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With over a thousand islands and islets, the Dalmatian coastline spans several thousand kilometers, and with sunny weather bundled with the sapphire waters of the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is a sight to behold.
The first thing that strikes you is the remarkable clarity of the water, set against dazzling white beaches, and castle ramparts – the water sparkles with a jewel-like intensity. Get ready to explore uninhabited islands, a rich nightlife, and a plethora of history.
The islands of the Dalmatian coast stretch from north to south, starting with the famous Brijuni archipelago and national park, followed by Croatia’s largest and second largest islands – Krk and Cres.The northern islands offer a unique combination of preserved nature and a traditional Dalmatian way of life which will allow you to explore, lay back and relax on the beach or in one of the seaside cafés.
Travel to Croatia, a country proud of its long history and traditions, filled with grand palaces, walled cities and picture-perfect coastal villages. It’s a young country still sorting out its identity in some ways, but in others, a longstanding, distinctive local culture endures. The general vibe is as Slavic as it is Mediterranean.
Just over a decade ago, following the war that broke up the six republics of the former Yugoslavia, much of Croatia was in ruins. Its prized Adriatic town, Dubrovnik, had been under siege for seven months and bombed by more than 2,000 mortars.
Today, strolling around the walled city, you would never know there had been a war. On the ramparts of its 12th-century citadel, contented tourists look out over shimmering seas and terracotta roofs, taking in the scent of orange and over-ripe figs; below them, men in pressed linen jackets savor espressos in the shade of bougainvillaea. In the evening, the sound of jazz and clinking wine glasses drifts down from rooftop bars as little yachts return to harbor.
The people of Croatia have inhabited the beautiful country for over 14 centuries. At the crossroads of influences between the west and east, it offers a unique potpourri of European culture. Traditional Croatian food has links with Italian, Austrian, Hungarian, and Turkish food, yet the cuisine has its own distinctive flavor depending on the region it originates from. Crni rizot is a must-try Croatian food for all seafood lovers. It is a type of squid risotto made from black rice and is prominent in the city of Ston. Another popular item is the Pasticada, which is a fillet that is marinated in a wine vinegar for days, and then braised before being served with homemade gnocchi. Termed the “Queen of Dalmatian cuisine”, this dish is perhaps one of the most popular-every Croatian household has its own recipe for pasticada. And lets note forget world famous oysters from the Peljesac region! Also, it's wine is delicious, sophisticated and increasingly celebrated world wide. For those with a sweet tooth, Soparnik, a savory pie filled with Swiss Chard, makes for a delicious apres dinner delicacy.
Croatia has a total of 1246 islands, isles and inlets for you to sail through!
Spend your nights on a sailing boat as you go island hopping!
Day 1: Arrival in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Day 2: Rent a car and go on a day trip to the picturesque Lakes of Bled and Bohinj. Indulge in activities such as hiking, biking, water-sports and canyoning
Day 3: Drive to Plitvice National Park, a unique place featuring multi-level lakes cascading into each other.
Day 4: Drive to Split and go on a guided walking tour of this ancient Roman capital city.
Day 5: Continue exploring Split and surrounding countryside beaches
Day 6: Take the ferry to Hvar, voted as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Immerse yourself in the lazy cafe culture and indulge in people watching.
Day 7:Take the fast ferry from Hvar island to Dubrovnik.
Day 8: Explore Dubrovnik, the highlight of your trip, through a private guided foodie tour
Day 9: Go on a day trip to Pelješac Peninsula – best known for its serene beaches, oyster farms and Croatia’s best wineries.
Day 10: Around Dubrovnik, you have the option of going kayaking, hiking, a foodie tour or on a boat tour to the nearby Elaphite islands.
Day 11: Guided day trip south to Perast, Kotor & Budva in Montenegro
Day 12: Departure
Day 1: Arrive in Havana and discover the vintage city through the eyes of an award-winning photographer! Walk through the streets as you discover majestic architecture and experience local gastronomy. You will also get a chance to cruise in classic convertible cars!
Day 2: Continue imbibing the charming Cuban capital as you stroll around neighbourhoods, bike along the Malecon, and be regaled by a private music concert.
Day 3: Embark on a catamaran fishing excursion, enjoy an authentic rum and cigar tasting event, capped by a Latin salsa dance session.
Day 4: Community service at a Spanish nunnery housing destitute and aged Cubans – a humanitarian excursion.
Day 5: Departure
You could also add an additional 2 days to include an outdoors hiking excursion into the mountain region of Vinales.
A US regulation compliant itinerary and documentation of your trip is essential. Interacting with locals, support of individuals and small independent business is a must do component. .