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Modern, spacious ships
Breakfast and lunch daily
Like-minded travellers
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EXPLORE THE BEST OF CROATIA BY FOOT!

Indulge your passion for hiking as you explore the best of the Croatian archipelago on our Hike Croatia Cruises! These cruises are perfect for those who prefer to be active and explore their natural surroundings, with our routes designed to challenge you physically and astound you visually!

If you enjoy a challenging, yet rewarding holiday experience, let our Hike Guides show you the very best of Croatia by foot!

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CRUISE HIKE

The whole experience was fantastic. We had a couple of times when, due to weather, our itinerary had to be changed and the alternative offered was great. The boat was very comfortable, the food excellent and I would highly recommend Sail Croatia.

Karen, 2019
ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!!!!

I could not be happier with the experience I had with Sail Croatia on board the Marija Magdalena! The crew was so helpful, fun, hospitable, and organized! I think there is nothing that I could complain about through the entire week...maybe just that it wasn’t long enough! I would definitely want to do this again with the same crew!

Natalie, 2019
SAIL / HIKE CROATIA

Visit to 5 Islands - with a variety of Hikes including walking part-way down from Sv.Jure Mountain (1762m) in Makarska. Swimming in the warm Adriatic sea every day. Good mix fellow passengers, from different countries and ages (ranging from 30 to 80yrs).

Overall, a most enjoyable social experience and relaxing holiday. The 'Sail Croatia crew' provided good food and service throughout the voyage.

Cathy, 2019

Itineraries

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Split Return South
Overview
Summary

The Hike Croatia Cruise covers the best of Dalmatia across a 7 day hiking adventure. This itinerary begins in the seaside city of Split and loops south; visiting Solta, Vis, Korcula, Hvar, Bol and Makarska, before returning to Split.

Tackling a variety of hiking trails and surfaces, the Hike Croatia Cruise allows you to see the very best of Croatia by foot with like-minded travellers and experienced, local Hike Guides.

Route Information
Distance: 57km
Max Ascent: 1722m
Average Hike Time: 3hrs
Split, Croatia
Check-in
Split
Summary

Split is known for its beaches and the fortresslike complex at its center, Diocletian's Palace, erected by the Roman Emperor Diocletian in the 4th century. Once home to thousands, its sprawling remains include more than 200 buildings. Within its white stone walls and under its courtyards and galleries are shops, bars, cafes, cathedrals, hotels and several houses.

Check-in is from 10.30am to 12.00pm (midday). Please note your cabin may not be ready until 12:30pm. Your ship will depart the harbour at 1pm sharp.

Solta, Croatia
Day 1
Solta
Summary

We'll depart from Split Harbor at 1pm. After lunch onboard, we'll sail to our first destination, the island of Šolta. This island is one of those special places in Dalmatia where the traditional Croatian way of life has been maintained to the present day.

This afternoon we set out on our first hike up Gornje Selo from village of Stomorska. This upper village provides you with a perfect view out across the Sea for your first afternoon in Croatia.

Day 1 Hike
Distance: 7km
Time: 2.5hrs
Ascent: 291m
Vis, Croatia
Day 2
Vis
Summary

This morning we set sail towards the island of Vis. This is the most remote inhabited island and it is blessed with a more temperate climate than the mainland (warmer in winter, cooler in summer). It has a deserved reputation for producing extremely good food and wine, and the restaurants offer the freshest fish in the Adriatic.

Vis has been used over the centuries as a strategic military port and saw action by the Allied military through WWII against Italy and Germany. Today it is an idyllic island, famous for the outlying Blue Cave, an island cave system accessible only by boat. The blue turquoise water and refracted light into the cave make for exciting and amazing photo opportunities.

Day 2 Hike
Distance: 8km
Time: 2hrs
Ascent: 263m
Vela Luka, Croatia
Day 3
Vela Luka
Summary

Depending on our schedule and preferences of the group (time and weather permitting), you’ll have a chance to visit the spectacular Blue Cave this morning. After the Blue Cave we cruise along the coast down to the stunning island of Korcula and along to the coastal village of Vela Luka. Once we arrive, we will hike to Vela Spilja (Big cave) - an archeological site located on the southern slope of Mount Pinski rat.

