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Our Croatian tours are meticulously designed to meet your travel needs, whether you're traveling as a couple on a Self Drive tour or a small guided group. You will experience more than you thought possible and truly experience the wonders of Croatia. Options include Adventure, Wine and Culinary, Cultural, and Sailing, and more.


Essential Dubrovnik: Explore the pearl of the Adriatic

Sample itinerary


DAY 1: Hello Dubrovnik!

Upon arrival to Dubrovnik private transfer from the Dubrovnik airport to your hotel.

Check-in at the 4-star Royal Neptun Hotel, which offers access to a stunning beach along with the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea as well as the proximity to the Old town of Dubrovnik. Neptun boasts spectacular views overlooking Babin Kuk, Lapad Bay and the Elaphite Islands. If you are not tired from your flight, head out for a walk around Dubrovnik and enjoy a meal at one of the famous restaurants such as Tavulin, Proto, Kopun, Nautika, Vapor, Pantarul and many others.

DAY 2: Dubrovnik Walking Tour - city tour of the most famous Adriatic city

Breakfast at the hotel and morning guided walking tour visiting the old city of Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik has been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List ever since its inception four decades ago and you will join a memorable group excursion through Croatia's most famous medieval city.

The city tour of Dubrovnik Old Town weaves the story of its history and its present into the splendid fabric of fine architecture and magnificent city walls. Starting from Pile square on the eastern side of Dubrovnik Old Town, walk through the maze of narrow streets, lively piazzas, and stunning palaces like Sponza and churches like St. Blaise.

Enjoy the moderate tempo of your walk as you stroll down the main thoroughfare of Stradun, all the way to the Cathedral and the Rector’s Palace, where you will discover a fine synergy between governance and faith which kept Dubrovnik afloat as the independent Republic of Ragusa for 450 years.

DAY 3: Full day excursion to Korčula and Pelješac

Early breakfast at the hotel. When anyone mentions wine in Croatia, two spectacular destinations always come to mind and you don't have to go far to reach them! Pelješac peninsula is famous for the colorful vineyards that cling to the rocky hillsides. On the other hand, the beautiful island of Korčula is, according to local legend, the birthplace of one of the greatest world travelers, Marco Polo, and home of the indigenous white wine, Grk.

Taste the famous local wines and enjoy the presentation.

DAY 4: Full day trip to Elaphite Islands

Early breakfast at the hotel. Start the full-day tour to the precious Elaphite Islands which are a natural wonder – but they are also so much more. The group of thirteen islands, several of which are inhabited, is located not far from Dubrovnik to the north-west. Dubrovnik island hopping will simply blow your mind! This boat tour will show you the three most beautiful islands- Koločep, Lopud, and Šipan.

You can go for a swim in a crystal sea, wander around the shade of Mediterranean vegetation, explore interesting small villages or simply take a journey through the local cuisine, it's up to you! Lunch included.

DAY 5: Montenegro with Boat Cruise in Kotor Bay

Montenegro with Boat Cruise in Kotor Bay

Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure. We suggest that you take a full-day group boat trip to Montenegro (optional, on request). Enjoy natural beauties and stunning sceneries of one of the most beautiful bays in the world, from the seaside.
The trip takes you to the most breathtaking locations on the Montenegrin coastline and shows you the best of the Bay of Kotor, Perast, and Kotor towns, sites on the UNESCO World Natural and Historical Heritage Site List. You will be given the opportunity to discover all its beauties from the boat.

DAY 6: Dubrovnik Photo Tour

Breakfast at the hotel. If you are looking for a perfect Dubrovnik photo tour, we have something special for you. You'll explore the beauty and natural wonders of Dubrovnik and its surroundings. Make the most of your camera while experiencing the magic from the multiple viewpoints from the top of the Srđ Hill, The Franjo Tuđman Bridge, or by the Ombla River. The experienced driver will take you to six different panoramic locations, where you'll be able to witness Dubrovnik's best views. In the afternoon we suggest (optional) a visit to Cavtat and the native house of Vlaho Bukovac, the great Croatian painter.


DAY 7: Full day excursion to the National Park of Mljet

Full day excursion to the National Park of Mljet

Breakfast at the hotel. You will take a group boat excursion to the National Park Mljet. The island is a unique green oasis, one of just a few Adriatic islands that are completely covered in Mediterranean forests. The National Park is located in the northern part of this elongated and narrow island, where lush Mediterranean flora is preserved, as well as the two unusual “lakes“, Veliko (Large) and Malo (Small), which are connected to the sea by a narrow channel.

