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New! The Best of Croatia

Trip Length 10 days

From $8,995

  • Travel in comfort on this all-inclusive dream tour of Croatia’s most popular natural wonders
  • Cruise the inlets and sea caves of Vis & Biševo Islands, including the otherworldly grotto known as the Blue Cave
  • Explore medieval walled cities and tour the famous walls of Ston and see the gorgeous Plitviče Lakes, where 16 terraced lakes are connected by rushing waterfalls!

Take an unforgettable journey through Croatia as you discover all the best the country has to offer. As you go, you'll stay in gracious accommodations and travel in style and comfort, while your Mountain Travel Sobek guide makes sure every detail is taken care of. You'll see why Croatia tops many a traveler's to-do list as you explore medieval villages, walled cities, beautiful vineyards, and spectacular natural attractions. You'll hike through karst canyons, stroll among waterfalls, and trek the Dalmatian Hinterland. You'll also take full advantage of Croatia's coastal location with boat tours to hidden grottos, lush islands, and golden beaches. This ten-day trip is a wonderful way to experience one of Europe's top destinations.

Day 1: Welcome to Zagreb!

Arrive in the beautiful city of Zagreb and enjoy a transfer from the airport to the Hotel Esplanade, where the group will meet for a welcome drink and program overview in the afternoon. After a walking tour of the Zagreb city center with a local guide, taking in we'll have a welcome dinner at one of the most charming restaurants in town. (Light walking 1.5 – 2 hours)

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Esplanade

Day 2: Plitvice Lakes National Park

Today, we'll take a walking tour of the enchanting Plitvice Lakes National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the forest reserve is a place of remarkable beauty known for its cascading waterfalls linking a chain of terraced lakes. In the late afternoon we'll travel to Zadar, where we'll dine in a local tavern. (Moderate walking, 4 – 5 hours, 6.2 miles, with 650’ elevation gain/loss)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Bastion

Day 3: Paklenica National Park and Modrič Cave

Begin the day with a hike at Paklenica National Park, one the most popular hiking destinations in the country. Located on the southern slopes of Velebit Mountain, Paklenica is known for its dramatic karst canyons. Afterwards, we'll explore the dark and mysterious depths of Modrič Cave during a private spelunking adventure. (Be prepared to crawl and squeeze through tight spaces!) After a picnic lunch, we'll return to Zadar and enjoy dinner at a local tavern.  (More demanding, 5 hours, 5 miles, with 1,640’ elevation gain/loss.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Bastion

Day 4: Krka National Park and Split

Start the day with a walk in waterfall-studded Krka National Park, following winding paths with dramatic curtains of water cascading all around. Afterwards, we'll have lunch in a traditional tavern in the picturesque and historic town of Skradin before continuing on to the seaside city of Split. There, we'll take a late-afternoon walking tour with a local guide, followed by dinner in a local restaurant.  (Light hiking, 4 hours, 4.5 miles, with 330’ elevation gain/loss; followed by light walking tour of Split lasting 1.5 hours.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Cornaro

Day 5: The Dalmatian Hinterland

Enjoy a morning at leisure and meet the group for lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we'll hike in one of Croatia's most beautiful and least discovered regions, the Dalmatian Hinterland. We'll walk along old paths through olive orchards and vineyards all the way to a sacred church on a hill overlooking the entire region. We'll enjoy a traditional lunch in a historic family home in the abandoned village of Truše before returning to Split.  (Moderate to demanding, 3 hours, 3 miles, with 650’ elevation gain/loss.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Cornaro

Day 6: Brač Island and Hvar

Fuel up on a hearty breakfast and embark on a private boat journey to the golden-pebbled beaches of Brač Island. Here we'll take a hiking tour and visit the Blaca Hermitage, a monastery built against steep cliffs by Franciscan monks. Next, we'll have lunch at the highest peak of the Croatian islands, Vidova Gora, before transferring to the splendid Golden Horn Beach—one of the largest and most beautiful attractions of the Adriatic! We'll then enjoy a wine tasting at Stina Winery before taking a private motor boat to Hvar, where we'll check in to our hotel and have dinner together in a local restaurant. (More demanding hikes, 3 – 4 hours, 4.5 miles, with 1,312’ elevation gain/loss.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Amfora

