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Magnificent Croatian South (Zadar, Kornati Island National park, Split, Island Hvar, Dubrovnik)

Magnificent Croatian South

If your holiday fantasies feature balmy days by sapphire waters in the shade of ancient walled towns, Croatia is the place to turn them into reality.


INSIGHT

On this tour you will experience something new, something special and in every word – something magnificent. We will take you away, far on the Adriatic coast where you will see some of the most beautiful islands, antique cities where history tells stories, where you will enjoy in fresh air and traditional Croatian gastronomy delights.
One visit is all it takes - and you will be in love.
DURATION: 9 days/8 nights

TOUR INFO

Day 1 - arrival to ZADAR

On your first day of this great tour, you will meet Zadar. We will wait for you at the aiport and transfer you to the hotel, located in the city center, where you will check in. After check in we will take you for a walk through the city center, so you can discover your first experience with this exceptional old city.

Zadar is a city monument, surrounded by historical ramparts, a treasury of the archaeological and monumental riches of ancient Roman and medieval times, Renaissance and many contemporary architectural achievements such as the first sea organs in the world. It is three thousand years old, a city of old and dynamic history, often destructed, devastated, every time emerging from the ruins stronger, richer and more beautiful.

Zadar has remains dating from the early Stone Age, while from the Neolithic it has remains of many human settlements. In Zadar we will see the Church of St. Donat, a city symbol from the early middle ages, Kalelarga, Cathedral of St. Anastasia and city walls from Roman times and middle ages.

Overnight in Zadar, boutique 4* hotel in the Old town

Day 2 – ZADAR – KORNATI ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK – ZADAR

This day is reserved for a day trip with a boat to Kornati Islands National Park. Kornati is the most dense group of islands in the whole Mediterranean. National park Kornati include a group of 141 islands and reefs. It has an exceptional natural and aesthetic value. This national park is an anthem to its nature and an ode to the people of this region who inhabited this earthly paradise for centuries. Generations of farmers, herders and fishermen who put great effort into this land is now visible in dry stone walls, rare pieces of fertile land and modest stone dwellings. Due to its amazing surroundings, interesting geomorphology, delicate coastline and rich marine ecosystem, most of the Kornati islands were declared a national park in 1980.

Famous Kornati 'crowns' (cliffs) facing an open sea, characterize most of the outer islands in seaward which makes them unique to this area. High cliffs are actually limestone and sedimentary rocks that show bizarre shapes formed by the atmosphere. Process of corrosion, erosion and abrasion gave an extra touch to this enormous surface that at some places cliffs descend vertically over 90 meters deep into the sea (island crowns are Piškera and Rašip). The highest crown in Kornati is at Klobučar island and it is 82 m above sea level while the longest one is at Mana island (1350 m).

Although the Kornati islands are not permanently inhabited, there are a few laborer's and fisherman's houses scattered around quiet, well preserved bays on islands like Žut, Sit, Kornat and the surrounding smaller islands. Nowadays, these houses have been made into restaurants and accommodation and have become the favorite destination of navigators and other tourists.

Returning to Zadar late afternoon. Before going to sleep, we are going to take you to experience the most beautiful sunset in the world.

Overnight in Zadar, boutique 4* hotel in the Old town

Day 3 – ZADAR – NATIONAL PARK KRKA – ŠIBENIK – SPLIT

After enjoying Zadar beauties we are going to our next adventure. We will take you of the beaten track, on beautiful Krka River National Park and its canyons, stunning waterfalls and wild nature.

