3 star hotel/apartment with private facilities
Service charges and accommodation taxes
Arrival and departure transfers
Touring by modern air-conditioned van
Professional driver daily + morning meeting with tour coordinator
Food and drinks are per itinerary only
Sightseeing Tours Included:
Explore the South of Croatia with your small private group (up to 8 with minimum of 4) in comfort and style! Begin your stay just south of Dubrovnik in the quaint seaside village of Cavtat, which dates back to Roman times. After visiting Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic” , you travel north to the Neretva river, where you will be based at Villa Klementina, in the historic city center of Metkovic. Here, you are centrally located for short day excursions to Dubrovnik, Ston, Split and just minutes to neighboring Hercegovina to visit popular sites such as Medugorije, Mostar and the Kravice waterfalls. Return daily to your villa where you can relax in the terraced gardens, enjoy wine tasting in the vaulted cellar, and retire to your private wing to prepare for the next day’s adventures. Usce Neretva, one of the Adriatic’s only sand beaches, is just minutes away and your driver can take you for a post-excursion swim , stroll or sunset as requested.
Day 1: Arrive in Dubrovnnik
• Arrive in Dubrovnik Airport
• Transfer to Cavtat
• Welcome Wine
• Cavtat Waterfront
Day 2: Cavtat – Scenic Boat Tour – Dubrovnik – transfer to Villa Klementina in Metkovic
• Boat tour from Cavtat to Dubrovnik through the Elaphite Islands
• Dubrovnik City Walls– UNESCO site – Guided Tour
• Transfer to Villa on the Neretva
• Dalmatian welcome dinner upon arrival
Day 3 Mostar - Pocitelj - Bacina Lakes
• Pocitelj Fortress – Ottoman Empire’s most western outpost
• Mostar – UNESCO site – Guided Tour - Old Bridge – Old Town
• Bacina Lakes – nature park- Scenic boat and paddle tours available
Day 4 Neretva Photo Safari – Natural History Musuem, Narona Archeological Museum – Beach Sunset
• Natural History Museum – Beautiful modern display of the rich flora & fauna of the Neretva valley
• Traditional Lada boat river excursion
• Roman archeological museum, Narona – Vid
• Grilled lunch with served with local wines in natural riverside setting
• Usce Neretva beach- take a swim or relax at the Adriatic’s sand beach bar
• Lada excursion, museums and lunch included
Day 5 Split – Makarska
• Split – UNESCO site - Guided tour -Diocletian’s Palace – Old Town – Cathedral - Riva Waterfront Walk
• Makarska Riviera - Museums - Waterfront -Stargazing
Day 6 Medugorije – Kravice Waterfalls.
• Medugorije – Apparition Hill
• Kravice Waterfalls – Nature Park - relax at the waterfall café or swim and climb the waterfalls themselves!
Day 7 Ston – Return to Dubrovnik/Cavtat via Ston and Wine Tasting – Peljesac Peninsula
• Return south to Cavtat via Ston
• Ston – Known for its fortified walls and world class seafood and shellfish
• Wine Tasting – Peljesac Peninsula wine tasting included
• Cavtat – Seaside relaxation
• Dubrovnik Option
Day 8 Dubrovnik – Tour ends
• Cavtat Breakfast
• Transfer to Airport
Day 1, arrive Dubrovnik, Arrive in Dubrovnik. A private car will transfer you just a few minutes away to the seaside village of Cavtat. Here you will be welcomed with a complimentary local wine. An evening stroll along Cavtat’s waterfront will be your introduction to life in the south of Croatia where the phrase, “Malo po malo” (little by little) sets the tone for the culture and lifestyle of its welcoming people.
Day 2, Cavtat - Scenic Boat Road - Dubrovnik - Metkovic,Breakfast in Cavtat will be followed by a scenic boat tour to the Dubrovnik Old Town, now a UNESCO world heritage site. Here you will witness the grandeur of the walled city fueled by centuries of successful maritime trading.
A guided tour awaits to introduce you to the rich history of Dubrovnik. After your tour, you can walk the fortified walls, sip coffee on the famed “Stradun”, stroll the quaint walkways, and visits its churches and monuments. Dubrovnik is also home to the oldest working pharmacy in Europe.
From Dubrovnik you will travel up the scenic Adriatic coast to the Neretva River. A traditional Dalmatian dinner awaits, afterwards you can relax and prepare for the day ahead.(B, D)
Day 3, Mostar - Pocitelj - Bacina Lakes, Your adventure continues as you travel along the Neretva River to the former Ottoman cities of Pocitelj and Mostar. A quick stop in Pocitelj brings you to the farthest western reach of the Ottoman Empire. Scale the fortress steps and take in spectacular views of the Neretva valley and Adriatic Sea in the distance, or just enjoy the structure from below and sip a Turkish coffee at the café located at the foot of the ancient city. Then continue along the Neretva to Mostar. Once in Mostar, a local guide will lead you across the Neretva via the Old Bridge, a UNESCO world heritage site, to the cobbled stone streets of the Old Town, where the bustling market takes you back in time. Make sure to try the local specialty “Čevapi”, a minced meat sausage influenced by the time of Ottoman occupation centuries before.
