8 days/7 nights
Extraordinary Dalmatian Coast vacation is a carefully designed itinerary for all of you who would love to experience Croatia from a different perspective. We’ll take you on the roads less traveled, and you will discover and explore the places with fewer or no crowds, but at the same time, you will visit all the highlights of the Dalmatian coast. Even if you have already been to Croatia, this vacation package will definitely make you want to return to this beautiful country and travel through the amazing places that you have most likely missed the first time.
This vacation package starts in Zadar, includes a boat trip to Kornati Islands National Park, continues to Šibenik, and visits Krka National Park on the way to Split. You will enjoy excursions to Vis and Mljet, but will also have a chance to spend some time in Hvar and Dubrovnik.
So if you are looking for a perfect vacation to spend with your better half, your family and friends, this is something you will truly enjoy, appreciate and recommend to everyone you know.
Arrive to Zadar airport and transfer to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the city at your own pace. Or spend the evening dining at one of Zadar’s local konoba while looking out to the Riva, the seaside promenade on the western side, where families, lovers and locals walk, gossip and assemble for Zadar’s sunsets. In a city with the most beautiful sunset, in a maritime archipelago facing a multitude of islands and islets, which protect the city from the strong winds, enjoy the symphony of the Sea Organ and magical urban light installation Greeting the Sun. Overnight in Hotel Bastion, Zadar.
Zadar is a northern Dalmatian coast city often called the capital of Dalmatia with rich architectural legacy and easy access from various points in Europe. There are many nearby islands and national parks to explore with stunning lakes, waterfalls, mountains and wilderness areas.
Explore Zadar’s architectural treasures which span some 2,000 years. Start with the Form, the public square with many historical buildings such as Church of St. Donat, the 11-th century St Mary’s convent, an Orthodox church built upon a Roman temple and the St. Anastasia Cathedral — Dalmatia’s largest — begun in the 12th century.
Later on visit the delightfully beautiful Kornati islands or one of the small and less known islands such as Ugljan, Pašman or Pag. Or perhaps stay around Zadar and discover The Sea Organ — combination of art, musical architecture and science project. Under stone steps, which disappear into the water, 35 pipes continually blow the notes of an unpredictable concert based on the sea’s undulations and the ensuing air pressure. Overnight in Hotel Bastion, Zadar.
This morning transfer to Split with a couple of interesting stops along the way. With its small old town filled with medieval alleys and stairways, Šibenik, is an impressive Adriatic town. And the fact that streets of Šibenik are not crowded with tourists, unlike in popular Hvar and Dubrovnik, will only make this small city even more appealing.
Next, we suggest a visit to several astounding natural wonders, with the dramatic canyons of the Krka National Park just inland. Wherever you go in Šibenik county you’ll come across a range of regional culinary delights, with fish or meat baked under a peka which is one of the must-try experiences that pairs well with a glass of Babić, the local red wine. Overnight in Hotel Atrium, Split.
Save this day to enjoy Split often called the flower of the Mediterranean. Built around the Diocletian Palace, Split is a fascinating town with great art, culture, authentic cuisine and excellent entertainment.
Spend a few days in Split and you will be convinced that this place is a serious rival to some of the most popular islands on the Dalmatian coast.
Stroll through its narrow streets that hide a variety of treasures. Explore galleries, boutiques, restaurants and cafes that are built as the part of this charming historical town but with remarkable components of contemporary design and appealing Dalmatian lifestyle. Stop for lunch at a local konoba and try the fish on gradele, caught only a few hours ago by the local fisherman, with home-made olive oil and a glass of bevanda. And don’t worry if the harmonious melodies of the Dalmatian a capella choirs make you ask the waiter for another glass of the same. And when in Split, do as the locals do after lunch — take a nap and miss the heat. In the afternoon perhaps you can join in a game of picigin if you dare to try, or be on the safe side and take a walk on the Riva and enjoy the sunset. Overnight in Hotel Atrium, Split.
Take a full day boat trip to Vis, the island of fishermen and winegrowers, and one of the smallest and most peaceful and secluded inhabited islands on the Croatian coast. Vis served as a military naval base during Yugoslavia and reopened to visitors in 1989. Beautiful beaches, preserved nature, ecological agriculture and preserved traditional architecture are unique advantages of this unique island. Enjoy the time at Vis speed where sometimes the only sound is made by the wind and sea and later in a day by few elderly locals lined up on the benches if front of their homes eagerly watching “strange” island visitors.
As you return back to Split, the boat will make a stop on the island of Hvar so you, too, get to witness yourself why everyone talks about Hvar. Overnight in Hotel Atrium, Split.
Transfer to Dubrovnik with optional stop along the way in Ston on Pelješac Peninsula, only in case oysters and wine are your thing. Arrive to Dubrovnik, the highlight of everyone’s trip to Croatia. Relax a while at your hotel or continue exploring the Old Town’s city walls. We are sure that you want miss any of the surprisingly interesting sights: a pharmacy that’s been open for business since the Middle Ages, Europe’s second-oldest synagogue, art churches and mansions with beautiful art, and museums devoted to the local folk life and seafaring culture.
Stroll thought famous Stradun, and don’t let anyone get in a way between your ice cream and your favorite people-watching spot. Dine at any of the family own restaurants where you can find available table and enjoy dinner of delicious seafood local meat or pasta specialty. Then find your favorite spot atop the city walls, enjoy your cocktail and watch the ships sail into the sunset. Overnight in Hotel Rixos, Dubrovnik.
Today, you are ready for some peace and quiet again, and a full day boat excursion to Mljet National Park sounds like the best way to escape it all. Experience the allure of Mljet Island featuring two connected salty lakes –Great Lake and the Small Lake. Take a boat ride St. Mary’s Benedictine monastery and a small church dating to the 12th century. Enjoy lunch and do not miss the opportunity to do what locals do here — swim in the crystal clear waters of the lakes, relax, invigorate and recharge in the deep shade and the serenity of the island. You will be surrounded by beautiful, rich forest and narrow pathways that you will find ideal for hiking and biking. Overnight in Hotel Rixos, Dubrovnik.
Private transfer from the hotel to Dubrovnik airport.
Hotel Bastion ****, Zadar, standard room
Hotel Atrium *****, Split, standard room
Hotel Rixos *****, Dubrovnik, classic room