Sailing Holidays In Croatia

Chartering a sailing boat with skipper is the ultimate yachting holiday in Croatia allowing you to discover infinite Croatian coast in the most fashionable way. Spend your precious vacation moments in the embrace of colourful seaside villages and peaceful bays where you can enjoy in exclusive onboard accommodation. Breathe fragrant ocean air, swim in clean seas, party, taste and relax in European finest sailing playground.

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FLOTILLA YACHT CHARTER

Nothing beats the feeling of skippering your very own yacht charter. Share your sailing enthusiasm with same-minded sailors from all over the world and join Kornati Flotilla Charter this spring from 25.05. till 01.06.

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BAREBOAT CHARTERS

Hire bareboat yachts and explore Croatian coast at your own pace. Let us help you find the perfect vessel and advice on best charter locations and sailing itineraries for a care-free cruising vacations in Croatia.

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ACTIVITY YACHTING HOLIDAYS

Active explorers just love our learn-to-sail itinerary combining various water activities with island hopping. Get ready to awaken your senses surrounded with pure nature, scenic landscapes and crystal-clear Adriatic.

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FAMILY SAILING HOLIDAYS

A week-long sailing trip is a brilliant idea for parents that wish to spend exceptional holidays with their kids. Chartering your very own boat with skipper can be a special experience your family will cherish forever.

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Discover Best Yacht Charter Destinations In Croatia

Have you ever dreamed about escaping from busy cities into pure and captivating natural environment? Private yacht charter in Croatia allows you a unique opportunity to reveal the secrets of this amazing country. Charter yachts from world-known Croatian towns Dubrovnik and Split to sail around popular southern islands Vis, Mljet, Korčula and Hvar or opt for alternative and less visited routes of northern Adriatic and explore magnificent natural parks Krka or Kornati islands. Let us advise you on which of these beautiful destinations will best deliver for a unforgettable sailing experience.

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SPLIT & DUBROVNIK CHARTERS

Chartering a private sailing yacht from historic UNESCO world heritage sites Dubrovnik or Split allows you to explore world-famous islands Hvar Brač Korčula and Vis. Easy island hopping and unique sailing locations make this impressive region best destination for beginners.

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ZADAR SAILING CHARTERS

Book our skippered yacht charters in Zadar region and discover iconic national parks of Croatia including  Kornati islands and Krka waterfalls. Sailing areas of densely scattered north Dalmatian islands are ideal for sailors who like tranquil and peaceful natural atmosphere.

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PULA SAILING HOLIDAYS

Start your sailing week in historic Pula city and discover diverse northern Adriatic. Blessed with monumental architecture of Venetian towns, untouched nature and wonderful sailing grounds, this remote region is ideal location for everyone that enjoy in a unique maritime ambience.

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PRIVATE CROATIA YACHT HOLIDAY FAQ's

 

All-inclusive catamaran holiday in Croatia will cost you between 8.000€ and 9.000€ per week in high summer season. Sailing in September or June the prices vary from 5.000 to 7.000 euros.

What is included in the price?

  • standard catamaran with skipper
  • Port & marina fees on route (Average 700€ per week)
  • Fuel (approx. 250€)
  • Tourist tax (75€ for full catamaran)

 

7 day itinerary is a minimum sailing trip duration and brings best experience for most guests that wish to explore Croatian islands at a slow holiday pace. Private yacht charters in Croatia usually start and end Saturdays with charter turn-round.

 

The total cost for a catamaran vacation in Croatia lies between 7.500€ and 9.000€ per week in high season, yacht vacation on standard sailboat about 6.000 euros weekly. Price includes: bareboat charter, skipper, marina fees, base fee, dinghy, outboard engine and Wi-Fi connection on board. 

