Sailing Trip Croatia – Sundown Sailors Route

Explore Croatia on a Shared Sailboat

Sailing Trip in Croatia Sundown Sailors Route

Featuring Bryan Benner, The Nautical Troubadour

Sundown Sailors Sailing Trip is one of our all time favorites. This is the very first route which we sailed on and we have visited it every year since. We have found some truly amazing locations here and want to show you these. We are also keen on discovering new bays or restaurants on this route, so there is always something new for us too and keeps our enthusiasm for sailing this route high!

This sailing region is full of small islands scattered all along the way. It’s a real pleasure to navigate through this maze, stop at remote bays, hike the hills for sunsets and visit a few ancient towns. This is a route where we have a chance to admire the sunset almost every day! We visit Kornati a beautiful national park, the ancient Dalmatian stronghold city of Šibenik, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Trogir, the Kaprije archipelago where we have the highest chance of spotting dolphins and a few secret spots of our own… You can expect to drop anchor in an empty bay, raft the yachts together and enjoy our time under the stars far away from civilization!

Bryan Benner joins this trip as our musician in residence, or as he refers to himself, “The Nautical Troubadour“. A professional opera singer, classical guitarist and songwriter, Bryan will accompany our voyage in the spirit of ancient minstrels, providing the soundtrack to our journey. We can count on some cozy “tiny desk” concerts in the cockpit of our rafted yachts or at remotely located restaurants. Every musician, hobby or professional, is invited to bring an instrument along as Bryan will be hosting open music sessions for anyone to join. We are excited for this trip to be full of music and singing!

As always no sailing experience is needed to join as our professional skippers will introduce you to everything you need to know. The sailing course is absolutely free of charge, hands on and fun. More experienced sailors will be given more responsibility and can count on some coaching too!

Explore the Croatian Coast on a Shared Sailboat

Join us as we visit the Northern Dalmatian region. We find here hundreds of small islands, some only as big as your work desk. We sail through the archipelagos of Kaprije and Kornati as well as the coastal mainland. We moor in ports which we like and know but still make time for exploring new anchorages.

Sailing in Croatia is very comfortable, the swell is usually small and winds low to moderate. These conditions are perfect for beginners. The choice of bays, ports and towns is impressive and there is always something new to discover even when coming back year after year. Each lunch break is spent on anchor, swimming, relaxing or sun bathing.

Our Croatian sailing trips offer a perfect mix of sailing and exploration. There is enough time to learn the ropes, explore the land, and socialize with the crew. We have plenty of experience sailing in Croatia which results in a sailing trip polished to perfection. This is why now we are adding a musical element to it which we found makes every trip so much more fun!

Feel invited to join us sailing in Croatia with the sounds of guitar in the background!

660€ PP
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📆 7 nights, departures:
31st August 2019 – Sundown Sailors
07th September 2019 – Out & About
✈️ Split (SPU), Zadar (ZAD)
🌊 Adriatic Sea
🔵 Easy Route

Yachts Confirmed:
1) Bavaria 45, built 2013, 4 cabins, 3 heads, 8 crew + skipper
2) Dufour 460 GL, built 2013, 4 cabins, 3 heads, 8 crew + skipper

Live Music On Board

For this trip we have invited a very special guest. Bryan Benner is coming along with his guitar and his magical voice. Remote and empty Croatian bays will be filled with music and song. Bryan is a professional musician involved in many projects, living and creating in Vienna, Austria. His songs invigorate, empower, inspire and provide food for thought, all the while delighting the ears.
In addition to performing, Bryan invites all music lovers to bring their own instruments to join in the open music sessions which he will host on our sailboats.

Sunsets in Northern Dalmatia

The whole coastline of Croatia is facing west. Hundreds of islands scattered along the coast create postcard like photo opportunities when the sun comes closer to the horizon . On this route, more then on any other route, we found amazing places to admire the sun going down. Bring a bottle of wine along and join us in being still.

Foodie Bays

A Foodie Bay is a term we invented. It describes a place where usually a single restaurant caters to the desires of hungry yachties. We are exempt from paying the mooring fee if we eat at the restaurant. And these restaurants are just fantastic: fresh seafood, local ingredients and most unique flare of a seaside restaurant on a remote island. We always take time to enjoy these special dinners!
Croatia Sailing Trip Highlights

What you can expect to do on this route.

Croatia Sailing Trip Itinerary

We are true to the discoverers` spirit and plan our adventures accordingly to the winds, the weather and your wishes. This means the order as well as some of stopovers may be different than presented below. Leave planning at home! The plan showed below is only an indicative itinerary and your trip may differ. Only the mad men sail against the wind!



