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

Croatia is full of hidden gems, such as the small villages of Korčula Island, or beautiful secluded beaches with turquoise sea. Bring out your inner explorer, treat yourself to a relaxing holiday and enjoy two great Croatian gastronomy delights — seafood and wine.

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, clear and tranquil, 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 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 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 899.00 €
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 positioned on a small peninsula pointing deep into the Pelješac Channel. The architecture in the Old Town is mainly influenced by Venetian Renaissance.

There is a local legend that 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. There are plans for this house to be turned in the Museum of Marco Polo.

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. One of the advantages of being surrounded by water is that wherever you go, the beach is never too far away. With more than 150 miles of varied coastline, the island offers wide-ranging types of beaches, rocky, sandy and pebble, hidden coves with clear waters...

Unlike the rest of Dalmatia, known mostly for its red wines, the island of Korčula is renowned above all for the quality of its white. 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.

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. Controlling the valley leading into Split, this medieval fortress offers a fantastic bird’s eye view of the entire Split “metropolitan” area, Adriatic Sea and the surrounding islands. 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). Marjan Forest Park covers the westernmost tip of Split Peninsula. It is a green oasis, covered in a dense Mediterranean pine forest and completely surrounded by the city and the sea. It has been cherished by the citizens of Split for generations and it is considered “the lungs of the city”. It covers a vast area, the size of New York's Central Park. There are viewpoints that provide the best views of the city. After this "driving&walking tour" you will get back to the city centre and visit some of the most popular Split sights and then you can have dinner in one of the many charming taverns before returning to your hotel.

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 Adventure Omiš team 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.

Canyoning on Cetina River is one of the best and most beautiful adventure excursions in Croatia. Enjoy the hidden natural beauty of the canyon of Cetina River, with its miraculous rocky landscapes and depth of over 150 metres.

After this exciting adventure, your driver will take you back to your hotel and you will have enough time to go for a walk, maybe explore the city a little bit and have dinner in one of the many restaurants.

Tip

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

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. More than two thousand years ago, the Greeks named Korčula Korkyra Melaina (Black Korkyra) for its dense Mediterranean vegetation. They brought what now is a millennia old tradition of winemaking, but the island is also known for its quiet coves and small sandy or pebble beaches, and a glorious homonymous old town.

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 Villa Telenta, 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 among meat, fish and vegetarian menu.

Tip

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 for Greek, but also for tart or bitter).

Day 4

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

Start your day with breakfast on the hotel restaurant terrace overlooking the sea, and then your driver will take you to the opposite side of the island. The ride from Vela Luka to Lumbarda takes approximately 40 minutes and provides a unique opportunity to take a glance at the marvellous landscapes of the island. Upon arrival to Lumbarda, you will visit Bire winery and taste famous local wines, among them the unavoidable Grk - a native grape variety cultivated on the sandy soils of Lumbarda where it grows at its best. 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. Taking a stroll through this stone-paved town is an experience unlike any other due to the magnificent view of the blue Adriatic Sea, the islets and the adjacent Pelješac Peninsula. You can enjoy the beautiful landmarks as well as the offer provided by the numerous souvenir shops and stores. Go sightseeing and visit the town's monuments and have lunch at one of the quaint local taverns in town.

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.

Food Tip

Makaruni is one of Korčula's most famous specialties: pasta prepared by hand following an old recipe and seasoned with a special onion, tomato, and meat sauce.

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 most wooded island in the Adriatic.

After arriving to 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.

Unspoiled and secluded, this island of mystique, vines, olives, and dense forests is perfect for exploring the abundant flora and fauna and enjoying the stunning untainted nature in peace. 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 one-hour trip from Pomena back to Korčula, your driver will be waiting for you to take you back to the hotel for dinner.

Tip

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 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.

Optional lunch at the estate — traditional fish or meat dishes.

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.

RC Tip: In case you take an afternoon fast ferry to Split, after check-out we can organise a transfer to Blato village where you can visit the ethno museum Barilo. The Marinović Barilo family has lived in this area for centuries, more precisely in this house. A walk through this family museum is a walk through the centuries of island life, as well as this family’s whose descendants will be your kind hosts.

In case you must leave the island early, you can use the morning ferry Vela Luka - Split at 06.15, with a lunch package instead of breakfast.

What's included?

  • Transfer from Split Airport or Split Harbour to the hotel

  • 2 overnights in Split, in a Standard Double Room, 4-star hotel Corner
  • 2 x breakfast at the hotel
  • Guided excursion to Klis Fortress and Marjan Hill, including transfer and tickets
  • Guided walking tour of Split
  • Private transfer from Split to Zadvarje and back
  • Canyoning on Cetina River supervised by licensed guides who are also members of Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, equipment included
  • Transfer from the hotel to Split Harbour
  • Tickets for the regular catamaran fast ferry service Split-Vela Luka-Split
  • 4 overnights in Vela Luka, in a Superior Double Room, 4-star hotel Villa Telenta
  • 4 x buffet breakfast at the hotel
  • 4 x dinner at the hotel (appetiser, main course, dessert — drinks not included)
  • Transfer Vela Luka Port – hotel Villa Telenta – Vela Luka Port
  • Full-day excursion with transfers included — visit to Bire winery with guided tour of the wine cellar and wine tasting, visit to Korčula Old Town and hiking to Prižba (walking sticks will be provided)
  • 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
  • Transfer from Split Harbour to Split Airport
  • VAT

What's not included?

  • Drinks and other personal expenses
  • Insurance

Obligatory payment on the spot

  • Tourist tax — approximately €1.00 - 1.50 per person per day
  • Admission to Mljet National Park

Optional

  • Surcharge for Deluxe Double Room - €15.00 per night
  • Surcharge for lunch at the private estate on Day 6
  • Surcharge for quad ride on Day 6
  • Extra day of stay - 1 additional half board service in the hotel in Vela Luka for 2 persons — €130.00
  • Transfer from / to hotel and taxi-boat to / from Proizd Island, possible in the period 15.6.2019 - 1.10.2019

Proposal for an extra day on the island

After breakfast, at approximately 10.00, your host will take you to the taxi-boat to be transferred to a small heaven on Earth, Proizd Island, a half hour boat ride from Vela Luka town centre. Here, you will spend time surrounded by untouched nature, swimming in the crystal-clear sea, having lunch at a small restaurant offering local specialties and simply relaxing. Rejuvenate your psychophysical system in these pristine island surroundings. On the islet, there are 4 amazing secluded rocky beaches that were often said to be the "best beaches in Croatia". Return to Vela Luka at 17.00 or 18.00 and your host will wait for you and take you back to the hotel. Dinner at the hotel.

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