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Luxury Small Group Departures

Departure Dates 2021:

Dubrovnik |  Ston | Peljesac | Perast | Kotor | Hvar | Split | Solin | Trogir

May 15 – 23
June 12 – 20
Sept. 11 – 19
Oct. 2 – 10

 

What’s included:

  • Individual arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Accommodation in first class hotels as per itinerary
  • Service charges, tourist fees, and taxes
  • Breakfast daily
  • Meals as listed in program
  • All transfers with a comfortable air-conditioned motor coach as per itinerary
  • Catamaran tickets as per program
  • Professional, English-speaking tour director throughout
  • Sightseeing tours as per itinerary with licensed local guides, entrance fees included
  • Luggage handling at hotels (one piece per person in / out)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020-21

Expect more. Do more.

 

DAY 1
Day 1: SATURDAY Arrive Dubrovnik

Arrival at Dubrovnik airport and transfer to hotel for time at leisure. In the evening meet your tour manager in the hotel lobby and depart for a very special welcome dinner. After a short walk from one city gate to another, we board the ship Karaka, a magnificent replica of a traditional merchant ship from the 16th century when Dubrovnik was a republic with a blossoming economy. We will enjoy a 2-hour Sunset Cruise with a buffet-style dinner, view the majestic walls of Dubrovnik from the sea and watch the sun set into the shimmering waters of the Adriatic Sea! After our beautiful relaxing cruise, we head back to our hotel, or choose to stay in town on your own. (D)

DAY 2
Day 2: SUNDAY Explore Dubrovnik

Today we discover the secrets of this old city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, surrounded by mighty walls and fortresses well preserved over the centuries. We start our walking tour along the elegant main street Stradun at Onforio’s Fountain, with stops to visit the Franciscan Monastery and the Old Pharmacy, Orlando’s Column, and the Cathedral of St Blaise, the town’s patron. At the end of our tour we join a presentation of LINJO dancing, a traditional dance dating from the times of the Dubrovnik Republic. The afternoon is free for you to continue to explore at your own pace. You can climb the walls and/or take the cable car to the top of Srđ Mountain for unforgettable views of Dubrovnik and the Elafiti Islands. Enjoy this ancient city at leisure for the rest of the day. (B)

DAY 3
Day 3: MONDAY Dubrovnik – Ston & Peljesac - Dubrovnik

This morning after breakfast we will head toward Ston, known for its very well-preserved town walls, salt works, and oysters. Ston is situated in the Peljesac peninsula, a famous wine region in Croatia. Our first stop along the way is Trsteno to visit a famous Arboretum. Continuing to Mali Ston where we start with a walking tour followed by a boat ride to visit an oyster farm. Afterwards, we visit 2 family owned wineries and enjoy a presentation and tasting of wines, liquors and olive oil. A light lunch with homemade bread, cheese, and local produce will be served as well. We will continue to Potomje Village, to see the 45-degree inclined slopes of the unique Dingac Vineyards and finally visit the medieval Gothic city of Ston. We return to Dubrovnik in the afternoon. Your evening is free. (B, L)

DAY 4
Day 4: TUESDAY Dubrovnik – Perast – Kotor – Dubrovnik

Today we embark on an adventure to explore one of the smallest countries in the world: Montenegro—a hidden gem of stunning beauty. We cross the border and see the amazing fjord-shaped bay of Kotor, a spectacular view. We will arrive at Perast, hometown to many sailors and captains, and from there we head to a man-made islet called ‘Our Lady of the Rocks.’ You will learn how this unique islet was born and why. Later we head to the town of Kotor, where we learn about the walled city’s history, architecture, culture, and cuisine. We visit the St. Tryphon Cathedral, admire the Square of Arms, view the Clock Tower, Pima Palace and Buca Palace, the Northern Gate, and other interesting sites and buildings. You will have some time to explore at your own pace and have lunch in one of the many restaurants. We return to Dubrovnik later on in the afternoon. (B)

DAY 5
Day 5: WEDNESDAY Dubrovnik – Hvar

This morning we will board a catamaran to the island of Hvar. Upon arrival, we check into our hotel and head out to explore. Hvar is not only a town of amazing history and architecture, but also a jet set meeting place for the rich and famous. We will walk through the cobbled streets, visit the Museum of the Benedictine Nuns, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to see the Agava pattern laces—intricate works of art handmade for hundreds of years by the nuns in Hvar. Afterward we will explore the city’s main square, the historic Arsenal with ancient Roman ruins below, and view the oldest public theatre in Europe, dating from 1621! We will also see the Hvar cathedral located right in the square. Later on, we hike to the Fortica Castle above the city. This is the best place for the mesmerizing view of Hvar town and Pakleni Islands right in front of it. After learning about the fortress and its secrets, we stroll back down toward the old city center through lush pine woods and an interesting old neighborhood called Groda. Enjoy the rest of the day at your own pace. Go to the beach, watch the sun setting in the Adriatic Sea or join the famous ‘after beach’ parties in the city beach clubs. (B)

DAY 6
Day 6: THURSDAY Hvar Island Tour

This morning you will have some time at leisure before we head out in the early afternoon to get to know the rest of this island—the sunniest island in Croatia. We drive along a picturesque road with sea views and pass through a tunnel to get to the northern part of this island where we enjoy a walking tour of Stari Grad (Pharos), a 2400-year-old town established by ancient Greeks from the island of Pharia. We will visit the Summer Villa of a famous writer, Petar Hektorovic, and the Tvrdalj Square, view the Cathedral, and walk through the narrow streets. Later we proceed to the town of Vrboska, called ‘little Venice’ because of its many bridges over a creek that ends in the town’s harbor. Here we will see the Fortica, a triangular-shaped church and the Maritime Museum. We will proceed to one of the local wineries to see the wine production process and enjoy a wine tasting and olive oil tasting. We will end our day at a traditional Konoba-restaurant, experiencing the dishes traditionally prepared to celebrate the end of the grape harvest. With free-flowing homemade wine and local singers, we will experience how the locals have gotten together for hundreds of years and continue to have fun, singing Dalmatian songs, telling jokes, eating homemade foods and just enjoying each other’s company. (B,D)

DAY 7
Day 7: FRIDAY Hvar Island – Split

This morning we say goodbye to Hvar and board a catamaran that will take us to Split. First we will check into our hotel and later explore Split, a 1700-year-old town that has grown around its heart, the Diocletian’s Palace, the historical center of the city and also a UNESCO World Heritage site. We will stroll the narrow streets of Diocletian’s Palace, built by the 4th-century Roman Emperor, tour its excellently preserved basement galleries and visit the old Temple of Jupiter in the central, ancient Peristyle Square. We will also visit the city Cathedral, one of the oldest buildings of its kind in the world, and pass the protected Golden and Silver Gates, walk through the historic squares and the popular Riva. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free for you to explore on your own. (B)

DAY 8
Day 8: SATURDAY Split – Solin – Trogir – Split

This morning we travel back through time as we visit the amazingly preserved ancient ruins of Salona, the capital city of the Roman province of Dalmatia 2000 years ago, and one of the five largest cities of the Roman Empire. Afterward, we drive to the village of Klis to see an imposing medieval fortress, situated high on a hilltop and historic home to many Croatian Kings as a defense against the Ottoman invasion. Next stop will be the gorgeous town of Trogir. Here we will indulge in a traditional dalmatian lunch before exploring this 2300-year-old city influenced architecturally by the Greeks, Romans, Venetians, and even Austrians. We return to Split in the late afternoon to enjoy your last evening. (B,L)

DAY 9
Day 9: SUNDAY Depart Croatia

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your homebound flight. (B)

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