Best of Croatian Coast Wine & Culinary Tasting CRUISE

Explore Some of the Most Popular Destinations in Croatia

Local Guides * Insider Knowledge * Unforgettable Memories

September 7-14, 2019

Heaven to Earth invites you to very special culinary & wine tasting tour of Croatia, the “Jewel of the Mediterranean”. You will indulge your palate with traditional cuisine & unique wines, including the “Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik”, ending in Split – one of the top travel destinations in Croatia.

Best of Croatian Coast Wine $ Culinary Tour CRUISE Local Guides * Insider Knowledge * Unforgettable Memories

Learn

  • Introduction to Croatian Wines
  • The Wines of Croatia
  • What Really is Wine
  • The 9 Styles of Wine
  • Top 10 Types of Wines
  • How to Taste Wine and Develop Your Palate
  • Wine Serving & Storing Tips
  • Food and Wine Pairing Basics
  • Going Deeper: Soil Types & Wine
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Itinerary

Saturday, September 7 – Split – Makarska

  • Check in on our Yacht Moonlight at 1:00 PM in Split City Harbor.
  • Welcome drink & light snack.
  • Settling in cabins, departure at 3pm PM toward Makarska.
  • Arrival to Makarska 5pm.
  • Meet and greet

Sunday, September 8 – Makarska – Mljet

After breakfast departure for the Makarska Croatia. It is is one of the most beautiful cities in Central Dalmatia situated only 65 km from Split and 155 km to Dubrovnik. Makarska is the center of Makarska Riviera, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia.

Monday September 9 – National Park Mljet – Dubrovnik

After breakfast we sail next to Pelješac is the green Mljet, stretching over 100 square kilometers. Thanks to its thick pine forests, karstic caves and two picturesque lakes connected with the sea, gravelly and sandy beaches and a fishing area abundant with fish and lobster, the west part of the island has a national park status. According to many this is the most beautiful and most wooded island of the Adriatic, is one of the most interesting cultural-historical pearls of the Mediterranean.

Tuesday, September 10 – Dubrovnik – Trstenik/Sipan

After breakfast departure for Dubrovnik. It has, without a doubt, a special place in Croatia’s cultural heritage. A town of monuments or museums under UNESCO patronage. Starting from the 1940 m long walls with bulwarks, the Stradun – Orlando’s pillar, the gothic renaissance palace of Sponza and the celebrated Rector’s Palace as well as the famous church and monastery.

Visit to underwater Winery “Edivo Vina Winery” in Drače, about an hour north of Dubrovnik on the Pelješac peninsula, taking winemaking to a whole new level. Its underwater winery, the first of its kind, invites travelers to dive underwater and explore the unique aging process of its Navis Mysterium, or sea mystery wine.

Wednesday, September 11 – Korcula – Hvar

After breakfast we leave to visit the birthplace of Marco Polo. It was built on the foundations of a Greek colony, and is the historical and tourist centre of the largest island in the Dubrovnik region. It is famous for its streets that are shaped in the form of a fish bone and well-preserved Gothic and Renaissance buildings.

Thursday, September 13 – Hvar – Bol – Split

After breakfast we sail towards The Zlatni Rat. The beach spreads to the west of Bol and is one of the biggest and most beautiful natural beaches on the Adriatic. Like a tongue stretching almost half a kilometer into the sea, it grows with the drifting deposits of tiny pebbles, changing its shape depending on the wind and the direction of the waves.

Friday, September 14 – Bol – Island Brac 

After breakfast on board we depart for island Brač, one of the most interesting islands in the Adriatic and a wonderful source of ancient wonders.

Visit to The Stina Winery Cellar –
The Stina company produce wine from four grape varieties, Plavac Mali, Pošip, Crljenak, and Vugava which are all native Croatian grape varieties. Fun Fact: Interestingly, you may know the Crljenak as the Californian Zinfandel. It’s now been proven that the Zinfandel originates from the Crljenak in Croatia!

You’ll get a chance to taste:

  • Opol. A rose made from Plavac Mali. Let us just say this will be this summer’s wine in our house after we purchased many bottles. It is delightful and refreshing.
  • Pošip Majstor. Those outside of Croatia may not be familiar with Pošip. Since arriving in Croatia, I have fallen in love with this white grape variety, and if you get a chance, you should give this wine a go.
  • Plavac Mali Majstor Barrique. It’s the king of the red wine in Croatia and Stina have hit the nail on the head with this Plavac Mali.
  • Crljenak. Zinfandel’s daddy growing on its home turf.
  • Prosek. A desert wine primarily made in Dalmatia. Prosek is made from Plavac Mali and Posip and is something special.Experience wine tasting and olive oil tasting in the heart of Brač island! Traditional location between old stone houses combined with great wine, oil and heritage. .