Day 7: Private boat tour to Vis & Bisevo Islands

In the morning, we'll board a private boat for a tour of Vis & Biševo Islands, famous for their inlets and sea caves. Our tour will take us to the famous Blue Cave (Modra Špilja), a mystical grotto in Balun Cove that is accessible only by a boat. Inside the dark and narrow cave, the water is naturally lit, creating a surreal blue glow. Next, we'll depart for Hvar, stopping along the way at Pakleni Island Archipelago, where we'll have time for lunch and a swim.

In the afternoon, we'll take a hiking tour of Hvar with a wine tasting at Duboković Wine Cellar in Jelsa. This evening, we'll experienc a traditional dinner in the abandoned village of Malo Grablje, one of the most atmospheric settings and authentic gastronomic experiences in Croatia!  (Very light hiking with car transfers between locations on Hvar Island.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Amfora

Day 8: Korčula Island and Orebić

In the morning, we'll transfer by private motor boat to beautiful Korčula Island, a place with breathtaking views that is rich in art and culture. Here, we'll enjoy a hiking tour that ends in Korčula's Old Town, a medieval walled city with a rich history. After lunch, the group will take a short transfer by boat to the nearby town of Orebić on the southern coast of Pelješac Peninsula, where we'll check into our hotel and dine in the hotel restaurant.  (Moderate walking, 4 – 5 hours, 6.2 miles, with 980’ elevation gain/loss.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Adriatic

Day 9: Ston, Trsteno, and Dubrovnik

Today, we'll travel to Ston and take a private guided tour of the magnificent, 14th-century walls that surround the city (sometimes affectionately referred to as "The Great Wall of Croatia"). The area is known for its oysters, and we'll have the opportunity to join a local family for oyster harvesting and tasting, followed by seafood lunch on a private island. Next, we'll journey to Trsteno, where we'll visit a 16th-century arboretum and a Renaissance-era summer home with its encompassing garden. Finally, we will arrive in the beautiful coastal city of Dubrovnik, where we'll take a walking tour of the walled Old Town before gathering for our farewell dinner.  (Moderate walking, 3 hours, 3.75 miles, with 490’ elevation gain/loss; followed by a light 1-hour walking tour of Trsteno and 1.5 hour walking tour of Dubrovnik.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Pucić Palace

Day 10: Depart from Dubrovnik

After breakfast, we'll transfer guests to the airport for their homeward-bound flights.

  • Breakfast

Jul 01 - 10, 2017

Jun 29, 2018 - Jul 08, 2018

pricing

2017 Prices
$8,995 (5 – 16)
$1,500 single supplement

2018 Prices
$8,995 (5 – 16)
$1,500 single supplement

 

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Hotel Adriatic — Orebić

The family-owned Hotel Adriatic is the perfect blend of historic charm and modern comfort, and everyone who stays here is treated like a houseguest. A former captain's residence, the stone building has tons of rustic charm and is accented with green shutters and a red roof. Inside, you'll find nautical touches and beautiful wood furnishings that reflect the historic surroundings. Named after local sailing ships from long ago, each room has its own unique character. Some have balconies, some have exposed stone walls, but all of them are lovely and overlook the sea.

Hotel Amfora — Hvar

This impressive resort overlooking a private bay on the Adriatic was completely renovated in 2016. Guestrooms are small but lovely, with a soothing color palette and modern furnishings. The spectacular, resort-style pool is one of the property's best features, with a swim-up bar, cascading waterfalls, views of the sea, and dramatic lighting at night. Other hotel services include a gym, beach club, room service, free Wi-Fi, and a conference center. The historic center of Hvar is located just a five-minute walk away.

