Welcome To Dubrovnik.
On arrival at Dubrovnik airport, meet your Travelling Concierge and transfer to your centrally-located hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, relaxing or perhaps taking a stroll along the old harbour. At 18:00 join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner hosted at an atmospheric local restaurant in the heart of Dubrovnik. (DW)
Stay Two Nights: Sun Gardens Dubrovnik / Imperial Dubrovnik
Highlights Of Dubrovnik.
Surrounded by the shimmering Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik enchants with its white limestone streets, terracotta roofs and baroque buildings. Join your Local Expert for an orientation of the city's many treasures. Be mesmerized by the 16th century bastions of the famous Old Town, walk past Onofrio's Fountain and see the old Jewish quarter. Walk towards the cathedral and the Dominican monasteries, before exploring some of the film locations of the award-winning series, 'Game of Thrones.' Meet Matija and Giorgio Vierda, master jewellery craftsmen who use ancient goldsmith techniques. Their family's historical pieces are so famous they can be found amongst the country's most treasured possessions at the Ethnological museum, please note that the only access to the museum is via stairs. With free time in the afternoon, explore the city with your included pass to the major Dubrovnik museums like Rector's Palace, Maritime Museum and more. As the sun sets, you're invited to embark on a dazzling cruise around the fabled bay of Dubrovnik. Gaze out at spectacular vistas of the Adriatic and see the mighty city walls rising straight from the cliffs. Weather permitting, moor in the Old Town Harbour and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure. (BB)
Glamorous Tivat And A Local Winery.
Enjoy a relaxed start and leisurely breakfast, before travelling along the coast to the diverse and tiny nation of Montenegro. Flanked by mountains and a stunning coastline, Montenegro is a melting pot of exotic cultures, warm people and spectacular scenery. Your port of call is Tivat, a glamorous seaside village characterized by bopping super-yachts, traditional homes and a sunny disposition. Join your Travelling Concierge for a visit to a nearby winery, where you'll have the chance to meet the vintner and taste some of the region's famed red wines. With a wine-making tradition dating back 2,500 years, modern-day Croatia boasts 300 classified wine-growing regions dotted throughout the country. Even though the majority of locally-produced wines are white, red wines and rose are also made on local shores. Seal your visit with a delicious Farm-to-Table dinner. (BB/DW)
Stay Three Nights: Regent Porto Montenegro
Day Trip To Romantic Kotor.
Embark on a day trip to the enchanting bayside town of Kotor, nestled alongside dramatic mountains and known for its centuries-old buildings. Join your Local Expert for a walk through its romantic Old Town, exploring ancient alleyways and passing chic boutiques. See the 12th century Cathedral of Saint Tryphon and continue on to the legendary Our Lady of the Rocks, a petite man-made island that is home to a church and museum. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, perhaps enjoying lunch at a bayside cafe or wandering along Kotor's ancient Venetian walls. Enjoy the evening back in Tivat to relax or continue exploring as you wish. Your Travelling Concierge is on hand to assist you with museum bookings, restaurant reservations and sightseeing recommendations. (BB)
Day At Leisure In Tivat.
Considered the best five-star hotel in Montenegro, the Regent Porto Montenegro is the ideal base for your day at leisure. Perhaps treat yourself to a massage at the hotel's award-winning spa, complete with a Turkish hammam and Finnish sauna, or appreciate the views of the glitzy marina from the pool. Venture out for a walk along Boka Bay, the largest natural harbor in the eastern Mediterranean and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and perhaps go shopping in the designer boutiques of Porto Montenegro Village. (BB)
Fresh Oysters In Ston, Mediterranean Wine Tasting And On To Split.
