Touring Croatia by Sailboat
Hello and welcome to my Sail Croatia Review. After countless evenings researching I decided the best way to see Croatia and the Croatian islands was by boat. Then I started researching relevant tour groups and came across a few companies – Contiki, G-Adventure and Sail Croatia. As most people would, I began looking at reviews to see what people made of their experiences with these companies. For what I wanted, to see the islands, to experience some culture and to participate in some interesting excursions, there was a clear winner. Hello Sail Croatia!
The Booking Process
Booking the tour was simple enough. I made an enquiry about dates and availability on the Almissa boat and had a reply within 24 hours. So I booked a trip with a £50 deposit and had the remaining 4 months to pay the rest. Easy as pie.
Communication with the team was brilliant. I asked a week in advance about wifi on the boat for instance, and again had a response within a few hours. I also received an email about boarding and departure a few days prior to the trip which had a helpful FAQ section which answered all of my questions. How will I find the boat in the port? Are there any local taxes? etc.
Boarding the boat in Dubrovnik was seamless. The crew were so helpful and welcoming, the boat was clean and the cabins were far more spacious than I’d ever expected. I even got a cabin to myself without paying extra for the single person supplement, but only because I went so early in the season. This isn’t something to rely upon. Firstly, there was a meet and greet, then an introduction to the boat and the crew, and then we were off.
The tour itself was well organised with excursions just about every day from cycling to zip-lining and walking tours. There really was something for everyone, which was a good job too as our group was varied. In reality that diversity made it all the better and far more interesting.
Of course I knew the itinerary before booking the trip, in fact, it was one of the main reasons I made the decision I did. But it didn’t disappoint. We saw the National Park in Mljet, the ancient town of Korcula, the Blue Cave, the party district of Hvar, the old town Stari Grad and the canyon at Omis to name just a few highlights.
There was plenty of flexibility with the tour. For example, if you wanted an afternoon swimming or sitting on the top deck rather than sight-seeing you could. And you wouldn’t have been alone. You could take the pace of the day as you liked and could have as much privacy as you wanted, provided you were back on the boat by the time it left the next morning.
The cabins were spacious and comfortable. I slept well each night and every cabin has it’s own en-suite.
There was a good variety of meals included and the food was top notch. They also catered well for allergies, which wasn’t necessarily something I would have expected.
And finally, I cannot compliment the crew enough. They really went over and above to make sure everyone’s stay was comfortable and enjoyable. Even our captain got involved with the guests, told us stories and sang songs.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed my trip. I would do it again in a heartbeat and I would absolutely recommend it to anybody considering touring Croatia by boat, it really is without a doubt, the best way to see the islands.
I hope you enjoyed my Sail Croatia Review and continue reading through the rest of my travels.