Croatia Island Hopping Holiday (South)

Dubrovnik to Split via two Adriatic Islands (public catamaran version)

About Croatia Island Hopping Holiday (South)

Summary

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 (from Hvar, Korcula, Mljet, Brac).

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.

Highlights of this Island Hopping Holiday:

  • Dubrovnik is the brightest gem of the southern Dalmatian coast. One of the pleasures of a visit to Dubrovnik must surely be the walk around the city ramparts looking down at the narrow streets, churches and cafes as well as across the sea. Another wonderful vantage point is the view from the newly-restored cable car up to the nearby Srd peak.
  • Hvar is often referred to as the lovliest Dalmatian island and perhaps because it is the sunniest place in Croatia may have something to do with this. To add to Hvar's beauty there is an abundance of wild flowers such as lavender, rosemary and heather whose perfume adds something special to the island's atmosphere. Hvar Town is a small, charming harbour town set against a backdrop of steep hills with plenty of interesting Mediaeval buildings. The view from the Venetian fortress at the top of the hill offers a truly magical Mediterranean sunset.
  • Korčula, in legend, was founded by the Trojans in the 12th Century BC but it is more likely that the Greeks colonized the island, calling it Korkyra Melaina (Black 'Corfu') because of its dark forests. The beginnings of the walled stone city date from the early 13th century and are described in the Statute of the town and island of Korčula dating from 1214. More recently, there is a strong claim that Marco Polo was born and grew up on the island.
  • Mljet Island boasts a superb National Park which covers almost half of its area. The major features, apart from its overall natural beauty are two salt water lakes of which the larger is home to a 12th Century Benedictine Monastery and church (the warmer waters in these lakes make them ideal for bathing even outside of the main season). A peaceful holiday location, ideally suited to those who love nature and a quiet evening enjoying the local cuisine.
  • Split is most famous as the location of the retirement home for the Emperor Diocletian. In today's Split there are two main squares, the Pjaca and the Peristyle which give the city of Split a stylish and laid-back sophistication. Sitting at one of the cafes lining the palm-shaded waterfront is an indulgent pleasure.

Why book with Rediscover the World ?

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: We are happy to book activities and additional sightseeing, particularly in Dubrovnik - such as cycling, sea kayaking, wine-tasting, etc.

What's included in your Croatia Island Hopping holiday?

  • Private round trip airport transfers
  • Private transfers to and from ports and your hotels
  • Pre-booked catamaran tickets
  • 9 nights accommodation on BB basis
  • Ferry timetables
  • Fully detailed itinerary
  • All local tourist taxes
  • 24hr representative services

NB: Flights available to book through us with a range of airlines, from various UK airports.

Our recommended hotel choices for this fly drive:

  • Hvar: - Hotel Croatia, Villa Nora, Hotel Adriana
  • Korcula: - Hotel Marko Polo, Hotel Korsal, Hotel Korkyra
  • Mljet: - Hotel Odisej
  • Brac: - Hotel Borak, Hotel Bol
  • Split: - Hotel Slavija, Hotel Peristil, Hotel Luxe
  • Dubrovnik: - Hotel Perla, Hotel Lero, Hotel More, Hotel Bellevue

Click on the location link above to view our whole selection of accommodation.

Contact us now to book this recommended Holiday for any date.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival, Dubrovnik

    Arrival at Dubrovnik airport; private transfer to your hotel. Balance of day local sightseeing.

    • Overnight in Dubrovnik.

  • Days 2 & 3: Dubrovnik

    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.

    Lots of opportunities for sightseeing, excursions, boat trips, adventure activities and much more ...

    • Overnight at hotel in Dubrovnik.

  • Days 4 & 5: Dubrovnik - Korcula [or Mljet]

    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.]

    • Stay in Korcula [or Mljet] - 2 nights.

  • Day 6: Korcula - Hvar [or Brac]

    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.

    [Alternatively, take the catamaran to Bol on Brac Island and stay in a hotel overlooking the famous Zlatni Rat or Golden Horn Bay. On this island you are surrounded by nature and plenty of opportunities for activities and sightseeing.]

    • stay in Hvar Town or Bol - 2 nights.

  • Day 7: Hvar

    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.

    • Overnight in Hvar Town.

  • Day 8 - Hvar - Split

    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.

    • Overnight in Split.

  • Day 9: Split & Trogir

    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.

    • Overnight in Split.

  • Day 10: Split, Departure

    Breakfast at your hotel; private departure transfer to Split Airport for flight home.

Reviews

"We've just returned from our wonderful holiday in Croatia. Firstly, thank you for all the organising. All of the transfers worked like clockwork and all of the hotel staff and others along the way were helpful and lovely.  ...our four destinations gave us a good feel for the country and I've no doubt we'll be back for more. Thank you both, and your team, for a lovely holiday."

C Beales, UK, Sept 2018

"We've just returned from our wonderful holiday in Croatia. Firstly, thank you for all the organising. All of the transfers worked like clockwork and all of the hotel staff and others along the way were helpful and lovely.  ...our four destinations gave us a good feel for the country and I've no doubt we'll be back for more. Thank you both, and your team, for a lovely holiday."

C Beales, UK, Sept 2018

"Fantastic holiday, loved Croatia and will definitely return. Favourite was Korcula and hotel staff were very helpful. Good location, loved the island and sailing opportunities."

B Rider, UK, Aug 2018

"The hotels were all great in their own ways and they delivered on views and location. Very happy with it all. Croatia is very beautiful and surpassed all our expectations. Thank you again from both of us for organising and responding to queries etc."

S Cotter, UK, June 2018

"Many thanks to Andy and Dawn at Rediscover for arranging a wonderful multi centre trip to Croatia. Their advice was invaluable as to suggestions of where to stay in each resort and everything was organised perfectly. As a solo traveller, I felt completely reassured that every detail was taken care of. I especially loved the Vamoos app which contained all the important information/documents and tickets for my trip. It was so easy to use and so accessible. Would highly recommend Rediscover to take care of all your holiday needs."

H Scott, UK, June 2018

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