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The best way to sail the Croatia islands this summer

European Experience - Sailing in Croatia

If you’re in the mood for some sailboat life this summer, complete with beach parties, al-fresco dining, and many priceless memories, then you should sail the Croatia islands with us this summer! The Croatian coastline is going to be BIG this summer – it’s the perfect venue for a fabulous euro summer – and Contiki can help you navigate it in style.

Hop aboard a traditional sailboat (complete with A.C., a pool, bar, sunning decks, and ensuite twin-cabins – lush!), and set sail across the dazzling Adriatic Sea. You’ll get to island-hop and discover local culture all while relaxing and partying and soaking up the sun.

Contiki’s 8-day Croatia Island Sail trip is THE BEST way to sail this summer, and this is why. 

1. Make dreamy sailboats and al-fresco dinners totally yours

It doesn’t get much better than waking up to the bright-blue Adriatic Sea every morning, believe me! With 8 days spent cruising around the Croatian coast on a gorgeous sailboat, complete with all the luxuries and essentials you need, you’ll be in total bliss. 

On top of that, you’re treated to on-board breakfasts (yum!) and lots of al-fresco dining either on board the ship or at delicious local restaurants all around. Fresh seafood is always on the menu! And don’t forget the boat’s bar where you can grab some Happy Hour drinks and kickstart your nights right.

Travel to Croatia from home

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2. Epic beach parties on the Croatian coast are included!

Lounging on sun decks, swimming in the sea, exploring local towns, and just generally having an amazing time –  these are all pretty much a given, when you’re on holiday with Contiki in Croatia. But, if you fancy letting your hair down and want to experience the vibrant Croatian nightlife, there’ll be plenty of opportunities for that, too!

On one of the nights we’ll get dressed up in our most fearsome pirate-wear (think flowy skirts, lots of beads, and eyepatch or two) and we’ll take some family photos on deck before heading to an epic beach party on the island of Trstenik to celebrate its nautical past! There’ll also be organised nights out in Dubrovnik, Hvar and Korčula so you can really make the most of the party scene, and your Trip Manager will always be on hand to recommend the best bars and deals for your island stays. 

If you feel like having a chill evening instead, feel free! There’s no pressure at all to head out and the ship provides a great vibe on its own. There’s loads of quieter spots on deck or on the mainland to explore, relax, and watch the gorgeous Croatian sun set if that’s more your vibe.

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3. You’ll get to visit Hvar, Split, and Dubrovnik

If Croatia has been on your bucket list for a while, then you’re in luck, because the Croatia Island Sail stops off at some Adriatic big-hitters! Whether it’s because you’re a Game of Thrones fan, a lover of old cities, or an avid-sun chaser, you’re going to love Hvar, Split, and Dubrovnik!

Each of these cities have their own unique history, culture, and architecture, and you’ll really get to know them by joining walking tours at each one! Historical fortresses, an ancient Roman theatre, plenty of vibey beach bars and gelato shops, and of course the beach! There’s plenty to do at these stops so you and your new friends can make some gorgeous memories together.

On top of these 3, we’ll also be visiting the islands of Trstenik, Korčula, and Makarska which are stunning little paradises of their own.

A group of people near a waterfall on one of the Croatia islands.

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4.  The included activities will blow you out of the water

In addition to the beach-time, sailing, city tours, and partying that we’ve already covered, there’s a wide variety of other activities you’ll get to do! There’s no worry of you getting bored. Some of these activities include:

We’ve also got some fun adventures like kayaking outside of Dubrovnik, visiting and supporting a local winery as a MAKE TRAVEL  MATTER® Experience, and gorgeous farewell dinner. You can book these activities at a small additional fee which will only boost your memories and the good times!

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Feast on traditional Croatian dishes at this beautiful farm-to-table tavern near sunny Split

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5. You can experience this trip 4 different ways!

I mean, the original package already sounds dreamy af, but if you’re looking for a little bit more, that cherry on top shall we say, then we have some variations for you.

Take your summer up a notch by picking the Croatia Island Sail Plus trip, which includes the same amazing experiences with the addition of a mid-week linen service for added comfort, and a twin-share cabin.

And if you really want to get fancy, then the Luxe package is probably for you. It includes all the previous amenities, as well as a brand new itinerary that focuses on local food and wine so you can really get a taste of the good life. You’ll also be upgrading the sailboat from a fabulous one to a SUPER fabulous one!

Recent grad or student looking for some Spring Break or graduation fun? You can book a version of this trip only for 18-22 year olds so you can make sure you’re experiencing the Croatia islands with like-minded travellers! 

Pick whichever variation floats your boat (don’t worry, they all do).

travellers jumping off a boat in Croatia

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What else to expect?

When you travel with Contiki there’s one thing we guarantee: amazing destinations, amazing vibes, amazing service, and amazing people (okay, that was four things). You’ll get to travel with an awesome group of 18-35s from all over the world who love discovery and travel just as much, so you’re bound to get on like a house on fire. And your Trip Manager is always there to support you, give you fabulous recommendations, and guide you around the Adriatic Sea.

Whether you’re looking for a quick getaway, long lasting friendships, some memories for the scrapbook,  or soaking up worlds of culture, Contiki’s got you! 

Curious about the Croatian islands? Indulge your adventurous side and cruise the Adriatic with Contiki this summer! 

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