CROATIA: Boutique "Charismatic Croatia Tour" - 20 days
26th May - 14th June 2020
Tour Grading MODERATE: Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness and mobility
Tour Commences In: Dubrovnick
Number of Days: 20 days / 19 nights
Accommodation: Luxury & Boutique Hotels
Leaders: Australian Tour Manager and professional expert local guide
Tour Concludes In: Venice
Tour Style: Luxury / Deluxe Escorted Small Group Tour
Meals: Breakfasts; 19: Lunches; 10: Dinners; 7:
Transportation: Luxury / Deluxe private chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicles
Charismatic Croatia boasts a rich cultural history and offers visitors several UNESCO heritage-listed historical sites, glittering seaside villages and myriad fortresses, castles, city walls and narrow cobbled alleyways to explore. This 20-day tour begins with an extended stay in famous Dubrovnik where we walk the city walls and explore the quaint old town. We island-hop to lovely Korcula, Hvar, where the glitterati dock their super yachts, and onto Split, for a visit to the incredible Diocletian’s Palace. Walking around the Plitvice Lakes and waterfalls is a true highlight. We stroll some fabulous medieval and Venetian cities of the Istria peninsular and county-side and conclude our tour in beautiful Venice.
This tour offers it all including a true gourmet foodie experience. We’ll savour plenty of freshly caught seafood, the finest cured meats and truffles from Istria and famous cheeses from the island of Pag. We’ll visit a fabulous olive oil farm and some small family-run wineries for tastings! Join us as a couple, with a group or as a solo traveller and share the passion in our journey.
- Explore the medieval old walled city of Dubrovnik. An UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Cruise the Elaphiti islands – a wonderful small archipelago group of islands
- Indulge in a delicious Dalmatian cuisine at an historic restaurant
- Visit the medieval town of Kotor. An UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Marvel at the interior of ‘Our-Lady-of-the-Rocks’ Island
- Discover the stone walls at Ston. On the UNESCO Tentative List
- Mingle with the locals and savour the flavor of delicious oysters and mussels
- Taste some fabulous local wines
- Visit the Old City of Korčula. An UNESCO World Heritage Site and birthplace of Marco Polo
- Be in awe at the amazing 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Hvar
- Wander through the Historical Complex of Split and the ancient Palace of Diocletian. An UNESCO World heritage Site
- Swim in the beautiful water of the Pakleni Islands
- Visit the quaint medieval town of Trogir is a mix of Renaissance, Baroque and Romanesque buildings. An UNESCO World heritage Site
- Discover another island in Croatia
- View some amazing world recognized lace work in Pag
- Tour local produce and vineyard foodie specialists
- Stop for a day and enjoy local life on a Croatia
- Taste fabulous local cheeses at a cheese factory
- Be captivated with the incredible ‘sea organ & Sun Salutation
- Experience Sunset in Zadar – ‘the best in the world’ according to Alfred Hitchcock.
- Visit the Episcopal complex which is on the UNESCO Tentative List
- A private sunset cruise in Zadar
- Visit the very scenic oldest national park in Croatia. A UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Explore the Plitvice lakes and waterfalls
- Walk around the 3,000 year old ancient city of Senj
- Stroll the magical promenade ‘Lungomare’, discover its history and its hidden coves
- Wander the smallest town in the world
- Visit a church that has beautifully preserved frescoes
- Discover a charming fishing village on a peninsula in the Adriatic sea
- Explore a Venetian town now famous for its arts, with painters, sculptors and musicians calling it home
- Venture to a historical town and taste some of the best olive oil – ever
- Journey to Venice and be fascinated by this beautiful lagoon city
- Arrive into Venice on a private speed boat
- Enjoy wonderful cuisine and regional delicacies as you indulge in a delicious Mediterranean foodie experience
- A true Small Group Tour - Maximum group size of 10 guests
- A specially curated itinerary for Croatia
• Exclusive and private airport arrival and departure transfers for all guests
• 4 star hotel accommodation in Croatia & Venice
• Meals as indicated in Itinerary; B = Breakfast: L = Lunch: D = Dinner:
• Australian Tour Director
• Private services of a bilingual tour guides
• Luxury private air-conditioned vehicles when driving
• Local water transfers as per itinerary
• Admission fees to all sightseeing as per itinerary
• Tastings as per itinerary
• Private water boat transfers in Venice (On arrival and Departure)
• An exclusive BT&T Travel Information Booklet
• Bottled water is provided in the minivan when driving between cities
· Day 1: Tuesday 26th May 2020: Arrive Dubrovnik:
· Day 2: Wednesday 27th May 2020: Dubrovnik:
· Day 3: Thursday 28th May 2020: Dubrovnik:
· Day 4: Friday 29th May 2020: Dubrovnik – Montenegro – Dubrovnik:
· Day 5: Saturday 30th May 2020: Dubrovnik – Ston – Korčula:
· Day 6: Sunday 31st May 2020: Korčula:
· Day 7: Monday 1st June 2020: Korčula – Hvar:
· Day 8: Tuesday 2nd June 2020: Hvar – Split – Trogir:
· Day 9: Wednesday 3rd June 2020: Trogir – Pag:
· Day 10: Thursday 4th June 2020: Pag:
· Day 11: Friday 5th June 2020: Pag – Zadar:
· Day 12: Saturday 6th June 2020: Zadar:
· Day 13: Sunday 7th June 2020: Zadar – Plitvice:
· Day 14: Monday 8th June 2020: Plitvice – Opatija:
· Day 15: Tuesday 9th June 2020: Opatija – Rovinj:
· Day 16: Wednesday 10th June 2020: Rovinj – Groznjan – Rovinj:
· Day 17: Thursday 11th June 2020: Rovinj – Vodnjan – Rovinj:
· DAY 18: Friday 12th June 2020: Rovinj – Venice:
· Day 19: Saturday 13th June 2020: Venice:
· Day 20: Sunday 14th June 2020: Depart Venice:
All our hotels are excellent four star boutique hotels. We highly recommend our hotels as they have excellent services and facilities. All rooms have modern facilities, private bathrooms with double & two twin beds. Triple share accommodation may also be available and consists of two single beds plus a rollaway/fold-up bed.
Climate & Clothing:
In summer the weather in Croatia is mild. Summers are relatively dry, but rain does occur all year round. During winter it is cold, wet and often snowy. Snowfalls tend to be heavy, but temperatures rarely drop as low as freezing point. The general rule is to bring comfortable clothing including lightweight cottons. Comfortable walking shoes are essential as is a light waterproof jacket. We provide a detailed packing list to all our guests prior to departure.
Currency & Money Matters:
The official currency the Croatian Kuna. Currency rankings show that the most popular Commonly circulated banknotes come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and five kuna, bearing images of Croat heroes such as Stjepan Radić and Ban Josip Jelačić. Each kuna is divided into 100 lipa. You’ll find silver-coloured 50- and 20-lipa coins, and bronze-coloured 10-lipa coins.
ATMs are now nearly everywhere in Croatia except the most remote and uninhabited islands. Just look for the "bankomat" sign. Visa, Mastercard, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro, and Eurocard are the most commonly accepted cash cards; American Express is slightly scarcer. You will find ATMs at all major airports and train stations in Croatia and very near to the embarkation point for ferries and buses.
In Croatia the standard voltage is 230 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type C & F.
You must obtain Comprehensive Travel Insurance as a condition of travelling with Boutique Tours & Travel. We recommend that you purchase insurance at the time of Booking. BT&T can arrange this for you if required.
Croatian is a Slavic language spoken by around 7 million people. It is the official language of Croatia and one of the official languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Three words of packing advice: LIGHT, LIGHT, LIGHT!
It is best to condense your luggage into one manageable suitcase with wheels and one daypack.
All your baggage should be clearly labelled: both inside and out.
You are required to be totally responsible for your own baggage at all times. Ensure it is loaded onto our minibus or car.
Excess baggage fees for international & domestic flights are your responsibility.
For International flights; (depending on airline) Check with your airline
- Be vigilant at all time
- Do not leave your luggage unattended I public areas
- Do not accept bags from strangers
ALWAYS keep travel documents, passport, personal necessities and valuables with you at all times. Remember NOT to pack them in your check-in luggage. Email yourself all documents and organise a copy of everything and leave them at home.
Traditional Croatian cuisine reflects widely diverse cultural and geographic influences. Some are a result of Croatia’s proximity to the sea and fertile farmland, and some are the result of foreign occupiers who imported their tastes and recipes. Croatians are very proud of their gastronomic traditions, and while there are regional differences, you’ll find that freshness, grilling, and daily baking are consistent across the country. Our hotels offer a wonderful selection at their buffet breakfasts and occasional dinners.
Medical Services & Facilities:
Our hotels have access to a doctor if required. They can also assist guests with purchasing of medicine. The international hospitals in Croatia are good and have western trained medical and surgical specialists. Dental care is also available.
We suggest you bring plenty of your prescription medications so that you will not run out away from home. You may not find the same medications in Croatia.
Passports & Visas:
No Visa is required to enter Croatia. Please ensure your passport is valid for longer than six months and has 2 or more blanck pages.
