Croatia Only Tours

Islands & Wines of Croatia

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Cost: $3,925/person (double occupancy)

Visit the stunning islands of Vis and Hvar, and the peninsula of Peljesac in southern Dalmatia.

2018 Tour Dates

Note: All tours start on a Saturday – the dates below reference your departure from the US on a Friday to arrive in Split, Croatia by Saturday.

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Tour Overview

There are over 1100 islands in Croatia, the vast majority uninhabited, but each one has something unique to offer. The one thing that they all have in common is their natural beauty and their ability to eradicate the everyday routine of life with its worries and concerns. The fields of lavender, ancient olive trees, vineyards and the azure blue water of the Adriatic Sea are breathtaking to behold and you too will be stunned by their natural beauty, intoxicated by their tranquility and left yearning to return over and over again. This wine tour will cover the stunning islands of Vis and Hvar and also spend some time on the peninsula of Peljesac in southern Dalmatia.

To quote Karen Torme Olson’s article in the Chicago Tribune about Vis, “Nothing is hurried on this hilly, enigmatic island farthest from the mainland, where you can float in water as clear as glass, clip rosemary sprigs from the roadside plants as big as VWs, witness an archeological dig in progress at long-buried Roman baths, sip golden Vugava in a winery operated out of an abandoned military cave or hobnob with “yachties” who tie up their twin-masts to have dinner at restaurants tucked into stone courtyards and gardens.” Until 1989, this island was closed to the public and used by the Yugoslavia army. It was not until after the Croatian war for independence in 1991-1995 that this island became available to tourists. This explains why this island is still an undiscovered gem.

Hvar is a much more discovered island, but it still has maintained its personality and quaintness in the small towns on the island. Once again, we will quote someone who has perfectly captured the essence of Hvar; Steve Doughtery of the New York Times says, “Hvar is a mountainous, lavender-scented isle set in the blue, sun-blasted Adriatic Sea of the Dalmatian coast of Croatia.” It has been called The New Rivera and the New York Times put it in their list of “The 53 places to go in 2008.” You will not be disappointed with this island and your experience here.

The Peljesac Peninsula is the largest peninsula in Dalmatia and it is still relatively underpopulated. The dry terrain is covered with vineyards, olive orchards and fruit trees. Unlike the other parts of Southern Dalmatia which are wholly Reservation content goes here over to tourism, the Peljesac Peninsula retains a thriving agricultural business especially in wine making. In addition to the wines, the area is known for the shellfish and oysters…yum!

(See the day-by-day itinerary on the next tab.)

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Day-by-Day Itinerary

Please note: dates are for departure from the U.S. (Friday) You will arrive a day later in Croatia (Saturday), which is when the tour will start.

Day 1: Arrive at Split Airport

Proceed by private van to our hotel in the Split area. We will meet for dinner and review the schedule for the remainder of your time. Dinner

Day 2: Vis

We will have an early breakfast and then leave for the ferry to Vis. Vis it the southern-most inhabited island in Croatia and it has been accessible by ferry in just the last 20 years. Because of this, the island is still unspoiled. The ride takes 3 hours and is very enjoyable because of the natural beauty of the clear waters and the scenery. This island ranks very high with people who like to dive due to the pristine waters and the marine life. We will stay in Vis Town at a wonderful pension right in the harbor. The remainder of the day is yours to relax and recuperate from the travel. Breakfast & Lunch

Day 3: Bisevo

We will travel to Bisevo to visit the famous Blue Grotto Cave. There are many caves on the steep shores of this island, but the Blue Cave Grotto is the most outstanding. Around noon sunbeams penetrate through a submarine-like opening on the ceiling of the cave and a bright blue glowing effect is created when the sun’s rays enter through the water and reflect off the limestone floor of the cave. The bright sun lights up the water and the glowing sea illuminates the cave walls a brilliant blue. It is spectacular. We will lunch at a local konoba and also have time for some wine tasting. Breakfast & Lunch

Day 4: Vis

Today we visit Tito’s Cave; a mountain hideaway for Marshall Tito during WWII. The cave is on the summit of Mount Hum, Vis’s highest point at 587 meters. After the 245 step walk, we will surely have earned a wonderful lunch and wine tasting at another local, family-owned hideaway. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Free Day

For your personal adventure, which we will suggest and help coordinate. Breakfast

Day 6: Hvar

We will travel by private boat to Hvar, the longest of the Adriatic islands and spectacular with its cobalt blue sea, vineyards, olive groves and fields of lavender. We will stay in Star Grad (Old Town) which is not filled with tourists and a more authentic Croatian town. We will, however, visit Hvar Town to walk around the old fort and see the town where the very rich and famous moor their yachts. From there we will travel to a restaurant that is part of an old, deserted village where everything is prepared over an open fire. While dinner is being prepared, you can walk through the village, visit the church or meander through the lavender fields, olive groves and herb garden. We will manage to squeeze in some wine tasting at a local vineyard after lunch.

