DAY 1 ZAGREB
Arrive at Zagreb Airport and transfer to the hotel in Zagreb where you will stay overnight.
DAY 2 ZAGREB
Following breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a guided encounter with Croatia’s largest city. With an air of a true European capital, Zagreb charms with its baroque facades and spiffy towers, green parks and open-air terraces, quiet courtyards and bustling streets. Between its historic Upper town and urban lower town, spot landmarks like the Church of St. Mark with its colorful roof, the Cathedral and the National Theatre. Continue exploring on your own in the afternoon and spend another night in Zagreb.
DAY 3 SPLIT
The first visit of the day takes you to Croatia’s most popular natural gem, the Plitvice Lakes. A guided walk around the wooden pathways unveils an amazing world of 16 cascading lakes interlaced with over 90 stunning waterfalls, bound to mesmerize you in any season. Continuing the drive to Split, take a break in Trogir, UNESCO listed World Heritage. A bundle of narrow atmospheric streets which twist and bend between houses, palaces and churches, the heritage of Trogir is rooted in the greatness of Greek and Roman times and showcases some of the finest architectural works in Croatia, including the incredibly intricate portal of its Cathedral, the Town Loggia and the Cipiko palace. Arrive to Split and stay overnight in Split/Split area.
DAY 4 SPLIT – HVAR
After breakfast at the hotel, set out on a late morning walking tour of Split. Dalmatia’s largest coastal town bustles and buzzes, as it grows more and more popular among travelers for its easy-going spirit, creative food and shopping scene and of course, remarkable heritage. Learn about the Diocletian’s Palace, once the Roman Emperor’s retirement estate and today a lively city center housing 3,000 people! Finally, enjoy a ferry or catamaran ride from Split to the neighboring island of Hvar where you will spend the night at a hotel in the glitzy town of Hvar.
DAY 5 HVAR
The island of Hvar is known for its purple lavender fields, a backdrop for oil production, potent red wines from steep vineyards especially enjoying the island’s status as Croatia’s sunniest island, and the glitzy jet-set scene along the starlit waterfronts of the town of Hvar, so often featured in national and international summer media. In your morning walking tour, explore the island’s prime gem and its most trendy destination, the town of Hvar. Home to the oldest theatre in Europe, also the home of organized tourism in Croatia, the heritage of Hvar extends far beyond the popular party scene! Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure and spend the night in a hotel in Hvar.
DAY 6 HVAR – KORČULA
Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel and some time on your own. Hvar is known for diverse opportunities, from bustling squares of Hvar town to the serene waterfront of Jelsa, the bridges of Vrboska and vineyards of Ivan Dolac, so expect time to fly. In the afternoon, bid farewell to Hvar and hop on a boat to take you to the neighboring island of Korčula. Arrive in the evening and enjoy an overnight stay in Korčula.
DAY 7 KORČULA – DUBROVNIK
The far south of Croatia holds many gems. You’ll know Korčula was a Venetian stronghold as soon as you lay your eyes on the many lion statues which lurk at you from the town’s facades and gates, intertwined with some of the most outstanding stonework you will get see anywhere on the Adriatic coast. Stroll the narrow, curved streets, marvel at beautiful churches and magnificent palaces in one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Mediterranean. Early in the afternoon, cruise to Dubrovnik, which once successfully rivaled the Venetian Republic. Arrival to Dubrovnik and overnight stay in a hotel.
DAY 8 DUBROVNIK
Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel and a lazy start of the day. In the late morning, embark on a guided walking tour of Dubrovnik Old Town, a.k.a. the Pearl of the Adriatic or the King’s Landing. Whatever you might consider to be the town’s main drawcard, the mighty city walls of Dubrovnik and its courteous spirit will swiftly transport you back in time to when this was an independent republic and a highly cultured Mediterranean town. After learning of its history and present, enjoy the afternoon exploring on your own. Stay overnight stay in your Dubrovnik hotel.
DAY 9 DUBROVNIK
A marvelous city like Dubrovnik can only be surrounded by a marvelous region. Tailor this day to your own liking, whether you are up for just relaxing or perhaps venturing out to explore the islands nearby. Locals would suggest Lokrum Island as an easy trip from the Old Town Harbor. Promising a day of heavenly serenity, Lokrum envelops you in thick green forests of holm oak, pine and laurel, to be shared with the island’s only permanent inhabitants: peacocks and bunnies. Just a tad bit further away, the Elaphite Archipelago packs sandy beaches, remarkable heritage, fun hiking trails and good food into a day excursion. Enjoy the overnight stay in the hotel.
