Best of Dalmatia

Soak up the wonderful atmosphere in this fabulous region of Croatia

Tour duration
9 days

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Start time
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Language
English

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HIGHLIGHTS

The historic towns of Dalmatia are lined with ancient buildings, UNESCO heritage sites and beautiful architecture. Elsewhere, crystal-clear blue waters lap against rocky coves, picturesque ports bustle with fishermen, and the most delicious seafood is served in the local restaurants. The islands off the Dalmatian coast offer beautiful turquoise waters, small fishing villages that are a delight to explore and high quality wines from local vineyards. This Adriatic tour also includes a day trip to Montenegro.

 

ITINERARY

Day 1 - Arrival in Split

You are met at the airport and taken to your hotel in the heart of the Old Town. The balance of your day is at leisure. You may wish to take a stroll along the Riva, a chic coastal promenade lined with palm trees, where you can relax in the sun and enjoy a beautiful view of the port and nearby islands. Boasting strong traditions, Dalmatian gastronomy scene provides unique experience so that you will have a great variety of restaurants to choose from during your stay.

Day 2 - Tour of Split and Trogir

This morning you start your exploration of the lively seaport of Split. You will visit the extraordinary and imposing Palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Built at the end of the 3rd century AD on the shores of the Adriatic, this looming building with its cavernous interior is a unique remnant of the great days of the Roman Empire. Next to it stands the richly decorated octagonal St. Dominus Cathedral, which was originally the Emperor’s mausoleum.

We later drive to the iconic Meštrović Gallery to learn more of Ivan Meštrović – the most outstanding Croatian sculptor and architect of the 20th century who moved to the USA in 1947. Meštrović’s impressive 1930’s villa, is enough reason to visit the gallery. Set in a blissful garden, it offers amazing views of the Adriatic sea and has a lovely, calming feel to it.

After your lunch break we take a short drive over to the wonderful islet of Trogir. During our stroll we explore all the historic landmarks of the medieval city.

At its core is the grand Cathedral of St. Lawrence. Its portal, a masterpiece by the Dalmatian architect Radovan, is one of the most important works of art from the Romanesque period. We step into the cathedral which took more than four hundred years to build and therefore different architectural styles can be seen on its tower.

Stroll with me and be immersed into the cultural heritage of this UNESCO protected islet town.

Day 3 - Island hopping from Split - Blue Cave and 5 islands

Enjoy a day trip on a speedboat and explore some the most beautiful Adriatic islands: Biševo, Vis, Ravnik, Budikovac and Hvar.
You start from Split and your first stop is The Biševo Island with its splendid Blue Cave. Blue Cave is a stunning natural treasure, famous for the glowing blue light that appears at certain times of day. (best between 11 AM and 2 PM), when the sunlight hits the sea surface through an opening in the vault. We continue towards Komiža, an authentic fisherman’s village on the island of Vis for a short coffee break. At around 12 o’clock we’ll cruise to the southern side of the island to stop briefly in the unique inlet of Stiniva and enjoy a wonderful swim there! Stiniva was voted best beach by the European Best Destinations in 2016.

Our tour includes a visit to another exquisite natural beauty spot: The Green Cave on the island of Ravnik – a breathtaking cave wrapped in a layer of gold-emerald light.

Your skipper then takes you towards the amazing island of Budikovac. The shallow and crystal-clear sea is the perfect spot to jump from the boat and enjoy in swimming and snorkeling in this heaven. Last, but not the least is the charming town of Hvar (on the island of Hvar). As we approach Hvar, you will get a panoramic view of breathtaking Pakleni islands.

Hvar town is one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. It also prides itself with rich cultural heritage. You will have enough time to stroll the old streets of Hvar and admire its amazing Renaissance architecture.

Duration: 10 hours

USEFUL TIPS: Please bring your swimming gear, sun protection and a windproof jacket for a boat ride.

This tour on a speedboat can be completely private or you can be part of the group (max of 12 people on a speedboat) and then this itinerary is completely fixed.

Day 4 - Tour of Krka NP and Šibenik

Escape to wonderful Krka National Park and soak up a relaxing day in this magical oasis.
Stroll along the wooden bridges and petite pathways with the sounds of running rapids in the background. On a warm day, why not take a swim in the crystal clear water near the Skradinski buk waterfall!

