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Quick Facts

Country
Croatia
Language
Croatian
Time zone
GMT+2
Currency
Kuna
Population
4,500,000
Departure tax
None
Cruising tax
€ 1-2 per day per person
Voltage
220V



Destination: Croatia

Yacht charter bases

Split area (Split ACI, Kastela, Zenta, Trogir ACI marinas)

Split International airport, is only 23 km away from Split town. The Split airport is actually closer to Trogir town than Split town. Saturday is best spent visiting Split town or Trogir sites before taking a short taxi ride to the marina for boarding. If you arrive early at the marina on boarding day, bags can be left with the owner/operator but you will not officially be able to board until 17:00. Upon arrival at allocated marina, report to your yacht operator's office. 

By taxi
Airport to Split town:Taxis can be found lined up at the airport and take about 30 minutes to get to Split town It costs approximately 40 Euros one-way per taxi. 

By bus 
Airport to Split town or Trogir: 
Upon arrival at Split airport exit the building where shuttle buses are available for either Trogir or Split town. Split ACI Marina, Kastela Marina and Marina Zenta are a short taxi ride from Split town. 

Boarding in Dubrovnik ACI Marina

ACI Marina Dubrovnik lies near Komolac, about 2 km from the entrance to the port of Gruž and 6 km from the old city. 

By taxi
Taxis can be found lined up at the airport and take about 45 minutes to get to Dubrovnik ACI Marina town. It costs approximately 50 Euros one-way per taxi.

By bus
Airport to Old Town Dubrovnik: Upon arrival at Dubrovnik airport exit the building and the airport shuttle bus is parked alongside the building. Tickets are bought on the bus and the cost of the airport transfer is approximately 5 Euros. The shuttle stops at Pile Gate in front of Old Town Dubrovnik where you want to disembark.

Old Town Dubrovnik to ACI Dubrovnik Marina: Just outside of Pile Gate you can purchase tickets for bus numbers 1A or 1B and get off at stop in Komolac (just after the INA gas pump).


Suggested sailing itinerary


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Yacht charter itinerary Croatia 14-nights: Split to Split
Day 1

Day 1

Saturday: Split

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site town of Trogir which is easy to walk around in an hour. In Split, see famous Diocletian's Palace 305BC. The Roman emperor Diocletian fell in love with the area calling it the flower of the Adriatic and built one of the most beautiful palaces in the Roman Empire. In both towns you can wander through Roman and Venetian architecture and explore museums, art galleries and boutiques.

Day 2

Day 2

Sunday: Split | Primosten | Skradin

Distances and sailing conditions: 47 miles - 8 hours. Motor in the morning, then tack in northerly winds.

Highlights: Sail out of the marina early on a northwesterly course to the beautiful bay and quaint town of Primosten for a morning swim. Then sail for the Krka river inlet and motor by incredible St Nicholas Fortress, the town of Sibenik and up the river to the picturesque village of Skradin - our access point to the beautiful Krka National Park. Drop anchor off the town of Skradin and swim in the beautiful fresh water. Explore the lovely village of Skradin.

Day 3

Day 3

Monday: Skradin, Krka Falls National Park | Sibenik | Zut Island

Distances and sailing conditions: 37 miles - 5.5 hours. Motor out of the river delta, then enjoy an afternoon of long tacks in northerly winds.

Highlights: Half the day is dedicated to hiking in the National Park and visiting the Krka falls, accessed by riverboats every hour. These spectacular falls cascade down the forested hills into numerous emerald pools. Hiking, swimming and photography make the afternoon unforgettable. Wildlife includes many bird species including grey herons and egrets. Upon return to the yacht, cruise downstream towards Sibenik. Stop along the way and purchase fresh mussels at one of the many mussel farms along the river. If there is time, explore Sibenik town for an hour and hike up to the fort for a fantastic view of the town and river. After exiting the river delta, sail north-west towards the Kornati National Marine Park. This area features 118 islands with little or no development. The islands have a golden hue to them as a result of herbs and wild flowers, making this area the pride of every Croatian. Our suggested anchorage for the evening is an enchanting bay on the east coast of Zut Island. This protected bay is great for swimming, eating mussels and stargazing.

Day 4

Day 4

Tuesday: Zut Island | Luka Telascica Bay | Vrulje Uvala, Kornati Islands

Distances and sailing conditions: 27 miles - 4 hours. Motor through the Dugi passage, then enjoy a beautiful run south in northerly winds.

