Discover the Best of the Dalmatian Coast in 10 Days

Planning your first trip to Croatia and wondering what a ‘Best of the Dalmatian Coast’ trip should look like? Ultimately, your vacation should focus on your own interests and needs, but the itinerary below includes the highlights of the region as well as suggestions for cultural and active experiences – a great starting point for customizing your own trip.

 

A Dubrovnik native in the Old Town

A Dubrovnik native in the Old Town

 

In recent years, international tourism has been steadily growing in Croatia as visitors uncover its rich culture, long history, and the beauty of the Dalmatian coast – one of the most stunning stretches of shoreline that Europe has to offer. Not to mention the traditional cuisine and excellent Croatian wines

 

This 10-day sample tour focuses on Croatia’s most-popular region – the southern Dalmatian coast, and has you starting in Split and ending in Dubrovnik. You can certainly travel in the opposite direction – from Dubrovnik to Split, but in my experience, most people would rather leave the best (Dubrovnik) for last.

 

Best of the Dalmatian Coast Itinerary

 

So here it goes, ‘The Best of the Dalmatian Coast’ day-by-day…

 

  1. Arrival in Split

Arrival at Split airport and meet your driver for the private transfer to the hotel.

 

Split promenade on a sunny day

Split promenade on a sunny day

 

  1. Walking Tour of Split & Private River Rafting

Meet your local guide for a private walking tour. Stroll the narrow cobblestone streets of the Old Town and its historic heart – the Diocletian Palace – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was built in the 4th century as the retirement residence of the Roman Emperor Diocletian – a native of Dalmatia.

 

In the afternoon, with your private vehicle and driver, transfer outside of the city and to the Cetina River for some whitewater rafting (approximately 3 hours) through lush forests and past scenic caves and waterfalls. At the end of the day, transfer back to Split and your hotel.

Krka National Park in Croatia

Krka National Park makes a great day-trip from Split

 

  1. Explore Lakes and Waterfalls & Taste Local Wines

Meet your guide and driver and travel north-west of Split and to the Krka National Park. Explore the park which is famous for its waterfalls, islands, and lakes. Take the scenic boat ride to Skradinski buk to see the largest waterfall. There are also several spots to take a swim.

 

Later, stop at a local winery to meet the owners and taste some exquisite wines paired with homemade local specialties. Return to Split and your hotel.

Solta Island off the Dalmatian Coast

Solta Island off the Dalmatian Coast

 

  1. Active & Decadent Island Tour

Board the ferry to Solta island with its olive groves and stone-house villages. Upon arrival, meet your biking instructor for a tour of the island by e-bike – ideal for even the less-experienced. Stop at a local farm for a light lunch of traditional specialties.

 

Solta has long been known for its honey and your next stopover will be with a family which has been keeping bees and producing honey for generations. Later this afternoon, catch the ferry back to Split and return to your hotel.

 

Castle View in Hvar Town

View from the fortress in Hvar Town

 

  1. Split to Hvar Island & Private Hiking (or Biking) Tour 

Transfer to the port and take the ferry (or hydrofoil) to Hvar island – one of the most visited destinations on the Dalmatian coast. Upon arrival, meet your guide and embark on a private island hiking (or biking) tour. From Hvar Town, cycle (or transfer) uphill to the picturesque village of Brusje, take in the amazing views over the nearby islands, and continue downhill amidst lavender fields and small villages.

 

Enjoy lunch and wine tasting at a local farm in the heart of the UNESCO-protected Stari Grad Plain where little has changed since antiquity. At the end of the day, transfer to Hvar Town and your hotel.

 

Vis Island - one of the best on the Dalmatian coast

How about a day-trip to Vis Island by private yacht?!

 

  1. Vis Island Private Sailing Tour 

Meet your skipper and stroll to the marina to board a private boat for a day out at sea – a perfect way to explore the best of the Dalmatian coast!

 

Sailing through one of the most scenic parts of the Adriatic, reach the Green Cave located on a small uninhabited islet where, weather permitting, you may stop for some swimming and snorkeling. Later, drop anchor in one of the many beautiful bays on the island of Vis, enjoy light lunch onboard, and relax on a small beach before sailing back to Hvar.

 

Visit an oyster farm near Ston in Dalmatia

Visit an oyster farm near Ston on the day to Dubrovnik

 

  1. Visit an Oyster Farm & Arrive in Dubrovnik

Check out from the hotel and transfer to Dubrovnik.  On the way, stop at the Peljesac peninsula, which has been known for centuries for its wines and the best oysters in Dalmatia, found in the town of Ston. Meet a local oyster farmer who will take you out in a boat to show you how oysters and mussels are farmed and then welcome you on his small private islet for a light lunch of fresh seafood and homemade wine.

 

Arrive into Dubrovnik later this afternoon and check in at your hotel.

 

Dubrovnik's Old Town is the best of the Dalmatian coast

Dubrovnik’s Old Town is the best of the Dalmatian coast

 

  1. Explore Dubrovnik by Land & Sea

Your guide will take you on a walking tour of Dubrovnik – the Pearl of the Adriatic. Enter the UNESCO-protected walled city through one of the ancient gates and tour its main sites – the Old Harbor, the Old Town Square, the Stradun main street, the Rector’s Palace, the Old Pharmacy, and the city walls.

 

Later, to see Dubrovnik’s walls as medieval seafarers once did, embark on a sea-kayaking tour. Accompanied by your instructor, explore the caves and bays of Lokrum Island and also get some time for sunbathing and swimming.

 

Karaman winery outside Dubrovnik

Taste award-winning local wine near Dubrovnik

 

  1. Scenic & Cultural Bike Ride (or Hike) in Konavle

Transfer with your guide and driver to Konavle – the southernmost region of Croatia, and meet your instructor for a scenic hike (or bike ride) through vineyards, olive groves, and ancient villages. Stop for a break at a traditional watermill and learn how flour used to be produced in the past.

 

Later, visit with a local artist specializing in traditional silk production and embroidery. For centuries, Konavle has been known for its silk yarn, which was widely used for the decoration of national costumes.

 

Lastly, stop at the boutique winery of a local enologist to taste some of his award-winning desert wine made from the indigenous Malvazija Dubrovacka grape. Transfer back to Dubrovnik and your hotel

 

  1. Depart Dubrovnik

Private transfer to Dubrovnik airport for your onward flight.

 

This sample itinerary is designed to give an idea of what you can see and do on your first trip to the Southern Dalmatian coast. It can be used as a starting point to create a fully customized trip to match your individual travel style and address any particular interests and needs so that you truly experience the best of the Dalmatian coast. Get in touch and we will be happy to discuss all the details!

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