Croatia Island Hopping

Croatia is one of Europe’s favourite summer destinations

Beaches, historic villages, and wonderful National Parks

Spend the coolest 8 days ever sailing through the Croatian islands, swimming in secluded bays, exploring the historic island villages and dancing to your own beat on board our private U.Boat. Then hit the coast for two days in one of Europe’s most beautiful spots – the Plitvice National Park, visiting also the old town of Zadar.

We cruise a maximum of 4 hours a day giving you loads of time to combine rest and relaxation, beers on the boat, with numerous adventure activities like zip lining, kayaking, coastal hikes, and stand-up paddleboard. Explore the historic villages of Korcula, Hvar, and of course the “jewel in the Adriatic crown” – Dubrovnik. Try the local cafes and bars for various local cuisines and fresh-fresh seafood options. Experience the incredible natural landscapes in the national parks of Mljet and Plitvice.

This U.Trip is so much fun, you have to fight off the U.Crew all wanting to come!

At a glance

From: $1,348

Sailing Croatia

Spend eight incredible days cruising the Croatian islands from Split to the famous town of Dubrovnik. Swim in secluded bays, explore historic island villages on Korcula, Hvar and Brac, and hang out with locals in cafes and bars. This will be the most incredible week you have ever had – drinking beers at sundown on the boat, snorkelling and swimming, and tasting an amazing range of Croatian delicacies.

  • Swim and snorkel in secluded bays in between the islands
  • Explore historic island villages on Korcula, Hvar and Brac
  • Try an amazing range of Croatian delicacies
  • Drink beers and have fun at sundown on the boat
Plitvice National Park

Journey from Split over two days to the UNESCO world heritage Plitvice National Park. Explore the 16 natural lakes with a local guide and dine in the park. Hereafter, spend a night in historical Split wandering cobblestone streets and sidewalk cafes.

  • Explore the world-famous Plitvice National Park
  • Wander around the 16 natural lakes with a local guide and dine in the park
  • Spend a night in Split and discover all the city has to offer

You will arrive in Split at your own time during this first morning. Your U.Crew travel expert can help you arrange flights, airport transfers or nights before at our partner hostel in Split. We can then join the boat from 1100 and we sail from the port of Split at 1300 heading southwards towards Makarska. Lunch is served while we get our fist views of the beautiful Dalmatian coast. The captain will stop en route at a secluded bay for our first of many amazing Adriatic swims.

An optional zipline ride over the Cetina river canyon is offered for those seeking an adrenaline rush.

That evening we stay in the port of Makarska. Join the locals as they stroll the waterfront with its wide promenade out to the lighthouse, or hang in the main square with its impressive church. Makarska has some really cool bars to explore that evening and grab a bite to eat.

(Lunch is included)

Split to Makarska

We depart Makarska early this morning cruising towards the famous island of Mljet and the Mljet National Park. Before arriving though we will stop for a swim stop in the gorgeous crystal waters of the Pelješac Peninsula.

In the afternoon, on the island of Mlljet you will visit the seawater lakes including the picturesque St Mary’s Island which houses a church and monastery in the middle of Seaton Lake. You can walk around the stunning lakes or hire a bike to explore more. The boat will overnight in the port of Polača or Pomena where there are loads of dinner options

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Makarska to Mljet

A leisurely start this morning as we depart for the the incredible UNESCO World Heritage site of Dubrovnik after breakfast – the most famous town in Croatia and, for many, the highlight of this cruise. The Irish writer George Bernard Shaw called Dubrovnik “heaven on earth”.

The cruise down the coastline is some of the most stunning seascape in the Adriatic. Upon arrival, explore on your own maybe take an optional cable car ride up to the Srđ mountain for spectacular views of the old town and its renowned Goth-Renaissance architecture. Don’t miss Stradun – both a street and a square in the Old Town and walk at least part of the two kilometre long city walls which have protected Dubrovnik during earthquakes and attacks since medieval times – and of course starred in the Game of Thrones TV series! We will overnight in the port of this magical town so you can keep exploring well past nightfall.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Mljet to Dubrovnik

It is actually hard leaving the cool town of Dubrovnik but after more time exploring we sail late morning towards the island of Šipan or the small town of Trstenik on the Pelješac Peninsula. The Captain will select on of the gorgeous secluded spots for an afternoon swim. There is an option to visit a local winery some of the finest wine in this part of Europe or go exploring in Trsat where we can admire more fantastic architecture that dates back to the 15th century. In the evening we enjoy the special Captain’s dinner on board and overnight in the port.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included)

Dubrovnik to Sipan/Trstenik

After breakfast, we will depart towards the island of Korčula, the largest in the Kornati National Park. Korčula is famed for its mild climate, vineyards and olive groves. Largely agricultural, it has a wealth of picturesque villages including Blato in which salt flats can be seen near one of its panoramic viewpoints while several beaches, Pansion S Rosa, Zrće and Veliki Banana, are listed among Europe’s most beautiful as well as popular.

It’s supposedly the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. The encircling town walls and bastions date back to the thirteenth century with many of the churches and museums renovated during recent times. Tonight you might want to try one of the numerous seafront restaurants or a konobas – a traditional family run fishing taverna usually in the bottom floor or basement of the families home. We will overnight in the port of Korčula.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Sipan/Trstenik to Korcula

This morning is an early departure towards the Paklinski Islands near Hvar (the longest island in the Adriatic) for lunch and a swimming stop. Later, there’s time to explore Hvar which resembles a movie set. The Renaissance cathedral has its original tower and the oldest community theatre in Europe, founded in 1612.

