Explore the Adriatic islands with our Croatia sailing holidays, discover the top sites of Croatia's mainland with our group tours or design your own itinerary with our tailor-made holidays to Croatia and handy travel guides to help plan.

With a glamorous coastline of stunning islands, ancient walled ports and pristine interior wildernesses offering a range of sights and activities, Croatia has much to charm any traveller. Setting sail on the Adriatic Sea from Split, Dubrovnik or Opatija, stop off at Croatia’s beautiful islands on a relaxing sailing holiday. There's plenty of time to lounge out on deck in the sun and at each stop explore charming ports, medieval fortresses, green pine forests, unspoiled inland lakes and secluded beaches.

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We also offer a choice of fully guided or semi-independent group tours in Croatia. Departing from Zagreb or Dubrovnik, our Croatia tours offer a variety of mainland and island sights as well as the highlights of neighbouring Bosnia and Slovenia.

Top Croatia Travel Deals and Upcoming Tours

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Balkans Odyssey - 11 days Zagreb, Croatia 13 Sep 2017 USD $2,642 was $2,935 10% off Balkans Odyssey - 11 days Map
Western Balkans Discovery - 7 days Zagreb, Croatia 11 Oct 2017 USD $1,859 was $2,065 10% off Western Balkans Discovery - 7 days Map
Adriatic Explorer - 8 days Split, Croatia 05 Aug 2017 USD $1,885 Adriatic Explorer - 8 days Map
Islands of the Adriatic - 8 Days Split, Croatia 05 Aug 2017 USD $2,065 Islands of the Adriatic - 8 Days Map
Creme de la Croatia - 8 days Split, Croatia 05 Aug 2017 USD $2,875 Creme de la Croatia - 8 days Map
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Croatia Sailing Holidays

Zlatni Rat beach | Brac | CroatiaSailing Split - 8 days MapIconic Experiences, Local Partners

Sailing Split

8 days | FROM USD $985

Setting sail from the ancient port of Split on Croatia's Adriatic and...

Dubrovnik | CroatiaCruise Dubrovnik - 8 days MapIconic Experiences, Local Partners

Cruise Dubrovnik

8 days | FROM USD $1,075

From Dubrovnik - Croatia's stunning walled city, island hop the coast...

Mljet Island | CroatiaAdriatic Explorer - 8 days MapIconic Experiences, Local Partners

Adriatic Explorer

8 days | FROM USD $1,345

Sail the beautiful Dalmatian Coast in style onboard a premium boat. to...

Islands of the Adriatic | CroatiaIslands of the Adriatic - 8 Days MapIconic Experiences, Local Partners

Islands of the Adriatic

8 Days | FROM USD $1,595

A round-trip cruise on the majestic M/S Adriatic Princess, in 2017. of...

Omis Town on River Cetina | CroatiaDalmatian Dreaming - 8 days MapIconic Experiences, Local Partners

Dalmatian Dreaming

8 days | FROM USD $1,885

Set sail from Dubrovnik aboard the beautiful MS Agape Rose. Discover...

Sailing holiday | CroatiaOnboard at Opatija - 8 days MapIconic Experiences, Local Partners

Onboard at Opatija

8 days | FROM USD $885

Pulling up anchor at Opatija in northern Croatia, sail the picturesque...

Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast | CroatiaDubrovnik & the Dalmatian Coast - 8 Days MapIconic Experiences, Local Partners

Dubrovnik & the Dalmatian Coast

8 Days | FROM USD $1,595

Explore the dazzling Dalmatian coast with its beautiful secluded bays,...

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Creme de la Croatia

8 days | FROM USD $2,515

Premium Cruise: Setting out from Split enjoy an unforgettable week of...

A sailing holiday is the ideal way to explore Croatia's sublime stretch of coast on the Adriatic Sea and the many picturesque islands fringed with pristine turquoise waters, beautiful beaches and hidden coves. The islands also offer charming fishing villages, historical marina ports and countryside carpeted with acres of vineyards, all waiting to be discovered. Each of our sailing holidays feature a mix of sailing, swim breaks and plenty of free time to relax on deck and soak up the sunshine or independently explore the islands we dock at. read more

Setting sail from Dubrovnik, Split or Opatija, our Croatia sailing holidays offer eight blissful days aboard a motored sail boat stopping at the country’s most scenic islands. Every night offers a new port of call to sample the local cuisine and nightlife with breakfast and lunch provided onboard, freshly prepared by our local crew. We also offer a choice of boat standards to suit every taste and budget.

Croatia Group Tours

Western Balkans Discovery

7 days | FROM USD $2,065

COACH TOUR: From the Croatian capital of Zagreb, cross the border into...

