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Dobro Dosli! Welcome to Croatia. Dubrovnik is a beautiful white stone town surrounded entirely by city walls. Although it experienced devastation during the war in the early 1990s, the restored old town remains as charming as ever. With the sparkling water of the Adriatic in the background, Dubrovnik is picturesque, full of character and can easily be covered on foot.
Meet up with the other adventuring families tonight in a pre-trip meeting at your hotel, beginning at 6 pm. Check with the hotel to confirm the time and place, and remember you can arrive at anytime before then. If you can’t arrange a flight to that will get you to the hotel in the early evening, you might want to arrive a day early.
If you’re going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We’ll be collecting insurance details at this meeting, so please have these on hand. If you arrive early, perhaps head out to one of the Elafiti Islands. There’s Lopud, a quiet island with lovely hikes, clean beaches and a ruined castle. Kolocep is a sleepy enclave that boasts walks for every fitness level, and Sipan is the most populated of the isles and reputedly has the most hospitable inhabitants.
Start the day with an orientation walk throughout Dubrovnik. Enjoy a walk along the city walls of ‘Game of Thrones’ fame, taking in views of the sparkling Adriatic Sea from this undisputed jewel of the Dalmatian Coast. With the rest of the day free for you to explore, you might want to take the family to visit Big Onofrio’s Fountain, built by architect Onofrio della Cava in the 15th century to supply water to the city. Perhaps check out the Franciscan monastery, home to one of the world’s oldest pharmacies, or the Sponza and Rector’s Palaces, the only Renaissance buildings in the city to survive a devastating earthquake and fire in 1667. You can get a snapshot of Croatian history at one of many museums, take a quiet moment inside an old cathedral, or cruise out to nearby Lokrum Island. If the family is still feel energetic after a day exploring the city, you can take the switchbacks leading up Srd Hill behind Dubrovnik for spectacular views of the city and the Dalmatian coastline. Alternatively, the newly restored cable car can whisk you to the top in less than 10 minutes. The hill is topped by a castle from Napoleonic times, which now houses the Museum of the Croatian War of Independence.
Take a visit to the picturesque Trsteno Arboretum, a fortified garden landscape with cobblestone paths, scenic ocean views and impressive statues. If the area seems familiar, then it probably is; this was another filming location for the Kings Landing gardens in Game of Thrones. After a wander past the stone columns and impressively vibrant plant-life, venture onwards in your private minivan towards Ston where you’ll visit a donkey farm just outside of the town. This working farm, a Croatian government supported agritourism project, focuses on producing goat and donkey milk for trade. Take the chance to enjoy a home cooked traditional meal on the farmstead and perhaps sample some of the local cheeses before the trip continues onwards to the island of Korcula. Upon arrival, embark on an orientation walk to get a feel for this historic fortified island town, including the Cathedral of St Mark, the 15th-century Franciscan monastery and the massive fortifications surrounding the city. Enjoy the rest of the evening at your own pace.
After breakfast we jump on a bike and cycle to Lumbarda beach from Korcula town. The path is flat and a easy ride approximately 6km/3.7miles one way. Child sized bikes and helmets are supplied. In case that you don’t feel like cycling there are regular public buses connecting Korcula town and Lumbarda beach that you can catch (with your leaders assistance)
Situated on the east side of the island, this small fisherman’s village is surrounded by large sandy vineyards and a cosy beach with glistening, clean waters. Once arriving in Lumbarda, take a bike ride around the region while passsing olive groves, lush forests and open fields – pedal casually to make sure you get to enjoy these serene landscapes.
Later in the afternoon, make the short journey by local bus to the tiny village of Pupnat in the interior of the island. Here you’ll visit a local family-owned restaurant and eat outside on the patio. Sample some of the family vineyard’s wines and be treated to a meal made entirely from ingredients found on the farm. Perhaps you can drink your wine like the locals do: mixed with a bit of water. The traditional Dalmatian meat loaf, or pasticada, and fresh grilled vegetables with olive oil constitute a typical dish, all served with fresh goat and sheep cheeses, and maybe some smoked ham to tie it all together.
Set sail for the picturesque island of Mljet. Legendary in ancient history as the idyllic island where the shipwrecked Odysseus lived for seven years, today the island is a haven of lush national park, forests and small villages. Since Greek sailors sought haven here from storms, filling up on fresh water from the springs, the island has been inhabited by Illyrians, Romans, Slavs and Avars. Explore karst valleys and catch your reflection in inky blue lakes on a guided tour through the national park. Wander beneath cool pine forests, chasms and gorges while discovering ruins such as the remains of an Illyrian fortification, a Roman palace and a 5th-century church before sitting down to a picnic lunch. While no swimming is possible here, you may want to try the local wine – the fields and vineyards that dot the island are the foundation of the local economy, with Mljet’s villagers producing wine and olive oil as they have been for hundreds of years.
A early morning hydrofoil ferry takes you to the neighbouring island of Hvar. Beautiful Hvar has an air of Venice about it, and is known as the ‘Queen of the Dalmatian Islands’. Upon arrival, spend the afternoon relaxing on the pearly white sands of Mustaco beach, then get to know the town with an evening orientation walk before visiting the 16th-century Spanjola Fortress, where spectacular views over the town and the Adriatic can be experienced.
Take a day trip to Stari Grad on the other side of Hvar Island, where you’ll visit the charming Tvdalj Castle. Featuring an impressive developed facade, an ornate fish pool and rustic interior walls, this well-preserved piece of Renaissance architecture once served as the lavish summer residence of Petar Hektorovic, the Croatian poet. Return to Hvar and head to the beach for the evening to catch the sun setting over the sea.
If Dubrovnik is considered the heart of Dalmatia, Split is certainly its soul. Situated on a small peninsula on the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea, it’s the second largest city in Croatia. This stunning seaside town is home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the coast.
After taking a short boat trip to Split, start off with lunch before joining a local guide for a walking tour of the city to learn about its history. See the original and fantastically preserved basements lying under the streets and buildings, as well as the Cathedral in Diocletian’s Peristyle and Jupiter’s Temple.
Explore the impressive ruins of Diocletian’s Palace, Split’s most imposing structure and some of the most interesting ruins on the Adriatic coast.
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. As there’s a lot to see and do in Hvar, you may want to consider staying a bit longer – additional accommodation can be arranged if this is the case.
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Advertised prices are per person twin share, correct at time of publication and are subject to availability and change at any time without notification due to fluctuations in charges, taxes and currency. Offer is valid on new bookings only. ^Exclusive bonus 10% discount applies to family tours to new bookings only, made and deposited until 31 Mar 2019. The discount applies to the land tour price only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and are not combinable. Child price: 17 years and under at time of travel. Discount does not apply to local payments/kitty, permits, additional travel arrangements, international and local airfares. Deposit of $400 per person per trip is required upon booking and full payment is due 56 days prior to departure. If booking within 56 days of departure, full payment is due immediately. Other conditions apply. Please contact your personal travel manager for full terms and conditions.