Enjoy Croatia’s Stunning Coastline on a Guided Tour

DubrovnikpanormanicIt’s been nearly 20 years since Croatia filled headlines with its bloody war of independence, and today, the country is rebuilt, very safe, and known the world over for its charming combination of natural beauty, history and culture. There’s never been a better time to visit Croatia, and there are few better ways to see it than on our Delights of the Dalmatian Coast guided tour. You’ll explore historic sights, sandy beaches and historic gems in a comfortable air-conditioned minibus, stopping off for easy walks to amazing vistas.

Your Croatian adventure will begin in the historic city of Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” a UNESCO World Heritage Site with churches dating to the Renaissance and a gorgeous rocky coastline. You’ll stay at a cliffside hotel on the peninsula of Lapad with dramatic views near the city’s Old Town, where you can walk the cobbled streets of the stunningly preserved medieval city. In many places, the ancient city walls that protected Dubrovnik from invaders still stand.

While you stay in Dubrovnik, you’ll enjoy day trips with walks along cobbled walkways through open valleys and flower-dotted meadows, quick boat rides to islands that will make you feel as though you’ve gone back in time, and through pine forests to historic sites, including a ruined Napoleonic fort near the Gornje Celo harbor, with its charming painted fishing boats and bougainvillea-strewn houses. You’ll also have free time to explore the city as you wish.

You’ll also spend time in Brac Island via Ston, where you’ll enjoy world-famous seafood and more charming sea views. One of our favorite day trips is to Blaca Bay, where you’ll visit the Blaca Monastery, whose monks at one time exported about 70,000 liters of wine to Venice every year. You’ll also enjoy a walk along a path through coastal pines to a picnic lunch overlooking a turquoise blue cove.

Your last two nights on the Dalmatian coast will be spent in Trogir, a hotel run by a family whose history in the city can be traced back eight centuries. And on your last day in Croatia, you’ll visit Krka National Park, home to picturesque lakes and waterfalls, ponds dotted with yellow water lilies, and stony paths lined with Aleppo pines.