Adriatic Sea- Sailing Croatia Yacht Charters

Time to think about your Adriatic Sea- Sailing Croatia vacation!

Where is Croatia and the Adriatic Sea?

The Adriatic Sea is part of the Mediterranean Sea. This sea is on the eastern side of Italy and the countries of the Balkan Peninsula, such as Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Albania.

The Adriatic Sea- Sailing Croatia Yacht Charters

What is the best way to explore Croatia?

By Yacht, of course, with over 1000 gorgeous, stunning islands, Croatia (opens in new browser) is at the top of the “must-do” destinations. I am not sure what is a “hotter” destination at the moment, Greece or Croatia!

Here are 55 fun facts about Croatia that you may not know, according to Croatia Week.

We match you up with the perfect Sailing, Motor, or Super Yacht depending on your interests, budget, and the number of guests in your group.

A great way to start your experience sailing Croatia is with a crewed yacht that does cabin only sailing. Perfect for couples checking out Croatia before bringing their family on a private yacht vacation to the Adriatic Coast.

What is a Cabin Only Sailing?

A Cabin Only Sailing is where you rent one cabin or more on, usually a catamaran or gulet, for a week. We fill up the trip with like-minded guests who also want to do the same thing. You get to meet some new friends.

You have your Double Cabin on the yacht with Skipper and Hostess on board.

These have not been available until recently, and now you can explore Croatia and the World Heritage Sites that make up the islands.

Today I want to share with you two very different types of Croatia Holidays and sample itineraries.

Both of these routes leave from Trogir.

History Culture Cruise

Last Minute Croatia Yacht Charters
Visit Vis on your Croatia Yacht Charter

7-night Itinerary Croatia History Sailing Yacht Charter

1) Board yacht and get settled in and briefed on the boat. Set sail for Drvenik, where you can spend the night at anchor under the stars.

The “Old” village of Drvenik, abandoned in the 1960s of the 20th century, is a great walk to see the preserved architecture.

2) Continue sailing for the town of VIS and spend the night in this peaceful harbor. Take a guided tour. VIS is the furthest inhabited island off the Croatian Coast.

If you find yourself humming “Mamma Mia, Here I go again,” that is because it was featured extensively in the sequel!

3) Go ashore to the beautiful Blue Cave on Bisevo, before sailing to Korcula and Korcula City. Stay overnight in a marina ashore for exploring the sites and attractions.

4) It is time to head to Hvar and Hells Islands (Pakleni Islands). Voted Europes BEST island destination in 2019 by Conde Nast, the walls here are from the 13th century; you have a hillside fortress to explore AND a large Cathedral in town.

Look for fields of lavender and explore the beaches and coves of the Pakleni Islands.

5) Time to head over to Stari Grad, located on the Northern side of Hvar and possible one of the oldest settlements in Europe. Stari Grad quite literally means “Old City” and has had many rulers over the centuries.

6) Sail over to Solta, and take a walking tour of the ancient monastery at Blaca. Find local delicacies in town for dinner and enjoy a quiet evening again at anchor.

7) Last day of your yacht charter. Let’s get in some swimming and then sailing before heading back to Trogir in the late afternoon.

The Blue Cave on Bisebo, Croatia

7-night Itinerary Croatia Foodie Sailing Yacht Charter

1) Again, board the yacht in Trogir, settle in, and overnight at Drvenik. Drvenik is close to the base and gives everyone time to get their sea legs with a short sailing excursion in the afternoon.

2) Head into Komiza on the island of VIS and enjoy dinner ashore. Komiza is a quaint fishing village, and there are also 50 beautiful beaches to explore!

3) Today, you are going to the Blue Cave on the island of Bisevo and then into the town of VIS itself, where you can enjoy a special wine tasting tour. For dinner, try the regionally famous Croatian Dish of Peka.

Travels with Tricia tells us that “One of the most popular meals in Croatia’s Dalmatia region is Peka, a blend of vegetables and meat drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with herbs, and then baked to perfection under a bell-like dome.”

4) Head to Hvar and “Hell’s Islands” (Pakleni) anchoring in a quiet bay. You won’t run out of cobblestone streets to stroll in this labyrinth. Go during July when the Lavender Fields are in full bloom (but also the people!).

