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DAY 1 Friday – Split /Trogir/Stari Grad-Island of Hvar
Embarkation at 17:00
Split, City Port, opposite to entrance to Split Port Authority, address: Obala Lazareta 1, Split
Leaving for Trogir, welcome drink with a snack, guided tour of Trogir and free time.
Leaving for Stari Grad, Island of Hvar, dinner on board and overnight in Stari Grad.
More about Split – life in a Roman imperial palace
Over 1700 years ago, a Roman Emperor, Diocletian, was so impressed by the beauty of this region that he decided to build his retirement palace here, and also his eternal residence – a mausoleum. The mausoleum was later transformed into a cathedral by the Christians that the Emperor had spent a lifetime persecuting. The cathedral was built to celebrate a Christian martyr, St. Domnius, who is now celebrated as the patron saint of the city of Split. This tour will enable you to see the cathedral, the Jupiter’s temple (later turned into a baptistery) and the cellars of the palace, but it will also show you a unique way of life of the people still living and working within the palace walls. Far from being a closed off museum, the palace is a place still exuberant with life, with a web of narrow little streets each revealing a spirit of rich history and unique way of life. The waterfront promenade that is at the foot of the south walls of the palace will be an ideal place to sit down for coffee and enjoy the wonderful view of the islands ahead.
Another interesting thing to see is definitely the open-air market place right in the centre of town. It is comprised of an organic foods market, clothes vendors, and a flower market. It’s a great place for good bargain buys and it’s close to boutique shops in town.
Trogir is a small seaside town some 27km west of Split, very close to the airport. Since 1997, Trogir’s historical city centre has been included in the UNESCO list of world heritage sites. Trogir was founded by Greek colonists from the Island of Vis in the 3rd century BC. On this Antique matrix lies the historical core of Trogir, which is the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex not only in the Adriatic but in all of Central Europe.
Trogir”s grandest building is the church of St. Lawrence, whose main west portal is a masterpiece by Radovan, and the most significant work of the Romanesque-Gothic style in the country.
Visit Stari Grad (Old Town), be a part of its 2300 year old story. Walk around one of the oldest towns in Europe, discover the secrets of the beginnings of civilization, try the fruits of the Stari Grad Plain, breathe in the scent of lavender, offer you palate an excellent wine, relax in the hidden Stari Grad bays, enjoy the sunniest island – the island of Hvar.
DAY 2 Saturday – Stari Grad/Island of Vis
Leaving for Island of Vis
Island of Vis is the best-kept secret of former Yugoslavian government, it emerged from a long period of isolation (tourist from abroad have been allowed to visit the island since 1989). Its beauty shall reveal to you in both cities on island – City of Komiža and City of Vis.
Komiža, set in a bay on the south- west side of the island of Vis, facing the sea and the sun, gives the possibility of relaxing and swimming from May till October.
It will enchant you with its untouched nature, the beauty of its fields, numerous bays, and beaches, clean sea, stone streets and houses. It will inspire your enthusiasm by its maritime customs and legends, the taste of wine and fish and aromatic plants odors.
Opposite the Komiža bay, just half an hour boat ride distance, there is the island of Biševo, well- known for its numerous caves and the most beautiful sandy beach.
Blue cave – was proclaimed as national natural heritage in 1951. It is a cave with entrance from the sea, with a unique form that enables almost magical natural light show to appear in its’ inside. Somewhere around noon, the sun’s rays are reflected through an underwater entrance creating a fascinating blueness. This unique sight can only be seen on a sunny day when the sea is calm.
**In a case of adverse weather conditions, visit Blue Cave is not possible.
Island tour – Tour of the island by van begins with historical explanations reaching back to ancient times until the present. We will learn more about the island of Vis and see all important sites. We will visit Tito’s cave, Hum peak (587m), former RAF airport, cricket field in Plisko poje, submarine tunnel Parja and the town of Vis.
Vis, the Mediterranean communities even in the Neolithic times, 3 thousand years BC, inhabited the island Vis, the especially territory of today’s’ City of Vis. The name of the island Issa originates from that time and that is the name that the island still holds in the croatised version. In the 6-5th century, BC Issa is established as the first Illyrian state in the Adriatic. The local Illyrian population learned the more advanced way of land cultivation from the Greeks who came later.
Overnight in Vis
DAY 3 Sunday – Island of Vis/Island of Hvar
Leaving for Pakleni Islands, Palmizana
The cruise starts from Vis harbour with a swimming stop at a lovely secluded bay where the visitors will be able to enjoy the beautiful crystal clear Croatian sea.
Next stop is the wonderful Pakleni islands where we will stop in a lovely little bay.
Leaving for Island of Hvar
Free afternoon in Hvar, overnight in Hvar.
When we think of Hvar – we think about the island of heather, sunshine, and crickets, the island of lavender, sage and wine and the island of rosemary and secluded coves.
