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Experience Dalmatia from Split, Croatia (8 Days)

Split| Dubrovnik| Croatia
  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
  • Terms and Conditions

Overview

Introduction

In the very south of Croatia is a region filled with mountains, lakes, rivers, islands, cities and towns which date back thousands of years. Towns like Split, Trogir, and Dubrovnik where history dating back to the third century AD permeates the air.  Its coast and the waters around the islands are clear, startlingly blue and turquoise. This is Dalmatia, one of the most beautiful areas to be found in the Adriatic Sea. It’s a place of Mediterranean people, lifestyle and pace. The 8 days of this tour will be based in Split, the capital city of Dalmatia, and where the vibrant café society makes every day feel like a vacation. Your tour will be filled with sun, vineyards, ancient courtyards, cathedrals and the palace of a Roman emperor. If you visit in Summer, you will be able to take part in some of the local festivals.

Accommodation

7 Nights St Luke Heritage Hotel

Split is known for so many things from its beaches to the walls that surround the Diocletian’s Palace. At St Luke Heritage Hotel, you will enjoy a blend ...

Itinerary

+ Day 1

Guests arrive at Resnik International Airport in the city of Kaštela. Kaštela was once an ancient Greek port, a stopover point for Roman veterans and a summer vacation place for Croatian kings. From there you will be taken to the city of Split, a 40-minute drive through the picturesque Mediterranean landscape filled with the aromatic greenery of pine and tamaris trees. Once in Split, you will check into the St Luke Heritage Hotel which stands opposite the historic St Luke’s chapel and only a few metres from the Roman emperor Diocletian's Palace. A 2-minute stroll through this ancient Adriatic Sea port will take you to your restaurant for dinner.
Overnight:  St Luke Heritage Hotel or similar

Activities and Services

+ Day 2

After an early breakfast and departure, a 1.5-hour drive will take you to the Lozovac entrance of the Krka National Park. The Krka River flows through the region’s limestone creating a natural karst phenomenon of seven waterfalls, caves, underground streams, and sinkholes. This wild river flows through a countryside rich in an extremely diverse range of plant and animal life, including bears and lynx. The presence of man dates as far back as pre-historic times, and can be seen thanks to the park’s abundance of walking and hiking trails. From Roman catacombs, Byzantine monasteries, to traditional watermills by the Skradinski buk waterfall. A 4-hour boat trip will take you to the man-made Visovac Island for a 30-minute guided tour by one of the monks of the 15th-century Franciscan monastery which houses the so-called smallest book in the world, and an illustrated copy of Aesop's fables printed in 1487, which is one of only three in the world. The boat cruise ends at Skradinski buk where you can have lunch, swim, relax, explore the ethno-villages or wander through the forest on wooden pathways. You will return to your hotel in time to freshen up and change for your dinner reservation which is a 1-minute meander from your hotel.
Overnight:  St Luke Heritage Hotel or similar

Activities and Services

+ Day 3

History comes to life as you tour Split. Visit the oldest square in the city, the Voćni trg known as the Fruit Square, or the Pjaca or People's Square with its unique clock tower with 24 numbers instead of 12. The Temple of Jupiter is decorated with reliefs of gods and heroes, and forms part of Diocletian’s Palace. Nearly everything on your tour is part of, or overlooked by, the ancient Roman emperor’s palace. This is not a coincidence as the emperor was the founder of the city. The palace is well-worth a visit. Diocletian’s grave became part of the Cathedral of Saint Domnius. The church is regarded as the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world still in use in its original structure, and the second oldest structure used by any Christian Cathedral. Built into the western wall of Diocletian’s Palace and in the once Jewish Ghetto, an alley locally known as the Jewish Passage, is the 16th century Split Synagogue and third oldest synagogue standing today in Europe. The Riva Waterfront has been widened and reconstructed several times since the Napoleonic era, but the south facade of the Diocletian Palace has always been its most dramatic backdrop. The Riva is filled with cafés, restaurants, fish market, green market and, once a year, the boisterous Split carnival. After the tour, the afternoon is yours. Pick up lunch in the Old Town and relax until dinner, just over an hour’s drive down the south coast in the town of Jesenice.
Overnight:  St Luke Heritage Hotel or similar

Activities and Services

+ Day 4

Enjoy an early morning private cruise through the Croatian Adriatic to Biševo Island and its waterlogged sea cave known as the Blue Grotto. The cave glimmers at certain times of the day with an otherworldly blue light. Its natural entrance is below sea-level. It’s one of the most famous beauty spots off Dalmatia’s coast. Circle back to another ‘hidden gem’ - the Stiniva Cove’s Beach on the island of Vis. Stiniva Cove’s unmatched beauty is formed by high cliffs creating a narrow sea entrance to a clear lagoon lapping a protected pebble beach. Just offshore from Vis, lies a small island called Budikovac. The crystal-clear turquoise lagoon is perfect for swimming. A 25-minute boat ride takes you through the pine-covered Pakleni Islands, each with its own unique attractions, to the island and town of Hvar. Here you can explore white-washed towns, historic cobbled streets, home-style restaurants, and rolling hills wreathed in fragrant lavender, olive trees, and vineyards. For history buffs, there’s the 6th Century Byzantine citadel, the 13th Century Venetian fort and Europe’s first civic theatre - the Arsenal.  Enjoy Hvar at your leisure, have lunch on the promenade and you’ll be back in Split in time for dinner in the Old Town.
Overnight:  St Luke Heritage Hotel or similar