Trogir is a perfect starting point for this sailing trip. The airport is 10 minute public bus drive away. The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and we have local vegetable market to stock up our yachts with. Meet us in the marina, meet your crew and settle in. After all the chaos of the first day is over, we will have a welcome dinner in the city to get to know each other and kick off the adventure.



The old town of Primošten is built on a hilly peninsula. We moor our yachts after the sailing day at the little port 50 meters away from the main square. There is a perfect sunset watching spot on the northern side of the town, a juggling ice cream man and a few Konobas. The panoramic view from the top of the hill is also worth a 10 minute hike!



On the island of Kaprije no vehicles are allowed. The local community lives from fishing, tourism and growing olives and capers. It’s a short sail from Primošten, so we have a chilled day with lots of swimming, snorkelling and relaxing time while anchoring for a lunch break. The night stopover location we choose from a selection of buoy fields with restaurants nearby. One of our favorites is the Babalu Grill Bar, where the grilled Seabass knows no equal! Well maybe the mussels do match it! Kaprije Archipelago is also the place where we have the highest chance in Croatia of spotting Dolphins! Keep your eyes wide opened!



I always think of Kornats as though they were islands on the moon, combed by a giant. Characteristic layers of stone create regular patterns which make the background for an arid environment with the occasional settlement or a single restaurant. Incredible underwater life can be found at the depth of only a few meters! We anchor at a Modra (Croatian for blue) bay and create a yacht raft once more. A hike to the nearby hill (190m high) pays off with an unforgettable sunset view and a dive in the night reveals a spectacle of nature: glowing plankton (remember the movie The Beach?). As you can imagine there are not many lights on the Kornati islands, so we count on the Milky Way being visible at night!



Vrgada is a beautifully forested island with a large sandy beach (not common in Croatia), a little settlement and a large uninhabited bay in which we anchor and raft our yachts together. This way we create a little village afloat where we get to know each other better by sharing a meal cooked on board, admiring stars, listening to music and enjoying night swims. It’s an evening for unwinding, sinking into the tempo of yacht life and finally detaching from life back in home.



Šibenik is a Venetian stronghold built on the coast of Dalmatia. It stands at the place where the Krka river flows into the Adriatic sea. Today it’s the 3rd largest city in Dalmatia and well worth a visit. There are four fortresses to be seen, each of which provides a spectacular view of the sea, the city and the nearby islands. We walk through a maze of narrow stone-paved streets and visit the best sights: St. James cathedral, St. Lawrance monastery gardens, the town square and we finish at one of the traditional restaurants serving dishes from locally produced ingredients. To finish the evening off we enjoy a drink or two in one of the bars nearby our yachts which are waiting moored at the town pier. The pure joy of life’s essentials!



On Friday, the last day of our sailing trip, we have a regatta. Skippers will have taught you enough by now to let you sail the boat yourself. They are there to observe and help in emergencies but it is you and your crew who competes against the other crews.

Once the rush and excitement is over, we call to an island nearby, Trogir, and spend the last night there. We have the captains dinner with all the crews and enjoy recalling stories from the last week, toasting for the regatta winners and savoring the last moments in Croatia.





Keep the connection

Day 8 is the day to say goodbye. All the miles sailed, saunas visited, skills gained and time shared with others will make us bond and build relationships. Cherish these, keep in touch and remember that your sailing tribe is there. See you another time!

