Croatia Island Hopper
There's no beating Croatia's Dalmatian coast for an 8 day, 7 night chill out. Spend an unforgettable week sailing on a beautiful vintage boat. Relax and let the captain and his crew (especially the cook!) spoil you while you contemplate whether to swim, sunbathe or do a bit of sightseeing. Think crystal clear seas, tiny walled cities, eclectic islands and long nights sampling local food and wine in a traditional konoba.
Day 1: To Hvar
Anchors away, as we set sail on the first day of the best week ever! Settle in with a delicious freshly cooked lunch on board as we take to the high seas and get to know your trip mates over a few beers before our first swim stop in the crystal clear, sparkling blue waters. Today we head to one of Croatia’s most trendy islands, Hvar - a popular celeb hangout. Check out the stunning yachts and gorgeous medieval harbour, wander the markets or head to the ancient fort for some serious photos before we head in to the night for Tequila Boom Booms, tops DJs and even a nightclub in a monastery – wicked!
Day 2: To Mljet
Awaken to some of the most incredible views on the Dalmatian coast, soak up the beauty over a late breakfast as we sail on to Mljet - island paradise and home to one of Croatia’s most stunning National Parks. Check out the salt water lakes, catch a boat out to the secluded abbey (nestled on the island of St Mary in the middle of the largest lake), and take a dip in the warm lake waters, pure bliss! Tonight we’ll dock at the port of Pomena/Polaca, our base for the night, ready for a delicious evening barbeque as the sun sets on another gorgeous day.
Day 3: To Dubrovnik
Today we head to Dubrovnik, ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ and home to some of the best waterfront bars and swim stops on the Croatian Coast. We’ll have an early breakfast before arrival to make the most of our time on this awesome island. Spend the day checking out the sites of the old city, chilling on East West beach or exploring many of the hidden beaches around the outer walls of the city itself. This evening it’s time to discover the sounds, smells and tastes of Dubrovnik, its cuisine and nightlife - the local seafood and meat is amazing and there are loads of budget conscious options on offer. After dinner it’s on to Fresh cocktail bar for 3 litre towers of Sex on the Beach to toast another perfect day of Croatian bliss, before Club Revelin opens its doors and we work off some of that rich food (and booze) to top tunes on the dance floor.
Day 4: To Korcula
The island of Marco Polo, awaits today. Visit the famous explorer’s birthplace in the Old Town, seek out the stunning Moreška - a unique local sword dance complete with stunning costumes and traditional music - and hear the stories and tales of the island as you explore the incredible stonework of the city with your guide on an orientation walk. Tonight, grab a pizza to satisfy your explorer’s hunger, then it’s time for a cocktail or two at Dos Locos Bar before a drink at the stunning rooftop cocktail bar Massimo; perched on the top of a medieval fort turret for jaw dropping views and an incredible vibe – Živjeli!
Day 5: To Makarska
Today we hit the seaside resort of Makarska, playground of locals and tourists alike and famous for its long pebble beach, wicked water sports, classy shopping, stunning sunsets and the palm fringed promenade framed by the lofty heights of the Biokovo Mountains. On arrival your Guide will tell you more about this gorgeous island before heading in to the town square for an orientation walk and then a few drinks as we watch the sun sink in to the sea. Dinner tonight is at one of the local taverna’s, once again feasting on awesome local cuisine, before a few drinks in town to get the party started. The island is littered with great little clubs and bars. During peak season make sure to head down to Club Deep, an ex. WW2 weapons depot built in to a cave that has now become one of the islands hottest clubs – from war base to party central – Mega!
Day 6: Makarska, Pucisca to Omis
This morning we’ll cruise across to Pucisca, marble capital of the world. Laze in the turquoise waters of one of the island’s most stunning bays and spend the afternoon relaxing with your trip mates before donning your best costume for the Captain’s dinner and the infamous Busabout Pirate Party.
