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Explorer Cruises

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Explorer Cruise Destinations, Sail Croatia

Explorer Cruises:

  • Explore unspoilt bays & pristine swimming spots as you swim off the boat
  • Participate in exclusive excursions and optional activities
  • Explore the stunning, historically abundant towns along the Adriatic Coast
  • Discover authentic Croatian cuisine
  • Experience the Dubrovnik City Walls, the stunning Mljet National Park, and so much more
  • Premier & Premier Plus Ships available
  • Enjoy a Captains Dinner evening on-board including traditional entertainment

Our Explorer cruises are perfect for discerning travellers looking for a blend of sightseeing, relaxation and socialising. Best suited for couples, young professionals and 'young at heart' travellers, the Explorer trips are 7 day cruises departing every Saturday from Split and Dubrovnik on our Premier and Premier Plus ships.

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Travelling down the coast of Croatia, your boat will visit the beautiful islands of Hvar stopping at both Stari Grad (or Jelsa) and Hvar Town, giving you more time on this popular island with some of the most exclusive cafes and bars on the Adriatic. We also visit Korcula - the birthplace of Marco Polo - which provides more opportunities to soak up history and culture with renaissance cathedrals and ancient monuments. We take in the amazing salt lakes and natural beauty of the Mljet National Park and the highest mountains on the Med - the Makarska Riviera.

Along the route your Captain will regularly moor up in small, unspoilt bays to allow you the chance to swim in the clear, calm waters of the Adriatic. Breakfasts and lunches are freshly prepared for you daily by our onboard chef. Come evening you are free to step ashore and visit one of the many waterside bars, cafes and restaurants. During the trip you will also have the opportunity to do optional activities such as buggy safari, wine-tasting and a day trip through to the unforgettable Old Town in the city of Mostar in Bosnia.

Offered only on our Premier and Premier Plus ships, each cabin has a shower and wc, as well as air-conditioning*. Taking an average of 36 guests, these ships are larger and purpose built in design for small ship cruises around the Adriatic. You can be sure you will be well looked after by the Captain and crew who will take care of all the hard work. Explorer cruises are great for unwinding and experiencing the true beauty of Croatia, whilst taking in the culture and history of the country. The emphasis is on taking in more sightseeing than on the Navigator cruises, whilst still giving you some socialising options in the evenings.

How to Book

1Under 'Our Explorer Routes' select the Explorer Route you wish to sail. Once you have selected your desired route click on the pricing slider found at the bottom of each 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.

Explorer Inclusions

  • Daily Breakfast
  • Daily 3-course lunch
  • Unlimited access to the onboard water cooler (during salon opening times)
  • Captains Dinner & Entertainment
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Dedicated Tour Manager
  • 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.


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 Explorer Itineraries

Split Return (South) - Most Popular- Easiest for return flights

Explorer Cruise Return Itinerary Map, Sail Croatia

Starting and finishing in the city of Split, our Explorer Return cruise is popular with young professionals, couples and mature travellers and offers 7 days of enforced relaxation and an effortless journey around the stunning coast of Croatia. The cruise departs every Saturday from May to October.

Departure Day: Saturdays (Apr - Oct) & Wednesdays (Jul - Sep)

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


Departure from Split harbour, Saturday at 13:00. After lunch, we will sail along the Dalmatian coast down to the Makarska Riviera. We will spend the afternoon swimming at one of the beautiful beaches on the Riviera. The ship will overnight in the port of Makarska, one of the most attractive resorts on the Croatian coast. Makarska nestles under the Biokovo mountain range with Mt Jure the highest seaside peak on the Mediterranean. Strolling along the streets of Makarska, you will come across numerous churches and other architectural sights. For nightlife, there is the cocktail bar Marineta and for late night takers, there is "Club Deep" set in a natural cave next to the sea.

