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Hike the Croatian coastline!

Hike Croatia

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  • Hike Croatia
Hike Cruise Destinations, Sail Croatia

Hike Croatia Inclusions:

  • Discover the beautiful Croatian islands and coastline
  • The chance to explore ancient ports and historic towns
  • An experienced local hike guide to accompany you
  • Breakfast and lunch* prepared for you each day
  • Unlimited access to the onboard water cooler (during salon opening times)
  • Bus ride and entrance to Nature Park Biokovo
  • Free Wi-Fi**
*On some days, lunch may be changed to dinner according to the day's hiking.
** Wi-fi is restricted to mobile network coverage. Download limits apply.

Sail with us and discover the beautiful Croatian islands close up! Make the most of a 7 day cruise travelling to a new destination every day. With Sail Croatia you can indulge your passion for hiking and explore the best of the Croatian archipelago. If you are looking for 7 days of exploration, discovery and socialising, then our Hike Croatia trips are for you.

Appealing to those who like to be active and explore the natural surroundings, our routes will challenge you physically and astound you visually. We will have time to end the hikes with a swim in the crystal clear water and then have the evenings free to explore each port.

You can travel around in Croatia in many ways but the best is undoubtedly at sea onboard a small ship, the size and flexibility allowing access to otherwise hidden fishing villages, coastal towns, coves and beaches. On this cruise we sail from island to island, and each day take a new and exciting route through Croatia’s unique landscape, where we will enjoy many amazing views and experience small island communities and well-preserved historic monuments. The mellow rusts and golds of ancient walls and historic churches set off the dramatic green of cypress groves and contrast with the sparkling blue of quiet bays and shimmering lagoons

Hearty breakfasts are freshly prepared for you by our onboard chef each day, setting you up perfectly for the physical challenges ahead. After trekking, you return to your boat for a delicious meal on board. In the evenings, absorb the warmth, sights, aromas and vibe of the Adriatic coast.

It is recommended you have a reasonable level of fitness to participate on each of these hikes. The trips are guided and we have enough time each day to finish the routes for all different experiences depending on the group dynamic. If you don’t feel up to hiking or feel a particular day may be too strenuous, you can always choose to sit back and spend the day swimming or relaxing on the ship. Some days are longer than others and technically harder. However, the average hiking is around 10 – 18 km per day across varied terrain. Our experienced local guide will be on hand every step of the way leading throughout the trip to show you the best of the island treasures.

How to Book


1 Click on the pricing slider found at the bottom of the itinerary.

2Using the price table select your departure date, boat type and deck level. Once this is selected click on the price. You will then be directed to the overview.

3Once in the overview you will be able to see your booking details. Select the number of passengers in your booking and you will be directed onto the next step.

4In this section we require you to enter your contact details, and some information about yourself. These details are important as they allow us to ensure we can reach you in a timely manner, and are put onto a boat with likeminded travellers.

5Once you have completed filling out all of your details press submit.

6Our team will now review your booking request and check availability to ensure there is space onboard the departure you are interested in.

7Our team will hold space for you onboard and email you a quote in which you'll be able to make payment online through our customer portal to secure your space. If your first choice isn't available we will be in touch to discuss available options and work out the best alternatives for you.

You are only required to make a deposit payment of £50 per person to secure your space onboard. Full payment is due 8 weeks before departure.

Ship Types & Cabins

  • Premier Boats - Private Air-conditioned* Cabins with Ensuite (Shower & Toilet). See Premier upgrades below.
  • Premier Plus Boats - More Space Onboard plus Private Air-conditioned* Cabins with Ensuite (Shower & Toilet).

On each boat there are Above and Lower Deck cabins which also differ in price:
  • Above Deck Cabins - On the main deck of the boat and may be arranged across 2 levels.
  • Lower Deck Cabins - Are within the hull of the boat below the main deck.


