Taking a stroll through stone-paved streets of Korčula is an experience unlike any other

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Nature & wildlife trip

Exploring the hidden gems of Europe — Middle Dalmatia and Korčula Island

Spend one week exploring the ancient city of Split and its surroundings, canyoning through the pristine Cetina river and visiting the unique beaches & villages of Korčula Island. You will taste great local wine and olive oil and eat selected traditional local specialities.

Split is the largest city on the Croatian coast, but it has preserved the relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle. There are many sides to this region: a magnificent history and an abundance of landmarks, exquisite food and wine, the beauty of natural and cultural heritage and a pleasant climate year-around. Not far from Split, the longest river in Dalmatia, the clear and tranquil Cetina, passes through its high canyon, offering magnificent scenery. A nice boat ride from Split will take you to one of the greenest Croatian islands, Korčula.

This island is known for its quiet coves and small sandy or pebbly beaches, and a glorious old town. Spend your holiday on this island brimming with culture and breathtaking sights, hike to secluded beaches and green hills in the very heart of the Mediterranean. Unwind and allow yourself to be seduced by the island of the famous explorer Marco Polo.

Trip highlights

  • Explore the ancient city of Split area and the island of Korčula
  • Canyoning on Cetina River supervised by licensed guides
  • Guided excursion to Klis Fortress and Marjan Hill
  • Visit to Bire winery — guided tour of the wine cellar with wine tasting
  • Visit to Mljet National Park 

Trip availableMAY-OCT
Duration7 days
Suitable for2-8 people
SupportPartially guided
Languagesen
Price per personfrom 955.00 €
Great for
  • Couples without children
  • Small groups of friends
You’ll be accommodated in
  • 4-star Hotel in Split and Vela Luka
Trip designed by Marija Mance

Experienced tour guide and a passionate explorer of hidden treasures of Croatia

Activities are taking place in Split and Korčula Island

Korčula Old Town is a medieval walled city, located at the tip of the Island, pointing deep into the Pelješac Channel. The architecture in the Old Town is mainly influenced by Venetian Renaissance.

There is a local legend that the famous discoverer Marco Polo was born in a stone walled house in Korčula Town. Despite its rather featureless interior, the house tower allows for a panoramic vista of Korčula, stretching from east to west. The house is under the protection of the Korčula Town Hall.

A trip to the beach is an essential part of any visit to Korčula. You can walk, bike or paddle in any direction and you’ll always find a nice beach – Korčula beaches are recognised as being some of the best in Croatia.

Unlike the rest of Dalmatia, known mostly for its red wines, the island of Korčula is renowned above all for the quality of its whites. There are native grapevine varieties like Pošip, Rukatac and Grk. The wines of Korčula are celebrated for their exquisite character, aromas and for their high alcohol content. They are distinguished for their exceptionally fine acidity — unusual among southern wines — which makes them such a pleasure to drink. If you are a wine aficionado, make sure to try the wines from Korčula and Pelješac region. One of them is Grk. Some think that it was brought to Korčula by the ancient Greeks around 500 BC, while others believe that it was named for the pleasant tart finish of the wine (grk is the Croatian word for Greek, but also for tart or bitter).

Before you arrive on Mljet island, make sure to read the legend of Odysseus who was allegedly shipwrecked here and remained "trapped" because of the nymph Calypso, who ruled the island.

Day-by-day itinerary

DAY 1

Split and Klis Fortress

After arrival at Split Airport or Split Harbour, you will be greeted by the driver who will take you to your hotel. After check-in and short rest, meet your local guide at the reception and start exploring the area with a half an hour drive to Klis Fortress. Your guide will explain a little about the history of the fort and the surrounding area and after taking photos at this "Game of Thrones" exterior shot location for the city of Meereen, you will proceed to Marjan Hill (half an hour drive back). After completing "driving&walking tour" you will have some free time in Split.

DAY 2

Amazing Cetina River Canyon

Breakfast and depart for canyoning. The driver will come to pick you up and take you to meet the expert guide. Your canyoning adventure starts in Zadvarje village, an hour drive from your hotel. Once there, you’ll be provided with the necessary equipment, which will be followed by a short safety briefing. Regular canyoning includes walking and swimming through the rapids, swimming in crystal clear natural pools, cliff-jumping in the lakes and waterfalls of the river Cetina.

You will be supervised by expert licensed guides.

All you need for canyoning is a swimsuit, dry clothes to change after the adventure, and sports shoes (you do not need any previous experience); if you do not have sports shoes you can rent canyoning shoes at the canyoning centre (€5.00 per person).

After this exciting adventure, your driver will take you back to your hotel.

