Partying and sailing in Croatia
Student Flights National Marketing Executive Pamela Olah recently did Eastern Europe on an epic month-long trip that involved three Busabout tours, cramming in eight countries in four weeks. Sunbaking, swimming and sightseeing by day, and partying at a different stop every night, Pamela gives us the lowdown on what really goes down on a Busabout Croatia sailing trip.
I recently spent a month in Eastern Europe travelling with friends and did three Busabout tours. What I love about Busabout is how their trips are designed to link up, so you can literally jump off one and straight onto another. I only had a few weeks, so I wanted to maximise my holiday and this was the most convenient and easiest way to cram in as much of Europe as I could in a short time. In only four weeks I covered eight countries with the Classic Rhapsody Trek, Bohemian Trek and Croatia Island Hopper tours – plus a cheeky side trip to Russia on the Vodkatrain!
The eight-day Croatia Island Hopper covers all the must-see islands and cities, including stops in the historic city of Split, the stunning island of Hvar, Dubrovnik (where Game of Thrones is filmed), Mljet (a beautiful national park), Korcula – the birthplace of Marco Polo, Makarska (where you can rave in a cave), and the pirate town of Omis.
I had never done a sailing trip before, as I tend to get seasick, so I was a little scared. However, the boats were great and the waters were pretty calm – so no need for the sick bags! There’s a great variety of boats that Busabout use on their Croatia sailing trips with lots of options like above or below deck cabins, ensuite or shared bathrooms, a standard boat or a luxury cruiser – whatever your budget allows!
The food on the boat was a real surprise – so much of it, and so delicious and fresh, thanks to the onboard cook on every boat. A daily breakfast and lunch was included as part of the tour but, to be honest, not many of us ever woke up in time for brekky so the hearty lunches were just what we needed to get us through to dinner. Every lunch was a three-course meal with soup, a main and dessert!
On my sailing trip, we only had a small group of 15 people on our boat, but it was fun to travel in a fleet on the same route and we’d all catch up and party with the others at each island stop.
And boy did we party! Hands down, one of my highlights would have to be our night out in Dubrovnik where we went to Club Revelin, a massive cavernous nightclub inside a 16th-century fortress – so amazing!
The nightlife in Eastern Europe in one word? Insane. Oh, and cheap. Although, at times it felt like the fleet of boats would take over the islands, so I’m not sure how many locals we actually encountered in the bars and clubs. I think it was mostly tourists just going crazy!
My top packing tip for a Croatia sailing trip: whatever you think you need for a week on a boat – halve it. You literally live in your swimmers all day while laying on the deck sunbathing, swimming or just chilling out, so you only need a few casual outfits to go out for dinners or clubbing. The best thing about island life is the relaxed dress code – leave the heels at home, ladies, you’ll just sprain your ankles on the cobblestone streets while finding your way back to the boat in the early hours of the morning anyway!
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