Hike Inclusions

  • Daily Breakfast
  • Daily lunch/dinner (dependant on itinerary)
  • Unlimited access to the onboard water cooler (during salon opening times)
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Dedicated Cycle Guide
  • Wi-Fi (Subject to download limits)

Local Tax, Supplements & Discounts

Local Tax:

Local Visitors Tax - A local tourist tax of EUR20 per person is payable onboard.

Single Travellers:

Single Supplement - We will match you up with another independent traveller at no additional cost. If you want the cabin to yourself, you need to pay an additional 50% of the full 1 person price.

Discounts:

Triple Cabin Discount - Each person gets a 10% discount in a triple cabin. Triple cabins are normally a double bed and single bunk above.

Optional Supplements:
  • National Parks - An optional entrance to Nature/National Parks (approx 100 Kunas) are not included and are to be paid locally.
  • Breakfast Supplement - An optional breakfast supplement of 40 EURO (300 Kunas) can be paid locally for a cooked breakfast each morning.

*Air-conditioning subject to power supply at local ports which is sometimes restricted. If by chance restrictions apply in the ports, the air-conditioning will be run by onboard generators until midnight when they must be turned off to allow for guests to sleep. **Wi-Fi is restricted to mobile network coverage. Download limits apply.

All Prices are subject to change without notice. In general, prices increase as the departure date gets nearer, so for the cheapest price, it’s best to book as early as possible. Once you've paid your deposit, the price is fixed and will not change unless we reduce the price of a departure which we will pass on to you as part of our Price Promise.The prices reflect the level of demand - so cheaper prices are available in the quieter parts of the season (i.e. May/June and September/October).

Our Hike Itinerary

Hike Cruise Destinations, Sail Croatia

Departure from Split harbour, Saturday at 13:00. After lunch, we 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. The view from this upper village provides you with a perfect view for your first afternoon in Croatia.

Departure Day: Saturdays (Apr - Oct)
Departure Time: 1PM
Finish Time: 9AM the following Saturday
Note it is possible to finish on Friday evening as the boats will dock in Split around 5pm

1Saturdays: SPLIT - SOLTA

Departure from Split harbour, Saturday at 13:00. After lunch, we 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. The view from this upper village provides you with a perfect view for your first afternoon in Croatia.

Saturday: Milna - Bobovisca

Todays Hike: Stomorska - Gornje Selo - Stomorska

  • Distance: 6.7KM
  • Time: 2.5Hrs
  • Height: 154m

2Sundays: SOLTA - BOL

Today we commence the day cruising the Adriatic and make our way towards the island of Brac, after lunch we will arrive in the town of Bol. Home to the famous Zlatni Rat or Golden Horn beach, this is a must-see as its shape changes with the tide. The option today is to hike the wonderful Vidova Gora, designed for energetic hikers, 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! Alternatively, you can take a nice hike along the coast to “Dragon Cave" in a nearby village of Murvica.

Saturday: Bol - Vidova Gora - Bol

Todays Hike: Bol - Vidova Gora - Bol

  • Distance: 12.6KM
  • Time: 5Hrs
  • Height: 760m

3Mondays: BOL - HVAR

Enjoy breakfast onboard as we cruise to the beautiful island of Hvar. This afternoon, the ship will drop you off for your hike from Stari Grad to Purkin Kuk. We will start our hike following a small trail toward the coast, following stone walls and ending at a fortified settlement with megalithic walls; Purkin kuk. We catch our breath and enjoy the view before we sail back to Hvar Town. Tonight you can explore the buzzing Hvar Town, deemed the ‘French Riviera’ of the Adriatic, with its electric nightlife and super yachts, meander the back streets for local hidden gems, both shops and restaurants.

Todays Hike: Stari Grad - Purkin Kuk

  • Distance: 8.1KM
  • Time: 3Hrs
  • Height: 276m

4Tuesdays: HVAR - VIS

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 the Germans. 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.

Our hike takes us to the town of Vis and from there we head down to the fishing village of Komiža where the boat will be docked. At the top, enjoy the beautiful view of the Dalmatian island and out to the open sea towards Italy. We will spend the night in Komiza.

Saturday: Milna - Bobovisca

Todays Hike: Komiza - Vis

  • Distance: 12.3KM
  • Time: 5Hrs
  • Height: 580m

5Wednesdays: VIS - KORCULA

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 to the coastal village of Vela Luka. Once we arrive, we will either hike Hum or Vela Spilja, depending on the days itinerary.

Todays Hike: Vela Luka - Vela Spilja (or Hum)

  • Distance: 14.6KM (4.6km)
  • Time: 5Hrs (2Hrs)
  • Height: 150m (130m)

6Thursdays: KORCULA - MAKARSKA

This morning we make our way back to the mainland and the breathtaking town of Makarska, home of the amazing Biokovo Mountain ranges that hug the Croatian coast. Biokovo Nature park is the second highest mountain range in Croatia with 16 peaks above 1,400 metres. The 25 km long and over 7 km wide mountain range is part of the Dinaric Alps that stretches from Slovenia through Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania. The Biokovo Mountains geographical position is midway between a Mediterranean climate and a continental climate resulting in a very unique flora, where plant species from both climate zones meet and grow side by side. This is one of the reasons why Biokovo in 1981 received the prestigious status of Croatian Nature Park.

Once arrived in Makarska you will be picked up and driven to the highest peak, the top of St. Jure (1762 m). The view from the top is one of the best in the Mediterranean. Here you can see the cities of Vrgorac and Imotski and the central part of Bosnia Herzegovina highlands, all the Dalmatian islands and a large part of its coastline, and on a clear day 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 down to the 1,421 metres high peak Vosac where the minibus will be waiting to take you back down to Makarska town.

Saturday: Milna - Bobovisca

Todays Hike: St.Jure - Vosac

  • Distance: 5.8KM
  • Time: 3Hrs
  • Height: Descending from 1722 m to 1421 m

7Fridays: MAKARSKA - SPLIT

Today we head back along the coast to Split, enjoy the morning cruising the Adriatic and admiring the Biokovo Mountains that you hiked yesterday. Once in Split we commence the final hike to Marjan Hill, for incredible views over the city of Split and the stunning Adriatic. Enjoy your final evening exploring Split, from a stroll along the Riva to appreciating the beautiful Diocletian's Palace and choosing from the plethora of bars and restaurants your final evening has plenty on the agenda!

Saturday: Milna - Bobovisca

Todays Hike: Old city - Marjan hill - Old city

  • Distance: 6.5KM
  • Time: 2.5Hrs
  • Height: 155m

8Saturdays: SPLIT

Disembark at 9am after breakfast. Whether you are continuing on your exploration of the region on one of our Med Experience Trips or simply catching a flight home - bon voyage!

Hike Croatia 2017 Pricing

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DatePremierEnsuite
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16 - Sep£489£469£469£429
23 - Sep£489£469£419£399
30 - Sep£439£399£369£329
07 - Oct£439£399£369£329
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DatePremierEnsuite
Above Lower Above Lower
05 - May£489£469£419£399
12 - May£509£479£419£399
19 - May£519£489£429£409
26 - May£519£489£429£409
02 - Jun£539£509£449£429
09 - Jun£569£539£499£469
16 - Jun£629£589£569£539
08 - Sep£649£599£579£529
15 - Sep£649£599£579£529
22 - Sep£629£589£569£539
29 - Sep£539£509£449£429
06 - Oct£509£479£419£399
13 - Oct£489£469£419£399
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All prices are per person.
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Hike Croatia 2018 Pricing

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Book Now for 2017

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DatePremierEnsuite
Above Lower Above Lower
16 - Sep£489£469£469£429
23 - Sep£489£469£419£399
30 - Sep£439£399£369£329
07 - Oct£439£399£369£329
*The above dates are for pricing purpose only, please get a quote for availability.
All prices are per person.

