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The Croatian Island Hopper Sailing Adventure

Trip Type: Backpacker Tour/ Sailing Tour
Tour Cost: $US744+ (students $700+)
Departs from: Split
Duration: 8 days

Tags: $500-$1000 Tours, 8 to 13 days, Busabout, Croatia, Eastern Europe Tours, Sailing, Small Group Tour

The magnificent Dalmatian coast is dotted with 1,185 dazzling islands. Spend an unforgettable week sailing on a beautiful vintage ship. You'll only need a pair of shorts, a couple of t-shirts and a swim suit to laze around the pearly Adriatic Sea.

Relax and let the captain and his crew (especially the cook!) spoil you while you contemplate whether to swim, sunbathe or do a bit of sightseeing. Starting and finishing in the coastal town of Split, the cruise will take you along the southern Dalmation coast with stops in Makarska, Dubrovnik, Sipan, Mljet, Korcula and Hvar.

Day 1: To Hvar
Anchors away! Depart Split harbour to cruise out past the island of Brač, as you enjoy your first lunch onboard and get to know your new Busabout crew mates! We'll stop near Hvar so you can enjoy your first swim in the beautiful, calm and clear waters of the Adriatic as we head towards one of Croatia's coolest and most sexy islands – Hvar! Marvel at the super yachts in the gorgeous medieval harbour, that has made the town a popular celeb hang out, wander around the markets or head up to the ancient fort for one of the best postcard shots of Croatia's sunniest island you're likely to make!

Tonight it's tequila Boom Booms at Kiva, funky beats and DJs at the super cool Carpe Diem or raving in a nightclub in a Monastery!

Day 2: To Mljet
After a late breakfast, you'll awake to some of the most beautiful views the Dalmatian coast has to offer. Today is all about Mljet, famous for its stunning national park. You'll see amazing salt-water lakes and a secluded abbey on the Island of St. Mary in the middle of the biggest lake. It's an awesome place for a dip, with the water a few degrees warmer than the sea, you'll think you've struck paradise. Our favourite thing to do is catch a boat out to the island to check out the old monastery. Whatever you choose, Mljet will leave an impression that's not soon forgotten.

Tonight we overnight at the port of Polača /Pomena. Time to put the feet up, watch the sun come down and indulge in a BBQ...another perfect end to the day.

Day 3:To Dubrovnik
Breakfast is served nice and early today as we head to Dubrovnik, known as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic' and home to some of the best waterfront bars and swim spots on the coast. Out and about you can check the sites of the old city. When the feet get sore and you're ready for a swim you can head down to East West Beach or some of the hidden little beaches around the outer walls of the city.

Dinner tonight should be all about sampling the local seafood and traditional meat dishes. If you're looking for something a little more budget friendly, you can grab a pizza from one of the many local pizzerias, washed down with some local wine. After dinner we head on to Fresh cocktail bar. Time to grab your mates and order a 3-litre tower of Sex on the Beach and toast another day of Croatian bliss. Once the cocktails are done, Club Fuego will open its doors for the evening...beats to move your feet until the wee small hours of the morning.

Day 4: To Korcula
This morning it's off to Korčula to check out the island of Marco Polo, the medieval Venetian traveller who was supposedly born here. You can even visit his reputed birthplace in the Old Town. If you're lucky enough you might even catch the famous Moreška, a local sword dance unique to Korčula complete with stunning costumes and traditional music. Join your Guide for a walk around this great town, reminiscent of a mini Dubrovnik and a work of art in itself by the master medieval stonemasons of Korčula. Hear the interesting stories and take a lesson in the old fashioned way to properly guard a town against extreme weather!

Hungry after all the sightseeing? Come and enjoy a pizza in town and then maybe a few cocktails at Dos Locos Bar. No visit to Korčula would be complete without a drink at Massimo, a cocktail bar on the roof of a medieval fort turret!

Day 5: To Makarska
Today we sail up the mainland coast to the seaside resort of Makarska, popular with locals and tourists alike, famous for its long pebble beach, water sports and palm fringed promenade framed by the lofty heights of the Biokovo Mountains. Your Guide will lead you into the town square on arrival to tell you a little more.