There is an islet in the Large Lake with an old Benedictine Monastery and the church. Lunch and some free time for swimming or walking and exploring the picturesque island.

DAY 8: See you again in Dubrovnik

Breakfast at the hotel, check-out, and free time until your private transfer to Dubrovnik airport.

If you have some more spare time, experience the Grand Market. Many stalls stock traditional local sweets, such as dried figs, arancini (candied orange peel), and broštulani mjenduli (candied almonds) and offer a free taste before you buy.

11 days in the Land of Culture and Beauty

Sample Itinerary



DAY 1: Welcome to Zagreb

Arrive at Zagreb airport followed by a private transfer to the hotel. If you wish to take a stroll in the evening, be sure to visit Tkalčićeva Street, the busiest street in the city center, filled with trendy bars, clubs, and restaurants. You can walk the entire city of Zagreb without needing a car, but if you get tired, you can take a tram: they are very functional and of beautiful blue. You will love walking everywhere, and in the Zagreb city center, you will never miss driving, not for a minute. Overnight at the hotel in Zagreb.

DAY 2: City Tour through the historic parts of Zagreb's Upper Town

After a hearty buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will take a walking tour of Zagreb and visit its sights. The tour will take you through the historic parts of Zagreb's Upper Town, along its narrow streets - each with its own stories from the past. The Stone Gate, Grič Cannon, and St. Mark's Church are just some of the Upper Town's most cherished sights. There is also the elegant architecture of Zagreb's Lower Town and its Austro-Hungarian buildings and parks.

In the afternoon we suggest that you visit one of Zagreb's many unusual museums, such as the Museum of Broken Relationships, filled with mementos of relationships that have in one way or another gone wrong. There is also a Museum of Hangovers where the artifacts related to the alcohol-infused sessions are exposed, with an attached background story, and the Museum of Chocolate, a theme park dedicated to chocolate. Overnight at the hotel in Zagreb.

DAY 3: Zagreb surroundings tour with a visit to museums and monuments

Buffet breakfast and departure on an excursion to the Hrvatsko Zagorje region. The excursion leads to Kumrovec, the birthplace of the late Yugoslav President Tito. The old quarter of Kumrovec is an open-air museum with beautifully restored thatched cottages and wooden farm buildings that offer an authentic look at rural life in the 19th-century.

Then follows a visit to Veliki Tabor, a 12th-century fortress surrounded by Zagorje's remarkable rural landscapes that whisper of the romantic and dramatic past of Hrvatsko Zagorje. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant in Grešna Gorica.

Moving on to the city of Krapina, you'll travel back in time to 32 000 B.C. when the Krapina area was home to Neanderthal man. You'll visit the Krapina Neanderthal Museum - featuring an exhibit that takes each visitor from the beginning of cosmic evolution and through to the present day. Return to Zagreb and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 4: Trip to Plitvice National Park and tour of the coastal city of Split

After buffet breakfast and check-out, departure for Plitvice Lakes National Park registered on UNESCO's List of World Heritage Sites. The park is a magical world of lakes, waterfalls, moss, and forests. A sightseeing walking tour of the National Park, which includes a boat and train ride, allows you to experience first-hand the magical beauty of the lakes and waterfalls, each spectacular in its own right. Lunch at a local restaurant features a delicious array of local specialties.

After the tour, you will continue to the coastal city of Split. Check-in at the hotel. In Split, we recommend that you spend the evening at one of the famous restaurants such as Konoba Varoš or Noštromo, or visit some of the unusual coffee houses and bars such as Academia Ghetto Club, a bar with a unique gallery. Overnight at the hotel in Split.

DAY 5: Split Walking Tour and excursion to Trogir

After breakfast follows a walking tour of Split, including the open-air market and Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which today constitutes the heart of the old city of Split. You'll visit the Ancient Cellars and the Peristyle, the central square of the palace, and will continue to the Cathedral of St. Domnius, one of the most beautiful on the Adriatic coast, former Roman Temples, the famous Golden Gate, and the statue of Grgur Ninski - a revered Croatian bishop.

In the early afternoon, you'll enjoy a short drive to Trogir, a small medieval town that is also under the protection of UNESCO. Situated on a small island, the historic center of Trogir lies within the city's walls and was developed between the 13th and 15th centuries. There will be some free time for shopping and relaxing in one of the cafés situated within the city walls. Return to Split and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 6: Ferry trip to Hvar island, famous for wine and architecture

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. You'll take a ferry trip to the island of Hvar, one of the most beautiful and sunniest islands in Europe, known for its fields of lavender, rosemary, olive groves and vineyards. Check-in to the hotel in the City of Hvar.

