8 days

Croatia's Dalmatian Coast

Croatia's Dalmatian Coast

The Adriatic island of Hvar

Roman Emperor Diocletian's former palace in Split

Lokrum's gardens and beaches

Cycling on Mljet Island

Trip rating
  • Amazing beaches and sunshine are the star attractions here, while medieval towns and charming fishing hamlets provide a gorgeous coastal backdrop. Croatia’s Dalmatian coast has it all! Hvar and Kijit islands are a particular highlight for many.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Split

    Your trip starts today with your arrival in Split, second largest city in Croatia which is located right on the Adriatic coast. No activities are planned today so you may arrive at any time. Whilst at your discretion, we recommend arriving and/or departing by train where possible within Europe due to this method of transports minimal carbon emissions. Please make your own way to the joining hotel in Split (details are in your travel documents). In the evening we meet our tour leader and our fellow travelling companions at a Welcome Meeting (this is usually at 6pm, but you will be advised as to the exact time and place in a notice, located near the reception at our hotel), where our leader will give us a briefing on what lies ahead on our tour. This is followed by dinner in a local restaurant.
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    Dinner

    Day 2 - Trogir - Split

    This morning we embark on a sightseeing tour of Split with our local guide. The city dates back 1,800 years to the time when the Roman emperor Diocletian built a monumental imperial residence for his retirement years. Within this palace grew a city, which UNESCO has proclaimed a World Heritage Site. Today the fortified camp is an intriguing warren of narrow cobblestone streets, where pre-Romanesque churches exist alongside Gothic chapels and a multitude of historical museums. We enjoy a half-day walking tour exploring Diocletian's Palace, which was built in 295 AD and constitutes the heart of the city. Very much a living monument, it is framed by four gates - the most famous of which is the Golden Gate. In front of it stands a statue of 10th-century bishop Grgur Ninski, who once opposed the pope and introduced the Croatian language into his services. Sculpted by another of Croatia's favourite sons, Ivan MeŇ°trovi√¶, this statue is considered a symbol of Split. Peristil Square is where Diocletian used to deliver his speeches and the nearby mausoleum of the Roman emperor was transformed into the Cathedral of St. Domnius, famous for its bell tower. In the afternoon we visit Kastel Luksic's 16th century castle and take a drive to the town of Trogir, where we enjoy some sightseeing. Trogir with its condensed contours situated on a small island seems to be a castle on the water with the prisms of its towers and crystal of its bell-towers. We visit the cathedral where we can see the famous monument, a Portal of Dalmatian masonry made in the 13th-century. We return to Split for the evening.
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    Breakfast

    Day 3 - Hvar Island

    We have an early start this morning. After breakfast we transfer to the Split port for our early ferry to Stari Grad (old town) on Hvar island. Hvar is an incredibly green island, resplendent with fields of lavender, heather and rosemary. Stari Grad means 'Old Town' and sometimes goes by its old Greek names, 'Pharos' or 'Faros'. We enjoy a walking tour of Stari Grad, then transfer the archetypical Dalmatian village of Jelsa. Jelsa is surrounded by pine forest and wonderful beaches. It was once one of the most important maritime centres of the Adriatic with a large shipbuilding industry. We walk inland from Jelsa, through a picturesque landscape of olive groves, vineyards and lavender fields to the town of Vrboska. We get to enjoy some wine tasting along the way. From Vrboska, we transfer by vehicle to Hvar town where we have some free time for lunch before we embark on a walking tour through this charming town. Hvar is a historic icon with palatial Gothic buildings and evocative marbled streets that hark back to a different age. We stay overnight on this wonderful island.
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    Breakfast

    Day 4 - Prapanto - Mljet Island

    After breakfast, we catch a ferry back to the mainland and drive along the Peljesac peninsula to Prapratno where we take our evening ferry to Mljet Island. On arrival in Mljet we transfer to our 'feature stay' hotel located in an idyllic location nestled on the shores of Pomena harbour. Tonight we enjoy a late dinner together. This scenic spot is our base for the next two nights.
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    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 5 - Mljet Island

    Mljet is one of the most beautiful and natural islands in the Adriatic. Over 72% of the island is forested and half of it has been declared a national park. Today we enjoy a day of activity including cycling, walking and canoeing. In the morning, we take a short walk to the spot where we pick up our bikes. We ride around the natural salt water lake of Veliko Jezero, the bigger of the two lakes of Mljet. We transfer across to the islet of St Mary (Sveta Marija) where we enjoy lunch and then have some time for our own discoveries. The island is home to a 12-century Benedictine monastery, which you may wish to explore. Returning to the mainland, we cycle to the smaller lake of the island Majo Jezero, where we have the opportunity to canoe and swim on the lake. After our full day we walk back to our hotel on Pomena where we have a relaxing evening and enjoy the fabulous scenic location of our hotel with perhaps a refreshing drink before dinner (Cycling: approx 15km).
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    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6 - Dubrovnik