Book Now for 2018

- Please select a price below to enquire about availability

DatePremierEnsuite
Above Lower Above Lower
05 - May£489£469£419£399
12 - May£509£479£419£399
19 - May£519£489£429£409
26 - May£519£489£429£409
02 - Jun£539£509£449£429
09 - Jun£569£539£499£469
16 - Jun£629£589£569£539
08 - Sep£649£599£579£529
15 - Sep£649£599£579£529
22 - Sep£629£589£569£539
29 - Sep£539£509£449£429
06 - Oct£509£479£419£399
13 - Oct£489£469£419£399
*The above dates are for pricing purpose only, please get a quote for availability.
All prices are per person.
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Our Hike Reviews

Sail Croatia Hike Croatia Cruise
Rated 4.8/5 based on 8 customer reviews
Have already booked for next year
5/ 5stars.
19 of us were on a Hike Croatia holiday, the boats are the right size to get into small harbours. The guides and crew were excellent and the food very good - such a good way to see Croatia . We have been five times and have already booked for next year. Such a brilliant holiday would recommend to anybody who likes hiking. - 25-Sep, 2015
Felt like a true holiday
5/ 5stars.
What I enjoyed most was that the trip felt like a true holiday. Apart from the breath taking scenery, Sail Croatia, your representative and the boat's crew made every moment feel super special. - 08-Sep, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions

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When does the trip leave?

All ships depart on Saturdays at 1pm.

What time do the trips finish?

All boats return to port on the Friday night and you disembark early after breakfast on the Saturday morning by 9am.

How challenging is the route?

We recommend you have a reasonable level of fitness to participate in our Hike Croatia trips. Each day’s itinerary brings a different level of 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 sit back and spend the day swimming or relaxing on the boat.

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.

What are the cabins like?

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.

Are toiletries provided?

Although some boats may provide toiletries it is recommended that you supply your own.

Are there any extra costs?

€20 local tourist tax per person is payable on board. Meals/water purchase on your rides (1 litre of bottled water per person is provided every day).

Is food included?

Breakfast and dinner is included every day. Lunch is not included as we encourage you to try the local cuisine whilst you are out cycling during the day. Our guide can offer some suggestions on the best places to go. 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. Dinners are usually 3 courses, with a soup/salad starter, meat or fish-based main course and fruit/cake for dessert.

Can I bring food and drink onboard?

You cannot bring food and drink onboard the boat, except for items that fill specific dietary requirements. Each boat 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 re-usable water bottle with you onboard, and filling this up before the salon closes for the evening.

How do I buy drinks onboard?

All drinks, and optional onboard dinners will be added to your bar tab. Bar tabs are recorded throughout the week and are payable in cash (Croatian Kuna) at the end of your cruise.

I am a vegetarian or have a special meal request - do you cater for me?

We don't cook specifically for vegetarians or travellers with special meal requests. Dinner usually includes soup or pasta as a starter, some meat or fish, vegetables as side dish, salad and dessert/fruit. The vegetarians will enjoy larger amounts of vegetables and salad. To have it on your plate from the first day of the cruise, please advise us at the time of your booking that you are vegetarian. If you are allergic to certain types of food, please specify in advance what it includes. We will put a note beside your name on the list of guests so the crew can be prepared. At the time of your check-in, please introduce yourself to your cook or waiter so they are aware of who you are and you can discuss anything in particular with them.

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 boat 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 for the cruise due to the distances covered each day. Each cruise usually has a range of hiking abilities onboard and the guide will take into account that some people will hike at a slower pace.

How much spending money do you think I will need to take with me?

It is difficult to specify the money that you can spend per day. As a general rule, Euro 25 to Euro 30 or GB £25 to £30 per day can provide you with additional meals and optional entrances.

Are there powerpoints on the boats?

Yes. There are European 2 pin points which can be used for charging phones, cameras and use of hairdryers, etc. These are generally located in the cabins on Ensuite and Premier ships.

Do you sail from island to island?

