Best Of Croatia



Durations: 12 nights 13 days

Destinations: Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Split, Opatija, Bled and Venice





Day 1: Arrive in Dubrovnik
Arrival in Dubrovnik, transfer to our hotel. You’ll have the balance of the day to rest or explore on your own. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. Then perhaps you’ll stroll to the charming St. Saviour Church Overnight: Grand Villa Argentina or Excelsior, Dubrovnik Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Explore Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik stands as one of Europe’s most beautifully preserved medieval cities, surrounded by ramparts, watchtowers, and the azure Adriatic Sea. Within its walls, we spend the morning exploring a treasure trove of rich history, admiring the Rector’s Palace and touring the Franciscan Monastery, home to a 30,000-volume library and a 14th-century pharmacy. Then, enjoy stunning views of the Old Town – and the Adriatic – when you walk along the city’s fortress wall. This 1¼ -mile stroll around Dubrovnik’s perimeter offers a breathtaking perspective of red-roofed stone buildings and ancient, narrow alleys. Later, we visit a local artisan to learn about traditional craftsmanship that still thrives today. We end our day as the guests of a local family who have invited us to join them for a home-prepared dinner Overnight: Grand Villa Argentina or Excelsior, Dubrovnik Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Visit Village of Cilipi/Enjoy
Dinner on Jakov Beach. This morning, we drive south to the tiny village of Cilipi. Local traditions hold fast in this rural outpost, and we’ll visit with locals and learn about their customs and handmade embroidery. The countryside hamlet and its winery offer the perfect setting for lunch, complemented by a tasting of lovely vintages. Later, weather permitting, we embark on a small motorboat for a thrilling ride along the dramatic city walls of Dubrovnik. Our destination is Jakov Beach; many claim that the loveliest views of the city can be had from its pebble-and-sand shores. Our three-course dinner here, complete with fine Dalmatian wines, will be a meal to remember. After, our boat delivers us to the old city port and there’ll be time to explore the ancient city by night Overnight: Grand Villa Argentina or Excelsior, Dubrovnik Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Ferry to Korcula
After breakfast, we ferry to the lovely Dalmatian Island of Korcula, birthplace of the legendary explorer Marco Polo. We arrive in time for lunch, then walk to its Romanesque-Gothic cathedral, with stunning Adriatic views. The rest of the day is free to discover this pretty island town on your own. Your Tour Manager can point out a dinner spot where you can try local seafood specialties Overnight: Hotel Korkyra, Korcula Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Ferry to Hvar
This morning, explore the charming streets of Korcula town. After lunch at a local restaurant, embark on a ferry to the island of Hvar, rated as one of the world’s Top 10 islands by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. With its dramatic karst landscape, rocky shores, lavender fields, and pristine beaches, you’ll quickly understand why. Dinner is on your own tonight Overnight: Riva Hvar Yacht Harbour Hotel, Hvar Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Explore Hvar/Visit Local Tavern
Today, discover the treasures of Hvar on your own. Perhaps you’ll relax on one of the island’s beautiful beaches. Board a boat to the Pakleni Islands, just off Hvar’s coast, where secluded coves make for fine snorkeling and swimming. Or indulge in a spa treatment at our hotel. This afternoon, we visit a family-owned tavern. The owners have invited us to join them for delicious local fare and traditional music – perhaps some klapa, a form of a cappella singing Overnight: Riva Hvar Yacht Harbour Hotel, Hvar Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Ferry to Split/Discover Diocletian’s Palace
After lunch, we ferry back to the mainland to explore Split, Croatia’s grand 1,700-year-old city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On a walking tour, marvel at its rich culture and Renaissance and Gothic architecture. At the heart of its waterfront is Diocletian’s Palace, the third-century “retirement home” intended for the Roman Emperor of the same name. We’ll admire its lovely peristyle courtyard, Cathedral of St. Domnius, and Roman temples. Many of the palace’s structures were built with the gleaming white marble quarried from the nearby island of Brac Overnight: Park Hotel, Split Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Browse Morning
