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Croatian Island Escapes

14 nights
Explore the hidden gems of Croatia’s Adriatic Islands!

Explore the captivating beauty of Croatia’s lesser-known islands with our Hidden Europe series. From Dugi Otok’s rugged landscapes to Korcula’s medieval charm, Mljet’s lush tranquility, and Sipan’s timeless allure. Brief stops in Zadar, Split, and Dubrovnik offer seamless connections, ensuring an immersive exploration of the lesser-known treasures of Croatia’s coastal paradise.

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What's Included

Route: Zadar Dugi Otok Split Korcula Mljet Sipan Dubrovnik

Duration: 14 nights

Accommodation: Hand picked hotels, with a choice of 3* or 4* ratings.

Transport: Travel by ferry and bus during the daytime.

Optional Experiences: You can add extra experiences to this route, these include trips include biking around the island, paddleboarding across the coast and indulging in local foods and wine tasting!

Sustainability: This trip only creates 29kg of carbon emissions. Flying the same route would create 178kg ♻️

Reviews:    All independent reviews

Kick off your adventure in the ancient city of Zadar, where historical treasures blend with modern marvels like the Sea Organ. Experience its stunning sunsets and rich cultural tapestry.

Next, escape to the tranquil oasis of Dugi Otok, a haven of unspoiled beaches and crystal-clear waters. Indulge in the island’s serene beauty, perfect for relaxation and nature exploration.

In Split, delve into a lively urban atmosphere, where the majestic Diocletian’s Palace meets bustling cafes and vibrant local life. This city is a hub of Dalmatian culture and history.

Sail to the picturesque Korcula, an island rich in history and natural beauty. Wander through its charming streets, sample exquisite local wines, and soak up the medieval ambiance.

Explore the lush landscapes of Mljet, an island paradise of national parks, saltwater lakes, and tranquil monasteries. It’s an ideal spot for nature lovers and those seeking peace and quiet.

Venture to Sipan, part of the stunning Elaphiti Islands, where you can experience the laid-back island lifestyle amidst historical sites and scenic landscapes.

Conclude your unforgettable journey in Dubrovnik, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic.’ Walk along its iconic city walls, explore the historic old town, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the sea.

– All overland and ferry transport tickets from the first to the last city.

– All possible seat reservations – not just the compulsory ones!

– Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels – tested by us

– Walking or public transport directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.

– Travel Disruption Protection – alternative travel included if there is a strike or similar disruption.

– 24hr emergency phone number to use while you’re away.

– Personalised travel pack with your travel times, accommodation information, directions, language guides and things to see and do in each location.

– Exclusive discounts on attractions across Europe.

 

Trip Details

Route: Zadar Dugi Otok Split Korcula Mljet Sipan Dubrovnik

Duration: 14 nights

Accommodation: Hand picked hotels, with a choice of 3* or 4* ratings.

Transport: Travel by ferry and bus during the daytime.

Optional Experiences: You can add extra experiences to this route, these include trips include biking around the island, paddleboarding across the coast and indulging in local foods and wine tasting!

Sustainability: This trip only creates 29kg of carbon emissions. Flying the same route would create 178kg ♻️

Reviews:    All independent reviews

Trip Description

Kick off your adventure in the ancient city of Zadar, where historical treasures blend with modern marvels like the Sea Organ. Experience its stunning sunsets and rich cultural tapestry.

Next, escape to the tranquil oasis of Dugi Otok, a haven of unspoiled beaches and crystal-clear waters. Indulge in the island’s serene beauty, perfect for relaxation and nature exploration.

In Split, delve into a lively urban atmosphere, where the majestic Diocletian’s Palace meets bustling cafes and vibrant local life. This city is a hub of Dalmatian culture and history.

Sail to the picturesque Korcula, an island rich in history and natural beauty. Wander through its charming streets, sample exquisite local wines, and soak up the medieval ambiance.

Explore the lush landscapes of Mljet, an island paradise of national parks, saltwater lakes, and tranquil monasteries. It’s an ideal spot for nature lovers and those seeking peace and quiet.

Venture to Sipan, part of the stunning Elaphiti Islands, where you can experience the laid-back island lifestyle amidst historical sites and scenic landscapes.

Conclude your unforgettable journey in Dubrovnik, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic.’ Walk along its iconic city walls, explore the historic old town, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the sea.

What's Included?

  • All overland transport tickets from the first to the last city.
  • Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hotels, tested by us.
  • Walking directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.
  • A personalised travel booklet with maps, language guides, top tips, and more.
  • Peace of mind with alternative travel included if there is a strike or similar disruption.
  • Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.
Itinerary

Zadar (1 Night)

Zadar, a captivating city on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, is renowned for its rich history and unique attractions. It seamlessly blends ancient Roman and medieval architecture with contemporary art and a beautiful seaside setting.

