Autumn in Croatia 2018

9 Day Croatia Discovery Tour

Small Group (6 – 12 people)

September 30 – October 8, 2017

Visiting: DUBROVNIK – STON – HVAR – OMIŠ – SPLIT – PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK – ZAGREB 

 

Visiting Croatia for the first time is a life changing experience. To visit time and again is to reaffirm 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. This gorgeous and peaceful land gained independence in 1990’s and 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 this culturally rich area is a lovely and indelible memory that lives with you forever.

 

 

Day 1   –  September 30      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 centers on the Mediterranean. In more recent times, it has become the center 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 ambiance and wonderful seaside landscapes.

Itinerary:

  • Arrival to Dubrovnik  and a private transfer to your hotel
  • Time at leisure and an overnight in Dubrovnik

 

Day 2   –   October 1     Dubrovnik

Stradun – the main street of Dubrovnik where everyone’s walked and also the busiest street where you stroll over marble tiles. Stradun is a great place for everyone where all the shopping can be done, cafes and restaurants are in the streets and many wonderful shops.

Onofrio’s Fountain – this drinking fountain is located just at the beginning of Stradun, the main street of the old town. The structure was named after its builder, the Italian Onofrio de la Cava, dates from 1440 and includes 16 sides. The concept is part of the water supply system of the city and brings water from the well in Rijeka Dubrovacka, at more than 20 km away, to the heart of the city. Before that this interest was, therefore, more than a masterpiece of architectural sophistication. Originally the fountain was decorated with a sculpture, which was destroyed in the earthquake of 1667, the Remaining 16 stone masks from which the water flows into a lake.

The Clock Tower was built in the 15th Century right at the other end of the Placa (main thoroughfare) and represented alongside nearby buildings a free city state. The tower is approximately 31 meters in height and built by Grubacevic, Utisenovic and Radoncic, local masters. Following an earthquake, the structure of the Clock Tower lost its structure and then started to lean. In order for it not to fall the Clock Tower was rebuilt in 1929.

Orlando’s column was Built in 1418, then it was the focal point of the city and Government ordinances and punishment carried out. A flag flies above the statue with the ‘Libertas’ motto.
The medieval cult of Orlando (Roland) started here in the 12th century based upon the epic poem ‘Song of Roland’

Itinerary:

  • Breakfast at the hotel and morning at leisure
  • OPTIONAL: Meeting with your instructors at Pile Gate for a half day group 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. WEATHER PERMITTING
  • Private transfer from your hotel to the lower station of Cable Car to Mt. Srđ
  • Take the Dubrovnik Cable Car and reach a unique viewpoint above the city.
    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 Homeland War Museum and take a short visit
  • Walk down the hill to a local Konoba for a farewell dinner (drinks not included)
  • Private transfer back to your hotel , time at leisure and an overnight in Dubrovnik

 

Day 3   –   October 2     Dubrovnik – Ston – Hvar

The Walls of Ston are a series of defensive stone walls, originally more than 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) long, that surrounded and protected the city of Ston, in Dalmatia, part of the Republic of Ragusa, in what is now southern Croatia. The Walls of Ston were known as the “European wall of China”.

Despite being well protected by massive city walls, the Republic of Ragusa used Pelješac to build another line of defence. At its narrowest point, just before it joins the mainland, a wall was built from Ston to Mali Ston. Throughout the era of the Republic, the walls were maintained and renovated once they meant to protect the precious salt pans that contributed to Dubrovnik’s wealth, which are still being worked today.

Demolition work began on the walls following the fall of the Republic. Later the Austrian authorities took materials away from the wall to build schools and community buildings, and also for a triumphal arch on the occasion of the visit by the Austrian Emperor in 1884. The wall around Mali Ston was demolished with the excuse that it was damaging the health of the people. The demolition was halted after World War II.

The wall, today 5.5 kilometre long wall links Ston to Mali Ston, and is in the shape of an irregular pentangle. It was completed in the 15th century, along with its 40 towers (20 of which have survived) and 5 fortresses. Within, three streets were laid from north to south and three others from east to west. Thus, fifteen equal blocks were formed with 10 houses in each. Residential buildings around the edges. The Gothic Republic Chancellery and the Bishop’s Palace are outstanding among the public buildings.