Highlights: Enjoy a morning swim at Zut, then lunch at Luka Telascica Bay followed by a great run south through a myriad of beautiful Kornati islands and islets all the way to Vrulje Uvala bay on Kornati Island. Tie up to one of the small jetties and hike up the hill for a beautiful sweeping view of this island playground. Collect some local oregano, lavender or rosemary and make your way down after sunset for another delectable dinner.

Day 5

Day 5

Wednesday: Vrulje Uvala, Kornati Island | Vis Island

Distances and sailing conditions: 60 miles - 9 hours. Sail on a blue water passage on a broad reach.

Highlights: Leave the Kornati Islands and enjoy a spectacular day of blue water sailing. Upon arrival anchor in the bay, then wander the promenade around the town taking in the peaceful port.

Day 6

Day 6

Thursday: Vis | Bisevo Island (Blue Cave) | Hvar town, Hvar island

Distances and sailing conditions: 36 miles - 5.5 hours. Motor sail to Bisevo Island then tack across the passage to Hvar town in northerly winds.

Highlights: The Blue Cave at Bisevo Island is a phenomenal experience and arriving before noon is the key. Midday sunrays bounce off the sandy bottom making the water in the cave turn translucent. After touring the cave by dinghy and lunch and a swim, enjoy a spirited tack to Hvar town and anchor or take a mooring ball under the shadows of Spanjola Fortress - the Venetian citadel that looms over the town. Wander the cobblestone streets of the city and explore the Cathedral of St Stephen with its 17th century bell tower, religious icons and oil masterpieces. Hvar town dubbed the 'Jewel of the Adriatic' became the capital in 1420 because of its central location and safe natural harbor.

Day 7

Day 7

Friday: Hvar town, Hvar Island | Zaklopatica Bay, Lastovo

Distances and sailing conditions: 33 miles - 4.5 hours, Sail a beautiful open water passage with following breeze on a broad reach.

Highlights: Start your morning by hiking the 1100 steps up to Spanjola Fortress - the most beautiful fort on the Croatian coast. The view from this strategic location is incredible. After the hike sail another beautiful blue water passage to Lastovo Island, where you tie up to the pier of Triton Konoba restaurant in Zaklopatica Bay. This is a quiet island that offers some picturesque walks around the bay along with a small hotel and marina to explore.

Day 8

Day 8

Saturday: Lastovo | Polace, Mljet Island

Distances and sailing conditions: 25 miles - 4 hours. Sail to Polace, on the island of Mljet, on a fine reach in northerly winds.

Highlights: Upon arrival tie to the wooden dock at Konoba Sponga in the dusty fishing village of Polace. Purchase a ticket and take the minibus to the breathtaking Holm Oak and Aleppo Pine forests of the Mljet National Park. The minibus drops off hikers at an inland salt-water lake, where you embark a small vessel and are taken to a sacred island where Benedictine Monks built a monastery in 12th century AD.

Day 9

Day 9

Sunday: Mljet | Dubrovnik

Distances and sailing conditions: 35 miles - 5 hours. Sail to Dubrovnik on another magical reach in northerly winds.

Highlights: Arrive at the modern ACI Dubrovnik Marina, and take a short bus ride to explore the fascinating old city of Dubrovnik. Learn about Dubrovnik's rich history and architectural wonders by renting a headset and walking the fortified city walls on a 2-3 hour tour. Dubrovnik, founded by the Romans, was taken over by the Byzantine Empire, the Venetians and then the Hungarians before becoming a republic in its own right in 1382. One of the most historic and beautiful of all European cities Dubrovnik was the home to the largest fleet of merchant marine vessels in the Mediterranean - with over 500 ships.

Day 10

Day 10

Monday: Dubrovnik | Sunj Bay, Sipan

Distances and sailing conditions: 15 miles - 2 hours. Motor or sail on a tack in northerly winds.

Highlights: Explore Dubrovnik in the morning, then sail northeast to the serene Island of Sipan. Anchor or take a mooring ball in Sunj bay, just off the outdoor dining area of Konoba Kod Marka - arguably the best restaurant on the tour. Before dinner walk along the shoreline to a lovely swimming area or around the bay past some beautiful bougainvilleas.

Day 11

Day 11Tuesday: Sipan | Korcula

Distances and sailing conditions: 36 miles - 5 hours. Motor or tack in northerly winds.

