Dalmatia Day Tours
Ideal for short traveling are Dalmatia half and full day trips. Staying near Zadar, Šibenik or Split puts city life on pause, giving visitors endless opportunities to explore historical sites and taste local food. With day tours, you won’t hassle over packing or unpacking every few days, just make sure to bring your camera!
Wonders of Plitvice Lakes
A ‘must see’ Croatian destination is Plitvice Lakes National Park, which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. Sparkling cascades and monumental waterfalls mark Plitvice Lakes as the epitome of Croatia’s natural beauty, and over a million visitors each year agree unanimously.
In the Lake District of Croatia known as Lika, sixteen turquoise lakes comprise Plitvice, cascading into one another and creating some of the most imposing waterfalls found in Europe. This trip starts with a two hour ride in a luxury vehicle to Plitvice Lakes. Upon arrival, you can explore the park at your own pace following one of the many suggested and well-marked trails, or with the assistance of our driver/guide. On-site electrical boats and buses gift visitors with direct access to the best parts of the lake, but you are free to wander or climb on rocks around waterfalls by foot. On the way back, we stop at the rustic Lika restaurant and have the signature local dinner. The main dish includes the signature trout in almond sauce but other meat and vegetarian options are also available.
- Return transfer in a luxury minivan with English-speaking driver/guide;
- Admission into Plitvice Lakes and guide (upon request)
- Three-course local dinner en route back
Cheese and Wine Tour
Island of Brač Tour
The tour begins with a 50-minute ferry trip from Split port to Brać. During the trip, you’ll explore one of the best local dairy farms in Dalmatia. Our hosts and cheese experts are proud to say they are prolonging a 400-year long tradition of cheese-making, and they will actually introduce you to all the animals they keep – goats, sheep, horses and cows. The hosts demonstrate traditional methods of cheese making and the subtle nuances that differentiates top-notch cheese. Naturally, a tasting will follow paired with a glass of local wine. After saying goodbye to the farm, we’ll continue to world famous beach Zlatni rat in Bol, frequently featured in travel magazines and websites. Blanketed by fine sand, Zlatni rat has a triangular shape with a prominent peak, the direction of which depends on the direction of the current. Because of favorable winds, Bol’s beach also attracts wind and kite surfers.
Next stop includes a visit to the Brać islands best wine cellar, Jako Vino. Brač has the best microclimate for cultivating grapevine, and its inhabitants have been growing it since Ancient times. Jako Vino was founded in 1901 but the most modern equipment furnishes its wine cellars today. The cellar also contains a superbly designed wine tasting and shopping area. The eight different types of Dalmatia’s top wines coupled with local cheese, bread, olive oil and anchovies won’t disappoint.
- Transport by air-conditioned vehicle escort
- English speaking tour guide in the wine cellar
- Cheese and wine tasting.
Private Guided Walking Tour of Diocletian’s Split
Don’t miss the opportunity to see Split’s central landmark, the UNESCO protected Diocletian’s Palace. The palace is one of the best Roman monuments from the Late Empire era. Unlike other historical destinations, Diocletian’s Palace sits at Split’s core, a city beating with the exotic bustle of three thousand locals and many more curious tourists!
For more than 1,700 years, nobles, adventurers, and common folk alike inhabited the streets of Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. The remarkably preserved Renaissance and Baroque palaces and Egyptian sphinx statues, transport you centuries back into that world. To kick off your walking tour of Diocletian’s palace, we’ll pair you with a local guide in the morning hours. Walking through marble-lined streets and alleyways, you’ll experience a living, breathing history fused with the modern living of 3,000 locals who buy groceries at the market, take their kids to the Riva promenade for a walk, and hang their laundry on 1,200 year-old balconies.
Then, you’ll access the inside of the palace, starting in the basement substructure. Built from 298 to 305 AD, Diocletian’s Palace is still one of the finest examples of the architecture of the late Empire. It is so remarkably preserved that it has helped archaeologists uncover how the palatial buildings above were built and what they were used for. Gradually, you’ll find yourself stepping into Peristil, the heart of the palace and former Emperor’ quarters, and then through four quarters of the palace, stopping to meet local artists, and experience why Diocletian’s palace is one of UNESCO’s most celebrated World Heritage Sites. Your guide will also point out the prime locations in Split to check out local gastro delicacies. Settle down with Dalmatian wine or drink espresso in a sea of culture and passer-bys.
