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Croatia Adventure – Bespoke Tour

$2,595.00

If your Mediterranean fantasies feature kayaking through sapphire waters, wandering around ancient walled towns, hiking hillsides of breathtaking beauty, and feasting on incredible cuisine, then this bespoke Croatia tour will turn those fantasies into reality. This 9 day Croatia Adventure explores the extraordinary island-speckled coastline from the coastal city of Split to the islands of Hvar and Šolta to the walled-city of ending in Dubrovnik. We LOVE Croatia and know that you will become enamoured with this amazing country too, as you paddle, hike, and stroll around some of its highlights.

Poised between the Balkans and central Europe, this land is steeped in history and has been passed between competing kingdoms, empires and republics for millennia. Being in this precarious position has had a great influence on Croatian art, architecture, and gastronomy.

This tour is available upon request from April to October. The itinerary is fully customisable and can be tweaked to best suit your travel needs.

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Highlights Include:

  • Wandering through 2000 years of history in the UNESCO towns of Split and Dubrovnik
  • Exploring the picturesque villages on the islands of Hvar
  • Riding e-bikes around the island of Šolta
  • Learning to cook traditional Croatian dishes
  • Kayaking around the beautiful Pakleni Islands
  • Learning about Croatian life from local farmers and artists

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Day 1: Arrive Split, Croatia
Welcome to Split! Split, the 1700-year-old city with very impressive Roman monuments is one of the most beautiful UNESCO centres in the world. Diocletian’s Palace, Peristil, St. Doimus’s Cathedral, and the Piazza… to name but a few unique monuments. The City of Split has something for everyone, whether you like culture, fine arts, music, history, or sports and recreation.

Split also has its wild side which enchants its many visitors every day. The Marjan Park forest, which proudly guards the city, is also called the lungs of the city. The entire Marjan peninsula is dotted with tiny churches many centuries old, large black pine trees, Mediterranean plants and herbs and the most beautiful beaches.

Check in at he hotel and enjoy rest of the day at leisure.

Meals: -/-/-
Overnight: Split Hotel

Day 2: Split – Morning Walking Tour & Cooking Class
Always buzzing, this lively city has the perfect balance of tradition and modernity. Split has a unique setting with dramatic coastal mountains acting as the perfect backdrop to the turquoise waters of the Adriatic.

Whether you are adventure traveler, wine enthusiast or a history buff, there is no more delicious way to get a taste for a place than by a culinary tour. With our foodie tour you will experience Split in a unique way with an English speaking local, who will help to provide authentic and gastronomical immersion into Mediterranean style of cooking and living.

Enjoy the guided tour of the Diocletian’s Palace, before experiencing the buzz of our local food markets; mingle and talk with the local producers and experience the “real deal” while buying fresh groceries. Discover insider stories, which do not exist in travel guides. Meet our chef and discuss “strategy plan” of your cooking class while drinking coffee at one of numerous charming squares in Split. With the chef, continue to Green market – Pazar, Fish market – Peškarija and butcher – Mesnica where you will find fresh ingredients for your lunch.

Enjoy the preparing your food while having an extraordinary view of the old part of Split, St. Dujam cathedral, boat port, and islands surrounding Split!

Dobar Tek!

Meals: B/L/-
Overnight: Split Hotel

Day 3: E-Bike Tour Solta Island

This e-bike tour is ideal for the recreational cyclist with simple and easy steering even through long hill distances. This is a unique gourmet and cycling experience on extremely comfortable e-bike (electronic bicycle) during which you’ll visit local wineries and taverns to taste their authentic island specialities.

Tour starts with sail from Split to the Island of Šolta. Our first destination will be the family farm Kaštelanac, where we will taste some of the traditional dishes and desserts unique to this area; get to know the customs of the rural life of this beautiful island and buy some charming souvenirs that will remind you of this pleasant visit! This visit includes welcome drink (homemade liqueur), appetiser (homemade warm bread, extra virgin olive oil, anchovies and olive pate), marinated blue fish and octopus pasta, and Dalmatian rozata for desert. All meals are accompanied by the premium Dobričić wine.

