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.

Visiting: SPLIT – ŠIBENIK – TROGIR – HVAR – PAKLENI ISLANDS – BLUE CAVE – VIS – KORČULA – DUBROVNIK

9 Day Private Journey for 2 – 8 Persons
Available from May through September

Day 1

Split

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

  • Arrival to Split, meeting with your chauffeur for a private transfer from Split Airport to your centrally situated hotel in Split
  • Meeting with your guide and a private walking tour of Old Town Split. Our knowledgeable local guide will take you into the Old Town and introduce to you the monumental Diocletian Palace built over 1700 years ago
  • After the tour you will have free time for individual exploration of Split and its lively Mediterranean spirit or you can just join the locals enjoying a cup of coffee on their much-beloved seaside promenade
  • Overnight in Split

 

Day 2

Split – Šibenik – Skradin

The largest part of this amazing river’s course is the national park, which in addition to its natural phenomena abounds with cultural and historical monuments. The most outstanding of these is the Franciscan monastery on the tiny island of Visovac, set in the middle of the lake widening in the river like a precious stone. Within the monastery, there is a picture gallery and a church, origins of which are traced back to the 14th century. In the middle of the canyon, upstream of the river, is an interesting Krka Orthodox monastery; while on the high ground above the river several old ruins sit. The old mills, which have been transformed into small ethnographic museums where one can see how wheat was ground in the olden days, are a popular attraction for visitors. Heritage interpreters are dressed in traditional folk costumes, which is particularly interesting and entertaining for children, who are frequent visitors of the park. However, the main attraction of Krka National Park lies in its seven waterfalls. The widest of these is Roški slap, although Skradinski Buk is the biggest and most well known.

Itinerary

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
  • Meet your chauffeur for a private transfer to Šibenik / Marina Mandalina and embarkation to your private chartered catamaran (optional stop for provisioning)
  • After familiarizing yourself with the boat, your skipper, and the route. You will sale to Skradin and Krka National Park where a private guide awaits you
  • Leaving the splendor of Krka waterfalls behind, continue on to the small village of Plastovo (transfers arranged) for a unique wine pairing gourmet experience at renowned local winery
  • Transfer arranged to your catamaran and overnight onboard

Day  3

Skradin – Trogir – Šolta

Although Solta is the closest island to Split, just 45 minutes by ferry, it remained a place of pristine natural beauty. With only 1,500 year-round residents, 24 bays and natural beauty, Solta is a place where you can find peace and tranquility wherever you wander. But the island is more than just a collection of sleepy villages. First mentioned by the Greeks as Olinta, for most of its history, Solta was a wealthy “province” of Split – whether it was the Roman Emperor Diocletian who had a “summer” home here as well as a private fish farm (!), or the wealthy Cindro and Cipiko families. The island is still famed for its olives, honey, and wine. Remains of Solta’s Roman, Gothic and other historical periods are everywhere, but you need to take the time to see behind the picturesque and charming to find them.

Even the simplest stone house and winding village road can be a surprising treat.  Stop and look closely at that graceful archway over a konoba (the ground floor room used for storage, wine-making and olive oil); a pair of gorgeous weather-washed blue wood window shutters; a hand-made iron door latch; the way the stone has been laid on the roof of a small outbuilding that was once used for donkeys and other livestock. Even when restored, the charming original details of these timeless homes never cease to give pleasure. It’s the perfect day trip from Split or Trogir to enjoy the groves and mill and then go for a swim before returning back to your hotel.

Itinerary

  • Sail towards Šolta and stop to admire the beauty of yeat another UNESCO Heritage site – Trogir
  • Trogir, a harmonious stone town on a small island that is connected to the mainland and the island of Čiovo by bridges. The old town is a treasure trove for lovers of art, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, Romanesque churches.It is called the town-museum which is visible in the famous portal of Trogir cathedral by the craftsman Radovan in 1240, a Renaissance city lodge, the thousand-year-old Monastery of sv. Nikola [St. Nicholas] which has the ancient famous relief of Kairos preserved in it from the 4th century BC

