Private Yacht and Gulet Charter in Croatia
Chartering a yacht or gulet in Croatia is the best way to see the amazing islands and towns of the Adriatic Sea at your own pace. The costs can be a little confusing at first as the listed prices are not ‘all inclusive’. Read on to find out how much private charter in Croatia really costs. There’s something to suit almost every budget, so don’t hesitate to ask us!
Croatia Sailing Charter Costs Guideline:
Most yacht and gulet charters are for 7 nights Saturday to Saturday. The price shown is usually for the cost of the charter only (no meals, drinks, port fees etc are included in the charter cost). Inclusions differ for yachts and gulets. Yacht prices are usually ‘bareboat’ prices, which doesn’t include any crew, just the boat.
The main difference is that gulets are always rented out with a crew and the crew cost is included in the charter price. Bareboat charter is not available for gulets. Gulets are traditional wooden sailing yachts similar to Turkish yachts, with plenty of room on board for entire families and much larger cabins than most sailboats.
Low Seasons: May/October. Mid Season June/September. High Season July/August.
Approximate charter cost for Gulets (**entire gulet per WEEK in Euros including crew, but not including food, drinks, port fees / marina fees):
Small Gulets: €6000 low season, €9000 mid season, to €13000 high season
Medium Gulets: €10000 low season, €11000 mid season, to €15000 high season
Large Gulets: €10000 low season, €14000 mid season, to €17000 high season
**Costs are for small 3 star gulets of 4 or 5 cabins (8-10 passengers). Larger or higher standard gulets are available with up to 16 cabins on board. Please enquire.
We have a selection of gulets listed on our website here: Gulet Charter
For even more information, see our Before Your Private Charter info page here.
General type of inclusions for GULETS (this is an average, specifics will be given for each gulet when we send you a customized quote):
The gulet charter price includes:
Crew and fuel for 3 to 4 hours motor cruising per day
Charter of the gulet on a 7 night, 8 day basis, including VAT (usually Sat 5pm to Sat 9am)
Bed linens and towels for showering
Note: Air conditioning running time is 4 to 6 hours per day out of ports. It all depends on the gulet and it is determined on an individual offer or contract. When the gulets are anchored in bays the air conditioning runs on a generator and the generator can be a little bit noisy.
The charter price does NOT include these extra costs. These costs are paid locally in Croatia directly by the hirer upon arrival (and can add up to thousands of euros):
• Half board (breakfast and lunch) is obligatory on all gulets (from €270 to €400 per person per week depending on the gulet and food choices)
• Port and harbour taxes, fuel for generators and entrance fees to national parks (from €350 – €1,000 per week total – it depends on the itinerary you have).
• Beverages. You are not allowed to bring drinks on board. You can buy drinks from the gulet’s bar at reasonable prices.
• One way fee to/from Dubrovnik or delivery fee to Dubrovnik (on request). Extra charge up to €1,000 (depends on the gulet owner).
• Transfers from the gulet to the airport and back (we can provide this for you if you wish)
Half board – obligatory (breakfast, lunch)
Prices from €270 to €400 per person per week, depending on the gulet and the client’s wishes.
Full board – dinner is an optional extra (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Prices from €330 per person per week to €700 per person per week, depending on the gulet and the client’s wishes.
Drinks packages: from €90 to €180 per person per week, depending on the gulet and whether (domestic) alcohols are included.
|Example – Gulet Charter – High Season July/August||€ EUR||ROE||$ AUD|
|Charter fee €13,500 (approximate for 3* gulet with 5 cabins in July)||€ 13,500||0.61||$ 22,130|
|Port taxes €600-1000/week (approximate) – obligatory||€ 1,000||0.61||$ 1,639|
|Visitor’s tax €1/pp/day – obligatory (based on 10pax)||€ 70||0.61||$ 115|
|Half board €270 per person/week (approximate) – obligatory (based on 10pax)||€ 2,700||0.61||$ 4,425|
|Drinks package €180 per person/week (approximate) – OPTIONAL (based on 10pax)||€ 1,800||0.61||$ 2,950|
|One-way fee €900 (approximate) – OPTIONAL
||€ 900||0.61||$ 1,425|
Approximate TOTAL COST (for 10 pax, average $3,270 per person)
|€ 19,970||0.61||$ 32,684|
Approximate costs for Sailing Yachts (**per week in Euros for bareboat charter):
Singe hull sailing yachts: from €2000 low season, €4000 mid season, to €6000 high season
Catamarans: €6000 low season, €8000 mid season, to €11000 high season
Motor yachts: €4000 low season, €7000 mid season, to €12000 high season
**Costs are for small yachts of 3 or 4 cabins (6-8 passengers). Larger yachts are available. Please enquire.
|Example – Sailing Yacht Charter – High Season Jul/Aug (single hull)||EUR||ROE||$ AUD|
|Charter fee 6,000 euros (approximate) July||€ 6,000||0.61||$ 9,840|
|Port taxes 600 euros /week (approximate) – obligatory||€ 600||0.61||$ 985|
|Visitor’s tax 1eur/pp/day – obligatory (based on 8pax)||€ 56||0.61||$ 90|
|Final cleaning fee 150 euros/week (obligatory)||€ 150||0.61||$ 245|
|Food costs $100/day PER PERSON (approximate, depends what you buy) (based on 8pax) 8 x $700 = $5,600||€ 3,410||0.61||$ 5,600|
|One-way fee 700 euros (approximate) – optional||€ 700||0.61||$ 1,150|
|Skipper Hire 1050 euros/week (approximate) – optional||€ 1,050||0.61||$ 1,720|
Approximate TOTAL COST (not including drinks, which can add up to another $200-30opp for the week)
|€ 11,966||0.61||$ 19,630|
Crewed Charter options:
Catamarans and single-hull sailing yachts and motor yachts: All yachts can be hired either bareboat charter (you crew) or you can hire a skipper and/or extra crew. Generally the skipper is around 800-1000 euros per week, and the extra crew is 700-900 euros per person per week.
