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Croatian Coastal Family Adventure

Minimum age 5 years  

From Dubrovnik to Split

Take your family on a Croatian adventure following the Dalmatian coast from Dubrovnik to Split.

Idyllic beaches, ancient ruins and rustic old world charm are just a few reasons that people are drawn to Croatia and it’s not just your everyday travellers either – Game of Thrones continues to shoot season after season in the stunning scenery of places such as Dubrovnik and Split. Pepper up this trip with a bit of island hopping between Korcula and Hvar, visit the pristine beaches of Lumbarda and trek through the woods of Mljet as you share with your family some of the best experiences the Dalmatian coast has to offer.

Croatia Trip Highlights: 

  • Dubrovnik’s charms reach far beyond the famed beautiful city walls. Explore the undisputed jewel of the Dalmatian Coast, and maybe cruise to Lokrum Island where a botanical garden, Benedictine monastery, and excellent swimming spots await
  • Korcula Island is a quiet escape full of vineyards, olive groves and tranquil coves – indulge in local island food and drink specialties during a feast in a sleepy village
  • Hvar Island seems to have it all: Renaissance architecture, beautiful beaches, lush green landscapes and excellent Dalmatian cuisine
  • Split is a haven of relaxation and culture. Unwind with a walk along the waterfront promenade and explore the impressive ruins of Diocletian’s Palace

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We share this holiday with another company, which is not a dedicated single parent company and so the group is likely to consist of one and two parent families.

Included Activities:

  • Dubrovnik Card (1 day local transport and entry to sites)
  • Ston – Agroturismo Donkey Farm visit
  • Trsteno – Arboretum Garden Entrance
  • Lumbarda – Bike Tour
  • Pupnat Village Dinner
  • Mljet National Park – Boat trip and picnic lunch
  • Hvar Spanjola Fortress
  • Stari Grad – Tvrdalj Castle entrance
  • Split Guided City Tour

Summer temperatures can be very high in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

Croatian Coastal Family Adventure

Day 1 Dubrovnik – Dobro Dosli! Welcome to Croatia. Dubrovnik is a beautiful white stone town surrounded entirely by city walls. Although it experienced devastation during the war in the early 1990s, the restored old town remains as charming as ever. With the sparkling water of the Adriatic in the background, Dubrovnik is picturesque, full of character and can easily be covered on foot. Meet up with the other adventuring families tonight in a pre-trip meeting at your hotel. If you arrive early, perhaps head out to one of the Elafiti Islands. There’s Lopud, a quiet island with lovely hikes, clean beaches and a ruined castle. Kolocep is a sleepy enclave that boasts walks for every fitness level, and Sipan is the most populated of the isles and reputedly has the most hospitable inhabitants. After the meeting, perhaps enjoy a meal with the group so you can get to know the other families. Accommodation: Hotel Dubrovnik or similar (1 night)

