Food and Wine, Vibrant Cities and Beautiful National Parks
Discover Croatia's natural beauty, culinary culture and hop over to Montenegro's Bay of Kotar
Personalised journeys from start to finish
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Every detail taken care of
- Privately guided tours tailored specifically to you
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Private transfers and internal flights
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
- Day trip to Montenegro
- Tour of Plitvice National Park
- Private cooking class
- Wine tour in Hvar
- Tour of Krka National Park
At a glance
Explore Croatia’s stunning coastline, charming hilltop towns and national parks on a 13-night trip that takes in Montenegro’s beautiful Bay of Kotar. You’ll also discover its rich culinary heritage with a cooking class, olive oil tasting and wine tour.
Your adventure starts in the lively capital and cultural hub, Zagreb, where you’ll wind your way past grand Austro-Hungarian architecture and world-class museums and galleries. You’ll then head to the heart-shaped peninsular of Istria and its clusters of picturesque hilltop towns and villages. You’ll spend two nights in the pretty town of Rovinj, from where you’ll explore the coastal town of Pula which is steeped in 3,000 years of history.
It’s then time to marvel at Croatia’s natural masterpiece, Plitvice National Park. A collection of waterfalls cascade into lakes every shade of green from dazzling turquoise to emerald. You’ll also witness the series of crashing falls at Krka National Park before heading to the charming city of Split. Explore the Diocletian’s Palace and take advantage of its waterside restaurants before getting in the kitchen yourself and learning Dalmatian specialties in a hands-on and creative cooking class.
You’ll then enjoy a motor boat transfer to the sun-soaked island of Hvar, where you’ll spend your days touring its vineyards and cruising the sparkling waters of the Adriatic. The gastronomic journey continues in Korcula where you’ll enjoy an olive oil tasting, a wine tour of the Pelješac Peninsula and plenty of opportunities to enjoy Croatian delicacies in local taverns.
The last part of your epic trip includes three nights in Dubrovnik, one of Europe’s most picturesque cities. Take a walk around the old city walls and gaze out across the sea of terracotta roofs punctured every now and again by a church spire or bell tower. On your last day enjoy a day tip to the beautiful Bay of Kotar in Montenegro where mountains sweep down into the sea and pretty coastal villages pepper the shoreline.
Example Trip Itinerary
Private transfer to your hotel in Zagreb
Accommodation in Zagreb
- 208 rooms
- Marble bathrooms with L'Occitaine toiletries
- Two restaurants, Zinfandel’s fine dining and Le Bistro
- Esplanade 1925 Lounge and Cocktail Bar
- Oleander terrace
- Health club with fitness area, spa therapy rooms, beauty salon, and sauna
- Croatian design gift shop
The illustrious Esplanade Hotel was first built in 1925 to accommodate passengers of the famous Orient Express. Since then, its grand, neoclassical facade has become one of Zagreb’s most loved icons, epitomising the city’s old-world, gracious charm. Refreshed regularly, the hotel’s interior simmers with an art deco design that flawlessly blends in the best of 21st century comforts. Each of the 208 spacious rooms have been beautifully furnished to capture the history of the 90 year-old building whilst offerring all the contemporary comforts that today’s traveller has come to expect: elegant and distinctively marble bathrooms delicately conceal heated floors and mirrors lined with generous L’Occitaine toiletries, while in-room entertainment systems rest on polished and sturdy cabinets. After a day spent captivated by Zagreb’s sights, you have a choice of two restaurants to enjoy. Zinfandel’s Restaurant is widely regarded as one of the best fine dining options in Croatia and offers a contemporary take on traditional Croatian cuisine, whilst Le Bistro mixes Croatian cuisine with Parisian traditions in a relaxed setting. Both offer outside seating, with Zinfandel’s large and graceful Oleander Terrace renowned throughout Zagreb. After dinner, venture towards Esplanade 1925, a stylish art deco lounge and cocktail bar run by a top Croatian mixologist and frequently offerring live jazz evenings. There is also a health club with a fitness area – open 24 hours a day with available personal trainers, spa therapy rooms, a beauty salon, and a sauna at your disposal. Location beside train station, Hotel Esplanade perfectly places you to explore both the city and further afield. Wander out of the hotel and you’ll first come to the historic City Square. The grand National Opera is also just 10 minutes away, and if you stroll through the safe and colourful pedestrian streets of the upper town, you’ll be greeted with a plethora of interesting boutiques, cafes that have been made for people watching, and trendy bars.
A city of grand Austro-Hungarian architecture and home to a multitude of museums and the majority of the country's residents, inland Zagreb is Croatia's cultural hub. Enjoy your time in this lively little capital strolling the cobbled streets, watching the world go by in busy cafes and darting between collections in the many museums and galleries. You'll also find that it's a year-round outdoor city thanks to the presence of Jarun Lake in the southwest where people venture to swim and sail; Mount Medvednica where Zagrebians hit the ski slopes; and the hiking destination of Samobor.
