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Gastro Sailing Tour in Croatia

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8 days, 7 nights
Availability : April - November
Return trip from Split
This is a private tour for your group
Min Age : All ages
Max People : 10

Gastro Sailing Tour in Croatia

(1 Review)
  • Sailing holidays with an emphasis on Croatian gastronomyTaste the best Croatian food and wines
  • Vineyards, eco farms and fishingLearn about traditional life on Croatian islands
  • Sailing holidays you always dreamed ofenjoy the beauties of Croatian coast and islands
  • IslandsŠolta, Brač, Hvar, Vis
  • TownsBol, Stari Grad, Vis, Stomorska, Split
  • Special locationsLocal vineyards and eco farms

What to expect

A big part of the experience sailing among Croatian islands is also about local food and wine, so we decided to dedicate one sailing tour to gastronomy. The main feature of Croatian gastronomy is its diversity, but in Dalmatia where we will sail Mediterranean style with local twists is the thing.

Our Gastro sailing tour goes even further and will not only give you a chance to try great fresh seafood, lamb, olive oil, renowned Croatian wines, but we take this tour to another level as we actually join local farmers on their farms, fisherman on his boat, winemakers in their vineyards and we also join them in the kitchen where they show us local cooking tradition with all the tricks and tips in a cooking class.

Of course, we will not forget it is summer, so secluded bays and crystal clear water will be on our menu all the time.

Activities

Our sailing routes are all full of activities, but it is up to each individual to decide the level of participation. You can get really active with full participation in sailing and other maritime skills, swimming, hiking, snorkeling, Suping (Stand up paddling) or you can just relax and enjoy beautiful views from the cockpit of the boat with a good book in one hand and a cold drink in the other.

Price includes

What's included in the price
  • Your own private yachtFully equipped with all safety and navigational equipment, including GPS, autopilot, dinghy with outboard and all navigational essentials
  • Professional skipperOur skippers will be more than happy to share their extensive sailing knowledge with you
  • Transport to and from airportA shuttle will pick you up from the airport and take you to the yacht (and back)
  • Fuel charges, marina fees and anchoragesAlso included: tourist taxes and final cleaning
  • Fresh linen & blanketsFull sets of fresh linens including pillows and blankets
  • Cooking essentialsFully equipped galley with all cooking essentials.
  • Free Wi-FiFree wifi onboard

Price does not include

  • Flights / Air faresTravel to the starting point / nearest airport is up to you
  • Damage deposit for the yachtA damage deposit is required for the yacht prior to departure (will be fully refunded at end of trip if the boat is returned undamaged)
  • Food & drinksYours and skippers drinks and food are not included

Our boats

  • Modern & Fully equippedWe sail boats from renowned brands like Beneteau, Jeanneau, Elan, Hanse, Bavaria, Dufour, Lagoon, Fountaine Pajot. They are all modern, fully equipped sailing boats offering as much comfort as one can get.
  • 2,3,4,5 and 5+1 cabin boats availableAll cabins have a double bed and sleep up to 2 people. (Please note that 1 cabin on the boat is always reserved for your skipper, so if for example you need two separate cabins, you will need a 3 cabin boat)
  • We'll get the best available boatWe'll always get the best value boat available for your trip, depending on your group size and preferences. It is great if you can book as early as possible, so we can get you the most modern make, but all boats we sail are of premium quality.
Itinerary

Day 1

  • Šolta island
  • 11 Nm

Stomorska, Island Šolta

After picking you up in your hotel or at the airport we will sail to a close by island Šolta, to a small town of Stomorska where we will stay overnight. A short distance from Stomorska lies a charming, family-run farm, and vineyard and this is where we will start our unforgettable gastro week. The winery offers renowned rosé and red wine; both derived from the Dobričić grape. They also produces different high-quality olive oils, traditional Dalmatian liquors and a selection of homemade cheeses, marinated fish, pates and other local delicacies that we will have a chance to taste before the dinner.