Optional

  • Private walking tour in Trogir
  • Dinner at a very special restaurant located in a historic castle in Maslinica on the island of Šolta’s west coast
  • Dine on haute Mediterranean cuisine

Day  4

Šolta – Hvar

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

Itinerary

  • Today you will be sailing towards Hvar, known as the sunniest island in Croatia, famous for its endless fields of lavender and rosemary, its beautiful coast and lovely historical towns
  • As the sun sets down, Hvar becomes alive with people; we recommend a cocktail at one of the numerous bars and terraces around the beautifully illuminated harbor
  • Experience the best party hotspot of Hvar on the terrace of a lively local bar . It offers chilled and relaxed atmosphere with different aperitifs and smooth jazz music or live bands. Elegant and well-dressed couples, as well as families, use It as an introduction for a delicious dinner in one of Hvar´s fabulous restaurants or as a start for a long and exciting party night
  • Overnight in Hvar

Day  5

Hvar – Pakleni Islands – Vis

Pakleni islands archipelago, a labyrinth of several smaller islands that offer perfect bays for swimming and snorkelling. The Paklinski Island group are situated in front of Hvar town and they tend to use like a large town park and town port breakwater. The group consists of Jerolim, Pokonji Dol, Galešnik, Marinkovac, Planikovac, Borovac, Stambedar, Dobri Otok, Gojca, Vlaka, Borovac, Parzanj, Travna, Mali Vodnjak,Veli Vodnjak Islets, Saint Klement Island, the biggest one, and a few cliffs.

Pakleni island with its many coves is a perfect place for famous people who want to hide from publicity and keep own privacy. Island group is covered with low vegetation, small bushes, and Aleppo pine. There you cannot find many pebble or sandy beaches but this interesting spot has beach chase, beach bean bag, or other kinds of beach chairs.

Entire Vinogradišće Bay has a sandy bottom and beautiful sea colour. In Vinogradišće, you could enjoy in narrow, not too long sandy beach with beach chairs. 50 meters distance from the sandy beach there is a small pebble beach. Behind restaurants, you can find many shady trails wich lead in different directions. Land and facility owners take care that everything remains in harmony with nature (and they expect from tourists the same). The same philosophy you will notice on the other spots on Paklinski islands – Marinkovac with isthmus Zdrilca (pebble beach), Vlaka bay and Soline (sandy beach).

Itinerary

  • Exploring the Paklinski Islands one cove at a time will make you believe that surprises are waiting around every corner, both above and beneath the surface!  Every cove is a microcosm, a wonder of nature, a story in itself
  • A stop in Palmižana bay for lunch at renowned restaurant
  • Overnight in Vis

Day 6

Vis

Vis is the furthest island of the central Dalmatian archipelago. It is especially well known for its cultural and historical heritage, but also for its natural beauties. Even the Greek writer Agatharchides in his scripts praised wines from Vis as being the best he had ever tasted, in comparison to other sorts he had tried. Their most autochthonous wine is most certainly Vugava which you can try in numerous restaurants and cellars all around the island. We recommend you try their autochthonous Viška pogača which will definitively go well with their wines. Vis is also known as one of “the forbidden islands” during the communistic era. It was the centre of Yugoslav navy and, therefore, was forbidden to tourists. Even today there are many hidden tunnels all around the island that testify to that fact. Some of them are now tourist attractions and others are used by the Croatian navy.

Itinerary

  • Our next destination is the island of Vis, which was, because of its unique geographical position, a strategic harbor for the navy and closed to the public until recently. Because of this isolation, Vis has a special charm of ‘the Mediterranean as it once was’ which makes it really interesting to see
  • Overnight in the town of Vis, situated on the northern side of the island, developed near the remains of the ancient Issa, first urban center in Croatia
  • If interested, visit the remains of the Roman thermal place, City museum or simply take a walk enjoying the views of the beautiful village rusticate situated along the waterfront
  • Why not visit the south coast of Vis island and the “Green Cave” , unique Stiniva bay, Porat beach and Budihovac islet
  • Cruise through the most beautiful part of Vis island and enjoy its in a unique atmosphere and natural attractions
  • Beside its natural beauty and mystique, Stiniva Bay is special for its characteristic tiny sea entrance between high monumental rocks. The Green Cave is the biggest sea cave of the Vis archipelago. It’s characteristic because of the sunbeam coming through a hole on the Cave’s top, spreading sparkling green light in the sea of the Cave. Budihovac islet is perfect place to lie in the sun and swim in peace