The main streets are 6 m wide (except the southern street which is 8 m wide) and the side streets are 2 m wide. The town was entered by two city gates: the Field Gate (Poljska vrata) has a Latin inscription and dates from 1506. The centres of the system are the fortress Veliki kaštio in Ston, Koruna in Mali Ston and the fortress on Podzvizd hill (224 m). Noted artist who work on the walls project are Michelozzo, Bernardino Gattiof Parma and Giorgio da Sebenico (Juraj Dalmatinac).  The city plan of Dubrovnik was used as a model for Ston, but since Ston was built on prepared terrain, that model was more closely followed than Dubrovnik itself. In terms of infrastructure like water mains and sewers built in 1581, Ston was remarkably unique in Europe.    

Itinerary:

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
  • Meet your driver for a private transfer from Dubrovnik  to Hvar via Pelješac peninsula with en route stop in Ston (a visit to Ston walls included)
  • Stop in Mali Ston or Hodilje for oyster harvesting experience and a traditional lunch prepared with local mussels and shells
  • Onward drive to Hvar and accommodation in your hotel
  • Enjoy a local, traditional dinner experience at an abandoned village
  • Return to the hotel for an overnight in Hvar

 

Day 4    –   October 3     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 ride 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.

St.Stephen’s SquareThe centre of town is this rectangular square, which was formed by filling in an inlet that once stretched out from the bay. At 4500 sq metres, it’s one of the largest old squares in Dalmatia. The town first developed in the 13th century to the north of the square and later spread south in the 15th century. Notice the well at the square’s northern end, which was built in 1520 and has a wrought-iron grill dating from 1780.

Cathedral of St Stephen  – The cathedral forms a stunning backdrop to the square. The bell tower rises four levels, each more elaborate than the last. The cathedral was built in the 16th and 17th centuries at the height of the Dalmatian Renaissance on the site of a cathedral destroyed by the Turks. Parts of the older cathedral are visible in the nave and in the carved 15thcentury choir stalls.

Renaissance Theater  – Built in 1612, this theatre is reportedly the first theatre in Europe open to plebeians and aristocrats alike. It remained a regional cultural centre throughout the centuries. Plays were still staged here right up until 2008. Although much of the theatre is still under renovation, you can wander around the atmospheric interior and take in the faded frescoes and baroque loggias.

Franciscan Monastery & Museum – This 15th-century monastery overlooks a shady cove. The elegant bell tower was built in the 16th century by a well-known family of stonemasons from Korčula. The Renaissance cloister leads to a refectory containing lace, coins, nautical charts and valuable documents, such as an edition of Ptolemy’s Atlas, printed in 1524.

Your eye will immediately be struck by The Last Supper , an 8m by 2.5m work by the Venetian Matteo Ingoli dating from the end of the 16th century. The cypress in the cloister garden is said to be more than 300 years old. The adjoining church, named Our Lady of Charity, contains more fine paintings such as the three polyptychs created by Francesco da Santacroce in 1583, which represent the summit of this painter’s work.

Fortica – Through the network of tiny streets northwest of St Stephen’s Square, climb up through a park to the citadel built on the site of a medieval castle to defend the town from the Turks. The Venetians strengthened it in 1557 and then the Austrians renovated it in the 19th century by adding barracks. Inside is a tiny collection of ancient amphorae recovered from the seabed. The view over the harbour is magnificent, and there’s a lovely cafe at the top.

ArsenalOn the southern side of St Stephen’s Square, the Arsenal was built in 1611 to replace a building destroyed by the Ottomans. Mentioned in Venetian documents as ‘the most beautiful and the most useful building in the whole of Dalmatia’, the Arsenal once served as a repair and refitting station for war galleons.

Itinerary:

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Meet your guide in the morning to depart on a special wine tasting tour of Hvar. Taste Croatia’s first and only wines that won the Paris World Wine Contest and the Decanter World Wine Awards in London! Our Taste of Hvar, the island of wine tour introduces you to two of Croatia’s most distinguished winemakers, including wine tastings.
  • Return to Hvar town for time at leisure and a dinner on your own
  • OPTIONAL: boat taxi to Pakleni islands
  • OPTIONAL: private walking tour of Hvar town
  • Overnight in Hvar

 

Day 5   –   October 4     Hvar – 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. 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.

