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Culinary Dalmatian Coast
Split, Hvar & Dubrovnik
The Dalmatian coast stretches from Dubrovnik, close to the Montenegrin border, all the way to Split, in the middle of the coast. With the impressive Diocletian Palace, Split is a must for anyone interested in Ancient Roman history, while art lovers should not miss the Mestrovic gallery. A short boat ride away is the island of Hvar, with some of the finest hotels in the country and the most interesting wineries. Dubrovnik is Croatia’s best-known destination, but besides its charming Old Town, there is plenty to discover nearby – from silk artists in the Konavle region to tiny fishermen’s villages on the islands of Lopud and Šipan, to the gardens of the Tresteno Arboretum.
Arrival in Split, where your driver will meet you just outside customs and baggage claim to take you to the marina close to the airport for your private boat transfer to Stari Grad, Hvar.
Croatia's stunning islands
Hvar is one of the most visited destinations on the Dalmatian coast, which is undoubtedly influenced by its stunning location.
Through the course of history, Hvar Town has been a melting pot of cultures and influences and is still bursting with history, art and culture. It is the home of Europe’s oldest municipal theater, which was built in the early 17th century over an arsenal in a peacemaking attempt by the then ruler of Hvar. Your guide will explain the major sights here in Old Town, including the harbor, the Renaissance Cathedral, and the Benedictine Convent, where the nuns spend their lives praying and weaving elaborate laces from the fibers of the agave plant. The convent’s museum shows some delicate and intricate lace designs, some dating to the late 19th century
Today you will be transferred to Hvar Town where you will board your private motorboat to see some of the coast of Hvar as well as the neighboring Pakleni Islands. These islands face the town of Hvar and are uninhabited and mostly woodlands. They feature a myriad of small, secluded beaches. The beaches themselves are gorgeous and great for a stop for lunch or to relax and you can discuss your itinerary with your skipper on the day.
Taste award-winning wines
After a morning at leisure, meet your driver for a visit to the Dubokovic winery nearby Stari Grad. You will get to taste some of the most highly prized Croatian wines right in a working wine cellar!
This morning, you will board your private motorboat for your transfer to Split. Upon your arrival into Split, you will have a chance to check into your hotel and drop off your luggage before meeting your guide for your walking tour of the Old Town Split.
As you walk around the Old Town, your guide will also take you to various culinary spots where you will have an opportunity to taste samples of food and explore the flavors of the city, while you learn more about the everyday life and food culture of Split.
Oysters heaven in Ston
En route to Dubrovnik with your private driver you will stop at the Pelješac peninsula known for its fine vineyards and the best oysters in Dalmatia farmed in the town of Ston. Head to the oyster banks and see how oysters and mussels are cultivated in the region. Join an oyster farmer on his little private island for an oyster tasting and lunch.
From here, continue on your journey to Dubrovnik. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.
Upon arrival in Ston, you will enjoy a 45-minute private boat tour. You will head to the oyster banks and see how these rare oysters and mussels are being cultivated in the region.
Afterwards, join your oyster farmer on his little private island for a picnic lunch hosted by his family. You will have an oyster tasting and a light lunch of local specialties, along with local wine.
Pearl of the Adriatic
Dubrovnik is magical. From the ancient city walls that protect the heart of the old town to the cafe culture that spills out into the atmospheric narrow streets. You will feel encircled by history. Yes, it is busy, but there is always a way to find a corner of the city to people-watch and enjoy. Soak up the history, the sun, and the views with your private guide, we will tailor today to your interests.
This morning, your driver will take you farther south along the Dalmatian coast to the southern Dalmatian countryside and the region known as Konavle. This is Dalmatia at its most traditional, where people still maintain the old customs and authentic costumes and cultivate olives and vineyards.
Enjoy a private cooking class on a small family-run farm, then head on over to visit the Atelier of Antonia Ruskovic, an avid academic painter, who has a profound interest in the traditions of the region of Konavle and its handicrafts.
Continue your journey
Why not extend your stay? Croatia combines ideally with Montenegro.