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8 Days Cruise Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Croatia

  • Korcula - Mljet - Solta - Bol, Brac - Stari Grad - Hvar - Komiza, Vis - Split, Croatia

8 Days Cruise Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Croatia

  • Korcula - Mljet - Solta - Bol, Brac - Stari Grad - Hvar - Komiza, Vis - Split, Croatia

Island Hopping and Yoga Retreat Croatia

Explore and adventure the exotic turquoise coast and Dalmatian islands on this luxury Croatia yoga cruise! Discover hidden beaches, secret coves, and charming coastal villages in style aboard a luxurious eight guest-cabin wooden gulet, equipped with paddle boards, mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine, and sumptuous island-grown wines. They offer two fabulous one-way routes, from Split to Dubrovnik, and Dubrovnik to Split.

Highlights

  • Yoga sessions on-board
  • Meditation sessions on-board
  • Island hopping through Dalmatian islands
  • Local host and guide from Sail Week Croatia
  • Sunset vineyard tour and dinner
  • Delicious and healthy meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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There are eight air-conditioned, en-suite guest cabins with either twin or queen beds. The rooms also have air conditioning and daily maid service.

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, you will have breakfast and prepare to set sail or motor (1-3 hours) to your next destination.

Afternoons offer a host of activities on a beautiful island such as 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. They 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 you close our day with sunset yoga and meditation. Some evenings you 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.

Schedule

Day 1

Meet at the Port of Split at 16:00 to embark on your cruise. Set sail to a secluded bay on the isle of Solta, where you will have the opening yoga circle, followed by a delicious dinner on board the boat.

Day 2

Salute the sun and meditate on the sea, followed by breakfast and your 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 for two hours to arrive in Bol, on the isle of Brac. The evening is free to wander the charming little village which offers a variety of local restaurants for you to dine on your own, and a fabulous winery offering evening wine tasting if you choose to partake.

Day 3

After yoga and a swim in the sea, you will have breakfast and sail for two hours 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 your own 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. A lovely sunset dinner is offered on board. There will not be an afternoon yoga session this day.

Day 4

You will visit the famous island of Hvar! After yoga and breakfast you sail for two hourspast the beautiful Paclavi Islands to arrive in the port of Hvar. Lunch is on-board, with the remaining afternoon free to wander and sight-see in this historic city. Hike to the hilltop castle for awe-inspiring views or traverse the winding alleys with shops and cafes. Hvar is a city whose beauty comes alive at night. Enjoy dinner on your own, and possibly a little island night-life. There will not be an afternoon yoga session this day.

Day 5

Sunrise yoga sailing to Korcula, an island known for it’s natural beauty, small coves, beaches, and over 200 caves most famous as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Wander and explore within the ancient walls of this typical medieval Dalmatian town, with it’s towers and red-roofed houses. Enjoy lunch on your own. After sunset yoga back on the boat, they will treat you to a traditional Dalmatian dinner on an organic family farm!

Day 6

After morning yoga and breakfast, you will travel for one and a half hours to arrive in Pomena on the isle of Mljet. You’ll swim, relax, and lunch on the boat, then they will offer you bicycles for a tour around the amazing salt water lakes in Mljet National Park. If you prefer to hike or canoe, the dense Aleppo pine forest is a majestic setting to experience nature at it’s purest. For those you who want to change up the pace, you may rent a scooter and explore the island on wheels. Dinner is on your own in the tiny traditional village of Pomena.

Day 7

Enjoy your final full day together on the island of Šipan by swimming, playing, practicing yoga, and savoring the last moments together on this 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. You will end the day with a closing yoga circle and dinner on board celebrating a fabulous week together.

Day 8

Farewell breakfast. Arrive port of Dubrovnik.

This cruise 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 the daily route. The boat is fully (and delightfully) staffed with daily house-keeping, a fabulous chef, an always smiling bartender, the lovely local guide, and of course, the captain, Filip! 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. The captain’s knowledge and experience in sailing and navigation will make the voyage not only comfortable, but also highly secure and relaxing.

