The Highlights of Croatia
See the jewels of Croatia's Adriatic with a week in Split and stunning Dubrovnik
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- Privately guided city tours and exclusive culinary experiences
- Private motorboat trips to Croatia's most beautiful islands
- Luxury accommodation and private transfers throughout
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
Discover two of our favourite cities in Croatia – Split and Dubrovnik – and an assortment of incredible islands on this luxurious seven-night tour, a quintessential introduction to the Adriatic.
Begin your journey in the seaside city of Split. A beautiful city in itself with a rich history to be uncovered, it also serves as a jumping off point to explore the beautiful islands nearby.
During your three nights here, you’ll be shown around the Roman palace in town, learn to cook Dalmatian classics with an expert local chef, and spend an unforgettably glamorous day on a private boat island hopping between Hvar, Vis and Biševo.
You’ll then cruise down the coast, via the picture perfect isle of Korcula, to perhaps the most iconic city in Croatia. Over the next few days in enchanting Dubrovnik you will walk its ancient walls and see the fascinating Old Town, together a UNESCO World Heritage Site, take a trip out to forested Elaphititi Islands, kayak across to Lokrum and sample the local wine accompanied by a renowned winemaker.
Everything is taken care of for you, from transfers (private throughout), handpicked accommodation, exclusive tours and experiences, to a travel concierge on hand before, during and after your trip. Remember, this is just an example of what you can do in Croatia with Jacada, so please get in touch with one of our expert Travel Designers to start planning your perfect trip.
Example Trip Itinerary
Private transfer to your hotel in Split
Accommodation in Split
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Meet your local guide for a private guided walking tour of Split. 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. After the tour your guide will escort you to the one of the best restaurants in Split, Paradigma restaurant, for three-course wine pairing lunch.
The pretty town of Trogir is connected to the mainland by a bridge and is filled with Greek, Roman and Venetian history. Visit the St. Lawrence cathedral, the Palace of Cipico, home to one of Trogir’s most prominent families, and the Tower of Kamerlengo which served as the Venetian governor’s palace. As you wander through its pretty street, you'll discover the masterpieces of local sculptors who participated in creating the magnificent visual history of this charming town.
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.
No visit to Dalmatia would be complete without some quality time on the water, and what's a better way to do this than a private motor boat day trip to Dalmatia`s most beatiful islands - Hvar, Vis and Biševo.
Transfer to the harbour and board your private motor boat and cruise to Vis and Biševo Islands. These islands are famous for their inlets and beautiful caves, some of which the boat can enter, and their historic heritage dating back to ancient Greeks.
Your journey continues to Pakleni Archipelago and Hvar Island, with its storybook bay filled with gleaming yachts, sailing gullets and simple working skiffs, all crowned with a cliff top Venetian fortress surrounded by lush pines. You'll have some free time here for walk and some sightseeing before returning to Split in the late afternoon hours.
Board a private motor boat to take you on to Dubrovnik. Visit the beautiful island of Korcula en route and enjoy exploring the pretty old town.
Accommodation in Dubrovnik
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
This morning, meet your guide and take a short walk to St. Jacob’s beach for a private sea kayaking adventure around the island of Lokrum. Discover unreachable caves and hidden beaches, paddling near impressive sea rocks. Experience cultural-historical sites from a wholly new perspective. Enjoy swimming and snorkelling in the crystal clear blue Adriatic Sea. You will also enjoy a short stop on the island of Lokrum, so you can take a walk through its beautiful botanical garden or relax in a bar on the island with a refreshment before we return to the mainland and your hotel.
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 Elaphititi 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.
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 Dubrovnik airport
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