In the afternoon a walking tour of this small town rich in history and culture. Largely designed and built by the Venetians, Hvar is home to a lovely 17th-century Baroque cathedral, numerous picturesque squares, and the 13th-century Arsenal. You'll also make a stop at the Benedictine Convent where nuns make intricate lace from thread collected from local agave plants. Return to the hotel, overnight.

DAY 7: Sailing to Pakleni otoci & enjoying the island beaches

After a buffet breakfast, you will take a group half-day sailing tour to Pakleni otoci. The chain of islands is comprised of 21 islands and islets located right opposite the town of Hvar. The name of this tiny archipelago comes from the word "paklina", which is the pine resin once used to coat ships. The chain of islands is approximately 10 kilometers long, formed of limestone. The biggest island in the archipelago, Sveti Klement, has three occasionally populated hamlets: Palmižana, Momica Polje and Vlaka. Enjoy your time on one of the island's sandy beaches, go snorkeling, or just relax and have some snacks and wine. Return to Hvar and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 8: Visit Ston – defensive wall, salt pans, and oyster tasting

After breakfast, you will leave Hvar by regular catamaran fast ferry to Drvenik and continue by car to the remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dubrovnik.

On the way, you'll make a stop in the city of Ston, a historic town that played an important strategic role during the time of the Dubrovnik Republic. Its salt works, dating back to Roman times, were worth a fortune. The oldest in Europe, the Ston salt pans are still in use, and the salt production technology has remained unchanged for centuries.

The 5.5 km long defensive wall, which dates from the 14th century, provided security in times of danger - the longest medieval fortification walls in Europe.

Seafood lovers will take special delight in visiting the Bay of Mali Ston, which is the cradle of mussel and oyster farming in the Adriatic. Oyster tasting at a famous local restaurant. Arrival in Dubrovnik, hotel check-in, and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 9: Finding the best sites of the City of Dubrovnik

Buffet breakfast followed by a walking city tour - each corner of this legendary city is its own unique experience. A memorable excursion through Croatia's most famous medieval city begins at the monumental Pile Gate, located at the top of Stradun, the splendid main promenade of the Old Town. Visit the Franciscan Monastery and its cloister, one of the most magnificent sites in the city. Move on to the third oldest pharmacy in Europe and the oldest one still in use on the continent, which opened its doors in 1317. A little farther on is the Sponza Palace, notable for its portico with columns and elaborate stone carvings, which today houses the State Archives. Visit the cathedral that was built on the ruins of a 12th-century church destroyed by the great earthquake of 1667.

After the tour, we suggest that you explore (on your own) the fabled walls of the Old Town, built in the 13th century. During the 15th century, 15 towers were built as a part of the city walls, some of them preserved until today.
In the evening you could visit (on your own) one of the city's famous restaurants and taste traditional dishes such as pašticada with gnocchi, cheese in oil, and the traditional dessert of Dubrovnik - "rožata". Overnight at a hotel in Dubrovnik.

DAY 10: Taste of the Countryside in Konavle

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. In the morning you will start a delightful and tasteful trip to Konavle with the transfer. You will be welcomed to a typical local farm where you will enjoy a presentation at ethno sites to experience how local delicacy production techniques have evolved over time: olive oil, brandy, wine, flour, and traditional sweets. See the stone mill, old distillery, grape press, hand wooden mill, and stone pit, and listen to the story of stone. You will taste everything presented to you: wine, brandy, herbal brandy, prosecco, olive oil, olives, arancini.

Lunch with local specialties at the farm: a plate of cheese and smoked meat, lamb and veal "under the bell", a traditional preparation in which the meat is slow-cooked under a large, iron bell and covered with ashes and embers. The main dish will be served with potatoes, fried vegetables, and homemade bread and followed by homemade apple pie for dessert, one drink included (wine, sparkling water, beer, or juice). After lunch, return to the hotel. Enjoy some time on your own in the evening. Overnight at a hotel in Dubrovnik.

DAY 11: Time to say goodbye and head home

Buffet breakfast and free time until your private transfer to the airport of Dubrovnik. We suggest you buy some unique souvenirs or gifts: arancini (candied orange peel), sugared almonds, or Konavle-style embroidered tablecloth


Zagreb to Istria - a week of premium gourmet explorations

Sample Itinerary

DAY 1: Private tour of Zagreb and dinner in a Michelin star restaurant

Fly into Zagreb. Private transfer to your boutique 5-star boutique hotel in Zagreb centre such as Le Premier or similar. Check-in and time to freshen up. Depending on when you fly in and arrive at your hotel, time to explore Zagreb with your private local guide in English and later on destress in the hotel’s wellness/spa zone. Dinner at Noel, a Michelin star winning restaurant in the evening. Overnight.