Key places to visit in Zadar include:

Sea Organ and Sun Salutation: Unique architectural art installations that use natural phenomena to create relaxing music and a stunning light show.

Roman Forum: The largest on the eastern side of the Adriatic, showcasing Zadar’s ancient Roman heritage.

St. Donatus’ Church: A symbol of the city, this 9th-century church is known for its pre-Romanesque architecture and historic significance.

    Ferry to Dugi Otok – 2 hours

Dugi Otok (3 Nights)

Dugi Otok, a magical island in Croatia’s Adriatic Sea, is a hidden paradise waiting to be discovered. With its enchanting beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush, unspoiled landscapes, it’s like stepping into a fairy tale.

Key places to explore on Dugi Otok include:

Sakarun Beach: A dreamy haven with powdery white sands and sparkling turquoise waters, creating a perfect, tranquil escape.

Telašćica Nature Park: An oasis of natural beauty, featuring dramatic cliffs that plunge into serene bays and the mystical Mir Salt Lake, surrounded by lush greenery and diverse wildlife.

Veli Rat Lighthouse: Standing tall at the island’s northernmost point, this charming lighthouse offers breathtaking, panoramic views of the Adriatic, embodying the island’s serene and mystical allure.

    Ferry and Bus to Split – 4 hours

Split (1 Night)

Split, a vibrant city on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, is a mesmerizing blend of ancient history and modern Mediterranean life. Known for its stunning Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Split is a city where the past meets the present.

Key places to explore in Split include:

Diocletian’s Palace: An ancient palace complex that forms the heart of the city, offering a glimpse into Roman history amidst bustling shops and cafes.

Riva Promenade: A lively waterfront walkway, perfect for enjoying the sea views, savoring local cuisine, and soaking in the city’s vibrant atmosphere.

Marjan Hill: A natural oasis offering panoramic views of the city, the sea, and the surrounding islands, ideal for a scenic escape within the city.

    Ferry to Korcula – 2.5 hours

Korcula (3 Night)

Korčula, a charming island in Croatia’s Adriatic Sea, is known for its dense forests, ancient towns, and rich history. Often referred to as ‘Little Dubrovnik,’ this enchanting island combines stunning architecture with an idyllic coastal setting.

Key places to explore on Korčula include:

Korčula Old Town: A medieval walled city with narrow, cobbled streets and elegant Venetian Renaissance architecture, exuding a timeless charm.

St. Mark’s Cathedral: A beautiful Gothic-Renaissance cathedral, showcasing impressive art and offering panoramic views from its bell tower.

Vela Przina Beach: A serene, sandy beach on the island’s southern coast, offering crystal-clear waters and picturesque views, perfect for relaxation and swimming.

    Ferry to Mljet – 35 min

Mljet (2 Nights)

Mljet, a tranquil and lush island in Croatia’s Adriatic Sea, is renowned for its untouched natural beauty and serene atmosphere. It’s a haven of dense forests, clear blue lakes, and peaceful bays, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers and those seeking solitude.

Key places to explore on Mljet include:

Mljet National Park: Encompassing the western part of the island, this park is famous for its two saltwater lakes, Veliko and Malo Jezero, and the 12th-century monastery on St. Mary’s Isle.

Odysseus Cave: A natural wonder said to be linked to the legend of Odysseus, offering a unique swimming and exploring experience.

Pomena and Polače: Charming coastal villages with quaint harbors, providing a glimpse into the island’s laid-back lifestyle and rich cultural heritage

    Ferry to Sipan – 30 min

Sipan (3 Nights)

Šipan, the largest of the Elaphiti Islands near Dubrovnik, Croatia, is a hidden gem known for its lush landscapes, historical sites, and tranquil ambiance. This picturesque island offers a retreat into nature and history, away from the hustle of tourist crowds.

Key places to explore on Šipan include:

Sudurad and Šipanska Luka: Two main villages on the island, both charming and rich in history, featuring ancient churches and noble summer houses.

St. Peter’s Church: An old church in Sudurad, known for its beautiful architecture and the quiet beauty surrounding it.

Sunj Beach: A tranquil and scenic beach with shallow waters, perfect for relaxation and enjoying the island’s natural beauty.

    Ferry to Dubrovnik – 45 min

Dubrovnik (1 Night)

Dubrovnik, often referred to as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” is a stunning city in Croatia known for its distinctive Old Town encircled with massive stone walls. It’s a city rich in history and natural beauty, offering breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea.

Key places to explore in Dubrovnik include:

Old Town Walls: Walk along the ancient walls that surround Dubrovnik’s Old Town, offering panoramic views of the city and the sea.

Stradun: The main thoroughfare in the Old Town, lined with charming shops and restaurants, perfect for experiencing the city’s vibrant life.

