- Marvel at Split's stone sphinxes brought back from Egypt 3,500 years ago
- Swim and snorkel off the coast of Brač Island
- Discover the 16th-century Španjola Fortress on Hvar
- Experience the iridescent blue waters of Biševo's Blue Cave
- Spend the night in the picturesque harbor of Vis' Komiža
|Day 1||Welcome to Split!||Split|
|Day 2||Sail from Split to Hvar via Brač Island||Hvar Town|
|Day 3||Sail from Hvar to Vis, Stopping at Pakleni Islands & Blue Cave||Vis Island|
|Day 4||Sail from Vis to Split||Split|
|Day 5||Depart Split|
Day 1: Welcome to 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 Roman emperor Diocletian, Split's Old Town consists of a number of impressive sites, including Peristyle, Cathedral of St. Dominus, 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: Sail from Split to Hvar via Brač Island
This morning you'll take a private sailboat from Split to sail in and around the island of Brač. The largest of the central Dalmatian islands, Brač is bursting with historic sites dating back to Ancient Greece and the Middle Ages. You'll make your first stop at one of the island's hidden bays for swimming and snorkeling, and if there's time and interest, perhaps a short hike. Enjoy the morning sun as you relax and delight your senses with the sound of the waves and a chance sighting of dolphins (if luck is on your side).
In the afternoon, you'll then continue your sailing journey to Hvar, where you'll spend the night aboard the boat, anchored in the Hvar harbor. Hvar is a popular destination with tourists due to its natural setting, mild climate, and its historic port town of the same name. Depending on timing, you might like to explore some of Hvar Town's highlights: the 13th-century walls, the 16th-century Španjola Fortress, and the main square anchored by the Renaissance-era Cathedral.
Day 3: Sail from Hvar to Vis, Stopping at Pakleni Islands & Blue Cave
Pull up anchor this morning and set sail to snorkel and swim the bays and inlets of the Pakleni Islands archipelago just off the coast of Hvar. From here, you'll carry on to the east coast of Biševo Island, a popular, though often crowded destination, to see the iridescent blue waters of Modra Špilja (Blue Cave). Upon landing on the island, you'll transfer to a cave friendly boat and float inside the cave to discover the natural phenomena for yourself. If the weather is favorable, you might also have the chance to visit the Green Cave.
Next, you'll then sail to the incredibly picturesque village of Komiža on Vis Island where you'll spend the night. If you desire to stretch your legs on land, find your way to a café amid 16th-and 17th-century Venetian-style buildings to soak in the charming scenery. You might like to visit the Kaštel, a squat 16th-century fortress that is now home to the comprehensive Fishing Museum. Be sure to check out the traditional falkuša fishing boat.
Day 4: Sail from Vis to Split
You have the entire day to sail back to Split, with the option of breaking up the journey to swim and snorkel en route. And when it's time for lunch, drop anchor at one of the islands en route, like Hvar or Brač. For something a little different, consider making a visit to a konoba in Stomorska on the small island of Šolta Island, right next door to Brač.
Upon arriving back in the historic coastal city, you can make your way to Bačvice Beach to get your land legs back as well as relax on the sand warmed by the day's sun before choosing a nearby restaurant for dinner. An excellent option is Dvor, a café-restaurant featuring contemporary Dalmatian dishes and for something sweet, find your way to Perivoj a popular dessert spot in one of Split's oldest pleasure gardens.
Day 5: Depart Split
If you have a free morning before departing, check out the Green Market (Pazar Market). A lively fruit and vegetable outdoor market just east of the Diocletian Palace, this is a great place to see how the locals shop and to pick up some fruit for your flight home. Farmers from the surrounding areas of Split come into town every day to sell their seasonal local produce from sunrise to 2 pm.
Depending on traffic, it usually takes 45 minutes to travel from Old Town to the airport. Best to arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to your international departure (and with some extra time to drop off your rental car, if you have one).