DAY 1: WELCOME TO DUBROVNIK
Welcome to Dubrovnik – the pearl of the Adriatic! Dubrovnik lies in the extreme south of Croatia, basking in glorious Mediterranean sunshine for much of the year. A fairytale city of beautiful Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance churches, aristocratic palaces, red-roofed townhouses, magnificent monasteries and fascinating history. Dubrovnik’s old town is known as one of the world’s finest and most perfectly preserved medieval cities. One of the best views in the world is to be had from its monumental City Walls – be prepared to be amazed! Wander the bustling boutiques, markets and bars, savor freshly-caught seafood while gazing out to sea at sunset; walk along the iconic walls, or take a cable car up to Mount Srđ for the most spectacular views in all of Dubrovnik. Today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Town and its towering walls rise above a 13th-century main street that literally sparkles in the sun.
Private transfer from the airport to your hotel. The rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Dubrovnik
DAY 2: DUBROVNIK UNESCO HIGHLIGHTS EXPLORER
Dubrovnik is one of the best kept medieval cities in the world. From today’s perspective it may seem impossible to imagine that the people back in those days had an entire civilization organized within the City Walls.
Explore the wonders of Dubrovnik’s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important living historical monuments in this part of Europe. Your expert local guide will take you around this magical medieval town full of legends and give you a glimpse into the incredible history that makes Dubrovnik such a unique city. Today Dubrovnik is the proudest feather in Croatia’s tourist cap, an elite destination and one of the most beautiful towns in the Mediterranean. Dubrovnik used to be an independent republic, surviving mostly on trade.
To make this really memorable experience after exploring the city highlights, there’s going to be a picnic bag delivered to you. Take in Croatia’s most famous views of Dubrovnik and hop on the cable car to enjoy the ride to the top of the Mt. Srđ and find a spot to picnic at the top. Enjoy amazing sunset and views of the Dubrovnik area and islands, while savoring delicious traditional food and wine.
DAY 3: DUBROVNIK – MLJET ISLAND (YACHTING)
The untamed island of Mljet is one of Croatia’s best loved islands and a paradise for anyone looking to get away from it all. A third of the northwestern part of Mljet island is a national park, featuring two inland lakes and miles of cycling and hiking trails.
There are few residents, no large towns and only one major road that runs from north to south through the wooded landscape of pines, oak trees and macchia. Mljet is the most thickly forested island in the Adriatic. Lying off the coast of the Peljesac peninsula, Mljet is an easy day trip from Dubrovnik during the summer when ferries are frequent and easily accessible for an overnight stay year round.
DAY 4: NP MLJET BIKING OR HIKING ADVENTURE – KORČULA ISLAND (YACHTING)
The Mljet island is located in the south of the Adriatic coast in Croatia. This is an island of untouched nature, olive groves, vineyards, rich forests, and diverse flora and fauna. Enjoy the pristine beauty of the natural surroundings while on a private biking tour. The northwestern part of Mljet is a protected national park with lush vegetation, seawater lakes, and thick pine forests. The island is dotted with small villages, and has a quiet, peaceful vibe even in high season.
It’s a home to two interconnecting salt-lakes: Veliko Jazero and Malo Jazero, in the Mljet National Park. The lakes, with sources dating back 10, 0000 years, are proclaimed to be unusual geological and oceanographic phenomena of global significance. On a small islet of Veliko Jazero, you’ll find the 12th century Benedictine Monastery of St. Mary, which is a significant part of the history of the Illyrian tribes, the Roman Empire and the Republic of Dubrovnik. They are surrounded by beautiful, rich forests creating an image of an unspoiled natural world.
This private, guided biking adventure will begin in the national park. First we will pass by two saltwater lakes, the most visited attractions on the island. Then we will cycle to the central part of the island to explore the deep pine forests and pristine natural surroundings.
** Possible to do as a walking instead of biking**
DAY 5: KORČULA HIGHLIGHTS EXPLORER WITH LOCAL ESTATE DINNER (YACHTING)
Korčula is one of Croatia’s most treasured islands, also known by the Ancient Greeks as Black Korčula thanks to its lush forests of Aleppo pine, cypress and oak trees welcomes its visitors with a colourful cultural heritage and interesting legends.
The private tour covers the emblematic landmarks and major sights, giving a good overview of the Korčula town for first time visitors. Stroll the enchanting narrow cobbled streets of the town of Korčula, surrounded by 13th-century walls or enjoy one of the many art exhibitions and summer evening festivals. Korčula is also considered to be the birthplace of Marco Polo, and history and tradition are apparent when you walk along Korčula streets and squares.
You’ll get to see the emblematic landmarks and major sights of Korčula Old Town: St Mark’s Cathedral and other churches in the Old Town, the Bishop’s Treasury, the Town Museum, the Icon Museum, as well as other interesting places including House of Marco Polo & Museum.
You’ll end the day in local farm Maha – hidden gem with one of the best farm to table menues in Croatia.
DAY 6: KORČULA – HVAR ISLAND (YACHTING)
The island of Hvar is the queen of the Croatian Dalmatian islands. Its fame goes back to antique times because of its important strategic and nautical position, rich history and culture, and natural landmarks.
Thanks to warm winters and pleasant summers, Hvar gets many guests, scientists and travelers coming to its shores who are attracted by its dense Mediterranean flora, rich traditions, beautiful architecture, and lively nightlife.
