It’s a familiar story when exploring Mediterranean countries like Croatia and Turkey: it’s a pain in the neck constantly changing accommodation, booking ferries and buses, repacking your bag, timetables changing, getting stuck in the heat, being disorientated and stressed… and we thought that travel was about fun!
Thankfully, there is a smart, convenient way to see Croatia and Turkey that involves one check-in and then sitting back and drinking in the experience: short cruises on boutique motor-yachts.
Plenty of pros
These motor-yachts are surprisingly budget-friendly and boast lots of pros and very few cons. The advantages are that you get:
- your own cabin (for 2 people)
- ensuite shower and toilet
- 2 or 3 meals a day
- like-minded shipmates to share the experience with
- a friendly crew to look after you
- an onboard rep to give you daily tips
Right, let’s talk drinks — another essential when watching the islands glide by from the comfort of your sun-lounger or deckchair on the top deck. Drinking water is unlimited and included in the price, but for soft drinks, beers and cocktails, there is an onboard bar that runs a tab system that is paid at the end of the cruise. Just be sure to keep an eye on that tab in case it gets out of control!
Choose your route and number of days
The routes of the cruises in both Turkey and Croatia cover a lot of the popular destinations such as Hvar, Butterfly Valley and Dubrovnik but also include swim-stops in secluded bays and visits to lesser-known islands and towns. You can also choose between doing a 7-night, 4-night or 3-night cruise — perfect for slotting into your travel schedule for each country.
When to go?
Turkey has a longer season as it is further south, so you can go from the end of April to the end of October. July and August are popular months (and it’s hot!) but if you go in May or June you can pick up a real cruise bargain: a 4-day cruise in May is only £229 per person, which includes 3 meals a day!
For Croatia, we recommend avoiding May and October due to the unreliability of the weather. However, June is lovely, July is quite crowded, the end of August is perfect and September is calmer.
Croatian motor-yachts and Turkish gulets
The boat types can vary as well. Croatia tends to have slightly larger motor-yachts that hold around 25 to 35 passengers, whereas Turkey has smaller ones, known as gulets, that have a capacity of around 16 to 19 people. All of them are ensuite, but the higher the budget, the more inclusions you get, with higher class boats featuring air-con, swimming platforms or even a Jacuzzi.
The most difficult choice you will have to make is settling on the country (Croatia or Turkey), the route and the number of days. Check out the options on their two specialist websites: www.gocroatiasail.com and www.gosailturkey.com and book in your preferred trip, or send any questions to the email addresses below and they’ll get right back to you!
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This article was in partnership with Go Adventures