(Zagreb, Split, Hvar, Korčula, Dubrovnik)
Visit the land of 1000 islands and live 1000 dreams.
Experience the Mediterranean as it once was and be mesmerized by Croatia’s beguiling coastline and majestic mountains which form the perfect backdrop for its lovingly-preserved historical buildings. Despite its diminutive size, Montenegro offers exceptional diversity and abundant natural beauty with its pink-sand beaches, pristine canyons, and charming villages packed with Byzantine churches and Venetian-style palaces. Stroll cobblestone streets, roam patchworks of mountains and canyons and soak up the sun on some of the most gorgeous beaches you’ll ever see. In the evenings, relax in 5-star luxury accommodations that offer a sophisticated ambiance.
Enjoy a private walking tour of Split, a 1700-year-old town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Board your personal motor boat and be whisked to the island of Hvar where you’ll stroll through the largest square in Dalmatia, glimpsing grand palaces and beautiful historic edifices. Cruise around the Pakleni islands and take in the breathtaking scenery of the crystalline waters and endless fields of lavender. Explore Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful stone-built cities in the world, and visit the Franciscan monastery that preserves one of the three oldest pharmacies in Europe. Head for Montenegro, a mystical land of wild beauty, and partake in a private wine tasting in Virpazar, or just stroll on the beach overlooking a postcard-perfect stretch of the Adriatic Coast.
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A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Enjoy a private transfer from Zagreb to Split with a guided 4-hour stop at Plitvice Lakes, a complex of 16 lakes located between the mountains of Mala Kapela. The 19.5 hectares of wooden hills enclose the lakes by a series of waterfalls and cascades. Admire the landscape formed by the mineral-rich waters that carve new paths through the rock, and enjoy your time in the middle of nature. You will meet your local guide at the park before entering. Entrance fees are included.
Enjoy a private walking tour of Split, a 1700 year old town with the famous Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first inhabitant of Split was the Roman emperor Diocletian who started to build his palace in this friendly bay around 293 AD. Your guide will take you for a walk through this living monument and its magnificent sights. You will discover the basement halls of the palace and their unique role in the history of Split. In Peristil, the palace main square, you will have the opportunity to visit the Cathedral of St. Domnius, the Patron Saint of Split. Later this morning you will get to enjoy a private tour of the Split City Museum with the curator. The curator will regale you with the tumultuous history of the city. Entrance fees to Diocletian’s Palace, St. Domnius, and the museum are included.
In the late afternoon, you will meet your skipper for a private motor boat transfer to the island of Hvar. For the next four days, you will have a private motor boat at your disposal – the Jeanneau Prestige 36 – complete with skipper services.
Porter service between the port in Split and your hotel is provided.
Stats of the Prestige Jeanneau 36:
LOA: 11.6mBeam: 3.85mEngines: 2 x 285 HP volvoCruise speed: 24 knotsCabins: Master cabin + 1 twin cabinFacilities: Bathroom, kitchen area, salon with LCD TV for indoor relaxing and entertaining, large flybridge, and deck area for outdoor enjoyment.
This morning meet your local guide for a private walking tour of the town of Hvar – a unique fusion of the luxurious Mediterranean nature and the remarkable cultural and historical heritage. Since the island of Hvar lies in the heart of all the main sea routes since the ancient times, many different cultures left their traces to the present day. A Greek colony in the 4th century BC, Hvar gained its glory and power during the Middle Ages being an important port within the Venetian naval empire. New meets the Old in the perfect harmony of the town of Hvar. Your guide will take you for a stroll through the inexhaustible treasury of the cultural heritage of Hvar. You will start by visiting the largest square in Dalmatia, previously bordered by gardens. It is ringed by grand palaces and beautiful historic edifices, such as the town loggia and the Gothic and Renaissance palaces. The most impressive is the Cathedral of St. Stephen, a harmonious synthesis of the Renaissance and early Baroque elements. Its graceful 17th century bell tower is the most beautiful element in the skyline of the town. A stroll through narrow streets of the town will reveal numerous other monuments, such as the Franciscan and Benedictine Monastery and the mighty Arsenal, a 13th century warehouse for the communal war galley that today houses Hvar theatre – the oldest theatre in Europe dating from 1612. After the tour of the town, you may wish to visit the Hvar Fortress, a 16th century citadel built in the time of the Venetian rule. Perched on a hill above the ramparts, it dominates the town and offers spectacular views of Hvar and the Pakleni islands. Even though there is some 25 – 30 minutes of a walk up to the top, the stunning views make is all worthwhile. Entrance fees included.
