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Scenic Southern Dalmatia

This sample 8-day (7 nights) itinerary covers the highlights of Southern Dalmatia: Dubrovnik, Hvar, and Split. You're in for a wonderful adventure on the shores of the sparkling Adriatic, where delicious cuisine, excellent wine, beautiful landscapes and of course incredible beaches are ever-present. From the mainland to the surrounding islands, you'll experience the best the region has to offer. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea for what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide. One of our team in the region will be available to you during and leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our employee (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.
Route for Dubrovnik, Hvar, Split tour

3 Nights in Dubrovnik

3 Nights in Dubrovnik

4 days in Dubrovnik

3 Nights in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik offers an unusual blend of modern culture and ancient traditions. Marble-like polished limestone streets, a labyrinth of alleyways, and breathtaking architecture compose the unique atmosphere of the Old Town. You’ll experience a true variety of sightseeing, leisure, and outdoor adventures here. Dubrovnik’s most stunning feature is the 82-foot tall city wall which extends more than a mile. Game of Thrones fans will be in luck, as we offer a special tour to local set locations. King’s Landing never looked so good! There’s a rich selection of live performances for music lovers here, as concerts are performed daily, and in July and August the Dubrovnik Summer Festival of music, theatre and dance brings incredible performers from around the world. The nightlife is also exciting, with restaurants, cafes and bars that will keep you socializing until dawn. You’ll be staying in beautiful accommodation within short walking distance to all the major sites, so you’ll be able to sample a little of everything. But there are also several exciting day trips and cruises to enjoy. From kayaking through hidden coves to an authentic Croatian cooking class, vineyard tours, and trips as far afield as Montenegro, you’ll have more than enough to fill your itinerary.

Dubrovnik offers an unusual blend of modern culture and ancient traditions. Marble-like polished limestone streets, a labyrinth of alleyways, and breathtaking architecture compose the unique atmosphere of the Old Town. You’ll experience a true variety of sightseeing, leisure, and outdoor adventures here. Dubrovnik’s most stunning feature is the 82-foot tall city wall which extends more than a mile. Game of Thrones fans will be in luck, as we offer a special tour to local set locations. King’s Landing never looked so good! There’s a rich selection of live performances for music lovers here, as concerts are performed daily, and in July and August the Dubrovnik Summer Festival of music, theatre and dance brings incredible performers from around the world. The nightlife is also exciting, with restaurants, cafes and bars that will keep you socializing until dawn. You’ll be staying in beautiful accommodation within short walking distance to all the major sites, so you’ll be able to sample a little of everything. But there are also several exciting day trips and cruises to enjoy. From kayaking through hidden coves to an authentic Croatian cooking class, vineyard tours, and trips as far afield as Montenegro, you’ll have more than enough to fill your itinerary.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Dubrovnik

After your flight arrives in Dubrovnik, we will have someone meet you at the airport and bring you to your accommodations.

Our representative will then meet with you to answer any questions you have and to get you settled for the rest of your trip.

Night and the City

Suggestion to explore on your own

Discover the beauty of Dubrovnik while strolling down the cobbled streets at night and have a drink in one of the bars on the main street to just watch the world go by. Or visit the famous Buza Bar. With a name translating to "Hole in the Wall," Buza is not just a great bar, but a lovely location, with breathtaking views of incredible scenery at sunset.

Night and the City

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Private Walking Tour

Explore Dubrovnik's Center on Foot

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll be exploring the elegant main streets and picturesque paths of Dubrovnik, with your own personal guide. This truly is one of the most beautiful medieval cities on the Adriatic. A walking tour of Old Town will take you to its elegant main street and most of its most important sights: The Franciscan Monastery, Onofrio’s Fountains, Sponza Palace, Orlando’s Column, the City Bell Tower, the Church of St. Blaise (the city’s patron saint), and Rector’s Palace, the seat of the Republic, and the Cathedral. This is the perfect orientational tour of the Old town and will give you the best insight into the rich history of Dubrovnik. You’ll learn what there is to see and do in Dubrovnik and how to get around.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 1 hour 30 minutes

After Your Tour: City Walls, Cable Car and Lokrum Island

Suggestion to explore on your own

As well as taking a short walking tour of Dubrovnik's old town with a private guide, which will tell you all about the city's history and get you oriented, there are a few other must-dos when in this breathtaking city and all involve getting a different perspective on the magnificent walled Old Town.


