• Paklinski Otoci
The town of Hvar has picturesque narrow streets, fine dining restaurants and a lively nightlife as well as spectacular views from the medieval hilltop castle out over the islands, town and marina below.
Paklinski Otoci is a truly hidden gem in the Med. This bay, which is in the middle of nowhere and can only be reached by sailors with their own boat, is home to seven different beach clubs and restaurants. There’s a special atmosphere here, particularly at sunset, and there’s dedicated area for swimming, too.
The luminescent neon blue colour of the sparkling water inside Bisevo Cave is caused by a natural light phenomenon which has to be seen to be believed. It’s just off the coast of the island of Vis, which is where they filmed Mamma Mia 2.
The private yacht experience
Chartering a private catamaran or yacht for a week is an exclusive and unforgettable experience. With a skipper to show you the ropes and make sure everything runs smoothly, and a hostess to sort out breakfast and lunch each day, this holiday is a relaxing but memorable experience. You’ll hop from island to island visiting secluded beaches and bays, and seeing places that can only be reached by boat. There’s a very laid-back and informal approach to time – as long as you make it to your next destination by sunset, you can take your time. Enjoy some time to explore your overnight stop in a bit more depth before departing or stop off in a hidden spot on the way to your next destination. The skipper will sail the boat and you can get involved with the process as much or as little as you like; this is a fantastic way of learning a new skill whether it’s steering the boat, tweaking the sails or navigating from bay to bay. Or just relax on deck, watch the world go by and enjoy the ever-changing landscapes.
Is this for you?
Sailing holidays are incredibly versatile and suit multigenerational families or groups of friends of all ages. All you need is a sense of adventure, a desire to explore new destinations and a love of the sea. Private yacht and catamaran holidays are great if you like to be active and learn a new skill, do nothing more than relaxing in the sunshine or find hidden coves and bays that other people you know are unlikely to have visited. While we have set itineraries, no two sailing holidays will ever by the same.
What to expect
All charters run from Saturday to Saturday. After arriving and completing the paperwork, you’ll spend the night aboard the boat to find your sea legs before setting sail on Sunday morning. As it’s your own private boat, you can set off whenever suits you. A typical day will include four to six hours sailing so there will be plenty of time to explore your overnight destination in a little more depth, or leave a little earlier and have more time to anchor off secluded beaches or bays as you sail by. When the boat is underway, you can sit and relax with a book, soak up the sun on deck or get involved with the sailing. Breakfast and lunch are served on board and will be prepared by your hostess using the food that is bought by you. At dinner, the boat will be in a marina or anchored a short tendering distance offshore and you can choose between dining at a local taverna or restaurant or making your own meal in the onboard kitchen (known as a galley).
Skipper and hostess
The skipper and hostess will be on board throughout your charter. They are responsible for the safety and steering the boat between marinas, and keeping things clean and tidy, doing the shopping, and preparing breakfast and a light lunch each day.
Our recommended itinerary is a one-week sailing itinerary from Split.
Saturday: On arrival at the airport, you'll be taken by private transfer to the marina in Split. With the VIP check-in service, you should be the boat before 2pm, which will give you plenty of time to get used to life on board, meet your skipper and hostess, listen to a safety briefing, and, of course, relax and enjoy the sunshine.
Sunday: After a night on board, it’s time to get out to sea. You’ll sail almost due south en route to Milna, your first destination, on the island of Brac. It was once a key strategic part of the Venetian Empire, but nowadays it’s a small and charming fishing village with lovely Venetian architecture like the landmark clock tower.
Monday: You’ll be weaving through the islands with the wind in the sails today as you travel onwards to wonderful Paklinski Otoci and the nearby marina of Palmizana. In the middle of the Adriatic Sea, there’s a small bay with seven beach bars and restaurants. Only accessible by sea, this place has a special atmosphere, and is a great place to sit, watch the sun go down and mingle with other sailors.
Tuesday: Day three of sailing in the Adriatic sees you heading to the beautiful island of Vis, more recently made famous by the film Mamma Mia 2. The British once occupied Vis there's even a British cemetery on the island. Today, you’ll also sail to the natural phenomenon of the Bisevo Cave, where you’ll be able to paddle or swim in spectacular neon-blue water.
Wednesday: The most picturesque port of call on this itinerary is Hvar, with its narrow streets, hillside setting and the majestic medieval castle perched above the town. It takes a little effort to hike up to the castle, but the views from the top are worth it; it’s almost impossible to take a bad photograph. Hvar is also increasingly known as being the place to go for fine dining in Croatia.
Thursday: On day five, you’ll sail northwards to delightful Maslinica. Once a holiday home for aristocrats, the village has recently won awards for being the best tourist spot in the Med thanks to its superb beaches, pine tree forests and largely unspoilt natural beauty. In Croatia, it’s also famous for having the tastiest honey, the fruitiest wine and the best schnapps.
Friday: It’s only a short sail back to Split, so you should be able to sail around some of the islands near Maslinica. Or, choose to sail by the UNESCO World Heritage-listed island-town of Trogir before returning home. The marina bars in Split are usually buzzing with sailors on a Friday night, all keen to share the tales of their week of adventure.
Saturday: Today, you will say farewell to the boat, skipper and the hostess. You’ll disembark at 9am and take a private road transfer back to the airport.
The sailing season runs from April to October, with charters typically booked for one week or more, from Saturday to Saturday. Prices vary throughout the season with peak prices in August, and the best-value sailing available in May and October.
Tailor made cruises
These week-long sailing holidays can easily be added to a land-based holiday at one of our featured hotels or resorts. They can even be added to an escorted small group tour in Croatia or Italy. Speak to your Personal Travel Expert to find out more.