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Croatia
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Apr 19, 2015
  • From $3,998 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

Luxury Croatia Vacations

Explore this once overlooked jewel, renowned for its mountainous coastline dotted with picturesque harbor towns and white sand beaches nestled along the coast. Experience the relaxed Mediterranean attitude while biking through small villages, ambling through beautifully ornamented Gothic palaces, paddling idyllic bays, taking a buggy ride along the beach, snorkeling in the crystalline azure water, and participating in a private cooking class. Croatia is a gem that is not to be missed.

  • Biking
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Paddling
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

Once overlooked, Croatia has quickly reclaimed its reputation as one of Europe’s must-see destinations. Renowned for its crystal-clear coves, wooded islands, vineyard-clad hills and picturesque harbor towns, the Dalmatian Coast is an adventurer’s paradise.

  • Marvel at Hvar Town’s magnificent Venetian Renaissance architecture
  • Sea kayak the peaceful waters around the Pakleni Otoci islands
  • Cruise by private boat to Korčula and bike the island’s vineyard and olive grove-clad hills, admiring spectacular views of the Adriatic
  • Dig your toes into the sand in Lumbarda
  • Try your hand at a sweet and savory burek pastry (the breakfast of choice for farmers and fishermen) during a cooking class in the home of a local chef
Hvar Town's Venetian Renaissance architecture
Photo: Hvar Town's Venetian Renaissance architecture

This was the trip of a lifetime and I truly felt ‘the toughest part was going home,’ even with the mountains we climbed!

Ingrid Willemsen Morristown, NJ

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Split, Croatia(SPU)/Dubrovnik(DBV), Croatia

Day 1: Hvar Town
Hvar Town
Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: Hotel Adriana

We meet in the morning in Split before we ferry to beautiful Hvar Island, disembarking at the quaint harbor town of Stari Grad, home to the fortified Tvrdalj castle, the impressively restored Bianchini Palace and a Dominican monastery.

Mount up and pedal to Jelsa, admiring the octagonal Renaissance Church of Saint John and the turquoise, pine-fringed waters of Mina Bay and Grebišce.

  • Continue on to Vrboska, also known as “Little Venice” for its plethora of small bridges
  • Explore the 16th century church of Saint Mary of Charity and the Renaissance works of Veronese and Bassano at the Church of Saint Lawrence
  • Finish your ride in Hvar, whose long waterfront promenade, yacht-lined quays, traffic-free marble streets and tasteful harbor-front bars and cafés offer the perfect retreats for relaxing and people-watching
  • Explore beautifully ornamented Gothic palaces, a Franciscan cloister and a historic Arsenal before climbing to a Spanish Fort for spectacular views of the city at sunset

This evening we gather for a festive welcome dinner.

About Hotel Adriana
Perched on a marina overlooking the city center of Hvar, the Hotel Adriana is Croatia’s first and only member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World.

Deluxe rooms, a rooftop salt-water pool, spectacular lounge, garden terraces and Sensori Spa make the Adriana a perfect place to unwind after an active day.

Day 2: Hvar Town
Hvar Town
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Hotel Adriana

This morning we set off to explore the peaceful Pakleni Otici Islands by sea kayak.

Scattered off the southwest coast of Hvar and blanketed in low pine forest, the archipelago originally derived its name from the native paklina, a pine resin once used as a ship sealant.

Paddle the idyllic bays of Marinkovac Island and savor the ubiquitous scent of pine, lavender and rosemary as you coast along the sandy beach at Sv Klement Island.

This evening enjoy a cooking class and dinner at a local restaurant, and try your hand at a Croatian specialty such as ćevapčiči (spiced sausages) with ajvar sauce, mussels and black risotto.

Day 3: Korčula Town
Korčula Town
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Hotel Marko Polo

Travel by private boat from Hvar Town to Vela Luka on Korčula Island for a day of biking.

Set on a tiny peninsula on the Pelješac channel, Korčula was first home to Slavic pirates who used the island as a base from which to attack passing ships; in the year 1000 it was taken over by Venice, marking the start of an 800-year on-and-off Venetian rule.

Today, the island is renowned for its gorgeous, white quarried stone, countless secluded bays, small, uninhabited islands and breathtaking views.

