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Small Group Touring: Croatia's Dalmatian Coast: Split to Dubrovnik

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,740

From Split to Dubrovnik, this Croatia tour takes you to the sparkling Adriatic’s most beautiful stops, where streets soaked in history bump against the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean.


This is a small-group adventure with a focus on an authentic experiences, value for money and responsible travel. Groups are led by an expert local guide with a maximum of 16 people (the average tour has around 10 people). Accommodation varies from modest guesthouses, to homestays and hotels.

 

This 8-day Croatia small group adventure takes you between two of the country’s most beautiful and historic cities, staying in local accommodations, encompassing the best of Croatia’s islands along the way.

Start in UNESCO World Heritage listed Split, where a tour takes you through the 3rd century palace of Roman emperor Diocletian. You’ll see the famous palace gates, the sculpture of the priest who first defied the pope to give mass in Croatian, and the Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

Cast off for the island of Hvar, noted for its sweeping fields of lavender, heather and rosemary. Enjoy a walk of Stari Grad, and the village of Jelsa, thought by many to be typical of an old style Dalmatian village. Wander the vineyards and olive groves, and explore the town of Vrboska. Your next stop is the island of Mljet, one of the most beautiful, and greenest islands in the Adriatic. Half of Mljet is national park, so enjoy canoeing, walking, and cycling in between exploring 12th century monasteries.

Your final stop, Dubrovnik, is perhaps Croatia’s most famous city, and with good reason. The walled city is small but filled with ancient streets, a Franciscan monastery, cafes, bars, and of course the famous City Walls. A short boat ride away, you’ll visit Lokrum, just off the coast of Dubrovnik’s old town. Affectionately called a botanical garden, Lokrum also boasts gorgeous beaches and a Napoleonic fortress. Take your remaining time to explore Dubrovnik at leisure before you depart.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,740

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Day 1

Split

Your trip starts today with your arrival in Split, the second largest city in Croatia, located right on the Adriatic coast. You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until the important group meeting in the evening. If you arrive early why not head out and get a first taste of this magnificent city. After the meeting head out for a dinner with the group.

Special Information:
An arrival transfer from Split Airport is included in the price of this trip. Please advise your travel agent of your flight details at the time of booking. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6.00pm. Meet your leader and group, and have your essential details such as passport number and insurance details ready for collection. If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Cornaro

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    Hotel Cornaro



    Cornaro Hotel is located at the very centre of Split, one of the most beautiful Mediterranean cities. Focused on each detail, our team of highly qualified and experienced professionals guarantee to achieve a positive outcome for your company's image and brand identity.

    Cornaro Hotel is located at the very centre of Split, one of the most beautiful Mediterranean cities. Focused on each detail, our team of highly qualified and experienced professionals guarantee to achieve a positive outcome for your company's image and brand identity.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • 4 Outdoor Pools
    • Air Conditioning
    • Allergy Free Room
    • ATM
    • Babysitting Service
    • Bar
    • Breakfast In The Room
    • Bridal Suite
    • Business Centre
    • Car Hire
    • Concierge
    • Daily Maid Services
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Facilities for Disabled Guests
    • Family Room
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Free WiFi
    • Garden
    • Gift Shop
    • Ironing Service
    • Laundry
    • Lift
    • Lockers
    • Luggage Storage
    • Massages
    • Non-Smoking Throughout
    • Restaurant
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Spa and Wellness Centre
    • Sun Terrace
    • Terrace
    • Ticket Service
    • Tour Desk

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Day 2

Trogir - Split

This morning you will embark on a sightseeing tour of Split with a local guide. The city dates back 1,800 years, to the time when the Roman emperor Diocletian built a monumental imperial residence for his retirement. Today this fortified camp is an intriguing warren of narrow cobblestone streets where pre-Romanesque churches exist alongside Gothic chapels and a multitude of museums. You will also visit Diocletian's Palace, which was built in 295 AD and constitutes the heart of the city. Very much a living monument, it is framed by four gates, the most famous of which is the Golden Gate. In front of it stands a statue of the 10th-century bishop Grgur Ninski, who once opposed the pope and introduced the Croatian language into his services. In the afternoon you will visit Kastel Luksic's 16th-century castle and take a drive to the town of Trogir. Enjoy some free time to explore this quaint seaside town. Visit the cathedral where you can see the famous monument (a 13th-century portal of Dalmatian masonry) before returning to Split in the evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Hvar Island

After an early breakfast you will transfer to the port of Split for your ferry to Stari Grad on Hvar Island. Hvar is an incredibly green island, resplendent with fields of lavender, heather and rosemary (it sometimes goes by its old Greek names, 'Pharos' or 'Faros'). Enjoy some time for a stroll through Stari Grad, then transfer to the typically Dalmatian village of Jelsa. Try local grape varietal, Plavac Mali, at a wine tasting in a cellar modelled on ancient Roman dining rooms. Located underground and carved out of stone, it's the same method of construction as was used to create Diocletian's cellars. The award winning winemaker is widely regarded to have instigated the renaissance of winemaking and viticulture in Hvar and consequently, is known as one of Croatia's top producers. Jelsa is surrounded by pine forest and wonderful beaches. It was once a key maritime centre of the Adriatic with a large shipbuilding industry. From Jelsa you will transfer by vehicle back to Hvar Town. In the afternoon make the most of your time in the islands main town by walking through this old-world city of Gothic buildings and marble streets.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Amfora Hvar

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    Hotel Amfora Hvar



    Hvar premier beach resort located in a private bay, features an exquisite cascading pool and offers a wide range of activities suitable for couples, families and business events. Tucked away in a tranquil bay, surrounded by a lush pine grove, and only a short ten ...

    Hvar premier beach resort located in a private bay, features an exquisite cascading pool and offers a wide range of activities suitable for couples, families and business events. Tucked away in a tranquil bay, surrounded by a lush pine grove, and only a short ten minute walk from the historic city of Hvar, Amfora. Hvar grand beach resort is the most exciting beach resort in the Adriatic. The exclusive and luxurious beach club Bonj 'Les Bains' is located within the resort, with private cabanas, massages in the Sensori Spa wellness centre, sunbeds and a beach bar and restaurant.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • ATM
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Business Centre
    • Children's Facility
    • Coffee Shop/Cafe
    • Coffee/Tea in Lobby
    • Concierge
    • Conference Centre
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Elevator
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Fitness Centre
    • Laundry
    • Night Club
    • Pool (s)
    • Terrace
    • WiFi

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Day 4

Mljet Island

After breakfast, a ferry will take you back to the mainland. Then you will drive along the Peljesac peninsula to Prapratno and take an evening ferry to Mljet Island, the most southerly of the large Dalmatian Islands. A national park occupies half of this gorgeous island. Mljet is a modernised form of the ancient Greek word melita, which means honey. On arrival in Mljet you will be transferred to your feature-stay hotel. It is the best option on the island, and whilst it is basic the superb location in an idyllic spot make up for it - on the shores of Pomena harbour. This is your base for the next two nights.

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Today is a long travel day with 2 ferries and slow winding roads. Sit back and take in the stunning scenery, and relax on Pomena harbour upon our arrival in Mljet

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Odisej

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    Hotel Odisej



    Nestled on Pomena Bay on the northwestern tip of Dalmatia's nature island, far away from Dubrovnik's cosmopolitan bustle, our hotel sits at the heart of impossibly beautiful hiking and biking paths, world-class boating and diving in warm, shallow bays and history-rich Roman ruins. Wander free ...

    Nestled on Pomena Bay on the northwestern tip of Dalmatia's nature island, far away from Dubrovnik's cosmopolitan bustle, our hotel sits at the heart of impossibly beautiful hiking and biking paths, world-class boating and diving in warm, shallow bays and history-rich Roman ruins. Wander free in the direction of Mljet's two serene saltwater lakes, Malo and Veliko Jezero, which have made it a magnet for nature-lovers and couples looking for a dream island hideaway. There is lots to explore in this lush paradise.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Airport Shuttle (Surcharge)
    • ATM
    • Bicycles
    • Canoeing
    • Car Hire
    • Currency Exchange
    • Cycling
    • Diving
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Fitness Centre
    • Free WiFi
    • Garden
    • Gift Shop
    • Hiking
    • Ironing Service
    • Laundry
    • Lift
    • Luggage Storage
    • Massages
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Sauna
    • Snorkelling

