12-Day Iconic Cities & Islands In Croatia

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OVERVIEW

This 12-day Croatia tour lets you experience full romance combining beauties of the country’s north and south. Starting your journey in Zagreb, the country’s capital, you’ll visit interesting museums and take a romantic evening walk through the cobblestone streets of the Upper Town. Moving on, you’ll enjoy the Island of Pag with some authentic tastes of Croatia, indulge in the history of Roman emperor Diocletian exploring his palace in Split and hop onto the Adriatic’s sunniest island, Hvar. You’ll enjoy islands hidden inland and taste Croatia’s best wines, you’ll hike in the Plitvice Lakes National Park and in Zadar you’ll admire a spectacular sunset and the city’s great architectural installation, the Sea Organ. You’ll finish the trip relaxing on the beautiful island of Korcula and exploring the famous city of Dubrovnik.

Day 1: Arrive in Zagreb
Day 2: Plitvice Lakes & Onwards to Novalja
Day 3: Explore the Island of Pag
Day 4: Olive Gardens & Cheese Tasting
Day 5: Onwards to Split via Zadar
Day 6: Explore Split
Day 7: Split to Hvar
Day 8: Hvar to Korcula
Day 9: Free Day in Korcula
Day 10: Mljet Day Trip
Day 11: Travel to Dubrovnik
Day 12: Dubrovnik Departure

DURATION

12 days, 11 nights

DESTINATIONS

Croatia: Split, Dubrovnik, Hvar, Plitvički Ljeskovac, Korčula, Zagreb, Zadar, Rastovača, Malo Grablje, Novalja, Lun, Kolan

TRAVELLERS

2 travellers

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INCLUDED

– 11 nights accommodation
– 2 activities
– 11 breakfasts
– Airport transfer
– Ground transportation
– Licensed English speaking guides

EXCLUDED

– Domestic flights
– Travel insurance
– International flights
– Entrance fees
– Entry visas / airport departure tax
– Alcohol beverages
– Gratuities
– Personal expenses
– Laundry
– Trekking permits

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN ZAGREB
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Today, you’ll arrive in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Upon arrival, you’ll check-in and then have some free time before you head out with a local guide to discover the city’s highlights and hear their stories on an intimate walking tour. You’ll explore landmarks including the Zagreb Cathedral, St Mark’s Church and Lotrscak Tower. You’ll also enjoy an included ride on the historic city funicular.

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Private Driver

13:30 to 14:30

From: Franjo Tuđman Airport Zagreb
To: Amadria Park Hotel Capital

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Amadria Park Hotel Capital

Room type: double, superior cosy
14:45 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 2)
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The heritage hotel, Amadria Park Capital, is located in a well-appointed spot in the heart of Zagreb and offers the grandeur of early 20th-century architecture combined with the upmarket elegance of a modern hotel.

Featuring the splendour of Art Deco and Art Nouveau influences, the hotel offers an exquisite ambience imbued with classic Zagreb character and flair.

You can sample delectable culinary options from the hotel’s restaurant and café and soak up sumptuous surroundings in the heart of Croatia’s colourful and vibrant capital city.

Address: Amadria Park Hotel Capital, Jurišićeva, Zagreb, Croatia

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Zagreb Private Walking Tour

18:00 to 20:00
2 hours

Discover the city’s highlights and hear their stories on an intimate walking tour led by a local.

Explore landmarks including the Zagreb Cathedral, St Mark’s Church and Lotrscak Tower. You’ll also enjoy an included ride on the historic city funicular.

You’ll gain an insight into Zagreb’s history and culture from your local guide and you’ll immerse yourself in the city’s atmosphere as you explore on foot. You’ll also discover highlights including the Stone Gate and Strossmayer Promenade.

