Split, Krka National Park, Skradin, Trogir, Brac, Vidova Gora, Hvar, Stari Grad, Bisevo Island, Ravnik, Pakleni Islands, Korcula, Mljet, Mljet National Park, Peljesac,...
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Getaway to the Croatian islands for an Adriatic breeze to ruffle your hair as the coastline looks as if from a dream. From Split to Dubrovnik, you will traverse the turquoise through an archipelago that dazzles in both beauty and diversity. Old-world Hvar, green Korcula, the oasis of Mljet, tradition on Brac and the beaches of Elafiti will bring a glorious adventure as this handcrafted tour is part island relaxation, and part cultural exploration for a chance to discover why Croatia has become...
Split – Soaking up the Dalmatian Style
Dalmatian culture is as evocative as it sounds as the people here do not take life too seriously, preferring a laid-back style that goes hand in hand with the salty sea breeze. Touch down in Split, and this first day is yours for exploring with your hotel just a couple of corners from Diocletian’s Palace. Take a walk through the narrow pedestrianized streets, out to a broad promenade and Riva Harbor. Join the locals at a cafe terrace, watch the sun go down from the seafront, and start feeling comfortable with the Croatian way of life as this is a warm and gregarious country where every visitor can quickly feel at home.
Split – Exploring the Coast and Diocletian’s Palace
Meet your local guide and start the day as friends usually do in Split with a drink and a chat on a small cafe terrace. Take off through the city, admiring time-inscribed facades and proud Dalmatian cafes. Wander around Diocletian’s Palace then explore the interior of a structure built by a Roman emperor in the fourth century. Soak up the historical stories from your guide and come to understand a convoluted history of war, takeover, revolution, and independence, often in the order you do not expect. Then keep going into the newer part of Split for a chance to see a side to the city that often falls in the palace’s shadow. It will be a half-day walking tour at a leisurely pace before the afternoon is at your leisure.
Split – Seductive Highlights of Krka, Skradin, and Trogir
The Adriatic is more than just islands and turquoise waters. Today you will drive inland to the entrance to Krka, a national park of silvery waterfalls and lavish forest where the hiking trails immerse you in the scent of the wild. A boat will take you to Skradin, a mystical village tucked beneath the flowing cascades at the point where the river meets the sea. You will have lunch before following the coastline to Trogir, a tiny town that paints millennia of history through its extravagant architecture. Get lost in the maze of knotted lanes and easily see why the cathedral became a UNESCO World Heritage Site as you follow the medieval walls towards the expansive Adriatic. You will return to Split late in the afternoon, where Riva Harbor is likely to be calling you for another leisurely evening.
Split – Olive Oil and Green Peaks on a Brac Island Day Trip
After three days spent walking past Diocletian’s Palace, you will recognize the color and the type of stone that covers Brac. Radiant and resplendent, this white stone was even used in constructing the White House, something which sounds implausible until you get the full story from your guide. After the short ferry from Split, you will have a full-day private tour that will begin with a journey along a dramatic cliff-strewn coastline. Pine forests stand above inky waters while sleepy fishing villages await beneath vineyards and olive groves. Skrip holds 3,000 years of history and is just one of the villages you will stop at. Also on the tour will be a superb lunch of lamb on an island populated by sheep, plus a drive to Vidova Gora, a majestic peak that offers views across the Adriatic to Hvar, Split and sometimes even Italy. Spend the night back in Split for another relaxing evening.
Hvar – Seduced by the Island of Hvar
The island of Hvar is a destination that seems to emanate every possible superlative. Lavender fields set the scene, historical towns provide urban beauty and super yachts lull in the calm aquamarine waters. Conde Nast called it one of the top ten islands in the world, and it is impossible not to be won over. After the fast catamaran ride, you will set off into the interior to taste olive oils and wines in very tranquil settings. Travel to a fishing village and then explore Stari Grad on foot, a UNESCO World Heritage old town made up of thick stone slabs and incredibly harmonious buildings.
