Whether you’re looking for relaxed afternoons lazing on the deck of a yacht or time to indulge in the nightlife, this eight-day sailing trip aims to please. Discover charming villages and stunning scenery as you sail from Split to Dubrovnik on a small yacht. Matchmaking won’t be needed to help you fall in love with the country, culture, or the region’s beauty during hikes to castles and waterfalls. Toss in beach barbecue and snorkelling and you have an incredible yet affordable island getaway.
Sailing the Dalmatian Coast. Fully licensed skipper. Snorkelling equipment.
Connect with history at Diocletian’s Palace in Split, discover secluded islands and deserted beaches, explore Korčula — the birthplace of Marco Polo, wander the forested paradise of Mljet National Park, sail into the ancient port of Dubrovnik — “the Pearl of the Adriatic”
The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
This itinerary may need to change due to inclement weather conditions. This decision will be made solely at your skipper’s discretion, based on the safety of the group and the yacht.
1. Space is limited on the boat and especially in your cabin. You can only take soft sided luggage on board, such as a mid-sized backpack or soft duffel bag. (Less than is 15kgs)
Suitcases are not appropriate for our Sailing adventures as they are not pliable enough to fit into the niches available for luggage.
2. Fresh water is very limited on board, and as such we ask for your understanding that showers are limited to one quick shower per person a day.
3. It’s important to note that the beds in the cabins are not the usual length of a standard bed. The length is approximately 1.8 meters (6 feet)
4. Electrical outlets on board are European style with 2 pins (240V), and are only operational while in port. It is recommended to bring an external battery pack for charging personal electronics.
5. This is a self-catering trip, and everybody will be expected to participate, cleaning up after themselves, and keeping the boat ship shape at all times (including washing the dishes, and emptying the bins when ashore.)
6. Physical Rating:
- You should be able to climb up small steep ladders, or walk over a wooden plank (without a handrail) when boarding/disembarking the vessel, and be physically able to carry your luggage.
- You will often be climbing in and out of the yachts inflatable tenders at beach landing spots, and boarding/disembarking the tender from the yacht in sometimes challenging conditions.
- Moving around the yacht while under sail can be challenging as it moves in the waves or heels over to its side. You should be physically able, and comfortable, to move about in such conditions.
Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes.
Group Leader Description
A G Adventures skipper will be with the group throughout your journey. The aim of the skipper is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible, as well as taking complete charge of the sailing, your safety on board and the safety of the vessel. As this is a real sailing adventure, our skipper might also request your help on board and will be more than happy to impart some of their vast sailing knowledge during the course of the journey. Our skippers are all fully licensed with many years of experience sailing in the area. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and you can expect your skipper to have a broad general knowledge of the islands in Croatia you will visit.
Group Size Notes
No meals included
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
On our Croatia sailing trip the G Adventures Skipper/CEO will help you make a food kitty, where 500 HRK (Croatian Kuna) per person, per week will be added to the kitty for small food items on board to cover breakfasts, lunches and the odd dinner.
Breakfasts and lunches are prepared by yourself, and most dinners are taken ashore at local restaurants.
16m (52 ft) sailing yacht.
About our Transportation
Our 50ft sailing boats are equipped with state of the art technology offering all travellers onboard a safe and enjoyable experience. Space is optimized – sleeping quarters are snug, meaning that more of the boat is open from everyone to enjoy. Cabins are allotted by the skipper based on the gender and traveller make-up of the group.
We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
4 twin/double bed cabins, 3 bathrooms, 2 showers (7 nts).
A NOTE REGARDING SMALL SPACES ON SAILBOATS:
- Please note that the rooming for these boats is assigned upon arrival and neither particular cabins, nor berths can be guaranteed. You will be sharing a bunk or double bed with your travel partner or one of your fellow passengers of the same sex and sharing the bathrooms onboard.
- Please be aware that as this is a real sailboat and not a cruise vessel and the space on board is tight. The sleeping quarters on sailboats are generally kept to a minimum size in order to maximize public space and performance.
- It may be possible to smell engine and/or diesel fumes when in the cabins, due to their proximity to the engine room. Most travel is done during the day, so it is unlikely you will be in the cabin when the engine is running.
- Some people are not comfortable with the type of close quarter arrangements typically found on sailboats, however if a real sailing experience on a real sailboat is what you are after, then this experience should more than make up for cramped quarters.
- Opportunities to sleep in open air on main deck are often available.
- Please note that the skipper may also be sharing the ship’s quarters and amenities with you.
- Power onboard is 220V on European 2 pin sockets. Please note that this is not suitable for sleeping aid machines, as the power source may not always be operating. Bringing a battery pack is recommended.
