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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!

Hiking Group in Croatia, Sail Croatia
Beautiful swim spot in Croatia
Sail Croatia Hiking to the top
Croatian Cocktail- sun, sea, sail, swim, shaken up with plenty of smiles

From the moment we set foot on board we were made to feel so welcome by the entire team. Nothing could have been improved on. We had an exclusive, luxury cruise. Island hopping and hiking. Swimming off the boat into emerald seas. Soaking up the sun and enjoying amazing spreads of delicious food. Mate shared his knowledge of the mountains and guided us expertly along the trails like a calm shepherd. But without the crew none of this would have been possible. Professional and cheerful at all times, we felt completely safe in their hands. We all laughed and smiled like old friends, thank you Mali Ante, Mate and Sail Croatia!

Heather, 2021
Top Holiday

We went on a Sail & Hike cruise around the islands of Split on the Mlini boat. We loved that we were able to anchor down in secluded bays and swim for several hours a day. We then had the bustle of the small historic villages in the evenings to explore, after our late afternoon hikes. The hikes were easy for the most part and very enjoyable. Our guides were very efficient and provided little anecdotes of all the places we visited, the crew were fabulous and very professional. I would love to go back again and do it all over!

Sally, 2021
Simply The Best

The Mlini crew and our 2 Sail Croatia guides. And of course the experience of Croatia and the Islands.

Paul, 2021

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: 8km
Time: 2.5hrs
Ascent: 250m
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, creating a fascinating military history. Today it is an idyllic island showcasing a traditional and authentic way of life.

Day 2 Hike
Distance: 7km
Time: 2hrs
Ascent: 250m
Vela Luka, Croatia
Day 3
Vela Luka
Summary

This morning we'll cruise along the coast down to the stunning island of Korcula, heading for 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. Today's hike will be dependant on the groups fitness levels and the daily schedule.

Day 3 Hike
Distance: 8km
Time: 3hrs
Ascent: 360m
Stari Grad, Croatia
Day 4
Stari Grad
Summary

Enjoy breakfast onboard as we cruise towards the beautiful island of Hvar. This afternoon we will make our way 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.

Please Note: Due to Port Authority restrictions your ship may be docked in the ferry port. A transfer into Stari Grad Town can be arranged for €2 per person (payable locally).

Day 4 Hike
Distance: 6km
Time: 2.5hrs
Ascent: 250m
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 impressive Blaca Hermitage, a jaw dropping 18th Century Monastery that juts out of the rock face. Marvel at the impressive stone architecture and take in the view of the nearby islands and mainland.

Day 5 Hike
Distance: 4km
Time: 1.5hrs
Ascent: 190m
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 Biokovo Nature Park before we begin our hike through the mountainous highlands, passing mountain huts and native flora along the way. We'll take a short break at the Pržinovac summit, which is popular with paragliders, to take in the impressive view of the islands. From here we will proceed to Vošac, the highest point of our hike (1422m) and the best spot to take in the view of the coastline and nearby islands.

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

Day 6 Hike
Distance: 5km
Time: 2hrs
Ascent: 200m
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
Check-out
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

PRICING

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 Deals

Hideout Festival Croatia Cruise
Group Manager Goes Free Book a Ship

There's no better way to explore Croatia than with a group of friends onboard your very own private ship!

We understand that coordinating a group can be hard work, which is why we're offering the organiser of entire ship bookings a free spot onboard their cruise!

Triple Cabin Discount
Share & Save Triple Cabin Discount

If you're travelling with a group, a triple or quad cabin may be the perfect way to share & save!

These cabins are perfect for groups of friends, or families, that would prefer to share cabin rather than share with other travellers.

As these cabins are a similar size to our twin-share cabins, we offer a 10% discount per person for these cabin types.

Past Client Discount
5% Off Past Client Discount

We offer a 5% discount to all Sail Croatia clients that have travelled with us in the past, or have booked multiple Sail Croatia Cruises in the same year.

Who Are Your Guides?
Local Croatian hike guides
Hike Guides

Your experienced 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!

Hike FAQ'S

What are Hike Croatia Cruises?

Hike Croatia Cruises combine the best of hiking, exploring and socialising on a 7 day cruise! These cruises are perfect for those who prefer to be active and enjoy a challenging, yet rewarding holiday experience! Alongside our Cycle Croatia Cruises, Hike Croatia Cruises provide an active and exciting way to explore the Croatian archipelago.

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.

What is the minimum age onboard a Hike Cruise?

The minimum age we accept onboard our Hike Cruise is 14. We recommend young hikers are keen walkers with experience hiking on gravel paths and trails as there are some challenging routes.

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?

Cabins are based on 2 sharing, and consist of twin beds, bunk beds or one double bed. If you’d prefer a certain cabin type, it is important 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. This is due to the fact that each of our ships have completely unique cabin configurations (and therefore always consist of a different number of twin and double cabins available onboard). We will do our best to accommodate requests on a first requested, first served basis.

On some ships, we also have triple cabins available for guests that are travelling as a group of three and would like to share a cabin. Triple cabins consist of a double bed and a single bunk, and we provide a 10% discount per person for these cabin types. Onboard Ensuite ships, double beds may be slightly smaller to accommodate the additional single bed, meaning these cabins may not be suitable for travellers that require more space. If you would like to book a triple cabin please let us know and we can check availability when you enquire.

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 per person website price. Please note single supplements are limited in their availability and 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. If you’re looking for a different cruise experience, view our Croatia small ship cruises.

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.

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.