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Croatia Bike & Boat: Split & the Dalmatian Islands, Aboard the Jadranska Kraljica

Island hop across Croatia’s Dalmatian coast on an elegant private ship. As you glide through serene Adriatic waters, exploring hidden beaches known only to locals, you’ll congratulate yourself for choosing VBT’s Bike & Boat cruise and skipping the ferry queues. Cycle a new island each day—discovering an olive farm on Korčula, a medieval village on Hvar, and a seafaring museum on the remote island of Vis. While cycling along the shores of the Pelješac Peninsula, you’ll experience its natural beauty from all angles. Finish each day with a dinner of local specialties prepared by your ship’s crew—and discover the art of Croatian cooking during a class with your ship’s captain. Through it all, you’ll enjoy the ongoing support, companionship, and local expertise of the VBT trip leaders who call these islands home. 

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the medieval fortress and fascinating fishing museum in the tiny village of Komiža on the island of Vis.
  • Cycle into historic cities central to the past and culture of the Dalmatian Islands: Korčula, Hvar, Jelsa, Stari Grad, Postira, Pučišća.
  • Learn some Croatian cooking tips during a demonstration with your onboard chef—and savor the results for dinner.
  • Visit one of the last remaining stonecutters’ schools, on the island of Brač.
  • Taste unique Dalmatian wines in one of the well-known local wineries.

Positive Impact

VBT is proud to support Wine to Water with a donation on behalf of each guest on this tour. Wine to Water is an international organization providing access to clean drinking water and emergency supplies in water-challenged regions. We believe in giving back to the places that have enriched the lives of our guests. We’re committed to identifying and supporting sustainable initiatives in a variety of areas including education, world health, economic equality, safe drinking water, the environment, and the preservation of cultural traditions.

What to Expect

This tour offers a combination of rolling terrain and moderate-to-challenging hills and is ideal for everyone from energetic beginners to experienced cyclists. Our VBT support vehicle is always available for those who would like a break from riding.

  • Daily Mileage: 4 - 28 miles|
  • Biking: 1 - 4 hours|
  • Group Size: 24
Activity Moderate Moderate
Cycling
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
Cyclists
Vehicle Support Vehicle
Support

Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

May71º/56º

Jun79º/63º

Jul85º/67º

Aug84º/67º

Sep78º/61º

Oct69º/54º

Average
Precipitation:

May2.4 in

Jun1.9 in

Jul1.1 in

Aug1.7 in

Sep2.6 in

Oct3.4 in

Air Package

Tour Only

Roundtrip international airfare Check
Airport car service for arrival and departure Check
One night in Split and one night in Dubrovnik in conveniently located hotels with daily breakfast Check
Guided walking tour in Split Check
7 nights aboard a private premium ship Check Check
17 meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners Check Check
Road Bicycle (Carbon frame) 5

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Step-Through Electric-Assisted Bicycle (E-bike) 3

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Biking Packages Include:

Custom VBT Bike and Helmet

Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders

Support Vehicle

Luggage Transportation

Ride with GPS and Daily Route Notes

Welcome Reception

Facilitated Cultural Experiences

Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure

Itinerary

Mon, Apr 29 to Thu, May 9 - 2024

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Your vacation is about to begin! Spend your first night aloft and arrive ready for an unforgettable trip.

A VBT representative will greet you at the airport to start your adventure off right. A complimentary car service brings you to your hotel in Split. So beautiful is its seaside setting that the 3rd-century Roman Emperor Diocletian chose this place as his retirement home; remarkably, his ancient palace still plays a central role in the city’s daily life, hosting shops and restaurants. There’ll be time to settle into your hotel before setting out for dinner on your own, wandering the labyrinthine warrens, passageways, and courtyards.

This morning, join a local guide for a private walking tour of Split. This fascinating modern city grew up around the ancient palace of Emperor Diocletian. Still today, locals live and play out their lives among its millennia-old walls and gleaming white stone quarried on the nearby island of Brač, which you will be visiting later. View its highlights and see the octagonal Cathedral of Domnius.

