Croatia: 12th-17th July 2020

A Yachting Adventure on the Beautiful Dalmatian Coast

*Cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation*

Open to those in Yrs 9+

Croatia is a world famous sailing destination: warm weather, steady moderate breezes, and many charming harbours add up to one of the best cruising grounds in Europe. We are offering those in Year 9 and above a unique opportunity to discover this coast for themselves, sailing 50ft yachts. Our little fleet will explore the Islands of the Dalmatian coast, before heading to the open sea and finally the historic town of Trogir. Getting used to life on the water, shopping in local markets for provisions (or fishing for them!), and planning our course around the coast will provide unforgettable challenges and experiences for all our crews.

Take a look at our 2016 expedition video

The Boats

The expedition members will be be in crews of 8 and accompanied by two adult leaders. Each crew will have responsibility for their own yacht on which they will live, eat, sleep, and sail. The yachts are a home from home, with a galley kitchen, lounge, 4/5 heads (aka. bathrooms!) and double cabins for sleeping.

While the boat will likely have a mix of genders and ages the cabins will be either male or female, with a separate cabin for the adults.

We are chartering the yachts from Activity Yachting, a well established yacht broker with years of experience working with groups going out to Croatia.

Whilst onboard the crew will learn to:

  • Helm the yachts in all sea conditions (under both sail and engine)
  • Set and trim sails and maintain the yacht and its hardware while at sea
  • Plan passages, plot courses, and navigate between anchorages and marinas, avoiding shoals and other vessels.
  • Safely rescue a man over board
  • Live happily together on a boat!


Gibsea 51


During the cruise itself our itinerary could be affected by wind and sea conditions, but we will move between moorings and anchorages as we head towards Krka National Park. Although we will sail or motor for some time each day, there will be plenty of time for relaxing, swimming and games in remote sheltered bays. Crews will shop in local towns and markets and there will be plenty of time for relaxing, swimming, games and exploration.

    • Sunday 12th: Arrive at Marina | Orientation | Depart marina | Evening at anchor Otok Zlarin
    • Monday 13th: Depart anchorage | Cruise into inland sea | Mooring overnight at Skradin
    • Tuesday 14th: Cycle (30 mins) to Krka Falls | Overnight anchorage on inland sea
    • Wednesday 15th: Depart anchorage and cruise back out to sea | Sailing | Overnight on Otok Tijat
    • Thursday 16th: Depart Tijat heading south | Overnight mooring at Primosten
    • Friday 17th: Morning cruise | Return to marina | Disembark yachts | Return to UK

Route Plan


Coastal sailing is a low risk activity when well managed, and we ensure that all our activities meet the highest safety standards. An overview of the measures we take is given below:

  • A male and female adult on each yacht, one who is a skipper qualified to RYA Yacht Master standard and an assistant qualified at least to RYA Day Skipper. Both additionally have the International Certificate of Competence.
  • Full training given to the crew on the correct use of winches, deck hardware, galley equipment and boat instruments and navigation.
  • All yachts are fully equipped with  safety equipment including; life rafts, life jackets, flares, VHF and first aid kits.

The Exploration Society is AALA certified and this Expedition will be  BS8848 (British Standard for Overseas Expeditions) Compliant. Confirmation and declaration of this will be on the final details email.

Meet Our Staff

2016/2018 Trip Gallery


Total Expedition Cost – £1295

This includes:

  • Return BA flights: outbound 12th July Heathrow-Split 09:05-12:50, returning Split-London City airport 18:30-20:05
  • In-country transfers
  • All food from dinner Sunday, to lunch on Friday
  • Charter of Gibsea 51 or similar yachts
  • Tuition and staff costs
  • All safety equipment
  • VAT
  • ESOC “Croatia 2020” t-shirt

For those booking before March 2020, a £295 non-refundable deposit is required on booking to secure a place on the trip. The remaining balance will be due in 2 instalments due at the beginning of March and at the end of April.

If booking March 2020 onwards, a non-refundable deposit of £795 will be required to secure a place on the trip, with the remaining £500 due at the end of April.

Not included:

  • Travel to UK airports
  • Personal Kit: We will send out a complete kit list with the full expedition details, allowing plenty of time for you to get organised. We will also provide a 10% discount code for Cotswold outdoor.
  • Personal spending money
  • Travel insurance, please check that it covers coastal yacht sailing as some policies specifically exclude this. It should also include medical insurance. European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) are valid in Croatia (subject to Brexit…). For more information please see the FCO website.
  • Vaccinations: apart from those vaccines which most people will have had already (e.g. tetanus), no other vaccines are required at this point, although this may change.



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