Hotel Bastion — Zadar

Located in Zadar’s historic core, the four-star Hotel Bastion was built on the remains of the medieval Kastela fortress from the 13th century. The attractive, boutique-style rooms feature stone walls, handmade furniture, and modern amenities, reflecting both its historic roots and an up-to-date ambience. The onsite restaurant, Kaštel, serves Mediterranean cuisine in an elegant atmosphere or on its spacious terrace in summer. Cocktails, tea and coffee are available at the Kristal aperitif bar, you can take a sauna or steam bath in the Castello Spa, and free Wi-Fi is provided in the lobby.

Hotel Cornaro — Split

Newly renovated in 2014, the Cornaro is an elegant, boutique-style hotel with sleek, modern furnishings. The guestrooms have lots of amenities, including air conditioning, Wi-Fi, telephone, minibar, laptop-friendly electronic safe, and flat-screen satellite TV. Ideally located in Split's Old Town, the hotel is a two-minute walk to the Diocletian's Palace, and you can walk out the front door and experience the amazing historic location. The inviting Terrace Lounge is a relaxing place to enjoy coffee in the morning or a cocktail to wind down your evening.

Hotel Esplanade — Zagreb

Famous for its grand exterior and old-world ambience, the Esplanade Zagreb Hotel exudes style and elegance. An Art Nouveau gem that opened in 1925, this luxury hotel has welcomed an impressive roster of famous guests, from Charles Lindbergh to Woody Allen. Rooms are comfortable and tastefully furnished, with plush bedding, satellite TV, ample amenities, and marble bathrooms with heated floors. You can take a walk through the historic quarter of Zagreb, or admire the views of the city from the Oleander Terrace. 

Hotel Pucić Palace — Dubrovnik

Located on Gundulić Square in the heart of Dubrovnik's Old Town, this 17th-century Baroque building combines classic architecture and five-star amenities. The tastefully appointed rooms feature dark oak floors, high, wood-beam ceilings, and large bathrooms with soaking tubs. The tall, soundproof windows flood the rooms with natural light, and many overlook the charming square. Other hotel amenities include free Wi-Fi, a wine bar, and a lantern-lit restaurant on the outdoor terrace. Guests are invited to enjoy the nearby East West Beach Club—named one of Europe's top five—with complimentary sun umbrellas and lounge chairs.

  • Travel in comfort on this all-inclusive dream tour of Croatia’s most popular natural wonders
  • Cruise the inlets and sea caves of Vis & Biševo Islands, including the otherworldly grotto known as the Blue Cave
  • Explore medieval walled cities and tour the famous walls of Ston and see the gorgeous Plitviče Lakes, where 16 terraced lakes are connected by rushing waterfalls!

Take an unforgettable journey through Croatia as you discover all the best the country has to offer. As you go, you'll stay in gracious accommodations and travel in style and comfort, while your Mountain Travel Sobek guide makes sure every detail is taken care of. You'll see why Croatia tops many a traveler's to-do list as you explore medieval villages, walled cities, beautiful vineyards, and spectacular natural attractions. You'll hike through karst canyons, stroll among waterfalls, and trek the Dalmatian Hinterland. You'll also take full advantage of Croatia's coastal location with boat tours to hidden grottos, lush islands, and golden beaches. This ten-day trip is a wonderful way to experience one of Europe's top destinations.

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Zagreb!

Arrive in the beautiful city of Zagreb and enjoy a transfer from the airport to the Hotel Esplanade, where the group will meet for a welcome drink and program overview in the afternoon. After a walking tour of the Zagreb city center with a local guide, taking in we'll have a welcome dinner at one of the most charming restaurants in town. (Light walking 1.5 – 2 hours)

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Esplanade

Day 2: Plitvice Lakes National Park

Today, we'll take a walking tour of the enchanting Plitvice Lakes National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the forest reserve is a place of remarkable beauty known for its cascading waterfalls linking a chain of terraced lakes. In the late afternoon we'll travel to Zadar, where we'll dine in a local tavern. (Moderate walking, 4 – 5 hours, 6.2 miles, with 650’ elevation gain/loss)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Bastion