Day 7

Vis – Korčula

Korčula was first mentioned as early as the 10th c. in works of Byzantine historians under the name “Stone Town”. It flourished under the Venetian government and later on it spread around the town walls. But in spite of all that, it is still the most famous as the birthplace of Marco Polo who was probably born here in 1254, and reminders of him can be seen all around the town, including the extremely interesting Marco Polo Museum which is something you definitively don`t want to miss when visiting this beautiful Dalmatian town. Today it`s a town where you can vividly feel the Mediterranean spirit of people who live and work in this mixture of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture.

Itinerary

  • Explore the town of Korčula with its long history, ingenious building strategies, peculiar building layout and a legend of a great merchant traveler Marco Polo that was born and spent his childhood in the streets of Korcula
  • Overnight in Korčula

Optional

  • Private walking tour of Old Town Korcula with tasting of traditional cukarin cakes (Included: English speaking guide, cake tasting in Cukarin store)
  • Wine pairing experience with a menu tailor-made by boutique hotel restaurant chefs

Day 8

Korčula 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

  • Onward sail to Dubrovnik, disembark in the morning and transfer to your hotel in Dubrovnik
  • Meeting with your guide for a private walking tour of Dubrovnik
  • Wine tasting and food sampling in  Dubrovnik wine bar
  • Overnight in Dubrovnik

Day 9

Dubrovnik – Departure day!

Private transfer from your hotel to the airport.

 

This package includes:

  • ALL PRIVATE and ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDES AND DRIVERS
  • VAT TAX INCLUDED
  • 24hr concierge and in Croatia assistance
  • Private transfer from Split airport to Split hotel
  • 1 night in charming, boutique Split Hotel 4* , double room, BB basis
  • Private guided walking tour of Split (entrance fees included)
  • Private transfer from Split to Šibenik / Marina Mandalina for catamaran charter
  • Visit to Krka National Park and Skradinski Buk (entrance tickets, guide, and transfers included)
  • Unique wine pairing dinner at local winery
  • Private 7 days one – way catamaran charter  Split to Dubrovnik (skipper included), with end cleaning
  • Dinner at a local Hvar restaurant. Situated on the exclusive waterfront of Hvar Town,   renowned for its fresh seafood, outstanding wine and Champagne list, aquarium floor, and complete dining experience (three-course dinner, drinks not included)
  • Table reservation at lively local bar  (drinks not included)
  • Unique speed boat  excursion to the south coast of island Vis with a visit to the “Green Cave” unique Stiniva bay, Porat beach and Budihovac islet. Included: speed boat   transfer, skipper, fuel, VAT, insurance, safety gear, entrance fees (Not included in price: food/drink)
  • Private transfer from Dubrovnik marina to Dubrovnik hotel
  • Private guided tour of Dubrovnik with entrance fees (Rector’s Palace, Franciscan Monastery and City Walls)
  • Wine tasting and food sampling in Dubrovnik wine bar
  • 1 night in  Dubrovnik Hotel 5*, double room, BB basis

Optional:

  • Private walking tour in Trogir
  • Dinner at a very special restaurant located in a historic castle in Maslinica on the island of Šolta’s west coast. Dine on haute Mediterranean cuisine.
  • Lunch at well-known restaurant in Palmižana bay
  • Private walking tour of Old Town Korcula with tasting of traditional cukarin cakes (Included: English speaking guide, cake tasting in Cukarin store)
  • Wine pairing experience with a menu tailor-made by LD restaurants chefs

Package does not include:

  • Air fare, Insurance
  • Gratuities, Personal expenses
  • Transfers where not indicated

 

Private Charter & Custom Excursion Package – Split to Dubrovnik – 9 Days

  • Available from May through September
  • 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

 

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