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Dalmatian Coast of Croatia

September 11 - 18, 2021

8-24

Guests

8 / 7

Days / Nights

15

Meals

Explore the dramatic Dalmatian Coast, visiting the picturesque medieval cities of Dubrovnik and Split. Discover the rich history and culture of Croatia while spending time with passionate winemakers, enthusiastic chefs, and welcoming local experts. Experience the best of the Mediterranean during this memorable eight-day journey.

Learn 

both ancient and modern-day winemaking techniques and taste famous Croatian varietals

Explore

the ancient walled cities of Dubrovnik, Split, and the surrounding Dalmatian Coast

Discover

impressive Roman architecture set against the sparkling Adriatic Sea

Day 1

Dubrovnik

Land in Dubrovnik and meet an Experi representative in the airport arrivals hall. Enjoy your first glimpses of the deep blue waters of the Adriatic Sea as a private transfer takes you to your seaside accommodations for the next three nights.

Settle in at the hotel and enjoy the lovely surroundings and lively pedestrian area nearby. Kick off your journey with a wine-paired welcome dinner showcasing Mediterranean flavors.

Dinner

Overnight at Hotel Kompas

Day 2

Old Town

Discover why Dubrovnik is aptly named “the pearl of the Adriatic” during a morning walking tour with an expert guide. Explore the stunning walls that surround the Old Town and marvel at the Baroque buildings and marble streets that adorn the Placa. Learn about the city’s remarkable history and its importance in Croatian culture.

Enjoy a sumptuous lunch of Dalmatian cuisine and learn about Croatian grown wines. The rest of the afternoon is open for you to explore at your leisure. Stroll about the ancient city, walk the walls, or venture out with expert recommendations from your guide. Dinner is on your own this evening – reservations can be been arranged for your convenience.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Hotel Kompas

Day 3

Pelješac Peninsula

This morning, we’ll head to the Pelješac Peninsula – known for its fine wines and oysters. First, we’ll meet our host for the day, a renowned Croatian winemaker. He’ll provide insider access to Croatia’s most respected wine cellars. Visit Miloš winery and enjoy a tasting of Plavac Mali wine. Next, we’ll tour the Grgich winery situated within steep hills overlooking Trstenik harbor. Learn about winemaker Miljenko Grgich and his successes in Napa Valley and Croatia. Our final stop is at our hosts 500-year-old family cellar for a private wine-tasting and traditional Croatian lunch.

Back in Dubrovnik, the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Take the opportunity to relax by the hotel pool or stroll through the Old Town – we check out in the morning and head to Split.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Hotel Kompas

Day 4

Split

Check out this morning as we make our way to Split. Savor a lunch of lamb cooked on the spit– a favored local cooking method. After, we’ll visit Klis Fortress, a medieval fortress built into the rocky ridge of a hillside village. Built by ancient Illyrian tribe, the Dalmatae, the fortress has a fascinating 2,000 year-long history. A local guide leads us on a private tour of the stronghold and museum. Enjoy panoramic views of Split and the Adriatic Sea.

Once in Split we’ll settle into our hotel and embark on a privately guided tour of the Old Town and Diocletian's Palace. The Palace is one of the best-preserved Roman royal residences in the world. Built at the turn of the 4th century AD for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, the ancient palace contains a remarkable history and is still in use today with over 3,000 people living within the walls. Enjoy a lovely dinner in the Palace at a konoba (authentic restaurant).

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Hotel Cornaro

Day 5

Brač

Set sail this morning for a full day of touring the island of Brač. We’ll head down to the port and take a short boat ride over. Here we’ll experience island life as it has been practiced for centuries, if not millennia. Croatians have long lived, farmed, and traveled between the many coastal islands. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the island’s white-pebble beaches and discover some of the charming villages that dot the harbour.

For lunch, we’ll enjoy a simple island meal paired with wine indigenous to the island. Learn about the wines unique flavors and challenges in growing grapes in this special place. In the late afternoon we’ll board our boat and head back to Split. The evening is at your leisure.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Hotel Cornaro

Day 6

Diocletian’s Palace

Relax this morning as we’ll meet our expert guide and chef for today’s activity mid-morning at Riva – the prominent seaside promenade of Split. Experience the everyday energy of the city during our stroll to the fish market. Along the way, our chef introduces us to the history of Mediterranean fishing, local customs, and the unique items in and around the lively, active fish market.

