Croatia, The Dalmatian Coast

Day 1:  Fly overnight to Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Day 2 (Dubrovnik): Arrive in Croatia.  Meet your travel director and travel to the hotel in Dubrovnik for orientation and dinner.

Day 3 (Dubrovnik): Explore the sights and sounds of the pearl of the Adriatic, enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a local guide.  Visit the Rector’s Palace and Franciscan Monastery’s Pharmacy, then enjoy a free afternoon to see the fortified walls of Dubrovnik or ride the cable car to see amazing views.

Day 4 (Dubrovnik):  Travel by private yacht, your home for the rest of the trip, to the Island of Mljet, rumored to be the favorite holiday destination of the hero Ulysses.  Stop in Lopud en route. Visit the National Park, which boasts five types of forests, numerous species of birds, and eagles’ nests.   See the 12th century Benedictine monastery on St. Mary’s Island, situated on the ‘big lake’ on the east end of Mijet.

Day 5 (Pucisca):  Sail to Korcula in central Dalmatia, an island important to Greek, Roman and Venetian history. After lunch, continue to Pucisca, a beautiful small town on the island of Brac famous for its white stone, stopping to swim in a nearby bay along the way. Explore the town on foot with a guide, then enjoy an excursion to the pristine village of Skrip.  Enjoy a free evening.

Day 6 (Omis):  Spend the day at the ancient town of Omis, whose churches and fortresses are a silent stone reminder of the town’s history as a ‘Nest of Pirates.’ Enjoy a short walking tour, then board small boats to travel into the beautiful Cetina River Canyon, a protected nature area. Sail upriver to Radman Mills, where you will snack on a local delicacy. Return to Omis for a free afternoon.

Day 7 (Split):  Sail to Split, the capital of Dalmatia, this morning.  Enjoy a guided visit of the city’s port, seafront promenade, and the city center, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander through the busy alleys, ancient columns and belfries of Diocletian‘s Palace, built by a Roman emperor.  In the afternoon, travel to Trogir to observe its well-preserved Romanesque and Renaissance buildings, including one of the most beautiful cathedrals on the coast! Enjoy a free evening.

Day 8 (Hvar):  Stop for a swim at Golden Horn, a vast, golden pebble beach, then continue to Hvar for a guided visit.  A popular destination for the international jet set, Hvar is one of the longest islands stretching along the shores of Croatia, dotted with a number of little picturesque coves.  Explore the town with a guide, visiting the first public theatre in Europe and the Franciscan Monastery.  Enjoy a free evening to perhaps visit one of the many family-owned restaurants in town.

Day 9 (Korcula):  Arrive late in the afternoon in Korcula, the acclaimed birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Journey through narrow, cobbled streets on foot with a guide, then visit the majestic gothic-baroque Cathedral of St Mark.  Enjoy a free evening.

Day 10 (Dubrovnik): Continue your return sail along the shores of Mljet Island, taking in breathtaking steep coastal cliffs along the way.  Visit Grgich Vineyards, home of the famous American wine producer in Trstenik, for wine tasting. Enjoy a farewell reception and a leisurely evening.

Day 11:  Fly to the U.S.