We are really excited about our new routes to Zagreb starting next spring and we want you to get the most out of your holidays with us so we put together the ultimate itinerary for you to be inspired by!
DUBROVNIK – PELJESAC – HVAR – SPLIT – PLITVICE LAKES – ZAGREB
Dubrovnik is a city for all seasons. Each season in Dubrovnik has its own distinctive charm and always offers you ample opportunities to explore and enjoy. Inspire yourself with the astonishing architecture of this historic city, get lost in the interesting side streets, spend part of your time in one of the many art galleries and museums, relax in a cafe or pamper yourself dining at one of the restaurants.
History is alive in every part of this city as it represents a perfect cross between the past and the present. Every nook and cranny of this Pearl of the Adriatic, hides a treasure. Dubrovnik is surrounded by 1940 meters of unique medieval ramparts preserved in their original form and open to visitors as the city’s flagship attraction. Protected by UNESCO World Heritage status since 1979, Dubrovnik can boast one of the first such listings in Croatia. Its rich history, geographic location, mild climate, traditional hospitality and excellence in tourism make Dubrovnik a recognized high quality holiday. The city is a destination of culture, as witnessed by its many festivals, prestigious art happenings, major open air events, excellent artists, athletes and its architectural treasures.
City Walls – The most recognizable feature which defines the history of Dubrovnik and gives it its characteristics, are its intact city wall with five fortresses that offer an unforgettable view over the city, the island of Lokrum and the open sea. The City Wall is the main attraction of the visitors.
The Old City – Dubrovnik is not built in a way to be admired from the car or coach. This is a place for pedestrians.
Cable Car – panoramic view of Dubrovnik. Glide through the air on a scenic adventure, the ride offers breath taking view of the old town of Dubrovnik, coastal sights with islands and magnificent sunset.
Island of Lokrum (the “Island of love”) and Elaphiti Islands – if you set to explore Dubrovnik’s vicinity by sea, you will be enraptured by the beauty of its islands.
Trsteno Arboretum – protected monument of nature. The Arboretum, which was established on the summer estate of the aristocratic family Gucetic, is famous for its rich and ancient collection of exotic plants in the Renaissance park from 1502.
Dubrovnik’s Franciscan Monastery of the Friars Minor harbours the Friars Minor Pharmacy, the world’s third oldest and the only one in continuous existence to provide pharmaceutical services since its inception in 1317.
Climb Fort Lovrjenac, the Dubrovnik Gibraltar, and conjure up scenes from Shakespeares Hamlet, Macbeth and Julius Caesar.
Dubrovnik’s gastronomic offer is varied and versatile. The traditionally popular dishes are prosciutto or cheese marinated in olive oil, octopus salad, green pasta, macaroni sporchi or fresh fish from the Adriatic Sea. The gastronomic scene of Dubrovnik is increasingly dynamic, with chefs reinterpreting traditional recipes in their creations more and more. The wines are a story for themselves with the divine drops of Malvasia of Dubrovnik, the full flavour of Plavac Mali… Wine bars are the new ‘in’ places in the town loved by the rich and famous along with world famous TV series and film productions of both Bollywood and Hollywood. The world’s celebrities cruise the local waters of Dubrovnik and stroll down Stradun – one of the most beautiful streets in the world!
The second largest Croatian peninsula
The red wine here is celebrated as the best in the country, and restaurants offer many traditional specialities, from locally farmed oysters to meats baked slowly in charcoal-covered pots. While the main town Orebić offers well-equipped hotels, the tourist scene is mostly informal, with beach side camp sites and bay hugging villages adding to the appeal.
From Ston Walls and Ston Salt Works, picturesque Janjina and Trpanj founded on ancient Gradina to Orebić, a city of sailors and captains, Pelješac is a destination of exquisite wines, active vacation and beautiful beaches. The best way to get familiar with this peninsula is to take a thematic road ‘’Pelješac-wine empire’’ or Napoleon road 61 km long, which goes through entire Pelješac and is an integral part of roads for active tourism.
If you are arriving to Pelješac by land, medieval Ston is the first place on the peninsula that you can’t miss. You will be impressed by its 5,5 km long stone walls, the longest fortification wall in Europe. They were built by Dubrovnik Republic in 14th century to protect highly valuable salt works, the oldest in Europe and some say even in the world. Oyster is the most famous delicacy of crystal clear Malostonski bay, and it is a symbol of Pelješac, together with wine.
Croatia’s finest red wines are grown on Pelješac’s south-facing coast, where sunlight, arid soil and salty sea breezes combine to produce small but fully flavoured grapes. The most popular variety is Plavac Mali, an indigenous grape related to Zinfandel that produces a heady, velvety red. Dingač and Postup are the most famous vineyard villages, and wine from either fetches a high price. All the local restaurants serve decent house wine, and there are plenty of specialist wineries offering the opportunity to taste and buy the best.
