A private sailing trip is the ultimate way to experience the authenticity of Dalmatia. Discover the most remarkable islands of southern Adriatic on a 7-day adventure on a private sailing yacht or catamaran trip from Split.
Admire picturesque Mediterranean landscapes, spectacular islands Hvar, Vis, Korčula and Brač, sail through the calm and clear Adriatic, explore rich cultural heritage of epic villages and swim in emerald secluded coves.
Although this suggested itinerary is off the beaten route (mainly to avoid the tourist dense areas) is still completely flexible and can be adjusted to your wishes with your skipper at embarkation.
Knowledgeable Croatian skipper will not only be in charge of safety aboard, but also your tour guide. He will be happy to introduce you to the intriguing beauty of living at sea and make your journey down the magnificent Dalmatian coast a memorable and genuine experience.
Arriving to Split marina, your Skipper will welcome you at embarkation point. If you arrive earlier, feel free to take a short visit of Split old town to check out the beautiful Diocletian palace, a spectacular monument from the Roman empire or to have a quick snack at the city square.
There are numerous shops nearby to fill the boat's lockers with food provisions. Embarkation starts at 15:00 at the marina.
Leaving marina in Split behind, we set sails towards the island Brač, the largest and the highest Dalmatian island, also world-known of a unique white marble.
Overnight in one of the islands beautiful natural coves, surrounded with pine forest. Perfect evening, to discover Croatian cuisine and have a romantic dinner just a couple feet from the sea. Don't forget to try the famous lamb "under the bell" and freshly caught scorpio fish...
...A late morning swim on the famous »golden horn« beach near Bol is something you can't miss. The scent of lavender will soon welcome your senses as we sail along Hvar, the longest and the sunniest island in Croatia. We drop the anchor in one of the well sheltered bays of Pakleni islands near sun-soaked Hvar riviera. It is much easier and cheaper to take a fast water taxi, then to search for a free berth in the full city port.
You will soon get a chance to take a stroll along one of the most popular and enchanting rivieras in the world. This jet-set town is known for its buzzing nightlife and vivid streets where various world celebrities often come across. A spectacular view from the Splanjola fortress guarding the city is rewarding after a short ascend over the town. Just let yourself be embraced by this Dalmatian pearl where old and new meet in perfect harmony. If you are looking for dance clubs and bars, this is the place that will keep you partying until dawn...
...Saying farewell to Hvar, we are headed to the island Korčula, the birth place of Marco Polo. Halfway we stop on the remote islet Ščedro for a swim in turquoise sea. Overnight in Korčula, a charming historical town. Venetian architecture, fortresses and defense walls almost resemble to Dubrovnik. This town actually embodies everything you came searching to Croatia. Here you'll find: colorful streets, monumental history and museums, amazing cultural heritige, authentic cuisine, night bars and clubs, attractive stone houses and relaxed small-town atmosphere embedded in dense green forrest and fig trees.
The island's sunny position is actually the main reason that the local community tries to promote their eco oriented agriculture and traditional production. Numerous farms and wineries in the area are tempting enough to unwind and taste amazing local wine and home-grown food tasting. Don't forget to try top quality local wine Grk with cheese dipped into aromatic olive oil...
...Morning cruise will take us around the scenic peninsula, densely sown by vineyards in the southern part of Korčuula. Our destination today is a mystical Lastovo island, which was recently declared a wildlife park. Today we can take more time for swimming and snorkeling in a scenic cove of sub-tropical isles. We overnight at anchor in a quiet, naturally carved cove Zaklopatica. Since your tour itinerary includes one dinner this is the perfect place, to experience the essence of the locally-run traditional Dalmatian cuisine.
Because its isolation, the waters around Lastovo still swarm with various fish. Be sure to try grilled John dory, scorpio fish, bream, lobster or scampi. Octopus "under the bell " delicately prepared in a rustic tavern called »Konoba« is a must-try. Sitting on a lovely terrace with a »million dollar view, taking a glimpse across a yacht mast at the sun falling into sea, will take you to another dimension...
...In the morning take a 1-mile walk up to town and check the medieval stone houses with unique chimney tops of Lastovo village. Also a chance to buy some food supplies for our next destination - the remote island Vis. Until recently the whole archipelago was forbidden area due to its military purpose. With only 2 towns of altogether 5000 inhabitants and no industry miles around, this is the place to go snorkeling and explore the underwater habitat.
The island was all through its war history a natural impregnable fortress claimed by Illyrians, Greeks, Venetians, Austro-hungarians, British and French. Set almost in the middle of Adriatic, this was strategically best natural defence location in Mediterranean. On a fair sunny day, you can see all the way to Italy from the hill top above Komiža town. Overnight in Vis Or Komiža. Characteristic local fishermen, typical wooden vessels in town port, narrow streets and exhibiting local artists, are completing the charm of this old fishing village. For its scenic setting, many movies are lately being filmed on the island. Renting a beetle or a scooter is a great way to get around the island...
