Explore Croatia's Istrian Peninsula and be mesmerized by medieval fortressed towns, discover the beauty of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and look upon stunning coastal views as you make your way from Rovinj to Hvar. Board a private sailboat and be dazzled by Croatia's islands as you make your way across the Adriatic Sea to Dubrovnik. Feel the spirit of the Mediterranean on this 12-day adventure.

Highlights

  • Take in the picturesque scenery of Istria
  • Visit Plitvice Lakes National Park and see waterfalls and emerald-green lakes 
  • Discover Split and learn about its 1,700-year-old history
  • Island hop from Korčula to Mljet and sleep aboard your private sailboat
  • Walk the ancient streets of Dubrovnik

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Rovinj Rovinj
Day 2 Explore Istria Rovinj
Day 3 Plitvice Lakes National Park; Split Split
Day 4 Explore Split Hvar
Day 5 Hvar Hvar
Day 6 Begin 4-day sailing adventure Boat
Day 7 Sailing to Korčula  Boat
Day 8 Sailing to Mljet National Park Boat
Day 9 Sailing to Dubrovnik Dubrovnik
Day 10 Free day Dubrovnik
Day 11 Free day Dubrovnik
Day 12 Departure  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Rovinj

Rovinj
The pretty streets of Rovinj

Welcome to Rovinj (Rovigno), a small jewel on the west coast of the Istrian Peninsula. Though Rovinj remains an active fishing port today, it wasn't until 1763 that it became a part of the mainland. As such, its restricted access resulted in the idyllic narrow, cobblestoned streets you see today. Explore the town and note Rovinj's skyline, dominated by the baroque St. Euphemia’s Church (the tower is 196 feet high). You will stay on one of the 14 small islands, just off the coast from the mainland. 

Day 2: Explore Istria

Istria

Meet with your guide and begin your tour of the Istrian Peninsula — often referred to as tierra magica (magical land), and drive north to Grožnjan (Grisignana), an Istrian medieval hilltop town known as "the town of artists." Drive to Oprtalj (Portole), a medieval fort town, with traditional narrow streets, shops, and fine examples of Istrian architecture. Next, explore Motovun (Montona), an ancient little town located atop a 909-foot hill. Its present appearance, with the city walls surrounding the center of the town, dates back to the Middle Ages. 

Distance: 89 miles
Duration: 2.5 hours

Day 3: Plitvice Lakes National Park and Split

Plitvice
Plitvice Lakes National Park is famous for the emerald waters of its lakes

Start the day early and leave Rovinj behind and make your way to Split with a stop in Plitvice Lakes National Park. Plitvice is the first Croatian national park and is also deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stretch your legs and hike along the many wooden paths and bridges, in and around a series of 16 emerald-green and blue travertine (a type of limestone) lakes, more than 90 waterfalls, and numerous caves. 

Continue on to Split, the stunningly beautiful 1,700-year-old city, and explore the many monuments it has to offer. Make sure to see Diocletian's Palace, another fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lively city has something for everyone, so get lost and enjoy!

Distance: 321 miles
Duration: 6.25 hours

Day 4: Explore Split

Split

Spend the morning at your own pace and discover the old town. In the afternoon board the ferry to the island of Hvar.

Day 5: Hvar

Hvar
Hvar's picturesque harbor 

Hvar is an ancient city with a rich history. It's a favorite resort destination in the Dalmatian Riviera due to its architecture, natural scapes, and mild climate. Enjoy the day exploring this amazing town at your own speed. 

Day 6: Begin Your 4-Day Sailing Adventure

Sailing on the Adriatic

Today you will meet your skipper and board the sailboat (and your home!) for the next four days. Setting off from Hvar, feel free to discuss with your guide and skipper how and where you would like to spend your time. There are plenty of options for those interested in exploring quieter locations versus more popular destinations.

Day 7: Sailing to Korčula 

Korcula

Today might be a day where you would visit the island of Korčula (Curzola). Korčula town is a historic and fortified one on the east side of the island, populated even before the time of the ancient Greeks, and is said to be the birthplace of the famous Italian explorer, Marco Polo. Explore the town and island at your leisure.

Day 8: Sailing to Mljet National Park

Sailing the Dalmation Coast

Sail to the island of Mljet (Meleda), one of the larger Adriatic islands off of Croatia, and disembark to trek in Mljet National Park. The park covers an area of 33 square miles and is made up of lakes and bays, dense forests and olive groves. Rent a bike and enjoy a unique swim in the beautiful lush coves of the island.

Day 9: Sailing to Dubrovnik 

Dubrovnik
A view of Dubrovnik's Old Town

In the morning, sail to your final destination, the "Pearl of the Adriatic", Dubrovnik. Upon arrival in the marina, you will be welcomed by your driver and taken to your hotel. It may come as no surprise that the producers of Game of Thrones this UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of their filming locations. The city walls offer incredible views of countless red rooftops of old stone houses, towers, turrets, churches, and palaces.  Spend the afternoon settling in and wandering the streets outside of your hotel.

Day 10: Explore Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

History has left traces on the Republic of Ragusa's (Dubrovnik’s historical name) face and mentality of its people. Its architectural, artistic, and cultural achievements are profound, and as such, it's best to visit and see such treasures in person. Come and see why Dubrovnik is a top destination. Spend the day as you desire; explore the heart of the old town or simply relax at the beach. 

Day 11: Explore Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Today is another day of leisure for you to spend as you like.

Day 12: Departure

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik

Say goodbye to the Dalmatian coast — a trip you will cherish and remember.