Croatia is the most popular sailing destination in Europe. With warm Mediterranean climate, calm seas and moderate winds during summer season. Private yacht trip is the perfect choice for anyone with a little bit of adventurous spirit. A group of friends, families with kids, couples searching for a romantic week and all adventure seekers that want to have a unique traveling experience. Sailing holidays in Croatia is basically for the people feeling young at heart and want to make the best of their vacation. A skippered tour is an excellent opportunity to discover this stunning coast on a relaxed Adriatic yacht cruise.
Congratulations! Your plans for this vacation is taking a private sailing trip in Croatia. You fixed the date and preferred destination (Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar or Pula). But before you hire a suitable yacht for your tour, there are 4 things that you should keep in mind:
Please consider, that you will stay, live and eat on a sailing yacht for one week. There will be other people aboard and everybody should be cofortable and have a great time. This is why is advisable to take a comfortable vessel with enough space for all the guests and a cabin for skipper. If you are not sure about the yacht type and size Active Sailing agency can recommend the best possible option for your party.
Please fill in the inquiry form below one of our tour packages that you want to book (activity sailing, catamaran holiday, culinary tour, family sailing holidays). Your yacht trip is guaranteed after you make a 50% of the deposit. The rest you pay one month before your embarkation or if it stated otherwise in your booking contract.
The 2.nd payment is payable 1 month before the embarkation. Our crew will guide you through your booking procedure, so don't worry, and leave yourself into our capable hands. Feel free to ask us anything, no question is too hard for us.
Great! Your plans for this vacation is taking a sailing trip in Croatia. You fixed the date and preferred destination. And the first thing you should consider now, is what type of yacht vacation is suitable for me.
When it comes to yacht charter holidays in Croatia, there are three types available:
This is the most luxurious and relaxed way to spend your holiday on Adriatic. The skipper and hostess are already in the yacht's inventory. They will take care of all the commodities aboard like shopping, cleaning and cooking. There are multitude of inclusions already on our crewed Croatia catamaran and sailboat holidays.
a 7 day skippered private yacht tour is still affordable and hassle-free way to sail Croatia. Skipper is already included, so no sailing skills are needed. Our local skippers are knowledgeable and know the sailing areas as the back of their pockets. They will take care of the check in procedure at the marina and help you embark on your vessel. With our skipper you will feel safe and get to visit your chosen destination.
3. BAREBOAT YACHT CHARTER
sailing a bareboat yacht on your own is probably the least expensive option. If you are a skilled skipper with a valid boat license, this is how you get the ultimate freedom at sea. A bareboat charter also gives you more privacy and intimacy aboard. It is the excellent chance to design and plan your own itinerary.
Your itineraries are flexible and can be adjusted as you go along your route. Please check some recommend tours.
It is all up to your habits and your budget
In Croatia you can charter almost everything that floats. But one-week charter, with the option of overnight is only posible if you charter Sailing yacht, Catamaran or Motor Yacht. With sailing yacht you are mostly dependable on winds, but it will give you more sailing pleasures and quiet with minimum fuel consumption. Cat is much wider, stable, spacy and comfortable. Extra commodity, means also higher rental price, larger costs on fuel, berths and marinas.
Catamaran is really somewhere between a motor boat and a sailboat but can provide even more space when it comes into the quality of living aboard. Most of the charter catamarans even have a flybridge that is used for sailing and sunbathing and this just ads to the usable outside space to socialise. If you want to move faster and your main concern is not large fuel consumption, simply hire a motor yacht.
If you think green, rent a sailboat
Less consumption maen less exhaust into the sea. Especially if you stay most of the time under sails. When you hire a sailboat in Croatia you also gain the unique opportunity to embrace the land's amazing landscapes in full authenticity. It will elevate your sailing experience on a higer level.
Find the perfect yacht for the perfect vacation
To narrow your choice, you should also estimate how much space do you need and how high your budget is. Larger the group, bigger the yacht, bigger the yacht, larger the cost. When you plan to take a sailing trip with children, catamaran might be a better choice. If you stay on a budget, a sailing yacht with 2 steering wheels and bathing platform should do. To devide the costs it is common that 2 families rent one catamaran. One hull for one family. Specify your wishes, selct preferable sailing period and the itinerary requirements in your INQUIRY
Private sailing trip in Croatia usually lasts 7 days. Starting and ending on Saturday with standard time of embarkation at 15:00 and disembarkation at 09:00 the next Saturday. It is also possible to book a short sailing trip upon your request. Short options are possible in the off season in April, May, June, September and October.
You can imagine a sailing yacht as a large mobile home. Yachts come in all sizes and model with 2 till 7 cabins. From 30 - 70 foot, a chartered yacht can accomodate up to 14 guests. It all depends on your budget and needs.
