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Exeter’s privately chauffeured journey through NOW OPEN Croatia & Montenegro

Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

Why visit Croatia & Montenegro now?

We know that many people are ready to travel after a year of pause. Now two of the most beautiful countries in Europe are welcoming Americans. I invite you to blow away your Covid blues and take a privately chauffeured journey in the Adriatic. This is a region where you can enjoy nature, dine alfresco, and enjoy many perfect outdoor experiences while staying in world-class accommodations that follow meticulous COVID-19 protocols.

Croatia has breath-taking coastal vistas, hidden islands, spectacular national parks, and incredible food and wine. Montenegro is blessed with outstanding natural beauty and miles of mountain edged Adriatic coastline. Now also home to one of Europe's finest new resorts, the One&Only Portonovi, opening on May 1. 

You can rely on us to take care of every detail, from expedited fast track arrival at the airport, selecting your private drivers and guides, and making advance alfresco lunch and dinner reservations in restaurants chosen by you from our hand-picked recommendations. Your private chauffeur will transport you through your journey in the most comfortable and safest possible way so you can relax and savour every moment.

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ITINERARY

PRICING FROM

From $6,775 per person, valid in May, September, and October Pricing in June, July and August is higher. All pricing is per person and based on double occupancy.  Airfare is not included.  

Day 1
Arrival In Dubovnik | Excelsior Hotel Exterior

Arrival into Dubrovnik. For the ultimate in privacy and convenience, fast track service will be confirmed for you upon arrival.  You will be met as you deplane and whisked through arrival formalities, before meeting your private driver.

Your hotel is just a short drive away, hugging the coastline and giving you sweeping views of Dubrovnik’s Old City.

Situated at the southern tip of Croatia on the Adriatic coast, bowl-shaped Dubrovnik has been a repository of cultural influences for centuries. This has created one of the loveliest and liveliest cities in Europe. Situated on the Adriatic coast, Dubrovnik’s charm lies in its ancient architecture, street life, and gorgeous location—it’s not called the Pearl of the Adriatic for nothing! One can spend days meandering through the intricate network of streets that run down the limestone cliffs of the old city, uncovering cafes, art galleries, boutiques, monasteries, churches, and a host of hidden treasures.

Enjoy the remainder of today at leisure.  Your hotel has a fantastic spa and recreation area and we are happy to confirm services in advance for you.

EXETER SERVICES

Arrival Transfer

HOTEL

Excelsior Dubrovnik

Day 2
Dubrovnik | Dubrovnik Dubrovnik, Croatia

This morning, your guide will meet you at your hotel for an overview walking tour of the historic center of Dubrovnik, which is protected as a UNESCO Heritage site.  You will be walking over ancient cobblestones, so dress for comfort. 

Begin in Dubrovnik’s main square, the Loggia Loza. Your guide will take you into the Rector’s Palace. The Rector was the highest authority in the city and his palace now houses the Museum of Dubrovnik. Over 15,000 works are on display documenting the economic and cultural history of the city. You can also visit the Dubrovnik Cathedral and its treasury famous for the ancient relics including a fragment of the “true cross” on which it is believed that Jesus was crucified.  If you like, you may visit Dubrovnik’s Sephardic Synagogue. The synagogue was established in the 15th century and is still in service today. Make sure to see the Franciscan monastery of the “Order of Minor Friars” (Ordo Fratrum Minorum) which includes one of the three oldest pharmacies in Europe, still serving customers.

After exploring Old Town, head just outside the gates where you will take the cable car to the top of Srd Hill to enjoy the unparalleled vistas over the Old Town and the nearby islands.

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As you reach the top, you will find an extravagant picnic for you to enjoy while you take in the sweeping views.  You will have a delectable spread featuring the finest local products, including a charcuterie platter, salads, sandwiches, desserts and fruit.  Wash it all down with homemade lemonade and either local beer or wine.

Afterwards, head back to the town and to your hotel and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

EXETER SERVICES

Guide (4-5 Hours)

HOTEL

Excelsior Dubrovnik

Day 3
Oysters & Wine | Award winning oysters

Meet your driver and guide today to head outside the city. 

Your first destination today is the town of Ston.  During the days of the Roman Empire, the Ston oysters were famous for being a great aphrodisiac. Later, Ston was a military fort of the Ragusan Republic whose defensive walls are a notable feat of medieval architecture evident even today. There are more than 3 miles of walls extending from Veliki Ston, the historic center of the town, to St. Michael’s Mount and to Mali Ston.

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Upon arrival in Mali Ston meet a local oyster farmer and step onto his boat.  During your 45-minute cruise you will head to the oyster banks and see how oysters and mussels are being cultivated in the region. You will have the opportunity to taste oysters plucked fresh from the sea.

