You don't have to be a millionaire to sail the Adriatic Sea along the coast of Croatia

2018-11-26 14:14 - Gabi Zietsman
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Sailing the Adriatic Sea along the Croatian coast might sound like something out of a music video or glitzy Hollywood romance, but you don't have to max out your credit card to experience this fabulous experience.

The Balkan country has fast nestled itself into many a traveller's bucket list, made even more popular by Game of Thrones' use of Dubrovnik as one of its main fictional cities.

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The rise of popularity has brought with it some concerns with overtourism - especially when massive cruise ships dock - but if you want to see the Croatian coast without fighting with these crowds but still travel without unpacking your bag every time, ditch the big cruise ship and island hop in a sailing boat.

And the price tag isn't as extravagant as you might think.

There are many one-week packages that normally sail from Split to Dubrovnik (as well as vice versa or return journeys) and they can either be super budget for a party holiday, slightly pricier for a more sightseeing option or splash out for a luxurious experience where you'll feel like part of the 1%.

Like big cruises, they can also be very inclusive, from breakfast and big lunches, to catered experiences and parties, and you'll wake up in a new port each day ready for exploration. Your embarking and disembarking will be less arduous than on a cruise liner, and the beauty of the Croatian coast is that all the ports are in close proximity of each other, meaning you'll spend less time on the sea and more time exploring the harbour towns.

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If this sounds like your perfect holiday, here are a few tips for picking the right cruise and where you should go:

When to go?

Sailing season in Croatia runs from May to October, with the busiest period falling between July and August when the parties are in full swing. 

You'll have to book quite a bit in advance, but a yacht charter owner told Forbesif you want to save your money and see fewer crowds, September is the best time to book when the weather and the sea are still warm.

How long should you go for?

There are mostly one-week and two-week packages to choose from, and because your travel time between the ports is short you'll be able to see a lot in just a week.

Doing a week also gives you a chance to take another week exploring Croatia's inland, like its capital city Zagreb, or hop over to one of its neighbours like Italy or Montenegro.

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What's your cabin going to be like?

This varies a lot depending on the model of the boat, so if you see a package that works for you, Google the boat's type and see what the cabins look like.

It could either be single beds grouped together like in a dorm, or you're own private suite with a shared or en-suite bathroom.

Where should you go?

A lot of sail packages either start in Split or Dubrovnik, hopping along the coast and through the islands. 

A popular stop includes Hvar Town, a popular summer resort with ancient walls and forts, long stretches of sandy beaches and secluded coves.

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On the other side of the same island is Stari Grad, one of the oldest towns in Europe and where you should taste your way through its wines while exploring the most fertile plains in Croatia's islands.

The island of Brac is home to the laid-back town of Milna, a typical Dalmatian spot where you can scuba-dive, learn about its shipbuilding history or indulge in fresh locally caught seafood.

You can also follow in the footsteps of Mamma Mia and visit the island of Vis, small place that's home to the iconic Blue Cave with its luminescent waters.

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