- Return transfer in high-class minivan with an English speaking chauffeur
- Private guide for the walking tour of 2.5 hours,
- Admission fee for the Diocletian’s palace substructure
- Temple of Jupiter
Mostar West meets the Orient Tour
Discover the historic town of Mostar, a place where Catholic West and Islamic East connect at Bosnia’s famous Old Bridge – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This former Ottoman trade outpost and Austro-Hungarian province capital intertwines different cultures, languages, architecture and history, creating a diverse dynamic few cities in the world can match.
The trip to historic Mostar starts with a scenic coastal drive from Dubrovnik to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s border. Mostar developed in the 15th and 16th centuries as an Ottoman frontier town and regained importance during the Austro-Hungarian period of the 19th and 20th century.
We’ll pass the picturesque valley of Polpovo Polje and rural area of southern Herzegovina, opening into the rolling hills of the Mostar valley. Before actually reaching Mostar we’ll detour to see a Bosnian small town, Blagaj. Blagaj is situated at the spring of the Buna River and a historical tekke (tekija is Dervish monastery). The Blagaj Tekija was built around 1520, combining elements of Ottoman and Mediterranean architecture and is considered a monument national importance. The trip tops off with Mostar’s historical center, a place ornamented with the Turkish Bazaar, several sacral monuments and of course, the famous Old Bridge.
- English-speaking driver/guide
- entrance fees inside the Old Town
- Local Mostar guide
- Insurance and tax
- Optional: Lunch at a typical Mostar restaurant.
Pelješac Wines and Olives Tour
Tour the Pelješac peninsula with us, a globally relevant red wine micro-region where vineyards run along grassy slopes, walls of medieval cities and old salt works. We’ll visit the town of Ston to see its 14th century, 5.5 km long stone fortification wall, and onward to the Ponikve village to check out how Ancient Greek traditions of wine production.
After a drive northwest along the stunning coastal highway, the first stop on the Wines and Olives tour is Ston, whose medieval walls guarded the entrance to Peljesac peninsula for centuries. In the 14th century, The Republic of Dubrovnik began mega reconstruction – 5.5 km long wall with forts and garrisons on strategic points. The Ston wall is one of a top Croatian medieval landmarks and one of the longest in Europe’s medieval attraction. The enclosed bay in front of Ston is famous for oysters, so be sure to try them fresh from the sea. Embarking deeper into the peninsula, we’ll visit a newly-opened winery. Indulge in world class tastes and homemade liquors (rakija), and premium olive oil. Homemade prosciutto and cheese are served as snacks as well. Continuing on through the village Ponikve, we’ll stop by another family-owned winery with a unique focus on organic agriculture, and lastly, the village of Oskorušno. Oskorušno houses one of the oldest wineries on the island. Though its original owners left during the 1920’s immigration wave, the fully-restored Croatian winery converges traditional wine-making with modern techniques to create interestingly flavored red wines today.
- Tour of Peljesac in a comfortable vehicle with English speaking driver
- Wine tasting in 3 wineries, snacks, olive oil tasting
- Optional: Traditional konoba lunch (a typical Mediterranean style restaurant with traditional meals)
Day in and around Split
Klis Fortress • Key of Dalmatia Tour
Inhale the scent of Dalmatia’s turbulent history with a visit to fortress Klis –also known as The Key of Dalmatia. From there continue to former (ancient Salona) and current (Split) centers of province Dalmatia, and discover the Mediterranean as it once was – through sights, people, food, oil and wine. Truly a delight for all senses.
Start the day with a trip to the majestic Klis Fortress, the key of Dalmatia. Klis fortress sits on a plateau above the largest city in Croatia, Split. Due to its location on a pass that separates the mountains Mosor and Kozjak, this medieval fortress was the first line of defense in Dalmatia dating back as recently as WWII. This elevated Fortress complete with an extraordinary view of the islands will make the shutter on your camera work overtime. After viewing the Klis fortress, we will treat ourselves with Turkish coffee, fritule (a Croatian pastry resembling a small doughnut), and round it up with a shot of rakija – a strong local brandy. The Klis Fortress trip concludes with a short walk through the fortress and visit to the armory.
We’ll continue the day tour around Klis Fortress by driving down the hill to the ruins of ancient Salona, pausing to learn a bit about the life in antiquity and early Christianity. Salona used to be the ancient metropolis, the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia (1st Century BC – 7th Century AD). The ruins of an Amphitheater, a theatre, fortified walls, aqueducts, baths, temples, necropolis and basilicas still bear witness to the size, prosperity and opulence of the ancient city. In order to learn where and how the Romans made their wine and olive oil, we will conveniently make a short stop at the lush Tusculum garden for a guided tasting of olive oil.