Included in this retreat are two meals on-board: breakfast, and either lunch or dinner per day. You will enjoy delicious and healthy vegetarian, fish, and sea based cuisine prepared by a wonderful local chef.

Exclusions

One meal per day will be on your own to taste local island cuisine.

  • Explore charming seaside villages
  • Explore nature
  • Explore the different destinations
  • Go biking
  • Go snorkeling
  • Go swimming
  • Lounge on deck
  • Use the paddle-boards
  • 2 meals on-board per day
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • A local host from Sail Week Croatia to share stories and information about the region
  • A few group excursions and endless options for your own excursions and exploration
  • Daily morning yoga and sunset yoga on most days depending on afternoon excursions
  • Paddle boards available on board
  • 1 meal per day is on your own in one of the abundant local island restaurants
  • Add-on excursions of your choice
  • Airfare to Croatia
  • Gratuities for staff
  • Transport to and from Split and Dubrovnik ports

Arrival by airplane

You can fly into either Split Airport (SPU), Zagreb International Airport (ZAG), or Dubrovnik Airport (DBV).

Arrival by bus

Buses to and from Split, Zagreb, and Dubrovnik depart and arrive regularly.

Arrival by shuttle

You can take a shuttle into the center of Split which leaves every half hour after flight arrivals. It takes about 45 to 60 minutes and the cost for the shuttle is about 6 USD.

Arrival by taxi

The port is in the center of town so if you are already in Split, you may walk to the port or take a taxi.

You may also take a taxi directly to the Port from the airport. It takes about 30 to 45 minutes and costs around 36 EUR for up to three people.

Distances

  • Split Airport (SPU) - 45 minutes
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

Testimonials

  • Review by Tricia Desvarieux from Haiti

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    "This retreat met every expectation, and more! It has opened my heart and given me great joy and strength. I am not exaggerating when I say it was simply PERFECT!"

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  • Review by Joanne Joseph from Australia

    "Healthy hedonism set the tone for a playful week of yoga and mindfulness, laughter, and connection. Each morning, Gayle guided us through blissful meditation, followed by a combination of Vinyasa flow and stretch sequences. She really took the time to tailor the class to each of our needs so it felt more like one-on-one tuition a lot of the time. I'll never forget the energy we created as a group or the peace, joy, and friendships which blossom there."

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    "I came to Gayle Olson seven years ago after a traumatic back injury. She shepherded me though those painful days with care, compassion, and kindness, and an astounding ability to teach on old dog new tricks. Today I can keep up with my two year old grandson pain free and am still taking classes and practicing yoga. Thanks, Gayle!"

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    "The perfect healing at the right moment! I feel another person since this week; a more comfortable one! I hope to do another retreat soon to feed my curiosity!"

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    "Gayle inspired me to try new things and gave me confidence in incorporating touch and adjustments in my classes. It feels great to give and receive authentic touch to connect."

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    "Thank you and Gayle for such a life changing experience. I feel so open in my body and mind. I became more devoted to my yoga practice experiencing the various styles of yoga you teach so effortlessly. The amount of hands-on guidance and adjustments helped me develop new appreciation for the postures and new appreciation for my body!"

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  • Review by a traveller

    "Everything about this retreat was special. I have the most beautiful memories, new friends and experiences that I will cherish! The retreat combined the perfect blend of yoga, meditation and fun excursions. I also enjoyed the flexibility in our daily schedule... I had time for myself, to re-align and reflect on my life; as well as meet great like-minded people. Meeting Gayle has been a true delight. Her loving and positive energy was very present and made this retreat a real joy for me. I recommend the Puglia retreat to anyone looking to 'switch-off', re-balance and have a lot of fun!"

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    "Thank you for this retreat; every minute was worth it! It was such a mind, body and heart opening and so much fun! Its helping make my day-to-day life magical, and I can give so much to others as I have feel so fulfilled inside! Thank you again, and cant wait for the next retreat!"

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