- Explore the ancient port town of Split
- Tour famously pretty Hvar Island on foot
- Hike and cycle on Korčula - an island known for its pine forests
- Visit the longest city walls in Europe
- Explore famous Dubrovnik
|Day 1||Ancient Split||Split|
|Day 2||Hvar: an island full of lavender, vineyards, and rosemary||Hvar|
|Day 3||Walking tour of Hvar||Hvar|
|Day 4||Korčula: a Venetian fortified town||Korčula|
|Day 6||The longest walls in Europe||Dubrovnik|
|Day 7||Dubrovnik (and departure)|
Day 1: Split
Welcome to Split! Arrive in the morning, settle into your hotel, and meet up with a local guide for a tour through the 1,700-year-old town center. Explore a rich history that includes Byzantine, Venetian, and Austro-Hungarian rule while enjoying the narrow alleyways, beautifully worn stone squares, and monuments like Jupiter's Temple and the original Egyptian Sphinx. Then take a stroll through one of Croatia's largest open fish markets and the palace wine cellars before indulging in a traditional dinner. If you arrive early, make some time for a morning bike ride along the local-loved Marjan Hill - a hilltop park full of hiking trails and sweeping ocean views.
Day 2: Hvar Island
Pack your bags and board a ferry bound for the popular, picturesque island of Hvar! Spend your morning cycling on mostly flat roads through lavender fields, olive groves, vineyards, palm trees, and pine woods and past coastal villages like Jelsa and Vrboska. Then circle back to town for an afternoon visiting its most famous attractions, including the seventh-century walls, Venetian loggia, and oldest municipal theater in Europe. Break for a coffee or another bevanda in one of the Mediterranean's most beautiful squares. And don't miss out on the swimming and snorkeling just off the coast.
Day 3: Hvar Island
Lace up your hiking boots for a morning hike along a rocky path to the highest point on the island. Along the way, pause to discover abandoned villages (once famous for lavender production) and step off the trail and into the hidden bays of Hvar's southern coast for a quick swim in the famous turquoise waters of the Adriatic.
Day 4: Korčula
Start your day with a ride across the water to the ancient Greek colony of Korčula. Dating back to the 4th century BC and now famous for its white wines and dark pine forests, this singularly beautiful island is where you'll spend your next two days. Start with a cycling loop around the island, passing charming villages and rocky coves. Or take a day off and relax in Korčula town - a Venetian fortified town full of narrow streets and old stone homes.
Day 5: Korčula
Another hike awaits on your fifth morning in Croatia - this time through a nature park full of amazing rock formations, dense forest, and wildlife. The walk is peaceful and relaxing and will take you to the ancient Napoleon path along olive groves, small vineyards, and beautiful fields of sage, oregano, and other local herbs. End your hike in the village of Pupnat where a traditional local lunch has been prepared with ingredients from the fields you've just walked through.
After lunch, make your way back to Medieval Korčula town to explore the cobblestone streets, whitewashed buildings, and Gothic and Renaissance architectural masterpieces. Or spend the rest of the day enjoying the beach and water, paddle boarding, swimming, or just relaxing in the sand.
Day 6: The longest walls in Europe
Wave farewell to Korčula and make your way along the Peljesac Peninsula - home of Croatia's best-known red wines (Dingac and Postup). Cycle along the Plavac Mali vineyards to a quiet bay for a swim, snorkel, and lunch break. Then board your van and make your way to Mali Ston - home of the longest fortified city walls on the continent and famous for its oysters and mussels. Take a walk on the walls and try a few specialties before heading down the coast to Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic and one of the world's most beautifully preserved Medieval cities.
Day 7: Dubrovnik
After breakfast, spend your last morning in Croatia on a guided tour of popular Dubrovnik. With its strategic coastal position, the city has been an important power since the 13th century, and its long and storied history is told in its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces, and fountains.
After the tour, it's time to bid Croatia farewell - or extend your trip and explore more of the Balkans! The restored, fairytale town of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina is just a few hours over the border. The famously beautiful port town of Kotor in Montenegro is just a short ride down the coast. And, of course, there's plenty more to see here in Dubrovnik and the rest of Croatia.