Captains dinner on board. After dinner we sail back to Split and overnight at Split.

Saturday, September 14 – Disembark Split

  • Breakfast on board.
  • Disembarkation at 9:00 AM City Port Split.

 

**itinerary subject to change due to changes in weather condition

Our Yacht

The newest and most modern luxury ship available for charter in Croatia, Moonlight will give you amazing comfort in the spacious salon, lounge bar with piano, huge open area terrace for leisure and sunbathing. Sauna, wellness zone with massage on board and sundeck bar are just some of the facilities offered.

Built in 2017

Cabins come with one double bed, two twin beds or triple beds with air-conditioning, plasma TV, free wireless internet, working tables, mirror, safety deposit box, night lamps, wooden wall boards, chair, electricity supply, safety and fire alarm installations, sanitary facilities, mini bar, toilet and shower.

Spacious Cabins

Twin / double bed cabins feature air conditioning, wireless internet and LCD TV’s.

Fine Dining

Healthy vegetarian meals (meat & fish options available) and there’s an abundance of fresh fruit & natural spring water, herbal teas,longevity elixirs and smoothies.

Modern Amenities

The Moonlight boasts a serviced open-bar services, massage on board, sun loungers and free WIFI

Spa Services

We offer a range of Spa services aboard the yacht, including Esalen Massage®, Deep Bodywork® and Amethyst Crystal Biomat.

**Yacht selection subject to change due to number of participants, not to exceed total of 38 people on board.

Pricing

Best of Croatian Coast
Wine & Culinary Tasting CRUISE
Local Guides * Insider Knowledge * Unforgettable Memories
September 7-14, 2019

Included in your price:

Seven days and seven nights on-board exclusive private
yacht accommodation (double and triple cabin accommodation)
Private guided tours wine, cheese and olive tasing
Two traditional Croatian meals – breakfast and lunch
Last night Captains Dinner
One liter of bottled water per person per day
Afternoon tea and coffee with biscuits
WiFi on Board
Use of Amethyst Crystal infrared Biomat

Not Included

Airfare
Travel insurance
Visit to underwater Winery “Edivo Vina Winery” near
Dubrovnik $80 per person
SPA massage service (please book massage sessions in
advance)
Alcoholic beverages

Payment Schedule

Total price $1.550 per person per cruise

$300 non-refundable despots to reserve your Cabin
You will need to fill out our required registration form prior to
making your payment. In order to complete the registration
form, you will need your passport information and your
emergency contact information.

Destinations

DAY ONE Saturday, September 7 – SPLIT – MAKARSKA
Check in on our Yacht Moonlight at 1:00 PM in Split City Harbor.
Welcome drink & light snack.
Settling in cabins, departure at 3pm PM toward Makarska.
Arrival to Makarska 5pm
Meet and greet at dinner on board.

DAY TWO Sunday September 8 – MAKARSKA – MLJET
Makarska Croatia is one of the most beautiful cities in Central Dalmatia situated only 65 km from Split and 155 km to Dubrovnik. Makarska is the center of Makarska Riviera, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia.

DAY THREE Monday, September 9 – NATIONAL PARK MLJET – DUBROVNIK

ZNext to Pelješac is the green Mljet, stretching over 100 square kilometers. Thanks to its thick pine forests, karstic caves and two picturesque lakes connected with the sea, gravelly and sandy beaches and a fishing area abundant with fish and lobster, the west part of the island has a national park status. According to many this is the most beautiful and most wooded island of the Adriatic, is one of the most interesting cultural-historical pearls of the Mediterranean.

DAY FOUR Tuesday, September 10 – BUBROVNIK – TRSTENIK/SIPAN

Dubrovnik has, without a doubt, a special place in Croatia’s cultural heritage. A town of monuments or museums under UNESCO patronage. Starting from the 1940 m long walls with bulwarks, the Stradun -Orlando’s pillar, the gothic renaissance palace of Sponza and the celebrated Rector’s Palace as well as the famous church and monastery.

DAY FIVE Wednesday, September 11 – KORCULA – HVAR

The birthplace of Marco Polo was built on the foundations of a Greek colony, and is the historical and tourist centre of the largest island in the Dubrovnik region. It is famous for its streets that are shaped in the form of a fish bone and well-preserved Gothic and Renaissance buildings.

DAY SIX Thursday, September 12 – HVAR – BOL – SPLIT

The Zlatni Rat beach spreads to the west of Bol and is one of the biggest and most beautiful natural beaches on the Adriatic. Like a tongue stretching almost half a kilometre into the sea, it grows with the drifting deposits of tiny pebbles, changing its shape depending on the wind and the direction of the waves. Bol is a paradise for surfers because of the favorable wind, which always blows.