    We take an early morning ferry back to Dubrovnik city and transfer to our hotel. Once settled we embark on a half-day sightseeing tour of the amazing Stari Grad (Dubrovnik's compact Old Town) with our local guide. This walled treasure is often referred to as the pearl of the Adriatic and is surprisingly tiny in size - encompassing less than 400 metres north to south and 600 metres across within its protective walls. Stari Grad dates back to the 7th Century AD when residents in the area fleeing invaders, found the rocky promontory a safe haven. At one point in time Dubrovnik became a great maritime power in the Adriatic, rivalled only by Venice. Despite some damage inflicted during the conflicts in 1991 the city has now been restored to its former glory. On our tour we visit the Franciscan monastery, Rector's Palace and take a walk on the City Walls. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is free to wander around at leisure, but there is so much to see here that it is easy to just wander around the streets at your own pace. This evening why not dine alfresco at one of the enticing terrace cafes or foreshore restaurants and watch the sunset behind the old city walls.
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    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 7 - Lokrum Island - Dubrovnik

    This morning we travel by boat to the island of Lokrum, which is situated off the coast of Dubrovnik's old town. Famed as a quasi 'botanical garden,' with a collection of exotic and Mediterranean plants which are awaiting our discovery. Lokrum is also strewn with many golden sand beaches popular with the locals. We also visit the ruins of an old Benedictine monastery and enjoy great views looking back across to Dubrovnik as well as Napoleon's fortress. We return by boat to Dubrovnik at around lunchtime. The afternoon is at leisure and tonight we enjoy a final night out on the town with a farewell dinner.
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    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 8 - Dubrovnik

    Our trip ends after breakfast this morning. Those wanting to extend their stay can arrange additional nights' accommodation at the time of booking. From Dubrovnik it is easy to take a bus or ferry to other Croatian cities as well as some international destinations. There are also regular domestic flights to Zagreb to link up with international connections.
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of Peregrine's expert English-speaking local tour leader.
    • Sightseeing tour of Split including Diocletian's Palace, Peristil Square and Cathedral of St. Domnius.
    • Walking tour of Stari Grad on Hvar Island.
    • 'feature stay' hotel located in an idyllic location nestled on the shores of Pomena harbour.
    • Bike ride around the salt water lake of Veliko Jezero on Mljet Island.
    • City tour of Dubrovnik.
    • Visit the island of Lokrum, which is situated off the coast of Dubrovnik's old town. Famed as a quasi 'botanical garden,' with a collection of exotic and Mediterranean plants.

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Arrival and departure transfers
    • Departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Other meals
    • Drinks
    • Optional additional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips
    • Items of a personal nature

    Safety Information

    Travelling in and around Europe should be relatively trouble-free; however, as is the case anywhere else in the world, there is always the chance of petty theft. Please take great care of your passport, cash, travellers cheques and other valuables. Our hotels have safety deposit facilities that we urge you to use. Do not carry more cash than required. Keep a photocopy of the first few pages of your passport, visas and air tickets - separate from the original documents. It is also worth remembering that throughout most of Europe, theoretically, it is illegal to be on the streets without an official ID card or passport - carry a copy with you. Please don't pack valuables such as cameras in your suitcase. It is a better idea to carry them with you as hand luggage.

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  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Croatia's Dalmatian Coast

    Trevor & Robyn - Australia, 29 Apr, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    Excellent tour.

    Croatia's Dalmatian Coast

    Yee and Dee - Australia, 15 Apr, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    Our tour leader Stela Malenica is excellent. She looked after us very well and everything was well organised. She provided lots of information of the sights, places, history and introduced us to some amazing food. We had an excellent holiday and enjoyed the beauty of the Dalmatian Coast and the islands very much. We highly recommend this trip. Stela also helped us with information for our overland travel through Bosnia and Serbia after our trip. Many thanks to her.

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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PEDC
Start City: Split
End City: Dubrovnik
Style: Small Group

What to know

This trip can be enjoyed by just about anyone with a reasonable level of fitness.

Please note: some departures of this tour combine with the last 8 days of our longer Croatia and Slovenia trip 'Jewels of the Adriatic'. You may have fellow passengers that begun their journey in Venice.

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