What people say about Naleia
Naleia is awesome for everyone who enjoys traveling and a little adventure. I've been on the first trip to Croatia and it is great to see how far Naleia has come since. There is a variety of routes, I like the idea of social deposit scheme and it always attracts nice lovely people to share the trip with. Skippers are top notch and you will be able to balance learning how to sail with a few relaxing days at the sea with all it's joys. I'm now on the way to Thailand trip and can't wait to start
09:42 10 Feb 19
I usually fly solo when traveling, and it never occurred to me to sign up for a package tour. But I took a gamble here and Naleia exceeded my expectations. They have somehow figured out how to get adults to buy into a sincere spirit of group adventure and camaraderie without it ever feeling forced. And obviously, the locations are beautiful, the other people are engaging, the sailing is fun (you'll grow in confidence throughout the week), and it's clear that the Dominick and his team really care about the experience they are creating. You can easily do this trip alone, with friends, or with your significant other. I'm sure I'll sail with them more
Holly Masek
Holly Masek
14:15 03 Oct 18
Stop thinking about sailing with Naleia... and just book it. You’ll love it! Your fellow crew members are a wonderful bunch – and we had the most laid-back skipper ever to roam the Med. The scenery is amazing and varied: you’ll moor-up in a port one night amongst super-yachts then drop anchor the following night in a nearly-deserted bay. You’ll learn so much if you’ve never sailed before, but it’s all really relaxed. I’m so glad I took the plunge – you will be too. Maybe see you out there one day more
Suzanne Lantos
Suzanne Lantos
14:00 21 Jul 18
Dominik has an amazingly ability to make everyone feel included and have a great time while also teaching new skills. But the best part is that people grow and learn new skills for life and learn things about themselves without even knowing. I’m already booked on another trip and have made new connections with people that I know will be friends for life. Thank you all.
Gary Jenkinson
Gary Jenkinson
22:41 17 Jun 18
Well organised trip, with Dominik competently answering all questions before the trip. Skipper Nico with endless patience to teach the basics of sailing to complete Newbies - I'll be back!
17:38 17 Jun 18
Loved the sailing trip to Azores.Dominik and the crew were amazing!We had a beautiful experience whalewatching and learning the basics of sailing.I'll definitely sail with Naleia again!! 🙂
Giuseppe Enriquez
Giuseppe Enriquez
12:43 14 Jun 18
Having done the 'Same Same' tour in Thailand. It was one of the most amazing experiences we had. The snorkeling was beautifull and we saw so many fishes and coral. The group of people we were with was great and spending time with experienced skippers we learned a lot about sailing. I highly reccomend it. One tip, do bring your seasick pills if you are sensitive to that. You don't want to recover from your seasickness while the rest of us is swiming in bioluminescent glow in the dark plankton and having an amazing time.Cheers, Joao and Margaread more
joao caldeira
joao caldeira
08:54 08 May 18
I had such a great trip with Naleia! Me and my friends sailed in Thailand with them. It was wonderful. Our skippers Marc and Nico are the friendliest, most fun and professional people. Being on a boat for 10 days is a intense experience, exciting and deeply relaxing at the same time!Sailing is such a gentle way of traveling, you have to be in tune with nature. Our skippers managed to avoid most mass tourism by arriving at our destinations for the night just when everyone else was leaving. This meant that we had the most beautiful islands to ourselves. Thailand is such beautiful country and the islands we discovered were absolutely stunning. I especially loved snorkeling in Ko Ha.On top of all the wonderful experiences we learned about sailing. Hoisting the main sail, standing at the helm, doing tacks, ankering etc are all very empowering experiences!I absolutely loved the trip and am planning to go on other trips with Naleia!read more
Teresa Liska
Teresa Liska
01:50 03 Apr 18
Great sailing experience.. well not too much wind in the Seychelles in February but still an awesome trip! And Nico's a 5 star skipper 🙂
Cba Xyz
Cba Xyz
16:34 02 Mar 18
I had the best time in Croatia. If you ever had the thought to try sailing, I can thoroughly recommend Naleia! The organisation is superb, the people are warm and open and you will learn much more than just the sailing itself. Personal highlights include spotting dolphins, feeling us come together as a team, swimming in deep blue waters and enjoying local restaurants in remote locations accessible by the sea.
Steven Lynch
Steven Lynch
13:26 16 Sep 17
I just went to Croatia with Naleia and I can honestly say it was the best vacation I've ever had. It was the perfect mixture of adventure and relaxation. Dominik and Marc were fantastic skippers, and yacht life is the best life! Equally as important is the community that Naleia cultivates, we traveled with a great group of diverse people who were interesting, easygoing, and fun to spend time with. I will definitely be sailing with the Naleia crew again soon.
Elizabeth Moody
Elizabeth Moody
15:28 22 Aug 17
I joined the Croatia Sunset Route with Naleia having never sailed in my life before and finished as a competent crew member of a fun and international team of new friends. I’d thought about joining a party cruise and seeing some beautiful scenery along the way but the connection with nature and the flexibility of being on two small yachts was so much better as we were able to visit tiny local villages and go swimming and snorkelling in bays that would have been inaccessible otherwise.Learning to sail – great! Making new international friends – great! Flexible personalised routes - great! Professional organisation – great!Beautiful Croatian scenery – great!read more
Bryn French
Bryn French
16:43 19 Aug 17
I went on a trip to Croatia having never sailed before and couldn't have had a more positive experience. The skippers were friendly and happy to teach, the boat quickly became a team and a lot of thought was put into the program of the day! Highly recommended for anyone looking for an adventure on the high seas with a great bunch of people.
Christopher Mills
Christopher Mills
18:16 17 Aug 17
I went on a week trip in Greece, and would definitely recommend sailing with Naleia! Great organization, very kind, fun and interesting people, and amazing places. Personally, it was quite a different travel experience, which I welcomed since that was what I was looking for. Also, you don't need previous sailing experience. Learning is really fun! It was great, I'm looking forward to doing it again!
Maria Bertogli
Maria Bertogli
11:33 07 Jul 17