Family Sailing Holiday: Croatia 2019

A Yachting Adventure on the Beautiful Dalmatian Coast

Saturday 20th July – Saturday 27th July

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. After 3 years of UK family camps and the success of last year’s Family Canoe Expedition to Sweden, we would now like to offer ESOC families a unique opportunity to discover this coast for themselves. Our little fleet of yachts will explore the Islands of the Dalmatian coast and heading inland to the stunning waterfalls of the Krka National Park. 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 young and old.

Take a look at our 2016 expedition video with young adults

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The Boats

We are able to offer a couple of different options depending on the size of your family or group of friends to ensure the best fit. Each yacht will come with one of our ESOC skippers who will stay with your boat during the day to take responsibility for mooring up and casting off as well as sailing and navigation and running games and activities for the kids. All the skippers will sleep on a separate staff boat to leave the families to enjoy themselves in the evening.

For families who would like the option, we can also provide a cook to do all the shopping, cooking and clearing up for your boat.

Example 6 + 1 berth Boat Layout Example 8 + 1 berth Boat Layout


During the cruise itself our itinerary will be determined by wind and sea conditions, but we will move between marinas and anchorages as we head towards Krka National park. Families will be able to shop in local towns and markets but there will be plenty of time for relaxing, swimming and games in remote sheltered bays. We will either fly to Split or Zadar depending on which boats have been requested.

  • Saturday – 20th July -Depart UK / Coach to Marina/Board Yachts/Buy Supplies/Overnight in Marina
  • Sunday 21st July/Monday 22nd July – Cruise towards Krka with overnights at anchor on islands
  • Tuesday – Visit to Krka Falls. Overnight at marina
  • Wednesday 24th – Thursday 25th July – Cruise back towards marinas with overnights at anchor on islands
  • Friday 26th July – Return boat/overnight at marina.
  • Saturday 27th July – Sightseeing/Transfer to Airport/Return to UK


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:

  • RYA trained Skippers with commercial endorsement and 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



We’ve tried to make the cost flexible so it best fits the size of your family and the services you want and doesn’t include things you don’t as there are quite a number of options!

3 cabin/6 person yacht (plus 1 on sofa bed if required) – £5000 = £715 pp (with 7 crew)

4 cabin/8 person yacht (plus 1 on sofa bed if required) – £6000 = £666 pp (with 9 crew)

(Larger yachts are available as required but please get in touch to enquire)

This includes:

  • Yacht hire from Saturday 20th @3pm to Saturday 27th @ 10am including local taxes and mandatory service charges
  • Qualified ESOC yacht skipper
  • Bedding and final cleaning
  • Mooring fees where applicable
  • Staff boat + skipper
  • Skipper travel expenses

Not included

  • Food and drink (skippers will help with shopping)
  • Flights (currently £200-£300 pp depending on time/airport/route)
  • Transfers to marinas (approx 30min – 90min by road depending on which boat is booked and when)
  • Personal Kit
  • Travel Insurance, please check that it covers costal yacht sailing as some policies specifically exclude this. It should also include medical insurance. European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) are valid in Croatia. For more information please see the FCO website.

Optional Extras

  • Galley crew – a member of ESOC staff who will shop, cook and clear up breakfast, lunch and dinner to your specifications – £700 / boat
  • Stand-up Paddle board hire – approx £100 / boat depending on Marina
  • Meet and Greet – the skipper will meet your family at the airport and organise the transfer to the boat – £TBC depending on Marina and Airport

A deposit of £1000 per boat will be required to confirm your booking, which will be used to secure a boat of the required size. Once you have registered your place we will send a deposit invoice to you via email.

We will then let you know which Marina the boat is from so you can book your flights to the most appropriate airport or convenient time.

The remaining balance will invoiced in two instalments with the first due by March and the second in May 2019.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Please specify which size of yacht you would like – 6+1 berths or 8+1 berths. For larger yachts please get in touch.

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