Classic Croatia Tour 2017

A 9 day trip to Croatia 
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Croatia is a country lavishing with beauty from the inlands to its shorelines. Ancient church towers line the sapphire expanses of the Adriatic and the rolling hills are dotted with the emerald green of lush trees. If you’re looking for an unforgettable exploration of stunning scenery on land and sea, this custom 2017 Croatia tour may be the adventure you have been dreaming of. 

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Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Dubrovnik, Konavle, Cavtat, Korcula, Pucisca, Omis, Split, Hvar, Vela Luka, Pomena, Sobra, Prapratno, Trogir

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrival in Dubrovnik

Your private transfer eagerly awaits your arrival at the Dubrovnik Airport customs exit, holding a welcome sign with your name on it. You look forward to start your full day tour of Konavle & Cavtat.

Konavle has been renowned for centuries for its production of silk yarn, where it has been used for the decoration of male and female traditional clothing. Every woman of Konavle had to rear enough silkworms to produce her own yarn for her individual embroidery. Every embroidery has a unique style that describes its tailor, her craftsmanship, wealth or hardship, and when she makes it a part of her costume, it becomes a part of her identity. The Konavle embroidery is worn around the chest and the sleeves, where jewelry is typically worn today. The Konavle embroidery is an important part of the national dress of small regions, and it has developed its own regional distinctions, transforming into something more than simple decoration.

Today, the national costumes are slowly being abandoned, and the embroidery that can be found in this gallery is used for the production of decorative items with the purpose of conserving the tradition. Traditionalists produce their own silk yarn from the early spring to late fall, until they have enough leaves on their trees to feed their silkworms. After the presentation of silk production, have a cup of tea and cake, prepared in with local ingredients and recipes, and chat about art and tradition preservation in Konavle.

Our next stop will be the Divanovic flour mill. In the company of Mr. Ivo Divanovic himself, you will have the unique opportunity to visit an old water-mill where you will see how flour used to be produced.

Your last stop is a visit to Cavtat, the ancient Roman Ephiderium, which dates back to the 6th Century BC. In this classical Mediterranean town, you may visit the gallery of the Nicola monastery, where paintings and sculptures from the 15th century, along with objects made from silver are on display.

What's Included: transfer, accommodation

Day 2: Dubrovnik Private Walking Tour

This morning after a leisurely breakfast, meet your private guide and transfer at the hotel lobby for a short transfer to Dubrovnik Old Town and a Dubrovnik walking tour.

You will start at the Ploce Gate (East Gate) which is one of the two extremities of the walled city. As you descend down the stone steps of the fortification, you will see the old Harbor Front of the city overlooking the Adriatic and the islands off the coast. As you continue, you arrive at Dubrovnik's Main Square of the Loggia Loza. It is situated at the eastern extremity of the Stradun, which runs through the walled city from East to West. The square is located in the heart of Dubrovnik, and is surrounded by its most important buildings.

You may visit the Church of St. Blaise with its distinctive baroque façade. Next door, you may step into the Rector’s Palace. The Rector was the highest authority in the city and his palace now houses the Museum of Dubrovnik. Over 15,000 works are on display documenting the economic and cultural history of the city. 

Today, your guide will also take you into the Dubrovnik Cathedral and its treasury, famous for its ancient relics including a fragment of the cross on which it is believed that Jesus was crucified.

As you walk down the Stradun (street), your guide will take you up a long flight of stairs to the Dominican museum. Housed in the Dominican monastery, this is an absolute must for those interested in the Dubrovnik and Venetian schools of art. There are several paintings dating back to the 16th century including works by Titian.

Enjoy numerous little cafes, restaurants, shops and galleries in the Old Town of Dubrovnik.

Later, your private transfer brings you to Gruz port, the commercial port of Dubrovnik, to embark on a private cruise excursion.

This cruise is one in which every detail is custom-tailored to meet your high standards of personal requirements. The luxury cruise comes with spacious air-conditioned cabins, a comfortable salon with a lounge bar, and a welcoming, professional that staff will make your stay on the cruise unforgettable.