DAY 3

From Split to Vela Luka

After breakfast and check-out, it’s time for your transfer to Split Harbour, where you will take a fast ferry (catamaran) and travel comfortably for approximately 3 hours towards the beautiful Korčula Island. You will be greeted by the host at the Vela Luka port and he will take you to a 4-star small family run hotel, 20 m from the sea and the nearest beach. Take some time to unwind, enjoy the sun and the sea and in the evening try some dishes that rely on local ingredients — typical Dalmatian and Mediterranean cuisine is served at the hotel's restaurant along with selected local wines. You can choose from the meat, fish and vegetarian menu.

DAY 4

Exploring the island — wine tasting, Korčula Old Town and amazing nature

Start your day with breakfast at the hotel restaurant terrace overlooking the sea, and then your driver will take you across the island toward Korčula Town. The ride from Vela Luka to Korčula takes approximately 40 minutes. Before you visit the city, you will make a stop in Lumbarda and visit the Bire winery to taste famous local wines, among them the unavoidable Grk - a native grape variety. You will also have a guided tour of the wine cellar.

Next stop is the town of Korčula, a medieval walled city first mentioned in the 10th century. Continuing your island exploration will take you back towards Vela Luka, but you will turn from the main road near the village of Smokvica and the picturesque narrow roads will take you to the south-east part of the island, where your driver will provide you with Nordic walking sticks and the instructions — you will explore the hilly area with many fields, olive groves and vineyards that look like Tuscany.

After a nice hike that will take approximately one hour, you will come to a café / restaurant in the village of Prižba, where you can relax and enjoy the view while waiting for your driver to pick you up and take you back to the hotel for dinner.

DAY 5

Visiting Mljet National Park

Breakfast. Your driver will come to take you to the town of Korčula, after which you will have to bid Korčula farewell for a while and visit the Mljet, most densely wooded island in the Adriatic.

After arriving at Pomena Port, buy the tickets at the entrance and go for a walk around Mljet National Park, which encompasses a large portion of the island, including a few settlements, two saltwater lakes, and the Benedictine monastery on St. Mary Island.

You can go for a dip in the lake, rent a kayak or bike, or have lunch at the restaurant on St. Mary Island. After a one-hour trip from Pomena back to Korčula, your driver will be waiting for you to take you back to the hotel for dinner.

DAY 6

Private estate visit — olive oil tasting and optional quad ride

After breakfast, you can have a cup of coffee and relax on the terrace while you wait for the transfer to the nearby Tri Luke Bay. There, you will visit one of the private estates with olive groves, take a guided tour and learn something about the estate, olives, olive oil and oil tasting techniques — and, of course, taste some more wines and olive oil.

In the afternoon, you can opt for a fun off-road quad ride to the viewpoint Hum or take a walk along the macadam paths and enjoy the clean air.

For a perfect ending of the trip, relax on the beautiful beach on the estate. Return to Vela Luka for dinner.

DAY 7

Departure

It's time to say goodbye to this enchanting island. Check-out and departure by regular service catamaran and arrival to Split – depending on the flight schedule. Transfer to the airport approximately 2 and a half hours before departure.

What's included?

  • Transfer from Split Airport or Split Harbour to the hotel
  • 2 overnights in a standard double room in 4* hotel Corner in Split with breakfast and tourist tax
  • Full-day guided excursion to Klis Fortress and Marjan Hill with a guided tour of Split (transfers and tickets included)
  • Full-day canyoning Cetina River activity with transfer to and from Split included (licensed guides and equipment included)
  • Tickets for the regular catamaran fast ferry service Split-Vela Luka-Split
  • Transfer Vela Luka Port – hotel Villa Telenta – Vela Luka Port
  • 4 overnights in a superior double room at the hotel in 4* hotel Villa Telenta in Vela Luka with buffet breakfast and tourist tax
  • 4 dinners at the hotel (appetiser, main course, dessert — drinks not included)
  • Full-day excursion with transfers included and equipment included (visit to Bire winery with guided tour of the wine cellar and wine tasting, visit to Korčula Old Town and hiking to Prižba)
  • Transfer to / from Korčula for catamaran fast ferry — visiting Mljet National Park
  • Tickets for the regular catamaran fast ferry Korčula-Pomena-Korčula
  • Visit to a private estate with olive groves, welcome drinks, guided tour, olive oil tasting — transfer from / to hotel included
  • Trip preparation fee
  • VAT

What's not included?

  • Meals and services other than those specified in the itinerary
  • Admission to Mljet National Park
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities (tips are always appreciated but not mandatory) 

Reductions and supplements

  • For 3rd person on additional bed (on request)
  • For children additional bed available (on request)
  • For single room (on request) 

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