Highlights: Korcula, the home of Marco Polo, is a gem for historians as there are many remarkable museums, sites and architecture. Enter the old town through the fortified Land Gate entrance and explore the 13th century St Mark's Cathedral, complete with the spectacular sculpted Gothic doorway, spiral columns, gargoyles and the figure of St Mark. There are a number of museums including one dedicated to Marco Polo - located in the house where he lived, and the Civic Museum which houses an exceptional display of art, coins, icons, dress and artifacts.

Day 12

Day 12

Wednesday: Korcula | Stari Grad, Hvar Island

Distances and sailing conditions: 54 miles - 8 hours. Motor sail or tack most of the day, then sail a broad reach in the afternoon in northerly winds.

Highlights: Enjoy a spirited tack or motor sail to Hvar town then round the northern headland of Hvar and sail on a reach to Stari Grad. This charming town is one of the oldest towns in Croatia - once known as Pharos, named by the Greeks who came from the Aegean island of Paros. Ancient Greek stonewalls can be seen encircling the original settlement. Yachts dock stern to, taking mooring lines from shore. Walk the waterfront and see St Stephen's Church, a beautiful 17th Century shrine in the town's main square. There is also an interesting shipwreck display and artifacts at the Bianchini family museum.

Day 13

Day 13

Thursday: Stari Grad | Bol Beach, Brac Island | Trogir

Distances and sailing conditions: 40 miles - 6 hours. Motor then sail on a reach in northerly winds to Bol beach. In the afternoon sail close-hauled or tack to Trogir.

Highlights: Bol beach on Brac Island is a stunning peninsula of sand jutting out in the Hvarski Channel. Wander the beach, have lunch, then sail to Trogir and drop anchor off famous fort Kamerlengo. Trogir is a medieval town founded on an ancient Greek settlement dating from 380 BC. The Romans came in 78 AD and in the Middle Ages it was occupied by Byzantine, Saracen, Hungarian and then Venetians. The rich history and unique architecture have made Trogir a UNESCO world heritage site. The small town can be toured in a few hours and offers good shopping.

Day 14

Day 14

Friday: Trogir | Split

Distances and sailing conditions: 17 miles - 2.5 hours. Motor sail out of the Trogir gulf then sail on a close reach in northerly winds.

Highlights: Explore Trogir's sites including St Mark's Tower, the Cathedral of St Lawrence with its beautiful Romanesque door, the Church of John the Baptist and other wondrous architecture. Later, sail around Ciovo island and stop for a last swim in the Adriatic before returning to Split in the afternoon.

Day 15

Day 15

Saturday

Disembark: 09:00hrs.

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Yacht charter itinerary Croatia 7-nights: Split to Split
Day 1

Day 1

Saturday: Split

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site town of Trogir which is easy to walk around in an hour. In Split, see famous Diocletian's Palace 305BC. The Roman emperor Diocletian fell in love with the area calling it the flower of the Adriatic and built one of the most beautiful palaces in the Roman Empire. In both towns you can wander through Roman and Venetian architecture and explore museums, art galleries and boutiques.

Day 2

Day 2

Sunday: Split | Primosten | Skradin

Distances and sailing conditions: 47 miles - 8 hours. Motor in the morning, then tack in northerly winds.

Highlights: Sail out of the marina early on a northwesterly course to the beautiful bay and quaint town of Primosten for a morning swim. Then sail for the Krka river inlet and motor by incredible St Nicholas Fortress, the town of Sibenik and up the river to the picturesque village of Skradin - our access point to the beautiful Krka National Park. Drop anchor off the town of Skradin and swim in the beautiful fresh water. Explore the lovely village of Skradin.

Day 3

Day 3

Monday: Skradin, Krka Falls National Park | Sibenik | Kakan

Distances and sailing conditions: 37 miles – 5.5 hours. Motor out of the river delta, then enjoy an afternoon of long tacks in northerly winds.

Highlights: The morning is dedicated to hiking in the National Park and visiting the Krka falls, which are accessed by riverboats every hour. The falls are spectacular, cascading down the hills into numerous emerald pools and multiple waterfall areas. Hiking, swimming and photography make the morning unforgettable. Wildlife includes many bird species including grey herons and egrets. Upon return to the yacht, cruise downstream towards Sibenik. Stop along the way and purchase fresh mussels at one of the many mussel farms along the river. If there is time, explore Sibenik town for an hour and hike up to the fort for a fantastic view of the town and river. After exiting the river delta sail northwest towards the Kornati National Marine Park. This area features 118 islands with little or no development. The islands have a golden hue to them as a result of herbs and wild flowers, making this area the pride of every Croatian. Our anchorage for the evening is an enchanting bay between Kakan and Caprije or on the east coast of Zut Island. These protected bays are great for swimming, eating mussels and stargazing.

