As your little ones grow, it becomes easier and easier to put together an exciting vacation for the whole family. Not only can you experience new and different cultures, but you can also try to make lasting memories for your children as well. A yachting holiday off the extraordinary islands of Croatia can do just that!
The unbelievably gorgeous coastal views, as well as the stunningly clear waters, can provide the backdrop of your next family vacation. Sail from port to port, shop in adorable Croatian boutiques and spend a lot of quality time together. It sounds perfect! However, it’s the planning of such a wonderful holiday that can get a little stressful.
Putting together an incredible holiday doesn’t have to take over your life! In order to help you find your way to a fun-filled sailing experience in Croatia, here is a detailed travel itinerary for you and your family to use as a framework for your holiday! You can fill your children’s stockings with care, you can throw them themed birthday parties, but the things they will look back on fondly will always be the experiences you share together!
Sailing off to Croatia
Before you set sail, it’s important to know what to expect from such a unique holiday! From packing lists to finding the right yachting company, there is a lot to cover in the beginning planning stages. Tackling the smallest details for your trip will be simple once you get to know your options.
Here are a few things to know before you leave home:
- Pack for Spectacular Weather. Croatia has a typical Mediterranean climate. This means that the summers are sunny and warm, while the winters are incredibly mild. Look for temperatures around 30°C (86°F) in July and August, and a nice 23°C (73°F) in May, June, September, and October!
- You Don’t Need Sailing Lessons. Chartering a yacht in Croatia doesn’t have to be something only experienced skippers can do! You don’t have to have any previous sailing skills in order to have fun on this type of holiday.
- Book with a Quality Company. As Croatia is one of the most popular sailing destinations in the world, there are plenty of yacht charter companies in the area. Do some research to find a company that will give you the best prices, best locations, as well as the best experiences for your yacht hire in Croatia!
- Family First. When you begin to set your courses, find hotels, or even plot out where you’re going to eat, it’s important to keep the family in mind! There are so many beautiful islands, stunning beaches, and mouth-watering restaurants, but not all of them are going to be child-friendly. Find what will work best for you, as well as your family as a whole, and you’ll have one spectacular holiday.
Once you’ve covered the basics of what to pack, who to book with, and what will work for your family, it’s time to dive deeper into the waters of itinerary planning!
There are many options in Croatia for your family getaway. You can choose to sail throughout the Dalmatian Islands for a week (or two), spend time close to Dubrovnik, or even explore the Kornati Islands. It is completely up to you which path through the seas you want to travel.
The waves may call you one way or another, but for the sake of this helpful guide, the destination will be the Dalmatian Islands. No matter what chain you choose, or how far you want to sail from the shoreline, planning your itinerary will be a breeze with this general guide.
A Few Days of Dalmatian Islands
With over 1,000 islands making up the coastal region of Croatia, it’s no wonder there are so many beautiful beaches to see. When it comes to starting off your holiday in the Dalmation Islands, flying into Split, or even Dubrovnik and driving to Split or Trogir, is the best choice. Once you’ve reached your base port, it’s time to get acquainted with the boat!
You’ll be shown the yacht, have a briefing with the qualified crew and sign some paperwork. Then it’s time to explore! Sure, your kids are used to putting together their around the world puzzle at home, but now it’s time for them to get to know the world up close and personal!
You’ll spend the better part of your first relaxing days traveling into Croatia and getting to know the yacht. After that, you can stock up on food for the trip, and site see in Split and Trogir! You and your family can encounter the cultures of these amazing ports before heading off on the Yacht.
Your first few days can be considered travel days, as well as an evening, getting used to the time change and local lifestyle! Setting off on your first full day of sailing will actually be more like your second day.
A great first stop is the island of Brac. Brac boasts a genuine island village resting on a hill near the harbor. Your first day on the water can end with sipping on fresh juice in Milna, while enjoying the slower pace of island life. After all, you’re on holiday, and slowing down from your busy life is a MUST!
Days Two and Three
The next stop on your Dalmatian tour should be the marvelous island of Hvar. You can select your own port on this picturesque island, and set off to learn the complex and fascinating history of the island cities like Hvar Town. There are lots of music festivals here, so if you time it right, you may be serenaded and dancing through the streets with your family!
After spending time in Hvar, it’s time to sail on to Sveti Klement. The brilliant coves and beaches lined with pines will make for excellent swimming spots! Not to mention a great places for the family to sit and relax in the shallow waters.
Days Four and Five
Packing in as much as possible into your last few days, you’ll be able to spend time on the island of Solta! Here you can choose between Stomorska, Rogac, and Maslinica as your mooring location. Known for the outstanding food selection, Solta will have a new Croatian cuisine for the whole family to enjoy!
On your last full day on the yacht, you can sail up to the most northern part of the Dalmatian Islands and visit Primosten. Here your whole family can go on a vineyard tour, eat delicious food, and the adults can even experience a wine tasting!
After your days on the expansive Mediterranean Sea, heading home from your time in the Dalmatian Islands will seem like the end of something magical. You can sail back into Split and Trogir to spend your final night, or even fly out right after you arrive in the harbor.
Packing up your luggage with your many souvenirs, grabbing the sunscreen you were grateful to have remembered, as well as looking back on your new-found memories, will mark the end of your journey. No matter how you choose to go home, you’ll have spent nearly a week basking in the beauty that is Croatia!
Your Travel Itinerary for a Week of Sailing in Croatia with the Whole Family!
Using this guide as the blueprint for building your holiday in Croatia, you’ll be able to jet off to this island-hopping holiday in no time! A yachting vacation on the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea will give you and your family a once in a lifetime experience. Set sail for Croatia, and you’re setting sail on our family’s next big adventure!