DUBROVNIK – ELAPHITI ISLANDS – MLJET – STON – HVAR – SPLIT

6 Day Private Journey for 2 – 8 Persons Maximum
Available from April through October

Jewels of the Adriatic – Dubrovnik to Split – 6 Days

Seeing Croatia for the first time is a life changing experience. To visit time and again is to re-affirm life. Blessed with magnificent scenery and incredible history and enriched with folk traditions and delicious regional foods and wines, here is a region so divine that it has been named one of the best travel destinations in the world. Mediterranean, European, and Balkan influences have formed an ancient and distinctive culture throughout its pastoral countryside to its shimmering coastlines. Powerful mountain ranges have carved legacies in their midst while fairy tale castles and walled seaside villages stand as a testimony to its tumultuous past. Once the site of one of the bloodiest crossroads between Europe and Asia, it gained international recognition and independence in 1992 and today is a gorgeous and peaceful land that beckons passionate travelers from all over the globe. From its lush national parks teeming with flora and fauna and stunning waterfalls to its glistening chain of lavender and citrus scented islands in the sun drenched Adriatic Sea, this is truly one of the most beautiful spots on Earth. A journey to Croatia is a lovely and indelible memory that lives with you forever.

Day 1

Arrive in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a medieval city on the Croatian side of the Adriatic coastline and treasure trove of cultural, historical monuments that were created throughout its thousand-year existence. In the past, it was a City-Republic, and alongside Venice one of the most famous cultural-economic centres on the Mediterranean. In more recent times, it has become the centre of modern cultural and tourist events: a city of summer festivals – an international parade of top musical and theatrical achievements, a city of museums and galleries. These values have turned Dubrovnik into a place that offers a rich selection of various experiences and excitement, but also a complete holiday in a quiet and calming, mild Mediterranean ambience and wonderful seaside landscapes.

Itinerary

  • Arrival to Dubrovnik and a meeting with your driver for a private transfer to your hotel
    Time at leisure and an overnight

 

Day 2

Dubrovnik

Itinerary

  • Breakfast at the hotel and a meeting with your driver for a transfer to Pile Gate meeting point where your guide will take you for a walking city tour of Old Town Dubrovnik
  • Afternoon (or evening) meeting with your instructors at Pile Gate for a half day sea kayaking experience (starts beneath fort Lovrjenac in the small port called Pile)
  • Explore caves and beauties of Lokrum island, where you will have a break for snorkeling and sandwiches. Upon return, discover why easy paddling in kayaks beneath the old city walls

Optional

  • Dubrovnik Cable Car
  • Glide through the air on a scenic adventure. The Cable Car ride offers breathtaking views of the Old Town of Dubrovnik, stunning coastal sights, and magnificent sunsets. Once you reach the top, take your time and relax and enjoy the unique views of Dubrovnik and the Adriatic. Also, at the top, you will find the Top Station panoramic restaurant, which lies on the very edge of the hill. This gives guests magnificent views over the Old City of Dubrovnik, the island of Lokrum and the crystal clear blue Adriatic sea
  • Take the boat from a small harbor in Old Town (departs every 30 minutes and the boat ride lasts 10 minutes) to the nearby Lokrum Island and enjoy its botanical garden and olive groves
  • If a walk should ever be called “a walk in the park” it must be on Lokrum… Absolute bliss can be found here, and be sure to eat at the very nice restaurant in the monastery ruins after your walk, and visit the good bar close to the harbor where you can e.g sample local brandies. There are no problems finding your way
  • Return to the hotel for an overnight (TBC with the driver)

Day 3

Dubrovnik – Elaphiti Islands – Mljet – Dubrovnik

The sheer geographical position of the Elaphiti islands offers guests the perfect opportunity to island hop. These untouched islands are a wonder of nature and also provide an experience of true island life, Dalmatian style. Situated to the northwest of Dubrovnik this group of islands is made up of eight islands, the majority of which are uninhabited, and with this full day excursion, you will have the opportunity to visit three of them – Koločep, Šipan, and Lopud. Take a dip in the crystal clear seas, stroll in the shade of Mediterranean vegetation, explore quaint hamlets or simply indulge your taste buds with local cuisines, the choice is yours.

Island Sipan is the largest island in the group Elaphite archipelago. It was inhabited in prehistoric times. The interior of the island spread karst fields which, opening up to the east and west, create deep bays. On the shores of West Bay lies village Luka Šipanska, while on the eastern shores of the bay has developed a village called Suđurad. On the island of Sipan is a lot of private houses with apartments built in the style typical of this area.

Lopud Island is located northwest of Dubrovnik. It is the second largest of Elaphiti islands and is located between Sipan and Koloče. In the Middle Agesn it was named the Insula media ‘(Latin for Middle Island). Lopud Island is the most developed Elaphit. Popular sandy beach Šunj is often the destination of hikers and swimmers. At each step at the island various medieval fortresses and chapels merge, which illustrate the history of this island. Lopud island is peaceful and is suitable for holidays in silence among the cypress trees, palm trees.

Kolocep island is the closest to Dubrovnik. On the island there are two villages – Upper and Lower Forehead. Unlike most other islands in the Adriatic, Koločep is rich of fertile soil and water, and is full of lush vegetation. Since ancient times Koločep is known as an island of fishermen and coral, and today is the fishery area, specially rich in lobsters.

Island of Mljet is one of Croatia’s National Parks. It will take you just an hour and a half to get to this thin strip of land some 32 km long and never more than 3 km wide dramatically running parallel to the Pelješac peninsula.
The most visited part of the Island is the green and unspoiled west, where untouched Mediterranean vegetation and two saltwater lakes (Malo jezero – Small lake and Veliko jezero – Big Lake) provide the focus of the Mljet National Park. Both lakes are encircled by foot-and cycle paths.