Enjoy a lunch on your own in one of Split’s excellent restaurants, then meet your VBT trip leaders in town, and walk together to the ship to check into your cabin as the ship sets sail toward Vis Island. Enjoy a rest on board before joining a safety and bike-fitting session, as well as a short warm-up ride if time allows. Later, gather for a welcome cocktail and dinner on board.

Today’s Ride Choices

Afternoon: Warm-up — 7 km (4 miles)

What to Expect:

An easy out-and-back ride along the coast outside the town of Vis, with one minor hill to climb.

Cumulative Distance Range: 7 km (4 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

You have the entire day to discover Vis, the farthest island from Croatia’s shore inhabited by locals. The fishing heritage is rich here, as Vis has long been isolated from other sources of livelihood. Today, an active viniculture also thrives on this relaxed, low-key island. Following your first breakfast on board, pedal along on a beautiful, scenic route to the old fishing village of Komiža, set between dramatic green hills and the shimmering ocean.

Stroll the seaside promenade past the fishing museum for a glimpse of the region’s rich past and seafaring ways. Enjoy a delicious lunch in one of the local restaurants, located directly at the picturesque marina. After lunch, ride back to your ship over scenic hills, taking in breathtaking Adriatic vistas. If you prefer, get a lift from the shuttle and explore the town of Vis, perhaps visiting the Notre Dame Church or strolling to admire Renaissance summer houses built by the nobility. Or walk to the nearby rocky beach for a refreshing dip in the Adriatic. This evening, enjoy dinner on board. You moor overnight in Vis.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Vis to Komiža — 30 km (19 miles)

Afternoon: Komiža to Vis — 11 km (7 miles)

What to Expect:

Ride quiet and fully paved country roads. The route features a couple of hills, especially during the afternoon ride. The support vehicle is available back to the ship if you prefer to pass on the afternoon ride.

Cumulative Distance Range: 30 – 41 km (19 – 26 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A three-hour sail this morning delivers you to Vela Luka (meaning “big harbor”) on the splendid island of Korčula. Not only is this one of the most beautiful Dalmatian islands, it is also beloved for the golden-hued Grk wine produced at its vineyards. Your morning ride leads you into a stunning landscape of karst hills to one side and glittering Adriatic waters to the other. Some hill climbing brings you to spectacular lookout points. Your destination is a working olive farm, lush with gnarly olive trees that have grown here in the Adriatic sun for generations. Pause to visit with the owners and enjoy a tour of its ethnographic collection of olive presses, learning about the island’s long tradition of harvesting. Later, you stop for a traditional Croatian lunch at the family-owned Konopica restaurant. Sample the homemade Uštipci bread and enjoy a local peka, a traditional dish slow-cooked under a cast-iron, dome-shaped baking lid.

After lunch, continue cycling to Grad Korčula, the island’s cultural center and alleged birthplace of Marco Polo. This fascinating town was laid out in a herringbone configuration on a scenic promontory. The resulting grid allows for easy air flow and protects its citizens from strong mistral winds in the warm summers. All its narrow streets are stepped, except the Street of Thoughts, so called because there’s no need to watch your footing as you stroll.

This evening, enjoy a dinner on your own in town. You’re sure to find the ideal spot in Grad Korčula, affectionately called “mini Dubrovnik” for its authentic medieval atmosphere. Your ship docks in Grad Korčula tonight.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Blato to lunch — 23 km (14 miles)

Afternoon: Lunch to Korčula — 22 km (14 miles)

What to Expect:

Today, expect all paved country roads with limited traffic. The VBT support vehicle is available should you need assistance throughout the day.

Cumulative Distance Range: 23 – 45 km (14 – 28 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Sail this morning to the mainland and the scenic Pelješac Peninsula. This finger of land pointing into the Adriatic has been compared to Tuscany for its wine production. Upon arrival, you join a shuttle to Donja Banda to begin a magnificent morning of cycling amid dramatic landscapes. You first stop in the village of Kuna at a donkey farm, to take some photos with the long-eared residents.

Continue to the world-famous Grgić Winery to spend an unforgettable hour enjoying a wine tasting, before returning to the ship for lunch on board.

