Croatia small ship cruising holiday

“The most relaxing way to enjoy a small ship cruise in Croatia: stay at the Captain’s villa and zip between Mlijet, Hvar and Vis aboard a luxurious yacht.”


Croatia small ship cruising | Overnights in a stylish villa on Korcula | Speedy yacht travel between locations | Enjoy long Dalmatian lunches | Mlijet National Park | Lastovo | Tour of Dubrovnik Old Town | Vis | Blue Cave and Green Cave | Guided tour of Hvar | Pakleni Islands |

Description of Croatia small ship cruising holiday

Explore secluded bays, idyllic beaches and hidden coves on a classic Croatia sailing holiday.

Most Croatia small ship cruise holidays involve a lot of rushing around, with limited mooring times and early departures. This trip takes a different, far more relaxed approach. Instead of staying overnight off the various islands, you’ll be based in a central location on Korcula. Accommodated at a stylish, spacious villa with superb amenities, you’ll take daily trips out to renowned destinations such as Vis, Hvar and Mlijet National Park aboard a fast and comfortable yacht.

Designed for travellers with a passion for the sea, the sun and excellent Dalmatian cuisine, this tailormade tour has the additional benefit that itineraries can be curated to suit your own interests, and both arrival and departure dates are flexible, in contrast to most Croatia cruise packages.

Staying on Korcula in a villa that's a short walk from the sea and Lumbarda village, you’re just a 30-minute sail away from Mlijet National Park, an island paradise perfect for hiking, swimming and snorkeling. In the other direction you have the alluring Vis, with its famous caves, and Hvar, its historic architecture, pristine scenery and laidback lifestyle making it a popular haunt for the jetset crowd.

You’ll also take a guided tour of Dubrovnik, ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, its old town a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s most sought-after travel destinations.

Start every day right with breakfast on your villa’s open balcony, enjoying languid Dalmatian lunches on the sunny deck every day and the company of a friendly, professional crew. This is Croatia small ship cruising, done right.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Our Motor Yachts for day cruising are specially designed without Propellers, instead Rolls Royce engineers have developed a water jet system that is safe for sea animals, and our guests to swim safe around the boat. As this is a cruise holiday, polluting the waters is brought out to zero since on our Yacht we implement a save the waves policy which means that simply no one is allowed to throw anything overboard by crew or guests while on cruise . All the waste such a food waste is kept on Board and brought back home on mainland for recycling .There is also Yacht log book for fuel and oil waste which is updated daily on Yacht and controlled on monthly base by official Port harbor master . In order to minimize any negative environmental impact our Yacht use a extra clean Euro Class fuel with minimum emission set up by newest EURO 4 European standards directives .
In regards Accommodation - our Captains Villas as our and our guests base have environmentally responsible practices in place such as water/energy saving initiatives, recycling methods, such as: using our own water since it is collected from a natural source -rain, therefore we have special filters for making this water drinkable and for guests use as well.Our Captains Villa has special solar panels on the roof for water heating and heating in winter months as well.

By booking this trip you get to see a whole new perspective of this beautiful part of Croatian Islands by sailing on our Yacht, visiting completely secluded and deserted bays on our itinerary , mostly known only to our local island people. Kayaking and snorkeling on the hidden and best preserved parts of the clearest sea in Europe, guests are given the chance to explore in a ways which are least harmful to the environment.

A visit to National Park Mljet island sea Lakes and park of Nature Lastovo Island is included in the program - the fees that we pay to the National Park contribute to the conservation of that area.

In our office we minimize printing actions and recycle paper. Most of all, we ensure that negative environmental impacts are drawn to a minimum.

The Impacts of this Trip

By booking this trip you bring much needed income to the people who are still recovering from the war-torn years, as this was the area severely affected by war, especially Dubrovnik old city, Lastovo and Vis islands that were military base in Ex Yugoslav Republic.

This trip ensures that the local people benefit as much as possible in the form of jobs (we employ local guides and drivers only) and provision of accommodation (we use our own family-owned Captain's Villa). We also use our own transfer services, buy food from the small farms and work on developing responsible waste management by stimulating waste recycle.

By buying local products you are supporting this countries’ economy and helping Croatia to stand on her feet again! We consider it our responsibility to lead efforts to maintain and preserve the integrity of this fledgling sector by petitioning the introduction of tighter controls over the use of the country’s natural resources.

Captain's Villa is our small family run hotel that employs local people and in that way is irreplaceable in the community. Our hosts in the small family restaurant prepare breakfasts , lunches and farewell dinner with our own home grown food and fish from our own pond.


3 Reviews of Croatia small ship cruising holiday

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 04 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Speedboat trip, enjoying the wakeboarding and RingGo rides. Loved that Ivan dived for fresh sea urchins.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Add on some time in Dubrovnik or Split, was definitely worth it.
Also, we hadn’t quite understood that you aren’t guaranteed the villa you think you have booked, which I hadn’t fully appreciated, as when we arrived we were in a different villa. You could end up disappointed!
Also, you can opt out of the organised activities and chose to do something else instead on any given day, which again we hadn’t fully appreciated until one of the other families explained it to us

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, because all the guides/drivers/staff all live in Kercula.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

We had a fab holiday. It was great value for money, the wealth of activities on offer was fantastic. All of Zoran’s staff were helpful, friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Helping a local economy/reducing the impact on the environment were added bonuses. Staff at Responsible Travel were also great..have already recommended the company to others

Reviewed on 01 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Captian Zoran's villas are nestled overlooking a peaceful inlet in the town of Lumbarda Korcula. Each day a different activity is organised exploring the local islands and experiencing culture and history and the magnificent clear water of the Mediterranean off Croatia.
The Captian and his wife are gracious hosts with a commitment to sustainable tourism. I couldn't recommend this holiday more and woul love to return.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Captian Zoran is happy to field any questions and a very obliging host just ask. Take the time and spend 7 days on the beautiful island of Korcula

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes as the Captian's wife's family are locals and committed to their community and exposing visits to the true Croatia and its diverse history and culture

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Reviewed on 02 Jun 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The beauty of the island and the friendliness of everyone.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

You don't always get what you had asked for. While the tour operator staff was absolutely wonderful, and bent over backwards to please us, there were excursions that did not match up with the descriptions, and the timing was often a bit off. Be prepared to have a very late lunch (bring a snack) and to spend a
lot of time traveling in a boat.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

They employ a lot of people who seem very happy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

We had a wonderful time. The staff there made everything "OK" even when we weren't super happy with the schedule or the excursions. The apartments were
just fine and the food was nicely prepared simple Dalmatian food.

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