+ optional (not included in price): €84.21 per person

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Address: Amadria Park Hotel Capital, Jurišićeva, Zagreb, Croatia

DAY 2: PLITVICE LAKES & ONWARDS TO NOVALJA
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This morning after breakfast, you’ll say goodbye to Zagreb and make your way to Novalja, your next destination. En route, you’ll stop at the Plitvice Lakes National Park. One of Croatia’s most famous spots, here, you’ll hike through the famous national park taking in the beautiful scenery and azure lakes. After exploring the park, you’ll have lunch at a local restaurant menu brings together all the delicacies of the Lika region, before making your way to Novalja.

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Private Driver

09:00 to 11:00

From: Amadria Park Hotel Capital
To: Plitvice Lakes National Park

A private car will take you from your hotel in Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes.

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Plitvice Lakes National Park

11:00 to 14:00
3 hours

One of Croatia’s eight listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Plitvice Lakes National Park is also Croatia’s most famous national park. The park encompasses the source of the Korana River which is surrounded by dense forest.

The Plitvice Lakes National Park is best known for its 16 small lakes which are joined by waterfalls created by the sedimentation of travertine, a special type of limestone. There are also several caves, springs and flowering meadows within the park which makes it attractive to visitors.

Founded in 1949, this national park is one of Croatia’s largest and is spread over an area of 296.85 square kilometres, filled with wide forest complexes, the extraordinary beauty of lakes and falls, rich flora and fauna, fresh air, colourful flowers, forest’s paths and wooden bridges.

Address: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

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National Restaurant Lička Kuća

14:00 to 15:00
1 hour

The restaurant menu brings together all the delicacies of the Lika region, made from traditional recipes and from locally sourced products.

Prosciutto, cheese, lamb baked under the iron bell, grilled dishes, roasted potato halves, trout, fermented milk, Lika fritters, Lika cheese, apple or plum strudels, are just a few of the specialities made at this famous restaurant.

+ optional (not included in price)

Address: 53231, Rastovača, Plitvička jezera, Croatia

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Private Driver

15:00 to 17:00

From: Plitvice Lakes National Park
To: Novalja

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Hotel Boskinac

Room type: double superior
17:00 check-in
09:00 check-out (Day 5)
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Boskinac Boutique Hotel is an oasis of peace under the pines,
next to a vineyard and olive grove. The view from the lovely
balconies and cascading terrace extend out over the Novalja
fields that exude both beauty and peace.

Relaxing next to the outdoor pool, surrounded by lounge chairs, baldachins and Mediterranean vegetation and truly stunning views awaken the feeling of being connected to nature.

Each of the eight spacious rooms and three suites tells a story and together they represent the island in its original environment. Equipped with carefully selected materials and handmade furnishings, their design is reminiscent of the island’s ethnographic heritage.

Carefully selected local seasonal ingredients including lamb, cheese, fish, herbs, honey and olive oil all from the island of Pag, are brought together by the creative culinary team, to bring you a harmony of flavours and aromas, and to tell you the tale of the island.

Boškinac boutique hotel is an oasis of peace under the pines, next to a vineyard and olive grove. Far from the bustle of the city, Boškinac offers an oasis of peace, a wealth of aromas, magnificent views and an atmosphere embraced by the magic of the island. The view from the lovely balconies and cascading terrace extend out over the Novalja fields that exude both beauty and peace. Relaxing next to the outdoor pool, surrounded by lounge chairs, baldachins and Mediterranean vegetation and truly stunning views, awakens the feeling of being connected to nature.

Address: Hotel Boskinac, ŠKOPALJSKA ULICA, Novalja, Croatia

DAY 3: EXPLORE THE ISLAND OF PAG
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This morning after breakfast, you’ll head out on a private yacht cruise around the island of Pag if you wish to do so. Leaving from the seafront in Novalja, you’ll head to the island of Mišnjak where you’ll have a break to swim in the beach before heading to the beach of Babe, the shallowest beach in Novalja, where the sea is the warmest. Leaving this sandy cove behind, you’ll head back to the city of Novalja, where you’ll have the rest of the day free to spend ad you wish.

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Private Yacht Tour in Novalja

13:00 to 16:00
3 hours

The tour starts from the seafront in Novalja. After leaving the harbour, the sailing continues south-east towards the island of Mišnjak.

