WALLED CITIES & ISLAND CHURCHES

Croatia & Montenegro in Classic Style

Bay of Kotor, Dalmatian Coast & Islands

Duration: 9 nights

Price: From £1,750 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, car hire, ferry transportation and taxes

Medieval coastal cities, beautiful Adriatic islands, and the Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik: this Classic Dalmatia and Montenegro holiday takes in the best that the beautiful Adriatic Coast has to offer. What’s more, this is a self-drive itinerary, so you can travel on your own terms and enjoy taking in the photogenic scenery as you do so. Beginning in the historic city of Split, you’ll journey on to the popular island of Korcula, before arriving in Dubrovnik, an awe-inspiring walled city overlooking the ocean. Your journey finishes up in the Montenegrin coastal town of Kotor, a fashionable but unspoilt summer destination.
Perfect forRoad-trippers fond of stunning scenery looking to experience Croatia’s culture and history at their own pace.
In the knowExtend your stay to include a couple of nights at the stunning Aman Sveti Stefan.

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  • Honeymoon
  • Couples
  • First-timers
  • Food & Wine

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2 nightsSPLIT

Your journey begins in Split, Croatia’s second-largest city, and you’ll fly in before picking up your car for your self-drive adventure. A beautiful coastal city with a walled medieval old town, Split is much more than just a gateway to the Dalmatian Islands. Diocletian’s Palace, built by the Roman emperor of the same name in the fourth century, is amazingly well-preserved and comprises around half of the city’s old town. Your hotel for two nights, the incredible Vestibul Palace, is situated in the part of the palace where the emperor himself had his quarters. Other historical attractions include the Cathedral of St. Domnius and the third-oldest synagogue in Europe, which dates from the 16th century. Split is also blessed with beautiful beaches, with Bacvice a popular choice for families.
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2 nightsKORCULA

Taking a ferry to Vela Luka on the western tip of Korcula island, you’ll then drive to Korcula town for the next stop on your Croatian self-drive adventure. Among the greenest of the Adriatic islands, Korcula is picturesque and covered in vineyards and olive groves. Korcula town, a centuries-old fortified citadel which juts out into the sea, is beautiful and home to some spectacular buildings such as St. Mark’s Cathedral. Culture vultures will love it here; the Town Museum tells the story of Korcula through the centuries, while the Icon Museum houses several Byzantine religious icons and ritual artefacts. You can enjoy fantastic views of Korcula from the Marco Polo Tower, connected to a house said to be the one-time home of the famous traveller. You’ll stay for two nights at Korcula de la Ville, a renovated villa overlooking the sea in the heart of the old town.
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2 nightsDUBROVNIK

Taking the ferry from Korcula to Orebic, you’ll then drive to Dubrovnik, the jewel in Croatia’s crown. The architectural wonders here include the medieval city walls, the Cathedral of the Assumption, and the Franciscan Monastery and Museum. Your home for the next two nights is Pucic Palace, a luxurious boutique hotel in the centre of the old town and perfect for exploring all these historical attractions. The island of Lokrum is just a short ferry ride away, where you can visit its botanical garden and Franciscan monastery or take one of the hotel’s speedboats to arrive in style in the ancient town centre.
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3 nightsKOTOR

After two nights in Dubrovnik, you’ll take to the road again for the final stop on your Croatian journey: Kotor. Tucked away in an indented bay in southwestern Montenegro, this is a classic ref-roofed Adriatic port town and a fashionable port of call for summer yachting holidays. Sights in the beautiful old town include the Romanesque St. Tryphon’s Cathedral and the Sea Gate, the main entrance to the town which was built in 1555. The story of Kotor’s maritime history is told in the Maritime Museum of Montenegro, housed in a beautiful 18th-century palace. You’ll spend three nights at Hotel Astoria, a boutique hotel situated in the 13th-century Buca Palace, in the centre of Kotor’s old town and a short walk to the beach. After three nights in Kotor, your Croatian self-drive adventure comes to an end, and you’ll drive to Dubrovnik for your flight home.
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