Travel along the beautiful Adriatic coastline towards Split, stopping en route for an unforgettable culinary experience in the picturesque fishing village of Ston with its indigo-coloured coves and waterways. On arrival, join your captain for a boat ride to the floating oyster beds of the Adriatic. Watch as an oyster farmer brings in the ropes and shucks oysters in front of you. Savour your first mouthful, straight from the sea, served with freshly-squeezed lemon and a chilled glass of local wine. Return to the shore for a family-style, Sea-to-Table lunch hosted at the captain's very own restaurant. Continue your journey along the old Napoleon way to the spectacular Vina Vukas winery, set atop a sea-facing hill. Meet the passionate winemaker, learn why the Mediterranean climate is ideal for producing a variety of blends and taste a selection of the finest rose, white and red wines. Arrive in Split and enjoy the evening at your leisure. (BB/LW)
Stay Two Nights: Le Méridien Lav, Split / Hotel Park
Nestled between mountains and sea, Split beautifully blends antiquity with modernity. Its vibrant streets are filled with locals going about their daily lives. With the turquoise Adriatic as backdrop, Split encapsulates modern Croatian life. Join your Local Expert for an exploration, as you stroll through the labyrinthine streets and arcaded squares to see St. Duje's which was originally Diocletian's Mausoleum, the Temple of Jupiter which today is a baptistery and the Golden Gate. Your explorations conclude with a visit to the vast UNESCO World Heritage Site of Diocletian's Palace, which was built 1,700 years ago for the Roman Emperor. Follow your Local Expert along the labyrinth streets of the palace and marvel at dozens of perfectly-preserved Roman era buildings. Gather this evening for a Mediterranean feast served in one of the city's best restaurants. (BB/DW)
On To Savudrija.
Your journey continues to Istria, the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. Gaze out over historic hilltop villages, farmhouses and rugged coastline, arriving in the countryside retreat of Savudrija. Check into your luxurious, seaside, golf-and-spa resort and enjoy dinner this evening at your leisure, perhaps savouring seasonal cuisine at one of the hotel's renowned restaurants. (BB)
Stay Two Nights: Hotel Adriatic Istria Croatia, Savudrija
Savudrija & Rovinj.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, overlooking the sparkling sea, and perhaps head out for a round of golf on the glamorous course surrounded by sea, olive groves and vineyards? Otherwise consider treating yourself to an indulgent massage at the hotel's private spa studio. Your Traveling Concierge is on hand to assist you with any required arrangements. In the afternoon, join your Travelling Concierge for a visit to nearby Rovinj, a majestic Mediterranean fishing port known for its steep cobbled streets, romantic piazzas and surrounding islands. (BB)
Kumrovec And On To Zagreb.
Travel inland past inspiring vine-clad hills and lush farmlands towards Kumrovec, the birthplace of former Yugoslavian president, Marshall Josip Broz Tito. On arrival, enjoy a freshly-prepared lunch at a popular family-owned eatery, where you'll savour local specialties made from seasonal ingredients. Take in the views of the fairy-tale Veliki Tabor Castle, dating back to the 16th century, and known for its tragic tale of forbidden love between the former Count's son and a peasant maiden. After lunch, visit the humble home in which Marshall Tito grew up and walk through the adjacent museum to learn about the region's tumultuous past with a Local Expert. As a non-aligned socialist state during the cold war, Yugoslavia did surprisingly well, largely due to Marshal Tito's efforts to keep his nation as one. After his death in 1980, Yugoslavia ultimately split into several independent countries. While many local people wanted independence, there are those who still look fondly to the past with 'Yugo-nostalgia.' Your journey continues to Zagreb where you're free to spend the evening at your leisure. (BB/L)
Stay Two Nights: Esplanade Zagreb Hotel
Croatia's alluring capital city, Zagreb, blends theatre, art, ancient history and trendy cafes with an abundance of outdoor splendors, including Jarun Lake and Mount Medvednica. After enjoying breakfast at your iconic Zagreb hotel, join your Local Expert for an orientation of the city's highlights. Appreciate the grandeur, green spaces and historic squares of lower town, before embarking on a dazzling funicular ride to the medieval upper town with its network of alleyways and vibrant cafes. Visit the local market, witness the stone gate which is said to possess magical powers and see the colourful Church of St. Mark and Lotrščak Tower. In the evening join your Travelling Concierge and travel companions for a candle-lit Celebration Dinner at one of the city's best restaurants. Raise a glass and toast to new friends and memories. (BB/DW)
After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow travellers and transfer to Zagreb airport for your onward journey. (BB)