About Croatia Island Hopping Holiday
The freedom of the sea - make use of Croatia's fabulous network of ferries and catamarans to visit your choice of islands. This particular holiday is for eight days and includes two cities (Split, Dubrovnik) and two islands (Hvar, Korcula, Mljet).
START - Dubrovnik / FINISH - Split
Activity code: CRIH02
Duration: 8 Days
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 timetabled 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.
"Back from Croatia and just wanted to let you know that we had a great time. The three hotels were quite different (which was nice) and all three were very good. Drivers and cars were very smart and very punctual – only timing problem was a delayed Easyjet flight on Saturday due to fog / mist back at Gatwick. Thanks again for all your arrangements – quite sure this trip to Croatia will be our first and not our last."
F Lynch, Oct 2015
"We had a great holiday. Best bits: Our day walking the walls in Dubrovnik, then to Lokrum Island by ferry, great swimming, then to Lady Pi Pi's to dinner. Also swimming at the bay nearest hotel Lero, & in Marko Polo's pool; the terrace had great views. Anyway, we really enjoyed ourselves on holiday. Thanks you for all your arrangements."
D Williams, August 2016
"My holiday was very well planned and meticulously organised, all the links in the chain held firm. It gave me a taste of Croatia and next time I may well stray away from the tourist trail a bit more. I enjoyed it and felt relaxed and welcome. Hotels all OK, though wifi sketchy in the rooms in Marko Polo and Concordia. Staff all pleasant and efficient. I’ve noted that breakfasts in all were extensive but not wildly appetising but this is in the context of food in Croatia generally, which is not that great. I had one Hotel call Amathus to slightly rearrange a transfer time and this was done satisfactorily. It all went to schedule and no complaints really, would definitely use your company again."
C Hobbs, August 2017
"Villa Nora was outstanding in every respect. Lero was too big for us, and like any international hotel, with bored reception staff. This confirms our preference for boutique hotels. Private transfers worked like clockwork !"
R Morfee, August 2016
"Thank you Andy & Dawn, your help and service were outstanding and I would use you again and certainly recommend you to anybody. We enjoyed Croatia although we found the food a bit repetitive after a while; the people were friendly and everywhere spotlessly clean and everyone so helpful."
M Purdy, November 2015
"A quick line to thank yourself and your team for organising a great holiday for myself and Emma in Croatia. The holiday surpassed our expectations and will defiantly be returning to explore the country further."
D Liew, October 2016
"The Antica Ragusa suited us extremely well as it was in the old city - so we forgave the third floor room without a lift. I can understand why you normally get people to stay outside the city walls. We made sure were ready well before time for our transfer to the ferry - but it would have been a nightmare for the driver if we'd not been so considerate. However, in our case, we really valued that proximity. Apart from the Bellevue (which had a lift), the staff at the other hotels all helped us with our luggage and were very polite and delightful. The drivers for the transfers were punctual, polite and very nice. Andy Scase was very helpful and responsive in the short time period in which we booked. For the future - we will be booking further in advance and probably looking for a cheaper overall package."
F Markham, July 2016
"Just wanted to say thank you very much for arranging a fantastic holiday for us to Croatia. We had an amazing time - everything went to plan - all transfers etc went very smoothly.We really appreciate all the hard work you put into the arrangements and have already recommended you to many of of our friends. We met some lovely people, saw some beautiful places and did some fantastic activities.We are saving up for next year now!"
M Miles, August 2016
"We had a brilliant time, the weather was good and we loved all the islands. We were pleased with the itinerary and were able to have a look around in all the places we visited. The private transfers were excellent. This was our first island hopping holiday in Croatia and we enjoyed the contrast between the peace and quiet at Mljet and the buzz of Hvar. The crowded old town of Dubrovnik with the quaint and quiet old town at Korcula. We enjoyed the local restaurants and found the waiters charming and helpful. The only changes we would suggest would be an apartment at Hvar on the outskirts where it may be a bit quieter rather than a hotel. The hotel was centrally placed but quite noisy. We would also opt for 3 nights at Korcula as due to the ferry times we didn't have long there to enjoy the beautiful island. The ferries were all on time, the only problem we had was that in Korcula the departing ferry left from a different port to where we arrived. We were unaware of this and nearly missed it. A really enjoyable holiday, booked with ease."
L Coomber, Sept 2016
"It was a fabulous holiday, if a little energetic. You made some great choices, and we were happy with just about everything – lots of things to see, and do – next time we need to come back for longer! But all in all a great holiday, Thank you for all you did."
K Brazier, August 2016