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Adventures Croatia Familiarity Trip – April 2021

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8 Day EXCLUSIVE Adventures Croatia Familiarity Trip

Visiting: ZAGREB – PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK – ZADAR – SIBENIK – TROGIR – SPLIT – HVAR – DUBROVNIK

April 16 – 23, 2021

For Qualified Agents – Limited spaces available


We LOVE working with agents and know how much you have been missing travel in 2020.   Let’s get 2021 off to a great start – trust us to show you first hand the beauty and culture of Croatia so you can share your experience with your clients!

Seeing Croatia is a life-changing experience. Blessed with magnificent scenery, incredible history, delicious regional foods and wines, and enriched with folk traditions, this is a country so divine that it has been named one of the best travel destinations in the world. It’s no wonder that Croatia is such a hot seller for 2021.

That’s why we created our Familiarity Tours. They’re crammed full of some of Croatia’s most impressive destinations, islands, ancient cities, UNESCO national parks, and historical sites.

The FAM tours provide an opportunity for you to familiarize yourself with places and experiences to recommend to your customers, aspects of their they will remember for a lifetime. And, so you may personally experience how we carefully attend to traveling guests with high touch service. This is NOT a parade of hotel inspections. Members of the Adventures Croatia team will be with you to share our industry insights, intense localized knowledge, additional recommendations in the area, and help you understand the details and finesse in each of our itineraries.

Croatia has been acclaimed for its response to COVID-19 and its continuing diligence when it comes to testing and tracing. Relatively few cases mean that it’s one of the safest vacation spots in Europe.

If you would like to apply to join our Familiarity Tour, we encourage you to complete our short form.  Or call us to discuss any questions you may have.

In the meantime, here’s a flavor of what you can expect from our Familiarity Tours and the destinations they encompass, as well as how best to sell them.

Zagreb

Croatia’s capital city is split into three parts – the 1,000-year-old Gornji grad (Upper Town), which contains the Presidential Palace, the iconic St Mark’s Church, the Croatian parliament (Sabor), and museums and galleries which are all set in cobbled streets lit by gas lamps; the 19th-century Donji grad (Lower Town) with its shops, restaurants, cafes, theatres, and parks; and the modern post-World War II area of Novi Zagreb (‘new Zagreb’). Zagreb is often referred to as the City of Museums as there are more of them per square foot than any other city in the world.

Unique selling points:
The capital of Croatia
The upper town (Gornji grad) boasts building and historical sites that are 1,000 years old
Zagreb has more museums per square foot than any other city in the world

Plitvice Lakes National Parks

This unique and visually stunning UNESCO World Heritage site features natural dams, which, over time (and thanks to water flowing over the limestone and chalk) have created a series of connecting lakes, waterfalls, and caves. The nearby forests are home to bears, wolves, and many rare bird species.

Unique selling points:
A UNESCO World Heritage site
The park boasts 16 lakes, interconnected by waterfalls
Unique topography created by natural phenomenon
Croatia’s most popular tourist attraction

Zadar

Most famous for its Old Town, and set in a peninsula that is completely pedestrianized, the capital of North Dalmatia boasts numerous stunning Roman historical sites. It also boasts the UNESCO World Heritage site, Venetian works of defense. Comprising 15 components, this system of defense spanned 1,000 kilometers between the Lombardi region in Italy and down the north Adriatic coast and were built to guard against changing military techniques after the introduction of gunpowder in combat.

Unique selling points:
The capital of North Dalmatia
Charming and off the beaten track gem
Roman historical sites
UNESCO World Heritage Site Venetian works of defense

Šibenik

Sibenik is unique amongst Croatia’s Adriatic towns and cities in that its history lies neither in Roman or Greek origins. Somewhat overlooked as a tourist destination, the town still has some fantastic sights that exist from Venetian times. Included in these architectural gems is the UNESCO site, Cathedral of Saint James, reckoned to be one of the most important Renaissance architectural monuments in the Adriatic region.