There’s no doubt Diocletian’s Palace is the top must-see attraction in Croatia’s second biggest city –Split. This UNESCO protected World Heritage Site is actually the heart of the whole city – almost two thousand years old, the enormous palace exists today as a ”living monument” – meaning it’s dotted with quaint shops, galleries, cafes, restaurants and people actually live and work within its old walls. And that’s what makes it really special – it’s an ancient Roman palace absolutely integrated into the everyday life and doings of Split and its people.

The Riva, a marble-white and palm-lined connection of Split and the Adriatic is everyone’s favorite spot for socializing, coffee-drinking or just idle sitting on one of the comfy benches which face the sea. Riva is full of life throughout the day, especially during the summer, and you’ll always find people strolling along or sitting in one of the cafes. So, if you want to get a feeling of the local everyday ”buzz” be sure to grab your spot and you’ll soon experience first hand how important and irresistible is the coffee culture in Croatia.

Marjan hill, often referred to as the ”green lungs of the city”, is a big forest park located close to the city center and fully equipped with walking, hiking and jogging trails. It’s a great choice for everyone who prefers less-crowded, wild beaches

and thick pine tree shade. Moreover, if you’re looking for a picture-taking paradise, Marjan is your place! It offers stunning views of both Split and the surrounding islands. Marjan also hides some interesting historical sights such as old Jewish cemetery and 15th century monasteries which are actually built into the hill.

And finally, maybe not the most important but certainly the yummiest must-do activity of all – food! 😉 Split, especially its Old Town, is literally dotted with colorful food stalls, konoba (a type of traditional Dalmatian tavern) and quaint little restaurants. Don’t miss local delicacies, such as fish prepared na gradele and pašticada. Street food culture in Split is also pretty strong and you can never go hungry since there’s always some inviting bite-sized treat waiting for you around the corner.

Itinerary:

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
  • Assistance with your luggage to Hvar Port
  • Fast ferry from Hvar to Split
  • Upon arrival to Split assistance with luggage and accommodation in your hotel
  • Meeting with your guide for an Exclusive Adventures Croatia private walking tour of Old Town Split. This tour will highlight the local customs and traditions related to food making. This tour Split will show you places of historical importance, take you to the places of beaten path and give you the opportunity to taste local food.
  • Time at leisure and an overnight in Split

 

Day 6   –   October 5     Split – Omis – Split

Omis is a small town and harbor in Central Dalmatian located between Split and Makarska, situated in the mouth of the Cetina river and surrounded with massive gorges. In the past Omis was notorious becuse of the pirates of Omis whose ships were a centuries-long symbol of retaliation, courage and strength. The evidences of proud and turbulent Omis history can be found on every corner of the Omis Riviera. Omis churches and Omis fortresses are silent stone reminders of the power and the might of infamous Omis pirates. Today, Omis is one of the most beautiful places on Croatia’s Adriatic Coast. Thousands of years the Cetina River has been flowing persistently through the canyon, creating magical shapes in its bed. Crystal clear and pleasant for swimming, Cetina River today represents the genuine experience of the intact nature with its 180 meters high cliffs, wild rapids, basins, lakes and subterranean tunnels.

A full 3 hours of pure fun and a healthy dose of adrenalin to satisfiy even the most demanding thrill junkies.

Zipline is an adrenaline activity where guests descend through the canyon down the steel rope, secured with a belt. Adventure also includes training and a short walk in nature. Zipline is located 3 km from Omiš, in the canyon of the Cetina River and consists of eight wires with a total length of 2100m. Depending on the size of the group you will experience an unforgettable three hours of fun and beautiful nature. Each group is followed by two guides.

Before the beginning, the group goes to the training ground and each guest receives equipment. There are two short cables, length 25m, where guides show you how to brake and act on the cable. Follows a short walk to the first cable, during which you can enjoy in almost untouched nature and a beautiful views of the canyon of the Cetina river. Before each cable, one of the guides attaches you and gives you instructions. On the other side there is another guide who descended first and who will get you off the cable. In this way, you will pass all of the eight cables.

