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13-Day Croatia Grand Tour

13-Day Croatia Grand Tour

13 days

13-Day Croatia Grand Tour
from $3695 USD

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Visit the highlights of Croatia with fun activities without rushing around.

  • Olive oil tasting
  • Wine tasting
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Oyster tasting

This is a private tour that can start on any day and can be customized to your interests. We also have other small-group tours in Croatia. Contact us for group departures.

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Day 1: Arrive to Split, transfer to hotel, free day

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Meet your driver at the Split Airport after you go through immigration and customs. He will have a sign with your name on it.

You will transfer to you hotel. Afternoon is free.

Meals included: n/a
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Jupiter 4* (Split)

Day 2: Free Day in Split (B)

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Free day on your own in Split.

This eternally young city with around 200 thousand inhabitants has lived its urban rhythm for 1700 years with Diocletian's palace at its heart, which is also the historical center of the city and a UNESCO world heritage site. The Cathedral of Sv. Dujam [St. Domnios], the patron saint of Split, is located in the mausoleum of Emperor Diocletian, and its sumptuous interior is a gathering place for many of the faithful and tourists. Many valuable monuments of culture are located outside the walls of Diocletian's Palace (Renaissance Prokurative Square, palaces, churches, museums).

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Jupiter 4* (Split)

Day 3: Split sightseeing, Olive oil tasting in Split countryside (BL)

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You will travel back in time on our walking tour of Split, and discover the largest city of the Dalmatia region with a local guide. During our Split tour we will walk around the walls and throughout the narrow streets of Diocletian's palace and the old town of Split.

Experience the charm of the southern Mediterranean in Split, the largest city along the Adriatic coast. Its beauty captivated IV Century Roman Emperor Diocletian, who built his palace here. So we begin our sightseeing tour of Split with a visit to this lofty palace. First, we walk the well-preserved ancient cellars; for here is where one can truly experience this magnificent palace. We continue with a visit to the Cathedral, which is considered to be one of the oldest in the world. The Cathedral was built on the remains of an ancient shrine. And across the Cathedral is the Temple of Jupiter, which today is used as a baptistery.

Afterwards, you will enjoy olive oil tasting with lunch.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Jupiter 4* (Split)

Day 4: Ferry to Hvar (B)

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After breakfast embark on a shared catamaran/ferry and start your adventurous ride to Hvar, the sunniest island in Croatia. Hvar is a visual feast for lovers of architecture and it looks like "an open air gallery" for every style which is waiting to be discovered.

The rest of the day is free on your own.

The center of the sunniest Croatian island of the same name - Hvar is a unique blend of luxurious Mediterranean natural surroundings, layer upon layer of a rich cultural and historical heritage and sophisticated tourism. Located in picturesque natural surroundings on the south side of the island, surrounded by mighty medieval walls, magical fields and the scent of lavender, Hvar is a never-ending treasure of monumental heritage, culture and atmospheres. The main city square in front of the cathedral by the Arsenal and the oldest European theatre from the XVII century are a favorite gathering place. Many museums hide valuable works of art and the Benedictine Monastery, famous for its lace making from agave fibers, is often visited.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Amfora 4* (Hvar)

Day 5: Hvar -- Hiking and Winetasting (B)

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We will hike through villages where you would see the beauties of traditional architecture and way of living, learn about medical herbs and much more. We start our walk from Velo Grablje towards Malo Grablje following the old trail which in medieval time used to be the main road connecting Hvar with Stari Grad on the north side of the island. After that part we continue our walk to Malo Grablje on a wide, gravelly trail…
After arrival to this picturesque, hidden village of Malo Grablje we continue walking on a wide, gravelly road to Milna. A walk from Milna back to Hvar follows a small, rocky trail.

Our wine tour will take you on a journey through centuries of vineyards of Hvar, with your expert local guide bringing the wines to life and unraveling Hvar wine story. We will start our journey in Hvar and start with a drive through the island inland. The best part begins in Jelsa, where one specially chosen winery is waiting for you.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Amfora 4* (Hvar)

Day 6: Hvar Kayaking, Ferry to Korčula (B)

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Today, you will have private sea kayaking in Hvar.

After breakfast embark on a shared catamaran/ferry and start your adventurous ride to Korčula. Rich in vineyards, olive groves and small villages, and harboring a glorious old town, the island of Korčula is the sixth-largest Adriatic island. The island itself is rich in art and culture, as well as beautiful nature such as numerous tiny and secluded beaches and bays, small and uninhabited islands and breathtaking views. The main town on the island is also named Korčula.

