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 an 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 hiking with some extra 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, hiking the most mesmerizing island peaks with the view from the God’s perspective when he was creating the paradise on Earth, 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 mountaineer 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.
Last year it was yoga but this year’s theme: HIKING !!! Yes… You read it right. So – mountaineers of the world, unite! Included in your BYA are 9 days of climbing on the peaks of the Adriatic sea pearls – the islands, 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 ‘Let’s sail’ button.
9 days of fun/come and see what we've prepared for you
DAY 1 – SATURDAY, SPLIT - BRAČ
THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
Today you will meet your crew and skipper in the port of Split. Meal: In a true Balkan style, you will sample some local delicacies before sailing into the balmy night towards the beautiful port of Milna on Brač island.
The evening begins with traditional Croatian cuisine and continue with festivities under the moonlight with your new found friends.
DAY 2 - SUNDAY, BRAČ
SAIL, SWIM, HIKE
After a good homemade breakfast we’ll drive to the starting point of our hiking trail to the Vidova Gora peak which is the highest peak of all Croatian islands reaching 780 m above the sea. Later on, we’ll descend and settle for a while on the most beautiful and scenic beach in the world, proclaimed by many, which is famous Zlatni rat beach where we’ll have an opportunity to regain our energy in a crystal blue sea.
The dinner will be prepared in a completely authentic local house with a fire, BBQ and local delicacies. This day will allow you to warm up your muscles, joints and hamstrings while absorbing the best that nature and Brač culture can offer.
DAY 3 – MONDAY, BRAČ – HVAR
HIKING AND VW BEETLE ISLAND TOUR
After breakfast on the boat, we will set sail for the picturesque island Hvar where we will start our exploration adventure with ‘beetle mania’. The crews will be given vintage VW ‘beetle’ cabrio cars and we’ll start exploring the hidden and not so touristy gems of the Hvar island – abandoned villages, wine, intoxicating lavender paths and finally – climb the Hvar’s highest peak, St Nicholas mountain.
If we’re going to have time after our return, we’ll organize a small treasure hunt in the town to discover beautiful sights and hidden local gems. Or maybe we’ll just loaf on the deck, swim and enjoy the free evening – it’s optional. Hvar town is abundant in bars and clubs of all sorts so don’t be surprised if you suddenly get in a mood for dancing. Dinner at the traditional, intimate restaurant for the ones who opt for.
DAY 4 – TUESDAY, HVAR – VIS
A DAY DEDICATED TO CHILLING AND RESTING
You’ll enjoy a cooked breakfast on the Adriatic sea while sailing for the magical Island of Vis. A day filled with 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. We’ll visit the green caves and dock at beautiful Komiža. This is the great spot to start your visit to the famous Blue caves on Biševo island if you decide to. You would enjoy a nice massage you say? Say no more, because our masseuse will be on board all the week for you.
Dinner at the traditional, intimate restaurant for the ones who opt for. This is a relaxing day to celebrate the middle of our adventure. Yes, there is more to come…
DAY 5 - WEDNESDAY, VIS
SCOOTERS, HIKING, GASTRONOMIC PARADISE
At Vis we’ll jump on some scooters and explore the green and blue mountainous landscapes – lead by your expert and incredibly charming skippers, who have scootered before many times, you can be sure you’ll see the best of the island. We’ll hike on the top of the island – Hum peak and visit historical Tito’s caves from where he led partisan movement in the WW2 for a while. Vis is actually famous for his military history and has many secrets and stories you don’t want to miss.
The dinner will be in a private, intimate “konoba” where you can try to sneak and pick some great recipes if you’re lucky enough not be caught by the chef. Or, maaybe he’ll even let you cook with him if you jolly him.
DAY 6 – THURSDAY, VIS – ŠOLTA
SAILING, SWIMMING AND NATURE EXPLORING
We continue our Adriatic sea adventure with another sailing day filled with several swim stops at the most exotic spots. We’ll visit hidden beaches, picturesque and tranquil coves with deep blue waters while inhaling the air permeated with scents from maritime herbs and feeling gentle breeze in our hair. Free time at island Šolta, a home to one of the most glorious olive oils, which is populated from the ancient times do don’t be surprised if you stumble upon Roman traces or baroque castle on your wanderings.
Traditional dinner at a local, cozy restaurant for the ones who opt for.
DAY 7 – FRIDAY, SPLIT - KONJIC- SARAJEVO
RAFTING THROUGH NERETVA
Prepare yourself for a complete cultural twist because we’re about to swap sea for the inland. Friday morning we’ll say farewell to the sea and get our 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 cafes with eastern flair through the city. Prepare yourself for a few cultural surprises.
DAY 8 - SATURDAY, SARAJEVO – ČVRSNICA MOUNTAIN
FINDING YOUR WILD SOUL ON THE ČVRSNICA
A typical lush Bosnian breakfast will empower us with energy to handle the challenge that we’re about to take – climb the last of our mountains but maybe the most astounding one – Čvrsnica. We’ll hike for five hours or a bit more so prepare yourself for some exertion. Čvrsnica is one of the most beautiful mountains in Bosnia and Herzegovina who’s total area is 90% covered in mountains so this title definitely puts her under the spotlight. According to the legend, Hajduk’s Gate was a place where renegade boys from this area declared themselves bandits. Once they pass through the gate, they would vow to guard the gang and be its faithful member.
The dinner will be completely local and prepared in an authentic restaurant in Sarajevo and really, you don’t want to miss this.
DAY 9 – SUNDAY, SARAJEVO – VISOKO – SPLIT
PYRAMIDS IN VISOKO
Yes, you read it right, Bosnia has pyramids. On Sunday, before we head back to Split, we will have another opportunity to uplift our spirits and completely regain our energy after the intensive week 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 and have healing effects.
In the evening hours, we will say farewell to our new-found friends, and head on home reminiscing on the incredible and unforgettable week that was. Now this is what we call an adventure.
"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 Split 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. Or have some more cash for restaurants. You won’t regret either scenario.
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 hiking, 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 but it’s more close to 1,30 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, breathe 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.
No. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have to be in any shape whatsoever. The mountain peaks we’re going to climb are not insurmountable and are actually pretty easy to hike with mild gradients and moderate slopes. Usually it takes an hour to hour and half for an island peak to climb and almost the same time to climb down. The exception is the last mountain Čvrsnica which is a bit more demanding with an average of 2,5 hours to climb up and the same time to go down. So you should be physically able to walk up and down for few hours.
If there are going to occur any legal and practical restrictions to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina due to Covid – 19 related situations we will change the route and instead of going to Bosnia and Herzegovina we’ll go to the inland of Croatia – to Dinara or Biokovo mountain – both options beautiful and practical. You’ll be notified of any outcome.
"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