Croatia Sailing & Balkans

$909/per person

Kick it off this amazing Balkans tour at Split and enjoy a perfect balance of sunbathing on sandy beaches, cooling off whilst swimming in untouched bays, discovering the charm of the beautiful islands, as well as the countless delicacies and endless parties. Roam the walls of Dubrovnik and cross over to the pearl of Montenegro, Budva and then to its capital, Podgorica. Get a chance to meet the friendly locals and listen to their stories, and learn about the vast history of the region as we drive towards Macedonia, after uncovering Albania and its natural beauty.

Duration
11 Day
Destination(s)
Balkans / Croatia
Starts in / Ends in
Split / Skopje
Departs on
Sundays
Hotel Rating
A Category Boat, 4 Star Hotels
15-20 Pax

Sight Visited

  • Bitola
    Bitola

    Bitola is the second largest city in Macedonia and near the border with Greece.

  • Budva
    Budva

    Budva is a town in Montenegro and known for best nightlife on the Adriatic Sea.

  • Dubrovnik
    Dubrovnik

    This complex is one of the most beautiful and strongest fortified systems in Europe, but the lively streets show that there is more! Party in a 13th Century fortress anyone?

  • Hvar
    Hvar

    Among the most popular of the Adriatic, it was named a top destination to travel in 2012. Crowding streets and the crazy nightlife can’t go unmentioned.

  • Korcula
    Korcula

    The birthplace of Marco Polo reminds many of a miniature Dubrovnik with its walls. Make your way to the old city tower to grab a cocktail and enjoy the stunning view.

  • Kotor
    Kotor

    Kotor is a coastal town in Montenegro and well-known for its World heritage medieval structures.

  • Makarska
    Makarska

  • Mljet
    Mljet

    A true beauty of nature, the island of Mljet is covered in green with some small villages and lakes. A third of the island is an amazing Natural Park.

  • Ohrid
    Ohrid

    Ohrid is a large town in Macedonia on the shore of Lake Ohrid and a UNESCO heritage site since 1980.

  • Omis
    Omis

    Omis is a small port located at the mouth of the Cetina River and surrounded by huge gorges

  • Podgorica
    Podgorica

    Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro and 63 km far from the Budva.

  • Shkodra
    Shkodra

    Shkodra is the fourth largest city in Albania and one of the oldest places in the Balkan peninsula.

  • Skopje
    Skopje

    Skopje is the capital and largest city of Macedonia and it lies in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula.

  • Split
    Split

    The largest city of Adriatic has a stunning coastline with countless cafes, bars or shops. Emperor Diocletain’s palace, a World Heritage Site, is open for visitors.

  • Tirana
    Tirana

    Tirana is the capital and largest city of Albania.It is also culturel and economical center of the country.