After a few drinks watching the amazing sunset, dinner is at Konoba Susvid, a great traditional tavern in the town centre with a few drinks in town afterwards. If you're here in peak season, don't forget to check out Club Deep, a nightclub inside a cave that used to be a weapons depot in the Second World War. A place of war becomes a place of party... how cool is that?

Day 6: Pucisca to Omis
We sail across to Pucisca and the marble capital of the world. Sample a real bit of Dalmatian culture heading off the beaten track to one of the islands most beautiful bays! Tonight is the Captain's Dinner followed by Busabout's infamous Pirate Parties and night sail to Omis.

Day 7: To Split
See the pirate town of Omis, visit the mountain fortress or go rafting before sailing into Split to enjoy your final night in Dalmatia's Capital! Have a wander around Diocletian's amazing Roman Palace, sip a Bijela Kava (coffee) on the funky Riva waterfront with concerts and entertainment going on all summer long! Cocktails in Red Room and party until dawn on Bacvice beach!

Day 8: Split
Check out 9am. After breakfast it is time to say goodbye to your new friends and crew! Transfers to the airport are right in the harbour along with the international ferry port.

Please note: The captain reserves the right to change the route in the case of bad weather or similar.

Departs every Saturday from May 19 to September 22, 2012

What's Included

  • 7 continental breakfasts 5 lunches & 2 dinners
  • 7 night's accommodation (Saturday to Friday inclusive)
  • Island orientation walks
  • English speaking Busabout Guide
  • Bedding on the boats (bring a towel)

What's Not Included

  • Local payment of €25 to cover all park entry fees and local taxes (approximately)

Tour Options

Explore the islands at your own pace, or join in with one of Busabout's optional extras. Full details from your Busabout Guide.

  • Captain’s Dinner
  • Kick back with a beer onboard
  • Traditional group dinners
  • Sunbaking and swimming in secluded bays – all completely free!
  • Hire a small boat and sail across the Mljet salt lakes to discover its secluded abbey
  • Bike hire in the National Parks
  • Beach ball games and lilos

Here at Busabout Adventures we've only ever aimed at one thing - to show you around some of our favourite countries sharing a little bit of the passion we have for these destinations. We promise to give you the best possible value-for-money adventures . All our crew have a passion for the land in which they work and have all travelled extensively themselves - so they know how to make your budgets stretch.

The trips and itineraries have been developed by local experts who passionately believe that their trip is the best in the world - it makes for interesting end-of-year parties, but it means you get the best the country has to offer. Check out the Trip Options for full itineraries or keep reading to find out why our trips are so good.

What makes us a little bit special...

We have a lovely team both in the office to help you with enquiries and out there on road, track and sea. Judging by the thank you emails we get they are building themselves a nice reputation for being the independent travel experts - they know you are there for a good time but don't like being herded like cattle: you can still feel like an independant traveller on a tour but only if you are given the time and space to experience things for yourself.

In some destinations we have expert guides from the country you are visiting, on others we have Trip Managers and Drivers who make use of a series of expert Local Guides along the way - either way there will be plenty of opportuntiy for that unique local insight which is so important to travelling.

Our accommodations vary from boat to hotel to tent - not all on the same trip, but with one thing in common: they are the best options available for the budget traveller. Our style of travel suits the independant traveller, so you can be sure that you are likely to have plenty in common with other members of the group before you even meet. We have people from all over the world on our trips: some of which are solo travellers, some couples and sometimes groups of friends.

The group dynamic is different on every trip - but you can be sure that you guides main aim is too build cameraderie and the group-feel. Cooking dinner together overlooking Chefchaoun or lounging on the deck of our sailing boats in Croatia is a sure-fire way to get that bonding going. Not to mention our nights out sampling the local night-life.

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Tour Highlights

  • Anchor up and jump off the boat into the Adriatic
  • Sip cocktails at the top of a 14th century tower in Korcula
  • Turquoise sea, blue skies and the luscious green hills
  • Scale the city walls of Dubrovnik – the best way to spy-out the ocean side bars
  • Sit back with a local beer and watch the yachts come in at Hvar
  • Try your hand at fishing or even catching a squid off the back of the boat
  • Captain the Pirate Cruiser as it sails along the Dalmatian Coast
  • Learn a few phrases with your local captain and crew
  • Party till dawn in a Croatian cave bar
  • Captain's Dinner

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