Essence of Dalmatia
Culture lovers will enjoy discovering the history of Croatia’s most influential cities and popular destinations. The private guided tour visits historic UNESCO-listed sights, including the Old Town of Hvar, the captivating Plitvice National Park, and the imposing Diocletian’s Palace in Split, which is now a maze of vibrant streets filled with cafes, bars and restaurants.
Your journey begins with a tour of Split’s splendid Old Town, and al fresco dining experience at the Riva Promenade. From Split you will travel by boat to Trogir to admire its impressive collection of Romanesque and Renaissance buildings and monuments, and to bask in the town’s laidback atmosphere. Neighbouring Čiovo Island boasts beautiful beaches, and intimate Croatian taverns where you can relax and sample delicious local delicacies in an intimate Croatian tavern, before heading back to Split.
The chic southern island of Hvar is a haven of stunning architecture, idyllic beaches and coves, and a welcoming vibe. After a private guided tour of the Old Town you have free time to explore at your leisure. Head for the top of the impressive Fortica Fortress to enjoy panoramic vistas over the terracotta red rooftops of the city. On your second day in Hvar you can visit the magical Blue Caves, and enjoy a spot of snorkelling in the Green Caves.
The final destination on this 10-day Essence of Croatia experience is beautiful Dubrovnik. You can explore the major historic and cultural attractions of the stunning Old Town, and visit filming locations of the popular TV series Game of Thrones. From this magnificent city you have access to anywhere that you may want to go. Take a boat ride to neighboring islands, and explore nearby Montenegro and its awe-inspiring Kotor Bay.
- Return UK flights
- Private guided tours of Split, Hvar & Dubrovnik
- 3 nights in Split in a 4-star hotel
- 3 nights in Hvar 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
- Day trip to the Blue Cave & Montenegro
- Cable car ride up Srdj mountain in Dubrovnik
- 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 exciting Eastern European cultural adventure in Croatia’s second largest city, Split, capital of the Dalmatia region. On arrival, join our private English speaking guided tour of the Old Town and Diocletian’s Palace. The famous UNESCO World Heritage Site is far more than a palace. The regal structure dates back to the 4th century and is one of the best-preserved Roman palaces in the world. It’s also a complex maze of interesting cafes, bars and restaurants that you can explore. Stroll along the Riva Promenade, or stop at a traditional taverna for authentic Croatian hospitality. Overnight in Split.
DAY 2 SPLIT
A boat trip to beautiful Trogir is the perfect way to start the day. Explore this UNESCO-listed medieval town on our private guided tour. The charming little island is connected by bridge to both the mainland and Čiovo Island. Take a walk along the ancient streets and visit the 15th century Kamerlengo Castle. Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architectural styles are sure to catch your eye. The stunning beaches of Čiovo Island are ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Don’t forget to sample the freshly caught seafood and locally made sweet pastries. Overnight in Split.
DAY 3 SPLIT
Enjoy a free day to explore places of interest at your own pace. Diocletian’s Palace boasts underground cellars that transform into the top of the 7th century St Domnius Cathedral bell tower. From this vantage point you can enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views of the city and nearby islands. Alternatively, join our guided tour of the largest national park in Croatia. The magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park features 16 emerald lakes that are interlinked by cascading waterfalls. The park also has an abundance of flora and wildlife. An optional tour of the Bibich Winery is also available. Overnight in Split.
DAY 4 HVAR
To the south of Split lies the beautiful island of Hvar. The longest and sunniest island in the Adriactic is an upscale resort destination. It boasts a stylish marina with gleaming yachts, luxury hotels and restaurants, stunning beaches with isolated coves, vineyards and lavender fields. Our private guided tour of the Old Town will introduce you to the picturesque whitewashed houses and local landmarks. Enjoy a history lesson, as you climb up to the Fortica Fortress for panoramic coastal and island views that take your breath away. Overnight in Hvar.
DAY 5 HVAR
A boat trip to the majestic Blue Cave is not to be missed! When the sun’s rays catch the crystal clear water the cave walls are bathed with a beautiful ethereal blue light. Enjoy a refreshing swim at Stiniva Cove, or a dip in the emerald waters of the Green Cave and Monk Seal Cave. End the day with a leisurely stroll around the quaint fishing town of Komiža. At the local beachfront restaurant you can dine like royalty on a delicious meal of fresh seafood and locally grown produce. Overnight in Hvar.
DAY 6 HVAR
Enjoy a free day in Hvar doing exactly as you please. The sun loungers at the popular Bonj les Bains Beach Club are particularly inviting if you simply want to relax in the sun. The pristine beaches nearby are ideal for swimming and snorkelilng. Alternatively, join our optional Jeep Safari Tour for a day exploring the island’s many picturesque historic and cultural sites. Visit the abandoned and forgotten villages that have been uninhabited for decades. Whatever option you decide to choose, relax and enjoy the unique Hvar vibe. Overnight in Hvar.
DAY 7 DUBROVNIK
The waterfront metropolis of Dubrovnik is your next destination. The stunning Old Town is adorned with ancient city walls and impressive historic features. It’s also one of Europe’s most beautiful UNESCO-listed sites. Join our private guided tour of the major attractions. Fans of the popular TV series Game of Thrones can visit filming locations of the fantasy drama’s important scenes. For the best views of Dubrovnik and the Elaphite Islands archipelago, take the cable car to the top of Srdj Mountain. At the Panorama Restaurant you can relax with a drink and a magnificent sunset vista. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
DAY 8 DUBROVNIK (MONTENEGRO)
A full-day trip across the border in Montenegro gives you an opportunity to explore Croatia’s neighbouring destination at your leisure. Visit the UNESCO-listed city of Kotor and the stunning Kotor Bay. The city is surrounded by medieval walls and features St Ivan’s Fortress and a chapel. Take a short boat ride, from Perast to a tiny offshore island, to discover the charming Church of Our Lady of the Rocks that resides there. On your return to Dubrovnik, enjoy Croatian cuisine and local wines at a traditional taverna. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
DAY 9 DUBROVNIK
On the final day of your private Croatian city highlights tour you have free time. This is a great opportunity to visit the local places of interest that you have yet to explore. Take a trip on the local ferry to nearby Lokrum Island and discover the spectacular nature reserve and quaint 12th century monastery. Admire the peacocks and wild rabbits that playfully frolic in the monastery’s grounds. The unspoiled beaches are perfect for sunbathing and swimming. Wine connoisseurs can join our half-day wine tasting tour in neighboring Bosnia. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
DAY 10 DEPARTURE
Your trip ends on departure from Dubrovnik to return home. Private transfer to Dubrovnik Airport.