Croatia & the Makarska Riviera
Soak up the beauty of Croatia’s coast as you explore ancient walled cities and discover natural wonders including Krka National park and a clutch of idyllic islands.
Zadar, Pag Island, islands of Brac & Hvar, Krka National Park
• All breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
• All accommodation (7 nights half board in 4-star hotels)
• All transport and listed activities
• Tour leader throughout
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Day 1- Split
Join your fellow travellers in Split, enjoy some time to settle in and explore you surroundings over a drink and a late dinner at your hotel this evening. with your travelling companions.
Day 2- Zadar
Zadar is a city with a history spanning more than 3,000 years, and your tour gives you the chance to admire the fortified walls which were built by the Venetians to protect it from Ottoman invaders. You've also the chance to see, and hear, Zadar's sea organ. What looks like a broad staircase is actually a very clever system of pipes and whistles that descends into the sea, and as the waves crash over it, it produces a hypnotic sound. Our tour also takes in the remains of the Roman Forum and the church of St Donat – the focal point of the city.
Day 3 – Pag Island
This morning we're going to head to Pag Island, which is connected to the mainland by a bridge. The island is well known for its salt production, its traditional lace and its highly prized sheep's cheese. Upon arrival we'll set off on a short walking tour of Pag town with our Local Guide, which includes visits to the Salt Museum and the Lace Museum. You'll then have free time here to explore at your own pace, before we head to the island's cheese factory and indulge in a tasting.
Day 4 – Krka National Park
Today we are going to explore Krka National Park, which features the breathtaking Skradinski Buk Falls among its natural wonders. Many wildlife species and mammals make their home here too, including the endangered European otter, so if you're lucky you may see one of these endearing creatures. Next we head to a vineyard to try some of Croatia's excellent wines.
Day 5 – Dubrovnik
Enjoy the clear waters of the Adriatic and maybe take the chance to unwind in the bars scattered along the coastline as you spend a day in your resort. Alternatively, why not join us on an optional full-day excursion to Dubrovnik. Widely referred to as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic', this historic city is famed for its beauty. We'll stroll through a well-preserved maze of narrow streets and charming squares, and head up to the impressive city walls. We'll also see the magnificent cathedral here and the Franciscan monastery, which houses the oldest pharmacy in Europe. During free time, explore further with your travelling companions and maybe head to a restaurant for a spot of lunch.
Day 6 – Islands of Hvar & Brac
Croatia is well known for its many picturesque islands, and today we include a cruise to two of the largest, Brac and Hvar. We'll step ashore in the popular town of Bol on the island of Brac, where the iconic Zlatni Rat beach juts out into the Adriatic. Next we head the beautiful island of Hvar to take a stroll around the old port town of Jelsa.
Our cruise then continues as we soak up gorgeous views and enjoy an included lunch with wine.
Day 7 – Tucepi
Tucepi is a delightful town with an inviting beach and a lovely centre. Take time today to explore your surroundings, relax at your hotel or perhaps enjoy the pool or beach.
Alternatively, you could join an optional trip to the beautiful city of Mostar, in neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina. Or if you're feeling adventurous, why not join an optional sea kayaking excursion. We'll head to the Brela, on Dalmatia's Adriatic Coast, where we'll set off in our kayaks to the deserted sandy beaches of Vrulja Bay, where we can swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters.
Back at the hotel this evening, we'll gather for a farewell dinner.
Day 8 – Departure
Your vacation comes to an end today.
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