Catamaran or a sailing yacht? Catamaran is much wider and spacier, but it also consequently bring larger cost for the marina fees and final rental price. Sailing yacht is always better choice for the first-time sailors and will give you all the space and privacy you need on your vacation.
Below check the outdoor, indoor and layout of the 4 - cabin yacht that can accomodate up to 8 persons:
No. You skipper naviagates the yacht for you, so just relax and enjoy in your trip. If you desire, you are welcome to learn some sailing skills. Our skippers will be happy to show the basics of sailing and navigation.
With plenty of sun, Croatia is one of the sunniest European destinations. Climate along the Adriatic coast in summer is quite dry and hot. For sailing trips in summer, bring bathing suite, extra swimming towels, and your personal wardrobe. It is highly recommended to bring a soft hand bag a duffel bag instead of a plastic suitcase and remeber to pack light
8 Things that you Don't want to forget:
Please read about the Sail Croatia Packing List for newbies.
Every vessel is equipped with 220V household plugs, but they only work when connected ashore with a power cable. Most boats have 12-volt DC power on board, from batteries. While sailing, you can use the 12V cigarette lighter that will charge your phone faster than the USB cord. There is at least 1 USB charging socket installed on every yacht that works also offshore, without being plugged in on the marina pier.
It all depends upon where your chosen destination is. We will inform you at least 3 weeks before the departure where the yacht is moored specified in your boarding pass so that you can make your travel arrangements. Don't worry you won't get lost. If you are coming by plane, there is always enough transfers and taxis to take you to the marina on time. We can also arrange your taxi transfer if needed.
If you travel by car, you can always find free space in marina. Check in is on Saturday from 15:00, check out at the same spot the next Saturday before 08:30, so that our staff will have some time to clean and prepare the boat for the next departure. We usually moor at our base marina on Friday night.
This year we've launched our Wednesday - Wednesday charter program! You get plenty more by coming on Wednesday such as:
That is mostly up to our guests, and their general satisfaction at the end of the cruise. On our Crewed Croatia charters gratuities are discretionary, but it's customary to acknowledge the crew effort. We also believe, that the outstanding performaces should be rewarded.
The usual tip for services aboard skippered yacht charters in the Mediterranean is 15-20% of the full captain/crew fee and 5% of the full ammount for the luxury charters.
There are many inclusions in your private tour, that you pay before the departure, so that you don't encounter any hidden fees on your trip. It all also depends on what your expectations and habits are. We recommend budget 20-30€/day/person for food and extra 10-20€ for transfers, bars and harbour fees.
Fuel consumption on a 45-foot sailing yacht is approx. 4L/hour. On a 40-foot catamaran is double, Motor yacht consumes app. 70L/hour. Small distances between the islands in Croatia are affecting on your consumption. On our sailing tour we usually use engine max.1-2 hours/day and the rest we sail.
The final sum also depends on the wind conditions and your itineraries. If you sail more, you consume less, if you use engine more, it is the opposite. Especially on a sailing yacht that cost can be really negligible. Sometimes even less then 50€/week.
Local port fees start at 40€/night for a 40 foot boat (6 persons) and it can go up to 100€. For catamaran is extra 50%. It depends on the boat length and marina quality service. Price usually includes fresh water refill, shore power, toilet and bathroom facilities. Buoy charge ranges from 25-35€. Anchoring is free of charge. A mixture of above options gives the best balance through the week for most groups.
Since our client's itinerary wishes vary it is difficult to speculate port and marina costs on your yacht tour. That is why the mooring fees are usually excluded from our package price. The same thing is with the national parks and transfers. You can decide on spot what itinerary suits you best and what to visit or not. Skipper is here to give you some tips where to dock or moor to save some money.
We usually say that a yacht is an »apartment on water« with a far better view. Each sailing boat has spacious cabins for 2 persons, with double / bunk beds (160x200). Even the largest yacht has the capacity of maximum 12 persons. There is also a large bed boat's salon, but we don't recommend to sleep there, especially if you want to have more space and privacy. One cabin or salon bed belongs to your skipper or a crew. We tend to accommodate our guests aboard accordingly to their wishes. Don't bring your bed linen, pillows and blankets, because they are already included. This is how a sailboat cabin looks like:
Food and beverages are not included. You can buy the supplies at the embarkation - your skipper can help you with that. Every marina in Croatia has shops and supermarkets, where you can buy as much as you need for one week. There will be plenty of stops within your sailing tour. You can always buy fresh bread from the market, fresh vegetables, fruit, meat and fish.