The island of Hvar is the queen of Croatian islands and it has been famous throughout history due to its important strategic and nautical position, its culture, literature and natural beauty.
The island is characterized by gentle winters, warm summers and many hours of sunshine throughout the year.
The town of Hvar is situated in a picturesque natural setting, surrounded by the crystal clear sea. The seven-century old walls with fortifications towering above Hvar are a fascinating sight not to mention the views of the island from them.
DAY 4 Monday – Island of Hvar/Šćedro/Korčula
Leaving for Island of Korčula with a swimming stop at the Island of Ščedro
On the way to Korcula can be arranged a visit to a unique under sea Plenkovic wine cellar with a submarine window
Korčula, a birth place of Marco Polo contains a wealth of artistic masterworks including paintings by Tintoretto. Another highlight is the Treasury, located in the 14th-century Abbey Palace, with its eclectic collection of paintings, jewellery, fine furniture and historic documents. Charming views of the harbour greet visitors as they wind their way through the narrow alleyways.
On one of these lanes, you’ll see the Marco Polo house, where the famous explorer is said to have been born in 1254. Shop for handmade Croatian folk art near the City Gate, or relax at one of the picturesque waterfront cafés, and enjoy the breezy resort atmosphere that prevails in this medieval town.
Overnight in Korčula
DAY 5 Tuesday – Korčula/Island of Mljet
Leaving for NP Mljet, Island of Mljet
EXTRA OFFER: visit to National Park of Mljet
Mljet is referred to as the most beautiful and greenest island of the Adriatic, one of the most attractive, culturally and historically most interesting pearls of the Mediterranean. The island host a National Park on its west side with lush pine vegetation and two picturesque lakes connected to the sea, in one of which there is another small island with an old monastery.
Time magazine has placed the island of Mljet among 10 most beautiful islands in the World!
DAY 6 Wednesday – Peninsula Peljesac/Island of Šipan
Leaving for Peljesac peninsula, second largest in Croatia
Visit local wine cellar, wine tasting included.
After the visit and wine tasting, we will continue our tour with ride towards Ston. This Medieval little town with whose history reaches back as far as the 14th century. It is a small town with the longest stone wall in Europe (5,5 km), with narrow quiet streets, noble ancient houses and with traces of ancient cultures.
After the visit to Ston we continue to oyster farms located in the picturesque Little Ston Bay. We”ll visit oyster farms with the boat, and will have an opportunity to taste fresh oysters.
Leaving for Sipan Island
There are fourteen island in the Elafiti group. Only three of them are inhabited – Koločep, Lopud and Šipan.
In the deep cove of the greatest island Šipan is to be found the typical Dalmatian village, Šipanska Luka. The inhabitants of this village, far from main tourist routes, live by the rhythm of their ancients. The myths, the rich history of island gentry, the summer-residences of Dubrovnik”s landed gentry, dense Mediterranean vegetation, crystalline clear water, still summer nights, make the perfect ambient for the escape from the rhythm and stress of the city life.
Overnight in Sipan
DAY 7 Thursday – Island of Šipan/Dubrovnik
Breakfast & Lunch on board, free afternoon in Dubrovnik, night in Dubrovnik
The Pearl of the Adriatic…
“Those who seek paradise on Earth must come to Dubrovnik”
George Bernard Shaw
The Old city of Dubrovnik is the most beautiful jewel of Croatia’s cultural and historical heritage for which it was included into the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Dubrovnik city is located in the most southern part of the sunniest Croatian tourist region and its population is currently about 50,000 inhabitants.
The city of a unique political and cultural history (the Dubrovnik republic, the Statute from 1272) is one of the most attractive and famous cities of the Mediterranean. The city fortifications, ramparts, and towers outside the walls were built, reinforced and reconstructed in the period from the 12th to the second half of the 17th century.
Apart from sightseeing and enjoying the rich cultural life of Dubrovnik, one can enjoy a number of traditional and trendy restaurants within the walls of the old city and stay in one of numerous luxury hotels that seek to provide guests with convenience and comforts.
The surrounding area of Dubrovnik offers many opportunities for excursions and activities as well as tasting home-made food in village stone cottages. The archipelago of islands is a paradise for visitors seeking peace, tranquillity, and charm. For all those who like adventure, the wild islands with pure untouched nature are just the place they are looking for.
DAY 8 Friday – Dubrovnik
Disembarkation at 10:00 A.M. City Port Gruž, Dubrovnik
Daily meal serving schedule:
Breakfast: 08:00 – 09:00 A.M.
Lunch: 01:00 P.M. – 02:00 P.M. (except on embarkation day)
Dinner: 07:00 – 08:00 P.M.
Every effort will be made to adhere to the itinerary as stated; however, due to the schedule changes beyond organizer’s control, we reserve the right, without prior notice, to change routing or alter shore excursions.
EXTRA OFFERS: All extra offered guided tours, visits to museums, in land excursions etc. will be offered for a group of min. 6.