This true paradise on earth, Krka National Park lies about 10 kilometers inland from old city Šibenik in Central Dalmatia. Named after the Krka River, the Park covers an area of just over 142 square km and includes two thirds of the river itself. It was proclaimed as a National park in 1985, as the 7th National Park on Croatia. Main attractions of the park are its magnificent waterfalls, canyons and stunning nature, including famous Skradinski Buk fall which is one of Croatia's most famous sights. The area is exceptionally rich in endemic flora and fauna, containing 222 types of bird. Over 800 species of plant life have been identified as being present in the National Park. The watermills along the rivers and above the waterfalls, ruins of fortifications rising above the canyons, the picturesque mouth of the River Čikola above Skradinski buk waterfall - all are specific features of the river landscape. Much of the animal life lives, unsurprisingly, in and around the waters of the Krka River which is home to different amphibian and reptile creatures. Magnificent Skradinski Buk waterfalls are a collection of 17 waterfalls that range in height by over 45 meters. We will take a boat and go on a magnificent ride to the tiny island Visovac, where was at 1445 settlement of Franciscan monks. The monastery contains large number of very-well preserved artifacts and huge library.

In this great National park you will find ruins of the former Krka hydroelectric plan and there was built the first complete electricity system in Croatia. That happened just two days after Tesla’s hydroelectric plant on Niagara Falls. Thanks to the historical importance, Krka hydroelectric plant is protected as a monument of industrial architecture. National Park Krka also has the only hawk training center in Croatia where you can se presentations of hunting with hawks and hawk trainers’ skills.

Next we are going more to the south, following crystal clear Adriatic sea. Discover Šibenik and its old cobble-stone streets. Šibenik is the oldest Croatian town on the Adriatic coast. It is also called Krešimir's town, since it was the residence of King Petar Krešimir IV, the most important ruler of the ancient Croatian state. Šibenik is located in a large bay where the Krka river meets the sea. It grew from an old Croatian fort near the fortress of St. Michael, which still overlooks the town. Apart from St. Michael's, the town is surrounded by three other fortresses: St. Nicholas', St.John's and Šubićevac.

Its narrow winding streets, stony houses, many staircases and the remains of the city walls give Šibenik that romantic Mediterranean atmosphere. The St. Jacob's Cathedral is the most famous architectural master-piece in Šibenik, listed as the UNESCO World Cultural Monument. The building of the cathedral took over a hundred years. It was made according to sketches by Juraj Dalmatian, a renowned master builder from Zadar. Made of stone exclusively, its unique constructions were both bold and unusual for that time.

The cathedral is also known for its Apse, with a crown of 72 heads portraying the contemporaries of Juraj Dalmatian in a very realistic manner. The cathedral, the Renaissance town hall, the Prince's castle, the neighboring churches and palaces - all are a part of an impressive square, probably the most beautiful one in the town-planning heritage of Croatia.

In the evening we are coming to Split.

Overnight in Split, design 4* hotel in The Old town

Day 4 – SPLIT

This whole days is aimed for exploring ancient city of Split, today cultural, economic and administrative center of Central Dalmatia. Because of its Mediterranean charm, vibrant and magical atmosphere, it's often called "The most beautiful city in the world". Among its grandiuos buldings, streets and walls, we will visit the most important monument of Roman architecture on the eastern coast of the Adriatic – The Diocletian's Palace. The site was first settled when, at the end of the third century AD, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace here. These days the palace is known as Diocletian's Palace and it is under UNESCO's protection. The importance of Diocletian's Palace far transcends local significance because of its level of preservation and the buildings of succeeding historical periods built within its walls, which today form the very heart of old Split. Numerous valuable cultural monuments are also to be found beyond the palace walls. Take your free afternoon for exploring this magnificent city - the pines of the Marjan forest in the western part of the peninsula, the murmur of the sea and the sound of the Dalmatian song in the stone streets of the city.

Once you get to know this town and the way of living here you are going to love it.