Time to lift the anchors and set sail to one of the smaller islands near Korčula. Leave your bicycle on shore and have the afternoon at leisure to swim, paddleboard, or simply relax with a book on the sun deck. This evening, join a cooking class on board to learn from the chef how to prepare a favorite Croatian dish that you savor for dinner. You moor tonight on the anchor (weather permitting).

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Donja Banda to Trstenik — 30 km (19 miles)

What to Expect:

Upon docking on the mainland, take a short van shuttle to skip the busy traffic and uphill climbs. The remainder of the ride follows mainly flat or downhill routes on quiet and paved country roads. There is no biking in the afternoon.

Cumulative Distance Range: 30 km (19 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, enjoy a short sail toward the end of Korčula Island to Lumbarda. On this spectacular island, you disembark for a scenic ride along the breathtaking coastline. Your ride will finish in Račišće, a pretty fishing village, where you return to the ship to enjoy an onboard lunch.

Back on board, you cruise to Hvar. Celebrated as the most beautiful island in the world, it is a wonderland of lavender fields, fruit orchards, fragrant pine forests, and superb beaches. You’ll have the chance to take it all in when you cycle among its pristine vistas tomorrow. For now, you moor in one of the scenic bays outside Hvar Town and enjoy dinner on board.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Lumbarda to Račišće — 22 km (14 miles)

What to Expect:

Ride along well-paved country roads today. The area around Grad Korčula  can be busy with traffic during the main tourist season, but most of your ride follows quiet and scenic roads along the seacoast. The support vehicle is available should you need assistance throughout the day.

Cumulative Distance Range: 22 km (14 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Disembark after breakfast for a short walk across Hvar Town, a medieval Croatian settlement with a strong Venetian influence dating to the 16th century. Take in the expanse of Saint Stephen’s Square, the largest Adriatic square after Saint Mark’s in Venice. And see the Arsenal, built in 1612 as Europe’s oldest and perhaps smallest municipal theater.

After, ride past Hvar’s stunning panoramas of fertile fields filled with flowers and herbs and dramatic, sparsely inhabited landscape crisscrossed by stone walls. You can admire views across the sea to neighboring islands and the mainland. The road into Stari Grad, a charming Dalmatian town situated at the end of a narrow bay, is a glorious four-mile (6.5 km) downhill coast. Originally founded in the 4th-century BCE, Stari Grad (literally “old town”) features a main square that offers a number of options for lunch on your own. Get acquainted with this gem of a town during the free time to explore on your own.

Continue biking a pleasant road into Jelsa, passing vineyards and olive groves. Your ship meets you in Jelsa at day’s end and will remain moored here tonight. There is still an important event in store—celebrate the week on board during the captain’s farewell dinner.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Hvar to Stari Grad — 22 km (14 miles)

Afternoon: Stari Grad to Jelsa — 15 km (11 miles)

What to Expect:

Today’s ride starts with a steady climb of about four miles (6.4 km) out of Hvar Town.  Follow coastal roads to Stari Grad, where your trip leaders point out choices for lunch on your own. In the afternoon, continue riding to Jelsa on mostly quieter country roads. Two moderate hills reward you with splendid views. The support vehicle is available should you need assistance throughout the day.

Cumulative Distance Range: 22 – 40 km (14 – 25 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, cruise into the beautiful bay of Pučišća. This tiny enclave on the island of Brač is considered one of the prettiest villages in Europe. Disembark here and visit one of the world’s few remaining stonecutting schools. The stone that is carved here, quarried from nearby Skrip, has been used to build some the world’s most famous buildings, including Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the White House in Washington, D.C. This is a unique opportunity to see students’ work and learn about a near-forgotten craft.