Take part in a cooking workshop at our final stop – a restaurant in the heart of Diocletian’s Palace. Sip wine while learning about local ingredients such as Croatian olive oil. The class is followed by a lunch of your making. The evening is on your own.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Hotel Cornaro

Day 7

Krka National Park

Enjoy a leisurely morning before heading out of the city early afternoon to Croatia’s national treasure, Krka National Park. Krka River, the centerpiece of the park has seven waterfalls, but Skradinski buk is the longest and most beautiful. Stroll along the winding wooden paths with your guide, explore the local water powered mill, and absorb the the surrounding natural beauty.

Next, continue onwards to the small village of Plastovo. Here we’ll stop at Bibich Winery for an unforgettable gourmet experience. Bibich Winery has a limited production of award-winning white and red wines as well as exceptional brandies. Winemaker, Alen Bibic and his wife Vesna deliver a world-class tasting experience. We’ll enjoy a multi-course farewell dinner prepared with seasonal ingredients and wine personally chosen by Alen.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Hotel Cornaro

Day 8

Split

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and take a private transfer to the Split Airport for departures home. Not ready to leave Croatia behind? Continue your journey on an optional four-day extension to the Istrian Peninsula.

Breakfast

Extend your trip

+ 4 days on Istrian Peninsula

Day 8

Traveling from Split towards the Istrian Peninsula, stop at the Plitvice Lakes National Park for a private walking tour with a local guide. Learn about the legend of the lakes creation after a long drought and stand in awe of the park’s astounding beauty. Waterfalls, rolling hills, 16 lakes, and an abundance of flora and fauna are a feast for the eyes. After, enjoy a traditional lunch before heading to Bale, where we’ll reside for the next three nights at a luxe villa and wine estate. Upon settling in, enjoy a wine-paired dinner featuring estate vintages.

Lunch, dinner

Overnight at Hotel Villa Meneghetti

Day 9

Relax at the property this morning over a leisurely breakfast. In the afternoon we’ll tour the Istrian Peninsula visiting two small, yet renowned, wineries along the way. First, stop at an authentic Istrian estate and farmhouse with over a century of winemaking tradition. After a scenic drive, we’ll arrive in the valley of Vale where we’ll meet the ‘King of Muskat’ – the region’s sweet wine made from an indigenous grape.

Breakfast

Overnight at Hotel Villa Meneghetti

Day 10

Spend the afternoon discovering two mediaeval towns of Istria. Explore the charming artists’ town of Grožnjan then head to picturesque Motovun – an ancient walled hilltop village. The Motovun forest is where we’ll embark on a private truffle hunt with specially trained dogs. After, enjoy a dinner featuring truffles at a Motovun restaurant.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Hotel Villa Meneghetti

Day 11

Savor an early breakfast then take a private transfer to the Pula Airport for flights home.

Breakfast

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Details

Dates

Program: September 11 - 18, 2021
Extension: September 18 - 21, 2021

Flight Information

If you would like assistance with reserving your flights, please contact us at guestservices@experi.com, and we can recommend an air ticket travel agency.

Activity Level

This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that range from one to three hours. Each day, whether touring a city or winery, guests should be prepared to be on their feet for multiple continuous hours. Guests should feel comfortable strolling along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and sauntering down uneven nature paths. Europe tends to have Old World infrastructure (narrow cobblestone streets, lack of elevators, etc.) which can leave some areas inaccessible – if you require any walking assistance, please inquire with our guest services team. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities. Please contact us at guestservices@experi.com if you have questions.


Included

  • 7 nights accommodations, including all taxes and fees
  • Meals as listed on the itinerary: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 3 dinners, plus wine pairings with most major meals
  • All private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local speakers, guides, entrance fees, gratuities, and transportation
  • Full guiding services of a dedicated Travel Director
  • Private airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program

Not Included

  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities
  • All types of personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional alcoholic beverages beyond what has been arranged by Experi to pair with the included major meals

Rates*

Classic: $6,295
Deluxe: $7,995 (limited availability)
Single: $7,995

Extension Rates*

Classic: $3,495
Single: $4,495

*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars. Call to discuss availability and rates for triple accommodations.


Deposits

A $1,000 non-refundable deposit per person reserves your space for this program. Final payments are due no later than 90 days prior to departure. An additional $500 deposit per person is required for extension reservations.

Travel Insurance

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Travel Terms & Conditions

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