Day 4

Day 4

Tuesday: Kakan | Luka Telascica Bay | Vrulje Uvala, Kornati Islands

Distances and sailing conditions: 27 miles – 4 hours. Motor up Zut then through the Dugi passage, followed by a beautiful run south in northerly winds.

Highlights: Enjoy a morning swim at Caprije or Zut, then lunch at Luka Telascica Bay followed by a great run south through a myriad of beautiful Kornati islands and islets all the way to Vrulje Uvala bay on Kornat Island. Tie up to one of the small jetties and hike up the hill for a beautiful sweeping view of this island playground. Collect some local oregano, lavender or rosemary and make your way down after sunset for another delectable dinner.

Day 5

Day 5

Wednesday: Vrulje Uvala, Kornati Island | Vis Island

Distances and sailing conditions: 60 miles – 9 hours. Sail on a blue water passage on a broad reach.

Highlights: Leave the Kornati Islands and enjoy a spectacular day of blue water sailing. Upon arrival anchor in the bay, then wander the busy promenade of the town. See some of the interior of the island on a minivan ride to Roki's Konoba restaurant for a wonderful experience at their organic wine farm.

Day 6

Day 6

Thursday: Vis to Bisevo | Hvar town, Hvar island

Distances and sailing conditions: 38 miles - 7 hours. Motor sail to Bisevo Island then tack across the passage to Hvar town in northerly winds.

Highlights: An early sail to Bisevo Island to explore the Blue cave which is a phenomenal experience. Late morning sunrays bounce off the sandy bottom making the water in the cave a translucent blue. After touring the cave by dinghy, enjoy a spirited close reach to Hvar town to anchor or take a mooring ball under the shadows of Spanjola Fortress - the Venetian citadel that looms over the town. Wander the cobblestone streets of the city and explore the Cathedral of St Stephen with its 17th century bell tower, religious icons and oil masterpieces. Hvar town dubbed the ‘Jewel of the Adriatic’ became the capital in 1420 because of its central location and safe natural harbor. 

Day 7

Day 7

Friday: 7-night itinerary: Hvar | Split


Distances and sailing conditions:
  25 miles – 3.5 hours

Highlights: Start your morning with an early hike up the 110 steps up to Spanjola Fortress, the most beautiful fort on the Croatian coast. The view from this strategic location is incredible. After a full chart briefing from the flotilla leader, bid a sad farewell to the rest of the flotilla group and head back to Split for the end of your trip.

Day 8

Day 8

Saturday

Disembark: 09:00hrs.

 


Weather

Average air temperatures

Temperatures in the spring months of April, May and June, range from 15-24°C. In the summer months of July, August and September you can expect temperatures to rise to 24-27°C.

Average water temperatures

Water temperatures are cooler in the spring months of April, May and June ranging from 14-21°C. In the hotter summer months of July, August and September the surface water reaches perfect swimming temperatures of 22-26°C.

Best time to visit

May through October are the warmer, drier months. May, June, July and September are the best months to visit with nice weather conditions while avoiding excessive heat and the high season crowds. The climate is hot in the summers and mild to cool in the winters, which is the wet season.  Cooler and rainy times of year are between December and April. The best time to sail is July through September when the water is warm enough to swim. 


Sailing conditions

Croatia is a great yacht charter destination for beginner to experienced level sailors. The best time to sail is May through October.  A sailing license/certificate and VHF radio license is required for bareboat and flotilla yacht charters. If you are on a skippered bareboat or cabin charter, you do not require any experience or certification to sail with a skipper.                                                                                 

Location   
Sailing conditions      
North Croatia                   
       
This less traveled area is prone to more sporadic weather patterns. It offers line of sight navigation but more challenging weather conditions.     
South Croatia              This is an excellent charter region offering line of sight navigation, consistent light winds in the summer and short passages.     

Wind and sea

The Adriatic Sea is generally calm and offers exceptional sailing conditions, however strong nighttime Bora winds can develop in the spring or fall.  Summer winds are consistent light northerlies from to 10-20mph. Stronger winds over 30mph may occur during July, August and September.  A one-meter short chop is the typical wave height in the Adriatic, but two to three meter swells may develop. Tides are minimal in the Mediterranean ranging between 20-60cm. 

Mooring

Croatia has some of the nicest marinas in Europe, offering mooring on lazy lines -fixed underwater moorings with access lines on the wharf, and many services ashore. Lazy lines are also available from restaurants docks ashore and there are mooring balls available at some anchorages that can be hired from local authorities.  Read more about Med Mooring on our yacht charter details pages

Croatia operates under region A of the international navigational system - red right leaving.

