Croatia and Greece: the island tours of a lifetime

Published on: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Croatia and Greece: the island tours of a lifetime - Mljet, Croatia


Charter a yacht to spellbinding islands of Croatia and Greece, your guide to a dream trip made real by Goolets, the gulet expert

The long views of a blue and infinite sea are exceedingly beautiful – few holidays can calm the soul like a sea voyage where endless hours are spent admiring the horizon. This summer, find yourself island hopping in Croatia and Greece aboard a private yacht where an intimate and enchanting experience awaits you.

Two- or three-masted wooden yachts, affectionately known as gulets in the Eastern Mediterranean, are the best vessels for island hopping between the secret coves of the vineyard-dotted Croatian isles or the whitewashed villages of the Greek Cyclades Islands. When it comes to private yacht charter, you want the best and is your ideal choice. With a fleet of over 2,000 gulets, a solid reputation and a dedicated team of professionals working hard for you, you know you’re in for a wonderful time.

Sail through Croatia

Sheltered bays, shallow waters and centuries of nautical culture are cornerstones of the Dalmatian islands.

A firm favourite of seasoned yachtsmen is to sail from Dubrovnik to Split, taking in island wonders of Mljet, Lastovo, Korčula, Hvar, Brač and Solta along the way.

Mljet is absolutely stunning. Its two saltwater lakes (Veliko and Malao Jezero), part of Mljet National Park, are the main draws. Said to be the greenest island of Croatia, Mljet and its unspoilt waters and landscapes are best for swimming, kayaking and hiking.

Lastovo, once out of bounds to visitors when it was a military base during the Yugoslav era, is where tranquillity reigns supreme. Even when other parts of Croatia are swamped with tourists during the high season, this place remains quiet, allowing the few visitors who make it here to enjoy an indulgent, exclusive getaway.

After a quick hop through Korčula, you will arrive in Hvar. Centuries ago, Ottoman and Venetian traders settled on the western tip of this island and built a small city around a picturesque harbour, presided over by a hilltop fortress. Today, locals and visitors sip coffee and indulge in fresh seafood at the restaurants and cafés line the handsome piazza. Beyond the old city wall, slumbering villages and lavender fields glister in dazzling sunshine.

Nearby, the island of Brač is famed for its elongated beaches and sparkling white stones which were used to build Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the White House in Washington, DC.

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Sail through Greece

From popular Dodecanese Islands to lesser-known Sporades Islands, there is a wide array of sea routes you can take and soak up the sun in Greece. One of them is the Mykonos to Santorini sea route. The route sees you gliding by idyllic islands sprinkled across inviting waters. You can reminisce on the aromatic wine at verdant Paros and bask in the sun at Koufonisia, before ending the trip in stunning and glamorous Santorini. The advantages of a private yacht charter are clear – you will spend days floating leisurely between charming island ports and enjoying attentive service to fit your personal interests and needs.

Made for those who look to escape stressful urban living, the Astakos to Athens sailing route gives you an authentic Greek experience. Starting from Astakos, the yacht winds its way through the magical Ionian Islands of Meganissi, Kefalonia and Ithaca. On this trip, you have plenty of opportunities to swim in turquoise waters, stroll through small villages dotted with gnarled olive trees and dine under the stars.

About Goolets Ltd, the gulet expert, has over 2,000 gulets ready to take you sailing on the sparkling Mediterranean. Contact them today for your once-in-a-lifetime experience on the Med.

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This post was first published in 2018 and updated on 18/03/2020.