Your hotel is within the UNESCO protected area, and the afternoon is free to slowly uncover the town’s sights. Laid-back and low-key, Stari Grad can be walked around in less than an hour, but it is one of those towns that you can happily walk around for many hours doing nothing but window shopping and people watching. This evening you can dine at a konoba. Konoba translates into restaurant, although this style of restaurant is only found on the Adriatic and not the interior. Think fresh farm produce, generations-old recipes, and a simple restaurant interior found in an abandoned medieval village. For eating like the locals, this is a genuine highlight of an experience.
Hvar – Island Hopping to Bisevo, Ravnik, and Pakleni
Nature’s indulgence is found on the islands around Hvar. There is the Blue Cave on Bisevo Island with its water a supernatural color that cannot be captured on photos. Ravnik Island has blissful swimming spots, like the Green Cave and a lagoon backed by mesmerizing cliffs. Then Pakleni Islands provides languid beach time along with fresh seafood dining and wonderfully warm waters. You will explore all of these islands on a full-day small-group boat tour from Hvar, returning for another sultry evening in Stari Grad. For tonight’s dinner, you will head to an old family estate above the town to taste the superb organic produce that Hvar’s soil can cultivate.
Korcula – Dalmatian Secrets of the Green Island
Korcula has even more olive groves and vineyards, so there is no guessing two of the stops on today’s island tour. The island also has thick forests and a marble city that is dripping with history. Renaissance townhouses wrap themselves around a Gothic cathedral, and the island’s stone carving history is evident at every turn. Arrive on the catamaran from Hvar and spend the morning in Korcula town to take a guided walk along the ancient walls while paying homage to Marco Polo in the place of his birth. You will travel out to the vineyard to see the great piles of broken stones that dot the island, from a medieval time of clearing and farming that turned Korcula from white to green. Your afternoon is free, and there are many adventures to be had in nature, either taking a boat along the coast or discovering the walking trails that lead up and through the island’s forests.
Korcula – The Unspoiled Oasis of Mljet Island
Korcula is the Green Island, but Mljet is even greener as an island where more than half the land is protected as a national park. The forests are thick with pine, casting shadows onto rugged cliffs and stunning saltwater lakes. Legend declares that Odysseus spent seven years on this island oasis, and with such a seductive setting it’s hard to challenge the claim. On a private island tour, you can walk through the forest on trails that connect the two main lakes. Cruise across the stillness of Large Lake to the place where a 12th-century Benedictine monastery stands on an otherwise uninhabited islet. Take some time to swim in the crystal clear waters and then choose from a number of other possible hikes through the forest. One hike leads you to a deserted pebble beach while another brings provide panoramas over the lush island landscape.
Ston to Dubrovnik – Seafood and Wine on Route to the Old Town
Ask a Croatian where to go eat seafood and the answer will probably be Ston, a fishing village turned medieval fortified city turned fishing village once more. The epic city walls suggest scale and grandeur, but Ston is more crumbling churches and pungent fishing smells than modern urban development. It now has a fishermen’s laid-back charm and some very unique seafood experiences. You can pluck oysters straight from the sea and slurp them down on the spot, with a drizzle of lemon to counteract the earthy salt. You can also try out the local mussels and the catch of the day at a traditional seafood restaurant before continuing the tasting at one of Croatia’s oldest wineries. To reach Ston, you take the boat to Peljesac and then transfer by road. After most of the day in the town, you will continue south to Dubrovnik where your hotel is within the Old Town walls.
Dubrovnik – Walking the City Walls and Savoring the History
Walking along the city walls brings an iconic introduction to Dubrovnik’s history. If the surrounds seem familiar, it is likely because you watch the Game of Thrones or have seen Star Wars XIII. While the big screen does not lie about the city’s beauty, only when walking above the terracotta roofs can you appreciate the harmony of this ancient city. It is a city of summer, even if you visit in the middle of winter. Festivals take place throughout the year, museums and galleries juxtapose with spires and seascape, and your footsteps echo across marble slabs.
While traveling the 1,940-meter-long city walls, you will hear the city’s history from your guide. Then walk beneath the bastions and towers as you come to understand the intricate details that tie everything in Dubrovnik together. Move into the afternoon, and you can take a cable car ride up Mt Srd, a place where you can gaze down on the city’s interplay of light and stone. The Adriatic shimmers its ineffable color as an entire archipelago awaits just off shore. While Dubrovnik is not quite an island, you feel as though you have hopped into an isolated landscape distinct from the rest of the world.