Our day progresses towards Split. A living monument of the antique architecture intertwined with the early Christian, Byzantine and Medieval art, Split is more than just a top Croatian city. It is under the UNESCO protection since 1979. The city was founded as a spacious Roman palace near metropolis Salona, built for Roman Emperor Diocletian. The entire city grew around the palace, buzzing with everyday life and hordes of tourists. Layers of history intertwine with modern tourist areas, creating a special atmosphere only unique to Split.
- Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
- Licensed English speaking guide
- Tickets to Klis Fortress Salona and Split attractions
- Coffee and “fritule”
- Olive oil tasting
- Insurance and tax
- Optional: Lunch reservation can be made at one of Split’s renowned restaurants or konobas
Dubrovnik Sea Kayaking Tour
With the half-day trip of Dubrovnik sea kayaking, you’ll get a chance to escape the crowd and experience the Croatian coastal sites from an entirely new perspective! Paddle beneath impressive cliffs, uncover hidden caves and remote Croatian beaches, immersing yourself completely in Croatia’s most organic allure. No paddling experience necessary!
This half day trip offers kayaking to the most scenic, untouched parts of nature in and and around Dubrovnik. Paddling experience is not necessary and for additional safety, you will always be accompanied by an experienced guide. You will find yourself paddling along the amazing city walls and round the mystical island of Lokrum, where you can hop off the kayak and explore Lokrum’s parks, botanical garden, monasteries and forts. Be careful not to leave anything behind in this UNESCO protected forest reserve, since it has great historical significance (first monastery was built in 1023) and botanical value!
- Guide – instructor
- All necessary equipment
- Ticket to Lokrum botanical garden
- Life jackets, bottle of water, kayak
- Optional: Private transfer with car if your hotel is not within walking distance to the Old Town
Konavle Archaeological Tour
The Konavle archaeological tour sets itself apart as an unfiltered snapshot of Dubrovnik’s countryside and its ancient tribes, the Illyirians and Bogumils. Evidence of Paleolithic and Neolithic eras vibrate along the ruins of glorious caves and Konavle monuments. Flee modern Croatia and witness this archaeological majesty during our half day private tour of ancient Konavle.
The half day tour of Konavle archaeological sites offers visitors the rare opportunity to launch into a time capsule and land in Southern Croatia’s ancient rocky wonders. Konavle, the most southern Croatian region, covers an impressive area of 209 km2 with only thirty-three known settlements. In small Croatian villages above the valley, you will tour the Illyrian necropolises or stone clusters (stecak tombstones). Further in the village Mocici, you can witness the Mithraeum shrine, once dedicated to ancient Persian God Mithras whose cult was widespread in this region from the 2nd until the 4th century A.D., and a stone pile as well –simply a prehistoric tumul from the Bronze or Iron Ages in the village, Mikulici. The monuments can be traced back to the 5th and 4th centuries, a period populated by the Illyrian tribes of the Plereians and the Ardians. Around this time, Croatian nobility bought the Dubrovnik Republic Bosnian dignitaries in 1419 and 1426. The private tour allows you to track the concrete course of this history in Konavle and invest personal time into the architectural masterpieces.
- Half day private tour
- English-speaking driver/guide
- Car transfers
- Entrance fees
Old Dubrovnik Aqueduct Hike
Follow a 7 kilometer scenic route alongside the river Omba and explore old Dubrovnik’s famous water supply systems during a unique aqueduct hike. As the 20th century invention of plumbing surpassed the old aqueduct method, Dubrovnik’s primary aqueduct became obsolete, but you can still see the remains of Dubrovnik’s ancient water supply system on our scenic hike.
On a scenic 7 kilometer hike near the river Omba, you’ll get an opportunity to survey old Dubrovnik’s famous aqueduct system. Built in the 15th century, the aqueduct was the most important water supply method for centuries, noted for its water channels covered by stone slabs. Southern Croatia’s aqueducts brought pristine, drinkable water from the fresh spring in Sumet, a small village nearby. Modern plumbing gradually eliminated the need for the old Dubrovnik aqueduct, but we will hike through all its archaic wonder, periodically learning about unique Croatian technological history and seeing the Elaphite islands, a Dubrovnik port area with a spectacular modern bridge. After hiking alongside the magnificent inventions, we’ll finish the trip at Dubrovnik’s beautiful port, in the bay of Gruz.
- Round transfers
- English speaking guide
- Bottle of water
Krka Waterfalls and Dinner
at Anton’s Mill
Go out and spend the day in the wonderful scenery of Krka National Park. This river, with its waterfalls, lakes and cascades gives you an unbeatable combination of exercise, natural beauty, history and culture, and to finish the day in style – you will be having dinner in an actual old mill turned restaurant.
