in the cultural melting pot: Sarajevo, oh if the walls could talk. The magnificent capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina is drenched in history with influences from Turkish, Austrian and Hungarian settlers. Here you will feast on a gastronomical delight of local dishes, within a traditional Balkan setting before exploring caffes with eastern flare through the city. Prepare yourself for a few cultural surprises.
day 8 - saturday, sarajevo
– finding your soul in sarajevo
Free time for leisurely city exploration. Optional sightseeing tour available with renowned local guide. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to sample traditional teas in the most authentic teashop in the heart of Sarajevo. We won’t give too much away but you will most likely meet and learn many things from the locals, who will leave you with the most lasting impressions… Later that evening, we will reflect on our BYA week over a festive dinner and have one final hurrah with the BYA 2018 crew.
day 9 – sunday, sarajevo – visoko – trogir - visoko, bosnian pyramids on the way to trogir
On Sunday, before we head back to Trogir, we will have another opportunity to uplift our spirits while exploring and meditating at the Bosnian Valley of the Pyramids. It is said that the air in the pyramids and underground tunnels is abundant with negative ions which promote well-being. In the evenning hours, we will say farewell to your friends, and head on home remincising on the incredible and unforgettable week that was.
"Every destination holds a part of my soul that is yet to be discovered."
— filip jakovac
Give me BAlkan the way it is
"Photo albums will be forgotten in some folder after a while, souvenirs covered by dust, but memories of experiences you lived through and the people you met keep you warm forever. Like a place to sleep in a house of a friend you meet here in the Balkans."
— FILIP JAKOVAC
The best option for you is to arrive to Trogir or Split (35 km from Trogir) a couple of days prior to the actual BYA. You can enjoy the beautiful cities Trogir, Split and the surrounding areas while preparing for the trip. The final preparations include: allocating a place where you can leave your suitcase (in a case it it is too big to carry on the boat), buying the last necessities such as seasickness medicine, sunscreen, sunglasses and similar accessories etc. Storage areas are available at hotels you’re staying at, or at the main bus station etc.
The ideal suitcase size for the boat shouldn’t exceed the 22 X 14 X 9 inches, or ‘carry on size’ (the one that fits in the airlane overhead bin.
Try not to buy food before the check-in because it may go bad. Also, skipper is knowledgable about the most suitable groceries. You will arrange everything on the day of the check–in. After the meeting with the skipper you’ll go to a nearby supermarket where you will buy to most essential groceries such as plenty of fresh water, fruits and vegetables, meat and diary products and/or foods according to your dietary needs.
No. Adriatic sea is swimmers and watersports friendly. Of course we can’t guarantee there are never dangerous sharks in the waters, but in 99.9999% cases, jellyfish burns are the only danger you have to look out for and these instances occur rarely.
You don’t have to but if you don’t feel like cooking and preparing meals for yourself, then it’s definitely recommendable to hire one. Hostesses are in charge of keeping the boat clean and cooking the meals.
Yes you do, because our skippers know the itinerary the best, as well as interesting historical and cultural facts about the places you will see.
Tipping is optional but highly recommended. In Croatia, tipping in the tourism and service sector is common and is expected as service charge is not included in the final bill. The size of the tip is not set and it depends on your satisfaction with the service provided and how much you feel they deserved.
No. They are here to do their main tasks such as navigate the yacht , guide you through yoga classes, prepare meals and keep the space tidy. They are very friendly and kind and they will be glad to help you with anything you need if it is within their power. For example, at times, the itinerary changes due to the bad weather. If the skipper decides not to sail out or change the route for safety reasons, it’s advisable not to persuade him/her to do that.
Again, it totally depends on your lifestyle and preferences. Prices in Croatia tend to be a bit lower compared to Western Europe. The price for the average meal ranges from 10€ to 25€ per person. It can be less or more depending on your wishes and apetite. Drinks come from 2€ to 5€ or even more € if you want cocktails. A cup of coffee ranks from 1,30€ to 3€ an average etc. Usually people take around 500€ to 1000€ with them on the boat and in Sarajevo. You don’t need to spend it all but have it just in case. In addition, please make sure to have the funds for port fees, yacht renting deposit and piggy bank/kitty (details are below).
Yes for the yacht. On the check – in day we’ll have to make a deposit that varies from 1500€ to 2500€ per boat. That’s standard in the yachting industry and the deposit will be returned to you after a charter agency makes sure that the yacht didn’t get damaged during our week. Usually the amount deposited to the charter agency is divided among all the yacht members.
In a beautiful house. Each room is equipped with a queen or a king bed.
The port fees vary from 50€ per a yacht for the night to 150€ or even 200€ if we’re moored in a bigger and more luxurious marinas. You can cover the port fees from the kitty.
This is a very IMPORTANT question. Setting up mutual kitty/ piggy bank is customary for sailing. It is recommended that everyone participates equally with 150€ – 200€ total which will cover some common costs such as port fees, food, and drinks on the boat.
Cigarettes are O.K. as long as you aware of non-smokers on the boat and you’re not torturing the rest of the crew and the people with the smoke. Alcohol is also O.K. but be careful not to overdo it because accidents can happen and are pretty common on the sailing yachts because all of the hollows and protuberances on the deck and in the inside. Drugs are a big NO. No drugs will be tolerated or accepted on the boat, in Sarajevo or during the whole trip. From easier to heavier drugs, all of the drugs (Marijuana also) are illegal in Croatia, therefore prohibited on the Balkan Yacht Adventure also. Follow these simple rules, take care of yourself and your loved ones, relax, breath and leave your inhibitions on the shore and you’ll have the best time.
American and citizens of the EU countries (Plus EEA countries and Switzerland) don’t need to obtain a visa to enter Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina for tourist purposes. Be sure to bring your passport with you. For a longer than 30 days stay, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina check the requirements with your embassy or a consulate.
Nothing is mandatory. All the itinerary (other than marked as exceptions) are included in the total price of 1300 €.
Nothing. Bring your suitcase, positive energy and a smile and prepare for the most amazing 9 – days that you’ll remember for the rest of your lives. J See you on the boat.
We definitely recommend you to take all or some of the following insurances. It’s all up to you but still it’s very important to know about it and have it:
An insurance in case of an accident or illness on the trip, in case of baggage damage and loss, voluntary health insurance during travel and staying abroad, insurance in a case of travel cancellation and insurance to cover travel and return costs to the starting point in case of accident and illness. Have that in mind. Being unsecured is not adventurous or cool. It’s just irresponsible.
"TRAVELING - IT LEAVES YOU SPEECHLESS, THEN TURNS YOU INTO A STORYTELLER."
— IBN BATTUTA
Company info: Meraki d.o.o. travel agency, Address: Baštijanova 26, Postal code: 51 000 Rijeka, country: Croatia, email: [email protected], Telephone: 00385 91 720 1317, (OIB) VAT number: 37132996880, MB: 4902122, MBS: 040389514, Bank: ERSTE Bank, Address: Jadranski trg 3a, postal code: 51 000 Rijeka, Country: Croatia, SWIFT-BIC: ESBC HR 22, IBAN: HR2124020061100871565