DAY 7: HVAR ISLAND HERITAGE EXPLORER WITH TRADITIONAL LUNCH – BRAČ ISLAND (YACHTING)
Making your way through Hvar’s landscapes, you will breathe the crystal-clean air, potent with the intoxicating scents of lavender, rosemary, lace, pines, and other mostly Mediterranean herbs, rarely found all in one place, with an aroma of constant intensity. Hvar island has a long lavender cultivation tradition, dating back to 1930.
A must see site on this tour is definitely Ager (Hora), a UNESCO-protected agricultural area dating back to Greek times, a masterpiece which has remained almost intact for 2400 years.
As a final stop on this tour will be visit to the local winery for a tasting of the best island’s wines and a traditional lunch at the local estate in the old once abandoned village VELO GRABLJE
DAY 8: JEEP SAFARI: FEEL AND TASTE BRAČ ISLAND (YACHTING)
Brač is still an undiscovered island, third-largest on Adriatic coast, and with the peak of Vidova Gora 778m the highest. It’s full of rustic small sea villages and bays, also old historical villages in the inner part. History is full of amazing details, because a lot of invaders cross this area through time, till now. So let us show you the real spirit and flavors of this area.
Start with Škrip, in the Olive Oil Museum where we will share with you the story of this island’s traditions and history. Next, we’ll drive to Vidova Gora, the highest point on Brač where you’ll enjoy the spectacular view of Bol and the surrounding islands. Then we will take you to visit the hidden monastery of Blaca and head towards the beautiful bay Smrka for a dose of swimming and relaxation.
For the end of this journey we will arrive at a local farm in Milna for lunch break that will be the perfect ending of an adventure to remember.
DAY 9: BRAČ – SPLIT (Disembark)
Welcome to Split, the second largest city in Croatia and the city that has it all: Roman ruins and grand museums alongside fashionable cafes and trendy shops. Without hiding their pride, the people of Split will tell you that their city is “the most beautiful one in the world and beyond”. Split will surely convince you of this as soon as you discover it!
Thanks to the age-old Diocletian Palace and other historic monuments, the city is on UNESCO’s World Heritage list since 1979. Many of the historic buildings are still standing even today. Because of this, a visit to Split is like time travelling into other dimensions.
Enjoy the afernoon at leisure in Split and discover this excting city.
DAY 10: DALMATIAN UNESCO GEMS TOUR: SPLIT – TROGIR – ŠIBENIK
On this private guided tour you’ll discover 3 UNESCO CITIES: Split, Šibenik and Trogir.
Split – Explore the city of Split and the palace built by Emperor Diocletian in the 3rd century. The beauty of our palace is found in the living breathing museum -as locals still live there.
Trogir – 2,300 years worth of exquisite, well-preserved historical Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture and artwork in this UNESCO Heritage town, influenced by the ancient Greeks, Romans and Venetians.
Šibenik – UNESCO heritage town set on a hill surrounded by four impressive heritage fortresses – and overlooking the glittering azure waters of the Adriatic – the ancient city dates back to 1066, offering a wealth of historic and cultural experiences.
DAY 11: DISCOVER THE BEST OF THE BEST – NP PLITVICE LAKES
SPLIT – PLITVICE LAKES – ZAGREB
If you had to visit only one place in Croatia this is certainly the Plitvice Lakes. Welcome to the most beautiful National Park in Europe! The most beautiful natural treasures await you in this park of a rare beauty. Halfway between Split and Zagreb is the most exciting place of Croatian hinterland – National Park Plitvice Lake, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many visitors think that its 16 lakes interconnected with about 90 spectacular waterfalls and framed by lush greenery might be the most beautiful place in the world. And we couldn’t agree more. Plitvice Lakes is the oldest and largest national park in the Republic of Croatia. With its exceptional natural beauty, this area has always attracted nature lovers, in 1949, it was proclaimed Croatia’s first national park. Plitvice Lakes were internationally recognized in 1979 with their inscription onto the UNESCO World Heritage List. Plitvice offers a delightful walk along miles of beautiful wooden footbridges and pathways. Walking along the crystalline lakes and besides magical waterfalls detoxes from any kind of restlessness or stress. The tranquility of the perfectly turquoise water, misty waterfalls, and bountiful shades of green are a mother’s nature’s finest wellness treatment.
DAY 12: ZAGREB HIGHLIGHTS EXPLORER & ZAGORJE WINE TASTING WITH TRADITIONAL LUNCH
Today we’ll start with the guided tour of Zagreb. Upper Town is a historic heart of Zagreb. Its narrow cobblestone streets guide you through Croatian history from medieval times to the glorious Austrian empire era. Some of the most prominent Upper Town sights are Lotršćak tower, St. Catherine’s baroque church, relaxing Strossmayer promenade overlooking the rooftops of Lower town and a Saint Mark’s Church, famous for its roof representing the coat of arms of the Tripartite Kingdom (Croatia, Dalmatia, and Slavonia).
After Zagreb sightseeing tour we are taking you to region of Zagorje. Located in the northern part of the country, the Hrvatsko zagorje region of Croatia is well known for its lovely green hills, numerous castles, thermal springs and some delicious, comforting home-made food. We will visit local winery for a lunch paired with one of the best local wines of the area. Overnight in Zagreb.
DAY 13: CROATIA, BYE, BYE!
Private transfer to the airport to catch your flight. Bon voyage!