About Croatia Island Hopping Holiday (South)
The freedom of the sea - make use of Croatia's fabulous network of fast ferries to visit a choice of islands; includes two cities (Split, Dubrovnik) & two islands (Hvar, Korcula, Mljet).
Activity code: CRIH02
Duration: 10 Days
START - Dubrovnik / FINISH - Split
This Island Hopping itinerary is a very popular holiday option in southern Croatia utilising the excellent ferry network to visit some of the most beautiful islands in the whole Mediterranean, nicely book-ended with stays in Split and Dubrovnik. Our suggested islands are Korcula and Hvar; however, you could also choose to include Mljet, Lopud, Brac or Vis.
If you don't fancy driving and wish to avoid the roads altogether on your holiday then we have the perfect solution; this Adriatic Island Hopping Holiday includes time-tabled catamarans and ferries between all the islands located from Split down to Dubrovnik. Many of the hotels are within easy walking distance of the ports and harbours but we will include private transfers for the slightly longer ones (and to/from the airports, of course).
Spend a few days in Dubrovnik exploring the old town, taking a boat trip or admiring the views from the cable car and then you have a choice of islands to enjoy, whether that is more historical sightseeing, sea-based activities, walking, traditional food (or fine dining) or taking in some spa treatments; we will advise which island(s) work best for you. Of course you could then return to Dubrovnik if your flight schedule dictates but if possible we would recommend travelling on to Split where you can stay in the old city surrounded by remnants of Diocletian's Palace. From Split you can easily visit nearby Trogir using the ferry or take an excursion to the Cetina Valley for rafting or the fabulous zip-wire experience.
We are able to tailor-make a holiday to suit your requirements for any or all of the following - departure airport, budget, hotel type/size, duration, activities, etc.
Accommodation: the hotels in this itinerary are our personal choice in each category, all of which offer quality accommodation. You may prefer a small and friendly hotel or one of the boutique properties which are also small but tend to be a more luxurious and occasionally quirky option or a deluxe 5* hotel with lots of facilities to enjoy during your stay. Please do not hesitate to request alternative hotels).
Transport: we will provide up-to-date timetables and advice on which ferries work best and what routes are available for your choice of itinerary. We can pre-book tickets on the high speed catamaran services to guarantee places, these services are excellent and we will book transfers to/from the ports and your hotels to match up with them. However, it is not possible to pre-book car-ferry tickets on most lines but as a foot passenger the costs are minimal and there will not be any problems with availability, even during high season.
Extra Information: All our holidays include a FREE guidebook with your confirmation and we are happy to book activities and additional sightseeing, particularly in Dubrovnik - such as cycling, sea kayaking, wine-tasting, etc.
NB: Flights available to book through us with a range of airlines, from various UK airports.
Click on the location link above to view our whole selection of accommodation.
Arrival at Dubrovnik airport; private transfer to your hotel. Balance of day local sightseeing.
Breakfast at hotel.
OPTIONAL: Dubrovnik Sightseeing (duration approx. 2 hrs) - ".... those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik" (George Bernard Shaw). This tour will reveal the finest sites of the old walled City. The walking portion includes visits to the Dominican Monastery with it's fine collection of medieval paintings and the Cathedral with its famous Treasury. Our guide will lead you through the narrow streets of the Old Town introducing you to the history and culture of this magnificent city. Other buildings will be viewed along the way. Return to hotel.
Breakfast at your hotel; choice of catamaran directly from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town.
Visit of Korcula - Marco Polo is the property and inheritance of the whole world! Korcula town is considered the birthplace of Marco Polo. Experience the narrow streets, churches and palaces in one of the best preserved Mediaeval towns in the Mediterranean.
[Alternatively, take the catamaran to Pomena on Mljet Island and stay in a hotel overlooking the bay. On this island you are surrounded by nature, plenty of oppurtunities to explore on foot and on the sea.]
Breakfast at your hotel. Morning at leisure in Korcula; onward ferry from Korcula Town to Hvar Town.
NB. depending upon your choice of hotel in Hvar Town we can also include an arrival transfer and/or luggage assistance for you.
Breakfast at your hotel. Free day to explore Hvar Town (suggest a walk up to the castle before it gets too hot).
OPTIONAL: Hvar town sightseeing tour with local guide (duration approx. 1.5hrs): When we think of Hvar - we think about the island of heather, sunshine and crickets, the island of lavender, sage and wine and the island of rosemary and secluded coves.
OPTIONAL:Visit Pakleni islands: The most popular beaches of Hvar are situated on the Pakleni islands archipelago (about twenty islets right opposite the town of Hvar). This archipelago is the most beautiful part of the Hvar Riviera and can be easily reached by frequent taxi boats from the harbour, just outside the Arsenal. Pakleni islands have numerous bathing places and a myriad of small, secluded beaches.
Breakfast at your hotel. Depart on ferry from Hvar Town to Split; private transfer on arrival to your hotel.
OPTIONAL sightseeing suggestion - visit the old city centre of Split (the centre of Dalmatia), todays Split is the product of 17 centuries of building, renovating and remodeling, so that the new of today matches with the old of yesterday. At the core of this sprawling cityscape is the palace that Emperor Diocletian built for his golden years at the turn of the 4th century. What began as an imperial residence and fortified camp is today an intriguing warren of narrow cobblestone streets, where pre-Romanesque churches live alongside Gothic chapels, history-filled museums abut galleries of contemporary art and delicious - smelling restaurants compete with bustling cafes for the attention of passers-by.
Breakfast at your hotel. Free day to explore Split or visit nearby places of interest such as [Roman site] Salona or Trogir; it is possible to visit Trogir using local passenger ferry across the bay. Perhaps you may be interested to do some rafting or ride the zip wire at the nearby Cetina Valley.
Breakfast at your hotel; private departure transfer to Split Airport for flight home.