Croatia - Sailing Weekend on the Dalmatian Coast
- Duration:3 nights
- Suitable for: Children aged 8 years and over (younger children may join the holiday, but may not be able to participate in all the activities). Please see terms for details
- Accommodation: 3 nights on board a catamaran
- Meals: 3 breakfasts
- The following activities are included in the holiday: 3 days sailing between islands, paddle boarding, cycling, snorkelling (order subject to change)
- The following destinations are included in the holiday: Kolocep, Lopud, Sipan, Mljet, Zuljana, Ston, Broce
- Fully qualified skipper
- Activity equipment and training (some activities are guided)
- Free use of the equipment during the cruise
Please note: flights and transfers are not included in this trip because just about everybody wants to add a day, days or even a week in Dubrovnik before, and/or after, the sailing part of the holiday. We will be delighted to arrange flights, accommodation and transfers around the sailing weekend. Please just ask one of our Family Travel Experts for suggestions and prices.
There can’t be many better ways to spend a weekend with the family than this one. Together, you will sail the brilliantly-blue Adriatic Sea and explore luscious-green islands off Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. Pair this with the fun-filled included activities such as paddle boarding, snorkelling and cycling and you have the makings of an unforgettable weekend.
You will sail and sleep on board a modern catamaran which has plenty of deck space to soak up the glorious weather and the surrounding sights. Every day, you and the family will explore different locations together and enjoy the variety of included activities.
In the evenings, you’ll have free time to absorb the culture of the small villages and towns as you stroll along the seafront and enjoy the local restaurants.
On day one, your family adventure gets off to a brilliant start as you set sail from Komolac and explore the Elaphiti Archipelago. Dive right into the holiday as you take a dip in the Adriatic waters and try paddle boarding around the smallest inhabited island of Kolocep. You’ll also visit Lopud and Sipan before finishing the day onshore in a beautiful bay with plenty of restaurant choices nearby.
The sights continue to amaze on day two as you travel to the island of Mljet, a stunning National Park with two inland saltwater lakes. From here, you’ll head to Peljesac Peninsula and anchor in a lovely bay near Zuljana.Read more
On your final full day, you and your family will have time to explore the peninsula as well as the walled city of Ston, then it’s just a short journey to your base at Broce.
Your family sailing weekend comes to an end as you work your way back to Komolac and disembark usually around midday.
From here, we can arrange a transfer to the airport or to Dubrovnik, where we can also organise your accommodation if you would like to extend your family holiday.
Image credits: Huck Finn Adventure Travel, Croatia National Tourist Board & Ivo Biocina
Day 1 Arrival, briefing and the Elaphiti Archipelago
Your family adventure starts in Komolac Marina, a 15-minute taxi ride from Dubrovnik. Due to the 10 am start, we strongly recommend staying in the city the previous evening. Please ask one of our Family Travel Experts about flights, accommodation and transfers to suit your requirements.
The crew will welcome you on board the catamaran and give you a full safety briefing. Then it’s time to set sail on the wonderful Adriatic Sea.
Your first point for exploration is the Elaphiti Archipelago and the smallest inhabited island, Kolocep. Spend time together as a family swimming and paddle boarding in the beautiful surrounding waters.
Next, you will sail towards the islands of Lopud and Sipan. Your skipper will take you to the quieter spots, mooring in a lovely harbour. Use the local knowledge from the crew to get some brilliant restaurant recommendations for the night and if you can, find somewhere to sit and admire the spectacular sunsets that the Dalmatian Coast is known for.
Throughout your sailing weekend, breakfast is served each morning but lunches and evening meals are left flexible. The crew on board know the best spots locally, so they will give you their recommendations.
Changes to the itinerary: very occasionally, the itinerary and/or duration of sailing and activities may change according to local conditions, events or guest preferences. Your skipper and their crew will make these decisions based first and foremost on your safety and comfort. On these extremely rare occasions, we reserve the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.Included Meals: None
Day 2 Mljet Island and the Peljesac Peninsula
After breakfast, you will leave Sipan and sail to arguably what is the most awe-inspiring island in the area.
Mljet (pronounced “Mee-yet”) is a brilliant place to introduce the children to Greek mythology as it’s said to be where Odysseus was shipwrecked and imprisoned for seven years. Although when you see it, we’re sure you’ll agree there are far worse places to be!
Most of the island is a National Park, due to the sheer beauty of the nature here. In the north-west, you’ll find two interconnecting inland seawater lakes surrounded by greenery – a great place to stop for a swim. The largest of the lakes also has a small island, home to a 12th Century Benedictine monastery. You can take a small boat over to the island to explore this wonderfully unique location should you wish. NB. National Park entry fees are not included but can be paid on arrival (approx. £10 in low season and £15 in high season).