Meet your guide for a private walking tour of the city center. Founded in the Middle Ages, Zagreb began life as two separate entities, Kaptol and Gradec, which today comprise the historic Gornji Grad (Upper Town). Centred on the city's landmark cathedral, Kaptol was a religious centre, while Gradec was home to craftsmen and merchants. Outsiders collectively referred to the settlements as Zagreb (meaning 'behind the hill'), although they were not officially united as the City of Zagreb until 1850. Boom time followed with the late 19th century characterized by the arrival of the railways and the construction of Donji Grad (Lower Town). You will also visit Museum of Broken Relationships, innovative museum that exhibits include personal objects left over from former lovers, accompanied by brief descriptions.
Head inland and visit Istria's pretty hilltop towns, each one looking out over the beautiful surrounding countryside. This is the perfect opportunity to appreciate the Istrian peninsular and you'll visit the stone settlements of Groznjan, from where you can view around 20 of the surrounding villages as well as meadows and the coastline, and Motovun which sits above the river Mirna the Motovun forest. You'll also enjoy lunch in the tiny hamlet of Škrapi.
Private transfer to your hotel in Rovinj
Accommodation in Rovinj
- 113 rooms
- Indoor and outdoor pool
- Fitness centre and spa with sauna, hot tub, hammam, and massage rooms
- Private beach area
- Two restaurants and a bar
- Gift shop
The five-star Monte Mulini occupies a covetable position just a 10-minute walk away from Rovinj’s town centre. Part of the exclusive Maistra Hotel Collection, guest at this boutique hotel will enjoy its surrounding lush parkland and bay views. Effortlessly combining natural materials, luxury comfort, and elegant design, each of the 113 rooms come with balconies offering views over the pool, the garden, and the sea. Air conditioning, satellite TVs, and bathrooms with walk-in showers are standard throughout. During your stay you will have a choice of two restaurants to enjoy. The relaxed Mediterraneo offerring Mediterranean-style dishes and the fine-dining Wine Vault serving French cuisine and the option of a Chef’s table experience. You’ll also benefit from use of the Art Wellness Centre comprising indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, a gym, and a Mediterranean garden. When you’re not out exploring the stunning Istrian Peninsula, relax on the Mulini Beach, a private pebble-strand looking out to Lone Bay and presided over by the Cocktail Bar. Take some time here to enjoy the personalised service of a beach concierge and hostess along with changing facilities, showers, a towel counter, and sun-lounger rental.
- 236 rooms and 12 suites
- Several restaurants and bars
- Outdoor and indoor pools
- Fitness centre and spa with sauna, hot tub, hammam, and massage rooms
- Children's playground kid's club with entertainment
- Packed lunches
- Barber/beauty shop
- Gift shop
Set within the Golden Cape Natural Park and a convenient 200 yards away from the sea, the luxury Hotel Lone is both a chic five-star retreat and a unique aesthetic experience. As part of the Maistra Hotel Collection, the hotel merges simple lines and comfortable functionality with natural materials and first class furnishings. Each of the 236 rooms and 12 suites offer private balconies, air conditioning, flat-screen satellite TVs, and and laptop safety deposit boxes. Come evening, you can look forward to a range of restaurants which include a sushi bar, a fusion of Mediterranean local and traditional styles at E Restaurant, innovative creations at On Restaurant, and modern dishes made from locally-grown ingredients at L Restaurant. There’s also a night club should you wish to stay out a bit longer. While you’re here, make sure you take some time to enjoy the large indoor pool and curved seawater outdoor pool, the spacious sunbathing area, and the lush green garden. A wellness area with a spa, steam bath, sauna, and massage rooms are also at your disposal. The hotel makes use of the private Mulini pebble beach on the crystal clear Lone Bay which is shaded the trees of the one-hundred year-old Punta Corrente Park Forest.
The picturesque town of Rovinj sits on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula, facing out towards Venice. While one of the Mediterranean's last true fishing ports, it's also an important city as the third most populous in Croatia. Once an island, the old town now occupies an intriguing oval-shaped peninsula that juts out from the mainland. Its past stretches back through Illyrian, Roman, Byzantine, Frankish, and Austrian settlers and today, you can see the remains of medieval defensive walls and one of the old town gates, the 17th century Balbi's Arch. Inside the town proper, you'll find steep cobbled streets leading to Venetian piazzas, little artist workshops, fine-dining restaurants, a Baroque palace turned heritage museum, and even a late-Renaissance clock tower.
