Croatia & the Adriatic Tour - 2017
DestinationEurope: Eastern
Duration 13 days
Was: $4989pp
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Features

Explore the Adriatic region before escaping to the ‘lavender island’ of Hvar. Sip wine in Jelsa, discover lovingly rebuilt Mostar and historic Sarajevo, dine on oysters in Mali Ston, take the cable car up to Mount Srd and soak up the panoramic views of Dubrovnik!

Highlights

•Spend 3 nights in the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Trogir, visit Šibenik’s remarkable Cathedral of St James, and cruise by Krka’s wonderful waterfalls
•Explore Split, visit Diocletian’s Palace and take in the magnificent views from Klis Castle
•Stay 3 nights in picturesque, Hvar, perhaps the most beautiful island on the Dalmatian Coast 
•Visit Stari Grad and Vrboska, sip wine in Jelsa and drive along the astonishing ‘Lavender Mountain Road’
•Discover the walled city of Ston and experience a wine and oyster boat ride before lunch at the Bota Sari restaurant in Mali Ston 
•Spend 2 fascinating nights in Bosnia-Herzegovina, explore lovingly re-built Mostar and see the War Tunnel in historic Sarajevo
•Visit Kotor in Montenegro, and take a cruise from Perast around the islands of St George and Our Lady of the Rock  
•Relax over 4 nights in wonderful, beguiling Dubrovnik, take a cable car up Mount Srd and enjoy a cruise along the coast to enjoy dinner in Cavtat
•Soak up the panoramic views of Dubrovnik’s dramatic walls, enjoy a guided walking tour of Dubrovnik’s old town including a visit to the old Franciscan Monastery and Apothecary, take time to ‘walk the walls’ as the sun slowly sets

Incredible Value Inclusions

•Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
•Travel in a first class air-conditioned touring coach
•12 nights specially selected hotel accommodation
•Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
•Breakfast daily
•Light lunch with wine tasting in Hvar and lunch at the Bota Sari restaurant in Mali Ston
•5 dinners including welcome dinner, local restaurant dinners in Split, Mostar and Cavtat
•Welcome drink in Trogir and Dubrovnik
•All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
•Special Highlights - Cable car Mount Srd, cruises Krka, Perast, Cavtat and Oyster cruise Mali Ston
•Local guides as described in the itinerary
•Personal audio system whilst on tour
•Free WiFi available on most coaches and at hotels
•End of tour tips to Tour Manager and Driver, tips for local guides

Please consider: This specially designed tour visits a number of wonderful, medieval towns, hilltop villages and historic sites. Occasionally coach drop off points are a 10 minute, or so, walk away from the old town centres, with pedestrian access via old, cobbled roads with uneven surfaces. People with walking difficulties or limitations should consider this before booking.

Highlights

Day 1 Trogir
Your tour commences this evening in the delightful town of Trogir. Join us for a welcome drink at your hotel before we walk to the nearby old town, to enjoy a welcome dinner in a local restaurant. This is an ideal chance to meet, and get to know, your Tour Manager and fellow travellers.
Meals: Dinner Hotel: Trogir Palace

Day 2 Trogir
First stop of the day will be in the beautiful Krka National Park. A boat takes us to the dramatic Skradiniski Buk falls before heading down stream to the town of Skradin. Later we stop in Šibenik, the oldest native Croatian town on the Adriatic. Here we are joined by a local guide who takes us into the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Cathedral of St James. Your evening is at leisure in Trogir.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Trogir
This morning enjoy an orientation tour of this remarkably preserved town. Heavily influenced by the Greek, Roman and Venetian Empires, the core of Trogir is a mass of tiny alleys and charming squares, filled with shops and restaurants. In the afternoon we are joined by a local guide as we drive up into the rugged hills behind Split to visit the ruined castle of Klis. This is the most famous fortress in all of Croatia with a remarkable history spanning a thousand years, and the views down across Split and the Adriatic are astounding. Continuing to the port of Split our guide will take us on a walking tour through the vast 4th century Diocletian Palace complex, the Cathedral and pedestrian friendly town centre. Later you will enjoy free time to explore the beautiful old town which is littered with numerous alfresco cafés, and where the shopping is rumoured to be the best in Croatia. Tonight we enjoy a local restaurant dinner before returning
to Trogir
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Hvar
Mid morning we return to Split to catch a ferry over to the famous Adriatic island of Hvar. Cruising out between the islands of Brac and Solta we arrive at the oldest port on the island, Starigrad. Time to enjoy a break and stroll through the town before crossing the island to the delightful harbour of Hvar town, where we stay the next three nights.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Hotel: Amfora Hotel, Hvar