After a 30-minute break for swimming, the tour continues in a north-west direction towards the beach of Babe, the shallowest beach in Novalja, where the sea is the warmest. The beach is located in a sandy cove perfect for all lovers of “picigin”, the favourite activity for a fun day at the beach.

During the cruise, you can enjoy views of the city of Novalja, the beautiful Velebit mountain, the surrounding islands of Maun and Skrda. The islands of Silba, Olib, Lošinj and Cres also being visible in the distance.

+ optional (not included in price): €187.14 per person

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Address: Novalja, Croatia

DAY 4: OLIVE GARDENS & CHEESE TASTING
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Today, you can further explore the island of Pag. You can begin the day by heading to the Olive Gardens of Lun in a private vintage car. Lun is the northernmost town on Pag and a natural olive reserve. There are about 80,000 olive trees growing over 23 hectares of land. The trees grow entwined in stone, creating intriguing forms and surreal contours. Afterwards, you can have lunch at a traditional Croatian restaurant before moving onto the Gligora Cheese Factory.

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Private Driver

09:15 to 19:15

From: Novalja
To: Novalja

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Olive Gardens of Lun

10:00 to 11:00
1 hour

Take a private guided drive in a vintage car around the olive orchards of Lun and take a look at the oldest olive tree of the island.

Lun is the northernmost town on Pag and a natural olive reserve. There are about 80,000 olive trees growing over 23 hectares of land. The trees grow entwined in stone, creating intriguing forms and surreal contours.

Locations similar to Lun only exist at two other places on Earth: Israel and Greece.

+ optional (not included in price): €78.61 per person

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Address: Unnamed Road, 53294, Lun, Croatia

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Gligora Cheese Tasting

18:00 to 19:00
1 hour

Visit the most rewarded cheese factory in Croatia.

Find out the story of the Gligora Cheese Factory and island of Pag cheese (Paški sir), visit the ageing room in the factory cellar, taste various Gligora cheeses in the tasting room on the upper floor of the factory with a breathtaking view, and watch a multi-language video projection in the tasting room.

+ optional (not included in price): €37.42 per person

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Address: SIRANA GLIGORA d.o.o., Kolan, Croatia

DAY 5: ONWARDS TO SPLIT VIA ZADAR
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Today, you’ll make your way from the island of Pag to the beautiful city of Split. En route, you’ll stop in the city of Zadar for a private walking tour during which you’ll learn about its Roman, medieval and modern history. Stop at Zadar for a private guided walking tour. You’ll visit places such as St. Simon Church, the Roman Forum and the Sea Organ which makes beautiful sounds as the waves roll under it. You’ll then continue your journey to Split.

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Private Driver

09:00 to 17:00

From: Novalja
To: Split

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Zadar Private Walking Tour

11:00 to 13:00
2 hours

Take a walk along Kalelarga, in Croatian, this means a “long street”, dating back to ancient Roman times.

Gain insight into its major landmarks and hidden sights from an expert guide, discovering its 5,000-year history on an intimate stroll through the city streets, visiting locations including the St. Simon Church, the Roman Forum and the famous Sea Organ.

Discover Zadar’s Roman, medieval and modern history from an expert guide.

+ optional (not included in price): €84.21 per person

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Address: Zadar, Croatia

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Murum Boutique Rooms

Room type: Superior Double Room
17:00 check-in
09:00 check-out (Day 7)
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Murum is a hotel with a historical monument, located in an urban environment which is connected with original architectural elements of Diocletian’s Palace in a unique way. The dominant wall inside the hotel, dating back to the Roman Empire period, is renewed and integrated into the overall scenery.

Textile, stone walls and copper details symbolize the wealth and luxury of Ancient Rome imperial family. The result is a unique variety of rooms and while each room is different from the other, they all share the same warmness, cosiness and charm.

