Explore Croatia's stunning coastline from Split to Dubrovnik

Become immersed in Croatia's natural beauty while sailing the stunning Adriatic coast. Mix lazy days of swimming and beach going with time spent exploring medieval fortresses, sitting in lively restaurants, wandering cobbled streets and hiking to ancient ruins. Wind down in the evening and fall asleep onboard the boat, being lulled to sleep by the sound of lapping waves.

Split, Croatia
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 9
Carbon offset
50kg pp per trip


  • Sleep soundly atop gentle ocean waves
  • Find ancient ruins in seductive Split
  • Go snorkelling off the coast of Brac
  • Bliss out on the beach in Hvar
  • Take a guided tour of Mljet’s national park


Welcome to Croatia. Your sailing adventure begins with a group meeting at 3 pm with your skipper at the ACI Marina in Split. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader.

The first port of call is the local supermarket to buy supplies for your trip as a group (we call this a ‘starter park’). The starter pack will include provisions for breakfast, lunch and/or snacks for the whole trip. If you have any special dietary requirements, please make sure you notify us at the time of booking so we can accommodate your requests.

We recommend arriving a few days earlier into Split. If Dubrovnik is the heart of Dalmatia, Split is certainly its soul. Situated on a small peninsula on the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea, it's the country's second largest city. Check out the impressive ruins of the Diocletian's Palace, or pay a visit to the bustling Ribarnica (fish markets). You can get lots of local interaction in Split.

After the group meeting in the afternoon, cast off for a four-hour sail to the island of Brac, where you'll spend your first night at sea.

***The beauty of sailing is that each day is unique and, while we have a destination to reach, if the weather changes or something takes the group’s fancy, we are flexible on the day's itinerary***
Set among steep cliffs and a distinctly Mediterranean landscape, sunny Brac is the largest island in central Dalmatia. Cruise along Brac’s rocky shoreline and admire views of Vidova Gora, the highest mountain in the Adriatic Islands. Weigh anchor and go for a swim or snorkel in some of the clearest waters in the area, looking out for sea anemones, crabs, sea urchins and small fish. Depending on the weather, the boat will either anchor on the coast of Bol or in a nearby cove for the night.

Journey for five hours along the Neretvanski Kanal and moor in the port of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar. Enjoy an afternoon of beach hopping and wandering through the countryside before indulging in fresh seafood and cocktails on the waterfront. You also have the option to cross the island by car and visit Hvar Town. The driver will drop you at the Venetian fortress overlooking the town, where you can hike down a trail past giant Agave plants to the waterfront.

Vis is the furthest island from the mainland. In 1944, the island was declared a military zone and foreigners were unable to access it until 1989. Perhaps head out on a military tour along country trails leading to hidden Yugoslavian tunnels. The south side of the island is home to attractive coves and beaches, including the blue grotto on Bisevo Island. Your skipper can help you organise a tour to the grotto. In the afternoon, visit Lastovo, the largest island of the archipelago, which is surrounded by islets and reefs.

Sail for a blissful five hours along the pebbled beaches, black pine groves and stony cliffs of the Peljesac Peninsula. Sweep past the defensive towers of Korcula Town via the Peljeski Channel and weigh anchor in Korcula. The locals believe Marco Polo was born on the island. Whether or not this is true (the Venetians have a similar claim), Korcula is steeped in a long history and was ruled at various times by the Romans, Slavs and Venetians. Perhaps walk the streets of Korcula’s romantic Old Town to see these different cultural influnces or relax on one of the island’s many beaches.

Head southeast and sail for six hours across the sea to Mljet. The island is a haven of lush national park, forests and small villages, providing the perfect landscape for roaming around. The fields and vineyards dotting the island are the foundation of the local economy, as Mljet's villagers have been producing wine and olive oil for hundreds of years. Perhaps visit the ruins of a Roman palace or a Christian basilica, which are thought to date back to the 5th or 6th century. These ruins are on opposite ends of the island, so keep this in mind when exploring.

Elfatiti Islands
Head to the picturesque Elafiti Islands. The archipelago’s three main islands of Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan all have their own character. Home to pine groves and citrus trees, Kolocep is the greenest, and has two main villages to explore - Donje Celo and Gornje Celo. Lopud features lovely small beaches and national parks, and is one of the best developed islands for tourists in the area. Sipan is rich in legend and myth. After exploring the islands, sail to Dubrovnik and enjoy your last night with the group aboard the boat.

After breakfast on the boat this morning, the trip ends around 10 am. There are no activities planned for today and you’re free to depart at any time. Please don’t book a flight earlier than 3 pm in case your arrival is delayed due to weather conditions.

If you are staying on in Dubrovnik, often referred to as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic', there is plenty to see and do. Walk along the ancient city walls, explore the Old Town or take the cable car up to the hill behind the city for breathtaking views.

Notes: The Itinerary above may be subject to change depending on weather or berth availability. Your skipper will make the final call to ensure your safety at all times.
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4 breakfasts, 3 lunches
Overnight boat (7 nights)


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This trip starts on Day 1 in Split at 3pm.

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