Food for yachts is purchased by the clients upon arrival, or you can ask for the boat to be provisioned at with items of your choice at your expense. Port taxes are paid as you go, and all marina fees and port taxes are payable locally in Croatia. These can be up to 600 euros per week depending on ports visited (large ports such as Hvar, Split, Dubrovnik are more expensive than smaller ports such as Zaton, Korcula, Trogir etc).
Gulets: All gulets are hired out with a full crew of skipper and 2 other crew members. The price of the gulet charter already includes the crew. Gulets have half-board as an extra cost (obligatory) or full-board (optional upgrade from half-board). You can also purchase drinks on board from the gulet’s bar, or you can upgrade on some gulets to include a drinks package with your half-board or full-board.
**Drinks prices are listed on the gulet’s bar. If you cannot find the drinks prices, then please ASK the staff before purchasing. Ensure you sign a receipt. Get everything in writing as we have no way of helping you if you have a dispute at the end of your charter about anything you have purchased or agreed to while on board.
Most vessels are chartered on a weekly basis from Saturday to Saturday from April to October.
If you hire a crewed vessel, the skipper will very likely suggest a personalised itinerary once you’ve had a chance to meet and chat and they get to know what you like to do and where you want to go. There are hundreds of beautiful bays that are known only to the locals, and hiring a skipper will enable you to experience Croatia as the locals do.
Return charters: Basic charter prices listed are for return charters. 7 nights is not really long enough to get from Split to Dubrovnik and then back to Split (or vice versa) with any time to actually spend relaxing. Most of the days would be spent travelling at sea, rather than enjoying the beautiful Croatian islands, bays and beaches. So we suggest that if you want to visit both Split and Dubrovnik with a yacht charter, then you consider a one-way charter rather than return charter.
Example 7nt Itinerary from Split: Split – Hvar – Vis – Korcula – Solta – Trogir – Split.
Example 7nt Itinerary from Dubrovnik: Dubrovnik – Korcula – Mljet – Elafiti Islands – Dubrovnik
One-Way charters: One-way charter is possible on most vessels, though it depends on the hire the week before and the week after. One-way fees range from 400-1000 euros depending on the size of the vessel.
Example 7nt Itinerary One-Way from Split to Dubrovnik (or vice versa): Split – Vis – Hvar – Korcula – Mljet – Dubrovnik.
Bareboat Charter Licensing Requirements:
As the Australian licensing system is State and not Federal, then Croatia does not have an automatic reciprocal agreement with Australia for boat licences. Each State in Australia has different licence categories. When you bareboat charter, our boat owners will need to see a scanned copy of your licence and also be directed to the Licensing Body’s website, where it clearly states that size and type of vessel that you specifically are licenced to operate.
If your licence states that you may only operate vessels up to 12m in length (as per some Western Australian licences), then generally our boat owners will only let you charter their yacht if their yacht is under the 12m length. Please keep this in mind when selecting the yachts as all yachts are hired out at the owner’s discretion and there is no automatic licence agreement between Australia (State licensing) and Croatia (federal boat licensing).
Jet-skis require you to have a personal watercraft licence (PWC) just like here in Australia.
How to book:
We are an Australian company, so even though the prices are set in euros, you will pay us in the equivalent AUD based on current exchange rates. 50% of the charter fee is required as a deposit payment to secure the booking and the remainder is required 60 days prior to departure. We liaise with the yacht owner and organise all the details for you, so you can sit back and relax and enjoy your Croatian sailing holiday stress-free!
Please send us an email at [email protected] or call us on 1300 660 189 if you have any queries. Thank you.
Once you’ve booked your charter, you can find some more information here on our ‘Before your private charter’ info page.
All ship descriptions on our website are sent to us by the end suppliers and we are not liable for any discrepancy in the listed features or services. We are not the producers of the marketing materials. We don’t take the photos of ships used on our website, nor do we produce any brochures and our ship descriptions are those provided to us by the operator. We rely on the information provided to us by the end suppliers. Your contract is between you and the end supplier (the ship owner). By signing the contract between you and the ship owner/operator you acknowledge that we are acting as an agent only (on your behalf), and that we are not the end supplier. We cannot visit every cabin on every ship (there are literally thousands of ships in Croatia) to check every single feature before every departure, so you must make your own decision based on the ship owner’s marketing materials that they provide to you. Any claims you make will be against the ship owner, as Discover Croatia is not responsible for any advertising discrepancies. Please see our full Terms and Conditions here.
Any gulets under about 15,000 euros for the week (charter price only) are deemed to be at best ‘3 star’ accommodations. Cheap and cheerful, but none of the boats are in perfect condition. You must acknowledge this in writing before we book any gulet for you. We can only supply you with the offers and broker your payment, we do not accept responsibility for any maintenance issues, discrepancies in advertising or food and drinks issues. Any claim is between you and the gulet owner / operator as per your contract.
All departures on specific ships are subject to any unforeseen incidences occurring before your departure. If that ship cannot be provided due to accident, emergency repair or similar, then a similar ship will be provided if at all possible, but please understand that there are few spare ships as they are all also being used for other cruises. We cannot guarantee any departure as the cruise companies themselves do not guarantee every single ship on every single departure as very, very occasionally there are issues that require repair or there’s been some ‘force majeure’ beyond their control. This is why we recommend you have proper travel insurance to cover you for all events.