Rafting on the Cetina river is the most popular and most attended adventurous trip in Dalmatia. The three to four-hour long rafting trip takes you down a 12 kilometre long part of the Cetina course. Starting from the village of Penšići, the rafting route passes through an unforgettable scenery of impressive cliffs, playful waterfalls and numerous rapids and ends at the excursion site of Radmanove Mlinice (the family Radman Mills), where you can take a rest and enjoy the amazing natural ambience of fresh air and a unique scenery, so different from the nearby Adriatic coast.

Itinerary:

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Meeting with your driver for a private transfer to Omiš.
  • Choose one: OPTION A: Your instructors/guides will take you zipping your way across the magnificent Cetina River 150 meters above the canyon suspended by a wire! We have 8 wires running a total of 2100 meters.  The highest one is 150 meters above the river canyon.  The views from up here are incredible—a bird’s eye experience of some of the most magnificent nature in Croatia and the nearby seaside village of Omis is the perfect ending to an amazing day!
  • or OPTION B: Meeting with your instructors in Omiš and a drive to the meeting point for a rafting adventure down a 12 kilometre long part of the Cetina course
  • The experience ends in Radman Mills restaurant where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the traditional three course lunch (drinks are not included)
  • Return boat ride from the restaurant to Omiš
  • Upon arrival to Omiš, explore the town briefly accommpanied by an English speaking guide
  • Return drive to Split (meeting point TBC with the driver) , time at leisure and an overnight in Split

 

Day 7    –   October 6     Split – Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park is Croatia’s best known national park and the only one of eight that is listed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage sites. The main attractions of this park,  are the 16 small lakes joined by waterfalls created by the sedimentation of travertine, a special type of limestone. This national park encompasses the source of the river Korana, located in the area surrounded by dense forests of beech, fir and spruce. There are also several caves in the park, as well as springs and flowering meadows. The brown bear stands out as one of many protected animal species. The popularity of this park is also boosted by the special means of transport used to ferry visitors around: the panoramic electric trains and the noiseless electro-powered boats. By a network of paths, visitors can get around and access the numerous waterfalls and the rocky lake shores easily.

Itinerary:

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
  • Meeting with your driver for a private transfer from Split to Plitvice Lakes
  • for a guided visit to the national park
  • The oldest (since 1949) and largest (294,82 km2) National park in Croatia. The only National park in Croatia on the UNESCO’s list of protected natural and cultural heritage (for almost 30 years). The riches of sixteen wonderful interlinked azurel-green coloured crystalline lakes. The constant formation of the barrier modeled the appearance of the lakes today, and is the main feature of the National park. The water of Plitvice Lakes is prime category drinking water (a rarity in Croatia).
  • Walking along the forest trails, across the wooden bridges; ride on the electric boat and the panoramic tour bus.
  • Final transfer to your accommodation, time at leisure (dinner on your own)  and an overnight in Plitvice Lakes area

 

Day 8   –   October 7     Plitvice Lakes National Park – Zagreb

Unveil the secrets behind the old facades, discover the hidden courtyards and revive the stories from the past. We’ll give you a completely new perspective of the Zagreb City. Walking tour of Zagreb starts with the main square Ban Jelačić, Cathedral, Tkalčićeva street, the Stone Gate, Upper Town, historical centre of the city, St. Mark’s Church with the famed multi-coloured roof.  Using  funicular, close to the Lotrščak Tower, you can go down to the Lower town to see a part of famous Ilica street, the Croatian National Theatre, University and more

The Cathedral of the Assumption dominates  Kaptol, its glowing towers you see off in the distance is the most immediately recognisable and commanding feature in town. It is an ornate and impressive wonder of neo-Gothic artistry. The cathedral was founded in 1093, heavily damaged in 1242 after various sieges by the Tartars, then again in 1625 after wave of fires. But the bad luck goes on, in 1880 it was seriously damaged during an eartquake. In 1990 exterior renovations set in motion to battle against the wearing affects of time. Just up from the main square (Trg bana J. Jelacica) by the stairs you will find the colourful Dolac market. To the back of the market square there are the touristy stalls which sell souvenirs. But actually the market itself is for the locals to buy fresh produce. Downstairs you will find the meat etc. sections.