Overnight in Split, design 4* hotel in The Old town

Day 5 – SPLIT – ISLAND HVAR (WITH FERRY)

Our next destination is the island of Hvar. Voted one of the ten most beautiful islands in the world and praised by renowned international publications, the island of Hvar, on Croatia's Mediterranean coast, has been known for the healing qualities of its pure air and crystal clear sea since ancient Greek times. In the heart of Europe, Hvar's uniquely sunny microclimate, unspoiled landscape, and rich cultural heritage made it one of the first tourist resorts in the Adriatic. Whispered to be the new St. Tropez, Hvar has climbed its way to international recognition without effort. Effortlessly ranked as Croatia’s trendiest summer destination, Hvar became an ultimate must-be spot on a travel map for demanding international travelers looking for an authentic Mediterranean experience scented with glamour.

Hvar's natural beauty and year-round sunshine made it one of the first tourist resorts in the Adriatic. In fact, the Austrian Queen Elizabeth sponsored the construction of one of the first hotels on Hvar, which was completed in 1899. Tourists from Austria and other countries started coming to Hvar and it was quickly tagged the "Austrian Madeira".

The history of Hvar is closely tied to the history of the Adriatic and the greater Mediterranean basin itself. Beginning with Illyrian tribes, traversing the Greeks, Romans, Venetians, and later to become a part of both the Habsburg and Napoleon's empires, Hvar reflects the nuances and subtleties of the greatest periods in western civilization while maintaining an identity that is totally unique. Today, visitors can marvel at eight centuries of architecture and art in an environment that is almost as pure as the one in which they were created.

One of the remains of Hvar history is Stari Grad Plain, one of UNESCO World Heritage sites. This is a cultural landscape that has remained practically intact since it was first colonized by Ionian Greeks from Pharos in the 4 th century BC.

Enjoy in this Croatian jewel!

Overnight in Hvar, 4* hotel in the Old Town

Day 6 – ISLAND HVAR – PELJESAC PENINSULA & STON – DUBROVNIK

After spending some more time on the sunniest island of the Adriatic, we are leaving Hvar and on our way till the extreme south and city of Dubrovnik, we will drive across Pelješac peninsula, where you will enjoy its green scenery and beautiful surroundings. This region is famous by the best Croatian wines and wine producing in general, as well as you will enjoy in extraordinary tastes of local cuisine, specially sea-food.

We will stop in a Ston bay, little fisherman village named Ston, well-known by its five-kilometers (3,5 miles) long walls, the longest in Europe, made as a fortification complex in 14th Century. After walking the walls, we will visit ancient salt factory (13.ct) where production still takes place under natural conditions on the same principles it has been running continuously for more than 7 centuries. The gulf of Mali Ston has a clean and natural environment. It has been well-known for its mussel and oysters-growing farm since Roman times,and the oysters from Ston (ostrea edulis),as an acknowledged natural aphrodisiac has made this region world-famous. You will have a chance to taste this sea-delicacies.

In the evening we are coming to Dubrovnik.

Overnight in Dubrovnik, luxury 4 or 5 * hotel

Day 7 – DUBROVNIK

And finally, welcome to Dubrovnik – The Pearl of the Adriatic. Great George Bernard Shaw, impressed by its magic, once said – "Those who seek paradise on Earth, should come to Dubrovnik and find it". And he was absolutely right. Dubrovnik's nickname is a "Pearl of the Adriatic" and is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site since 1979. Today Dubrovnik is the proudest feather in Croatia's tourist cap, an elite destination and one of the most beautiful towns in the Mediterranean. Dubrovnik used to be an independent republic, surviving mostly on trade. It managed to survive many centuries, with constant threats to its territory, particularly from the mighty Ottoman Empire and Venice. History is present in the entire city, which is both a museum and a picturesque stage where cultural heritage and contemporary life meet. All houses and monuments have a unique value. The Old City is encompassed by medieval walls, which have been preserved in their original form and opened for visitors as Dubrovnik’s major attraction.

