Departure Date: 14/09/2019
With a long and beautiful coastline flanked by more than a thousand islands, Croatia has become one of Europe’s most popular coastal holiday destinations. Discover the gems along the South Adriatic Coastline.
UNESCO Heritage Sites:
* Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian (1979)
* Historic City of Trogir (1997)
* Old City of Dubrovnik (1979)
* Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor (1979)
* Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar (2005)
* Cities: Korcula (Croatia), Perast (Montenegro)
Day 1: Sunday: Dubrovnik area; (Dinner).
Transfer from Dubrovnik airport, Dubrovnik harbor or another hotel in Dubrovnik to the designated tour hotel. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik/Dubrovnik area.
Day 2: Monday: Dubrovnik area; Explore Dubrovnik by Cable Car; (Breakfast, Dinner).
Start your South Adriatic coach tour by getting a bird’s-eye perspective onto things. In the company of a local guide, enjoy a swift cable car ride to the hill Srd, towering directly above Dubrovnik. From the top, get an understanding of the intricate position of this remarkable town, but also unforgettable glimpses of its terracotta roofs and neatly arranged Old Town streets. Then, explore them on foot, learning of the local cultural treasures and historic pathways. As you delve into the harmony, simplicity and beauty of this remarkable town, you’ll definitely get a sense of your journey beginning with a grand opening! Return to your hotel early in the afternoon, and enjoy a dinner and overnight Dubrovnik area.
Day 3: Tuesday: Dubrovnik area; Ancient Montenegro; (Breakfast, Dinner).
In the morning, venture east. Past the serene valley of Konavle, cross the border with Montenegro. The scenery turns more dramatic, with snowcapped mountains looming over the turquoise Adriatic Sea. Driving around Boka bay, its beauty entices, with settlements inhabited as early as the Illyrian and Roman times charmingly dotting the shorelines. Discover the picturesque Perast with its quaint seafront and Our Lady of the Rocks church poised on a manmade island facing the town. Next, visit the UNESCO-listed gem of Kotor. Compare it to Dubrovnik, and find distinct Venetian heritage as the main difference. After your guide introduces you to a maze of curvy alleys and sun-kissed piazzas, wander around on your own before heading back. Upon return, dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik/Dubrovnik area.
Day 4: Wednesday: Dubrovnik – Makarska Riviera (Breakfast, Dinner).
En-route to the leisurely Makarska, divert across another border into Bosnia and Herzegovina. Discover Mostar, the crossroads of the east and the west, where urban style, religion, culture and food all embrace the clash. As you explore its sights like the Old Bazaar, the Turkish House and one of the many old Mosques, your guide will bring the town’s contrasts and lessons in focus and then allow you to explore on your own, visit the old craft shops, and savor some traditional fare like cevapci or baklava (sweets). Arrive to Makarska later in the afternoon and enjoy a dinner and overnight stay at Makarska Riviera.
Day 5: Thursday: Makarska Riviera; Split and Trogir; (Breakfast, Dinner).
Today, contrast two Croatian UNESCO-listed sites in vicinity of the resort town of Makarska. Split, the largest coastal town, bustles and buzzes, as it grows more and more popular among travellers for its easy-going spirit, creative food and shopping scene and of course, remarkable heritage. Take note of the historic core of Split, the Diocletian’s Palace, and compare it to a maze of atmospheric streets and alleyways in your next stop, the petite Trogir. Rooted in the greatness of Greek and Roman times, Trogir showcases some of the finest architectural works in Croatia, including the incredibly intricate portal of its Cathedral, the Town Loggia and the Cipiko palace. After a day of culture and heritage, head back to Makarska/Makarska area for a dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6: Friday: Makarska Riviera; (Breakfast, Dinner)
A day of leisure brings your vacation close to its grand finale. Relax on the long pebbly beaches in Makarska or join an optional excursion to the Krka National Park and the town of Sibenik. Krka waterfalls are often referred to as ‘the little Plitvice Lakes’, as they somewhat resemble Croatia’s favorite national park. Close to where the river Krka kisses the Adriatic Sea, you’ll also find the town of Sibenik, somewhat of a late tourism bloomer – which gives it a special charm. With a seductive Renaissance core, a superbly attractive waterfront and an immense fort guarding the town, its success does not surprise, especially knowing that its centerpiece, the Renaissance Cathedral of St. James, is UNESCO-listed and considered one of the most beautiful examples of sacral architecture in Croatia. Return to Makarska Riviera for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Saturday: Makarska Riviera - Dubrovnik; (Breakfast, Dinner)
Depart Makarska Riviera in the morning and head to Ploce for a lovely ferry boat ride to Trpanj on Peljesac peninsula. A short bus and a boat transfer later, and you’ll be in Korcula island and its beautiful Old Town, charming and entertaining at the same time. The fishbone pattern of its streets, superb stone work all over its facades, Korcula stuns around each corner. After a brisk walking tour, wander the former Venetian stronghold on your own, before returning to Orebic. A break from the scenic ride through Peljesac peninsula takes place in Ston, the town of salt and oysters. Return to your hotel late in the afternoon. Dinner in the hotel and overnight in Dubrovnik area.
Day 8: Sunday: Dubrovnik Departure; (Breakfast).
Transfer on the day of the tour to Dubrovnik airport, Dubrovnik port & hotels in Dubrovnik.
Return flights ex Johannesburg via Istanbul to Dubrovnik, approx. airport taxes, arrival and departure transfers and coach transfers as per itinerary, hotel accommodation on half board basis as per itinerary (3/4* hotels)., Sightseeing Tours; Explore Dubrovnik by Cable Car with transfer, Ancient Montenegro, Split and Trogir, Walking tours of Mostar and Korcula, ticket to the Cable Car, entrance and return boat transfer to Our Lady of the Rocks, Kotor city tax, entrance to the Cathedral of St. Domnius in Split and the Cathedral of St. Lawrence in Trogir, entrance to the Turkish house and Mosque in Mostar
7 Nights from R29,525 pps
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