Croatia sailing holiday, Dubrovnik to Split
Description of Croatia sailing holiday, Dubrovnik to Split
This Croatia sailing holiday is a week of bliss, dipping in and out of the island of the exquisite Elaphiti archipelago and beyond, heading north to Split. Starting in Dubrovnik, with time to explore one of the most stunning medieval cities in the world, you will sail out past the Elaphiti Islands of Šipan, Lopud, Kolocep stopping wherever conditions dictate or where your skipper fancies for you on the day. Going with the flow on sailing holidays is the only way to go!
Next stop is the stunning marine national park of Mljet, with lush forests and two salt water lakes to explore, or Korcula which is more about culture really with history dating back to Roman, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian empires. It also has a fortified centre, like Dubrovnik, and a Gothic-Renaissance Cathedral in the main square. As you will discover, each island has its treats on this sailing holiday.
The island of Hvar is also exceptional and, as you will see is known for oligarchs and their giant yachts. It also has the wonderful old fishing town of Stari Grad, and other remote villages with traditional stone houses and mule paths leading to secret coves. More traditions abound on the island of Vis, famous for its slow food movement, fantastic local red wine and sublime coves to tuck into your picnics.
Your final stop before Split is Brac, the largest island in the Dalmatian archipelago with the highest peak in the Adriatic too, Mount St. Vid (780m) and so if you can fit in some hiking here it is particularly heavenly. Most people head to the stunning white limestone peninsular beach at Zlatni Rat, however, a fine finale on this aqua adventure. As is Split itself, the second largest city in Croatia and where ancient architecture abounds.
You will sailing on a 48-52 ft yacht depending on the size of the group, but this is a real sailing vessel so please note that sleeping quarters are tight quarters, with four twin/double cabines, 2/3 shared bathrooms and two showers. It’s all about sharing on a sailing trip of this nature. Rooms will be allocated by the skipper on arrival, and so no pre-booking is possible and solo travellers will be allocated a room to share with a traveller of the same gender which, in some cases, may mean sharing a double.
Similarly, there is an ‘all hands on deck’ vibe, so although beginners are more than welcome, do please swot up on some of your maritime lingo before you come. And no WiFi on board sorry.
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1 Reviews of Croatia sailing holiday, Dubrovnik to Split
Reviewed on 22 Apr 2017 by Julia Sudbury
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Swimming round the boat while it was mored up for lunch
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
PlanetAs a global tour operator, we are committed to operating every one of our trips in a way that respects and benefits local people, their culture and economy, while minimising our impact on the natural environment.
On this small group sailing adventure along Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, we travel with a maximum of eight passengers on board a 50ft yacht, but if there are fewer passengers then we will use a smaller yacht. Bathrooms are shared and although there is hot water, we encourage passengers to use it carefully. Toilets are usually operated by hand-pumps and we have recycling arrangements on-board.
Weather permitting, we use the power of the wind to sail the boat as much as possible which means that we have less impact on the environment than if travelling by other modes of transport. When on land, you will mostly hike or walk however when we are on the island of Hvar, you may choose to take an excursion by car to Hvar Town, for which we use a local driver.
On your journey from Dubrovnik to Trogir, you will have the chance to swim and snorkel in the Adriatic and may be tempted to purchase a reminder of your sea voyage from souvenir shops, however we discourage the purchase of coral products which you will find for sale in many places, because they are stripped from the reefs that are becoming endangered.
As well as a Responsible Travel Code of Conduct which we adhere to as a company, we expect our staff and travellers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel and provide a number of responsible travel tips to facilitate this, for example advice on what clothing is appropriate and respectful. In the case of this trip, while there are few dress restrictions in Europe we request that our passengers dress modestly if visiting churches or religious sites.
As a tour company, our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. In 2002, we established a charitable foundation so that our passengers and staff could support grassroots community projects around the world. To date, it has raised over £2million for over 75 projects involved with health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development, and environmental and wildlife protection. We match every donation made by passengers and pay the administration costs, so every penny that is donated goes to a good cause.
PeopleWe travel in small groups and wherever possible we use local transport, stay in locally-owned accommodation or homestays, eat at authentic local restaurants, support traditional artisans and small-scale businesses, and provide opportunities for travellers to interact with local people.
We hire our skippers on the basis of their superior sailing and trip leader skills, rather than their nationality, however where possible we provide local employment and we are delighted that our crew includes Croatian skipper, Mato who has been sailing since he was twelve years old. He is passionate about sharing Croatia’s hidden gems and his local knowledge on where to go and what to buy to support the local economy. At times during this trip you will also have another local guide, for example when we take a guided tour of Mljet national park, which provides valuable local employment.
For breakfasts and lunches, we shop for local produce which the whole group will prepare and eat together on board the boat. In the evenings, we go onshore to dine at small, usually family-run restaurants. For example, one evening we moor at Blace on the mainland, which is a small village way off the beaten path. Due to the amount of fruit farming in the vicinity, it is often referred to as the "California of Croatia” and we dock right next to a family-run restaurant where the locally-caught mussels are highly recommended.