Sail Croatia - Dubrovnik to Trogir

Visiting: Croatia

Code: IZSRT

Kitty: As this trip is an overland trip. it has a kitty on top of the tour price. As our kitty is flexible the indicated amount is indicative only - please click here to view the kitty amount for your departure date.
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IZSRT Kitty Details

This trip is an overland trip run in an overland truck. In addition to paying for your trip, you're require to make a separate payment to your tour leader at the start of the trip, usually in USD. Kitties are flexible and change as prices are updated. Therefore you should check the latest kitty amount on this website before you depart.

A kitty is a group fund which covers all accommodation, meals while camping (not in hotels) and activities listed as included. It's a system unique to overlanding to provide the maximum flexibility and best value on the road (you get everything at cost price!). The kitty is your money, not ours, so any amount left over is divided among the group as a refund.

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Trip CodeStart DateEnd DateCurrencyKitty
ZSRTSaturday 10 May 2014Saturday 17 May 2014EUR60.00
ZSRTSaturday 24 May 2014Saturday 31 May 2014EUR60.00
ZSRTSaturday 05 Jul 2014Saturday 12 Jul 2014EUR60.00
ZSRTSaturday 19 Jul 2014Saturday 26 Jul 2014EUR60.00
ZSRTSaturday 02 Aug 2014Saturday 09 Aug 2014EUR60.00
ZSRTSaturday 16 Aug 2014Saturday 23 Aug 2014EUR60.00
ZSRTSaturday 30 Aug 2014Saturday 06 Sep 2014EUR60.00
ZSRTSaturday 13 Sep 2014Saturday 20 Sep 2014EUR60.00
ZSRTSaturday 27 Sep 2014Saturday 04 Oct 2014EUR60.00

Sail Croatia - Dubrovnik to Trogir (IZSRT)

Dubrovnik to Split / Trogir 8 days.

  • Route: Dubrovnik to Split / Trogir
  • Length: 8 days
  • Transport: Boat
  • Accommodation: Overnight boat

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Voyage

Take to the water & explore some of the world’s most beautiful corners by boat. Watching local life pass by from on deck is often the best way to gain an insight into a country and culture - or experience some of the most stunning scenery on this earth.

On our sailing adventures there is no need for any experience - learn the ropes from our qualified crew or simply sit back & relax. The skipper will take charge of the vessel - but it's more fun if you have a 'hands on deck' approach! Spend days cruising around impressive coastlines, exploring lush national parks, wandering through medieval towns or rolling off the boat into warm, turquoise waters to swim.

 

Basic

Our Basic tours offer superb value and are ideal for those who are happy to forgo some creature comforts in favour of an authentic and fun experience. Under the leadership of a fully trained tour leader, you will enjoy all the highlights and freedom of independent travel with the convenience, security and companionship of a small group.

Style Facts

  • Plenty of free time to explore independently
  • Optional activities to suit your budget
  • Freedom to choose your own meals
  • Simple famliy run hotels
  • Mostly public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.

 This tour is operated by our partners Intrepid Travel

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Croatia

 

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Day 1:
Dubrovnik

The undisputed jewel of the Dalmatian Coast, Dubrovnik is a beautiful white stone town that is picturesque, full of character and surrounded entirely by city walls.

Your adventure begins with a group meeting at 3pm on Day 1.
 

The undisputed jewel of the Dalmatian Coast, Dubrovnik is a beautiful white stone town surrounded entirely by city walls.

Although it experienced devastation during the war in the early 1990s, the old town - with its tiled roofs and stone buildings - remains as charming as ever. Extensive restoration has taken place to return it to its original splendour, and even today repairs are still being undertaken. With the sparkling water of the Adriatic in the background, Dubrovnik is picturesque, full of character and can easily be covered on foot.

After the group meeting in Restaurant Nostromo we take a ride with the Mini Bus Taxi to Slano were the Boat is located. Depending on the weather conditions you may still embark to the next destination, Ston.

