Croatia & the Adriatic Tour
13 Relaxing Days
- Leisurely 2, 3 and 4 night stays
- Small group size from just 10 to 28
- Genuinely inclusive, no additional on tour costs
- Character hotels in superb locations
- Designed for Australians & New Zealanders
- 'My Time' guaranteed
- Stay 3 nights in the city of Trogir
- Enjoy a guided tour of charming squares and alleys of Trogir
- Visit Krka’s dramatic waterfalls
- Explore Split and the Diocletian Palace
- Stay 3 nights on the beautiful island of Hvar
- Enjoy a day free to explore Hvar and the nearby islands
- Walk over the striking Stari Most humped back bridge in Mostar
- Stay 4 nights in Dubrovnik, superbly located right beside the Old Town
- Discover the walled city of Ston
- Enjoy a traditional ‘Peka’ meal in the Dubrovnik countryside
- Experience a wine and oyster boat ride
- Enjoy lunch at the Bota Sari restaurant in Mali Ston
- Take a cable car up Mount Srd and soak up the panoramic views of Dubrovnik’s dramatic walls
- Explore Dubrovnik’s old town on a guided walking tour
- Cruise from Perast around the islands of St George and Our Lady of the Rock
- Enjoy a cruise along the coast to Cavtat for a special farewell dinner
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Please consider: This tour requires a moderate level of fitness due to the unique places we visit and stay. This tour is not suited to anyone who has mobility issues.
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 Welcome
Day 2: Trogir and Split sightseeing
Day 3: Krka National Park and Šibenik
Day 4: Travel to the island of Hvar
Day 5: ‘My Time’ on Hvar Island
Day 6: Hvar sightseeing
Day 7: Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina
Day 8: Sarajevo sightseeing
Day 9: Dalmatian Coast Touring
Hand Selected Experience
A heavenly day in Mali Ston
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 the Bay of Mali Ston 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 sightseeing and 'My Time'
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. We have included entrance to the old Franciscan Monastery and Apothecary. Afterwards, we drive out to the countryside to enjoy a special lunch. ‘Peka’, the signature dish of Croatia’s Dalmatia region, is a blend of vegetables and meat drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with herbs, and then baked under a bell-like dome. Back in Dubrovnik, the rest of your day is at leisure. Included for you to use during your ‘My Time’ is a ticket for the cable car up to the scenic lookout on top of Mount Srd, to soak up the panoramic views of Dubrovnik. 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.
Day 11: Montenegro excursion
Day 12: Dubrovnik 'My Time'
Day 13: Dubrovnik
Your tour ends today after breakfast.
Incredible Value Inclusions
- ALL excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
- 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)
- 20 Meals – including breakfast daily (B), 3 lunches (L) and 5 dinners (D)
- Wine tasting in Hvar, Welcome drink in Trogir and Dubrovnik
- Tea, coffee and a complimentary beverage with all included dinners
- Hand Selected Albatross Experiences - Mount Srd cable car, Cruises in Krka, Perast, Cavtat and Oyster cruise Mali Ston
- Local guides as described in the itinerary
- ALL tips to your Tour Manager, Driver and Local Guides
- Personal audio system whilst on tour
- Free WiFi at hotels
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.
Hotel Mepas, 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
This has been a wonderful trip and I think a lot of credit has to go to our tour manager, Sibila, for the way she has managed us all. All the knowledge she has shared with us has helped me to appreciated all the things I have seen more. Another important factor for me is always feeling safe and comfortable with the driving and Philip was excellent. Fellow passengers also great. One of the highlights for me was the drive between Mostar and Sarajevo. It was just beautiful. I really enjoyed our visit to Sarajevo but would have liked to stay longer to visit more places like the museums.