Tour Overview:Discover this incredibly beautiful and diverse country. Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Split and Zadar are among the fabulous cities reflecting its rich culture with many UNESCO World Heritage sites. You will be transported back in time when strolling through winding stone-paved streets and squares. Enjoy one or more of the 8 national parks. Forests rich in vegetation, cascading lakes and beautiful travertine waterfalls create a masterpiece of nature. Also visit the fabulous Croatian Islands caressed by the sun, gentle breezes and aromas of pine and lavender filling the air. Enjoy the fabulous beaches with their crystal clear blue sea should not be missed! Charter a yacht and sail the sparkling blue seas of the Adriatic to the many beautiful islands, beaches and cities of Croatia. Please inquire.
Day 1: Depart U.S. for SPLITDepart U.S. for SPLIT
Day 2: SplitWelcome to Croatia! Upon arrival, private transfer to your hotel. Split is the most important town in Dalmatia. You can visit the Diocletians’s Palace (UNESCO site), built between the late 3rd and early 4th centuries A.D. You can walk among the Romanesque churches, medieval fortifications and Gothic palaces. Split is a city with rich history, not only within the walls of its museums, palaces, and churches but in the city itself.
Day 3: SplitEnjoy a private walking tour of the historic center of Split, the most important town in Dalmatia. Visit the Diocletian's Palace (UNESCO site), built between the late 3rd and the early 4th centuries A.D. Walk among the Romanesque churches, medieval fortifications and Gothic palaces. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 4: SplitA day of leisure. Consider an optional tour to Trogir and Primosten. Trogir is a town museum dating back to the Hellenistic period. Primosten, a medieval town, is an enchanting peninsula of natural beauty. Or, take a tour to Sibenik and the National Park of Krka. In Sibenik, visit the Cathedral of St James, a UNESCO site, known for a frieze with 71 sculptured faces of men, women, and children. At the park, walk on footpaths and bridges along cascade formations. You may also want to visit Brac or Vis Islands. Yet, another possibility is a day trip to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO site. Embraced by mountains, one beneath the other, 16 beautiful lakes of crystal blue green waters are connected to each other by a series of foaming cascades and thundering waterfalls.
Day 5: (Split / Hvar)Transfer to the port for a hydrofoil to Hvar. Transfer to your hotel. The island of Hvar is the sunniest of the Croatian islands. It is known for its natural beauty – beautiful sandy beaches, peaceful secluded bays, vast fields of lavender, ancient olive trees and vineyards – and a fabulous nightlife! It is famous for both its Aloe lace (under UNESCO protection) made by Benedictine nuns and the lavender produced there. The main town is dominated by the fortress perched high on a hill overlooking the town.
Day 6 & 7: HvarDays at leisure. Visit the Cathedral of St Stephen, the Arsenal, and more. Explore towns filled with history and charm – Stari Grad, Jelsa, Sucuraj, and Vrboska. Take a water taxi around Hvar or to Palmizana Island to enjoy a day at the beach and a fabulous fresh fish lunch! Or take a tour to the blue and green cave known for its beauty! You may also visit the island of Vis or Brac for a day cruise. Hvar is also known for its jetset night life.
Day 8: Hvar / Neretva River Valley / Ston / DubrovnikAt certain times of the year, you may take a catamaran from Hvar to Dubrovnik. If the catamaran is not operating, take a hydrofoil to Split and meet your driver for the transfer to Dubrovnik. Drive to the Neretva River Valley to visit a local farm. Continue to Ston, built in the 14th century in the form of a two- fold fortification system to protect the salt plants, the oldest in Europe. A wall, almost 8 miles long and the second largest in the world, connects the two fortified cities. The salt plants still produce salt the same way as centuries ago. In Croatian gastronomy, it is the cradle of the farming of mussels and oysters and a famous wine growing area. Optional lunch for the best oysters in the world or a wine and olive oil tasting. Drive to Dubrovnik and check into your hotel. Dubrovnik is considered the pearl of the Adriatic Sea and is a UNESCO city. Once, it rivaled Venice, as a maritime power. Thanks to its geographical position, it was considered an important city of commerce in Europe for thousands of years. This ancient city, surrounded by ramparts and fortresses, is full of architectural and cultural masterpieces. The old city walls are 6,364 feet long. Wonder amid the maze of narrow cobbled streets, wide squares with fountains, palaces, magnificent churches, markets, bazaars and restaurants and step into an age long gone and forgotten!
Day 9: DubrovnikEnjoy a private walking tour of historic Dubrovnik. This ancient city, surrounded by ramparts and fortresses, is full of architectural and cultural masterpieces. See the Rector’s Palace and the Dominican Monastery. Walk down the central city street, Stradun, and visit the Franciscan Monastery as well as other intriguing sites. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 10: Dubrovnik / HomeTransfer to the airport for your flight home.
Three nights in Split, three nights in Hvar and two nights in Dubrovnik at a selected hotels
Ferry transportation Split/Hvar/Drvenik
Private 3 hour walking tour of Split (Diocletian’s Palace) & Dubrovnik (Rector’s Palace & Franciscan Monastery) including entrance fees
Hotel stays include daily breakfast, service fees and taxes
Private transfers Split Airport/Hotel, Split Hotel/Pier, Hvar Pier/Hotel, Hvar Hotel/Pier, Dubrovnik Hotel/Airport
Private transfer from Drvenik to Dubrovnik with a stop in the Neretva River Valley and Ston
OPTIONAL: Transatlantic contracted air fare available from USA gateways.