Day 2

  • Brač island
  • 16 Nm

Bol, island Brač

From Šolta we will sail to the island of Brač, to the famous town Bol. After a day at sea with all the summer fun, we will take a short transfer to a charming restaurant located in an olive orchard. Here we will enjoy olive oil tasting. You will have an opportunity to learn about traditional olive oil production, new techniques and differences in the taste and quality.

After olives and olive oil, we will proceed to the stone gallery of one of the most respectable stone artists in the country. Stone sculptures, architectural elements, and other pieces are sure to amaze you with their beauty, but also with craftsmanship and skill that is needed to create art from solid stone.

After the visit to the gallery, we will take a short enjoyable walk to the restaurant famous for its locally grown lamb meat where we will taste lamb specialties that are in season at the moment.

Finally, we will end with wine tasting in the award-winning winery where we will taste three reds among which the star of Brač wines – Plavac mali.

Day 3

  • Hvar island
  • 22 Nm

Stari Grad, Island Hvar

On the third day, we sail to Stari Grad on the island of Hvar. Family run agrotourism is where an unforgettable feast awaits us. In the middle of the UNESCO protected area, we will taste award-winning wines, olive oils, and other Dalmatian delicacies. Rich, four-course menu includes: tasting 3 types of olive oil, cheese, traditional peka meal (meat cooked for several hours with potatoes and spices, in a covered iron pot set on coals), traditional Dalmatian desert; each course paired with a different wine. Apart from enjoying different varieties of Dalmatian delicacies, our hosts will gladly show us around the estate: their old wine cellars, the animals, planted fruit and vegetables and other herbs.

Day 4

  • Hvar island
  • 21 Nm

Sv. Nedelja, island Hvar

From Stari Grad, we continue our sailing gastro tour to Sv. Nedelja further south on island Hvar, where we will visit one of the Plenković cellars. What is interesting about this cellar is that it is located below sea level. In the basement of the winery, you will have a chance to see an aquarium with fish, many barrique and wooden barrels, as well as archives of award-winning wines. Plenković winery is the most awarded winery in Croatia with a gold medal at the Decanter in London with a variety called Pošip (2010)

Day 5

  • Vis island
  • 21 Nm

Vis, island Vis

After Hvar, it is time to sail South to the unique island of Vis. As the whole area, Vis island is no exception when good food and vine is concerned. The cellars and restaurants have a wonderful aroma that can’t be found anywhere else.  Besides the sea’s special allure, the trend of the times is to go to the heart of the island to discover the authentic Vis cuisine.

Some will be enchanted by the fields of green vineyards.  Others will linger in the kitchens of the old stone houses, rustically appealing, to observe a different style of cooking, lovingly prepared since our ancestors’ time.  Sardines barbecued on the spit, fish flavorful prepared in traditional Dalmatian style brudet, succulent grilled lamb, salted fish`s pie of tomatoes and sardines, and delicious and healthy salads made with fresh garden greens and seafood delights.

We will take to a gastro-sightseeing of the island. A tour where you can try all the culinary specialties the Vis island is famous for.

Day 6

  • Brač island
  • 21 Nm

Bobovišća, island Brač

After breakfast, we must start slowly sailing back North towards Split. But we have one more stop, this time we will visit the producers of one of the finest wines on Dalmatian islands. Senjkovic winery is located in a small picturesque village in the heart of Brač. Surrounded by lush vineyards and lovely Dalmatian style ambiance you’ll get a memorable experience worth saving for the last night. We will taste several of the high-quality wines, perfectly matched with food, while learning about wine production, walk through the vineyards and enjoy the ambiance.