Itinerary

1
Day 1: Split, Omis
After boarding our “A” category cruiser at 1:00pm from the Split harbour, we enjoy lunch on board before cruising the tranquil waters of the Adriatic Sea. There are plenty of stops for swimming on the way to Omis, a small port located at the mouth of the Cetina River and surrounded by huge gorges. Historically, Omis was home to the fearful pirates whose fast boats were used to attack trade ships. Old monuments and buildings, as well as historic town names, are a constant reminder of the turbulent past. We go rafting here on the Cetina River which is one of the highlight’s of the week.
  • Included Activities; Welcome Meeting
  • Optional Activities ; Group Dinner
  • Meals ; Lunch
2
Day 2: Omis, Makarska
Today we depart for a day of swimming at beautiful bays along the Dalmatian coast. We sail to the island of Makarska, which is a popular resort town on the mainland with the Biokovo mountain range acting as a stunning backdrop. After a brief orientation walk you have the afternoon free to lie on the beach; take part in water sports like parasailing and jet skiing; or just enjoy the many cafes, bars and restaurants that line the 1500 metre-long beach. At night get ready to go ‘Deep’ as we head out to party in a cave!
  • Included Activities; Orientation walk in  Makarska
  • Optional Activities ;  Ziplining, White Water Rafting
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Lunch
3
Day 3: Makarska, Hvar
As the anchor comes up in the morning, we wave goodbye to the shores of Makarska and are bound for Hvar. Hvar is Croatia’s premier island, which is known as the sunniest island in the Adriatic – receiving on average 2,724 hours of sunshine a year. It is also famous for its lavender, sage, rosemary and wine. The island is home to spectacular beaches, nightlife and draws numerous celebrities such as Prince Harry and his antics at one of the famous outdoor clubs. After an orientation walk you can sample some fresh cuisine at any number of restaurants and then get ready to party with the elite as we hit the local bars and clubs!
  • Included Activities; Orientation walk in Hvar
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Lunch
4
Day 4: Hvar, Korcula
Today we first sail to Lumbarda beach and spend some hours here to swimming, sunbathing or join some various water-sports and activities. We then continue to Korcula town, the birthplace of Marco Polo. Korcula is graced with indented coves, rolling hills and a walled old town that resembles a miniature Dubrovnik. After an orientation walk you can wander the streets checking out the markets and many hand-made jewellery shops, visit the spot where Marco Polo lived, or grab a cocktail in a bar located at the top of the old city tower for some phenomenal views.
  • Included Activities; Orientation walk in Korcula
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Lunch
5
Day 5: Korcula, Mljet
Today we cruise to the island of Mljet, an island covered by forests and dotted with fields, vineyards and small villages. Not only is one third of the island declared a National Park, Time Magazine placed Mljet among the ten most beautiful islands in the world. According to legend, this is where Odysseus got trapped for seven years with his lover Calypso – though locals believe it is the natural beauty of Mljet that charmed him. Here on this enchanting island you have the afternoon to visit the salt lakes, swim, kayak, cycle or scoot around. Of course no sailing trip on a traditional Croatian ship is complete without dressing like a pirate - tonight we have our on-board ‘Pirate Party’ with a special BBQ and traditional Croatian cuisine prepared by the Captain and crew plus games to take us into the night.
  • Included Activities; Orientation walk in Mljet
  • Optional Activities ; Pirate Party
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Lunch
6
Day 6: Mljet, Dubrovnik
This morning we have time for our heads to recover and for an another sunbake or swim in the crystal clear waters. Later that day we head for the ‘pearl of the Adriatic’ – Dubrovnik! Much of the history of Dubrovnik can be characterised by its intact city walls, which runs uninterrupted for 1940 meters, encircling the city. This complex structure is one of the most beautiful and strongest fortified systems in Europe and one of the main attractions in the city. In the evening we indulge in some fresh seafood, before seeing what the Dubrovnik nightlife has in store – party in a 13th Century fortress anyone?
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Lunch
7
Day 7: Dubrovnik City Tour
This morning we discover Dubrovnik’s sites with our tour leader and local guide. The afternoon is yours free to explore - walk the city walls, wander through the marble streets, soak up some rays on the beach and maybe enjoy an ice cold beer taking in the view of the glistening Adriatic.
  • Included Activities; Dubrovnik City Tour
  • Optional Activities ; Thrash Bag Party
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Lunch
  