Once you cross back into Croatia, you can take an optional excursion to the Baćina Lakes. This natural wonder is a series of seven lakes renowned for their individual vibrant colors and stellar beauty. The shores of the lakes are all tied together with scenic hiking and biking trails. You can also tour the lakes themselves by boat, or by paddling your way around the lakes on an exciting paddleboard safari.(B)
Day 4, Neretva Photo Safari - Natural History Museum, Narona Archeological Museum - Sunset Beach, Today we leave the cars behind and embark on a photo safari aboard a traditional wooden “lađa” boat and tour the Neretva river valley as the locals have for centuries. In preparation for our river cruise, we first stroll to the historic core of Metković and visit the Natural History Museum. Here you can tour exhibits featuring the natural wonders of the area, including the 300+ species of birds found in the Neretva River valley.
Bring out your cameras - you are now ready to begin your lađa photo safari. This safari tours the Neretva and Norin rivers en route to the Narona Archeological Museum. In just minutes you revert back centuries; no signs of modern life, no honking horns, no smog, just ultra-pure nature at its finest. Half-way through your river journey you will arrive at the Narona Archeological Musuem. The museum is one of five museums in Europe built “in situ”, in this case over the remains of the Roman Temple to Augustus, and holds one of the largest collections of Roman statues outside of Rome. Prior to returning to your villa via the lađa boat, a delicious lunch of local cuisine will be provided on the banks of the Norin River.
After touring the river delta you will have the option of traveling to the Usce Neretva (Mouth of the Neretva), where the river meets the Adriatic Sea. Take in the breathtaking views, put your toes in the sand, (YES, SAND; this is one of the only sand beaches in Croatia due to the proximity to the river waters spilling sand into the blue Adriatic) and relax for the beautiful sunset coming down over the Adriatic Sea with local islands and the Pelješac peninsula in the distance . When in the Neretva River valley, those seeking a local gastro experience should sample the “brudet”, a spicy stew made with eel and frog caught nearby in river waters.(B,L)
Day 5, Split - Makarska,This morning you will travel north to the city of Split, a UNESCO site that was built over the former palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian. Even though this city has grown to be the modern economic center for the Adriatic coast, its historic core maintains the traditional old world charm. A guided tour of the old town will introduce you to wonders of this ancient city. After your tour you can walk the famed Riva, take in some beach time at Bačvice beach, or delve deeper into the churches, cathedrals and museums.
On the way back to your villa, you’ll stop in the lovely seaside town of Makarska. Here you can take in the stunning architecture, bathe on the pebble beaches, visit its museum, or relax and enjoy a drink at one of cafes along the picturesque Riva. When night falls, be sure to check out the beautiful night sky from the Makarska Astronomy center with its stargazing telescope.(B)
Day 6, Medugorje - Kravica Waterfalls, Today is part pilgrimage, part nature hike. A short drive away is the town of Medugorije, the site where the Virgin Mary reportedly appeared to a small group of shepherd children in the early 1980s. More than thirty million visitors have since visited this Holy site for reflection, meditation, healing and adoration. Regardless of your religious beliefs, the easy hike up the mountain to the point of the original sightings is breathtaking for its scenic beauty and powerful presence of prayer among the many pilgrims visiting from numerous countries.
On the return to the villa we will stop at the Kravice Waterfalls. Upon entrance into the park, you descend down into the canyon by foot. Ss you near the falls, you begin to hear the rushing water cascading down and catch your first glimpse of the falls from above. The closer you get, the more beautiful they become. When you reach the falls you can literally immerse yourself in the experience. Unlike Plitvice waterfalls, here in Kravice, you are allowed to swim in the water and climb on the rocks and feel the cool water pour down on you. After a swim, relax on the lakeside beach and order a drink of choice and take in the scenery.(B)
Day 7, Ston - Return to Dubrovnik/Cavtat via Ston with wine tasting in Peljesac Penninsula, After departing the villa we head south back towards Cavtat. On the way we stop for wine tasting, followed by a stop in the fortified town of Ston, which is famed for its seafood and shellfish dishes. Ston was established as the northern most point of the former Dubrovnik trade republic. The fortified city is surrounded by a massive stone wall resembling a mini version of the Great Wall of China.
Once we return to the hotel in Cavtat, you can relax in the seaside village, swim at the crystal clear beaches, or book a return to catch more of the sites in Dubrovnik. (B)
Per person in twin/double:
8 persons - 6 persons - 4 persons
April: $900 - $1,125 - $1,575
May: $975 - $1,200 - $1,650
June: $1,025 - $1,250 - $1,700
July: $1,030 - $1,255 - $1,710
Aug: $1,035 - $1,260 - $1,715
Sept: $1,015 - $1,240 - $1,700
Oct: $940 - $1,165 - $1,620
This tour can hold a maximum of 8 passengers and needs a minimum of 4. Dates are set based on request of each group.
Single room supplement: TBD
Cavtat - Hotel Cavtat
Metkovic - Villa Klementina - The 200-year-old villa was brought back to its original glory by a young American ex-pat couple who fell in love with the impressive architecture and stunning landscape, creating the ultimate base for your group holiday.
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