 

With low winds, stable weather conditions and countless densely scattered islands preventing the waves from getting too choppy, Croatia is one of the safest sailing dstinations in the world. Easy island hopping and short crossings between picturesque harbours and idyllic anchorages make this small European country best sailing destination in the Mediterranean for a laid-back holiday cruise. Sometimes navigating between hundreds of islands also demands more focus and nautical knowledge so if you feel unskilled or wish your sailing trip with no stress, rather hire a Croatian skipper to sail the boat for you.

 

Sailing season in Croatia stretches between late between April and October. Sailing conditions at the Croatian coast in high summer are ideal for day sailors, beginners and first-time visitors, while experienced sailors prefer more challenging conditions and charter boats in September and May. If you wish to explore Croatian islands at a relaxing holiday pace the best months for a gentle cruising trip are June, July and August. That is when the weather is pleasant, the winds are low, Adriatic sea calm and perfect for swimming.

 

Compared to other Balkan countries, Croatia is slightly more expensive, especially near popular coastal locations. However, it is still cheaper then most of the western Europe. You can expect higher prices in popular tourist locations like Dubrovnik, Split and Rovinj

 

You can book sailing yachts and catamarans in Croatia from 4 major yacht charter locations:

  1. Pula - Istria
  2. Zadar - North Dalmatia
  3. Split - Central Dalmatia
  4. Dubrovnik - South Dalmatia

 

For sailing in Croatian territorial waters, you need a valid nautical international certificate of competence (ICC) and a VHF radio. If you are not sure that your permit is adequate, please check here if the certificates you own are competent to charter boats in Croatia.

 

Renting a catamaran is overall more expensive then to hiring a sailing boat. Not only bareboat yacht price, but also the cost for fuel and marina fees are on average higher for multi-hulls.

 

Skipper's fee basically depends on the size and type of the yacht he operates. Daily fee on small sailboats starts at 160 euros and can go up to 250 euros for larger luxury catamarans.

 

The usual tip for crew's on board services is 5-10 percent from the full charter cost. Gratuities should be handed to your skipper in cash at the end of your journey.

 

The infinite Croatian coast with its pleasant Mediterranean climate and warm summer weather is truly a sailing paradise for beginners or experienced sailors. Hundreds of densely scattered islands and small distances between them place this European country among safest sailing destinations in the world. Breathtaking nature scenes, crystal-clear waters, historic sites and island villages, unique gastronomy and authentic maritime atmosphere make this Mediterranean gem best yacht charter location for a relaxing holiday cruise.

 

  1. Split sailing itinerary - Standard Croatia yacht charter itinerary including world-popular islands Hvar Vis and Korčula is recommended for beginners or fist-time visitors
  2. Kornati cruising adventure - discover 3 magnificent Croatian national parks within a week. These densely scattered islands assure easy island hopping ideal for family sailing holiday 
  3. Istria sailing - Set sail from historic Pula city and relax in quiet maritime ambience of remote islands and hidden Adriatic locations usually forgotten from standard charter routes
  4. Dubrovnik sailing itinerary - Start your adventure from world-known Dubrovnik, visit green lakes of Mljet national park and explore enchanting Lastovo island.

 

Dalmatian islands between Zadar and Split region are the ultimate locations for a laid-back Croatia sailing holiday experience. These are the most beautiful islands to visit:

  • Silba Croatian island of love, surrounded by green forrests and romantic emerald bays
  • Dugi Otok at a doorstep of Zadar city, this lush-green island is the place where crystal-clear blue waters give way to white-sand beaches and secluded coves
  • Kornati national park is the perfect getaway from busy coastal towns into a serene and tranquil natural environment
  • Kaprije small fishing village where sailors stop just to taste fresh, local and tasty Dalmatian cuisine
  • Šolta is a cradle of sustainable tourism,raditional production and lush-green forests
  • Brač a "stone kingdom of Croatia" and attractive pebbled beaches
  • Vis mystical island is a cradle of epic legends, myths and natural wonders
  • Hvar every Split sailing itinerary will lead you to this bohemian Croatian island
  • Korčula - a home of world travellers, impressive history and best Dalmatian wines

 

Croatia's sea is the clearest in Europe according to the European Statistical Office data. The excellent quality of the water is ideal for various water sports, sailing , swimming and snorkelling. Regions with best underwater visibility are Kvarner islands and northern Dalmatia.