After an enlightening visit, cycle the northern coast of the island across the 14th-century village of Postira, nestled between the ocean and hillsides. On the way, you pass centuries-old olive and pine groves. Continue to Supetar, the island’s main port, where you meet your ship for lunch on board. After lunch, you sail back to Split, where your trip began. This evening, join your VBT trip leaders for a special farewell dinner in a typical, local restaurant, recounting your favorite moments from your cycling adventure among the magnificent Dalmatian Islands.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Pučišća to Supetar — 28 km (17 miles)

What to Expect:

Today’s ride starts in Pučišća and follows the north coast of Brač to Postira and Supetar, passing ancient groves of olive and pine trees. Meet your ship in Supetar for lunch, before sailing back to Split.

Cumulative Distance Range: 28 km (17 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, travel by private motorcoach (approximately 3.5 hours) to our 5-star Dubrovnik hotel for a final overnight stay. You arrive at approximately noon and have the rest of the day to relax at the hotel’s private beach or explore the historic Old Town of Dubrovnik on your own.

Check your VBT city information for all the options. If you have chosen the independent Post-Trip Extension to Dubrovnik, you’ll remain at this hotel for the next three nights.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast this morning, transportation to the Dubrovnik airport will be provided (approximately a 30-minute drive, depending on traffic) for your departing flight. Please ensure you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Croatia Bike & Boat: Split & the Dalmatian Islands, Aboard the Jadranska Kraljica

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Wed, May 1 to Wed, May 8 - 2024

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Meet your VBT trip leaders at the ship at 1:00 p.m. The Jadranska Kraljica will be moored at the St. Peter pier, next to the Jadrolinija Ferry Port in Split. Please note that you cannot embark before this time, as the ship is being prepared for your arrival. If you prefer, you can meet your group at Heritage Hotel Fermai in Split at 10:00 a.m., hand your luggage to your VBT trip leaders and join a guided walking tour of Split. Your trip leaders will be wearing VBT staff garments.

After the walking tour and lunch on your own, meet your trip leaders again in town and walk together to the ship. Please contact the ship or the Heritage Hotel Fermai in Split to advise of any travel delays or changes, and the staff will pass your message on to your VBT trip leaders.

After embarkation, check into your cabin as the ship sets sail toward Vis Island. Enjoy a rest on board before joining a safety and bike-fitting session, as well as a short warm-up ride if time allows. Later, gather for a welcome cocktail and dinner on board.

Today’s Ride Choices

Afternoon: Warm-up — 7 km (4 miles)

What to Expect:

An easy out-and-back ride along the coast outside the town of Vis, with one minor hill to climb.

Cumulative Distance Range: 7 km (4 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

You have the entire day to discover Vis, the farthest island from Croatia’s shore inhabited by locals. The fishing heritage is rich here, as Vis has long been isolated from other sources of livelihood. Today, an active viniculture also thrives on this relaxed, low-key island. Following your first breakfast on board, pedal along on a beautiful, scenic route to the old fishing village of Komiža, set between dramatic green hills and the shimmering ocean.

Stroll the seaside promenade past the fishing museum for a glimpse of the region’s rich past and seafaring ways. Enjoy a delicious lunch in one of the local restaurants, located directly at the picturesque marina. After lunch, ride back to your ship over scenic hills, taking in breathtaking Adriatic vistas. If you prefer, get a lift from the shuttle and explore the town of Vis, perhaps visiting the Notre Dame Church or strolling to admire Renaissance summer houses built by the nobility. Or walk to the nearby rocky beach for a refreshing dip in the Adriatic. This evening, enjoy dinner on board. You moor overnight in Vis.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Vis to Komiža — 30 km (19 miles)

Afternoon: Komiža to Vis — 11 km (7 miles)

What to Expect:

Ride quiet and fully paved country roads. The route features a couple of hills, especially during the afternoon ride. The support vehicle is available back to the ship if you prefer to pass on the afternoon ride.

Cumulative Distance Range: 30 – 41 km (19 – 26 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A three-hour sail this morning delivers you to Vela Luka (meaning “big harbor”) on the splendid island of Korčula. Not only is this one of the most beautiful Dalmatian islands, it is also beloved for the golden-hued Grk wine produced at its vineyards. Your morning ride leads you into a stunning landscape of karst hills to one side and glittering Adriatic waters to the other. Some hill climbing brings you to spectacular lookout points. Your destination is a working olive farm, lush with gnarly olive trees that have grown here in the Adriatic sun for generations. Pause to visit with the owners and enjoy a tour of its ethnographic collection of olive presses, learning about the island’s long tradition of harvesting. Later, you stop for a traditional Croatian lunch at the family-owned Konopica restaurant. Sample the homemade Uštipci bread and enjoy a local peka, a traditional dish slow-cooked under a cast-iron, dome-shaped baking lid.