Day 7

  • Kaštela
  • 15 Nm

Kaštela & Split

Friday is a relaxed day, reserved for swimming and other water activities, before sailing to our home harbor in Split. Split is the capital of Dalmatia and the status is well deserved. Without hiding their pride, the people of Split will tell you that their city is »the most beautiful in the world.« There is no need to discuss this with them, as the high-spirited city will soon convince you of this. This eternally young city with a population of about 200.000, who give it its warm Mediterranean temper, has lived its urban rhythm for as long as 1,700 years, with its heart in Diocletian’s Palace ant its soul with arms outspread to embrace you. Ever since this time, the city, protected by UNESCO and entered into the register of World Cultural Heritage, has been writing the history of the Croatian south’s unique capital.

Day 8

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After a lovely breakfast we will say our good byes and return the boat at 9 AM.

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FAQ

  • Booking & Payment

    Booking through our website is quick and easy and our system will guide you through the process.

    All payments are processed securely through PayPal where you can pay with your paypal balance and all major credit cards. Additionally we accept direct money transfers made to our bank account.

    Bookings are not final until a 50% security deposit is paid to reserve your spot / boat.

    More information can be found in our section about Booking & Payment.

  • Cancellation policy

    Customers are free to cancel their bookings, however we do keep a percentage of the payment depending on the situation.

    Please read more about it in our Cancellation policy.

  • How do I travel to the starting point?

    We will provide you with all the necessary travel information, including nearest airports, parking spots and other means of travel to and from the starting location.

    Prior to your departure, you must make sure that you have the necessary visas and/or other paperwork you might need for your travel.

    We are happy to arrange transport for you to and from the nearest airport. Some tours may already include this cost. Please read the tour details for more info.

  • Are there any additional / hidden costs?

    Your payment to us covers all the expenses for your accommodation and activities during the adventure. However, any personal expenses, such as food and leisure shall be covered by you. Please read the adventure details and our Terms & Conditions page carefully for more info.

  • Do I need to take care of travel insurance?

    Yes. Clients are obliged to take care of their own travel and medical assurance. Please read more on our Terms & Conditions page.

  • What if I have never been on a boat before?

    If you don’t know how to sail, no problem – that is why you have us. Don’t worry, very few of our guests have been on a similar holiday before they met us.

    Boating is just a different way of travel or spending holidays, it is a mix of luxury and camping – and it is a great way to see the world from a different perspective.

  • What is life on the boat like?

    Our sailboats are modern and comfortable, though this is very diferent comfort from what you are used to on land.

    You will share a cabin and usually a double bed. Each boat has multiple heads and showers. Every boat has a full kitchen (galley) and a dining table inside.

    The boats have full refrigeration, electricity (220V when conected to shore, and 12V when sailing or when on anchor) and other amenities that you would expect in a normal apartment – but although the boats are modern, they are not luxury hotels.

    Cabins are not as big as in a land apartment, so you only have a small closet and cubbies for your clothes. But when the weather is good (and most of the time it is) you will not want to spend time inside, you will rather be outside on the deck enjoying the sea and the sun.

    Every day you wake up in a different place and you go to bed each night with a different view and you can swim in crystal clear water just a minute after you wake up. Priceless!

  • What do I need to bring with me on a boat?

    1. Travel documents

    If you are traveling outside your home country, make sure you’ve got the necessary travel documents in order and ready to go: passports or visas, tickets and cash/credit cards. A passport or other internationally recognized identification document is required for entering Croatia. Tourists may remain in Croatia for up to three months.

    2. Use soft-sided bags only!

    Luggage storage on boats is limited, and hard-sided bags can cause damage to teak decks and other wood trim and there is no space to store them. Soft bags can be easily folded and stowed after you’re unpacked.

    3. Fill your medium-sized soft-sided bag with everything you want to bring – then reduce it by half!

    The single most common mistake people make on a yacht-charter vacation is bringing Too Much Stuff. On all but very formal charters, the lifestyle is very casual, so you won’t need to bring too many clothes to meet your daily needs.

    4. Bathing suits (you’ll live in them)

    During a day of sailing, your attire will likely consist of bathing suits and a simple cover up of some sort. Even going ashore for dinner doesn’t usually require a change out of the garb you’re wearing during the day, unless you’re feeling the need to freshen up. Don’t forget your favourite beach towel, because there will be a lot of swiming.