Breakfast and a quick afternoon snack can be prepared aboard. You will have lots of options to dine in local restaurants, that our knowledgeable skippers can recommend. If you are dining outside, it is customary to invite your skipper to join you at the table. If you prefer to dine in privacy, your skipper can eat separately. Please assure some pocket money for his meals.
Absolutely! There is nothing better then a delicious meal cooked by a capable yacht cheff. A double gas cooker with oven is installed aboard every yacht.
Yes. On all our private skippered yacht tours It's customary to pay for your skipper's expenses for the week. That means that you take care of his meals and drinks during your trip. It is obligatory to pay the local tourist tax for every person on your boat (including your crew) for the number of days aboard. This is payable in cash at the marina.
If you are dining outside, it is customary to invite your skipper to join you at the table. They will rarely turn down an invitation to dine out as a member of your party, but they also won’t mind dining separately if you need more privacy.
On every private sailing trip is required to make a certain deposit for the possible damages caused on a yacht during your tour. Deposit is the insurance(assurance), that you will return the yacht back in its previous condition. The guests aboard are responsible for damage caused by their negligence( clogging the toilet, vandalism, damaging the yacht or its parts deliberately,..).
The deposit is charged at the embarkation and it is refundable, if the boat is returned undamaged. The deposit amount is set by the charter policy (depends on the boat length, age and insurance rate) payable by VISA, AMEX, EUROCARD, DINERS or cash). If you wish, we can arrange a deposit insurance with non-refundable fee (app 10% of the full insurance sum) It can be pre-charged.
The damages caused regarding the skipper's navigation (damage of the sails, hull, engine ,...) is covered by the skipper's insurance policy.
In case of damages, the charter establishes the amount of the damage that is charged by the valid charter's price list.
It is not possible to cancel your sailing trip due to bad weather forecast. In Croatia, bad rainy weather never lasts more then 1 or 2 days in the summer season. In case of bad weather, your skipper will adjust the sailing dynamics to the current conditions at sea, following the maritime regulations and local warnings. Please bear in mind that SAFETY IS ALWAYS FIRST!
Most important is, that the full safety aboard is assured for our guests. This is only possible to follow the directions from your skipper and respect the sea. Please read about cancellation policy and client's rights and obligations in Active Sailing's terms and conditions,
Yes. But please let us know that you want it insured. Deposit insurance is the sum that you cover the damages. And it is non refundable. The amount depends on the yacht age and length. Usually the amount is from (150-300€).
Not covered - fee for unblocking toilet, lost dinghy and/or outboard engine, gross negligence damage an missing fuel.
Yes. One Way options (Split - Dubrovnik & Zadar - Split) or vice versa, are available. Please also note that one way fee costs extra 300-400 Euros with re-fueling included. One-Way itineraries do not include the port fees at disembarkation. We ask all our passengers to disembark by 11:00 am on Friday, to allow enough time for your skipper to return the yacht back to the base marina.
If you are interested in a one-way trip, please let us know, so that we can tailor your special itineraries. ONE WAY INQUIRY
Yes. Although the official check in and check out charter days in Croatia are Sturdays, we've launched a special Wednesday - Wednesday charter program! You get plenty more by coming on Wednesday such as:
Think casual and sporty
What to wear, generally depends on the sort of trip, the trip length, and the season. Sailing trip in Croatia or in any other country usually takes 7 days. That is why I suggest that you pack everything that you need for one-week. Bear in mind, that wind, sun and water are the 3 factors that you should count on. If your sailing trip is in summer season (middle June, July, August) pack accordingly to the weather. The air temperature peaks 30 (86F) and the sea temperature at constant 25 (77F). Beginning of June and late September just deduct 5 degrees in average.
Wherever you take, please don't overpack, don't complicate and please don't take hard suitcases, take a soft or a duffel bag. Here are some tips on what to pack:
- Swimwear take at least 3 pcs.
- Shorts 2-3 pieces of board shorts and 2 pieces of casual shorts
- Shirts for a week you'll need 5-7 t-shirts, one with long sleeve, a cardigan or a light pullover
- Dress Clothes a pair of decent button down shirts or casual sundresses are excellent choice for a nice dinner on island Hvar or Vis.
- Shoes It's a fact that you will be barefoot all the time, but 1 pair of shoes with a rubber sole is a must have on a sailboat. Mostly to avoid scuff marks and ensure that you don't slip. A pair of flip flops and a pair of tennis shoes in case you go hiking the islands
- Hats Take a hat with strings if possible. You don't want your hat to be ending in the blue Adriatic
- Waterproof jacket or waterproof windbreaker - you might need one in case of strong wind combined with rain (especially in off-season)
- Other (but also essential items) underwear, 3-4 pairs of socks, sailing gloves (bike or fitness gloves)
Here's some tips for your boat sailing trip.