Following Krka National Park it’s time to discover one of Croatia’s most beautiful coastal cities – Šibenik. Walk through this marvelous historic city and step into the spectacular Renaissance cathedral – the masterpiece of the famous architect Juraj Dalmatinac. The cathedral features on the UNESCO heritage list due to the unique style of its construction. Besides the cathedral, the city prides itself with a great number of Renaissance palaces, delightful squares and beautiful churches.

As for lunch why not try Skradin risotto that swept late Anthony Bourdain off his feet when he was doing his show No reservations on Croatian cuisine? It takes about 10 to 12 hours to make this magnificent risotto that is traditionally prepared by men. Skradin risotto is made with veal rump, a bit of ham, some beef, onions, a bouillon of capon, rooster, or beef, and rice. Some recipes incorporate prosciutto pieces for extra flavour. The risotto is usually seasoned with salt, pepper, and nutmeg, and the whole thing is finished off with some grated cheese, preferably Paški sir from the nearby island called Pag. Due to its long cooking time, it often has to be ordered a few days in advance. It is recommended to pair Skradin risotto with a glass of full-bodied red wine.

Day 5 - Split - The Cetina River

Rafting on the river Cetina is the most popular and most attended adventure tour in Dalmatia. Rafting in protected area of the river canyon attracts many tourists every summer. The quiet parts of the river and the second and third grade rapids enable a three-hour combination of adventure and relaxation in the amazing Cetina river canyon. Rafting tours through the crystal-green waters of the Cetina usually ends with a barbecue lunch on the banks of the river.

Should you wish a different activity on this day ( olive oil tasting, olive oil/ wine pairing ) that can be arranged.

Day 6 - Split - Ston - Dubrovnik

Today you will leave for Dubrovnik with your driver.

En route, stop in the small fishing town of Ston, which is located at the beginning of the Pelješac peninsula: an area renowned for beautiful red wines and oysters. The peninsula is also famous for having some of the longest city walls in Europe and its old salt works.
After lunch you continue to Dubrovnik.

In the late afternoon take a cable car to Mount Srđ to soak up some amazing views of The Old Town of Dubrovnik.

Day 7 - Dubrovnik

PRIVATE WALKING TOUR

Take in Dubrovnik’s wonderful architecture this morning beginning with a private walking tour of the Old Harbour and city, proclaimed a city museum by UNESCO. The old city is surrounded by a circuit of city walls; over a mile in length, and with a tower in each corner, they are a masterpiece of medieval and renaissance architecture. You will also stroll along the centuries-old main city promenade called Stradun; at one end of this street you visit the 14th century Franciscan Monastery whose cloister ranks among the most inspiring sites of the city. At the other end, see the church of St. Blaise and the Sponza Palace. You also visit the Rector’s Palace and the Dominican Church and Monastery, constructed during the 14th century at the same time as the city’s walls were being erected.

PRIVATE KAYAK TOUR

Just a few miles north of Dubrovnik, Zaton Bay is a place of natural exquisite beauty and peace. The deep bay, surrounded by mountain ridges, offers calm seas and natural protection from Dalmatia’s characteristic coastal winds and busy motorboat traffic, providing the perfect place to kayak.

Meet your private kayak guide late this afternoon and start your excursion. Kayaking around the bay reveals an old stone mill fed by bubbling underground springs and beautiful stone villas from the Renaissance period. Where the bay meets the open sea, soak up the views of the nearby Elaphiti Islands.

Paddle to a private cove hidden by coastal cliffs – the ideal spot to swim, snorkel, cliff-jump, and relax on the beach before a stop for a refreshing drink in one of the villages. You may wish to take a refreshing swim in the open sea far away from busy beaches as the sun sets in front of you – a perfect ending to this magical day.

Get in touch if you would like a different afternoon activity. A cruise to Elaphiti islands, a cooking class or similar can be arranged.