Zagreb | CroatiaCaptivating Croatia - 8 Days MapIconic Experiences, Local Partners

Captivating Croatia

8 Days | FROM USD $2,195

SEMI-INDEPENDENT TOUR: From the capital Zagreb, see stunning Plitvice...

Split | CroatiaCroatia Island Hop & Stop - 8 Days MapIconic Experiences, Local Partners

Croatia Island Hop & Stop

8 Days | FROM USD $1,165

SEMI-INDEPENDENT TOUR: Discover Dubrovnik, Croatia's medieval old to a...

Croatia & the Balkans - 15 days MapOver Land, Under Stars

Croatia & the Balkans

15 days | FROM USD $2,495

Setting out from UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik in Croatia, set out on a two...

Hungary to Croatia - 15 days MapOver Land, Under Stars

Hungary to Croatia

15 days | FROM USD $2,275

Embark on a two week journey through Eastern Europe and discover the...

Balkans Odyssey

11 days | FROM USD $2,695

Discover the best of Croatia and Slovenia before exploring the cities...

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Departing from Zagreb or Dubrovnik our Croatia tours offer a variety of mainland and island sights from stunning Plitvice National Park to ancient Split with a choice of itineraries that venture into neighbouring Bosnia and Slovenia. Depending on your preferred travel style, we offer guided and semi-independent group tours in Croatia and beyond. With airport transfers and transportation included, along with experienced local English-speaking guides for sightseeing excursions and quality hotels used along the way, our group tours are a comfortable way to explore Croatia.

Croatia Cycling and Walking Holidays

Cycling through the vineyards of Isteria | CroatiaCycle Croatia - 8 days MapTrek, Cycle and Sightsee

Cycle Croatia

8 days | FROM USD $1,275

Travel from north to south of Croatia’s picturesque Istria Peninsula...

Walking along the defensive wall of Ston | CroatiaCroatia Coast & Island Walk - 8 days MapTrek, Cycle and Sightsee

Croatia Coast & Island Walk

8 days | FROM USD $1,345

Explore the stunning coastline and idyllic islands of Croatia on this ...

Uncover the delights of Croatia on a leisurely cycling holiday or scenic coastal walking tour. Travelling in a small group and escorted by a local tour leader you'll enjoy the rural and coastal landscapes of Croatia with sightseeing and fun local experiences. Our easy-paced walking holiday covers between 9-12km a day on a variety of trails from quiet country roads to rugged paths and coastal tracks. Our Croatia cycling holiday is suitable for anyone who has a decent level of fitness and can confidently ride a bike. Vehicle support is available for those feeling tired and in need of a break and bike hire is included.

Explore Dubrovnik on a bespoke tailor-made holiday to Croatia

Tailor-made Holidays

Enjoy Croatia your way with a bespoke tailor-made holiday. Explore the historic cities of the mainland from Dubrovnik to Split alongside the stunning natural beauty of the Plitvice Lakes or hop from island to island along the Adriatic sampling charming port towns on the way. With a tailor-made holiday you're in full control, choosing where you want to go and how long you want to stay there. Let us know your preferred standard of accommodation and when you want to travel and we'll do the rest.

Frequently asked questions about our touring holidays in Croatia

What island-hopping itineraries do you have?

The most popular way to explore Croatia is by boat, sailing between islands to explore picturesque port towns and coastal cities. We offer a number of popular sailing itineraries that start in either Split or Dubrovnik and cover the best-known islands including Hvar, Brac and Mjlet. If you prefer to spend longer on terra firma, we also offer an 8 day itinerary that travels between islands by ferry with nights spent in hotels.

What choice of boats do you offer?

On our Croatia sailing holidays you'll have a choice of standard or comfort boats with some named boats on certain itineraries. Standard boats provide mostly twin bunk cabin accommodation while comfort boats provide more spacious twin or double bedded cabins. Both types of boat come with en suite cabins. On our Creme de la Croatia tour you can cruise on a premium vessel with extra services included in the tour price. For more information on what to expect of our ships, read our page on Choice of Sail Boats in Croatia.

Which is best - an on-deck or below deck cabin?

This really depends on your own personal preference. The on-deck cabins have windows that open so you can enjoy the cool breeze and not have to rely on air-conditioning. They also offer better views. However, their location does mean that it's noisier with other passengers and crew walking around the deck. When boats are docked, other ship passengers may also be passing along the deck of your boat. Whereas the below deck cabins are much quieter as there's not the same footfall. These have portholes for natural light but they cannot be opened. Below deck cabins are cheaper so a better option for those on a budget.

I want to get off-the-beaten track in Croatia. What's the best trip for me?