After lunch, continue cycling to Grad Korčula, the island’s cultural center and alleged birthplace of Marco Polo. This fascinating town was laid out in a herringbone configuration on a scenic promontory. The resulting grid allows for easy air flow and protects its citizens from strong mistral winds in the warm summers. All its narrow streets are stepped, except the Street of Thoughts, so called because there’s no need to watch your footing as you stroll.

This evening, enjoy a dinner on your own in town. You’re sure to find the ideal spot in Grad Korčula, affectionately called “mini Dubrovnik” for its authentic medieval atmosphere. Your ship docks in Grad Korčula tonight.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Blato to lunch — 23 km (14 miles)

Afternoon: Lunch to Korčula — 22 km (14 miles)

What to Expect:

Today, expect all paved country roads with limited traffic. The VBT support vehicle is available should you need assistance throughout the day.

Cumulative Distance Range: 23 – 45 km (14 – 28 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Sail this morning to the mainland and the scenic Pelješac Peninsula. This finger of land pointing into the Adriatic has been compared to Tuscany for its wine production. Upon arrival, you join a shuttle to Donja Banda to begin a magnificent morning of cycling amid dramatic landscapes. You first stop in the village of Kuna at a donkey farm, to take some photos with the long-eared residents.

Continue to the world-famous Grgić Winery to spend an unforgettable hour enjoying a wine tasting, before returning to the ship for lunch on board.

Time to lift the anchors and set sail to one of the smaller islands near Korčula. Leave your bicycle on shore and have the afternoon at leisure to swim, paddleboard, or simply relax with a book on the sun deck. This evening, join a cooking class on board to learn from the chef how to prepare a favorite Croatian dish that you savor for dinner. You moor tonight on the anchor (weather permitting).

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Donja Banda to Trstenik — 30 km (19 miles)

What to Expect:

Upon docking on the mainland, take a short van shuttle to skip the busy traffic and uphill climbs. The remainder of the ride follows mainly flat or downhill routes on quiet and paved country roads. There is no biking in the afternoon.

Cumulative Distance Range: 30 km (19 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, enjoy a short sail toward the end of Korčula Island to Lumbarda. On this spectacular island, you disembark for a scenic ride along the breathtaking coastline. Your ride will finish in Račišće, a pretty fishing village, where you return to the ship to enjoy an onboard lunch.

Back on board, you cruise to Hvar. Celebrated as the most beautiful island in the world, it is a wonderland of lavender fields, fruit orchards, fragrant pine forests, and superb beaches. You’ll have the chance to take it all in when you cycle among its pristine vistas tomorrow. For now, you moor in one of the scenic bays outside Hvar Town and enjoy dinner on board.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Lumbarda to Račišće — 22 km (14 miles)

What to Expect:

Ride along well-paved country roads today. The area around Grad Korčula  can be busy with traffic during the main tourist season, but most of your ride follows quiet and scenic roads along the seacoast. The support vehicle is available should you need assistance throughout the day.

Cumulative Distance Range: 22 km (14 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Disembark after breakfast for a short walk across Hvar Town, a medieval Croatian settlement with a strong Venetian influence dating to the 16th century. Take in the expanse of Saint Stephen’s Square, the largest Adriatic square after Saint Mark’s in Venice. And see the Arsenal, built in 1612 as Europe’s oldest and perhaps smallest municipal theater.

After, ride past Hvar’s stunning panoramas of fertile fields filled with flowers and herbs and dramatic, sparsely inhabited landscape crisscrossed by stone walls. You can admire views across the sea to neighboring islands and the mainland. The road into Stari Grad, a charming Dalmatian town situated at the end of a narrow bay, is a glorious four-mile (6.5 km) downhill coast. Originally founded in the 4th-century BCE, Stari Grad (literally “old town”) features a main square that offers a number of options for lunch on your own. Get acquainted with this gem of a town during the free time to explore on your own.

