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Private transfer to your hotel in Split
Accommodation in Split
- 11 rooms
- Sun terrace
Step inside this charming heritage hotel, located in Spilt’s elegant main square next to the UNESCO-protected Diocletian’s Palace, and you’ll be transported back to medieval Split. Occupying four stories, the five-star Palace Judita dates back to the 16th century and showcases architecture from the Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance periods. The entrance to this spacious patrician home is located in an internal courtyard which features a historic wellhead. Climb the staircase to the hotel’s balcony and you’ll enjoy a pleasing view out over the square. With just 11 rooms, the hotel offers superb attention to detail and service. Each room features exposed stone walls, parquet flooring, elegant furniture, and luxurious bathrooms with bathrobes and slippers provided for your comfort. Venture out of the hotel and you’ll find yourself transported into the Split of old. Diocletian’s Palace is upon your doorstep, and strolling through the narrow little streets it’s easy to imagine yourself as an ancient citizen of the city. For a modern take on Split life, wander 10 minutes from the hotel to the lively Bacvice Beach and join in on the beach-side activities.
- Seven rooms and suites
- Restaurant, bar, and wine cellar
In the heart of the Diocletian’s Palace beside the ancient Roman vestibule walls, this exclusive and delightful boutique property has just seven contemporary rooms and suites in the city’s most romantic and historic setting. The intimate Vestibul Palace is a merger of three distinct architectural styles, Roman, Gothic, and Renaissance. In contrast, the rooms and suites are modern in design highlighting the original architectural features as does the striking glass atrium just off the reception. A restaurant, bar, and wine cellar are also tucked into the property. Step outside the door into the middle of a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, surrounded by the city’s ancient history and its magnificent monuments. The ruins of ancient Salona, the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia and the central Dalmatian Islands are also nearby.
- 22 rooms
- Lounge bar with open-air terrace
- Sun terrace
Named after the French General Marmont, the 19th century benevolent governor of Dalmatia, the Marmont Hotel sits pretty on one of Split’s most beautiful streets right in the very heart of the Old Town and next to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Diocletian’s Palace. Carefully fusing Croatian traditions, Mediterranean spirit, and luxurious modern amenities, the hotel offers a top level choice for discerning travellers keen to immerse themselves in Split’s unique and ancient cultural heritage. Each of the elegant 22 en suite rooms benefit from individually-adjustable air conditioning and are adorned with dark walnut furniture, oak-wood floors, flat-screen cable TVs, a large work space, and a minibar. The hotel’s restaurant features authentic 15th-century walls and serves up fresh and local cuisine, while the lounge bar has an enviable open-air terrace overlooking the Old Town’s rooftops. Hotel Marmont puts you right in the very centre of Split, just minutes away from the most prominent city locations and sights. Split’s wonderful Bacvice Beach as well as the lively port can be reached within a 10-minute stroll.
Although Croatia's second largest city, Split is often viewed as a jumping off point for adventures to the islands beyond. The peninsula on which it rests might jut out invitingly into the Adriatic, but visit vibrant Split today and it won't take you long to realise that it's very much a destination in its own right.
Originally the palatial walled summer residence of the Emperor Diocletian, Split became a city in itself after the Roman Capital of Dalmatia, Salona, was sacked in the 7th century. Fleeing refugees were given asylum inside the two-meter thick walls of the palace and over the next 1000 years, the “city” of Split gained a reputation as a safe haven. Because of this, the city never grew beyond the same walls that exist today. As a result, the remarkable ensemble of Roman, Gothic, Romanesque, Renaissance and other architectural remains are all still visible. Today there are more than 3,000 people still living inside these ancient walls.
Enjoy a wonderful dinner at Paradigma, a modern Mediterranean restaurant with a signature rooftop terrace overlooking the Riva seafront.
Transfer to Trogir for your special cooking class at 13th century palace. Your host – Tatjana Ciciliani – is one the most amazing and creative chefs in the region.
