Croatia & Montenegro Heritage Tour
Immerse yourself in the cultural heritage of Dalmatia, and of two of its neighboring countries – Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro. On this 10-day exploration you will follow in the footsteps of Romans, Venetians and Ottomans and explore the remnants of their villages and palaces. You will also have an opportunity to admire all of the treasures that have been discovered that are now preserved in the museums.
Wander around the streets of the imposing UNESCO-protected sites of Diocletian’s Palace, the Roman and Venetian palatial buildings, and the medieval island-town of Trogir.
Admire the breathtaking natural scenery at Krka Waterfalls National Park. Take a walk through the restored village stone houses, and explore the workshops and the watermills that demonstrate how water played a crucial role in sustaining the villages centuries ago. A visit to the UNESCO-protected medieval church of St James, in Šibenik, is also included.
Discover the Ottoman heritage of Mostar, and the nearby UNESCO site of Počitelj.
Admire the ingenuity of the architects who built Korčula’s streets in the unique fishbone pattern, blocking out the cold winds in winter and allowing circulation of cool air in summer. Learn about island life on Hvar.
Just across the border, the UNESCO listed World Heritage site of city of Kotor is protected by medieval city walls that extend for miles up to the fortress of St Ivan. It was built between the 12th and 14th century by the Romans and early Christians.
A visit to the ‘Pearl of Adriatic’ – Dubrovnik, highlights the city’s impressive architecture and structures, and the perfectly preserved old city walls and fortresses. Walk along the famous marble streets and marvel at the stunning sunset on display from the vantage point at the top of Srdj Mountain, that is just a short cable car ride away.
- Private guided tours of Split, Hvar, Korčula, Dubrovnik.
- Guided small group tours of Mostar, Kotor and Krka Waterfalls National Park
- 3 nights in Split in a 4-star hotel
- 2 nights in Hvar in a 4-star hotel
- 2 nights in Korčula in a 4-star hotel
- 3 nights in Dubrovnik in a 4- or 5-star hotel
- Staying on a bed and breakfast basis in each hotel
- Tour of abandoned villages on Hvar
- Boat trip to the Old Town of Trogir
- Cable car ride up Srdj mountain in Dubrovnik
- Return UK flights
- Private transfers throughout
What’s not included:
- Optional gratuities
- Any drinks and meals not included in this itinerary
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DAY 1 SPLIT
Begin your journey of cultural and historic discover in Split. Once you have checked into your hotel you can join our English speaking private guided tour of the Old Town and Diocletian’s Palace. The impressive Roman palace was built in 4th century and is listed as a UNESCO heritage site. Admire the palace’s four gates and stroll along the Roman streets to Peristyle, the magnificent royal court, and St Domnius Cathedral and bell tower. The tower boasts 360-degree views of the city. Take an evening boat ride to Trogir for dinner.
DAY 2 SPLIT – KRKA AND ŠIBENIK
Spend the day at beautiful Krka Waterfalls National Park. Explore the pathways and wooden bridges that lead you through the breathtaking flora and fauna of Krka River. Marvel at the cascading Skradinski Buk waterfall, and take a swim in Roški Slap. You have plenty of time for the optional lunch stop in a ‘konoba’ (traditional Dalmatian tavern). In the afternoon you can visit the ancient city of Šibenik. It boasts one of the largest Gothic-Renaissance cathedrals in the region, St James’s. The UNESCO heritage site listed cathedral was constructed entirely from stones from the islands of Korčula and Brač.
DAY 3 SPLIT – MOSTAR AND MEDJUGORJE
Crossing the border into Mostar, gives you the opportunity to visit one of the largest pilgrimage sites in this part of Europe – Medjugorje. On the optional tour of Mostar and Herzegovina you can view the famous Old Bridge of Mostar landmark and explore the 16th century mosque, and Biscevica House, a traditional Ottoman-style house that was once a harem. Our private guided tour also takes you to the UNESCO-listed 15th century village of Pocitelj. At Kravice waterfalls, you can relax and enjoy a delicious picnic and a refreshing swim. Return to Split in the early evening.
