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Perched along the edge of a deep inlet on Hvar Island, Stari Grad more than lives up to its name, which means “Old Town.” The Ancient Greeks founded the original settlement back in 384 BCE, and the historic center is lined with atmospheric lanes, picturesque squares, and Renaissance architecture. Stari Grad makes a pleasant base for discovering the island, particularly for those seeking a more laid-back alternative to nightlife-loving Hvar Town. 

Other kimkim travelers have explored the photogenic center on private guided tours of Hvar Island. An array of centuries-old buildings provide an intriguing glimpse of the past. You can see Greco-Roman relics in a small museum set inside a 15th-century monastery, admire the handiwork of St Stephen’s Church with its baroque facade and Venetian high altar, and wander the fragrant gardens attached to a fortified house once belonging to the 15th-century writer and aristocrat Petar Hektorovic.
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The Cetina river source in the Dalmatian hinterland beyond Split
Map of Explore Southern Dalmatia: From Split to Dubrovnik - 9 Days
Explore Southern Dalmatia: From Split to Dubrovnik - 9 Days

A perfect blend of culture and adventure, this route travels across the southern Dalmatian coast from Split to Dubrovnik. Immerse yourself amid ancient Roman walls and palaces in the historic port city of Split before joining an exciting bike tour through the Croatian hinterland and discovering several popular Adriatic islands, including Biševo, Vis, Hvar, and Korčula. You'll end your stay in the Dubrovnik, exploring baroque and renaissance buildings, fortress walls, and the legendary wines native to the region.

Hvar's scenic harbor
Cruise the Croatian Coast: Dalmatian & Elafiti Islands - 8 Days

Explore the Dalmatian Coast in style on this 8-day small-group cruise through Croatia’s most beguiling islands. Combining gourmet experiences with plenty of relaxing downtime, you'll cruise from the ancient port of Split to the medieval walls of Dubrovnik, island hopping through the Adriatic along the way. Swim off the famous golden sands of Brač’s Zlatni Rat, tour an organic farm on Hvar, go wine tasting on Korčula, and cycle around saltwater lakes in Mljet. Each night you’ll drop anchor in a different island port, letting you sample the culture, cuisine, and glittering nightlife on offer.

Cycling along Croatia's coast
Dalmatia Adventure: Split, Hvar, & Dubrovnik - 5 Days

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.

 Rock climber training in Paklenica National Park
Croatia Multisport: Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Plitvice & Zagreb - 14 Days

Discover the rugged and ethereal beauty of Croatia on this complete two-week multisport adventure. You'll cover three historic cities along the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik, Split, and Zadar, as well as spend two nights in the capital, Zagreb. You'll hike and bike island terrain on Korčula and Hvar islands, zip-line over the Cetina River Canyon, and walk amid waterfalls and emerald-green lakes in stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Town of Omiš, seen through the Cetina River Canyon
Croatia Multisport: Dubrovnik, Split, Paklenica, Plitvice & Zagreb - 12 Days

From the narrow alleys and fortress walls of Dubrovnik to the leafy green parks and historic buildings of Zagreb, this 12-day itinerary is perfect for the active traveler.  You'll make your way through the wild terrain of the Pelješac Peninsula to hike and bike the islands of Korčula and Hvar and spend a day canyoneering the Cetina River. Cap off the excitement with a visit to historic Šibenik, Plitvice Lakes, and exquisite Paklenica National Park.

The island of Brač
Dalmatia Family Adventure: Split, Cetina River, & Hvar - 7 Days

This week-long itinerary is perfect for adventurous families looking to explore the Dalmatian coastline through fun, sporty activities. Starting and ending in Split, you'll spend time exploring the historic city and paddling the Marjan Peninsula before taking the day to hike, climb, swim, and jump your way down the Cetina River. Next, you'll set sail to swim and snorkel around Brač Island as you make your way to Hvar Island, in time to paddle amid the Pakleni archipelago and join a cycling tour of the island's dynamic island terrain.

The beautiful island town of Hvar and Pakleni Islands in the distance
Highlights of Croatia: Zagreb, Plitvice, Hvar, & Dubrovnik

Spend a week exploring Croatia's top highlights on this packed itinerary from the lively capital of Zagreb to medieval Dubrovnik. Follow winding boardwalks through lush woods and glassy travertine lakes in Plitvice and Krka National Parks and ride a ferry to the coastal city of Split, dotted with impressive Roman ruins. You'll discover Hvar and its nearby Pakleni Islands on back-to-back kayaking and cycling excursions and cap off your trip touring the "Pearl of the Adriatic."