Enjoy tasting local ingredients and Adriatic delicacies with a creative cooking class. Lunch with wine follows. The actual cooking class depends on both the inspiration of the chef and the season, for the freshness of ingredients - key to the Dalmatian menu - is dependent on seasonal availability. Choose from meat, fish or vegetarian options for the preparation of 2-3 dishes, as well as a demonstration of 1-2 others, which nicely forms a fulfilling and hearty lunch for all at the end of the class, all washed down with the finest family wine. Chef Tatjana will regale you with tales of the region over your delicious lunch.
We travel to the picturesque Skradin and the Krka Waterfalls National Park. On its green path, River Krka has seven falls, the last one being the amazing Skradinski buk. Thanks to the constant process of travertine building, the Krka River is a karst phenomenon, carving a spectacular canyon along its 70-kilometre journey from the foothills of the Dinara Mountains to the beautiful estuary under the walls of historic Sibenik. Walk the winding wooden paths through the main park area and visit the Ethno Museum and shops housed in the old mills at Skradinski buk.
Enjoy a slow food dinner at the region`s best restaurant, Pelegrini. You will savour a this seven-course meal, all paired with the best wines from the region, for a long time to come!
Spend a day discovering some of Croatia’s prettiest islands. By private motorboat you’ll visit Vis, Hvar and the Pakleni Islands, explore amazing caves and coves and enjoy swimming and snorkelling in the crystal clear waters.
Accommodation in Hvar
- Three rooms and four suites
- Terrace restaurant
Occupying a sympathetically restored 19th-century building, Apolon overlooks Stari Grad’s charming, boat-filled harbour, just a short distance up the bay from the main square. As the oldest town in all of Croatia and a former Greek colony, Stari Grad is still one of the most charming towns on the Croatian coast. Despite the pink neo-classical facade’s aristocratic vibe, Apolon remains unpretentious, offerring instead a delightfully laid back retreat in authentic historic surroundings. There are just three rooms and four suites, all with wooden floors, oriental rugs, and chintz bedcovers and curtains and most enjoy views through large windows across the bay. Bathrooms are spacious and feature free-standing bathtubs and under-floor heating. The terrace restaurant is popular with the passengers of passing yachts who often moor up their vessels on the quay out front. Food here is focussed on the use of local seasonal ingredients such as fresh Adriatic seafood, lamb, and organic garden produce, all accompanied by Dalmatian wines. Service is personalised and professional, with local staff on hand to arrange a number of tailored activities such wine tasting, cultural excursions, hiking, and boat trips.
Averaging a record number of sunshine hours a year, long and narrow Hvar is Croatia's sunniest island and one of Europe's most sunlit spots. Rivalling even France's famed Saint-Tropez in terms of glamour, it's become Croatia's most popular destination and attracts luxury yachts, sun-seeking adventurers, and visitors of all kinds.
Wine production in Hvar goes back as far as the Greek colonisation, giving the island ample time to perfect the art. You’ll visit two winemakers in the town of Jelsa and learn all about how their wine is made and what makes it so special. Your tour will be with a Master of Wine, of which there are only around 300 in the world. You'll also enjoy a traditional grilled lunch and olive oil tasting.
Meet your skipper for a private motor boat transfer to Korcula town enjoying the sights of southern shores of Hvar Island en route.
Accommodation in Korcula
- Five residences each with own kitchen
- Terrace bar and restaurant
Described as a Mediterranean medieval masterpiece, the Lesic Dimitri Palace is a charming boutique hotel occupying an 18th century bishop’s palace in the heart of historic Korcula. It’s also a Relais and Chateaux property, meaning that you can be guaranteed exquisite service and a highly personalised, luxury stay. Composed of the main palace and five adjacent cottages, Lesic Dimitri Palace has been designed to echo Marco Polo’s travels on the Silk Road. Sublimely imagined by Thai designer Attauyut Piravinich, the Palace’s five residences are individually decorated in the style of a particular region. Each one-to-three-bedroom residence is self-contained and equipped with a fully-fitted kitchen, plasma screens with satellite TV in every room, an iPod dock, and iPads, board games, and DVDs for guests to borrow. Enjoy meals overlooking the sparkling Adriatic and the Korcula archipelago at the terrace hotel and bar, and take some time to relax at the spa where a team of Thai therapists offer a treatment list with influences from the Silk Road, Thailand, and the Mediterranean. Venture outside, and you’ll find that you’re steps from Marco Polo’s house and the old cathedral within the Old Town wall. The stone-paved Zakrjan Beach is also just a short stroll, while a pebbly beach can be found nearby the Old Town and the charming sandy beach in Lumbarda Village is within striking distance. Lesic Dimitri Palace also has a private yacht that can be rented per hour or per day to take you to the numerous coves and beaches of Korcula Island and Peljesac Peninsula.