Dubrovnik – Experiencing Old-World Village Life in Konavle
Before a final day of island hopping, you will enjoy an alternative perspective by exploring Konavle, a region that is fiercely traditional and proud of its rural roots. Start in Cavtat, a Roman colony that preceded Dubrovnik as refugees from Cavtat established Dubrovnik after fleeing a 7th-century Slav invasion. Visit the cemetery and mausoleum to find masterpieces from Croatia’s most iconic sculptor, Ivan Mestovic and then head out into the hills where tiny villages preserve old customs and you can experience a version of Croatia that has not changed in centuries. Enjoy a culinary experience in a local home with a chance to get your hands dirty around a farm. Return to Dubrovnik, and spend another evening within the city walls to walk the lantern-lit lanes after dusk.
Dubrovnik – Elafiti Islands Day Tour
Return to the islands as you finish your Croatian vacation with the destinations that adorn postcards. Golden beaches interlace with the blue of the sea with the sky, all of them back-dropped by a thick canvas of forest. The Elafiti Islands are places to escape as you dip into the clear seas, stroll through the hamlets, and lounge on the beach. There are no roads and no vehicles, just the odd boat taking you from island to island. You will visit three of them with Kolocep, Sipan and Lopud as you fully unwind in true Dalmatian style. These are fitting destinations for your final day, the mix of discovery and relaxation summarizing the last week and a half in Croatia.
Dubrovnik – Departure
After ten islands and many other Adriatic destinations, you will complete your vacation with a lazy morning spent walking around Dubrovnik. Late check-out has been arranged, and you can transfer to the airport with plenty of time for your departure flight.
- Revel in the atmosphere of Hvar, a dreamy island of vineyards and cobbled towns
- Escape into nature with a day on Mljet, an island that is protected as a national park
- Get a real sense of local culture with a day on the island of Brac, where stone carving and sheep are part of a 3,000-year heritage
- Feel the allure and beauty of Korcula, a green island that is as laid back as any you will find
- Journey through the Elafiti Islands on a day trip to bask on the beaches and wander through the forests
- Begin with Split as a stunning first base on the Adriatic, while dreamy Dubrovnik Old Town completes your vacation
- Take day trips into the interior with destinations like Krka National Park and Konavle showing an alternative side to Croatia
- Find surprises as other memorable highlights include oysters in Ston, Diocletian’s Palace, olive oil and wine tasting, plus the World Heritage town of Trogir
An archipelago awaits as you hop through the Adriatic. The route from Split to Dubrovnik is an iconic route, connecting islands that are indelibly Croatian yet wonderfully diverse. Contrasting experiences are found each day as you uncover history, nature and culture, as well as having many a lazy hours spent on the beach or settled in on a promenade. The coastline symbolizes Croatia’s allure, and you will soon see why the country is so revered. Islands are part of the appeal, as are the cities of Split and Dubrovnik along with the beautifully rural regions found along the way. There are vineyards, oyster farms, olive groves, caves, konoba restaurants, art, churches and the legend of Marco Polo, and that is just the beginning.
Start off with several nights in Split, a city personified by its coastal charm. For the first days, you will soak up local Dalmatian styles and find relaxation along the promenade. Move next to Krka National Park and the seductive medieval town of Trogir before spending a day on the unusual island of Brac. Fast catamarans connect the islands, and you can cruise from Split to Hvar, where Stari Grad provides one of Europe’s quaintest overnight stays. With a couple of days on Hvar, you will be seduced by the villages and the vineyards as you spend a day hopping to Bisevo, Ravnik, and the Pakleni Islands.
Next, it will be Korcula, an island of lush green landscapes and old-world towns. As you did on Hvar, you will spend the first day exploring the island and the next day hopping to nearby islands. Mljet is an island national park, an oasis away from the world that seems to epitomize the Croatian island hopping experience. But the same could be said of the Elafiti islands as all these Adriatic destinations contain a certain iconicity. Stop for seafood and wine in Ston en route to Dubrovnik with your hotel base within the Old Town for your final few nights. Experience the city, walk the walls, discover village life in Konavle, and spend a day cruising to the Elafiti islands.
$2,595 per person (excluding international flights)
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