Continue biking a pleasant road into Jelsa, passing vineyards and olive groves. Your ship meets you in Jelsa at day’s end and will remain moored here tonight. There is still an important event in store—celebrate the week on board during the captain’s farewell dinner.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Hvar to Stari Grad — 22 km (14 miles)

Afternoon: Stari Grad to Jelsa — 15 km (11 miles)

What to Expect:

Today’s ride starts with a steady climb of about four miles (6.4 km) out of Hvar Town.  Follow coastal roads to Stari Grad, where your trip leaders point out choices for lunch on your own. In the afternoon, continue riding to Jelsa on mostly quieter country roads. Two moderate hills reward you with splendid views. The support vehicle is available should you need assistance throughout the day.

Cumulative Distance Range: 22 – 40 km (14 – 25 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, cruise into the beautiful bay of Pučišća. This tiny enclave on the island of Brač is considered one of the prettiest villages in Europe. Disembark here and visit one of the world’s few remaining stonecutting schools. The stone that is carved here, quarried from nearby Skrip, has been used to build some the world’s most famous buildings, including Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the White House in Washington, D.C. This is a unique opportunity to see students’ work and learn about a near-forgotten craft.

After an enlightening visit, cycle the northern coast of the island across the 14th-century village of Postira, nestled between the ocean and hillsides. On the way, you pass centuries-old olive and pine groves. Continue to Supetar, the island’s main port, where you meet your ship for lunch on board. After lunch, you sail back to Split, where your trip began. This evening, join your VBT trip leaders for a special farewell dinner in a typical, local restaurant, recounting your favorite moments from your cycling adventure among the magnificent Dalmatian Islands.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Pučišća to Supetar — 28 km (17 miles)

What to Expect:

Today’s ride starts in Pučišća and follows the north coast of Brač to Postira and Supetar, passing ancient groves of olive and pine trees. Meet your ship in Supetar for lunch, before sailing back to Split.

Cumulative Distance Range: 28 km (17 miles)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, your biking tour ends in Split. Our trip leaders will help you to arrange a taxi to the nearby airport or to continue with your own travel plans.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Croatia Bike & Boat: Split & the Dalmatian Islands, Aboard the Jadranska Kraljica

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2024 Pre-Trip Extension - Zagreb/Plitvice Lakes

2 Nights From $645 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $195

  • 2 nights at the 5-star Hotel Le Premier
  • Airport car service for arrival
  • Private guided tours of Zagreb and Plitvice Lakes
  • 3-course lunch at a local restaurant
  • Transportation from Zagreb to Split
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

Your vacation is about to begin! Spend your first night aloft and arrive ready for an unforgettable trip.

A VBT representative will greet you at the airport to start your adventure off right. A complimentary car service brings you to your centrally located hotel in Zagreb. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring this charming Central European city of pastel-colored historic buildings. Zagreb’s Upper Town is a richly layered collection of architecture and culture, dense with churches, palaces, and museums designed in traditional secessionist, neo-Baroque, and Art Deco fashion. Pause at a café to dig into a delicious kremšnite, a favored flaky custard pastry. And perhaps find the perfect cravat at a souvenir shop, named for the Croats who wore the distinctive scarves during the Thirty Years’ War.

After breakfast, meet your local guide at 9:00 a.m. at the hotel for a guided walking tour of Croatia’s scenic capital. Endless rewards await those who explore Zagreb on foot. Follow your host into Jelačić Square, named for the 19th-century military general, and into Dolac Market, where growers convene to sell fresh vegetables, fruits, honey, oil, and handicrafts. Continue to Gornji Grad, Zagreb’s historic Upper Town. Admire the city’s cathedral, St. Mark’s Church, and Croatian Parliament while here, and perhaps eye a place for lunch on the popular pedestrian Tkalčićeva Street, lined with cafés. As you pass the Lotrščak Tower, you may hear the midday cannon firing, a ritual that’s been carried out since January 1, 1877.