Accommodation

Overnight boat (1 nt)

 

Day 2:
Ston / Mljet

A fortified town on the isthmus that joins the mainland and the Peljesac Peninsula, Ston has a long history as an important salt-producing town.
Legendary in ancient history as the idyllic island where the shipwrecked Odysseus lived for seven years, today Mljet is a haven of lush forests and small villages.

Wake ready for a morning in Ston, a town tucked up on the isthmus that joins the mainland and the Peljesac Peninsula.

Built as a fortified barrier to the then city-state of Dubrovnik, Ston has a long history as an important salt-producing town. To protect the salt flats it serviced, a 5.5 km-long stone wall was built in the 14th century, the longest fortification in Europe. The wall circles Ston before rising up the hill to the Pozvizd Fortress, and is punctuated by ten round and thirty rectangular towers. North of Ston, and connected by the wall, lies Mali Ston, constructed as a defensive town with impressive round towers, arsenals and a fortified port gate. Wander the narrow streets, built to confuse invaders, and admire the medieval town centre.

While Ston and Mali Ston continue to be some of the most important salt-producing towns in the country, they are also famous for their seafood, particularly the oysters that arrive fresh from the Ston Channel.

Leave the mainland shores and and sail the open waters of the Adriatic to Mljet (approx 3 hrs).

Legendary in ancient history as the idyllic island where the shipwrecked Odysseus lived for seven years, today the island is a haven of lush national park, forests and small villages.

Since Greek sailors sought haven here from storms, filling up on fresh water from the springs, the island has been inhabited by Illyrians, Romans, Slavs and Avars. In the 13th century the island was given to the Benedictine order, who built a monastery in the middle of one of the island's western lakes, Veliko Jezero. In 1410, Mljet was formally annexed to Dubrovnik.

The fields and vineyards that dot the island are the foundation of the local economy, with Mljet's villagers producing wine and olive oil as they have been for hundreds of years.

Why not explore karst valleys and catch your reflection in inky blue lakes on a guided tour through the national park. Wander beneath cool pine forests, through chasms and gorges, and discover ruins such as the remains of an Illyrian fortification, a Roman palace and a 5th-century church.

Accommodation

Overnight boat (1 nt)

 

Day 3:
Korcula

Romantic and evocative, the island of Korcula boasts a stunning Old Town, which reflects the many diverse influences which have shaped its long history.

Sail north-west through the jewel-like waters towards Korcula (approx 6 hrs). Sweep in past the round, defensive towers of Korcula Town via the Peljeski Channel.

Natives of Korcula believe Marco Polo was born on the island. Whether or not this can be proved (the Venetians have a similar claim), Korcula is steeped in a long history and the islanders are proud owners of this little gem, smaller than Dubrovnik but no less precious to its inhabitants. Greeks settled in the 6th century BC (they called the island Black Korcula), but the town was occupied by the Romans, the Slavs and then the longest period of rule passed to the Venetians between 1420 and 1797. Even Napoleon was ruler for a while. As a result of all these influences, Korcula has a stunning Old Town - romantic and evocative. And what's more, there are plenty of warm beaches to relax upon if that's more your speed.

Accommodation

Overnight boat (1 nt)

 

Day 4:

A small village at the mouth of the River Neretva, Blace lies in a fertile region where mandarins and other citrus fruit are grown in abundance.

Navigate the narrow sea channel and sail out again to the Adriatic, skirting the pebble beaches, black pine groves and rocky cliffs of Peljesac Peninsula for a blissful full day of sailing (approx. 5hrs). Moor in the mainland for the Night.

Blace is a small village way off the beaten path. It is surrounded by Mountains and a river Delta. Due to the amount of fruit farming in the vicinity, it is often referred to as the "California of Croatia”.

We will dock right next to a family run restaurant where we'll dine tonight. We recommend the delicious local mussels!

