Spend your week on this 8-day Croatia small group tour to discover the Adriatic islands and the historic cities of Split, Trogir, and Dubrovnik to learn about the history and culture and admire the pristine blue waters of the Adriatic Sea and stunning archipelagos. Explore the historic old town of Trogir, known for its mix of Renaissance, baroque, and Romanesque buildings, and take in Split's breathtaking coastline. Experience the stunningly beautiful city of Dubrovnik, known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic" due to its rich history, culture, and surrounded by the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic Sea, and home to one of the most impressive medieval walls in Europe. This land tour will be the perfect getaway to discover all Croatia has to offer.
Discover and learn about Dubrovnik's most significant historical landmarks.
Embark a boat and visit an oyster farm in the medieval town of Ston
Explore the vibrant culture of Split with your guide
Spend your time looking around Trogir in the early morning before a short transfer to Split, another Unesco-listed city. There will be free time in the beautiful old center before catching a catamaran in the late afternoon to Korcula island (approximately 3hr to 3hr 30min).
The medieval walled town here, reputedly the birthplace of Marco Polo, is often described as a mini-Dubrovnik. Like the larger city, it is a warren of small lanes and alleys: a great place to explore and a photographer's paradise. After, take a short transfer to the village of Lumbarda, where your hotel is situated.
It's time to stretch your legs and roam the surrounding area of Lumbarda. Walk through vineyards and olive groves and admire beautiful beaches, where you can stop for a drink or a quick swim. You will also visit the renowned Grk winery to sample local wines. In the evening, transfer to Korcula town for dinner.
After breakfast, you will be traveling to Korcula in time for the catamaran to Mljet Island, whose national park status has ensured limited development. The island is a tranquil place to walk, cloaked in forest and dotted with tiny hamlets. The goal is to reach the peak of Montokuc (840 ft/256 m), which offers panoramic views of the beautiful Dalmatian Coast, and enjoy a picnic lunch on the island before returning to our Korcula hotel. Those who do not wish to walk up Montokuc can take a flat circular walk around the lake, swim, and enjoy a drink overlooking the water.
Alternate excursions are available if the catamaran cannot sail due to bad weather or stay on the island of Korcula and visit Vela Spilja, one of the most significant prehistoric archaeological sites in Europe.
After breakfast, transfer to the port and take a 15-minute ferry ride to the Peninsula Peljesac. Upon arrival, you will be driving along the scenic mountain road with a view of the coast and vineyards. Stop at a farm and enjoy a local olive and produce tasting just next to the old town of Ston.
In Ston, you can walk up the magnificent old walls that overlook the town; the view from the top is fantastic. Ston is also a seafood hotspot, with mussels and oysters among the best in the country. After, you will transfer about 37 miles (60 kilometers) to Dubrovnik, where you have the rest of the day to relax. In the evening, you can go into the old town for dinner and a wander.
Enjoy a full day in the remarkable old city of Dubrovnik, which includes visits to the Rector's Palace and the Franciscan Monastery. Dubrovnik exudes old-world charm with a location right on the Adriatic, fine religious buildings surrounded by heavily fortified walls and a jumble of red-tiled roofs.
The cobblestone streets of the old town, or Stari Grad, feature fountains, churches, palaces, and museums – all built from the same light-colored stone. There are no motor vehicles in the city, but the streets come alive at night as locals and visitors stroll along Stradun, the main street.
Following the walking tour, you have time to walk along the city walls: this is optional and costs approximately €25 for entrance (or is included in the Dubrovnik Card).
You have a free day today. Relax in the many eateries or chill on the beach. Alternatively, enjoy an optional visit to Lokrum Island; a 20-minute boat ride will take you from the Old Town port to this beautiful green island, home to a botanic garden full of exotic plants. Bring your swimming costume and a good book – after your stroll, you will want to enjoy a swim in the Adriatic.
Day 8: Return Home
The trip ends in Dubrovnik after breakfast. If you’d like more time to explore this fascinating city, speak to your sales representative about extending your stay.
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