If you are interested in spending a day at sea while visiting two of the most beautiful Adriatic islands, then this unforgettable fish picnic is just the right choice for you! Departing from Makarska, you will have an opportunity to enjoy the spectacular view while sailing to Jelsa, a small place on the island of Hvar, which happens to be the longest and the sunniest Croatian island as well as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Upon arrival in Jelsa, you will have some free time for exploring the village or simply relaxing before continuing our trip to the nearby island of Brač. Its highest peak of Vidova gora makes Brač the highest island in the Adriatic. While sailing to Brač, lunch will be served. We will dock in a small town of Bol where you will have plenty of time for various individual activities, e.g. going to a world-famous beach of Zlatni rat, certainly the most attractive beach on the Adriatic coast. After free time for swimming and sunbathing on this not-to-be missed beach we will have a boat ride back to Makarska.
Zip-line is an adrenaline entertainment in which guests descend through the canyon down the steel wire rope, secured with a belt. The adventure also includes training and a short walk in nature. During the walk, you can enjoy the beautiful, almost untouched nature and stunning views of the Cetina River canyon. Zip-line is located 3km from Omiš, in the canyon of the Cetina River and consists of eight wires with a total length of 2,100m. The longest wire is 700m long and it is situated 150m above the ground. Depending on the size of the group, zip-line gives you up to three hours of unforgettable fun and beautiful nature. Before the beginning, the group goes to the training ground and each guest receives the equipment.
This tour begins in a small place called Jakiruša - Brela. The beautiful Jakiruša Bay is surrounded by the spectacular Biokovo Mountain. There is a sandy beach in Jakiruša, popular with the locals and tourists for swimming, and on the west side there is a rocky coast and one of the last untouched bays in this part of the riviera – the Vrulja Bay.
We launch our sea kayaks on the beach and paddle lightly towards the deserted sandy beaches of the Vrulja Bay. We stop to observe the submarine groundwater source which brings 50m3 of drinking water per second to this place even in the summer. Our paddle takes us to the Vrulja Beach where we take a break for swimming and snorkeling in the crystal blue waters.
Having gone through many different historical changes over the centuries, this area has remained the meeting place of cultures and religions with traces clearly visible today. Drive along the Makarska Riviera, then inland through the picturesque Neretva River Delta up to Mostar. During the Turkish rule, the city developed on the banks of the river as an important trade centre on caravan routes. A guided tour will show us the town's highlights, we shall visit the Oriental part of the town with the old Bazaar full of picturesque shops and workshops, the Mosque and a typical Turkish house, then walk along the legendary Turkish bridge from the 16th century after which the town was named (bridge=most; Mostar). We leave Mostar late in the afternoon.
A scenic half-day trip to the countryside of Dalmatia, through the villages of Zadvarje and Zagvozd. Discover the beauty of natural phenomena, the Red and the Blue Lake, and the old part of Imotski. Driving along the Imotski fields, covered with beautiful vineyards, take a look at the Green Cathedral and a wonderful historic mill on the Vrljika River, an unforgettable scenery of this region.
The inhabitants of Imotski are very friendly and hospitable.
Visit an old cottage with a beautiful wine cellar - an ideal setting to enjoy a glass of wine. Wine tasting with snacks of local specialties is specific for this region.
DAY 1 ZAGREB 4*
Enjoy a welcome at the Zagreb airport and a transfer to the hotel in town where you will stay for the next two nights. Refresh and relax before your welcome meeting at the hotel at 7pm. Overnight in Zagreb.
DAY 2 ZAGREB – TRAKOSCAN CASTLE – VELIKI TABOR CASTLE – ZAGREB 4*
Start your day with a guided stroll around Croatia’s largest city, wandering its historic Upper town and the modern Lower town. Zagreb charms with green parks and open-air terraces, quiet courtyards and bustling streets, and landmarks like the Church of St. Mark with the colorful roof, the Cathedral and the National Theatre. After the walking tour, enjoy watching the dreamy rural sceneries replace the image of the bustling capital as you travel to Zagorje. This bucolic landscape of slopes dressed in vineyards is home to many castles. Trakošćan, one of the best known and most attractive ones, is an estate with roots dating back to the 13th century while your second stop, Veliki Tabor, showcases Renaissance at its best. In between, enjoy a typical lunch at a traditional restaurant. Feeing royal, return to Zagreb for an overnight stay.