You have the option to go for a stunning hike up to an outlook with a 180 degree view. On a clear day, you'll be able to see all the way to Whar and Brac.

Accommodation

Overnight boat (1 nt)

 

Day 5:
Brac

The largest island in central Dalmatia, Brac's rocky interior is fringed with beautiful beaches and picturesque seaside towns set among steep cliffs and a distinctly Mediterranean landscape.

Make sail for Brac (approx 4 hrs).

Sunny Brac is the largest island in central Dalmatia, set among steep cliffs and a distinctly Mediterranean landscape. Villagers have farmed wine, olive oil, figs and almonds in the difficult interior of this rock-strewn island for centuries, but it's the small, beach-side towns that draw the crowds. Brac's most famous export is the gleaming white stone mined from the island's quarries, cladding buildings as deep in antiquity as Diocletian's Palace in Split, and as far afield as the White House in Washington DC.

Take a leisurely cruise along the the coast of Brac, soaking up the sunshine and the scenery. Weigh anchor and go for a paddle in the aquamarine sea, or snorkel and spot sea anemones, crabs, sea urchins and small fish in the pristine waters. 
Anchor for the Night in Bol or in a nearby Cove, depending on the weather.

Accommodation

Overnight boat (1 nt)

 

Day 6:
Hvar

Known as the 'Queen of the Dalmatian Islands', Hvar has idyllic beaches, dramatic cliffs, ancient olive groves and relaxed towns with wonderfully preserved Renaissance facades.

Voyage along the Neretvanski Channel away from mainland Central Dalmatia, and moor in the sailors Port Stari Grad ( translated “ old town” ) (approx 5 hrs), settling in for an afternoon of beach-hopping, enjoying seafood fresh from the day's catch and kicking back with cocktails on the waterfront.

Hvar has an air of Venice about it, and is known as the 'Queen of the Dalmatian Islands'. Wander around towns with wonderfully preserved Renaissance facades, hike past dramatic jagged limestone cliffs and slow your pace to enjoy the undulating farms, ancient olive groves and fields of rosemary and lavender.

You have the Option to cross the Island by Car and visit Hvar Town which is the so called San Trope of Croatia. It is almost a must. The Driver will drop you on the Castle overlooking the Town from where you then after take a hike down to the Waterfront.

Accommodation

Overnight boat (1 nt)

 

Day 7:
Split / Trogir

A vibrant mixture of golden history and present-day delights, the city of Split grew out from the remains of Diocletian's Palace - some of the most impressive ruins on the Mediterranean.

Sail from island idyll to city wonderland, and approach the palm-lined harbour of Split from its best side - framed by towering coastal mountains and the blue of the Adriatic.

If Dubrovnik is considered the heart of Dalmatia, Split is certainly its soul. Situated on a small peninsula on the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea, it's the second largest city in Croatia.

Explore the impressive ruins of Diocletian's Palace - Split's most imposing structure and indeed some of the most interesting ruins on the Adriatic coast. Diocletian (245-313 AD) was a Roman Emperor infamous for his cruel treatment of Christians in the 3rd century. He chose the peninsula at Split to build this huge palace for his retirement, near to the Roman settlement of Salona (Solin), the ruins of which can still be seen today.

From Split we will continue sailing on to Trogir.

Accommodation

Overnight boat (1 nt)

 

Day 8:
Split / Trogir

An island city tucked between the mainland and the island of Ciovo, Trogir boasts a proud medieval history reflected in its impressive walls and grand buildings.

Your journey on the waves ends at approximately 10am, after a last breakfast aboard the yacht. If you are planning to depart today please do not book a flight earlier than 3pm in case our arrival is delayed due to weather conditions.

NB. The Itinerary above may be subject to change depending on weather or berth availability. Your Skipper will make the final call to insure your safety at all times.

 

 

visa-information

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.

