Day 1 VENICE AIRPORT - ST.NICHOLAS ISLAND
Arrival at Venice airport. Transfer to your hotel on the St. Nicholas Island located opposite city of Poreč. After the accommodation in the hotel, you can explore this small island covered with autochthonous forest of black oak and pine trees and its beaches, or you take a sightseeing tour of Poreč and visit Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight at the hotel on the St. Nicholas Island.
Day 2 POREČ - BRIJUNI NATIONAL PARK - PULA - ROVINJ
After the breakfast, leaving Poreč and traveling to Fažana – an entrance to Brijuni National Park. You will visit the only National Park in Istria with its 14 islands and remarkable animal species, rare flora and carefully preserved traces of 5000 years of human history all at one place. After the tour, short stop is 3000 old town of Pula to see the Amphitheatre - imposing Arena, the 6th largest in the world, one of the best preserved Roman Amphitheaters in the world, the most significant monument in Pula. Optional: take a private tour guide that will show you all the beauties of Pula and tell you interesting stories of its history. After the lunch, our last stop of the day is beautiful romantic town of Rovinj that for sure will charm you with its colorful buildings and squares, as well as the diverse culinary and entertainment offer. The narrow cobblestone streets will take you to the top of a small hill, where you will find the biggest and most significant monument in town - the church of St. Euphemia. Overnight at the hotel in Rovinj.
Day 3 ISLAND CRES - ISLAND LOŠINJ
In the morning, driving direction Islands Cres and Lošinj. A short ferry ride will take us to the northern part of the Island Cres. We will stop at several viewpoints to admire beautiful view on Kvarner from one side and on Istria from the other side. Our first stop is small hilltop village Lubenice, situated on a mountain ridge at 382 m above sea level and it used to be antique Roman fortress and outpost. From Lubenice you can see a beautiful view of the entire Kvarner, islands and coast of Istria. Next stop is town of Cres, the largest town on the island, protected by a large and deep bay. You can take a walk through its narrow streets, discover city walls, old stone gate, Duke’s Palace, Loggia, ornaments on medieval buildings and pass along the waterfront bathed in the sun and decorated with cute bars with terraces. After lunch, driving across the island and arriving to the channel which was dug up by the Romans. In the distant past island Lošinj and island Cres were one big island but they were separated into two islands by an artificial channel and later connected again by a small bridge. Passing over the bridge and arriving on island of Lošinj - the Island of vitality due to its specific and beneficial climate suitable for treating different respiratory diseases and allergies. The beginnings of the health tourism date back to 19th century. On the island of Lošinj, there are two charming exceptionally picturesque towns: Mali Lošinj and Veli Lošinj. After the accommodation in the hotel, you can take a walk from your hotel in Mali Lošinj to neighboring town of Veli Lošinj and enjoy in romantic dinner in one of the local taverns by the sea. This is a magical place that for sure will seduce you with all its attributes - scents, tastes, sounds and preserved natural beauties. Overnight at the hotel in Mali Lošinj.
Day 4 LOŠINJ ARCHIPELAGO ISLANDS BOAT TOUR
After the breakfast, spend an unforgettable day exploring the most beautiful islands of Lošinj’s archipelago. On this full day private boat excursion enjoy the atmosphere, fresh sea air, beautiful nature and homemade food. You will visit Island of Susak island, unique in the whole Mediterranean since it is entirely composed of fine, compacted sand. A time for sightseeing upper & lower village and departure to Srakane islands. Final stop is Island Ilovik and main place on the Island, Ilovik fishing village. You can see how the villagers of Ilovik are engaged fishing, sheep-farming and in wine growing and market gardening facilitated by the large number of wells which supply this land with water. After the sightseeing and visiting beautiful bay with sandy beach, we are returning to Mali Lošinj port. Overnight at the hotel in Mali Lošinj.