Today you will meet your skipper for a private cruise around the Pakleni Islands, a breathtaking archipelago with lush vegetation, beautiful bays, and intact nature. A chain of eleven playful islets watch over the entrance to the port in Hvar. Enjoy the azure waves, sandy coves surrounded by pine forests, endless fields of lavender, and gentle breezes scented by aromatic herbs. Should you wish, you can stop for a swim in one of the hidden bays you will discover along the way. The rest of the day is at leisure.
This morning you will meet your skipper for a private motor boat transfer to the island of Korcula. On your way, succumb to temptation and dive into the translucent waters of the Adriatic. Discover the quaint harbours and the secluded coves that will surely your breath away.
Enjoy a half day privately guided walking tour of the Old Town of Korcula today. This secluded part of the world is known as the home town of Marco Polo – the first world traveler. This is where his silk road began. With more than 2000 years of history, the former Greek colony of the “Black Korčula” (Korkyra Melaina) resisted the sieges of centuries and remained a living monument. Through the narrow cobblestone streets you will come to the Cathedral of St. Marko, an architectural masterpiece in Gothic and Renaissance style. Its construction is an admirable testimony of the artistry of the local stone masons and the excellent adamant stone of the island. The Cathedral’s abbatial collection abounds with exhibits from Greek and Roman period, as well as with peculiar artifacts of recent history.
You will also visit the Museum of Icons with the unique collection of Byzantine Icons and ceremonial pieces. The exhibits are primarily collected by 17th and 18th century Korcula sailors on their journeys around the world. Your stroll will finally take you to Marko Polo’s childhood home – a modest mediaeval house where this great Venetian merchant, writer and traveler spent his former years.
This morning meet your skipper for a private motor boat tour to Dubrovnik. En-route you will stop to visit Mljet – one of the greenest and most beautiful islands in the Adriatic. A Greek settlement of Melita (honey) got its “sweet” name after the bees that lived in the vast forests of the island when the ancient Greeks first discovered it. Mljet is believed to be the island of Ogygia, mentioned in the famous epic poem ‘Odyssey’ as the paradise island where the Calypso nymph detained Odysseus for seven years. True or not, this legend celebrates the luxurious beauty of Mljet, which you will get a chance to discover on a self-guided exploration of the island. You will surely be fascinated by the untouched nature and the beauty of the Great and Small Lakes connected with the open sea by a narrow channel. In the heart of the Great Lake stands the Isle of St. Mary with the sleepy 12th century Benedictine Monastery that can be easily reached by a small boat. Later this afternoon, your skipper will take you to Dubrovnik.
A transfer between the port and your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in the upscale resort of Villa Dubrovnik, which offers spectacular views and the utmost privacy. Sit back and take in the stunning coastal views and the azure water below your deck, take in the rays on the private beach, or relax in one of the lounge areas. Alternatively, if you feel more energetic, you may like to consider taking a stroll into town, only a fifteen minute walk to the Eastern Gates of the Old City or take the Venetian Vaporetto speedboat to take you to the Old City.
Dining options at the Villa Dubrovnik include sampling some Mediterranean cuisine that has a tapas philosophy at the Pjerin restaurant as well as undiscovered fusions of fresh food available at the outdoors Giardino bistro. Stunning vistas of Dubrovnik and the sea can be had from the open SkyBar rooftop lounge.
Enjoy a half day walking tour of Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful stone-built cities in the world. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dubrovnik owes its special charm to the historic monuments that testify to its rich history. While strolling down Stradun, the main street, you will get to stop and visit the Franciscan Monastery of the “Order of Friars Minors” that preserves one of the three oldest pharmacies in Europe. Continue down to Orlando Column and the Sponza Palace and visit the Church of St. Blasius, the patron-saint of the town. Discover Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary and its treasury. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore this stunning town on your own. We recommend you to take a walk along the city walls, visit one of the numerous museums or take a funicular ride to the top of the Srđ hill. Entrance fees to Franciscan Monastery, Recto'rs Palace, and Cathedral of the Virgin Mary are included.
What better way to get into vacation mode than by enjoying a complimentary Diamond Bed Spa Treatment at the Villa Dubrovnik’s luxurious spa. Restore the freedom of beauty and wellbeing by lying on a bubble of warm water immersed in colored lights and sounds.
