Embark on an unforgettable eight-day journey along the Dalmatian coast, where historic cities blend seamlessly with breathtaking natural beauty. This tour will take you to the historic cities of Dubrovnik and Split and the idyllic islands of Korčula, Hvar and Brač.
Day 1 & 2: Dubrovnik
Begin your journey in Dubrovnik, a city of endless charm. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old Town, stroll along the city walls and visit the elegant Rector’s Palace. During your stay in Dubrovnik, don’t miss taking the cable car to the top of Srđ Mountain for a breathtaking view of the city.
During your stay in Dubrovnik, you should also visit the island of Lokrum. It’s just a short boat ride away and offers beautiful botanical gardens, a small lake and a historical monastery. It’s also an ideal place to escape the summer crowds in the city.
Accommodations: for a luxurious experience, the Prijeko Palace and Villa Orsula Dubrovnik offer exceptional service and views. The price-conscious will find Hotel Lero a comfortable and affordable choice.
Dining: Treat yourself to a luxurious dining experience at Restaurant 360, which offers modern cuisine with fantastic views. For traditional Croatian dishes, Kopun is an excellent choice.
Day 3: Korčula
Set sail for the island of Korčula. Stroll through the charming alleys of the old town and enjoy a wine tasting at one of the many wineries. Be sure to visit the alleged birthplace of Marco Polo. The exact location is disputed, but the house museum is definitely worth a visit.
Accommodation: Lesic Dimitri Palace is a luxurious boutique hotel with unique charm, while Hotel Korčula De La Ville offers historic charm and sea views.
Dining: Enjoy traditional dishes at Konoba Belin or taste fresh seafood at Aterina.
Days 4 & 5: Hvar
Hvar is a mix of vibrant nightlife and quiet, historic charm. Don’t miss the Renaissance-era Hvar Fortress, which offers breathtaking views of the town and the Pakleni Islands.
Hvar Town is known for its vibrant nightlife, with many bars and clubs open late into the night. If you’re a night owl, this isn’t to be missed. Remember to dress a little more formally for these venues.
Accommodation: For luxury lovers, the Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort offers stunning sea views and a large swimming pool. Alternatively, Villa Nora Hvar is a charming mid-range accommodation in the old town.
Dining: Enjoy quality cuisine at Dalmatino Hvar, or head to Gariful Hvar for a casual meal of excellent seafood.
Day 6: Brač
Explore the picturesque island of Brač. Spend the day at Zlatni Rat beach – this unique beach on Brač changes shape with the current. If you plan to spend a day here, be sure to pack a picnic, as local food and drinks can be a bit pricey. You can also go to Bol and explore its charming streets and famous stonemason school.
Accommodations: Bluesun Hotel Elaphusa offers a luxurious resort experience, while Villa Daniela is an affordable and cozy choice.
Dining: Ranc Restaurant Bol is known for its excellent grilled dishes, and Konoba Varadero offers tasty local cuisine in a cozy atmosphere.
Day 7 & 8: Split
End your tour in Split. Stroll through the ancient Diocletian’s Palace (a guided tour of Diocletian’s Palace with a local guide can enhance your experience. He can give you interesting insights into the history and architecture of the place that you won’t find in a guidebook), take a walk along the Riva promenade, and don’t miss Marjan Park, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
Accommodations: Heritage Hotel Antique Split offers a luxurious boutique experience, while Hotel Marul is a good mid-range option in the city center.
Dining: Bokeria Kitchen & Wine Bar serves excellent Dalmatian dishes in a chic setting, and Konoba Nikola offers authentic local cuisine in a rustic setting.
Ferries and catamarans connect Dubrovnik, Korčula, Hvar, Brač and Split. Jadrolinija and Krilo offer reliable and comfortable service, but it’s advisable to book your tickets in advance, especially in the peak summer months.
Catamaran vs. Ferry: When traveling between the islands and the mainland, consider your comfort and schedule. Catamarans are faster, but can be a bit more crowded. Ferries are slower, but usually offer more room to move around.
Dining Reservations: Some of the popular restaurants on your dining menu book up quickly, especially in high season. To avoid disappointment, make reservations in advance.
Early morning sightseeing: The streets of Dubrovnik and Split can get quite crowded with tourists during the day. For a more relaxed experience, it’s recommended to explore the city in the early morning.
Try to visit the local markets in Dubrovnik, Hvar and Split. There you’ll find fresh local produce, seafood and artisan products. This is a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture and perhaps pick up ingredients for a home-cooked lunch.