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Family Active Holiday on the Dalmatian Coast and Islands – 10 days

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Duration:10 days

Highlights: Roman Split, Swimming the Waterfalls of Krka National Park, Cycling the Cetina River Canyon,Brac, Hvar, Green Cave, Island of Vis, Dubrovnik, Ragusa

This Croatian itinerary is ideal for families looking for activity and adventure. 

Day 1 - Arrive SplitDay 2 - Roman Split and Swimming the Waterfalls of Krka National ParkDay 3 - Cycling the Cetina River CanyoDay 4 - Across the Adriatic to Brac and HvarDay 5 - Sailing Yacht to the Green Cave and Island of VisDay 6 - Hiking HvarDay 7 - Hvar to Dubrovnik via the Ston Oyster FieldsDay 8 - Ragusa, the Republic of DubrovnikDay 9 - Half-day kayaking DubrovnikDay 10 - Depart Dubrovnik
Upon arrival at Split Airport, it is just a 20 minute transfer to your resort hotel overlooking the clear blue waters of the Adriatic Sea.

Families will appreciate the numerous activities to keep them entertained including a private sandy beach, indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools as well as a tennis academy. Whilst younger members of the family can make new friends at the Penguin Club, parents may enjoy the Diocletians Spa.

Overnight: Le Meridien Lav

Enjoy an overview tour of the eclectic city of Split this morning. At the heart of the city lies the UNESCO listed Diocletians Palace, built as a ‘retirement home’ for the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Your guide will accompany you as you explore the palace which still, today, lives and breathes as a fully-functioning place where people have their homes, stores and offices. The palace was built with stone from the island of Brac, the same stone that built the White House. Also, not to be missed are the sphinxes from Egyptian antiquity on the entrance gate.

Later, head on out to the stunning Krka National Park, a natural land of lakes, caverns and cascades. Experience the National Park first by boat, then have the unique opportunity to swim in among the waterfalls of the Lower Lake.

If your cultural appetite is still not satiated, you may wish to stop by the fascinating UNESCO towns of Sibenik or Trogir on your way back to Split.

Overnight: Le Meridien Lav
Meal Plan: B

Enjoy rural Croatia today on a privately guided cycling adventure along the Cetina River. Cetina is a beautiful river in southern Croatia. It has a total length of one hundred and five kilometres and descends from an altitude of three hundred and eighty five meters at its source to the sea level when it flows into the Adriatic Sea. The river is clear and tranquil as it passes through its high canyon. The mouth of the Cetina River opens into the sea at Omis, a fantastic setting for a town, separated by a deep ravine which, after many kilometres of being fairly wide, closes in here to just a few meters wide. Your route is mainly on paved roads through the canyon and is great for cyclists of moderate ability.

After your cycling tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Overnight: Le Meridien Lav
Meal Plan: B

This morning make your way to the private motor-yacht waiting for you in the Marina. Speed out across the Adriatic with your skipper headed for the island of Brac to stop at Croatia’s most spectacular beach, known as
the Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn). This natural miracle of an outcrop beach changes its shape and direction depending on the wind and tides.

Journey onwards right into the heart of Hvar marina where your waterfront hotel is located.

Overnight: Adriana, Hvar Spa Hotel
Meal Plan: B

Enjoy another full day out in the Adriatic today onboard your own skippered sailing yacht. Sail to the island Vis and explore the wild beauty of its southern coast. Stop to take photos of Stiniva Bay, once a huge cave that collapsed, and enjoy swimming in emerald and blue waters of Srebrna (Silver) beach. Discover the hidden beaches of the little island of Ravnik where you can see The Green Cave, before sailing to the beautiful harbour of Vis.

The town of Vis (Issa) was the oldest Greek colony in the Adriatic Sea, founded in 4th-century BC by Dionysius the Elder from Syracuse. Ancient Greeks already recognized the strategic importance of this island as well as the benefits the island can offer such as fresh water, fertile land and the richest fishing grounds in Adriatic waters.

There will also be an opportunity to swim and snorkel from the yacht into the glistening Adriatic waters.

Overnight: Adriana, Hvar Spa Hotel
Meal Plan: B

Join your hiking guide this morning for a short transfer to a nearby village where the views of the surrounding islands are amazing. Hike through villages where you can appreciate the charm of the traditional architecture and way of living off the land, with the opportunity to taste homemade wine, prosek or grappa on the way.

Follow the medieval trail from Velo Grablije to the hidden village of Malo Grablje, which is downhill all the way. Continue from here along a gravel path to Milna, ending up eventually back in Hvar along a small rocky trail. Today is a real opportunity to discover the beauty of Hvar off the beaten track.

Overnight: Adriana, Hvar Spa Hotel
Meal Plan: B

Your driver will join you again today for a drive along the length of Hvar, through wine groves and lavender fields, then take a short ferry ride back onto the Croatian mainland. The drive from here down to the south of the country is one of the most beautiful in Europe, and not to be missed is the Peljesac Peninsula. Peljesac is home to some of Croatia’s finest white wines, and Europe’s finest oysters. Learn how oysters are harvested, and adult members of the family may also wish to enjoy some of the excellent local white wines.

Overnight: Hotel Bellevue
Meal Plan: B

The story of Dubrovnik has always been linked to the sea, from the early days of exploration, trade, piracy and shipbuilding to the continuing activity of fishermen in small boats today. A visit to the Maritime Museum and the old harbour will help bring all these to life.

The city walls of Dubrovnik are its most memorable monument. Parts of the walls date from the 13th-century. The ramparts are intact and encircle the ancient town with a circumference of more than a mile and a half. Ascending the stairway close to Pile Gate, you will soon reach the top of the wall where your guide will lead you on a walking tour along its entire length. You will see the gorgeous Minceta Fortress, St. John’s Fortress, Maritime Museum, Bokar Fortress, Lovrjenac Fortress which bears the motto of the Republic: NON BENE PRO TOTO LIBERTAS VENDITUR AURO – Freedom is not to be sold for any gold of the world. The charming ochre and red terra cotta roofs of Dubrovnik’s old houses spread out before you.

Overnight: Hotel Bellevue
Meal Plan: B

Just a few miles north of Dubrovnik, Zaton Bay is a place of natural beauty and tranquility. The deep bay, surrounded by mountain ridges, offers calm seas and natural protection from Dalmatia’s Islands and a rugged
coastline of towering cliffs and caves. Paddle to a private cove camouflaged by coastal cliffs – the ideal spot to swim, snorkel, cliff-jump, and relax on the beach before stopping at one of the small villages for a cold drink.

Overnight: Hotel Bellevue
Meal Plan: B

Transfer to Dubrovnik Airport today. Time permitting, an absolute must is a visit to the natural karst cave which was recently discovered running underneath the airport runway!

Meal Plan: B

Pacific Destination Center Europe Specialists are here to help personalize your Family holiday for the Most Memorable Experience – Just give us a call at 800-227-5317, or email us at info@pacific-destinations.com with your desired destinations and focused activity wish list, or special occasion celebration and we will get started on your personalized dream holiday.

 

Phone one of our Europe Specialists at 1-800-227-5317 to start planning your Croatian Holiday now!

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