Route: London Paris Munich Zagreb Split Croatia Sailing Dubrovnik
Age: 20 – 35 year olds
Availability: Because the sailing component of the trip leaves once a week, this trip can only start on a Friday and only runs from May to September.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org before booking this rail & sail trip to confirm availability first.
Transport: This route is a 15-day trip. You’ll spend 7 nights in your accommodation, 1 on a night train and 6 nights on a yacht. The rest of your journeys will be by train during the day.
Additional costs: Please note that an additional payment of €120 per person is payable on the day of the yacht departure in the local currency – this covers your fuel and marina fees for the week.
Sustainability: This trip only creates 57.6 kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 469.6 ♻️
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If you love an epic journey, Rail & Sail Croatia is perfect for you! Travel all the way from London to Split by train, then take a yacht to explore the beauty of the Croatian Islands and end in Dubrovnik.
After enjoying some of Europe’s most popular destinations, you’ll be guided through Croatia with a group of like-minded people. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in activities such as paddleboarding, biking or snorkelling, surrounded by breath-taking landscapes of the Adriatic Coastline!
Starting in London, travel all the way down to Split by train and continue your journey with a one-week sailing trip around Croatia, plus, experience Western, Central or Eastern Europe en route on this 14-day adventure! You’ll have a full day in each city, meaning you’ve got plenty of time to see the sights.
Start your trip in London and hop on-board the Eurostar to begin your journey to Paris.
Arrive fresh and ready to explore the French capital. By day, tick off the classics: the Eiffel Tower, The Arc de Triomphe, the stunning Champs Elysees and the Louvre. By night, settle into a cosy pavement cafe with a glass of French wine or local beer. If you’ve seen it all before, head to the Pompidou Centre for your modern art fix or sip on cocktails around Quai de Jemmapes.
From here, head East into Germany to the Bavarian capital of Munich. Famous for beer gardens, green parks, grand Gothic buildings and, of course, Oktoberfest. Munich is the perfect bridge between East and West. You’ll certainly start to feel the Eastern European influence when it comes to the price of your beers… Spend an easy day exploring this gracious city before relaxing in one of the many traditional beerhalls.
Next up, you’ll jump on the night train to head for Croatia, calling first at the vibrant capital of Zagreb, before heading down to the stunning city of Split perched on the shores of the Adriatic.
You will then start your sailing trip around the Croatian Islands. From Split to Dubrovnik, you will explore 8 cities on 6 different islands. A lot of different activities are included – such as paddleboarding, swimming or snorkelling. You can even learn to sail with your professional skipper! But don’t worry, you’ll also have plenty of time to explore these islands at your own pace before docking in Dubrovnik and making your way home.
Start your trip in London with the Eurostar from St Pancras. You can also use your Interrail pass to travel for free from your nearest station to London on the same day as departure!
Train to Paris – 4 hours
Paris is a byword for romance, a synonym for style, and the epitome of elegance. The pride of France and one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris needs little introduction, from the Eiffel Tower to the Pont Neuf, it bedazzles visitors and oozes charisma at every turn.
See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre
Watch a cabaret act at the famous Moulin Rouge
Experience the colourful nightlife of the Marais
Trains to Munich – 6 hours
The capital of Bavaria and Germany’s second city will draw you in with its elegance and attractions to match the big names in Europe, with its pedestrianised city centre and impressive monuments, museums and art galleries; as well as beer (and plenty of it) at Oktoberfest.
Learn about the city at the Stadtmuseum
Walk across the sprawling Englisher Garten
Join the Bavarian beer festival of Oktoberfest
Night Train to Zagreb – 10 hours
A city of flowers and fountains with a curious Mediterranean feel, Zagreb is a year-round destination with a museum-café-theatre culture by day and a lakeside party by night. In winter, a tram ride out of the city provides scenic hiking and skiing opportunities.
Catch a 360-view from the Lotrščak Tower
Stroll through the beautiful Mirogoj cemetery
Have a coffee in Kino Europa, Zagreb’s oldest cinema
Train to Split – 6.5 hours
Even though Split is a port for many Croatian islands, sitting elegantly between the Adriatic and the mountains, the country’s second city has two Unesco World Heritage sites within its walls, a marble waterfront walkway, and a buzzing atmosphere around its bars and pubs.
See the amazing ruin of Diocletian’s Palace
Admire the city as you approach it from the sea
Stroll along the glittering waterfront
Sail from Split to Dubrovnik in a yacht and discover both popular and secluded islands. From the small fishing town of Vrboka on Hvar Island, to the Mljet National Park, you’ll be returning home with memories to last a lifetime!
Day 1 – Split to Bobovišća
Meet the crew at the marina in Trogir before we set sail for the picturesque island of Brač. Get to know your new family as we spend the afternoon paddleboarding and swimming in crystal-clear water. Later, we’ll enjoy a stunning sunset as we tuck into our first Croatian feast at a local Konoba in the small village of Bobovišća.
Day 2 – Vrboksa, Hvar
Enjoy a morning exploring hidden bays as we make our way to the old fishing town of Vrboska, Hvar. Wander the town to discover ancient ruins, medieval churches and Tvrdalj castle. In the evening, we’ll head to Hvar Town over gorgeous rolling hills. Starting at Hvar fortress, take in the epic views before wandering down through this famous town. Once the sun goes down, be ready for an epic night of dancing!
Day 3 – Lovište
Laze the day away and unwind onboard the yacht as we journey to Lovište on the Peljesac Peninsula. On the way you’ll get to swim and float around in beautiful bays with your fellow travellers. Salty, tanned and calm we’ll leave the ocean for a Croatian feast during sunset followed by an evening under the stars.
Day 4 – Lumbarda , Korčula
After breakfast and a morning sail, we’ll arrive at the small fishing village Lumbarda. Head to Korcula’s Old Town to meander the maze-like backstreets and discover where famous explorer Marco Polo was born. In the evening, climb the ladder to Massimo’s rooftop bar for perfect views and sunset cocktails.
Day 5 – Mljet
Today you’ll enjoy a lazy snorkel in the azure Adriatic Sea before we head to Mljet, the most unspoilt of Croatia’s islands. Explore the National Park by bike and the translucent salt lakes by kayak, home to the Adriatic’s only coral reef. Don’t miss out on the Monastery in the middle of the lakes or the hidden caves.
Day 6 – Sipan
We’ll float among other yachts and share stories of our adventures as we set sail for Sipan, the largest of the Elaphiti islands. Choose to explore the secluded bays, go paddleboarding on the Adriatic or catch some rays on the deck. After a relaxing afternoon, we’ll have sunset drinks before our final dinner in a local Konoba together.
Day 7 – Dubrovnik
On our final day we’ll raft up to take our last dip in the warm waters. As we slowly cruise into Dubrovnik you’ll enjoy the majestic sights and historic architecture of this city from sea. From the marina, hop on the bus to walk Dubrovnik’s Ancient City Walls, explore the cobbled streets or cheers your new friends with drinks on the waterfront.
End your yacht cruise in Dubrovnik ready to head home. If you’d like to add some nights here then just let us know!
Your transport from London is covered by the Eurostar, and you can also use your Interrail pass to travel for free from your nearest station to London on the same day as departure.
For the return journey, it’s quickest to book a flight back from Dubrovnik or Split.