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CROATIA WITH BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

DURATION: 10 days / 9 nights

Join Us for 10-day tour and discover some of the most beautiful natural and cultural heritage sites of Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Experience the friendly but diverse cultures of Central and Eastern Europe exploring some of the most famous spots like Split, Mostar, Sarajevo, and Dubrovnik. You will get inspired by the timeless stories each destination has to offer and experience its culture and traditions as authentic as possible. This Tour is definitely something not to be missed!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Split, 1700 years old Diocletian palace
  • Hvar, the sunniest Island in Croatia
  • Krka National Park, 30 minutes boat cruise
  • Mostar, a town where the East meets the West
  • Sarajevo “the capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina”
  • Ston, “Wine & Oysters”
  • Dubrovnik “the pearl of the Adriatic”
  • Perast, the seaside village and “Our Lady of the Rocks”

 

Day 1

Split Airport - Split City Tour

Welcome to Split, second biggest city in Croatia and the capital of Dalmatia. Your guide will meet You at the Split 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. 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 2

Split - Hvar town - Pakleni Islands - Milna - Split

This day we have a bonus from Us, booking a boat and skipper for a day. This tour starts in Split Marina where you will meet Your skipper and step in into a comfortable boat that will take you to Hvar Town and Pakleni Islands. Our first stop for a day is Milna bay on the island of Brac. Milna is a typical fisherman village known as well as a Sailing paradise. Time for coffee on the beautiful promenade. After a short break, time to leave Milna and transfer to Hvar town. Upon your arrival, our skipper will take you through Hvar’s history covering numerous stories that can only be spoken. Get lost in the rich history of town Hvar. Highlights of the tour are the oldest theatre in Europe, the famous image of “The Last Supper”, work of Matteo Pontonia, located in the Franciscan monastery in Hvar. We recommend taking a 20 min walk to climb up to the fortress Španjola – Fortica, built in the 16th century to defend the town from Turks. From Hvar is very easy to reach with a boat Pakleni islands, just 10 minutes away and we are surrounded by its sandy beaches where you can enjoy in turquoise crystal sea for swimming, snorkeling and rare natural beauties, like the smell of lavender and rosemary bushes. Cocktails, crystal blue sea, and beach parties combine so fine on a hot sunny day. The light is fading fast into the sea so we need to find a good place to best enjoy the sunset. After enjoying all day it is time to return to Split at 6:30 p.m. 

Day 3

Split - National Park Krka - Farm to table - Split

Morning departure from Split, Pick up at the hotel at 8.00/8.30 am. to begin this exciting day trip to Krka National Park. On the way to Krka in our comfortably air-conditioned vehicle, you will learn about the history of the area and about the itinerary for the day. After an hour drive, we will reach Skradin. You will have a short tour of the city where you will embark on The boat that will take you up the river to the entrance to the park. Inside the park enjoy your time by walking on education trails, exploration of the park and swimming under waterfalls. After time in the park, we will take a short drive inland where is the charming rural village of Konjevrate. Where you will discover a small ethnic museum, delicatessen shop, vineyard, olive grove, simply a gastronomic heaven spread out on 3000 square meters. A local man runs a family-run establishment making award-winning prosciutto. He shows & explains the whole process and you’re invited to try your hand at cutting your own slice and complementing it with homemade cheese, bread, season vegetables, and domestic Merlot wine. The combination of a pleasant interior,  culinary specialties makes the meal in this taverna fine surprise, while the variety of other property parts make it the ideal destination for every nature, history and countryside lover. The drive continues to Split is on local roads seeing the charming Dalmatian countryside.

Day 4

Split - Mostar town - Sarajevo

After breakfast, meet your guide at the hotel. Morning departure from Split at 8.00/8.30 am. We will start our drive towards Bosnia & Herzegovina country. Our first destination for a day is a city Mostar. Mostar is a town where the East meets the West, the place of mixed cultures and historical sites, including the most famous Old Bridge. A city of stone, historical, political and cultural center of Hercegovina. Mostar is the city of contrasts, wide roads, narrow streets, the traditional Kujundziluk (old bazaar), a city in which the culture and art of the east and west meet. The world-famous Stari Most (Old Bridge) is Mostar’s indisputable visual focus. The bridge’s swooping stone arch was originally built between 1557 and 1566 on the orders of Suleyman the Magnificent and has been entered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. After the tour of Mostar, we are going to have lunch in one of the local restaurants and you will try the traditional Bosnian cuisine. After the Mostar experience, we are continuing our tour to Sarajevo ”the capiral of Bosnia”.  After the hotel check-in Sarajevo, You have an evening at leisure. Hotel overnight in Sarajevo.