Address: Murum Boutique Rooms, Poljana Grgura Ninskog, Split, Croatia

DAY 6: EXPLORE SPLIT
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This morning you’ll head out with a local guide to explore the beautiful, historic city of Split. You’ll gain an intimate insight into the city’s attractions including Diocletian’s Palace, Prokurative Square and the city’s Gregory of Nin statue from your guide. Diocletian’s Palace is locally regarded as the most important building in Split and on the Adriatic coast. You’ll have the option to enjoy a Roman-worthy feast at one of the new restaurants in the city.

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Split Guided Private Tour

09:00 to 11:00
2 hours

Explore the city of Split on a private walking tour and gain an intimate insight into attractions including Diocletian’s Palace, Prokurative Square and the city’s Gregory of Nin statue from your guide. While exploring the city, you’ll experience the blend of ancient architecture with modernity as you see impeccably preserved Roman ruins and stroll along the bustling waterfront.

You can benefit from the customisable service of a private tour to explore the city at a time that suits you.

+ optional (not included in price): €84.21 per person

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Address: Split, Croatia

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Diocletian’s Palace

11:00 to 12:00
1 hour

Built for the Roman Emperor of the same name between 284-305, the palace occupies half the Old Town of Split, most of which was used as a military garrison. It was referred to as a palace as Diocletian intended to retire here, built on the outskirts of the former Dalmatian capital of Salona, now Solin.

When the Roman Empire was defeated, the palace was abandoned, it was not until the 7th century that locals occupied the palace once more to escape the Croats. After this time, locals built their homes within its walls.

The palace remained unknown until the Scottish architect, Robert Adam surveyed the structure in the 16th century. Inspired by its design, the architect based his idea of neoclassicism on the palace.

Today, the building is locally regarded as the most important building in Split and on the Adriatic coast: it is the most well-preserved Roman structure in the world.

+ optional (not included in price): €7.48 per person

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Address: Dioklecijanova ulica 1, Sredmanuška ul. 11, 21000, Split, Croatia

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Restaurant Štorija

13:00 to 14:00
1 hour

In a unique ambient inside the Diocletian’s Palace, visit the new kid in town – the Štorija restaurant by Biberon.

The restaurant has the highest standards of meal preparation and an interesting interior to boot. Have a delicious dinner in the same place that once housed a Roman emperor and his armies. You will literally be getting a Roman feast!

+ optional (not included in price)
Address: Obala Hrvatskog narodnog preporoda 15, 21000, Split, Croatia

DAY 7: SPLIT TO HVAR
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Today, you’ll say goodbye to Split and take a catamaran over to the sunny island of Hvar, said to be one of the sunniest places in the world. You’ll have some time to get acquainted with the island and check into your hotel before leading out on a tour of the island. You’ll drive through the beautiful lavender fields, stop at a winery for a wine tasting and enjoy the view of this remarkable island. In the evening, you may want to dine at Stori Komin, one of the most popular local restaurants.

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Ferry

09:00 to 11:00

From: Split
To: Hvar Port

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Hotel Adriana

Room type: Superior Double Sea View
14:00 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 8)
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With unique, modern design and an idyllic location, Hvar’s Adriana boutique hotel is the ultimate romance and relaxation experience. A luxury spa oasis for your most stylish and revitalising vacation.

With clean lines accentuated by fine textured linens, intricately patterned fabrics; splashes of rich colour, warm wood tones, and natural materials; the rooms at Adriana are designed to complement the sensory experience and health benefits gained from the hotelʼs spa facilities.

Address: Adriana, hvar spa hotel, Hvar, Croatia

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Hvar Island

16:00 to 20:00
4 hours

Hvar Island set in the Adriatic Sea is one of the most beautiful islands in the world and Croatia’s longest island reaching a length of over 68 kilometres. Famous for its sunny climate and warm winters, Hvar’s temperatures are perfect for the industries that run on the island mainly fishing, farming, viticulture, olive growing and especially on the cultivation of rosemary and lavender.

Hvar’s settlements date back to prehistoric times, the former capital Stari Grad was colonised by Greeks in the 4th century who shipped across and set up agricultural farms. Hvar was also populated by the Illyrians who came into conflict with the Greek settlers but eventually allowed them to remain.