Meeting point is at ACI marina café which is at marina reception. As you arrive at the ACI marina reception, the café is located on the other side (water side) of ACI marina reception (in the very same building as marina reception).
**Note – this is an extremely busy marina on Saturdays especially with many charter companies operating out of the same marina so patience is required- Skipper/CEO will meet you at this café 4 pm. The skipper will be wearing a G Adventures T-shirt, and/or have G Adventures purple flag at his table.
Toilets & showers are located on the shore side of the marina café/ in the very same building.
Coffee/ drinks/snacks are available at this café.
*The airport is located 25km from the old town of Split. The airport is well connected in Europe with many transfer options internationally.
By Taxi: 250HRK (30EUR) and takes 30min.
By Bus: 30HRK (4EUR) and takes 30min. Buses depart hourly to and from the airport, from the town Centre port.
The bus will drop you in the town port, right at the town center. From the bus stop, it is a 15min walk by foot to the meeting point in the marina, on the west end of the harbor.
EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call either the G Adventures Local Representative (if one is listed below) or our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.
CROATIA HEAD SKIPPER
+ 385 95 85 24 808
OPERATIONS SAILING MANAGER
GLOBAL SAILING MANAGER
If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.
Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from UK: 0344 272 2060
Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000
Calls from Australia: 1300 853 325
Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 415
Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999
ALL OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES: +44 207 243 9878
Finishing Point Instructions
Departure times from the boat may vary depending on weather conditions. Occasionally there can be delays getting into the Marina, so we would recommend booking onward transportation from 1pm onwards so that you have time to get from the Marina to the airport/bus station.
• Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
• Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
• Passport (required) (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
• Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)
• Binoculars (optional)
• Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
• Cash, credit and debit cards
• Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
• Ear plugs
• First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
• Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
• Fleece top/sweater
• Locks for bags
• Long pants/jeans
• Outlet adapter
• Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
• Reusable water bottle
• Small travel towel
• Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
• Watch and alarm clock
• Waterproof backpack cover
• Windproof rain jacket
• Drybag (Will help keep cameras and essentials dry)
• External battery pack
• Motion sickness tablets
• Snorkel gear (optional) (Only if own equipment is preferred.)
• Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
• Sun hat/bandana
Visas and Entry Requirements
Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. While we provide the following information in good faith, it is vital that you check yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your own visa requirements.
A valid passport for at least three months beyond length of stay is required. USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand passport holders do not need a visa to visit Croatia for stays of up to 90 days.
Detailed Trip Notes
Welcome on board! We are happy that you decided to be a guest on board our sailing yachts for your holidays. To make sure it’s a real one of a kind experience, your skipper wants to give you some information about the things you’ll meet on the yacht and on the trip.
No worries, we won’t make you spend your precious time on too much information, simply take it as a possibility to start your adventure at home.
Brief History of Yachting
Known since the old Egyptian Empires yachts were dedicated only to the pleasure of it’s passengers in the exclusivity of independence. A long time before tourism discovered the pleasure of big steamboat cruises around 100 years ago, the wealthy parts of societies enjoyed yachting in different ways: cruising the Nile, sailing the Greek Islands or enjoying huge parties on board of Caligula’s yachts in a lake south of Rome.
Fortunately, technology developed allowing us the opportunity to sail the oceans in smaller yachts. Yachts of today are constructed under the rules of hydrodynamics, defining the shape of the hull, the needs of stability and comfort.
Running water and a stove were a pure luxury on board a yacht only twenty years ago, but you’ll find almost everything you need on your yachts today: electricity (12V offshore and only sometimes 220V when we’re moored) refrigerators, showers, hot water, music, and much more.
But never forget: a yacht always is “on a budget”; this means budgeting room and weight for mobility and stocks for ongoing comfort.
Each yacht comes with the safety gear and instrumentation required by law to assure you a safe and successful holiday.
Here are some technical terms for you to learn to help you orient yourself:
Hull: The ‘body’ of the boat
Keel: The stabilizing part of the hull under the waterline to prevent capsizing
Deck: Upper level of the boat
Cockpit: The area in the back where we are operating the boat
Bow: Forward area of the boat
Stern Backward area of the boat
Helm: The steering facility
Helmsman: Person at the helm, not necessarily the skipper
Starboard: Right side of the boat looking forward from aft
Port (side): Left side of the boat looking forward from aft
Rigg: All fixed equipment standing up above the deck
Mast: A massive vertical pole to fix the sails
Boom: horizontal massive pole going backward from the mast
Mainsail: sail at the rear of the mast
Headsail: sail in front of the mast
Fender: A sort of ‘bumper’ to avoid damage of the hull when moored
Winch: A sort of drum to operate loaded lines or anchor chain
Beaufort: International scale for strength of winds, starting with 0 up to 12
Manoeuvre: Changing the course of the boat or doing several operations
Tacking: Turning the bow through the wind
Gibing: Turning the stern through the wind
Round up: Turning the boat exactly into the wind to stop moving
Fetch sth.: Pulling tight a line
Ease sth.: Detaching a line
There are only “lines” on a boat, no ropes etc.
