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5-day sailing itinerary around old town Zadar

About this program

Welcome to a world of serenity, where the emerald waters of the Adriatic Sea meet the lush greenery of the Dalmatian Islands.
Sailing in Zadar is a magical experience that will captivate your senses and leave you wanting more. Imagine sailing through crystal clear waters, feeling the warm breeze in your hair, and taking in the stunning views of the islands around Zadar. From the picturesque islands of Molat and Ist, with their charming fishing villages and hidden coves, to the magnificent islands of Kornati, each destination has its own unique charm.
And let’s not forget about the historic city of Zadar itself, with its rich cultural heritage and ancient landmarks. Some of the main attractions to see are the Sea Organ, the Greeting to the Sun, and the historic old town with its Roman Forum and St. Donatus Church.
It’s no wonder that sailing enthusiasts from around the world flock to visit Croatia and this breathtaking city. So, pack your bags, and get ready to set sail on a journey of a lifetime!

About the route

When chartering a oat to explore Old Town Zadar and the surrounding islands, it’s good to know that the best time to sail in Croatia is during summer months (June to September). Plan your 5-day sailing itinerary carefully to ensure you make the most of your trip. With so many islands to explore, it’s worth taking the time to research and choose your yacht to suit your needs.

Once you’ve chosen your yacht, it’s time to create your itinerary, taking into account your preferred pace and the amount of time you want to spend on each island. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a fun-filled family adventure, the islands around Old Town Zadar and the city of Zadar offer something for everyone.

And when sailing, consider seeking advice from locals or a sailing expert to make sure you don’t miss out on the best spots and experiences.

Charter Your Sailboat in Zadar

Chartering a sailboat in Zadar is a thrilling experience that offers the freedom to explore the stunning Croatian coastline at your own pace. Renting a sailboat with Sebastus Sailing is a straightforward process, with many bareboat and skippered charter options available.

Bareboat charters are ideal for experienced sailors who prefer to captain the vessel themselves, while skippered charters are perfect for those who want the assistance of an experienced skipper. Once you’ve selected your preferred charter option for sailing in Croatia, you’ll need to choose your yacht and make a booking.

Before setting sail, you’ll be briefed on the sailing area, the yacht’s equipment, and the safety procedures. During your trip, you’ll have the freedom to explore the hidden coves, picturesque islands, and historic landmarks of the Dalmatian coast, while also enjoying the comfort and convenience of your own floating home during your 5-day sailing itinerary in Zadar.


Day 1
Molat and Ist

Day 1. Sail to the Beautiful Islands of Molat and Ist

On the first day of your 5-day sailing itinerary in Zadar, you’ll set sail for the charming and somewhat secluded Molat Island with a relaxed atmosphere. You can take a stroll through the island’s narrow streets in towns of Zapuntel, Brgulje, and Molat, and soak up the local culture. Molat Island is also known for its crystal-clear waters, which are ideal for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, and diving.

Next, you’ll head to car-less Ist Island. This means you can relax in the island’s peaceful and serene atmosphere. You can visit the local olive groves and vineyards or take a stroll through the lush greenery of the island’s Mediterranean vegetation. Ist Island is also known for its fresh seafood, and visitors can sample local specialties at the island’s restaurants and cafes.

Day 2
Dugi Otok

Day 2: Veli Rat and Sakarun Beach on Dugi Otok 

Dugi Otok boasts crystal-clear waters, rugged coastlines, and pristine beaches that offer the perfect escape from the crowds. One of the must-visit spots is Veli Rat, a picturesque village with a 42-meter-tall lighthouse that provides breathtaking views of the surrounding area.

Sakarun Beach, found on the western side of the island, is another must-see attraction. Its white sandy shores and crystal-clear turquoise waters are surrounded by dense pine forests, creating an idyllic setting for relaxation and water sports. Visitors can also explore the island’s hidden coves and bays, go snorkeling, take a hike in the lush forests, or visit charming villages.

Day 3
Nature Park Telašćica

Day 3: Beautiful Place Sali and Nature Park Telašćica 

Continue exploring Dugi Otok by visiting Sali, a hidden gem that captivates visitors with its untouched beauty and charm. As you wander through its cobblestone streets and picturesque waterfront where fishing boats bob in the turquoise waters, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to a simpler era. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to taste the local cuisine, with fresh seafood caught just off the coast.

Venture off to Nature Park Telašćica, a true paradise for nature lovers. Glide through the park’s crystal-clear waters and marvel at the towering cliffs that rise up from the sea. Keep your eyes peeled for the park’s resident dolphins, who often play in the wake of passing boats. Don’t forget to visit the stunning salt lake Mir, a unique natural wonder where the water is multiple times saltier than the sea.

Day 4
NP Kornati

Day 4: National Park Kornati 

The National Park Kornati is a true paradise for nature lovers and sailing enthusiasts. The park consists of 140 stunning islands, islets, and reefs, all surrounded by crystal-clear turquoise waters. The park is named after the largest island, Kornat.

Sailing is undoubtedly one of the best ways to experience the beauty of the Kornati Islands. With a boat, you can explore the secluded coves, hidden bays, and pristine beaches that are otherwise inaccessible. The calm and sheltered waters around the islands provide an ideal setting for a relaxing sailing experience.

The Kornati Islands are also a great spot for snorkeling and diving, with an abundance of marine life including colorful fish, octopuses, and starfish. And with its untouched nature, the park is perfect for hiking and trekking, where you can discover the park’s diverse flora and fauna.

Day 5
Iž Island

Day 5: Iž Island and Sailing to Zadar

As you approach the stunning island of Iž, you’ll notice the turquoise waters surrounding it, speckled with fishing boats and anchored sailboats. Moor at Vodenjak and head to the charming villages of Mali Iž and Veli Iž, where you’ll be immediately transported back in time to a simpler way of life and an opportunity to reconnect with nature. Wandering through the narrow streets, you’ll see beautifully preserved stone houses and gardens bursting with colorful flowers.

Then come back to Zadar and finish your 5-day sailing itinerary. If that was not enough, we can recommend a 7 days sailing route in Zadar to give you a bit more time to explore the best the Zadar region has to offer.

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Picking a boat type

Picking out the type of boat to go with will generally come down to your budget, the group size, and preferred method of sailing. Moreover, different sailboats available can be chartered independently or with a fully-staffed crew.

Find your yacht
sailing boat with full sails up and people on the side
2-12 people
Choose a Sailboat if you are an active traveler or you’re looking for a romantic getaway. Sailboat offer the classic sailing experience and tend to vary in size from 30 up to 64 feet
Starting from 160 EUR per day
luxury catamaran on the water aerial view
2-12 people
Catamaran is a top choice if you’re looking for a smoother sailing experience compared to sailboats. Since the size ranges from 38 to 70 feet, this is a right vessel for bigger groups or families
Starting from 500 EUR per day
Motor yacht on the water | Sebastus Sailing
Motor yacht
2 – 12 people
Depending on what you’re looking for, you may find motor yachts from one up to five cabins and their size tend to range from 30 to 100 ft. These beautiful vessels are perfect for a luxurious touch on sailing vacation
Starting from 500 EUR per day
luxury wooden gulet cruising on a sunny day
8-20 people
Most of Gulets have six cabins and come with three or four crew members, which makes it amazing for larger groups. The sip sizes tend to range between 60 to 100 feet, so you can be sure that everyone has more than enough space.
Starting from 600 EUR per day
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