About Guided Tour 09 - Adriatic Coastline of Croatia
Croatia mixes a sunny climate with historic cities and one of the most breathtaking stretches of scenic shoreline in the whole Mediterranean. This is a leisurely tour of the stunning coastline between Split and Dubrovnik.
Activity code: CRTO9
Duration: 8 Days
This relaxed tour of the south starts out from Dubrovnik making it convenient for many flight connections from across Europe. The tour itinerary includes some of the most beautiful and interesting locations along the southern Dalmatian coast together with the best bits of Montenegro's stunning coastline - the Bay of Kotor and Budva plus a visit to the fabulously exotic Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina. There is plenty of time to enjoy the countryside and mountain scenery along the way. A full programme of sightseeing is included in each location.
** 2020 departures on request.
NB. This is a group tour but can also be arranged for any reasonable date as a private chauffeur-driven holiday itinerary; fully guided with a/c mini-bus, plenty of stops to take photographs and stretch legs en route. You can also choose your accommodation from our personal selection in each location to make up a tailored itinerary to suit your taste and budget - please contact us for more details.
- transfer on the day of the tour from Dubrovnik airport or another hotel in Dubrovnik to the Tour hotel.
Start your south Adriatic coach tour by getting a bird’s-eye perspective onto things. In the company of a local guide, enjoy a swift cable car ride to the hill Srđ, towering directly above Dubrovnik. From the top, get an understanding of the intricate position of this remarkable town, but also unforgettable glimpses of its terracotta roofs and neatly arranged Old Town streets. Then, explore them on foot, learning of the local cultural treasures and historic pathways. As you delve into the harmony, simplicity and beauty of this remarkable town, you’ll definitely get a sense of your journey beginning with a grand opening! Return to your hotel early in the afternoon, and enjoy a dinner and overnight Dubrovnik area.
In the morning, venture east. Past the serene valley of Konavle, cross the border with Montenegro. The scenery turns more dramatic, with snow-capped mountains looming over the turquoise Adriatic Sea. Driving around Boka bay, its beauty entices, with settlements inhabited as early as the Illyrian and Roman times charmingly dotting the shorelines. Discover the picturesque Perast with its quaint seafront and Our Lady of the Rocks church poised on a manmade island facing the town. Next, visit the UNESCO-listed gem of Kotor. Compare it to Dubrovnik, and find distinct Venetian heritage as the main difference. After your guide introduces you to a maze of curvy alleys and sunkissed piazzas, wander around on your own before heading back.
En route to the leisurely Makarska, divert across another border into Bosnia and Herzegovina. Discover Mostar, the crossroads of the east and the west, where urban style, religion, culture and food all embrace the clash. As you explore its sights like the Old Bazaar, the Turkish House and one of the many old Mosques, your guide will bring the town’s contrasts and lessons in focus and then allow you to explore on your own, visit the old craft shops, and savor some traditional fare like ‘čevapćići’ or baklava (sweets). Arrive to Makarska later in the afternoon.
Today, contrast two Croatian UNESCO-listed sites in vicinity of the resort town of Makarska. Split, the largest coastal town, bustles and buzzes, as it grows more and more popular among travellers for its easy-going spirit, creative food and shopping scene and of course, remarkable heritage. Take note of the historic core of Split, the Diocletian’s Palace, and compare it to a maze of atmospheric streets and alleyways in your next stop, the petite Trogir. Rooted in the greatness of Greek and Roman times, Trogir showcases some of the finest architectural works in Croatia, including the incredibly intricate portal of its Cathedral, the Town Loggia and the Cipiko palace. After a day of culture and heritage, head back to Makarska.
A day of leisure.
Your vacation is close to its grand finale - relax on the long pebbly beaches in Makarska or join an optional excursion to the Krka National Park and the town of Šibenik. Krka waterfalls are often referred to as ‘The little Plitvice Lakes’, as they somewhat resemble Croatia’s favourite national park. Close to where the river Krka kisses the Adriatic Sea, you’ll also find the town of Šibenik, somewhat of a late tourism bloomer – which gives it a special charm. With a seductive Renaissance core, a superbly attractive waterfront and an immense fort guarding the town, its success does not surprise, especially knowing that its centrepiece, the Renaissance Cathedral of St. James, is UNESCO-listed and considered one of the most beautiful examples of sacral architecture in Croatia. Return to Makarska Riviera.
Depart Makarska Riviera in the morning and head to Ploče for a lovely ferry boat ride to Trpanj on Pelješac peninsula. A short bus and a boat transfer later, and you’ll be in Korčula island and its beautiful Old Town, charming and entertaining at the same time. The fishbone pattern of its streets, superb stone work all over its facades, Korčula stuns around each corner. After a brisk walking tour, wander the former Venetian stronghold on your own, before returning to Orebić. A break from the scenic ride through Pelješac peninsula takes place in Ston, the town of salt and oysters. Return to your hotel late in the afternoon.
Transfer on the final day of the tour to Dubrovnik airport, Dubrovnik port or another hotel in Dubrovnik.
Following cancellation fees will be charged for confirmed bookings:
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