Furling lines: Used to set and take away the sails
Sheets: Used to adjust the sails during sailing
Mooring lines: Connects the yacht to the peer
Ground lines: Fixes the bow when moored ‘stern too’ (the peer)
Figure-eight knot: Belongs to the end of certain lines to avoid going by the run
Half hitch: Fixes a line somewhere, not very strong one
Clove hitch: Fixes various lines like mooring-, fender- etc.
Reef knot: Connect two lines of same size to each other
Bowline: Creates a strong and everlasting loop to a line
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
While Euros (EUR) are generally accepted everywhere it is strongly recommended to use the official local currency, the Croatian Kuna (HRK). When exchanging currency, or deciding what to bring, keep in mind that businesses do not have to accept Euros and while most do, you may find some who prefer to accept Kuna. You can bring both, or withdraw Kuna from an ATM when you arrive. If you need to exchange EUR for HRK, hotel exchange rates are usually quite poor, so try to avoid changing your money at your hotel. You will probably be better off changing your money in a bank or in one of numerous Bureaux de Change that you will find in towns.
Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an ‘emergency’ fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
It is customary in Europe to leave a small tip for service providers, such as waiters, if you are pleased with the service (€1-2). Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides. You may do this individually, or your CEO will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from €3-5 per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO or skipper did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €5-8 EUR per person, per day can be used.
- Hvar Fortress Visit (40HRK per person)
- Hvar Island – Starigrad to Hvar Tour (120HRK per person)
- Vis Island Military Tour (250HRK per person)
- Trstenik Wine tour (200HRK per person)
- Mljet Island National Park (70-125HRK per person)
- Mljet Island Cave of Odysseus (120HRK per person)
Please note: We do not have a constant power source onboard, and cannot facilitate the use of Sleep Apnea/CPAP machines. Bringing a suitable battery pack is required.
Inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.
No particular health issues in Croatia, just that in some more remote islands bottled water is more recommended to drink. Just keep in mind that some heat waves are possible from June to October all over the country. People who are sensitive to seasickness should come prepared.
You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit, hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements.
Safety and Security
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home – you won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your CEO has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your CEO will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.
Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.
Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).
Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.
We take all prudent measures in relation to your safety. For ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling, please visit:
Trip Specific Safety
Croatia is a relatively safe country if you take the same precaution you would back home in any major and/or touristy cities, use common sense and do not hesitate to ask your skipper about specific areas to avoid. Also it is recommended to carry with you only the money and documentation you need for the day. Always keep an eye on your belongings, while having a drink, at the internet cafe, waiting at the bus station.
A Couple of Rules
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
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Minimum age of 16 years for this trip.
Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.
Skipper/CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout.
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Day 1: Split/Adriatic Sea
Arrival day. Join the group at 2pm for a welcome meeting and safety briefing before beginning the sailing journey.
Arrive at the meeting point before 4pm for an important group meeting where you will meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO), skipper, and the other group members. The boat will be departing soon after the arrival meeting.
On the Croatia sailing trips, the G Adventures skipper will offer to make a food kitty for small items, such as ice, water, milk, snacks, drinks, and so on. The average amount suggested for the kitty is around EUR50 per person, per week.
Sailing Welcome Meeting
16m (52 ft) Mediterranean Sailing Yacht
Day 2: Days 2-6 Adriatic Sea
Our 15m (52 ft) nimble yacht is the perfect platform to explore the gorgeous Adriatic islands. Flexibility is key to adapt to local weather conditions, and the skipper will modify the itinerary to our advantage while sailing. Possible stops include: Hvar, Korčula, Mljet, Ploče, Brač, and Solta.
Mljet Island Excursion
Hvar Island Excursion
Korčula Island Excursion
Brač Island Excursion
Day 3: Day 7 Adriatic Sea/Dubrovnik
Explore the Mediterranean port town of Dubrovnik. Enjoy the last night aboard, or join the rest of the group for dinner and drinks while reminiscing about the epic journey through the Adriatic Sea.
16m (52 ft) Mediterranean Sailing Yacht
Day 4: Day 8 Dubrovnik
If you would like extra time in Dubrovnik after the sailing journey is finished, we recommend booking extra time.