We begin in Croatia, hiking through olive groves and pine forests, and kayaking over crystal clear seas. We explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Split, Korcula, and Dubrovnik, and spend time in Hvar, renowned for its 13th-century walls, marble streets, and nightlife.
Leaving Croatia behind, we cross the border into Montenegro, a country known for its dramatic landscapes and stunning natural beauty. We arrive at the Bay of Kotor, greeted by the sight of a fjord-like landscape, where towering mountains meet the azure waters of the Adriatic Sea. The bay is surrounded by fortified towns and medieval fortresses, creating a captivating atmosphere of both history and natural splendor.
As we journey from the Dalmatian Coast to the Bay of Kotor, the natural beauty and cultural heritage of these regions leave us with memories of unforgettable vistas and a deep appreciation for the wonders of the Adriatic coastline. Whether you’re drawn to history, nature, or simply the joy of exploration, this trip promises to be a captivating adventure that will stay with you for years to come.
Split; transfer to Hvar
The first day of our tour begins with a walk through the bustling city of Split, one of the Adriatic's most vibrant ports of call. Through the centuries, it has changed hands between Greeks and Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, and Austrians (among others), but perhaps the city's greatest claim to fame is its enormous, 3rd-century Palace of Diocletian. Created as the Roman emperor's retirement home, the structure is an important example of transitional style, comprising an imperial villa, Hellenistic town, and Roman camp.
Lunch today is an introduction to Mediterranean cuisine; with a wide variety of local cheeses, prosciutto, pogaca, local flatbread reminiscent of Focaccia, and a selection of extra virgin olive oil.
This afternoon, we board a ferry to the island of Hvar and enjoy a panoramic ride overlooking the blue Mediterranean. We end the day at our boutique hotel, offering panoramic views of the town and the marina. Our day concludes with a welcome dinner at a beautiful local restaurant.
Riva MarinaHvar, Croatia
Hotel Riva Hvar is one of the finest boutique sea-side hotels on Adriatic coast. This recently renovated four-star hotel is situated in the center of UNESCO Hvar Old Town. With 50 elegant and tastefully designed rooms this boutique property pays respect to its original Mediterranean style villa architecture.
Pakleni Islands, or Velo Grablje to Malo Grablje
This morning, we take to the Adriatic for an optional sea kayaking excursion to the Pakleni Islands, an emerald archipelago just a short distance from the town of Hvar. Here, white-pebble beaches and secluded coves are dotted with Aleppo pines, once an important source of resin used for centuries as a protective coating for the islands' sea-faring galleys.
For those who prefer to explore inland, a hike will be offered from the hamlet of Velo Grablje to Malo Grablje, an abandoned stone village that preserves important examples of Croatian architecture dating from the 9th through the 12th centuries.
Later today, we return to Hvar for a stroll inside the city's 13th-century walls to its sprawling central square, Trg Svetog Stjepana. Here we enjoy a talk with the island's foremost aromatherapist.
As the day wanes, you may choose to visit many of the little artisan shops in town, or make the climb up to Fortress Španjol, a medieval citadel built to defend the city against the Turks. Here the views of Hvar's Old Town and sunset are unparalleled.
Today we cruise to Brac island, the largest island in Central Dalmatia and third largest in the Adriatic. The picturesque island, dotted with old olive trees and vineyards, is best known for its white stone. Quarries on the island have been a source of white marble since the Roman times and have been used in the construction of Diocletian Palace in Split, and some also say, the White House.
Our private boat will take us to a secluded bay on the south side of Brac Island from where we begin our hike. We walk inland to the Blaca Monastery, an old hermitage of the priests of the Glagolitic Order, and one of the biggest highlights of the island. After a guided tour of this impressive structure in the middle of the forest, we drive to Gazul, an abandoned shepherd's village, where we can try a traditional dish called peka at our friend's tavern.
After lunch, we take in the best view of the Adriatic, since Brac holds the title of the highest peak of any island, followed by a wine tasting in the trendy town of Bol.
We return to the island of Hvar this evening for dinner on your own.
We start our day with a 1-hour ferry ride to Vela Luka on Korcula Island, known for its pristine beaches, a high-quality white wine variety (locally known as Grk), and most extraordinary of all, as the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo.