Hvar is known as a jet-set island, offering heaps of entertainment, excellent restaurants, bars and cafés serving drinks long into the night. We will overnight on the boat in Hvar giving you plenty of opportunity to explore the island late in to the night.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Korcula to Hvar

The next stop is the island of Brač and the most famous (and most photographed) beach in Dalmatia. Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) near Bol – famous for its ever changing shape – a shingle bar, or more accurately a `fringing reef“ that moves according to the wind. It is a great place for some on-shore sunbathing and a swim.

Bol itself is a typical fishermen’s village that has kept it’s Adriatic atmosphere despite becoming a popular touristic spot.

After lunch we continue towards Pučišća, a typical Mediterranean village, situated on the northern side of Brač island. Pučišća is home to the world-famous white stone of Brač. There is a possibility of visiting one of the few stone masonry workshops left in Europe.

Tonight we aim for a few drinks on board taking in our last sunset on the boat.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Hvar to Bol & Pučišća

It is our final morning on the boat so we depart very early from Pučišća to return to Split. We have breakfast while cruising and packing up the ship.

Spend the day exploring Split. Explore the old town at your leisure exploring the maze of streets and cobblestoned lanes that surround the 1700-year old Diocletian’s Palace – the Emperor chose this spot for his retirement villa and made it his permanent residence in AD301. Both the old town and Diocletian’s Palace are under UNESCO protection. People’s Square (Narodni Trg) is the large city square and focal point of public life in Split. Cafes and restaurants spill out into the square and one of the highlights of a visit here is gazing up at the old town clock.

Or considering taking an overnight trip to the incredible Plitvice National Park

 

(Breakfast included)

Pučišća - Split

We can help you!

This itinerary is a guide only. Given the spontaneous nature of our trips, our lack of control over the weather,
and many other factors that can effect a group, where we go and what we do each day may vary.

Always included:

  • Covered by the Travel Guarantee Fund in Denmark
  • 100% climate-neutral travel
  • Professional travel experts and local guides
  • We do all the planning for you
  • Personalized meetings before departure
  • 24/7 emergency telephone
  • Your own personal travel profile with program, add-ons, flight tickets etc.
  • Packing list and advice
  • Certification of participation
  • Advice and assistance with booking flights
  • Possibility of purchasing cancellation and travel insurance
  • All entrances and fees for experiences
  • All tour accommodation

On board:

  • 8 days sailing on our own private boat
  • A/C cabins and salon
  • Complimentary water
  • 2 towels for personal use
  • Free wi-fi
  • Captains dinner

 

Experiences:

  • Zip over the Makarska Riviera
  • Swimming in secluded bays
  • Explore the historic towns of Korcula, Hvar. Dubrovnik, Trstenik and Makarska
  • Taste amazing wines on Brac
  • Dive into the national park of Mljet
  • Soak in the Game of Thrones TV locations
  • Explore the back streets of Split around Diocletian’s Palace

Things not included on this trip

  • Drinks from the bar
  • National park entrance fees and port taxes – visitors tax and port fees to be paid to Captain directly: €40 per person
  • Optional activities – zip line Cetina River Canyon, Bike hire Mljet, winery visit Sipan
  • Accommodation is in twin share with ensuite in each cabin

U.Impact! Experiences

Two optional Impact Experiences are possible in Croatia. You will have the option to assist one afternoon in a coastline cleanup. Plastics and other rubbish are destroying our oceans and just this little bit makes a huge difference. The second opportunity is a reforestation program. Croatia has suffered many forest fires in the recent decade and by reforesting some of the badly hit areas we help not only with decreasing carbon on the planet but also re-establishing the biosphere and attracting wildlife back to this incredible natural playground.

Your U.Guide will provide everything you need to be part of these giving-back opportunities.

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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER WHEN USED WELL

Your expected footprint on this trip: 0.37 tons of CO2

(not including flights). Find out more about our commitment to net-zero travel and how you can lower your footprint.

Accommodation: 163kgs Approx. 12 nights at 14kgs per night Transport: 123kgs Approx. 599km at 20kgs per 100km Optional activities: 30kgs Approx. average (2 activities) Boats: 9kgs Approx. 487km at 19g per km Food & drinks: 9kgs Approx. 700g per day

Your local investment on this trip: €1,400

The average expected amount our U.Traveller’s spend that goes directly into the local economy.

Find out more about our love for supporting local businesses

Why Choose a U. Trip

  • The only tour company carbon calculating and offsetting every part of your U.Trip, as part of your cost! From the flights, to all carbon costs associated with your accommodation, activities, meals and transport.  This means you are choosing to travel responsibly with a company dedicated to putting People + Planet first!  U. have simplified the decision making so you can focus on just choosing the best trip for your adventures!
  • More inclusions, head to head, than other trips meaning you get more value for your spend, you see more and you experience more!
  • Invest in yourself and your future with a U.Trip that seamlessly combines the fun, excitement and adventure of gap year and backpacker travel with Impact Experiences that add value to your ‘self’ and your CV.
  • U. creates the opportunity for you to challenge your own understanding of the world with first hand experiences of local communities and the challenges facing them.
  • A team with over 100 years collective travel experience

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