Day 3 Hike
Distance: 4.3km
Time: 2hrs
Ascent: 150m
Stari Grad, Croatia
Day 4
Stari Grad
Summary

Enjoy breakfast onboard as we cruise towards the beautiful island of Hvar. This afternoon we will stop in Hvar Town for lunch, before heading to the quaint town of Stari Grad. We will start our hike from Stari Grad (town or old port) - Purkin Kuk following a small trail toward the coast, taking in stone walls and ending at a fortified settlement with megalithic walls; Purkin kuk. We catch our breath and enjoy the view before heading back to Stari Grad.

Tonight you can enjoy this picturesque town, dining at one of many restaurants hidden in the cobblestone alleys. Meander the back streets for local hidden gems, shops and restaurants before strolling along the waterfront with an ice-cream in hand.

Day 4 Hike
Distance: 10km
Time: 3.4hrs
Ascent: 296m
Bol, Croatia
Day 5
Bol
Summary

This morning we continue cruising the Adriatic and make our way towards the island of Brac, where after lunch, we will arrive in the town of Bol. Home to Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn beach), this beach is famous for its ever changing shape due to the tide.

The option today is to hike the wonderful Vidova Gora, designed for energetic hikers, where you can choose to go up to the archipelago's highest peak at 780 metres above sea level. The breathtaking panoramic views of the neighbouring island of Hvar on the descent to the beach at Bol are well worth the ascent!

Day 5 Hike
Distance: 14km
Time: 5hrs
Ascent: 778m
Makarska, Croatia
Day 6
Makarska
Summary

This morning we make our way to the breathtaking town of Makarska, home of the Biokovo Mountain ranges that hug the Croatian coastline. Biokovo Nature park is the second highest mountain range in Croatia with 16 peaks above 1,400 metres. This is one of the reasons why Biokovo received the prestigious status of Croatian Nature Park in 1981.

Once we arrive in Makarska, you will be transferred to the highest peak on the mountain, the top of St. Jure (1762m). From the top you can take in the cities of Vrgorac and Imotski, the central part of Bosnia Herzegovina highlands, all of the Dalmatian islands, and on a clear day, you can see all the way to Monte Gargano in Italy, located more than 250 miles away. We then begin today's hike, where you get up close to the mountains beautiful rock formations and secret caves.

After the Hike, your transfer will be waiting to take you back to Makarska.

Day 6 Hike
Distance: 5.8km
Time: 3hrs
Descent: Descending from 1722m to 1421m
Split, Croatia
Day 7
Split
Summary

This morning we head back along the coast to Split and enjoy the morning admiring the Biokovo Mountain Range that you hiked yesterday. We stop in the seaside town of Omis; a small port town dwarfed by the Biokovo Mountains. Omis lies at the mouth of the Cetina river, which splits the Riviera in a spectacular gorge and provides stunning scenery. We’ll hike up to the impressive Fortica and take in the view.

Once back onboard, we’ll begin our final navigation toward Split. Enjoy your last evening exploring Split, appreciating the beautiful Diocletian's Palace or going for a stroll along the Riva.

Day 7 Hike
Distance: 8km
Time: 3hrs
Ascent: 290m
Split, Croatia
Day 8
Split
Summary

Disembark this morning at 9:00am after an early onboard breakfast. Whether you're continuing your exploration of the region, or returning home, we wish you bon voyage!

Inclusions

Sail Croatia Hike Guide
Experienced Hike Guide

Experienced Hike Guide Explore Croatia with a local, experienced guide who leads each days hiking itinerary

Swimming in a secluded Croatian bay
Daily Swim Stops

Daily Swim Stops Dive into crystal clear water, straight off your ship!