Croatia is a sought-after travel destination and the most popular destinations can get very busy with visitors during the peak summer months. If you're looking to escape the crowds, consider exploring Croatia's northern coastline and islands with our 8 day Onboard at Opatija sailing holiday. There's historic towns and beautiful beaches to discover with an appearance very akin to the highlights of the south. Alternatively, explore the Istria peninsula by bike with our 8 day Cycle Croatia holiday.

I would rather explore Croatia's mainland. What would you suggest?

If sailing isn't your thing, there's plenty to discover away from the water. Croatia's mainland is home to gorgeous old towns and stunning national parks. We have a range of escorted group tours and semi-independent itineraries that cover mainland Croatia as well as neighbouring Slovenia, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Please browse our full range of tours or contact our reservations team.

How big are your Croatia tour groups and what is the age of your travellers?

If you've opted for a sailing holiday in Croatia, the maximum group size is around 36 passengers with 18 cabins generally on each boat. In the shoulder seasons it's likely to be a smaller group size around 20-25. On our mainland tours the average group size is between 10-15 passengers. Croatia sailing trips attract a real range of ages from those in their late 20s to those in their 60s. However, you won't find any 18-30 style cruises here.

I want to make the most of Croatia's islands. What time of year would you recommend I visit?

The sailing season in Croatia officially begins in mid-April and runs through to mid-October. However, April and May sometimes bring harsh, chilly winds, which can bring the temperatures down. It's not always the ideal time for swimming so to really get the most out of an island-hopping adventure, visit between June and September. Though beware - this is peak tourist season so expect crowds.

Croatia tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.61 out of 5 based on 23 recent reviews — See All Croatia Reviews

We had an absolute fantastic time. Crew were great and other people on board. We were upgraded not sure why which includes a captain's dinner and guided walk in Dubrovnik. Even though my daughter was the youngest by far on board as she is only 20 we couldn't fault a thing. Meals were fantastic and thus is the best way to see Croatia. Would highly recommend it and already planning another trip back”  

Andrea Johnson • Submitted 6 Jul 2017

Jelena on the boat guided us on a day to day basis.... she was utterly wonderful ”  

John Peutherer • Submitted 13 Jun 2017

The tour was better then I expected. The crew on Skarda were awesome! They truly cared about the guests and making certain that they had a wonderful holiday. With respect t the boat, the crew did an amazing job of keeping it very clean and in tip top shape.

That being said, I think the next time I would do this trip, I would look into upgrading to another boat which had a bit larger cabins especially the size of the bathroom. ”  

Lynne La Macchia • Submitted 10 Jun 2017

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Experience Croatia by bike

Croatia has long been considered the perfect sailing destination thanks to the thousands of stunning islands in the Adriatic. But the mainland has just as much natural beauty to offer and one of the best ways to enjoy this scenery is by bike. You can do just that with our new 8 day Cycle Croatia tour which takes in the highlights of the Istria Peninsula, from medieval settlements to wineries and a whole lot more.

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Highlights of our Croatia tours

With historic walled cities, a stunning coastline with hundreds of attractive islands, and a forested interior home to sparkling waterfalls and lakes, Croatia is not short on city and nature-based attractions. Here's some that feature on our sailing holidays and escorted tours:

Dubrovnik

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Dubrovnik | Croatia

Start your holiday in Dubrovnik with time to explore the ancient stone walls and historic city centre that remains untouched by the 21st century with gorgeous churches and baroque buildings lining the marble streets.

Split

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Walk around the UNESCO-listed Diocletian Palace - the living heart of the city and an impressive legacy of Croatia's Roman past. People-watch on Split's attractive promenade and pop into the local museums and galleries.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

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Plitvice Lakes | Croatia

On the mainland explore the Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia's biggest natural attraction with 16 crystalline lakes coursing their way through pristine forest to create a series of cascades and ever-changing rock formations.

Hvar

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Hvar | Croatia

Island hop to the glitzy island of Hvar and explore 13th century Hvar Town, one of the Adriatic’s best-preserved historic towns. There's also time to enjoy the legendary nightlife, flashy bars and waterfront restaurants.

Mljet Island

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Mljet | Croatia

Soak up Croatia's natural beauty with half a day spent on the forested island of Mljet, one of the Adriatic's most beautiful and a firm favourite on sailing routes. Discover neat vineyards, attractive villages and two gorgeous lakes.

Zagreb

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Evening skyline of Zagreb | Croatia

Begin your mainland adventure in the capital of Zagreb where western and eastern Europe meet. Immerse yourself in the excellent museums, lively cafes and cutting-edge clubs while gazing upon grand architecture.

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