Unique selling points:
History lies in the Venetian Renaissance
Overlooked as a tourist destination
UNESCO World Heritage Site Cathedral of Saint James one of the most important Renaissance buildings in the region

Trogir

This incredible city was influenced by Greeks, Romans, and Venetians and is the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic city in all central Europe. There are castles, surrounding walls, and a number of buildings and palaces that are fine examples of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture.

Unique selling points:
The city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Varied influences including Roman, Greek, and Venetian
Stunning array of architecture from Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque

Split

Split is the second-largest city in Croatia, and there are some fantastic sights in the city, both Roman and more modern, as well as plenty of excellent options for dining, drinking, and dancing the night away. Being on the coast, there’s also plenty of beaches to enjoy and lots of choice for those wanting day trips to some of the nearby islands.

Unique selling points:
Croatia’s second city
Great mixture of historic sites and modern amenities
Excellent beaches
Hub for traveling to nearby islands

Hvar

Hvar is the fourth largest of Croatia’s islands but arguably the most popular. With stunning beaches and an average of 2,800 hours of sunshine per year, it’s the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the Adriatic. With fields full of lavender, rosemary, sage, marjoram and thyme, and vineyards aplenty, it has a unique mixture of the rural and the bouji, and also boasts the Stari Grad Plain – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this agricultural landscape was created by ancient Greek colonists in the fourth century BC. Otherwise, Hvar is an upmarket, luxury destination.

Unique selling points:
Upmarket destinations often visited by celebrities
• Croatia’s fourth-largest island
picture-postcard Old Town
• Perfect beaches and romantic restaurants and bars

Dubrovnik

Nicknamed the ‘Pearl Of The Adriatic’ this city was once a prosperous maritime republic in the Middle Ages, and once rivaled Venice in importance, wealth, and strategic significance. The UNESCO World Heritage Site Old Town is something to behold – think an enchanting labyrinth of narrow, cobbled streets, cafes and bars, restaurants. Pristine beaches await nearby for a change of pace.

Unique selling points:
UNESCO World Heritage site Old Town
One of Croatia’s best-known (and loved) destinations
Nicknamed the Pearl Of The Adriatic

We want you to fall in love with Croatia – and then spread the word! Croatia is amazing and your clients will thank you for your expertise. Contact us if you would like to apply for our Familiarity Tours!

If you already have clients interested in traveling to Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, and the region, we’re eager to extend our extensive experience and expertise to you.

Adventures Croatia will always be here to demystify the region for our preferred agents!

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Day 1 – ZAGREB
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Zagreb-Things-to-do-in-Zagreb-Upper-City-Travel-Croatia-Adventures-Croatia-1024x512.jpg 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 Zagreb City. The walking tour of Zagreb starts with the main square Ban Jelačić, Cathedral, Tkalčićeva street, the Stone Gate, Upper Town, the historic center of the city, St. Mark's Church with the famed multi-colored roof.  Using funicular, close to the Lotrščak Tower, you can go down to the Lower town to see a part of the famous Ilica street, the Croatian National Theatre, University and so much more. The Cathedral of the Assumption dominates Kaptol, its glowing towers you see off in the distance is the most immediately recognizable 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 a wave of fires. But the bad luck goes on, in 1880 it was seriously damaged during an earthquake. In 1990 exterior renovations set in motion to battle against the wearing effects of time. Just up from the main square (Trg Bana J. Jelacica) by the stairs, you will find the colorful Dolac market. To the back of the market square, there are the touristy stalls that 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. The Upper Town, which is the medieval core of the city, developed as two separate (and often warring) towns – Kaptol, the seat of the Bishop (where the imposing Cathedral now stands), and Gradec, the free town where tradesmen and artisans lived (proclaimed by King Bela of Hungary in the 12th century) merged in the 1770s to form the northern section of historic Zagreb. Following this, the city expanded south of today’s Trg Bana Josipa Jelacica (Jelacic Square) to the railway station and the Sava River. Old Town Gate, at the top of Radićeva street (Upper Town). now a shrine to Virgin Mary – the “Kamenita vrata” where you can light a candle or place a vow and, as the locals believe, your wish will be granted. Please be silent and respectful, even if just passing through the Gate. The portrait of Mary is said to be sacred because it is the only thing that survived the great fire in Zagreb in 1731. Near the Old Town Gate is the sculpture of St. George having slain the dragon. The other statue, him fighting the dragon, is located on the Marshal Tito’s Square near the Croatian National Theatre. Strossmayer šetalište. (eng. Strossmayer’s walkway) In the summer, it is an outdoor scene for painters, musicians, and other artists offering food, drinks, performances, and concerts. A popular meeting place for all ages, with a great view of the Zrinjevac Park, (just southeast 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 surrounding the National Theatre).

