The Best of Croatia:
An 8 Day Tour
The Heart of Croatia starts in Dubrovnik and ends in Split. Each day along the way, you'll be amazed at all you'll experience in a week of touring the Dalmatian Riviera: historical sites, charming towns, villages, and walking tours — Dubrovnik (The Pearl of the Adriatic), Montenegro with Kotor and Budva, Ston and Korcula island, Split, Trogir, Sibenek, the hinterlands around Split with warm farm visits and more. Step back in time as we experience Europe, the way it used to be, and join us for our Best of Croatia adventure ! Sea, Sun, and fun: 300 days a year.
Your Tour Includes:
All Hotel Accommodations
Breakfast every morning
Day trips listed
Services of a tour director 24/7
Services of local historians/guides
Note that lunches and some dinners are not included. Nor are all museum entrance fees.
Your Adventure Awaits:
Day 1: Travel day
We’ll see you on the other side of the Atlantic.
Day 2: Meeting at Hotel in Dubrovnik
We’ll meet in the evening, and share dinner together. For those of you who arrive in Dubrovnik early, feel free to walk around our first home base where we will stay for three nights.
Day 3: Dubrovnik walking tour and free afternoon
We'll meet after breakfast for a walking tour of Old Dubrovnik with Igor, our local historian. Old Town Dubrovnik is well preserved, neat as a pin, and rich in history. Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site has brought special attention to the Pearl of the Adriatic. Enjoy our guide’s commentaries, and get a feel for its layout.
Free afternoon to do as you wish: Will you be walking along the 2 km wall path? Hopping on the cable car for the best views of the bay? Visiting a couple of museums? Sitting down at the harbor for a refreshing drink and seafood lunch? Getting lost in the city’s narrow alleyways? Taking a quick ferry ride to Lokrum Island to hike. (It is home to monastic ruins, unspoiled woodlands and plenty of peacocks.) You have many choices, and a good half day to explore at your own speed.
Day 4: Montenegro with Kotor and Budva
After a delightful breakfast, we'll board our bus, head south, following the Dalmatian Coast to Montenegro. Drink in the views of the Adriatic Sea and the Dubrovnik Riviera. After crossing the border to Montenegro (don’t forget to bring your passport along!), twist and turn with the road, going around the large Bay of Kotor, and passing through charming villages along the way. The next stop is Kotor, situated in a fjord and one of the most eye-pleasing Montenegrin towns. Once there, we’ll begin a walking tour that goes throughout the squares and narrow cobbled streets, hike up to the fortress if you wish for best views of the area. After Kotor, we’ll head to Budva. This gorgeous walled city on the sea boasts attractive beaches and narrow cobbled streets. Take some free time to explore or sit down for a meal. Finally, we’ll take a ferry ride across the Bay of Kotor and then enjoy a final scenic drive along the coastal roads of Montenegro until we return to home base.
Day 5: Ston and Korcula
It’s time to pack-up and continue our Croatian adventure with an exciting guided day trip from Dubrovnik, heading for the lands north of the city. We’ll cross the contemporary bridge on the way out of the city for a panoramic view of the new port, Gruz, and then continue on, passing through small seaside villages. Arrive in Ston and learn some of intriguing historical facts about the small town: that its walls, some of the longest in Europe, marked the northern border of the former Dubrovnik Republic and connected the town of Ston. You will see how the salt is produced here in a way that is still the same as two thousand years ago. Hear also how the town boasts some of the best oysters in Europe and that even Roman emperors used to request the oysters to be delivered all the way to Rome. Take some time to stroll the streets and sit down at a restaurant to enjoy a snack, before continuing on to our next stop. Board the boat to cross over to Korčula Island and enjoy the brief ride through the Adriatic Sea. In Korčula Town, we’ll stroll the narrow cobbled lanes of the walled town, under the guidance of Lea our local guide. Supposedly Korcula was once the home of Marco Polo. Locals may be convinced of this fact, but no one really knows for sure where Marco Polo was born. We’ll be spending the night on Korcula Island*.
Day 6: Korcula, Split
We still have all morning to enjoy strolling through Korcula Island, before we hop on a catamaran** for a 2.5 hour trip along the Dalmatian Coast to Split. After we check-in, it’s time for a guided tour. We’ll start along Split’s pretty waterfront promenade, known as the Riva. Then stroll to Diocletian’s Palace, a fortress-like imperial residence at the center of Split Old Town. Once home to thousands, the UNESCO-listed remains include more than 200 buildings. Walk by Peristyle Square, the Cathedral of St Duje and the Roman Temple of Jupiter. As we wander, listen to our guide as we dip into historical tales of the extravagant Emperor Diocletian. Learn, too, how the palace was featured in the hit HBO TV series Game of Thrones. After, continue to Republic Square (Prokurative), a Mediterranean-style plaza lined with striking neo-Renaissance buildings, and pass by the Ivan Meštrović Gallery. Then, we’ll navigate our way through the historical town’s narrow passages and hidden streets back to Riva, where our tour concludes.
Day 7: Trogir, Sibenik, prosciutto plant & Peace Cafe
In the morning we will travel to Trogir; an ancient walled city known for its ship-building and a favorite harbor for mega yachts. You will have a guided tour of the churches and palaces here, the most famous being the Cathedral of Saint Ivan. The cathedral took 300 years to build and was completed in the 16th century. A ride to the hinterlands will take us to a prosciutto farm for a visit. It takes 18 to 24 months for all those ham legs to cure properly. Very impressive! You will gain a new appreciation for the process, and know why it is such a pricey treat. In the same village we will stop for a mid afternoon lunch at a farm (The Peace Cafe): cheese, prosciutto (of course), olives, pickles, fresh crusty bread, local wine…It doesn’t get any more home spun than that. Evening return to Split.
Day 8: Free time until 3:00 p.m.
There is so much to explore in Split besides museums and markets. If taking a day trip outside of Split is on your list of things to do, today is the day. Please reserve the late afternoon and evening for our finale together.
Day 9: Homeward bound.
Time to bid your newfound friends goodbye.
See you soon on another adventure abroad!
P.S. Feel free to extend your trip, there is so much more to see and do in and from Split, or perhaps go to Zagreb for a few days.
Departure: October 1-9, 2019
Cost: $2,200* plus airfare
*Land package based on double occupancy, airfare is additional.
** Some events may be changed/substituted due to weather/sea conditions.