Lovrijenac Fortress: Perched on a cliff overlooking the sea, this historic fortress offers stunning views and a glimpse into Dubrovnik’s past.

How to get there

The quickest way to get to and from the UK will be to book a flight to Zadar and from Dubrovnik. Alternatively, if you want to travel from the UK to Croatia all the way by overland transport, then please get in touch and we can plan a route for you!

Optional Experiences

Explore Croatia’s hidden gems with three exciting optional activities. Cycle through the captivating landscapes of Sipan Island, indulge in a culinary journey on Korcula Island, or enhance your Dugi Otok experience with exclusive visits to Sakarun Beach, the Veli Rat lighthouse, and a stand-up paddleboard adventure at Dragove. Each activity promises a unique and memorable exploration of Croatia’s diverse treasures.

Please note – by adding one of these experiences, these will be booked for your first full day on the island (ie. the day after you arrive).

From Dugi Otok - Paddle Boarding Island Tour

Join this enhanced Dugi Otok tour, featuring exclusive activities for an unforgettable holiday. Revel in the pristine beauty of Sakarun Beach, known for its ivory sands and crystalline waters, enveloped by refreshing pine trees. Spend an hour immersing yourself in the natural wonders of this exquisite location. Continue your captivating exploration of Dugi Otok by visiting the iconic Veli Rat lighthouse, standing tall as the Adriatic’s tallest structure at an impressive 42 meters. This historical landmark adds depth to your experience. Dive into the island’s intriguing past at Dragove, where a two-hour stand-up paddleboard excursion through a military tunnel reveals a secluded beach accessible only from the sea.

Immerse yourself in local culture with a lively session of traditional balote at Brbinj’s outdoor courts, complemented by complimentary drinks. Conclude the Dugi Otok adventure with a leisurely paddle from Veli žal beach to the charming islet Mežanj, offering relaxation, exploration, and a refreshing swim in a captivating setting. With admission tickets seamlessly integrated and a professional guide enhancing your understanding, join this intimate small-group tour capped at eight participants. Experience a hassle-free and enriching exploration of one of Croatia’s hidden treasures, complete with ferry and speedboat tickets, and complimentary drinks during your balote game – all contributing to a uniquely intimate and memorable holiday.

Total Cost Per Person – £90

From Korcula - Food and Wine Tasting Tour

Experience a delectable journey through the flavors of Korcula Island with this captivating food and wine tour, commencing in the charming Korcula Old Town. Immerse yourself in the island’s rich culture as you meet three local producers, each offering a unique insight into the intricacies of island life.

Begin your culinary adventure with a visit to one of the region’s top honey producers, just a short trip from Korcula. Discover the art of honey production, from beehives to jars, and savor the distinct flavors of locally sourced honey. As an unexpected twist, sample the producer’s latest creation – a delightful gin crafted with local ingredients.

Continue your journey to the village of Lumbarda, where a family-run winery awaits. Indulge in a tasting experience featuring the island’s renowned Grk wine, grown almost exclusively in Lumbarda, and Plavac Mali, a red wine with ties to American Zinfandel. These exceptional wines are thoughtfully paired with regional snacks, providing a true taste of Korcula’s winemaking heritage.

After the winery, a brief scenic walk leads you to the home of Ivan and Ana, where your taste-buds are treated to a diverse array of homemade delights. Experience the magic of locally produced olive oil, preserves, sweet treats, Croatian rakija (brandy), domestic wine, and, as a delightful conclusion, pancakes with jam. Return to Korcula, having savored the authentic flavors that make this food and wine tour a truly memorable experience.

Total Cost Per Person – £100

From Sipan - Island Cycling Tour

Embark on a captivating cycling and sightseeing adventure on Sipan Island, the largest of the Elaphiti (Dubrovnik) archipelago. This small-group tour eliminates the hassle of navigating and bike rentals. Under the guidance of a knowledgeable leader, pedal through Sipan’s charming landscapes, meandering through olive groves, vineyards, and along the captivating coastline. The intimate group size, limited to just 10 travelers, ensures a personalized experience as you explore the alluring Sipanska Luka village, Sudurad village, and various historic sites at a leisurely pace.

Immerse yourself in the island’s natural beauty as you cycle through green countryside, encountering the vibrant blue and turquoise seascapes. Pass by dense evergreen macchia shrubs, vineyards, and olive groves, absorbing the tranquil ambiance of this idyllic setting. The program includes a scenic biking journey from Sipanska Luka to Sudurad, and ample time for optional lunch, relaxation, and swimming. Conclude your Sipan Island exploration by relishing the day filled with picturesque landscapes, historical discoveries, and the delightful charm of this serene island escape.

Total Cost Per Person – £50