Korcula has long been known for her dense and lush pine woods and is one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic sea. Lying just off the Dalmatian coast stretching parallel with the nearby mainland, the island is also one of Croatia's most populous, its woodlands and vineyards bordered by sleepy hamlets and dreamlike fishing villages. Explore the walled main town, also called Korcula, with its medieval round towers and terracotta-roofed houses, or take a dip in the crystal clear water at any of the pebble beaches scattered around.
Meet your guide for the day, a renowned Croatian winemaker for a day tour to Pelješac Peninsula. This is a superb opportunity to learn about the country and its traditions, especially the art of winemaking, from a true local. The tour is a trio of wine-tastings at Croatia's most respected wine cellars, visits to vineyards on the slopes of this magnificent peninsula and a delicious, traditional Dalmatian lunch at your host’s family winery.
Your first experience on Pelješac is the Grgich winery in Trstenik. Miljenko Grgich studied wine-making in Zagreb. After migrating to the US with only $20 in his pocket, he founded the famous Grgich Hills winery in Napa Valley, but not before he made a name for himself being part of the Chateau Montelena success story in the 70s. At the Grgich cellars, on top of hills overlooking the charming Trstenik harbor, you will taste their famous white Pošip and their red Plavac Mali Dingac. Next, you'll visit the 500-year-old wine cellar of Bartulovi? family of your host Mario. By this time, it will feel like visiting a friend's house. Here you will enjoy a wine-tasting and a superb traditional Croatian lunch accompanied by their great wines.
Private transfer to Dubrovnik
Accommodation in Dubrovnik
- 11 rooms and 2 suites
- Victoria Restaurant and Lounge Bar
- Access to Hotel Excelsior's Spa & Beauty Centre including:
- Fresh water pool, two Jacuzzis, a steam bath, a Roman bath, a Finish sauna, a Relax Zone with heated deck chairs, treatment rooms, and a fitness studio with cardio and strength equipment
Inspired by Mediterranean tradition, the five-star Villa Orsula Dubrovnik sits adjacent to picturesque cascading seafront gardens with breathtaking views of the Adriatic sea, Lokrum Island, and the Old Town. The gracious stone facade epitomises the historical magnificence of Dubrovnik in 1939 and the hotel underwent a complete refurbishment in 2012. Inside, you’ll find that each of the hotel’s 11 rooms and 2 suites have been stylishly decorated to combine luxurious vintage aesthetics with modernist minimalism. En suite bathrooms offer generous and exclusive toiletries, hairdryers, and bathrobes and slippers for your comfort while rooms are air-conditioned and augmented by flat screen satellite TVs and mini bars. The Victoria Restaurant and Lounge Bar offers fine, a-la-carte dining featuring Peruvian cuisine with Mediterranean fusion with excellent views over Dubrovnik Old Town. Guests at the hotel have complementary access to the next door Hotel Excelsior’s Spa & Beauty Centre featuring a fresh water pool, two Jacuzzis, a steam bath, a Roman bath, a Finish sauna, a Relax Zone with heated deck chairs, treatment rooms, and a fitness studio with cardio and strength equipment. Relax in the Villa’s lush gardens while taking in the spectacular views or venture five minutes from the hotel to explore the unforgettable Old Town and its golden walls.
