Croatia

September 29 – October 5, 2024

ITINERARY

Split's pedestrian Riva promenade 

 

  1. September 29, 2024 (Sunday) – Arrival in Croatia/ Welcome Dinner (Split)

 

  • You will be met at Split Airport (SPU) for a transfer to the hotel. Check-in and relax before dinner.

 

  • Later today, meet in the hotel lobby for our welcome dinner.

 

 

  1. September 30, 2024 (Monday) – Old Town Guided Walking Tour (Split)

 

  • Meet your driver for the private transfer to Split’s historic center – the former Diocletian Palace.

 

  • Split is Croatia’s second largest city and a busy port. Facing the harbor is the Diocletian Palace – a UNESCO-protected complex built in the 3rd century and now covering the heart of the Old Town. The Roman emperor Diocletian was a native of nearby Salona, so he had his retirement palace built here.

 

  • You will have the chance to wander around the numerous buildings within the boundaries of the complex, many of which are still homes while others house cafes, restaurants, hotels, and shops. Some of the best-preserved sites you can visit are the Vestibule, the Temple of Jupiter, the Peristyle, and Diocletian’s Mausoleum – now the Cathedral of St. Dominus.

 

  • The afternoon is free to explore the winding streets of the Old Town.

 

 View of Hvar Town, Croatia from Fortress

 

  1. October 1, 2024 (Tuesday) – Daytrip to Hvar Island (Split)

 

  • Meet your guide and take the morning ferry to Hvar Island – one of the most visited destinations on the Dalmatian coast – and spend some time exploring the historic Hvar Town with its picturesque seaside Riva promenade. If you are up for it, climb to the hilltop Spanjola fortress for the breathtaking views over the coast and the nearby islands.

 

  • After some time on your own, continue to the interior of the island and the UNESCO-protected Stari Grad Plain where not much has changed since the ancient Greeks founded an agricultural colony here more than 24 centuries ago. Stop at a local winery to taste some Croatian wines and enjoy a lunch of ‘Peka’ – the traditional dish slow-cooked under an iron bell covered with smoldering charcoal.

 

  • Take the ferry back to Split with your guide and return to your hotel.

 

 

  1. October 2, 2024 (Wednesday) – Split – Ston – Dubrovnik (Dubrovnik)

 

  • Meet your driver for the private transfer along the Dalmatian coast via the spectacular Peljesac Bridge, and to Dubrovnik. On the way, stop at the Peljesac peninsula, which has been known for centuries for its wines and the best oysters in Dalmatia, found in the town of Ston.

 

  • Meet a local oyster farmer who will take you out in his boat to show you how oysters and mussels are farmed and harvested and then welcome you for a simple light lunch of fresh seafood and homemade wine.

 

  • In the Middle Ages, Ston was a military stronghold guarding the town’s salt pans (back then salt was worth more than its weight in gold). Stretching over 3 miles and with some 50 towers, bastions, and forts, this is one of the largest and most fascinating defensive structures in the region. You will have some time to explore the Old Town on your own.

 

  • Arrive in Dubrovnik later today and check-in into your hotel.

 

View of Dubrovnik from Srd Hill

 

  1. October 3, 2024 (Thursday) – Old Town Dubrovnik Guided Walking Tour (Dubrovnik)

 

  • Meet your local guide for a walking tour of Dubrovnik – the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. You will enter the UNESCO-protected walled city and tour its historic and architectural treasures like the Old Harbor, the Old Town Square, the Stradun main street, the former Rector’s Palace, the Franciscan Monastery, and the Old Pharmacy.

 

  • We suggest taking a walk atop Dubrovnik’s old walls for the great views over the old town and the surrounding area. You can walk around the entire wall, or just part of it, but either way the experience is well worth it.

 

  • The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore Dubrovnik. You may take the cable car to the rocky Mt. Srd. From the top, marvel at the incredible vistas over the medieval town, the azure waters of the Adriatic, and the nearby islands.

