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Experience more with so much included

  • Guided tour of Dubrovnik, with its medieval and baroque centre almost untouched by the 21st century - ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’
  • Visit to Krka National Park and its series of stunning waterfalls and lakes
  • Visit to Mostar, with its iconic bridge, once Europe’s border with the Ottoman Empire
  • Tour of beautiful, unspoilt Montenegro with visits to UNESCO World Heritage site towns Perast and Kotor
  • Guided walking tour of Split including Emperor Diocletian’s monumental palace one of the greatest ancient Roman structures  
  • Visit to medieval Trogir, one of Dalmatia’s most seductive old ports
  • Tour the Dalmatian coastline, one of Europe’s most dramatic, studded with Venetian influenced, perfectly preserved villages
  • Services of our experienced tour manager
  • Return travel from a selection of regional airports and transfers to and from your hotel included
  • Seven nights' four-star hotel accommodation including all local taxes, with breakfast and dinner

Selected departures from April to October 2019

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At a Glance
7 nights in 4-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Half board
Expert tour manager
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Overview

Byron christened it, ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, George Bernard Shaw ‘Paradise on Earth’, to us it’s simply idyllic. Naturally beautiful, historically fascinating and wonderfully Mediterranean. Croatia is simply one of Europe's 'must see' destinations, with a recent past unique in European history. Within just five years it experienced the fall of communism, a war and then full independence. Today however, with the scars very much healed, this matchless blend of history, Mediterranean ambience and truly stunning natural beauty is, and rightly so, on the discerning traveller’s map once again.

Ruled for 2,000 years by some of the greatest powers of their time: The Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and the Habsburgs amongst others, have all left their mark both architecturally and culturally. There are Roman palaces, amphitheatres, baroque churches, imposing civic buildings and even mosques. Dubrovnik in particular is a delight, almost a living museum, medieval in character with a heavy influence of the baroque period in the numerous churches and where life spills spontaneously onto its pedestrianised marble streets. Once the centre of a thriving commercial empire, Lord Byron christened it ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, whilst George Bernard Shaw thought it simply ‘Paradise on Earth’. In our view – it is simply idyllic!

The Dalmatian coastline is legendary: one of the most dramatic in Europe, extending for hundreds of miles, where steep limestone cliffs plunge into sapphire-blue waters. Just offshore the mirror-like Adriatic is studded with countless islands, some tiny, some large, some inhabited, some not, but giving scenery almost reminiscent of a series of huge intertwining lakes. The hillsides are clad in a green carpet of lush pine-forests giving that instantly recognisable Mediterranean aroma to the air. Clinging to the coast or nestling in picturesque coves are medieval fishing villages, with tiny shops, refreshingly free from tasteless development, where the alleyways are simply pebbles set into the earth and overhead shutters precariously sway and squeak in the warm, gentle breezes. Life continues much as it has for centuries with the elderly still clad in black, so typical of southern Europe.

Whilst this is a unique country, the Croatians appear very much Mediterranean in character: effervescent, friendly and open. The cuisine really is superb too! Heavily influenced by nearby Greece and Italy, everywhere you find exquisite fish like sea bass, tuna and bream fresh from the sea and cooked in a variety of ways, but best simply grilled. Excellent meats abound too and fresh colourful Mediterranean vegetables such as peppers, aubergines and courgettes, combined with olive oil, create tasty, healthy menus.

Then we visit Montenegro, one of the world’s newest countries and if you can imagine what the Mediterranean was like thirty years ago then this is probably it! A stunning coastline with centuries old fishing villages, full of tiny streets where the eaves almost touch, interspaced by market squares with stalls creaking from the weight of colourful local produce and dotted with intricately decorated Byzantine churches. Everywhere we visit on this tour is still so wonderfully beautiful. It cries out to be explored and offers the privileged visitor a remarkable blend of wonderful scenery and fascinating places to visit; it truly is a journey back in time.

Your Itinerary

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Price Includes

The price of this holiday is based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast and dinner in four-star hotels as mentioned, return flights and transfers, all airport taxes, all touring as mentioned, all local accommodation taxes and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.

Included excursions are: guided visits of Dubrovnik and Split, a visit to Krka National Park, Visit to Mostar, tour of Montenegro, entrance to the Emperor Diocletian’s monumental palace in Split and a visit to Trogir.

Useful Information

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

  Arrival airport or train station    First hotel location     Transfer time    Final hotel location    Departure airport or train station   Transfer time 
Dubrovnik Airport Omis  4 hrs 30 mins Dubrovnik Dubrovnik Airport 30 mins
Vodice
Split Airport Omis  1 hr 30 mins Split Airport 4 hrs 30 mins
Vodice

Hotel Information

Where the hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, this will be open during the summer months - weather permitting.

Fact File

  • Currencies: Kuna, Euro
  • Deposit: £100 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 2 hrs 40 mins
  • Languages: Croatian, Montenegrin
  • Time zone: GMT+1
  • Countries: Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitabilty of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Visas and Passports

UK passport holders do not require a visa for this holiday, however, please be aware that holders of other passports may require visas for entry into Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Croatia. We advise that you check with the relevant embassy prior to booking.

UK passport holders must ensure passports have been issued within the last 10 years, are undamaged and valid for 3 months after the planned date of departure from Montenegro.

Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at time of publication, changes in requirements after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. Therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to application.

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