Today, Hvar shows evidence of its various inhabitants, economic prosperity and rich history in its towns such as Stari Grad and Hvar Town, as well as the numerous historical, cultural and architectural monuments scattered around the island.

Known for its 2,718 hours of sunshine per year, many people visit Hvar for its secluded beaches, rolling vineyards, stunning lavender fields and rich cultural heritage.

Your private driver will take you for a ride across the sunniest island of Croatia. You’ll drive through lavender fields, stop a local winery and enjoy the view.

+ optional (not included in price): €140.35 per person

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Address: Vitarnja, 21465, Jelsa, Croatia

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Stori Komin

20:00 to 21:30
1 hour 30 minutes

For many, Stori Komin is the best restaurant on the island, and it is certainly difficult to argue with its authenticity.

Located in the totally abandoned village of Malo Grablje just outside Hvar Town, owner Berti will whet your appetite with true Dalmatian specialities.

No Coca Cola here, but don’t leave without trying the lamb.

+ optional (not included in price): €93.58 per person

Address: MALO GRABLJE 16, Malo Grablje, Croatia

DAY 8: HVAR TO KORCULA
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Today, you’ll continue your Croatia tour to the beautiful island of Korcula. You’ll have the entire day to relax and explore as you wish. Within the heart of the island is the Old Town – its beating heart. Surrounded by a wall and dotted with towers that protect its people, the Old Town maintains its medieval charm, lined with cafes, restaurants and even an open-air cinema. You can wander the streets, tasting some Croatian delights and enjoying the historic atmosphere.

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Ferry

10:00 to 11:00

From: Hvar
To: Korčula

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Korcula Old Town

13:00 to 17:00
4 hours

Within the heart of the island is the Old Town – its beating heart.

Surrounded by a wall and dotted with towers that protect its people, the Old Town maintains its medieval charm, lined with cafes, restaurants and even an open-air cinema. The streets of the Old Town are narrow, organised in what is regarded as a “fishbone” shape to reduce the amount of wind and sun in the streets and houses.

Renowned for his writing and travels, the town is most famous for being the hometown of Marco Polo, the Venetian merchant who was one of the first to travel the Silk Road.

Address: Korcula Old Town, Korčula, Croatia

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Hotel Korsal

Room type: Comfort, Sea view
14:00 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 11)
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Hotel Korsal is a family-run, four-star hotel situated in a trafficfree zone and in the immediate vicinity of a comfortable beach which provides a perfect setting for your ideal holidays in the thousand-year-old city of Korcula.

The luxurious rooms, fully furnished with natural materials and overlooking the sea are a synonym for comfortable accommodation and the hospitable and discrete staff will help you enjoy the holidays of your dreams. The sound of the sea and the close proximity of the beach will give a final touch to a true summer experience in this comfortable family hotel.

The hotel also boasts a traditional restaurant with a spacious terrace and view of the sea which provides an ideal setting for a pleasurable lunch or dinner.

Address: Hotel Korsal, Šetalište Frana Kršinića, Korčula, Croatia

DAY 9: FREE DAY IN KORCULA
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Today, you have the entire day free to spend as you wish in Korcula. You may want to head to one of the island’s beaches and sun yourself all day. Perhaps, you may want to stroll through the Old Town or head out to explore one of its many little villages or wineries. In the evening, you’ll have the option to watch the sunset in the most perfect way, from the water over the Old Town.

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Korcula Sunset Sail

18:00 to 21:00
3 hours

Korcula is an island rich in vineyards, quaint villages and olive groves. From the water, it’s even more magnificent.

Sail into the sunset around the beautiful island of Korcula with some snacks and wine, or a drink of your choice onboard. From the ocean, the view of the old town is simply wonderful. This is one of Korcula’s most iconic tours.

