Split, Korcula & 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 and taste authentic local Croatian cuisine.
In general, the small group tours depart every 2nd Saturday from May 3, 2014 until September 27, 2014, with only 1 departure in July (July 12th) with a maximum of 18 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).
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.
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.
The small town of Ston was a military fort of the Ragusan Republic whose defensive walls (from 14th century) are a notable feat of medieval architecture evident even today. The 41 towers, 7 bastions, and 2 forts make this one of the largest and most intriguing defensive structures in the world. Ston is also known for its salt works. The history of the salt works in Ston is over 4,000 years old. It is the oldest salt mine in Europe, and among the working ones, is the oldest in the world. Since those periods, and until today, the salt here is produced in the same manner - with the help of the sea, sun and the wind. But Ston is also famous for its oysters. After meeting your private driver and guide at your hotel, you will be taken for an extraordinary experience: a private tour of Ston oyster farm by a traditional fisherman boat and oyster tasting. Ston oysters are considered to be the best aphrodisiac even by Romans. Enjoy a glass of wine and oysters tasting on a unique way. Oysters will be taken from the sea right in front of you. After the tour you will enjoy the lunch at local restaurant before returning to your hotel.
Meet up with your Guide and fellow travellers of your small group for a pre-tour briefing. The rendezvous will take place at 6:00pm at the Hotel Zagreb, 20000, Dubrovnik.
Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.
Please note that your hotel may be the above or a hotel of similar standard and will be confirmed prior to departure.
Meet your local guide 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 (weather permitting).
This afternoon is yours to continue exploring Dubrovnik or simply sit back, relax and enjoy a coffee, beer or glass of wine whilst people watching and taking in the sights and sounds of this beautiful city.
This evening you will travel to a family farm in Ljubac, to try your hand at baking your own pancetta appetizers. After a delicious home cooked dinner, there will be a traditional Croatian folklore performance.
Leaving Dubrovnik behind, drive along the second largest peninsula in Croatia, Peljesac, to one of the finest wineries in Orebic, a town renowned for its winemaking traditions that date back to the Roman Empire. Perched on the edge of the Adriatic Sea, the winery offers breathtaking views of Croatia's Dalmatian Coast.
After a tour of the winery, you will cross to the Island of Korcula by ferry.
Once on the island we will explore Korcula’s Old Town, a medieval walled city dominated by the superb St Mark’s Cathedral and a fishbone-style architecture. Spend the next two nights in a traditional hotel on the western side of the Old Town, set right on the waterfront.
Hotel Korcula is the first hotel ever built in Korcula. It dates back from 1912 when tourism and travel was privilege of wealthy European middleclases. It is the oldest and most atmospheric accommodations in the town. The construction of this 22-room hotel in 1906 gave Korcula a new vocation - tourism, that soon became the island's mainstay. Tucked between the medieval town's massive walls and a stunning azure bay, the Hotel Korcula has a grand facade and vine-covered terrace dressed with white wicker and linen table cloths. The lavender haze of dusk, live musicians and waitresses in starched aprons create a romantic evening settings.
Today is yours to spend at your leisure. This beautiful island is a fusion of stunning beaches, quiet coves, century old olive groves, vineyards, ancient towns and small fishing villages. You may wish to visit one of the many cafes to sample the local cuisine or spend the entire day lounging on a beautiful beach. You may also choose 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.
Tonight you will enjoy dinner together in a traditional restaurant.
Leaving Korcula today, take the ferry to Split.
Continue with a drive to one of the oldest cities in Croatia, Trogir.
Once under the influence of Greeks, Romans and Venetians, Trogir, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a town rich in culture and heritage and has a wealth of churches, fortresses, palaces, museums and towers to discover. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in Trogir.
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.
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 before travelling a short distance to Krka National Park, an 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.
Tonight you will visit a family owned tavern for your final dinner together.
After exploring Trogir with a local guide, you will travel to the ancient city of Salona, to see Roman ruins including the Amphitheatre, Baths Complex and Living Quarters. Continue 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 we explore its unique city centre, including the Grgur Ninski Statue, the Cathedral and Bell Tower of St Domnius and Diocletian’s Palace, one of the most significant works of late-ancient architecture in Europe. After the tour concludes you will return to Trogir.
Your tour will end at approximately at 5:30pm at Hotel Pasike, Trogir, Croatia.
Enjoy a private transfer from Trogir to Split.
In its spectacular location at the historical centre of Split, the Hotel Peristil (3*) awaits guests within the Diocletian Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hotel is situated just a couple of steps away from the famed Silver Door. 12 luxuriously furnished rooms, 9 double and 3 single rooms within the 1700 year old ramparts of the original palace offer a splendid view over the Cathedral of Saint Duje and its bell tower and the Peristil - the Palace main square. The hotel's restaurant, Tifani, offers special flavours of the regional Dalmatian cuisine prepared by the top chefs. Accompanied by the sounds of the Dalmatian folk a cappella performed live, the atmosphere created at the open terrace becomes a memorable experience.
Enjoy a private airport transfer with vehicle and English speaking driver.
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