St.Mark’s Church – In the highest area of historic Zagreb this church is characterized by its roof with red, blue and white representing the coat of arms of Zagreb. The building was constructed by Venetian masters, even the baroque bell tower is an addition of the seventeenth century. Inside there are Gothic vaults and a choir designed by Ivan Mestrovic. The square where it is situated is a symbol of political life, because here are the locations of the Sabor (Parliament), neoclassical building, and the Croatian government.

Stone Gate – Only one of the city’s four gates, the eastern one, has been preserved and this leads to the Gradec neighbourhood. Apart from being practical, it’s also surrounded by a legend which is very important to Zagreb’s citizens who are very devout. According to this legend, the great fire of 1731 destroyed nearly all of the wooden door except for a painting of the Virgin and Child by an unknown 17th century artist. People thought that it was a magical or a miraculous painting and since then, they have come to the site to pray and make offerings. On the inside of the doors on the wall, they have used the space as a chapel with benches for the people to pray before the image locked behind iron bars and surrounded by candles and flowers.

Lower Town  -Parks – Maksimir Park & Zagreb Zoo, (tram #7 if you are coming from the Central Bus Station or trams #11 and #12 from the main square or the #4 of your coming from the railway station). The biggest park in Zagreb. Great place to chill out, drink coffee, eat lunch (picnic or at the park’s restaurant) or take nice long walks through the forest or by the small lakes. Good for joggers, cyclists, also child and dog friendly. Offers lake rowing. The 85-year old ZOO now also has red pandas and a variety of animals living in questionable conditions.

Other city parks are connected in the “Lenuci Horseshoe”, an unfinished project of combining small green squares and parks at the core of the center of the town.

Zrinjevac Park, (just south – east of the main square). the park of the Academy (connecting the Zrinjevac and Tomislav parks). King Tomislav square, (south of Zrinjevac, just outside the main Train Station). Botanical Gardens, (south of the K. Tomislav Square, near the Hotel Esplanade). Mažuranić square. Square of Maršal Tito, (the green square sorrounding the National Theatre).

Itinerary:

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
  • Private transfer from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb and accommodation in your centrally situated hotel
  • Meeting with your guide for a private walking tour of Zagreb with a visit to Museum
  • Time at leisure to explore the city on your own, enjoy a drink or dinner in one of the many restaurants (on your own)
  • Overnight in Zagreb

 

Day 9    –   October 8     Zagreb

Itinerary:

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
  • Meeting with your driver for a private transfer from to Zagreb Airport
  • Departure flight

 

Pre-Trip Suggestion A:

Day 0   –    September 29     Dubrovnik

Itinerary:

  • Arrival to Dubrovnik and a private transfer from Dubrovnik Airport to your hotel
  • Time at leisure and an overnight in Dubrovnik

 

Day 0    –   Septmeber 29     Dubrovnik  –  Montenegro Day Trip

Visit Montenegro on a day trip from Dubrovnik, and discover the delights of the tiny country that’s said to be one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. With a population of a bigger European’s city suburb (650.000), Montenegro is an enchanting little country full of extreme geographical diversities. Great mountains with snow peaks, steep fiord-like hills almost vertically diving into the Adriatic sea, mountain lakes full of fish, mystical monasteries carved in the solid rock, sandy and sunny beaches that go on for miles alongside the coast….that is all Montenegro.

The Montenegrin Adriatic coast is 295 km long, with 72 km of beaches, and with many well-preserved ancient old towns. The main attractions along the north coast are: The old Town of Herceg Novi, The old town of Kotor  – listed with UNESCO world heritage sites, Boka Kotorska (Bay of Kotor), with the ancient small town of Perast, The old town of Budva – a well preserved old town,  Sveti Stefan –  a small island hamlet turned into a luxury hotel etc.