Feel free to swim in the lakes. A boat from Veliko jezero will take you to a picturesque St. Mary’s Island, where you will be rewarded by a stunning view of the monastery established by the Benedictines in the 12th century.

Itinerary

  • Breakfast at the hotel and a meeting with your skipper for a day private excursion to Elaphiti islands and Mljet island
  • Attractive ride around old city walls and panoramic cruise of island of Lokrum
  • Snorkeling* in caves of the islands of Koločep and Šipan
  • Free time on Šipan (Suđurađ), walk around the small fishermen’s village
  • Adrenalin ride on a tuba
  • Free time on island Lopud, reserved for swimming and relaxing on sandy beaches (Snorkeling gear, lunch and tuba riding included in the price)
  • Return to the hotel for an overnight

 

Day 4

Dubrovnik – Ston – Hvar

Pelješac peninsula is known as one of the best wine-producing regions in Croatia. This tour allows you to sample the best local wines and enjoy the magnificent peninsula scenery and picturesque vineyards. You can start this tour with a visit to Ston, a town famous for its 5 km long defensive wall, the second largest in the world, right after the Chinese wall and finish in Mali Ston, the center of oyster production in Croatia.

The lavender island that Conde Nast’s signature travel magazine called “one of the “best 10 islands in the world”. A vacation on the lavender island of Hvar means extraordinary experiences every day – from visiting an ancient olive grove and learning about what Homer called “liquid gold”, taking a Jeep safari to discover hidden inland Hvar to exploring a castle, visiting the oldest theatre in Europe or tasting spectacular wine and local delicacies at an award-winning vineyard.
Cycling tours in Split and on any of the nearby islands of Brač, Solta, Hvar and Vis are available. Explore these great islands on a bike.

Itinerary

  • Meeting with your driver for a private transfer from Dubrovnik to Hvar Island with en route stop in Ston that has been known for its excellent wines since ancient times as well as oyster harvesting
  • Oyster harvesting experience with the local oyster and mussel producer and a traditional Dalmatian light lunch
  • Onward drive to Hvar and accommodation in your centrally situated hotel
  • Meeting with your driver/guide for the Hvar wine tour with dinner
  • Return to your hotel and an overnight Private transfer from Dubrovnik to Hvar in a modern, air-conditioned car.

Day 5

Hvar

Itinerary

  • Meeting with your skipper and a half day sailing trip around the Hvar archipelago
  • Return to Hvar, time at leisure and an overnight

Day 6

Hvar – Split – Departure day!

Olives, indigenous aromatic plants, brilliancy of white stone against the verdant vegetation and the towering mountain massif of Biokovo whose spurs reach all the way to the sea – yes, this is indeed an exceptional part of the country, and its beauty is made all the more enchanting by numerous historic events and monuments, and cultural manifestations. When, in the year 305, the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who ruled the entire world at that time, decided to build his leisure time abode – in which he intended to spend the rest of his life – he had no doubt as to exactly where build to it. In the very heart of Dalmatia, in the bay of Aspalathos (Split), well protected from the sea by the islands of the Split archipelago, and defended on its landward side by high mountains, Diocletian created a special point on the map of the Adriatic: the future city of Split.

Itinerary

  • Assistance with luggage and ferry tickets for a transfer from Hvar island to Split
  • Meeting with your guide for a walking city tour of Split (luggage will be safely stored)
  • After the tour, assistance with your luggage and transfer to Split Airport
  • Departure from Croatia

 

This package includes:

  • Private transfer from Dubrovnik Airport to Dubrovnik hotel in a modern, air-conditioned car
  • 3 nights in Hotel 5*, Junior Suite, sea view, BB basis
  • Private round trip transfer from your hotel to Pile Gate in a modern, air-conditioned car
  • English speaking guide (entrance tickets to Rector’s Palace, Franciscan Monastery and City Walls are included)
  • Sea kayaking tour (kayaking & snorkeling gear, waterproof barrels for personal things, instructors/guides, sandwiches & water, insurance)
  • Private transfer from Dubrovnik to Hvar with en route stop in Ston in a modern, air-conditioned car
  • Oyster harvesting experience with the local oyster and mussel producer and a traditional Dalmatian light lunch
  • Hvar wine tour with dinner – this sublime half-day program visits the most outstanding wineries on the island. After a tour of the cellars and production facilities, you’ll be invited to participate in a 4 course tasting paired with local food delicacies
  • 2 night in Hotel 4*, Junior Suite, BB basis
  • Half day sailing trip around Hvar archipelago (pick up, sailing boat Justin 10 or Fiumanka 33, skipper and refreshment (water, juice), tubes, snorkels)
  • Assistance and ferry tickets from Hvar to Split
  • Private walking tour of Old Town Split
  • Private transfer from Split hotel to Split Airport in a modern, air-conditioned car

Package does not include:

  • Meals and drinks not included in the cost
  • Additional excursions, Airfare, Travel Insurance, Gratuities, Personal Expenses

 

Jewels of the Adriatic – Dubrovnik to Split – 6 Days

  • Available from April through October
  • Private Journey for 2 – 8 Persons Maximum
  • Prices are based on number of passengers traveling and dates of travel
  • Hotels are not guaranteed until confirmed

 

If you are interested in booking this trip or would like more information, please fill out and submit this contact form. Someone will contact you within 24 hours:

Email:
info@adventurescroatia.com

Call us at:
800.818.8015 PST

Available from April through October