Continue your day in Dubrovnik after the tour with a ride on the cable car up Mount Srd' to take in the views. You'll find the bottom station of the cable car by exiting the city through the Buža Gate. Walking the circumference of the ancient city walls themselves is a way to get another view of the town. It's a bit of a climb to the top of the Minceta Tower, but highly recommended.

If you also want to see Dubrovnik from afar, then take a boat trip to Lokrum Island, an oasis of nature and tranquility just ten minutes from the Old Town harbor. This island has peacocks and monastery ruins hidden among its pine, cypress, and olive trees. You will also find a botanical garden here.

After Your Tour: City Walls, a Cable Car, and Lokrum Island
Eat and Meet with Locals Small Group Dinner

Eat Like a Local

Included in your vacation package price.

Dubrovnik's got some good (and some unfortunately not-so-good) restaurants but the best meal you can possibly have in town isn't at a restaurant. It's to be had at a local's home, sitting down with a family and a select few other visitors. We'll secure you a spot for a Dalmatian dinner experience without equal, that has been written about in the pages of the Wall Street Journal and National Geographic. You'll enjoy a multi-course dinner with wine, where the main event is a spectacular peka dinner - a traditional style of cooking usually translated as 'under the bell'. Lamb, veal and veg covered slow-cooked with the heat coming from all sides. Our marketing director described this as the best meal he's ever eaten in Croatia. Find out why for yourself.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 3-4 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Dubrovnik

Montenegro Kotor & Perast Group Tour

Visit a Neighboring Country on a Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll explore the Adriatic’s beauty and deep history via a group tour to Montenegro. This tour generally lasts for 12 hours, departing early in the morning, and returning you to Dubrovnik in early evening, in time for dinner. We recommend other tours from mid-June to mid-September, as the border crossing can be overcrowded during peak season.

Montenegro may be one of the world’s youngest, and smallest, countries, but it sure fits in a lot of towns sitting within Medieval walls, and above unspoiled beaches! You’ll take in some of the best vistas of the Bay of Kotor, Europe’s southernmost fjord, before arriving at Kotor. This UNESCO-listed town has retained its original Venetian walls. You’ll eventually continue south to Our Lady of the Rocks, a shrine atop an island created over the centuries one rock at a time by devout fishermen thankful to have returned home with another day's catch. With a full day, you’ll have plenty of time to take in Montenegro at your own speed - we recommend the oysters and mussels grown in the bay’s clean waters.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 12 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Hvar by Ferry

Today you're off to Hvar, Europe's sunniest island! Our representative in Dubrovnik will provide you with tickets for the ferry. You will be picked up from your accommodation by your private driver who will take you to the port in plenty of time for your departure. This ferry service is the fastest and most convenient way to get to Hvar but if you would prefer taking the opportunity to see some sights along the way, for additional fee there's an option of taking a private transfer to Split and a ferry to Hvar from there. Along the way you can stop to explore Ston, the oyster capital of Croatia, or Mostar in Bosnia to see the famously reconstructed bridge. Please note that this is a full day transfer.

We also offer the following excursions in Dubrovnik

A Perfect Culinary Getaway Small Group Tour
Light4 hours
Adventure Park and Zip Line Private Tour
Moderate4 hours
Bay of Kotor Private Tour
Light9 hours
Beach Day of Your Dreams
Easy8 hours

2 Nights in Hvar

2 Nights in Hvar

3 days in Hvar

2 Nights in Hvar

One of the gems of the Adriatic, Hvar is more than a beautiful coastal town. It’s also an ancient epicenter of culture, boasting the oldest communal theater in Europe, and a stunning medieval fortress dating back to the 7th century. There’s a little bit of everything here, from history and architecture to modern culture, outdoor adventures and isolated beaches. Whether you want a vacation that’s action-packed or something more relaxing, Hvar will offer more than enough variety to please you. The longest of the Adriatic islands, Hvar’s fertile landscape makes it perfect for growing grapes, giving you several local vineyards to visit. Be sure to sample the local cuisine, which emphasizes freshly caught fish, warm bread, and vegetables grown on the island. We can offer a tasting tour at the finest local vineyards. Those seeking an active vacation will not be disappointed either, as there are several possibilities for sailing, swimming, exploring the sea caves along the coast. You can also take a hike in Hvar's many hills, or go offroad with a local guide. This is a relaxing destination with warm locals. It’s an ideal summer vacation spot.

