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Split | The Dalmatian Capital

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Discover Split, the lively capital of Dalmatia, known for its beaches, beautiful promenade, warm Mediterranean climate and lively bars & restaurants, but also it's ancient palace build by the Roman Emperor Diocletian almost two millennia ago. A visit to historic Sibenik, the oldest Croatian city on the Adriatic Coast, is also included. So embrace the laid-back Mediterranean lifestyle while picking up a story or two about the rich local culture & history!

Day 1: Arrival

Welcome to the Dalmatian Coast! Upon arrival at Split Airport, your driver who will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel located in the centre of the city. Once you have checked in, set out to get acquainted with this lively city. As is customary in many Dalmatian cities and towns, make sure to begin your evening with a walk on the main promenade. This handsome promenade is lined with cafés and bars where you can enjoy a relaxed evening meal. We also suggest visiting some of the most famous bars and clubs in Split, such as Luxor, which you'll find right in the historic centre. Marcvs Marvlvs, a one-of-a-kind jazz bar with a library, is located outside the 15th century Split City Museum and while the Academia Ghetto Club is a bar with the unique gallery. 

Day 2: Split City Walk and historic Sibenik

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then make your way to the Riva Promenade to join a guided walking tour of the city. During the 2-hour tour, you'll explore the Diocletian's Palace, the 4th-century Roman palace which is the city's centrepiece and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. You will also be visiting the Peristyle, situated at the crossroads of two major ancient roads and dominated by the majestic Cathedral of St. Domnius. Your next stop is the magnificent Golden Gate, which was exclusively used by Diocletian and his family members, after which you will continue to the statue of the Croatian bishop Gregory of Nin. You will see that the toe of this colossus has lost some of its lustre, since it is frequently rubbed by passers-by for good luck in the hope that their wishes will come true.
In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the gorgeous Dalmatian city of Šibenik where you can stroll around the jaw-dropping historical centre of the oldest Croatian city on the Adriatic coast. The tall stone houses, churches and monasteries, narrow winding streets, endless steps, arched passageways, and the remains of the city walls create an archaic & romantic Mediterranean atmosphere - with the Cathedral of St. James, which is also inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. At a set time, meet your driver again and transfer back to your hotel in Split. (B)

Day 3: Optional Tour to the Blue Grotto & Hvar Island

Today is free to relax and continue exploring Split as your leisure. Alternatively, you may choose to book an optional small-group tour to the Blue Cave and Hvar by speed boat. After an early breakfast, head towards the Riva Promenade, meet your skipper and board the speedboat. The first stop will be the famous Blue Cave on the Croatian Island of Biševo. It is one of 26 caves on the tiny island and is without question one of the most famous caves in Croatia. The speedboat ride from Split to the Blue Cave takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Small boats will then take you into the Blue Cave as the entrance is only 1.5 meters high. After that you get back on our speedboat. The second stop on the tour is Stiniva Cove which is located at the southern part of Vis Island,  the furthest inhabited island in Croatia. Stiniva was pronounced the most beautiful beach in Europe by National Geographic. If you are a fan of turquoise blue sea combined with rural settings, domestic animals, or simply beautiful scenery, the Blue Lagoon - Budikovac Island will be your favorite place of the day. By now you will probably be hungry so it’s time for the Pakleni Islands, an archipelago, where you will find several restaurants to enjoy freshly made traditional Dalmatian food, have a cocktail at the beach bar and relax on the sandy beach. Of course, we saved one gem for last - the town of Hvar. Highlights of Hvar Town include its 13th-century walls, a hilltop fortress, and the main square anchored by the Renaissance-era Cathedral. For some of the best views over the island, Hvar Town, and the nearby Pakleni Islands, take a short hike up to the 16th-century Španjola Fortress. It is well worth the effort! Then perhaps treat yourself to a drink and snack in the ancient piazza of Hvar overlooking the Venetian loggia and the oldest municipal theatre in Europe, before boarding the speedboat again for the return to Split. Blue Cave tickets are not included with the optional tour cost and to be paid locally, approx Euro 18.00 per person. (B)

Day 4: Departure

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then it is time to say good bye to Split. A private transfer will take you to the airport for your onward journey. (B)

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