Once at Vela Luka, we hike up to Vela Spilja, a magical cave formation situated just above the town. We explore the cave's fascinating archeological sites, including traces of Neanderthal life which have been found here.Our appetite for lunch will be satisfied at Konoba Mate in Pupnat, a small village at the center of the island. This rustic restaurant is the perfect location for us to enjoy some delicious local food.
We finish our day with a walking tour of the town, where we wander through Korcula's old city walls, streets, and buildings. We visit ancient sites such as the St. Mark's Cathedral and the Marco Polo Museum.
From Korcula, we ferry to Orebic, a charming resort town where we check in at the beach-front, Hotel Indijan.
Hotel IndijanOrebic, Croatia
A contemporary feel pervades this well-designed hotel. Rooms are modern and well equipped, and some have balconies with views over the Adriatic to Korcula. The small circular heated pool has a retractable glass roof, so it’s usable all year round. Hotel Indijan also features a bar, an expanive terrace, a private beach just steps from your room, and a restaurant serving delicious food and local Dingac wine.
Peljesac Peninsula, Ston & Tivat
We start another adventure-filled day, with a hike on the Peljesac Peninsula. Under breathtaking views of Mt. Ilija and the archipelago, we pass by the Franciscan monastery and the votive Gothic-Renaissance church of Our Lady of the Angels in Orebic, two iconic landmarks of this region.
Next, we make our way to the picturesque town of Ston, where we enjoy a traditional Dalmatian lunch, perhaps savoring the taste of fresh oysters, before walking along the walls surrounding the town. These walls, considered to be some of the longest defensive walls in Europe, connect the towns of Ston and Mali Ston while providing stunning views of the surrounding area.
This afternoon, we embark on a scenic coastal drive to Tivat in Montenegro, with panoramic views of the beautiful coastline. As we near Tivat, we see the magnificent entrance to the Bay of Kotor, which has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unique blend of both natural and cultural elements.
This evening is yours to explore one of the many fine restaurants in town. Your guide will be happy to make recommendations.
Regent Porto MontenegroTivat, Montenegro
Nestled on palm-fringed shores along the Adriatic coast, Regent Porto Montenegro is a luxury retreat, located in the heart of Porto Montenegro village in the town of Tivat. Designed to reflect the region’s centuries-old ties with Venice, it is elegant, aristocratic, and refined. Come here for open-air gourmet dining, an indulgent spa, outdoor pools, and impeccable service.
Kotor Bay & Perast
After a delicious breakfast, we gather in the lobby of our hotel in Tivat, ready to embark on an exciting tour around the bay of Kotor, revealing some of the most breathtaking scenery of the entire Western Balkans' coastline.
Our first stop is the old town of Kotor, where we explore the historic architecture, winding alleyways and charming squares that give the town its unique character. We learn about the rich history of the town, which has been shaped by centuries of influences from various cultures and religions. Our local guide tells us about the cultural and gastronomic elements, such as the famous smoked ham and delicious seafood dishes that the region is known for.
After exploring the old town, we make our way up along the walls above town. The views are breathtaking, with panoramic vistas over the bay and the surrounding mountains. As we hike along the steps and trails, we feel invigorated and inspired by the beauty that surrounds us.
Once back in town, we are greeted by our skipper Zdravko, who takes us on a private boat ride to the picturesque coastal town of Perast. We relax and enjoy the stunning views of the bay as we zip across the water, and Zdravko regales us with tales of local legends and historical events that have shaped the region. On the boat, we enjoy a delicious fish picnic prepared by our skilled chef, who uses local ingredients and traditional recipes to create a mouth-watering feast. We sip on local wines and beers, enjoying the delicious food and convivial atmosphere as we soak in the sun and the sea.
We disembark in Verige, where we say goodbye to Zdravko and the crew, and return to our hotel in Tivat for some down time before dinner. We end our day at dinner overlooking the Adriatic Sea, reflecting on the incredible experiences we've had exploring the hidden treasures of Kotor Bay.
Saying goodbye to Tivat and Montenegro, we start our day with a hike up Mt. Srd, which overlooks the beautiful city of Dubrovnik. Once we reach the summit, we take a moment to breathe in the fresh mountain air and take in the stunning panoramic views. As we descend the mountain, the view of the old city, with the Adriatic Sea as a backdrop, becomes more and more breathtaking. Once in Dubrovnik we check into our hotel for some downtime, to relax and prepare for the second half of the day.
