Over the last two months, we’ve been recapping our weeklong sailing trip with Sail Croatia. The ship set sail from Dubrovnik with stops in Mljet, Korcula, Vela Luka, Vis, Hvar, and Stari Grad. Today we’re recapping the final day of the cruise in Split… so bittersweet!
Day 7 with Sail Croatia: Split
The morning of the final day of the trip started like most of the others with a swim stop in the morning, followed by our last lunch on the ship. As we entered the harbor for docking, we were treated to a spectacular view of Split with its red-roofed buildings and palm tree-lined harbor.
Once on dry land in Split, we had several excursion options to choose from, or we could explore the city on our own. For those who opted to go ziplining or canyoning, pick-up was around 2 pm. Most of us decided to skip those due to the lengthy driving time to get to the excursions making it a full-day commitment.
The excursion most of our group chose was the Split walking tour. I’ll say this was the only excursion during the entire weeklong trip we regretted signing up for. Let’s start with the positives: we got to see a handful of the top historical spots in the heart of Split. Those include Diocletian’s Palace and the Vestibule, Grgur Ninski Statue, and more. The negatives: there were SO MANY people on the tour and only one guide. This made it nearly impossible to hear anything she said!
When we booked the excursion, we didn’t realize the tour would include our ship + the guests from another Sail Croatia ship. Not even 10 minutes into the tour, many of us already regretted participating. We stayed since it gave us a chance to learn where the important spots were in town but personally I didn’t really learn anything since I could barely hear. We later ended up revisiting the top spots over the next two days to get an actual look without feeling rushed. Fortunately, WC has better hearing than I do so he caught some of the trivia shared by the guide and was able to share it with me later. Our suggestion for the excursions: check with your Sail Croatia tour representative before booking to find out how many ships and people are participating.
After the walking tour, our group “split” up for a bit (see what I did there). Some of us headed to the rooftop bar of the Cornaro Hotel which gives you a gorgeous birds-eye view of the city.
Our last stop of the evening was dinner at BAZA food bar. We found this spot initially because there was not a wait to eat but within minutes of getting seated it was packed.
One other quick note: On the last day with Sail Croatia (even though you’ve arrived at the final destination), you do get to sleep on the boat. Disembarkation is early the following morning but, fortunately, WC and I were staying an extra two nights in Split so we had plenty of time for exploring.
We’ll recap the full Split experience in a post soon but for now that’s a wrap on the Sail Croatia experience! What an amazing trip and we can’t thank the crew enough for the hospitality and memories!
Need more Croatia inspiration?
Check out these blog posts to help you plan your trip to Croatia:
- One Week with Sail Croatia: Day 1
- One Week with Sail Croatia: Day 2 – Mljet and Korcula
- One Week with Sail Croatia: Day 3 – Vela Luka
- One Week with Sail Croatia: Day 4 – Vis
- One Week with Sail Croatia: Day 5 – Hvar
- One Week with Sail Croatia: Day 6 – Stari Grad
- The Ultimate Dubrovnik Bucket List