Buffet Breakfast onboard a cruise
Daily Buffet Breakfast

Daily Buffet Breakfast Wake up to a freshly prepared breakfast daily

Cruising the Adriatic Sea
7 Nights Accommodation

7 Nights Accommodation Choose your comfort level with a variety of modern, spacious ships available

The Dubrovnik walls from a Cruise
Wi-fi

Wi-fi Wi-fi is available on your cruise (subject to download limits)

Sail Croatia Tour Managers
Tour Manager

Tour Manager Your dedicated Tour Manager can assist with any questions onboard

Biokovo Nature park
Nature Park Entrance

Nature Park Entrance Entrance to the Biokovo Nature Park is included on all Hike Croatia Cruises

Greek Salid onboard a Cruise
3 Course Lunch Daily

3 Course Lunch Daily Enjoy a 3 course lunch or dinner daily, dependant on the days hiking itinerary

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20% OFF

20% off selected dates and ships between September & October 2021. Book by the 30th of September 2021 and secure your spot with only a £50 / €60 deposit! T's & C's apply.

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PRICING

Solo Cruising
Private Cabin Upgrade Solo Cruising Special

Typically Sail Croatia cruises are twin-share, however we’re offering FREE single supplements on selected cruises, meaning you’ll get the comfort of a cabin to yourself, at no extra charge!

Who Are Your Guides?
Local Croatian hike guides
Hike Guides

Your experiecned Hike Guides have hiked these trails many times before and work closely with Sail Croatia to curate the perfect itinerary for nature lovers! Our Hike Guides are passionate about the flora and fauna of their country and love showing travellers the best climbs, peaks and views in Croatia!

First aid trained guides
First Aid Trained

Your Hike Guide is First Aid trained and able to respond in the unlikely event of any medical situations arising onboard or whilst hiking!

Health and safety
Health & Safety Experts

Hike Guides are Health and Safety trained, following guidelines from the British Safety Council. Your Hike Guide is well versed on how to look after guests during the cruise!

Bike maintenance
Croatian Experts

Your Hike guide is local to Dalmatia and knowledgeable in the flora, fauna and history of Croatia!

Ship Types

Sail Croatia Ensuite Ships
ENSUITE

Our Ensuite ships are great if you want the extra privacy and convenience of a toilet and shower in your cabin.

Private Toilet & Shower
Cabin Fans
Spacious Sundecks
Sail Croatia Premier Ships
PREMIER

Our Premier ships are a class above in terms of space and comfort. Each cabin has a shower and WC, as well as air-conditioning

Larger Ensuite Cabins (6-8m²)
Air-conditioning
Spacious Decks

Hike FAQ'S

What Health and Safety Measures Will be In Place in Light of COVID-19?

Sail Croatia takes the health and safety of our guests and staff seriously and as such we will be implementing measures onboard our ships to limit and prevent the spread of the virus. To view the Health and Safety measures that will be in place, please view our Cruise with Confidence page.

Whilst we will endeavour to do our very best to reduce the spread of COVID-19, please recognise that there is a clear risk of the spread of the disease whilst on holiday. Our aim is to keep our guests safe and Croatia free of the spread of the virus. We kindly ask for your support throughout this process. Our measures will continue to be updated in line with best practices and Government guidelines.

What time do cruises start/finish?

Ships depart the harbour at 13:00 on Saturdays and will return on Friday night. You will disembark after an early breakfast on the Saturday morning between 8am and 9am. Detailed directions to the marina will be emailed to you when you book your tour. If you’re unable to make it to check-in on time, you can easily catch up with your ship at your first destination. Please see FAQ: What if I can’t make the check-in time?

What if I can’t make the check-in time?

If you’re unable to arrive at your departure point for check-in, it’s easy to catch up with your ship at your first destination. Your first night will be spent on the island of Solta, which is easily accessible from Split via ferry (1 hour & 15 minutes). There are two ferries servicing Solta and you can find ferry timetables online here and here. If you need assistance planning your arrival, a member of our Sales Team will be happy to help you connect the dots! We are able to provide land based transfers if required, or our Operations Team are also able to assist you on the ground with logistics.

How challenging is the route?

We recommend you have a reasonable level of fitness to participate in our Hike Croatia Cruises. Each day’s itinerary brings a different challenge, and your guide will cater to your group’s interests and abilities. If you don’t feel up to hiking, or feel a particular day may be too strenuous, you’re welcome to spend the day swimming or relaxing on the ship.

What are the cabin arrangements?

