Croatia & the Adriatic Tour
13 days from $4,989 pp twin share
- Leisurely 2, 3 and 4 night stays
- Small group size with a maximum of 28 travellers
- Genuinely inclusive, no additional on tour costs
- Character hotels in superb locations
- Designed for Australians & New Zealanders
- Guaranteed group departures
Explore the Adriatic region before escaping to the ‘lavender island’ of Hvar. Sip wine in Jelsa, discover lovingly rebuilt Mostar and historic Sarajevo, dine on oysters in Mali Ston, take the cable car up to Mount Srd and soak up the panoramic views of Dubrovnik!
Please consider: This specially designed tour visits a number of wonderful, medieval towns, hilltop villages and historic sites. Occasionally coach drop off points are a 10 minute, or so, walk away from the old town centres, with pedestrian access via old, cobbled roads with uneven surfaces. People with walking difficulties or limitations should consider this before booking.
- Spend 3 nights in the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Trogir, visit Šibenik’s remarkable Cathedral of St James, and cruise by Krka’s wonderful waterfalls
- Explore Split, visit Diocletian’s Palace and take in the magnificent views from Klis Castle
- Stay 3 nights in picturesque, Hvar, perhaps the most beautiful island on the Dalmatian Coast
- Visit Stari Grad and Vrboska, sip wine in Jelsa and drive along the astonishing ‘Lavender Mountain Road’
- Discover the walled city of Ston and experience a wine and oyster boat ride before lunch at the Bota Sari restaurant in Mali Ston
- Spend 2 fascinating nights in Bosnia-Herzegovina, explore lovingly re-built Mostar and see the War Tunnel in historic Sarajevo
- Visit Kotor in Montenegro, and take a cruise from Perast around the islands of St George and Our Lady of the Rock
- Relax over 4 nights in wonderful, beguiling Dubrovnik, take a cable car up Mount Srd and enjoy a cruise along the coast to enjoy dinner in Cavtat
- Soak up the panoramic views of Dubrovnik’s dramatic walls, enjoy a guided walking tour of Dubrovnik’s old town including a visit to the old Franciscan Monastery and Apothecary, take time to ‘walk the walls’ as the sun slowly sets
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Get out your walking shoes!
The most amazing thing about the cities on the Dalmatian Coast is that virtually every one of the old, walled, town centres are perfectly preserved, traffic free zones - because cars simply cannot fit down the narrow winding back alleys and cannot negotiate the ancient stairways. That is why these towns are just so incredibly attractive.
Personally one of my life’s greatest travel highlights was ‘walking the Dubrovnik walls’. But it is imperative you pick the right time of day. You see, anything up to a dozen massive cruise ships disgorge multitudes of passengers each day, who clog up the quaint narrow alleys until mid-afternoon, when they simply disappear, sailing off in their massive cruise ships. Afterwards, peace and serenity abound and this glorious ‘Lady of the Adriatic’ drops her veil, entrancing you with her beauty. The evenings here are long, the late afternoon sun golden, and the two kilometre walk around the city, on top of the ramparts, is absolutely delightful. On one side are the colonnaded squares and terra cotta rooftops and on the other is the deep blue Adriatic. This is something most cruise and coach tour passengers on all too brief tour itineraries, completely miss, and why I insist we stay here 4 nights, in a hotel that is within easy walking distance of the old town.
Day 1: Trogir
Your tour commences this evening in the delightful town of Trogir. Join us for a welcome drink at your hotel before we walk to the nearby old town, to enjoy a welcome dinner in a local restaurant. This is an ideal chance to meet, and get to know, your Tour Manager and fellow travellers.
Day 2: Trogir
First stop of the day will be in the beautiful Krka National Park. A boat takes us to the dramatic Skradiniski Buk falls before heading down stream to the town of Skradin. Later we stop in Šibenik, the oldest native Croatian town on the Adriatic. Here we are joined by a local guide who takes us into the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Cathedral of St James. Your evening is at leisure in Trogir.
Day 3: Trogir
Day 4: Hvar
Mid morning we return to Split to catch a ferry over to the famous Adriatic island of Hvar. Cruising out between the islands of Brac and Solta we arrive at the oldest port on the island, Starigrad. Time to enjoy a break and stroll through the town before crossing the island to the delightful harbour of Hvar town, where we stay the next three nights.
Day 5: Hvar
Your day is completely at leisure to do as much or as little as you choose! Hvar port is regarded as perhaps the most beautiful within the Dalmatian Islands. The cobbled alleys which wind up from the big, open main square are littered with restaurants, cafés and shops. For the more active, you can go on boat trips to the nearby islands, or perhaps take an energetic walk up to Castle Spanjola. From here, there are breathtaking views across the islands and down onto the picturesque harbour – teeming with expensive cruisers and yachts
Day 6: Hvar
A day to explore the island! First stop of the day will be on the other side of the island in the little village of Vrboska, set on the World Heritage Listed Stari Grad Plain. Later we will visit a local winery to enjoy a light lunch accompanied by a tasting of the excellent local wines. Afterwards we will spend time exploring the pretty port of Jelsa. We return to Hvar along a spectacular ridge that forms the spine of the island. This incredibly scenic old mountain road is called the ‘lavender road’ as the steep mountainsides are covered with stone enclosed fields of lavender (lavender blooms on Hvar throughout the month of June). Your evening is at leisure in the delightful port of Hvar.
