South Dalmatia / Dubrovnik flotillas

The Dubrovnik flotillas sail Croatia’s south Dalmatia coast and northern Montenegro; the Gulf of Kotor. The two one week routes combine to give two week trips.

The Dubrovik flotlllas sail from the historic city of Dubrovnik, heading north and south on alternate weeks. To the north, the Dalmatian coast is strewn with islands. The area is greener than some parts further north. The flotilla route explores the islands of Korcula, Mljet and Lastovo, including the beautiful Mljet National Park. Stops range from small villages to small holiday towns.

Heading south, the Dubrovnik flotillas visit the impressive steep sided Gulf of Kotor. As far as I know, this is currently the only regular flotilla visiting Montenegro. Montenegro is currently experiencing something of a tourist boom and is developing fast but is a little behind Croatia.

Take your pick from

View the Korcula flotilla - 1 week
  • Korcula flotilla – 1 week

    Korcula Flotilla Route

    Difficulty: Moderate        Departs: Alternate Saturdays from Dubrovnik

    Nearest airport: Dubrovnik

    Flights from: Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh

    Operates: Alternate Saturdays from 13th May to 30th September

    FlotillaMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober
    Korcula20th3rd 17th1st 15th 29th12th 26th9th 23rd
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    Korcula Flotilla Itinerary

    DayMilesDestination
    Average20Note: you will do more miles than this!
    1: Sat0Embark ACI Marina in Dubrovnik.
    • Dubrovnik Dubrovnik is arguably one of the prettiest towns you will visit in Croatia but be warned it is overrun with tourists in July and August at which time the old town can be a very sweaty and aggravating place indeed!  Given a choice I would recommend an early or late season flotilla or bareboat charter if this is all you have come ... Read more
    2: Sun14Welcome Punch Party at:
    • Slano / Neprobic Once the site of a beautiful seaside resort, Slano is only now rediscovering itself as a tourist and sailing destination. The grand old buildings may be gone but there is still a certain optimism to the place and plenty of activity with the ongoing building of a new ACI marina (late 2015), which will make it ... Read more
    3: Mon22
    • Polace (Mljet) Polace is the main hub for yachts entering the stunning Mljet National Park on the northern end of Mljet Island. It is a fantastically well sheltered bay (the best on the island) and is utterly charming with is tiny village and heavily treed backdrop. Polace also comes complete with the ruins of an ancient roman palace ... Read more
    4: Tue15
    • Korcula Luka (Korcula) The Corfu of Southern Dalmatia, Korcula shares the same name in ancient Greek; Korkyra Melaina.  Heavily wooded and lush, the beautiful Island is indeed reminiscent of the Ionian Corfu. Korcula town is a fantastic place so make sure it is on your list of places to visit on your yacht charter. However, don’t expect to be ... Read more
    5: Wed22
    • Skrivena Luka (Lastovo) Skrivena Luka or Hidden Port is a magical spot on a wonderful island. With its narrow doglegged entrance, this bay affords total protection for yachts of all sizes from rough seas and provides excellent holding in silty sand. There is also a fantastic small “marina” with one pontoon (Porto Rosso) located on the western side of the ... Read more
    6: Thu23Free Sailing. Why not try;
    • Saplunara (Mljet) Saplunara is a pleasant, well sheltered bay on the southwest corner of Mljet Island. Its excellent beach and wooded backdrop makes it popular with charter yachts. Once upon a time this was a bit of a backwater but times are changing here and now there are several restaurants, each with their associated buoy fields. The “village” doesn’t have ... Read more
    or
    • Okuklje (Mljet) Okuklje itself is not spectacular, rather, it is small, quiet and friendly. But the number and variety of restaurants make up for the lack of grand mansions and fancy nightlife, making it a great place to chill out on your yacht charter. It reminds me of Turkey – the quays are owned by the restaurants. As soon as ... Read more
    7: Fri23
    • Dubrovnik Dubrovnik is arguably one of the prettiest towns you will visit in Croatia but be warned it is overrun with tourists in July and August at which time the old town can be a very sweaty and aggravating place indeed!  Given a choice I would recommend an early or late season flotilla or bareboat charter if this is all you have come ... Read more
    8: Sat0Disembark

    All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week.

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View the Montenegro flotilla - 1 week ** NEW FOR 2017 **
  • Montenegro flotilla – 1 week

    About the Montenegro flotilla

    New for 2017, the Montenegro flotilla visits this increasingly popular sailing area. The flotilla starts from Dubrovnik in Croatia so you get to visit two countries.