Once you are on board, the adventure begins. The boat will set sail for your first destination, the island of Korcula. On the way, just enjoy the breeze and the landscape. Expected arrival at the town of Korcula is in the evening.

Korcula is a small town of immense beauty located on the northeastern part of the island of Korcula. The medieval core of the town is built in a fishbone-like pattern on a small peninsula protruding into the sea, offering a great view of the sunsets Korcula is known for.

After your first dinner on board and docking at Korcula harbor, we recommend a relaxing stroll around the town for your first taste of the Mediterranean atmosphere, which you have the opportunity to explore the next couple of days.

What's Included: breakfast, transfer, tour, accommodation

Day 3: Exploration of Korcula and Pučišća (Brač island)

After breakfast, a local guide will take you for a group morning walk around Korcula. You will hear of its long history, ingenious building strategies, peculiar building layout and the legend of a great merchant traveler named Marco Polo who was born and spent his childhood in the streets of Korcula.

After the walking tour, you will set sail towards the island of Brac, passing around the tip of Peljesac Peninsula and the southeastern tip of the island of Hvar. On the way, the Captain will drop the anchor for a refreshing swim in a secluded bay, after which you will continue your journey towards Pucisca.

Pucisca is nested in a beautiful bay on the island of Brac, surrounded by stone quarries that yield some of the whitest and highest quality limestone in the world. The pillars of this snow-white stone decorate the façade of the White House and other landmarks all over the world.

After docking at Pucisca, you can join a short excursion to a stonemasonry school nearby where you will learn of the Brac limestone and their centuries-old tradition of stonemasonry and the unique tools they use 

Later in the evening, you can pick your spot along the seaside, enjoy the relaxed and calm atmosphere with a glass of wine, and join the locals in their favorite pastime – people watching.

What's Included: breakfast, transfer, accommodation

Day 4: Pučišća – Omiš – Split

After breakfast is served, you leave the harbor and sail across the Brac channel back to the mainland. Your first destination of the day is Omis, a town known for two things: the spectacular scenery that surrounds it and its pirates. There you can join a short walking tour where you will hear the story of this small town being built below steep mountains at the mouth of the Cetina River. You will also learn of the pirates that brought the town its fame in the Middle Ages.

After the tour, you can board small boats that will take you into the canyon of the Cetina River, a protected nature area. You will be travelling upriver to Radman’s Mills, an antique mill whose beauty was recently restored and where you will be served local specialties. After a quick snack, you can explore the area before your return to Omis. 

In the afternoon, you will continue sailing to Split, your port of call for the day. Upon arrival, your knowledgeable local guide will take you into the Old Town and introduce you to the monumental Diocletian Palace, built over 1700 years ago. Over the centuries, the Old Town has grown into the palace and around it, creating a unique urban landscape. Because of its historical and architectural importance, the whole Old Town is considered UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. After the tour, you will have free time for exploration of Split and its lively Mediterranean spirit at your leisure, or you can  join the locals enjoying a cup of coffee on their much beloved seaside promenade.

What's Included: breakfast, transfer, accommodation

Day 5: A Tour of Split and Hvar

Before leaving Split in the morning, you will have a unique opportunity to join your Cruise Director for an early morning visit to the fish and produce market in Split, where you can garner insight into the traditional cuisine and local ingredients and maybe even learn a traditional Croatian recipe or two.

Today you will be sailing towards Hvar, known as the sunniest island in Croatia, famous for its endless fields of lavender and rosemary, its beautiful coast and lovely historical towns. Your destination is the town of Hvar, a town of immense beauty that buzzes with vibrant energy in the summer sun. Upon arrival, your expert local guide will take you for a walk around the ancient streets of Hvar, after which you can learn how lavender and rosemary have been traditionally farmed in this area for centuries.