Upon arrival, private transfer to the hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Marko Polo 4* (Korčula)

Day 7: Korčula -- Sightseeing and Kayaking (B)

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What the Old Town lacks in size, it certainly makes up in quality as it is very well preserved; the layout and structure of the Old Town and its walls stem from the second half of the XIII century. You will notice that the Old Town is laid out in a very special way, with streets making an interesting pattern resembling a fish. The town was built in this way to protect against sea winds. Among many attractions in Korčula some of the most prominent are the cathedral of St. Mark and Museum of Icons, and Marco Polo's birth house.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Marko Polo 4* (Korčula)

Day 8: Day at leisure (optional hike in the Zrnovo/Kocje area) (B)

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Free day in Korčula on your own.

The birthplace of Marco Polo was built on the foundations of a Greek colony, and is the historical and tourist center of the largest island in the Dubrovnik region. It is famous for its streets that are shaped in the form of a fish bone and well-preserved Gothic and Renaissance buildings. The people of Korčula have preserved their customs and the medieval knights game "Moreška" that takes place on the town streets. The gentle Mediterranean cuisine will challenge the palates of even the most fastidious gourmets.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Marko Polo 4* (Korčula)

Day 9: Pelješac -- Hiking, Winetasting, Oyster Tasting (B)

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After breakfast departure to Dubrovnik.

On your way to Dubrovnik you will stop in Pelješac Peninsula. This tour is specially created for food and wine lovers. Take opportunity to meet local wine producers, taste great wines and eat fresh and homemade food.

After tasting of 4 wines and snack, we will continue to Ston for oyster tasting. Oysters from this region are known as natural aphrodisiac. The entire experience also has an educational character since we gladly share our knowledge and experience about the process of cultivating oysters with our guests.

Ston - The walls are much longer than those of its more famous neighbor Dubrovnik at 5km in length, making them the longest defensive structure in Europe; they are sometimes referred to as the 'European Walls of China". Built in the XIV and XV centuries as an additional defense for the Republic of Ragusa (Dubrovnik) and to protect the lucrative salt pans in the area, the walls also consist of three fortresses - Veliki Kastil (in Ston), Korula (Mali Ston) and Prodzvizd Fort - and a number of towers. The walls once stretched for as long as 7km, but parts were destroyed following the fall of the Republic of Ragusa, and during the XIX century when the stone was used to construct other structures. The walls have long since been protected and, following extensive renovations, were open a number of years ago to visitors. The salt works were established as far back as the XIII century (although the harvesting of salt in the area is thought to go back much further). The production of salt contributed to the wealth of the Republic of Dubrovnik. These days, the harvesting of salt from the sea is still done in a traditional manner.

After Ston continue your drive to Dubrovnik full of new experiences and knowledge.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Argentina 5* (Dubrovnik)

Day 10: Dubrovnik -- Sightseeing, Sunset Kayaking (B)

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Dubrovnik has often been called a classic medieval heartstopper. For it is rife with glorious fountains, palaces and cathedrals. And rich in history and culture, dating all the way back to the VII century. Visit the beautiful cloister at the Franciscan Monastery. Delight in the artistic treasures of the Assumption of the Virgin, and visit the Rector's Palace, and XIV century Dominican Monastery.

In the afternoon you will enjoy one of Dubrovnik's most popular summer activities and experience the city's stunning natural and historical heritage on a sunset kayaking tour. You can see Dubrovnik from a new perspective, viewing the city walls from the seaside and enjoying amazing sights from your kayak. You can enjoy some paddling by the city walls, before the tour returns back to and concludes at Pile Bay.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Argentina 5* (Dubrovnik)

Day 11: Free Day in Dubrovnik (B)

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Free Day in Dubrovnik on your own.

In your free time wander the bustling boutiques, markets and bars, savor freshly-caught seafood while gazing out to sea at sunset. Walk along the iconic walls, or take a cable car up to Mount Srđ for the most spectacular views in all of Dubrovnik. Today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Town and its towering walls rise above a 13th-century main street that literally sparkles in the sun. No wonder so many consider Dubrovnik a precious gem.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Argentina 5* (Dubrovnik)

Day 12: Free Day in Dubrovnik (B)

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Free Day in Dubrovnik on your own.

The over a thousand year old history of Dubrovnik is visible in every part of this city. The city is a living museum and a live stage, and has an ideal connection between its historical past and the modern day. It is surrounded by medieval walls that are 1940 meters long and are preserved in their original form. They are open to visitors and are the city's greatest attraction. Since 1979 the town has been under UNSECO protection. Dubrovnik is mainly a cultural destination, which asides from monuments of interest, offers a series of cultural events and festivals. Dubrovnik is a destination where you can enjoy a rest, and has extremely good air connections with all the larger European centers. Dubrovnik is a city that charms, a city that you fall in love with and always return to like new, to discover more unique experiences.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Argentina 5* (Dubrovnik)

Day 13: Transfer to airport, Depart (B)

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A driver will meet you at your hotel for the 25 minute transfer to the Dubrovnik Airport.

Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

13-Day Croatia Grand Tour
from $3695 USD
*** Contact Us for other itinerary and lodging options! ***

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

INCLUDES:
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
EXCLUDES:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)

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