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The best Croatia sailing tours for families with small kids

If you are interested in a family sailing vacation in Croatia – keep reading. This is the best itinerary modified 100% for Families that priorities kids and their safety.

You know what they say.

Happy Kids = Happy Wife

Happy Wife = Happy Life

Famil gulet cruise

Different things matter to different groups. What is incredibly important on a cruise for a group of active seniors is completely UNIMPORTANT to people going on a family sailing holiday in Croatia with small kids.

We made a nice e-guide where we explain in detail what is important for each type of groups.

You can read more about this here

To Sum it up – 80% of the time our “small children” groups were the happiest when:

These are the most important points from “parents side”. When we talked with gulet owners who have tons of experience, here is what they told us matters the most.

Happy family

Cruise Distances should be shorter – Less Motoring

When gulet is cruising from one destination to another for parents it usually means reading a nice book, having a cold beer or just taking a nap.

Forget about it if you are traveling with small children (especially if they had some sugar for breakfast :-))

playing during the cruise

While gulet is sailing or cruising children can do only 2 things:

  • Watch TV in the salon or on your computer in a cabin
  • Jump around gulet and play

Both options are okay, however, you always need to keep an eye on what they are doing – which will mess up with your “beer” and “book” plans.

Activities

When the gulet is moored in a nice bay the options for kids become almost unlimited (swimming, snorkeling, jumping in the sea, driving to the beach, water sports).
 

More activities they have – more tired they will be in the evening – more relaxed and romantic evening for parents.

Kornati

Easy Go – Easy Stay

The itinerary should not be 100% SET IN STONE and fixed. It should be short and flexible.

If the winds picks up or the weather goes bad it should not be a problem. Gulet should always be in safe, secure places.

The open seas should be avoided. If you like to stay in 1 place for 2 days. stay there. If you wish to move to another place close by – you also do it.

Swimming near gulet

Nice combination of beaches, towns, islands & interesting activities

The itinerary with children needs to make everyone happy.

  • Children need to be super active and happy during the day (lots of water sports options on board).
  • The route should have nice pebble beaches inside, where kids can play.
     
Family gulet cruise
  • Extra activities are very welcome for all. Things like riding donkeys in Korčula, Jeep Safari on Hvar or visiting Aquarium and checking amazing sea life on the first day make everyone happy.
  • In the evening you should be in nice safe easy going towns, where you can take kids on a stroll or on a shopping spree or leave them on a gulet to watch TV and just have a nice trip alone with your wife.

Example of a perfect cruise route for kids in Croatia

Vranjic

Day 1 (Saturday)

Port Vranjic near Split or Okrug Gornji bay on peninsula Čiovo near Trogir.
Both of this places are very close to Split Airport. It is around 30 minutes with a car (if the traffic is normal).

We suggest Port Vranjic if you would be interested to check out also famous Aquarium before departure. It is really amazing.

monastery on pebble beach in Bol island of Brac Dalmatia Croatia

Port Okrug on Island Čiovo is perfect if you will stay there for the first day. It has amazing pebble beaches, it is easy going and kids LOVE IT.

Solta island bays

Day 2 (Sunday) Spinut bay – Nečujam Šolta

Island Šolta is close. Nature is amazing. It is easy going. It is very safe. Some good swimming and easy walk around the town will prepare you nicely for your adventure.

Idyllic secret beach on Brac island coast Dalmatia

Day 3 (Monday) bay Blace & Bol

Bol is the most famous beach in Croatia and visiting it with a gulet (where you avoid the crowds) is amazing. Kids will love it.

You will love it. Bol is also best for water sports.

Vineyard and beach of Brac island coast Dalmatia Croa

Day 4 (Tuesday) Bol – bay Žukova Stari Grad

During the day lots of spots for swimming. Žukova bay is super nice. 

In the evening Starigrad town. Very nice – but less crowded. Good for parents as well as nice for kids.

Gulet Cesarica

Day 5 (Wednesday) Stari Grad – Vis, Hvar, Pakleni islands

Flexibility is the key here. It all depends on the weather. If you wish to check town Hvar the gulet will go to Pakleni Islands. This will allow sleeping in a nice secluded bay away from crowds. But it will also allow you to check Hvar town (lots of options for daily trips here).

The-blue-cave

Or You can go to Island Vis, which is also incredibly interesting. You could visit Rocker base, go on a daily trip to Blue Cave, have a stroll around this nice town or check some nice tavern on the island.

Hvar

Day 6 (Thursday) Vis- Hvar Vis

If the weather is good you can go all around the Island Vis and check out places like this.

You can check more amazing beaches around Hvar.

It is all about fun times with your family.

Last day before checkout

Day 7 (Friday) What do you wish to do?

Last day before departure we like to leave open to clients wishes. Here we ask the kids what they wish to do.

Šolta

Day 8 (Saturday) Šolta – Trogir (Čivo, Okrug Gornji)

The cruise ends after the breakfast.
If you have late flights you can take another trip to Split airport. Go to Omiš to Aquapark or maybe even do some rafting (for the brave one).

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Very important!

Not all gulets are okay if you have children in your group.

Gulets that are perfect for kids should have a nice salon with a TV if possible.

It is smart to accommodate children safely while the gulet is cruising.

Food

The chef should have the flexibility to prepare meals modified for kids. 

Maybe you do not believe me, but most kids prefer pizza or pasta over shrimps.

Crew in front of Andeo

The crew should be children friendly.
 
They are not there to watch over your kids (you can rent a babysitter for the time during the cruise for this) but if the crew likes the children they will be more than happy to drop an eye on them while you go to town for a glass of wine alone with your wife/husband.

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