DAY 3 ZAGREB – FUŽINE – OPATIJA 4*
After breakfast, head southwest from Zagreb to a Croatian gem still hidden off-the-beaten-path. Gorski Kotar, the region backing Kvarner Bay, is a pristine mountainous jewel, with evergreen woods and beautiful lakes setting scene for lovely outings in untouched nature. You will travel to Fužine, a small lakeside village where you will peek in the cave Vrelo and stretch your legs in a stroll around the lovely Lake Bajer. Delve into the local specialties like venison at the famed restaurant Bitoraj, and then continue to the seaside Opatija. The grand dame of Kvarner is your destination for the night.
DAY 4 OPATIJA – MOTOVUN – BUJE – ROVINJ – OPATIJA 4*
Sitting like a gateway to the Istrian peninsula, Opatija is an ideal starting point for a day of discovering Croatia’s largest peninsula. Sometimes referred to as the Croatian Tuscany, along with its heritage, Istria is famed for tasty bits like truffles, wines, olive oils and such. Start in Buzet with Istrian salami and homemade brandies, then make your way to Motovun, the mystic home of the truffle. In Buje, enjoy a fantastic meal accompanying the local craft beer San Servolo. For the grand finale, venture out to the colorful Rovinj and as you admire its narrow streets, romantic seaside, and sky-high tower of St. Euphemia church, walk it all off. Return to the graceful Opatija for the night.
DAY 5 OPATIJA – PAG – ZADAR 4*
After breakfast, it’s discovering one of Croatia’s most special foodie islands, Pag. Stretching parallel to the coast, Pag is a rather rocky landscape known for winds and salt which nuance its every flavor. Thanks to the combination, even the grazing grass tastes different here, translating to remarkable dairy products, and especially the cheese. Savor the best of it at Sirana Gligora, an internationally acclaimed and award-winning cheese factory. Then head back to the mainland to the town of Zadar, your final destination for the day. As the sunset colors the horizon, savor your first seafood dinner on this foodie escapade and spend overnight in Zadar.
DAY 6 ZADAR – KRKA NATIONAL PARK – SPLIT 4*
One of the most memorable moments on your journey from Zadar to Split is stopping to visit the Krka River National Park. Sometimes called ‘the little Plitvice’, Krka is nothing short of stunning. As you stroll around the forested paths, explore the history of the region dating back to the first Croatian kings. Take a boat to Skradinski Buk, a mighty waterfall which thunders so loud that for a moment, you will not hear your thoughts. Early in the afternoon, refresh with a typical local lunch in a traditional konoba restaurant and then continuing the drive. Take one more break to visit the charming Trogir. Split’s petite neighbor is also UNESCO-listed for its fortified maze of stone alleys which holds some of the most impressive Renaissance landmarks in the country. Stay overnight in the largest coastal city in Croatia, Split.
DAY 7, SPLIT 4*
All about its seafront promenades, long coffees and white stone from the neighboring island of Brač, Split’s urbanity developed from its present day historic core, the immense palace intended for the retirement of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. The theatrical open-air Peristyle, the immense temple of Jupiter, the Cathedral of St. Domnius, each one of these is a chapter in the story of Split. Your guide will tell you everything about this centuries-long journey from a palace to a town, leaving you ample time to explore the vibrant café and shopping scene of Split on your own. Complete the day with an afternoon tasting of olive oils and wines, two essential ingredients of every meal on the coast. Enjoy an evening at leisure and an overnight stay in Split.