DAY 10 DUBROVNIK
Following breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Dubrovnik Airport (or other hotel/accommodation in Dubrovnik). End of program.
DAY 1 Wednesday ZAGREB; D
On the first day of the tour, an organized transfer will bring you to your hotel from the airport or your accommodation in Zagreb. Enjoy a day of leisure, followed by a dinner and overnight stay in Zagreb/Zagreb area.
DAY 2 Thursday ZAGREB – BLED B, D
In the morning, enjoy a guided encounter with Croatia’s largest city. With an air of a true European capital, Zagreb charms with its baroque facades and spiffy towers, green parks and open-air terraces, quiet courtyards and bustling streets. Between its historic Upper town and urban lower town, spot landmarks like the Church of St. Mark with its colorful roof, the Cathedral and the National Theatre. As the morning sets into the afternoon, head out to the contrasting, tiny, fairy-tale like Bled in Slovenia. Surrounded in lushly forested Julian Alps, Bled graces the shores of the glacial lake Bled, an idyllic corner of the world accentuated by a graceful castle perched high up on the rocks and a serene island topped with a church steeple floating in the lake’s center. Dinner and overnight in Bled/Bled area.
DAY 3 Friday BLED – LJUBLJANA – PLITVICE; B, D
New morning, another capital city. Today, visit Ljubljana, the petite, charming and quaint heart of Slovenia. Life here revolves around the river Ljubljanica, crisscrossed by romantic bridges and loomed over by the medieval Ljubljana castle perched high up above the town’s cozy center. After sightseeing with an expert local guide, enjoy a scenic drive through the countryside of Slovenia and hills Croatia to the region’s most popular natural gem, the Plitvice Lakes. A guided walk around the wooden pathways unveils an amazing world of 16 cascading lakes interlaced with over 90 stunning waterfalls, bound to mesmerize you in any season. Enjoy a dinner and overnight stay in Plitvice area.
DAY 4 Saturday PLITVICE – ZADAR – SPLIT; B, D
As the rugged hinterland sceneries slowly melt into the spectacular blue of the Adriatic Sea, you will be travelling to Zadar, Croatia’s up-and-coming coastal gem. In a guided walking tour, explore its Roman roots, pre-Romanesque highlights and tumultuous WWII period, before continuing to Croatia’s second largest city, Split. All about its seafront promenades, long coffees and white stone from the neighboring island of Brač, Split’s urbanity developed from its present day historic core, the immense palace intended for the retirement of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Your guide will tell you everything about this centuries-long journey from a palace to a town, leaving you ample time to explore the vibrant café and shopping scenes of Split before embarking on the Adriatic Paradise Cruise. Dinner and overnight Split.
DAY 5 Sunday SPLIT – HVAR (Island of HVAR) – VELA LUKA (Island of Korcula); B, D (Captains dinner)
Following a lazy morning, set sail to the island of Hvar, known for the purple of its lavender, the red of its wines and the Venetian feel of its hotspot Hvar. Join an optional guided walking tour of the town pf Hvar* or explore it on your own before continuing to Korčula. Stop for a dip at Pakleni Islands, the wondrous neighboring archipelago famous for its blue coves and warm sea. A short cruise brings you to Vela Luka on Korčula Island, where you will arrive just in time for a relaxing late afternoon, a dinner and overnight stay.
*Hvar town – optional walking tour package
DAY 6 Monday VELA LUKA (Island of KORCULA) – POMENA (Island of MLJET) – SLANO; B, L
Your captain will choose a secluded bay to hop in the sea and start the day. Surrounded in deep green forests which earned Korčula its name and fame, meditate upon the sound of crickets and silence as you immerse yourself in the essence of this region: the crystal blue sea. Then continue to another green island, this time Mljet. The national park on the island is the home of two salty lakes connected with the sea via a narrow canal. Nature lovers will get a kick from hiking or cycling here, possibly even kayaking to the small inlet in the center of the lake, charming with its 12th-century Monastery of St. Mary. Alternatively, join our optional excursion* – but whatever you do, do not miss out on Mljet! Spend the evening in the small settlement of Slano on the mainland, once adored by Dubrovnik sea captains. The reasons become self-evident as soon as you take your first stroll along the waterfront.