There is limited public transport on the peninsula, so you really need a car to explore. Hire one in Dubrovnik or from a local agent in Orebić. A coach from Dubrovnik to Orebic (Peljesac) takes about 2.15mins. Once there, you can take the passenger ferry from Orebic to Korcula Town – it takes about 10 minutes.
H for Heritage, V for Variety, A for Adventure, R for Relaxation
The rich history and architecture, untouched and undiscovered nature, crystal clear sea, indented coast with thousands of inlets and islands which hold a secret recipe for a truly enjoyable and relaxing visit. Highlights of the port town Hvar include its 13th-century walls, a hilltop fortress and a main square anchored by the Renaissance-era Hvar Cathedral.
Hvar has 2,400 year tradition of wine production, 148 year tradition of organized tourism, kilometers of historic routes used for active holidays; a favourite harbour for sailors and celebrities and its famous night life.
Stari Grad Plain and the Town of Hvar
A protected area, the Stari Grad Plain is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and represents the best-preserved Greek parcelisation of land on the Mediterranean. It is over 2,400 years old and was once an important maritime and trade port. Today the town of Hvar is one of Croatia’s most popular tourist destinations.
CULTURE SIGHTS: Fortress Fortica, Arsenal, Franciscan Monastery, St Stephen’s Square, Benedictine Convent, St Stephen’s Cathedral, Episcopal Museum
NATURE SIGHTS: Pakleni Islands with secluded beaches and coves; the top of Saint Nicholas (628 m) – the highest peak of the island of Hvar; lavander fields – ‘the island of lavander’
Take the ferry or catamaran to Split: See the timetable here
The story of Split is 17 centuries old, dating to the time the Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to build his Palace right on the peninsula near the great Roman city Salona, where he wanted to spend the last years of his life. During these 1700 years the Palace slowly turned into a city, which to this day lures with its rich tradition, glorious history and beauty of its natural and cultural heritage. Diocletian Palace and the entire historical core of Split have been on the World Heritage UNESCO list ever since 1979.
A walk through the ancient city takes you through time, along the great examples of ancient architecture like Peristyle, the middle aged Romanesque Church and Gothic Palace, Renaissance portals of the noblemen’s houses, Baroque facades and modern architecture superbly merged in the rich heritage.
Split is much more than glorious architectural scenery. Split is also a venue for excellent gourmet and wine experiences, numerous cultural happenings like film and theatre festivals, exhibitions, excellent museums and concerts, a city which offers eclectic modes of entertainment starting with numerous clubs and bars, through street festivals to events such as Ultra Europe Festival visited each year by up to 100 thousand young people from around one hundred countries of the world.
When you tire of the city bustle, there’s Marjan, hill symbol over the city, with its forest, jogging trails, mountain climbing and biking, recreational terrains, but also the ancient churches where the late citizens of Split sought spiritual peace. Also very unusual to find in a city the size of Split are the numerous beaches with extraordinarily clean sea, from the well known Bačvice to the stone secluded oases’ all around Marjan.
This National Park has found its place on the UNESCO World Heritage List, blessed as it is with the special natural beauty of a string of lakes and waterfalls. The opportunity to experience a unique moment in these natural galleries should not be missed.
About 2.5h coach ride from Plitvice Lakes to Zagreb.
A walk through Zagreb is a journey that encapsulates both history and modern day life.
Ilica, the longest street in Zagreb, divides the city into the old romantic Upper Town and the young, busy and business orientated Lower Town. For some, the most recognizable place in Zagreb is its neo-gothic Cathedral situated at Kaptol. Although it took many centuries to build, the Cathedral that stands today was completed at the end of the 19th century. Amongst the city’s many monuments is the oldest Zagreb cemetery called Mirogoj, which was opened in 1876. Thanks to its monumental neo-renaissance arcades, tombs of many famous Croatians from political and cultural life lay there. Numerous grave stones have been built by famous artists. Mirogoj is a must-see place for visitors to the city. Zagreb is also the site of many cultural and international events. Other main attraction includes one of Europe’s most lively outdoor markets, Dolac, and visiting it always proves to be a memorable experience to all visitors to Zagreb. Many open air events and exhibitions are organized from spring to autumn. They create a very special atmosphere in the city and are a true tourist attraction
Other popular things to see – Museum of Broken Relationships, Museum of Illusions, The Technical Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art..
Below outlines the days and bases we fly to Dubrovnik and Zagreb where you can get up to 6 days island hopping around Croatia!