- Experience the Mediterranean as it used to be
- Explore the islands of Lopud, Hvar and Brac
- Stay in the old city of Dubrovnik, a location in 'A Game of Thrones'
- Visit Emperor Diocletian's Palace, an amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Fabulous fresh seafood, cooked in simple, local style
Croatia's beautiful walled city, Dubrovnik, is the starting point for this journey through one of Europe's most diverse and beautiful countries. As we travel northwards, our path takes us through cypress woods, along coastal headlands and rural tracks, into dramatic gorges and along rambling streets. The sparkling sea views and sleepy harbor villages, with their milk-white limestone buildings, are the perfect environment for the steady pace of life and relaxed caf culture. It becomes apparent that Croatia is still the authentic and uncommercialized Mediterranean associated with a bygone era. We also gain an insight into the break up of Yugoslavia and spend time in places which were directly affected by the early 1990's war as well as driving through the neighboring coast of Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Highlights of this Walk include a private boat-trip from the foot of Vidova Gora Mountain, which takes us to a secluded terrace restaurant overlooking the sea where we dine on fresh fish caught that morning, and a fascinating walking tour of Diocletian's Palace which houses the most well-preserved Roman buildings in Split and which forms the heart of today's city. The Croatian cuisine focuses on locally caught fish, traditionally produced olive oil and organic vegetables, washed down with homemade brandies and wines. And, as the average height of men from Dalmatia is 6 feet, the food portions tend to match the height!
You will return home having explored the homeland of the neck tie, The 'Cravat', the region where the Dalmatian dog got its identity, the island of the man who made the first working parachute and the country which treasures Europe's second oldest synagogue in Dubrovnik and the third oldest in Split.
Saturday Overnight: Hotel Villa Dubrovnik
Sunday Overnight: Hotel Villa Dubrovnik
Monday Overnight: Hotel Ostrea
Tuesday Overnight: Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel
Wednesday Overnight: Villa Vela Luka
Thursday Overnight: Villa Vela Luka
Friday Overnight: Hotel Marmont
(Single Supplement $655.00)
Hotels - Where we stay
Hotel Villa Dubrovnik
The Hotel Villa Dubrovnik is the most awarded boutique hotel in Croatia. Styled by local designers, the hotel was made from stone, surrounded by gardens of bougainvillea and oleander, and is located at the bottom of a cliff overlooking the turquoise Adriatic Sea. Facilities include two restaurants with stunning sea views, a beautiful lounge with patio and a library. The hotel also features a luxurious spa center with indoor pool, saunas, Jacuzzis, steam baths and a wide range of spa treatments. Bedrooms boast an amazing sea view with large beds covered with the finest Egyptian cotton sheets, hairdryer, wall-mounted flat screen TVs and broadband Wi-Fi internet connection.
Located in the picturesque fishing port of Mali Ston ('Little Ston'), this attractive hotel is built of the traditional stone of the area and has an enviable location overlooking the crystal clear blue water of the harbour.Completely rennovated in 1998 and run by one of the oldest families in the town, the hotel has won the Antun Stifanic state award for tourism and catering. Each bedroom has an ensuite bathroom, individual furnishings and is beautifully decorated with all the usual amenities of a high quality hotel including hair dryer and WiFi internet access. Weather permitting, breakfast is taken on the open air terrace or can be taken inside in the traditional Maslina salon in cooler weather. Dinner is served in the widely-renowned Kaptanova Luca ('Captain's House') which has an attractive location on the waterfront and specialises in superb dishes made from local catches from the bay - mussels, oysters, octopus and fish.
Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel
Perched on the promenade and facing the old city center, the Adriana Hvar boasts spectacular panoramic views of the town and the marina. Adriana offers luxury guest rooms, a spa, rooftop saltwater swimming pool, and multi-level garden terraces with a stunning aspect over the sea and marina. All of Adrianas ensuite rooms feature air-conditioning, satellite TV, mini-bar, WiFi, hair-dryer and telephone. Enjoy a drink in the wrap-around rooftop bar, with its stunning views of the ancient city, yacht harbour, bay, and Paklinski Islands.
Villa Vela Luka
Part of the tourist resort Velaris, in the peaceful bay of Vela Luka, the villa is an elegant building built in the early 20th century. Completely renovated, the large windows let in the light and color from the beach, just a few steps away. Each of the airy, comfortable bedrooms has a minibar, safe, telephone, LCD satellite TV, hairdryer, air-conditioning and internet access.
The Marmont Hotel (named after Napoleon's commander, marshal Auguste Frederic de Marmont) has an enviable location right in the heart of the old vibrant city, next to Diocletian's Palace which has been declared a World Heritage site by the UNESCO.The spacious bedrooms are decorated in a contemporary and minimalism style with dark walnut furniture and blanched oak flooring. All bedrooms are air-conditioned and offer WiFi internet access, LCD TV, minibar, shower and WC. During breakfast guests can enjoy in the atmosphere of the 15th-century fortress and, in the evening, there is an open air terrace and lounge bar for a relaxing drink.
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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation
- Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
- A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
- Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
- Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
- Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
- All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
- Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
- First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
- All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
- Wine with dinner
- On-trail snacks and refreshments
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants