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Ancient Greek and Roman cities

DURATION: 9 days / 8 nights

This private tour offers you the best experience of Dalmatia. Explore Dubrovnik, Korčula, Split, Hvar and Trogir on this journey of breathtaking scenery, fascinating history, and great gastronomy. Discover the old part of the largest Dalmatian city of Split and travel back to the Ancient Roman Empire. Learn more about this UNESCO World Heritage sites and visit local Croatian taverns where you can experience the enchanting Dalmatian village taste followed by an exquisite gastronomic menu from traditional recipes, served with the finest wines from our local Dalmatian wine cellars!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Split, 1700 years old Diocletian palace
  • Hvar, the sunniest Island in Croatia
  • Korčula, best preserved Medieval fortified town
  • Ston, “Wine & Oysters”
  • Dubrovnik “the pearl of the Adriatic”

Day 1

Dubrovnik Airport - Dubrovnik

Welcome to Dubrovnik. Your guide will meet You at the Dubrovnik Airport and transfer You to the hotel. After You accommodate, We invite You for a welcome drink with your tour guide where You will get the first impression of the tour. Hotel Overnight stay in Dubrovnik.

Day 2

Dubrovnik City Tour

After breakfast, you will meet with Your guide at the hotel lobby and start with a Sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik ”the pearl of the Adriatic”. Enjoy a pleasant walk in the city center of Dubrovnik, a city called the Pearl of the Adriatic. Each corner of this legendary city is its own unique experience. This memorable tour begins at the monumental Pile Gate, located at the top of Stradun, the splendid main promenade street of the Old Town. Feel free to visit the Franciscan Monastery. A little further is the Cathedral which was built on the ruins of a 12th church. Feel free to climb the stairs to the walls that allow you to walk around the Old town, or take a cable car for a stunning view of the famous red tile roofs and the sea.  After the tour, we are taking a car to the Cavtat town and Konavle valley – Konavle is well known as Dubrovnik countryside, a region located in the southeast part of Croatia. This area of farms, vineyards and stone houses, welcome all the hosts who are searching for local tradition or way of life. For sure, food, local cuisine, and wine are the best and fastest way to understand local culture and immerse to local philosophy of life, ”pomalo” (take it easy and enjoy any moment of your life, especially when you are accompanied by good people, food and wine). This tour takes you to the home of a local family in Konavle, their history, tradition, and commitment to the place where they live is something that makes them very proud. After the lunchtime to see Panorama of Dubrovnik – We are taking a car up to the Srđ Fort where we enjoy Panorama above the old town and cup of coffee in the local place to stay – the rest of the day is yours at leisure! Dubrovnik is yours to discover!

Day 3

Dubrovnik - Ston town - Korčula Island

After breakfast, we are leaving Dubrovnik for a day trip to the Pelješac Peninsula and the Island of Korčula. On our way to Dubrovnik, Our first stopover will be at little town Ston at the beginning of the Pelješac Peninsula, which is also called the Croatian Empire of Wine.  Ston is famous for the longest stone wall in Europe (5.5 km), salt cultivation farming and oyster growing farms, since Roman times. Ston oysters are acknowledged natural aphrodisiac and made this region world-famous. Here we have an option to set up a boat tour and tasting at the local family-owned farm. Panoramic boat ride on a beautiful wooden boat through the Bay of Mali Ston and presentation of the local man running is an absolute must-do while in Croatia. If you like oysters you will find Yourself in an oyster paradise. After the oyster tour, we have an option to visit a local winery ”Miloš’‘.  The production of grapes and wine in Ponikva on the peninsula of Pelješac has been a Miloš family tradition for many generations. Production is based on the indigenous variety of Plavac Mali. Today, Miloš winery owns 15 hectares of vineyards on some of the highest quality positions of the Pelješac peninsula. Miloš vineyards are situated between the steep cliffs of the Prapratno bay and the village of Ponikva. Miloš winery is specialized in the production of exclusive wine from Plavac Mali variety. They make a selection of grapes based on the position and preparation of the vineyard, the year of the harvest, way the grapes were picked, the weather and clearly the technology in the cellar. This means that every type of wine demands a different procedure. In Miloš winery they make different types of wine: dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, and natural dessert wines. In the family-owned house, we have a presentation and tasting from the owner. We expect to arrive in Korčula town in the afternoon. Time at leisure and overnight Stay in Korčula. 