Day 8 - Dubrovnik - Kotor - Dubrovnik
Leave Dubrovnik this morning by private vehicle and drive southeast along the Konavle valley. Cross the border into Montenegro, an independent state since 2006, and continue to Kotor where you meet your local guide who helps you discover this beautiful area of sandy beaches and high mountains. Your route takes you to Boka Kotorska, the most southerly fjord in Europe and one of the most beautiful bays in the area, where precipitous mountains rear up from azure waters. Continue past Risan and Perast, and visit the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks (Gospa od Skrpjela), a Baroque edifice that was first constructed in 1452 on a man-made islet. According to legend the islet was created over the centuries by the seamen who, after returning from each successful voyage, laid a rock in the bay. As time passed, the islet gradually emerged from the sea. The church contains 68 magnificent paintings by Tripo Kokolja, a 17th-century artist from Perast. His most important painting, measuring some ten yards long, is “The Death of the Virgin”. In the afternoon visit Kotor, a city designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Within the walls of Kotor, you will discover many bustling squares where locals love to sit, converse and enjoy a glass of wine or cup of coffee while watching the world go by. You can stroll through the town and select the café where you wish to sit to soak up the atmosphere.
Day 9 - Departure

Enjoy the morning buying souvenirs for friends and family before taking a private transfer to Dubrovnik airport.

INCLUSIONS

  • Tailor-made itinerary
  • Private chauffer-driven transfers
  • Private guided tours by licensed, English-speaking professional guides
  • My assistance to ensure all services are executed to perfection
  • Suggestions for what to do and where to eat during your leisure time

Please note that the itinerary below can be fully customised to suit your needs.  For instance, the starting point of the tour can be Dubrovnik. Get in touch at jelena@tourguide-split.com. 

Private Tour & On The Ground Assistance

I came to Split with a large group (20), and Jelena provided a fantastic amount of help before, during and after our trip with recommendations, reservations, and organizational support. During our visit, she organised a fantastic private tour, and organised some great experiences and visits. She always responded super-quickly, and was by far one of the most professional travel hosts I’ve worked with.

Vikas, Manchester

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Jelena is very knowledgeable

We chose Jelena as a tour guide for Split and have not been disappointed at all. We immensely enjoyed the combination of an art and Sightseeing tour in Split. Jelena is very knowledgeable. Jelena organized the weekends main attractions for us. From food to boat trips, to art and sightseeing…. Her restaurant suggestions are very good and she is well connected to make last minutes changes possible. Organizing the trip for our group with her was fun and made life easy for us as we only needed to enjoy ourselves. She had a lot of patience with us which was very good. She is full of good humor and enjoys showing and presenting Split and its attractions.

Georg Y., Germany

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Coming to Split with a large group, Jelena’s help was invaluable in organizing a successful trip. As well as taking our group on a fantastic tour, she was very helpful before we arrived with restaurant recommendations and reservations as well as organising various activities for us. Jelena was professional and helpful, quick to respond, but also flexible in changing plans and adapting to the needs of our group.

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Great Help

Coming to Split with a large group, Jelena’s help was invaluable in organizing a successful trip. As well as taking our group on a fantastic tour, she was very helpful before we arrived with restaurant recommendations and reservations as well as organising various activities for us. Jelena was professional and helpful, quick to respond, but also flexible in changing plans and adapting to the needs of our group.

Harry B., New York

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Jelena is very knowledgeable

We chose Jelena as a tour guide for Split and have not been disappointed at all. We immensely enjoyed the combination of an art and Sightseeing tour in Split. Jelena is very knowledgeable. Jelena organized the weekends main attractions for us. From food to boat trips, to art and sightseeing…. Her restaurant suggestions are very good and she is well connected to make last minutes changes possible. Organizing the trip for our group with her was fun and made life easy for us as we only needed to enjoy ourselves. She had a lot of patience with us which was very good. She is full of good humor and enjoys showing and presenting Split and its attractions.

Georg Y., Germany

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On The Ground Assistance

I came to Split with a large group (20), and Jelena provided a fantastic amount of help before, during and after our trip with recommendations, reservations, and organizational support. During our visit, she organised a fantastic private tour, and organised some great experiences and visits. She always responded super-quickly, and was by far one of the most professional travel hosts I’ve worked with.

Vikas, Manchester

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