Day 5 ISLAND KRK – ISLAND RAB
After the breakfast, traveling to Island Krk. A short ferry ride will take us to the Island Krk, in Roman times called The Golden Island (Insula Aurea), the island of exceptionally rugged coastline streaked with many coves, bays and ports, flora, habitat for many birds, rich cultural inheritance and mild climate. Here you can take time to discover medieval town of Krk and explore its cultural and historical monuments like churches, chapels and old town squares. Wine tasting of traditional wine Zlathina in the old hilltop town of Vrbnik situated at on almost 50 meter high cliff or the islet of Košljun opposite Punat, the natural reservation and cultural monument is optional. After lunch, driving to final destination of the day – town of Rab on the island of Rab. Use time on ferry that will take us from island Krk to the island Rab to enjoy the view on nearby island Cres, Plavnik, Prvić and St.Grgur. Arriving in Rab before dinner. Accommodation and overnight at the hotel in Rab.
Day 6 ISLAND RAB – ISLAND PAG
Spend a day on a fresh sea air on the island of Rab, an ancient Roman municipality in the 1st century BC, which the Romans called the Happy Rab (Felix Arba) an island with a rich cultural and historical heritage. You have plenty of places to visit like palaces, medieval churches, cathedral, city lodge. Enjoy in sightseeing, swimming in crystal clear see water in summer time and excellent local cuisine. Don’t forget to try local delicacy - Rapska torta, a traditional Rab cake! Optional: take a private boat ride to island Goli otok, the bare and abandoned island used from 1949 until 1956 as the political prison and where the sharp and inhospitable rocks seem to protect the island from the eyes of all. After lunch, leaving Rab and driving direction island Pag. Before dinner, arriving on island Pag. There are several terms that can be used to best symbolize Pag like Pag Lace - intangible UNESCO heritage of Croatia , Pag sheep cheese and lamb from island of Pag. Overnight at the hotel in Novalja.
Day 7 ISLAND PAG - ZADAR
Departure from hotel to explore island Pag and visit main sites. First stop is Lun, the northernmost place on the island of Pag, a natural reserve of olives - The Olive Gardens, since there are growing about 80 000 centuries-old olive grove, the only one of its kind in the Adriatic Sea region with great botanical value. Next stop is Zrće due to its beautiful pebble beach, famous and known as Croatian Ibiza where in summer unforgettable parties last 24 hours a day in the most popular clubs on the beach organizing summer festivals all summer long. Last stop is the Old town of Pag, used to be a rich town, fortified by strong walls where exploiting of the salt was the main occupation. Visit best preserved places like the Franciscan monastery and the Romanic church of Holy Mary, first mentioned in 1192. Pag is known for its production of cheese from sheep's milk. Optional: since there are two big producers of cheese, you can visit one and learn all about cheese production. Enjoy the cheese tasting with beautiful view on the island. After the sightseeing and cheese tasting, driving direction Zadar. Since island Pag is connected to a mainland with the bridge, before dinner you will reach Zadar - main city of Northern Dalmatia, a city of exceptional history and rich cultural heritage. After dinner, take a relaxed walk in city center. Don’t miss to enjoy Zadar´s exceptional sunset near world famous as Sea Organ - a unique architectural achievement, architectural wonder built recently in the underwater part of the city's waterfront. Overnight at the hotel in Zadar.
Day 8 KORNATI NATIONAL PARK - TELASCICA NATURE PARK
In the morning, before the departure for Kornati National Park and Telascica Nature Park, you can take a morning walk to discover the town and drink coffee in one of the numerous coffee shops. After the sightseeing, take a whole-day boat tour to explore Kornati National Park, often mentioned as "nautical paradise" due to the 89 unforgettable islands, islets and reefs. With their raw beauty, they remained intact of the development of the modern time, located between two quite different areas, the northern Adriatic, and the southern Adriatic, Kornati islands is an archipelago with the highest density on the entire Mediterranean where highest cliff is 82m high. The Kornati form part of Telašćica Natural Park. Boasting the safest, most beautiful and largest natural port on the Adriatic, the scenery is characterized by rocks plummeting into the sea from a height of 160 meters and the only saltwater lake on the Adriatic, Lake Mir. After day spent on the boat and on the fresh sea air with a sound of waves, have a healthy dinner and take a rest. Overnight at the hotel in Zadar.
