Good morning guys!! As you may have seen on my Instagram page (@s.arigato) I just came back from a wonderful trip! Sailing in Croatia with “The Boat Trip” team, a Polish agency with headquarters in Warsaw that organises boat trips in numerous tourist destinations including Croatia, as been simply a great adventure! This time my beardy boy had work to do so I travelled with Claudia, biologist, photographer and my trusted high school desk-mate, who often follows me in my little adventures around the world <3
Croatia’s sailboat adventure with The Boat Trip is mainly aimed at people between the age of 20 and 30. Throughout the journey, you will be sharing your boat with 7-8 people (of course this can have its pros and cons). This way, the agency managed to lower significantly the costs (the price for a week is around 500€ per person -skipper included who will think about the technical part so you do not need any nautical experience!).
We reached Split from Ancona with a SNAV ferry. The overnight trip lasts about 10h and with 20€ more per person me and my friend opted for a cabin! Arriving in Split we headed to Trogir, the meeting place with the The Boat Trip crew (Split – Trogir trip takes 50 minutes by bus n.37, it costs 3 €).
To be honest the first day was a bit traumatic, there was no indication that would make us understand where to go and at the reception they kept telling us that no one knew The Boat Trip !! Fortunately I had been contacted by a referent who kindly came to pick us up!
According to the organizers, the Croatia trip was supposed to be an “international student week” with people coming from all over Europe but our travel companions were, for the most part, Polish and apart from some initial cultural clash the week “Italy vs Poland” took a great turn and I even learned a few words in Polish (Tak, for example, means Yes!).
As for the division of the boat spaces I must admit that the organisation didn’t do a great job! The room shared by myself and Claudia was one of the best, small and welcoming ( we are talking about a sailboat and of course we had to adapt!) but some of the guys had to sleep in the couches of the living room, which was not very comfortable! My suggestion, if you decide to travel with a sailing boat, is to bring a friend so that at least you will be assigned a cabin.
Sailing in Croatia is organised in a fairly serene and relaxed way! The alarm clock is never too early, around 10 or later, to let you rest after the disco night! A great breakfast with the crew, a few hours of sailing up to a fabulous blue bay, a dip in the blue between the colourful fishes and start off to a new city!
For the party dogs The Boat Trip team has really thought of everything: every evening you can enjoy an exclusive party in one of the city’s bars! In Solaris, for example, the party was organised in a pirate ship! In Hvar, on the other hand, we celebrated in Kiva bar, the most famous VIP meeting venue in the city!
The itinerary has allowed us to visit the beauty of 6 cities: Trogir, Solaris, Primosten, Hvar, Milna and Split. Larger cities such as Trogir and Split would surely have taken more time to visit them at best (we’ve had 2h of city time per day), but be aware that this is a sailing trip with the aim of getting to know new international friends, share your cultural habits and have fun!
All in all, the one with The Boat Trip was an unforgettable experience that I will carry forever in my heart! I entered the Polish culture so much that in November I have already planned to visit my travel companions in Poland! The special occasion is the concert of Laki Lan, a Polish music group that with his “Jammin” has accompanied us in this wonderful adventure!
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