One of the gems of the Adriatic, Hvar is more than a beautiful coastal town. It’s also an ancient epicenter of culture, boasting the oldest communal theater in Europe, and a stunning medieval fortress dating back to the 7th century. There’s a little bit of everything here, from history and architecture to modern culture, outdoor adventures and isolated beaches. Whether you want a vacation that’s action-packed or something more relaxing, Hvar will offer more than enough variety to please you. The longest of the Adriatic islands, Hvar’s fertile landscape makes it perfect for growing grapes, giving you several local vineyards to visit. Be sure to sample the local cuisine, which emphasizes freshly caught fish, warm bread, and vegetables grown on the island. We can offer a tasting tour at the finest local vineyards. Those seeking an active vacation will not be disappointed either, as there are several possibilities for sailing, swimming, exploring the sea caves along the coast. You can also take a hike in Hvar's many hills, or go offroad with a local guide. This is a relaxing destination with warm locals. It’s an ideal summer vacation spot.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Hvar

When you arrive in the port of Hvar town, you will be met at the closest pick up point and brought to your accommodation.

Hvar Wine Tasting Small Group Tour

Hvar Wine Tasting Small Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Wines from Hvar have become very competitive at international wine fairs, and are now among the best wines in Croatia. This is fully guided tour that will teach you more about these excellent vintages. In a cozy wine cellar you will taste local wines along with an expert guide who will describe the individual wines in an entertaining way and provide information worth knowing about the excellent regional varieties you can sample. It's easy to lose track of time while tasting wine, so please bring enough time with you!


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 4 hours

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Hvar

Vis Blue Cave Group Speedboat Tour

Vis Blue Cave Group Speedboat Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

This tour is a great way to experience life on the Adriatic. Your tour starts from the Hvar port and from there you will first be taken to the islet of Bisevo, the location of the gorgeous Blue Cave, which is stunning. You'll continue to Stiniva, beautiful bay on Vis Island. There will be time for strolling around and enjoying the Adriatic Sea. On the return trip you'll stop for a swim along the Pakleni islands.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 8 Hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Traveling to Split by Ferry

A taxi will bring your from your accommodations to the port, from where you'll enjoy a quick 1-hour ferry ride to Split.

We also offer the following excursions in Hvar

Brac Island Private Tour
Light7 hours
Half-Day Sunset Sailing Group Tour Around the Pakleni Islands
Light4 hours
Hvar Hiking Small Group Tour
Strenuous3-4 hours
Hvar Island XL Private Tour
Light9 hours

2 Nights in Split

2 Nights in Split

3 days in Split

2 Nights in Split

The Roman Emperor Diocletian made Split his home in the 4th Century AD, building a vast palace complex on the waterfront that stands to this day. In fact several of the accommodation options we offer in Split are nestled inside its ancient walls. These days there is an embankment in front of Diocletian's palace but the water used to go right up to the main wall. It's on this man-made strip of land that you'll find the Riva, a pedestrian promenade bustling with life. Split's UNESCO listed Old Town is contained within these old walls and is a pedestrian-only maze that it is quite easy, but fun, to get lost in. Who know what romantic hidden cafés you might find in one of the narrow streets and alleyways? To get the best out of your time in Split, however, we recommend taking a tour with a local guide. Split is very well connected for flights, with an international airport a half hour drive away and is a popular stopping point for our guests on their way between Dubrovnik and the islands of Hvar, Vis, or Korcula, all easily reached by a ferry from Split's port. If you base yourself in Split for a few days, you will find it is also perfect located for visits to some of Croatia's most stunning national parks.

The Roman Emperor Diocletian made Split his home in the 4th Century AD, building a vast palace complex on the waterfront that stands to this day. In fact several of the accommodation options we offer in Split are nestled inside its ancient walls. These days there is an embankment in front of Diocletian's palace but the water used to go right up to the main wall. It's on this man-made strip of land that you'll find the Riva, a pedestrian promenade bustling with life. Split's UNESCO listed Old Town is contained within these old walls and is a pedestrian-only maze that it is quite easy, but fun, to get lost in. Who know what romantic hidden cafés you might find in one of the narrow streets and alleyways? To get the best out of your time in Split, however, we recommend taking a tour with a local guide. Split is very well connected for flights, with an international airport a half hour drive away and is a popular stopping point for our guests on their way between Dubrovnik and the islands of Hvar, Vis, or Korcula, all easily reached by a ferry from Split's port. If you base yourself in Split for a few days, you will find it is also perfect located for visits to some of Croatia's most stunning national parks.

Day 6

Day 6 - Arrival in Split

You'll arrive at Split's ferry port, and from there it is an easy walk to your accommodation in the city's Old Town. We will arrange for assistance with your luggage.