    Quick Choices - Montenegro Flotilla
    Difficulty:ModerateBase: DubrovnikAirport:
    Dubrovnik
    Flights from:Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh
    Qualifications:to sail yourself: minimum RYA Day Skipper Practical or ICC plus VHF radio certificate
    Other options:Skippers available

    The Dubrovnik start gives the opportunity to explore this beautiful historic city. There’s also a practical reason – you can fly direct from several UK airports whereas there are as yet no direct flights from the UK to the Montenegrin bases.

    The highlight of the week is a visit to Kotor, set in a stunning fjord-like bay. You can explore the old city and walk the medieval city walls high up the hill behind the town.

    By contrast, Tivat has seen much recent development, including a super yacht friendly marina. At the other extreme, Zanjice Bay provides a quieter stop, with possible excursions to the Blue Cave and fortress island of Maluma. Then it’s back to Croatia for the penultimate night.

    If you want a longer trip, there’s a two week flotilla option, giving an extra week in Croatia, or you could spend a second week bareboating around Montenegro.

    The Montenegro flotilla runs on the following dates in 2017:

    FlotillaMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober
    Montenegro13th 27th10th 24th8th 22nd5th 19th2nd 16th 30th

    View the Montenegro flotilla on a map

    See About the maps for Key and more information. You can see photos of the area in the Montenegro gallery. For what’s included see Flotillas; inclusions and options.

    Montenegro Flotilla Itinerary

    DayMilesDestination
    Average19Note: you will do more miles than this!
    1: Sat0Check in.
    • Dubrovnik Dubrovnik is arguably one of the prettiest towns you will visit in Croatia but be warned it is overrun with tourists in July and August at which time the old town can be a very sweaty and aggravating place indeed!  Given a choice I would recommend an early or late season flotilla or bareboat charter if this is all you have come ... Read more
    2: Sun14
    • Cavtat and Uvala Tiha Cavtat and Uvala Tiha combine to create a small, laid back tourist village just south of Dubrovnik. It’s a great place to relax and watch the super yachts come and go on the customs quay or treat yourself to an ice-cream while promenading along the wonderful, shady paths that wind around the bays. Twice spared from destruction when war ... Read more
    3: Mon26
    • Tivat Tivat was a playground for aristocrats and landed gentry in the middle ages. In the mid 19th century it became a naval base first for the Austrians, then the Italians, Yugoslavs and the Russians. It’s now resuming it’s role as a popular holiday destination. The naval base is now rejuvenated as Port Montenegro, developed by a Canadian billionaire and ... Read more
    4: Tue10
    • Kotor Kotor is a must see on any Montenegro flotilla holiday or yacht charter. Located at the head of a fjord-like bay the scenery is stunning. The town itself is steeped in history and the walls of the old city reach up the mountain side. Kotor dates back to several centuries BC, being originally a Greek settlement. ... Read more
    5: Wed14
    • Zanjice / Sanjice Bay Zanjice or Sanjice Bay is at the entrance of the Gulf of Kotor or Boka Kotorska. Its wide beach is a popular spot for a swim. You can also take a boat trip to the nearby Blue Caves and the fortress island of Mamula, also known as Lastavicka. The fort on Mamula was built in 1853 ... Read more
    6: Thu38Return to Tivat to check out of Montenegro then head back to
    • Cavtat and Uvala Tiha Cavtat and Uvala Tiha combine to create a small, laid back tourist village just south of Dubrovnik. It’s a great place to relax and watch the super yachts come and go on the customs quay or treat yourself to an ice-cream while promenading along the wonderful, shady paths that wind around the bays. Twice spared from destruction when war ... Read more
    7: Fri14
    • Dubrovnik Dubrovnik is arguably one of the prettiest towns you will visit in Croatia but be warned it is overrun with tourists in July and August at which time the old town can be a very sweaty and aggravating place indeed!  Given a choice I would recommend an early or late season flotilla or bareboat charter if this is all you have come ... Read more
    8: Sat0Check out and depart

    All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week.

