Sailing in Croatia

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A corner of the world which abounds in diversity just like a family does, the Croatian coast is a filigreed web of close-knit islands, each sharing common traits, but unique in its own way. Each shoreline has its own tale, each town a saint, each tower a legend and each town an admirer.

The southern Dalmatian region stretches between Split and Dubrovnik and is ideal for family cruising. The islands sit close to one another, so a plethora of experiences remains within reach at all times, making it easy to adapt itineraries to different family dynamics. Spend time together, but pursue personal interests as well, sparking up the conversation at dinner time. From sleepy Mediterranean towns and relaxed island-hopping to action-packed hikes, bikes, and beaches, to life’s simple pleasures like morning dips in hidden bays, whatever your family’s vision of quality time may be, this region warrants a good time for all.

Perfect for: families with small children, multi-generational families
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Highlights

Spending Time Together
Snorkeling 
Water Toys
Exploring Local Culture
Experiencing Local Food
Dolphins
Sandy Coves of Brac
Abandoned Tunnels of Vis
Sealife
Historic Towns of Dalmatia
Roman Monuments
Cycling through Hvar 
Donkeys of Korcula
Lighthouses

Day 1

Split

Enjoy your first encounter with Dalmatian living in Split, the region’s largest city. Its heart, the historic core, pulses inside the walls of a Roman Palace, built for Emperor Diocletian in the 4th century. Today a UNESCO World Heritage site inhabited by some 3.000 residents, it tells an intriguing story of the past living in harmony with the present. After settling into your accommodation, enjoy a city tour.

Day 2

Split - Šolta

Set sail to the closest of the Central Dalmatian islands, yet one still largely unknown to the strutting tourist masses. In fact, Šolta is the mariners’ princess, for its meandering shores form over 20 idyllic bays. Yours for the night is the bay of Maslinica, a charming, west-facing auditorium for a spectacular sunset played over an enchanting archipelago sprawled before the bay.

Day 3

Šolta - Vis

Discovering Šolta means taking a step back into the past. Time has caressed the island so gently that many of the old ways still thrive. In an encounter with local families, explore not only the traditions of olive oil processing and beekeeping and honey-making but also the meaning and importance of family in these small and proud island communities. As your day draws to a close, sail further to Vis.

Day 4

Vis - Hvar

Vis spent much of the 20th century as an off-public-limit military base, and this did wonders for its nature. Enjoy driving along the twisting roads with your private guide, stopping to visit a submarine tunnel which sheltered navy boats in the ’70s and ’80s. Following a sumptuous lunch deep in the hillsides, set sail to Hvar. En route, take a break at Palmižana to enjoy watersports, snorkeling and sunbathing.

Sailing in Croatia with your family is an opportunity to rejoice in closeness and strengthen the bonds between different generations. 

Depending on the age of your family members, you may find more than one region appealing. The island-hopping itineraries in Central Dalmatia may also travel over to the mainland for experiences like river rafting or zip-lining. Southern Adriatic offers a slower pace and more down-time and the Northern Adriatic more active sailing. Moreover, consider the perks of different seasons. In the fall, pick olives or harvest grapes together, just like Croatian families do.

Day 5

Hvar - Korčula

Korčula, Croatia’s sixth largest island, feels surprisingly cozy, whether you are swimming in its azure waters, sipping smoothies atop a medieval tower, waiting for dolphins to make their appearance in the canal, or playing hide-and-seek in its charming Old Town. Exploring is a must-do here, for Korčula Old Town is the alleged hometown of one of the world’s greatest travelers, Marco Polo.

Day 6

Korčula - Mljet

After a farewell game of Marco Polo in the crystal clear waters of Korčula’s coves, head down to the greenest island of them all, Mljet. The Mljet National Park on the island’s western tip is an inspiring playground for nature lovers of all sorts, whether you are a hiker, kayaker, cyclist or history buff. And with virtually no light pollution around, enjoy an evening under some incredibly starry skies.

Day 7

Mljet - Elaphite archipelago

The mythical home of leisure, the Elaphite islands were adored by the nobleman of Dubrovnik. Lining the seafront, their simple summer residences teach an important lesson: leisure is about serenity, not luxury. So choose: seafront promenades dotted in heritage and café bars, energizing hikes to pre-Romanesque churches, or sandy beaches and hidden caves – all the wonders await at the islands of Šipan, Lopud and Koločep.

Day 8

Elaphite Islands - Dubrovnik

Croatia’s southernmost town, Dubrovnik, is sugar in the end no matter of your age. Whether you prefer Dubrovnik or its alter ego - the King’s Landing, count on being captivated with the architecture, history, beat and buzz. Take one last batch of stunning photos for your family scrapbook, walking the medieval city walls or riding the cable car to the top of Srđ hill.

Suggested boats

This program goes perfectly with the following boats. These are standardized images of the yacht make and model, and are for reference purposes only. Your yacht may differ.

Sailing boat

Bavaria 46

Bavaria 46

At the top of her class, Bavaria 46 offers more space, more comfort, and more pleasure. The interior is intelligently arranged to maximize space, and comfortable design oozes classical elegance. Outside, her cockpit remains the center of boat living and the expansive sunbathing platform is ideal for summer joys. Open the sails, and enjoy life at the open seas to the fullest.

Built2017
Lenght46 ft
Cabins3

Motor Yachts

Sunseeker 86

Sunseeker 86

Sunseeker 86 sets to vow with a go at ultimate perfection. Its common spaces, like the voluminous main salon, come filled with natural light and masterfully crafted with hand-finished furnishings. State-of-the-art technology allows you to enjoy unparalleled modern comforts. Below deck, you’ll find style and privacy as the main traits, from the guest cabins to the master stateroom.  

Built2008
Lenght86 ft
Cabins4 cabins

Catamaran

Lagoon 570

Lagoon 570

The catamaran Lagoon 570 delivers easy-going, comfortable living under open sails. With an impressive deck and a large al fresco lounge, it is never short of a chance to spend time outdoors. Transoms allow easy access to the sea and a large bow area is perfect for sunbathing. The convertible living room allows for the plus one to stay with you comfortably.

Built2017
Lenght57 ft
Cabins3+1
Guests6
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