EUROPEAN COUNTRIES ON THIS TRIP (EXCLUDING RUSSIA, UKRAINE, TURKEY):
Australia: No - Not required 
Belgium: No - Not required 
Canada: No - Not required 
Germany: No - Not required 
Ireland: No - Not required 
Netherlands: No - Not required 
New Zealand: No - Not required 
South Africa: Yes - in advance
Switzerland: No - Not required 
UK: No - Not required 
USA: No - Not required

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Itinerary disclaimer

Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. Our brochure is usually released in November each year. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website: www.imaginative-traveller.com

Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.

Included activities

Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.

Kitty

On this trip it's compulsory to contribute to a kitty. The kitty is an on-ground payment put into a central fund managed by travellers and overseen by the skipper. It helps fund for breakfast and lunch on the boat and other small items such as ice, water, snacks and drinks. Travellers are responsible for the preparation of these meals onboard and to shop at port where supermarkets are often very close to the mooring. Kitty amounts are subject to change to reflect local price increases. Please check our website for the up-to-date amount 48 hours prior to your trip commencement. Your kitty will be collected when you arrive for your trip, either on day 1 or in stages throughout your trip.

A trip kitty of EUR60.00 CASH will be required.

Optional activities

A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are for entrance only and don't include transport costs to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Optional activities aren't necessarily endorsed or recommended by Imaginative Traveller nor included in price of this trip. If you do any optional activities, you do so at your own risk and it must be clearly understood that your participation is your own decision and doesn't form part of your contract with Imaginative Traveller. You may be required to sign/complete a waiver form or a receipt for some optional activities.

Money Exchange

The Kuna (HRK) is the official currency of Croatia.

The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or Bancomat as they are often referred to. Check with your bank in advance concerning the suitability of your account / card overseas and any international fees that will be applied.

You can obtain local currencies easily at airports and major train stations, but be sure to bring some extra emergency cash in a major currency that can be exchanged if the ATMs are not functioning.

When leaving home don't forget your PIN and make sure you know the telephone number for cancelling your card if it is stolen. Keep this in a safe place.

Credit cards are not always accepted in stores and restaurants. While travelling we recommend you carry some cash to pay for restaurant bills and other services. Change can be difficult to obtain so throughout the day, try to gain as many small denominations as you can.

You might be advised to take some of your money as travellers' cheques from a major financial institute. Travellers' cheques have security advantages, however please be aware that the exchange rates may not be favourable and that it is difficult to change Travellers' cheques in most countries. Be particularly aware that after hours money exchanges and hotel receptions carry high commissions- sometimes up to 20%.

For money safety we recommend that you carry your cash and credit cards in a secure money belt or pouch concealed under your clothes.

Spending money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Tipping

If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations. Please note we recommend that any tips are given directly to the intended recipient by a member of your group as our group leaders are prohibited from collecting cash for tips.

The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:

Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - leave the loose change. More up-market restaurants we suggest 5% to 10% of your bill.

Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest HRK8-15 per person per day for local guides.

Your Group Leader: You may also consider tipping your leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline HRK24 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Departure tax

All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.

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Group size

Maximum of 8 travellers per group.

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As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.

Single-Travellers

Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own room (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.

Accommodation

Overnight boat (7 nts)

This trip is accommodated entirely on board a yacht of up to 50ft. A typical 50 ft yacht for 8 travellers is equipped with 5 twin/double share cabins, 3 shared bathrooms and 2 showers. Our boats are real yachts and this is a real sailing trip. Yachts are designed to keep sleeping areas to the absolute minimum of space, while maximising common areas as much as possible. Smaller yachts will be used for smaller groups sizes.

Rooms are allocated on arrival by our skipper according to group composition, which means it is not possible to reserve or guarantee any specific berth or cabin. Single passengers will be paired up with another passenger of the same gender, this may mean sharing a double cabin with a double mattress. Everyone including the skipper shares the bathrooms on board.