As the sun sets down, Hvar becomes alive with people; we recommend a cocktail at one of the numerous bars and terraces around the beautifully illuminated harbor.

What's Included: breakfast, transfer, tour, accommodation

Day 6: Hvar and Vela Luka (Korcula)

After leaving Hvar, your Captain will hand-pick a bay for you, where he will drop the anchor. You can then hop into your swimsuit and have a swim in the crystal-blue Adriatic, surrounded by pine trees.

After the swim break, you will continue sailing to Vela Luka with a stop on the island of Korcula, a major fishermen’s town on the western side of island Korcula. In the afternoon, embark on a short walk in Vela Luka, where you will hear of its wine and olive oil production and the archaeological findings present in the area.

Later in the afternoon, experience a first-hand perspective of the island’s hinterland, its vineyards, olive orchards and hilly landscape. On the tour, you will visit several sights: First the Zlokic olive oil factory, where Mr. Zlokic himself will show you around his factory, explaining all you wish to know about olive pressing. You will also be able to taste the premium extra-virgin olive oils that your experienced host produces. Your next destination will be the family-run Ethno House Barilo in the town of Blato, which houses a collection of tools and items used by laborers for the past several centuries. Your visit will be accompanied by traditional homemade liqueurs and sweets the family makes. Your last stop on the tour will be a visit to the picturesque town of Smokvica, built on the hillside, for a visit to the local award-wining winery.

Your hosts will introduce you to the excellent white wines Posip and Rukatac for which Korcula is widely known for. After dinner, you can expect an evening on board full of Dalmatian vibe, with traditional live music as the nightfall slowly sets on Vela Luka.

What's Included: breakfast, transfer, accommodation

Day 7: Vela Luka (Korcula island) and Pomena (Mljet island)

Early next morning, you will depart for the last island on your journey – the island of Mljet. But before reaching Mljet, you will have an opportunity for a swim.

The Island of Mljet on its western side houses the National Park Mljet, known for its immense beauty and its two turquoise salt lakes, surrounded by thick forest. Upon arrival, you will have plenty of free time to explore the park individually. For example, You can rent bikes, cycle, or jog on the numerous paths around the lakes or in the forests.

You can also rent kayaks and glide on the surface of the magnificent lakes to observe the scenery from a different perspective. If you feel like relaxing, you can hop onto a small boat that will take you to a tiny island on one of the lakes, where you can discover a monastery and a church of St. Mary’s built in the 12th century. Enjoy a cup of coffee with the view and the quiet ambiance.

What's Included: breakfast, transfer, accommodation

Day 8:Private Transfer to Trogir

After an early breakfast, meet your driver at the hotel Odisejfor for a transfer to Sobra. Arriving in Sobra, you will catch a boat, bringing you to Prapratno. In Prapratno, your transfer will be waiting for you, eager to transfer you to Trogir. After you have checked-in, meet your highly experienced guide for a private tour of Trogir.

As you enter the fortified town through the Land Gate, you will stroll along its narrow streets, flanked by ancient stone houses. We suggest that you do not miss St. Lawrence Cathedral, built over the remains of an older church which was destroyed by the Saracens. The main entrance is through a magnificent Romanesque portal, carved by the Dalmatian sculptor Master Radovan in the 13th Century. Just to the right of the main entrance stands a beautiful Venetian bell tower from the 15th Century.

Your guide will also show you the Gradskaloza (the Old City Hall) from the 15th Century, the city walls, and the Kamerlengo Castle, which was once the residence of the Venetian governor. The palace’s large courtyard is nowadays used for open-air theater performances and concerts. On the sea-side of the island, you may see the Sea Gate, which was built in the 16th Century, and the nearby old fish market, located in an open loggia, surrounded by a colonnade.

What's Included: breakfast, transfer, accommodation

Day 9: Farewell for Now

Wake up to your morning espresso and take in the Croatian grandeur one last time. Your private transfer will greet you at the hotel lobby to take you Split International Airport for your flight home. 

What's Included: breakfast, transfer

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