Optional Activities


After breakfast, we set sail for Korcula, the birthplace of Marco Polo. Lunch will be served onboard near Lumbarda bay (on the eastern side of Korcula). We will overnight in the port of Korcula Town. Explore this fortified town, with its narrow streets and lookout towers surrounding the church. On this island you can find a host of legends, tales and stone monuments. The town's stone walls were built over two centuries ago.

Optional Activities


After breakfast we depart for Dubrovnik, which will be the highlight of our cruise. There will be time just for a short swim. Enjoy the beautiful sights of nature along the way towards "heaven on earth" - according to the famous writer George Bernard Shaw. We will arrive into Dubrovnik late afternoon. Take a walk through the Stradun - both a street and a square, a promenade inside the city walls. For those of you with more energy, we recommend a walk on top of the 1,940 m long city walls! Overnight in the port of Gruz in this magical city.

Optional Activities


We set sail early morning and head for the beautiful national park island of Mljet. Here you are then free to look at the salt lakes in the National Park and enjoy the sun and sea on this peaceful island. We will overnight in the port of Polace or Pomena. Inside the National Park, you can visit the little isle of St Mary, with an ancient Benedictine monastery an old abbey and church dating from the 12th century, or just use a small boat, kayak, bicycle, scooter or cabriolet to roam around the National Park.

Optional Activities

  • Mljet National Park Entrance
  • Bikes and Kayaks


Early in the morning we depart for the Pakleni Islands where we have lunch and a swim. We depart for Hvar after lunch. Hvar is the longest island in the Adriatic. Here we can find the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower as well as the oldest community theatre in Europe, founded here in 1612. The town of Hvar offers plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes that are open long into the night.

Please note: the docking time in Hvar can be early evening in peak season due to port authority restrictions. However, if guests would like to arrive earlier, water taxi transfers can be arranged for 3 Euros per person (payable locally).


For our second night on Hvar island, we moor overnight in the quaint harbour town of Stari Grad or in the pretty port of Jelsa (depending on local harbour traffic). Situated on the northern side of the island, Stari Grad literally means 'Old Town' and it is the oldest town in Croatia. Stari Grad boasts an attractive network of old narrow streets and small squares around the harbour. Vineyards and olive groves surround the town and the Stari Grad Plain is a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site. Jelsa dates back to the 1300's and was a significant trading port for the island's wine and olive oil. It nestles at the foot of thickly wooded hillsides. Both ports have plenty of restaurants and bars to explore, with some overlooking the harbour itself and others tucked away in the side streets.

Optional Activities


We leave Hvar island in the morning and the boats will make their way back to Split, stopping for a swim break and lunch at one of the pretty coastal beaches.

We arrive into Split late afternoon. Enjoy the view of the Split Riviera as we sail into port.

Split is a monumental city under UNESCO protection that belongs not only to Croatians, but also to you, as part of its World Heritage status. Here we find an abundance of Roman architecture - of special interest is the Diocletian Palace.

Optional Activities


Early breakfast after which it is time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends!

Optional Activities

All of the activities offered on this itinerary are informative only and are for your planning benefit. These are booked and paid for locally if you wish to participate. There is no obligation to participate as they are purely optional.

Explorer Return Route 2018 Pricing

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Dubrovnik to Split
Split Return
Split to Dubrovnik

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Above Lower Above Lower
28 - Apr£549£509£469£429
05 - May£699£609£529£499
12 - May£709£619£569£539
19 - May£749£709£629£599
26 - May£819£769£699£669
02 - Jun£819£769£719£689
09 - Jun£849£799£729£699
16 - Jun£899£849£769£729
23 - Jun£949£889£849£789
30 - Jun£949£889£849£789
04 - Jul£949£889
07 - Jul£949£889£849£789
11 - Jul£949£889
14 - Jul£949£889£849£789
18 - Jul£949£889
21 - Jul£949£889£849£789
25 - Jul£949£889
28 - Jul£949£889£829£769
01 - Aug£949£889
04 - Aug£929£869£829£769
08 - Aug£949£889
11 - Aug£949£889£849£789
15 - Aug£929£869
18 - Aug£949£889£849£789
25 - Aug£949£889£849£789
01 - Sep£909£859£829£769
08 - Sep£889£839£809£759
15 - Sep£809£769£729£699
22 - Sep£779£739£659£629
29 - Sep£709£659£599£569
06 - Oct£579£539£509£469
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Dubrovnik to Split
Split Return
Split to Dubrovnik

