Croatia

A 13-day excursion through Croatia filled with luxury, beautiful sights, and adventure.

Detailed Itinerary (subject to change)

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Dates: August 31 – September 12

Day 1:

Welcome to Croatia!

Upon arrival to Split Airport you will be met by your chauffeur for private transfer to Hotel Judita Palace. Hotel Judita Palace is a centrally located hotel specifically for lovers of culture. The hotel is an extensive four story building overlooking the historical and cul- tural periods of medieval and modern European architecture; Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance. On the eastern side of the hotel, one can view features of Romanesque and the Gothic period, while the northern side faces onto Pjaca displaying the Renais- sance period. Access to this spacious patrician home is through the internal court, while the staircase leading to the upper floor is meant only for guests of the Judita Palace.

Day 2:

Tour to the Ancient Heart of Present Day Split

Meet up with your local guide after breakfast for a privately guided walking tour of the historical center of Split consisting of market places, squares, authentic stores and shops.
Diocletian, the Roman Emperor’s Palace, is the ancient heart and foundation of present day Split. It is considered one of the best preserved examples of a Roman royal residence in the world. It was originally the summer palace of the Emperor. Split became a city after Salona (Roman capital of Dalmatia) was invaded. The remarkable ensemble of Roman, Gothic, Romanesque, Renaissance and other architectural remains are preserved here with more than 3,000 people within these ancient walls. Split is considered more than its walled palace, rather a living city enjoying the local Dalmatian way of life.
Day 3:

Hiking Tour of the Plitvice National Park

Following breakfast meet your chauffeur for transfer to Plitvice Lakes NP. Upon arrival, you will meet up with your local guide for approx. 6 hours of a hiking tour of the National Park.
Plitvice National Park is Croatia’s natural masterpiece and gorgeous in every season. It has been under the protection of UNESCO since 1979 as a World Heritage Site. Accord- ing to legend, the Plitvice lakes were created following a lengthy drought. The “Black Queen” took pity on the people and animals that cried out for water and heavy rain began to fall. The legend states the rain continued to fall until it formed the magnificent chain of waterfalls and 16 emerald lakes present today.
Day 4 & 5

Discovery Tour of Brac Island

Breakfast and checkout. Upon arrival at Sutivan on Brac Island, check into Hotel Lemon- garden. Meet your local guide in the lobby and begin your unique discovery tour of Brac Island.
Croatia’s largest island is a world of its own; historic towns, mysterious monasteries and caves located in the interior of the island. Škrip is one of the few continuously inhabited locales in all of Europe! The museum of Brac, located on this island, contains the sup- posed crypt of the mother of Constantine the Great! Following your tour of Brac you are off to Blaca. This small Republic (behind Omiš) was wedged between the Venetian and Ottoman Empires. It’s famous monastery was founded in 1551 by Glagolitic monks from the Poljica Republic. It is recorded the monks, fearing Turkish raids, fled to Brac in the 15th Century and later received permission to build their monastery in its current, well hidden location.
Day 6:

Sailing to Šolta

Board our private boat, the Bavaria 56, sailing toward the island of Šolta. The island of Šolta –“the island of olives”– is one of the most beautiful in Croatia, known for its numer- ous beautiful bays, unspoiled natural environment, rocky coastline and charming rustic villas. Šolta comprises a handful of villages; Grohote in the center of the island, Maslinica a fishing village, Rogac the main ferry port, Necujam a tourist village and Stomorska a fish- ing village. With its 24 bays, Šolta is the first port of call for a growing number of yachts and charter boats. Its pristine nature, spectacular rocky beaches and rugged terrain draw legions of nature lovers from all over the world. Although there are far less olive trees than centuries prior, the island is considered to produce Croatia’s finest olive oil.
Overnight in Maslinica or Necujam bay.
Day 7:

Crystal Blue Waters of Hvar Island

Enjoy the morning on the island of Šolta at your leisure. We set sail late afternoon toward the Pakleni Archipelago Islands, located off the southwest coast of Hvar island. Their names are popularly translated as “Hells’ Islands,” but originally derives from the word “paklina”. Palkina is an archaic term, from which the word “pakleni” is derived, meaning “tar”. Pakleni refers to the pine resin once harvested on the islands used to coat ships. Anchor on one of the bays or ACI Marina in Palmižana and enjoy the day swimming and snorkeling in the clear blue Adriatic Sea or take a water taxi to Hvar town! The sunny days surrounding crystal blue waters, nearby seductive islands, ancient villages, innumerable lavender fields, olive vineyards, enchanting stone streets, and old Venetian palaces are some of the many reasons Hvar is a coveted vacation location!! Overnight in one of the bays near Hvar town at Pakleni Archipelago.
Day 8:

Adventure to Biševo & Vis Islands

In the morning, we set sail toward Biševo and Vis Islands. These islands are famous for their inlets and caves; the most famous being Modra Špilja (Blue Cave) accessible only by boat. On a perfect day, sunlight beams through the underwater passages reflecting and illuminating the cave with a glowing azure color. It is magnificent!! Due to the cave’s small size we will disembark and explore the interior in a suitable craft. Stiniva cove is well known for its dramatic location, accessed by a narrow opening. Upon entering the large cave, feast your eyes on the wide pebbled beach surrounded by 35m high cliffs. Enjoy sunbathing, snorkeling, and swimming or a refreshing drink at the unique beach bar set into the cliff. Arrive in Vis town, spending the night there or continue on to Komiža, a coastal town known for its pebble beaches, wine, and historically intrepid fishermen.
Day 9:

Travel Back in Time to Korcula Island

Following breakfast, sail toward beautiful Korcula Island. Like many Croatian islands, Korcula was settled and named by the Greeks, calling it Korkyra Melaina (“Black Corfu”) due to its dense forests. Korcula is rich in art, culture and unspoiled nature. Blanketed in green pines, the island features numerous tiny secluded bays, beaches, ancient villages and hilltops boasting panoramic views. With 1000 years of history, the charming town of Korcula takes us back to the time of Illyric and Greek settlements, the Roman Empire, and the Venetian Republic. A compact town, its steep cobblestone alleys span off the main pedestrian street in a fish bone pattern. Korcula bolsters enough art, architecture, and unique Korculan culture to keep you enthralled at each turn. The traditional crafts, unsurpassed skills in stone masonry and shipbuilding have made Korcula beautiful and are almost as legendary as its most famous world travelling son, Marco Polo. Overnight in Korcula.
Day 10:

Treasures of Mljet

In the morning we set sail to Mljet. The journey to Mljet is a tribute to the mythical Greek hero and King of Ithaca, Odysseus. The legend states that Odysseus shipwrecked on the island of Mljet and was lured by the nymph Calypso into a cave. It was there she held him hostage for seven years. Mljet island is a lush green paradise and home to a national park known for its miraculous sea lakes and unique ecosystems. Mijet contains one of Europe’s largest coral reefs! Discover the treasures of the small islands in the middle of the sea lakes, such as the 12th century Benedictine monastery of St. Mary. You will also have an opportunity to explore the local historic settlements of Soline and Polace. Overnight at Mljet. Spend your morning relaxing, swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear Adriatic. The closest island, Kolocep Kalamota, features remarkable samples of pre-Romanesque sacral architecture, aristocratic villas and a scenic bay. Lopud features sandy beaches, beautiful monasteries, charming chapels, vineyards, olive groves and a well-preserved island lifestyle. Soak up the gentle sun and scents on sleepy Šipan; the island that time has forgotten. In the afternoon, set sail to Zaton Bay near Dubrovnik for our last night on the yacht.
Day 11 & 12:

Adventure & Relaxation in Dubrovnik

Meet up with your private chauffeur for a short transfer to Dubrovnik Banje beach, the starting point for your sea kayak adventure. Luggage will be dropped off at Hotel Excelsi- or. Prior to traveling toward the island of Lokrum, you will pass directly under the mag- nificent city walls towering above you! You will be awed by Dubrovnik’s magnificence. Your paddles will take you to otherwise unreachable caves, hidden beaches and views of Dubrovnik only seen from this vantage point. We will stop briefly on the wonderful island of Lokrum, so beloved that locals call it the “emerald of Dubrovnik.” Explore the monas- tery ruins, botanical gardens or relax in a café sipping refreshing drinks prior to returning to the mainland. After checking in to Hotel Excelsior, relax and freshen up before joining our local guide for an afternoon stroll through Dubrovnik’s Old Town. Overnight in Dubrovnik. Enjoy this day at leisure exploring Dubrovonik area on your own.
Day 13:

Farewell

Check out after breakfast. Meet your chauffeur for a private transfer to Dubrovonik airport for your departure flight.
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What is included?

  • All hotels, campsites, and private tents (pre setup for you at each campsite)
  • All Excursions
  • Private guide for our trek with knowledge of the flora and fauna and National Park.
  • All food for our trek and hotel stays (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • All transfers between destinations

What is NOT included?

  • International airfare to and from Chile (Punta Arenas)
  • Tipping our guides
  • Backpack, sleeping pad, and sleeping bag
  • Alcohol
  • A couple lunches here or there on the way to and from Punta Arenas
  • Lunches at hotels
  • Massages or treatments at hotels (if interested please inquire ASAP)

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