Croatia sailing holiday, Dubrovnik to Split

“A week of sailing, in a small group, on a stunning sailing boat, starting in Dubrovnik and ending up in Split. With one island idyll after another along the way. ”

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Dubvrovnik | Elaphiti Islands of Šipan, Lopud, Kolocep | Mljet National Park

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.

Sailing specifics

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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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is one of our Basix trips, designed specifically for budget travellers who still want the security of group travel without lots of added inclusions. These trips don't have many included activities and meals are rarely included in the price, giving you the opportunity to search out local restaurants and sample regional specialities to your heart's content. The amount of free time in these itineraries means that the Basix trips often appeal to younger travellers looking to explore independently and tailor the trip to your own interests. You often won't spend too many days in any one place and you'll pack lots of different locations into your holiday.

As you might expect, accommodation on a Basix trip will be fairly basic! We'll stay in 1-2 star accommodation, often including homestays and there may be nights where the group stays somewhere multi-share / in a dormitory-style. Most accommodation however will be twin share; with solo travellers automatically roomed with a fellow group member of the same sex, this means that there are no single supplements on Basix trips.

On camping trips you will be expected to help out around the camp; putting up and taking down your own tent, helping with meals and other camp duties. We often find the nights where we are without a few creature comforts are those that are most amazing; wild bush camping in Serengeti anyone?! We'll use local transport where ever possible which is a great way of seeing the country and meeting locals as we travel.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Croatia sailing holiday, Dubrovnik to Split

As 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.

We 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.

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.

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.

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. We are only too aware of the need to preserve the stunning natural environment that we sail through, and that is why we also operate this trip on a carbon neutral basis, by offsetting 50kg of C02 emissions for each passenger.

After a three-year process, we were proud to become a carbon neutral company in 2010 and we have an ongoing programme to measure, reduce and offset the carbon emissions from our offices, stores and trips. We also offer passengers who book their flight through us the option to offset those emissions. To date, we have offset more than 45,000 tonnes of carbon emissions by investing in a range of internationally accredited renewable energy projects in destinations where we travel.

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.

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Swimming round the boat while it was mored up for lunch

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