What are the additional costs that I need to budget for?
What about food and drink?
Whilst our Private Yacht Tours have many inclusions to make it a hassle-free sailing experience, there are some additional costs you should budget for whilst in Croatia.
Our Private Yacht Tours include a yacht/catamaran, skipper, airport transfers, unlimited fuel for the week, damage waiver insurance, Wi-Fi and local taxes.
As we offer a flexible itinerary, guests need to budget for mooring fees throughout the week. Please see "What are the average mooring costs" FAQ for approximate costs. You will also need to budget for food and drinks for the crew onboard, please see FAQ "Who will my Skipper be".
Who will my Skipper be?
Food and drink are not included in a Private Yacht Tour. Each yacht is equipped with a kitchenette including a gas stove, oven and
kettle. There is a small grocery store at ACI Marina in Split as well as the many stops during the week. This way you can pick out
exactly the food you'll prefer for breakfast and lunch at sea. In the evenings you'll have a wide variety of restaurant options.
Croatia has delicious, locally-grown food, and your skipper will be happy to recommend the perfect restaurant for your group.
Why should I book a host/hostess?
All Private Yacht Tours have a professional and licensed Skipper included in the price. They are responsible for sailing your vessel, creating your personalised itinerary, organising marina reservations during the week and much more. Most of our Skippers are of Croatian background, and will all speak English.
It is the industry standard for guests to budget for food and drinks for the skipper and host/hostess (if booked) throughout the week. They will rarely turn down an invitation to dine out as a member of your party, but they also won’t mind dining separately. We recommend budgeting 20-30 Euros per person, per day for food.
What ages are suitable for a Private Yacht Tour?
Hiring a host/hostess allows you to sit back and relax on your sailing vacation! A host/hostess will take care of preparing small meals for breakfast and lunch, keeping the yacht clean and tidy, topping up groceries throughout the week, assisting with organising excursions and much more. The price of a host/hostess is €980 for all 2023 departures, and €1,120 for all 2024 departures.
It is the industry standard for guests to budget for food and drinks for the host/hostess (if booked) throughout the week. They will rarely turn down an invitation to dine out as a member of your party, but they also won’t mind dining separately. We recommend budgeting 20-30 Euros per person, per day for food.
How do Airport Transfers work?
All ages are welcome onboard our yachts although practically it is recommended children are able to swim and
additional considerations be taken into account such as moving around the yachts, moving booms and ropes,
slippery surfaces, boarding and crossing from shore to the yacht. Risks are clearly visible and additional
precautions should be taken with children onboard particularly for non-swimmers. Life jackets are provided for
all passengers onboard and buoyancy vests are available fo those that prefer lighter gear.
What are the average mooring costs in Croatia?
Each Private Yacht Tour is entitled to 2 transfers per booking. Arrival transfers are included between the airport and your hotel, or from the airport straight to the marina on day 1 of your tour. Departure transfers are also included from the marina to the airport, or from the marina to your hotel on the last day of your tour. We will be in touch closer to your departure to organise your complimentary Airport Transfers.
Should I plan my itinerary in advance?
Mooring buoys (estimated 30-40 Euros per night for monohulls and 40-50 Euros for catamarans*) are great if you’re looking for a private mooring solution. Marinas on the other hand, (60 - 300 Euros per night depending on location and size*) have cafes, restaurants, showers & toilet facilities along with shore power and fresh-water refills for the yacht. In our experience a mixture of both options gives the best balance through the week for most groups. We find overnighting in locations that are a little further from marinas and towns are generally more affordable. Most Marinas only accept cash, however some may accept credit cards.
*Please note: The cost of mooring buoys and marinas are estimations and are based on a 40ft yacht. The size of your vessel and date may affect the price of mooring buoys and marinas. Whilst it's not always possible, some marinas may be reserved ahead of time through your Skipper, however, a tip is expected by marina staff to hold a spot. 1 night of mooring at Split ACI Marina is included free for Sail Croatia yachts and catamarans.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
We recommend using our sample itineraries as a guide to give you an idea of where you would like to visit. At check-in, you and your skipper will create a personalised itinerary that factors in the forecasted weather and your must-see destinations. Please note, sample itineraries may not always be possible due to weather conditions and marina availability.
How much luggage can I bring onboard?
The yachts and catamarans within our fleet feature mostly double cabins with some twin/bunk cabins. If all cabins are in use onboard a yacht, the Skipper will use the salon seating area to sleep in, which converts to a double bed. Onboard most catamarans there are separate beds for the Skipper and Host/Hostess located in the bow. These are only used by crew in the event that all cabins onboard are in use as they are very small and basic. Please note that crew cabins are not equipped with a bathroom, meaning that the Skipper will require access to a bathroom.
When does the trip start?
Due to limited storage space on the yacht, soft luggage (duffle bags or similar) is recommended as these bags are easiest to store onboard and don’t damage our yachts.
Large suitcases and excess luggage can be stored before arriving at the marina. Weekly baggage storage is available near the main bus station arrivals area on the other side of the port.
What time do the trips finish?
- Saturday departure - check-in is from 5pm in ACI Marina Split
- Sunday or Monday departure - check-in is from 3pm in ACI Marina Split
- All departures - check-in is 2pm for a 3pm departure in ACI Marina Dubrovnik
Please note: the check-in time from Dubrovnik is not flexible. Guests must depart the marina at 3pm to avoid mooring fees.
Who are Private Yacht Tours suitable for?
You will make your way to our base marina by 6pm at the latest and spend your last night onboard. Check-out the next day will be by 8:30am to allow us time to clean the yacht before the next departure.
Can I do a One Way Itinerary?
Private Yacht Tours are suitable for couples looking for a romantic week away, families or groups of friends wanting to do something completely independent. If you’re looking for a cruise experience, view our Croatia small ship cruises.
How does Sail Croatia contribute to sustainable tourism?
One Way itineraries (Split – Dubrovnik & Dubrovnik – Split) are available on selected yachts and catamarans
only. If you are interested in a one way itinerary, please check with our Sales Team for availability. Please
note: a one way fee of 350 Euros is charged for all one way itineraries. Mooring fees in Dubrovnik are not
included on any one way itineraries.
Do I need to purchase travel insurance?
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.
Yes, we highly recommend that you take out Travel Insurance that would cover cancellation, personal injury, medical expenses, personal
liability & loss of personal property before you travel with us. It’s also important to check that your insurance covers all of the
optional excursions you may be doing whilst onboard the cruise with us. Find out more about Travel Insurance here.
Please note: Once a booking is confirmed, there are fees applicable if you need to make a change to your booking or if you need to
cancel. All fees can be found on our Booking Terms. Whilst we are unable to offer refunds, we can provide a letter confirming your
cancellation with us which may aid your Travel Insurance claim, if required.