Explore the pretty town of Rovinj which is right on your doorstep. Wind your way through its cobbled streets and admire the many architectural styles that linger as a result of its rich and varied history. Pula, as the largest town on the Istrian peninsula, offers a diversity of attractions to lovers of culture. With 3000 years of history, every step through the old town uncovers a different landmark, none more impressive than the Roman amphitheatre.
En route to Rovinj, stop at Plitvice Lakes National Park for a private guided walking tour. According to legend, the Plitvice lakes were created after a long drought when the "Black Queen" took pity on the people and animals that cried for water. Heavy rain began to fall and continued until they formed the lakes we see today. Plitvice National Park is Croatia’s natural masterpiece. Even for seasoned world travellers, the overpowering beauty and grandeur of Plitvice National Park is simply astounding. With waterfalls spilling over impossible hills, sixteen different lakes, and fascinating flora and fauna, Plitvice is the most visited place in Croatia. Since 1979, the park has been under the protection of UNESCO as a rare World Heritage Site.
Private transfer to your hotel in Zadar
Accommodation in Zadar
- 28 rooms
- Aperitif bar
- Wellness center
Aptly named, Hotel Bastion benefits from a very unique position: it occupies the remains of an old 13th century Venetian medieval fortress in Zadar’s historic centre. Each of the 28 luxury rooms features a display panel from which you can do everything from adjusting the room temperature to calling housekeeping and activating a “do not disturb” sign.? Relax at the Kristal aperitif bar and enjoy a cocktail, tea, or coffee, while you gather an appetite. Then make your way to the restaurant for a meal of finely-crafted Mediterranean and local dishes. You can choose to dine al fresco on the terrace if you’d like to catch some sun. You’ll find that you’re perfectly placed to explore Zadar’s fascinating Sea Organs and Sun Salutation installations as well as historic monuments and islands further afield.
- Ten rooms
The Art Hotel Kalelarga is situated on and takes its name from the main and most famous street in Zadar, a road perhaps even older than the city itself, stretching from the People´s Square (Narodni Trg) to the famous Roman Forum. Ten thematically designed guest rooms are characterized by functionality, neutral colours, and fine materials. The continuation of a stone pavement into the interior creates a sense of expansion from the Kalelarga Street through the space of the building. The restaurant, Gourmet Kalelarga, offers a relaxing and enjoyable Dalmatian atmosphere. Here you can start your day with coffee and fresh pastries from its own bakery before enjoying fresh, seasonal dishes and selected wines in the afternoon and an evening spent relaxing with a glass of champagne.
Intriguingly unique, Zadar is a northern coastal hub with a very particular character. Although it's definitely less busy than the tourist centres further south, it is one of Croatia's larger metropoles and a living, vibrant city. You'll be greeted with a mix of ancient Roman relics, Hapsburg elegance, and clever, cutting edge art installations.
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.
Get a taste of the local food culture, trying regional wines such as plavina and babíc served by the winemaker himself. You’ll also enjoy a home cooked dinner inspired by the seasons.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Private motor boat transfer to Hvar
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.
Today, enjoy an exciting motor boat day trip to Vis and Biševo. After breakfast, you'll meet your skipper who will assist you with boarding your private motor boat for the day. We'll then set sail for a tour of Vis and Biševo Islands. These islands are famous for their inlets and caves, the most famous being Modra Špilja, "the Blue Cave", in the Balun Cove which is only accessible by boat. On a sunny day when the sea is calm, sunbeams penetrate through an underwater opening and the effect of the reflection of the sea floor illuminates the cave with an azure colour to incredible effect. Enjoy a fun day of sunbathing and swimming in the coves around Biševo and Vis, taking in the fantastic natural beauty of the numerous bays and beaches. You'll be returned to your hotel in the afternoon.
Private motor boat transfer to Korcula
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.
After exploring the pretty old town of Kor?ula, enjoy a wine and olive oil tour of the island where you can sample beautiful home-made produce. You'll then head to a local tavern for lunch.
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 Dinga?. 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 your hotel in 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.
- 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.
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.
Meet your private chauffeur and enjoy a morning coastal drive down to Kotor and the amazing Boka Bay in Montenegro. The Bay of Boka Kotorska has been proclaimed by UNESCO as one of the most beautiful bays in the world. With high mountains extending into the sea, the bay features a blend of prehistoric fossils, Illyric epoch, Antique, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque features. Like pearls, the small towns are treasures of history, art and beauty strung along the coastline, with Kotor as an old coastal and cultural centre. For centuries, it has been a crossroad of commercial itineraries under the strong influence of Venice. There are two islets around Perast: Gospa od Skrpjela (Lady of our Rocks) and St. George, two unique tourist attractions. Explore Kotor with a local guide, visit the Our Lady of the Rocks Isle and enjoy lunch (on your own account) before returning to Dubrovnik in the afternoon hours.
Private transfer to Dubrovnik airport
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