While not everyone may feel entirely comfortable living in such close quarters, those who are looking to revel in the adventure and exhilaration of an authentic sailing trip usually find any discomfort from cramped living conditions is more than made up for by the whole experience.

Check out the typical yacht floor plan below, purple areas are sleeping berths and pink are bathrooms.

meals

While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.

Vegetarians might find the menu selection less varied than they would see at home. Vegetarianism is not as common in this region and generally the choices are basic, involving vegetables and fried cheese. Vegans will find it even more challenging. Vegetarians might choose to supplement meals with supplies bought from home, e.g. protein bars, dried fruits and so on.

Meals

7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches

EUR 210.00

On most days, breakfast and lunch will be taken aboard the vessel and ingredients are purchased as part of your kitty payment. Travellers will shop at ports for these items. This trip is also participation based. This means that during your travels you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as sailing, and will be responsible for preparing meals and clearing dishes. None of this is difficult however many hands make light work and any assistance provided to the skipper is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer. If you have any dietary requirements please tell us at the time of booking and also remind your skipper at the welcome meeting. At some of the smaller ports the choice of provisions may be limited or very simple. Vegetarians or those with specific meal requirements might choose to supplement meals with supplies bought from home, e.g. protein bars, dried fruits and so on.

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Boat

Generally we use up to 50ft monohull yachts, mostly between 0 and 5 years old. Smaller yachts will be used for smaller group sizes, As this is a real sailing adventure you may be asked to assist on-deck, particularly when coming into or leaving port. No experience is necessary, but getting to know some 'sailing language' might help to get you into the spirit of the adventure.

Port - left

Starboard - right

Bow - front of the boat

Stern - rear of the boat

Deck - outside, upper area of the boat

Hull - the main part or body of the boat

Keel - part of the boat under water that keeps the boat stable and stops it capsizing

Mainsail - the large sail attached to the mast and boom

Mast - the big vertical pole that supports the mainsail

Boom - the big horizontal pole attached to the mainsail, coming off the rear of the mast (swing from side to side)

Jib, headsail, genoa, foresail - smaller sail near the front of the boat

Sheet - ropes used to control the sails

Lines - other ropes on the boat (ropes are never called ropes on yachts)

Spinnaker - large extra sail

Trim the sails - adjust the position of the sails when the wind changes strength or direction

Tiller or wheel or helm - used to steer the boat

Helmsman - person steering the boat

Running - sailing with the wind

Tack - turning the bow of the boat when sailing through the wind

Jibe - turning the stern of the boat when sailing through the wind

Figure-eight knot - the stopper: often used at the end of lines to stop them getting away.

Bowline (knot) - strong and dependable knot that is commonly used

Clove Hitch (knot) - not as secure it is often used to attach an object to a line

group-leader

On this trip you will be accompanied by one of our skippers. Your skipper's role involves taking charge of the sailing, the safety of the vessel and safety for all passengers on board. Skippers all hold a Yachtmaster Offshore license or higher and have completed an intense training and review process before sailing with us. The aim of the skipper is also to take the hassle out of your travels by organizing the overall operation and smooth-running of the trip, managing trip logistics and coordinating the kitty (where applicable). Your skipper will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect skippers to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

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Pizzeria Bazen

ACI Marina (main building) Na skali bb Mokošica

Dubrovnik

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CROATIA

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Please make your way to the port by 4pm on day 1 of the trip. Pizzeria Baren is located in the main building of ACI Marina.

ACI Marina lies near Komolac on the river Omba about 3.5 km from the port of Gruž, 6 km from the old city and 25km from Dubrovnik Airport.

A bus service connects ACI marina with Dubrovnik old town. Operating from the early morning until 2 a.m, take Bus No.1A or 1B (every 15 mins) and this will drop you at the entrance of the marina. Alternatively taxis from Dubrovnik old town to the marina cost approximately EUR15.

