13 Days Croatia Adriatic Escape
Zagreb – Plitvice Lakes – Split – Dalmatian Islands – Dubrovnik
From the blue skies and sandy beaches of Hvar to the dense, forested hills and lakes of Plitvice, Croatia boasts some truly outstanding scenery. Jump onboard a traditional Croatian motor yacht and experience Dalmatia! Discover the most spectacular coastline Europe has to offer as you explore tiny islands, secluded coves and swim in the sparkling blue of the Adriatic Sea daily. If island hopping between breathtaking destinations, historic seaside towns and epic gastronimic experience sounds like your idea of a getaway, you must experince sailing in Croatia at least once in your lifetime.
Day 1 | Zagreb Arrival (-)
Upon arrival to Zagreb airport, our driver will meet you and transfer to the hotel right in the city centre. Zagreb is a wonderful central European city, a blend of Viennese and Hungarian architectural styles and a Metropolis of a human scale. Often overlooked by travellers, Zagreb could easily surprise you as one of the highlights of your trip. It is the relaxed atmosphere and immediacy of enjoyment of life that make all the difference.
Depending on time of your arrival, meet your private local guide and discover the town by walking through its bustling downtown streets. Visit the Cathedral, the Stone gate, St. Mark’s church, the historic Upper town, the colourful grocery market, the Central Square and lively Tkalčićeva Street with its numerous charming cafes and restaurants. Zagreb hosts excellent music and street art festivals in Spring, Summer and Autumn, whilst during the Winter it is awarded as The Best Advent festival city in Europe.
Day 2 | Zagreb (B)
Meet your private local guide in the morning and discover the town by walking through its bustling downtown streets. Visit the Cathedral, the Stone gate, St. Mark’s church, the historic Upper town, the colourful grocery market, the Central Square and lively Tkalčićeva Street with its numerous charming cafes and restaurants. Zagreb hosts excellent music and street art festivals in Spring, Summer and Autumn, whilst during the Winter it is awarded as The Best Advent festival city in Europe. The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure.
Craft beer tour in Zagreb – Join us for a Croatian craft beer tour in Zagreb. We’ll hit four bars in the Upper town to try the best craft beers in the country and at the same time experience some of the major city attractions. Included: 4 beers, local meal in a microbrewery, experienced local guide in English. Duration: 4 hours
Hiking tour Medvednica to mountain in Zagreb – Nature lovers can visit the lakes, vast green parks or enjoy magnificent views from Medvednica mountain. Escape from the mob of tourists and mainstream city attractions. Discover the foothills of Medvednica mountain and treat yourself to the best hiking in the region. Experience Zagreb surroundings the way we have done it for decades. You’ll hear stories about Zagreb legends, explore forgotten hiking trails and a medieval castle and at the end taste local delicacies (bean stew/cottage cheese with cream, beer). Included: transfer, food and drink, experienced local guide in English, hiking poles. Duration: 5-6 hours, Distance: 10-12km
Day 3 | ZAGREB – NATIONAL PARK PLITVICE LAKES (BLD)
Private transfer to Plitvice lakes national park, listed by UNESCO as World Natural Heritage Site. Walk along sixteen beautiful crystal blue and turquoise lakes, cascading over travertine barriers into spectacular waterfalls. The park is renowned for exceptional beauty of its lakes and waterfalls, rich plant and animal life, contrasting colours, forests and the pure mountain air. Boat and park train rides are included in the visit. Continental area of Plitvice Lakes differs greatly from the coastal region; it is of cooler climate, lush green forests, mountainous architecture and gastronomy. It is a perfect getaway to cool off from the hot seaside. Spend most of the day wandering around the park. Spend the rest of the day in the comfort of your hotel.
Day 4 | NATIONAL PARK PLITVICE LAKES – SPLIT (B)
Continue the drive to Split. Upon your arrival, settle in your centrally located hotel. After a short fresh up, meet your local guide in the hotel lobby for a private city tour. Explore the Roman Emperor’s palace still inhabited for over two millennia, antique and medieval renaissance palaces, city squares, the Cathedral, Jupiter’s temple, and the popular seafront promenade.
There are plenty of other activities to do in Split while on your own. Enjoy the view from the Marjan hill, visit fine art or archaeology museums or learn to play the local beach ball game “picigin” on the most famous beach Bačvice.
Street food tour – Mediterranean gastronomy is based on light, simple meals prepared from fresh and healthy viands. Opposite to Asian nigh markets where food is prepared out on busy streets, the ritual of cooking in Dalmatia is strongly connected to an intimate circle of home, family and friends. Our foodie expert guide will take you through a maze of streets in Emperor Diocletian’s palace, Jewish Ghetto and old Split downtown. Avoiding expensive restaurants or tourist traps, try finger food delicacies prepared and sold by local women on open grocery market, nibble on seafood snacks prepared near the fish market, and enjoy traditional homemade prosciutto ham & cheese in a bar surrounded with locals discussing on daily football and politics. Duration: 2-3 hours
Zip-line adventure – feel an adrenaline rush sliding down a steel cable stretched over a canyon, safely sitting in a harness. Views of mountain peaks, rivers and canyons is amazing. The longest zipline in Croatia has 8 cables of 1.6 miles in total, with speed reaching up to 45mph. We’ll provide short training on the spot, experienced guides on each end of the wire, a safety harness, helmet and gloves. You should bring a windproof jacket, sunglasses, sunblock, and alternatively a small backpack with some water and a camera.
