Croatia: Sailing and Sunsets
*This experience runs on selected Tuesdays starting 25 May till 07 September, 2019 – (Prices may vary according to departure dates)
*Accommodation might vary between hotels, and ferries (Check below for further info)
8 days sailing on the azure Adriatic
Visiting 1 country: Croatia
It’s impossible to think of a Croatian sailing trip without a big, goofy smile creeping across your face. Water so translucent you can see your toes treading water. Days spent spreadeagled on the deck under the glistening sun. Ancient towns with views fit for a desktop screen saver. Feasts so large you’ll be full for days. Yep, the sailing life is pretty sweet!
Day 1: Dubrovnik, Croatia to Mljet
Kick off your trip in the most famous walled city in Europe. If you’re there early, you can take a quick wander around Dubrovnik’s tiny cobblestoned streets before meeting the crew late morning. Then: it’s all aboard as we set sail to Mljet. Optional visit to Mljet National Park, anyone? Tonight, you have the option to clink glasses and get to know the gang over a BBQ dinner aboard the boat.
-Visit Mljet National Park
-BBQ dinner on board
Day 2: Mljet to Korcula
Did you pack your sense of adventure? Good. We’re moving on to Korcula, where we’ll be hitting the cobblestone alleys on a walking tour. Later on, there’s plenty of time to climb your way to the top of an old-school cathedral tower to savour a colourful cocktail. Take note: the ladder to the top of Massimo’s cocktail bar is seriously steep, so watch your head! Anyone for an optional village dinner experience afterwards?
-Walking tour of Korcula Old Town
-Local dinner in Korcula
Day 3: Korcula to Markaska
Time to trim the sails again and set course for the Makarska Riviera, one of the best unsung holiday spots in Europe. Today’s all yours to stroll the pretty promenade, indulge in some adventurous activities (think hiking and biking), or simply lounge about on the pebbly beach. You do you.
Day 4: Markaska to Bol
Next up today: Bol. Need more beach in your life? You’ve come to the right place! If you’ve got itchy feet, you’re in luck, too. You’ve got another free day to do as you please, so dust off that camera and go for a wander. All of those pretty stone houses and brightly coloured flowers won’t take photos of themselves, now, will they?
Day 5: Bol to Hvar
This morning we’ll set a course for Hvar, one of Croatia’s glittering gems AND playground to the likes of Tom Cruise, Ellen DeGeneres and Prince Harry (just to name a few). Later, we’ll check out Hvar’s famous fortress, cathedral and square before we go to town on an included night out. Our drink recommendation? Try a mist-mash (it involves red wine and Fanta. Best not ask).
-Visit Hvar Fortress (entrance not included)
-Night out in Hvar
Day 6: Hvar to Stari Grad
Today it’s off the mooring line and on to Stari Grad on the northern side of the island. A UNESCO World Heritage-listed town, Stari Grad is certainly pleasing on the eye. Tonight, we’ll indulge in a feast fit for a sailor with an optional onboard dinner.
-Captain’s dinner onboard
Day 7: Stari Grad to Split
We’re setting sail to Split for the ultimate vacay finale. Yes, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city, and yes, it has an abundance of Roman architecture, so don’t just sit there. Get exploring! You won’t want to miss Diocletian’s Palace – it’s one of the best preserved Roman monuments in the world. Plus, if it’s good enough for an emperor, odds are you’ll rate it too.
Day 8: Split
We’re outta here after breakfast. Ready to talk to us about another eight days sailing the Croatian islands?
1 Week +
IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL, JOIN THE PARTY: NIGHTLIFE & FESTIVALS
- Sail the scenic Croatian coastline
- Visit the Hvar Fortress
- Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed destinations Dubrovnik and Split
- Walking tour of Korčula Old Town
We use a fleet of Traditional Ensuite, Traditional Ensuite Plus, Premium and Premium Superior boats during the summer, all of which have en-suite cabins. Boats range in size from 25 to 40 meters, and can comfortably carry/sleep up to 36 people.
Though the boats are rigged for sailing, all possess diesel engines of varying horsepower. As such, this is not strictly a ‘sailing’ trip – but an awesome nautical adventure all the same!
The cabins can be either on deck or below deck, and are generally small as there is limited space on the boat – so please pack light.
If you are a solo traveler, you’ll share a twin room with someone of the same sex.