 

Prevailing wind on Adriatic during summer is Maestral (NW) rarely reaching 20 knots creating waves up to 2 feet which are ideal sailing conditions for a relaxing cruising vacation. Particular off-season winds in Croatia (Bora wind especially) sometimes reach gale forces, that is when you need to be extra careful and protect yourself in time from choppy waves. It is highly recommended to avoid going out at sea when Bora winds is forecasted: Especially these areas: Kvarner Gulf, Velebit Channel and Makarska region.

 

8 essential things, you don't want to forget to bring on a sailing cruise:

  •  boarding pass/voucher
  •   sun protection items (sun lotion, sunglasses for UV protection, hat)
  •   bathing suit or a swimsuit
  •   your passport, or personal ID, enough cash, health insurance
  •   swimming towels
  •   your personal items (prescription pills, medicine for allergy...)
  •   a wind stopper or a wind breaker in summer a long-sleeved cardigan would do
  •   positive vibes (leave your worries at home)

Before departure please read about the Sail Croatia Packing List for newbies and remember to pack light. 

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Follow our selected sailing itineraries and discover 8 of the best islands of Croatia. Including astounding national parks, secret Adriatic gems and hidden ports that are usually off-the-beaten yacht charter routes. 

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HOW MUCH FOR SAILING HOLIDAYS IN CROATIA

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SAILING NORTHERN CROATIA

Get inspired with north Croatian coast and experience monumental architecture of Venetian towns from a comfort of your private yacht charter. Discover renown Istrian culinary works of art and best Croatian wines.

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DUBROVNIK SAILING ITINERARY

One-week Dubrovnik sailing trip is among best kept secrets of Croatia charter itineraries. Rent a sailing yacht in historic Dubrovnik and navigate the routes of ancient mariners where you will find tranquillity among densely-wooded islands.

Luxury Yacht Charter Holidays

Enjoy in uncompromising cruising pleasures and exclusive onboard services beyond any compare. Discover Dalmatian coast and world-known islands Hvar, Vis, Korčula and Brač in a delightful relaxation and indulging ambience of our luxury catamarans

SUNREEF 60 and BALI 5.4 

Both custom-made vessels provide impressive exterior and interior volumes with spacious and cosy lounging areas and relaxation corners. The highest level of comfort and style will elevate your holiday moments to the highest level.

Full board service with professional chef and communicative stewardess is included in the charter price. Plethora of water toys for entertainment, sea scooters, water tubes and paddle boards for recreation will definitively make your vacation experience extra exciting and fun. Both luxury catamarans are available in Split or Dubrovnik.

Select Your Yacht Charter

Start your sailing in Croatia by selecting a reliable sailing yacht or catamaran charter from wonderful destinations along the Croatian coastline. A gentle cruise across the azure blue Adriatic on our modern and confortable sail boats allowes you an amazing oppotunity to experience this European gem at your own pace. Book a vessel that suits your travelling style and budget and let us tailor a unforgettable yacht charter holiday in Croatia for your group.

What Makes Croatia Best Sailing Destination

  • most affordable yacht vacation prices in Europe
  • Croatia has largest fleet of active yachts for renting in the world
  • top sailing conditions with low winds and delightful sunny weather
  • wonderful sailing grounds with unique locations
  • densely scattered islands allow safe and easy island hopping
  • hundreds of islands protect the waves from getting too choppy
  • pristine natural bays, colourful villages and iconic island ports
  • crystal-clear Adriatic sea is perfect for various water activities
  • romantic maritime atmosphere ideal for sailing couples
  • world-class restaurants where you can eat fresh, tasty and local
  • laid-back Mediterranean pulse is great to relax and recharge
  • monumental Croatia's historic and cultural heritage