Essentially the boats are motor cruisers which enable the boats to take in more islands and get from point to point as per the schedule. Sails do go up on the boats if the winds are good but the wind isn't reliable enough to allow the boats to keep to the itineraries so we cruise using the engine most of the time.

How do I get to Split?

Easyjet, Wizzair and Croatia Airlines fly into Split on a regular basis from the UK. Many travellers also fly into Ancona in Italy and catch the overnight ferry to Split on Friday night around 9pm and arrive Saturday morning at about 7am. If you do this, advance booking on the ferry is essential. There are quite a few options - Click on the Getting There section for more information.

I am South African. How do I get a visa?

Once your booking has been confirmed we will email you your pre-departure documents and you will be able to apply at the Croatian Embassy. It is a simple formality for the Croatian Embassy to process which rarely encounters problems. If you plan on visiting Bosnia you will also need a visa for entry to Bosnia. Please note that if you plan on catching a bus between Split and Dubrovnik, the route goes through Bosnia.

What nationality are the crew?

Our crews are Croatian. They are local people showing you the best of their own culture.

Do the crew speak English?

Most do but not all, however there will be at least one crew member that will speak English on the boat and they will be responsible for looking after you. You can expect to encounter traditional people with traditional values. They are excellent hosts and go out of their way to ensure you have a fantastic trip.

How many people are on the boats?

This depends on the size of the boats. They accommodate from 20 to 40 people. The average Ensuite boat size is around 30 people.

What age are the passengers?

Parents will know best if their children are active enough to complete the itinerary on our Hike Croatia Cruises. We recommend a minimum age of 13 years, as these cruises can be physically quite demanding. That being said, if children are not able to complete the hike route for the day, or find the itinerary too demanding after day one, it will be the responsibility of the guardian to stay onboard with this child. A good level of fitness is required and most active older children should be able to complete each day with a little patience and encouragement. The sense of achievement each day is rewarding for most hikers and we often see happy faces on our younger guests.

What nationality are the passengers?

Our guests are mainly English-speaking travellers (usually US, Australian, New Zealand, British, European & South African travellers).

How do I make sure I am on the same boat as my friends?

Each booking has a lead passenger. This person is responsible for coordinating with each of you to ensure you all know what boat you are on.

How do I find the boats in Split?

The boats are located directly opposite the main bus station.If you are flying into Split there are airport shuttle buses which take you to the main bus terminal (45 minutes). If you are coming to Split another way you will see the bus station at the southern end of the harbour. Look out for the name of your boat and our representative will be there to meet you.

What happens if I miss the boat's departure time?

• You would need to call our Operations Team to advise them. However, it is usually possible to catch up with the boat by ferry and/or bus/taxi. Our Operations Team will be able to confirm on the day which port the ship will be in and the best way to get to this destination.

What are the typical temperatures in Croatia during the season?

Average temperatures in Croatia in degrees celsius are: Apr 17
May 21
June 25
July 29
Aug 28
Sep 25
Oct 21

What type of bikes will I be using?

All of our bikes are hired from a local supplier. Our standard bike type is: Cross and Felt 28”, E-bikes: Flyer 20”.

Is Wi-fi available onboard?

Wi-fi is available onboard, however it is subject to download limits and may not be available when sailing.

Our Active Cruise Ship Types

Sail Croatia Explorer Premier Ship
  • Extra privacy
  • Ensuite Facilities
  • Typically bigger than Standard Ships

Our Ensuite Ships are great if you want the extra privacy and convenience of a toilet and shower in your cabin. The boats are typically a little bigger than our Standard Ships in size and because of this take an average of 30 travellers. These ships operate on the Croatia Navigator Cruises and the Active Croatia cruises.

Sail Croatia Explorer Premier Ship
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Ensuite Facilities
  • More space & comfort

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*. Taking an average of 36 guests, the Premier Ships are larger and newer in design than the Ensuite Ships. Premier Ships operate on selected dates on the Explorer Cruises, Active Cruises and Navigator Cruises.