(Rovinj, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik)
Croatia is slowly revealing itself to more travelers who are eager to explore hidden parts of Europe. Within Croatia is the stunning coastal area of Istria which is a veritable feast for the eyes. Its streams flow to the sea through deep valleys which bring to mind the ancient local myths about giants. Rolling hills overlook the fields and valleys with little towns perched on the peaks, recalling some old paintings. The view is splendid: white-topped mountains, lush wheat fields, plateaux, valleys, vineyards and olive groves on hillsides, and, finally the sea.
The beauty of Rovinj-Rovigno calls out from the vast blue horizon, spinning you through its narrow winding streets and twirling you into the warm embrace of Lim Bay. Medieval ruins, stone walled towns, Mediterranean cuisine with a certain unique twist and friendly locals all make this region a fascinating and rewarding place to relax and unwind. Luxurious, creative hotels (some of the best in the country), knowledgeable guides and drivers and a balance of guided and independent time along with some culinary delights make this trip an obvious choice for travellers who love culture, food and fabulous places to stay!
Relax on the transfer from Venice to Rovinj with a private vehicle and driver. The approximate transfer time is 2.5hrs.
Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
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.
Set in a lush Mediterranean landscape on a hillside, the Monte Mulini (5*) hotel overlooks a beautiful small bay and offers sweeping sea views. At the same time it is only a short stroll along the marina from Rovinj, one of the most picturesque and romantic towns in the Mediterranean. The hotel features a bold architectural concept, with warm, natural materials, carefully selected details and a perfect synergy of design, functionality and elegance. Featuring modern French cuisine and boasting the widest wine list in Croatia, the restaurants at the Hotel Monte Mulini have helped redefine the area’s culinary scene. Meanwhile, the spa which was inspired by the Mediterranean, is made up of a three-story Art, Wellness & Spa Centre and includes hydrotherapy pools, saunas, relaxation zones and 12 treatment rooms. With four pools and a range of sun loungers and bar seating, the 4,300 square-foot pool complex overlooks the sea and Lone Bay and is the perfect spot to relax and unwind!
This morning your guide and driver will meet you in the hotel to begin your exploration of the Istrian Peninsula. This region has always attracted a special kind of visitor: those who consider gastronomy as one of the most important reasons for traveling. As you drive through the rugged and hilly terrain you will come to Grožnjan – a small ancient hilltop town in northwestern Istria, steeped in cultural heritate. From there you will head out to the village of Livade, one of the most important centers of truffle farming in Europe. Here you will enjoy a truffle hunting demonstration with a local farmer and his sniffer dog.
We recommend you to try the exceptional cuisine of the famous Zigante Restaurant for lunch (not included). It’s owner, Mr. Zigante, has earned his place in the Guinness Book of Records as the one who has found the biggest (2.88lbs!) white truffle in the world.
Not far from Livade, you will have the opportunity to visit the medieval ruins of the town of Motovun. You will complete your tour back where you began, in the charming town of Rovinj. The Old Town of Rovinj rises up on a peninsula and is a witness to times gone by and the valuable accomplishments of its past artisans. Cost includes entrance fees.
Take your time as you leisurely transfer from Rovinj to Zadar today with a guided 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 the nature. (approx. 8 hrs).
Hotel Bastion (4*)is a unique city boutique-hotel which accentuates the cultural heritage of the city of Zadar.It is located in the historic center, and is built on the remains of the medieval fortress “Kastela” from the thirteenth century; an invaluable monument of medieval fortification in Zadar. The property offers 28 luxury equipped rooms, each with rooms with hand-made furniture and LAN Internet access, an assortment of gastronomic delicacies and a wellness center. It is a mere stone's throw from the Cultural monuments of Zadar and the renowned "Sea Organ" and "Greeting to the Sun". Choose to dine at the Kastel restaurant or on one of the sunny terraces of the hotel and enjoy the menus which are based on Mediterranean cuisine, with local dishes and healthy foods. The aperitif bar "Kristal" offers a wide array of cocktails, afternoon tea or coffee - the perfect early evening backdrop after doing some exploring...
This morning meet your guide and driver for a full day tour of Pag Island, an oasis of wild beauty. Unusual shapes, long coastline rich with coves, bays, beaches, and capes, abundance of cultural monuments, and the paradise for food lovers – all this will make your visit to Pag into a once in a lifetime experience.
Upon arrival in the Renaissance stone town of Pag, your guide will take you to a local cheese factory for a cheese tasting. Gourmand experts and food lovers all around the world agree that Pag cheese is one of the best in the world! Its solidity, saltiness, and the essential oils give it a specific taste and fragrance with a recognizable flavour.
We recommend that you have lunch at Boskinac restaurant to taste the famous Pag lamb on a spit, one of the most famous local specialties (not included).
This afternoon your guide will take you for a walk through the town, famous for two things: salt and lace. Pag is a town of artisanal goods and the famous Pag lace which has been cherished for centuries. Indeed, there is a lace-making school located in the town which ensures the continuation of the centuries-old tradition of the widely known crochet lace. The school has halted the imminent death of the tradition, as only old Pag women used to do this work. The only lace-making school in Croatia represents a rarity in the world and is situated in the original building. The unique beauty of the lace tells a story about the island, of its origin, and the century’s long wish of its people to preserve this beauty.
Later this afternoon your guide and driver will take you back to your hotel.
