Croatia in a week

With over a thousand islands, clear blue waters, inland waterfalls, stylish cities, Roman remains and medieval towns, Croatia packs a punch far above its size.

Day 1: Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes, UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979, which are, with 16 lakes and waterfalls surrounded by dense woods, the largest National Park
in Croatia.

Day 2: Zadar is an ancient, partially walled old town full of beautiful historical architecture and excellent museums. The city holds a grandiose 9th-century church of St. Donatus, and an unbelievable contemporary work of art in the form of Sea organ, which allows visitors to enjoy the music the sea waves create when hitting the shore. One can truly enjoy the phenomenon from the Greetings to the Sun, an art installation close to the Sea organ. Zadar is also known for the Maraschino liqueur- a drink obtained from distillation of Marasca cherries, which grow in the wild in the city’s surroundings. Optional: Tasting of the famous Maraschino liqueur in “La Dolce Vita”. Wine testing at famous Bibich wine shop or at The Royal Vineyards, focused on lower production of premium wines from the original Dalmatian grape varieties.

Day 3: Located on a peninsula at the foot of Marjan hill and protected by hills Kozjak and Mosor, Split is one of the most beautiful towns in the Mediterranean, where even a Roman emperor Diocletian has found his holiday house 1700 years ago. Among other world known cultural centres, Split is also very proud of numerous monuments such as Diocletian’s Palace (UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979), the Temple of Jupiter, St. Duje church, St. Frane church, Meštrović mausoleum, strong theatre scene, many alternative events and interesting exhibitions. After city tour of Trogir visit to the Winery Babe for a lunch and wine tasting with a fantastic panoramic view.

Day 4: A private transfer from the hotel to the port for a private speed boat transfer to the Island of Hvar (cca 1h). The island of Hvar is the queen of Croatian islands and it has been famous throughout history due to its important strategic and nautical position, its culture, literature and natural beauty. The island is characterized by gentle winters, warm summers and many hours of sunshine throughout the year. Optional: Hvar biking tour, distance: max.40 km. The tour starts from Hvar and you cycle uphill to Brusje village. Once on top of the island you continue along the scenic old road along the lavender fields and the abandoned terraced vineyards. You will have a break at Vidikovac, a hill with such a perfect view of the deepest bay on the island and Stari Grad.
Biking downhill through the green inland you finally reach Stari Grad, the oldest town in Croatia. It was founded 2400 years ago by the Ancient Greeks from the island of Paros. You will easily ride through its long promenade outlining the deep protected bay, passing by Residence of the Renaissance poet Petar Hektorovic, built in the 16th century.

Day 5: In the morning a private speed boat transfer from island of Hvar to the island of Korčula (max 2 hours). Enjoy a private city tour of Korčula, the birthplace of Marco Polo. The tour includes Marco Polo’s house, where the famous explorer is said to have been born in 1254., Cathedral St. Marco which contains a wealth of artistic masterworks including paintings by Tintoretto, Museum of city of Korčula.

Day 6: A 15 minute transfer by private speed boat to Pelješac. Meeting with the driver in Orebić for a private transfer to Korta Katarina Winery, the estate is located in the small coastal town of Orebić, a region renowned for its culture, seaports and winemaking traditions that date back to the Roman Empire. After Korta Katarina continue to winery St. Hills for a lunch and wine tasting. The top floor of winery offers wonderful views of the Pelješac countryside. After lunch, continue to Dubrovnik with an optional short stop in the town of Ston, originally built in the 14th century in the form of a two-fold fortification system, aiming to protect the salt plants, one of its major economic resources. A 12 kilometre long wall, the world’s second longest wall after the Wall of China,  connects two fortified cities: the first was built in order to protect the salt plants and the second as the salt export harbour.

Day 7: A private city tour of the Old City of Dubrovnik included in UNESCO World Heritage Site list (since 1979). This ancient city surrounded by ramparts and fortresses abounds in architectural and cultural masterpieces carefully preserved for centuries. The tour includes a visit to one of the first Pharmacies in Europe.