Itinerary

  • Arrival in Zagreb and transfer to your hotel arranged on your own either from Zagreb Airport or some other location in the city
  • Meeting with your guide and tour leader for a private walking city tour of Zagreb
  • Wine tasting
  • Time at leisure to explore the city on your own, enjoy a drink or dinner in one of the many restaurants and return to the hotel (on your own)
  • Overnight in Zagreb
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Day 2 – ZAGREB – PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Plitvice-Lakes-Fall-Colors-Adventures-Croatia-1024x683.jpg 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. This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Adventure-Seeker-Walking-Paths-of-Plitvice-Lakes-Croatia--1024x683.jpg 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 tour leader & driver for a private transfer from Zagreb to Plitvice.
  • Enjoy the guided visit to the NP.
  • Dinner served at renowned Plitvice restaurant.
  • Final drive to your hotel, time at leisure, and overnight in Plitvice lakes area
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Day 3 – PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK – ZADAR
Zadar is a treasure trove of archaeological treasures and monuments to the ancient, medieval and Renaissance periods. This is visible by a number of sacral and architectural monuments – the church of Sv. Donat [St. Donatus] where every summer the sounds of Zadar's musical evenings echo, the Roman Forum near the main square, Kalelarga - the longest and widest street, the Cathedral of Sv. Stošije [St. Anastasia], an Archaeological Museum with its exceptional treasures and many other monuments of cultural and historical heritage (town gate, Arsenal, churches, museums...). In a city with the most beautiful sunset, in a maritime archipelago facing a multitude of islands and islets, which protect the city from the strong winds, enjoy the symphony of the Sea Organ and magical urban light installation Pozdrav suncu [Greeting the Sun] near the new harbor for cruise ships.

