Saturday. Split to Makarska. Hello Croatia and welcome aboard! Located in the heart of Dalmatia, Split became a popular retirement destination in the 4th century for Roman emperors such as Diocletian. Today, it is renowned for its variety of archaeological, historical and cultural monuments among them the UNESCO listed Diocletian Palace. The first detailed tourist guide published in 1894, bears witness to the long tourist tradition in hospitable Split!
Don’t miss the boat! Cruise departs from SPLIT HARBOUR ON SATURDAY AT 13:00. If you do require pre-tour accommodation, we are able to offer suggestion. From Split harbour sailing south to Makarska.
Overnight: Makarska - onboard | Lunch
Makarska – Loviste – Mljet. Cast your 21st century worries adrift and get on with the business of sheer relaxation and soaking up the sun. Every day there are opportunities to swim and snorkel direct from the boat or from the sandy white beaches as our boat moors in sheltered bays and coves.
In port at day’s end, head down the gang plank and away to a local restaurant or café. The freshness and variety of Croatian food is typical of Mediterranean cuisine. Seafood has a prominent place, as do fresh vegetables, cheeses and breads. Olives and grapes have been cultivated here since pre-Christian times.
Today we sail to Loviste, a delightful fishing village and harbour on the north west tip of the Peljesac Peninsula. Along the harbour fleets of local fishing boats unload their daily catch and village woman vie to sell locally grown almonds, olives and figs. With lunch onboard, we continue to the verdant green island of Mljet. Half the island is National Park and stunningly beautiful with thick green forests of Aleppo pine encircling the two inland salt water lakes. The lakes, Malo Jezero (big lake) and Veliko Jezero (small lake), are interlinked and connect to the sea by a shallow tidal canal. In the middle of Veliko Jezero is the picturesque island of Saint Mary, home to a small 12th century Benedictine monastery; well worth the visit. The island is easy to navigate and it is possible to hire bicycles, motorized scooters, buggies and open top cars from the harbour. At dinner time try one of the many seafood kavarnas (taverns) along the waterfront
Overnight: Mljet - onboard | Breakfast, Lunch
Mljet – Dubrovnik. Arriving into Dubrovnik, spend the day exploring the old town. Much of the history of Dubrovnik can be characterised by its intact city walls, which run uninterrupted for 1940 metres encircling the city. This complex structure, one of the most beautiful and strongest fort systems in the Europe, is the main attraction to the city’s visitors. Five towers inbuilt along the city wall offer unforgettable views of the city, and out to sea warding off by gone invaders. The old stone city is a labyrinth of criss-crossed cobbled streets and lanes. With a thousand and one taverns serving up cold beer and Mediterranean food, numerous souvenir and gift shops, many days can be spent inside the city walls.
Overnight: Dubrovnik - onboard | Breakfast, Lunch
Dubrovnik – Sipan Island/Trstenik. This afternoon we set sail for Sipan Island or Trstenik. Trstenik is a pretty harbour town, located on the north eastern tip of the Peljesac Peninsula. The quaint fishing village boasts beautiful unspoiled coves and beaches, fresh water springs and many restaurants and bars along the harbour side strip. Sipan Island is historically interesting. During the 15th century it was a chic summer getaway for the very best Dubrovnik families, many of whom built palaces on the island. Sipan’s beaches are never overcrowded so you’ll have no trouble finding a pleasant place to leap into the clear sea. Again, there are plenty of waterfront restaurants dishing up all seafood imaginable; the only problem you’ll have is deciding which one to choose.
Overnight: Sipan/Trstenik - onboard | Breakfast, Lunch
Sipan Island/Trstenik – Korcula. Korcula is one of the most charming and romantic islands of the 1000 or so off the Adriatic coast. Korcula old town is set in a mini fortress and for many people, brings to mind ‘Dubrovnik’. The distinctive white limestone which was used to build both towns originates from Vrnik, a tiny island just off Korcula. Ancient medieval walls surround hidden treasures; you will find architectural delights, including Renaissance palaces, cathedrals, museums and plenty more gems tucked away in its network of old cobbled streets. According to local legend, the famous world explorer, Marco Polo was born here in 1254 and you can even climb the tower which was said to be his home.