Enjoy lunch on your own and then follow your interests. Browse the collections at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Arts and Crafts, or the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art, one of the first to exhibit this unique art form in the world. Dinner this evening is on your own.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, you meet your English-speaking driver at 8:00 a.m. at the hotel and travel to Split. En route, you stop to explore one of Croatia’s most splendid natural wonders, Plitvice Lakes National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage site is renowned for its many lakes—16 in all—that descend a hillside in a step pattern over karst and through dense woodland. The setting here is lush and primitive, a spellbinding canvas of greens and blues set to a mesmerizing soundtrack of falling water. Join a local guide for a private tour along the trails and boardwalks that wind through the park. As you stroll, you might spot some of the 55 species of orchid here.

After taking in the breathtaking beauty, pause for a memorable three-course Croatian lunch, sampling a cuisine with Slavic, Hungarian, and Turkish influences and spices. Whatever’s on the menu, you can be sure of fresh ingredients locally sourced and harvested.

Arrive in Split, a waterfront gem, late this afternoon. So beautiful is its seaside setting that the 3rd-century Roman Emperor Diocletian chose this place as his retirement home; remarkably, his ancient palace still plays a major role in the city’s daily life, hosting shops and restaurants. There’ll be time to settle into your hotel before setting out for dinner on your own this evening, wandering the labyrinthine warrens, passageways, and courtyards.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Hotel Le Premier

Occupying a 20th-century palace, the Hotel Le Premier exudes elegance and graciousness in the heart of Zagreb. This luxurious boutique hotel boasts gleaming marble and wood accents. Its 60 air-conditioned rooms offer modern amenities and comforts, high ceilings, and large windows. The Croatian Society of Fine Arts is steps away, while Zagreb’s historic Upper Town, with its pastel-hued historic buildings, is just 20 minutes away by foot. End your days of exploring in the hotel’s fine restaurant and bar, or indulge in the Finnish sauna or a soothing massage at an additional cost.
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2024 Post-Trip Extension - Dubrovnik

2 Nights From $245 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $195

  • 2 nights at the 5-star Hotel Dubrovnik Palace
  • Airport car service for departure
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to continue exploring on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to continue exploring on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast this morning, complimentary transportation to the Dubrovnik airport will be provided (approximately a 30-minute drive) for your departing flight. Please ensure you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Hotel Dubrovnik Palace

The Hotel Dubrovnik Palace enjoys a dramatic perch right on the Adriatic Sea. With its exclusive private beach, lavish amenities, chic 5-star style, and world-class service, it is the ideal complement to your adventure. Dine on exquisite cuisine and savor locally produced wines while taking in the sunset over the Elaphiti Islands from al fresco venues. And savor massages or facials in the award-winning tenth-floor spa. From your air-conditioned room, you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the Dalmatian Coast from a private balcony. Enjoy the best of both worlds here: luxury amenities away from the crowds and easy, convenient bus service to the Old Town when the spirit of exploration moves you.
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What's not to love!!? Spectacular weather (despite the forecast of rain), amazing guides who saw to our every need (Jelena and Mario), smooth sailing on a beautiful ship with an attentive crew, great biking (new bikes even!) on the islands with gorgeous views. It's a good thing we did as much biking as we did since the food was tasty and plentiful! September is definitely the perfect time to visit.

MoScott,

Croatia Bike & Boat: Islands Of The Adriatic

This was our third VBT trip and we chose the boat-biking combination as it appeals to us. The Dalmatian Islands were incredibly beautiful, weather perfect, grape-picking time biking through vineyards at the various islands. Roads were in mint condition, no potholes unlike home and although hilly spouse got competitive with the ebike. Aboard the vessel, the crew and the VBT leaders were wonderful and fulfilled our every wish. Great meals aboard the boat. In summary, this was the best biking tour ever. Croatia is so clean and friendly, a true gem for world travelers.

Anders, Cruz Bay, VI

Croatia Bike & Boat: Islands Of The Adriatic

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