Make a stop in Smokvica to enjoy lunch as a group. Explore several small villages on today’s ride, which culminates in the medieval walled town of Korčula, whose Old Quarter boasts a harmonious mix of 15th century Gothic and 16th century Renaissance trimmings.

Visit the home of Marco Polo, Saint Mark’s Cathedral with paintings by Tintoretto, the Town Museum, and the Byzantine Icon Museum.

Feast on some fresh and authentic Croatian seafood tonight at Restaurant Riblji.

About Hotel Marko Polo
Recently renovated, the four-star Hotel Marco Polo on the island of Korčula boasts an indoor and outdoor pool, tennis courts, wellness center and fitness center.

Spacious, comfortable and a short stroll from the center of town.

Day 4: Korčula Town
Korčula Town
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Hotel Marko Polo

Travel by private boat to Pelješac Peninsula, home to two of Croatia’s best wines, the hearty Dingač and Postup reds.

  • Hike the trails and forests along the narrow peninsula, affording fine views of the crystal-clear, blue-green waters of the sea bordered by cypresses
  • Visit the 15th Century Franciscan Monastery and admire the votive gifts which for centuries were donated by sailors after being saved from shipwreck, storms or pirates
  • Fuel up at a group lunch in a very special place before descending into the town Orebič for our boat ride back to Korčula
  • Why not swim in the Adriatic from the beach near the hotel?

Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own.

Day 5: Korčula Town
Korčula Town
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Hotel Marko Polo

Today you can opt for an exciting buggy safari and snorkeling adventure or for a leisurely day of biking Korčula Island.

Safari-goers will be heading in a 2-person buggy for Lumbarda beach. Follow your guides along the coastal gravel roads above Lumbarda and Žrnovo villages, pausing to admire the spectacular views and to swim and snorkel in two hidden bays. Admire the tranquil waters and look for wildlife as you enjoy lunch on the boat.

Bikers will pedal from Korčula Town to Račišce, a quiet harbor village nestled on a postcard-perfect bay overlooking the sea and the majestic Pelješac mountains.

Enjoy a wine tasting before making your way back to Korčula Town. This evening we gather for a delectable farewell dinner.

Day 6: Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik
Meals Included:  B

Enjoy one last breakfast before you are transferred to the Dubrovnik airport or Dubrovnik town.

Most will opt to spend a night in Dubrovnik to explore its picturesque town center which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We hope you'll join us again soon!

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.

Dates, Rates
& Details

Start planning your next adventure now. See the information below for the rates and selection of available dates. For additional information on dates and availability, please contact our travel specialists.

  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Apr 19, 2015
  • From $3,998 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

Departure Dates

  • Apr 19, 2015
  • May 10, 2015
  • Jun 14, 2015
  • Jul 12, 2015
  • Aug 2, 2015
  • Aug 23, 2015
  • Sep 6, 2015
  • Sep 27, 2015
  • Oct 4, 2015

Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Prior to the trip, arrive at your own convenience in Split.
  • On Day 1, we will meet you in the lobby of Hotel Park in Split at 7:30 a.m. (or at the ferry at 8:00 a.m. if you are staying at a different hotel).
  • After a 2-hour ferry ride to Stari Grad on Hvar Island, the cycling begins.
  • After breakfast on Day 6, we take you to the hotel of your choice in Dubrovnik (2.5 hour transfer) or the Dubrovnik airport (3 hour transfer).
Activities
  • Biking: 8-31 miles, moderate to challenging terrain.
  • Walking/hiking: 1-5 miles, easy to moderate terrain.
  • Kayaking: Calm waters, no experience necessary.
  • Other activities: Swimming, snorkeling, buggy driving, cooking class, wine tasting.
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All designated meals.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified, professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • All activities, ferry crossings, wine tastings, etc.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Meals not designated.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
Photos

A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. We love our adventurers. Marco Polo was from Croatia.
  • 2. If you and your 17 closest friends decided to move to Hum, Croatia, the smallest town in the world, the population would double!
  • 3. There is lots of old architecture and history to explore here. Croatia was founded in the 7th century and built on the Roman ruins.
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