Day 5

Sarajevo City Tour

After breakfast, we continuing with our tour in Sarajevo. Sarajevo was always a multicultural city, where one can find the great cultures and religions of South and North Europe, western and eastern Christianity, Islam and Judaism. We have a tour in Sarajevo followed with delicious Bosnian coffee and sweets in a local Bosnian room. Accompanied by the local Sarajevo guide, we will walk the famous Baščaršija, Next stop is Kazandžiluk street and story of origins of copper and tin industry in Sarajevo.  Bravadžiluk street in 16th century used to be the heart of the production of locks and padlocks and that is how it got the name (brava = lock). Today, however, is home to some of the finest Bosnian food places – Ćevabdžinicas and Buregdžinicas which are awaiting us to try their best specialties such as Ćevapi and Pita. After successfully trying some great food it is time to burn some calories and we continue towards Vijećnica, a Sarajevo city hall. Walk will continue over Šeher-ćehaja bridge with stories about Yellow and White Bastion and photo stop at Inat Kuća (House of Spite). In the very vicinity of Vijećnica is Sarajevo Brewery which was founded on May 24th, 1864, and historians consider it the oldest industrial plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Time to taste some Sarajevsko beer. Just across the brewery is home to Sarajevo most famous Franciscan monastery, and shortstop there is a must. The road will continue down towards one of the oldest mosques in Sarajevo, Imperial mosque. We will enter if it is open and give insights into the traditions of Islam in Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The rest of the afternoon is yours at leisure. Overnigh stay in Sarajevo. 

Day 6

Sarajevo War Tunnel Tour - ''Tunnel of hope''

On our second day in Sarajevo we will focus to explore places in the central parts of Sarajevo city, which are crucial for better understanding of the story of Siege of Sarajevo. Locations we will visit are ex Holiday Inn hotel, War Tunnel Museum, Koševo Olympic Stadium, Jewish Cemetery and Yellow Bastion.First stop of the day will be Hotel Holiday Inn and story about infamous Sarajevo Sniper Alley. Built for the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics, today called Hotel Holiday, during the Siege used to be home to various foreign journalists and reporters who were reporting on Bosnian war and Siege of Sarajevo. As we continue, tour will take us to Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum – Tunnel of Hope, which in period of 1993-1995 was the major “blood line” for heavily besieged and destroyed city. At the Tunnel we shall see a short movie about the War in Sarajevo and Tunnel, followed by going through the Tunnel itself. At the exhibition part of the museum we shall have the opportunity to see many interesting exhibits directly connected with Siege of Sarajevo. The trip to the tunnel and all the way in the tunnel is covered with a true first person experience of classy guide, survivor of the Siege of Sarajevo, who is always willing to answer question, no matter what they are. We shall learn about the origins of the War on Balkans and Death of Yugoslavia, the dreams Serbian leaders have had, and how they succeeded to seduce large number of Serbian nationalist throughout the whole Balkans, and made them go to war. Tour ends in the old town of Sarajevo. Afternoon at leisure and overnight stay in Sarajevo.

Day 7

Sarajevo - Ston town - Dubrovnik

After breakfast, meet Your guide in hotel and departure to Dubrovnik. 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 Dubrovnik in the afternoon. Time at leisure and overnight Stay in Dubrovnik. 

Day 8

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, 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 9

Dubrovnik - Perast village - Kotor town – Dubrovnik

Morning departure from Dubrovnik, Pick up at the place of your accommodation at 8.00/8.30 am. to start the panoramic drive from Dubrovnik to Montenegro. The drive from Dubrovnik to Kotor Town will take around two hours. Pass through Zupa Dubrovacka and Konavle valleys and enjoy a scenic drive along the picturesque Bay of Kotor. Driving around the Bay of Kotor to our first stop for a day, the seaside village of Perast, where you will take a local boat to Our Lady of the Rocks monastery. At the island, we will visit a church and the museum. After the Perast, You ‘ll continue to Kotor town, a medieval seaside walled town famous for its maze of streets and unique history. Within those walls lie labyrinthine marble lanes where churches, shops, bars, and restaurants surprise you on every corner. On your tour of Kotor, You’ll be guided with a local licensed guide through the old town and have all your question’s answered. One of the must-dos, when you visit Kotor, is climbing the city walls to see the bay from above. Starting from the very back of the old town, over 1350 steps lead up the mountain to a fortress at the top. It cost us 8 euro each for access to the steps, but it’s a pretty casual arrangement – The path to the top is a mix of narrow steps and a rubble path, so you’ll need good shoes. It’s much easier to use the steps, but you will need to move aside onto the stony part to let people past. About halfway up, you’ll come to the 16th-century Church of Our Lady of Remedy. This tiny church has a welcomingly-cool interior and plenty of steps to collapse on after the climb. If you carry on up the mountain you’ll reach the fortress of San Giovanni. On the way back refresh Your self with the cold water, cake or beer in a local pub. After lunch, free time at leisure, and returns to Dubrovnik.

Day 10

Dubrovnik - Dubrovnik Airport

Today is the last day of our tour, the departure day. Your guide will drive You to Dubrovnik Airport 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 Split, Krka, Hvar, Mostar, Sarajevo, Ston, Dubrovnik, Kotor
  • 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 
  • 3 nights in Split, 3 nights Sarajevo, 3 nights Dubrovnik

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!

Croatia with Bosnia & Herzegovina 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 Dubrovnik 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