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation:
Boutique Tours & Travel suggests that you may like to arrive a day before the start of your tour to allow time to relax and refresh. You are also very welcome to linger longer after the tour is completed.
Croatia’s has a huge Christian population. Of the Christians in the country, the majority of about 76.5% are Roman Catholics; those of the Orthodox Church account for 11%, and Protestants form 0.4%. In addition, there are small minorities of Muslims, Jews and other communities.
Safety & Security:
Visitors to Croatia are often pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the Croatian people, who will go out of their way to assist and happily spend time chatting.
But like any country anywhere, there are those who are of ill repute and target tourist, so please be on high alert at all times.
Like most states in Europe, Summer (Daylight-Saving) Time is observed in Croatia Time, where the time is shifted forward by 1 hour; 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time ( GMT+2 ).
Our small group tours provide you with a good balance of group activity and personal discovery.
We generally use modern deluxe minibuses for tours. We also walk and catch local transport where and when it’s suitable.
Daily average temperatures in June are about 22°C (72°F), highs reaching up to 27°C (82°F) and lows plummeting to about 16°C (62°F).
Water & Beverages:
Water is available for purchase along the way. Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks are not included in the cost of this tour.
- The Episcopal complex of the Euphrasian Basilica
- The Cathedral of St. James
- The city of Trogir
- Diocletian’s Palace.
- The heritage site of Stari Grad
- Plitvice Lakes National Park
Day 1: Tuesday 26th May 2020: Arrive Dubrovnik: (D)
Upon arrival in Dubrovnik, you'll be met and transferred to the Hotel, just a short walk from the famed Old Town. After welcome drinks overlooking the Adriatic, we'll have a welcome dinner.
Day 2: Wednesday 27th May 2020: Dubrovnik: (B/L)
With a local guide for the morning, we'll explore the labyrinthine streets of Dubrovnik's walled old town. After lunch, free time for you to enjoy the old city at leisure.
Day 3: Thursday 28th May 2020: Dubrovnik: (B/L)
This morning we hop on a private boat cruise to the Elaphiti islands. There are 13 islands in this archipelago northwest of Dubrovnik but only three are inhabited; Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan that were the islands chosen by the Dubrovnik Republic aristocracy for their summer residences. After cruising and exploring the island, we’ll have a long and lazy lunch overlooking the water at a Restaurant at Koločep.
Day 4: Friday 29th May 2020: Dubrovnik – Montenegro – Dubrovnik: (B/L)
Today we'll embark on an our trip across the border to Montenegro! The drive around Kotor Bay is spectacular, as is the medieval town of Kotor. We'll stop in tiny little Perast for lunch, and to visit Our-Lady-of-the-Rocks, an island which was artificially created in the 15th century around a rock where an image of the Madonna was found.
Day 5: Saturday 30th May 2020: Dubrovnik – Ston – Korčula: (B/L)
Today we'll leave the city and drive towards peninsula Peljesac. The Dubrovnik Republic built the town of Ston in the 14th century in the form of a two-fold fortification system (Large and Small Ston), aiming to protect the salt plants, one of its major economic resources. A 12 kilometre long wall (the world’s second longest wall after the Wall of China) connects two fortified cities. The Ston Bay is the cradle of farming of mussels and oysters and the Peljesac peninsula is the most famous wine growing area. After visiting the Ston walls, we’ll stop at Mali Ston to mingle with the locals and enjoy tasting delicious oysters followed by a boat ride to the oyster beds. Later, we'll enjoy a wine tasting at one of the region's most renowned wineries before continuing to Korčula island on a ferry.
Day 6: Sunday 31st May: Korčula: (B)
Spend today at leisure in lovely Korčula exploring the birth place of Marco Polo. Perhaps enjoy a short kayaking excursion, marvel at the 15th century cathedral, or lay by the pool overlooking the water!
Day 7: Monday 1st June 2020: Korčula – Hvar: (B/L)
After breakfast, we'll take a local catamaran from Korčula to Hvar island. Hvar Town is a hot spot for wealthy yachties and therefore swanky hotels and restaurants. After checking into our hotel, the marina (excellent people-watching opportunities), we'll embark on an afternoon excursion via the scenic "old road" to see some of Hvar's famous lavender fields and enjoy lunch in the countryside. Spend this afternoon at leisure.
Day 8: Tuesday 2nd June 2020: Hvar: (B/L)
Mid-morning, we'll embark on a cruise to the Pakleni Islands, a group of tiny islands lying just off the coast of Hvar, that look like a string of pearls in the Adriatic. We'll have a chance to swim before a seafood lunch at a famous restaurant.