Market/Tour Plitvice Lakes/Transfer to Istrian Peninsula Greet the day among Croatian vendors setting up shop at Split’s lively market. You’ll find locally grown fruits, vegetables, olive oil, and wines here – as well as clothing, bags, and trinkets. Perusing these stalls is a great way to strike up a conversation or two! Later, we drive to the magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These 16 terraced lakes descend 300 feet in 4 miles down a wooded hillside via a series of waterfalls. After time to explore, we continue to seaside Opatija, beautifully sheltered between the Gulf of Kvarner and Ucka Mountain on the dramatic Istrian Peninsula Overnight: Hotel Astoria, Opatija Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Explore Istrian Peninsula
The Istrian Peninsula’s landscapes call to mind an unspoiled Tuscany. Roman ruins and ornate Venetian architecture echo the civilizations that once thrived here. We begin with a city tour of Opatija, strolling the famed Lungo Mare, or seaside promenade, where the graceful sculpture “Maiden with the Seagull” gazes into the gulf. We’ll also see some of the city’s famed 19th-century villas. Continue to Pula, a treasure trove of the Roman Empire. We’ll pause to marvel at its enormous first-century amphitheater, among the sixth largest surviving structures of its kind. In Porec, visit the Byzantine Basilica of Euphrasius, home to finely preserved Christian mosaics. Then, we explore the charming, narrow streets of Rovinj, a lovely resort town. Our next stop, Motovun, appears before us like a fairytale village on a hill. This medieval town is surrounded by forests fertile with truffles and mushrooms, and by vineyards that produce famed Istrian wines. We’ll sample some of this land’s fruits during a stop at a wine cellar and olive oil factory Overnight: Hotel Astoria, Opatija Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 - Tour Ljubljana, Slovenia/Transfer to Bled
We cross into Slovenia this morning and stop for a tour of its capital, Ljubljana. View its vast open-air market; the baroque-Venetian City Hall; Robba’s Fountain, inspired by Bernini’s Four Rivers Fountain in Rome; the Triple Bridge, which connects the old and new cities; and the Parliament. Continue to Bled, situated on the pristine shores of Lake Bled in the spectacular Julian Alps. We’ll explore Bled Castle, perched on a cliff overlooking the lake. Later, stroll through the old quarters of Radovljica, a small medieval town. Dinner tonight is at Kunstelj, a warm country inn popular with locals. Hearty Slovenian fare with wine rounds out our day Overnight: Grand Hotel Toplice, Bled Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 - Visit Bled Island/Countryside Drive to Bohinj
We start our day on Bled’s spellbinding lake aboard a pletna, a traditional rowing boat. Our destination is the tiny island that adds such charm to this vista. The island’s church is home to a wonderful art collection. Later, we drive through gorgeous landscapes and through typical Slovenian villages to Bohinj, an alpine resort town nestled amidst dense woodlands. A stop at the Sheppard Museum gives us a farm-fresh taste of locally produced cheese. We return to Bled in time for dinner on your own Overnight: Grand Hotel Toplice, Bled Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12, - Explore Venice
We transfer to Venice this morning, once the center of an empire that oversaw the entire Adriatic. We arrive in style: on a boat along the famed Grand Canal, lined with elegant palaces and bridges. After lunch on your own, enjoy a walking tour of Piazzo San Marco, with time to visit Basilica and view the Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs, and campanile (bell tower). After time on your own, gather with our fellow travelers at a fine Venetian restaurant for our farewell dinner. After, take some time for one final stroll in this most romantic of cities Overnight: San Cassiano Ca’Favretto, Venice Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 - Good bye
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home Meals: Breakfast






• Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
• 6 different cooking classes
• 3 nights at 4 star hotel in Istanbul
• 1 night at authentic wooden houses in Safranbolu
• 3 nights at boutique cave hotel in Cappadocia
• 2 nights at 3 star hotel in Egirdir
• 1 night at 4 star hotel in Pamukkale
• 2 nights at 3 star hotel in Selcuk
• 12 breakfasts and 12 dinners
• Private guided Istanbul tour
• Private guided Safranbolu tour
• Private guided Cappadocia tour
• Private guided Egirdir tour
• Private guided Pamukkale tour
• Private guided Sirince village tour
• All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
• Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
• Professional English-speaking tour guides
• Return airport transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport






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