...Following morning, you might want to take a shuttle boat and visit the spectacular »Blue cave« on Biševo island. In this naturally formed cavity you can witness colourful game between the sun and the sea, which generates a unique blue light. The tour usually takes 1 hour and you won't regret it. Instead of an early lunch, you have to try the local specialty "Komiža cake".
Early afternoon sailing towards the "green island" Šolta, might give us a close encounter with a swarm of playful dolphins or a tunas. Šolta is claimed to be the island with most dense forests in this part of Dalmatia. This small agricultural community's efforts and passion for farming was recognised by Austria-Hungarian empress nearly 200 years ago. So whatever you do here, think green and eat local. Overnight in a small port Rogač or Stomorska. While here, you should taste some of the island's famous olive oil or honey. If you don't feel like cooking aboard, there is a typical eco village nearby with traditional family-run cuisine...
...On our last day we'll have plenty of time to swim, snorkel and chill in secluded coves of Šolta island before docking in our home marina late afternoon.
If you didn't get the chance to visit Split, you can take a walk along the evening promenade, buy some souvenirs, or just have a nice romantic dinner in one of the many restaurants downtown...
...We say goodbye before 08:30 and hope to see you next year.
In the off-season the price for a 40-foot comfort line sailing yacht accommodating 4 guests plus skipper, starts at 1.000€/week. The cost in the peak summer months lies at 2.000€. A 50-foot premire line sailboat or a new 40-foot catamaran cost is from 3.500-5.500€/week in the top and around 2.500€ in the shoulder season. Skipper cost starts at 130€/day for a 3-cabin sailboat.
Cost for a comfort line 4-cabin sailing yacht in shouder season (May or late September) in Croatia is around 1.600€/week. In peak season prices start at 2.500€/week. A 40-foot new catamaran price in off-season is about 2.000€, peak season from 5.500€ The price includes 1-week yacht rental, final cleaning and dinghy with ourboatd engine.
Croatian coast has a typically mild Mediterranean climate with pleasant temperatures and almost no rain through the whole summer season. The streets might be busier with tourists but you won’t regret if you visit Croatia between June and September. If you are taking a sailing trip and want to avoid crowds, best month to visit Croatia is June. The weather in June is pleasant with lots of sun, days are longer, sea temperatures perfect for swimming and not as hot as in July or August during the day. Yacht rental prices are still lower compared to the peak season and you can always get a free berth in the town port and or a free place in a restaurant.
Generally, Croatia is one of the safest countries in the world. Overall crimes in Croatia are quite low making it extremely safe to travel around. By land, or at sea. This Mediterranean gem is the cradle of sailing holidays and a true paradise for sailing inclined. With warm and calm Adriatic sea, fair weather, abundance of sunshine, moderate winds and warm local people is a must-visit for beginners or experienced sailors.
Overall, Croatia has moderate prices compared to other European countries. The prices, however vary between the coast and inland. Locals say that prices at Croatian coast rise as you travel from north to south. Seaside places and Dalmatian islands can be considerable expensive, while northern regions Istria and Kvarner still keep their prices comparable to the inland. Remember to rather eat and drink local then imported.
Some prices at the coast:
Total trip cost really depends on where and how you choose to spend your money and your travelling habits. Yacht charter prices in Croatia are still 10-15% cheaper then in Italy, Greece or Spain. On a sailing trip you can easily get around on daily budget app. 30-40€/person/day.
To charter a comfort line, 40-foot sailing yacht, registered for max. 6 persons in early June or late September from Split lies at 1.500€/week. In the peak season (July, August) 2.300€. Cost for a 45-foot premiere line sailboat in the off season lies at 2.000€, peak season 3.500€.
Average price for a newer 40-foot catamaran Lagoon 40 with 10-person capacity in main season varies between 4.000€ - 6000€. In shoulder season 2.500€ - 4.000€. The cost includes one-week catamaran charter, end cleaning, bedding, handling fees and dingy with outboard. Fully crewed Croatia luxury catamaran charter with half board starts at 8.800€ in the off-season and 20.000€ within the peak season July or August.
Local port fees start at 50€/night for 40 foot sailing yacht and it can go up to 120€/berth in some top marinas. Add 50% extra for same length catamaran. It is also up to the boat length and marina quality service. Price usually includes fresh water refill, shore power, toilet and bathroom facilities. Buoy charge ranges from 25 to 40€. Anchoring is free of charge. A mixture of above options gives the best balance through the week for most groups.
One of best internal tips is to please remember and pack light
With plenty of sun, Croatia is one of the sunniest European destinations. The climate along the Adriatic coast in summer is quite dry and hot. If your sailing trip is in summer, just bring bathing suite, extra swimming towels, and your personal wardrobe (not too much). In case of rain you need to bring some warm clothes, maybe a light sweater, water resistant wind jacket and a pair of sneakers with rubber sole. It is highly recommended to bring your soft handbag a duffel bag or rucksack instead of a plastic suitcase, simply to gain more space in your cabin. Please read about the Sail Croatia Packing List for newbies.
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