- 56 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants and rooftop bar
Nestled among pine, orange, and lemon trees on the rocky cliffs overlooking the Adriatic, Lokrum Island, and the beautiful Old Town, lies Villa Dubrovnik: a chic, exclusive, and refined retreat. The 56 rooms and suites are finished to a very high standard and are luxuriously refined in their decor, letting the views take precedence. Think crisp white linens, polished wood floors, and Bulgari toiletries in glass-walled bathrooms. Suites have the added luxury a Jacuzzi and vast terraces with views towards the Old Town. An indulgent breakfast is served below the pines on the Restaurant Pjerin’s terrace. In the evening, the menu switches to creative Mediterranean fare with the Al Fresco Bar Giardino serving light Mediterranean dishes. The rooftop Sky Bar Prosciutto & Wine Bar is another highlight, as is the spa. Tailored excursions and sightseeing tours can also be arranged.
- 17 guestrooms and two suites
- Two restaurants and a wine bar
- Yacht for hire
Located overlooking the open air-market of Gundulic Square in Dubrovnik’s Old Town, Pucic Palace is a charming boutique hotel that occupies a nobleman’s grand 17th century former residence. At the heart of Dubrovnik’s pedestrian-only Old Town, Pucic Palace is a leisurely stroll from the Stradun, galleries, museums, lively cafes, and hidden corners of the walled city. Natural light pours into the room through the oversized windows of Pucic Palace’s 19 rooms, each of which is named after a famous Croatian poet, musician, or artist, and all sympathetically restored to their original Baroque grandeur whilst up to date with a host of modern amenities. The expansive bathrooms feature Romanesque mosaic tiles, royal porcelain lined copper baths, and Bulgari toiletries. There are two wonderful dining options to enjoy, the Cafe Royal and the Defne, which serve up fine Mediterranean and international cuisine, as well as the Razonoda Wine Bar to sample. At night, the Gundulic Square becomes a glamorous setting for al fresco entertainment.
- 158 rooms and suites
- Three restaurants and piano bar
- Wellness and spa centre
- Large indoor swimming pool
- Private beach area
Sitting on a stunning seafront with Dubrovnik’s Old Town just a 10-minute walk away, the iconic Excelsior has been setting the standard for luxury Adriatic hotels since 1913. Recently refurbished to an exceptional standard, the hotel sympathetically combines the original landmark building with clean modernity. The 158 rooms and suites are a welcoming blend of warm browns, fresh creams, and cool greys, featuring state-of-the-art technology and hand picked accessories. Most enjoy outstanding views of the Old Town, Dubrovnik’s famous fortresses, and the island of Lokrum. Amongst the tranquil gardens are three gourmet restaurants and an elegant piano bar (home to a rather impressive Wall of Fame), all offering panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea and a private beach. The Excelsior also possesses one of the best wellness and spa centres in Dubrovnik. From history and heritage tours to sailing and island hopping, and from adventure Jeep safaris to countryside craft tours, you’ll be well placed to discover the best of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area with an extensive programme of excursions.
- 91 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants and lounge bar
- Wellness centre and gym
Perched upon a cliff-top overlooking a secluded pebble beach, the Hotel Bellevue certainly lives up to its moniker. Set a little around the bay from Dubrovnik’s Old Town, a stay here combines the peace and privacy of a five-star resort with the convenience of the vibrant city centre which is within walking distance. The Bellevue’s 91 rooms and suites enjoy views across the blue waters of Miramare Bay and beyond, each decked out in a subtle nautical theme with elegant furnishings, stylish accessories, and state-of-the-art technology. Balconies have a clear glass balustrade accentuating the views and the modern bathrooms are tiled in light marble. During your stay you can look forward to relaxing on the beach, rejuvenating at the wellness centre – one of the finest in Dubrovnik, and enjoying fine Croatian wine at the Spice Lounge bar. Choose to dine on modern Mediterranean cuisine at Vapor or sample fresh seafood at Nevera’s sun-drenched terrace. The winding streets of the Old City are a short walk away and diving, yacht charters, and waters sports can all be arranged. For those looking to explore further afield, day trips to historic attractions such as Mostar, Orasa and Konavle, the vineyards of Peljesac, or even Montenegro are all a possibility.
