Cultural sailing holidays

Cultural yacht charters

Sailing holidays

Noble coastal cities and island empires

Plot a course for the historical Mediterranean and delve in to thousands of years of human development in the 'cradle of civilisation'. Follow in the wake of ancient Greek and Roman mariners on a sailing holiday to the Europe's cultural hotspots. Spend warm afternoons cruising the mild Ionian, charming Adriatic, and challenging Aegean, under the watchful gaze of ancient ruins and rich heritage. A cultural sailing holiday lets you step back in time and immerse yourself in the history, myth and folklore of your chosen sailing destination.

Explore the ancient citadels and spectacular Renaissance palaces of the medieval walled city of Dubrovnik; discover temples, tombs, ruins and historic sites along Greece's Saronic Coast; or see an intoxicating fusion of Roman, Greek, Arab and Norman civilisations in Italy. Palermo. With so many sites to choose from and destinations to visit, your perfect cultural sailing holiday is right at your fingertips. Seek adventure and discovery on your own on a bareboat charter, or enjoy the sights with others in a flotilla.

Our culture-rich sailing destinations


Dubrovnik, Croatia

  • Gentle winds and occasional Mistrals
  • Rich history and spectacular scenery
  • Line-of-sight navigation and island hops
Flotillas Experience level 1 ICC RYA
Explore Dubrovnik, Croatia
Hvar Town, Hvar Island

Marina Agana, Croatia

  • Easy line-of-sight sailing
  • Short island hops and longer trips
  • Explore quiet islands and national parks
  • Discover Croatia's rich and two-millennia old history
Flotillas Experience level 1 Sailing school
Explore Marina Agana, Croatia

Sardinia, Italy

  • Excellent food and wine
  • Glamorous resorts and quiet anchorages
  • Dynamic sailing off famous Costa Smerelda
Flotillas Experience level 2 ICC RYA
Explore Sardinia, Italy

Bareboat charter holidays

Immerse yourself in local traditions, enjoy unique cuisine and explore cultural heritage sites on a bareboat charter holiday. Chartering a yacht in one of our European destinations introduces you to the history of this great region. Go where you want and stay as long as you like—a bareboat charter puts you in control of your schedule.

Flotilla sailing holidays

If you want to enjoy the social side of sailing along with the culture and sights along the way, opt for a flotilla holiday. You’ll appreciate line-of-sight sailing by day, seeking out medieval walled towns and ancient tombs interspersed along Croatian and Italian islands. By night dine on traditional food and wine in local restaurants with your new friends.

Skippered sailing holidays

Your skippered sailing holiday lets you sit back and enjoy the culture of Europe with an experienced guide. Our expert skippers have unique local knowledge and recommendations to ensure your sailing holiday is one you won’t soon forget.

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Stunning Sailing Destinations 
Flotilla routes
Types of yachts
44 yrs
Creating holidays
4 hr
Service commitment
Consumer protection