Day 7: To Split
Wake up in the pirate town of Omis ready to explore the stunning fortress that once protected the island and its pirate people, get physical with some rafting or just relax on the beach before sailing on to Split for our final night in Dalmatia’s Capital. Explore the stunning Roman Palace of Diocletian, chill out on the Riva waterfront with a Bijela Kava (coffee) and check out the entertainment and concerts that line the seafront and continue all summer long. This evening it’s cocktails at the very hip Inbox, then get ready to celebrate our final night in style and party ‘til dawn at Bacvice beach…
Day 8: Split
Say goodbye to your fellow pirates and trip mates this morning with check out at 9am. Grab a transfer to the airport from the harbour or link up with the Bohemian or Ottoman Trek to continue your Eastern experience….
Please note: The Captain reserves the right to change the route in the case of bad weather or similar.
COMING AND GOING
Departure time – SplitCheck in starts at 11am and the trip departs at 1pm. Make your way to the harbour and look for the Katarina Lines boats - they will have staff waiting at the port for you. The boats are usually moored along the harbour side between the ferry terminal building and the town centre. You'll need your Busabout eticket as well as your passport to confirm your identity.
Return time – SplitThe boat arrives into Split Harbour on Friday (day 7 of the trip) at approximately 6pm. Overnight on the boat. Disembark by 9am on Saturday.
We've got a range of different cabins available on our Croatian sailing boats, depending on how much you want to spend. All cabins (rooms) are twin berths (2 beds per room), usually with bunk beds. You can choose whether to go for an Ensuite cabin, which will have your own bathroom, or Standard, which means you'll be sharing facilities with two or more other cabins. You can also choose between above deck cabins (bigger windows, more fresh air, less engine noise) and below deck cabins (small portholes, less noise from other passengers). Ensuite above deck berths are the most expensive and standard below deck are the cheapest so decide what suits you best and book yourself on!Please note that not all classes of cabins are on the same boat. Busabout cannot guarantee you will sail with your friends unless you book the same category cabins. If you are travelling in a group and have separate bookings or are booked on to different cabin classes please let us know who you wish to travel with so we can allocate cabins accordingly and confirm whether you will be able to be in the same boat.Pre/Post tour accommodation - Book through MyTrip
GETTING THERE & AWAY
Ferries to Split
Jadrolinija Ferries operate a regular service between Ancona and Split with departures on most days. Timetables and booking information can be found on their website http://www.jadrolinija.hr/
Flights to Split
Budget airline Wizz Air operates flights from London (Luton) to Split and have some great deals. Another option is Croatia Airlines who fly from Heathrow (via Zagreb) to Split. They're a bit more expensive, but the dates may be more suitable. Flight information changes very quickly so you're best to check out www.skyscanner.net and find out which carriers are flying your route.
Busabout’s ‘chill-out’ area
If you’re flight, bus or ferry gets you into Split early Saturday morning, or you’ve just checked off the ship and would like a safe, relaxing place to chill out for a while, we have the solution. Our partners Inbox, have set up a breakfast buffet from 7am each Saturday morning, a chill out area to sit, relax and sleep even or be entertained by the screens showing footage of our sailing trips. It’s a Busabout safe haven right at the port. View the chill-out area on Google Maps.
Important Information for our Croatia sailing trips
The Captain reserves the right to change the route in case of bad weather conditions. All guests have to follow the ship rules which are displayed on all ships. Towels for personal use should be brought by all passengers. Our local agent reserves the right to sell spare cabins to non-Busabout clients. This tour is operated by Katarina Lines.
English speaking Busabout Guide
7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches
Island orientation walks
Orientation tours of Split and Dubrovnik
Boat captain and crew
Bedding on the boats (bring a towel and your swimming cossie)
1 litre of drinking water per person per day
Explore the islands at your own pace, or join in with one of our optional extras. Full details from your Busabout Guide
Traditional BBQ dinner
Kick back and relax with a beer on deck
Sunbaking and swimming in secluded bays
Hire a small boat and sail across the Mljet salt lakes to discover its secluded abbey
Bike hire in the National Parks
Beach ball games and lilos
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