DatePremier PlusPremier
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27 - Apr£649£589£529£469
04 - May£739£679£619£559
11 - May£739£679£619£559
18 - May£769£709£649£589
25 - May£869£809£749£689
01 - Jun£869£809£749£689
08 - Jun£889£829£769£709
15 - Jun£909£849£789£729
22 - Jun£969£909£849£789
29 - Jun£969£909£849£789
03 - Jul£969£909
06 - Jul£969£909£849£789
10 - Jul£969£909
13 - Jul£969£909£849£789
17 - Jul£969£909
20 - Jul£969£909£849£789
24 - Jul£969£909
27 - Jul£969£909£849£789
31 - Jul£969£909
03 - Aug£969£909£849£789
07 - Aug£969£909
10 - Aug£969£909£849£789
14 - Aug£969£909
17 - Aug£969£909£849£789
24 - Aug£969£909£849£789
31 - Aug£969£909£849£789
07 - Sep£939£879£819£759
14 - Sep£889£829£769£709
21 - Sep£809£749£689£629
28 - Sep£739£679£619£559
05 - Oct£649£589£529£469
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Sail Croatia Explorer Cruise
Rated 4.6/5 based on 106 customer reviews in 2016
Amazing adventure!
5/ 5stars.
This cruise exceeded my expectations! The islands were beyond amazing and the excursions were perfect! The whole experience was the perfect combination of meeting new people and having alone time with my husband. We loved the Explorer option because it was perfect for having a good time while still getting to see all the sights we wanted to. I would highly recommend Sail Croatia to anyone! - 19-Jul, 2016
Awesome week!!
5/ 5stars.
My boyfriend and I (27/30) loved our Sail Croatia trip! We had an awesome group of people, mostly aged mid-20's to 30 but we also had a few older couples on the boat in their 50's/60's (but definitely young at heart!). Our guide was great and the crew were amazing! Our cabin was super clean and we had an ensuite and aircon so it was quite comfy! Others at the rear of the ship were near the engine room and said it was loud so try and get a front cabin if you're below deck! Our days consisted of brekky, swim stops, lunch, port, exploring towns, dinner and drinks, then usually most of the boat would head out to bars/clubs in the evenings. We had the most amazing week and would highly recommend Sail Croatia!!! - 27-Jun, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Explorer Cruises?

Explorer Cruises are designed for young professionals and young at heart travellers, who are looking for a mix of sightseeing, relaxation and socialising. These cruises sail on One Way Split to Dubrovnik (or vice versa) and Split Return routes from April until October exclusively on our Premier and Premier Plus ships.

What day does the trip leave?

All cruises depart on Saturdays at 1pm, except for the Wednesday departures, which leave at 1pm on Wednesdays.

What time do the trips finish?

All ships return to port on the Friday night and you finish early after breakfast on the Saturday morning (by 9am). For the Wednesday departures, the ships return to port on Tuesday evening and you leave the ship on Wednesday morning by 9am.

What are the cabins like?

The cabins are based on twin share so usually have 2 beds in them, often twin or bunk beds. On some ships, there are triple cabins and double bed cabins available. We can check at the time of booking if you request this. Triple cabins consist of a double bed and a single bunk.

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

Basically, the Above Deck cabins are located on the main deck of the ship, with most opening out onto the deck itself, as this runs around 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 boat is unique and therefore the layout does vary from boat to boat.

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 ship types are available?