5) Still exploring Hvar, time to head over to Stari Grad, the old settlement on the other side of the island. Today would be a great day to visit a private wine cellar!

6) Sail over to Solta, and take a walking tour of the ancient monastery at Blaca. Find local delicacies in town for dinner and enjoy a quiet evening again at anchor.

7) Last day of your yacht charter. Let’s get in some swimming and then sailing before heading back to Trogir in the late afternoon.

Keep in mind that all routes can be different depending on the weather.

Check out another H2O Charter itinerary here that we have for Croatia.

Want to party the night away in Split? We have the six best party spots here (opens in a new browser)

Traditional preparation of Croatian Foodie Dish of PEKA

What type of Yachts for our Croatia Cruise?

Depending on the number in your group and the dates, we can find either Gulet, which is large sailing monohulls or catamarans. We do have several motor yachts that we can arrange a one-way cabin only sailing between Split and Dubrovnik.

Split and Dubrovnik have plenty of opportunities for not only history, but foodies will be ecstatic with the offerings.

One catamaran that does this route is a Lagoon 400. You have your own private double bed cabin and your separate toilet with a shower. Not only does the yacht have a small flybridge, but also an extended covered coach house roof that creates a shaded area for the front cockpit area.

Lounging areas are tucked away all over the yacht when you want to get away for an hour of solitude with a drink in your hand.

How are the days on a cabin only yacht charter planned?

There are generally “loose” schedules given out in advance, as we have written about earlier. Changes happen to depend on circumstances, weather, or guest preference. You certainly do not have as much flexibility as you do on your private yacht charter, but it never hurts to ask.

Your days onboard will follow a general pattern.

Breakfast on board your yacht cooked to order by the hostess.

Sail to the lunchtime destination, where you will always have an opportunity to jump in the water after relaxing.

In the afternoon, enjoy a further short sail to your overnight anchorage where you will once again have the chance to explore onshore or hang about aboard.

Check out our H2O Yachts that travel the Adriatic Sea and Coastline.

Lagoon Sailing Catamaran Croatia Cabin Charters

What is the best time to go on a charter in Croatia?

As many European Destinations, the season in Croatia in late April to late October. July and August are the hottest and the busiest months. It is also the time that the seasonal yacht prices are at the highest.

Aim for the sweet spots of late May to late June and mid-August to mid-September for a bit of a price break, and avoid the huge crowds.

Many yachts in Croatia price their charters depending on the WEEK of the year you are taking. Those guests who have chartered the Caribbean before will be more familiar with just high season and low season rates.

A half-board charter, where you have some of your lunches and dinners ashore, is a perfect blend of “getting away from everyone and everything.”

Half Board Charters allow you to explore the world-class Croatian local cuisine inland as well as on the boat.

What is Water Temperature in Croatia?

I hate always saying, “it depends,” but it does. In terms of a yachting vacation between the end of April to the end of October, you are going to be somewhere between 20 degrees Celcius and 25-28 Degree Celcius for water temperature.

For those who only do Fahrenheit, that translates to 68 degrees in early season (chilly!) to 77-82 degrees by the end of August.

There are variations. It also depends on how deep the water is and how much water movement there is where you are.

Take a Boat Trip to the gorgeous beach of Hvar, Croatia

What days do Charters start in Croatia?

Unless we have special arrangements, then the typical charter week in Croatia is Saturday to Saturday. You can count on embarking your yacht late in the afternoon.

Can I Captain a Bareboat myself in Croatia

Yes, if you have an Internationally recognized sailing license, you certainly can! If you do not, then take a yacht charter with a Captain or a full crew. Croatia requires Captains to have an in-date VHF certification additionally.

One tip I have for those who might be used to Caribbean Sailing is to have a captain! The local Captains will be able to obtain overnight harbor space much more comfortable than you will who have never been to Croatia before.

How can I get more information on Sailing Croatia?

When a getaway to Croatia can’t wait any longer, our team is here to help. Chat with the H2O Luxury Yachts team today to discuss the details of your perfect Croatian vacation.


Want a bit more reading and info? Check out our last blog post about Sailing Croatia!