Itinerary

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
  • Meeting with your guide/tour leader & driver for a private transfer from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar
  • Head for a private walking tour of Old Town Zadar. One of the best Zadar attractions is the sea organ.
  • Return to the hotel for dinner, time at leisure, and overnight in Zadar
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Day 4 – ZADAR – ŠIBENIK – TROGIR
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Sibenik-UNESCO-St-James-Adventures-Croatia-1024x683.jpg A coastal city that has endured nearly a millennium of scorching temperatures, sustaining a few wars, being beaten by the waves and whipped by relentless winds, Šibenik remains as vibrant as ever. Šibenik consists of stone buildings, stone stairways, rock cliffs, cobbled streets and stone arches. It is built on rocks and constructed with rocks. Šibenik is a city of sun, sea, and stone, a unique combination of characteristics that make this a city unlike any other in Croatia. This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Sibenik_tourist_region_attraction_best_destination_sibenik_old_town.jpg Additionally, this proud city is the only one on the Croatian coast that was built by Croats - Split and Dubrovnik, for example, were founded by other cultures. As the third-largest city in Dalmatia, Šibenik makes for a strongly recommended destination on this spectacular stretch of the Adriatic coastline. This city is filled with amazing historic sites, beautiful seaside hang-outs, and quaint alleys and squares - just what you may expect from a medieval coastal city in Croatia. City Hall - A strikingly harmonious Renaissance building situated on the medieval Square of the Republic of Croatia in the very heart of the city, the City Hall of Šibenik was constructed between 1533 and 1546. Its beautiful façade is made up of columns and arches, a balustrade and a balcony. The ground floor is home to a wonderful local restaurant, the outside terrace of which provides an extraordinary view of the Cathedral of St. James. Although the City Hall was entirely leveled during an allied air raid in 1943, it was meticulously rebuilt and now looks exactly like it did before the Second World War. Stone Streets and Quaint Squares - A fun thing to do in Šibenik is walking around aimlessly. Its medieval heart is completely car-free - the streets and alleys are simply too narrow for car traffic - and allows people to explore, discover and wander at their leisure. The historic city center is made up of a few different areas, known as Grad, Dolac and Gorica, which all neighbor one another. These areas are chock-full with historic sites, ranging from ancient churches to palaces and mansions to townhouses. Everything, of course, is made from stone. A maze of paved and cobbled streets connects all these attractions; sometimes the streets pass underneath a beautiful arch or even through a tunnel. Because the city was built on a rocky coastal area, there are some elevation changes as well, which are conquered by - you guessed it - stone stairways. This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Sibenik-St-Nicholas-Fortress-Adventures-Croatia.jpg Four Fortresses - Šibenik has always had a strategic position in the Adriatic Sea. This military advantage made it a much-desired city by the larger Mediterranean powers. The rulers of the city anticipated that and erected a number of mighty fortresses, built fortified city walls and constructed commanding towers. Nowadays, the fortresses are the best-preserved remains of this once-mighty fortification system. There are four fortresses in the city of Šibenik - the Fortresses of St. Nicholas, St. John and St. Michael, and the Fortress Šubićevac - all of which were built between the 15th and 17th centuries. While they are all definitely worth visiting, the Fortress of St. Michael is particularly interesting because it houses a concert and theater venue at its top. Overlooking Šibenik and the islands in the Adriatic Sea, it is one of the most scenic places to attend a performance in Croatia. This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Sibenik-St-James-Cathedral-Adventures-Croatia-1024x683.jpg Cathedral of St. James - The number one attraction in Šibenik is the Cathedral of St. James. A stunning and stylish building, this magnificent cathedral was built in the 15th and 16th centuries and can be said to be one of the most significant monumental cathedrals in Europe. It wouldn’t be Šibenik if its cathedral weren’t built entirely from stone - in fact, it is the only cathedral in all of Europe that has been constructed with only stone. Additionally, it was also the very first structure in Europe to be constructed with inter-grooved stones. And that’s not all. The Cathedral of St. James is also the only European building of which the interior shape corresponds entirely with its exterior features. It would by no means be a stretch to state that the Cathedral of St. James can be considered to be the most important Renaissance building in Croatia. It is truly an absolutely extraordinary building, a vast stone monument, that is one of the top sights on the entire Dalmatian coast. UNESCO recognized the cultural, architectural and historical significance of this cathedral when it declared it World Heritage in 2000. Trogir Promenade 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, under UNESCO protection, 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. Cathedral of St Lawrence - During structural repairs to the foundations of the bell tower in 1903, an altar consecrated to Hera was found, which might well warrant the assumption that there was once, on the site of today's cathedral, a shrine from at least the Greek and Roman period. The new foundations of St Lawrence' Cathedral were blessed at the beginning of the 13th century after the old cathedral had been ruined in the Venetian destruction of the city in 1171. Radovan's portal - A genuine trademark of Trogir sculpting is Master Radovan, the most important sculptor of Croatian medieval art. He signed his name on the main portal in an inscription that runs under the lunette and reliefs of the Annunciation at the side, where he is celebrated as “the best of all in this art” (cunctis hac arte preclarum). In the center of the upper zone of the portal is a lunette in which Radovan managed to link into a united composition the scenes of Nativity, the Journey of the Magi and the Adoration of the Shepherds. The Benedictine Convent of St. Nicholas - The church alongside the convent (founded in 1066) was put up on the side of the pre-Romanesque church of St Domnius. The interior was given a radical Baroque treatment in the mid -18th ct. (interesting Baroque stuccowork and altars). In the precious collection of artworks, the famed Kairos is on show, a relief with the figure of the youngest son of Zeus, the god of the lucky moment (4th or 3 rd. ct. BC after on original of Lysippus). This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Trogir-Croatia-1283845524www.brodyaga.com_-1024x686.jpg The main city square - The program of designing the appearance of the main city square in Trogir, at the site of the Roman forum, started in 1300 with the construction of the commune's loggia and the council chamber. The square acquired its final shape in a number of operations in the mid-15th century, at a time when the city really was renovated. The large Cipiko palace - Father and son, Petar and Koriolan Cipiko, managed, clearly according to a certain family program and with strategic marriages, to occupy the whole western side of the main square with their two palaces – opposite the council chamber, the cathedral and the other public buildings. This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Trogir-01.jpg The southern portal, with medallions of angels bearing Koriolan's motto Nosce te Ipsum (Know thyself), is the work of Niccolo, around 1470. The northern portal, opposite the portal of the cathedral, is the work of Ivan Duknović, fitted into the place, however, with Aleši three-mullion windows in the mid-17th century after the palace complex had been divided between two brothers and restored after the devastation by the Venetian militia that used the palaces as a barracks during the Cyprus War.