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View the South Adriatic flotilla - 2 weeks ** NEW FOR 2017 **
  • South Adriatic flotilla – 2 weeks

    Adriatic Flotilla Route

    Difficulty: Moderate        Departs: Alternate Saturdays from Dubrovnik

    Nearest airport: Dubrovnik

    Flights from: Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh

    Operates: Alternate Saturdays from 13th May to 30th September

    FlotillaMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober
    S Adriatic 2 weeks13th 27th10th 24th8th 22nd5th 19th2nd 16th
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    Adriatic Flotilla Itinerary

    DayMilesDestination
    Average20Note: you will do more miles than this!
    1: Sat0Check in.
    • Dubrovnik Dubrovnik is arguably one of the prettiest towns you will visit in Croatia but be warned it is overrun with tourists in July and August at which time the old town can be a very sweaty and aggravating place indeed!  Given a choice I would recommend an early or late season flotilla or bareboat charter if this is all you have come ... Read more
    2: Sun14Welcome Punch Party at:
    • Cavtat and Uvala Tiha Cavtat and Uvala Tiha combine to create a small, laid back tourist village just south of Dubrovnik. It’s a great place to relax and watch the super yachts come and go on the customs quay or treat yourself to an ice-cream while promenading along the wonderful, shady paths that wind around the bays. Twice spared from destruction when war ... Read more
    3: Mon26
    • Tivat Tivat was a playground for aristocrats and landed gentry in the middle ages. In the mid 19th century it became a naval base first for the Austrians, then the Italians, Yugoslavs and the Russians. It’s now resuming it’s role as a popular holiday destination. The naval base is now rejuvenated as Port Montenegro, developed by a Canadian billionaire and ... Read more
    4: Tue10
    • Kotor Kotor is a must see on any Montenegro flotilla holiday or yacht charter. Located at the head of a fjord-like bay the scenery is stunning. The town itself is steeped in history and the walls of the old city reach up the mountain side. Kotor dates back to several centuries BC, being originally a Greek settlement. ... Read more
    5: Wed14
    • Zanjice / Sanjice Bay Zanjice or Sanjice Bay is at the entrance of the Gulf of Kotor or Boka Kotorska. Its wide beach is a popular spot for a swim. You can also take a boat trip to the nearby Blue Caves and the fortress island of Mamula, also known as Lastavicka. The fort on Mamula was built in 1853 ... Read more
    6: Thu16Free sail suggestion: A choice of places such as Sveti Stefan or Petrovac but I recommend
    • Budva Budva is Montenegro’s most visited holiday town. It’s the hub of Montenegro’s “Riviera”. The main attractions are the medieval old town (Stari Grad), several sandy and pebbled beaches and the nightlife. The area was hit by an earthquake in 1979, and substantial reconstruction was necessary. Fortunately, with the exception of the citadel, the old city was relatively untouched. This ... Read more
    7: Fri20Free sail suggestion: Again a choice of destinations but I suggest
    • Herceg Novi Herceg Novi is, like most of Montenegro, undergoing something of a tourist boom. It seems to be weathering this better than some of its neighbours. It retains both it’s charm and much evidence of its history. Though Novi means new, this is only relative. The town in fact started life as a fortress in the 14th century. The old ... Read more
    8: Sat37Free sail suggestion: Check out of Montenegro at Tivat and back to check in to Croatia at:
    • Cavtat and Uvala Tiha Cavtat and Uvala Tiha combine to create a small, laid back tourist village just south of Dubrovnik. It’s a great place to relax and watch the super yachts come and go on the customs quay or treat yourself to an ice-cream while promenading along the wonderful, shady paths that wind around the bays. Twice spared from destruction when war ... Read more
    9: Sun20Another Punch Party at:
    • Slano / Neprobic Once the site of a beautiful seaside resort, Slano is only now rediscovering itself as a tourist and sailing destination. The grand old buildings may be gone but there is still a certain optimism to the place and plenty of activity with the ongoing building of a new ACI marina (late 2015), which will make it ... Read more
    10: Mon22
    • Polace (Mljet) Polace is the main hub for yachts entering the stunning Mljet National Park on the northern end of Mljet Island. It is a fantastically well sheltered bay (the best on the island) and is utterly charming with is tiny village and heavily treed backdrop. Polace also comes complete with the ruins of an ancient roman palace ... Read more
    11: Tue15
    • Korcula Luka (Korcula) The Corfu of Southern Dalmatia, Korcula shares the same name in ancient Greek; Korkyra Melaina.  Heavily wooded and lush, the beautiful Island is indeed reminiscent of the Ionian Corfu. Korcula town is a fantastic place so make sure it is on your list of places to visit on your yacht charter. However, don’t expect to be ... Read more
    12: Wed22
    • Skrivena Luka (Lastovo) Skrivena Luka or Hidden Port is a magical spot on a wonderful island. With its narrow doglegged entrance, this bay affords total protection for yachts of all sizes from rough seas and provides excellent holding in silty sand. There is also a fantastic small “marina” with one pontoon (Porto Rosso) located on the western side of the ... Read more
    13: Thu23Free Sailing. Why not try;
    • Saplunara (Mljet) Saplunara is a pleasant, well sheltered bay on the southwest corner of Mljet Island. Its excellent beach and wooded backdrop makes it popular with charter yachts. Once upon a time this was a bit of a backwater but times are changing here and now there are several restaurants, each with their associated buoy fields. The “village” doesn’t have ... Read more
    or
    • Dubrovnik Dubrovnik is arguably one of the prettiest towns you will visit in Croatia but be warned it is overrun with tourists in July and August at which time the old town can be a very sweaty and aggravating place indeed!  Given a choice I would recommend an early or late season flotilla or bareboat charter if this is all you have come ... Read more
    14: Fri23
    • Dubrovnik Dubrovnik is arguably one of the prettiest towns you will visit in Croatia but be warned it is overrun with tourists in July and August at which time the old town can be a very sweaty and aggravating place indeed!  Given a choice I would recommend an early or late season flotilla or bareboat charter if this is all you have come ... Read more
    15: Sat0Disembark