DAY 4 HVAR
Hvar Island is one of the most popular destinations in Croatia. The jet-set island is surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters, and boasts an amazing gastronomic and entertainment scene and pretty picturesque villages. It’s not surprising that the rich and famous like to holiday here. Join our private guided tour to Hvar Old Town to explore the history of one of the oldest towns on the Croatian islands. Visit St Stephen’s square, and the 16th century public theatre. For amazing breathtaking views of Hvar bay and the Pakleni islands archipelago, a climb to the Fortica fortress is required.
DAY 5 HVAR
Spend time discovering the abandoned and forgotten villages of Hvar Island. Begin your exploration in Malo and Velo Grablje that were abandoned by inhabitants many decades ago, in favour of the seaside village of Milna. After a refreshment stop at a remote farm restaurant, the private guided tour continues to St Nicholas’s peak, where you can enjoy majestic vistas of the islands of Brac, Korcula and Vis. Before lunch, we visit the UNESCO-listed site Stari Grad. Enjoy lunch in an eco-village Humac (a shepherd’s village) and a leisurely afternoon on the stunning Soline beach, in Vrboska. Free evening in Hvar.
DAY 6 KORČULA
On arrival in Korčula, join our private guided tour of the popular attractions of the town. The birthplace of famous explorer Marco Polo is a small, fortified town that was once ruled by Venetians. It boasts an ingenious fish bone shaped layout that protects against strong winds in winter, and increases air circulation in the summer. In the evening, take a stroll along the town’s outer walls that serve as a promenade. From this location you can enjoy a romantic dinner with beautiful scenic views of the vineyards in the Pelješac peninsula.
DAY 7 KORČULA
Enjoy an entire day of relaxation and leisure. You can explore the sights of the beautiful island of Korčula further, or visit neighbouring Badija Island for a lazy day of swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing. If you prefer to do something a little more active, an optional wine and oyster tasting tour in Korčula or the Pelješac peninsula is also available. Relax, soak up the sun and admire the fantastic oceanic views that you have right on your doorstep. There is no rush to decide how to spend your leisure time.
DAY 8 DUBROVNIK
Your heritage tour comes to an end in the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful UNESCO-listed cities in the world. Our private guided town will take you to the sights of the ancient defensive walls, churches and palaces that are adorned with stunning medieval architecture. Admire Onofrio’s fountain and Orlando’s statue, and peek inside St Blaise’s Church. The Lovrijenac and Revelin fortresses offer breathtaking views. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, join the optional guided tour to explore many of the locations that were filmed for the popular TV show.
DAY 9 DUBROVNIK
We temporarily leave Dubrovnik to explore neighbouring Montenegro. The charming city of Kotor was built between the 12th and 14th centuries by the Romans and early Christians, and is a UNESCO listed site. The city’s protective medieval walls extend over four kilometres to the fortress of St Ivan. Take a boat ride to the islets in Kotor Bay to visit the Church of Our Lady of the Rocks. In the late afternoon and evening you can enjoy free time in Dubrovnik. Ride the cable car to the top of Srdj Mountain for a sunset watching drink at the Panorama restaurant.
DAY 10 DUBROVNIK
Make the most of your final day on the private heritage tour by visiting places of interest that you have not yet explored. The Old Town is abundant with palaces, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Or visit the beautiful island of Lokrum. The nature reserve is a short boat ride from Dubrovnik. You can explore its 12th century monastery, and admire the gorgeous peacocks. A swim in the pristine waters of one of Lokrum’s beaches is a great way to relax. An optional day trip to Mostar, and a sailing excursion around the Elaphite islands is also available.
DAY 11 DEPARTURE
After breakfast, you will check out and transfer to Dubrovnik Airport.