Itinerary:

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • We start our tour from Dubrovnik driving south alongside Adriatic coast passing cities of Cavtat and Konavle region and soon cross the border to Montenegro (do not forget your passports). We are driving alongside the Kotor bay (Europe’s most southern fiord)passing the cities Igalo, Herceg Novi (two great Turkish, later Venetian fortresses), and finally reach the city of Kotor, nested in the very bottom of Kotor bay surrounded by formidable verticals of neighboring mountains.
  • Hotel pick-up 
  • Drive to Budva with a panoramic stop and ferry ride 
  • Free time in Budva 
  • Drive to Kotor 
  • City tour and free time in Kotor
  • Drive from Kotor to Dubrovnik with a panoramic stop

 

Day 0   –   September 29     Dubrovnik  –  Elaphite Islands day trip

 

The sheer geographical position of the Elaphite 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 north-west 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.

Itinerary:

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Departure from the Gruž port
  • Free time on the island of Koločep
  • Free time on the island of Šipan and lunch
  • Free time on the island of Lopud
  • Return arrival to the Gruž port

 

Pre-Trip Suggestion B:

Day 0   –    September 29     Dubrovnik

Itinerary:

  • Arrival to Dubrovnik and a private transfer from Dubrovnik Airport to your hotel
  • Time at leisure and an overnight in Dubrovnik

 

Day 0   –    September 29     Dubrovnik –    Day trip to Mostar

Mostar - Adventures Croatia - By Land & By Sea

 

Mostar  is situated on the Neretva river and is the fifth-largest city in the country. It was named after the bridge keepers (natively: mostari) who in the medieval times guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the Neretva. The Old Bridge, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most recognizable landmarks, and is considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans.

After picking you up at the pre-arranged meeting point, you’ll begin your journey with a drive to Bosnia and Herzegovina. On your way to the ancient Ottoman city of Mostar we will stop for a coffee break at the walled town of Počitelj,  a UNESCO World Heritage site. In Mostar our local tour guide introduces us to the great history of this city known as “the window to the Orient”. We’ll  visit the Old Bazaar, full of picturesque shops and craft workshops, and the Mosque.  After this, we’ll enjoy a walk along the famous Turkish bridge from the 16thC and you’ll  have lots of free time for exciting shopping and the opportunity to taste authentic Bosnian specialties like cevapi, pita or burek.  Then it’s off to experience the beauty of Bosnia and Herzegovina on our way to our final destination, one of the most-visited pilgrimage centers in all of Europe – Medjugorje. For believers and those who are looking for spiritual renewal, the most  compelling site here is the Mount of Appearance where Virgin Mary is reported to have appeared to children in 1981 for the first time. Our  tour guide will help you understand and appreciate why this place of peace and compassion has become such a world-wide destination for pilgrims. As an option, you may also enjoy some wonderful swimming in nearby Kravice waterfalls. After this beautiful experience we return to Split.

Itinerary:

  • Breakfast at the hotel and meeting with your group for a full day group excursion to Mostar
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Drive to Pocitelj with a comfort stop
  • A short stop in Pocitelj
  • Drive from Pocitelj to Mostar
  • City tour of Mostar and free time
  • Drive from Mostar to Dubrovnik

 

Day 0   –   September 29     Dubrovnik –    Rural “Insiders” Cooking Experience

Agritourism offers the visitors an opportunity to familiarize themselves with agricultural areas, rural farm activities, local products, traditional cuisine and the daily lives of the local inhabitants. Dubrovnik visitors can experience cultural elements of the region, while showing respect for the environment and tradition. Other than for entertainment purposes, Agritourism also brings the visitor closer to nature and rural farming activities, which the visitor can then participate in and experience the joys of adventure, discovering and learning.

Obtaining the necessary ingredients and preparing traditional meals, dishes and refreshments with help of the hostess of the house, listening to stories about the people and the land during dinner is what awaits you.