- 173 rooms
- Outdoor and indoor pools
- Restaurant and two bars
- Spa with sauna
- Fitness centre
You’ll find Hotel Kompas in the most peaceful part of Dubrovnik, near a pebbly beach and the popular promenade. Although the hotel has one of one of Dubrovnik’s most vibrant streets on its doorstep, it’s surrounded by lush vegetation for the perfect blend of relaxation and fun. With 173 rooms, the hotel has charm and character in abundance. Each spacious room has been decorated in a modern style, and features flat screen-TVs with satellite channels and balconies with views over Lapad Bay. Bathrooms have a bath for your comfort and come supplied with plenty of luxury toiletries. You’ll enjoy your meals at the hotel’s restaurant. After dinner, relax with a digestive in either of the two bars. When you’re not out discovering Dubrovnik’s charms – the Old Town is just a 15-minute drive away – take in the sights of the glistening Lapad Bay from your comfortable deck chair on the spacious sunbathing terrace. Refresh yourself with a drink at the Luna Bar, which is next to the beautiful outdoor swimming pool. There’s also a full service spa and wellness area with an indoor pool, fitness equipment, and various body and facial treatments.
Glimmering on the Adriatic coast, enchanting Dubrovnik is Croatia’s most up-market destination. Lauded by George Bernard Shaw as “Paradise on Earth", the city delights with its Mediterranean-style culture and the marbled streets of its UNESCO World Heritage old town.
Meet your guide for a pleasant walk through Dubrovnik's Old Town. George Bernard Shaw was so enchanted by this beautiful city that he exclaimed "those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik", as well as famously describing it as "the pearl of the Adriatic". Dubrovnik's Old Town became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979, and a magnificent curtain of walls surrounds marble streets and baroque buildings that exude a pearly light in the Adriatic sun. The main pedestrian thoroughfare, Placa, is a mélange of cafés and shops with outstanding monuments at either end. Churches, monasteries, and museums ornamented with finely carved stone recall an eventful history and a vibrant artistic tradition.
The Elaphiti are a group of 13 islands, of which only three are inhabited. Forrested and hilly, these islands and their villages retain the relaxed pace of traditional Adriatic life. Mljet is one of Croatia’s prettiest islands, much of it covered by forest and the rest with vineyards and small villages. The northwestern half contains Mljet National Park, a outdoor lover’s dream with lush vegetation, pine forests and lakes.
Private transfer to your hotel in the Budva Riviera
Accommodation in Budva Riviera
- 58 guest accommodations with 50 rooms, cottages and suites on the island and eight suites at Villa Milocer
- A range of dining venues and restaurants
- Three beaches
Joined to the mainland by a narrow isthmus, the Aman Sveti Stefan is a rustic and luxurious seaside hideaway hamlet, a pretty collection of historic stone houses with red tiled roofs, cobbled lane, courtyards and three sweeping sand beaches. There are 58 dwellings, each individually laid out and decorated, combining the charming vernacular with contemporary features, many with ocean views, private terraces and their own pools. The Villa Milocer sits on the mainland. Facing the Queen’s Beach, so named as this was originally built in 1934 as a private residence for Queen Marija Karadordevic, the 8-suited villa can be booked out on a private basis, ideal for families and groups of friends. The opulent spa sits neighbouring the villa, surrounded by acres olive trees, cedar and pine forests. The spa’s treatments draw from Montenegro’s 650 recognized medical species of herbs and a centuries-old tradition of wild harvesting. It also houses a gym and studios for Pilates and yoga. Local ingredients also fill the menus at Aman Sveti Stefan’s collection of dining venues, from the Aman Restaurant to the relaxed Piazza and intimate Dining Room at the Villa Milocer. Think organic vegetables and fruits, freshly caught sea bass, octopus and rock oysters, and pasture-fed beef from the north of Montenegro, as well as a variety of local cheeses, honeys and jams, olive oils and herbs. If you can pull yourself away from the bliss of the resort, the dramatic mountains, forests and lakes of Montenegro beckon, while the coast is lined with ancient towns, such as the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kotor and the nightlight of Budva.
Enjoy your days on the Budvar Riviera, whether relaxing at your luxury resort, getting in some quality beach time or exploring the incredible historic towns and areas of natural beauty that surround you.
Private transfer to Podgorica or Tivat Airport