(Zagreb, Split, Hvar, Korčula, Dubrovnik)
Long established as a haven for A-listers, the playground of the Adriatic makes for a sophisticated oasis of adventure when it includes embellishments like your own stylish private yacht, elite curator led tours of National Museums and sunbathing on golden beaches once reserved exclusively for royalty! Go beyond what most other tourists experience as you discover the treasures of Zagreb to Split, Hvar, Korcula, Sveti Stefan and Dubrovnik in true luxury, staying in multi-award winning properties..
From the moment you step off the plane you’ll receive VIP treatment as you’re greeted by a dedicated private guide, whisked through security and chauffeured to the first of a collection of historic decadent hotels. Sightsee and island hop in high style as you tour the birthplace of Marco Polo, indulge in a diamond massage, savor fine wines & gastronomical delights and surrender to pampering during your stay at the former summer residence of Queen Marija Karadordev.
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A welcome package with your vouchers, 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.
Take a private airport transfer with vehicle and English speaking driver in Zagreb.
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' fairytale 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 bar-tending. 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.
Enjoy a private transfer to Split today with a guided 4-hour stop at Plitvice Lakes.a complex of 16 lakes (also known as The Devil’s Garden) 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 which carve new paths through the rock, and enjoy your time in the middle of the nature. You will meet your local guide at the park before entering. Admission included.
Le Méridien Lav Hotel (5*) is located in Podstrana, eight kilometers south of Split, features 800 meters of beach frontage, gardens landscaped by award-winning designer Jim Nicolay, and fantastic sea views overlooking the city and the surrounding islands. The 381 guest rooms and suites, spread across four interlinked buildings, are the largest guest rooms on the Dalmatian coast. Designed by acclaimed Italian designer Lorenzo Bellini, all interiors have a warm, inviting ambiance. A combination of eight restaurants and bars in the hotel and set along the Marina Promenade allow guests to experience a variety of cuisines. The hotel’s casino features 140 slot machines, eight gaming tables, a Salon Privé, and a sports bar. The adjoining nightclub offers live entertainment.
Meet your guide in the hotel lobby for a private walking tour of Split, a 1700 years old town with famous Diocletian’s Palace, included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The first inhabitant of Split was the Roman emperor Diocletian who started to build his palace in this friendly bay around 293 AD. After his abdication he withdrew to this luxurious palace to enjoy the rest of his days. 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 Peristyle, the main square of the Palace, you'll have the opportunity to visit the Cathedral of St. Domnius, the Patron Saint of Split. Later this morning you'll get to enjoy a private tour of the Split City Museum with the curator. Situated in the beautiful Gothic- Renaissance Palace of the noble family Papalic, whose interior walls are part of the Diocletian’s Palace, it offers a truly unique setting. The curator will regale you with the tumultuous history of the city. (incl.entrance fees for Diocletians palace, St Domnius cathedral & Split city museum).
Enjoy porter service between the Split port and your hotel.
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.
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.
Renovated and redesigned as a stylish luxury hotel and spa, the Adriana Marina (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 here. Perched on the promenade, facing the old city centre, our 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. There is air conditioning throughout the hotel, satellite TV in the rooms, facilities for guests with disabilities and free wireless internet access for everyone.
Enjoy a private 3-hour guided walking tour of the historical city of Hvar. Since the island of Hvar lies in the heart of all the main sea routes since ancient times, many different cultures left their traces to the present day. Your guide will take you for a stroll through the largest square in Dalmatia. It is ringed by grand palaces and beautiful historic edifices, such as the town loggia and the Gothic and Renaissance palaces, most impressively the Cathedral of St. Stephen. Its graceful 17th century bell tower is the most beautiful element in the skyline of the town. You will continue to the mighty Arsenal, a 13th century warehouse that today houses Hvar theatre. A stroll through narrow streets of the town, along the waterfront promenade will take you to the Franciscan Monastery, a former retreat for sailors from the 15th century. 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 over the town and offers spectacular views of Hvar and the Pakleni islands. Even though there is a 25 minute walk up to the top, the stunning views make is all worthwhile. Cost includes entrance fees.
Meet your skipper for a private cruise around Pakleni Islands, a breathtaking archipelago with lush vegetation, beautiful bays and intact nature. A chain of eleven playful islets watches over the entrance to Hvar port and shine like the jewels in the monarch’s crown. Enjoy the azure waves, sandy coves surrounded by pine forests, endless fields of lavender and gentle breeze 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. Therest of the day is at your leisure.
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.
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 personalised stay with service steeped in local charm.
This morning meet your skipper for a full day private motor boat tour to Dubrovnik.
En-route to Dubrovnik, 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 easily be reached by a small boat. Do not miss the walks along the lovely wooded paths by the lake, along the ancient pine forest.Later this afternoon, your skipper will take you to Dubrovnik.