8
Day 8: Dubrovnik, Kotor, Budva, Podgorica
Kick off the day with a delicious breakfast and put on your swimsuit, it’s time to discover the “Pearl of the Adriatic", Dubrovnik. With its well-preserved majestic walls encircling the whole town and its sea of terra-cotta roof tiles, giving life to the King’s Landing, the whole town is an amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site. We start our guided walking tour of Stari Grad (old town), learn all about the millennial history of this incredible town with influences of the Romans, Byzantine, Ottomans and Venetians. We walk inside the mighty walls, visit the castle overlooking the port, and all the beautiful attractions of Dubrovnik before a drink to cool off. Our next stop is Kotor, Montenegro with its calming natural beauty and characteristic architecture. Following a walking tour of the old town with our expert local guide, we make our way to the popular touristic hub of the region, Budva. A touristic attraction in its own right, we discover the gorgeous town and all its attractions including Sveti Stefan – a former fishing village with its untouched old town with narrow streets, shops and churches. Late in the afternoon we depart for Podgorica, the capital city of Montenegro where we’ll stay overnight.
  • Meals ; Breakfast
9
Day 9: Podgorica, Shkodra, Tirana, Ohrid
We hit the roads following breakfast, next stop Albania! On our way, we pass through Shkodra and its beautiful lake on the border, and continue to Tirana. A panoramic city tour of Tirana will embrace Ethem Bey Mosque, one of the best preserved and most beautiful samples of Albanian architecture; as well as the Clock Tower, and the Skanderbeg Square – the town centre, named after the Albanian national hero Skanderbeg. Moving forward, the journey will continue towards Macedonia. As we arrive in Ohrid, we check into the hotel and rest up after a long day.
  • Included Activities; Panoramic City Tour of Tirana
  • Meals; Breakfast
10
Day 10: Ohrid-Bitola-Tetovo-Skopje
After breakfast, we depart for Bitola. The group will explore the Turkish market, Bedestenot, Yeni Mosque, the Clock Tower and the wide alley and the military academy. Bitola stands at a critical junction connecting the Adriatic with the Aegean Sea and Central Europe, and has always been an administrative, cultural, commercial, and educational centre. As many European countries had consulates in Bitola, also commonly known as "The City of The Consuls" for centuries. In addition, we will visit Heraclea Lyncestis, an ancient Macedonian town with an important strategical position during the Hellenistic period. Continuing on with the journey, the next stop will be Tetovo. Upon arrival, we embark on a tour of the city and visit the Arabati Baba Tekke and Sharena Dzamija (Painted Mosque). The impressive Painted Mosque was built in the year of 1459 on the foundation of an even older edifice. An example of early Constantinople style, the mosque is adorned with an elaborately painted facade and interior, making it unique. In the late evening hours, we travel to Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, for our overnight stay.
  • Included Activities; Bitola and Tetovo Walking tours
  • Meals; Breakfast
11
Day 11: Skopje
Our trip will end after we say goodbye to our new friends over breakfast, and check-out of the hotel in Skopje at 11.00am.
  • Meals; Breakfast
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Price ($)

The tour price and the local payment cover the following services:

Accommodation

Twin, double, triple and quadruple cabins in “A category” private boats with ensuite facilities, 4 Star hotels in Balkans.

Meals

10 breakfasts | 7 lunches | 1 Liter of drinking water per day on the boat

Sailing

A” category traditional Croatian motor cruiser with air condition in common areas

Tour Leader

Services of an experienced Travel Talk tour leader.

Crew

Services of the captain and experienced crew

Transportation

Air-conditioned non-smoking coach or mini-bus

What is not included in the tour price and local payment?

  • Any flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & gestures
  • Visa fees
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

HOTEL VERDE COMPLEX - PODGORICA


HOTEL AQUALINA - OHRID


HOTEL CONTINENTAL - SKOPJE


MS RIBIC


Ribic is a traditional A class cruise boat for the Croatian islands. Ribic provides the right atmosphere to enjoy sailing the turquoise waters of the Adriatic with its 2 decks, bar,TV,  Our 25m cruise boat is at your service with 10 cabins with private facilities.

MS LAV


Lav is a unique boat sailing the waters of the Adriatic. It is a modern Pirate ship built in 2003 and renovated in 2010. The 25m long beautiful ship awaits its passengers with its 10 cabins with private facilities. Don’t let its authentic image confuse you because Lav also has 2 decks, bar, lounge, dining room, sun decks wiht sunbeds and chairs, TV & audiovisual equipment in main lounge and water sports equipment.

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