Day 1: Arrive Dubrovnik. For the first day of the tour, you have the day to explore the beautiful medieval walled city of Dubrovnik. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has recently been used as a filming location for Game of Thrones. You can wander the narrow cobblestone streets, eat at a cliffside café , swim at one of the nearby beaches, or go for a sunset sail on the Adriatic!
Day 2: Peljesac Peninsula. We drive a couple hours north up the Croatian coast to the Peljesac Peninsula, one of the premier wine growing regions of Croatia. The moderate temperatures, abundant sunshine, vineyards and small seaside towns make this area a great place to visit. We visit the old town of Ston and walk along the medieval walls for a panoramic view of the area. We then continue to Korcula, a walled city on an island in the Adriatic, where we spend the next two nights.
Day 3: Korcula. After a delicious breakfast, we charter a boat to go island hopping among some of Croatia's most beautiful islands! You can swim in the crystal clear water, visit a monastery on one of the islands, or relax in the shade on the boat. In the afternoon, you can explore Korcula on your own (this is the rumored birthplace of Marco Polo) or rent a bike to venture around the island and visit nearby vineyards.
Day 4: Drive to Montenegro. Today we head down the coast to Montenegro. We stop at a local winery along the way, where you will learn about wine growing in Croatia and will sample varieties like plavac mali, which is found only in this region! We continue to the small fishing village of Perast, located on the Bay of Kotor (this area was selected by Lonely Planet as the #1 place to visit in 2016!). You will be amazed by the beauty here as the mountains plunge into the sea. The next three nights are spent at a seaside hotel with gorgeous views of the Bay.
Day 5: Kotor Bay. We explore more of Kotor Bay on kayak today! In the morning we kayak from Perast to Our Lady of the Rocks Church—a church built in the middle of the bay back in the 1400s. After visiting the church, we kayak a short distance to a nearby island for a swim in the beautiful warm water. In the afternoon, visit the walled city of Kotor. You can hike up the fortified walls that snake up the mountain behind town, providing incredible views of the entire bay! You can also shop for homemade cheese, prosciutto, brandy, and handicrafts at Kotor’s small market, or visit one of the many churches and plazas.
Day 6: Lake Skadar. Lake Skadar is south of Perast, and one of the largest lakes in the region. Situated in a valley surrounded by high mountains, we embark on a boat tour of the lake and will hopefully see a lot of wildlife (part of the lake is a National Park). There are dozens of monasteries around the lake and we stop to visit one built in the 14th century- still with the original frescoes! After the boat tour, we return to Perast, stopping to visit a small family owned winery. Sampling the local wines along with homemade cheese, prosciutto and bread will be the perfect way to end the day!
Day 7: Farewell! This is the end of the tour, and you have the day to explore as you please. There are a lot of additional activities for you to enjoy such as whitewater rafting, canyoning, biking, or simply relaxing by the water, going for a swim, visiting area museums, or transferring to another city.
Pre/Post Trip Travels. Spend more time exploring the Balkans before or after our trip! You can head north to see more of Croatia, or visit Bosnia, Serbia or Albania, all of which are close by. If you want to venture further, Italy and Greece are easily accessible, and combining this trip with our Italy Biking tour would be an excellent combo!