Day 9: Wednesday 3rd June 2020: Hvar – Split – Trogir: (B/D)
After breakfast, we'll take the ferry to Split, where our guide will meet us and take us on a walking tour through this fascinating old town and the remains of Diocletian's Palace. After some time to enjoy the city on your own, we'll make the short drive to the medieval village of Trogir.
Day 10: Thursday 4th June 2020: Trogir – Pag: (B/L/D)
Mid-morning, we’ll head to the fascinating island of Pag. Pag is now connected to the mainland by a bridge, but it's produce and culture is very distinct from the rest of the country. Cheese and wine are famed here, as is the intricate Pag lace. Our hotel for the following two nights is a boutique stone farmhouse, set amongst vineyards and olive groves. Dinner shall be a culinary feast of local produce.
Day 11: Friday 5th June 2020: Pag: (B)
Spend today at leisure, enjoying the serene surroundings at our hotel, or alternatively, walk down to the nearby beach for a swim.
Day 12: Saturday 6th June 2020: Pag – Zadar: (B)
Later this morning, we'll stop first at a famous Pag cheese factory for a cheese tasting, before making the short drive to Zadar, a cosmopolitan city with an historic old town. Spend the afternoon at leisure in Zadar. Perhaps later this evening you can visit the incredible Sea Organ and Sun Salutation, two wacky creations designed by local architects to enhance the city.
Day 13: Sunday 7th June 2020: Zadar: (B/D)
A local guide will take us on a walking tour of Zadar this morning. Alfred Hitchcock once stated that Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world! Later this afternoon, we'll set sail on a private yacht armed with local produce and wine, for a picturesque sunset cruise.
Day 14: Monday 8th June 2020: Zadar – Plitvice: (B/L)
Today we'll see the landscape change completely as we leave the coast and drive to the Plitvice National Park, – one of the greatest natural wonders and phenomena in the world. Connected to each other by a series of foaming cascades and thundering waterfalls, the lakes are fed by many rivers and streams. We'll embark on a 2 – 3 hour walk through the park, stopping along the way for a picnic lunch.
Day 15: Tuesday 9th June 2020: Plitvice – Opatija: (B)
Heading back towards the coast this morning, we'll first stop in Senj, at the foot of the Velebit mountains. The 16th century fortress is the symbol of the town, and as well as being an excellent museum, it's position on top of a hill provides excellent views of the region. We'll continue on up the coast to Opatija, a seaside resort town with the longest tradition of tourism in Croatia. Opatija was the most fashionable holiday destination for the Viennese elite during the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This afternoon we'll visit the small tourism museum housed in a grandiose 19th century villa. Perhaps you can also take a stroll along the Lungomare, the seaside promenade lined with majestic villas.
Day 16: Wednesday 10th June 2020: Opatija – Rovinj: (B/L)
This morning, we depart with a local guide, we'll first stop at Hum, the smallest town in the world, with a population of 30. We'll the continue on to Beram to visit their tiny church with beautiful frescoes and enjoy a delicious lunch. We'll then proceed to Rovinj, a charming Istrian town.
Day 17: Thursday 11th June 2020: Rovinj – Groznjan – Rovinj: (B/L)
With a local guide, we'll embark on a day of exploring the Istria region. Our first stop is the charming hilltop village of Groznjan, which has developed into an artistic hotspot. We’ll then settle into an exquisite truffle lunch at Zigante estate.
Day 18: Friday 12th June 2020: Rovinj – Vodnjan – Rovinj: (B)
This morning we'll visit the family-run Chiavalon olive grove for a tour and olive oil tasting. You’ll never look at olive oil the same way again! Spend the rest of the day at leisure in gorgeous Rovinj.
Day 19: Saturday 13th June 2020: Rovinj – Venice: (B/D)
This morning we sadly say goodbye to Croatia as we drive north, through Slovenia, to Venice. We’ll drive as far as we can before we jump aboard private water-taxis and cruise up the Grand Canal to our hotel! Later this evening we'll have a Venetian feast to mark the end of our tour.
Day 20: Sunday 14th June 2020: Depart Venice: (B)
Our tour ends after breakfast with a speedboat shuttle to the airport for your homebound or onward flight or train journey. Should you wish to spend more time in Venice, additional accommodation and sightseeing can be arranged. Thank you for sharing our journey
Please don’t hesitate to contact us to arrange this for you.
|Dubrovnik:||Hotel Bellevue||Hotel Neptun||Hotel More|
|Korčula:||Hotel Liburna||Hotel Marco Polo|
|Hvar:||Hotel Palace Elisabeth||Hotel Park Hvar|
|Trogir:||Heritage Hotel Trogir|
|Zadar:||Art Hotel Kalelarga|
|Rovinj:||Grand Hotel Park||Hotel Angelo D'Oro|