14-day Split Return to Bosnia to Montenegro Croatia Sail + Tour
Every Saturday from June to September 2018
 
SPLIT - MAKARSKA - MLJET - DUBROVNIK - KORCULA - HVAR - SPLIT - KRAVICA WATERFALLS - MOSTAR - SARAJEVO - BJELASNICA MOUNTAIN - ZABLJAK - KOTOR
 
This combination of an 8-day Croatia Sail + 7-day Bosnia-Montenegro tour is completely unique to us - we are the ONLY company combining Croatia sails with tours that REALLY explore Bosnia and Montenegro.

The 8-day Split return cruise starts in Split, heads to Dubrovnik and back to Split. The cruise is all about the islands and coast of Croatia: the best places for combining sightseeing and swims with the best restaurants, bars and nightlife. Right after the sail we leave for Bosnia - a packed itinerary that features Mostar, Sarajevo, lakes, rivers, mountains and more
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The itinerary is designed to give you the best of all worlds: sightseeing, swimming, hiking, biking and relaxing, with excursion options, nights out, and events in the late afternoons and evenings.
 
With our experienced, fun crew, like-minded tour-mates (aged 18-35) an amazing ensuite boat, small tour sizes, and a knowledgeable Bosnian guide, you are in the right hands for the trip of a lifetime! 
 
The full itinerary for your Split Return to Bosnia sail+tour is below.
Go Croatia Sail Split Return Map
Bosnia Map
 
Day 1

Split to Makarska

Jump on board and meet your Captain, crew and shipmates! We depart Split for Makarska at 1pm and get the socialising started with lunch and a swim stop. 

We get into Makarska late in the afternoon, giving you time to go around the town, grab a gelato and have dinner in one of the many restaurants, pizzerias and tavernas that line the promenade. The most popular way to spend the night is at the famous Club Deep, also known as the "Rave in a Cave". Say no more.....
Go Croatia Sail group waving
 
Day 2

Makarska to Mljet

Our boat leaves early for the crossing to Mljet Island. After lunch, we will dock in either Pomena or Polace and have the rest of the afternoon free to explore this island's stunning National Park and its lakes - the peaceful antidote to Makarska's hedonism!

There are several options for this exploration: hire a bike for a few hours and pedal your way around the lakes' cycle paths, hire a kayak for paddle-power or simply go hiking. We also offer an onboard BBQ this evening as the setting is perfect.

 

Optional excursions: Entrance to Mljet National Park (approx 100 kunas), bike or kayak hire (from 40 kunas), Captain's BBQ (approx 100 to 150 kunas, depending on inclusions)
See full details on Go Croatia Sail Excursions
bike group mljet
 
Day 3

Mljet to Dubrovnik

With some gorgeous bays around Mljet island, we are spoilt for choice for a swim stop this morning. We then cross to Dubrovnik through the Elphaite archipelago of islands - a truly amazing sight.

We arrive in Dubrovnik in the early afternoon, which gives you time for some must-dos, including a sunset walk around the famous walls and sampling a cocktail at one of the cliff bars as you watch the sun go down.

There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in and around the Old City, as well as events at clubs such as Revelin.
cliff jumping dubrovnik
 
Day 4

Dubrovnik

We have 2 days in Dubrovnik as there is so much to do here!
We recommend: (1) Doing the awesome buggy safari - you are taken to Mount Srd to get a bird's eye view of the Old City and Elaphite Isles before driving an off-road buggy around the mountain. Unmissable!


(2)Taking a cable car ride up to Mount Srd for the most incredible view imaginable (note: buggy trip takes you past same cable car station for same view at no exra cost!). 

(3) Dubrovnik is also the setting for the capital city of Westeros, Kings Landing, in Game of Thrones. If you are a fan, why not take a walking tour of the locations of the most famous scenes in the ultra-popular show and get an overview of the history of Dubrovnik at the same time?

(4)  Take a shuttle boat over to Lokrum Island from the Old City. 

There is no lunch today - you have dinner instead! Dinner is served onboard at 6.30pm and then the evening is yours again to enjoy in the Old City. Overnight on the boat in Dubrovnik.


Optional excursions: Buggy Safari and/or Game of Thrones+Dubrovnik Walking Tour.
See full details on Go Croatia Sail Excursions
Dubrovnik buggy safari
 
Day 5

Dubrovnik to Korcula

It's goodbye to Dubrovnik and hello to more incredible scenery as we head to Korcula Island, which is said to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. The Old City (with the same name as the island) is another gem which hosts a small street party in the evening at the Deja Vu Bar!

Optional excursion: Wine-tasting
See full details on Go Croatia Sail Excursions
Korcula Boat Jump Sail Croatia
 
Day 6

Korcula to Hvar Island

Hvar is rated as one of the highlights of the trip and it's not hard to see why. Its pocket harbour is a thing of beauty but you only get to truly appreciate it after climbing up to the fort that overlooks everything in the bay.
We arrive after lunch but often we are not able to dock until late afternoon until due to port restrictions. We strongly recommend taking a water taxi over to the city to get there earlier (3 Euros per person payable directly to the taxi)
Hvar's nightlife is also legendary and we recommend catching the sunset at Hula Hula bar and taking the organised shuttle boat over to Carpe Diem - the famous "club on an island".
Go Croatia Sail group on Hvar
 
Day 7

Hvar Island to Split

Our final, full day starts with a swim stop at one of the many Pakleni Islands near Hvar and continues with a trip over to Brac Island to cruise past the iconic beach featured in almost every promo video about Croatia: Bol's Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) beach.
In the afternoon we dock back into Split, with enough time to take in some of the inspiring sights of this city, including Diocletian's Palace and Bacvice Beach.