Itinerary

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
  • Meeting with your tour leader & driver for a private transfer from Zadar to Trogir with an en-route stop in Šibenik for a guided walking tour and lunch.
  • Time at leisure for dinner on your own and overnight in Trogir.
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Day 5 – TROGIR – SPLIT – TROGIR
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is iStock_000017914456Medium-1024x680.jpg Olives, indigenous aromatic plants, the 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. This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is iStock_000023263281Medium-1024x682.jpg 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. This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Split-Croatia-Croatian-Charms-Gauranteed-Departure-Tour-Adventures-Croatia-1024x683.jpg 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 every day “buzz” be sure to grab your spot and you’ll soon experience first-hand how important and irresistible is the coffee culture in Croatia. 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
  • Meeting with your tour leader & a driver for a private transfer from Trogir to Split.
  • Private transfer back to Trogir and your hotel, time at leisure, and overnight in Trogir
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Day 6 – TROGIR – HVAR
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is HVAR-Croatia-Aerial-View-On-City-Harbor-Adventures-Croatia-Custom-Travel-Tours-1024x600.jpg 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. St. Stephen’s Square - The center of town is this rectangular square, which was formed by filling in an inlet that once stretched out from the bay. At 4500 sq. meters, 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 center 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 harbor is magnificent, and there’s a lovely cafe at the top. Arsenal - On 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 and check out
  • Join your tour leader & driver for a private transfer from your hotel to Split Port
  • Fast ferry from Split to Hvar
  • Upon arrival to Hvar assistance with your luggage will be provided by the hotel staff. (Early check-in not guaranteed)
  • Meeting with your guide in a hotel lobby and take a walk to the Old Town Hvar for a private walking (entrance fees not included)
  • Time at leisure to explore the town further or for dinner (on your own) and overnight in Hvar
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Day 7 – HVAR – DUBROVNIK
Dubrovnik is a medieval city on the Croatian side of the Adriatic coastline and a 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. The Church of St. Blaise in Dubrovnik, Croatia 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 leaned. 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 check out
  • Assistance with your luggage from the hotel to Hvar Port
  • Fast ferry from Hvar island to Dubrovnik
  • Private walking tour of Old Town Dubrovnik.
  • Farewell dinner in a local, traditional restaurant in Dubrovnik
  • Return transfer to the hotel, time at leisure, and an overnight in Dubrovnik
 
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Day 8 – DUBROVNIK

Itinerary

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
  • Transfer from your hotel arranged on your own