You will depart from Dubrovnik immediately after a short group meeting, if you are late or delayed you will need to catch up with the group in the following destination at your own expense. If you have any difficulties please contact please contact Cornelius on +385 99 82 29 820.

Consider booking an extra nights' accommodation directly with a hotel website or your travel agent before this trip if you wish to experience more of the region.

Arriving in Dubrovnik:

Dubrovnik International Airport is located approximately 20 km from the city centre.

Atlas provides bus transfers, after the arrival of each scheduled flight, from the airport to the main city bus station of Piles which is located in the port area of Gruz. The service takes approximately 30 minutes and costs EUR5. Taxis are also readily available costing approximately EUR40 for 1-4 passengers.

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Kremik Marina Restaurant, Cafe/Bar area

Marina Kremik Splitska 22-24

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The Kremik marina is a 20 minute walk around the bay from central Primosten or a short taxi ride.

Alternatively, Rogoznica town is also only a five minute taxi ride away from Kremik Marina and offers some excellent restaurants.

Consider booking an extra nights' accommodation directly with a hotel website or your travel agent after this trip if you wish to experience more of the region.

If you are planning to depart on the final day of the trip, please do not book a flight earlier than 3pm in case our arrival is delayed due to weather conditions

Split (SPU) is the closest airport to Primosten, approximately 40 klms to the south. Taxi or hotel transfer is the most convenient way to get there.

To get to the airport by public bus, take a bus from Primosten to Trogir then change to local bus number 37 (Trogir-Split) which runs every 20 minutes or so and drops off on the road just outside the airport entrance. Trogir is the closest town to Split airport.

emergency

In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, our sailing company can be reached on Tel: +30 6958 271990.

We also have a dedicated 24 hour telephone number which should only be used once you have left the UK and in the event of a real emergency. Should you need to call the number, we will do what we can to help but please bear in mind that real progress or action may not be possible until normal office hours.

If your flight is delayed or cancelled, please let us know and then make your way to the joining hotel as instructed in these trip notes. If you cannot get through leave a message and a contact number as these will be regularly checked. Emergency Number: +44 (0) 7985106564

Emergency funds

Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$400, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.

Visas

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.

We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.

EUROPEAN COUNTRIES ON THIS TRIP (EXCLUDING RUSSIA, UKRAINE, TURKEY):

Australia: No - Not required

Belgium: No - Not required

Canada: No - Not required

Germany: No - Not required

Ireland: No - Not required

Netherlands: No - Not required

New Zealand: No - Not required

South Africa: Yes - in advance

Switzerland: No - Not required

UK: No - Not required

USA: No - Not required

Issues

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

What to take

What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we recommend keeping the weight under 10kg / 22lb.

Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

Space on board the yacht is very limited - for your own comfort and safety, luggage should be kept to an absolute minimum. The use of a backpack, soft sports bag or duffel bag is recommended - NO hard suitcases will be permitted on board.

Bring along a good-sized daypack as well as a light fleece and/or light windproof jacket. One towel is provided however you might like to consider bringing along an extra for swimming and outdoor use as towels are not changed during the trip. Sports shoes with light coloured soles or sports sandals are recommended while on board, while a pair of cycling gloves can be useful if you wish to participate in sailing. Snorkelling equipment is provided on board.

While there should be electricity on board throughout your trip the voltage is likely to vary widely, from 12V to 220V, and when in port or moored we are dependent on the supply available. Please be aware that the supply may not be sufficient to power some electronic devices all the time and that you may need a voltage adapter or similar.

Health

All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Imaginative Traveller reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

safety

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we make no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:

While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

WATER SAFETY AT SEA:

Travellers that are able and confident swimmers will be able to enjoy swimming & snorkelling off the boat, but please always note the skipper's advise and instructions on when and where to swim and what precautions to consider. Travellers that are not able to swim are certainly welcome on this trip, but you will be required to wear a life jacket when we are sailing.