Day 7: Mostar
After a leisurely start we enjoy the drive down the entire length of Hvar Island to the port of Sucuraj, where we board a ferry and cross back to the mainland at Drvenik. We continue to Mostar in the country of Bosnia-Herzegovina. On arrival we will meet a local guide for a walking tour of this amazing town. Ravaged and smashed in the Balkans War, Mostar has now been lovingly rebuilt and the locals are intensely proud of their Stari Most (Old Bridge) – a curious humped back pedestrian bridge spanning the River Neretva – a reconstruction of the original 16th century Ottoman bridge. A place where adherents of Islam, Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Judaism have coexisted for centuries, this cultural melting pot makes a fascinating visit. Mosques and churches stand side by side with charming riverside terraced cafés and the occasional, bomb damaged, bullet pock-marked ruin. We stay here two nights. This evening we enjoy a wine tasting and dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 8: Mostar
This morning we visit the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, the amazing city of Sarajevo – nominated as the European Capital of Culture for 2014. Once the site of the 1984 Winter Olympics, Sarajevo suffered the longest siege of a city in the history of modern warfare (1992-1996) during the Balkans Conflict. To the locals it was the ‘Bosnian War for Independence’. Since then Sarajevo’s re-building programme has galvanised the city and here we are joined by a local guide. Highlight of the morning will be your visit to the Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum – built to supply humanitarian aid to the city during the siege. The remainder of your afternoon and evening will be free back in Mostar. A perfect time to find your own riverside terrace restaurant.
Day 9: Dubrovnik
Whether you like oysters or not, or whether a glass of wine is your ‘thing’ or not, the whole concept of cruising out to the sheltered waters of the oyster beds in Mali Ston’s Bay is just so, so heavenly! Now add the backdrop of massive walls and fortifications creeping up over the mountain and the knowledge that following this you will be enjoying a relaxing lunch on the vine shaded terrace of the famous Bota Sari Restaurant. This is a total experience that we know simply cannot be missed.
Day 10: Dubrovnik
In the 15th and 16th centuries Dubrovnik became the heart of a maritime empire to rival Venice. This morning we are joined by a local guide who will breathe life into this extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage Listed, walled city – from the finely carved facades of the renaissance palaces, lining the broad pedestrian walkways and squares, to the churches and the baroque Cathedral. First impressions are so important so to begin our tour we catch the cable car up to the scenic lookout on top of Mount Srd. What a fantastic way to introduce you to the city! We have also included entrance to the old Franciscan Monastery and Apothecary. The rest of your day is at leisure. Later this afternoon, when the heat has gone from the day, and the crowded cruise ships have departed, make sure you enjoy a peaceful walk along the top of the city walls. Running almost two kilometres around the entire city, and flanked by turrets and towers, a walk along the ramparts is a wonderful experience.
First impressions are so important. That is why we have included a cable car ride to the top of Mount Srd which looms high over Dubrovnik city! From the lookout platforms beside the café and the symbolic fortress you will have sweeping views inland across the Dinara Mountain range, and up and down the dramatic Dalmatian Coast. But it is the view down on Dubrovnik itself which will captivate you. The historic, 500 year old city walls entirely frame this ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. Outside is the deep blue sea, and inside you will watch over a maze of narrow alleys, squares and churches that litter the old town. Incredible!
Day 11: Dubrovnik
Today we will enjoy a full day excursion to the country of Montenegro. Reaching the dramatic fjord like Bay of Kotor we will make a stop at the little village of Perast. Here we will enjoy a boat ride out and around the twin islands of St. George and Gospa od Škrpjela (Our Lady of the Rock). Arriving in Kotor we are met by a local guide for a short orientation tour. Lunchtime will be in the beautifully preserved walled city of Kotor. Returning to our superb hotel, the rest of the day and evening is at leisure to relax in your hotel or explore Dubrovnik town.
Day 12: Dubrovnik
Your day is at leisure. Maybe relax in your delightful hotel located directly beside the deep blue Adriatic, or walk into town to explore the narrow alleys, squares and churches that litter the old town. Time to shop or sit and enjoy a leisurely lunch in this city which is aptly named the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. Late afternoon we board a traditional Dalmatian boat to cruise south along the coast to the picturesque port of Cavtat where we enjoy our farewell dinner in the excellent family owned ‘Restaurant Leut’. We return to our hotel by coach.