Eager to explore this historical city and its ancient landmarks, we venture out for a city tour around Dubrovnik old town. The city's fascinating history comes alive as we walk through the ancient streets and observe the magnificent architecture and the ancient walls, which are even more stunning in person than in photographs.
As we walk, the aroma of fresh seafood and the sound of traditional music fill the air. We settle in at a famous local restaurant in the old city center to savor the local gastronomy and enjoy the lively atmosphere, for our farewell dinner. The ambiance is perfect for taking in the spirit of the city over a delicious Mediterranean meal, raising our glasses with our guides one last time to toast to our unforgettable journey through Croatia and Montenegro.
Hotel Imperial DubrovnikDubrovnik, Croatia
Set in a historic building dating back to 1897, Hilton Hotel Dubrovnik fuses period charm with modern styling. Set on the edge of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, with views of its iconic red roofs and the Adriatic Sea, discover the indoor pool, spa area, and terrace restaurant.
Depart at your leisure today, or you may continue to explore the charms of Dubrovnik on your own.
Please note that this is a typical itinerary, and actual activities may vary due to weather conditions, local events, and to allow serendipity to play a hand in your experience. Accommodations are as outlined in the itinerary, although we reserve the right to change these or the order visited should the need arise.
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Boundless Journeys' trips are designed for energetic and flexible individuals who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Croatia & Montenegro: Treasures of the Dalmatian Coast is rated 2, easy to moderate, on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the most strenuous). Croatia's calm coastal waters are ideal for sea kayaking, while its island trails offer moderate hikes at elevations up to 600 feet.
The optional kayak excursion suitable for beginner and expert kayakers alike; no previous experience is necessary. Our hikes range from 1 to 4 hours (2 to 6 miles) on good trails, and our sea kayaking adventure is 2-3 hours in length.
Split, Croatia, 9:00 a.m.
Dubrovnik, Croatia, at your leisure
Most Convenient Airport for Arrival: Split Airport, Croatia (airport code SPU)
Most Convenient Airport for Departure: Dubrovnik Airport, Croatia (airport code DBV)
Meeting Time and Place: 9:00 a.m. on Day 1 in the lobby of your pre-tour hotel, Split, Croatia.
Departure Time and Place: After breakfast on the final day of the tour, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
The climate is typically Mediterranean, with hot summers, and short, mild winters. The weather in the beginning and end of the summer, and into the early fall, is usually very pleasant with daytime temperatures in the 70s and 80s, and the 60s at night. While these months are not in Croatia's "rainy season" there can be cool breezes or showers at any time. Please come prepared to walk - rain or shine. We will do daily activities as planned, unless weather conditions make it dangerous to do so.
You may obtain more detailed weather information on www.weatherbase.com.
Late spring to early summer and late summer to early fall tend to be the best times to visit Croatia, avoiding both the hottest months and peak tourist season of mid-summer. Mountainous areas can be cool, especially in the evening. A swim in the sea is possible from April to October, with water temperatures increasing throughout the summer months.
Montenegro and Croatia both offer a rich and diverse cuisine influenced by their geographical location, history, and cultural heritage. While there are similarities between their culinary traditions, each country also has its unique dishes and flavors.
Montenegrin cuisine is known for its hearty and flavorful dishes, often featuring a combination of Mediterranean and Balkan influences. Some typical ingredients include fish, seafood, meat, vegetables, cheese, and various herbs.
Croatian cuisine also showcases a mix of Mediterranean and Central European influences, resulting in a diverse range of flavors and specialties. Croatia's coastline and islands offer an abundance of seafood, while the northern regions are known for their hearty meat dishes and freshwater fish.
Both Montenegro and Croatia take pride in their wine-making traditions, so you'll find a range of local wines to complement your meals. Additionally, Mediterranean staples like olive oil, cheese, and fresh vegetables play a significant role in the culinary traditions of both countries.
With a Boundless Journeys guide, your experience is that of friend and local adventurer. We believe strongly in working with local guides, experts in the areas to which we travel, and they hold the keys to unlocking the hidden delights of your chosen destination. Although you will never know they are at work—the mark of a truly great leader—our guides make magical things happen and add a dimension to your trip that you could not experience on your own. Over the years we have forged bonds with some of the best guides in the world, and we typically work with a small team of guides in each region. You will be informed of the guide for your trip one month prior to your departure.
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