Day 2 Dubrovnik – Start the day with an orientation walk throughout Dubrovnik. Enjoy a walk along the city walls of ‘Game of Thrones’ fame, taking in views of the sparkling Adriatic Sea from this undisputed jewel of the Dalmatian Coast. With the rest of the day free for you to explore, you might want to take the family to visit Big Onofrio’s Fountain, built by architect Onofrio della Cava in the 15th century to supply water to the city. Perhaps check out the Franciscan monastery, home to one of the world’s oldest pharmacies, or the Sponza and Rector’s Palaces, the only Renaissance buildings in the city to survive a devastating earthquake and fire in 1667. You can get a snapshot of Croatian history at one of many museums, take a quiet moment inside an old cathedral, or cruise out to nearby Lokrum Island. If the family is still feel energetic after a day exploring the city, you can take the switchbacks leading up Srd Hill behind Dubrovnik for spectacular views of the city and the Dalmatian coastline. Alternatively, the newly restored cable car can whisk you to the top in less than 10 minutes. The hill is topped by a castle from Napoleonic times, which now houses the Museum of the Croatian War of Independence. Accommodation: Hotel Dubrovnik or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 Korcula – Take a visit to the picturesque Trsteno Arboretum, a fortified garden landscape with cobblestone paths, scenic ocean views and impressive statues. If the area seems familiar, then it probably is; this was another filming location for the Kings Landing gardens in Game of Thrones. After a wander past the stone columns and impressively vibrant plant-life, venture onwards in your private minivan towards Ston where you’ll visit a donkey farm just outside of the town. This working farm, a Croatian government supported agritourism project, focuses on producing goat and donkey milk for trade. Take the chance to enjoy a home cooked traditional meal on the farmstead and perhaps sample some of the local cheeses before the trip continues onwards to the island of Korcula. Upon arrival, embark on an orientation walk to get a feel for this historic fortified island town, including the Cathedral of St Mark, the 15th-century Franciscan monastery and the massive fortifications surrounding the city. Enjoy the rest of the evening at your own pace. Accommodation: Hotel Park or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 Korcula – After breakfast we jump on a bike and cycle to Lumbarda beach from Korcula town. The path is flat and a easy ride approximately 6km/3.7miles one way. Child sized bikes and helmets are supplied. In case that you don’t feel like cycling there are regular public buses connecting Korcula town and Lumbarda beach that you can catch (with your leaders assistance) Situated on the east side of the island, this small fisherman’s village is surrounded by large sandy vineyards and a cosy beach with glistening, clean waters. Once arriving in Lumbarda, take a bike ride around the region while passing olive groves, lush forests and open fields – pedal casually to make sure you get to enjoy these serene landscapes. Later in the afternoon, make the short journey by local bus to the tiny village of Pupnat in the interior of the island. Here you’ll visit a local family-owned restaurant and eat outside on the patio. Sample some of the family vineyard’s wines and be treated to a meal made entirely from ingredients found on the farm. Perhaps you can drink your wine like the locals do: mixed with a bit of water. The traditional Dalmatian meat loaf, or pasticada, and fresh grilled vegetables with olive oil constitute a typical dish, all served with fresh goat and sheep cheeses, and maybe some smoked ham to tie it all together. Don’t forget to have a bit of travarica (a grappa-like drink made with the herb called verbena) and some Korcula cakes for dessert before heading back to Korcula town. Accommodation: Hotel Park or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 Korcula – Set sail for the picturesque island of Mljet. Legendary in ancient history as the idyllic island where the shipwrecked Odysseus lived for seven years, today the island is a haven of lush national park, forests and small villages. Since Greek sailors sought haven here from storms, filling up on fresh water from the springs, the island has been inhabited by Illyrians, Romans, Slavs and Avars. Explore karst valleys and catch your reflection in inky blue lakes on a guided tour through the national park. Wander beneath cool pine forests, chasms and gorges while discovering ruins such as the remains of an Illyrian fortification, a Roman palace and a 5th-century church before sitting down to a picnic lunch. While no swimming is possible here, you may want to try the local wine – the fields and vineyards that dot the island are the foundation of the local economy, with Mljet’s villagers producing wine and olive oil as they have been for hundreds of years. Accommodation: Hotel Park or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 Hvar – An early morning hydrofoil ferry takes you to the neighbouring island of Hvar. Beautiful Hvar has an air of Venice about it, and is known as the ‘Queen of the Dalmatian Islands’. Upon arrival, spend the afternoon relaxing on the pearly white sands of Mustachio beach, then get to know the town with an evening orientation walk before visiting the 16th-century Spanjola Fortress, where spectacular views over the town and the Adriatic can be experienced. Accommodation: Guesthouse (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 Hvar – Take a day trip to Stari Grad on the other side of Hvar Island, where you’ll visit the charming Tvdalj Castle. Featuring an impressive developed facade, an ornate fish pool and rustic interior walls, this well-preserved piece of Renaissance architecture once served as the lavish summer residence of Petar Hektorovic, the Croatian poet. Return to Hvar and head to the beach for the evening to catch the sun setting over the sea. Accommodation: Guesthouse (1 night)

Day 8 Split – If Dubrovnik is considered the heart of Dalmatia, Split is certainly its soul. Situated on a small peninsula on the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea, it’s the second largest city in Croatia. This stunning seaside town is home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the coast. After taking a short boat trip to Split, start off with lunch before joining a local guide for a walking tour of the city to learn about its history. See the original and fantastically preserved basements lying under the streets and buildings, as well as the Cathedral in Diocletian’s Peristyle and Jupiter’s Temple. Explore the impressive ruins of Diocletian’s Palace, Split’s most imposing structure and some of the most interesting ruins on the Adriatic coast. Accommodation: Villa Marjela or similar (1 night) Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 Depature Day – There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. As there’s a lot to see and do in Hvar, you may want to consider staying a bit longer – additional accommodation can be arranged if this is the case.

What’s Included in this holiday: 

Meals:
6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Transport:
Private minivan, ferry, public bus
Accommodation:
Hotels (5 nights), Guesthouses (3 nights)

Activities  

Day 2 Included Activities

  • Dubrovnik Card (1 day local transport and entry to sites)

Day 3 Included Activities

  • Ston – Agroturismo Donkey Farm visit
  • Trsteno – Arboretum Garden Entrance

Day 4 Included Activities

  • Lumbarda – Bike Tour
  • Pupnat Village Dinner

Day 5 Included Activities

  • Mljet National Park – Boat trip and picnic lunch

Day 6 Included Activities

  • Hvar Spanjola Fortress

Day 7 Included Activities

  • Stari Grad – Tvrdalj Castle entrance

Croatian Coastal Family Adventure

Travel Dates Nights Adult Child 5 – 17 Notes
Sat 14 July – Sun 22 July 2018 8 £1560 £1405 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 28 July – Sun 5 Aug 2018 8 £1560 £1405 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 18 Aug – Sun 26 Aug 2018 8 £1560 £1405 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 6 July – Sun 14 July 2019 8 £1635 £1475 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 13 Jul – Sun 21 July 2019 8 £1635 £1475 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 20 July – Sun 28 July 2019 8 £1635 £1475 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 27 July – Sun 4 Aug 2019 8 £1635 £1475 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices
Sat 3 Aug – Sun 11 Aug 2019 8 £1635 £1475 Land only – please enquire for flight inclusive prices

Land only

The prices shown above exclude flights. Since flight availability and airfares change constantly, these prices are subject to availability at the time of booking so please enquire for a full quotation including flight. You may choose to buy your own flight, in which case you may want to also check out the price of a private transfer to the start of the holiday and returning to the airport at the end of your stay or information regarding shuttle buses. In many cases there will be a complementary transfer, and we can confirm the time of these transfers, where applicable. We will always endeavour to find the best available flights at the time of booking and confirm your flight inclusive price at that time. We advise that you book early to secure the best prices.

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