Sail Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast

/ Source: ARTHUR FROMMER'S BUDGET TRAVEL

The Real Deal: Seven nights in an interior cabin aboard a wooden sailing boat (with an onboard motor), with stops in Split, the Krka waterfalls, the Kornati reefs, Vodice, and Ciovo island; breakfast and lunch daily, prepared by the onboard cook; and the services of an onboard captain and crew, for $1,129 per person—plus about $22 in port taxes.

When: June 19, Sept. 4, 2010; June 18, Sept. 3, 2011.

The fine print: Does not include port taxes of €16 (about $22 at press time) per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $799 (although note that if there is another solo traveler of the same gender on the cruise, the tour operator will pair you up so neither of you will have to pay the single supplement).

Capacity of the ship is 35 people; most cabins have twin bunk beds. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: On the Go Tours, 866/377-6147, onthgotours.com.

Why it's a deal: The cruise price breaks down to about $164 per person per night, including all taxes. You'll also have the opportunity to swim, snorkel, and sunbathe as the ship works its way up the coast, and cruising in this way allows you to see more (in less time) than you would traveling by car or bus.

More: Upgrade to an on-deck cabin for $119 per person.