Split Private Walking Tour

Explore Diocletian's Palace with an Expert Guide

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll explore the inspiring city of Split with a local guide. You’ll be picked up at your accommodation and led through the UNESCO-listed 1,700-year-old Diocletian’s palace, which is just the beginning of the tour. You’ll also see the Cathedral of Saint Duje, one of the most beautiful cultural wonders on the Adriatic coast. And you’ll explore the ancient cellars as well as the square in the center of the palace. The stunning Roman temples will awaken the spirit of another time for you, as will the famous Golden Gate and the big statue of Grgur Ninski. This is the best way to get to know the incredible history of this ancient city center.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1 hour 30 minutes

Olive Oil and Wine Pairing Private Tour

Awaken Your Taste Buds

Included in your vacation package price.

Enjoy a guided tasting of three types of Dalmatian wines, while finding their perfect pairs in three types of extra virgin olive oil. Naturally, the olive oil is itself paired with homemade bread and goat cheese. This is an offer for wine connoisseurs ready to enrich their wine experience with the tastes and fragrances of extra virgin olive oil.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1 hour

Day 7

Day 7 - Your First Full Day in Split

Krka Waterfalls and Sibenik Group Tour

Swim Beneath the Krka Waterfalls

Included in your vacation package price.

You'll travel along the beautiful coast, passing picturesque villages and islands. When you arrive at Krka National Park and Skradinski Buk, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful landscapes, crystal clear water, waterfalls, creeks, and lakes. This is the perfect place to relax and get back in touch with nature. Afterwards you will proceed to Roski Slap in the upper part of the Krka river canyon, perfect for swimming and relaxation. You will have the time for a lunch. As you travel there you'll first stop in Sibenik. In its Old Town you'll explore one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the country.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 10 hours

Day 8

Day 8 - Departure Day

Based on your departure time, we'll arrange for a driver to pick you up from your accommodation and transfer you to the airport for your flight.

We also offer the following excursions in Split

Blue Cave and Hvar Island Group Speedboat Tour
Moderate10 hours
Blue Lagoon and Trogir Small Group Tour
Light5 hours
Chef's Table Private Food Experience
Easy2 hours
Game of Thrones Private Tour
Light4.5 hours

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Dubrovnik

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Dubrovnik Airport Arrival Transfer
Dubrovnik Private Walking Tour
Eat and Meet with Locals Small Group Dinner
Montenegro Kotor & Perast Group Tour
Dubrovnik Port Transfer
Dubrovnik - Hvar Ferry

Hvar

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Hvar Port Transfer
Hvar Wine Tasting Small Group Tour
Vis Blue Cave Group Speedboat Tour
Hvar Port Transfer
Hvar - Split Ferry

Split

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Luggage Assistance in Split
Split Private Walking Tour
Olive Oil and Wine Pairing Private Tour
Krka Waterfalls and Sibenik Group Tour
Split Airport Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website

Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of vacation packages including these destinations
Review by Greg & Sally

Greg & Sally

United Kingdom

Perfect planning and understanding our requirements with a great website and itinerary page. Fantastic customer service.

Perfect planning and understanding our requirements with a great website and itinerary page. Fantastic customer service.

Year : 2019
Visited : Croatia
Itinerary : Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Split
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Croatia
Itinerary : Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Split
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Review by Susan & Carole

Susan & Carole

California

JayWay Travel is the perfect travel company for me. JayWay Travel provided me with a wonderful balance between the assistance and support that reduced the travel chaos and yet still allowed for the independence and spontaneity I yearn to have while traveling.

JayWay Travel is the perfect travel company for me. JayWay Travel provided me with a wonderful balance between the assistance and support that reduced the travel chaos and yet still allowed for the independence and spontaneity I yearn to have while traveling.

Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia
Itinerary : Budapest, Prague, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia
Itinerary : Budapest, Prague, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Judith & Edward

Judith & Edward

New Mexico

JayWay Travel makes it easy to plan and execute a trip that meets your expectations. Carmine, our U.S. contact, and Lidija, our in-country contact, were delightful to work with and made excellent suggestions that enhanced our travel experience.

JayWay Travel makes it easy to plan and execute a trip that meets your expectations. Carmine, our U.S. contact, and Lidija, our in-country contact, were delightful to work with and made excellent suggestions that enhanced our travel experience.

Year : 2019
Visited : Slovenia, Croatia
Itinerary : Ljubljana, Rovinj, Plitvice, Split, Dubrovnik
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Slovenia, Croatia
Itinerary : Ljubljana, Rovinj, Plitvice, Split, Dubrovnik
Rating :
5 / 5

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