- Stay in Dalmatia's most beautiful locations, enjoying rest and relaxation in the Adriatic sun
- Each place you stay has access to a balcony overlooking the sea, the beach, and quality services
- We've included into the itinerary a walk in Split market with a private expert guide
- You'll have access to our additional services, including our local Concierge
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Croatia on the sea
Your tripEnjoy two of the most popular and interesting spots in Dalmatia that have both culture and coastal charm. We've chosen the best hotels to suit you during your trip, which have bedrooms opening out on the sea, where you can enjoy the delicious feeling of privacy and at being close to nature. To get from one to the other, you'll have access to a hire car. The roads in Croatia are well planned out and looked after, even as they snake around and through the mountains. To get a genuine taste of daily Croatian life, we have included in your itinerary a visit to Split market to sample cabbages, apples, plums, peppers and tomatoes on the steps of the Diocletian Palace. And if you would like a private expert guide to accompany your first steps in Dubrovnik, we can organise that for you. If, along the way, you have a last-minute desire or a slight setback, you can contact our local Concierge.
Flight to Split
Private Transfer. Enjoy a two-night stay in Podstrana, south of Split. The hotel overlooks the marina, where yachts bob quietly beside the quay. It has a long white sandy beach, at the end of a Mediterranean park full of palms. Spacious rooms, modern facilities and exceptional service make our chosen hotel a great choice for anybody visiting the area. From fresh seafood cooked up on the grill to sophisticated Mediterranean cuisine, the three restaurants on the estate offer outstanding delights, and the bar welcomes you to sip a delicious cocktail in the shade. The spa has everything you need for a touch of relaxation, from a large pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, to a gym, and professionals to offer up pampering treatments in the relaxing treatment rooms. Outside you have access to another pool, plus four green tennis courts and a menu of water sports.
The origin of old Split is a single monumental complex: the palace that Roman Emperor Diocletian had built at the end of the third century to spend his retirement in the country (and to cure his rheumatism in the sulphur springs). There were residential buildings, a temple of Jupiter, baths and barracks. The enclosure of the Dioklecijanova Palace still gives style to the waterfront. In the Middle Ages, houses were added inside and out, the palace was bursting at the seams and became a city. The Emperor's mausoleum was transformed into a Christian church with a 12th-century bell tower and a 17th-century choir, and it is now St Domnius Cathedral. Venetian architects also came here to practice their craft. There are lots of nooks and crannies to explore, plus hidden little spots to enjoy a maraschino and pancakes.
Already in the itinerary - Split Market Walk. You have markets on either side of the palace - the Pazar fruit and vegetable market is to the east, and the fish market is located to the west. You'll have the chance to stop and shop at the former with a private expert guide. All farm produce from the Dalmatian hinterland ends up here and people chat over produce from vegetable gardens, fields and orchards. Once the shopping bag is full, you can take your produce to a chef, who will cook it up in his restaurant into a specially-made dish for you.
Split - Dubrovnik
Pick up the hire car and drive to Dubrovnik. Enjoy a two-night stay east of the Old Town. The historic part of the town dates back to 1913. The town's current style is resolutely international and contemporary. The three restaurants serve up their own interpretations of Mediterranean cuisine, from salads and soups to hearty stews and gourmet fare. In the wellness area, you'll have access to an indoor freshwater pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and gym, plus direct access to the private beach from the spa. From your window you can see the sea. From the long terrace, you'll have another sea view and a view of Dubrovnik's ramparts.
The large fountain of Onofrio della Cava (built in 1438) which is connected to an aqueduct, marks a breakthrough for municipal water supply compared to archaic collection tanks. The water springs out of the mouths of sixteen mascarons, which visitors might recognise from Game of Thrones. The funicular, one of the major local attractions during the last twenty years of Yugoslavia, is now back in service after a lengthy restoration. It takes you to an altitude of 1,300ft in four minutes, with a splendid view of the city, and it's a wonderful experience to sit a drink on Mount Srd as the sun sets over the sea, In addition to these few tips, you can check out a host of major monuments, and enjoy all the pleasures of a radiant sea and savour Turkish coffee.
Optional - Private tour of the Old City of Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik - return flight
Drive to the airport and return the car. Return flight.
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Private tour of the old town of Dubrovnik
The ramparts of ancient Ragusa house an exceptional museum-city, to be discovered with a local private guide before heading there alone. The Church and Monastery of the Friars Minor (Franciscans) is a 14th-century Romanesque wonder and also houses a famous pharmacy. From the same period, there is also the ancient synagogue, the oldest Sephardic synagogue still in operation. You should also vist the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin from the 17th to 18th centuries, regarded as one of the most beautiful expression of Roman Baroque art in the eastern Adriatic.
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