Coast to Capitol in Croatia

Coast to Capitol in Croatia

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Croatia is one of those spots that will soon be bustling with tourists waiting to uncover the clearest waters, best street food, and coolest historical finds. Beat the crowds with our ten-day tour.

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COAST TO CAPITOL

DUBROVNIK | HVAR | SPLIT | PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK | ZAGREB


Croatia is one of those spots that will soon be bustling with tourists waiting to uncover the clearest waters, best street food, and coolest historical finds. Beat the crowds with our ten-day tour.

 

If sightseeing city-centers that are filled to the seams with monuments, museums, and the vibrant buzz of modern life sounds like your idea of a good time, look no further than this active journey through Croatia. You'll walk through some of Europe's most fascinating fortresses, cobblestoned streets, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and enjoy low-key coastal adventures like kayaking the Adriatic Coast and snorkeling the Pakleni Islands Archipelago. Perfect for a romantic getaway or a multi-generational vacation for the entire family, you'll enjoy insider-only knowledge with top notch guides, first class boutique hotels and base camps, and delicious local eats along the way.

 
 
 

Days 1, 2, 3

DUBROVNIK ON THE ADRIATIC COAST

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Dubrovnik is a medieval city on the Croatian side of the Adriatic Coast. In the past, it was a City-Republic, and alongside Venice one of the most famous cultural-economic centers on the Mediterranean. Now it's a treasure trove of cultural and historical monuments that were created throughout its thousand-year existence. In more recent times, Dubrovnik has become the center of modern cultural and tourist events: a city of summer festivals and museums and art galleries. This will be your base camp for the first three days. Kick it off with a walking tour of the city, where you'll see sights such as the cobblestoned main street called Stradun, 576-year old Onofrio's Fountain, and the famous Clock Tower. That afternoon, take to the seas for a kayaking adventure. You'll launch beneath an ancient fort in a place called Pile, heading off with expert guides to Lokrum Island. After circumnavigating the "Island of Love," tuck into a hidden cave beach called Betina. Snorkel, picnic, and tuck your toes into the warm sand before heading back. If you would prefer, you could also take a cable car ride through the Old Town of Dubrovnik or journey by boat to Lokrum Island.

The following day, island-hop to the Elaphiti Islands. These untouched gems are a geographic wonder and are a great way to get acquainted with Dalmation lifestyle. Visit three of the eight sparsely populated islands: Sipan, Lopud, and Kolocep. Depending on your idea of the perfect day, you can swim and snorkel in crystal clear waters, stroll along island trails beneath the shade of palms, and snack on local cuisines. There is also plenty of history to be seen in the medieval fortresses and chapels, if that's more your speed!   

 
 
 

Days 4, 5

THE LAVENDER ISLAND OF HVAR

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On day four, you'll transfer to your next destination—the Lavender Island of Hvar. But first, a pit stop in the town of Ston on the Peljesac Peninsula for famous wine and oysters! This 14th-century town is best known for these tasty treats, but it's also home to the longest stone wall in Europe. Take a break from your drive to shoot photos and enjoy the former "salt city." You'll spend the next two nights on Hvar exploring all that this epic island has to offer. Take the ultimate tour: oogle the lavender fields in Brusje, grab a coffee in Riva, visit the fortress Tvrdalj, stop over at well-known UNESCO protected vineyards, and journey on to the charming town of Vrbovska, also known as "Little Venice." Cap it all off with an authentic Dalmatian dinner. The next day, embark on a half day sailing trip around the Pakleni Islands Archipelago. This labyrinth of small islands boasts perfect spots for swimming, snorkeling, and otherwise soaking it all in. 

 
 
 

Days 6, 7

SPLIT & THE DALMATIAN HINTERLANDS

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Your next stop is in a storied place in the Bay of Aspalathos in the heart of Dalmatia—a city called Split. This is where in the year 305 the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who ruled the world at the time, decided to build his vacation home. Now, this 1,700-year-old city is a hub for Roman legacy, breathtaking beaches, and happening nightlife. After settling into your five-star hotel, take a walking tour to some of the city's best landmarks. The UNESCO protected World Heritage Site of Diocletian's Palace is a must-see attraction, and the Riva is a more modern and social destination to grab coffee and people watch. You'll also be sure to see Marjan Hill, a forested park located near the city center, before tucking into the delicacies of Split's Old Town. Peruse the flavors of the many food stalls, taverns (called konobas), and quaint restaurants. 

The next day, head for the Dalmatian Hinterlands for a whirlwind adventure and culinary tour. Just thirty minutes off the coast, you'll find a region bursting with history, tradition, and natural wonders. Photograph and explore the Red and Blue lakes at Imotski before taking seeing ancient Salona, the once-capitol of the Roman provenance of Dalmatia. Then prepare your own dinner with a private chef, tuck in, and wash it all down with local wine. 

 
 
 

Days 8, 9, 10

Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zagreb

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Next, you'll visit Plitvice Lakes National Park—Croatia’s best known national park and the only one of eight that is listed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage sites. The main attractions are the 16 small lakes joined by waterfalls created by the sedimentation of travertine, a special type of limestone. You'll find the source of the Korana River in a dense forest of fir and spruce then peer into many of the hidden caves, always on the lookout for the elusive Croatian brown bear.

The next day, transfer to colorful Zagreb City. Just like at your other destinations, you'll head out for a walking tour through the best city sights. Check out the main square called Ban Jelacic, Tkalciceva Street, the Stone Gate, Upper Town, and the historical and famous St. Mark's Church. Unveil the secrets behind the old facades, discover the hidden courtyards, and revive the stories from the past. Your guide will give you insider-only insight for the most unforgettable places in town. Find a trinket to take home (and a few final snacks) at the "belly of Zagreb," the well-known market dotted with photogenic red umbrellas before heading home the next day.

 
 

WHY GO ON THIS TRIP

 
  • Walk through Old Town Dubrovnik with a guide to see the most famous sights including Onofrio's Fountain and the 15th-century Clock Tower
  • Kayak to Lokrum Island where you can go caving, swimming, and snorkeling beneath old city walls
  • Island-hop the Elaphiti Islands, stopping at three of the eight to hike, dine, and play
  • Nosh on local oysters and wine in Ston, where you can photograph the longest stone wall in Europe
  • Visit the many quaint towns and villages surrounding the lush inland and coastlines of the Lavender Island of Hvar 
  • Take a half day sailing trip around the Hvar Archipelago
  • Explore the sights and tastes Dalmatian Hinterland (the interior) just thirty minutes from the beach
  • See all 16 lakes and their waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Journey to Zagreb City, where you'll walk through markets, see famous Ilica Street, and much more
 
 

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