A: Most visits to Croatia are trouble-free and tourist areas are visited by millions of foreigners every year. So, Croatia is safe, but as is the case when traveling to any country, be careful with your personal belongings when out and try not to leave them unattended. If you wish, the boat can be locked to protect your valuables.
A: You will only need to pack light clothes as the weather is generally hot and sunny. Usual season temperatures range from mid to late 20’s at the start and end of each season and early 30’s over the peak months. The water temperature ranges from 23-27.
A: You need a valid passport or ID card to visit Croatia.
You don’t need a visa if you are coming for tourist or business trips from all EU countries, USA, UK, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Macedonia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Singapore, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela of fewer than 90 days within a six-month period.
Citizens of all remaining countries need to apply for a visa prior to their travel to Croatia. If this applies to you, get in touch with the Croatian embassy or consulate in your home country or the country of your current residence.
A: Kastela is relatively easy to reach from anywhere in Europe. The closest airport is in Split. The following airlines fly to Split: EasyJet (from London), Lufthasa, Croatia Airlines, German Wings, TUIfly, Lufthansa and SAS. From the airport you will then need to take a taxi or a bus. Check out the site Getting there for additional information.
A: It depends on the bar but approximately beer is 2€, bottle of wine 15-30 €, cocktails 4-8 €.
A: Yes, you can join us as individual or as a group.
A: Minimum age for participation is 18. Most people range between 18 and 30 years old.
A: Vacation prices are per person in Euros. The price includes all aspects associated with the yacht and sailing, including the yacht charter costs, the skipper, sheets and towels, safety equipment, GPS, stereo, dinghy and outboard engine and cleaning of the yacht. The price does not include your flight, airport transfers, food and drinks, 3 meals a day and soft drinks for the skipper or hostess, or any hotel costs for early arrivals or late departures. Meals are not included. You and your boat mates will be able to purchase groceries on the day of arrival to stock the boat with food and drinks. We will also go ashore frequently for meals.
A: There may be some additional modest payments required during the trip. Depending on where you choose to spend your night, in port, mooring or on anchor you will pay different fees. The estimated extra cost per person is between 80-100 € per week. You will pay between 10-15 € for fuel per person/week and in some of the stops you will have to pay for taxi boats. The cost for the taxis will be between 15-20 € per person/week.
A: Travel insurance with assistance abroad and cancellation insurance is not included in the package. For a more relaxed holiday we suggest you to contact your insurance agency for travel insurance with assistance abroad.
A: Each boat has its own cost based mostly on the size and age of the boat. All of the boats are in outstanding condition, but a five year old boat will have a lower price than a brand new boat due to general wear and tear as well as having different amenities inside.
A: Upon arrival in the marina, all crews need to put down a deposit for their boat, 1500-2000 € on average. The deposit is there to cover any damage that is caused during the week, as a security measure for the yachting charter company. The deposit is paid on the day of arrival prior to departure from the marina and will be handed back to you upon return (as long as you don’t destroy the boat).
A: Yes, you can decide to pay a deposit insurance. It costs 150-200 € on average and is non-refundable. It is used to cover a security deposit in a case of any damages caused to the sailboat during the week. If you decide to pay the deposit insurance, you won’t need to pay for the security deposit.
A: Find out by looking at the booking schedule for your destination here.
A: Please read the cancellation information here.
SAILING & SAILBOATS
A: Each of our sailboats are skippered by a licensed boat master, who will provide you with all the knowledge you need. The skipper can manage the boat without your assistance, so if you wish to simply bathe on the sun deck for the entire trip then feel free. Our skippers are passionate sailors and tour leaders, so should you wish to get hands on and learn the ropes of sailing a boat, they will be only too happy to teach you everything you want to know.
A: Very few of our passengers have been on a similar trip before joining us. Nearly all of them have said it is one of the best vacations they have ever had. Sailing on a sailboat is an amazing experience, both active and relaxing with a great mix of lounging in the sun surrounded by stunning scenery and great fun at night. Living on a boat for a week is a thrill and you’ll get used to the accommodation right away.
A: The islands are relatively close together, so sailing between destinations can be relatively quick. On average each day will involve about 2 to 4 hours of sailing. Navigation is exceptionally easy since all of the islands are within sight of each other. There is no sailing in open sea where you can’t see land. Every evening, we stop right in a harbour and anchor the boat for the night. This allows us to go ashore easily. The schedule provides a great balance of cruising through the water while still leaving plenty of time to spend on the beach, at snorkelling spots, at restaurants and bars, shopping and other activities.
A: It varies depending on our schedule. In the morning, we start our sailing day. We stop somewhere to take a swim, have regatta, sail for 2-4 hours per day then in the late afternoon we settle in a place. In the evening, we dine at our carefully recommended restaurant that is if you choose to, or you can make your on food on the boat. Afterwards, you can join us for a party!
A: Think beach and casual evenings, every person who has ever travelled has over-packed for the week. Here are some packing tips: Swimsuits, towels (beach towels for sunbathing, tea towels, towels for showering), T-shirts, shorts, casual evening wear, windproof jacket, deck shoes, sun hat, sunglasses with lanyard, sunscreen/sun cream, lip salve/screen, toiletries (all-in-one shampoo/shower gels can be handy), food favourites/substitutes, prescription medicines, first aid kit, music CDs if you want to take advantage of the boats’ CD player, passport/ID card/visa, holiday insurance, EU medical card, cCash/traveller’s cheques/Euros/credit cards, camera with batteries and 12v (car plug) charger, 12v car-type charger for mobile phones, cameras etc., Fleece/sweater.
A: There are no restrictions on luggage, however we recommend that you pack light and take a soft suitcase and a small backpack in total weight of not more than 20kg. Hard suitcases are not appropriate for sailboats.
A: Yes, each sailboat has power points for charging whatever you need. But keep in mind that while sailing there is only 12V car plug (cigarette adapter) available. Bring car chargers with you. There are also conversion adapters so that you can plug in your UK/NZ/AUS/ international devices.
A: It is better to bring extra money in advance because there will not be ATMs in every bay or village that we stay only on bigger islands. They could be found at Marina Kastela, Hvar town, Trogir & Split.
A: All of our crew speak fluent English. They are excellent hosts and will go out of their way to ensure you have a fantastic trip.
A: Each of our sailing boats can accommodate between 6-12 people.
A: Check-in is on Saturday after 4 pm and check-out is on the next Saturday before 9 am. Before check-out you are required to remove your luggage and the rest of food/drinks.
A: You can buy food on the first day when you arrive. It is cheaper on the coast. On the boat you can cook and you have a refrigerator. Also, in every location we stop you will have restaurants available to you if you want to dine out for dinner.
A: You must ensure that you do not have any medical conditions that will inhibit traveling with the Sails Up. The sailing trip is not strenuous (unless you want it to be). Guests are not required to perform any physical activity. However, if you are interested in participating in the sailing, snorkelling, and other sporting activities, then those are available to you.
A: By our experience, dealing with inexperienced sailors and people who aren’t used to sailboats, people usually don’t get motion sickness on Sails Up. Well, we have some tips for those, who can get seasick. Staying busy and keeping your mind occupied are the best ways to avoid seasickness. Try to stay on deck in the fresh air and focus on anything other than the moving ship. Take deep breaths and drink plenty of water. When on deck, facing forward (rather than to the side) seems to help most people. Remember that you need to let your brain adjust to this new unstable environment by allowing the horizon to act as the true point of reference. One important thing that you need to know is that we sail in clam waters, because most of our participants have never sailed before so a chance of getting seasick is minimal.