The cabins are based on 2 sharing, and consist of twin beds, bunk beds or one double bed. If you prefer a certain cabin type, it’s important that you let us know this upon booking, so we are aware and will note your request. Our ship allocation is finalised a week before departure, so we are unable to 100% guarantee a twin bed or double bed cabin, due to the fact each of our ships have completely unique cabin configurations, and therefore an always different number of twin and double cabins available on-board. On some ships, we also have triple cabins available. Triple cabins consist of a double bed and a single bunk. We can check the availability of these when you book. If you would like to book a triple cabin please let us know, we don’t automatically allocate these to odd numbered groups as they are about the same size as our 2 person cabins.

What is the difference between Above Deck and Lower Deck cabins?

Above Deck cabins are located on the main deck of the ship, with most opening out onto the deck itself, as this runs along the outside. Depending on the ship, our Above Deck cabins may also open out onto an internal corridor or area instead. The Lower Deck cabins are below the Above Deck cabins, and are accessed by a set of stairs and corridor from the main deck. They are located in the hull of the ship and are subsequently cooler and often quieter than the Above Deck cabins, as you don’t have people walking past your cabin on the deck late at night and early in the morning. Please note: On some of the ships the Above Deck cabins are located on 2 levels, i.e. on the main deck and on a top deck. Each ship is unique and therefore the layout does vary from ship to ship.

I am travelling by myself. Is there a single supplement?

If you prefer to have your own cabin, you can pay a single supplement which is 50% of the one person price. Please note single supplements are not applicable on Special Offers or discounted cruises. Alternatively, we can match you with another solo traveller of the same sex onboard the ship.

Is food included?

Breakfast and lunch or dinner is included every day. We don't include all meals, as we encourage you to try the local cuisine whilst you are out hiking during the day/in port for the evening. Our guide can offer some suggestions on the best places to eat. On some days, lunch may be provided instead of dinner if this fits in better with the day’s itinerary – the guide will advise you of this during the week. The breakfasts are simple continental style, with breads and spreads. You can pay onboard for a cooked breakfast each morning at a supplement of 40 Euros for the week. Lunch/dinner usually consists of 3 courses, with a soup/salad starter, meat or fish-based main course and fruit/cake for dessert, prepared by your onboard cook.

Can I bring food and drink onboard?

You cannot bring food and drink onboard, except for items that fill specific dietary requirements. Each ship has its own bar and drinks consumed onboard (including bottled water) must be purchased from here. You have unlimited access to the onboard water cooler during the salon opening times. We recommend bringing a reusable water bottle with you onboard, and filling this up before the salon closes for the evening.

Is there time for swimming?

You’ll wake up every day and have breakfast on a boat, so there’s always an opportunity to enjoy the refreshing waters of the Adriatic.

Do you have to hike every day?

There is no obligation to hike every day – you can choose to have a day relaxing on the ship if you wish. Please be aware that the ship’s schedule is based around the day’s hiking itinerary and as such may not stay in some ports for long periods of time. You need a reasonable level of fitness to join the cruise due to the distances covered each day. Each cruise usually has a range of hiking abilities onboard and the guide will take this into account when tailoring the itinerary.

Are there any extra costs?

A local payment of 30 Euros per person is payable onboard your Sail Croatia Cruise. This payment incorporates port fees and tourist taxes throughout the week and is subject to change. Meals/water purchased on your hikes (unlimited access to the onboard water cooler is available during Salon opening hours. We recommend bringing a reusable water bottle).

What type of luggage should I bring?

If you’re joining us from within Europe, we highly recommend limiting your luggage to one suitcase; however, we understand that this might not be possible for international travellers who are flying in just for the cruise, or on extended trips. In most cabins, you will be able to store bags under the bed; however, in the case of excess luggage, please ask check-in staff to give you additional information about possible storage.

Will I get to visit the Blue Cave as a part of my cruise?

A visit to the Blue Cave in Vis is dependant on weather conditions and your itinerary. If conditions allow, an optional visit to the Blue Cave will be offered. This activity is not a part of your booking with us and therefore Sail Croatia shall not be deemed responsible for any damage, loss or dissatisfaction related to the Blue Cave visit.

How does Sail Croatia contribute to sustainable tourism?

Sail Croatia is committed to sustainable tourism and eco-friendly practices. To find out more on what we’ve achieved so far and our goals for a sustainable future, check out our sustainability report here.