DAY 2: Private tour of Plitvice National Park & local delicacies

After breakfast and check out head to Plitvice National Park, with its unique flora and fauna and its 16 magnificent and world-renowned lakes and cascades. A private sightseeing walking tour of the National Park, which includes a boat ride and a panoramic train ride (subject to weather conditions), allows you to experience first-hand the magical beauty of the lakes and waterfalls, each spectacular in its own right. Lunch at a local restaurant features a delicious array of local specialties including local cheese and cold cut delights, specifically prepared and scrumptious spit-roasted lamb and „pole“ potatoes. Late afternoon private transfer to your Rovinj hotel 5* such as Hotel Lone or similar. Dinner at the hotel after checking in and overnight.

DAY 3: Rovinj private tour with a visit to a boutique winery and restaurant

Breakfast at the hotel. Afterward head to Kabola winery for a tour of the winery, presentation and wine tasting (several wine varieties), and some cheese, olive oil, and homemade bread tastings as well. You will be able to buy some souvenirs to take home to your families and friends. In the early afternoon, drive back to Rovinj for lunch on your own in the center followed by a private guided tour in English of the gorgeous old town and its local sites. This city is known as the pearl of the western Istrian coast and the most romantic place in the Mediterranean. What makes the old city center – a cultural monument – so special are the characteristically built chimneys. The view of Rovinj is dominated by the baroque church of Saint Euphemia, with a 60-meter-high tower as the replica of the bell tower on the basilica of Saint Marcus in Venice. The top of the church holds a bronze statue of Saint Euphemia which turns in the direction of the wind. Take a walk around Carrera street, Bregovita street, and Grisia street, under open skies and open to all – academic artists and amateurs. Buy some local souvenirs and gifts to take home as a „memento“ to this Istrian journey. Return to the hotel to freshen up and head for dinner to the famous Monte or Barba Danilo restaurant (or equivalent). Overnight at the Rovinj hotel.

DAY 4: Private tour of Motovun and fresco art workshop

Following an earlier breakfast, your chauffeur will take you to Motovun and your private local guide will wait for you there to take you around this quaint, fortified little Istrian dreamy town. You can end this visit with a quick cup of great espresso overlooking the hills just outside the fortified Motovun. Afterward, you will visit a small place called Roč near Motovun and Buzet to take a short private walking tour, followed by a visit to the little fresco church, with a presentation there and an immersive fresco art workshop included so you can take a dab at being an artist yourself.

Lunch in Roč or the surroundings with autochthonous Istrian dishes and local wine varieties, that will make your palate remember this for years to come.

In the afternoon you head back to Rovinj. Upon return to the hotel, you can freshen up, use the spa and wellness there if time permits, and afterward go for dinner to the acclaimed La Puntulina restaurant or equivalent in Rovinj. Overnight in Rovinj.

DAY 5: Truffle hunting and tasting the locally grown and prepared delicacies

Following breakfast, there will be a private transfer with your driver to Livade, near Motovun for the truffle hunting demonstration and activity with a professional truffle hunting guide in English. Truffle pasta lunch will ensue in a local Livade restaurant, followed or preceded by various tastings (honey, wine, olive oil) included at a nearby location and grown by local farmers, making them as organic as they come.

In the afternoon transfer to Poreč for a private guided walking tour in English with a local guide and a pitstop for coffee by the water and delicious Italian-style gelato with a Croatian twist. Early evening return to your hotel to freshen up and head to dinner.

Dinner at La Puntulina or Orca or equivalent for trying out local gourmet delights. Overnight.

DAY 6: Try various local herbs and spices, olive oil, and shellfish

After breakfast, your driver will drive you to the nearby farm for an aromatic herbal journey, giving you a unique opportunity to try out the local herbs as presented by your Istrian hosts, olive oil tasting ensuing, and a visit to the Lim channel/fiord coupled with a local and unique shellfish tasting experience. Afterward visit the Veranda winery in the town of Brtonigla (yet another quaint and charming Istrian town) for local gourmet delights (3-course) lunch preceded by a wine demonstration, wine cellar tour, and tastings. Evening return to the hotel. If you are still hungry after these culinary visits - dinner optional and on your own in one of Rovinj’s numerous restaurants. You can take a final walk around town before saying bye to the Istria region the next day. Overnight in Rovinj.

