This 7-day itinerary covers the highlights of Classic Dalmatia, starting in Split and ending in the medieval cities of Dubrovnik, a Gem of the Croatian south. Croatian California. Heaven on Earth. There are many names for the same landscape – Neretva Valley. Embark with us in the exploration of this place of sun, sand, river, and the sea. And don’t forget to stop by and explore a bit, you might find some sunken treasure – literally.
Today, as your plane descends over Croatia, you will catch your first glimpse of the quintessentially Croatian the pearl of the Adriatic– Split. Upon arrival, your driver will meet you and take you to your hotel for check in. The rest of the day is at leisure.
In the afternoon you will have olive oil and wine pairing. Guided tasting of three authentic Dalmatian wines that pair perfectly with three Istrian extra virgin olive oils. The wines and olive oils are paired with fleur de sel, aged red wine vinegar, freshly baked bread from our oven, cow and mixed
milk cheese, anchovies on honey dipped cottage cheese, dry fig jam and homemade tapenade. This is an offer for wine connoisseurs looking to enrich their wine experiences with tastes and fragrances of olive oil. Overnight in the hotel. (B)
Free time until afternoon when your driver and guide will take you a short distance outside of Split to Trogir – a treasury of cultural and historical monuments dating as far back as the 4th Century BC. Set on a small island just off the mainland, Trogir was first settled by the ancient Greeks, before falling under the Romans and later the Byzantines. Destroyed by the Saracens and abandoned in the 12th Century, thanks to its strategic location the town was soon revived and became an artistic and cultural center under the Austro-Hungarians and later the Venetians
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Old Town Trogir is surrounded by a fortress wall with two gates and is connected to the mainland by a bridge. Your guide will show you the Gradska loza (the Old City Hall) from the 15th Century, the city walls, and the Kamerlengo Castle, which was once the residence of the Venetian governor. On the sea-side of the island, you may see the Sea Gate, which was built in the 16th Century, and the nearby old fish market, located in an open loggia, surrounded by a colonnade.
After sightings we are moving forward for lunch in local restaurant.
After lunch we are going on wine tasting tour in Kaštela near Trogir. Discover the diverse flavors of Dalmatia and its regions through wine. Taste your way through the coastal Dalmatian and the hinterland through a three estate-grown wines served with a small appetizer pairing. Overnight in the hotel. (B)
After breakfast, your driver will take you to Split center where you’ll meet your captain and start an island-hopping tour by boat that covers all the highlights of the area. Enjoy visiting the unique Blue Cave, swimming in Stiniva Cove, snorkeling in the lagoon of the Budikovac Island, lounging in one of the bars on Pakleni Islands and exploring the old town of Hvar.
Make the most of your time here, wander the streets of Hvar, perhaps even stop at one of the local restaurants to taste some exquisite food. You will return to Split late in the afternoon and enjoy a short ride to your hotel. Overnight in the hotel.
Following breakfast, check out and meet our tour guide at hotel lobby. Afterwards 1,5 hours bus transfer toward Dubrovnik, stopping in Neretva Valley for 1 hour Photo safari tour. Board a traditional Neretva boat and get the first impressions of its beauties in an hour-long ride. Along with seeing the untouched beauties of nature, you can swim and taste local cuisine. Come mid-afternoon, travel further south to Dubrovnik, settling into your hotel before taking the rest of the afternoon to wander its historic center on your own. Arrival at hotel, check in. Overnight at your hotel. (B)
After breakfast, your driver will take you to Dubrovnik old town where you’ll meet your guide. Often referred to as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik is a world-renowned city of exceptional charm. Take some time to explore its 16th-century stone walls, including the Minceta, Lovrijenac and Revelin fortresses, visit Onofrio’s Fountain and the Church of Saint Blaise (St. Vlaho), and stroll along the limestone-paved Stradun, Dubrovnik’s main street to get your bearings.Dubrovnik also offers excellent nightlife and some of Croatia’s best restaurants and wine bars. In the late afternoon, hop aboard a cable car and ride to the top of Srđ Mountain for stunning views of Dubrovnik and the nearby Elafiti Islands. For some exercise, you can walk back down the hill while enjoying views of the city below. Overnight in the hotel.(B)
After breakfast, it’s time to explore one of the 8 national parks in Croatia. National park Mljet is situated on the island of Mljet. Since the national park is on the island the only possible way to get there is by boat. Once you are there, meet with your guide and start with a two-hour private tour of national park. If you love unspoiled nature, woods and crystal clear sea this is place to be.
Discover local food and enjoy in lunch and local wines. Relax at a beach bar or enjoy one last swim before the journey back to Dubrovnik. Return to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in the hotel.
Depending on when you depart, you may have time to visit one of Dubrovnik’s museums, like the Franciscan Monastery and Museum. This large complex houses many treasures, including the world’s third oldest pharmacy dating from 1317. Alternatively, for a collection of 15,000 pieces of interesting works, visit the Rector’s Palace and Cultural Historical Museum. Wander this well-preserved palace-turned-museum and explore its