Day 9 ISLAND MURTER - TROGIR - ISLAND ČIOVO - SPLIT
After the breakfast, driving direction Murter, an island separated from the mainland by narrow sea canal at Tisno which is spanned by a 12 meter draw-bridge. In one hour of driving and passing a small bridge, you will reach island and feel that wondrous place, the pearl of the entire Mediterranean - the Kornati Archipelago. A short drive across the island with a stop at island’s small places like Murter, Betina and Jezera. Driving further and in one hour we are reaching Trogir to visit its historical core, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a walk through the old town and feel like you are travelling through the time of Grecians, Romans and Venetians. Go around the Kamerlengo fort and along the seafront to the main bridge to Čiovo Island. Here you can have a lunch and optional take a bike or boat tour to discover small island of Čiovo. There are many interesting sites on this island worth seeing apart from the beaches, like an old abandoned monastery called Gospe do Prizidnice on a tall cliff where you can relax in natural environment and take a swim in the summer. Or just cross the bridge by foot and enjoy in a view on the Old town of Trogir from Čiovo part of Trogir on the island. After the tour, late afternoon arriving in center of town of Split, another UNESCO Sites. Overnight at the hotel in Split.
Day 10 SPLIT - ISLAND ŠOLTA
In the morning you will meet your local guide to take you to private guided sightseeing tour of Split where you will hear all about the Diocletian Palace, an ancient palace built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD. A walk through the ancient city takes you through time, along the great examples of ancient architecture like Peristyle, the middle aged Romanesque Church and Gothic Palace, Renaissance portals of the noblemen’s houses, Baroque facades and modern architecture superbly merged in the rich heritage. Enjoy excellent lunch and glass of delicious local wine and take a local ferry to island of Šolta, the island that hasn’t lost its traditionally charm. You will see colorful waterfronts, beautiful beaches and fishermen boats just opposite the port of Split. Optional: take a private boat ride around island of Šolta. Return to Split and overnight at the hotel in Split.
Day 11 ISLAND BRAČ – ISLAND HVAR
A private boat will take you on the islands of Brač and Hvar to discover inaccessible destinations, experience spectacular landscapes, taste local food, wine and olive oil and in summer swim in one of the most clear and most beautiful seas on the planet! You will discover the amazing beauty and secrets of island of Brač, especially Bol, known for its famous Zlatni rat beach (Golden horn), a natural phenomenon. After Brač, a boat will take you to prestige destination such as town of Hvar, one of the most beautiful harbors in the world with a rich cultural heritage. Its seven-century old walls still survive, as well as many 15th-17thC Venetian era noble houses and public buildings. The easy walk around the town to discover its many charms is a delight. On this private boat tour, you will be pleased to see the “real“ Hvar – its pretty villages, azure seas, hillside vineyards, lavender and ancient olive grove fields. Enjoy in wine tasting and have a good traditional lunch in local tavern with the marvelous view. Be familiar with story of Faros - today's Stari Grad on the island of Hvar, began back in 384 BC when the ancient Greeks from the island of Paros sailed into Stari Grad Bay and founded the town. In 2016 Stari Grad celebrates important anniversary - 2400 years of its foundation. Did you know that Stari Grad plain and the Historic Centre of Stari Grad are on UNESCO List of the World Heritage? We will continue sailing around the labyrinth of the Pakleni or Paklinski islands (about twenty islets) are located right opposite the town of Hvar. During ancient times these island were used as ports for merchant and war navies of the ancient Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans. Enjoy this beautiful part of the Hvar riviera in numerous bathing places in hidden bays with crystal clear sea. Overnight at the hotel in Hvar.