Day 4

Korčula City Tour

One of the most popular travel destinations on Croatia’s South Dalmatian coast, the island of Korcula (pronounced Kor-chu-la) is also one of the greenest. It’s dark, dense pine forests inspired the Ancient Cnidian Greeks to name it Melaina Korkyra (Black Corfu or Corcyra, as their homeland region was once known), when they settled there in 6 BC. Today, the lush pine forests remain as one of the main features of the hilly Adriatic island, especially along its north facing slopes, scattered with dry stone walls enfolding vineyards and olive groves; still cultivated as a livelihood by inland settlements today. In fact, two of the most popular Croatian white wines, Posip and Grk are grown on the island. Korčula Town is one of the best preserved Medieval fortified towns in the Mediterranean. You will enter the world of medieval buildings, Venetian palaces and charming little squares where you can relax and enjoy its unique atmosphere. After the tour of the old town and the visit to the houses where Marco Polo (1254 – 1324) the famous world-traveller and writer, as well as a Venetian merchant, is reputed to have been born. In the Old Town, his supposed house of birth will shortly be turned into a Museum of Marco Polo. AFter the tour of Korčula we will have a traditional lunch at one of the restaurants where you will enjoy traditional island food and wine. Prepare your palate for extraordinary flavors since you will try local homemade cooking, local smoked ham (pršut) with a homemade cheese, popular Dalmatian Peka as well as some of the local specialties. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the famous Korčula beaches where you will have free time for relaxing and swimming. Free evening at leisure and overnight stay in Korčula.

Day 5

Korčula - Lavender fields - Jelsa local winery - Vrisnik local village - Hvar town

Morning checks out and leaving towards the Island of Hvar – the sunniest island of Croatia. We shall drive from Dubrovnik to Drvenik, near Makarska, where we catch a ferry to the Island of Hvar. We drive along the coastal road from where you will be able to enjoy beautiful views of the Adriatic archipelago. We expect to arrive at Sučuraj, the Island of Hvar at noon time. At the island, we visit the Lavender fields around the village of Brusje, high up on the old road to Stari Grad. This village has stunning views of the seas and mainland. We walk through Lavender fields, appreciate the magnificent color and breathe in the hypnotic qualities. Our program continues as we meet the leading Croatian winemaker ”Duboković” to taste wines that have become the most sought after in the country. You will be invited to step into the family house and winery as well, meet owner and listen stories from firsthand wine maker. The Plavac grapes Medvid and Medvjedica come from there. All the wines are fermented with natural yeast. Depending on the type of wine, they combine stainless steel and woods of various ages. Every vintage is different, and so the wines from different vintages require a different approach. Although it’s a small winery, with an annual production of 15,000 to 20,000 litres, they produce a very wide range. The original names of the wines hide interesting tales. Moja M [ My M] (Maraština), Moja B [My B] (Bogdanjuša), Moj Otok [My Island] (Maraština, Bogdanjuša, Parč and Kuč), N11 Rose (Plavac Mali), Laganini (Drnekuša), and the Plavaces 2718 sati sunca u boci [2718 hours of Sun in a Bottle], Prije 6009 godina [6009 Years Ago], Medvjedica and Medvid and the dessert wines Prvi poljubac [First Kiss] (Maraština, Bogdanjuša, Parč and Kuć) and Don Petar (Plavac). In a range as broad as this, so everyone can find what they like best, and since all the wines are table wines – the name of the wine tells a story. Apart from the wines, they produce a wide range of varietal and aromatised olive oils. This trip ends with an authentic island culinary picnic at the picturesque village of Vrisnik. Your meal will be prepared in a traditional island way, and served by the island’s best olive oil producer Mr. Borivoj Bojanic and his wife Zeljka. Followed by lunch transfer to Hvar town and hotel check in Hvar. The rest of the afternoon at leisure. Overnight stay Hvar.