Head south today in a private chauffeur driven vehicle, along the coast to Split, stopping off at Šibenik (approx. 1 hour drive) and Trogir (about 45 minute drive) before continuing on to Split (approx. 30 minutes drive). Šibenik is a mediaeval town with the famous Cathedral of St. Jacob. The town was initially created as a castrum, a fortification beneath St. Michael’s Fortress that still dominates the town. A view of Šibenik reveals the unique harmony of urban poetics of the town and its natural surroundings. The walk through town with your guide will unveil the beauty of Sibenik and its landmarks - the most important of which is St. Jacob’s Cathedral, a Gothic-Renaissance masterpiece that has earned its place in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is entirely built of stone, which is unique not only in Croatian architecture, but in European architecture as well, is harmonious in architecture and sculpture and features a row of 71 realistic sculptural portraits around the apses.
From here, continue on to Trogir – a treasury cove of cultural and historical monuments. Set on a small island just off the mainland, Trogir is a tiny charming town surrounded by impressive fortress walls. As you enter the fortified town through the Land Gate, stroll along its narrow streets, flanked by ancient stone houses. Along the walk through this picturesque town you will come across numerous valuable edifices, such as the St. Lawrence Cathedral with a magnificent 13th century Romanesque portal; the Old City Hall from the 15th Century, the Kamerlengo tower on the relaxing waterfront promenade and many others.
After some time on your own, your guide and driver will take you to your hotel in Split.
The Vestibul Palace (4*) in Split is superbly located in the heart of the Diocletian Palace between the emperor's chambers and the emperor's square. The property was created by merging three palaces from different periods in history; Roman, Gothic and Renaissance with wall elements of the Diocletian palace and the original niches from Roman times. The modern design of the interior is interwoven with the original walls and the furniture is handmade and remarkably crafted. The hotel's 7 rooms and 2 suites are located across 2 floors and all contain facilities including satellite television and internet connection. The restaurant and bar are situated on the ground floor.
During a private guided three hour walking tour you will get to explore the city that is dominated by the Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore the historical part of the city. The Palace is one of the most famous and integral architectural and cultural constructs on the Croatian Adriatic Coast. Visit the Silver Gate, the Cathedral, and the Bell Tower of St. Dominus. Discover the waterfront promenade of Split, the lively open green market and the monuments not only from antiquity, but also from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Entrance fees to the Diocletian's Palace substructure and Cathedral are included.
After the tour, you will have some time at leisure to immerse yourself in the town’s famous Mediterranean charm.
A transfer from Split to Dubrovnik with a private vehicle and driver is provided. The transfer should take approximately 3.5 hours.
Since opening in 1913, the Excelsior (5*) has become an iconic landmark among the five-star hotels in Dubrovnik. This time-honoured building – a blend of old and new – is uniquely located on a cliffside, with magnificent views from every floor, over to the island of Lokrum in one direction and the Old Town in another. The hotel lies at the foot of Croatia's sun-kissed southern tip across from Italy in the Adriatic Sea, just 20 minutes from Dubrovnik's international airport, within walking distance to the historical Dubrovnik Old City and all the major attractions. Aside from the spectacular setting, the property also boasts tranquil gardens in which to stroll; four fine-dining restaurants - all offering panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea; and a private beach back-dropped by the UNESCO-protected Old Town.With superb facilities, fine location and excellent service the Excelsior is the perfect accompaniment to any stay. All 158 bedrooms including and 15 deluxe and 2 presidential suites provide guests with every modern amenity. The elegant terraces, with their stunning city and sea view, form part of the overall experience in a setting that is both truly intimate and archetypically Mediterranean.
Meet your private driver and guide this morning for a fun filled day taking in a walking tour of the thousand-year-old city of Dubrovnik (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), followed by an oyster farm tour and tasting in the historic town of Ston.
You'll begin with a walking tour in Dubrovnik, strolling down Stradun, the main street, you will stop to visit the Franciscan monastery of the “Order of Little Brothers”. 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, the magnificent structure of the dukes of Dubrovnik, and the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary with a treasury containing originals by Tiziano and Rafaelo.
From here, you will be driven to Ston whose 41 towers, 7 bastions, and 2 forts make it one of the largest and most intriguing defensive structures in the world. Ston is also known for its salt works, being the oldest salt mine in Europe, dating back 4,000 years. Here you'll receive a private tour onboard a private traditional fishermen's boat and get first hand information of a Ston oyster farm and do an oyster tasting. Ston oysters are considered to be the best aphrodisiac - even by Romans! Enjoy a glass of wine while you slurp on some of the freshest oysters you have ever tasted and take in the sea views.
Having had your aperatif of wine and oysters, continue on to a local restaurant for lunch (included) before returning to your hotel. (Entrance fees, oyster tasting and lunch are included).
During a six hour private guided tour today you will get to tour of the Dubrovnik Hinterland – the region of Konavle.
Meet your private driver and guide in the hotel lobby and relax on the drive to the ancient Mediterranean town of Cavtat. After a 7th century invasion destroyed the town, refugees from the Cavtat formed another settlement, Dubrovnik. Your guide will take you for a stroll through this picturesque little town and up to the top of the hill where you will discover the extraordinary Mausoleum of the Račić Family.
After the walk, continue your exploration of the traditional countryside of Konavle. In the village of Čilipi, a local family will welcome you at their humble estate that has a small ethno-museum presenting Konavle's history, a tavern with a wine cellar, and a variety of agricultural buildings. While you enjoy their hospitality, they will serve a traditional lunch.
After lunch, you will be brought back to Dubrovnik. Entrance fees and lunch are included.
A private transfer will be provided for you today between your hotel and Dubrovnik airport in time for your onward flight.
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