Croatia & the Dalmatian Coast 2020

Small Group Tour with Back-Roads Touring Co.

Split, Korčula, Kotor and Dubrovnik

Golden-roofed towns and pristine national parks; tranquil islands lapped by turquoise waters; ancient sites and time-honoured traditions. This South Croatia tour takes in all this and more, inviting you to discover one of Europe’s most enticing destinations.

THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE

  • Enjoy a two-night stay in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Trogir
  • Stop off at the Bibich Winery for a wine tasting session accompanied by exceptional tapas
  • Take in scenic views of Montenegro from Lovćen National Park

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Itinerary

DAY 1 SPLIT – TROGIR

We’ll start our tour in Split, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city beside the azure Adriatic. Here, our trail will take us into the white walls of Diocletian’s Palace, a vast fortress filled with centuries of history. We’ll also take in the Grgur Ninski Statue and the Cathedral and Bell Tower of St Domnius before moving on to Trogir – where we’ll embark on a tour of the historic town centre with a local guide. To finish our first day, we’ll take a seat at a local restaurant for an authentic meal (and warm Croatian welcome). (D)

Accommodation: Hotel Pasike (or similar)

DAY 2 TROGIR – KRKA NATIONAL PARK – TROGIR

This morning will see us seeking the crystalline lakes and energetic rivers of Krka National Park before we move on to a hidden treasure: the Bibich Winery. At this small, family-owned establishment we’ll learn the history of winemaking in the region – while being treated to local wines and gourmet tapas. After that, we’ll round off the day with some free time to relax back in Trogir. (B)

Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Tragos (or similar)

DAY 3 TROGIR – KORČULA

Today we'll say goodbye to Trogir and move on to Split, where we'll catch the ferry to Korčula – an island that's reputed to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. After checking into our hotel, we’ll get our bearings on a walk through the Old Town. Then: time to hone those culinary skills! An included cookery class and dinner are on the agenda. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Korčula De La Ville (or similar)

DAY 4 KORČULA

Today you’re free to explore Korčula as you wish. Lounge at a nearby beach, or find a café and get to know the local cuisine – and if you’re in the mood for exploration, you can even hop aboard a taxi boat to the tiny island of Vrnik. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Korčula De La Ville (or similar)

DAY 5 KORČULA – PELJEŠAC PENINSULA – KOTOR

After bidding farewell to Korčula, we’ll set sail to the nearby Pelješac Peninsula – a hotspot for winemaking since the days of the Roman Empire. We’ll savour the fruits of this ancient tradition on a tour of a local winery before leaving Croatia for Montenegro. Kotor Bay is a soul-stirring sight – and at the centre lies UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kotor town, seemingly untouched by time. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Vardar (or similar)

DAY 6 KOTOR

First today: a walking tour of Kotor with a local guide. Old Kotor was built like a maze for protective purposes – and it’s very easy to get lost here! When the tour is over, we’ll continue to UNESCO-protected Perast for an insight into the area’s history. Then: time to take to the water! A boat will carry us to Our Lady of the Rocks – a small church on an manmade island. After hearing the legend behind the church, we’ll return to Kotor – where you’ll be free to spend the rest of the afternoon as you please. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Vardar (or similar)

DAY 7 KOTOR – DUBROVNIK

Today it’s back on the road (taking the scenic route, of course) as we make our way to the picturesque Lovćen National Park – which boasts incredible views across Montenegro. After stopping for a delicious lunch at a restaurant in the charming village of Njeguši, we’ll move on to Dubrovnik – where the evening will be yours to hunt down more local fare, explore the city’s cobbled streets or simply put your feet up and relax at the hotel. (B,L)

Accommodation: Hotel More (or similar)

DAY 8 DUBROVNIK

Today’s guided tour of Dubrovnik will see us strolling through the Old Town, where we’ll see the likes of the Franciscan Monastery, Sponza Palace, the Cathedral of Our Lady and the Old Port. If the weather is on our side, we’ll take the opportunity to climb the spectacular Mt Srd on a cable car ride. Later on, we’ll come together for one last included dinner to toast the end of our trip. (B,D) 

DAY 9 DUBROVNIK – TRSTENO – DUBROVNIK

Before we say goodbye, there’s still plenty of time to round things off with a visit to the beautiful Trsteno Arboretum (one of the filming locations featured in Game of Thrones).  After tucking into lunch at a local oyster farm, we’ll return to Dubrovnik – where the tour will end. (B,L)

 

Please note: Prices shown based on low season travel - details on request

Travel Dates:
Specific travel dates apply

*per person share twin

8 days from

$3,842*

Includes

  • 7 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
  • Local guides in Split, Trogir, Perast, Kotor, Korčula and Dubrovnik
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Ferry crossings from Split to Korčula, Korčula to Orebic
  • European breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L), 4 evening meals (D)
  • 2 wine tastings
  • Local cooking class
  • Boat excursion to Our Lady of the Rocks and Elaphiti Islands
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Diocletian’s Palace, Krka National Park and the Dubrovnik cable car

Bonus

Earlybird offer - Save 10%. Was from $4269 pp. Book by 30 September 2019

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