Another destination is Tvrdić family that has been making honey for three generations. We will attend a presentation on the life of bees and their products usage. After the presentation, family Tvrdić will provide a tasting of products (honey, fresh pollen, propolis, royal jelly). Feel and taste the island of Šolta through this truly unique tour!

Return to Split by ferry in the afternoon.

Meals: B/L/-
Overnight: Split Hotel

Day 4: Hvar Island
The island’s capital, Hvar Town, is one of the Adriatic’s best-preserved historic towns, and also one of its most glamorous, with paparazzi roving the Riva to see who is disembarking from which yacht. The ferry to Hvar Town is approximately 1.5hrs. *Please note that this day depends on the ferry schedule

The City of Hvar is often described as a true fairy-tale city with its architecture, beautiful nature and mild climate. It is a unique fusion of luxurious Mediterranean nature, rich cultural and historical heritage, plus traditional everyday life. Hvar gained glory and power during the Middle Ages being an important port within the Venetian, naval empire. Today, it is the centre of island’s tourism and one of the favourite destinations in Dalmatian Riviera – a town of smiling and courteous people, who are almost only dedicated to tourism.

Check into hotel, balance of day at leisure.

Meals: B/-/-
Overnight: Hvar Hotel

Day 5: Sea Kayaking Adventure to Pakleni Islands
Hvar is certainly well endowed with natural beauty: a slim, purple-grey slice of land punctured by jagged inlets and pebbly coves, with lavender plantations, vineyards and half-abandoned stone villages clinging to its steep central ridge. It boasts to be the sunniest spot in the country with 2724 sunny hours each year!

Combine the historic town of Hvar with the emerald jewels of the Pakleni Islands for one of Croatia’s most popular half-day kayak tours. Explore the myriad of the Pakleni Islands, a divine collection in front of Hvar, whose pine trees provide shade to numerous idyllic coves. There is time to swim, snorkel, chill, get a coffee or refreshing drink at the beach bar.

Kayak slowly back to Hvar in the early afternoon.

Rest of the day at leisure. Activity: 3.5-4h Overnight: Hvar

Meals: B/-/-
Overnight: Hvar Hotel

Day 6: Choose Your Adventure – Hvar

Today we will take you to explore Hvar. You can chose if you prefer cycling, hiking or island tour by jeep. All are full day tours taking you to explore beauties of Hvar island.

Cycling Through UNESCO Heritage

Get to know a different side of Hvar. Enjoy our bike tour in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site, a remarkably well-preserved testament to the Ancient Greek period. Explore small villages in the inner part of the island. Let yourselves be carried away by delicious flavours of a traditional Dalmatian lunch prepared from organically grown food and wines on a local farm.

We start our tour from Hvar town with a transfer to Stari Grad, where we start cycling. We will easily ride through its long promenade outlining the deep protected bay, passing by Residence of the Renaissance poet Petar Hektorović,, built in the 16th century.

From Stari Grad we have numerous options where to go, so your day can be anything from 10-50 km. Passing through the middle part of the island is mild, and not as steep as the hills around Hvar town. Depending on the route you take, you will pass through several beautiful, traditional villages in the interior of the island. Our guides will decide about the route depending of the group and their fitness level. We want to make sure that you will fully enjoy the day and adventure.

On our way back to Stari Grad, we will stop on small local farm situated at the Stari Grad Plain, also known as Hora or Ager. It is such an impressively preserved testament to the Ancient Greek period that it was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2008.

Some 2400 years ago, Ancient Greeks sailed into harbour of today Stari Grad from Greek island of Paros. After founding the oldest town in Croatia and naming it Faros, Greeks turned their attention to neighboring fertile field of some 80 hectares, dividing it into equal plots of land measuring 1 x 5 stadiums, or 180m x 900m (approximately 16,000m2). The land was fertile and produced much food for settlers, who bought vine and olive tree seeds with them from Paros. After Greeks came Romans and built impressive Villae Rusticae on the plain, but farming practices continued.

Range of organic food and wines produced by the family, and catering for groups for the most traditional of Dalmatian meals. Farm is waiting for your visit to show you a different side of Hvar. As well as growing a range of organic produce, Zuvela’s range of Hora wines is a byword for authenticity and quality.