Day 13: Dubrovnik
Your tour ends today after breakfast.
Incredible Value Inclusions
- Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
- Travel in a first class air-conditioned touring coach
- 12 nights specially selected hotel accommodation
- Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
- Breakfast daily
- Light lunch with wine tasting in Hvar and lunch at the Bota Sari restaurant in Mali Ston
- 5 dinners including welcome dinner, local restaurant dinners in Split, Mostar and Cavtat
- Welcome drink in Trogir and Dubrovnik
- All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
- Special Highlights - Cable car Mount Srd, cruises Krka, Perast, Cavtat and Oyster cruise Mali Ston
- Local guides as described in the itinerary
- Personal audio system whilst on tour
- Albatross travel app
- Free WiFi available on most coaches and at hotels
- End of tour tips to Tour Manager and Driver, tips for local guides
Trogir Palace Hotel, Trogir – 3 Nights
Amfora Hotel, Hvar – 3 Nights
Situated on a secluded bay, this hotel offers a private beach and a multi-level pool. Offering views across the Paklinski Islands and just a 10 minute walk from the centre of Hvar, the Amfora Hotel features modern amenities, poolside restaurant and stylish lounge area. All guest rooms have balconies.
Bevanda Hotel, Mostar – 2 Nights
Grand Villa Argentina, Dubrovnik – 4 Nights
Our desire and curiosity to visit the countries and islands along the Adriatic Coastline enabled us, through Albatross Tours, to experience something very special. So much so that we would do it "all over again"! Thank you especially to our Tour Manager for imparting her knowledge and professional manner.
I loved the three and four night stays, and the days totally free to do your thing. Also plenty of space on the bus with only 30 passengers.
Amazing scenery on the drive from Mostar to Sarajevo. Wonderful 'welcome' cocktails at the terrace bar in Dubrovnik! Superbly located hotels in every city and excellent quality. Walking around the uncrowded walls in Dubrovnik early evening was very picturesque and the light excellent for photos. Trogir is a delightful town.
We had a guide who being Croatian, not only knew just about everything there was to know and organised a tour that was seamless to "her travellers" but had a funny personality that rung true with us Aussies.
The hotels were surprisingly wonderful, especially the Adriana at Hvar, heavenly! The included meals were surprisingly absolutely first rate with no skimping on settings or food.
Having 3 nights in most places enabled us to have at least one free day to use as we pleased so we never felt rushed or stressed by constantly vacating hotel rooms. This is so, so good, especially in a lovely friendly hotel.
Our last night was spent in a al fresco seafood restaurant in little town down the coast. We arrived there from an hour's boat ride on our own little boat, seeing the Adriatic coast from the water, stunning.
If you like stunning scenery and amazing history, this is for you.
A fantastic trip made wonderful by an excellent tour manager, a great driver and a cleverly constructed itinerary based around superb locations and great hotels.
Jane & Paul
The whole trip in itself was a highlight - Amazing places to visit full of beautiful surprises. The tour suited our pace, making it comfortable to enjoy each day. Our tour guide was fantastic, professional, organised and a delight. This has been one of the best tours we have experienced.
Sibila was a very capable, enthusiatic and very helpful Tour Manager to us all. We enjoyed multiple night stays and our free time, particular at times when very hot. All inclusive costs were also welcomed. Hotels were super. We enjoyed our trip ver much and would certainly consider a fourth Albatross Adventure.
Robert & Merle
Many thanks, especially to Darren, who gave 20/10 and to Damien who is a superb bus driver. We appreciated the planning which took kus to places we may never have thought of on our own. Once again Albatross has excelled itself.
I thought this to be a very well balanced tour. Our guide Darren was very knowledgable on all aspects of the tour. Overall the tour met all my expectations.
The tour itself was fantastic. Everyone was friendly and mixed well together. Our accommodations were great. Our guide was brilliant, friendly and informative. Everyone on the tour seemd to adore him.
Tour was very enjoyable and great group of people. Our tour guide was excellent, so knowledgeable, caring and helpful. It was good to get free time in different places and not having to keep packing up and leaving early in the morning. Also great choice of hotels and also fun having some dining experiences. Also not having to tip guides. This is our 3rd Albatross and we are doing our 4th after this. All trips were highlights and seeing a couple of other countries.
Frank & Gail
Dates and Prices
|Start Date||End Date||Price Per Person||Guaranteed to Depart||Availability|
|27 Aug 2017||8 Sep 2017||AUD $5,689||Space Limited - Call Now|
|10 Sep 2017||22 Sep 2017||AUD $5,689||Space Available|
|24 May 2018||5 Jun 2018||Space Available|
|7 Jun 2018||19 Jun 2018||Space Available|
|21 Jun 2018||3 Jul 2018||Space Available|
|26 Aug 2018||7 Sep 2018||Space Available|
|9 Sep 2018||21 Sep 2018||Space Available|