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Delights of Croatia

Resort:Croatia
Operator: Saga
Destination: Croatia
Price From: £1899.00

Overview

Cruise by catamaran through the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic between the idyllic islands of Hvar, Korcula and Vodice on the Sibenik Riviera, on this tour exclusively forsolo travellers. A trio of all inclusive hotel stays ensure youll have plenty of time to unwind, and you can delve deep into Croatian history on included walking tours in each destination. Plus you can take advantage of the fantastic range of optional excursions available, including visits to UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik, Krka National Park, historic Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the stunning Mljet National Park, and perhaps enjoy a spot of wine tasting too…

Including…

14nights in hotels

41meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners

Free baropen 12+ hours a day at your hotels

  • – Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
  • – Return flights and transfers
  • – Saga tour manager
  • – Porterage at all hotels
  • – Fast track security and airport lounge UK
  • – Welcome drink and dinner
  • – Drinks party
  • – Farewell dinner
  • – Meet and greet at the airport
  • – Social activities

Excursions and visits

  • – Walking tour of Trogir (2021 departures only)
  • – Walking tour of Korcula
  • -Walking tour of Hvar
  • – Walking tour of Vodice (2020 departures only)

Itinerary

Day 1 UK to Trogir, Croatia

After meeting your group at the airport, fly to Split airport and then transfer to Trogir.

Spend the next four nights at the locally rated 4-starHotel Medena. Look forward to a welcome drink and dinner this evening, where you can get to know your fellow travellers. D

Day 2 Trogir

This morning enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Trogir. This historic town has an elegant Venetian flair, with a host of Renaissance buildings to admire, and plenty of old cobbled lanes and shaded squares to discover. Spend the afternoon at your leisure. B, L, D

Day 3 Trogir

Spend today at leisure or join an optional excursion to the Krka Waterfalls. B, L, D

Optional excursions

Krka National Park Half day

Venture into Krka National Park to see the amazing natural phenomenon of the Krka waterfalls. Here the Krka River seeps through highly porous limestone or ‘karst’, creating a spectacular series of cascades and caves and, where the limestone has collapsed, lakes. You’ll be able to walk through the green forests and view the tranquil lakes which frame the whole spectacle of roaring cataracts and tumbling cascades. There are seven beautiful waterfalls in total ranging from the stunning Skrandinski waterfall some 800 metres long, to the picturesque Roki slap, known locally as the necklace.

Day 4 Trogir

Spend today at leisure or join an optional excursion to the UNESCO-listed city of Sibenik. B, L, D

Optional excursions

Sibenik Full day

The city of Sibenik grew up around one of the most protected natural harbours on the Adriatic coast, about 80 km north of Split. It’s an attractive place with narrow streets and squares, where historic buildings jostle with modern shops and restaurants. You can see a variety of historic buildings including the former Bishop’s Palace, the 15th-century Ducal Palace and St Jacob’s Cathedral, one of the most important Renaissance buildings in Croatia.

Day 5 Trogir-Korcula

After breakfast, embark on a scenic transfer to the island of Korcula by catamaran. Cruise the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic through an archipelago of over a thousand beautiful islands swathed in fragrant pine groves, flowers and herbs. Cruise past the Peljesac Peninsula where you can view hilltops clad with vineyards and fruit trees as you arrive in Korcula town. Transfer to the locally rated 4-starHotel Marko Polowhere youll stay for seven nights. The hotel has a fabulous hilltop location, surrounded by green wooded hills that sweep down to the sparkling waters edge, and is within walking distance of the old town. B, L, D

Day 6 Korcula

Today join an included half day walking tour of Korcula old town. Your tour guide will show you the town that claims to be the birthplace of Marco Polo, which in medieval times fell under the rule of the Venetian Republic. Youll see the glorious architecture dating from this period, including the walls that encircle the old town, the towers that defend it, and the Gothic-Renaissance cathedral. B, L, D

Day 7 Korcula

Spend today at leisure or join an optional excursion to the town of Vela Luka. B, L, D.

