Depart the United States on an overnight flight bound for Zagreb, Croatia.
Day 2: Arrival & Zagreb Highlights
Dobrodšli u hrvatsku! Arrive in Zagreb, Croatia’s contemporary capital city, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Drop your bags, have lunch at one of three restaurants in your hotel, and unwind at the sauna before meeting your guide for a walking tour of Zagreb’s historic center.
Day 3: Zagreb to Split via Plitvice Lakes National Park
This morning, marvel a network of emerald lakes and waterfalls on a private guided tour of Plitvice Lakes National Park. From there, continue on to Split, a city that beautifully blends modern style with relics of an ancient past. Spend your evening gazing out upon Split from your hotel’s rooftop jacuzzi.
Day 4: Dalmatian Hinterland
Lace up your sturdy shoes and set off on a private hiking tour of the Dalmatian Hinterland, made up of rolling green hills that provide a stark contrast from the coastal cities. Stop for a picnic lunch amid some of the most stunning scenery of the region.
Day 5: Cooking Class & Split Highlights
Unlock the secrets of Dalmatian cuisine with a cooking class from one of the most charming chefs in the region, Chef Tatjana. After leading you through the local market to purchase ingredients, she will step you through making delectable fish and pasta dishes in her 13th century palace home. Fill up on your masterpieces before returning to the city center to be met by your guide for a tour of Split’s popular landmarks, including the iconic Diocletian’s Palace.
Day 6: Yacht Trip to Havar via Adriatic Islands
Board your private motor yacht for a day trip to some highlights of the Adriatic Sea. Visit the tiny islands of Vis and Biševo where, if the tides permit, you can row into the glowing azure wonder of the Blue Cave. Trace the Pakleni Archipelago before disembarking at the charming port town of Hvar. End your day by watching the sun set over the sea from the terrace of your penthouse suite.
Day 7: Hvar Highlights & Stari Grad
After a leisurely morning could spend at the sprawling pool of your resort, you will be picked up by your guide for a private tour of Hvar Island. Start with highlights of the town of Hvar, like the Franciscan Monastery and the Benedictine Convent, before continuing on to Stari Grad, the oldest town in Croatia.
Day 8: Travel to Dubrovnik & Highlights
Skip across the water on your ferry to Dubrovnik, a city most recognized by its towering stone forts. Get settled in before heading out on your private tour of the Old Town and City Walls. Return to your hotel in the evening and enjoy cocktails to the enchanting sound of classical music at the piano bar.
Day 9: Pelješac Peninsula
Introduce yourself to the art of Croatian wines like Dingac and Postup on a private day trip of the Pelješac Peninsula. Amid stops for tastings at a few different wineries, you will also visit fasincating medieval cities and tiny fishing villages.
Today, you may choose to climb Srđ, a low mountain offering sweeping views of downtown Dubrovnik and the Adriatic Sea. The hiking trail leading to the top is not particularly long, but fairly steep. If hiking is not exactly your cup of tea, you may opt to ride the cable car to the top. Whatever means you choose, be sure to stay for a breathtaking sunset.
Break out your passport to scratch the surface of Montenegro on your private day tour around Boka Bay. Visit Venetian Perast and sail out to Our Lady of the Rocks island before moving on to medieval Kotor. The entire time you will be gifted with the magnificent water and mountain views surrounding you.
Appreciate an aerial view of Croatia from your flight as you make your way from Dubrovnik to the picturesque fishing port of Rovinj. With the rest of the day to yourself, taste some wine and olive oil at your hotel before retreating to your room where you can sit watch the world go by from your balcony overlooking the city out into the sea.
Day 13: Rovinj Highlights & Brijuni Islands National Park
Acquaint yourself with Rovinj’s cluster of narrow stone streets before sailing out to Brijuni Islands National Park. Zip around the largest island of the park, Veliki Brijuni, on a golf cart, encountering exotic animals and rare plants in the botanical garden before ending at the ruins from the Ancient Romans.
Today, you will move away from the coast to discover the inlands of the Istrian Peninsula on a tour that will take you to the hilltop towns of Grožnjan and Motovun. Motovun is the biggest habitat of the famous Istrian truffle, a delicacy you will hunt for with a local expert and his trained dogs before sampling some dishes in which this key ingredient is the star.
Day 15: Pula & Chiavalon Olive Oil Farm
You will feel almost like you are in Rome when you lay your eyes upon the massive, well-preserved amphitheater in Pula on your private guided day trip stopping in this city. Pass other ancient sites like the Gate of Hercules and the Temple of Augustus before leaving Pula and heading to the Chiavalon olive oil farm, which produces some of the most lauded olive oil in the world. Here you will not only get to learn about the property and the oil-making process, but also taste some of the end products.
After a leisurely morning to yourself, you will set out on a private wine tour. Familiarize yourself with the unique wines of the Istrian Peninsula with visits to two different wineries, learning about the processes and tasting samples as you go.
Say farewell to Croatia as you head to the airport for your flight back to the United States.