For a truly fantastic luxury cruise experience, Explorer Club offers sailing holidays in Croatia on the Lady Gita, a 161ft custom yacht that can accommodate 12 people. This luxury yacht provides the ultimate in comfort and offers amenities such as a spacious sundeck, a jacuzzi, a swimming platform, alfresco dining, watersports equipment, a saloon with all mod-cons, air-conditioning and six cabins with ensuite facilities. A fully professional crew – including a chef – looks after guests. Or how about joining one of their Bike & Yacht cruises?
Unsurprisingly, given the country’s beautiful and lengthy coastline and the often-quoted fact about the country having more than 1,000 islands, it’s no surprise that sailing holidays in Croatia are a magical way of seeing and experiencing the country.
Going on a cruise also takes the pressure off planning your holiday – once booked, all you have to do is board the boat and let the captain navigate it to various islands and spots on the mainland!
You can, of course, do your own sailing in the country by hiring a boat (or bringing your own, if you’re lucky enough) but there’s plenty of opportunity for either hiring or joining a fully-manned boat for a week or more.
Sailing Holidays in Croatia – A cheaper version of a cruise
Okay, so it’s not quite the same thing at all…but for those looking to get a least a small part of the cruise experience, simply hop on one of the ferries that go up and down the coast, or from the coast to the islands. You’ll be sharing with many other people, there won’t be chefs creating meals just for you, and the captain won’t drop anchor on a deserted stretch of coast so everyone can dive into the sea…but the scenery will be just the same, and it will be much cheaper!
There are new ferry lines being created year on year, so you can get quite far down (or up) the coast these days. There are limited ferry lines in Istria, and there are few options for travelling from the north part of the coast (e.g. Pula or Rijeka) further south (e.g. around Zadar or Split). There are, however, numerous lines sailing down the Dalmatian coast, which include many of the islands there.
See our Ferries in Croatia page for details of which ferry companies operate where and what lines exist.
Sailing Holidays in Croatia – Cruises in and to Croatia
- Cruises in Croatia
Advice for picking a cruise in Croatia, and details of assorted cruises along the Croatian coastline – including cruises departing Split, Trogir and Dubrovnik.
- Cruises to Croatia
Perfect for those that want to experience a little bit of Croatia whilst exploring the Mediterranean and southern Europe.