Zip your way across the Cetina River Canyon
Dalmatia Adventure: Dubrovnik, Korčula, Hvar & Split - 10 Days

Explore the Dalmatian coast from Dubrovnik to Split on this 10-day adventure. Walk the historic 75-foot defense walls in medieval Dubrovnik, kayak out to Lokrum Island, and bike the Konavle wine region before heading off to the islands of Korčula and Hvar.  You'll step back in time on Korčula as you hike the historic Napoleon path and take in the array of stunning sights on Hvar before capping off your stay with an adrenaline-fueled day of activities along the Cetina River.

Two lonely islands off the coast of Zadar in the Kornati National Park
Croatia Multisport: Dubrovnik, Kornati, Paklenica, & Plitvice Lakes - 15 Days

Head off on a 15-day multisport adventure through coastal cities, idyllic island towns, and wild landscapes. Kayak off the coast of Dubrovnik, discover the Konavle wine country on a bike tour, and explore the island terrain of Korčula and Hvar. You'll also zip-line over the Cetina River Canyon, sail amid the near-deserted Kornati Islands and enjoy the stunning beauty of Plitvice Lakes and Paklenica national parks.

Paklenica National Park
Croatia Multisport: Dubrovnik, Korčula, Hvar, & Paklenica - 11 Days

Enjoy this 11-day adventure through Croatia, starting in Dubrovnik and ending in the capital, Zagreb. You'll fall in love with Croatia's rugged and wild beauty as you kayak, hike, swim, and bike your way over peninsulas and to islands and through lavender fields and wine country. From stunning and diverse national parks to charming coastal cities and island villages, you'll get a complete sense of Croatia on this tour.

Krka National Park
Croatia Multisport: Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice, & Zagreb - 16 Days

Take in the wild and rugged beauty of Croatia's top sights and attractions on this complete adrenaline-fueled 16-day adventure. You'll cover three historic cities along the Dalmatian coast—Dubrovnik, Split, and Zadar—as well as spend two nights in Zagreb with exciting day trips to nearby islands and ancient fortressed cities. Hike and bike island terrain on Korčula and Hvar, spend a day canyoning the Cetina River, and walk amid waterfalls and emerald-green lakes in stunning Krka and Plitvice Lakes national parks.

Dramatic coastline on the island of Šipan off the coast of Dubrovnik
Dalmatia Adventure: Dubrovnik, Korčula, Hvar & Split - 9 Days

From kayaking and swimming to hiking and cycling, this 9-day itinerary of Dalmatia is perfectly crafted for your next travel adventure. You'll begin in southern Dalmatia in Dubrovnik where you'll kayak to nearby Elafiti Islands to swim and snorkel and ride a bike through the Konavle, and then venture through the dramatic Pelješac peninsula. You'll explore Korčula and Hvar covering the island terrain on a hiking and biking excursion and end your stay in the modern-ancient city of Split.

Discover the Dalmatian coast and Adriatic islands on an exciting bike tour
Map of Dalmatian Coast Bike Tour: Split, Hvar, Korčula, & Dubrovnik - 7 Days
Dalmatian Coast Bike Tour: Split, Hvar, Korčula, & Dubrovnik - 7 Days

Discover the Dalmatian coast from Split to Dubrovnik on this week-long self-guided cycling adventure. You'll warm the legs with a ride up Marjan Hill to look over the historic city of Split, ride alongside fields of lavender and ancient Greek ruins in Hvar's interior, and cross the length of Korčula to drink native wines and swim in the sea. Then it's back to the mainland with a ride over the ruggedly beautiful Pelješac peninsula to the historic saltpans of Ston before ending the trip with two nights in the "Adriatic Pearl," and a day to venture into the rural countryside beyond the city's gleaming streets.

Canyoning down the Cetina River outside of Omiš
Croatia Multisport: Dubrovnik, Split, Paklenica, Plitvice & Zagreb - 13 Days

If you like heart-pumping activity in raw nature with a side of cultural exploration, then this multisport itinerary is for you. Starting in the "Adriatic Pearl" of Dubrovnik you'll paddle to Lokrum Island before driving over the rugged landscape of the Pelješac Peninsula to hike and bike island terrain on Korčula and Hvar. Spend a little time exploring historic Split and then enjoy a day of canyoning the Cetina River, ending the tour with a visit to picturesque Plitvice Lakes and two nights in bustling Zagreb.

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