Day 5 Hvar
Your day is completely at leisure to do as much or as little as you choose! Hvar port is regarded as perhaps the most beautiful within the Dalmatian Islands. The cobbled alleys which wind up from the big, open main square are littered with restaurants, cafés and shops. For the more active, you can go on boat trips to the nearby islands, or perhaps take an energetic walk up to Castle Spanjola. From here, there are breathtaking views across the islands and down onto the picturesque harbour – teeming with expensive cruisers and yachts
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Hvar
A day to explore the island! First stop of the day will be on the other side of the island in the little village of Vrboska, set on the World Heritage Listed Stari Grad Plain. Later we will visit a local winery to enjoy a light lunch accompanied by a tasting of the excellent local wines. Afterwards we will spend time exploring the pretty port of Jelsa. We return to Hvar along a spectacular ridge that forms the spine of the island. This incredibly scenic old mountain road is called the ‘lavender road’ as the steep mountainsides are covered with stone enclosed fields of lavender (lavender blooms on Hvar throughout the month of June). Your evening is at leisure in the delightful port of Hvar.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 Mostar
After a leisurely start we enjoy the drive down the entire length of Hvar Island to the port of Sucuraj, where we board a ferry and cross back to the mainland at Drvenik. We continue to Mostar in the country of Bosnia-Herzegovina. On arrival we will meet a local guide for a walking tour of this amazing town. Ravaged and smashed in the Balkans War, Mostar has now been lovingly rebuilt and the locals are intensely proud of their Stari Most (Old Bridge) – a curious humped back pedestrian bridge spanning the River Neretva – a reconstruction of the original 16th century Ottoman bridge. A place where adherents of Islam, Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Judaism have coexisted for centuries, this cultural melting pot makes a fascinating visit. Mosques and churches stand side by side with charming riverside terraced cafés and the occasional, bomb damaged, bullet pock-marked ruin. We stay here two nights. This evening we enjoy a wine tasting and dinner in a local restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Hotel: Bevanda Hotel

Day 8 Mostar
This morning we visit the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, the amazing city of Sarajevo – nominated as the European Capital of Culture for 2014. Once the site of the 1984 Winter Olympics, Sarajevo suffered the longest siege of a city in the history of modern warfare (1992-1996) during the Balkans Conflict. To the locals it was the ‘Bosnian War for Independence’. Since then Sarajevo’s re-building programme has galvanised the city and here we are joined by a local guide. Highlight of the morning will be your visit to the Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum – built to supply humanitarian aid to the city during the siege. The remainder of your afternoon and evening will be free back in Mostar. A perfect time to find your own riverside terrace restaurant. 
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 Dubrovnik
Returning to the Dalmatian Coast we visit the remarkable twin towns of Ston and Mali Ston. Famous for having the longest complete city walls of any city in Europe, you will be struck by the giant fortifications extending completely over the wild mountain side linking these two small towns. Scenically, the tiny bay is wonderful however, we are here for the oysters of Mali Ston, which are reputed to be the finest in the world. On arrival we will board a small boat to visit the Oyster beds and sample fresh oysters, washed down with a glass of wine. Back ashore, it is time for a lazy lunch in the famous Bota Sari restaurant which is built into the ancient castle walls. Delightful! Later this afternoon we arrive at the famous city of Dubrovnik. Our hotel for the next four nights is superbly located within easy walking distance to Dubrovnik’s old town. On arrival, join us for a welcome drink on the beach terrace overlooking the sea and Dubrovnik city.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Hotel: 5 Star Grand Villa Argentina
 
Day 10 Dubrovnik
In the 15th and 16th centuries Dubrovnik became the heart of a maritime empire to rival Venice. This morning we are joined by a local guide who will breathe life into this extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage Listed, walled city – from the finely carved facades of the renaissance palaces, lining the broad pedestrian walkways and squares, to the churches and the baroque Cathedral. First impressions are so important so to begin our tour we catch the cable car up to the scenic lookout on top of Mount Srd. What a fantastic way to introduce you to the city! We have also included entrance to the old Franciscan Monastery and Apothecary. The rest of your day is at leisure. Later this afternoon, when the heat has gone from the day, and the crowded cruise ships have departed, make sure you enjoy a peaceful walk along the top of the city walls. Running almost two kilometres around the entire city, and flanked by turrets and towers, a walk along the ramparts is a wonderful experience.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 Dubrovnik
Today we will enjoy a full day excursion to the country of Montenegro. Reaching the dramatic fjord like Bay of Kotor we will make a stop at the little village of Perast. Here we will enjoy a boat ride out and around the twin islands of St. George and Gospa od Škrpjela (Our Lady of the Rock). Arriving in Kotor we are met by a local guide for a short orientation tour. Lunchtime will be in the beautifully preserved walled city of Kotor. Returning to our superb hotel, the rest of the day and evening is at leisure to relax in your hotel or explore Dubrovnik town.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 Dubrovnik
Your day is at leisure. Maybe relax in your delightful hotel located directly beside the deep blue Adriatic, or walk into town to explore the narrow alleys, squares and churches that litter the old town. Time to shop or sit and enjoy a leisurely lunch in this city which is aptly named the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. Late afternoon we board a traditional Dalmatian boat to cruise south along the coast to the picturesque port of Cavtat where we enjoy our farewell dinner in the excellent family owned ‘Restaurant Leut’. We return to our hotel by coach.  
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 Dubrovnik
Your tour ends today after breakfast. 
Meals: Breakfast

 

Croatia & the Adriatic Tour - 2017
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