Day 3: Paklenica National Park and Modrič Cave

Begin the day with a hike at Paklenica National Park, one the most popular hiking destinations in the country. Located on the southern slopes of Velebit Mountain, Paklenica is known for its dramatic karst canyons. Afterwards, we'll explore the dark and mysterious depths of Modrič Cave during a private spelunking adventure. (Be prepared to crawl and squeeze through tight spaces!) After a picnic lunch, we'll return to Zadar and enjoy dinner at a local tavern.  (More demanding, 5 hours, 5 miles, with 1,640’ elevation gain/loss.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Bastion

Day 4: Krka National Park and Split

Start the day with a walk in waterfall-studded Krka National Park, following winding paths with dramatic curtains of water cascading all around. Afterwards, we'll have lunch in a traditional tavern in the picturesque and historic town of Skradin before continuing on to the seaside city of Split. There, we'll take a late-afternoon walking tour with a local guide, followed by dinner in a local restaurant.  (Light hiking, 4 hours, 4.5 miles, with 330’ elevation gain/loss; followed by light walking tour of Split lasting 1.5 hours.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Cornaro

Day 5: The Dalmatian Hinterland

Enjoy a morning at leisure and meet the group for lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we'll hike in one of Croatia's most beautiful and least discovered regions, the Dalmatian Hinterland. We'll walk along old paths through olive orchards and vineyards all the way to a sacred church on a hill overlooking the entire region. We'll enjoy a traditional lunch in a historic family home in the abandoned village of Truše before returning to Split.  (Moderate to demanding, 3 hours, 3 miles, with 650’ elevation gain/loss.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Cornaro

Day 6: Brač Island and Hvar

Fuel up on a hearty breakfast and embark on a private boat journey to the golden-pebbled beaches of Brač Island. Here we'll take a hiking tour and visit the Blaca Hermitage, a monastery built against steep cliffs by Franciscan monks. Next, we'll have lunch at the highest peak of the Croatian islands, Vidova Gora, before transferring to the splendid Golden Horn Beach—one of the largest and most beautiful attractions of the Adriatic! We'll then enjoy a wine tasting at Stina Winery before taking a private motor boat to Hvar, where we'll check in to our hotel and have dinner together in a local restaurant. (More demanding hikes, 3 – 4 hours, 4.5 miles, with 1,312’ elevation gain/loss.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Amfora

Day 7: Private boat tour to Vis & Bisevo Islands

In the morning, we'll board a private boat for a tour of Vis & Biševo Islands, famous for their inlets and sea caves. Our tour will take us to the famous Blue Cave (Modra Špilja), a mystical grotto in Balun Cove that is accessible only by a boat. Inside the dark and narrow cave, the water is naturally lit, creating a surreal blue glow. Next, we'll depart for Hvar, stopping along the way at Pakleni Island Archipelago, where we'll have time for lunch and a swim.

In the afternoon, we'll take a hiking tour of Hvar with a wine tasting at Duboković Wine Cellar in Jelsa. This evening, we'll experienc a traditional dinner in the abandoned village of Malo Grablje, one of the most atmospheric settings and authentic gastronomic experiences in Croatia!  (Very light hiking with car transfers between locations on Hvar Island.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Amfora

Day 8: Korčula Island and Orebić

In the morning, we'll transfer by private motor boat to beautiful Korčula Island, a place with breathtaking views that is rich in art and culture. Here, we'll enjoy a hiking tour that ends in Korčula's Old Town, a medieval walled city with a rich history. After lunch, the group will take a short transfer by boat to the nearby town of Orebić on the southern coast of Pelješac Peninsula, where we'll check into our hotel and dine in the hotel restaurant.  (Moderate walking, 4 – 5 hours, 6.2 miles, with 980’ elevation gain/loss.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Adriatic

Day 9: Ston, Trsteno, and Dubrovnik

Today, we'll travel to Ston and take a private guided tour of the magnificent, 14th-century walls that surround the city (sometimes affectionately referred to as "The Great Wall of Croatia"). The area is known for its oysters, and we'll have the opportunity to join a local family for oyster harvesting and tasting, followed by seafood lunch on a private island. Next, we'll journey to Trsteno, where we'll visit a 16th-century arboretum and a Renaissance-era summer home with its encompassing garden. Finally, we will arrive in the beautiful coastal city of Dubrovnik, where we'll take a walking tour of the walled Old Town before gathering for our farewell dinner.  (Moderate walking, 3 hours, 3.75 miles, with 490’ elevation gain/loss; followed by a light 1-hour walking tour of Trsteno and 1.5 hour walking tour of Dubrovnik.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Pucić Palace