Day 7: Svent Nedjelja

Today we travel to the farthest point of the island and view some of the most spectacular scenery you will ever see. The windy road will lead to a winery that boasts a tasting room built under the sea. Sveta Nedjelja is especially known for its excellent wines, particularly the Plavac reds (from which the Zinfandel grape originates.) Of course, we will sample the wines here. Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8: Jelsa

We are off today to the central part of Hvar and the town of Jelsa. This area is rich in culture and also known for its famous wines. We will visit the town and then head off to Ivan Dolac for lunch and wine tasting. Breakfast & Lunch

Day 9: Free Day

For your personal adventure, which we will suggest and help coordinate. Breakfast

Day 10: Dubrovnik/Peljesac Peninsula

Today we arrive by ferry on Peljesac, which is truly known for its wineries. There are 12 wineries there and we have selected 3 to visit. The place where we will go today is the Antunovic Winery and Konoba in the town of Kuna. You will not be disappointed with the Antunovic family and their agriturismo business. The family raises donkeys, sheep, fruits and vegetables and makes their own prosciutto. Breakfast & Lunch

Day 11:Dubrovnik/Potomje/Ston

After breakfast we leave for tasting at the Matusko. There is a large winery with a retail shop and cellar. This winery is a co-op where Matusko buys from partner-growers. In his cellar we will taste a very high-end wine, Dingac. From there we will stop at Niko Bura’s place where he makes his wine in the vineyard, not in the winery. We will sample his wines on the ground floor of his house.  We will travel through Ston, a town that was known for its salt mining and its amazing stone wall of more than 5 kilometers. Ston is a great escape from the standard southern Dalmatia tourist route. There are no big resorts or luxury hotels, but there is fabulous eating, great scenery, old stone houses and an enchanting small-town atmosphere. Breakfast & Dinner

Day 12: Dubrovnik/Montenegro

 

The Bay of Kotor in Montenegro is a beautiful winding bay on the Adriatic Sea surrounded by the Dinario Alps as well as a World Heritage Site. It was once a rival to Dubrovnik and Venice with a large harbor. There are over 300 churches/chapels to visit. NO we will not go to all… Just Kidding.  Breakfast & Lunch

Day 13: Free Day

We can arrange for a trip to Dubrovnik or Korcula on your free day. This is not in the cost of the tour. We would be happy to assist you in making the arrangements. Breakfast

Day 14: Split

A guided tour of the ancient city of Split and Diocletian’s Palace with enough time to shop and meander the many small pedestrian streets inside the walled city. Breakfast

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Tour Details

The Classic Croatia tour includes:

  • 14 nights lodging
  • All travel within Croatia
  • 12 wine tasting experiences
  • 14 breakfasts
  • 14 other meals (lunch or dinner)
  • 2 glasses of wine with your included meals (lunch or dinner)

*Note: Consumption of alcoholic beverages is by choice, so please drink responsibly.

Payment Policy:

A deposit of $400.00 per person is required to secure a confirmed reservation.
Single Travelers please add $600.00.

Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations must be in writing. The following cancellation charges will be assessed for all written cancellations received prior to departure up the scheduled time of tour arrival.

We reserve the right to cancel and reschedule any tour with less than 8 travelers.

Cancellation Received |Following charges will apply:

(Broken out by days ­­before departure)

121 days or more | $100 per person

120-90 days | 35% of full tour

89-60 days | 60% of full fare

59-0 days | 100% of full fare

Itinerary Changes:

Itineraries are subject to change and may need to be altered based on weather conditions.

Important note:

This tour will include daily walks of up to 1-2 miles over steps and uneven ground, which are also not wheelchair accessible. Many of these destinations that we will visit are not accessible by motorized vehicles. In order for you to fully experience and enjoy your Croatian journey, we advise that all guests be in good physical condition.

We reserve the right to cancel and reschedule any tour with less than 8 travelers.

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