This morning meet your driver in the hotel lobby for a private transfer to Montenegro – a mystical land of wild beauty. Your local guide will welcome you at the border of Croatia and Montenegro. In Boka Bay, the only fjord in the Mediterranean, mountains sink in the crystal-clear sea in front of your eyes in the unique harmony of intact nature and cultural heritage. Your first destination is the old town of Perast, a sleepy baroque town on the seashore. The strong merchant navy tradition represents the best preserved baroque entity in the Adriatic. The most beautiful buildings of this small town were built in the 17th and 18th centuries. Perast also abounds in sacred monuments, such as the Church Sveti Nikola and Our Lady of the Rocks, built on the artificial island just opposite Perast. Following your visit to Perast, your guide and driver will take you to Kotor, hometown of the famous sailors and traders of Boka Bay. Kotor’s architecture, a post-modern mix of the various epochs and its position at the bottom of the sharp cliffs of the Lovcen Mountain, makes it different from any other Mediterranean town. Your guide will take you to the Cathedral of St. Trifun, a monument of Roman culture and one of the most recognizable symbols of the town. You will also visit the Maritime Museum, the custodian of Boka navy fame. Continue onwards to Budva, considered to be one of the oldest settlements in the Balkans. This ancient town lies on a little island that was linked to land by a sandbar and in time became a peninsula. Your guide will take you for a walk around the 15th century ramparts and medieval fortifications. Inside the walls, you will find the town to be a combination of narrow streets and little squares, with superb monuments of the different Mediterranean cultures. From here, you will be transferred to your hotel in the area.
Enjoy a private welcome dinner at the hotel - what a nice start to your stay. Dinner includes a three course menu.
Come back from dinner to a romantic setting of flower petals on your bed and candles lighting up the room - romance is in the air!
Enjoy a wonderfully relaxing day on the beach today. Your sun beds and sun umbrellas will be waiting for you.
Today you will meet your guide and driver in the hotel lobby for a private tour of Skadar Lake. The peacefulness of the lake, with its jagged coastline of many bays, islands, and peninsulas would enchant even the most experienced traveler. In the small fishing village of Virpazar you will be welcomed by a local family Uksanovic that will prepare a private wine tasting for you. Among others, you will taste the famous red vine Vranac, a product that Montenegrins are extremely proud of. From here, you will be taken on a private traditional boat that will reveal the lake’s opulent beauty in the most distinctive way. You will first come to the small island of Grmozur that used to house a prison for the political captives. Continue to the mouth of the Moraca River and the picturesque sandbar that is home to numerous shell species. Back on board, your host will prepare a light snack of homemade prosciutto, cheese, bread, and olive oil. Later you will pass by the Vranjina peninsula that hides the Monastery of St. Nicholas and the Lesendro fortress that represents the eternal torch of Montenegrin freedom. Many other fortifications can be found upon the islands, built by the Turks and later by the Montenegrins, bearing witness to the frequent battles fought here between these sworn enemies. At the end of your tour your guide and driver will take you back to your hotel where you can enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Leaving the island and returning to the mainland, one finds a number of different dining options, all part of Aman Sveti Stefan. Invoking the ambience of a beachside churrasqueria, the Olive Tree is open for lunch and dinner, and specialises in regional and local Montenegrin cuisine. The restaurant offers a bar and two signature charcoal-fired grills, as well as views of Sveti Stefan Island and its beaches. The Beach Café is located in a secluded spot and provides informal dining throughout the day. Shaded by cypress and olive trees, the al fresco setting is ideal for a selection of light snacks and a simple café menu. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Loggia features a wisteria covered colonnade that provides a shady retreat and views of the bay. Serving a variety of classic and contemporary dishes from the Adriatic region for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Villa Milo'cer Dining Room is an elegant and intimate dining space. Perched atop a rocky precipice, Queen’s Chair offers breathtaking views of the Bay of Budva. Open from 6pm, the restaurant specialises in Pan-Adriatic fare with a distinctive Italian feel. Local cheeses, garden-fresh salads, and homemade pastas are served on the expansive terrace along with hand-selected local wines. Suffice to say that you will be spoiled for dining options while you are here!
Enjoy the morning at leisure and perhaps take a stroll along the pink sandy beach of Sveti Stefan, overlooking a postcard-perfect stretch of the Adriatic Coast. Consider having a treatment from the range of massage and body treatments on offer in the property's spa, which are located in six cottages scattered over the island. There is also a fully equipped gym if you feel so inclined.
Enjoy a private half day tour of Cetinje town, the one-time centre of Montenegrin rule, with a private vehicle and guide. With the breathtaking scenery of mountains behind you, you will head towards Montenegro’s inland beauty. Situated beneath the summit of Lovcen, which towers 590 meters above sea level, Cetinje is a blend of natural beauty and impressive cultural heritage. This historical town offers an insight to the history of Montenegro. Today the Old Royal Capital of Cetinje is a centre of historical and national identity; the memory and continuity of Montenegrin people. Your guide will take you for a walk through the UNESCO site of Cetinje. Visit the historical St. Peter’s Monastery, founded between 1701 and 1704 by Prince-Bishop Danilo I on the site of the former court of Ivan Crnojevic. The block of monasteries became the centre of spiritual, cultural, and political life of Montenegro. It was destroyed several times by the Turks and consequently restored. The monastery hides one of the greatest relics, the right hand with three fingers of St. John Baptist. However, in the unbreakable unity of traditional and eclectic architecture of the 19th century, the central part is the richness in numerous art collections of Cetinje museums. Today you will be treated with a VIP tour of the National Museum of Cetinje after opening hours. The curator will take you through the Museum of King Nikola, once a royal residence dominated by a luxurious Art-Nouveau style. After the tour, enjoy the scenic ride back to your hotel.
Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening - try the exquisite cuisine of Aman’s upscale restaurant Queen’s Chair, that serves Pan-Adriatic fare with a distinctive Italian flavour. Perched atop a rocky precipice, Queen’s Chair offers breathtaking views of the Bay of Budva. Dinner includes a three course menu.
A transfer from Sveti Stefan and the airport in Dubrovnik with a private vehicle and driver is provided. The total transfer time is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Enjoy VIP treatment for your departure at the airport in Dubrovnik with a separate check-in and passport control and use of the VIP lounge before you board your flight.
Opened in 1925 as a refuge for passengers from the Orient Express, the uber-stylish Esplanade Zagreb Hotel (5*) is an architectural gem. Located within easy reach of key attractions such as the Cathedral and the Art Pavilion, the city’s most iconic hotel combines art deco glamour with every contemporary convenience. Long-established as a haven for A-List movie stars, politicians, singers and artists, the hotels' fairy tale exterior and gracious guest accommodation make it easily the most prestigious hotel in Zagreb. The property boasts a long list of awards for hotel service, cuisine, interior design, and bartending. Traditional luxury including magnificent marble bathrooms is complimented by modern technology to make each room a haven of relaxation. The property offers a variety of dining experiences including the Zinfandel's Restaurant, Le Bistro, and the Esplanade 1925, the hotel's lounge and cocktail bar.
Le Meridien Lav’s (5*) unique beachfront location invites guests to immerse themselves in the inspirational panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea. Le Meridien is a five star hotel in Split that features 365 modern rooms and 17 sea view suites, amongst the largest hotels in Split, perfect to accommodate a family or a group. Lounge on the hotels private beach and immerse yourself in crystal clear waters. . A combination of eight restaurants and bars in the hotel and set along the Marina Promenade allow guests to enjoy culinary delicacies from the Croatia region. Pamper your body and soul in the Diocletian SPA, workout in the wellness club, or indulge in a massage.
Renovated and redesigned as a stylish luxury hotel and spa, the Adriana Spa (4*) hotel's amenities are as diverse as its view, which combines the cathedral, the yacht harbour, and the bay. Contemporary interior design meets with comfort and timeless views from the balconies. Perched on the promenade, facing the old city centre, this hotel is Croatia's first and only member of the Leading Small Hotels of the World. The luxurious Sensorí spa offers therapeutic and aesthetic treatments, massage, and a wide range of programs including yoga and nature excursions. The rooftop terrace features a heated, indoor pool, and a spectacular sky bar and lounge area.
Lesic Dimitri Palace (5*) is hidden within the walls of the charming medieval town of Korcula, with its winding alleyways, terracotta-tiled houses and tiny churches. It is located next door to the house of Marco Polo and is only a stone’s throw from the crystal clear Adriatic Sea. The hotel occupies an 18th century bishop’s palace and five medieval cottages, offering luxurious accommodation in six residences, complete with five-star services, a spa, and a restaurant overlooking the breathtaking Dalmatian archipelago. Each of the residences has been beautifully restored and the interiors are subtly influenced by regions along Marco Polo's Silk Road travels. They encompass original features and are finished with exquisite detailing and handcrafted furniture. The small number of residences guarantees guests an intimate and highly personalized stay with service steeped in local charm.
Villa Orsula (5*) is a blend of modern luxury and tradition in historical Dubrovnik. The most luxurious accommodations in the city, the glorious setting provides complete tranquillity while being just steps from the famous city walls. The villa is built in an attractive Mediterranean style with stone architecture and red tiles that are perfectly complemented by the immaculately refurbished interiors.Each of the eleven rooms and two suites offer the ultimate in luxury and comfort, combining minimalist chic with rich colours and textures.
Aman Sveti Stefan (5*) is located in the centre of Montenegro’s Adriatic coastline, south of Budva and between the villages of Pržno and Sveti Stefan. The site incorporates two kilometres of coastline including the pink sandy beaches of Sveti Stefan, Milocer Beach, and the famous Queen’s Beach. Aman Sveti Stefan enjoys breathtaking views of the sea, across the bay and along Montenegro’s most renowned stretch of coastline. The island itself measures 12,400 square metres, and while its historic exterior remains largely unchanged, the resort’s interiors have been restored and updated to meet contemporary expectations.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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