DAY 7: Check out and back to Zagreb

Check out after breakfast followed by your private transfer to the Zagreb International Airport as per your flight itinerary.


Cruising Routes - Dalmatia, Croatia


Cruising the Adriatic Sea is a perfect vacation in every sense. Enjoying the sun, sea, natural beauties, sports activities, visit national parks, eating traditional Dalmatian dishes, drinking domestic wines… During your cruise, an experienced crew is taking care of your needs. They will create an excellent cruising route for you and make sure you have a perfect vacation in Croatia. Along with the planned content, you will always be given enough free time to enjoy activities according to your own wishes.

Depending on the boat you book, the port of embarkation and disembarkation can be one of the following beautiful Dalmatian cities: Split / Trogir, Dubrovnik, Šibenik / Zaton, Vodice. We also have one-way cruises with a departure from Dubrovnik and arrival in Split and vice versa.

Sample Route Cruising Split/Trogir – Split/Trogir

DAY 1 - Saturday: SPLIT / TROGIR - MILNA

Check-in at 01:00 pm. Settling in cabins; welcome drink. Around 03:00 pm departure for Milna. Upon arrival will be free time for sightseeing. Dinner will be served on board. The evening is free for individual activities. Overnight in Milna.

DAY 2 - Sunday: MILNA - BOL - JELSA

After breakfast departure for Bol. Upon arrival, there will be an opportunity to swim on the most beautiful beach on the Adriatic Coast: Zlatni rat (Golden Cape). Lunch is served on board. In the afternoon will be a departure for Jelsa on the island of Hvar. The evening is free for individual activities. Overnight in Jelsa.

DAY 3 - Monday: JELSA - KORČULA

Breakfast is served on board. Morning is free for individual activities. Around noon depart for Korčula. On the way to Korčula she will stop in various bays for swimming. Lunch will be served on board. Arrive in Korčula late afternoon. Overnight in Korčula.

DAY 4 - Tuesday: KORČULA - MLJET

After breakfast departure for Mljet. Upon arrival visit the national park of Mljet. Lunch will be served on board. Overnight on the island.

DAY 5 - Wednesday: MLJET - PELJEŠAC

After breakfast departure for village Lovište. On the way, we will stop in various bays for swimming. Lunch will be served on board. Afternoon departure for Račišće. Captain’s dinner will be served on board. Overnight in Račišće.

DAY 6 - Thursday: RAČIŠĆE - HVAR

After breakfast departure for Hvar. On the way to Hvar we will stop on the small island of Šćedrovo for swimming in beautiful bays. Lunch will be served on board. The afternoon is free for individual activities. Overnight in Hvar.

DAY 7 - Friday: HVAR - ŠOLTA

Breakfast is served on board. Morning is free for individual activities. Around noon departure for the island of Šolta. Dinner will be served on board. Overnight in Šolta.

DAY 8 - Saturday: ŠOLTA - SPLIT / TROGIR

At 08:00 am boat will depart for Split / Trogir. Breakfast is served on board. Arrival in Split / Trogir harbor and disembarkation is till 09:30 am.

Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.

You will visit the following 3 places:

Split

Split

Split is the largest Dalmatian city, the second-largest urban centre in Croatia, and the seat of Split-Dalmatia County. The city is located on the shores of the Mediterranean, more specifically on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, spreading over a central peninsula and its surroundings, with its metropolitan area including the many surrounding seaside towns as well. An intraregional transport hub, the city is a link to the numerous surrounding Adriatic islands and the Apennine peninsula, as well as a popular tourist destination. Split is also one of the oldest cities in the area, and is traditionally considered just over 1,700 years old, while archaeological research relating to the ancient Greek colony of Aspálathos establishes the city as being several hundred years older.

Zagreb

Zagreb

Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Croatia. It is distinguished by its 18th- and 19th-century Austro-Hungarian architecture. It is a city with a rich history dating from the Roman times to the present day. The oldest settlement located in the vicinity of the city was the Roman Andautonia, in today's Ščitarjevo. The name "Zagreb" is mentioned for the first time in 1094 at the founding of the Zagreb diocese of Kaptol, and Zagreb became a free royal town in 1242, whereas the origin of the name still remains a mystery in spite of several theories. In 1851 Zagreb had its first mayor, Janko Kamauf, and in 1945 it was made the capital of Croatia when the demographic boom and the urban sprawl made the city as it is known today.

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