    5. Cover ups, street clothes

    Tee shirts, tank tops, or sarongs for women are all a good bet to wear over bathing suits and protect you from the sun. For leg protection, plan on shorts, jeans, or other lightweight long pants; those that have removable, zip-on or –off legs so they can be either shorts or long pants are very handy. For shore clothes, you can “go as you are” almost anywhere in Croatian islands – shorts, tees, jeans. The only exception is if you choose to visit a church or a monastery, where conservative dress is required – covered legs and arms. At such places they generally have racks of clothing for visitors to don when they arrive.
    Some hiking shoes as there will be great oportunities of short hikings to reach amazing spots with unforgetable views and sunsets.
    Ladies, if you do feel the need to dress for dinner, sundresses are good—or simple lightweight slacks and shirts. Capri pants are cool and comfortable. For men, lightweight slacks and tees or cotton shirts are fine. For all, jeans are fine everywhere.

    6. Lightweight sweater or fleece

    Most of our charters are during the warm summer months, but, warm fleece, leggings, socks, and a warm sweater should be added to this list, as nights can get quite cool after a summer storm (there are not many, but still).

    7. Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses

    These are a must. On the boat there is always at least a small breeze and you do not feel the sun in all its power, so hats, sunscreens and sun creams must be one of the first things in your bag.

    8. Lightweight foul weather gear

    Bring a waterproof jacket and pants if you have them. (If you do not have any you can rent them from us)

    9. Earplugs

    If you’re a noise-sensitive sleeper, other crews (or your own) can sometimes be noisy.

    10. Electronics

    Chargers: You’ll be able to recharge your cameras, computers, and other electronicsonboard when in port, out on the sea or anchorage you need 12V charger. In ports there is a European Voltage system 220V. Check if you need a converter plug.

    11. Medications
    Be responsible and bring what you need, also think about seasicknes. If you have experience with seasicknes bring some seasicknes pills. If you are not sure we will have some too.

    12. Most important thing

    Good will and smiles! :)

  • What if I want a custom tour?

    A lot of our trips are custom adventures based on our customers' wishes, so feel free to contact us and we will gladly cater to your needs.

    We do not charge any extra fee for custom departures for groups with at least 4 people.

    We fully understand that some couples want to do the trip privately or spend their Honeymoon guided by our company, so we will gladly provide a custom quote for two people as well.

  • Who will be our skipper?

    All of our skippers are hand-picked local professionals with years of experience sailing the Croatian seas. We have gone through extensive lengths to provide you with who we think are the best skippers Croatia has to offer, all to ensure your safety and maximum satisfaction.

  • What happens in case of bad weather?

    We reserve the right to delay, postpone, substitute or cancel a trip as a matter of safety for our guests and guides. We will make the final call whether to cancel for safety reasons on site at the time the event is scheduled to begin. If we must cancel for any reason, we are happy to reschedule where possible or give you a refund less any booking fees. In case of cancellation during the tour, we will only charge you for used days except for any included transfer.

  • What is Croatian gastronomy like?

    There are many regions in Croatia and as much gastro regions. As we will sail in the region called Dalmatia, here are few facts about their cousine, which can and should have a big impact on your sailing holidays in Croatia.

    Dalmatian gastro identity is created under the influence of diverse cultures throughout the centuries and is today greatly appreciated for the most delicious offering. The highest mark was given by the Venetians, French and Austrians. On one side we could easily say that Dalmatian cousine is classic Mediterranen type, healthy-light food, with plenty of fish, other seafood and homegrown vegetables, but on the other side it is specific, especially when it comes to food preparation. Richness of the sea and sea life, combined with herbs like rosemary, bay leaf, basil and olives gives extraordinary smell and taste. Most of the food is grilled or prepared in olive oil, but one of the best specialty, which is really hard to find elsewhere in the world is meat or seafood »baked under bell« (»izpod peke« as locals call it). Beside seafood, lamb is also a specialty and of course famous Dalmatian Parma ham in combination with Paški sir (cheese from island Pag). But for locals good food is nothing without a glass of wine.

