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Dalmatia: Split to Dubrovnik

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Some call it the "Dalmatian riviera", a sun-toasted series of coastal villages and forested islands that runs from Split to Dubrovnik. For most visitors, this region is Croatia's major highlight and it's usually the region first-time visitors check off as a "must". In two weeks you can get an in-depth experience of the natural beauty, history, architecture and traditional way of life that survives in Dalmatia, plus have some time to relax on the beach or engage in some outdoors activity. If you only have one week, see my special one week "honeymoon" itinerary. For more islands, see my island-hopping itinerary.

It's preferable to rent a car for this itinerary as you'll save time but you could also do it by bus and catamaran. If you choose the latter, contact the local tourist offices for local bus schedules.

Island-hopping Split to Dubrovnik

Dalmatian Itinerary

Duration: Two weeks
Start: Split
Finish: Dubrovnik

Day 1

Soak up Split's eventful history by exploring Diocletian's Palace in the center of Old Split. Don't miss Split's archaeological museums.

Recommended Hotel: Piazza Luxury Rooms "Exceptional"

Day 2

Take a day trip to Trogir, a jewel of the Dalmatian Renaissance. It's easy by bus or car and there's even time for a stop to visit the Roman ruins at Salona.

Day 3

Take a local ferry to Supetar on Brac Island and then drive or take a bus to Bol famous for Zlatni Rat beach.

Recommended Hotel: Hotel Bluesun Elaphusa "Fabulous"

Day 4

Take the car ferry from Sumartin on Brac Island to Makarska. Spend the afternoon in Baska Voda or stretch your legs with a hike up Mount Biokovo.

Recommended Hotel: Hotel Milenij "Superb"

Day 5

From Makarska, it's an easy drive to idyllic Brela where the azur waters lap at pine-fringed beaches.

Day 6

Drive to Hvar Island via the car ferry from Drvenik to Sucaraj. The hour-long drive to Hvar town takes you through the island's famed lavender fields.

Recommended Hotel: Holiday Home City Walls "Exceptional"

Day 7

Stroll Hvar's yacht-studded harbour, visit the Old Town or the beach.Perhaps arrange a trek or cycling tour?

Day 8

Take a short boat ride to the unspoiled Pakleni Islands.

Day 9

Go to Korcula Island either by catamaran or by returning to the mainland and taking car ferries. (see getting to Korcula) Explore the exquisite stone architecture of Korcula Town, the birthplace of Marco Polo.

Recommended Hotel:Hotel Korsal "Very Good"

Day 10

Take a boat to Badija Island or relax on the beach at Lumbarda or Orebic. Perhaps rent a sailboat, take a day cruise or rent a scooter?

Day 11

Take a bus or drive to Dubrovnik via the Peljesac Peninsula, visiting its renowned vineyards and stopping for lunch at Ston.

Recommended Hotel: Prijeko Palace "Superb"

Day 12

Walk Dubrovnik's famous walls and explore the old town, visiting the Franciscan Monastery, Rector's Palace, and Dominican Monastery.

Day 13

Visit the lush offshore islands, either Mljet or the Elaphiti Islands or arrange for an excursion through the region.

Day 14

Take a day trip across the border to Montenegro.


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