CROATIA & MONTENEGRO

Day 1: Welcome to Split. For the first day of the tour, you have the day to explore the beautiful city of Split. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for Diocletian’s Palace which was built for the Roman Emperor Diocletian over 1,700 years ago! Split has some of the best preserved Roman remnants and you will love wandering the narrow streets of this enchanting city. If you would like to arrive before the tour starts and spend more time, consider visiting nearby Plitvice or Krka National Parks.

Day 2: Korcula. In the morning we take a ferry to the island of Korcula where we will spend the next two nights in the town of Korcula. Korcula is the rumored birthplace of Marco Polo, and the small walled city is loved my almost all who visit.

Day 3: Korcula & Surrounding Islands. 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, enjoy a beach bar accessible only by boat, and/or just relax on the boat . In the afternoon, you can explore Korcula on your own, rent a bike to venture around the island, or visit nearby vineyards (Korcula is known for Grk, a type of wine found only on the island!).

Day 4: Peljesac & Montenegro. Today we head down the coast to Montenegro, passing through the Peljesac Peninsula which is one of Croatia’s premier wine growing regions. We stop at a local winery along the way, where you will learn about Croatian wine 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 two nights are spent at a seaside hotel with gorgeous views of the Bay.

Day 5: Kotor & Lake Skadar. In the morning, you will have time to visit the town of Kotor. This is a great spot for shopping, or for those wanting a workout you can climb up the fortress that rises above the town, affording a panoramic view of the bay. Then, we continue to Lake Skadar, 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 6: Dubrovnik. Today we head back to Croatia to the incredible city of Dubrovnik. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and perhaps Croatia’s best known city- it’s become even more popular recently since it is 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! There’s an optional cooking class where you can learn to make a traditional Croatian meal- for many this is one of the trip highlights!

Day 7: Farewell. This is the end of the tour, and you have the day to explore as you please. Dubrovnik is an incredible city so we recommend spending an additional night or two if your schedule allows. There are a lot of additional activities for you to enjoy, or you can take a flight or ferry to Italy or a day trip to Mostar in Bosnia.

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!

This is the general itinerary that is used for the trip. Itineraries are subject to change based on weather and other circumstances.

 
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