+ optional (not included in price): €318.15 per person

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Address: Korčula, Croatia

DAY 10: MLJET DAY TRIP
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Today, you have another day to spend as you wish on the island of Korcula. You may want to spend the day exploring, sunbathing or tasting wines at a local winery. If you’re looking to visit another island, you can head out on a day trip to Mljet, one of the most beautiful islands in the Adriatic and still relatively untouched. Spend the day here exploring the island and its many beaches.

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Private Mljet Day Trip

09:00 to 12:00
3 hours

One of the most seductive of the Adriatic Islands, Mljet is a beautiful national park which – despite its beauty and fame – remains tranquil, mostly untouched and green.

Spend the day exploring this island, dining on fresh seafood and typical Croatian meals, sunbathing on the beaches and soaking up its beauty. There are many nature trails around the island with lots of opportunities to swim to cool off.

+ optional (not included in price): €467.87 per person

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Address: Mljet National Park, Croatia

DAY 11: TRAVEL TO DUBROVNIK
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Today, after a relaxing few days, you’ll leave Korcula behind and head to Dubrovnik, the jewel of Croatia. Travelling by ferry, you’ll arrive around lunchtime and have plenty of time to get acquainted with the city before heading out on a private walking tour with a local guide. You’ll see the picturesque harbour and wander along the ancient city walls of this UNESCO-listed city.

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Ferry

10:00 to 12:00

From: Korcula Old Town
To: Dubrovnik

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Private Guided Walking Tour of Dubrovnik

16:00 to 17:00
1 hour

Meet your guide and head for a private exclusive tour of Dubrovnik Old Town.

Regardless of whether you are visiting Dubrovnik for the first time or the hundredth, the sense of awe never fails to descend when you set eyes on the beauty of the old town. Indeed it’s hard to imagine anyone becoming jaded by the city’s marble streets, Baroque buildings and the endless shimmer of the Adriatic.

Be inspired by a walk along the UNESCO ancient city walls that have protected civilised, sophisticated republics for centuries. This is a system of white stone walls constructed by forts, bastions, casemates, towers and detached forts that stretch 1,940 metres long.

+ optional (not included in price): €102.93 per person guided

Address: Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Dubrovnik City Walls

18:00 to 19:45
1 hour 45 minutes

Encompassing the stunning city, the walls are a great way to get a different perspective of the Dubrovnik. As the finest and best-preserved in the world, they put the city on the map.

As you reach the walkway you’ll have views across the city and the Adriatic Sea, the walls give you a clear insight into the damage of the Siege in 1992 for the Independence of Croatia, as you can see the remains of the damage as well as the great number of glimmering terracotta rooftops that have
been recently replaced.

The city became walled in the 9th century, however, it was not formally fortified until the 14th century when 15 forts were built to encompass the surrounds with defence. The defences were strengthened when the Turkish attacked in the 15th century.

The walk around the city walls can be unexpectedly arduous, basking in the sunlight with no shelter, the open-air walk can feel like a furnace with steep ascents. There are numerous exits, should you not be able to complete the cycle.

+ optional (not included in price): €50.52 per person

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Address: Poljana Paška Miličevića, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia

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The Pucic Palace

Room type: Double executive room
19:00 check-in
10:00 check-out (Day 12)
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This 17th-century Baroque building hotel is located on the Gundulić Square of the Old Town in the famous city of Dubrovnik. The five-star hotel is surrounded by cultural monuments, lively cafés, museums, art galleries and concert halls.

The Pucic Palace hotel features just 17 luxury rooms and 2 suites creating an exclusive and intimate experience. It combines authentic features such as magnificent olive wood parquet floors and stone walls with modern amenities.

Café & Brasserie Royal and Defne Terrace in Dubrovnik are available at the hotel for fine Mediterranean and international dining as well as the Razonoda wine bar.

Address: The Pucic Palace, Ulica od Puča, Dubrovnik, Croatia

DAY 12: DUBROVNIK DEPARTURE
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Your personal Croatia tour comes to an end on this day. Whenever you’re ready, your driver will take you to the airport for your departing flight.

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Private Driver

10:00 to 11:00

From: The Pucic Palace
To: Dubrovnik Airport