Itinerary:

  • Breakfast at the hotel and meeting with your driver for a half day cooking class in Konavle  area with a traditional lunch
  • Learn how to prepare homemade food the same way as our ancestors did centuries ago. After meeting in Dubrovnik we’ll drive along amazing coastline stopping on several panoramic points to take unique photos of Dubrovnik and surrounding, with a visit to an old flour mill or an olive press instead.
  • Upon arrival to a typical rural villa, welcome drinks and snacks will be served. You may pick fresh vegetables for your cooking lesson straight from our garden! Depending on the season, you’ll prepare meals like “sac” – lamb or veal cooked under the iron bell; “Zelena menestra”– green cabbage with dry meat; skewers on laurel sticks; smoked bacon and goat cheese… Prepare your meal over the open fire, dig your fingers into fresh dough, taste some olive oil and blend it in rural ambience to get the true feeling of Dubrovnik countryside. This tour is created to present local ambience and authentic feeling of a life in the village. 
  • Return transfer to your hotel and an overnight in Dubrovnik

 

Autumn in Croatia, September 30 – October 8, 2018, based on 6- 12 people, package includes:
  • ALL PRIVATE and ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDES AND DRIVERS
  • VAT TAX INCLUDED
  • 24hr concierge and in Croatia assistance
  • Private transfer from Dubrovnik Airport to your hotel in a modern, air-conditioned car
  • 2 nights in a 4* hotel in Dubrovnik , double/twin room, BB basis
  • Private round trip transfer from the hotel to Old Town Dubrovnik and from Konoba Dubrava back to your hotel in a modern, air-conditioned van
  • English speaking guide for the private walking tour of Old Town Dubrovnik (entrance fees not included)
  • One-way tickets for Dubrovnik Cable Car
  • Three course dinner in Konoba Dubrava (drinks not included)
  • English speaking tourleader throughout with covered expenses
  • Private transfer from Dubrovnik to Hvar via Pelješac peninsula with en route stop in Ston (Ston Walls tickets included) in a modern, air-conditioned van
  • Stop in Mali Ston or Hodilje for oyster harvesting experience and a traditional lunch prepared with local mussels and shells
  • The abandoned ethno – eco village tour (Included: pick up, guide/driver, car transfer, dinner with wine in abandoned village)
  • 2 nights in a 4* hotel in Hvar, double/twin room, BB basis
  • Hvar wine tasting – Included: pick up, guide/driver, car transfer, wine tasting. NOTE: Hvar wine tasting tour includes one winery. You will have the opportunity to taste 4 – 5 different wines together with a specific wine guide, who will describe the individual wines and provide all information needed with islands finest local appetisers.
  • Fast ferry tickets from Hvar to Split with luggage assistance
  • Exclusive Adventures Croatia Taste of Split – long tour (approx 5 hours) Included: Walking tour Split, English speaking tour guide, insurance, pick up & drop off, meal in each food stop (1st stop – prosciutto & cheese and bread, 2nd stop – olive oil tasting, 3rd stop – a starter dish/salad, 4th stop – entrée dish, rakija tasting – 3 different rakija in 2 bars)
  • 2 nights in a 4* hotel in Split , double/twin room, BB basis
  • Private round trip transfers from Split to Omiš
  • Choose one: OPTION A: Zipline adventure in the outback of Omiš area 
  • or OPTION B: Rafting on the Cetina river
  • A  lunch in a traditional restaurant in Omis (drinks not included)
  • Boat ride from restaurant to Omiš city center and a walking tour of Omiš
  • Private transfer from Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park  in a modern, air-conditioned van
  • Entrance fees to Plitvice Lakes National Park and a guided visit
  • 1 night in a 4* hotel in Plitvice Lakes area, double/twin room, BB basis
  • Private transfer from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb  in a modern, air-conditioned van
  • Private walking tour of Zagreb with a visit to Museum (entrance fee included)
  • 1 night in a 4* hotel in Zagreb , double/twin room, BB basis
  • Private transfer from Zagreb to Zagreb Airport upon departure in a modern, air-conditioned car 

 

OPTIONAL:

  • Group sea kayaking tour (kayaking & snorkeling gear,  waterproof barrels for personal things, instructors/guides, sandwiches & water, insurance)
  • Speed boat taxi to Pakleni islands from Hvar
  • Private walking tour of Hvar town

 

Program does not include:  

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above 
  • Airfare, Travel Insurance 
  • Additional excursions and / or services not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses (internet, telephone, mini bar etc.)
  • Tips and porterage services

 

Dates and Details:

Prices are based on number of passengers traveling and dates of travel

Hotels and services as listed are not guaranteed until confirmed