Peace and stability have made the splendors of Croatia available once more. Come and explore the water carved gorges of Krka National Park, bike pastoral landscapes dotted with medieval villages, raft, swim and rappel through wild Cetina Canyon, kayak the legendary Dalmatian Coast and experience the world famous Mediterranean charm and seaside beauty of Split and Dubrovnik.
Day 1. Arrive in Split
Welcome to Croatia! After clearing customs a tour representative will meet you at Split airport for the transfer to your hotel.
This evening, gather for a welcome dinner with your tour leader and an orientation on your upcoming adventure.
Day 2. Krka National Park
After breakfast, drive to Skradin, the ancient city of Scardona to explore Krka National Park, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site whose heart is the Krka River’s massive limestone gorges which drop over 700 feet in just 30 miles. This area is famous for its waterfalls and Skradinski Falls is the most impressive of all with a 150 foot drop over 17 limestone steps. The surrounding forests are a mix of hornbeam, cypress, poplar, oak and willow where 200 bird species have been identified including golden eagles.
You will begin your visit with a gentle cycle to Skradinski Falls and then explore its shores along the river with opportunities to cool off in its inviting pools. Afterwards a relaxing meal in the ancient city of Scardona, and return to Split taking the scenic route via Primosten and Rogoznica, with time to explore these quaint towns with their beautiful bays.
Day 3. Biking in Split
Explore Split by bicycle today. After a brief bike orientation, we head uphill alternating between a tarred and gravel road. Start with a gentle cycle along the coastal road, and then head up through Marijan Park, famous with the locals for cycling, running and hiking. You will be challenged by a few hills on your journey but will be rewarded with an exhilarating downhill ride as you head down to the village. Continue along a gravel road down to the coast and wind your way along a beautiful inlet with a long sandy beach. Stop for a swim and spend some time relaxing.
Mountain biking 25 miles, some hills, some gravel, some paved roads
Day 4. Korcula Island
This morning, depart Split via the scenic ferry to Korcula Island, the reputed birthplace of explorer Marco Polo and one of the most beautiful islands in the Adriatic. The Greeks originally named it Korkyra Melaina or “Black Corfu” for its dark, densely wooded appearance and it was a favorite Greek holiday spot over 2,000 years ago.
Explore the island’s main town, also named Korcula, a wonderful example of a medieval Dalmatian city with its protective wall, round defensive towers and clusters of red-roofed houses.
Day 5. Tour of Dubrovnik
This morning, take the short ferry ride to the mainland for your drive to Dubrovnik, the jewel of the Adriatic and the most beautiful and well-preserved city in Croatia.
The old city of Dubrovnik has been immaculately restored and many of its buildings under special protection as part of a World Cultural Heritage site. Take a tour starting on Mount Srđ overlooking the walls of the city. Later continue down to the city itself. Spend some time enjoying the city and take an optional walk along the walls of the old city with spectacular views of the town and surrounding islands and the glorious city itself. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day 6. Sea Kayaking
After breakfast, spend the day kayaking on the sparkling Adriatic amid the beauty of the Elafiti Islands, a string of islands stretching between Dubrovnik and Peljesac Peninsula. Accompanied by qualified instructors, you set off to explore the caves and beauty of Lokrum Island. Take a break on the hidden beach of Betina where you can enjoy snorkelling. There is a unique opportunity to experience Dubrovnik from the sea on the way back as you paddle around the city walls. Free evening in the city.
Day 7. Rafting the Cetina River
After an early breakfast, continue on to the beautiful, seaside village of Omis and some whitewater fun on the Cetina River. Ride below towering cliffs on the river’s Class II & III rapids and meander through occasionally vegetated areas in the slower water sections as you make your way through the 600’ deep Cetina Canyon.
Tonight, celebrate at the Radmanove Mlinice a local restaurant specializing in traditional Croatian cuisine. Spend the evening exploring the wondrous town.
Day 8. Cetina Canyoning
After a leisurely breakfast, depart for your canyoning adventure. Experience the upper secret sections of the Cetina Canyon with the new adventure sport of canyoning. Canyoning combines hiking, climbing, rappelling and swimming and allows us to explore the canyon’s waterfalls, rapids and subterranean tunnels in ways never before possible. It also involves some rock scrambling and short climbs on steel ladders.
Day 9. Tour of Split and Trogir
This morning, wind down from yesterday’s excitement with a guided tour of Split, a center of Croatian culture and the second largest city in the country. Visit Salona, once the capitol of Roman Dalmatia and the birthplace of the emperor Diocletian, and then continue on to the center of town and Diocletian’s Palace with its magnificent cathedral, bell tower and hulking Golden Gate entrance to the old city.
Outside the Golden Gate be sure to make a wish as you pass the bronze toe of Grgur, a 10th century bishop. Local legend says that you have to touch his toe each time you pass if you want good luck and to make your wished come true.
After our tour, you have the afternoon to yourselves in Split to shop in the market, stroll under palms of the Riva or just relax at a local beach.
Continue on to the ancient city of Trogir with a 2300-year tradition influenced by the Greeks, Romans and Venetians. This evening, enjoy a scrumptious dinner under the warm, summer night sky at one of the local establishments.
Day 10. Trip Conclusion
Time to catch up on last minute shopping and absorb the sights and sounds of this wonderful city one last time before transferring to the airport for flights home.
Price is valid for departures:
12 April – 21 April
3 May – 12 May
19 July – 28 July
13 September – 22 September
4 October – 13 October
- Return transfers from Split airport
- 3 nights’ accommodation in 3* hotel in Split area
- 1 night’s accommodation in 4* hotel in Korcula
- 2 nights’ accommodation in 3* hotel in Dubrovnik
- 2 nights’ accommodation in 4* hotel in Omis
- 1 night’s accommodation in 4* hotel in Trogir
- Activities as described above
- Entrance to Krka National Park
- Guided tour of Split
- Entrance fees to Dubrovnik city walls
- Buffet breakfast daily
- Air-conditioned vehicle available throughout
- English speaking guide
- All local taxes