 


Travel and excursion expenses

There are always additonal costs that mount up on any trip so we've created a handy list of expenses to allow for.  We'll be adding to this list all the time but this is offered as a guidance for a 7-night trip.

Transport and entrance fees

Description

Euros (€) 

Airport shuttle to/from Split and taxi to yacht (return)

15

Or taxi from/to airport to yacht (return)

60

Croatia cruising tax, 1€ per person per day. To be paid on arrival

14

Diocletian's Palace site entrance fee

3

Restaurants for evening meal

€20-25 per person per day

Krka National Park entrance fee

11

Kornati National Park entrance fee

11

Bisevo Blue Cave entrance fee

5

Lastovo Park fee

4

Mljet National Park ride and entrance

12.50

Dubrovnik bus r/t and audio tour

13

Spanjola Fortress Hvar, entrance fee

4

Korcula Museums

6

Stari Grad museum

3

Trogir Museum and Tower

5

Large bottle of beer

3.50

Regular coffee

3.50

Bottle of water

2.50

Gratuity:

 

Cabin charter per couple: A suggested gratuity amount per crew member for 7-nights aboard. 

100-150

Cabin charter per couple: A suggested gratuity amount per crew member for 14-nights aboard. 

200-250

Flotilla yacht: A suggested gratuity for guidance given by flotilla leader for 7-night flotilla.

150

Flotilla yacht: A suggested gratuity for guidance given by flotilla leader for 14-night flotilla.

200

Marina and mooring fees

Staying in marinas can be expensive so opting to drop anchor or tie up free at coastal restaurants is an option. Most port mooring balls or anchor fees include access to filling water tanks the next morning.

Yacht mooring fees - given as guidance

Mooring fees

Euros (€)

Vis anchoring fee

25

Hvar moored on a mooring ball with lines ashore

40

Hvar marina (for a 45ft yacht, less for smaller yachts)

75

Dubrovnik ACI Marina (for a 45ft yacht, less for smaller yachts)

75

Korcula anchor fee or ACI Marina (for a 45ft yacht)

40

Korcula ACI Marina

75

Stari Grad on mooring ball or lazy line moored to shore

50

Trogir anchoring fee 

25

Trogir ACI Marina (for a 45ft yacht)

75


Not to miss

Split

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Diocletian's Palace 305BC in Split city. The Roman emperor Diocletian fell in love with the area calling it the flower of the Adriatic and built one of the most beautiful palaces in the Roman Empire. Wander through Roman and Venetian architecture and explore museums, art galleries and boutiques. Split also has fine dining, hotels and numerous marinas to access the sparkling Adriatic sea.

Hvar Island

Took its name from the ancient Greeks and the Cycladic island of Paros who arrived in 384BC and used the island's fertile coastal plains and fresh water springs to farm and settle. The island's sloping hills are covered in pine forests and in the agricultural areas lavender fields, vineyards, fruit orchards and olive groves. The climate offers mild winters and warm summers. Hvar's position in the middle of the Adriatic trade routes made the island an important centre for Adriatic commerce as well as throughout the entire Mediterranean.

The protected natural harbor of Hvar city, became a Venetian Empire center for trade and culture in the Adriatic. To protect against invaders, a large naval base was created and above the port an imposing fortress was built with walls encircling the town. As trade and prosperity grew in Hvar so did culture and the arts. The city is home to one of the oldest surviving theatres in Europe built in 1612. Today the island is a popular tourist destination, listed in the top 10 islands by Conde Nast Traveler magazine.

Dubrovnik

Was one of the most important trading ports in the western Mediterranean for 1000 years. Today it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Adriatic. The old part of the city is surrounded by a fortified wall. Within the great wall the city is made up of unique streets, lanes, grand open plazas and wondrous Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches and architecture. In 1979 the city of Dubrovnik was made a UNESCO world Heritage site. The best way to experience the city is to rent a headset and take the walking tour along the great fortified city walls. This audio tour can take over two hours and is very informative. The annual summer festival is a 45-day cultural event featuring live theatre, concerts and games.

Krka Falls and National Park

Is a phenomenal experience and are accessed by river boat from the town of Skradin. The spectacular falls cascade down through the surrounding hills into numerous emerald pools. The widest falls are at the river level. A half-day exploration would include hiking, swimming and photography. Wildlife includes many bird species including grey herons and egrets.


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