**Optional excursion: Mljet National Park, free time in the National park.
DAY 7 Tuesday SLANO – DUBROVNIK; B, L
In vicinity of Slano, the petite town of Ston claims its fame for many things gourmand: strong wines, ancient salt production and succulent oysters and mussels. Our optional tour the Taste of Dalmatia* highlights all these treasures, but you can also just relax in Slano before sailing out to Dubrovnik. Midway, a dip on Lopud Island gets you up and ready to join an optional guided tour* of Dubrovnik Old Town. Surrounded in immense city walls, as if in a universe of its own, the world-famous facades line up as you walk the same streets like the cast and crews of the Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood. Enjoy an evening of romance, glitz and glam, as you will be staying in Dubrovnik overnight.
*Dubrovnik old tour with a coach transfer from Dubrovnik port of Gruz to the Old town – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Taste of Dalmatia
DAY 8 Wednesday DUBROVNIK – EXCURSION TO MONTENEGRO; B, D
In the morning, venture east. Past the serene valley of Konavle, cross the border with Montenegro. The scenery turns more dramatic, with snowcapped mountains looming over the turquoise Adriatic Sea. Driving around Boka bay, its beauty entices, with settlements inhabited as early as the Illyrian and Roman times charmingly dotting the shorelines. Discover the picturesque Perast with its quaint seafront and Our Lady of the Rocks church poised on a manmade island facing the town. Next, visit the UNESCO-listed gem of Kotor. Compare it to Dubrovnik, and find distinct Venetian heritage as the main difference. After your guide introduces you to a maze of curvy alleys and sun-kissed piazzas, wander around on your own before heading back. Upon return, dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik/Dubrovnik area.
DAY 9 Thursday DUBROVNIK – ELAPHITE ISLANDS – KORČULA; B, L
The far south of Croatia holds many gems. Scattered between Dubrovnik and Korčula, the Elaphite archipelago is alluring for its pristine islands which were once an oasis for local seamen to build their ships and for captains to build their estates. Today, the Elaphites are today praised for their quaint ambiance. Stop at one of the three inhabited ones for a stroll and a swim, before a lunch on board en route to Korčula. You’ll know Korčula was a Venetian stronghold as soon as you lay your eyes on the many lion statues which lurk at you from the town’s facades and gates, intertwined with some of the most outstanding stonework you will get see anywhere on the Adriatic coast. The alleged home of the world renowned traveler Marco Polo is bound to charm you whether you explore it on your own or in an optional walking tour*. Overnight in Korčula.
*Korcula town walking tour – optional walking tour package
DAY 10 Friday KORČULA – BRAČ – OMIŠ; B, L
Breakfast is served over the stunning views of the playfully dispersed archipelago of Korčula, and followed by a scenic sail around the tips of Pelješac peninsula and Hvar Island, perhaps even a refreshing dip along the way. Stop to visit the homeland of ‘the Croatian marble’, the island of Brač. You’ve probably seen this ultra-quality limestone already, perhaps on the front of the White House in Washington DC or Bundestag in Berlin, but the optional tour* to the still-operating stonemasonry school in Pučišća brings a chance to learn more about shaping this stone for eternity. Once back at the mainland, get stunned by the dramatic rocks backing the lovely settlement of Omiš right at the mouth of Cetina River. Consider exploring the Cetina River canyon in a boat excursion*. Overnight in Omiš.
*Stonemasonry School – optional walking tour package
**Optional excursion: Cetina River
DAY 11 Saturday OMIŠ – SPLIT; B
Bright and early, head from Omiš to Split. Enjoy a farewell breakfast before saying goodbye your fellow travelers and crew and disembarking after breakfast.
DAY 1 Sunday DUBROVNIK area; D
Transfer from Dubrovnik airport, Dubrovnik harbor or another hotel in Dubrovnik to the tour hotel. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik/Dubrovnik area/.