Overnight: Korcula - onboard | Breakfast, Lunch
Korcula – Pakleni Islands – Hvar. Today we cruise the Pakleni islands and onward to Hvar. The tiny archipelago (of about twenty islets) extend along the south side of Hvar. The islands covered in pine trees are known to local fisherman for ‘paklina’ (melted pine resin) used for ‘water proofing’ boat decking the islands also offer crystal clear waters and secluded beaches.
After lunch on board we sail onward to Hvar. Hvar is an island of sunshine and crickets, lavender, sage, rosemary and wine. Take a walk through the harbour town and be sure to sample some of the local wines and spirits, as well as fish and crustaceans, fished by Hvar fishermen.
Overnight: Hvar - onboard | Breakfast, Lunch
Hvar – Brac – Split. Cruise to the island of Brac, for swimming at Zlatni Rat near the town of Bol. There is also time to explore the town before lunch on board and return to Split for a free afternoon and evening to explore the city your way.
Overnight: Split - onboard | Breakfast, Lunch
Saturday – Split. Your perfect week of sailing concludes after breakfast
Choosing between a Comfort or Standard boat!
Travelling on a sometimes masted, rigged wooden sailing boat (with onboard motor power) with a range of facilities including dining area and plenty of deck space to enjoy the spectacular views and sea breeze, you'll be in the company of like-minded travellers.
Relax as you let the captain and his support crew look after your needs. An onboard cook prepares breakfast and lunch each day, whilst in the evening, we offer you the chance to explore dining options at our numerous ports of call. Dalmatian food is very good indeed!
Individual boat design varies slightly from craft to craft, but all sailing boats offer a range of cabin types (some top deck, some on main deck and some below), comfortably accommodating 2 persons or at a real squeeze, 3. Private en suite bathroom or shared facilities. Should you require a triple cabin, please contact us for further information and availability. As the cruise offers does not include guided touring, it is entirely up to you how you enjoy each port of call. Relax or explore? The choice is yours!
Comfort boats offer a more spacious cabin with en-suite bathroom on newly built or fully renovated ships. Accommodation is mostly twin bunk cabins, though double-bedded cabins are sometimes available. Exclusive features of the comfort boat include; A/C in all cabins WHILST SAILING, a guided sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik and a delicious Captain's Feast. Additionally, comfort boats offer plenty of hot water, towels, some linen, a TV and sound system in the reception area, board games and extensive sun and shaded deck space.
Standard boats offer mostly twin bunk cabins, though dependant upon the craft, triples and double-bedded cabins are sometimes available. All the standard boats offer cabins with private en suite bathrooms. Additionally standard boats offer towels, plenty of hot water, board games and ample shaded and sun deck space to lounge about!
Prices & Dates
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Standard Boat, Croatia Sailing
Standard boats are offered on all our sailing itineraries (except Creme de la Croatia). Standard boats offer mostly twin bunk cabin accommodation, though dependent upon the craft, triple and double-bedded cabins are sometimes available. An exclusive feature of the standard boat is that all cabins offer private en suite bathrooms. Additionally standard boats offer towels, plenty of hot water, board games and ample shaded and sun deck space to lounge about!
Comfort Boat, Croatia Sailing
Comfort boats are a class above our ‘standard boats’ and offer a more spacious cabin with en-suite bathroom on newly built or fully renovated ships. Accommodation is mostly twin or double-bedded cabins, though bunk bed cabins are sometimes all that is available. Exclusive features of the comfort boat include; air-conditioning in all cabins and in most of the common areas whilst sailing (no A/C is available when the boat is stationary), a guided sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik with an English speaking tour guide and a delicious Captain’s Feast. Additionally, comfort boats offer plenty of hot water, towels, some linen, a TV and sound system in the reception area, board games and extensive sun and shaded deck space to lounge about!
Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.75 out of 5 based on 4 recent reviews
Amazing tour, country, staff and tour guide.
Would thoroughly recommend to everyone!”