DAY SEVEN Friday, September 13 – BOL – ISLAND BRAC

After breakfast on board we depart for island Brač, one of the most interesting islands in the Adriatic and a wonderful source of ancient wonders. We will have guided tour to the Dragon’s Cave, inexplicable shrine with beautifully stone – carved monument. Captains dinner on board. After dinner we sail back to Split and overnight at Split.

DAY EIGHT Saturday, September 14, 2019 Disembark Split

Breakfast on board.Disembarkation at 9:00 AM City Port Split.

Travel

Flying from USA
We suggest you go to www.skyscanner.com or www.kayak.com to
purchase your round trip flight to Split, Croatia.

Flying from Europe
There are direct flights to Split from many European destinations. The
range increases continually so please check the full route network from the
Split Airport website. There are also charter flights to Split from UK
regional airports like Bristol, Norwich, Birmingham, Southampton, Luton
and Manchester. You can also travel to Split via nearby Zadar on the
Dalmatian coast. From Zadar, fly to Split or take a bus along the coast to
Split (approx. 2.5 hours)

You can also fly to Dubrovnik, Zadar, Pula and Zagreb airports. From these

places, you can easily connect to other cities by plane, bus, train or car-
rental.

Airlines which fly to Croatia from European cities

Easyjet Airlines from London Gatwick
Wizz Airlines from London Luton
Austrian Airlines from Vienna
Germanwings Airlines from Berlin Schonefeld, Cologne, Bonn, Hamburg
and Stuttgart;
Lufthansa Airlines from Frankfurt/Main International;

SNBrussels Airlines from Brussels;
Norwegian Air Airlines from Oslo;
SkyEurope Airlines from Bratislava, Prague, Budapest and Kracow;
Croatia Airlines flies from London Gatwick, Manchester, Paris Charles de
Gaulle, Vienna, Zagreb, Berlin Schonefeld, Dusseldorf, Hannover,
Hamburg, Frankfurt, Rome, Athens;

Croatian currrency is called Kuna. Check the current exchange rate on line – it changes
periodically. There are money exchange shops open 24/7 on every corner
and ATM machines. We suggest carry little cash and exchange your
currency as needed. You can NOT purchase things in Euros or Dollars,
however most places do take major credit cards.

For up to date currency rates visit:
https://greenwichmeantime.com/time-zone/europe/croatia/currency/

Croatia’s Adriatic coast is blessed with a Mediterranean climate. The
summers are typically warm and sunny with average daytime temperatures
around 80°F and nighttime temperatures dropping to the 60s. From May to
June and September to October, temperatures are usually a bit cooler but
still comfortable for swimming. Rain is always a possibility in Croatia so it
is essential to bring adequate rainwear and a warm jacket in case of
inclement weather.

Croatia does not require tourist visa to travel or stay in Croatia for up to 90
days.

We suggest you bring:

• Comfy walking shoes
• Sunblock/chapstick
• Sunglasses
• Hat
• Camera
• Travel alarm
• Meds
• Personal toiletries
• Small backpack for day
• Hat/head covering for the sun
• Power adapters –
Croatia uses 220 volts, and you can use the same two pron
PlugAdapter used throughout most of Europe. Many appliances,
such as hair dryers and curling irons usually require a Plug Adapter
and a Voltage Converter. Some appliances and/or electronics, such
as laptops and many battery chargers only require the plug adapter.
Please check your appliances directly for their specific requirements.

• Medications – you should bring adequate medication for your entire
trip with a prescription slip or doctor’s letter explaining why you
need this medicine in case you need further medication.
• Journal and/or Note Pad
• Snack items, such as energy bars, dried fruit or nuts and/or special
dietary items
• Water bottle with a sprayer and/or with a battery-operated fan attached,
if you are sensitive to the warmer weather.
• An extra foldable/crunched up bag- if you plan to do any shopping.
• No Jet Lag – a homeopathic remedy that can help assuage the
effects of jet lag from long flights excursions.

Dress comfortably, loose cotton clothes are preferable, a t-shirt, and
cotton trousers, track pants, shorts, summer dresses for women. Bring
bathing suits/swim trunks. Dress code is casual, but you may want to
bring something dressier for evenings if you wish. Bring a rain jacket just in
case of occasional shower (highly unlikely). During the summer months it
is HOT during the day in Croatia, and warm in the evening. Comfortable
cotton clothing is suggested for your daily wear. Please be sure to bring
comfortable flat shoes for daytime, preferably with closed-in toes for
walking through Megaliths and stony beaches. Sneakers and socks are a
good choice for our Megaliths treks.

Croatian is the official language in Croatia. However, everyone speaks
English and most likely another language like German or French.