Optional excursion: Split Walking Tour
See full details on Go Croatia Sail Excursions
Go Croatia Sail group split
 
Day 8

Split to Kravice Waterfalls and Mostar

After breakfast breakfast it is time to say goodbye to your shipmates and crew. Check-out from the boat is by 9am and then it's onto Bosnia!

The Go Bosnia tour vehicle departs from Dubrovnik at 10am but we will also arrange for a transfer from Split at 10am to meet up with that main tour vehicle and rest of the group at Kravice Waterfalls.

The most striking feature of Kravice Waterfalls is not only the sheer breadth and number of cascades, but the opportunity to swim in and jump around the pools – it is literally a natural water-fun park! You can also grab a light lunch here – there are small cafes here serving simple dishes.

We reach Mostar around 4pm, with time to check in to our accommodation and have a quick orientation walk with your tour leader. We then have the evening free to enjoy dinner, the nightlife and be blown away by how this beautiful city looks at night. Overnight Mostar.
Kravica waterfalls and Mostar at night
 
Day 9

Mostar

After breakfast you have a choice of either exploring the city on your own (your tour leader can recommend the main museums and attractions to visit) or choosing from one of the following excursions:

Mostar Tour (16 Euros): This tour starts at 10am and is 2 hrs long. It includes local, licensed English-speaking guide and entrance to the Old bridge museum, where you can actually get inside the famous bridge.

Bosnian Cooking Class (35 Euros): This class starts at 12.30pm and is 3.5 hrs long. Bosnian cuisine is tasty, filling and fun to make! Create local specialities such as japrak, dolma and 2 kinds of pastry pies (cheese and potato). Then get stuck in and eat your mouth-watering creations! Also includes salad, home-made organic white and red wine, juice and mezze.
See full details on the excursions page.
Overnight Mostar.
Mostar bridge and bosnian cookery
 
Day 10

Mostar to Konjic to Sarajevo

We leave Mostar early this morning to reach Konjic for breakfast at 10am. After breakfast there are several options for adventure in this region:

Rafting on the famous Neretva River (40 Euros): Konjic is famous for Rafting and the Neretva is a breath-taking river to do it on. The rafting lasts about 3.5 hrs and is lower intermediate-level, perfect for both first-timers and those who have rafted before.

Plunge pool hike (FREE): A short hike up to a natural beauty spot that features a plunge pool. Had a dip if you fancy it - the water's so inviting!

Tito's Bunker (7.5 Euros): A Cold-war era bunker that was to be Yugoslavia’s command centre in case of invasion. Everything is frozen in time and it feels like a 60s James Bond film set!
See full details on the excursions page.

After our Konjic adventures, we arrive in Sarajevo around 19.00 p.m, which gives us enough time to check in, grab some dinner and then go with your tour leader to a “secret” Sarajevan bar where live bands play local music next to your table and the drinks are cheap!
Overnight Sarajevo.
Neretva Rafting and Sarajevo at night
 
Day 11

Sarajevo - FREE DAY

Breakfast is served from 8.30am and then the rest of the day is free to explore Sarajevo City as we wish. It is the tour leader’s day off but he can give us plenty of tips and a map for the day.

Optional excursion: There is also the option of getting a fascinating, in-depth walking tour of this incredible city with a local licensed guide. Leaves at 10am and lasts about 2 hrs (12 Eur per person). See full details on the excursions page.
Overnight Sarajevo.
Sebilj and Mosque in Sarajevo
 
Day 12

Bjelasnica Mountain

So far, we have travelled from Croatia’s Mediterranean coast, to the rivers and lakes of Herzegovina, and finished in Sarajevo city. Today we head for Bosnia’s mountains!

After breakfast we departure from our Sarajevo accommodation and reach Umoljani village on Bjelasnica mountain at around 11am. From Umoljani we hike to Lukomir, a Bosnian mountain settlement that was untouched during the 90s war due to its inaccessibility by road. Lukomir is truly one of the “frozen in time” experiences that touches visitors to this magical country.The hiking totals about 3 hours with the option of having a BBQ on the way up to Lukomir - 7 EUR per person for BBQ if desired.
Overnight on the mountain.
Bjelasnica and Lukomir
 
Day 13

Sarajevo Tunnel and Montenegro

Having had breakfast, we depart the mountain in the morning and head for Sarajevo’s most famous attraction – the War Tunnel, which is close to the main airport. Your tour leader will run through how important this tunnel and its museum was to the survival of Sarajevo. During our visit we will get a chance to see footage from the conflict, see the ration packs used by those enduring the siege and pass through the last remaining section of the tunnel that was dug in secret under the airport.

We then depart for Montenegro, stopping for lunch on the way.

Once we cross the Montenegro border we head straight for Zabljak and its zipline – on of the longest in Europe at 300 metres! After the zipline (included) there it’s time to check into our accommodation in Durmitor National Park and settle in for the night.

Overnight Zabljak.
Sarajevo Tunnel and Zabljak Zipline
 
Day 14

Montenegro

This morning is dedicated to exploring the national park and we highly recommend taking one of the biking routes around the lakes. There are 2 routes you can take: Easy (around 1 hr) and Medium (around 1.5 to 2 hrs). Bike rental included!
We leave Zabljak around midday and have a break for lunch near Niksic city. We then turn towards Montenegro’s coastline, stopping off at Njegusi village to sample some local cheese, prosciutto and wine.

We finally reach Kotor at around 6pm. Time for farewells and last-minute pics with the crew that we have shared so many adventures with. There are many options for the next part of your trip, including a night or 2 in Kotor, moving onto Budva or Albania, or even returning to Croatia.
Cycling and Kotor
 

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