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

When travelling on a group trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

responsible-travel

At Imaginative Traveller we love helping our clients experience the beauty and cultures of the destinations we visit. However, hand in hand with this we have always been aware that we have a responsibility to minimise any negative impacts that tourism can bring.

Responsible Travel is twofold. It's about taking people to the places they want to go in a safe and responsible manner but also about respecting and maintaining the natural and often delicate balance of the destination. Economic gain from tourism is often fundamental to a country, but should never be at the expense of its culture or the environment.

Our Aims

• It is our aim to provide journeys that have minimal negative and maximum positive impact on the places we visit.

• We do not believe that, as visitors, we should impose our own cultures on others; rather that we should experience foreign cultures and appreciate them for what they are.

• Whilst it is our aim to show destinations and cultures in a positive light, we do not believe in papering over the cracks or shielding visitors from the realities of life. This does not mean, however, that we condone or endorse certain situations or regimes that may be in place.

Our guidelines are meant not as rigid instructions but rather as suggestions to make our holidays more enjoyable – for everybody. As cultural and environmental sensitivities vary from country to country more specific guidelines can be found in our individual country and trip dossiers.

Travellers' Guidelines

Before you depart try to spend some time familiarising yourself with the destination you will be travelling to – their culture and customs. The country dossiers on our website offer detailed information about all the regions we visit. They also include some useful phrases in the local language for you to use on your trip! A few words of the local language can open up many more opportunities for you to interact with the people you will meet.

Although it is tempting to give out pens, sweets and money to people begging, and particularly tempting to give to children, we feel that this encourages a begging mentality and has a long-term negative impact on communities. If someone begging earns more than someone in the same community who works this can discourage local employment. If children regularly bring home money it may discourage their parents from sending them to school.

Always ask permission to photograph local people and respect their decision if they would prefer not to have their picture taken.

Respect local dress codes, especially at religious sites. Our tour leaders are always on hand to give you advice about this.

In many of the countries we visit you might see examples of animal cruelty (for example dancing bears, performing monkeys and snake charmers). Please do not take photographs of this or offer money as it encourages the activity.

Respect the environment you are in. It sounds obvious but do not throw litter, take it with you or use rubbish bins! You may see locals throwing rubbish on the street but do not follow their example!

When shopping in countries where haggling is the norm – enjoy it and only pay what you feel is a fair price for the goods you are purchasing. However, remember that the shopkeeper does have to make a living so do stop once you have reached a price you are happy with. Bargaining should be fun but always remember that a small amount can mean much more to the vendor than to you.

Endeavour to take home souvenirs made locally; the money you spend can be very important to the local communities. However, do use your common sense and don't buy anything that you think might be made out of endangered animals or plants.

To help keep as much money as possible in the host country - try to eat in locally owned restaurants and order local drinks and produce rather than international brands.

In hotels do be conscious of how much water you are using. Many of the areas we visit regularly have shortages; try not to have hour long showers! Don't leave lights, air conditioners or fans on when you leave the room – you wouldn't at home!

Respect the environment you are in, especially when in national parks or reserves. Pay attention to rules about keeping on paths, keeping a distance from animals and not removing any of the natural habitat.

Relax and immerse yourself in the differences of the culture you are in – you'll be back home in the familiar soon enough (and wishing you were still on holiday!). These cultural differences are part of what makes your experience special.

If you would like to offset the carbon dioxide that will be produced on your flights you can do this on our website (on our Responsible travel page). We work with climatecare, who will reduce the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide that you produce in another part of the World through their emission reduction projects. These projects are low carbon efficient technologies in developing countries and not only serve to reduce emissions but also help to spread the adoption of low carbon technologies and improve the quality of life for local communities. Details of climatecare's projects can be found on their website.

Please do let us know if you have any comments about responsible travel at rto@imtrav.net

Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Imaginative Travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Carbon

Carbon Offset C02-e 50.00 kgs per pax.

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