    All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week. Route names may differ from those used by the oprators.

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View the Mljet flotilla - 2 weeks ** NEW FOR 2017 **
  • Mljet flotilla – 2 weeks

    Mljet Flotilla Route

    Difficulty: Moderate        Departs: Alternate Saturdays from Dubrovnik

    Nearest airport: Dubrovnik

    Flights from: Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh

    Operates: Alternate Saturdays from 13th May to 30th September

    FlotillaMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober
    Mljet 2 weeks20th3rd 17th1st 15th 29th12th 26th9th 23rd
    View the Mljet flotilla on a map

    Dubrovnik Flotilla Itinerary

    DayMilesDestination 
    Average20Note: you will do more miles than this!
    1: Sat0Embark ACI Marina in Dubrovnik.
    • Dubrovnik Dubrovnik is arguably one of the prettiest towns you will visit in Croatia but be warned it is overrun with tourists in July and August at which time the old town can be a very sweaty and aggravating place indeed!  Given a choice I would recommend an early or late season flotilla or bareboat charter if this is all you have come ... Read more
    2: Sun14Welcome Punch Party at:
    • Slano / Neprobic Once the site of a beautiful seaside resort, Slano is only now rediscovering itself as a tourist and sailing destination. The grand old buildings may be gone but there is still a certain optimism to the place and plenty of activity with the ongoing building of a new ACI marina (late 2015), which will make it ... Read more
    3: Mon22
    • Polace (Mljet) Polace is the main hub for yachts entering the stunning Mljet National Park on the northern end of Mljet Island. It is a fantastically well sheltered bay (the best on the island) and is utterly charming with is tiny village and heavily treed backdrop. Polace also comes complete with the ruins of an ancient roman palace ... Read more
    4: Tue15
    • Korcula Luka (Korcula) The Corfu of Southern Dalmatia, Korcula shares the same name in ancient Greek; Korkyra Melaina.  Heavily wooded and lush, the beautiful Island is indeed reminiscent of the Ionian Corfu. Korcula town is a fantastic place so make sure it is on your list of places to visit on your yacht charter. However, don’t expect to be ... Read more
    5: Wed22
    • Skrivena Luka (Lastovo) Skrivena Luka or Hidden Port is a magical spot on a wonderful island. With its narrow doglegged entrance, this bay affords total protection for yachts of all sizes from rough seas and provides excellent holding in silty sand. There is also a fantastic small “marina” with one pontoon (Porto Rosso) located on the western side of the ... Read more
    6: Thu22Free Sailing. Why not try;
    • Racisce (Korcula) Racisce is a quiet and free anchorage, just north west of Lumbarda and south of Vrnik Island, on the eastern end of Korcula Island. This a great place to anchor up during the height of the summer season when other areas can become very busy with charter yachts. There are a couple of restaurants in Racisce, ... Read more
    or for a shorter sail
    • Mali Lago and Veli Lago (Lastovo) Mali Lago (small bay) and Veli Lago (big bay) are two bays formed by the man-made causeway that bridges the channel cut between Prezba and Lastovo islands. The tiny and pretty village of Pasadur, backed by dense pinewood forest, straddles the two bays. With its handful of restaurants and bars is a wonderfully tranquil place ... Read more
    7: Fri12Free sail suggestion: I suggest Pomena
    • Pomena (Mljet) Pomena is a lovely little harbour on the northern end of Mljet Island and lies within the Mljet National Park boundaries. Only a short sail from Korcula, it’s a popular hangout for local boats and charter yachts as well as playing host to a large number of hotel boats, trip boats and tour groups wanting to access the ... Read more
    or
    • Okuklje (Mljet) Okuklje itself is not spectacular, rather, it is small, quiet and friendly. But the number and variety of restaurants make up for the lack of grand mansions and fancy nightlife, making it a great place to chill out on your yacht charter. It reminds me of Turkey – the quays are owned by the restaurants. As soon as ... Read more
    8: Sat22Free sail suggestion: How about