Optional excursions

Vela LukaHalf day

Visit the picturesque port of Vela Luka, the largest town on Korcula, built around a deep, sheltered bay on the islands west coast. This walking tour will lead you through the legends and stories of Vela Luka, and youll learn more about vast history of the town and the island.

Day 8 Korcula

Today is free to spend at leisure. Perhaps make the most of the hotels facilities or head back to the mainland on an optional excursion to Dubrovnik. B, L, D.

Day 9 Korcula

Spend today at leisure or join an optional excursion taking you over the border into neighbouring Bosnia-Herzegovina to the history town of Mostar. B, L, D.

Optional excursions

MostarFull day

Drive through Neum, along the coast and through the delta valley of the River Neretva to the historic city of Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina, best known for its Old Bridge (Stari Most). Evidence of Mostars multi-cultural past can be seen ranging from the Ottoman quarter with its cobbled streets to the towns later neo-classical buildings. Although the old bridge was destroyed during the war in 1993, it was rebuilt along with other associated areas of the city and placed on UNESCOs World Heritage List. During Turkish rule, this city was a very important trading centre and your guided tour will show you city highlights such as the old bazaar, the mosque and a typical Turkish house.

Please remember to bring your passport on this trip.

Day 10 Korcula

Continue relaxing on the Korculas peaceful shores, or perhaps join an optional excursion to the nearby island of Mljet to explore the national park. B, L, D.

Optional excursions

Mljet National ParkFull day

Legend has it Mljet was a favoured holiday destination of the Greek hero Ulysses. Much of the island is carpeted by forest and the rest is sprinkled with vineyards and small villages. The western part is a national park featuring Aleppo pine and holm oak. Within the park are two saltwater lakes, Malo Jezero and Veliko Jezero. On your included visit you’ll walk from your ship to the entrance, then to the stairs and finally the bridge from which you’ll board a boat to the island of St Mary.

The entire walk takes about half an hour. On the island, set in Veliko Jezero, is a 12th-century Benedictine monastery. Take a stroll to admire the building and the peaceful setting and perhaps stop for a coffee or ice cream in the restaurant (at your own expense).

Day 11 Korcula

Spend another day at leisure or learn more about Korculas vineyards and wine production on an optional excursion. B, L, D.

Optional excursions

Wine tour Half day

Head to the southern part of the island, renowned for its red wine production, with Korculas geographical location and climate offering the ideal growing conditions. Here you will get the chance to taste a selection of three different wines, plus enjoy a tasting of local home-made honey.

Day 12 Korcula-Hvar

After breakfast, enjoy another catamaran transfer to the island of Hvar. Characterised by vineyards, olive groves and endless fields of lavender, Hvar is often listed as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Spend the next three nights at the locally rated 3-starHotel Senseslocated on the outskirts of the charming town of Vrboska, established as a fishing village in the 15th century. B, L, D

Day 13 Hvar

After breakfast enjoy an included walking tour of Hvar town. Known for its art, excellent beaches and fields of lavender, Hvar has been ruled in turn by the Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The island has caves that show signs of prehistoric habitation, whilst weather records consistently show Hvar as one of the sunniest places in Europe. High above the town lies the Fortica a medieval fortress offering far-reaching views of the town and harbour. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. B, L, D.

Day 14 Hvar

Spend today at leisure or join an optional excursion to the historic town of Stari Grad. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening. B, L, D.

Optional excursions

Stari GradHalf day

Set off on a scenic journey to the historic city of Stari Grad, passing some of Hvars most idyllic villages en route. Youll glimpse Vrbanj, the largest village on the island, and Dol, one of the oldest and which is famous for its old stone houses and courtyards. In Stari Grad youll see cultural landmarks that speak of its fascinating past. One of these is Stari Grad Plain, a well-preserved and active 80-hectare agricultural landscape that is on UNESCOs esteemed World Heritage List. Also visit 15th-century Tvrdalj, a monumental Renaissance castle built by an eminent Stari Grad nobleman.

Day 15 Hvar-Split-UK

Depart your hotel after breakfast and return to Split by catamaran for your return flight to the UK. B