This active adventure takes you through one of Croatia's most beautiful regions, the Dalmatian coast, from the historic port city of Split to the island of Hvar, and finally to Croatia's most popular city, Dubrovnik. You'll wander through ancient Roman ruins and medieval town centers, kayak out into the sunset, and cycle through small villages as you work up an appetite for Croatia's great fresh seafood.

Highlights

  • Wander the famous Diocletian's Palace in Split, dating back to the 4th century
  • Watch the sunset from your kayak as you explore the Pakleni Islands
  • Explore Hvar on two wheels, stopping in local villages
  • Roam marbled streets and discover baroque buildings of Croatia's most historical city, Dubrovnik

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Welcome to Split! Split
Day 2 Ferry from Split to Hvar, Sunset Sea Kayaking Hvar Town
Day 3 Cycle Tour around Hvar Island Hvar Town
Day 4 Ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik Dubrovnik
Day 5 Depart Dubrovnik  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Split!

Split
Split

From the airport, it's a short (45-minute) drive to the center of Split. Depending on your arrival time, check into your hotel and take the rest of the day to explore the historic port city on your own. 

Founded 1,700 years ago by the Roman emperor Diocletian, Split's Old Town consists of a number of impressive sites, including Peristyle, Cathedral of St. Dominus, the Piazza, and Diocletian's Palace, one of the best-preserved Roman buildings in the world. Start in Peristyle Square, taking in the 3,500-year-old sphinxes Diocletian brought back from Egypt before exploring the 4th-century complex.  From there pass through the Iron Gate and into Pjaca Square for pretty views of white marble tiles, a Romanesque clock tower with the remains of a medieval sundial, and the 15th-century Town Hall

In the evening, take a stroll along Split's seafront Riva to admire the waterfront views before finding the off-beat Konoba Dioklecijan restaurant, just to the left of the Bronze Gate for a bite to eat, its outdoor terrace built into the walls of Diocletian's Palace.

Day 2: Ferry from Split to Hvar, Sunset Sea Kayaking

Galesnik Island, the first in line of the Pakleni Islands. From here, you'll have great views of Hvar town
Galesnik Island, the first in line of the Pakleni Islands. From here, you'll have great views of Hvar town

This morning you will catch the one-hour ferry from Split to Hvar and check into your hotel. A Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea, Hvar is a popular destination with tourists due to its natural setting, mild climate, and its historic town of the same name. You'll have the late morning to explore Hvar Town. Visit St. Stephen's Cathedral and climb the steps to the terrace outside of the historic Arsenal to enjoy views over the harbor and the surrounding area. 

In the afternoon, pack your swimwear and towel and head to Hvar Town's beachfront for your guided sunset kayaking tour to the nearby Pakleni Islands. The islands are the most beautiful part of the Hvar Riviera and are a favorite retreat for locals seeking to escape the summer heat. Altogether, there are 14 wooded and rocky islets, which you will get a chance to explore by kayak with a striking pink sky as a backdrop.

Day 3: Cycle Tour around Hvar Island

Cobblestone streets in the town of Stari Grad on the northern coast of Hvar
Cobblestone streets in the town of Stari Grad on the northern coast of Hvar

Take the morning to walk along the Riva to Trg svetog Stjepana, the long, rectangular square that meets the sea. Here you can visit the Venetian arsenal and the town theater—one of the oldest Baroque playhouses in Europe. From the square, head into the Groda to explore the Hektorović Palace, Leporini Palace, and the Benedictine Convent.

In the afternoon, transfer from Hvar Town to Stari Grad. Gear up and ready yourself for the cycling tour around the island—the best way to see the whole of the island. You'll bike through the center of well-preserved ancient Greek ruins—a UNESCO World Heritage site—and explore small villages in the inner part of the island. 

There are a number of options to choose, routes ranging from 6 to 9 miles (10 -15 km). It'll be an easy ride on mostly flat roads through lavender fields, olive groves, and vineyards, palm trees, and pine woods and past coastal villages like Jelsa and Vrboska.

Day 4: Ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik's old city walls
Dubrovnik's old city walls

After breakfast, board a four-hour ferry to Dubrovnik.

Often referred to as the "Pearl of the Adriatic," Dubrovnik is a world-renowned city of exceptional charm. Take some time to explore its 16th-century stone walls, including the Minceta, Lovrijenac and Revelin fortresses, visit Onofrio's Fountain and the Church of Saint Blaise (St. Vlaho), and stroll along the limestone-paved Stradun, Dubrovnik's main street to get your bearings. Dubrovnik also offers excellent nightlife and some of Croatia's best restaurants and wine bars. 

The remainder of the day will be at your leisure, allowing time for you to wander and explore this magical city. Depending on when you arrive, you may have time to hop aboard a cable car and ride to the top of Srđ Mountain for stunning views of Dubrovnik and the nearby Elafiti Islands. Stretch your legs and enjoy unobstructed views of the city as you walk back down the hill.

Day 5: Depart Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik at sunset
Dubrovnik at sunset

Depending on when you depart, you may have time to visit one of Dubrovnik's museums, like the Franciscan Monastery and Museum. This large complex houses many treasures, including the world's third oldest pharmacy dating from 1317.

Alternatively, for a collection of 15,000 pieces of interesting works, visit the Rector's Palace and Cultural Historical Museum. Wander this well-preserved palace-turned-museum and explore its exhibits, some detailing life in the Republic of Ragusa during medieval times.

The drive to the airport from Dubrovnik takes around 45 minutes with normal traffic.