    In Dalmatia, the Greeks and Romans first started growing vines and Croats continue to do that. Dalmatia's history is closely connected with vine growing and wine making. Dalmatian wines are of the best quality because of the abundance of soil crag and solar heat.

  • What about food and drinks?

    Food and drinks are not included in our private sailing tours, however, all our boats have a fully equipped galley (gas stove, oven, fridge, cutlery, plates...) where you can prepare delicious meals. Please budget to include food and drinks for your skipper as well.

    If you prefer not to cook on your vacation, we can provide a chef or a hostess to your tour who will prepare meals for you for an extra fee (let us know you are interested in your enquiry).

    For buying your starting supplies there is a small grocery store at the Marina, as well as a bigger ones close by (our skipper will guide you). If you wish, we can buy the supplies for you (we offer different starting packages of local produce to help you start the week and save you the hassle of shopping on the first day). Restocking is usually done on the islands where they have grocery stores as well as markets with fresh local produce.

    We believe sailing in Croatia should also be about trying local home-grown food and we know some of the best traditional restaurants (konoba) in stunning locations, where you can dine out and try local specialties.

  • What are the sleeping arrangements on a yacht?

    Our sailing yachts and catamarans all have double cabins, however on a 5+ cabin boat, one of the cabins is usually a twin/bunk cabin.

    One of the cabins is reserved for the skipper and on bigger boats he can sleep in a separate cabin on the deck.

    There are usually 2 bathrooms on the yacht and one of those is shared with the skipper.

  • When does the tour start?

    All our tours are from Saturday to Saturday. We expect guests to be in the marina at around 2-3 PM and the boat to be ready no later than 5 PM (the boat needs to be cleaned and thoroughly inspected for damages before check-in). While waiting, you'll meet your skipper, who will, once he has your documents, arrange all the paper work and do the check-in of the boat. In the meantime, you can do the provisioning for you trip.

  • When does the tour finish?

    We'll be back in port on Friday night and the check out will be by 9 AM on Saturday morning.

  • Who are sailing tours suitable for?

    Our sailing tours are suitable for families, couples looking for a romantic week away, or groups of friends wanting to do something completely independent. We will always do our best to customize the tour to your needs, wishes and expectations.

    All ages are welcome aboard our yachts and we are very keen on having families with us.

    Please keep in mind if there are any mobility issues in your group, our sailing adventures might not be the most suited for the disabled, since moving around the boat, especially getting on and off would be quite tricky. If there are any special needs or concerns for your group, please let us know up front in your enquiry.

  • What is a safety deposit?

    The safety deposit is an amount of money you need to down-pay at check-in when you rent a boat in Croatia. The amount is dependent on the boat you choose and we'll let you know the amount when you pick your desired boat.

    The safety deposit is fully refunded to you, if the boat is returned on time and without damages. The deposit can be paid in cash or with a credit card and is returned to the guest after check-out.

  • Are the skipper's services included in the price?

    When you book a sailing package with Frontier Adriatic, the skipper's services are already included in the price!

    The only thing that's not included however is the skipper’s food. It is the industry practice that the skipper takes care of the boat and guests, and in return the guests make sure that their skipper is not hungry :)

    This doesn’t mean you need to take him to fancy dinners each time you are dining out (of course you are free to do so, as most guests find great entertainment with our skippers and treat them as a member of the group).

    It does mean however that some extra food needs to be in the fridge so that the skipper is not hungry, or if you choose to cook on board that you cook enough for 1 extra person. Something to keep in mind when you are doing the provisioning for your trip.

  • Sounds like your dream holiday?

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    All our sailing tours can be fully customized and tailored to your preference. Don’t hesitate to send an enquiry and let us know your wishes.

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