Day 6

Hvar town Tour

In the morning You will have a tour of the old Town of Hvar; the oldest municipal theatre in Europe (established in 1612), the arsenal and the Franciscan monastery, the fortress Fortica, the Cathedral of Hvar and last, but not least, the famous Hvar beaches where you will have free time for relaxing and swimming.  As per your wish, we can take a taxi boat to also very popular Pakleni otoci islands or famous Blue Cave just across the town of Hvar. The Blue Grotto or Blue Cave is a water-logged sea cave located in a small bay called Balun on the east side of the island of Biševo in the Croatian Adriatic. It is situated in the central Dalmatian archipelago, 5 km southwest of the island of Vis. The grotto is one of the best-known natural beauty spots on the Adriatic. Blue cave has become the most popular place to visit, a must-see while in Croatia! After the Cave, we will stop at a couple of secret spots where you will have free time for swimming and relaxing. One of the stops for a day is Stiniva Bay. Explore this incredible bay, with a very typical shape and a beach of white round stones. Crystal water completes the scenery! Overnight stay Hvar.

Day 7

Hvar - Split City Tour

In the morning departure by a ferry to the mainland – to the city of Split, second biggest city in Croatia and the capital of Dalmatia. Your guide will meet You at the Split Port and transfer You to the hotel. After You accommodate, We invite You for a welcome drink with your tour guide where You will get the first impression of the tour. This day is reserved to explore a 1.700,00-year-old Split town and Diocletian palace – This Private Tour starts in front of the south wall of Diocletian’s Palace where you’ll see the full view of its scale and hear how and why the Diocletian palace was built. You’ll explore the untouched basements, make your way to the central Peristyle square and visit what was originally Diocletian’s mausoleum and is nowadays the second oldest building structure in the world still used as a cathedral. Over 1,700 years old! Hotel Overnight stay in Split.

Day 8

Split - Unesco Trogir - Blue Lagoon - Split

In Split you will meet our skipper and step into our comfortable boat that will take you to the town of Trogir and Blue Lagoon.  On the way to Blue Lagoon, you will learn about the history of the area and about the itinerary for the day. After a half hour drive, we will reach Trogir, where we will take you into the past time by retelling the stories and legends of Trogir. Greek, Roman, Venetian history on a small island connected to one, make this one of the most interesting historic oasis on the Adriatic Sea. We recommend visiting the Cathedral of St Lawrence, where you will see impressive Romanesque doors carved by Master Radovan in the 13th century. After the Trogir back on the boat and transfer to Blue Lagoon. It’s time for swimming in amazing blue-green turquoise color with the sandy seabed. After swimming and snorkeling, you can enjoy the boat sunbathing or you can go outside of the boat on the pebble beach which is surrounded by pine trees. Do not forget your camera for amazing pictures, it is a stunning untouched piece of nature. We have to mention that the Blue Lagoon is a natural habitat of dolphins. We can not promise that you will see dolphins, but maybe it will be your lucky day and you will spot them on the way. Our last stop is very nice Laganini Beach bar on island  Ciovo where you can enjoy and relax in good cocktails, or lunch. After enjoying all day it is time to return to Split at 5:30 p.m. 

Day 9

Split - Split Airport

Today is the last day of our tour, the departure day. Your guide will drive You to Split Airport or Dubrovnik Airport per choice with a complimentary transfer to the airport. We Wish You a safe journey back home and We hope that You will have a great memory of these days spent with Us!

The tour includes:

  • Complimentary Airport Pick up and Drop off
  • Comfortable air-conditioned vehicle at disposal per program
  • Professional knowledgeable English speaking driver
  • Professional guidance sightseeing of Dubrovnik, Ston, Korčula, Hvar, Split, Trogir
  • All cost related to vehicle – gas, parking, highway tolls
  • All costs related to the driver 
  • Available Wi-Fi in the vehicle

Kindly note: You can do accommodation by Yourself or we can book a hotel for You!

  • Accommodation in 5 and 4-star hotels, breakfast included 
  • 2 night in Dubrovnik, 2 nights Korčula, 2 nights Hvar, 2 nights Split

Activities:

History and culture, Sightseeing, Gastronomy, for individuals, couples, and families

Transportation:

We have a wide selection of vehicles, in order to satisfy all your needs. You will have on disposal one of our comfortable vehicle for the safe and comfortable journey and extra luggage capacity. All of our vehicles are new from 2017., 2018, year, low mileage, providing safe and comfortable journey!

Ancient Greek and Roman Cities in Pictures

Please note that the itinerary can be fully customized according to Your budget, time and preferences!  For instance, the starting point of the tour can be Split Airport. Get in touch at info@croatia-private-tours.com for more information’s and price offer! 

Have Questions?

Speak to a journey specialist at +385 99 694 1644 or send us your inquiry