Afterwards, join your oyster farmer on his little private island for a picnic lunch hosted by his family. You’ll have an fresh grilled oyster and mussels, artisanal bread and snacks, along with local wine.

Afterward, head to the Vukas family winery.  The Illyrian tribe of Plarei settled this area and while longing for perfection they have worked hard on the poor soil, rich only with stone and sunshine. Vukas’s forefathers continued realizing this longing; they started growing the wine varietal plavac mali on the inaccessible grounds of the Crnjova hill steep slopes. Keeping long tradition and improving new technologies, Mr. Vukas has created top-class products which you will have the opportunity to taste.

EXETER SERVICES

Vehicle, Driver & Guide (6 Hours)

HOTEL

Excelsior Dubrovnik

Day 4
Dubrovnik to Montenegro | Bay View, One&Only Portonovi one_&_only_portonovi_bayview_suite

Today, your driver will meet you for the transfer south along the Dalmatian coast and across the border into the now independent country of Montenegro. At the border, your local guide will join you.

The name of this small country, literally meaning ‘Black Mountain’ supposedly refers to the dark forests which once covered the slopes of its mountains as seen from the coast by the medieval mariners sailing the Adriatic.

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Today you will meet the Moric family, locally famous for their olive oil production. This olive grove is family owned and operated in an area renowned for the quality and complexity of its extraordinary artisan olive oils produced with purity, flavor and character. The estate reflects the family’s dedication to crafting the finest specialty food items while working to preserve the natural integrity of this esteemed property.

Today you will be invited to savor the goodness of their estate-grown artisan oils. All of the olives are organically and sustainable farmed and hand-harvested.  You will have the opportunity to get to know the Moric family, witness how they produce their domestic olive oil and enjoy a homemade meal of Montenegrin specialties.

Afterwards, continue on to your resort.  One&Only’s first resort in Europe is in the heart of Boka Bay, framed by the mountains on one side and the Adriatic Sea on the other.  You will find pristine pebble beaches and a serene and relaxing atmosphere.

EXETER SERVICES

Transfer with Guide (3-4 Hours)

HOTEL

One&Only Portonovi

Day 5
Private Yacht Day | Kotor Kotor, Montenegro

Today meet your skipper to explore the best of Montenegro from the water. 

See Perast and visit the island “Lady of the Rocks”. Perast represents the best-preserved entity of this part of the Adriatic. Due to the development of maritime and trade in the 17th and 18th centuries, the town grew with many new palaces and churches.  The Lady of the Rock lies about near the island of St. George. The stone plateau in the middle of the sea with a church on it is a result of the enduring efforts of generations of mariners to leave there, in the very heart of the Bay of Boka Kotorska, a testimony of their Christian faith and culture. The island was built artificially by scuttling old ships and depositing stones around a small crag.

You will also visit the port town of Kotor.  Similar to other Dalmatian towns, Kotor’s history is a succession of foreign occupations – Illyrian, Roman, Venetian, Napoleonic, to name just a few. Located at the head of a deep fjord, Kotor’s fortified Old Town was strategically built at the foot of a high cliff. Step inside the Cathedral of St. Triphun, which was originally built in the 11th century. Its Romanesque-Gothic interiors feature 14th century frescoes, vaulted roofs, and a gilded-silver iconostasis. The remains of St. Triphun, Kotor’s patron saint, are also kept here.  You may also stroll around the Square of Arms, named after the Venetian arsenal building located here, and see the Bell Tower, as well as the former pillory where the convicted were chained and exposed to public condemnation. Time and energy permitting, you may decide to climb the 1,500 steps to Kotor’s old fortress walls on the hills above the town, erected by the Venetians in the 17th and 18th centuries.

As you’re cruising today, you can stop where you like for swimming.  Water and soft drinks are supplied on the boat.  You’re welcome to bring aboard any other snacks.  There are great local spots to stop for lunch, payable locally, in Boka Bay.

EXETER SERVICES

Motor Yacht & Skipper (8 Hours)

HOTEL

One&Only Portonovi

Day 6
Day at Leisure | One&Only Portonovi oo_portonovi_resort_main_lawn_detail_0039_master-scaled-1

Enjoy your day at leisure.  It’s the perfect day to indulge in the facilities at your resort.  You will find an expansive wellness center, sparkling pools and more – all at your disposal today.

EXETER SERVICES

None included today

HOTEL

One&Only Portonovi

Day 7
Departure from Montenegro | Montenegro Ham

Today your private driver will meet you for your transfer to Tivat or Podgorica to catch your onward flight. 

EXETER SERVICES

Departure Transfer

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