DAY 8 SPLIT – STON – DUBROVNIK 4*
After breakfast, head down the coast to Croatia’s southernmost gem - Dubrovnik. Enjoy the rhythm of the Adriatic islands lining up against the horizon as you drive by. Half way, divert to Pelješac peninsula, the wine empire of the south. Delve into the essence of the region in a wine tasting in one of the small, family-run local wineries, then stop in the tiny town of Ston. At the very entrance to the peninsula, sitting beneath a dramatic curtain of very long walls, Ston is the kingdom of delights: potent wines, salt from the historical salt pans and freshly harvested oysters are everyday treats here. An ideal place for a seafood lunch, Ston is a stop foodies will long remember! Reminisce during the remaining drive to Dubrovnik and then enjoy a dinner and the evening on your own. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
DAY 9 DUBROVNIK 4*
Whether you know it as the Pearl of the Adriatic or the King’s Landing, Dubrovnik is sure to enchant as soon as you pass its immense stone gates. Between the medieval walls and baroque facades of its Old Town, turn corners to find stunning palaces, longstanding monasteries and revered churches interwoven with glorified movie sets and lively piazzas. The stories of your expert local guide will bring to life the town’s glorious history as a merchant force and an independent Republic. After the tour, head out to the Konavle region that has fed Dubrovnik throughout all these centuries. This serene fertile land surrounded in rugged hills is today a heaven of rural households which still upkeep their ancient traditions. At one such place, you will enjoy a honey tasting. Then, the grand finale: the traditional peka dinner, an ancient way of preparing meat and potatoes still favored today in many Croatian households! Dobar tek! Overnight in Dubrovnik.
DAY 10 DUBROVNIK 4*
After breakfast at the hotel, take a transfer to Dubrovnik Airport (or another hotel/accommodation in Dubrovnik).
DAY 1 SPLIT – ARRIVAL AND WELCOME MEETING
Following arrival at Split airport and a transfer to your hotel, relax before your welcome meeting at 19:00. Enjoy an evening to yourself and overnight stay in Split.
DAY 2 SEA KAYAKING
Seen from the sea, the largest city on the Adriatic coast is quite something. You’ll witness this yourself when you set off kayaking after breakfast. Paddling along the shores of Split, admire the 1700-years-old Diocletian’s Palace, the lively heart of Split. As you pass by and the landmarks slowly disappear behind you, take in the pristine beauty of Marjan hill’s southern shores and enjoy the landscapes dotted with remarkable sites: the gallery of Ivan Meštrović, Croatia’s famous sculptor, and Villa Dalmatia, formerly the villa of the Yugoslav president Tito. Round off your kayak tour with a drink by the Maritime Research Institute and a visit to the attractive Bay of Bene before returning to Split for one last memorable glimpse of its stunning Roman Palace. Spend the rest of the day discovering the hidden corners of Split. Overnight stay in Split.
DAY 3 CETINA RIVER RAFTING
After a 100-kilometers-long run through the barren hinterland of Dalmatia, Cetina River ultimately becomes a gorge and flows into the Adriatic Sea in an idyllic spot by the petite town of Omiš. The most abundant in water of all the rivers around here, Cetina is loved both for its dreamy, wavering bits and its exciting rapids. Starting from Split, travel to the village of Čikotina Lađa for an introduction to rafting and safety before getting onto the real thing. Put on a helmet, grab a paddle and go with the flow! The three hours of excitement end in Blato on Cetina, a scenic spot where you will have some time to sort out your impressions and decide this was the best thing ever! After returning to Split, relax on your own and get a good night’s sleep for another active day ahead.
DAY 4 ZIPLINE
Without a doubt, the emerald Cetina River and its stunning landscapes are a divine playground all adrenaline lovers, so you’ll be returning for the second time in a row. Today, see the gorgeous Cetina gorge swooshing above it! You’ll meet up with your expert zip-lining instructor in Omiš, following a short transfer from Split. Before you know it, you’ll be completely propped up with gear and educated on what to do! Building up your skill, expect to build up an adrenaline rush too, knowing that you will soon fly at a speed of 60 km/h. Once you finally face the 700-meters-long wire, stretched over a stunning gorge, you’ll know that this experience will for sure be the highlight of your trip to Croatia! After zip-lining, return to Split and enjoy your overnight stay.
DAY 5 SPLIT – DEPARTURE
Goodbyes are never easy, but rest assured you will return home feeling invigorated! Say goodbye to the town of Split before heading to the airport.