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Day 5

Mljet Island

Enjoy a day of activities in Mljet, such as cycling, walking and canoeing. In the morning you will take a short walk to the spot where you pick up your bikes for a ride around the natural salt water lake of Veliko Jezero, the bigger of the two lakes on Mljet (approx 12 km). Take a small boat across to the islet of St Mary (Sveta Marija), located in the middle of the lake. Soak up the serenity and listen to birdsong as you enjoy lunch. Enjoy some free time to make your own discoveries. Make sure you explore the islet's 12th-century Benedictine monastery. Return to the mainland and continue to the smaller lake of the island, Malo Jezero, where you have the opportunity to canoe and swim in the lake, or alternatively walk through the untouched beauty of the national park. After a full day you will walk back to your hotel in Pomena for a relaxing evening and dinner with peaceful views.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Dubrovnik

Take an early morning ferry to Dubrovnik where you'll be transferred to your hotel. Once settled in, you will embark on a half-day sightseeing tour of the amazing Stari Grad (Dubrovnik's compact Old Town) with your leader. This walled treasure is often referred to as the 'pearl of the Adriatic' and is surprisingly tiny (400 m by 600 m within its protective walls). It's a lovely city to walk around, as it's been restored to its former glory since the damages of the 1991 conflicts. On your tour you will visit the Franciscan monastery, the Rector's Palace and take a walk along the City Walls. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is free for you to walk around at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Ivka

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    Hotel Ivka



    Hotel Ivka is a small family-owned hotel situated on Lapad peninsula, open during the whole year. It represents ideal choice for business people but also for the tourists who want to relax and enjoy in the beautiful city of Dubrovnik. Close to the hotel there ...

    Hotel Ivka is a small family-owned hotel situated on Lapad peninsula, open during the whole year. It represents ideal choice for business people but also for the tourists who want to relax and enjoy in the beautiful city of Dubrovnik. Close to the hotel there are a number of domestic restaurants and cafe bars. Beautiful promenade near the sea is just 10 min walking distance.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Airport Shuttle (Surcharge)
    • Bar
    • Car Hire
    • Currency Exchange
    • Facilities for Disabled Guests
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry
    • Lift
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Terrace

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Day 7

Lokorum Island to Dubrovnik

Travel by boat to the island of Lokrum. It's located off the coast of Dubrovnik's old town. In this quasi 'botanical garden' you'll encounter a collection of exotic Mediterranean plants. Lokrum is also strewn with many golden sandy beaches that are popular with the locals. You will visit the ruins of an old Benedictine monastery and enjoy great views back across to Dubrovnik as well as Napoleon's fortress. Return by boat to Dubrovnik at around lunchtime. At this point the afternoon is yours to spend as you please. In the evening you will enjoy dinner with your group to bid them farewell.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Dubrovnik

Your trip ends after breakfast this morning. If you're looking to extend your stay, additional accommodation can be arranged when you book this trip (subject to availability). If you'd like to continue travelling, it's easy to take a bus or ferry from Dubrovnik to other Croatian cities and islands, and some international destinations. There are also regular domestic flights to Zagreb where you can link up with international flights.

Special Information:
If it is all ending too soon you can extend your trip by joining our 'Highlights of the Western Balkans' trip exploring the region further inland, such as Sarajevo and Belgrade. Please speak to your travel agent for more details.

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DEPARTURES:

2018:  May 6, 13, 20, 27; Jun 3, 10, 17, 24; Jul 8, 22, 29; Aug 12, 19, 26; Sep  2, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30; Oct 3, 10, 14

2019: Apr 28; May, 5, 12 19, 26; Jun 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Jul  7, 28; Aug 4, 11, 18, 25; Sep 1, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29; Oct 2, 6, 9, 13

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Transport: Bicycle, Ferry, Private vehicle
  • Included Activities: Guided Walk of Split, Diocletian's Palace, Cycling Tour in Mljet National Park, Dubrovnik City Walls, Guided Walk of Dubrovnik, Boat Tour to Lokrum Island

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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14 Oct 2018
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