DAY 2 Monday DUBROVNIK area; Explore Dubrovnik by Cable Car; B, D
Morning transfer to the Pile Gate where you will join excursion Explore Dubrovnik by Cable Car. Departing Pile Square on foot toward the newly open Cable Car Station situated in vicinity of the Old Town of Dubrovnik. Upon arrival to the Cable Car Station you will proceed with a cable car to a panoramic view of Dubrovnik from the surrounding Srd hill. From here you will be offered a bird’s – eye view of the greatness of the entire city and especially Dubrovnik rooftops which you will never forget. Upon return ride to the main Station your tour guide will lead you by foot to the Old Town of Dubrovnik for the walking tour. Walking tour will open the doors to you to one of the largest and most luxurious open – air museum towns in existence. The famous Croatian tourist center awaits you, encircled by its monumental stone ramparts, which have preserved and enhanced Dubrovnik’s spirit of Renaissance. You will be awed by the labyrinth of short, narrow stone streets, the market place, palaces, towers, monasteries and houses, each of which is over 300 years old! The old masters understood how to construct a miraculously harmonious stone city. This harmony, simplicity and sense of beauty have through the ages become the basic philosophy of life for the residents of Dubrovnik. Early afternoon return transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight Dubrovnik area.
DAY 3 Tuesday DUBROVNIK area; Ancient Montenegro; B, D
Mild beaches, clear waters and gorgeous mountains that plunge into the sea will greet you upon your arrival to the Gulf of Kotor. Encircled in the mountains, the innermost bays of the Gulf, Risan and Kotor, are the earliest inhabited areas with evidences of civilization dating from Illyrian, Roman and early Christian periods. In our quest for traces and memories of past times, we will be visiting the baroque shore town of Perast. Short boat ride from town will take us to one of the two islets in the Bay to visit the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks which houses one of the finest collections of wall paintings in this part of Europe. In the UNESCO-protected town of Kotor enjoy a guided tour through one of the best preserved medieval walled cities on the Adriatic. And finally, take the opportunity to make your own memories during your free time in Kotor! Upon return dinner and overnight Dubrovnik area.
DAY 4 Wednesday DUBROVNIK – MAKARSKA RIVIERA; B, D
Morning departure to Mostar, This is a city of poetry, a city of stone and sleepy, narrow winding streets. It is a city where the traveller from the North feels the first dashes of Mediterranean air imbued with scents of citrus and sea and the traveller from the South reaches the first glimpses of the continent beyond. The town is exceptional for its dwellings and monuments assembled harmoniously over the centuries thanks to favorable geographical conditions and a sound economic climate. Experience sights such as the Old Bazaar, the Turkish House and one of the many old Mosques. After the guided tour of the town enjoy some free time for strolling around and browsing among the many old craft shops or maybe have lunch in one of the picturesque local restaurants. Dinner and overnight at Makarska Riviera.
DAY 5 Thursday MAKARSKA RIVIERA; Split and Trogir; B, D
Split is situated on a peninsula and surrounded by historical towns and settlements. We shall take a walk through the 4th-century Diocletian's Palace to visit its ancient Cellars, Peristyle, Roman temples (today Christian ones), Cathedral and Baptistery, and then the famous Golden Gate. After sightseeing of the town of Split and free time for individual exploring we start our bus ride towards Trogir, a small town under the cultural protection of the UNESCO. Trogir arose from the ancient Tragurion, and is full of buildings and monuments testifying to its rich history. There stands the Cathedral with its famous portal by the well-known local master Radovan, the City Loggia from the 15th century, the Cipiko palace, the town Hall, and the Benedictine monastery from the year 1064, where a Greek relief is kept representing Kairos (the God of auspicious moment). Dinner and overnight at Makarska Riviera.
DAY 6 Friday MAKARSKA RIVIERA; B, D
Today is your day for leisure. Optional excursions Krka National Park and Šibenik available on the spot. Dinner and overnight at Makarska riviera.
DAY 7 Saturday MAKARSKA RIVIERA - DUBROVNIK; B, D
In the morning we are leaving Makarska Riviera for Ploče where we will take ferry to Trpanj on Pelješac peninsula. Getting of the ferry we will continue to Orebić where we will take a short boat ride to town of Korčula, followed by orientational walking tour of town of Korčula. Experience the narrow streets, beautiful churches and magnificent palaces in one of the best preserved Medieval towns in the Mediterranean. After free time return boat ride to Orebić and scenic ride through Pelješac peninsula with short stop in small town of Ston, before late afternoon arrival to your hotel for dinner. Overnight Dubrovnik area.
DAY 8 Sunday DUBROVNIK DEPARTURE; B
Transfer on the day of the tour to Dubrovnik airport, Dubrovnik port & hotels in Dubrovnik.