Croatia has more than 130 indigenous grape varieties, and some of these are indigenous to Hvar and only grown on the island. The tour ends with a car transfer back to Hvar, right after lunch.

Activity: 6h (with transfers and lunch) Overnight: Hvar town

Hike the Lost Villages of Hvar

Discover authentic Dalmatia through the abandoned villages of Velo and Malo Grablje. Enjoy traditional architecture and learn a little bit about Mediterranean plants, especially lavender and its importance for this area. The walk can be from 4-11km of hike, so you can choose which you prefer.

Tour starts in Hvar town where the group meets with the guide. A 20 minutes transfer from the bus station to our starting point takes us to the village of Velo Grablje, which is approx. 14 km from Hvar town. The road that leads to the starting point will present the group with amazing views of the surrounding islands. We will hike through villages where the beauties of traditional architecture and way of living can be seen. Learn about medical herbs and much more.

We start our walk from Velo Grablje towards Malo Grablje following the old trail which in medieval time used to be the main road connecting Hvar with Stari Grad on the north side of the island. The entire trail is downhill, starting with approx. 20 long steps and continuing as a small trail for approx. 1.5 km. After that part, we continue our walk to Malo Grablje on a wide, gravel trail.

It usually takes around 1h from Velo Grablje to Malo Grablje, including short stops for explanations and taking pictures.

After arrival to this picturesque, hidden village of Malo Grablje we will stop for a lunch** at small traditional tavern hidden in the Ghost village. After this, we continue walking for about 45 minutes on a wide, road to Milna, where we can end the tour.

Meals: B/-/-
Overnight: Hvar Hotel

Day 7: Fast Ferry to Dubrovnik

Upon arrival to Dubrovnik port, you’ll be met by our driver for the transfer to the hotel. Check in and get ready for the late afternoon guided city tour of Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik – a city of exceptional beauty, deemed the Pearl of the Adriatic. The former the seat of the Republic of Dubrovnik, it is a world-renowned city that everybody falls in love with at first sight. The majestic city walls, the Minceta, Lovrijenac and Revelin fortresses, Onofrio’s fountain, St. Vlaho’s Church and Stradun, the main street, are inevitable photo stops.

One of the most perfectly preserved walled towns in Europe, Dubrovnik has always exerted a firm hold over the popular imagination as a sea-battered city lying at the foot of a grizzled mountains. Its use from 2011 to 2019 as a location for HBO series Game of Thrones bestowed the city with a new and unexpected aura of otherworldly glamour – and increased visitor numbers to boot. Dubrovnik offers excellent nightlife, the best restaurants and wine bars, a number of authentic delicacies and souvenirs. You are bound to find something for yourself.

Take a walk around the magnificent city walls of Dubrovnik, visit the vibrant historic core or just spend your day at leisure swimming in the crystal Adriatic sea and sunbathing at one of the beaches.

Activity: 1.5h city tour

Meals: B/-/-

Overnight: Dubrovnik

Day 8: Dubrovnik Free Day

Explore Dubrovnik at your own pace. Relax at the beach, enjoy a spa treatment* or take a ride to Srđ mountain on a cable car* – an experience offering breathtaking views of Dubrovnik.

*at your own cost

Overnight: Dubrovnik

Day 9: Departure or Option to Extend to Montenegro, Elsewhere in Croatia or Slovenia
Thank you for travelling with us!

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Tour Inclusions:

  • 8 nights accommodation based on double/twin occupancy
  • All transportation as per itinerary (ferry, transfers, e-bikes, etc)
  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches
  • Guiding services as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing and tastings as per itinerary
  • All applicable taxes

Tour Exclusions:

  • International flights (can be arranged through us)
  • Mandatory travel medical insurance and optional cancellation insurance (click HERE)
  • Tips (house keeping staff, service staff, etc)
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Transportation and services not mentioned

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• 3 nights in Split – TBD
• 3 nights in Hvar – TBD
• 2 nights in Dubrovnik – TBD
*Please note that all hotels are subject to change without notice.

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