Travelling on the highway from Split, it takes about an hour and 15 minutes to reach Krka National Park, named after the eponymous river which forms numerous lakes, waterfalls and rapids. River Krka flows through a 75 km canyon. With seven waterfalls and a 242-meter drop, River Krka makes a natural phenomenon and popular tourist attraction. Significant cultural and historical monuments decorate the park. In addition to ancient archaeological sites, River Krka flows by medieval fortresses, religious monuments and mills, and hydropower Jaruga, the oldest power plant in Europe and valuable industrial architectural monument.
The most impressive waterfall is Skradinski buk. Half a mile long and spread over 17 cascades, Skradinski buk is the largest travertine waterfall in Europe. We’ll pass Roski fall nearby either by boat or a beautiful walking trail. You can also see old mills on the left river bank, some of which are still in use today. From Roski fall the river forms a long lake, in the middle of which is a small island – Visovac. There, a church and a Franciscan monastery stand as historical guardians of peace and religion. We’ll get a chance to look at historical manuscripts and valuable books within the monastery. We’ll end the tour with a lunch in Žrnovnica (near Split). The restaurant, Anton’s Mill, is a cultural monument and the perfect place to relax after an exciting day in the nature. Refresh yourself in the cold river, taste the homemade brandy, before the main meal (fresh trout and local vegetable) is served, paired with quality wine – all made within few miles of the premises.
- Return transfer in a comfortable minivan with English speaking driver/guide for the 2.5-hour walking tour
- Tickets for the national park
- Lunch at the mill
Wine and Tapas Gourmet Experience at Bibich Winery
Bibich Winery is probably the most interesting Dalmatian winemaker. See where this globally recognized wine is made and meet the family behind it all. Pick your preferred tasting option and see why even the famous TV chef Anthony Bourdain was blown away by Bibich wine experience!
Treat yourself with an ultimate wine experience at Bibich Winery, one of the leaders in Croatian Winemaking Renaissance that has been happening in the last 15 years or so. This family ‘boutique’ winery is present in more than 50 American restaurants and was featured in Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations TV show. You can choose between two tasting options –regular (which is already amazing) happens daily between 1 and 5 PM and usually takes about hour and a half. You will try the best Bibich wines, under their guidance, and top it off with homemade meals. Exclusive tasting is the cream of the crop – late night (8 PM), 13 wines and select food, presented in a beautiful setting of a rustic winery, will make you feel like a true Roman emperor.
- Return transfer with English speaking chauffeur in a luxury vehicle
- Regular or Exclusive wine tasting and food pairing
Dalmatian Hinterland Discovery Cycling Tour with a Picnic Dinner
Mountain bike to the Dalmatian Hinterland, a place where time stands still. On this tour, you’ll pedal all the way into Dalmatia’s untouched natural wonder, the mysterious Zagora. Get off the beaten path and find hidden beauty in the spacious wilderness, interrupted by occasional rustic village.
The region behind the mountains near Split is one of Croatia’s most beautiful and least discovered areas. Dalmatian hinterland, although bordering with the coast, is mostly flat karst terrain covered with low bushes and plants, providing you with an entirely different perspective of Croatia and a strong contrast to the summer lifestyle on the Adriatic coast. Our Four Dinara Springs cycling adventure takes you away from the crowd and on a tour of nature, heritage and gastronomy, introducing you to a very different Dalmatia from the one you’ve experienced so far.
Join your guide in the early hours and head on a tour of the natural beauties of Zagora. The rugged roads enhance the sense of adventure, taking you to the sources of the many rivers around here. Grab, Ruda, Ovrjka and Rumin, the rivers that have powered mills of Dalmatia for centuries, are today magnificent landscape sites of springs, waterfalls and cliffs.
Sampling the very best of the local gastronomy, its fine wines, famous prsut (dried ham) and homemade cheese in a natural setting of a picnic lunch is the grand finale of this tour, the perfect platform to pause for a moment and just enjoy the region’s spectacular nature in an entirely private experience. Return to in the early evening hours.
- Return transfer with an English speaking chauffeur/guide
- Picnic lunch or dinner
- Bike and biking equipment
We had the most perfect day with Robi, other than the very brisk weather, which was quickly forgotten in light of the sights and excellent guide. Robi’s depth of knowledge is extraordinary and he is very good at explaining history and archeology in a way a lay person can understand. His passion for his subject is contagious. In sum, an excellent guide.Ann Patton, Sonoma
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