Enjoy a private port transfer with vehicle and English speaking driver.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in the upscale resort of Villa Dubrovnik which offers spectacular views and 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 - it is only a fifteen minute walk to the Eastern Gates of the Old City or, simply avail of the Venetian Vaporetto speedboat to take you to the Old City.
Dining options at the Villa Dubrovnik include sampling some Mediterranean cuisine which has a tapas (small bites) philosophy at the Pjerin restaurant as well as are and 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.
Located on the cliffs above the most beautiful part of Dubrovnik, Villa Dubrovnik (5*) has always been the favourite destination of those seeking privacy, luxury and elegance. With 56 newly renovated luxury guest rooms, be prepared to revise your opinion of what constitutes the best. With sixty years of tradition, it is not just the ambience and the view, or just the hospitality, nor is it just the spectacular mornings and evenings from the terrace of your suite that complete the experience. There is something more, something beyond words and images that continues to keep Villa Dubrovnik guests coming back time and time again.
Meet your local guide for a private 3 hour walking tour of Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful stone-built cities in the world. As one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Dubrovnik owes its special charm to the historic monuments which testify to its rich history. While strolling with your guide 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 your leisure to explore this stunning town on your own. We recommend you to take a walk along the city walls (2500m around the old town), visit one of the numerous museums or take a funicular ride to the top of the Srđ hill. Return transfers to/from your hotel are included as well as entrance fees to Franciscan Monastery, Rectors Palace and Cathedral.
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 fiord 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, that is today yours to discover.Your first destination is the old town of Perast, a sleepy baroque place 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. At that time seafaring was growing and captains built magnificent villas that even today capture you with their beauty. 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, home-town 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. Here, among other things, you can admire portraits of the famous captains, models of old galleys and sail boats and other very valuable exponents of the rich heritage of Kotor.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 Mediterraneancultures. From here, you will be transfered to your hotel in the area.
Enjoy a private welcome dinner at the hotel’s private beach - what a nice start to your stay! (includes 4 course menu, bottle of wine and mineral water).
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!
Aman Sveti Stefan (5*) the former summer residence of Queen Marija Karadordevic, Villa Milocer is surrounded by more than 800 olive trees. The manse resides on a 32-hectare estate, embraced on three sides by ancient cedar and pine forests. The suites of the villa elegantly combine the regal grandeur of old Europe with contemporary comfort and style. Aman Sveti Stefan incorporates two kilometres of coastline including the pink sandy beaches of Sveti Stefan, Milocer Beach and the famed Queen’s Beach. This resort is all about privacy – discreet and first class service, splendid views and kilometres of beach.
Enjoy a wonderfully relaxing day on the beach today. Your sun beds and sun umbrellas will be waiting for you…
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 Montenegrins are extremely proud of.
From here, you'll be taken on a private traditional boat that will reveal the lake’s opulent beauty in the most distinctive way. While cruising along the lake, enjoy the views: extraordinary birds, water lilies in bloom, secluded beaches...
You will first come to the small island of Grmozur that used to house a prison for the political captives (the Montenegrin "Alcatraz").
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 home-made prosciutto, cheese, bread and olive oil.
The beauty of the Skadar Lake and its numerous islands led medieval feudal lords to erect fortifications and monasteries on them whose architecture is a true rarity today. 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 which 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 choice 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.
Meet your guide and driver for a private half day tour of Cetinje town – the one-time center of Montenegrin rule. With the breathtaking scenery of mountains behind you, you’ll head towards Montenegro’s inland beauty. Situated beneath the summit of Lovcen which towers to 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. The Old Royal Capital of Cetinje is today 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 center 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 – “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 complimentary 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. (includes 4-course menu, bottle of wine, mineral water).
Take a private transfer from Sveti Stefan in Montenegro to Dubrovnik airport today in time for your flight. The transfer should take approx. 2hrs 15 mins.
Enjoy VIP treatment for your departure in Dubrovnik airport with a separate check in and passport control and use of a VIP lounge before you board your flight.
VISA/PASSPORTA passport is required for travel to Croatia. A visa is not required for U.S. and Canadian passport holders for tourist or business trips of fewer than 90 days within a six-month period. All foreign citizens must register with the local police within 24 hours of arrival as well as inform them of any change in their address. Registration of foreign visitors staying in hotels or accommodations rented through an accommodation company is done automatically by the hotelier or accommodation company.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Croatia for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/croatia.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Zagreb. Government: Republic. Independence from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia proclaimed in 1991. Language: The official language is Croatian (Hrvatski). Also Serbian, Slovenian, Hungarian and Italian are spoken. People working in tourism generally speak excellent English, plus some Italian and German. Religion: Roman Catholic Croats (87.8% of the total population) and Eastern Orthodox Serbs (4.4%), as well as small communities of Protestants, Jews and Muslims. Time: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October). Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Telephone: Country code +385. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good. Internet: Cafes can be found in Zagreb and other main towns.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Montenegro for the most up to date visa information.
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