Day 5 | SPLIT – Sail to DRVENIK (Blue Lagoon) (B)
After breakfast in the hotel, it is time to hop on a sailing boat and visit the numerous islands! After meeting with your skipper, you will set sail to the untouched turquoise bay Blue Lagoon near the island of Drvenik. The transparent sea will completely amaze you. You will spend the whole day there, swimming, sunbathing and snorkelling. Skipper will gladly recommend you the best restaurants for lunch and dinner along the way. There, you will also spend the night under the stars, scenting sea salt and wild nature.
Day 6 | DRVENIK – KOMIŽA (Vis island) (B)
The second day after the breakfast on board, you will sail to the beautiful and a little bit remote island of Vis, to visit it´s place Komiža. Komiža is one of the oldest villages in Dalmatia, a true fisherman settlement with houses almost in the sea. You can try some of its fantastic cuisine in numerous hidden restaurants. You will spend the night there.
Day 7 | KOMIŽA – BLUE & GREEN CAVE – VIS (B)
On the third day of your sail tour, explore Vis natural phenomena Blue and Green Caves as well as Stiniva bay. The colours will astonish you, the bay is to remember. Spend the rest of the day wandering around the beautiful Island of Vis.
Day 8 | VIS – PAKLENI ISLANDS – HVAR (B)
You will sail to pearl islets Pakleni otoci near Hvar and enjoy a whole day of swimming, sunbathing, snorkelling, exploring small walking paths, hidden bars and restaurants. Pakleni otoci are indeed wild and green, with pristine nature and crystal and clear sea. By the evening you will sail to the island of Hvar to spend the night in the beautiful and famous Hvar town. Check out from the boat and head out to your hotel. Overnight in Hvar.
Day 9 | HVAR (B)
Free day to explore the island on your own.
Private half-day wine tour of Hvar Island – Treat yourself with this exclusive wine tour, uncovering the rich heritage of the island. Less than half an hour from Hvar Town, central Hvar offers a phenomenal wine experience, where grapes are grown in a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded by the Ancient Greeks, and whose winemakers have wines, stories and personalities as diverse as Hvar’s tourism offer. You will visit two vineries and have free time for lunch.
Sea kayak adventure in Hvar – our sit-on-top sea kayaks are easy to handle & fun to ride. Paddle, swim, & snorkel, get a different perspective on Dalmatian cities and Adriatic islands. We’ll provide a kayak, paddle, life west, insurance and a licensed guide, while you should bring a swimsuit, towel, a hat, sunblock, water and a camera. Suggested areas: Split, Dubrovnik, Hvar.
If none of these tickle your fancy, we have a few more activities we could recommend, such as island discovery tour, picnic in the olive groove, biking around the island, hiking or a private cooking class.
Day 10 | HVAR – DUBROVNIK (BLD)
After breakfast in the morning, hop on a fast ferry to your last destination – Dubrovnik. Upon your arrival, driver will meet your & transfer to hotel. Private transfer from your hotel to Dubrovnik city centre in the afternoon. Meet your expert local guide and spend the day touring Dubrovnik’s amazing Old Town – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the magnificent curtain of walls, marble streets and baroque buildings that exude a pearly light in the Adriatic sun. Walk the main pedestrian thoroughfare, Placa, with its melange of cafés and shops. Take in the artistry and history of the numerous churches, monasteries and museums showcased in this beautiful city.
Day 11 | DUBROVNIK (B)
Free day to explore the city on your own.
Cooking class in Dubrovnik countryside – Our cooking class introduces Mediterranean flavors of southern Dalmatia and its traditional hinterland village lifestyle. Learn how to prepare homemade food the same way as our ancestors did centuries ago. You may pick fresh vegetables for your cooking lesson straight from our garden! Prepare your meal over the open fire, dig your fingers into fresh dough, taste some olive oil and blend it in rural ambience to get the true feeling of Dubrovnik countryside. Duration: aproximately 5 hours.
Biking & wine tasing in Dubrovnik countryside– Discover the hidden side of the Dubrovnik region that will amaze you with its natural beauties. See, smell and taste the Dubrovnik countryside on bicycle in the company of local knowledgeable guides. No experience necessary other than knowing how to ride a bike!
There are many other activities to do in and around Dubrovnik: Enjoy the bird’s views from the funicular reaching the mountain over the city; Half day speedboat tour to Elaphite archipelago; water sport adventures; Quad ATV adventures; Paddle the sea kayak to Lokrum island.
Day 12 | DUBROVNIK (B)
Private transfer by your driver to the Dubrovnik airport for your flight to Zagreb. Upon arrival transfer to hotel for check in. Rest of the day free at leisure for shopping or take in the city vibes.
Day 13 | ZAGREB – DEPARTURE (B)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for departure.
• All private land transport and 2 way airport transfers
• All Accommodations on twin share (including taxes and VAT) with breakfast daily
• Personal Private English Speaking Guide
• All Entrance tickets for sightseeing except Optionals
• 4-day sailing tour (includes sailing boat + skipper, private cruise, breakfast on board daily, marina fees, moorings, full boat equipment, final cleaning, accident insurance, 3 hours per day fuel, tourist tax)
• Ferry tickets Split – Hvar, Hvar – Dubrovnik
• Group transfer Hvar port – Hotel – Hvar Port
• 1 Way Domestic ticket Dubrovnik – Zagreb
• International airfare,
• Travel insurance
• all alcoholic and other beverages,
• Foods & drink on the boat other than mentioned
• Entrance to Blue & Green Cave (client’s own paid on site)
• All personal expenses
• Optional activities
• Resort/hotel facilities and activities
* More details on Sailing Boat can be furnished upon request