    • Saplunara (Mljet) Saplunara is a pleasant, well sheltered bay on the southwest corner of Mljet Island. Its excellent beach and wooded backdrop makes it popular with charter yachts. Once upon a time this was a bit of a backwater but times are changing here and now there are several restaurants, each with their associated buoy fields. The “village” doesn’t have ... Read more
    or
    • Sudurad (Sipan) Sudurad is one of those places that can be crawling with daytime visitors and then, as soon as the sun goes down, reverts to a sleepy village of a few tiny restaurants and bars. As the peace descends this gem of a place will really grow on you. Perfectly positioned for a quick sail to and ... Read more
    2: Sun24
    • Cavtat and Uvala Tiha Cavtat and Uvala Tiha combine to create a small, laid back tourist village just south of Dubrovnik. It’s a great place to relax and watch the super yachts come and go on the customs quay or treat yourself to an ice-cream while promenading along the wonderful, shady paths that wind around the bays. Twice spared from destruction when war ... Read more
    3: Mon26
    • Tivat Tivat was a playground for aristocrats and landed gentry in the middle ages. In the mid 19th century it became a naval base first for the Austrians, then the Italians, Yugoslavs and the Russians. It’s now resuming it’s role as a popular holiday destination. The naval base is now rejuvenated as Port Montenegro, developed by a Canadian billionaire and ... Read more
    4: Tue10
    • Kotor Kotor is a must see on any Montenegro flotilla holiday or yacht charter. Located at the head of a fjord-like bay the scenery is stunning. The town itself is steeped in history and the walls of the old city reach up the mountain side. Kotor dates back to several centuries BC, being originally a Greek settlement. ... Read more
    5: Wed14
    • Zanjice / Sanjice Bay Zanjice or Sanjice Bay is at the entrance of the Gulf of Kotor or Boka Kotorska. Its wide beach is a popular spot for a swim. You can also take a boat trip to the nearby Blue Caves and the fortress island of Mamula, also known as Lastavicka. The fort on Mamula was built in 1853 ... Read more
    6: Thu38Return to Tivat to check out of Montenegro then head back to
    • Cavtat and Uvala Tiha Cavtat and Uvala Tiha combine to create a small, laid back tourist village just south of Dubrovnik. It’s a great place to relax and watch the super yachts come and go on the customs quay or treat yourself to an ice-cream while promenading along the wonderful, shady paths that wind around the bays. Twice spared from destruction when war ... Read more
    7: Fri14
    • Dubrovnik Dubrovnik is arguably one of the prettiest towns you will visit in Croatia but be warned it is overrun with tourists in July and August at which time the old town can be a very sweaty and aggravating place indeed!  Given a choice I would recommend an early or late season flotilla or bareboat charter if this is all you have come ... Read more
    8: Sat0Check out and depart

    All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week.

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More about the Dubrovnik flotillas

The Dubrovnik flotillas require only moderate experience. They are ideal for skippers and crews with a trip or two already behind them. To sail yourself, the skipper must hold a recognised skippers certificate (RYA Day Skipper, ICC or similar), Someone on board also requires a VHF certificate. These rules apply to all yacht charters in Croatia. However, if you lack the necessary qualifications, fear not; skippers are available for hire.

Dubrovnik flotillas start from the historic city

Dubrovnik: Aerial view of the walled city

You’re unlikely to be short of wind on you Dubrovnik flotilla. Winds here are a little stronger than further north, typically force 3-5. The Gulf of Kotor is more sheltered but there can be gusts off the steep hillsides. These are usually easily spotted – just keep an eye on the water ahead.

Dubrovnik is served by charter, low cost and scheduled flights from the UK. You can fly from Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh. The Dubrovnik flotillas are available as a flight inclusive package, or you can buy your own flights. This works out cheaper.

Transfer time from the airport to the marina is about 25 minutes. The flotilla operator offers optional transfers if you buy your own flights.