Day 12 ISLAND OF HVAR - ISLAND OF KORČULA
In the morning, a private boat will take you from Hvar to the islands of Korčula, island that has been inhabited since Prehistory where inhabitants were directed mostly to ship building and stone masonry. Discover The Old town Korčula, called Korkyra Melania by Greeks and Corcyra Nigra by Romans, shaped like fish bone and its beautiful buildings and houses in built in 15th and 16th century with coat of arms of noble families. Most known person from Korcula was Marco Polo, you can visit his Birth House in the Old town of Korčula and if you have chance, attend to the Moreška sword dance. Don’t miss to try delicious local white wine – Grk, with origin from the Greek times, cultivated only in picturesque village Lumbarda. Overnight at the hotel in Korčula.
Day 13 ISLAND OF KORČULA - ISLAND OF MLJET - MLJET NATIONAL PARK
A private boat will take you from Korčula to the islands of Mljet, called „Green Island“, situated near the Pelješac peninsula. It is characterized by a Mediterranean climate, dry summers and mild winters with approximately as many as 2500 hours of sunshine per year, making it one of the sunniest Adriatic islands. Explore its beautiful scenery, crystal clear sea, lakes, islands, rich cultural heritage. Visit Mljet National Park, the oldest marine protected area in the Mediterranean founded in 1960. It stretches over almost 5400 hectares - marine area, islands and cliffs, and spans over almost a third of the island. Two deep bays filled with seawater, known as Malo Jezero and Veliko Jezero (Small Lake and Great Lake) are the most famous locations of this area and an important geological and oceanographical phenomenon. You can visit some of numerous archaeological finds and the heritage, the Benedictine monastery located at one of the most beautiful locations in these areas, on the island of St. Mary on Veliko jezero, or hike along marked walking trails. Overnight at the accommodation facility on Mljet.
Day 14 ISLAND MLJET - DUBROVNIK
Leaving Mljet and driving direction Dubrovnik with a stop in Ston, a town famous by its town wall, the longest fortification wall in Europe, oysters. Driving to our destination, “The 'Pearl of the Adriatic”- Dubrovnik. Before check-in, be amazed with breathtaking view on the Old City of Dubrovnik, Adriatic Sea and numerous island and enjoy in a great lunch from the top of Srđ Hill, a hill rising above the city, today world famous tourist spot where the Museum of the Patriotic war is situated. After the lunch and check-in, meet the local guide which will take you to private sightseeing of Dubrovnik, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will hear all about famous Dubrovnik’s history and explore the Old Town’s central street Stradun, the Franciscan Monastery (with one of the oldest pharmacies in the world), the renaissance Rector’s Palace, town walls, Lovrjenac Fortress as well as many picturesque squares and churches of this amazing town. Overnight at the hotel in Dubrovnik.
Day 15 DUBROVNIK - ISLAND OF LOKRUM - ELAPHITI ISLANDS
In the morning, take a boat ride to visit Island of Lokrum, the Nature Reserve, inhabited since prehistoric times. There you will discover many horticultural sites, interesting history and historic buildings. Discover why Lokrum’s gardens hold a special place in the Dubrovnik and Croatian heritage of park art. After the lunch in Dubrovnik, take private boat tour to Elaphiti islands, a small archipelago consisting of several islands stretching northwest of Dubrovnik. On this private boat tour you can explore 3 biggest Elafiti Islands: hopping from Koločep to Lopud and Šipan. The islands are covered with characteristic Mediterranean evergreen vegetation and rich in history, nature and beauty. Lopud, traditionally an island of Dubrovnik seamen and captains, is famous by its sandy beaches, Franciscan monastery, early-medieval architecture and the beautiful Arboretum, while Šipan, the largest of the Elafiti islands is rich in summer manors. Koločep is the smallest settled island in the Elafiti Archipelago and it is famous for the fishermen, coral, pine tree forest and sandy beach. Enjoy panoramic views of the walled city of Dubrovnik on your way back to Dubrovnik harbor. Overnight at the hotel in Dubrovnik.
Day 16 DEPARTURE (DUBROVNIK AIRPORT)
Transfer from your hotel in city center to Dubrovnik airport. Departure to home-journey.
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