If your mobile is equipped with ‘roaming’ then you will have no problem
using it in Croatia, however please note that international calls are
expensive. If you feel you will need to make a large number of phone calls,
either local or international, while you are in Croatia, it is best to purchase
a local Croatian SIM card from local carrier, T-Mobile or VIP upon arrival in
Croatia. You can then use your phone just as you would a pre-paid phone.
To do this you must ensure your mobile is ‘unlocked’ and this must be
done from your home country. Recharge cards are easily available. Please
remember to bring your phone charger with you and an adapter.
WIFI is available in most places. However, it is sometime unreliable, not
often If you require an internet connection during your stay, we
recommend purchasing a SIM card and using your phone as hotspot. SIM
cards with pre-paid data plans can be purchased upon arrival at one of the
airport for about $30 USD. Please check with your carrier to make sure
that your phone is unlocked and compatible with an international SIM
card. Alternatively your carrier may offer international data plans that will
accommodate your usage needs without the need for a SIM card.
Internet Flash Drives (obtained through mobile phone companies) loaded
with up to 12 GB of uploading and downloading space are available for
$50.00 USD.

Drink only well-sealed bottles of bought water – although Croatia’s tap
water is officially safe to drink. Change in water content alone can be
enough to upset a sensitive stomach. Avoid drinks with ice cubes. Most
restaurants serve a variety of Croatian and Western dishes with plenty of
vegetarian options. Food is safe to eat, and is usually of a good quality.

You may want to bring along your own remedies for stomach ailments,
remedies like raw ginger, or ginger tea.
Bottled water will be provided on all excursions.

No inoculations are necessary when arriving in Croatia. Consult with your
health care provider before traveling. For further information regarding
vaccinations please visit this website:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/croatia

Site visits will generally involve a fair bit of walking and standing. For those
who are concerned about the physical requirements of the excursions due
to mobility or health concerns, we may be able to take tired participants
back to the boat. If a shuttle vehicle is not available, you will be welcome
to return to the bus and wait for the rest of the group. As well participants
will be briefed each night about the level of difficulty of the upcoming
day’s excursion. You are always welcome to opt-out of site visits.

As Croatia is a part of UN alcohol is widely available. They offer both local
and international brands. It is also permitted for you to bring your duty-free
allowance into Croatia. If you have additional requirements, please ask for
assistance.

Tipping is welcome, but not necessary in Croatia. As in most countries,
tipping should be given for a service that you are happy with. As a
guideline, you should give small but regular tips of up to 30 Kaunas or
$5.00 USD to cleaners, bell boys etc. For waiters, drivers etc, typically
receive about 15%. It is customary to tip the cruise crew as well. Tips for
our cruise staff are normally included in your tour fee. Follow your own
guidance for tipping if you feel that you received special service from
anyone along your journey.

Popular shopping and gift items in Croatia are local arts & crafts,
chocolate, locally made alcoholic drinks, essential oils, spices, small
musical instruments, scarves, gold and silver jewelry. Although bargaining
is a common practice here, we recommend that you have a fair price in
mind when you see an item that you like and stay within what you decide
is a fair price range. Please ask for assistance when you are unsure!

It is mandatory for you to have travel insurance. Please check your policy
thoroughly to ensure it will cover all activities you may wish to do during
your holiday. There are many travel insurance companies. We recommend
STA Travel (www.statravel.com) and AAA (www.aaa.com) for affordable
worldwide travel insurance.

Another travel insurance company:
TravelInsured.com.

Also Travel Guard:
http://www.travelguard.com

PRESENTERS

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Bianca Childs

Bianca Childs is a certified Holistic Health care and Esalen® Massage practitioner. She travels internationally sharing her passion towards Healing Arts and Moving Meditation Practices. Bianca founded Bridging Heaven and Earth, a 501c3 non-profit – a world-class education and leisure Land & Sea holiday provider combining presentations by inspirational Speakers in New Age Thought arena from a multi-discipline fields of alternative health, science, literature and Healing Arts.

Alen Susak

Alen Susak is a permaculture activist, designer, artist and educator. He began his career studying electrical engineering and has taught numerous classes in sustainable design, permaculture, natural building, horticulture and farming over the last ten years. He has spent much of his adult life in the building trades reintegrating humanity with Nature’s abundant brilliance.Alen is an expert on Croatian wine. He is knowledgeable, informative and passionate guide with an infectious personality who always makes the day memorable and fun.

Massage ON BOARD

Our own body-intelligence is always striving towards health and well-being. We just need to create the right conditions so the body can heal itself. Receiving regular bodywork helps to maintain a healthy body, mind & spirit, connecting you to your intuition, inner knowing, and personal guidance system. Nurturing touch is both preventive medicine and highly therapeutic, as it has the potential to go to “the root” and heal from a fullspectrum perspective, addressing the cause and not just the symptom. To book a session with Bianca contact her at: bianca@heaventoearth.com