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Cruises in Croatia for Families with Small Kids
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If you are interested in family cruise Croatia – keep reading. This is the best itinerary modified 100% for Families.
You know what they say.
Happy Kids = Happy Wife
Happy Wife = Happy Life
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 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:
1 – The kids enjoyed the cruise the most.
2 – When gulet was safe and crew was “children oriented” and helpful.
3 – The itinerary included lots of different beaches and spots perfect for kids.
4- When the cruise was organized in a way that also parents could take a breather.
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.
1.0 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 :-))
While gulet is cruising children can do only 2 things:
a) Watch TV in salon or on your computer in a cabin
b) 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.
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)
2.0 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.
3.0 Nice combination of beaches & safe towns & islands & interesting activities
The itinerary with children needs to make everyone happy.
a) Children need to be super active and happy during the day (lots of water sports options on board)
b) 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.
c) The route should have nice pebble beaches inside, where kids can play.
d) 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
1. DAY (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.
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.
2. DAY (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.
3. DAY (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.
4. DAY (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.
5. DAY (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).
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.
6. DAY (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.
7. DAY (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.
8. DAY (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).
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.
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 🙂
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.