Activities and Services

+ Day 5

You can swim almost anywhere sea meets shore in Split. The beaches are hugely diverse, from the popular sandy beaches, to pebble beaches and, for the more adventurous, the wild rocky places from where you can enjoy swimming in water as beautifully clear as any in the Adriatic. Spend the day exploring or relaxing and swimming. There are 5 very popular beaches in Split.  Popular and sandy Bačvice Beach is part of Split’s identity and home to the Split Beach Festival, as well as the only beach game which is a protected cultural heritage – picigin. Beach Trstenik’s pebbled beach, while not completely natural, is maintained by the nearby hotel. Just a short stroll away is Trstenik Žnjan Beach, consisting of several bays. Pebbled Kaštelet Obojena Beach is just below the Ivan Meštrović Gallery. Why not catch some culture before you catch some sun? Floating in the sea just off Kašjuni Beach will give you the best view of Marjan Hill with its pine forest, churches and rocky outcrops. Bene Beach is part of the northwestern popular pine forest park. In the early evening you will be whisked away for a tour of a vineyard that organically cultivates the only indigenous Dalmatian grape varieties. Later, pair the organic, inky-red wine with a traditional Dalmatian dinner.
Overnight:  St Luke Heritage Hotel or similar

Activities and Services

+ Day 6

You may be forgiven for thinking you have either stepped back in time, or wandered onto a film set, when you arrive in Dubrovnik. Its nearly 6-metre thick walls doubled as King's Landing in the HBO television series, ‘Game of Thrones’. Playwright George Bernard Shaw, once said: "If you want to see heaven on earth, come to Dubrovnik." Before lunch you can enjoy a guided tour beginning at the Pile gate, winding its way through the Old Town past Orlando’s Column, Onofrio’s Fountains and the 16th-century Sponza Palace built in the city’s unique Gothic-Renaissance style. Home to the city archives with documents dating back to 1022, the palace also hosts some of Dubrovnik’s Summer Festival between July and August. After lunch the afternoon is yours to explore on your own. Since 1435, the nearby Rector’s Palace has endured and been rebuilt after fire, gunpowder explosions and an earthquake. Visit the Old Synagogue, the oldest Sefardic synagogue still in use today in the world and the second oldest synagogue in Europe. Tour the Franciscan Church and Monastery whose plain exterior belies the artistic beauty inside. The pharmacy inside the Monastery dates from 1317. It’s the oldest still functioning pharmacy in Europe and the third oldest in the world. Dubrovnik also has Arboretum Trsteno, the world’s oldest botanical garden. Once you arrive back in Split enjoy dinner on the city’s oldest square, Voćni trg.
Overnight:  St Luke Heritage Hotel or similar

Activities and Services

+ Day 7

A relaxed cruise early in the day will take you to the tiny island city of Trogir. Its historic centre, with Venetian palaces, churches, towers, and a fortress, has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Trogir has been a continuously inhabited island for 2300 years, and its culture was influenced by the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Venetians. In fact, Trogir is the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex, not only in the Adriatic, but in all of Central Europe. The town’s grandest building is the church of St. Lawrence, better known as St John’s Cathedral. It’s an important example of the different influences that over the centuries have governed Trogir. Explore the Kula Karmelengo, the 14th Century extension of the Veriga Tower. It is now used for Summer shows and concerts. The Old Town houses the Placa Cipiko. A short cruise from Trogir is the Blue Lagoon, sheltered by the Krknjasi Archipelago on Veli Drvenik’s east coast. It’s a wonderful place to spend your last afternoon in Dalmatia. Its unusual sandy sea bottom and immaculate, crystal-clear water create a unique tropical paradise. One that provides a special snorkelling opportunity before returning to Split for dinner alongside Diocletian’s Palace overlooking the promenade.
Overnight:  St Luke Heritage Hotel or similar

Activities and Services

+ Day 8

After a healthy and filling breakfast, you will have the morning to enjoy at your leisure before catching your flight home or onward to another adventure on your vacation.

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Terms and Conditions

Includes

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 excursions
  • 14 meals - 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners
  • Standard transfers from and to airports, accommodations and activities as outlined in detailed itinerary
  • Transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle and bottled water provided daily
  • Dedicated, friendly and knowledgeable driver and local guide

Excludes

Unless otherwise specified

  • All flights, related costs and taxes (international and local)
  • All meals and beverages (soda, bottled water, alcoholic drinks, specialty coffee and tea)
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Porterage and tipping
  • Trip insurance and items of a personal nature