Have just returned from the Sailing Split cruise. Sarah Bansgrove from On The Go Tours was most helpful and friendly and called back a couple of times to check availability as we had picked a busy date to travel on. We booked a classic boat but were fortunate to be upgraded to a Deluxe boat on arrival, called the FANTAZIJA (had to pay for A/C) but this was okay as the FANTAZIJA boat was a really modern, clean and new boat (only 3 months old) and was looked after by an excellent crew (Captain Nino, Valentina (Barlady), Chef and assistant (Nikola & Svjezana) and sailors (Jure, Jasko and Tea). The food was outstanding, a 3 course lunch every day and breakfast every morning. We departed from Split and stopped at the following: Makarska, Mljet, Dubrovnik, Trstenik, Korcula, Hvar, Split. There was a morning swim stop and most of the time an afternoon swim stopping before docking for the night at an island / mainland. Favourite for me was Split, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar and the best swim stop was at the Zlatni Rat beach on the Island of Bol (Golden Horn Beach). I cannot recommend this trip enough and would like to thank everyone, from On The Go to the fantastic crew of the FANTAZIJA boat (especially Valentina, who was an absolute star). The crew really work long hours but always had a smile on ther faces! We have really nice people on the boat, ranging from 15 - 70. I am in my mid thirties and the range was okay. (depends on if you want to party/relax). Some advice: Do the River Rafting on the Cetinin river (day of arrival), it is an excursion (you have to pay extra) but is a lot of fun. More advise: your tab on the boat is paid at the end of the trip, so ask for a running total mid week so you can get an idea of how much you have (already) spent as you don't want a surprise at the end of the trip! NOTE: you will need to pay this bill in CASH along with any tips for the crew. Thank you On The Go and the crew of FANTAZIJA for an unforgettable holiday and trip!”
I would recommend the Skarda to anyone. We enjoyed every moment and the crew were very friendly and helpful. The Skarda herself is lovely and we have nothing but good memories of the cruise.”
Great value for the price, beautiful islands in the tour, excellent food in quality and quantity, helpful and attentive crew, good ratio quality / price for the services provided. Possible points to improve: Include group activities for the nights / traveling time, even though each one can read a book, do their own thing or engage with another travelers, having a common activity will promote interaction between people and will make it easier. Aim for a better balance in age distribution. I am 28 years old and was in a boat with mostly retirees or people in their 50s, even 60s. I find myself in what I feel as a non-targeted group, where I am too "old" for the cost saver boat, which was too much party for my taste and too "young" for the type of boat where I was with retired people. Maybe good to have a few trips where you have more people in this intermediate age and inform them of the possibilities when booking. On the contrary, where this is not possible and least inform that the average age is high.”
I would like to let you know, that my childhood friend Katalin and myself had a most wonderful vacation on our sailing trip. Right from the start at boarding time to the last minute of our departure in Split we been pleased with everything. We found the sailing boat (Lopar) most comfortable, clean. The staff very attentive, professional, plus fun. Meals elegantly served and good variety of dishes cooked on the boat. Since we lucked out with fantastic warm weather, both of us loved the many swimming stops at beautiful bays. Our island visits were remarkable interesting at every stop as we loved all of the historical towns and natural beauties of the Mediterranean.
Hopefully I will have some other trips with your company in the future and I would definitely recommend you to anyone. ”
The reps on Split harbour were more than helpful and showed us to the boat / room.
Crew were good on the boat. Provided a great service, were very friendly (especially so as it was good to see them getting involved in the social aspect as afterall it was a small boat and we were quite a young crowd). Only one fairly good Englih speaking member of the crew - which did lead to communication breakdowns on some occasions - but wasn't too much of a problem. Emile was the perfect crew member for the trip - friendly and always jovial. Ludo was also great craic.
Meals on board were good. Breakfast between 8-9 was at an OK time (though - some people were looking to lie in on their holidays). Lunch was always 'massive'. I enjoyed all of them, but some people found it a bit too much.
Captains dinner was a stand out meal - absolutely superb. We had a birthday in the group that night also - and the night will live long in the memory! The dinner was first class - probably better than any that we had on land, and the crew were great fun for the night that entailed.
The little beach near Bol was my favourite place - what a superb site. We should have stayed there for a whole day!
Overall, I would highly recommend the trip - had great fun and was dead lucky that the group on the boat was brilliant!”
Thanks so much for all the helpful advice and tips on our trip to Croatia, the sailing was amazing. It's a great place to go especially in May as it wasn't very crowded so cheers for the advice!
Will pop in to book Egypt soon - J&J”