Trace Croatia’s magnificent Dalmatian Coast from one medieval city to the next, delving into history and experiencing modern-day life in Hvar, Korčula, Dubrovnik, and beyond.    

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 Fort and Old City of Dubrovnik  The harbor in Split  Remains of Diocletian's Palace and the cathedral tower in Split  Section of Diocletian's extensive palace in Split  View of Sibenik's coastline  Sibenik in the evening  The Cathedral of St. James, Sibenik  Visovac Island, Krka National Park  Waterfalls at Krka National Park  The Pakleni Islands near Hvar  Couple kayaking  Croatian vineyards  The town of Korcula, along the Dalmatian Coast  Village of Ston with oyster farms in distance  Oyster farm in Ston  Traditional street in Dubrovnik  Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic

Gems of Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast: A Tailor-Made Journey

10 days from $6,730

Trace Croatia’s magnificent Dalmatian Coast from one medieval city to the next, delving into history and experiencing modern-day life in Hvar, Korčula, Dubrovnik, and beyond.    

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or call 855-215-8690

Overview

The following itinerary is a sampling of the experiences that we offer on a tailor-made journey to Croatia. Working with our country specialists, you can customize your itinerary to fit your timing, your budget, and your interests, including accommodations, activities, and the places you visit.

History meets natural splendor along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, where centuries-old walled cities edge the sparkling Adriatic and beautiful islands lie just off shore. Make your way from Split to Dubrovnik, absorbing the insights of your private guide as you delve into cities and sites that date back to the Venetians and the ancient Romans. Explore the gorgeous hills of Hvar, discover wild islands and secluded coves, and savor local wines and fresh oysters right from the source. You’ll stay in the heart of the historic towns of Hvar and Korcula and have plenty of time to discover them on your own.

Highlights:

  • Explore the medieval gems of Trogir, Šibenik, and Dubrovnik with a private guide.
  • Encounter stunning waterfalls on a walk in  Krka National Park.
  • Sample local Croatian wines at vineyards in Hvar and Peljesac.
  • Kayak the crystalline waters of the Pakleni Islands and set sail from Korčula on a sunset cruise.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - Split, Croatia

Arrive in Split, where you’ll be welcomed at the airport by your private driver and escorted to your hotel in the city. You’ll have some time to settle in before meeting your private guide for an afternoon walking tour of Diocletian’s Palace. Built as a retreat for the Roman emperor and finished in 305 A.D., this ancient city of garrisons, residences, and temples—including one of the world’s oldest continuously used synagogues—has been meticulously restored and repurposed for modern use. Learn the fascinating history of the city and discover the secrets of its palace as you explore its grand courtyards and marble streets.

Day 2 - Trogir, Šibenik, and Krka National Park

Spend the morning in the historic island-city of Trogir, a stunning World Heritage site surrounded by medieval walls. In the company of your private guide, climb to the ramparts of Kamerlengo Fortress for spectacular views, and venture down the lanes of the old city. Continue to the 14th-century city of Šibenik to see the Cathedral of Saint James, a masterpiece of Dalmatian architecture built from local stone. Then drive to Krka National Park, where you’ll have a chance to walk scenic trails to viewpoints overlooking the park’s many waterfalls and natural pools. Return to Split in the late afternoon. (B)

Day 3 - Hvar

After checking out of your hotel, meet your private driver and guide to take the ferry to the island of Hvar. Arrive in Stari Grad, originally founded by the ancient Greeks, and enjoy a stroll along its narrow lanes. Then drive through the island’s famously picturesque countryside, passing olive groves, vineyards, and lavender fields. Stop at one of Hvar's best wineries for a tasting of local wines. End the day in elegant Hvar Town, where your hotel is located within the well-preserved historic core. (B)

Day 4 -Hvar

Enjoy a full day at leisure to discover Hvar. You might rent a local boat to visit the islands of Biševo or Vis and explore the secluded coves along the southern shore. Another option is a guided boat tour of the Blue and Green Caves, where the interplay of light, rock, and water result in ethereal hues. You could find an inviting beach or relax by your hotel pool. Or simply soak up the ambiance of this effervescent town from a café on one of its squares. (B)

Day 5 - Hvar

In the morning, join your private guide for a kayaking excursion to the nearby Pakleni Islands. As you paddle along the beautiful coast, stop for a hike through pine forests, go for a swim in a sheltered cove, and enjoy a picnic on a pebble beach. Upon your return to Hvar Town this afternoon, you’ll have time to explore some of Hvar’s 16th-century palaces or its Spanish fortress. (B)

Day 6 - Korčula

A morning ferry brings you to the island of Korčula. Make sure you have a good viewpoint as you approach: the 13th and 14th-century walls and towers are particularly impressive when first seen from the water. After checking into your hotel, you’ll meet your private guide for a walking tour of the walled city often referred to as ‘Little Dubrovnik’ thanks to its medieval walls, imposing churches, and Venetian palaces. Then step aboard an authentic 1920s sailing vessel for a private sunset cruise around the coast. (B)

Day 7 - Pelješac Peninsula and Dubrovnik

Return to the mainland and set off on a scenic drive through the Pelješac Peninsula, one of the country’s top wine regions. You’ll sample vintages at two local wineries before a visit to an oyster farm in Ston for a tasting of their celebrated shellfish. From here, you’ll follow the stunning coast south to Dubrovnik and settle into your hotel. (B, L)

Day 8 - Dubrovnik

Venture into the old town of Dubrovnik with your private guide, exploring highlights such as the city walls and the Church of Saint Blaise as well as lesser-known attractions that offer a deeper insight into the history of the city. Then ride the cable car to the top of Mount Srđ for expansive views of the city, the coast, and the islands that dot the Adriatic. (B)

Day 9 - Dubrovnik

Your last full day in Croatia will be yours to enjoy as you please. Perhaps head for the nearby island of Lokrum to see the Royal Fort and visit the Benedictine monastery and its botanical gardens. Alternatively, you could take a swim in crystalline waters right from the city walls, or relax on the popular Sveti Jakov Beach. We can help with planning to make this a memorable day. (B)

Day 10 - Depart for home

Your private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Dubrovnik airport in time for your departing flight. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)