We will enter the old town through the Pile Gate and we will find our selves on Stradun – biggest street in Dubrovnik. Here we will find the Onofrio Fountain, built in 1438, the Franciscan Monastery, with one of the oldest functioning pharmacies in Europe, in operation since 1391. At the other end of the Stradun, we will discover the locals' favourite meeting place, the Orlando Column, with the nearby Sponza Palace and the baroque church of St. Blaise. Here is also the Rector's Palace, which is now a city museum packed with valuable and historic exhibits. Opposite the palace through a narrow street is a square, Gunduliceva Poljana, which is the site of the busy morning market. In the same square is the Jesuit Monastery from the early 18th century. From here you can see the little old town port and visit the city walls which encircle the city and which have been remarkably preserved. Whole city is alive monument and rich treasury of history. You will surely find it magical.

Take your free afternoon and evening for more exploring Croatian pearl.

Overnight in Dubrovnik, luxury 4 or 5* hotel

Day 8 – DUBROVNIK – MLJET ISLAND NATIONAL PARK – DUBROVNIK

Today we are going for a day trip from Dubrovnik to Mljet Island National Park.

The island of Mljet is the most southerly and easterly of the larger Adriatic islands. It is the most beautiful and most forested island in the Adriatic, and it is one of the most beautiful pearls of the Mediterranean. Isolated and untouched, the island's mysticism, olive groves, vineyards and rich forests are ideal places to research the rich flora and fauna, and to peacefully enjoy the pristine beauty of the natural surroundings.

It was already mentioned in the fourth century BC in Greek writing. Numerous Greek amphoras and shipwrecks along the coast of Mljet are evidence that Greek sailors stayed on the shores of Mljet during their journeys.

Mljet National Park makes up most of the island, and there are several villages, two salt water lakes - Veliko and Malo jezero (Big and Small lake), and a Benedictine monastery on the island of sv. Marija (St. Mary) in Starigrad. In Polač there are some of the best natural anchorages in the Adriatic.

Preserved from the Illyrian period, there are many fortifications and tombs, and the best preserved are those on the hill of Veliki Gradac, Veliko jezero and the fortress at Vodice, above the water source at Vodice at Babino Polje. The Roman Palace, which is the largest after Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the Arena in Pula, is a part of the valuable heritage of the island of Mljet.

If you stroll through the island of Mljet, you will see the goats, sheep, donkeys, which in these beautiful fields offer a welcome to all who visit.

Overnight in Dubrovnik, luxury 4* or 5* hotel

Day 9 – departure from DUBROVNIK

Our amazing journey through beautiful and charming Croatia has come to the end. We will drive you to Dubrovnik airport to catch your flight home or some other exciting destination.

We wish you a safe journey, together with your memories collected in this magnificent country. Till some next time, Cromotion team says good-bye...

PRICES

All prices are expressed in euro and based per person.

If you would like to customize your Croatian tour (eg. add new places, extend your stay), please feel free to contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it so we can make an offer that fits your wishes.

Prices with a private tour guide:

Persons Price
2 3.250,00 €
3-4 2.950,00 €
5-6 2.750,00 €
7-8 2.450,00 €

The tour price includes:
- Organization of the tour
- Accommodation in 5 and 4 star hotels, breakfast included
- 9 days / 8 overnights
- Comfortable air-conditioned vehicle (car or minivan) transfers
- Professional guidance – service provided by Cromotion guide and driver
- All entrance tickets: Kornati Islands National Park, National Park Mljet, National Park Krka, Šibenik Cathedral, Diocletian's Palace, Ston Walls, The Walls of Dubrovnik
- Sightseeing service: Zadar, Kornati Islands National Park, National Park Mljet, National Park Krka, Šibenik, Split, Hvar, Pelješac peninsula, Ston, Dubrovnik
- Lunch on Kornati islands
- Wine-tasting and lunch in Ston/Pelješac peninsula
- Lunch in one of the most famous taverns in Dubrovnik
- Tourist tax

PLEASE NOTE:Prices are not fixed, they are flexible depending on a season period and hotel rates. Therefore we suggest you to send us a request so we could make for you a final offer. The travel arrangement can always be customized to your specific preferences. For more details, please send your request to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

