Split, Korcula, Montenegro & Dubrovnik - an exciting journey of discovery through Southern Croatia – one of Europe’s hottest new destinations. Take in the highlights of this fascinating country brimming with history, dotted with islands, and blessed with over five thousand kilometers of coastline lapped by the warm waters of the Adriatic Sea. Visit UNESCO listed towns, explore the natural beauty of Krka National Park, stay two nights on a Dalmatian island, cross over the border into Montenegro and taste authentic local Croatian cuisine.
In general, the small group tours depart every 2nd Monday from May 13, 2013 until September 23, 2013, with only 1 departure in July (July 15th) with a maximum of 16 people per trip.
Consider adding additional days to your trip with the services of a private guide and/or driver to see more of the country - your time on either side of your small group tour can be customized to suit your needs (and private guided tours can be added throughout your small group experience as desired).
Take a private transfer from Split Airport to Trogir today. The transfer should take approximately 40 minutes.
Hotel Pasike is a new, recently opened hotel in the heart of the city of Trogir. It was opened in a family house of the Buble family, whose tradition in this city spreads over long eight centuries. The hotel is furnished with the inherited antique furniture which adds to the existing charm of the hotel. There are 13 comfortable rooms and one suite in Hotel Pasike. All rooms are equipped with a bathroom, hydromassage shower, air condition, mini bar, phone, TV-SAT, safe, hairdryer and Internet WI-FI. The hotel restaurant has 28 years experience and the meals are based on traditional Dalmatian cuisine as well as international cuisine. Hotel Pasike is situated in a quiet place in town close to the town museum which is a Unesco World Cultural Heritage site.
Meet up with your Guide and fellow travellers of your small group tour this morning. The rendezvous is at 08.30am at the Hotel Pasike, Sinska bb, 21220, Trogir.
This morning you explore one of the oldest cities in Croatia, Trogir. Once under the influence of Greeks, Romans and Venetians, Trogir is a town rich in culture and heritage and has a wealth of churches, fortresses, palaces, museums and towers. It is here that you will be based for the next two nights.
After your tour of Trogir travel to Split, the largest city on the Adriatic coast. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is often described as the ‘most beautiful town in the world’. You will soon discover why as you explore it unique city centre, dotted with superb restaurants, cafes, boutiques, galleries and wine cellars. During your walking tour you will explore Diocletian’s Palace, built by the Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the 4th century AD. The Palace is one of the most significant works of late-ancient architecture in Europe. You will also see the Grgur Ninski Statue and the Cathedral and Bell Tower of St Domnius. Continue to the ancient city of Salona to explore the ancient ruins of this old Roman city including the amphitheatre, baths complex and living quarters. Return to Trogir.
Tonight you will enjoy a welcome dinner together and the opportunity to taste authentic local Croatian cuisine.
Hotel Pasike is situated in the centre of UNESCO' s Trogir, in a family house of the Buble family, whose tradition in this city spreads over long eight centuries. The rich family history is the good spirit of the hotel and gives it an unavoidable and recognisable charm, due to which the hotel carries the name of HERITAGE.
Please note that your hotel may be the above or a hotel of similar standard and will be confirmed prior to departure.
Today you travel to Sibenik, a historical city located at the mouth of the river Krka. You will see the sights of Sibenik as you wander through its narrow cobbled streets and attractive squares. Highlights include the Cathedral of St. James, built in 1434, and the Fortress of St. Nicholas.
From Sibenik you travel a short distance to Krka National Park, an unaltered area of exceptional natural beauty. Spend the afternoon exploring the park’s extensive forest, its breath-taking waterfalls and crystal clear lakes before making your way to Bibich Winery. Enjoy wine tasting and tapas while learning about the history of this wine growing region before travelling back to Trogir .Evening at leisure.
Leave Trogir and take a ferry from Split to the island of Korcula. This beautiful island is a fusion of stunning beaches, quiet coves, century old olive groves, vineyards, ancient towns and small fishing villages.
This afternoon you will explore Korcula’s old town, a medieval walled city dominated by the superb St Mark's Cathedral, completed in the 15th century.
Tonight you will enjoy dinner at a traditional restaurant in Lumbarda, a fisherman's village known for its unique wines and your base for the next two nights.
Hotel Borik is located in the heart of the little village of Lumbarda, only a few steps from the main street and with a view on the marina Lumbarda and the Pelješac peninsula. The hotel’s beautiful building is the former stone summer palace of the Miroševic family, today with about twenty restructured rooms with air conditioning. The annexe Borik is located behind the hotel and has further 60 restructured rooms with a balcony. The hotel offers an a la carte restaurant, pizzeria and a lounge bar, where you may enjoy delicious summer cocktails sitting on comfortable reed armchairs.
Enjoy day at leisure. You may wish to return to Korcula Old Town, a succession of narrow streets lined with iconic red roofed house, stop at one of the many cafes to sample the local cuisine or spend the entire day lounging on a beautiful beach or swimming in a secluded bay. You may also wish to take a taxi boat from the main harbour to Vrnik, a tiny island with plenty of swimming spots and a favourite with the locals.
This morning you return from Korcula to Ston, on the mainland. Ston has a long history of mariculture and as a result is world famous for its oyster production. Ston oysters are considered to be the best aphrodisiac even by Romans. Enjoy tastisg of some of the best oysters in the region directly from an oyster farm.
After your seafood lunch together you drive to Trsteno's renowned arboretum. Spend the afternoon enjoying the tranquillity of this magnificent garden, home to many exotic plants, before you continue to Dubrovnik, your base for the next two nights.
This evening you head to Lazareti for a traditional Croatian folklore performance.
Hotel Zagreb with its location as well as its look attracts numerous tourists. Well kept environment and a garden carefully taken care of, give to this hotel a special charm. It consists of three floors with 23 comfortable rooms with a pleasant interior decoration, renewed in 2005. Each room has a TV SAT and a bathroom with a shower and a hair-dryer. The Hotel is completely air-conditioned and modernly equipped. The Hotel restaurant and the bar are situated at the ground-floor, as well as the reception desk.
This morning you travel south along the picturesque Adriatic coast and cross the border into Montenegro. Often referred to as the ‘jewel of the Mediterranean’, thanks to its breath-taking natural beauty, secluded beaches, unspoilt coves, wonderfully preserved ancient towns and relaxed culture, it is a destination not to be missed. Make your way to Kotor Bay, one the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This fortified town is home to the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon and the picturesque harbour of Kotor. In the afternoon you will head back to Dubrovnik where you will enjoy your last group dinner together.
Meet your group for a walking tour of Dubrovnik’s Old Town and its charming medieval streets. Discover the Rector's Palace, Sponza Palace, the Cathedral of Our Lady, and the Old Port before you take an unforgettable cable car ride up Srd hill. This is the perfect spot to admire the breath-taking views of the old city and a fitting end to your tour of Croatia.
Your Small Group Tour ends upon arrival at Hotel Zagreb at 12.30pm. Bid farewell to your Guide and fellow travellers as you close the chapter on this part of your travels.
Take a private airport transfer with an English speaking driver in Dubrovnik.
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.
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