 

 

  1. October 4, 2024 (Friday) – Daytrip to Konavle / Farewell Dinner (Dubrovnik)

 

  • Meet your driver and transfer to the southern Dalmatian countryside and the region known as Konavle. This is Croatia at its most traditional where people still maintain the traditional attire and cultivate olives and vineyards.

 

  • Stop in Cavtat – a historic town which dates to the 6th century BC and was first a Greek colony and later a Roman town called Ephidaurum. Today, Cavtat is one of the most charming towns on the coast and retains a small-town laid-back ambience. Enjoy some time for lunch on your own and independent exploration.

 

  • Konavle is also known for its excellent cuisine, and we will enjoy farewell dinner at a local family-run ‘konoba’ tavern.

 

  • Return to Dubrovnik and your hotel.

 

 

  1. October 5, 2024 (Saturday) – Departure Day

 

  • Meet your driver for the transfer to Dubrovnik airport (DBV) for your flight back home.

 

INCLUSIONS

Accommodations

  • 3 nights at a 4-star hotel in Split
  • 3 nights at a 4-star hotel in Dubrovnik

 

Activities

  • Split Old Town Walking Tour
  • Split – Hvar – Split Daytrip by Ferry / Hydrofoil
  • Wine Tasting on Hvar Island
  • Split – Ston – Dubrovnik Transfer
  • Ston Oyster Farm Experience
  • Dubrovnik Old Town Walking Tour
  • Dubrovnik – Konavle – Dubrovnik Daytrip
  • Wine Tasting in Konavle

 

Entry Fees

  • Entry fees for all activities mentioned above

 

Meals

  • Daily breakfast at the hotels
  • Split Welcome Dinner
  • Traditional ‘Peka’ Lunch on Hvar Island
  • Seafood Lunch near Ston
  • Konavle Farewell Dinner

 

Gratuities

  • Gratuities for all drivers and guides

 

Host And Guides

  • Your Cultured Adventurer host during the duration of the trip
  • Local guides or driver – guides for all tours included unless stated otherwise

 

Vehicle

  • Transportation to/from all activities listed under “Inclusions/Activities” unless stated otherwise

 

Transfers

  • Transfer from arrival airport in Split (SPU) to group hotel in Split
  • Transfer from group hotel in Dubrovnik to departure airport in Dubrovnik (DBV)

EXCLUSIONS

Activities

  • All activities not listed under “Inclusions/Activities”

 

Food And Beverages

  • All food and beverages not listed under “Meals”

 

Insurance

  • Contact us to to receive a quote and/or purchase a policy.

 

Miscellaneous

  • All items of a personal nature and anything not expressly stated as included

 

Transportation

  • Airfare to/from our arrival city and departure city

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • The accommodations, activities, and other inclusions and/or their order may change and/or be canceled due to circumstances beyond our control and/or for any other reason we deem necessary. In the event this occurs, we will try our best to arrange similar accommodations, activities, and other inclusions.

 

  • Depending on the size of the group, some of the activities may be part of a larger public tour group.

 

  • Some parts of this trip require extensive walking (5 miles or more over the course of the day) as well as uphill/downhill climbing on cobblestone or non-stable pathways.

TRIP OVERVIEW

Arrival Information

  • Split Airport (SPU)
  • September 29, 2024 (Sunday)
  • Our private airport transfer service allows you to arrive at any time during the day.

 

 

Departure Information

  • Dubrovnik Airport (DBV)
  • October 5, 2024 (Saturday)
  • Our private airport transfer service allows you to depart at any time during the day.

 

 

Destinations Visited

  • Split
  • Hvar Island
  • Ston & Peljesac Peninsula
  • Dubrovnik
  • Cavtat & Konavle region

 

 

Price

  • $2,750 per person double occupancy
  • $3,900 per person single occupancy
  • There is a fee of 3% for all credit card payments.

 

 

Deposit

  • $1,000 per person double occupancy
  • $1,500 per person single occupancy
  • ALL PAYMENTS, INCLUDING DEPOSIT, ARE COMPLETELY NONREFUNDABLE! We strongly recommend obtaining travel insurance. Contact us to to receive a quote and/or purchase a policy.