Next, you’ll set sail towards the Peljesac Peninsula where you’ll have a perfect vantage point to see the Dinaric Alps, forests and red-roofed towns and villages.
You’ll then drop anchor and spend the night in a bay near the village of Zuljana.Included Meals: Breakfast
Day 3 Peljesac Peninsula
Peljesac is a quiet and peaceful area known for its small towns, villages and beaches. You and the family will spend the morning paddle boarding, swimming and snorkelling in Zuljana Bay, a pretty setting where you can swim amongst the marine life living in the crystal-clear water.
In the afternoon, you’ll set sail to the walled town of Ston. We highly recommend cycling from the shore to the fortified walls where you can look over the town and coastline.
The old town is almost untouched by tourism so you’ll get an authentic feel as you walk around and stop to sample some of the local food.
Back on board, it’s a short sail to Broce, your base for the night.Included Meals: Breakfast
Day 4 Elaphiti Islands and Return to Komolac
Sadly, it’s time for your family sailing adventure to come to an end as you cruise out of Broce, past the Elaphiti Islands and arrive back at Komolac Marina around midday.
We can arrange transfers to the airport or Dubrovnik. Please speak to our Family Travel Experts if you would like to extend your stay and we can help you build a longer holiday for even more cherished family memories.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
Step aboard this family-friendly vessel with four double rooms which are all en-suite. One of the double rooms also has an overhead single bed space, which can be accessed above the double bed. There is also a single room for the skipper which means that the maximum people on board at one time is ten, ensuring your family holiday is a personal experience.
Occasionally, two additional passengers will sail with the boat but stay in guesthouses rather than on board.
With so much to see, the catamaran has been designed with plenty of space on deck to give you a brilliant vantage point as you sail to different destinations. There are also two sets of steps at the rear of the boat, so it’s easy to climb in and out of the clear blue waters for a swim or snorkel.
Very occasionally, the itinerary and duration of sailing and activities may change according to local conditions, events or guest preferences. Your skipper and his crew will make these decisions based first and foremost on your safety. In such cases, we reserve the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.
Dates & Prices
We include more, no hidden costs
|Departure dates between|
Mon 01 Jul 2019
to Tue 06 Aug 2019
|Per Person (Based on 2 sharing): £795.00||Enquire|
Sat 10 Aug 2019
to Sat 31 Aug 2019
|Per Person (Based on 2 sharing): £795.00||Enquire|
Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices
You can make a pre-reservation to secure your holiday at this stage by paying an initial deposit of only £50pp. The provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed, and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. A further deposit payment of £250pp is due by 01 February 2020 or at the time of us confirming the trip details to you, whichever is sooner. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.
|Departure dates between|
Mon 29 Jun 2020
to Tue 04 Aug 2020
|Per Person (Based on 2 sharing): £895.00||Enquire|
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 4 people; maximum 9 people
We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate
Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.
The order of activities is always subject to change and you will be provided with your final itinerary upon arrival at your destination.
Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.
Medical history and advice
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our travel experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.
Experience and fitness
Most of the activities we offer have been designed for beginners who have no prior experience and are of all age ranges and fitness levels. Our guides provide expert advice, tuition and instructions prior to any activity going ahead. Activities are designed to be enjoyed and not endured, but some, do require a more basic level of fitness than others. If you have any questions, then please contact one of our Travel Experts who can provide first-hand advice.
The only holidays which are not as suitable for complete beginners are the multi-night safaris which involve several days in wilderness cabins travelling by either snowmobile or husky safari. Again, this all depends on the individual taking part, but some prior experience and understanding of these types of activities can be very helpful and a greater level of fitness is recommended.
Guides & Safety
When partaking in any activity, it is imperative that everyone in your group listens very closely to the instructions provided by the guide and that they are abided by at all times. Our guides are experts in their field and no one knows the environment better than these highly knowledgeable and experienced providers.
Prior to starting any activity, please make it clear to your guide if there is any element of the safety briefing you are unsure of or would like to clarify before you set off.
Our guides will always take local conditions into account when considering whether an activity can go ahead. This is, in part, why your itinerary is subject to change at short notice. This rarely happens, however, if it does, we will always endeavour to reschedule the activity for later in your holiday. If this is not possible then the cost of the activity will be refunded to you when you return home.
Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times; please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.
NB: In order to participate in our holidays, all guests must be able to understand instructions given in English. These instructions may be delivered verbally or in writing and will include vital safety information and ongoing instruction during activities.
Minimum and Maximum Age
The minimum age for this holiday can be found in the ‘Key Facts’ section of the holiday overview.
Younger family members may be able to participate but may not be able to take part in all activities. Please contact one of our Travel Experts if you have any questions.
Booking activities locally and equipment hire
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.
In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card. Please see your trip dossier for full details.
Travel Safety and Foreign Office Advice
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/ The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.