Day 10: Depart from Dubrovnik

After breakfast, we'll transfer guests to the airport for their homeward-bound flights.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Hotel Adriatic — Orebić

The family-owned Hotel Adriatic is the perfect blend of historic charm and modern comfort, and everyone who stays here is treated like a houseguest. A former captain's residence, the stone building has tons of rustic charm and is accented with green shutters and a red roof. Inside, you'll find nautical touches and beautiful wood furnishings that reflect the historic surroundings. Named after local sailing ships from long ago, each room has its own unique character. Some have balconies, some have exposed stone walls, but all of them are lovely and overlook the sea.

Hotel Amfora — Hvar

This impressive resort overlooking a private bay on the Adriatic was completely renovated in 2016. Guestrooms are small but lovely, with a soothing color palette and modern furnishings. The spectacular, resort-style pool is one of the property's best features, with a swim-up bar, cascading waterfalls, views of the sea, and dramatic lighting at night. Other hotel services include a gym, beach club, room service, free Wi-Fi, and a conference center. The historic center of Hvar is located just a five-minute walk away.

Hotel Bastion — Zadar

Located in Zadar’s historic core, the four-star Hotel Bastion was built on the remains of the medieval Kastela fortress from the 13th century. The attractive, boutique-style rooms feature stone walls, handmade furniture, and modern amenities, reflecting both its historic roots and an up-to-date ambience. The onsite restaurant, Kaštel, serves Mediterranean cuisine in an elegant atmosphere or on its spacious terrace in summer. Cocktails, tea and coffee are available at the Kristal aperitif bar, you can take a sauna or steam bath in the Castello Spa, and free Wi-Fi is provided in the lobby.

Hotel Cornaro — Split

Newly renovated in 2014, the Cornaro is an elegant, boutique-style hotel with sleek, modern furnishings. The guestrooms have lots of amenities, including air conditioning, Wi-Fi, telephone, minibar, laptop-friendly electronic safe, and flat-screen satellite TV. Ideally located in Split's Old Town, the hotel is a two-minute walk to the Diocletian's Palace, and you can walk out the front door and experience the amazing historic location. The inviting Terrace Lounge is a relaxing place to enjoy coffee in the morning or a cocktail to wind down your evening.

Hotel Esplanade — Zagreb

Famous for its grand exterior and old-world ambience, the Esplanade Zagreb Hotel exudes style and elegance. An Art Nouveau gem that opened in 1925, this luxury hotel has welcomed an impressive roster of famous guests, from Charles Lindbergh to Woody Allen. Rooms are comfortable and tastefully furnished, with plush bedding, satellite TV, ample amenities, and marble bathrooms with heated floors. You can take a walk through the historic quarter of Zagreb, or admire the views of the city from the Oleander Terrace. 

Hotel Pucić Palace — Dubrovnik

Located on Gundulić Square in the heart of Dubrovnik's Old Town, this 17th-century Baroque building combines classic architecture and five-star amenities. The tastefully appointed rooms feature dark oak floors, high, wood-beam ceilings, and large bathrooms with soaking tubs. The tall, soundproof windows flood the rooms with natural light, and many overlook the charming square. Other hotel amenities include free Wi-Fi, a wine bar, and a lantern-lit restaurant on the outdoor terrace. Guests are invited to enjoy the nearby East West Beach Club—named one of Europe's top five—with complimentary sun umbrellas and lounge chairs.

Dates and Pricing

Jul 01 - 10, 2017

Jun 29, 2018 - Jul 08, 2018

pricing

2017 Prices
$8,995 (5 – 16)
$1,500 single supplement

2018 Prices
$8,995 (5 – 16)
$1,500 single supplement

 

Activity Level Easy to Moderate
Trip Length 10 days

From $8,995

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