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The only guide you’ll need to sail Croatia

Traverse turquoise water and dock on remote islands and sandy beaches when you sail Croatia with these island-hopping tours.

You can’t visit Croatia and not set eyes on its Dalmatian coastline. Practically everywhere you turn Adriatic waters and island paradises call out to you, so travelling by boat should be your  transport of choice. It’s the best way to capture the country’s enchanting landscape and hop from one coastal city to another, and from island to island.

Being on board a boat also means you can dip into warm waters or sunbake on beaches pretty much anytime you like. If this sounds appealing, then check out these cool Croatian sailing tours.


Where to book Croatian sailing and island hopping tours


Popular Croatian island-hopping itineraries

The Dalmatian Coast stretches for 1,777 kilometres and is the most indented coastline in the world. It’s speckled with over 1,000 islands and inlets making a single itinerary near impossible. The best way to experience the coastline is to break it up into sections.

If you choose the southern end, you can start from the major city of Dubrovnik and make your way up through Korcula, Hvar and Wild Bay and end at the next major city, Split.

Have more time to spare? Stop by more of Hvar’s neighbouring islands on your way. These include Mljlec, Vis, Brac and Solta - or make yours a Balkan adventure by discovering the nearby countries of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.


Island-hopping tour companies comparison

Use our table below to see which tour company is most suited to your holiday needs.

 Tour companySailing lengthDestinationsAge range/atmosphereCost from
Contiki7 nightsDubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Wild Bay, Bol, Makarska, Split, Trstenik18–35 year olds, party$1,500pp
Busabout8 daysSplit, Hvar, Mljet, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Makarska, Omis, Slano, Stari Grad, Primosten, Krka Waterfalls, Zrce Beach, Zadar, Vodice18–70 year olds, budget and independent travel$979pp
Topdeck8–15 daysSplit, Hvar, Milna, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Makarska, Stari Grad, Vis, Vela Luka, Mljet, Trestenik, Pltvice Lakes. Has trips to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Slovenia18–39 year olds, party$961pp
Intrepid Travel8 daysSplit, Brac, Vis, Hvar, Korcula, Mljet, Elafiti Islands, Dubrovnik18–55 year olds, adventure and exploration$1,989pp
On The Go7–8 daysSplit, Korcula, Dubrovnik, Mljet, Trstenik, Kuna, Hvar, Zlatnir Rat, Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, Rab, Molat, Olib, Mali Losinj, Cres, Sepan Island, Pakleni Islands, Brac, Elephite Islands18–65 year olds, family tours may be available, adventure and exploration$985pp
Frontier Adriatic8 daysPula, Debeljak, Unje-Maracol Bay, Lubenice, Osor, Punta Kriza, Susak, Dugi otok, Vodice, Skradin, Murter Archipelago, Zadar, Sipan, Pomena, Mljet, Polace, Skrivena Luka, Korcula, Vis, Drvenik Veli, Trogir, Kastela4–65 year olds, family$1,416pp
G Adventures8 daysDubrovnik, Herceg Novi, Budva, Kotor, Bigovo, Tivat, Cavtat, Mljet, Korcula, Mlna, Hvar, Brac, Split16+, youthful and fun.$1,649pp
Travel Talk8 daysDubrovnik, Mljet, Korcula, Hvar, Makarska, Omis, Split18+, adventure$498pp
ViatorHalf a day to 8 days100+ tours available to various cities4–65 year olds, family, adventure, party$36pp
Peregrine8 daysSibenik, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Badija, Trpani, Opuzen, Mostar, Hvar, Jelsa, Starigrad, Skradin, Bar, Budva, Paxos, Corfu, Saranda, Kotor7+, adventure, family$2,956pp

The best Croatian sail tours between Dubrovnik and Split

These are Dubrovnik to Split options, but many tour companies offer reverse itineraries, so you can start or end in Dubrovnik or Split.

Sailing Croatia - Dubrovnik to Split
G Adventures
Adriatic Explorer - 8 days
TourRadar
Adriatic Sunsets (Toma) Split to Dubrovnik
TourRadar
Croatian Riviera (Moja Maja) Split to Split
TourRadar
Croatia One Way Sail Dubrovnik to Split Classic S...
TourRadar
Sail Dubrovnik to Split
Travel Talk
Croatia island escape plus
Contiki
Croatian Island Hopper North
Contiki

Round-trip sail tours from Split or Dubrovnik

Split Sailing Adventure
Viator
Split Sailing Holidays
TourRadar
Dubrovnik Sailing Holidays
TourRadar
Cruise Dubrovnik - 8 days
TourRadar
Sailing Split - 8 days
TourRadar
Creme de la Croatia - 8 days
TourRadar

Croatian island-hopping tours that sail further up the coast

Croatian National Parks 7 Day Sailing Adventure f...
TourRadar
Sail and Hike North Croatia
TourRadar
Onboard at Opatija - 8 days
TourRadar
Captivating Croatia - 8 Days
TourRadar
Brijuni National Park Boat Excursion from Pula
Viator
Croatian National Parks Sailing Holidays
TourRadar

Croatian sail tours that include trips to neighbouring countries 

Full-Day Yacht Cruise on the Adriatic
Viator
Montenegro Sailing Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik
G Adventures
Balkan Voyager
TourRadar
Croatian Classic (Nerezine) Split to Dubrovnik
TourRadar

Which are the Croatian party islands?

Popular islands in the Adriatic Sea that don’t sleep include Hvar and Brac. Both are accessible by boat from Split, and it’s common for revellers to make their way to one of the islands on a Thursday or Friday night, and return to shore on Sunday afternoon.


When is the best time to visit Croatia?

Croatia has a Mediterranean climate of hot and cooler seasons. Winters are mild, but ferries and sailing tours tend to close during the off-season, so if you’re looking to island hop you really must go during peak or shoulder seasons. The height of summer is July and August, while shoulder seasons are May to June and September to October.


Top deals on Croatian flights and tours

Croatia sailing tours from $36.16pp

Book Croatia sailing tours from $36.16 with Viator.

Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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