Day 1: Welcome to Croatia! (Split)
Split, Croatia’s second-largest city, has always basked in glory for its unrivalled location and aesthetic. Rolling mountains provide the backdrop, wrapped around a soft blue bay, across which lies the enchanting hub of the city – the 4th-century Diocletian’s Palace, a labyrinth of cobbled streets packed with open-air cafes and bars, stunning squares, courtyards and homes. We will pick you up from the airport for your drive down to this charming area of Split, where your hotel is located. Post check-in, you will have the rest of the day to explore the old town and the harbour nearby.
Signature Experience: In the evening, we take you for the “Winemakers tour” at the reputed Putalj Winery, where you get to taste fine wines made using 100 years of experience and family traditions. Explore the beautiful vineyard; get a taste directly from the fermentation tanks; and then savour the exquisite olive oils produced in the winery.
Day 2: Medieval Towns (Trogir)
The medieval town of Trogir holds a remarkable resemblance to Venice – located on the coast, surrounded by the blue-green of the Adriatic and boasting remarkable Renaissance architecture. However, rather than canals, Trogir offers a jumble of narrow streets, some of which are just about wide enough for you to walk through. On your privately guided excursion of Trogir, your guide will help you navigate through these lanes to the old town. Explore the Romanesque architecture that has rightly earned this area its World Heritage status. Return to Split and spend the evening in one (or hopping through many) of the cafes and bars in Diocletian’s Palace.
Day 3: Wine and Dine (Hvar)
Take the first catamaran out of Split for the island of Hvar – where wild olive groves dot the hills, alongside lavender fields and family farms that produce some of Europe’s finest olive oil. During your private tour, you will explore Hvar’s fishing villages and taste the locally produced oil and wine.
Take in the sights of Hvar’s quite and classy neighbourhood of Stari Grad. This ancient town dates to 384 BC and offers a leisurely experience of the island. For a more pulsating feel, we can head down to the stylish and buzzing Hvar Town. In the evening, dine with a local family at their olive estate.
Day 4: Cruising Around Hvar
We take this day to explore the archipelago of Hvar on a boat ride. See the fascinating Blue Cave; the concealed lagoon of Stiniva Cove; the Green Cave, ideal for swimming; and the Pakleni Islands, frequented by the local fishermen. After these stops, we will disembark at a small beach where you can enjoy a scrumptious lunch of fresh seafood.
Post the full-day tour, you will have some downtime in Stari Grad, either relaxing at the hotel or trying out a different cafe on the plaza. At night, we have a special dining experience planned for you at a Konoba, the traditional eatery of the Dalmatians!
Signature Experience: For a fun getaway from the hustle and bustle of Hvar Town, we can arrange for a short boat ride to the island of Saint Klement and explore the different private coves/beaches there. For lunch, stop by the “Dionis restorau” that serves great grilled Mediterranean seafood.
Day 5: History along the Coast (Dubrovnik)
Cruise across the Adriatic to yet another island destination – Dubrovnik. Your exclusive property is located inside the rustic Old Town – where a steep maze of stairs and ancient city walls lead down to the Stradun, a pedestrian promenade that acts as the hub of the city’s activities. A great place to shop for souvenirs and some interesting local art. We will take you on a guided tour of this and other major landmarks of the area, where you learn about the history of Dubrovnik. Then take the cable car to Mt Srd, a rugged mountain that towers high over Dubrovnik, for captivating views of the harbour below.
Day 6: Mysterious Montenegro
Travel south from Dubrovnik into the small neighbouring state of Montenegro. We begin at the iconic walled city of Kotor, where marbles streets are lined with traditional establishments like taverns, haberdasheries, and old bakeries. Further down the coast, we reach Dubva, a beach town that the Croatians escape to when they want a vacation. Stop here for lunch before heading back North towards Dubrovnik. On the way, we will visit the intriguing old village of Perast – once a glorious and wealthy town, now one only sees glimpses of its splendour in its elaborate palaces and churches. After the tour, we will return to Dubrovnik.
Day 7: Into the Hinterlands (Cavtat – Dubrovnik)
After six full days on the coast, a day in the Konavle region is a great chance to see another side to Croatia. Several dozen rural farming villages are found here, each one seemingly smaller than the last. We will learn about the stories of this region at Cavtat, a small coastal town; followed by a trip to one of the nearby villages where a local family will take us around their farm. Experience life in these rustic settings are your hosts prepare a delicious regional meal and offer little nuances of Croatian cooking.
You will get one final chance to walk around the Old Town of Dubrovnik before we pick you up for your drive back to the airport.