This fabulous holiday idea to Croatia is great news for all culture buffs. It is jam packed with seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The main cities of Dubrovnik, Trogir and Split are home to numerous historical complexes. Plitvice Lakes is a truly natural site.
- Embark on a cultural discovery of Hvar visiting the Stari Grad Plain
- Take a guided walking tours of historic cities of Dubrovnik, Split and Trogir
- Spend time at the Cathedral of St James in Sibenik
- Follow the boardwalks through Plitvice Lake National Park
- Visit the Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
- Stay in heritage boutique hotels in the ancient old quarters
Explore the sites accompanied by a private guide, who will ensure history is retold in an intriguing and interesting manner.
Upon arrival at Dubrovnik settle in to The Pucic Palace situated on Gundulic square, the heart of the Old Town. Head out the following day for a privately guided walking tour of the beautiful Old Town. Dubrovnik truly is a stunning city with its amazing Old Town, which became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. Dubrovnik was an important sea power in Europe, and an independent state, from 13th to 18th century. Many Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque houses, palaces, churches, as well as city wall are perfectly preserved.
Reaching Hvar by ferry, travel across the island stopping at Ston for the oyster harvesting before arriving in the old town. Stay close to the action with a view of the Cathedral, Arsenal and Venetian piazza, and the yacht harbour and bay as a backdrop. Walk through Hvar town, home to the largest square in all of Dalmatia and the oldest public theatre in Europe, built in 1612. Other treasures in Hvar include the 550-year-old Franciscan Monastery and the Benedictine Convent, where the nuns make fine lace from agave, which is one of four UNESCO heritages on Hvar.
Walk through the ancient pedestrian streets of Stari Grad, with a postcard scene around every corner, and home to the impressive Tvrdalj fortress. The UNESCO theme continues as you travel east to the Stari Grad Plain (also known as Ager or Hora), an 80-hectare agricultural colony founded by the Ancient Greeks in 384 BC. In addition to being the largest cultivated field on the Mediterranean islands, agricultural life has continued uninterrupted since before the birth of Christ - a fascinating example of living heritage. Hvar is home to some fantastic wine growers. Visiting the Dubokovic wine cellar, offers an excellent chance to taste the quality wines and olive oils of the island. Dine in the family’s olive grove with views of the UNESCO protected Stari Grad fields, the oldest continuously cultivated agricultural plain in the world!
When staying in Split you have 1,700 years of Split’s history right on the doorstep. Surrounded by ancient Roman walls and the historical sights of Peristil, Saint Duje Cathedral and the Riva promenade a stone’s throw away. Diocletian's Palace, as the ancient heart of Split, is one of the best-preserved Roman royal residences on the planet.
Combine Split with the UNESCO protected islet town of Trogir. The town is built on a small island and connected by a bridge. The old town is almost intact from the time it was built, back in 13th to 15th century, under Venetian rule. Walk along Trogir’s beautiful narrow streets and travel through time with the stories and legends of the past. Visit the Palace of Cipico, home to one of Trogir’s most prominent families and the Tower of Kamerlengo, which served as the Venetian governor’s palace. Discover the masterpieces of local sculptors and others who participated in creating the magnificent visual history of this charming town.
Driving between Split and Zadar stop off at the historical city of Sibenik. Visit the famous UNESCO protected cathedral of St. James, considered by many the most beautiful in Croatia.
Whilst in Zadar take a walking tour of the Episcopal Complex of Zadar. The Permanent Exhibition of Ecclesiastic Art places Zadar among the great cultural capitals as such a collection of valuable and exquisite religious works of art all in one place can only be seen in the greatest European centers.
The Plitvice lakes, known as the "Falling lakes", have enjoyed the status of a national park since 1949 and since 1979 they have been under the protection of UNESCO. Spend time walking the park before continuing to the Istrian region.
Discover Porec’s historical and cultural heritage. This episcopal complex is the one of the best preserved examples of Byzantine architecture in the Mediterranean. The complex consists of three-nave church, bapistry, sacristy, a bell tower, and an arcbishop’s palace. The basilica is famed for its mosaics. This feature alone made Porec known as the “Town of Mosaics”. The Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica was inscribed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
Continue to either Pula or Venice airport to fly home.
If you want to make your holiday 'Extra Special' ask our specialists about the following:
- Behind closed doors – lunch with Tatjana in her 13th century old palace home in Trogir
- Transfer by private motor boat from Hvar to Split visiting Vis and Bisevo Islands
- Extend your stay in Venice before returning home.
For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.