Croatia Family Holiday
Idyllic beaches, ancient ruins and rustic old world charm are just a few reasons that people are drawn to Croatia and it’s not just your everyday travellers either – Game of Thrones continues to shoot season after season in the stunning scenery of places such as Dubrovnik and Split. Pepper up this trip with a bit of island hopping between Korcula and Hvar, visit the pristine beaches of Lumbarda and trek through the woods of Mljet as you share with your family some of the best experiences the Dalmatian coast has to offer.
- Dubrovnik's charms reach far beyond the famed beautiful city walls. Explore the undisputed jewel of the Dalmatian Coast, and maybe cruise to Lokrum Island where a botanical garden, Benedictine monastery, and excellent swimming spots await
- Korcula Island is a quiet escape full of vineyards, olive groves and tranquil coves – indulge in local island food and drink specialties during a feast in a sleepy village
- Hvar Island seems to have it all: Renaissance architecture, beautiful beaches, lush green landscapes and excellent Dalmatian cuisine
- Split is a haven of relaxation and culture. Unwind with a walk along the waterfront promenade and explore the impressive ruins of Diocletian's Palace
|Physical||Cultural||Max Group Size||16||Duration||9 days|
|Category||Gold||Trips for those who want a tonne of inclusions, better standard accommodation, larger roomier vehicles.|
Day 1 - Dubrovnik
Meet up with the other adventuring families tonight in a pre-trip meeting at your hotel, beginning at 6 pm. Check with the hotel to confirm the time and place, and remember you can arrive at anytime before then. If you can’t arrange a flight to that will get you to the hotel in the early evening, you might want to arrive a day early. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting insurance details at this meeting, so please have these on hand. If you arrive early, perhaps head out to one of the Elafiti Islands. There's Lopud, a quiet island with lovely hikes, clean beaches and a ruined castle. Kolocep is a sleepy enclave that boasts walks for every fitness level, and Sipan is the most populated of the isles and reputedly has the most hospitable inhabitants. After the meeting, perhaps enjoy a meal with the group so you can get to know the other families.
Day 2 - Dubrovnik
Day 3 - Korcula
We are accommodated in a small fisherman’s village of Lumbarda, right on the sea front, just 10 minutes drive from the Old Town of Korcula. After checking in,a private transfer will take us back to Korcula Old Town for an orientation walk to get a feel for this historic fortified island town, including the Cathedral of St Mark, the 15th-century Franciscan monastery and the massive fortifications surrounding the city.In the evening take a public bus back to our lovely hotel where you can choose to relax with a drink or two by the hotel swimming pool.
Day 4 - Korcula
Later in the afternoon, make the short journey by local bus to the tiny village of Pupnat in the interior of the island. Here you’ll visit a local family-owned restaurant and eat outside on the patio. Sample some of the family vineyard's wines and be treated to a meal made entirely from ingredients found on the farm. Perhaps you can drink your wine like the locals do: mixed with a bit of water. The traditional Dalmatian meat loaf, or pasticada, and fresh grilled vegetables with olive oil constitute a typical dish, all served with fresh goat and sheep cheeses, and maybe some smoked ham to tie it all together. Don't forget to have a bit of travarica (a grappa-like drink made with the herb called verbane) and some Korcula cakes for dessert before heading back to Lumbarda town.
Day 5 - Korcula
Day 6 - Hvar
Beautiful Hvar has an air of Venice about it, and is known as the 'Queen of the Dalmatian Islands'. Upon arrival, spend the afternoon relaxing on Mustaco beach, then get to know the town with an evening orientation walk before visiting the 16th-century Spanjola Fortress, where spectacular views over the town and the Adriatic can be experienced.
Accommodation: In Hvar the group will stay in different apartments/ rooms around the town (Families will always be together). There are bakeries selling fresh pastries and coffee around town as well as several restaurants around the main square that offer breakfast during our stay in Hvar.
Day 7 - Hvar
Day 8 - Split
After taking a short boat trip to Split, start off with breakfast before joining a local guide for a walking tour of the city to learn about its history. See the original and fantastically preserved basements lying under the streets and buildings, as well as the Cathedral in Diocletian's Peristyle and Jupiter's Temple. Explore the impressive ruins of Diocletian's Palace, Split's most imposing structure and some of the most interesting ruins on the Adriatic coast.