FOREIGN MEDIA

THE WASHINGTON POST – IN DUBROVNIK FANTASY AD REALITY SEEM TO LIVE SIDE BY SIDE
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THE NEW YORK TIMES - ZADAR – AFTER 2,000 YEARS, A CROATIAN PORT TOWN STILL SEDUCES
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LONELY PLANET - ISLAND MLJET
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CNBC – GAME OF THRONES - SPLIT, DUBROVNIK, ŠIBENIK
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SUNDAY TIMES TRAVEL MAGAZINE – CROATIA IS 3rd IN EUROPE BY MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES
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SUNDAY TIMES – ABOUT CROATIA
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TOURISM – INDONESIAN MAGAZINE – CROATIA IN TOP 5 WORLD DESTINATION
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DIGITAL JOURNAL – ABOUT HVAR AND CROATIA
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WASHINGTON POST SOCIAL READER - SPLIT
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LA REVUE DE L’HISTOIRE – ABOUT THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF CROATIA
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WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE – REPORT ABOUT CROATIA, WINES AND FOOD
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GLOBO REPORTER (BRAZIL) – ABOUT CROATIAN BEAUTIES
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REVIEWS

Marina Juras organized an exquisite 11 day tour of Croatia, with private car and driver/guide. It began In Zagreb and ended in Dubrovnick with so much, in between, (but not too much) It was a perfect combination of touring and exploration of walled cities, castles, national parks, with relaxing and enjoying the Adriatic and its quaint villages, islands and beaches. Ivan, our enthusiastic guide, was informative, knowledgeable, professional and sensitive to our needs and interests. He also has a delightful personality and sense of humor. The food and wine were beyond my expectation and Ivan made perfect recommendations. Marina and Ivan took care of all the details from beginning to end. (Not a stressful moment) The days flew by and it was hard to say good-bye. It was fortuitous that I found Cromotion on-line amongst a myriad of other options and trusted my gut to use Marina to plan this vacation. I will remember and treasure this trip forever. Thank you!!

Jane, Visited June 2014

I just returned from a 4 country tour using Cromotion's services. Hands down - I would not hesitate to recommend their services to anyone. My friend and I had a fabulous time and an unforgettable trip. From my first email correspondence with Marina, I knew the trip would be perfect. Marina really took the time to learn what type of trip we wanted and what type of travelers we were. She carefully selected accommodations and day trips for us that fit us perfectly. She gave us everything we could have asked for and more! Her attention to detail is amazing and I felt like she was with us everyday as she would call and check in to see how things were going. I was able to have dinner with her my first night and her enthusiam for her job and her country made me so happy that I chose Cromotion. Mirko was with us in Zagreb, Slovenia, Istria and then down to Plitvice Lakes. In 1 word - he is AWESOME! We loved just being with him. He was so funny and taught us so much about what we were seeing. We genuinely loved him! His love for travel and hospitality really showed and we had such a good time with him. Ivan was with us from Zadar down to Dubrovnik with a stop on Hvar and then into Bosnia and Montenegro. His love for Croatia was contagious (and his love for Sibinek!). He always made sure we were comfortable and enjoying what we were doing and seeing. He also taught us a lot about where we were and what we were seeing. He did an awesome job with historic information about each place. We were with him on Easter Sunday and he came with a traditional cake that his mother in law made for us to try....so sweet! I went to Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Montenegro not knowing what to expect. I came home telling everyone who would listen to go there. I also came home with 3 new friends: Marina, Mirko and Ivan.

Courtney, Visited April 2014

Do you know when your Mom hold your hand and lead your way? That is exactly how we felt in our 12-day trip to Croatia/Bosnia-Herzegovina/Montenegro, organized by Marina/Cromotion and guided by Daneslav. Everything went smoothly. The only we had to do was to open our senses and enjoy. The choice of hotels, routes, places was absolutely flawless. Marina's and Dane's assistance was outstanding.

Ciro, Visited August 2013

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