All of our Croatia boat trips include daily buffet breakfasts and three-course lunches, except breakfast on the first day of your trip and lunch on the last day of your trip.
Each boat has a local chef, who’ll serve up fresh local flavors each day. If you have any dietary requirements, your chef will make every effort to cater to your specific needs – as long as you advise your travel agent in advance.
Moja Maja (Traditional Ensuite)
Meet the Moja Maja! This traditional wooden boat is owned and captained by Maja, the only female Captain on the Adriatic. In 1991 (the same year as the start of the Croatian War of Independence), Maja’s father built this ship by hand. His labor of love began in the forest, where he handpicked trees to use to construct his vessel – which he named Moja Maja (‘My Maja’). This is one of the most traditional (and unique!) ships to sail the Adriatic, and now you can be a part of this incredible family story.
Cabins are either on deck or below deck. If you are in an on-deck cabin, you may be on the main deck or on the top deck.
The cabins do not have air conditioning. However, most boats have air conditioning units in the communal areas, which may be put on for some time during the night.
If the weather gets extremely hot, the crew may provide fans for the boat.
Evening meals are not included, giving you plenty of free time to discover the local cuisine on offer in each destination. Due to this our guides have a range of recommendations for you and your new family to try out in each city.
Keep in mind that some restaurants can be very busy during the peak season and getting space for a large group can be difficult, so menus and prices can vary. There’s no pressure for you to dine at the restaurants suggested if you’d prefer to do your own thing, so be sure to ask your guide for other recommendations.
Bringing food and drinks on board is not permitted. All drinks are sold on the boat at reasonable prices.
To avoid the hassle of having to worry about always needing cash to purchase drinks on board, we run a bar tab for every passenger. Your tabs are tallied up and made available to you each day so that it is never a surprise as to how much you have bought. All bar tabs are to be paid in cash on the second last day of your trip.
Please note: We always consider our customers’ health and safety. We ask that you drink responsibly and bear in mind that in some countries, alcohol measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Consider your limits – and remember that Croatia is a beautiful country, which is hard to see while feeling ill!
- 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches
- Daily bottled drinking water
- 7 nights in an en-suite cabin (twin or double) on a motorized boat
- Local qualified captain and crew
- Local port tax
Croatian motorized sailboat
Meet at 11am in Dubrovnik Harbour, Obala Stjepana Radica (near Park Luja Šoletića)
Approximately 8.30am in Split, Corner of Obala Lazareta and Obala kneza Domagoja
On all trips we have arranged extra activities that we think will enhance your travel experience, but you have a choice as to whether or not you will participate. These are not included in the cost of your trip. They are usually organised on a group participation basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money.
None of the Optional Activities on your trip are operated by Drifters Guide, nor do they form part of your contract with Drifters Guide for your trip. Drifters Guide arranges the activity as an agent of the local supplier. Should you participate in any Optional Activities your contract will be with the local supplier and their conditions will apply.
Please note: while we make every effort to keep these prices as accurate and up-to-date as possible, they are subject to change and in rare circumstances the actual price may vary slightly to what is published here.
BBQ / Welcome dinner: HRK 110
Captain’s dinner on board: HRK 150
Game of Thrones tour in Dubrovnik: HRK 80
Local dinner in Korčula: EUR 35
Wine tasting in Milna: HRK 10
Visit Mljet National Park: HRK 115-130
Sea kayaking around the ancient city walls of Dubrovnik: HRK 270
Ziplining in Split: HRK 400
One of the best parts of travelling is experiencing the nightlife and entertainment each city has to offer. However, amidst the fun and excitement, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and personal safety as well. Before you hit the road with us, it’s important to be aware of the following:
When you’re on a night out, remember to avoid walking alone, particularly through deserted areas like beaches and back streets. Always stick together, take a taxi where possible, and keep a note of your accommodation details so you can find your way back to your fellow Topdeckers if you become separated.
In some countries, alcoholic measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Try to keep track of what you’re drinking, and if you see one of your trip mates looking a little worse for wear, take them back to your accommodation. Be cautious when accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended.
It’s also important to be aware that what you might consider harmless flirting may be interpreted differently in some countries. Be yourself and have fun, but don’t be naïve, and be mindful of the signals you are sending out so that you don’t find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.