There are two ship types on our Explorer cruises: Premier and Premier Plus. Both ships offer ensuite cabins with air-conditioning. The Premier Plus ships are slightly larger than the Premier ships. More details can be found on the Ship Types page.

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

There are no single supplements on the Explorer cruises, provided that you are willing to share your cabin with another single traveller. If you prefer to have your own cabin, you can pay a single supplement which is 50% of the one person price.

How many people are on the ships?

Each ship is different but on average, the Premier and Premier Plus ships accommodate about 36-40 people.

What age are the passengers?

The Explorer cruises have a wide age range of adults onboard. A typical Explorer cruise will usually have a mix of couples, young professionals and 'young at heart' travellers, usually aged from mid 20s to mid 60s. We recommend a minimum age of 15 and upwards onboard for our Explorer Cruises. We find this age upwards works well for the other customers onboard the ship and find that often older teens will enjoy many aspects of this Cruise.

What nationality are the passengers?

Our Explorer ships are usually a broad mix of mainly English-speaking travellers (usually US, Australian, New Zealand, British, European & South African travellers).

Is food included?

Breakfast and lunch are included every day. Dinner is not included as we encourage you to explore the local port towns in the evening to enjoy the local food and wine. We can offer some suggestions on the best places to go. Breakfast is simple continental-style (bread and spreads). You can pay onboard for a cooked English breakfast at a supplement of 40 euros for the week. Lunches are usually 3 courses, with a soup/salad starter, meat or fish-based main course and fruit/cake for dessert.

Are toiletries provided?

Although some ships may provide toiletries it is recommended that your supply your own to be safe.

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. Lunch usually includes soup or pasta as a starter, some meat or fish, vegetables as side dish, salad and dessert. 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 some sorts 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.

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, however 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.

What about insurance?

We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance before you go. Our partners, World Nomads Travel Insurance, offer great deals. Click here for an insurance quote.

Are there powerpoints on the boats?

Yes. There are European 2 pin-style points which can be used for charging phones, cameras and use of hairdryers, etc. These are in the cabins on all Premier and Premier Plus 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. For ships that have sails, these do go up if the the conditions are right 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.

Are there ferries to Split all the time?

Overnight ferries go most nights but not all. Please check the departure dates before booking your flights. You can visit www.jadrolinija.hrto view timetables and connections.

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 here. Please note that if you plan on catching a bus between Split and Dubrovnik, the route goes through Bosnia.

Which is the best route?

Each route has its own appeal. The Explorer Return Itinerary starts and finishes in Split and is great for those who just have a week to spare and want to fly in and out of the same airport. The Explorer One Way routes are popular with guests who have more time and are looking to spend a couple of days in Split or Dubrovnik before or after their cruise.

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

If you have friends who have already booked, please mention their name when booking as we often have more than one ship on the route.

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?

It is usually possible to catch up with the boat by ferry and/or bus/taxi. The options depend on the route you are booked on:

Explorer Return: Boat will be in Makarska on Saturday night. You can catch a bus from Split to Makarska (approx. 1 hour 15 mins).

Explorer One Way Split to Dubrovnik: Boat will be in Makarska on Saturday night. You can catch a bus from Split to Makarska (approx. 1 hour 15 mins)

Explorer One Way Dubrovnik to Split: You will need to overnight in Dubrovnik and catch a ferry to Korcula on Sunday to meet up with the boats on Sunday evening.

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

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 Explorer Ship Types

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.

Sail Croatia Explorer Premier Plus Ship
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Large Ensuite Facilities
  • Luxurious Furnishings, large space & comfort

Our Premier Plus Ships, as the name suggests, are a cut above the rest in terms of space, luxury and comfort. Whilst our newest and most luxurious Premier Plus ships operate exclusively on our Elegance Cruises, our Explorer Cruises run on spacious and stylish Premier Plus ships, taking an average of 38 guests. Premier Plus Ships are newer in design than the Premier Ships and operate on selected dates on the Explorer, Elegance and Navigator cruises.